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Shabnam Akrami is the Managing Partner and Founder of Akrami & Associates.

Shabnam Akrami is the Managing Partner and Founder of Akrami & Associates.

Prior to receiving her Paralegal Diploma with Honours, she completed her Law Degree from the UK at the University of London as well as completed a Post Graduate Diploma.

In addition, she has also graduated from York University where she received both her Bachelor in...

Shabnam Akrami is the Managing Partner and Founder of Akrami & Associates.

Prior to receiving her Paralegal Diploma with Honours, she completed her Law Degree from the UK at the University of London as well as completed a Post Graduate Diploma.

In addition, she has also graduated from York University where she received both her Bachelor in Criminology and Masters in Socio-Legal Studies.

She is also a Member in good standing with Law Society of Upper Canada.

Prior to opening her own firm, she gained extensive experience in corporate immigration law; specializing in work permits, temporary resident permits and rehabilitation cases.

She has in depth and hands on experience in all Canadian Immigration and Citizenship matters. These matters include preparation and submission of applications for permanent residence, work permits, NAFTA applications, labour market opinions, temporary resident permits, sponsorships, and business investors.

Shabnam is dedicated to all her clients and committed to the successful completion of all the immigration matters in her care.

With Shabnam, there is always a way!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Basics of Conjugal Sponsorship

Basics of Conjugal Sponsorship

Conjugal Sponsorship in Canada

If you would like to reunite with your Conjugal partner in Canada, then it is best to understand what a Conjugal sponsorship entails before attempting to submit your application. If you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, you may be eligible to sponsor your Conjugal partner to Canada for permanent residency. Much like any other immigration application, in order to qualify for a conjugal sponsorship, there are specific eligibility requirements that must be met by the sponsor as well as the sponsored Conjugal partner. Therefore, in this article, I will address the most important information you should know about Conjugal sponsorships in Canada.

What is a Conjugal Sponsorship

According to Canadian Immigration, a Conjugal partnership is defined as an individual who has been in a marriage-like commitment with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada for a minimum of one year but who currently lives outside of Canada. Additionally, they are unable to live with their partner due to special circumstances. These special circumstances often include separation due to war, persecution and/or other legal barriers that prevent these partners from living together. It is important to note that the Canadian government also recognizes opposite-sex relationships as well as same-sex relationships under the conjugal sponsorship category.

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Requirements to Renew PR Card

Requirements to Renew PR Card

Expired PR card

Has your permanent resident card expired? Are you traveling outside of Canada and don’t have enough time to renew your expired permanent residence card? Are you confused about what is required to renew a permanent residence card? If so, this blog may help answer some of the questions you may have about the permanent residence card renewal process.

About the Permanent Residence Card Renewal Process

Having a valid permanent residence card is important if you plan to travel outside Canada and will need to re-enter Canada by plane, train or boat. Otherwise, you may not be allowed to board and re-enter Canada. It is important to note that you still have status as a permanent resident even if your card has expired. The card is however important for establishing your permanent residence status while traveling outside Canada and when you need to return. For this reason, it is always advisable to apply for a renewal.

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Temporary Foreign Worker Program for High Wage Earners

Temporary Foreign Worker Program for High Wage Earners

High Wage Earners

Canadian employers looking to hire foreign workers will first need to determine whether they require a Labour Market Impact Assessment. Employers requiring a Labour Market Impact Assessment can only hire the foreign worker through the government of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). There are two streams under this program – the low-wage stream and the high-wage stream. The stream under which the employer may apply will be determined by the wage being offered and the location of the position. In this blog, we will focus on the high-wage stream, its requirements, the application process and the do’s and don’ts for employers looking to hire foreign workers through this stream.

What is the Temporary Foreign Worker Program’s High Wage Position Stream

Under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, employers may use the provincial and territorial hourly wage as a guideline for setting the wages for the temporary foreign worker they are looking to hire. If the wage being offered will be at or above the provincial or territorial median hourly wage, then the employer must apply under the stream for high-wage positions.

