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Corona Virus (Coviud-19) Travel Restrictions to Canada

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Corona Virus (Coviud-19) Travel Restrictions to Canada

Canada Response to COVID-19

On March 17 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will be closing its border to foreign nationals to help cease the spread of the Coronavirus. This recent pandemic has led the federal government to make the difficult decision to impose travel restrictions on the country. If you were a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident looking to travel outside of the country, continue reading this blog to get more information on how

Travel Restrictions

The government has imposed a few travel restrictions and limitations for Canadian citizens and foreign nationals trying to enter Canada. For the time being, most foreign nationals looking to visit Canada for reason such as leisure, tourism, recreation or entertainment, cannot travel to Canada even though they may obtain a valid visitor visa or eTA (electronic travel authorization).

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What Is Express Entry?

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What Is Express Entry?

There are many ways for individuals to become Canadian permanent residents. If you a skilled worker and looking for the quickest route to permanent residency, then Express Entry is the way to go.

Canada introduced Express Entry in 2015, creating an online based permanent residency system to better streamline Canada's most popular immigration programs. This is a point-based system, where points are awarded to ividuals in different categories, including education, work experience and language skills.

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Agri-Food Pilot

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Agri-Food Pilot:about the pilot

The new Agri-Food Immigration Pilot was designed to help address the labour needs of the Canadian Agri-food sector. Debuting in March 2020, this pilot program will run until May 2023. It is aimed at attracting non-seasonal farm and livestock workers who have the intention of settling and remaining in Canada year round. To learn how you can apply for permanent residency in Canada through this new immigration pilot program, continue reading below.

About the Process

To apply for permanent residency through the Agri- Food Pilot, you must meet all of the following requirements to be deemed eligible:

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Removal order from Canada 2021

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Removal order from Canada 2021

You’ve received a Removal Order from Canada. Now what? You cannot legally remain in Canada and must leave the country. Depending on the circumstances you may either have to leave immediately or you may have the chance to appeal.

Why you received a removal order?

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Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

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Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Are you from a country that does not require a visa to enter Canada? Have you previous tried to apply for an eTA but were not approved? Continue reading below for information on the electronic travel authorization.

What is an Electronic Travel Authorization?

An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is an entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air. An eTA is electronically linked to a traveller’s passport. It is valid for up to five years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.  If you get a new passport, you need to get a new eTA.

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Spousal Open Work Permit

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Spousal Open Work Permit

Are a spouse or common law partner of someone studying or working temporarily in Canada and looking to work? A Spousal Open Work Permit may allow this. For details on the spousal open work permit, including who is eligible continue reading below

What is an open spousal work permit?

A spousal open work permit allows your spouse or common law partner to work legally in Canada at any eligible employer.

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Entering Canada with a DUI

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Entering Canada with a DUI

Drunk driving charges are processed under many names worldwide, but they all equally have the potential to make you criminally inadmissible to Canada. These charges include, but are not limited to Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), Wet and Reckless (W&R) Reckless Driving, driving without Due Care and Attention. These charges can and will affect your chances of crossing the border into Canada. You do have hope if you've been charged though, read below for options of overcoming criminal inadmissibility because of your DUI.

Temporary Solution: Temporary Resident Permit

The Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) is a document that overcomes your inadmissibility and grants you entry to Canada but only for a limited time. The period of validity for a TRP is completely based upon the officer's discretion. When the application is being reviewed, the officer considers whether your "need" to enter Canada outweighs any risk you might pose to Canada and Canadian Citizens. When looking to enter Canada with a DUI. The TRP is the fastest option, since for urgent travel you can apply at the port of entry.

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Canadian Visitor Visa Refusal

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Visitor visa applications are not easily approved by Immigration Canada. They are one of the most complicated and difficult applications to get approved. There are many significant reasons why a visitor visa may be refused. This blog will explain the most common reasons for refusal and how you can better your chances for a successful application.

It is very important for applicants to identify and understand why an application was refused, especially if another application is likely to be submitted in the future. All applications submitted to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is reviewed and assessed by an authorized immigration officer. These immigration officers have the discretion and flexibility to determine whether or not the applicant meets all eligibility requirements and is qualified to be issued the visa.

