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Information about Sponsoring a Refugee

Information about Sponsoring a Refugee

Who is Eligible to Sponsor a Refugee

First and foremost, in order to sponsor a refugee, make sure you are a group of five or more Canadian citizens, Registered Indians, or permanent residents who are 18 years of age or older and who live (or have representatives) in the community where the refugees are expected to live. This group of people is called the Group of Five. Sponsors need to have collectively arranged necessary settlement to financially support the principal applicant (the refugee) for the full duration of the sponsorship. The sponsors are also obligated to fulfill the terms of the Sponsorship Undertaking.

Who is not Eligible to Sponsor a Refugee

Like any other sponsorships, a person who has been convicted in Canada of the offence of murder or other offences, and five years have not passed since the completion of the person’s sentence, then this person is ineligible to sponsor a refugee. A person who has been convicted of an offence outside Canada, and five years have not elapsed since the completion of the person’s sentence imposed under a foreign law, then this person is also ineligible to sponsor a refugee.

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Who can apply for a Super visa?

Who can apply for a Super visa?

Applying for a Super Visa

Many families have been split apart as a result of children and grandchildren attempting to immigrate to Canada and start a new life. The government of Canada takes this into consideration and allows for a process called the super visa. The super visa is a visitor’s visa for parents and grandparents who wish to visit their children or grandchildren in Canada. This super visa allows for multiple entries to Canada for a period of 2 years at a time and with a status period of up to 10 years. This article will talk about who is eligible for a super visa, what to do if it is refused, super visa extensions, and financial requirements in order to allow for a parent/grandparent to obtain a super visa.

Requirements to Apply for Super Visa


An applicant can apply for a super visa if they meet the requirements for temporary residence in Canada as a visitor and provide the proper documentation. The require documents include the following

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Study Permit Application Process

Study Permit Application Process

Studying in Canada

Canada is well-known for its majestic sceneries and tourist hotspots. Not only that, Canada is a modern, progressive, open, and tolerant multi-cultural society with countless opportunities for you to advance your education. There are many prestigious universities in Canada. For example, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, McGill University, and many more. If you are a foreign national who wishes to study in Canada, go ahead and pursue your dream! However, before you come to study in Canada, you will need to obtain an official authorization from the Canadian government: the study permit. This is why we have written this blog to help you understand what a study permit is and how to apply for one.

Understanding the Study Permit

A study permit allows you, as a foreign student, to stay in Canada longer than 6 months to pursue a program that interests you, and then return to your country of origin. Often times, students need more than six months to complete a program or school work. However, a visitor’s visa cannot allow you to stay in Canada for that long. In order to stay in Canada and study for a period longer than 6 months, you will then need to obtain a study permit. If the officer believes you seek an extended stay in Canada to pursue studies and you guarantee you will leave once you complete your studies, you are likely to be granted a study permit and have the opportunity to learn the official languages of Canada, English and French, and visit Canada’s wide-open spaces, dramatic mountains, pristine forests and majestic lakes.

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Information You Need to Know to Study in Canada

Information You Need to Know to Study in Canada

Why Canada

As you may know, Canadian is a country not only has majestic and extraordinary tourist hotspots, but also has countless opportunities for you to pursue or advance your education. Canadian universities consistently rank among the best in the world. For example, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, and McGill University are all extremely prestigious universities. By studying in Canada, you will gain invaluable memories of your student years and a strong academic background.

Apart from the academics, Canada offers a wonderful, tolerant, and welcoming cross-cultural experience. English and French are two official languages of Canada. By living in Canada, you will gain the opportunity to learn these two languages and to foster a solid network of international connections to last a lifetime.

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Understanding Bridging Open Work Permit

Understanding Bridging Open Work Permit

Working in Canada as a Permanent Residence Applicant

You may potentially obtain permanent residence through certain programs in Canada. For example, you may apply through the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class, the Canadian Experience Class, or one of the Provincial Nominee Programs. What happens when your work permit is about to expire while you are waiting for the result of your permanent residence application? Thankfully, there is a solution to continue working in Canada while Canadian Immigration processes your permanent residence application. The solution is the bridging open work permit. In this blog, you will learn relevant information about the bridging open work permit, as well as the eligibility and required documents.