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Minor Children Can Study in Canada

Minor Children Can Study in Canada

Minor Children Can Study in Canada

How Can I apply for a Minor’s Study Permit

Many parents want to have their children have the best education possible. As you know, the Canadian educational system is highly respected worldwide, so this is why many children want to come to Canada to study. In order to legally study in Canada, most international students, including minor children, require a study permit. However, study permits are not easily approved. Don’t worry! If you are interested in applying for a minor’s study permit, then continue reading this blog for useful information!

What is a Minor’s Study Permit

A minor’s study permit allows minor children to study in Canada, as long as they abide to the conditions laid out by the permit itself. Similar to a regular study permit, a minor study permit allows a minor child to study in Canada at a designated learning institute for a specific period of time.

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New Permanent Residents Arriving at the Canadian Border

New Permanent Residents Arriving at the Canadian Border

Things to Consider when Arriving at the Canadian Border as a Permanent Resident

Obtaining permanent residency in Canada can be a very exciting but anxious time for many foreign nationals. It can be exciting because Canada is full of prosperous opportunities; however, it can also be a very anxious time because many foreign nationals do not know what to expect. This is especially the case when arriving at as Canadian border or port of entry. It is important for foreign nationals to understand what will happen once they arrive. Therefore, in order to better prepare yourself for what to expect when arriving in Canada, in this article, I will explain in detail what to expect at the Canadian border or at a Canadian port of entry as a permanent resident.

What is Permanent Residence

For those who don’t understand what permanent residency status is in Canada, I will define three important terms to know about permanent residency. The first important term I will define is permanent resident status. As per Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)’s website, permanent resident status is defined as the position of a foreign national who has legally immigrated to Canada but is not yet a Canadian citizen. Furthermore, the second important term I will define is a permanent resident. As per CIC’s website, a permanent resident is a foreign national who has legally immigrated to Canada and acquired permanent resident status and has not lost that status under section 46; they are also not yet a Canadian citizen. Lastly, the third important term I will define is permanent resident card. As per CIC’s website, a permanent resident card is a wallet-sized plastic official document that is issued to all new permanent residents of Canada, as well as to existing permanent residents, when requested, to confirm and validate their status in Canada. Note that this card includes identity details and the signature of the foreign national it was issued to.

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Study Permit Q and A

Study Permit Q and A

Learn About Study Permits

There are many students worldwide who dream of the opportunity to study abroad, and many have an interest specifically in Canada. If you have been thinking about studying in Canada, then this article is for you! There are many things you need to know about the application process, and our other blogs about study permits can provide information on all the details of the application, though, there are also some very important questions individuals often ask, that we would like to address directly. So, allow us to begin.

Q: What are the First Steps in Preparing an Application

A: First and foremost, you must be accepted into a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada. You absolutely cannot apply for a study permit without one. Then, you’ll need to start preparing your application. You’ll need to prove to an immigration officer the opportunity to study in Canada is very advantageous to you, and that you are in a financial position which allows you to support yourself while you are in Canada, and pay for your return to your country of origin. Then, you’ll need to prove you have every intention of returning to your country of origin. You can do this by proving you have strong ties to your home country. Also, you must not be inadmissible for any reason, or, go through the relevant application process to become eligible to travel to Canada.

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Sponsoring Your Relatives

Sponsoring Your Relatives

Help Your Relatives Immigration to Canada

As you may know, you can sponsor your spousecommon-law partner, or conjugal partner to obtain permanent residency in Canada, given the fact that you and your significant other both qualify for the sponsorship. But did you know you could also sponsor your relative as well? The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada has certain requirements in order for Canadian citizens or Canadian permanent residents to sponsor their relatives. In this article, you will learn about the requirements for both the sponsor and the principle applicant, the essential documents needed for this type of sponsorship applications, as well as other information regarding this type of sponsorship.

Eligibility of the Sponsor

First and foremost, the person needs to be 18 years of age or older. They also need to be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or in some special cases, a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act. Last but not least, the sponsors need to financially support themselves and their relatives. That being said, the sponsor needs to meet certain income requirements to be able to sustain their relatives’ basic needs. This includes shelter, food, water, safety, clothing, and so on. The sponsor also needs to write an agreement, stating he or she will give financial support to the relative and any other eligible relatives coming along on the date they become a permanent resident for up to 20 years.

