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Applying for a Super Visa

Applying for a Super Visa

Family Time is Precious

Your daughter just gave birth to your grandchild in Toronto. You check your email to see photos of your grandchild every day. However, seeing photos of your grandchild’s chubby face cannot satisfy your desire to see your grandchild in person. Most importantly, your daughter misses you and invites you to explore the beauty of Canada. You want to go to Canada and to help take care of your grandchild. If you are a grandparent or a parent of a Canadian citizen or a Canadian permanent resident, and you want to stay in Canada for more than six months without becoming a permanent resident of Canada, you will need to obtain a super visa. Throughout this article, we will introduce you the purpose of a super visa and how you can obtain one to spend quality time with your children and grandchildren in Canada.

What is a Super Visa

A super visa is a temporary, multi-entry permit that allows parents or grandparents of Canadian citizens or permanent residents to stay for up to two years in Canada. It is valid up to ten years. That being said, a super visa holder has the ability to leave and re-enter Canada for ten years.

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Labor Market Impact Assessments

Labor Market Impact Assessments

Hiring a Foreign Worker Temporarily

If you are a Canadian employer who is looking to hire a foreign national to fill a position temporarily, the government does not want to prevent you from doing this, though, they do want to prevent foreign nationals from taking positions from Canadians who need them. It is important to the Canadian government, that Canadian have access to jobs in Canada, before those positions are filled by an individual visiting the country temporarily. To do this, there is the requirement that foreign nationals and their employers obtain a labor market impact assessment, prior to being able to obtain a work permit. In other words, before you will be able to apply for an LMIA successfully, you must have your application supported by a positive LMIA. Because this is such an important step, and most work permits require an LMIA, we will take the time to break down the application process, to help you prepare an application for an LMIA.

What is an LMIA?

Well, as mentioned, it is a document which confirms a position was available to Canadians, and that no Canadian can be found to fill the position, so a foreign national is needed to serve the needs of the company, and the company is permitted to hire a foreign national because no Canadian is available.

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Prepare for a Trip to Canada

The Basic Needs to Travel to Canada

Everyone’s situation is different, and this will affect how you apply for the necessary documents to come to Canada. We cannot possibly break down in one blog, all the possible things an individual may have to do before they are prepared to travel to Canada, because this is heavily dependent on your specific situation. What we CAN do is break down the most basic requirements an individual must adhere to, to properly prepare a trip to Canada, which has the chance of going forward without any unpleasant surprises. Unfortunately, failure to do proper research into what is required of an individual before travelling, could result in having to cancel your trop altogether. The Canadian government does not take their immigration requirements lightly at all. So, let us help you be prepared for a trip to Canada, and keep reading for general important information!

What is the FIRST Step?

The very first thing you must do is obtain a valid travel document from your country of citizenship. Without this, you will not be able to cross the Canadian border, absolutely. Once you have a valid travel document, you must determine whether or not you are from a non-visa exempt country, or a visa-exempt country. This will determine whether or not you require a temporary resident visa to travel to Canada. If you are from a non-visa exempt country, you will need to apply for a temporary resident visa before you are permitted to come to Canada. If you are from a visa-exempt country, you are not exempt of all requirements; you still must most likely apply for an electronic travel authorization (eTA). To be specific, you must apply for an eTA if you are boarding a flight which will land in Canada.

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Important Information about Start-up Visas

Important Information about Start-up Visas

Learn About a Start-up Visa

The Canadian government is looking to attract entrepreneurs. As such, they have introduced a very unique immigration opportunity available to individuals who see themselves as entrepreneurs and who have an innovative business idea. In fact, the Canadian government claims the Start-up visa program, is the only one of its kind in the world – though, I’m not about to fact check that. The point is this opportunity is not to be overlooked if it is something which could even possibly be in your future. Therefore, throughout this article, we will provide all the valuable information you need to understand the start-up visa program, and assess whether this could possibly be an option for yourself.

What is the Start-Up Visa Program?

This is a program as the name suggests which is geared to help individuals who can prove they have a strong business proposal and a good chance of success, actually start a business and come to Canada as permanent residents. Because the government will be assisting you with your application, the process is highly selective. Essentially, the purpose of the start-up visa program is to attract talented entrepreneurs to Canada, to ultimately boost the Canadian economy. The Canadian government believed the program to be mutually beneficial. Therefore, while the hope is the foreign national will have a positive effect on the Canadian economy, the belief is the foreign national will also experience plenty of advantages as well.

