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What is the change? Canada Border Services Agency has advised that several ports of entry in southern Ontario – Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Queenstown and Rainbow Bridge – have restricted their schedules for accepting applications for permanent residence landings and new work permits to Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only. However, it is unclear whether the restriction applies to all such applications or only to “flagpoling” cases where individuals exit Canada briefly and turn around and re-enter in order to obtain a work permit quickly.
What does the change mean? The policy was announced Tuesday with immediate effect. As such, it remains unclear how broadly it will be applied. Until further clarification, foreign nationals seeking to complete permanent residence landings or new work permits at any of the four ports should do so only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. Applicants appearing at other times risk being turned away.
BAL Analysis: This is the first week that the restricted schedule has been implemented, so it may not be clear until Friday how broadly Canadian Border authorities are applying the policy. Until further notice, travelers should take a cautious approach and make point-of-entry applications at the four ports only on Tuesdays through Thursdays.
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