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Business Visitors Gain Easier Entry into Canada with Help of CETA

Business Visitors Gain Easier Entry into Canada with Help of CETA

CETA Finally Comes into Effect & Helps Business Visitors

On September 21, 2017, a free trade agreement between Canada and the European Union (EU) came into effect. This is an extremely exciting opportunity for businesses, their employees, service suppliers, independent professionals, and business visitors to work in Canada and contribute to the Canadian economy and labour market. With this new free trade agreement comes many changes and new implementations to immigration Canada. Therefore, in this article, I will address what CETA entails and what this means for short-term business visitors, investors, independent professionals and intra-company transferees.

What is CETA

CETA is an abbreviation for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada, the European Union (EU) and its fellow member states. The implementation of this free trade agreement essentially eliminates approximately 98% of the tariffs between Canada and the European Union (EU). This free trade agreement came into effect successfully on September 21 of 2017. However, there are still many member states that have yet to approve and consent to the agreement. The Canadian government has high expectations of this free trade agreement and expects the bilateral trade to increase approximately 20%.

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Do Entrepreneurs Need a Work Permit in Canada

Do Entrepreneurs Need a Work Permit in Canada

Which Entrepreneurs Need a Work Permit to Work in Canada

For many self-employed individuals and entrepreneurs, they believe Canada is a country of prosperity and opportunity with regards to creating profit and capital for their businesses. Consequently, many self-employed individuals and entrepreneurs alike come to Canada for these opportunities. However, it is important to note that these individuals need proper authorization from the Canadian government in order to pursue their business endeavors. Therefore, in this article, I will address which entrepreneurs and self-employed persons need to obtain a work permit to work in Canada and what options are available to these individuals.

Which Entrepreneurs & Self-Employed Persons Need to Obtain a Work Permit

The government of Canada has recently stated that there are specific categories of self-employed individuals and entrepreneurs that may be able to obtain a work permit prior to becoming a permanent resident of Canada. This is an important update as these individuals often have to wait until their permanent residency is approved in order to work. If the individual has not received permanent residency in Canada yet; however, they have received a nomination under a self-employed or a business category, then a C11 work permit may be issued. A C11 work permit intended for individuals who have a permanent residency application that is being processed. Similarly, it is also intended for individuals with dual intent; dual intent means that they would like to seek status as a worker in Canada and then proceed to gain permanent residency in Canada as well. This is extremely beneficial for the self-employed individual or entrepreneur as it can help them gain early entry into Canada as well as early entry into the Canadian labour market.

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Important Information about the Canadian Citizenship Test

Important Information about the Canadian Citizenship Test

Important Information to Consider Prior to taking the Canadian Citizenship Test

The preparation and excitement of gaining Canadian citizenship can be overwhelming for most individuals. Many permanent residents of Canada wait many years before they can apply for Canadian citizenship and recognize that the process is not an easy one. There are many factors that one must consider prior to gaining Canadian citizenship; however, one specific factor is the Canadian citizenship test. This test can frighten many individuals as they sometimes don’t know what to expect. Therefore, in this article, I will who needs to take the citizenship test, whether the citizenship test is difficult, and many other important considerations with regards to the Canadian citizenship test.

Who Needs to Take the Citizenship Test

Individuals who fall between the ages of 14 and 64 years of age during the time of applying for Canadian citizenship must take the citizenship test. These individuals are tested to see if they have the adequate knowledge of Canada and whether they are aware of the responsibilities and privileges of Canadian citizenship. In addition to knowing these things, you must also prove that you have language ability in either English or French.

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FAQs for Canadian Experience Class

FAQs for Canadian Experience Class

FAQ – Canadian Experience Class

In this article, I will address a few popular questions and answers for the Canadian Experience Class program and some important information to consider when applying for this program. The Canadian Experience Class program was created and intended for foreign nationals who have worked in Canada and have gained skills that will help them obtain future employment and will lead to permanent residency in Canada. If you a skilled foreign national and would like to apply for the Canadian Experience Class program, I suggest you read our article on “The Basics of Canadian Experience Class” before reading this question and answer article. The intention of this article is meant to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to the Canadian Experience Class program.

