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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

Removal Order from Canada

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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Renouncing your permanent Resident Status in Canada

Renouncing your permanent Resident Status in Canada

Reasons to Renounce your Status

Renouncing your permanent resident status in Canada can be a very difficult decision to make as it took you great lengths to obtain status in Canada. However sometimes individuals get tired of living in Canada due to the short summer breaks, excruciating long winters and now looking to relocate somewhere warmer. Or perhaps you are looking to relocate because you are tired of getting assessed by the immigration officer at the port of entry whether you meet your residency obligation or not due to family or work commitments outside of Canada. Sometimes, individuals have no choice to renounce their permanent resident status as they have accepted an official position with a foreign country that does not allow dual citizenship.

In any case, if you are looking to renounce your permanent resident status in Canada for another country due family obligations, weather, work or another reasons you would need to go through specific steps and understanding the consequences prior to opting out.

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Criminal Rehabilitation to Overcoming Inadmissibility Issue to Canada

Criminal Rehabilitation to Overcoming Inadmissibility Issue to Canada

Determining Eligibility for Criminal Rehabilitation

You can be considered criminally inadmissible to Canada due to your past offense on record. If you wish to overcome your inadmissibility issue on permanent basis then you may be eligible to apply for Criminal Rehabilitation. Criminal Rehabilitation is for individuals in which 5 years have passed since the completion of the imposed sentence. Many factors play a role to determining if you are eligible to apply for Criminal Rehabilitation. This blog will help you understand how to overcome your past inadmissibility issue. So if you ended up in a sticky situation and have a travel date coming up to Canada or simply like to overcome your past criminal record then this blog is for you.

Individual Rehabilitation vs. Deemed Rehabilitation

The underlying difference between individual rehabilitation and deemed rehabilitation, is that with individual rehabilitation you have to submit an application to the consulate proving you are rehabilitated. This is done by presenting a compelling Criminal Rehabilitation application to the immigration officer, who will review and decide to see if you are truly rehabilitated.

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Denied Entry to Canada for Past Criminal Record

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Entering Canada with a Criminal Record

Have you recently been denied entry to Canada due to a past criminal record and have missed your important business or leisure trip? Missing an important trip can be quite frustrating as you have spent your time, money and energy to be only sent back home.

If you wish to overcome your inadmissibility on temporary or permanent basis then you may be eligible for Temporary Resident Permit or Criminal Rehabilitation.

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Applying for Certificate of Canadian Citizenship

Applying for Certificate of Canadian Citizenship

Lost Canadian Citizenship Certificate

If you have lost, misplaced, damaged or destroyed your citizenship certificate it can be quite frustrating to replace it. If you have found yourself in this sticky situation you must inform your local police department that your card/certificate was lost or stolen. Once you have informed the authorities you would need to apply for new one. Find out below as to steps you need to take to apply for Canadian citizenship certificate.

What is Canadian Citizenship Certificate?

The citizenship certificate is a letter-size paper document (8½ x 11-inch). It lists your Unique Client Identifier, name, certificate number, sex, date of birth, and the effective date of your citizenship. Older citizenship certificates are still accepted as proof of Canadian citizenship, as are citizenship cards. The commemorative certificates presented at citizenship ceremonies are not considered valid proof of citizenship.

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Do I need Visitor Visa to travel to Canada

Do I need Visitor Visa to travel to Canada

Who is consider a Visitor to Canada

Visitor are basically the persons who are the willing or have a desire to visit and explore the beautiful land of Canada. Visitors considered as persons who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, and are legally authorized to enter Canada to:

  • visit Canada on holiday (vacation),
  • visit family,
  • conduct business, etc.

Understand what Visitor Visa Means

A visitor visa, is an official document issued by a Canadian government that is placed/stamped in your passport to show that you have met the requirements for admission/ to enter in Canada as a temporary resident either as a visitor, a student, or as a worker.

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Immigrate to Canada through Express Entry

Immigrate to Canada through Express Entry

Express Entry Canada

Canada is the second largest also one of the wealthiest country in the world. It is regularly voted one of the best countries to live in as it is known for diversity, a high standard of living, an open and tolerant culture, a clean environment and a low crime rate which makes this country a best place to live in. It is also a place where a good lifestyle and a high quality education system are affordable and also provides world class medical facilities.

Express Entry is an online system that Canadian Government uses to manage applications for permanent residence for skilled workers. In Express Entry System an online application process is created to pick out skilled workers from foreign countries that are applying through immigration purposes. The Express Entry also helps employers to find skilled foreign workers through assessing their skills and experiences through a profile and a point based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System. Like to know more about the Express Entry then continue reading.

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Sponsor your Spouse to Canada

Sponsor your Spouse to Canada

Spousal Sponsorship Canada

Spousal immigration is one of the important and fast growing aspects of Canadian immigration. The applicants are applying at a fast pace under this category every year. The Government of Canada launched a program where undeclared family members can be sponsored. Meaning thereby an applicant who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident in Canada can sponsor his/ her spouse on certain conditions. This program is very helpful for those people who cannot qualify under other immigration routes such as the Express Entry. However through the spousal sponsorship route one of the main requirements is to demonstrate your relationship is genuine. Find out below what steps you need to take to be eligible to sponsor your spouse to Canada

Who Can Sponsor their Spouse to Canada?

You can sponsor if you fall under any of the below mentioned categories

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Extend your Work Permit through Bridging Open Work Permit

Extend your Work Permit through Bridging Open Work Permit

Bridging Open Work Permit

If you are currently on a valid Canadian work permit and wish to continue working but noticed your work permit will be expiring soon then you may be eligible to apply for Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP).

Bridging Open Work Permit was put into effect to allow foreign workers who have applied for permanent residence but have not received a decision yet on their application to continue working until a decision is rendered on their permanent residence application.

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Ontario's Human Capital Category

Ontario's Human Capital Category

OINP: Human Capital Category

Canada is a great country to live and work in. However, many employers in Canada face problems in filling in jobs. Therefore, to boost Canada’s economy and fill in positions, Canada welcomes many immigrants to Canada.

To help fill in those jobs, the federal government of Canada through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), has created the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). The Provincial Nominee Program allows employers to locate foreign workers that have the skills, experience and education level to fill the jobs.

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Provincial Nominee Program How Does it Work

Provincial Nominee Program How Does it Work

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

If you wish to immigrate to Canada and have a specific province in mind then the provincial nominee program (PNP) may be an option for you.

The provincial nominee programs allow Canadian provinces and territories to nominate a foreign individual who wish settle in a particular province in Canada.

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Temporary Resident Permit for Persons with Inadmissibility Issue to Canada

Temporary Resident Permit for Persons with Inadmissibility Issue to Canada

Temporary Resident Permit

If you have past inadmissibility issue to Canada due to a criminal, medical or security reasons but have valid reasons to travel to Canada then you may be eligible Temporary Resident Permit (TRP)

Applying for Temporary Resident Permit allows you to travel to Canada on temporary basis as it only takes cares of your inadmissibility on temporary basis.

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