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The Importance of Language skills in Canada

The Importance of Language skills in Canada

Language is Important

If you are a foreign national who wishes to come to Canada to study, work, or settle, you may encounter situations where Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada requires you to meet the language requirements for either English or French, which are Canada’s two official languages. English is the most commonly spoken language in most provinces and territories. French is the main language spoken in Quebec and in some areas of Ontario, New Brunswick and Manitoba. That being said, the Canadian government offers all official federal government services, publications and documents in both English and French. In order to allow you to adjust to Canadian life, you must be proficient in either English or French to be able to effectively communicate with people. In this blog, you will learn about the importance of language skills, as well as some ways to improve your language skills.

What are the benefits of having language skills

Since English and French are Canada’s official languages, having skills for either language is very important to help you settle in Canada. You may choose to focus on learning or improving one or the other. This will likely depend on which of the two languages most people speak in the area where you live.

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Common Myths about Criminal Inadmissibility to Canada

Common Myths about Criminal Inadmissibility to Canada

Misconceptions about Criminal Inadmissibility to Canada

An individual may be inadmissible to Canada due to a variety of reasons; one of the most common types of inadmissibility is criminal inadmissibility. While entering Canada with a criminal record is possible, there are many misconceptions that need to be dispelled. In this blog, you will learn about common myths about criminal inadmissibility to Canada, so that you may be better prepared prior to coming to Canada with a criminal record.

I have been allowed into Canada in the Past

Often times, foreign travelers assume that they will be admissible if they were admitted to Canada with a criminal record before.  Unfortunately, this is not always true. Whether or not you are inadmissible is at the discretion Canadian immigration officers. That being said, while a previous officer might have deemed you admissible, another office may not do the same. Anyone with just a minor offence on their record, or who has had any interaction with the criminal justice system, stands a chance of being denied entry to Canada.

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Traveling to Canada with an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Traveling to Canada with an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Preparing for your Trip to Canada

If you are a foreign national who is about to come to Canada, you may be aware of the fact that you need to prepare some documents prior to your arrival. You may come up with the question “Do I need a visa? ” Well, this question can be answered depending on your country of origin. You will be subject to certain requirements before you are permitted to enter the country. In this article you will learn about information on the documents all travellers need to travel to Canada, to help you understand the things you will need to take care of, depending on your circumstance.

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Applying for a Temporary Resident Permit

Applying for a Temporary Resident Permit

Entering Canada with Criminal Inadmissibility

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. That being said, having a criminal record can deny your entry to Canada. If you have a family gathering or a business meeting, being inadmissible to Canada can severely affect you, your friends, family, or even your employment. Have you ever wondered if you can overcome your inadmissibility to Canada? If so, you will learn about Temporary Resident Permit (TRP), which is a document that allows you to overcome your inadmissibility to Canada for a limited amount of time, in this blog post.

Reasons for being Denied Entry into Canada

There are many different reasons that may cause an individual’s inadmissibility. One of the most common reasons is security. If you have committed a crime, human or international rights violation, or terrorism, you are going to be inadmissible to Canada. Crimes may include: driving under the influence, organizational crime, or any serious crime that would be punishable by a maximum prison term of at least 10 years in Canada.

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Eligibility for the Federal Skilled Worker Program

Eligibility for the Federal Skilled Worker Program

Federal Skilled Worker Program

As you may know, many individuals may immigrate to Canada with their work experience, education, proficiency in English/French, age advantage, and so forth with Express Entry. There are many sub-programs under the Express Entry system. For example, you may immigrate to Canada with the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, or the Canadian Experience Class. Since there are so many programs under the Express Entry System, individuals often get confused about what each program does and what each program’s eligibility requirements are. In this blog, you will learn specifically about the eligibility requirements of the Federal Skilled Worker program.

What is the Federal Skilled Worker Program

The Federal Skilled Worker Program allows foreign individuals to immigrate to Canada based on their skilled work experience, language ability, and education. However, simply having skilled work experience, language ability, and education does not guarantee you will be invited to apply for permanent residency by the Canadian government. In order to be a successful candidate, you will need to have a decent score on the comprehensive ranking system. You will also be placed in a pool with other applicants, and you will need to compete with one another. The higher you ranking is, the more likely you will be invited to apply for your permanent residency in Canada.