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Business Person vs. Business Visitor Information

Business Person vs. Business Visitor Information

Business Person vs. Business Visitor - Know the Difference! 

There is a big difference between what Citizenship and Immigration Canada refer to as a business person, and what they mean when they speak of a business visitor. It is very important to understand the difference between these two terms, because there are different requirements and obligations each individual has, depending on their status in Canada. Both business visitors and business people are temporary residents coming to Canada on business related activity. Though, the main difference between the two distinctions is still the length of time they each spend in Canada respectively. Business people are permitted to stay much longer than business visitors, because they are covered by a free trade agreement which gives them this permission. Throughout this article, we will discuss the difference between a business visitor and a business person, and a little about coming to Canada under either distinction.

What is a Business Person?

A business person is someone who comes to Canada to do business under a free trade agreement. Specifically, a business person can come to Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), or, under one of the other free trade agreements such as the General Agreement on Trades in Services (GATS). Then, there are very specific circumstances under which individuals qualify under other free trade agreements (FTA’s), such as the Canada-Chile FTA, the Canada-Peru FTA, the Canada-Colombia FTA, and the Canada-Korea FTA. According to the Canadian government, these are modeled on NAFTA to make it easier for business people from one country to enter another country for a short time. Because individuals who apply as a business person are protected by an agreement, they do not need to obtain an LMIA first to allow them to work in Canada. So, to summarize, a business person is permitted to come to Canada because they are protected under a free trade agreement which both their country of origin and Canada are a member of. These individuals do not need to obtain an LMIA. This is the first point to understand.

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Express Entry Information

Express Entry Information

Foreign Nationals with Skilled work Experience can immigrate through Express Entry

Express entry is a very advantageous pathway to permanent residence for individuals who qualify. This process can be fairly complex, though, it is certainly not impossible to understand. Therefore, it is worth considering whether or not you are eligible for a stream of express entry, so that you may take advantage of this pathway to express entry as well. There are three different programs one could be eligible to apply for permanent residence through, which is part of what makes express entry so confusing. More than this though, it is important to understand the application process occurs in stages. Throughout the application process, the applicant must remain very engaged and pay attention to the status of it, to ensure they fulfill all the necessary obligations of an applicant. If you hire a representative to help with this application, this will alleviate much of the stress which results from the need to be constantly aware of the status of your application, as you can rest assured your representative will do it for you. Nevertheless, while the representatives at Akrami and Associates are happy to help you with your application, every step of the way, it is also our belief that the applicant should understand the application process, so we have set out to provide information on this.

What is Express Entry?

Express entry is a system of Canadian immigration which seeks to attract highly skilled foreign nationals to the Canadian labor market. This system uses a point ranking program to seek out the most highly skilled immigrants. Using the Canadian government’s “comprehensive ranking system,” highly skilled foreign nationals will receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence, through one of the 3 express entry streams. Ultimately, express entry is the way in which applicants make themselves candidates to become permanent residents through either the Federal Skilled Trades program (FSTP), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), or the Canadian Experience Class, depending on their qualifications.

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The Various Ways to Overcome Inadmissibility

The Various Ways to Overcome Inadmissibility

Are you Inadmissible to Canada?

Unfortunately, people wishing to travel to Canada learn every day, that they are not permitted to enter the country, for one reason or another. This leaves them asking the question, “How do I do the important thing I wanted to do while I was in Canada? I care deeply to; visit for business, or, attend my sister’s wedding, or, visit my grandchildren in Calgary.” This is understandable, and the Canadian government recognizes there could be very valid reason for wanting to come to Canada, therefore, they have provided individuals the opportunity to submit specific applications which will help them overcome their inadmissibility and become admissible to Canada again. Throughout this article, we will discuss the many reasons individuals could be inadmissible, and, the various ways individuals can overcome their inadmissibility depending on the reason they are inadmissible.

What are the reasons I could be Inadmissible?

There are as I mentioned, a variety of reasons one can become inadmissible to Canada. This includes, but is not entirely limited to the following:

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Information For Canadian Business Visitors

Information For Canadian Business Visitors

Visit Canada on Business

The Canadian market presents unique opportunities in the modern business world. As such, many modern businessmen have clients and connections in Canada, and their business would benefit from individuals having the opportunity to meet with Canadian clients, attend meetings and conferences in Canada, and …. Many would believe, for good reason, that to do this an individual would need a work permit. Though, this is not the case. There are some specific regulations which surround business visitors; nevertheless, individuals are allowed to come to Canada to “visit for business.” Throughout this article, we will discuss the way a business visitor should go about lawfully entering Canada, and, the regulations which surround business visitors during their time in Canada.

