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Federal Skilled Trades Program FAQ's

FAQs for the Federal Skilled Trades Program

The federal skilled trades program (FSTP) is a stream of the Express Entry program economic immigration program, which helps Canadian employers find skilled workers to fill positions in Canada, and help the Canadian economy grow. The FSTP is one of the three federal programs individuals can be nominated under, and receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence. Essentially, to receive an invitation to apply, you must be eligible under the FSTP, or, one of the other two federal economic programs. If you are eligible, you will be placed in a pool with others who are also eligible under your specific economic stream. Top candidates will be those who receive an invitation to apply. The express entry system as a whole is very difficult to understand. Though, we have provided links to other blogs which help break down the express entry system. This blog will aim to go further than breaking down the express entry system, and actually help individuals who may be thinking about creating an express entry profile because they believe they are eligible under the FSTP, understand the FSTP a little better.

What are the Minimum Requirements?

To be eligible, you must

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Work Permits under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program

The temporary foreign worker program is an umbrella program which includes all work permits an individual could apply for, which grant an individual permission to enter Canada temporarily for work, provided their job offer is supported by a positive LMIA assessment. There are many work permits within the temporary foreign worker program. It is our belief at Akrami and Associates, that understanding all of your options as a temporary foreign worker, is the first step to finding the right work permit, and applying for the solution which is most suitable to you. Therefore, this article will aim to provide a brief description of all the work permits one could obtain, which are a part of the temporary foreign worker program.

NAFTA Work Permit

The NAFTA free trade agreement, along with other free trade agreements Canada is a partner on, allows individuals who are citizens or permanent residents of Mexico, or the USA to come to Canada to fill a temporary position, without first having to obtain a positive Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). You can come as a business visitor under NAFTA, a professional, as an Intra-company transferee (ICT), or, an investor. To apply for a NAFTA work permit, you must submit the following:

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Information About Transit Visa's

Information About Transit Visa's

Do You Have a Flight Connecting Through Canada?

If so, you may need a transit visa, to avoid many unnecessary delays during your stopover. Essentially, you may need a transit visa simply to be in a Canadian airport for a short period of time, to then board your second flight. In this article, I will work to help you understand what a transit visa is, who needs to apply for a transit visa, and how to go about applying.

What is a Transit Visa? Who Needs One?

Well, it is essentially all that I have already explained; a visa which allows you to take a flight, which connects to another flight, through a Canadian airport. It is also a visa which allows you to even be on a plane, which is stopping at a Canadian airport before continuing. If you are from a non-visa exempt country, you are not permitted to do these things without having a valid transit visa. If you are from a visa-exempt country, you can do this simply with a valid eTA, and do not need to apply for a transit visa.

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File a Refugee Claim

File a Refugee Claim

The hardship individuals who are coming from war-torn countries face, puts them in a position in a horrible position. Their country of origin, in a state of emergency, is obviously not making it priority to provide travel documents to help individuals leave. In some cases, the government is actively preventing individuals from leaving. Ultimately, for one reason or another, individuals are essentially stuck. Individuals who escape will not be allowed to cross other countries boarders easily at all, because they do not have valid travel documents, and could end up with nowhere to go. Fortunately, the United Nations has recognized the need for some individuals to seek protection in another country is a situation which arises sometimes, and it should be their right, as a human, to receive this protection. Therefore, countless countries have implemented procedures to help refugee claimants, and provide asylum from their country of origin. Canada is a country which provides protection to asylum seekers. Though, the process is very extensive and can be very confusing. Therefore, this article will aim to break down the process of making a refugee claim in Canada.

To Begin

First, you must either make it to a Canadian port of entry, where you will be arrested and detained and brought into custody with the RCMP. This is not the same as being arrested for criminality. One should think of this arrest as the beginning of protection, and it is simply the beginning of the refugee claim process. This is not to take away from the rigorous assessment individuals will face when filing a refugee claim, but it is important to understand you are not being arrested for criminality. It would not make sense for immigration officers to let anyone who has no intention of returning to their country of origin, roam free around the country, as it is likely they would not leave if their refugee claim was denied. If you are already in Canada, you can file an asylum claim at a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) inland office or an Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) inland office. CBSA or IRCC officials will then determine if an individual is eligible to land as a refugee.

