Immigration Update: Various (November 19, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. EST)

During this unusual time, CILF is here to continue to support you with respect to all of your immigration needs. We are here to answer your questions and keep you informed. We will provide updates as soon as they are available. Our firm is well positioned to continue to focus on your immigration needs.
We have a few immigration developments to share today:
ArriveCAN App Mandatory as of November 21: As of this date, those travelling by air must submit information through ArriveCAN before boarding their flight. You can access ArriveCAN here: Those entering Canada at a land border are encouraged to use ArriveCAN, but it is not mandatory at this time. Additionally, all individuals entering Canada who are not exempted from mandatory self-isolation are required to submit information through ArriveCAN or call 1-833-641-0343 within 48 hours of arriving at their place of isolation. Those who do not use ArriveCAN must call this number daily during the isolation period to provide updates. Those who do not comply with these requirements may be contacted by law enforcement.
Canada-U.S. land border closure extended: Another 30 days to December 21. No surprise here.
Alberta COVID-19 testing pilot program: Certain travellers entering Alberta may, instead of completing 14 days of self-isolation, agree to take two free COVID-19 tests. The first is administered on arrival. If a negative result is obtained, the traveller may leave his or her place of self-isolation but is still subject to certain restrictions for the 14 day period. The traveller must also agree to complete a second COVID-19 test six or seven days after arrival. This kind of program could be rolled out in other areas of the country in the coming months and greatly facilitate international travel.
New Immigration Pathways for Hong Kong residents: In response to the escalating political situation in Hong Kong, the Canadian immigration department has announced two new immigration pathways for certain Hong Kong residents (eligibility for an open work permit valid for up to three years and a permanent residence stream). This is a significant and rare change in Canada’s immigration program as these pathways are designed specifically for residents of a certain jurisdiction. More details will be announced in the coming months.
We continue to recommend that anyone (including Canadian citizens and permanent residents) seeking to enter or exit Canada speak with an immigration lawyer before doing so.

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