My ARC is up at the beginning of July. My employer has told me I need to go to the hospital and get my tests done, so they can start the process of renewing it. However, with SARS being so rampant right now, and many of the cases seemingly being health care workers, etc… I’m not really happy with the idea of walking into a hospital if I don’t have to.
I read the article Richard originally posted, but I’m not sure if or how it answers the following questions.
1.) Is the government providing any kind of extension on ARCs, so that I don’t have to renew right now (go through the tests, etc…)? (Is this what was said in the article? Or was it talking about other types of visas?)
2.) If I still need to go, can I go somewhere other than a hospital, like a clinic? Or, am I required to go to a hospital? Also, would a clinic be any safer?
3.) If I have to go to a hospital, any suggestions on which would be the “healthiest”?
4.) Finally, how long does the ARC process take (this is my first time renewing it)? When is the latest I can get the tests done?
Thanks in advance for any help.