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Help With Removal Orders

Help! I’ve received a Removal Order!

If you have received a notice from the government informing you that you must leave Canada, and giving conditions on when and how you must do this, you have received a removal order. A removal order is issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), and they can be issued to any Canadian permanent resident or foreign national who is in Canada, whom they believe to be inadmissible for any reason. There are a variety of reasons you could receive a removal order, though, if this happens to you, it is very important to comply with the removal order, and try to understand why you were ordered to leave, to understand if there is any further action you can take to appeal the order, and eventually return to Canada. Therefore, this article will try to help you understand your situation if you receive a removal order, and explain the potential nest steps you could take, to be able to return to Canada again.

Types of Removal Order

1. Departure Order

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Apply for a Provincial Nominee Program

Apply for a Provincial Nominee Program

What is a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)?

Through the Express Entry program; which helps valuable, highly skilled foreign nationals immigrate to Canada as permanent residents, there are various “provincial nominee programs.” Provinces and territories in Canada, with the exception of Quebec, can chose to nominate individuals and persons with certain skills and certain qualities to immigrate to Canada through the Provincial Nomination Program (PNP). This allows provincial governments to have better control of the services and employment sectors in their region, and ensure the employment market remains driven and competitive. The idea is the individuals who are being nominated into these programs, have skills or qualities which will be valuable to the Canadian labor market, and the economy.

How Do the Provincial Nominee Programs Work?

Each province and territory has a special “stream” under which they nominate foreign nationals to immigrate to their province. A “stream” is a program that targets certain groups depending on the qualifications and skills the individual has, which are necessary for a certain occupation. For example, a program in any given province or territory may target students of certain education, business people specialized in certain sectors, skilled workers or semi-skilled works.

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Important Information About LMIA's

Need to Know Information about LMIA’s

If you are an employer who is considering hiring a foreign national, chances are you will need a labor market impact assessment. For many, this is a confusing and frustrating requirement. As the employer, you probably weren’t expecting to have to become heavily involved with the immigration process, to hire a temporary foreign worker. Though, this is the case. A labor market impact assessment is an application to Canadian Immigration Services (CIC) all on its own and it must be submitted by the employer. It is an important step in the process of hiring a temporary foreign worker, as an LMIA ensures the temporary foreign worker will not be taking a job away from a Canadian looking for employment, and ultimately endorses your ability to hire the temporary foreign worker. Therefore, in this article, we will work to break down the ins and outs of a LMIA application, to make it easier for employers to pursue hiring a temporary foreign worker, and not be scared away by the thought of an LMIA application.

Who Needs an LMIA?

All applicants applying for the Temporary Foreign Workers Program will require a Labour Market Impact Assessment; exempt occupations are now part of the International Mobility Program

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Need to Know Information About Being a Permanent Resident

Need to Know Information About Being a Permanent Resident

What to Know About Being a Permanent Resident?

Let’s assume you have just been granted permission to enter Canada as a permanent resident, and have landed as immigrants to officiate your status as a permanent resident of Canada. This is a new and exciting time, but ultimately, it can be very stressful. There is the concern of moving to an entirely new country either alone or with a family, and settling in to a new routine. At the same time, there are certain things the Canadian government requires of you, to be permitted to renew your status as a permanent resident after 5 years, and become a permanent resident with a permanent resident card. It is important to be a card holding permanent resident, because while it may seem like a formality, the reality is that being a permanent resident with a permanent resident card is very important to avoid running into any issues with a Canadian Border Services officer. There are several nuances which can be difficult to understand for new permanent residents of Canada, but are in fact very important. To fully understand what it means to be a permanent resident, either with or without a PR card, keep reading this article.

Obtain a Permanent Resident Card

New permanent residents don’t need to apply for a permanent resident card (PR card). The Canadian government will send one to you when you immigrate to Canada, so long as you report your home address within 180 days of immigrating. If you do not report your address within 180 days, then you will have to apply for a PR card. There is a $50CAD processing fee for PR card applications.

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All About Significant Benefit Work Permits

All About Significant Benefit Work Permits

What is a Significant Benefit Work Permit?

