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Same Day Landing, Leaving and COVID-19 Protocols 

HummingBird
HummingBird
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Posted On: 1/18/2022
HummingBird
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Hello,

I will be traveling by air to Toronto Pearson for my CoPR landing from US. And I will be leaving Canada the same day. Is that acceptable? Or can it put my PR at risk? Also, how are the Covid-19 protocols at Toronto Pearson for travelers arriving from US? I will be having my PCR results with me, also I’m fully vaccinated but I have read they are randomly selecting travelers for test upon arrival? If I’m selected for the test upon arrival, do I have to wait for the test results before I can go ahead for my PR interview? Also, do they also ask for quarantine? I’m just very stressed out as I have to catch another flight (International) already booked.

Please advice
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Posted On: 1/25/2022
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Hello there,

Thank you for sharing your question and situation with us. Please note that we have assumed that you are a fully vaccinated traveller, as defined by the Government of Canada.

There are some risks if you leave Canada on the same day of your CoPR landing and you should seriously consider changing your departing flight.

If you give Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) an address in Canada, but you leave before the card is mailed to you, you can ask your family or friends who live at that address to send you the PR card. You will need your PR Card in order to re-enter Canada, and it should be noted that having it mailed to you outside of Canada is a significant risk.

If you arrive and do not give IRCC a Canadian mailing address (or you do not receive your PR Card), and you depart Canada, you will need to apply for a Travel Document (Permanent Resident Abroad) before you try to re-enter Canada. This application must be submitted to a Canadian visa office abroad and may take approx. 6-8 months to process.

This Travel Document can only be used once. Further, the Travel Document is issued at the discretion of the Visa Officer and they will consider the reason for your departure from Canada, the country you went to, etc.

Upon your entry to Canada at Pearson International Airport, the border services officer may notify you that you have been randomly selected for an arrival test. You will have your PR interview before getting the arrival test.

If you are randomly selected for a mandatory arrival test, you must quarantine and wait for the results at your final destination inside of Canada. More detailed information can be found here.

We hope that this general information is helpful and we recommend that you seek legal help from a lawyer or a licensed consultant familiar with Canadian immigration to obtain assistance about your particular circumstances.

Please let us know if you have further questions.

Sincerely,


Your Settlement.Org team

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This document does not contain legal advice. This document was prepared with the assistance of PBSC University of Toronto law student volunteers. PBSC volunteers are not lawyers and they are not authorized to provide legal advice. This document contains general discussion of certain legal and related issues only. If you require legal advice, please consult with a lawyer.
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