What is a Business Visitor?

A business visitor is someone who is not working in Canada per say, as they do not directly engage in the labor market. However, a business visitor is permitted to engage in international business activities. As mentioned, this could be things such as meeting people from other partnering companies to do business within Canada through the partnership, observing site visits, or, visiting because a Canadian company invited them for training, or to perhaps hold a conference in product use, sales and other business transaction functions. The main requirement of a business visitor is that they must prove their main source of income and their main place of business is outside of Canada. You must be able to prove this to be permitted to enter Canada as a business visitor.

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Study in Canada

Want to Study Abroad in Canada?

Canada is a beautiful nation with an abundance of prestigious schools to choose from, at all levels of learning. It is no wonder why individuals from all over the world have an interest in studying here, or, bringing their children to study here. Though, it is important for all individuals who wish to enjoy the benefits of a Canadian university to know the requirements of international students, to avoid breaking any laws governing those who visit the country. Studying without proper permission could result in one becoming inadmissible to Canada, and not being permitted to enter again for any reason, without express permission from an immigration officer first that one is allowed to do so. Therefore, throughout this article, we will break down the requirements for those who want to study in Canada, and help readers understand the purpose of a study permit.

Who Needs a Study Permit?

Anyone who wishes to come to Canada to study and engage in a program for longer than 6 months must first obtain a valid study permit to do so. This is the number one rule to know. From there, it mostly depends on how old you are whether or not you will need a study permit. For example, is you are a parent bringing a child to Canada, and want them to attend kindergarten while they are here, you do not have to apply for a study permit to do that. Children attending kindergarten while their parent is in Canada on legal status are exempt from the requirement of a study permit to attend school. Furthermore, children wanting to attend any level of grade school in Canada, who already have parents in Canada who are either permanent residents, or are in Canada temporarily on work or study permits, also are exempt from the requirement of needing a study permit. Parents who want to send their minor children to study in Canada at an elementary or secondary designated learning institution will need to apply for a minor study permit to be permitted to do this.

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How to Prepare to Work in Canada

How to Prepare to Work in Canada

How Can I Work in Canada?

To work in Canada, you must have prepared the proper arrangements, and work to gather all the proper documentation. This can be a daunting process. There are several steps that you must take beforehand to secure all the necessary arrangements, and to gather all the documents you are required to provide. If you wish to work in Canada, it means you wish to live in Canada, whether for a temporary, or a permanent length of time. As such, Immigration officers must be able to analyze the applicant against Canadian standards, to verify they will be a useful addition to the Canadian economy. Ultimately, in this article, I will work to explain what needs to be done to prepare to work in Canada, and to prepare an application for a work permit successfully. I will specifically address how to get your credentials assessed accordingly, assess your language ability, find a job in Canada, and how to get a Social Insurance Number (SIN).

What Do I Need to Include in my Application?

First and foremost, you’ll need to include the things that would make up any job application, so that the Canadian government can confirm you are being honest in your application and properly applying for a work permit. This includes things such as work history, educational achievements and resume, as well as references from previous employers. These things work to show you will be an asset to the Canadian working economy, and that you’re a reliable, productive individual. Furthermore, you’ll have to submit an approved literacy test, which shows scores at a minimum level, depending on the program through which you are applying to work in Canada. Then, you will also have to submit proof that you are financially stable enough to support yourself during the time you are in Canada, along with the fact that you will have an income upon your arrival. Finally, you will have to show that you are medically and criminal admissible to Canada.

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Spousal Sponsorship Questions!

Apply for Spousal Sponsorship 

We get tons of clients who want to apply for spousal sponsorship, but need some help understanding some key points regarding the application. To help, we've compiled some useful information for some commonly asked questions regarding their applications for spousal sponsorship. Keep reading, and enjoy! We hope this helps you understand the process a little better. 

Q: What does current or previous undertaking mean on a spousal sponsorship application?

An undertaking is an agreement sponsors are obligated to commit to. An undertaking makes the sponsor financially responsible for the individual they have chosen to sponsor. To be more specific, a previous undertaking refers to a commitment you were previously a part of, whereas a current undertaking refers to the commitment one is still a part of. An undertaking, as mentioned, confers financial responsibility and requires the sponsor to ensure their partner has all the basic necessities to life, and access to health care which is not provided publicly. Once the principal application obtains permanent residency, the undertaking is in effect. An undertaking is a three year agreement, no matter what. Please note, the undertaking remains in effect regardless of any change in circumstance.