Do you have an interesting business idea, or are an entrepreneur who thinks they have a business idea which could be beneficial to Canadians, then the Canadian government has the program for you! Assuming you as well have an interest in doing business in Canada, the Canadian government is willing to permit you to work in Canada for quite an extended period of time, provided they determine you qualify for this unique type of work permit. I am talking about a significant benefit work permit (SBWP). As it sounds, the significant benefit work permit is available to foreign nationals who are presumed to be a significant benefit to Canadian society. As such, there is a fairly tough evaluation process behind granting individuals a SBWP. Not to worry though, Akrami and Associates is here to help you understand if you could apply for a SBWP, and how to go about doing this.

Who Can Apply for A Significant Benefit Work Permit?

Well, as I briefly mentioned, you must be in a position to bring business to Canada which is of significant benefit either socially, economically, or culturally. As such, you must be able to plan and outline what you intend to contribute to Canada, how this is going to benefit Canada, and how you are going to be successful in creating and maintaining your endeavors. This may not sound like much, but it is much more complicated that drawing up a pipedream plan and hoping a Canadian immigration officer appreciates the sound of the idea. You must make an immigration officer feel confident that you have a good, beneficial idea, and the means to achieve this idea in all likelihood. The importance of your business plan should not be underestimated. It is by far the most influential aspect of this type of application. Furthermore, you must be admissible to Canada. This means you cannot be criminally inadmissible, medically inadmissible, inadmissible due to prior misrepresentation, or any other reason.

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Learn about Self-Employed Immigration

Learn about Self-Employed Immigration

Are You a Foreign Business Owner?

The self-employed immigration program is a unique opportunity for foreign nationals who wish to be self-employed and are able to do so, bring their business to Canada. In fact, since the investor program shut down indefinitely in 2012, the start-up visa program and the self-employed immigration program are the two closest remaining immigration opportunities for entrepreneurs. So, if you’re an ambitious business person with your eye on the Canadian market, keep reading this blog to learn all about the self-employed immigration program! We will cover who is eligible and how to apply.

What is the Self-Employed Immigration Program?

Well, as it sounds, this program sets out to help self-employed foreign nationals bring their business to Canada, and become permanent residents in the process. To be clear, you do not need to currently have a business in your country of origin which you intend to bring to Canada, you simply need to have the urge to be self-employed in Canada, and have the financial and experimental means to do so. There are some specific rules regarding involvement in the self-employed immigration program. These rules cover things like eligibility to be a self-employed business immigrant, and, the types of economic activities an individual is permitted to take part in. It is regulated that the foreign national take part in economic activities which fall under one of the three following categories:

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Participate in the Youth Mobility Program

Participate in the Youth Mobility Program

What is the Youth Mobility Program?

Have you always wished of seeing foreign parts of the world? Are you a youth who wishes to travel and work abroad while you’re young? If so, the Canadian government has developed the program for you! The youth mobility program sets out to make it possible for youths to travel internationally to experience other cultures, study and work. Essentially, the youth mobility program is a part of international experience Canada, made possible by the various agreements Canada has with other nations which allow for individual exchanges. There are a variety of countries you could choose to visit, so, if this is something which has always interested you, keep reading to learn more!

How Does the Youth Mobility Program Work?

The youth mobility program is made possible by several bilateral agreements Canada has made with other counties. Depending on the country, the specific rules of an exchange may vary. For example, each different country has their own set number of individuals who can participate in an exchange. This means for any country, for example Italy; there will be a designated number of individuals who can go to Italy from Canada, and also come to Canada from Italy. Furthermore, there are different program streams you could enter; there is the working holiday stream, the young professional’s stream, and the international co-op internship stream, each with their own specific rules and requirements. Therefore, depending on what you want to do with your Canadian experience, you will choose what program to apply for. Finally, these are the countries that have agreements to participate in IEC:

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About Intra-Company Transferee Work Permits

About Intra-Company Transferee Work Permits

What is the International Mobility Program?