What is a Bridging Open Work Permit

As you may know, all types of work permit have an expiration date. If you have a work permit that is going to be expired soon, and you are also awaiting a decision for your permanent resident application, you may be eligible to apply for a bridging open work permit. The bridging open work permit, as the name suggests, bridges the gap between the expiry of your current work permit and the final decision on your application for permanent residence. In order to continue legally working in Canada, you must apply for this bridging open work permit at least four months before your existing work permit expires. In other words, the bridging work permit allows you, as a foreign worker, to continue working in Canada while you await the decision of their permanent residency application.

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Understanding the Importance of National Occupation Code (NOC)

Understanding the Importance of National Occupation Code (NOC)

Immigration and the NOC

As you may know, the Canadian government allows a foreign national that come from a variety of different fields, educational backgrounds, and work experience to obtain permanent residency in Canada under specific federal economic immigration programs. This is also known as the Express Entry immigration system. By applying for Express Entry, you are essentially establishing a mutually beneficial relationship with the Canadian Government. That being said, while you are obtaining your permanent residency, you are also contributing to the Canadian Labour Market and the economy. Since your job is an essential part of this type of immigration, you will need to make sure that you meet the strict rules set by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. One of the rules for Express Entry is meeting the descriptions on the National Occupation Classification (NOC). In this blog, you will learn about what National Occupation Classification (NOC) is and how to select your NOC code.

What is the National Occupation Classification

The National Occupation Classification, also known as the NOC, is a list of all the occupations in the Canadian labor market. It describes the type of work performed by Canadians in the labour market according to skill type and skill level. The type of work usually is determined by the task, duties, and responsibility within the occupation. The classification gives employers, job seekers, statisticians, labour market analysts, career counselors insightful information that allows them to better understand the nature of work and what type of experience is needed to apply for a program. The NOC tool has a four digit code which represents important information that helps classify the occupation. For example, 0011 Legislator- the “001” indicates that the position is for legislators who are in senior management.

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Information about Permanent Resident Travel Document

Information about Permanent Resident Travel Document

Returning to Canada as a Permanent Resident

Ideally, you may have a permanent resident card as a permanent resident of Canada. However, that is not the case for everyone. Some permanent residents do not have a permanent resident card. Some people may only have a Record of Landing; some may have lost their permanent resident card; some may have their card expired. If you are a Canadian Permanent Resident, but you do not have a Permanent Resident Card, you will need a permanent resident travel document to enter Canada. You, as a permanent resident, cannot enter Canada, without either a Permanent resident card or a permanent resident ravel document. In this blog, you will learn relevant information about permanent resident travel document, as well as the process of applying for one.

What is a Permanent Resident Travel Document

Permanent resident travel document allows permanent residents of Canada, who do not have a permanent resident card, to return to Canada. If you only have Record of Landing and/or confirmation of permanent residence, you still are not permitted to enter Canada. You will need to show your permanent resident travel document to your transportation companies to prove that you are allowed to travel to Canada as a permanent resident. That being said, a permanent resident of Canada must have either a permanent resident card or a permanent resident travel document to return to Canada by train, plane, boat or bus.

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Information about the International Experience Canada Program

Information about the International Experience Canada Program

Work and Travel in Canada as a Youth

As you may know, Canada has many tourist hotspots that attract foreign travelers to visit. For example, Banff National Park, Niagara Falls, Toronto’s CN Tower, Whistler, and many more. There are also many young individuals who want to work in Canada, while having the ability and opportunity to visit the aforementioned tourist hotspots. If you are a young individual who wants to work and travel in Canada, you definitely have the opportunity to do so. The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada has introduced the International Experience Canada Program that allows youth to travel and work in Canada. In this blog, you will learn relevant information about the International Experience Canada Program.

What is the International Experience Canada Program

The International Experience Canada Program, as previously mentioned, is a program that allows youth to travel and work in Canada temporarily. Citizens of countries with a bilateral Youth Mobility Arrangement with Canada who are between 18 and 35 years old may be eligible for the International Experience Canada Program applications. There are three types of travel and work experience under the International Experience Canada Program: Working Holiday, Young Professionals, and International Co-op Internships

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Information about Resuming your Canadian Citizenship

Information about Resuming your Canadian Citizenship

Giving up Your Canadian Citizenship

There are some situations where you have to give up your Canadian Citizenship. However, there are so many benefits associated with Canadian citizenship. For example, you have the right to vote or to participate in political elections. Furthermore, you do not have to constantly worry about having expiration dates of your visa, permanent resident card, or a permit. Last but not least, you children will automatically be Canadian citizens, if you have Canadian citizenship. Of course, there are many more benefits of having Canadian citizenship, and those benefits may attract people who have renounced their Canadian citizenship to resume it. In this blog, you will learn about relevant information about how to resume your Canadian citizenship.

