Canadian Express Entry and The Coronavirus Effect

June 28, 2022

Thousands of immigrants have become permanent residents in Canada since the Express Entry system took effect in January 2015. This was long before the breakout of COVID-19. While the Express Entry rounds of invitations follow its schedule without fail and migrants still need to get good CRS scores, the coronavirus pandemic now affects how folks enter Canada.

The Canadian government places emphasis on protecting the general public’s health through the implementation of immigration laws that help keep infectious diseases out of beautiful cities, such as Calgary. More than ever, the Express Entry medical exam has gained added importance. Every panel physician Canada empowers to conduct a CIC medical exam plays a huge role in the immigration process.

Some of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic can be felt in:

Air Travel

Airline companies have put stringent requirements in place and expect travelers to pass a health check before being allowed to board a flight. This approach ensures that anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 doesn’t get a chance to enter Canada by air.

Admissibility into Canada

Successful skilled workers and professionals who score well in their CRS and scale all the required processes, still have to book an appointment with an IRCC panel physician for an immigration medical exam. The CIC panel physician will access the health of an immigrant before he/she leaves the port of entry.

Quarantine Plan

On arrival to Canada, an immigrant or refugee is expected to quarantine for 14 days. This isn’t optional, explaining why CIC panel physicians and other immigration law enforcers recommend that migrants have a plan before entering Canada.

Every panel physician Canada approves attends to migrants according to the specific guidelines of the country the person is coming from. The IRCC medical exam panel then sends the test results of a migrant to eMedical for evaluation.

For more details on how COVID-19 affects Express Entry candidates and how to book for your immigration medicals, kindly contact us on Panel Physicians straightaway.


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