There various different work permits one could apply for which would give them permission to work legally in Canada. The reason there are so many different work permits for individuals to choose from is that the Canadian government recognizes that there are a variety of different circumstances individuals who wish to work in Canada, are facing. Therefore, the different work permits exist to suit each individual’s circumstance, and provide each individual a permit which gives them the necessary permissions to have success in their specific endeavors. For example, some work permits are available through the international mobility program (IMP). Work permits available through the IMP lets employers hire temporary workers without a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), unlike the temporary foreign worker program (TFWP). Work permits available through the international mobility program are LMIA exempt because they have special permissions through a bilateral or multilateral agreement the Canadian government is party to. In this article, we will work to help you understand the intra-company transferee work permit, which runs through the international mobility program.

What is an Intra-Company Transferee Work Permit?

Through the international mobility program, one option is an intra-company transferee work permit. This type of work permit is useful for individuals who work for trans-national corporations (TNCs), otherwise known as multi-national corporations. From time to time, an individual who works for a company which has branches or affiliates in difference parts of the world may have the opportunity to re-locate to a country like Canada. Though, to work in Canada, everyone who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident needs a work permit. An intra-company transfer work permit (ICT work permit) makes it easier for these individuals to obtain permission to work for their company in Canada. Additionally, the ICT work permit brings some other benefits, but at the same time places some restrictions on the grounds the individual seeking work is coming to work with one particular company. For example, your employer does not need to obtain a positive LMIA, as mentioned. Though, an ICT work permit is essentially a closed work permit. This means, you will only have permission to work with a branch or affiliate of your original company during your time in Canada.

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Live With Your Dependent Child in Canada

Live With Your Dependent Child in Canada

Live With Your Dependent Child in Canada

It is everyone’s wish to spend their life close to their family, and especially every parent’s wish to spend their lives close enough to their children, to watch them grow and succeed into adults. The Canadian government recognizes this wish, and has created a group of family class sponsorship programs, to help family members reunite. Particularly, they recognize the dire need for parents to be able to reunite with their children, especially if they are still dependents, therefore, this program is given high priority among the family class sponsorship programs. In this article, I will discuss the process of sponsoring a child to come to Canada.

First Step: Ensure You Are an Eligible Sponsor

To be eligible to sponsor anyone to come to Canada, you must meet the requirements of an eligible sponsor. This means, you must be a permanent resident of Canada and at least 18 years of age. Also, you must be financially stable enough to support your child for the length of the undertaking you have committed to by sponsoring your child. There is no low income cut-off (LICO) level you must meet to be eligible to sponsor and dependent child, unless the dependent child also has children of their own. Though, as a sponsor, you have committed to a 10 year undertaking, or, you have agreed to support the child’s basic needs until they turn 25, whichever comes first. To be completely clear, taking on an undertaking means you have agreed to pay for your child’s basic necessities while they are in Canada. This means providing food, water, shelter, and health care which is not publicly provided such as dental and eye care. Additionally, you are responsible for ensuring the child does not receive social assistance while they are in Canada, or, receive any fines which go unpaid from Canadian government authorities. Therefore, ultimately, the financial requirement states you must be financially stable enough to support another human, though; there is no official LICO requirement.

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Hire a Temporary Foreign Worker Through the Global Talent Stream

Hire a Temporary Foreign Worker Through the Global Talent Stream

What is the Global Talent Stream?

The Global Talent Stream is a fairly new program, which began in 2017 as a pilot project to test new ways to help Canadian businesses grow and innovate to the best of their abilities. Recognizing the need for highly skilled workers in certain positions, in combination with a low availability of Canadian workers who are trained and capable of doing the job, the Canadian government launched the Global Talent Stream for Temporary Foreign Workers Program. This program boasts low processing times for applications, one of the largest of many benefits of this program. So, if you are an employer looking to fill a position which requires advanced knowledge and special skills, you may be eligible to apply to hire a temporary foreign worker through the global talent stream. Keep reading to learn more!

What Do Employers Need to Know About Hiring a Foreign Worker Through GTS?

There are a variety of requirement an employer must comply with to be eligible to hire a temporary foreign worker through the global talent stream. To give a brief overview of what the Global Talent Stream requires, there are special requirements for both Category A and B of the global talent stream. Both the position you are hiring for, and the individual you wish to hire must meet all the conditions under either Category A or B, to enter the application process successfully. Then, the employer must show in their application for an Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and request to hire through the global talent stream that the business and job offer must be legitimate, so that the individual they wish to hire can then apply for a work permit through the global talent stream, and enter as a temporary foreign worker. The employers application for an LMIA and request to hire through the GTS will include a variety of other necessary supporting documents, these include:

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What a NAFTA Work Permit Is

What a NAFTA Work Permit Is

What is NAFTA, and How Does it Impact my Ability to Work in Canada?

