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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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Express Entry to Canada

Express Entry to Canada

Express Entry and How Does it Work

Express Entry (EE) was introduced by the Federal government in 2015 as an online immigration application system offering Canadian permanent residence to foreign skilled workers. Candidates are ranked based on their individual profiles and only those with the highest rankings are invited to apply for permanent residency.

Do I Qualify for Express Entry

The Express Entry system allows Citizenship and Immigration Canada to analyze and choose immigrants under the following economic programs: (1) Skilled Worker program; (2) Skilled Trades program; or (3) Canadian Experience Class. In order to qualify for Express Entry, you must meet the eligibility criteria for any of the abovementioned programs.

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Sponsoring Spouse or Partner to Canada

Sponsoring Spouse or Partner to Canada

Family Class Sponsorship

If you are a Canadian permanent resident or citizen and interested in helping your spouse, common-law, or conjugal partner immigrate to Canada, the Family Class Sponsorship Program may enable you to do so, via its Spousal Sponsorship subsection.

There are various eligibility requirements for both the sponsor and sponsored individual for purposes of meeting this subsection; chief among being the burden of establishing that their relationship falls within one of the following categories recognized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC):

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New Pilot Programs for Caregivers in Canada

New Pilot Programs for Caregivers in Canada

No more LMIA for Two New Pilot Programs

Are you overwhelmed with taking care of your children and need an extra hand but cannot afford to put them in childcare due to your financial circumstances or are you a caregiver and like to work in Canada to potentially obtain permanent residency in Canada? If this is your case then blog is for you.

Canada is now accepting applications to its two new caregiver immigration pilot programs which include

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Parental Sponsorship Process

Parental Sponsorship Process

Sponsoring Parents or Grandparents to Canada

If you have migrated to Canada and been separated from your parents and now like to sponsor them you may be eligible under Parental Sponsorship. Canada believes in family reunification and puts every effort to reunite families together. In 2019, citizenship and immigration Canada accepted 27000 invitations.

There are three factors the immigration officer looks at which include are you eligible as a sponsor? Have you submitted your interest to sponsor form? Have you received an invitation to apply? If you are interested in reuniting with your parents then continue reading our blog to understand what the process of sponsorship involves.

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Who needs an Electronic Travel Authorization

Who needs an Electronic Travel Authorization

What is an Electronic Travel Authorization

Are you planning to visit Canada by air? Are you from a visa-exempt country that requires an eTA to travel to or through Canada? People enjoy flying by airplane because it may be faster, more enjoyable, and less of a hassle than driving. If you are a traveler from a visa exempt country you may need to get an eTA to be able to enter Canada. Many travelers may not know they need an eTA until they are at the airport and they are told to go back because they cannot enter Canada without an Electronic Travel Authorization.

An eTA is an acronym for Electronic Travel Authorization which is an entry requirement for specific visa exempt foreign nationals traveling to Canada by air. It can be valid for up to five years or until the passport expires. Please be aware that your passport and your eTA go hand in hand, it’s important to keep in mind you need to have a valid passport and a valid eTA this signifies that if your passport expires you will also need to get a new eTA.

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Steps to take to Study in Canada as an International Student

Steps to take to Study in Canada as an International Student

What is a Study Permit

Are you an international student and like to continue your studies in Canada but not sure how to start? If this is the case, then this blog is for you.

To be able to study in Canada you first need to apply at a designated learning institution and get the acceptance letter. Once you have received the acceptance letter you can then apply for a study permit.

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Proving Genuineness of Relationship

Proving Genuineness of Relationship

How to Prove Genuineness of Relationship

Have you recently received a decision on your spousal or common law application and the application was refused due to the officer not being satisfied with the genuineness of the relationship?

If this is the case then this blog is for you.

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Super Visa Eligibility for Parent and Grandparents

Super Visa Eligibility for Parent and Grandparents

AM I ELIGIBLE FOR A SUPER VISA?

Are you a permanent resident or Canadian citizen? Do you wish your parents or grandparents could come and visit you for long periods of time? Are you confused about what a super visa is? Family is one of our main priorities at all times, and not having them in Canada can be tough. This blog will answer all of your inquiries about Canadian super visas.

