Recently, the government announced that “immediate family members” of Canadians and Canadian permanent residents will be exempt from the prohibition on entry to Canada if they are coming to be with their Canadian or PR family member for at least 15 days. This will hopefully serve to reduce the uncertainty many have faced since measures under the Quarantine Act came into force at the end of March, prohibiting entry to Canada for optional and discretionary purposes.
Family members seeking to reunite with Canadian spouses, children and parents have up to now been often subject to an assessment by airlines and Canada Border Services Agency personnel about whether they were entering for an “essential purpose.” While ordinary rules regarding entry to Canada will still apply, this latest announcement should mean that those who can demonstrate they are coming to reunite for a period of at least 15 days may do so without having to demonstrate an “essential purpose.”
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