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My removal from Canada was postponed because of COVID-19. What will happen?

My removal from Canada was postponed because of COVID-19. What will happen?
Reviewed: 
September 14, 2020
Answer

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is not removing most people from Canada during the COVID-19 emergency. But CBSA will make exceptions in certain situations. For example, if:

  • you tell CBSA that you want to leave, or
  • CBSA thinks you’re a danger to the public or a threat to security in Canada.

CBSA has launched a national Removal Help Line for people who want to leave Canada. The toll-free number is 1-833-995-0002.

Talk to your lawyer. If you don’t have a lawyer, find out about getting legal help here.

If your removal is going to happen, a lawyer might be able to apply to the Federal Court for a stay of removal. This means that your removal order will be suspended for a period of time. A motion for a stay is an urgent matter that a judge can hear by teleconference.

As of August 18, 2020 there is still no written policy about postponed removals but the suspension of most removals has been confirmed by CBC news here.

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