What is a super visa in Canada?

Like a regular visitor’s visa, a super visa is a travel document that allows you to travel to Canada. It lets the immigration officer know that you are fully eligible to enter the country. A super visa varies in the sense that even though it is still a multiple entry visa (meaning that you are allowed to enter and exit Canada as many times as you want as long as the visa is valid), but the only difference is that the maximum period that an individual can stay in Canada for is 2 years. A super visa is usually valid for about 10 years.

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Move to Canada through Express Entry

Move to Canada through Express Entry

ALL ABOUT THE PROCESS OF EXPRESS ENTRY

Are you interested in coming to Canada? Do you want to immigrate as a permanent resident? Do you want to give your family and yourself a better quality of life by immigrating to Canada? Do you want to apply for Express Entry? Or have you applied and you're not sure as to what to do next? Do not worry, as this blog will fully explain what the process of express entry entails.

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Business Visitors to Canada

Business Visitors to Canada

ALL ABOUT BUSINESS VISITORS

Are you interested in visiting Canada? Is your purpose of travel business? Are you interesting in investing in a Canadian company or are you invited for a business conference? If you have answered yes to any of these questions then they will be answered throughout this blog.

What is a business visitor

In Canada, a business visitor refers to an individual who comes to Canada with the intention of doing business but not entering the Canadian labour. This means that they are specifically not to partake in work during the time period of their stay. Furthermore, they could also be coming to Canada with the intention of investing in a Canadian company, looking for ways to grow their business internationally, and finally, in order to network with other business owners. Furthermore, their stay usually ranges from a couple days to a couple of weeks, however, as per the fact that they are travelling as visitors, they can stay for a period of up to six months. Business visitors are not to be confused with business people. Business people come to Canada to partake in work under free trade agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) .

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How to Renew my Expired PR Card

How to Renew my Expired PR Card

Eligibility to Renew PR Card

Has your permanent card expired? Will it soon expire? Are you travelling outside of Canada and your card is going to expire? Not to worry, this blog will answer all of your questions regarding the process of renewing a permanent residency card.

What is permanent residency in Canada

Permanent residency refers to the status that has been given to individuals who have immigrated to Canada and are to stay permanently. Nonetheless, they are not Canadian citizens, but citizens of other countries. Permanent residents are given most of the same benefits and privileges that Canadian citizens are, these include:

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Sponsoring Spouse to Canada

Sponsoring Spouse to Canada

AM I ELIGIBLE FOR SPOUSAL SPONSORSHIP

Does your spouse live outside of Canada? Would you like to sponsor them to become a permanent resident of Canada? Are you confused about the process? Has your application for a spousal sponsorship been previously refused? Not to worry, as the whole process will be explained to you over the course of this blog.

What is spousal sponsorship in Canada

In Canada, spousal sponsorship refers to the process of bringing your spouse to Canada and for them to obtain their permanent residency. Along with your spouse, if they have any dependent children, you are allowed to sponsor their children as well.

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Changes to Caregiver Program in Canada

Changes to Caregiver Program in Canada

New Permanent Residence Pilots for Caregivers Immigrating to Canada

Are you a foreign caregiver looking to move to Canada? Are you looking to learn more about the immigration process regarding caregiving? Are you confused about the new pilot programs introduced for caregivers? There are numerous options in order to immigrate to Canada, and if you have answered yes to any of the questions above, you have come to the right place, as this blog will explain to you all about caregivers in Canada and what it entails.

How can I become a Caregiver in Canada?

There are many options and pathways to become a caregiver in Canada. The goal of these pilots and programs are to allow you to work in Canada as a caregiver, and possibly apply for permanent residence along with your family. Recently, the Government of Canada has introduced two new pilots in order for you to apply to work as a caregiver in Canada.

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Visitor Visa Eligibility for Canada

Visitor Visa Eligibility for Canada

AM I ELIGIBLE FOR A VISITOR VISA

Are you looking to visit Canada? Do you want to visit the many beautiful sites that this country has to offer? Have you applied for a visitor visa and it was refused? Are you confused about what the process around applying for a visitor visa is like? Don’t worry any further, this blog will answer all your questions regarding visitor visas in Canada.