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Hiring International Students In Canada

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Hiring International Students In Canada

International students can bring a cultural diversity to a workplace. Are you a Canadian employer looking to hire an international student? Make more of an opening

Hiring Study Permit Holders

International student can still be hired while they are completing their studies. Students may work off campus without a work permit as soon as they start their Canadian studies. Study permit holders are able to work for eligible Canadian employers for up to 20 hours/week during the academic year, and full time hours during summer and other scheduled breaks. Students do need to meet certain requirements. These include:

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Reasons for Inadmissibility to Canada apart from Criminality

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Reasons for Inadmissibility to Canada apart from Criminality

When foreign nationals are looking to come to Canada, they must first make sure that they are not inadmissible. Inadmissibility comes in forms other than criminality. Continue reading below to learn how you can be denied entry to Canada for reasons other than criminality

A foreign national can be denied entry to Canada and deemed inadmissible for any of the following reasons and must obtain the proper authorization to re-enter or come to Canada.

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Extending your stay in Canada

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About Extending your stay in Canada

You crossed all your T’s and dotted all your I’s. You’re in Canada and are looking for ways to extend your stay. Continue reading below for ways to do so.

When you first enter Canada as a visitor, you’re required to have documents. These can include:

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All About Family Class Sponsorship

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All About Family Class Sponsorship

Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada with family in another country and looking for options to all live together in Canada? Family reunification is very important to Canadians and the Canadian Government. This is where family class sponsorship was created. The family class sponsorship program allows Canadian citizens and those who hold PR status to their family members from overseas, allowing them to come to Canada. If this sounds like your situation, continue below to learn more.

Who is able to be a sponsor?

In order to be eligible a sponsor a family member, you must meet the following requirements:

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Qualifying as a Common Law Partner

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Qualifying as a common law partner

Common law partnerships are unique because they cohabitate in a marriage like commitment but are not actually married. Recognizing and assessing these types of partnerships are challenging for Canadian Immigration but is essential. Common law couples must provide sufficient supporting documentation and information in order to prove the genuiness of their relationship to Immigration officers.

To learn more about common law relationships from the immigration side, continue reading below.

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How can I prove that my relationship is genuine?

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Sponsorship How can I prove that my relationship is genuine?

In order to sponsor your spouse, common law or conjugal partner to come to Canada, both applicants must meet various requirements outlined by the Government of Canada. One of these requirements is to prove your relationship is genuine.

Proving the genuiness of your relationship to immigration officers can be stressful and sometimes bordering on embarrassing. Giving a stranger a look through private eyes into the intimacy of your relationship… it can be the make it or break it aspect of your application. In this blog we’ll look at ways to prove that your relationship is real and not just to get into the beautiful country you want to call home with your significant other.

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Restoration of status for Immigration

It is common that foreign nationals who are visiting, working or studying in Canada want to stay longer than originally intended authorized stay. If you are looking to extend your stay in Canada, you will need to undergo a restoration of status. To learn more about what restoration of temporary resident status, eligibility requirements and how to apply continue reading below.

What is restoration of status?

As a temporary visitor in Canada, whether studying, working or just visiting, you have an authorized length of time. When the authorized amount of time is coming to an end and you wish to stay longer, you must apply to restore your status within 90 days of the expiry date of your Temporary Resident Visa. This process is known as “restoration of status”

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Sponsoring a spouse with a criminal record

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Immigration Officers are vigilant when it comes to accessing foreign national’s admissibility to Canada in order to ensure the safety and security of Canada, it’s citizens and permanent residents. Your spouse may be denied entry into Canada if they have a criminal record. There are options available to overcome the inadmissibility though. Continue reading below to learn how to sponsor your spouse to come to Canada even if they have a criminal record

Overcoming criminal inadmissibility

The most important step in sponsoring a spouse with a criminal record is to be it resolved. Whether that be having the record expunged, obtaining Criminal Rehabilitation or being deemed rehabilitated. Criminal Rehabilitation means that you have proved without doubt that criminal activity is in your past, you are very unlikely to reoffend and will not be a threat to Canada, it’s citizens or permanent residents.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Permanent Resident Status in Canada

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What is a permanent resident of Canada?

A permanent resident (PR) are citizens of other countries. They have been given permanent resident status by immigrating to Canada but do not hold Canadian citizenship. A person who is Canada temporarily, such as a student or a foreign worker is not a permanent resident.

What is a PR Card?

