As of March 18, the border between the U.S. and Canada is closing to non-essential travel amid the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Travelers will not be permitted to cross the border for recreation and tourism. Canada’s border agency has been updating its Twitter account with steps it is taking during the pandemic as well as information on mitigating the spread of the virus. While the U.S. Consulate in Montreal is still issuing immigrant visas as of March 18th, this can change at any time.


Similarly, while the Southern border remains open at this time, efforts to begin turning away non-essential travel may also occur just as the Norther border. Both immigrant and non-immigrant visa processing has been suspended until further notice. Routine passport (including consular reports of birth abroad) and notarial services will be limited starting March 18. Individuals with appointments after March 18 may be asked to reschedule their appointments for a later date. Further, the Trump administration announced it will suspend services to asylum seekers on the Southern Border due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

More information and updates can be found using the links below:

Canada Border Services Agency Twitter: https://twitter.com/CanBorder

COVID-19 Information from the U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Canada: https://ca.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information-canada/

Information on COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

While many government services have been temporarily suspended, Ankeny Law will continue working your case file with attorneys working remotely from their homes. We will contact you regularly with updates on your case. In the meantime, take care.