What is a Visitor’s Visa in Canada?

In Canada, a visitor visa refers to a travel document that allows individuals to visit the country, if their purpose of travel is tourism. This document is put in your passport and it lets the immigration officer know that you meet all requirements to enter the country. A visitor’s visa is required in most situations where an individual wants to visit Canada, but it is not always the case. The need for a visitor visa depends on the individual’s nationality, method of travel and the travel document that will be used. A visitor’s visa is not the same things as an eTA (electronic travel authorization), but it works the same way. If you have an eTA, you will most likely not need a visa to enter Canada.

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Tips for a Study Permit Application

Tips for a Study Permit Application

Study Permits

Do you want to have the opportunity to study in Canada? Are you unsure of the process and want to learn about it? If you have answered yes to any of these questions don't worry as many students get stuck at this point as well. Obtaining a study permit is a lengthy process with multiple requirements that an applicant must complete.


What is a study permit

A study permit is a physical document that the government of Canada issues which allows foreign nationals to partake in studies at designated learning institutions (DLI) within Canada. One important piece of information when dealing with study permits is that it isn’t a visa, and one should apply before one travels to Canada.

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Self-Employed Immigration

Self-Employed Immigration

Immigrating to Canada as a Self-employed individual

There is a wide array of options that are made available to you to help you immigrate into Canada. Most of the time you are required to obtain a valid job offer for you to apply successfully. However, the application process becomes a bit more complicated when an individual is applying who are self-employed. If this bring concern to you there is no need to worry as this blog will give you answers to any of the questions that you may have.

Essential Information about Self-Employed Immigration

Just as the name entails, the self-employed persons program is a program run by the government of Canada that allows individuals to immigrate, permanently, to Canada as a self-employed person. If this program brings interest to you, you must:

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Participate in International Experience Canada (IEC)

Participate in International Experience Canada (IEC)

Work and Travel in Canada as a Youth

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

What is the International Experience Canada Program

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

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Using Criminal Rehabilitation to Sponsor a Spouse with Criminal Record

Using Criminal Rehabilitation to Sponsor a Spouse with Criminal Record

Having a Spouse with Criminal Record

In order to ensure the security of every Canadian citizen and permanent resident, the immigration officers are vigilant when it comes to accessing foreign nationals’ admissibility. If you have a spouse who has a criminal record, he or she may be denied entry to Canada. Furthermore, this inadmissibility will prevent you from successfully sponsoring your spouse. Fear not, you still have an option to sponsor a spouse with criminal record. Before applying for spousal sponsorship, there is a need to overcome your spouse’s criminality, depending on the nature of the crime and what sentence they received. In this blog, you will learn about how criminal rehabilitation can help you in the process of sponsoring a spouse with criminal record.

Resolving Criminal Inadmissibility

One of the most important steps prior to sponsoring a spouse with criminal record is to have the spouse’s criminal record expunged, obtain Criminal Rehabilitation, or be deemed rehabilitated. Rehabilitation means that you lead a stable lifestyle and that you are unlikely to be involved in any further criminal activities.

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Applying for Permanent Residency Through Express Entry

Applying for Permanent Residency Through Express Entry

Immigrate to Canada

Do you dream about moving to Canada? Are you unaware of the available possibilities that allow you to achieve your dream? If so, there is no need to worry as this article will explain express entries, which not only will give you a greater chance of being selected but also give you the ability to be considered a skilled immigrant who should be move to Canada. Information about express entries will be explored in greater detail throughout this blog.

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Extending your Temporary Resident Visa in Canada

Extending your Temporary Resident Visa in Canada

Coming to Canada as a Visitor

Canada is one of the most popular countries that people tend to travel to. Some travel to Canada to visit their friends and family, whereas some travel to enjoy Mother Nature that Canada has to offer. In order to visit Canada, you will need to apply for a visitor visa (temporary resident visa) if you are not from a visa-exempt country. However, visitor visas have their expiration dates. Once your visitor visa expires, you need to exit the country immediately. If you would like to extend your stay in Canada, you definitely have the option to do so. In this blog, you will learn about the basics of applying for a visitor visa extension.

