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I am not a permanent resident in Canada. Can I come to Canada from the United States?

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I am not a permanent resident in Canada. Can I come to Canada from the United States?

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I am not a permanent resident in Canada. Can I come to Canada from the United States?
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May 21, 2020
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On March 21, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 emergency, the government began to limit the reasons for crossing the border between the United States and Canada. The restrictions severely limited access to Canada for refugee claimants.

These restrictions were updated on March 27, 2020 to allow additional people to cross the border, including:

  • temporary foreign workers, like caregivers, fish and seafood workers, and seasonal agricultural workers
  • international students who held a valid study permit, or who had been approved for a study permit, when the travel restrictions took effect on March 18, 2020
  • permanent resident applicants who had been approved for permanent residence but who had not yet travelled to Canada before the travel restrictions took effect on March 18, 2020

In some cases, a close family member of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident may be able to enter if they are being processed for permanent resident status.

The Canada-US border restrictions have been extended again to June 21, 2020.

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