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Extending your stay in Canada

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About Extending your stay in Canada

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

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

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All About Family Class Sponsorship

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All About Family Class Sponsorship

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

Who is able to be a sponsor?

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

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Qualifying as a Common Law Partner

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Qualifying as a common law partner

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

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

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How can I prove that my relationship is genuine?

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Sponsorship How can I prove that my relationship is genuine?

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

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

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Restoration of status for Immigration

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

What is restoration of status?

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

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Sponsoring a spouse with a criminal record

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

Overcoming criminal inadmissibility

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

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Frequently Asked Questions about Permanent Resident Status in Canada

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What is a permanent resident of Canada?

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

What is a PR Card?

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

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Post Graduate Work Permit 2020

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

What is a post graduate work permit?

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

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

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COVID-19 UPDATES & IMPACT ON IMMIGRATION TO CANADA

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

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

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The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

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

Participating Communities and their Website

North Bay. ON

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How to Extend my Visitor Visa to Canada

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Visitors Visa Extension

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

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

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

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Different Types of Work Permit for Canada

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Working in Canada

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

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

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5 FAQ on Study Permits

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Am I eligible for a study permit?

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

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

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Super Visa for Parents and Grandparents

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

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

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Canadian Spousal Sponsorship what you need to know

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Sponsoring Spouse to Canada

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

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

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Criminal Rehabilitation for Inadmissibility Issue to Canada

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Criminal Rehabilitation

Criminal Rehabilitation is a means whereby an individual with a criminal record seeks permission from the Canadian government for permission to enter Canada and thereby overcome their criminal inadmissibility. Through their conduct, they must demonstrate not only that they have overcome their criminal behavior but also exhibit remorse as well. In fact, they must manifest in their actions that they have improved their criminal nature/ tendencies and will thus not inflict a threat to Canadian society.  The Canadian government wants to ensure that you do not pose a risk to the safety and well-being of the Canadian society; therefore, it requires that you be rehabilitated prior to granting you permission to enter the country.

Criminal Rehabilitation for Inadmissibility Issue to Canada?

What is a crime?

Canada will likely recognize a foreign or international crime if it would be considered a crime domestically. Therefore, any person who wants to enter Canada as a visitor, worker, student, or permanent resident will not be allowed entry into Canada if they:

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Sponsoring Under the Family Class

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Family Class Sponsorship

The Canadian government values keeping families together, and therefore prioritizes family class sponsorship applications. You can sponsor certain relatives living abroad to immigrate to Canada if you meet the mandatory requirements. Generally, the requirements are more relaxed than the economic routes.

How Family Class Sponsorship Works

The Canadian family member may sponsor the following individuals:

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Overseas Study Permit Applications and COVID-19

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Overseas Canadian Study Permit & COVID-19

Do you have a valid study permit issued to you by Citizenship and Immigration Canada? Are you currently outside of Canada? If you are outside of Canada and have an approved valid study permit it is important to know that the federal government of Canada has imposed travel restriction for those foreign nationals. If you are planning to travel to Canada during this time on a valid study permit, due to the COVID-19 pandemic there are a few things you need to know before attempting to travel.

The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has made the federal Government Issue a closure of the borders for the time being, to stop the spread of COVID-19. But there are travellers that are exempt from this closure. To discuss if you are exempt from the travel restrictions and what you can expect if you are traveling to Canada then continue reading this blog to understand if you are still able to come to Canada and what are the limitations you have traveling to Canada as an international student.;

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Steps to obtaining a Study Permit

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Studying in Canada

If you are looking to further your studies or boost your career prospects then Canada is one of the best places to gain higher education. It can be very scary and exciting feeling to experience to opting to studying abroad, however it will be one the best choices you make. It is a great place to study as it allows international students to experience multiculturalism, take advantage of the affordable prices compared to other English speaking countries. Students are able to work legally during studies and most importantly feel safe during their time of studies.

What do I need to Study in Canada?

If you are looking to study in Canada, you must submit your application to college or universities in advance and receive admissions letter at one of the designated learning institutions. Most international students have to prove language proficiency in English or French. This is done by taking the IELTS, CELPIP or TEF test. To ensure you get a seat at the preferred designation you must brush up your language skills so that your application does not get rejected. Once you have the acceptance letter in hand you are able to apply for a Canada Study Permit.

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LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY THROUGH CELPIP AND IELTS

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ABOUT CELPIP AND IELTS

When applying for permanent residence to Canada, most applications require you take language assessment test to evaluate your language proficiency. The test results are needed for your immigration application to proof language proficiency.

Two of the most popular tests taken globally by most applicants include the International English Language Testing System (CELPIP) and Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (IELTS).

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IELTS AND CELPIP TESTS AVAILABLE NOW

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IELTS AND CELPIP DURING COVID-19

Due to COVID-19 pandemic immigration Canada had to close many of its test centers to reduce the spread of corona virus.

Unfortunately, this has caused delays for applicants that are looking to apply for permanent residence as most PR applications require an IELTS and CELPIP to submit an application.

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Express Entry Draws Continue to Drop

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Express Entry Points Dropped

In response to COVID-19 crisis Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has substantially dropped their comprehensive ranking score (CRS).

Since the whole pandemic started on March 18, 2020 the points are continuously dropping and it has reached its lowest score of 447 points in which 3,371 invitations have been issued on May 15, 2020.

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Apply to Continue stay as Temporary Resident Permit Holder

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Temporary Resident Permit

If you are looking to continue your stay in Canada as a permit holder then you would need to apply for Temporary Resident Permit (TRP).

TRP is a document that is granted for persons who are inadmissible to Canada or for individuals that do not meet the requirements as temporary resident or as a permanent resident to enter or continue their stay in Canada.

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Removal Order from Canada

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Authorization to Return to Canada ARC

If you have received a removal order from the government of Canada and wishing to return then you may be eligible to apply for Authorization to Return to Canada.

Individuals that get removal order can be either due to:

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Extending your Study Permit for Canada

Extending your Study Permit for Canada

Study Permit Extension

Are you currently an international student in Canada? Have you transferred to a program that might take longer to complete than what you have expected? Have you not completed your program requirements and you need an additional year to complete it, but your study permit will expire soon? There is a strong chance that you may have to extend your study permit in Canada. As an international student one of the most important things to keep in mind is the expiry date of your study permit. The expiration date is an indication of when Canada no longer allows you to study and when you should be preparing to leave or apply for an extension.

Immigration Canada allows you to stay inside of Canada an additional ninety days after your expiry date to prepare for your leave or to acquire time to apply for a study permit extension. If you are planning to apply for a study permit extension there are a few steps you need to take before attempting to apply for an extension. Continue reading this blog for more information on the process of a study permit extension.

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