Q: Since I just graduated as an international student in Canada, am I able to apply for permanent residency?

A: As a graduated international student in Canada, you may be able to apply for permanent residency through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program. However, you must meet the eligibility requirements in order to apply. When applying for the CEC program, you must plan to live anywhere in Canada but Quebec, as they have different regulations; have at least one year of full-time experience in an occupation that falls under either National Occupational Classification (NOC) 0, A or B level in the past three years prior to applying; have gained your work experience through legal authorization in Canada after having graduated; and, meet the language levels needed for the intended job. It is important to note that you cannot use any work experience gained during your studies; the work experience must be from after you have graduated. Conclusively, you may also apply for permanent residency through other programs; however, you must ensure you meet the eligibility criteria for these programs as well.

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Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program to Invite More Sponsors

Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program to Invite More Sponsors

Sponsors of Parents and Grandparents have More Chances of Being Invited

As of September 6, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have opened the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program (PGP) once again. This is extremely beneficial for any Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada who would like to sponsor their parents or grandparents for permanent residency in Canada. During the beginning of September, the second round of invitations of 2017 will be sent. What this means is that any potential sponsors that were not invited to apply in the first round, which was in April of 2017, will now have another chance to be invited. Therefore, in this article, I will address what the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program entails; the eligibility requirements in order to apply under this program; and, Canada’s target for the PGP.

What the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program Entails

The Canadian government highly values family reunification and regards Family Class sponsorships with high priority. Under the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program, Canadian citizens and/or permanent residents of Canada have the opportunity of sponsoring their parents and/or grandparents to immigrate permanently to Canada. As a result, this becomes a great opportunity for family members to become reunited and live happily together in Canada.

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FAQs for International Experience Canada

FAQs for International Experience Canada

FAQ – International Experience Canada

In this article, I will address a few popular questions and answers for International Experience Canada and some important information to consider when applying under this program. The International Experience Canada (IEC) program was intended for youth to be provided with the opportunity to work in Canada temporarily. Additionally, youth from designated countries that are between the ages of 18 and 35 may be eligible for IEC work permits. If you feel as though you would be eligible to apply under the IEC program, I suggest you read our article on “What is the Youth Mobility Program” before reading this question and answer article. The intention of this article is meant to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to International Experience Canada.

Q: Are there specific jobs that I can work for in Canada under the IEC program?

A: Not necessarily. Under the IEC program, you are able to work in a variety of different areas. However, this entirely depends on what job you intend on working and how determined you are to find a job. Most common jobs that youth tend to work for are in the tourism and hospitality industries, such as working for restaurants, hotels, etc. In these jobs, the employers are often more willing to offer temporary employment for temporary periods of time. However, it is important to note that if you have the appropriate skills and experience, you may also pursue jobs in fields such as law, health, education, etc.

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FAQs for Sponsoring a Refugee

FAQs for Sponsoring a Refugee

FAQ – Sponsoring a Refugee

In this article, I will address a few popular questions and answers for Sponsoring a Refugee in Canada and some important information to consider when sponsoring a refugee or applying for refugee status. A refugee is an individual who unfortunately has fled from their home country because of well-founded fear of persecution. These individuals cannot go back to their home country because they feel as though they will have to endure horrific experiences, such as persecution or worse. If you feel as though you would be eligible to apply as a refugee, I suggest you read our article on “How to Obtain Refugee Status in Canada” before reading this question and answer article. The intention of this article is meant to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to Sponsoring a Refugee in Canada.

Q: Who is eligible to sponsor a refugee in Canada?

A: There are three specific categories of people who can sponsor a refugee in Canada. The first category is sponsorship agreement holders. These holders have a formal agreement with the government of Canada’s department to sponsor refugees. The second category is groups of five. This is a specific group of five or more Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada who reside in the community where the refugee will also reside. The third and last category is community sponsors. This is a verified organization, an association or a corporation based within the community where the refugee will reside.

