Recorded on: May 20, 2021
[1:35:42] Deanna Okun-Nachoff, a respected immigration lawyer in Canada, shares some of key immigration policy changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
02:28 Experience with Immigration law this past year
04:15 Session outline
09:14 Current mandate of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
15:53 Overview of COVID-19 updates
20:27 Travel restrictions (from the US)
23:39 Travel restrictions (countries other than the US)
24:50 Quarantine and testing rules
27:40 Policy for out of status persons
32:33 Facilitated job changes
38:40 Visitor to worker
47:34 Processing delays and anomalies related to citizenship tests and ceremonies
53:30 Processing delays and anomalies related to in person landings
57:28 Processing delays and anomalies related to spousal applications
59:29 Processing delays and anomalies related to caregiver PR applications
1:10:26 TR to PR program for essential workers and international graduates
1:15:30 Q&A: Are adoption applications where the child is applying for PR being processed?
1:18:22 Q&A: Is there assistance available to individuals arriving with confirmation of PR under protected person who cannot afford quarantine hotel costs?
1:21:20 Q&A: What is the sponsorship process currently like?
1:24:45 Q&A: What options are there for an individual who came to Canada under sponsorship but experienced domestic violence?
1:30:20 Q&A: Can an individual who is ill and requires supportive care have a cousin come take care of them from a visa country?
1:33:08 Final thoughts
Presentation material: PDF download
Additional immigration and refugee resources: Legal Aid BC's publications
Deanna Okun-Nachoff, lawyer, McCrea Immigration Law