Understand the Term “Canadian Citizen”

If one of the following conditions applies to you, then that means you are a Canadian citizen:

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Information about Minor children travelling to Canada

Information about Minor children travelling to Canada

Coming to Canada as a Minor

If you are a person who is under the age of majority and wants to come to Canada, you will undergo a specific application process prior to entering Canada. The border officers are very strict when it comes to examining minor children’s entrance. The reason behind this is that, the officers want to make sure those minors, who are coming to Canada, are not missing children or runaway children. That being said, minors without proper documentation or the company of their parents or legal guardian(s) will be scrutinized when they are entering Canada. This blog will introduce you required documents for a minor travelling to Canada, as well as some possible scenarios that a minor may encounter at the border.

Understand the Term “Minor”

Generally speaking, children who are under the age of eighteen are considered minors in Canada. However, different provinces and territories have their own age of majority, which is the age that determines when a person becomes an adult. That being said, anyone who is under the age of majority is considered as a “minor child”.

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Information about a Start-Up Visa

Information about a Start-Up Visa

Immigrate to Canada as an Entrepreneur

If you have an innovative business idea, and you can use that idea to create jobs for Canadians, you may be eligible to obtain permanent residency in Canada. Canada is a country with plenty of opportunities. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada allows entrepreneurs, who can compete on a global scale, with to help boost the Canadian economy. However, immigrating to Canada as an entrepreneur is a complicated process. In this blog, you will learn relevant information and a start-up visa application, the required documents, eligibility of an applicant, and so forth.

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Information about Sponsoring Your Relatives

Information about Sponsoring Your Relatives

Sponsoring Your Relatives

As you may know, you can sponsor your spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner to obtain permanent residency in Canada, given the fact that you and your significant other both qualify for the sponsorship. But did you know you could also sponsor your relative as well? The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada has certain requirements in order for Canadian citizens or Canadian permanent residents to sponsor their relatives. In this article, you will learn about the requirements for both the sponsor and the principle applicant, the essential documents needed for this type of sponsorship applications, as well as other information regarding this type of sponsorship.

Eligibility of the Sponsor

First and foremost, the person needs to be 18 years of age or older. They also need to be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or in some special cases, a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act. Last but not least, the sponsors need to financially support themselves and their relatives. That being said, the sponsor needs to meet certain income requirements to be able to sustain their relatives’ basic needs. This includes shelter, food, water, safety, clothing, and so on. The sponsor also needs to write an agreement, stating he or she will give financial support to the relative and any other eligible relatives coming along on the date they become a permanent resident for up to 20 years.

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Information about the Federal Skilled Worker Program

Information about the Federal Skilled Worker Program

Obtaining your Permanent Residency with the Federal Skilled Worker Program

There are many ways by which you may obtain a permanent residence status in Canada. Express Entry is one of the options. However, Express Entry can be very confusing to many foreign national, because there are many categories under it. There are three major programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. In order to prepare you for your application, it is important for you to recognize and understand the eligibility requirements prior to applying. In this blog, you will learn about eligibility requirements for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, as well as other important information one should know before applying under this economic immigration program.

What is the Federal Skilled Worker Program

The Federal Skilled Worker Program is for skilled workers with foreign work experience to gain permanent residency in Canada. This program selects its applicants based on their skilled work experience, language ability, and education. However, simply meeting these three requirements does not guarantee you will be selected by the Canadian government. You will be given a rank based on the comprehensive ranking system. You will also be placed in a pool with other applicants, and you will need to compete with other applicants. The higher you ranking is, the closer you are to your permanent residency in Canada.

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Understanding the Student Direct Stream

Understanding the Student Direct Stream

Studying in Canada

As traveling becomes more convenient, many foreign nationals have considered about studying abroad. Canada is one of the most popular countries that attracts many foreign students to obtain a valid and prestigious educational credential. As a result, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada has announced the Student Direct Stream to support the growth in study permit applications. In this blog, you will learn about the Student Direct Stream and relevant information about how to apply for a study permit through this stream.