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FAQs for Live-in Caregivers

FAQs for Live-in Caregivers

FAQ – Live-in Caregivers

In this article, I will address a few popular questions and answers for Live-in Caregivers in Canada and some important information to consider if you are applying under this program for permanent residency in Canada. The live-in caregiver program was created by the Canadian government and was intended to provide eldercare, special needs and childcare service from experienced foreign nationals. If you feel as though you would be eligible to apply for under this program, I suggest you watch our video on “How to Hire a Live-in Caregiver” before reading this question and answer article. The intention of this article is meant to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to Live-in Caregivers in Canada.

Q: If I’m currently employed in Canada as a live-in caregiver, am I allowed to return to my home country for vacation?

A: This is a very common question. Fortunately, yes, you can return to your home country for vacation. Specifically, your vacation time period should be clearly indicated in your employment contract between you and your employer. Keep in mind, if you stay longer than what is indicated on your employment contract, without written consent from your employer, then you may lose your employment in Canada. Another important factor to consider is that if you leave Canada prior to receiving an approval for your permanent residency, and you do not have proper authorization to return to Canada, such as a work permit or a visitor visa, then you may not be allowed back into Canada. Therefore, it is advisable to obtain permanent residency in Canada prior to travelling back to your home country for vacation.

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Different Ways to Obtain Permanent Residency in Canada

Different Ways to Obtain Permanent Residency in Canada

Steps in Obtaining Permanent Residency in Canada

There are many students, workers and even visitors that come to Canada and eventually desire to stay in Canada permanently. However, this is easier said than done. Gaining permanent residency in Canada is not an easy endeavor. Yet, there are many ways to obtain permanent residency in Canada, if you are eligible. Much like any other immigration application process, in order to apply for permanent residency in Canada has eligibility requirements depending on which route you intend on taking to gain permanent residency. Therefore, in this article, I will address the different ways to obtain permanent residency in Canada and what each option entails.

Different Ways to Obtain Permanent Residency in Canada

Depending on the program or route you intend on taking in order to obtain permanent residency in Canada, it will require different eligibility criteria from you in order to qualify. It is extremely important to recognize whether you are eligible to apply under a specific program, prior to applying. Below, I will explain in detail each different way to obtain permanent residency in Canada.

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Difference Between a Temporary Resident Permit vs. Criminal Rehabilitation

Difference Between a Temporary Resident Permit vs. Criminal Rehabilitation

Temporary Resident Permit vs. Criminal Rehabilitation

In Canada, there are two relevant applications that one may apply for if they wish to overcome their criminal inadmissibility; they are a Temporary Resident Permit or a Criminal Rehabilitation. The two have similarities in the matters that they deal with, specifically criminality, but they also have noticeably big differences. As a person with criminal inadmissibility, it is very important to determine which application is best suited for you. Therefore, in this article, I will explain the difference between a Temporary Resident Permit and a Criminal Rehabilitation, as well as which application you need to apply for based on your criminal past.

The Difference between a Temporary Resident Permit vs. Criminal Rehabilitation

Although both of these applications help criminally inadmissible individuals gain entry into Canada, there are major differences between the two. For instance, the most evident difference between the two applications is the length of time you are permitted to enter Canada for. Specifically, with a Temporary Resident Permit, you will only be permitted a single entry into Canada. The Temporary Resident Permit does not allow multiple entries into Canada. This permit will indicate the period of time that you are allowed to stay in Canada and any limitations to your travel in Canada.

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How to Apply for a Visitor Visa to Canada

How to Apply for a Visitor Visa to Canada

Steps on How to Apply for a Visitor Visa

Have you always dreamed of visiting Canada but are unsure of how to go about doing so? Many foreign nationals from all over the world have the desire to come to Canada to visit the country’s beautiful landscapes and tourist destinations. However, many of these foreign nationals also come from countries which require a visa to enter Canada successfully. It is important to recognize that there are specific requirements and documentation that you must provide in order to obtain a visitor visa. In this article, I will explain who needs a visitor visa in order to enter Canada, eligibility requirements for a visitor visa, how to apply for a visitor visa and further steps.

