Many foreign nationals who have received their Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) after March 18, 2020, are still unable to come to Canada due to the travel restrictions imposed as an effect of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Having a COPR means that their permanent residence application has been approved by the government body of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
A COPR states that the applicant has cleared all the necessary medical and criminal examinations and that the last remaining step in their immigration process is to physically enter Canada. However, due to the travel restrictions put in place, foreign nationals with a COPR are barred from entering Canada unless they are exempt.
Only close family members of Canadian citizens and regular travelers between the Canada-US border are exempt from the travel restrictions. This has resulted in many foreign nationals being stuck in their home countries with no plans for the future.
Many also feel that this segregation based on having close family members in Canada is unfair to those who have waited long years to gain permanent residence in Canada. Other than family members, certain temporary workers and international students are also exempt from the travel restrictions.