Canada has suspended all visa applications for nationals and residents of countries in West Africa who are fighting Ebola. This decision follows a similar move by Australia. The Canadian government stated it would not issue and permanent residency visas that may be going through the system for people from the Ebola countries along with the suspension of issuing of worker, visitor or student visas in an attempt to reduce the chance of Ebola entering the nation. All applications that have been submitted and awaiting approval will not be processed. This change was announced by the Canada Gazette and is effective immediately.
The move, similar to the restrictions issued by the Australian government this week, is less restrictive, according to the minister of Citizenship and Immigration. However, the moves have been slammed by the Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan. Dr. Chan said that the Ebola virus will not stop spreading just by closing borders.
By Carl Auer
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