What is a Visitor Visa and Why Do I Need One

A visitor visa is created and intended for foreign nationals from countries that are not visa-exempt and would like to come to Canada. Additionally, the visitor visa will then give these foreign nationals proper authorization to enter Canada for a temporary period. Visitor visas are also referred to as Temporary Resident Visas (TRVs). Most importantly, in order to determine whether you will need a visitor visa prior to arriving and entering Canada, you must research whether your country of birth is visa-exempt or not. If your country of birth is visa-exempt, then you will not require a visitor visa prior to entering Canada; on the other hand, you will require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Yet, if your country is not visa-exempt, then you will require a visitor visa prior to travelling and entering Canada.

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FAQs for Temporary Resident Visas in Canada

FAQs for Temporary Resident Visas in Canada

FAQ – Temporary Resident Visas

In this article, I will address a few popular questions and answers for Temporary Resident Visas (TRVs) in Canada and some important information to consider if you are applying for a Temporary Resident Visa. A Temporary Resident Visa is intended for foreign nationals who wish to visit Canada temporary and intend on leaving at the end of their authorized stay. If you feel as though you would be eligible to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa, I suggest you read our article on “Who Needs a Visitor Visa to Come to Canada” before reading this question and answer article. The intention of this article is meant to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to Temporary Resident Visas in Canada.

Q: How long am I permitted to stay in Canada as a visitor?

A: The length of authorized stay within Canada is ultimately determined by the Immigration officer authorizing and approving your Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). Most of the time, visitors are authorized to stay in Canada for a 6 month visit; this visit is from the date you enter Canada. However, if the Immigration officer authorizes a stay that is less than 6 months long, they will indicate the dates of authorization on your passport. The specific date that you must leave Canada will be on that page of the passport. Keep in mind, if you would like to stay in Canada for more than the authorized period or 6 months, you may apply to extend your stay. This application for an extension must be done at least 30 days prior to the expiration of your authorized stay.

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FAQs for the Ontario Provincial Nomination Program (PNP)

FAQs for the Ontario Provincial Nomination Program (PNP)

FAQ – Ontario Provincial Nomination Program

In this article, I will address a few popular questions and answers for the Ontario Provincial Nomination Program in Canada and some important information to consider if you are applying under this program for permanent residency in Canada. The Ontario Provincial Nomination Program is an economic immigration program that assists the province of Ontario to meet its labour market needs. If you feel as though you would be eligible to apply for under this program, I suggest you read our article on “Basics of the Ontario Provincial Nomination Program (PNP)” before reading this question and answer article. The intention of this article is meant to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to the Ontario Provincial Nomination Program in Canada.

Q: When applying under the Ontario PNP, am I able to bring my family to immigrate with me?

A: Yes, your family members may immigrate with you to Canada if you are applying under the Ontario PNP. However, these family members must also be eligible to come to Canada to immigrate and must meet the requirements to do so. They may be able to immigrate to Canada once they pass their medical examination and police clearance certificates are submitted to Immigration Canada. It is important to note the specific family members that may be eligible to come with you to Canada to immigrate. Below, the specific family members are listed:

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Basics of the Ontario Provincial Nomination Program (PNP)

Basics of the Ontario Provincial Nomination Program (PNP)

How to Immigrate to Ontario through PNP

In Canada, there are many provinces and territories that many foreign nationals would love to visit; however, the province of Ontario is one of the most popular destinations in Canada for foreign nationals to immigrate. Specifically, foreign nationals who are applying through Express Entry can obtain a provincial nomination from Ontario through the Ontario Provincial Nomination Program (PNP). Under this program, Ontario chooses individuals who have a connection with Ontario. In this article, I will address what the Ontario PNP is, how to get nominated for the Ontario PNP, and other important information.

What is the Ontario Provincial Nomination Program (PNP)

The Ontario Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) is an economic immigration program that assists Ontario meet its labour market needs and prioritizes economic development within Ontario. The program facilitates Ontario to nominate individuals that have skilled work experience for permanent residency. These individuals will then be able to contribute to Ontario’s economy. In turn, this program also helps employers in recruiting and retaining skilled foreign workers.

