COVID-19 updates on immigration law (May 20, 2021)

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.

00:00 Introduction

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

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