Can Canadians still immigrate to the U.S. during COVID-19?

U.S. Canada border closure

On March 21, 2020, Canada, U.S. and Mexico agreed to close their respective borders to non-essential travel as a result of the spread of COVID-19. However, Canada will re-open its borders to fully vaccinated American citizens without quarantine starting August 9, 2021.  Unvaccinated children will also be exempt from the 14-day quarantine.

What is considered essential travel to the U.S.?

It may be easier to ask what is considered non-essential travel.  Non-essential travel is basically any travel from Canada to the U.S. that is for pleasure or tourism.  For example, traveling to Disney World in Orlando, Florida may be considered non-essential travel.  If you are entering for other purposes, it may be considered essential.

Is entering the U.S. with a work visa considered essential travel?

It appears that anybody going through a port of entry with a work visa, whether CBP pre-clearance at a Canadian airport or at a land border, will be allowed to enter the U.S.  This includes TN visas, H-1B visas, L-1 visas, O-1 visas, and E-2 visas.

Can Canadians still apply for TN status at a port of entry?

Canadians are still permitted to apply for TN status at a CBP airport pre-clearance or a land border.

Is entering the U.S. with a student visa considered essential travel?

Canadians with F-1 status, or who are applying for F-1 status, may continue to do so at the border.

Do Canadians have to quarantine when entering the U.S.?

Unlike the mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement for those traveling into Canada, there is presently no mandatory quarantine requirements for Canadians entering the U.S. for essential travel.

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