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Family Class and Family Sponsorship

Family Class and Family Sponsorship

The Different Types of Family Sponsorship under the Family Class Category

The Family Sponsorship program under the Family Class Category of Immigration is one of the most popular programs nation-wide in Canada. Under this program, you may be eligible to sponsor your spouse, common-law partner, and many other family members in order for them to gain permanent residency in Canada. Of course, there are requirements and eligibility factors to consider before applying. Therefore, in this article, I will address the different types of family sponsorship under the family class category, the eligibility requirements in order to sponsor, and much more.

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FAQs for Work Permits in Canada

FAQs for Work Permits in Canada

FAQ – Work Permits in Canada

In this article, I will address a few popular questions and answers for work permits in Canada and some important information to consider if you are applying for a work permit application. A work permit application is intended for foreign nationals who would like to come to Canada to work and contribute to the Canadian economy. If you feel as though you would be eligible to apply for a work permit, I suggest you read our article on “Work Permit Eligibility” before reading this question and answer article. The intention of this article is meant to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to work permits in Canada.

Q: Where do I submit my work permit application?

A: The destination of where an applicant submits their work permit application entirely depends on where they live and their nationality. The foreign national applicant applying for a work permit can either apply at a visa office that is responsible for their country of citizenship or at a country where they have legal status for a minimum of one year. It is important to note that individuals that do not require a visa to enter Canada may apply for most work permits at the port of entry. However, it is also advisable to investigate prior to applying at a port of entry, if the work permit you are applying for can be applied for at a port of entry. Luckily, in Canada, there are Immigration officers at every port of entry that can assess your Canadian work permit application.

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FAQs for Criminal Inadmissibility

FAQs for Criminal Inadmissibility

FAQ – Criminal Inadmissibility

In this article, I will address a few popular questions and answers for criminal inadmissibility in Canada and some important information to consider if you are applying for a Criminal Rehabilitation application. A criminal rehabilitation application is intended for foreign nationals with criminal inadmissibility who would like to come to Canada. It was intended to provide foreign nationals with a past criminal offence made in or outside of Canada with an opportunity to overcome the criminal inadmissibility. If you feel as though you would be eligible to apply for a criminal rehabilitation, I suggest you read our article on “How to Apply for Criminal Rehabilitation” before reading this question and answer article. The intention of this article is meant to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to criminal inadmissibility in Canada.

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FAQs for Study Permits in Canada

FAQs for Study Permits in Canada

FAQ – Canadian Study Permits

In this article, I will address a few popular questions and answers for study permits in Canada and some important information to consider if you are applying for a study permit. A study permit is intended for foreign nationals who would like to come to Canada to pursue an education. It was intended to provide foreign nationals with an opportunity to further their education and careers through a Canadian educational institution. If you feel as though you would be eligible to apply for a study permit, I suggest you read our article on “Study Permit Eligibility” before reading this question and answer article. The intention of this article is meant to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to study permits in Canada.

Q: If I were to come to Canada to study, what would be the best university to go to?

A: It is beneficial to look at Macleans magazine as they rank the top universitites in Canada annually. They also separate the top universities based on the top comprehensive universities and the top Medical Doctoral universities in Canada. The difference between a comprehensive university and a Medical Doctoral university is quite noteworthy. A comprehensive university offers a significant degree of research and a variety of programs at both the undergraduate level and the graduate level, which includes professional degrees. In contrast, the Medical Doctoral university offers a diverse selection of Ph.D programs, which includes medical schools. Below is a chart for the top 10 Comprehensive universities and Medical Doctoral universities in Canada for the year of 2016.

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Canadian Citizenship Fraud and Misrepresentation

Canadian Citizenship Fraud and Misrepresentation

Fraud and Misrepresentation in Canadian Citizenship Applications

There have been many cases of Canadian citizenship fraud and misrepresentation where individuals omit information that cases inconsistencies in their citizenship applications. Certain individuals who have been alleged misrepresenting themselves or have been fraudulent do not do so intentionally; of course, there are certain individuals who do. Regardless of intention, if there are inconsistencies, the Canadian government takes misrepresentation very seriously and there are very severe consequences. Therefore, in this article, I will address the severity of Canadian citizenship fraud and misrepresentation and other important information you should know if you have a misrepresentation allegation.