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Apply for Criminal Rehabilitation

Apply for Criminal Rehabilitation

Are you Criminally Inadmissible to Canada?

If you have a previous criminal conviction, you’re likely inadmissible to Canada, whether you know it or not. If this is the case for you, you may be surprised one day when you show up at the border and are denied entry into Canada. More than surprised though, you’ll likely be very upset. To avoid this happening to you, it is important to deal with your inadmissibility before attempting to cross the border. This can be done various ways; a temporary resident permit, or an application for criminal rehabilitation. A temporary resident permit is a temporary solution, whereas an application for criminal rehabilitation overcomes inadmissibility permanently, and allows individuals with criminal records to again become admissible travellers. Throughout this article, we will discuss how to apply for criminal rehabilitation, and who is eligible to do this!

Who Can Apply for Criminal Rehabilitation?

Obviously, individuals with a criminal record can apply for criminal rehabilitation. Though, the charges on your record must have occurred at least a certain number of years ago, to be eligible for criminal rehabilitation. The number of years which must have passed from the time you successfully completed all the conditions of your sentence is dependent on the crime you committed in the first place. If you were convicted on a summary conviction, otherwise known as a misdemeanor in the Unites States, at least 5 years must have passed since the time you completed all the conditions of your sentence before you are eligible for criminal rehabilitation. Otherwise, if you were convicted of an indictable offense, or what would be known as a Felony in the United States, at least 10 years must have passed since you successfully completed all the conditions of your sentence. If you committed an offense which would have resulted in a prison sentence of at least 10 years, you will never be eligible for criminal rehabilitation.

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How to Apply for a Super Visa

How to Apply for a Super Visa

Can I Still Sponsor my Parents Through Family Class Sponsorship?

As you may know, you could previously sponsor your parents under the family class sponsorship stream. This was a well-used opportunity, unfortunately though, the government has chosen to remove this program from the family class sponsorship program. They have not done this without providing an alternative, though, it is important to understand the changes which have occurred, to ensure you spend time preparing the correct type of application, so that you may ultimately be re-united with family on a more-regular basis. To replace the parents and grandparents sponsorship stream, the Canadian government has announced super visas. A super visa is a type of multiple entry visa, which is only available to parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Throughout this article, we will discuss all the ins and outs of super visas, to help you spend more time with your parents and grandparents.

What is the Main Difference Between a Super Visa and Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship?

Well, the main difference is that with a super visa, the parents or grandparents of the Canadian citizen or permanent resident they intend on visiting will never become permanent residents. Through the parent and grandparents sponsorship program, the applicants were applying for permanent residence. This change comes with pros and cons. Obviously it is unfortunate that the applicants can never become permanent residents through this program, if they wish to live in Canada with their loved ones forever. Though, this change broadens the target audience of the number of individuals who will be willing to take advantage of the program available. Not everyone who wants to come spend significant time with their children also wants to immigrate to Canada permanently, so, with the option of a super visa, they are able to do both.

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Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Applying for Permanent Residence through the CEC

One of the best ways to apply for permanent residence, if you are eligible, is through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), through Express Entry. As the name suggests, this is a favorable way to apply for permanent residence because individuals could become permanent residents fairly quickly, assuming they are a top applicant. The Express Entry program in general pools applicants together, and compares them based on their qualifications to join the labor force in Canada. Individuals are ranked on the government’s comprehensive ranking system, also known as CRS, and every so often a certain number of top applicants are given an invitation to apply. The Canadian Experience Class is not the only stream in express entry; there are also the Federal Skill Trades Program, and the Federal Skilled Worker Program. So, this semi-regular selection process we speak of occurs separately for each of the Express Entry programs. Depending on which of the programs you qualify for, you could be invited to apply through the CEC stream, or the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), or even the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). Throughout this article, we will discuss who is eligible for the Canadian Experience Class, and how to apply for permanent residence through the CEC as well.

