On June 8, 2020, the federal government announced that effective immediately, foreign nationals who are immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and who do not have COVID-19 or exhibit any symptoms or signs of COVID-19, or have any reason to believe they have COVID-19, will be exempt from the prohibition on entry to Canada if entering to be with an immediate family member for a period of at least 15 days. People admitted into Canada pursuant to this exemption must quarantine for 14 days.
In Canadian immigration law, an immediate family member refers to a person’s:
- Spouse or common-law partner (someone they have lived with in a romantic relationship for at least one year)
- Dependent child, as defined in section 2 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (see below), or a dependent child of the person’s spouse or common-law partner
- Dependent child, as defined in section 2 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (see below), of a dependent child referred to in paragraph (2)
- Parent or step-parent or the parent or step-parent of the person’s spouse or common-law partner
- Guardian or tutor
In Canadian immigration law, a dependent child:
- is a biological child of the parent (unless the child has been adopted by a person other than the spouse or common-law partner of the parent), or is an adopted child of the parent; and
- is less than 22 years old and not married or not in a common-law relationship; or
- is 22 years old or older and has been dependent on the financial support of their parent since before they turned 22 and is unable to support themselves financially due to a physical or mental disability.