Visitor Visa Extension Process

If you would like to extend your visitor visa, you will need to apply for the extension at least thirty days before your current status expires. If Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada approves your application to extend your stay in Canada, you will receive a visitor record. A visitor record is a document that says how long you can stay in Canada. It will include an expiration date and a date that you must exit Canada by.

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Prepare for your Spousal Sponsorship Interview

Prepare for your Spousal Sponsorship Interview

Sponsoring your Spouse

Do you wish to permanently settle in Canada with your beloved spouse? If so, you, as a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, might have considered sponsoring your spouse through the spousal sponsorship program. However, many individuals get confused as to what the spousal sponsorship entails and what steps they need to take to compile a strong case. If is this the case for you, do not worry! At Akrami & Associates, we can try our best to unite you and your spouse permanently. In this blog, you will learn about the essence of a spousal sponsorship application, the interview.

What is a Spousal Sponsorship Interview

To detect marriage fraud, immigration officers will scrutinize your application. More specifically, Immigration officers will need to determine if your relationship with your spouse or partner is genuine. This is why applicants will often get notifications for an interview with immigration authorities. You might be wondering if attending this interview is necessary. The answer is yes. The reason behind this is that many people will get married simply to obtain Canadian permanent residence, and Immigration will obviously prevent any marriage of convenience. If you are required to attend the interview, you will receive a notification regarding the date and location for your interview. This may not be the most pleasant process, but it is essential to permanent residence applicants are not using their marriage in an illegal way. The questions you may be asked include but are not limited to:

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Document Fraud and Misrepresentation

Document Fraud and Misrepresentation

How to Identify Document Fraud and Misrepresentation

“Honesty is the best policy.” This saying is particularly true when it comes to submitting applications to the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. If an immigration officer finds out you are being untruthful about your application, your application can be refused. Moreover, the immigration can charge you with misrepresentation. If you are not confident to submit your own applications without any errors in them, then it is highly recommended that you seek professional guidance. In this blog, you will learn about document fraud and misrepresentation.

Document Fraud

As previously mentioned if you submit any incomplete, inaccurate or inconsistent documentation or information to Immigration, they have the authorization to investigate further and may deem the documentation as fraudulent. Certain documents that can be altered or falsified include but are not limited to:

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4 Popular Provinces for the 2019 Provincial Nominee Program

4 Popular Provinces for the 2019 Provincial Nominee Program

Immigrate to Canada

Do you want to immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker? Do you have a specific province in mind where you would like to work and live? The provincial nominee program looks for foreign workers who have skills, education and work experience to be productive members of that specific province or territory. In this blog, you will learn about 4 of the most popular provinces that people tend to immigrate to

What is the Provincial Nominee Program

The Provincial Nominee Program is one of the most common pathways to obtain permanent residency in Canada. Under the program, Canadian provinces and territories may nominate individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada and who will bring their expertise and experience to contribute to economy.

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Canadian Spousal Sponsorship

Canadian Spousal Sponsorship

Learn about Spousal Sponsorship

Having someone that you love around you is a wonderful thing! Unfortunately not everyone is fortunate enough to have that experience. At Akrami&Associates we value the importance of having loved ones around you because we know it is vital to a person’s happiness. We do our best to keep loved ones together and unite families. We aid with Spousal Sponsorships and stand beside you throughout the whole process. It can be difficult to bring a spouse into Canada because of different issues that need to be addressed and requirements that need to be met. Akrami&Associates is a leading firm in spousal sponsorships. Our company offers high success rates and tries to achieve the best results we can with the most effort.

Comparing In-land to Overseas Application

One of the main advantages for an in-land spousal sponsorship application is that the Applicant can apply for an open work permit that will allow them to work legally while they wait for their application to be processed. The Applicant spouse in the inland sponsorship application must have valid temporary resident status either as a visitor, worker or student, to qualify to apply for the open work permit.

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