You’ve probably heard the term NAFTA before. If you don’t already know what NAFTA is, I’m here to help. “NAFTA” stands for North American Free Trade Agreement. This is an agreement between Mexico, Canada and the USA designed to allow citizens of these three countries easier access to the benefits of each other’s economies, through trade and work contributions. What this means is individuals who are citizens of these three countries have the privilege of being able to access work industries beyond their own borders easier than if they were not citizens of one of these three countries. Canadian, US and Mexican citizens can obtain a work permit for one of these three countries relatively easily. Though, it is a very important process to understand, to ensure you are not denied the opportunity to work in another county. Keep reading this blog for a detailed explanation of obtaining a NAFTA work permit, to come to work in Canada if you are from the USA or Mexico.

What is a NAFTA Work Permit?

As mentioned, NAFTA makes it easier for citizens of certain countries to find a work permit. But how does it actually do this? Because of NAFTA, individuals who apply for a work permit under NAFTA do not have to obtain a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), before they are able to come to Canada. A LMIA is used to ensure there is a need for a foreign worker to fill a position within Canada, because there is no Canadian available to fill the position. Essentially, this means that individuals under NAFTA are protected from the requirement that they cannot take a position from any Canadian. As the result of NAFTA, citizens of the US and Mexico are also privilege to the Canadian labor market. This is a huge benefit to citizens of these countries, as the process of applying for an LMIA can be lengthy and difficult, and seriously impact your chances of being permitted to work in Canada on a temporary basis. This process requires a foreign worker to have a Canadian employer arrange for their employment within Canada. Receiving a positive LMIA is a large part of this process, as they must obtain permission from the Canadian government to bring a foreign worker to Canada, before they can enter the country and begin to work. As mentioned, NAFTA removes this requirement and greatly speeds up the application process; some individuals can even apply for their work permit at the border, but this ultimately depends on your specific situation.

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Applying for Express Entry

Applying for Express Entry

What is the best way to apply for Permanent Residency?

Are you considering moving to Canada in the future? Have you started looking into how this could be done, and come to the realization it feels like there are a million ways to become a permanent resident of Canada, so you now have no idea where to even begin? This is the case for many individuals who wish to become permanent residents of Canada. It is VERY hard to know what route to take to apply for permanent residency. Though, the most important thing to know is the best route for you may not be the best route for someone else. The best place to start is by assessing your own specific circumstances to determine which path to permanent residency is the most applicable for you. Therefore, if you are married to a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you’ll probably want to consider spousal sponsorship as your path to permanent residency. In other cases, you may assess your skills and qualifications to engage in the Canadian working economy, and see that you are in fact an asset to the Canadian economy. If this is the case, you could be eligible to apply for permanent residence through the express entry program. In this article, we will focus on the ways an individual can qualify and apply for permanent residency under the express entry program.

What is Express Entry?

Since 2015, the Canadian government has made it a priority to use immigration as a tool to help balance the Canadian economy. Therefore, the express entry program was introduced as a way to allow qualified applicants to apply online by uploading a profile of their skills, abilities and work experience to a Canadian database which is accessible to immigration officers. Profiles are assessed, and candidates who are considered an asset to the Canadian economy will receive an invitation to apply. Therefore, once you receive an invitation to apply, you have 90 days to complete and submit an application for permanent residence.

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About Family Class Sponsorships

About Family Class Sponsorships

About Family-Class Sponsorship

Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada with family overseas who you wish you could be closer to? Do you and your family wish to reunite and live together in one place? The Canadian government recognized oftentimes many families are separated against their wishes, and works to help reunite these families whenever possible. Therefore, there is the family class sponsorship program which allows Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada to sponsor their loved ones who are living overseas, to allow them to come to Canada as permanent residents. This blog will aim to break down the different streams of family class sponsorship, and explain the process submitting this type of application.

 

Who Can I Sponsor Under the Family Class Sponsorship Program?