What is Fraud and Misrepresentation

Fraud and misrepresentation go hand in hand, especially when it comes to Canadian citizenship. Fraud happens when individuals submit fraudulent documents or information that is not true. Similarly, misrepresentation happens when there is inconsistent, incomplete or inaccurate information provided to Immigration Canada. Most often than not, if an individual has an allegation of misrepresentation, fraudulent activity or information will be found as well.

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The Basics of Permanent Residency in Canada

The Basics of Permanent Residency in Canada

Basic Steps to Permanent Residency in Canada

The right of permanent residency in Canada is not provided to all individuals and Immigration Canada is very selective with who they approve for permanent residency. Once you gain permanent residency in Canada, there are many benefits and advantages compared to just having temporary authorization to stay in Canada. Similarly, a permanent resident also has specific conditions that they must abide by in order to maintain their residency. Therefore, in this article, I will address the basics of permanent residency in Canada, what permanent residency entails, and other important information you should know if you are a permanent resident of Canada.

What Permanent Residency in Canada Entails

Once you receive permanent residency in Canada, there is certain information that you must consider. First and foremost, in order to be an authorized permanent resident of Canada you must be issued a permanent residency by the Canadian government. Additionally, you will not only hold permanent residency in Canada but you will also still have citizenship from your country of origin. Once you arrive in Canada as a permanent resident, this does not mean that you have gained Canadian citizenship; there is a difference. Canadian citizenship is a separate matter and is applied to separately. Lastly, being a permanent resident in Canada allows that individual to reside in Canada and is not only staying in Canada due to work, school or visiting purposes.

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What an ETA means for Criminally Inadmissible Individuals

What an ETA means for Criminally Inadmissible Individuals

Can a Criminally Inadmissible Individual Still Obtain an ETA

The Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) was introduced in March of 2016 and has brought many benefits for foreign nationals coming from visa-exempt countries. The ETA system is meant to provide Immigration Canada with sufficient information prior to their arrival and provides them with an automatically pre-screening of the individual which is then verified through the immigration databases. Furthermore, once the foreign nationals are authorized to enter Canada with an ETA, they will be examined by an Immigration officer at the Canadian border. However, the circumstances can be very different for individuals with criminal inadmissibility. Therefore, in this article, I will address how to apply for an ETA, what an ETA means for individuals with criminal inadmissibility, and more.

How to Apply for an ETA

The application process for an ETA is extremely different to that of a Temporary Resident Visa, also known as a Visitor Visa. The entire application process can take no more than a couple of hours, whereas a Visitor Visa application process can take several days to complete. An ETA is specifically for individuals from foreign countries that are visa-exempt and that would like to enter Canada temporarily. It is important to note that an ETA must be received prior to travelling to Canada. In order to apply for an ETA, the applicant must provide specific documentation and information, such as:

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How Can I Bring my Girlfriend to Canada

How Can I Bring my Girlfriend to Canada

Steps in Bringing your Girlfriend to Canada

Do you want to be reunited with your girlfriend in Canada but are unsure how you can do so? This is a very common question asked by people in relationships that are not considered common-law relationships. It is important to note that if the relationship does not qualify as a common-law relationship or the couple is not married, unfortunately, they would not be able to apply through sponsorship. However, there are other options for girlfriends or boyfriends of Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Therefore, in this article, I will explain in detail, what options are available for you to bring your girlfriend to Canada and how to apply for the specific application.

Different Options for your Girlfriend to Come to Canada

As previously mentioned, because you cannot sponsor your girlfriend to Canada through a spousal or common-law sponsorship, you must rely on a temporary resident visa for your girlfriend to come to Canada. For instance, you can either apply for a visitor visa, a work permit or a study permit. Of course, this entirely depends on why your girlfriend would like to come to Canada. However, if your girlfriend does not intend on working or studying in Canada, then she will have to apply for a temporary resident visa.

