Hello. We received our COPR on 28th Feb. We live in the U.S. (on H1Bs) and we were planning to do a soft landing via land in March 2020. Since there were travel restrictions and the scare of COVID-19 - we thought to wait until April to travel to Canada. Since it is almost an 9 hour drive for us - we decided to give a call to CBSA and ask them whether the we would be able to cross the border or not. The CBSA are advising not to travel for a soft landing if we are not moving to Canada. We were hoping to complete the formalities at the border and turn back to the U.S. (they used the term "flagpooling for this) Basically they are asking us to delay our soft landing until after the restrictions.
I have reached out to IRCC for an advice as well and what could happen if we are unable to do a soft landing before 7th May through a web form and this was their response “We have received your enquiry concerning your Confirmation of Permanent Residence document that has expired or will soon expire. We are currently making additional verifications in order to respond to your request.” . If we are attempting the travel, then we would need to quarantine ourselves for 14 days in Canada and we would be needing to find a hotel/airbnb for accommodation. Due to the COVID-19 scare, we are trying to avoid this for now.
The IRCC mentioned to me on the call today that the CBSA at the border might consider our travel as a non-essential one.
Through this post - I am trying to understand if anyone else is in the same boat and if yes, what would you suggest to do. I am in a panic mode right now thinking that I would loose the PR approval if not able to meet the May 7th, 2020 deadline.