WALI was notified on July 2 that the Canadian Visa Application Centre (CVAC) in Mexico City has temporarily ceased operations and quarantined all staff. This office is responsible for processing all work permit applications for the Canadian Embassy in Mexico City. The office is expected to remain closed until July 13.
"We are working with the Ministry of Labour to arrange travel for workers that already have their work permits. However, once these workers arrive we are unlikely to see additional work permits issued until mid to late July. We are waiting to see if the federal government will implement alternate procedures to facilitate work permit processing while the CVAC is closed."
Workers returning home to Guatemala
Unfortunately the airport in Guatemala continues to be closed to commercial flights and will likely remain closed until mid August. The only way for Guatemalan workers to return home is with a charter flight. FERME, WALI’s counterpart in Quebec, has arranged a flight from Montreal to Guatemala which will depart on July 20th, and has agreed to offer some seats to BC workers (maximum capacity 100 seats). The estimated cost for this charter flight will be $400 CAD and includes 2 pieces of luggage (23kg each). Employers will also need to cover the flight cost from Vancouver to Montreal. Mi Tierra is looking at travel options and pricing for a flight likely departing YVR on July 19th.