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Canada Won’t Issue Visas to Individuals from Ebola-Impacted Countries

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PhenomArtlover/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TORONTO) — Canada has instituted a visa ban on individuals from West Africa seeking temporary or permanent residence, in an effort to prevent the spread of Ebola.

Noting the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the potential for “introduction or spread of the disease,” the Canadian government opted to enact the visa ban as of Friday. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will neither process new visa applications nor continue to process pending applications for temporary residence for workers, students or visitors who have been in an Ebola affected country within three months of their application date.

The decision applies to those nations designated by the World Health Organization as having widespread and persistent/intense transmission of Ebola.

The rules apply to those seeking permanent residence as well.

The decision, reported by the Canada Gazette, the official newspaper of the government of Canada, aim to “assist in the prevention of the transmission and spread of the Ebola Virus Disease in Canada.”

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