As the name suggest, the family class sponsorship stream allows you to sponsor members of your immediate family, if you are a permanent resident or a Canadian citizen. The relatives you may sponsor are as follows.

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Understand Dual Intent

I Applied for Permanent Residency; Can I Still Visit Canada Temporarily?

There are a variety of ways individuals can achieve permanent residency (PR) in Canada. Though, most often this process takes a very long time. As a result of this, individuals often wish to be in Canada, before they receive status as a permanent resident. This is a very confusing situation to be in. Allow me to break it down. Essentially, if you’re not a permanent resident, and only have the authority to be in Canada as a visitor, it is crucial that you are clear with an immigration officer you have every intention of leaving Canada once the period of time which you are permitted to stay in Canada is over. If you do not convince an immigration officer that your intention to visit Canada is to visit temporarily, you will not be allowed to enter Canada. Though, if you have submitted an application for permanent residency, you have clearly demonstrated your intent to reside in Canada permanently. Therefore, you may be wondering how you could be allowed to visit the country, if you cannot prove intent to leave. Though this is a confusing situation, there is a way to declare your intent to remain in Canada permanently, and ask permission to visit temporarily, without automatically being denied the privilege of visiting. If this sounds like the circumstance you’re facing, continue reading this blog to learn more.

What is Dual Intent?

Dual intent is essentially how you explain to Canadian immigration officers that you would like to reside in Canada permanently someday, but before having status as a lawful permanent resident, you would like to stay in Canada either as a visitor, a student or a worker. To help this explanation, allow me to provide an example. Someone who has dual intent would have already submitted an application for permanent residency, and would then continue by applying for a temporary resident visa (if they are from a non-visa exempt country), or an electronic travel authorization (if they are from a visa-exempt country). When your application for a temporary resident permit is assessed by an immigration officer, they will still be looking for proof that you intend to leave at the end of your authorized temporary stay. It is important to understand, you can still demonstrate a willingness to leave the country if your status as a lawful visitor expires, even though you have expressed a wish to remain in the country forever through your application for PR. It is still a requirement of individuals who have declared dual intent, to prove to an immigration officer that you will comply with the conditions of your visitor visa, and will not stay longer than you are allowed.

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What to Know About Applying for Canadian Citizenship

What to Know About Applying for Canadian Citizenship

Apply for Canadian Citizenship

Though it sometimes seems like a long and daunting process to apply for Canadian citizenship, there are a variety of reasons someone would want to become a Canadian citizen, even if they already have status in Canada as a lawful permanent resident. Canadian citizens do experience many privileges above and beyond those that permanent residents have. For example, Canadian citizens have the opportunity to exercise their democratic right to vote and even more, actually become involved with a political party or leadership campaign. Furthermore, you have the freedom to travel without worrying that you permanent residency will expire while you are out of the country, and you won’t have to worry if you aren’t able to meet the residency requirements of permanent residents. But this is not all, there are more benefits! The children you have in Canada are automatically Canadian citizens, and will not have to endure the same process you once did. This is not all, though, the point is made that it is super beneficial to apply for Canadian citizenship, so keep reading this blog to learn more about the process.

Who can apply for Canadian Citizenship?

It makes sense that because there are so many benefits to being a Canadian citizen, there are also various requirements individuals must fulfill to successfully become Canadian citizens.

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Renew Your Permanent Residency with Humanitarian and Compassionate Consideration

Renew Your Permanent Residency with Humanitarian and Compassionate Consideration

Applying For Permanent Residency Card Renewal with H&C

Have you been admitted to Canada lawfully as a permanent resident? Has 5 years passed since you were admitted as a permanent resident, and now it is time to apply for a renewal of your permanent resident status? If this is the case, you may simply be looking to apply for a permanent residency renewal. If you meet all the requirements of an individual who will be granted a renewal of their permanent residency status, then this is a fairly straightforward task. However, you may realize you do not meet all the requirements necessary to successfully have your permanent residency status renewed. In this case, you may be concerned your chances of living in Canada permanently one day are gone, though; this is not necessarily the case. Depending on your specific circumstances, you could be eligible to apply for a permanent residency renewal by asking for humanitarian and compassionate consideration, also known as H&C. This blog will help you understand the situations individuals often find themselves in, when they decide applying for permanent residency renewal with H&C is the best option available.