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How to Obtain a NAFTA Work Permit

How to Obtain a NAFTA Work Permit

Steps in Obtaining a NAFTA Work Permit

Canada is a progressive country that highly values their economy and the individuals who contribute to it. There are many more individuals coming to Canada for work opportunities, especially skilled foreign nationals. As a result, Canada has implemented beneficial options for these individuals, whether to immigrate to Canada or simply just to work. In order to legally work in Canada, one must apply for a work permit prior to doing so. Furthermore, if you are an American or a Mexican national, you will need a NAFTA work permit. Therefore, in this article, I will address what a NAFTA Work Permit is, who is eligible to apply, and how to apply for a NAFTA Work Permit in Canada.

What is a NAFTA Work Permit

Before explaining what a NAFTA work permit is, I must first explain what the abbreviation NAFTA means. NAFTA is the North American Free Trade Agreement. It was established and created in order to be the world’s largest free trade. It is essentially an agreement between three countries – Canada, the United States, and Mexico. It came into effect on January 1 of 1994 and was signed by Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Mexican President Carlos Salinas and U.S. President George H.W. Bush.

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Canadian Citizenship Questions and Answers

Canadian Citizenship Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers for Canadian Citizenship

In this article, I will address questions and answers for Canadian citizenship in order for you to further understand what Canadian citizenship entails. A Canadian citizenship application is intended for permanent residents of Canada who meet certain criteria and who wish to apply to become a Canadian citizen. It was created to give permanent residents an opportunity to finally become Canadian citizens after a specified amount of years of being a permanent resident. The Canadian government believes that becoming a Canadian citizen gives permanent residents the opportunity to receive benefits and privileges that other Canadian citizens receive. If you feel as though you would be eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship, I suggest you read our article on “Do you Desire to come a Canadian Citizen” before reading this question and answer article. This article is intended to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to Canadian citizenship.

Q: Once I marry a Canadian citizen, do I automatically become a Canadian citizen?

A: Unfortunately, no, that is not the case. By marrying a Canadian citizen, you do not automatically become a Canadian citizen by default. There is an extensive process in order to become a Canadian citizen. Therefore, if you wish to become a Canadian citizen, you must abide by the eligibility requirements just like anyone else. In other words, there is no special process or exception for spouses of Canadian citizens.

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How to Restore your Status in Canada

How to Restore your Status in Canada

Steps to How to Restore your Status in Canada

There are many foreign nationals who visit, work or study in Canada that often find that they want to stay longer in Canada for many reasons. The reasons may be that they have not accomplished everything they intended on doing in Canada and need to extend their stay. However, if they do not extend their stay before the expiry date on their authorized travel document or permit, then they will inevitably be under a restoration of their status. In this article, I will explain what restoration of temporary resident status means, the eligibility requirements for a restoration of status, how to apply for a restoration of status, and other important information about restoration of status.

What is a Restoration of Status

A restoration of status is essentially the same as a restoration of temporary resident status. As previously mentioned, if a visitor, worker or student has not applied to extend their stay prior to the expiration of their valid permit, then they have lost their status and may proceed to apply to reinstate or restore their status. This condition is in accordance with section 182 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations. Furthermore, this specific regulation under section 182 can only apply if the individual has not been out of status for more than 90 days (3 months). Additionally, they must ensure that they have abided by the conditions on their initial permit to Canada.

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    We have used Akrami & Associates for all of our immigration needs. They have never let us down and we couldn’t be happier. They took care of us from start to finish with little effort on our part. An excellent group of legal professionals.

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    Reception was very nice and was sure to answer the questions he could but made sure I was taken care of by a rep at the firm. Shabnam was extremely helpful and I will be calling again when I am ready to proceed.

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    Akrami & Associates was extremely professional and the most efficient legal team I have ever had the pleasure of dealing. They responded to my emails quickly, never missed a phone call and explained the process to me in such a way that anyone could understand, even me. Thanks to them, I was able to hire the workers my business needed mush sooner than I had ever expected. You can’t go wrong with them.

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