Processing changes for visas due to COVID-19

Date Announced:

April 29, 2020

Active Period:

Until further notice.


With the current travel restrictions in place, most foreign nationals are prevented from entering Canada, with some exemptions. With these restrictions, Canada is suspending processing of non-essential visitor visa applications. This allows Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to focus resources on critical services. This suspension also applies to some electronic travel authorization (eTA) applications. Processing of visa and eTA applications for those who are allowed to come to Canada will continue. This includes all temporary foreign worker applications, with a particular focus on essential services, such as those in medical fields and food supply chains.

Departments and Agencies:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:

Economic migrants | Temporary foreign workers | Visitors


electronic travel authorization (eTA) | essential services | visa applications

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