Applying for Permanent Residency Renewal

To renew your permanent residency status, there are a variety of eligibility requirements you must meet. First and foremost, you must be living in Canada and the application for a permanent residency renewal must be submitted from within Canada. For the most part, permanent residency status is valid for 5 years, before you must apply for a new permanent resident card. During this time, you must have spent 2 years, or 730 days within Canada to be eligible to apply for a renewal of your permanent resident status. There are some specific situations in which you may be physically outside of Canada, but due to the reasons for your travel or whom you are travelling with, this time spent outside the country is still counted as time spent in Canada for the purpose of fulfilling your permanent residency obligations. It is important to understand individuals cannot apply to renew their permanent resident status from outside of Canada. If you are outside Canada when your permanent residency status expires and you have not met the residency requirements of a permanent resident, you will be notified that you have lost your permanent residency. If this is the situation you face, and you feel you have not met the residency requirements for compelling reason, you will have 60 days to submit an appeal and apply for humanitarian and compassionate consideration, to try to have your permanent residency status maintained despite being unable to meet the residency requirements.

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Get a Canadian Study Permit

Get a Canadian Study Permit

Who Can Apply For a Canadian Study Permit?

Have you always wished of pursuing your education in a fun and challenging way? Have you ever thought of travelling to another country for school, to have the opportunity to immerse in another countries culture and lifestyle while also getting to experience all the amazing sights the country has to offer? If so, you may have considered studying in Canada. It is no secret Canada has plenty of beautiful sights, an abundant variety of cultures to experience and an education system that is rivaled by few; it would be the opportunity of a lifetime. Fortunately, the Canadian government knows it is the dream of many foreign nationals to experience Canada while studying within the Canadian system, and so they have allowed people who would like to come for this purpose to apply for a study permit and do so. If you are a foreign national who dreams of studying in Canada, continue reading this article to find out how you can apply for a study permit.

Why Do I Have to Apply For a Study Permit?

Oftentimes, a course will continue for more than 6 months, which is the maximum length of time any visitor; with or without a visitor’s visa, can stay. Therefore, without a study permit, you could only take part in a course which continued for less than 6 months, which is a huge limit on the programs foreign nationals could take part in while in Canada. To study for a period longer than 6 months, you can apply for a study permit and essentially ask the Canadian government for permission to stay in Canada longer than 6 months to pursue a program of interest to you, and then return to your country of origin. To be clear, if the program you intend to study is shorter than 6 months, you do not have to apply for a study permit. If the officer believes you seek an extended stay in Canada to pursue studies and you are honest in your assertion you will leave once they are over, you are likely to be granted a study permit and have the opportunity to experience the sights, culture, and educational system which are so highly respected worldwide.

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Information about Electronic Travel Authorizations

Information about Electronic Travel Authorizations

What Do I Need to Visit Canada?

Are you thinking about visiting Canada soon? Are you wondering what you might need to do to before you arrive at a port of entry and request to enter the country? It is important to make sure you have completed all the required steps to ensure your visit to Canada is successful. Depending on your country of origin, you will be subject to certain requirements before you are permitted to enter the country. Therefore, this article will provide more information on the documents all travelers need to travel to Canada, to help you understand the things you will need to take care of, depending on your circumstance.

What Is an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)?

An electronic travel authorization (eTA) is a document which is electronically linked to your passport, stating that you are permitted to board a flight which is heading for Canada. An eTA is similar to a visitor’s visa insofar as it allows individuals to enter the country for a period of up to 6 months at a time. Though, an eTA is different because it is only needed for individuals coming from a visa-exempt country if they are travelling by plane. Also, an eTA is valid for 5 years from the date of issue, or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. With an eTA, because you are travelling from a visa-exempt country, you are permitted to leave and re-enter the country as many times as you would like, within the time your eTA is valid. However, you can only stay for 6 months at a time as mentioned.

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Difference Between A Super Visa and A Temporary Resident Visa

Difference Between A Super Visa and A Temporary Resident Visa

What Type of Visa Will I Need to Come to Canada?

