My family are immigrants in Canada and are applying for residency. I have a flight booked to fly out on July 24th 2020

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Customer: My family are immigrants in Canada and are applying for residency. I have a flight booked to fly out on July 24th 2020 but it is very unclear if I will be able to go as they are not permanent residents. Can you advise if I will be able to go? Thank you
JA: What steps have you taken? Have you filed any paperwork with the U.S. government?
Customer: They have but all was put on hold due to the virus. I am also trying to get dual nationality as my father was Canadian but that is all being dealt with in Canada and I haven't heard anything for a long time.
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer about this?
Customer: No
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: Not really, I just want to know is I will be able to cross the border or should I delay.
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Good morning - My name is ***** ***** i"m happy to assist you today. I am a Canadian lawyer who can answer immigration law questions.

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Whether or not you can enter Canada depends on your father's status in Canada because immediate family members of Canadian citizens or permanent residents can enter.

So to clarify - was you father a Canadian citizen but lost this status and is now applying for permanent residence ? How did he get his Canadian citizenship ?

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He was born Canadian, I was the result of a wartime affair. I have DNA proof that he was my father but this is all going through the Canadian immigration department . My daughter, her husband and 2 children have been living in Canada, working and the children are at school. My son-in-law has been there for 3 years and my daughter coming up for 2 years. They have applied for citizenship but the virus has held up applications.
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To clarify - so your daughter is a permanent resident of Canada now ?

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No they are in the process of applying. I need to know if I come to Canada now, will I be able to enter the country?
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Currently, according to the Government of Canada's COVID 19 travel guidelines, only immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents are allowed entry into Canada and in order to allowed to board the airplane, the airline will be screening all documentation for proof of this relationship and the status of family members in Canada.

Here is the link to the COVID 19 travel restriction guidelines for your reference

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/travel-restrictions-exemptions.html

Hope this answers your question.

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So you will most likely have trouble boarding if you cannot provide this documentation. I would suggest that you contact the airline to get confirmation of this screening process.

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