Eligibility Requirements of the Canadian Experience Class

The purpose of express entry is to invite skilled foreign nationals who wish to come to Canada, to Canada, in the hopes that at the same time, the Canadian government can work to strengthen the Canadian labor market. Therefore, there are some somewhat specific eligibility requirements. They are as follows:

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Important Information for Newcomers to Canada

Important Information for Newcomers to Canada

Being a new Canadian Permanent Resident

When one becomes a permanent resident, this can be both very exciting and overwhelming, all at the same time. Applicants have dedicated a ton of time, and have worked very hard to become permanent residents of Canada, so this obviously comes with an abundance of joy and relief. Though, there are many things which come with being a permanent resident of Canada, which can overwhelm anyone who is a newcomer to the country. There are a variety of responsibilities and affairs individuals must organize to properly immerse as a permanent resident of Canada, and reap all the benefits Canada’s public system offers. Throughout this article, we will help cover some of the things new permanent residents of Canada should know, to help you properly adjust to life in Canada.

After You Arrive in Canada…

1. Get Your First Permanent Resident Card

You should report your Canadian address to Citizenship and Immigration Canada within 180 days of landing in Canada, to get a permanent resident (PR) card delivered to you. This is all that needs to be done to get your first PR card. This PR card will be valid for 5 years, and, when you attempt to apply to renew your PR card, you will have to prove you have met the residency requirements, and have abided by the obligations of a permanent resident of Canada properly.

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Study as a Minor in Canada

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

Do you want to bring your child to Canada? There are a lot of advantages which come with obtaining a Canadian education. 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. There are many circumstances however, when children who wish to study in Canada will require a study permit, or, to be specific; a minor’s study permit. If you are unfamiliar with the process of applying for a study permit, or have not submitted an application to Canadian immigration in the past, you may be confused and concerned about what the process entails. Fear not! If you are seeking assistance in inquiring information about a minor’s study permit, we have written this blog to provide some important information you should know to help you get started. Continue reading this blog in order to find out more on how to help your child apply for a minor’s study permit.

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, but is not exempt from needing a study permit due to the nature of their program. Most minor children who wish to study in Canada require a permit in order to do so. 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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Information about Applying for Permanent Residence under Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds

Applying for Permanent Residence under Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds

Submitting an application for permanent residence is never easy. Now, submitting an application for permanent residence on humanitarian and compassionate (PR with H&C) consideration is a more difficult than any other type of permanent resident application. In fact, this is arguably the most complex application to submit, aside from applying for refugee status. This is because you are asking for permanent residence without being eligible to apply through any of the regularly accepted channels. Rather, you are applying on the grounds you would suffer a life of extreme hardship if sent to return to your home country. You are essentially asking for the Government of Canada’s sympathy over your situation, to avoid being sent back to your country of origin. Considering this, it is important to understand when applying for PR with H&C, you are responsible for convincing an immigration officer you should not be sent back to your home country.

Who Should Apply for PR with H&C?

Well, as mentioned, you should only apply for PR with H&C if you are not eligible for any other pre-existing immigration program. Furthermore, you should apply for PR with H&C if you would suffer undue harm upon return to your home country, and therefore you cannot return. Finally, you should apply for PR with H&C if you are already in Canada at the present time, and can prove you have established a life in Canada. If forced to leave your life in Canada, you would suffer harm in doing this as well.

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Apply for Ontario's Provincial Nominee Program

Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Program

Most provinces in Canada have arranged with the federal government to allow them to nominate particular applicants for permanent residence because they would be an advantage to the provinces economy. These are called “provincial nominee programs (PNP),” and Ontario is no exception. Ontario has a PNP program individuals can apply for, within which there are various specific streams. Throughout this article, I will break down the Ontario PNP program, to help you learn how to apply and immigrate to Ontario as a skilled worker today!

What is Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Program?

Technically, the program is called the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). Otherwise, there is a very closely related program, called Ontario Express Entry. Essentially, if you apply through the Federal Express entry program, because you qualify under one of the 3 available streams; the FSWP, the FSTP, and/ or the CEC, you could possibly be nominated out of the express entry pool to apply for permanent residence within Ontario. Though, that it simply the process of applying for express entry. The process of applying for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is the focus of this article. Individuals can apply directly to the OINP program if they are eligible for one of the three categories.

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Business Visitor FAQs

Business Visitor FAQs

FAQ’s about being a Business Visitor

Some individuals who travel for business are highly privileged insofar as they do not have to apply for a work permit, or a special visitor visa, to come to Canada to participate in particular business activities. Most individuals who come to Canada to actually work need a work permit. The major difference between a business visitor and an individual who enters Canada to actually work, is that the individual in Canada who “working” is making a salary from a Canadian company and participating in activities which are more than business meetings, research, and some other specified activities which business visitors are permitted to partake in without a work permit. A business visitor on the other hand is one who does not directly work for a Canadian company, but rather is a foreign national who visits Canada to undertake the activities which are related to the international business. So, how does one ensure they are permitted to come to Canada to participate in activities which are work-related, without applying for a work permit first? It requires having a good understanding of what a business visitor is, and the rules regarding business visitors. Therefore, this article will address some common misunderstandings surrounding business visitors.