Are you considering a trip to Canada in the future? Are you wondering what you’ll need to do to be ready for the big trip? There is a lot to consider when preparing for a visit to Canada, and depending on your circumstance, the things you’ll need to do to be ready may be different than another individual preparing to visit Canada as well. It is important to understand that the things you’ll need to do to prepare, depend entirely on your specific circumstances. For example, it will matter whether you are travelling from a visa-exempt, or a non-visa exempt country. It will also matter what you intend to do while you’re in Canada, and how long you wish to stay. Therefore, this article will aim to break down the different processes individuals who would like to visit Canada most commonly go through.

What Is A Temporary Resident Visa?

A temporary resident visa (TRV) is often also referred to as a visitor’s visa. A temporary resident visa is needed for any individual who would like to visit Canada and is coming from a non-visa exempt country. A temporary resident visa will generally allow you to stay in the country for a 6 month period maximum. If your temporary resident visa is valid for a different length of time, it will be clearly indicated on the visa. It is very important to review your approved temporary resident visa carefully, to ensure you understand exactly how long it permits you to stay in Canada. Also, a temporary resident visa only allows you to enter the country once, and then stay for up to 6 months. You are not permitted to leave and re-enter the country, unless you apply for and receive an approved multiple entry visa.

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Applying For A Canadian Super Visa

Applying For A Canadian Super Visa

What Is A Super Visa?

Do you have a child or a grandchild in Canada? Would you like the opportunity to visit them more often? Do you wish to visit them for more than 6 months at a time? If this is the case, you may be interested in applying for a super visa, sometimes referred to as a parents or grandparents super visa. A super visa is a special type of temporary resident visa (TRV aka visitor’s visa), which allows individuals to enter Canada on multiple occasions for a period of up to 10 years. With a super visa, individuals are allowed to come to the country for up to two years at a time. It can be very difficult to visit family as frequently as one would like if they need to apply for a temporary resident visa each time they wish to visit their family in Canada. The Canadian government recognizes this, and has provided a solution for people in this situation. A super visa can alleviate some of the hardship which comes with visiting family in different countries. To learn more about how to apply for a super visa, and the privileges that come with travelling on a super visa, continue reading this article!

Who Can Apply For A Super Visa?

As mentioned, parents or grandparents of Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada can apply for a super visa. This is why it is commonly referred to as a parents or grandparents super visa. It is important to know that unlike a simple visitor’s visa (TRV), you cannot include dependent family members in the same application. You can only include your spouse or common-law partner as someone who is going to accompany your travels, on this application.

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Overcoming Inadmissibility to Canada

Overcoming Inadmissibility to Canada

How Can I Become Admissible To Travel To Canada

Have you recently been denied entry into Canada at a port of entry, or had your visitor visa application denied? Do you suspect you are inadmissible to travel to Canada for any reason? Do you have a criminal record? If these sound like the situation you face, you are likely inadmissible to Canada. Learning you are inadmissible to Canada can be a horrible experience, especially if you were seeking entry for anything more than simple tourism and sight-seeing. Often people seek entry into Canada to visit relatives who are sick, or to celebrate weddings, and it would be a shame to miss these events because you are ineligible to enter Canada and did not know of the avenues available to you to overcome this issue. Fortunately for you, being considered inadmissible does not ultimately mean you cannot travel to Canada; it simply means you cannot travel to Canada without special permission. If you are inadmissible to Canada but would still like to enter Canada, your options are to submit an application for criminal rehabilitation or apply for a temporary resident permit (TRP).

What Is A Temporary Resident Permit? What Is Criminal Rehabilitation?

There many similarities between a temporary resident permit, and an application for criminal rehabilitation. Though, there are also many important differences. First and foremost, a temporary resident permit and an application for criminal rehabilitation only provide you the status of being admissible to Canada. Neither of these documents actually gives you permission to enter Canada for any length of time, they only provide the chance to be granted entry into Canada. If you are inadmissible to Canada for any reason, which can range from a health or financial problem to a criminal conviction, these applications can help overcome your status as an inadmissible traveller. Again, they do not grant you permission to travel to Canada. Permission to travel to Canada is granted with a visitor visa for non-visa exempt countries, and an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) for most other countries. This means that along with a temporary resident permit or an approved application for criminal rehabilitation, you will also need a valid visitor visa or eTA to be permitted to enter the country.

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