A PR card shows that you have permanent resident status in Canada. If you are travelling outside of Canada, it needs to be shown with your passport when you come back on via a commercial method (Airplane, train, boat, bus)

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Post Graduate Work Permit 2020

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You did it! You graduated! In your hand you hold a degree, diploma or certificate. You’ve fallen in love with the great country of Canada and want to know your options on how you can extend your stay. A post graduate work permit just might your ticket. Read below for details on one way to make Canada your home for a while longer.

What is a post graduate work permit?

A post graduate work permit allows those who have completed their studies at a designated learning institution (DIL) to enter the Canadian work force and gain valuable experience. A post graduate work permit also gives foreign nationals a step ahead in gaining permanent residency in Canada. It is considered an “open work permit” which allows you to work for any Canadian employer who is eligible.

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30-Day Ontario License for Internationally Trained Physicians to fight Covid-19

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COVID-19 UPDATES & IMPACT ON IMMIGRATION TO CANADA

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) has commenced the issuance of a Supervised Short Duration Certificate, whereby some internationally-trained physicians and medical school graduates may obtain a 30-day medical license in Ontario to help fight COVID-19.

This will enable said physicians and graduates to render medical care and attention under supervision at various hospitals, psychiatric institutions and Crown agencies. In Ontario, one out of 10 COVID-19 cases are health-care providers; therefore, there is an increasing demand for physicians to help manage the deluge and influx of cases.  Accordingly, immigration Canada is now carving a small exception and thereby allowing entry of physicians or graduates, whom are internationally-trained to practice supervised medicine for a temporary period of time – 30 days to be exact. However, candidates may apply for an extension of an additional 30 days.

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The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

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The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is a community driven program designed to extend the benefits economically of immigration to smaller communities. This is done by creating a path to permanent residency for skilled foreign workers looking to live and work in the participating communities

Participating Communities and their Website

North Bay. ON

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How to Extend my Visitor Visa to Canada

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Visitors Visa Extension

Foreign individuals travel to Canada for different reasons these can include:

  • A leisurely trip with or without family
  • Visiting family or friends
  • Continuing studies Canada
  • Or working on temporary basis

As a foreign individual you are only allowed to stay in Canada for a certain time frame until your circumstances change and you may need to change your conditions in Canada or extend your trip.

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Different Types of Work Permit for Canada

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Working in Canada

Canada encourages and provides many avenues for individuals to support and provide for themselves and their families financially. You can only legally work in Canada while on a valid work permit. In order to provide reasonable support to individuals Canada has many different types of work permits to encourage financial stability. Depending on individual circumstances individuals may be able to qualify under one of the work permit categories.

This blog will provide an overview of all the different types of work permits classifying them into groups based on the categories and the sub-categories.

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5 FAQ on Study Permits

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Am I eligible for a study permit?

Before applying for a study permit, students must ensure they meet the eligibility requirements and possess the required documentation.

To apply for a Canadian study permit, students must be able to demonstrate the following:

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Super Visa for Parents and Grandparents

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Parents and grandparents are one of the greatest blessings in life. Wouldn’t it be nice if they can visit you in Canada and see all that you have achieved? They can see the beautiful life you have built for yourself and meet your family and friends here in Canada. Give them a chance to visit and tour this picturesque country and spend quality time with you. The Canadian government believes in family and community reunification and assists those eligible to unify through the Super Visa. The Super Visa legislation was introduced in 2011 and has allowed thousands of parents and grandparents from across the world to visit their children and/or grandchildren in Canada for extended periods of time.

This legislation has been a great success across Canada in reuniting families, strengthening social, economic and community ties and providing our elderly loved ones a chance to visit Canada. As Canada encourages this family reunification, the Super Visa is one of the most straightforward applications with very high reward. At Akrami and Associates, we are proud to say that we have taken part in and provided excellent support in reuniting many families.

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Canadian Spousal Sponsorship what you need to know

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Sponsoring Spouse to Canada

Congratulations! Have you recently made one of the greatest decisions of your life to get married? Is your loved one far away from you living in a different country? Marriage is about building a life together and enjoying the everyday moments with your significant other. Face time calls and texting can only last so long. It is time to bring your loved one home and begin your life together as a family in this beautiful country, Canada.

To those who are not legally married yet, there is also a way. Canadian spousal sponsorship covers three types of relationships - married, common-law and conjugal. There are many similarities and differences between these applications. Same-sex spouses and partners are also covered under the same Canadian spousal sponsorship rules. We are here to work with you through your specific circumstances to ensure you are on the right path to returning with your loved one.

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