“There does not appear to be a health justification” for the current travel restrictions imposed on COPR holders, says federal MP Christine Normandin.

A Canadian Member of Parliament (MP) is calling on the federal government to address the plight of foreign nationals with COPRs who cannot enter Canada.

In a letter to Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino, Christine Normandin, Bloc Québécois immigration critic, expresses concern over the difficult situation faced by recently approved applicants for permanent residence who are not exempt from travel restrictions and the future processing of their files.

The Bloc Québécois is one of the federal parties with elected officials in Canada’s Parliament. Each party appoints MPs to critique the policies of the governing party.

These are individuals who have gone through the entire permanent residence process, have been approved by the IRCC, and therefore hold a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR). The approval process includes passing medical exams, as well as federal security and safety checks. Under normal circumstances, these individuals would enter Canada and officially become permanent residents.

Current travel restrictions, however, do not allow foreign nationals with COPRs to enter the country if their documents were issued after the Canadian border closed on March 18, unless they are exempt under other circumstances, or are residents of the U.S.

In her letter, Normandin states that this situation is unjustified: “There does not appear to be any health justification for this, especially since COPR holders have long expressed their intention to comply with all quarantine measures put in place upon their arrival.”

News Source: CIC NEWS

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