Q: What Can a Business Visitor Do?

A business visitor can…

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Information about Electronic Travel Authorizations

Information about Electronic Travel Authorizations

FAQ’S About Electronic Travel Authorizations (eTA’s)!

Though this regulation was brought in in early 2016, many people are still unfamiliar with the concept of an electronic travel authorization, otherwise known as an eTA. Many individuals would not have had to apply for an eTA if the last time they boarded a plane headed for Canada was before 2016. If this is the case for you, and you’re from a visa exempt country, prior to 2016, you did not have to obtain any special documents to travel to Canada, other than your travel document or passport. Though, you now must obtain an eTA to travel to Canada if you are from a visa-exempt country. If you are from a non-visa exempt country, the requirements for you remain the same; you must have a valid visitor’s visa to enter Canada. So, if an eTA is something you’ll have to think about for your nest trip to Canada, continue reading this article to learn about all the common questions individuals usually want to ask, when applying for an eTA.

Q: Is an eTA just like a Temporary Resident Visa/ Visitor’s Visa?

There are some similarities, and some differences. The biggest similarity is that both authorize you to travel to Canada for a temporary period of time. Though, the application process for an ETA is much different than that of a Visitor Visa. The entire application process for an eTA will take no more than a couple of hours, and you should receive an approval via email within 48 hours of applying, though this is not always the case. A visitor visa application can take several days to complete, and several weeks to receive an approval.

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Learn About the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Programs

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Programs

Have you always dreamed of immigrating to Canada’s beautiful east coast? With the laid back lifestyle the Atlantic Provinces are known for, no one would wonder why someone would want to build a life there. Recently, the Canadian government has seen that these provinces are a good place for new immigrants to get settled, while at the same time, there is an abundance of potential for growth and innovation in this area and foreign nationals can be a huge asset in achieving this. In this article, we will help you understand the Atlantic immigration pilot programs (AIP), and the application process which accompanies them!

What is the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP)?

As mentioned, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot is a fairly new program, aimed at helping foreign nationals settle successfully into the Atlantic society so that they may quickly become productive contributing members of society. The program is a partnership between the federal Government of Canada and the four Atlantic provinces:

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The Live-in Caregiver Program Details of Changes and Applying for Permanent Residence

The Live-in Caregiver Program Details of Changes and Applying for Permanent Residence

How to Apply for Permanent Residence through the Live-In Caregiver Program

Once you are in Canada working full-time as a live-in caregiver, on a live-in caregiver work permit, you are probably considering applying for permanent residence through the live-in caregiver program as well. There are a variety of requirements you must meet to be eligible for permanent residence through the live-in caregiver program. Therefore, throughout this article, I will cover the requirements to be eligible for permanent residence as a live-in caregiver, and I will help explain the application process. First and foremost though, if you are not already in Canada on a live-in caregiver work permit, you cannot be eligible for permanent residence through the live-in caregiver program.

Eligibility Requirements through the Live-In Caregiver Program

As mentioned, to be eligible to apply for permanent residence through the live-in caregiver program, you must comply with various requirements. The main requirement is that you must have completed 24 months of full time employment, or a total of 3,900 hours within 22 months, within the four years you have worked in Canada as a live-in caregiver from the date you entered Canada to be eligible to apply for permanent residence under the Live-in Caregiver Program. Please note, any time not working, such as sick leave or parental leave, or, time which you are working in Canada but not physically living with your employer, is not counted towards the required length of time an individual must have worked, though, regular vacation time, is counted towards this requirement. To prove the employee has fulfilled this minimum mandatory period of time working as a live-in caregiver, the employer must fill out the Live-in Caregiver – Employer Declaration of Hours Worked (IMM 5634) form, and state the hours an individual worked.

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Federal Skilled Trades Program FAQ's

FAQs for the Federal Skilled Trades Program

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

What are the Minimum Requirements?

To be eligible, you must

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Work Permits under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program

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

NAFTA Work Permit

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

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Information About Transit Visa's

Information About Transit Visa's

Do You Have a Flight Connecting Through Canada?

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

What is a Transit Visa? Who Needs One?

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

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