What is the Student Direct Stream

As previously mentioned, the Student Direct Stream is means by which applicants from certain countries can apply for a study permit. The major benefit of this stream is that, applicants may get a decision faster. The reason why this stream exists is that, Canada has acknowledged the cultural, economic, and social values that international students bring to Canada, and wishes to attract more international students to continue adding those values to the country. If students, who are from China, India, Vietnam, or the Philippines, can demonstrate upfront that they have the financial resources and language skills to succeed academically in Canada, they may apply for a study permit through the Student Direct Stream.

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Renouncing your Permanent Resident Status

Renouncing your Permanent Resident Status

Giving up Your Permanent Resident Status

You have put a lot of effort in applying for a Permanent Residency in Canada, and you eventually get one. However, there may be various circumstances in which you are unable to maintain your permanent residency, and thus, you want to renounce your permanent resident status. Indeed, you may do so by following certain steps, just like any other immigration applications. Nevertheless, it is important for you to figure out your eligibility and specific processes for this type of application. In this blog, you will learn relevant information about renouncing your permanent resident status.

Why Would I Renounce My Permanent Resident Status

After all the effort that has been put in your Permanent Resident Status application, we understand it can be a difficult decision to make when you are about to give up your permanent resident status. However, you may need to renounce your permanent resident status when you encounter one of the following situations:

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Understanding Self Employed Immigration

Understanding Self Employed Immigration

Obtaining Permanent Residency as a Self Employed Individual

There are many ways that allow you to immigrate to Canada. Almost all paths to permanent residency require the applicant to have a valid job offer before they will be able to apply successfully. However, the case is a bit tricky for self-employed individuals. That being said, self-employed individuals have a different route in terms of their immigration. They cannot present an employment letter, stating the contract length, salary, working hours, and job duties, when they are preparing for their permanent resident application. Even though self-employed immigration is different than other types of immigration, you do not be overwhelmed, though. In this blog, you will learn information about immigrating to Canada as a self-employed individual.

Knowing the Self Employed Immigration

Self Employed Immigration, as the name suggests, is the way by which a self-employed individual immigrates to Canada. These individuals do not have a valid job offer to support their permanent residency. Rather, they have promised the immigration officer that, they are capable of establishing a business upon their arrival in Canada. Since these individuals do not have a valid job offer to support their application, the requirements for this type of application are strict. Specifically, an individual who wishes to apply through the Self-employed immigration program must have relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics. These are the areas of the Canadian economy the Canadian government has determined are in need of assistance self-employed immigration can offer. In other words, applicants are establishing a mutually-beneficial relationship with the Canadian Government.

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Understanding Restoration of Status

Understanding Restoration of Status

Extend your Stay in Canada

Canada is a beautiful country with a superb education system, social welfare system, economic system, extraordinary sceneries for tourism, and many more. Often times, many foreign nationals who visit, work or study in Canada that often find that they want to stay longer in Canada towards the end of their authorized stay. One of the most common reasons is that they have not accomplished everything they intended on doing in Canada and need to extend their stay. If you wish to extend your stay in Canada, you will need to undergo the “restoration of status”. In this article, you will learn what restoration of temporary resident status means, the eligibility for a restoration of status, how to apply for a restoration of status, and other important information about restoration of status.

What is Restoration of Status

As a temporary visitor to Canada, you only have a designated period of time for your authorized stay in Canada. When the designated period is about to be over, you will need to either prepare for your leave, or 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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Understanding Express Entry Immigration System

Understanding Express Entry Immigration System

Gaining your Permanent Residency with Express Entry

There are many ways by which you may obtain a permanent residence status in Canada. Express Entry is one of the options. However, there are many categories under the Express Entry which will ultimately cause confusions among many foreign nationals in terms of application types. In order to prepare you for your application, it is important for you to recognize and understand the eligibility requirements prior to applying. The Express Entry immigration system process has two steps that a foreign national must take in order to successfully complete the application process. In this blog, you will learn about eligibility requirements for Express Entry, as well as other important information one should know before applying under this economic immigration program.

