Have you submitted your visitor visa application before September 7th and are waiting for a decision to be made with regards to your immigration or trip to Canada? If this is the case, you may be required to resubmit your application as encouraged by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). It is best practice for the Canadian government to regularly issue a travel advisory for travellers to and from Canada. Amid the pandemic, this regulation is even more important.
However, do not worry as there are just a few simple steps that you may need to take for your resubmission and we are here to break down all the details. In this article, we provide you with the guidance you need to ensure that a decision regarding your immigration or travel to Canada is made as soon as possible.
We highly advise immigrants and travellers to Canada to resubmit their application if they are travelling for any one of the following reasons:
Uniting with immediate or extended family members who are Canadian Citizen(s), permanent residents, or are registered under Canada's Indian Act
Uniting with immediate family who is temporarily in Canada
Providing care for a critically ill person
Attending the final life moments of a loved one
Attending an end-of-life ceremony
Joining a vessel as a marine crew member
Assuming a posting as a diplomat or are accompanying an immediate family member who is a diplomat
Handling affairs of a Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 victim
Some scenarios listed above in which immigrants and travellers to Canada are required to resubmit their visitor visa application mention immediate and extended family members. But what differentiates between the two according to IRCC?
You are considered to be immediate family if you fall under the following descriptions:
Spouse or common-law partner
Dependent child (yours, your spouse’s or your common-law partner’s)
Dependent child of a dependent child
Parent or step-parent
Guardian or tutor
You are considered to be extended family if you fall under the following descriptions:
Non-dependent child (adult child)
Grandchild (dependent child of a non-dependent adult child)
Sibling, half-sibling, or step-sibling
In a 1-year long minimum relationship with a Canadian Citizen/Permanent Resident, or individual registered under Canada's Indian Act, can provide proof that you have spent time together during the duration of your relationship, and are both at least 18 years of age
While this new IRCC mandate of resubmitting your visitor visa may not be ideal, you luckily don't have much to change from your initial application. Here are some more details you may want to know for your Canadian immigration and /or visit.
Once you submit a new visitor visa application, your original application will be withdrawn and replaced with the updated version
You must ensure that the most recent visitor visa application that is submitted is updated with any necessary changes to your information
Unfortunately, IRCC does not guarantee that you will be refunded for your first application and you will not receive a confirmation email stating that your previous application has been withdrawn
According to the IRCC website, you are advised to provide your previous application number when you submit your updated visitor visa application if this is possible
If this is the case for you, no need to worry! There are no further steps that you'll need to take. In the meantime, your application will remain pending under processing.
If this is the case for you, the request for application withdrawal is simple, just fill out your request in this web form, and your application will be cancelled. However, the IRCC does not guarantee that you will be refunded for your withdrawn application.
We know that this mandate isn't the decision you were hoping to hear, but we are confident that we can help you ensure that your application is spotless!
Whether you are looking for some assistance with your visitor visa application resubmission, or are looking to begin your Canadian Immigration, travel, or visa application, we are here to support you! We are here to guide you through this process from point A to point Z and ensure that your experience with Migration to Canada is as seamless as possible!
Contact us today for more details!