What is Express Entry

The Express Entry immigration system allows a foreign national that come from a variety of different fields, educational backgrounds, and work experience to obtain permanent residency in Canada under specific federal economic immigration programs. By applying for Express Entry, you are essentially establishing a mutually beneficial relationship with the Canadian Government. That being said, while you are obtaining your permanent residency, you are also contributing to the Canadian Labour Market and the economy. As long as the foreign national is eligible, they can apply under the Express Entry immigration system to get a Permanent Resident Status in Canada. Permanent Resident Status will then be your stepping-stone to the last stop of your Canadian Immigration journey, which is obtaining the Canadian citizenship.

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Visitor Visa Requirements

Visitor Visa Requirements

Applying for a Visitor’s Visa

Canada has always been known to be an accepting country of visitors. A visitor’s visa is a stamp on your passport which proves that you are cleared by the Canadian government to be allowed into the country. Canada accepts visitors from all backgrounds and creeds with due process. This means that if you take the necessary legal steps to apply and receive a visitor’s visa, you should have no problem obtaining a visitor’s visa. This article will talk about who needs a visitor’s visa, how to extend a visitor’s visa, and a visa overstay welcome.

Basic Travel Requirements for a Visitor’s Visa

In order for you to begin your application process, you must ensure that you oblige by this checklist to ensure that your application will run as smoothly as possible. These are the requirements:

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Criminal Rehabilitation Eligibility

Criminal Rehabilitation Eligibility

Applying for Criminal Rehabilitation

Criminal history may be a major factor in the decision whether you are allowed entry into Canada. People with a criminal history require permission from the Canadian government in order to enter Canada. If you are attempting to enter Canada without the legal and necessary steps and precautions taken in order to be cleared for entry, you will find yourself refused entry at the border. If you are denied entry into Canada because of a crime, you are labeled as “Criminally inadmissible”. This article will discuss who is eligible for criminal rehabilitation in order to be admissible to Canada.

Qualifications for Criminal Rehabilitation

To be eligible for Criminal Rehabilitation the applicant must show the following:

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Understanding the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Understanding the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

What Do I Need to Visit Canada

Are you thinking about visiting Canada soon? If so, you need 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. In this blog, you will learn about the documents all travellers need to travel to Canada. This blog will also 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 is a document which is electronically linked to your passport, stating that you are permitted to board a flight which is heading for Canada. The eTA is only needed from individuals coming from a visa-exempt country because 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.

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Preparing for a Visitor Visa Application

Preparing for a Visitor Visa Application

How to Prepare a Visitor Visa Application

Do you want to visit Canada for a short period of time? If this is the case for you, you might need to apply for a temporary resident visa in order to visit Canada. If you are from a visa-exempt country, you may only need to apply for an eTA (electronic travel authorization), if you are flying to Canada. An eTA gives you permission to board your flight which will land at a Canadian airport. A visitor visa gives permission to citizens from non-visa-exempt countries the permission to enter Canada. This article will cover how to apply for a temporary resident visa, for those individuals who must go through this extra step, before being permitted to enter Canada.

Step 1: Gather Documents

Always start by collecting all the necessary documents, which will have to be submitted with your application for a temporary resident visa. You application must include the following, but is not only limited to these documents.

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Comparing Super Visa and Temporary Resident Visa

Comparing Super Visa and Temporary Resident Visa

What Type of Visa Will I Need to Come to Canada

Do you plan to visit Canada in the future? If you do, it is important for you 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. In this article, we will discuss 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 comes from a non-visa exempt country and would like to visit Canada. A temporary resident visa will generally allow you to stay in the country for a 6 month period maximum. 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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Understanding the Provincial Nominee Program

Understanding the Provincial Nominee Program

What is a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

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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Understanding a Minor’s Study Permit

Understanding a Minor’s Study Permit

How Can I apply for a Minor’s Study Permit?

The Canadian educational system is highly respected worldwide, so you are certainly giving your child a head start by sending them to school in Canada. That being said, many parents have chosen to let their children to study in Canada. Do you want to obtain your children’s education in Canada? If so, it is important for you to understand the requirements for obtaining a minor’s study permit. If you are unfamiliar with the process of applying for a study permit, continue to read this blog to learn important information you should know to help you get started.

What is a Minor’s Study Permit?

A minor’s study permit is a document which is issued to any child who wishes to study in Canada. Just like any study permit, a minor study permit allows a child to study in Canada at a designated institute in a designated program for a specific period of time.

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