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After You Have Become a Canadian Permanent Resident

After You Have Become a Canadian Permanent Resident

If you are a New Immigrant

First and foremost, congratulations on getting your permanent resident status in Canada! As a permanent resident, this means you are one step closer to complete your Canadian immigration journey, which is to apply for Canadian citizenship. Not only that, as a permanent resident, you do not have to worry about re-applying for study permits and/or work permits. In order to start your life in Canada, having only the permanent resident status is not enough, though. Being a permanent resident also means you will have more responsibilities and affairs to organize familiarize. In this blog, you will learn information about what new permanent residents of Canada must do to, in order to help you properly adjust to life in Canada.

Get Your Permanent Resident Card or a Permanent Resident Travel Document

The most important thing after you obtain your permanent resident status is to apply for a permanent resident card. You must apply for a permanent resident card within 180 days of landing in Canada. Your Permanent resident card will be valid for 5 years. When you are renewing your card upon its expiration, you will have to prove you have met the residency requirements, and you have been a law-abiding permanent resident of Canada.

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Getting Your Study Permit via the Student Direct Stream

Getting Your Study Permit via the Student Direct Stream

Studying in Canada

As traveling becomes more convenient, many foreign nationals have considered about studying abroad. Canada is one of the most popular countries that attracts many foreign students to obtain a valid and prestigious educational credential. As a result, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada has announced the Student Direct Stream to support the growth in study permit applications. In this blog, you will learn about the Student Direct Stream and relevant information about how to apply for a study permit through this stream.

What is the Student Direct Stream

As previously mentioned, the Student Direct Stream is means by which applicants from certain countries can apply for a study permit. The major benefit of this stream is that, applicants may get a decision faster. The reason why this stream exists is that, Canada has acknowledged the cultural, economic, and social values that international students bring to Canada, and wishes to attract more international students to continue adding those values to the country. If students, who are from China, India, Vietnam, or the Philippines, can demonstrate upfront that they have the financial resources and language skills to succeed academically in Canada, they may apply for a study permit through the Student Direct Stream.

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Hiring an Immigration Lawyer for Your Appeal

Hiring an Immigration Lawyer for Your Appeal

How Can an Immigration Lawyer Help you

Has the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada refused your application? After receiving a refusal, it is important to know the reasons behind the refusal. If you received the refusal and would like to appeal the decision, then it is highly recommended that you hire an immigration lawyer. Knowing whether you are eligible to appeal your case is the first step in resolving it; however, it can be difficult for people who do not possess a strong background in Law. A qualified lawyer can help you in many ways and will figure out the best solution for you. While some individuals do not have a lawyer for their appeal, hiring an immigration lawyer will make the process more smooth and increase the likelihood of success on appeal.

What is the Point of Having an Appeal

As you may know, the field of Canadian immigration law is diverse and complex. When you are applying for permanent residence, citizenship, or any kind of visa to come to Canada, it is common for the application to be rejected for one reason or another. However, no one wants to see their case get refused unfairly or to lose the opportunity to reside in Canada when they justly deserve a positive outcome for their applications. If you received a refusal, it is important for you to find an alternative solution for your case as soon as possible. An appeal is one of the options that may be favorable to your situation, because you may possibly get a court order requiring immigration authorities to make a new decision for your case.

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Canadian Citizenship Test Process

Canadian Citizenship Test Process

Applying for Canadian Citizenship

In the process of becoming a citizen in Canada, passing the citizenship test is one of the fundamental steps. The Citizenship Test is the final step before the citizenship ceremony where a person becomes a Canadian citizen. The oath of citizenship is administered in a formal ceremony once you pass the citizenship test.

For the citizenship test, applicants who are between 14 and 64 years of age, specifically for applications received on or after June 11, 2015, are required to demonstrate adequate knowledge of Canada. The purpose of the test is to see how well the applicant knows about Canada such as the rights and freedoms, your responsibilities as a Canadian citizen, how much you know about the Canadian history and geography, Canadian symbols and being able to demonstrate adequate knowledge of either English or French.

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Permanent resident card and the Renewal Procedure

Permanent resident card and the Renewal Procedure

The permanent resident (PR) card

The PR card proves that you are a permanent resident of Canada. In any case if you travel outside Canada you need this card to re-enter in Canada by any means. Residents needs to show their permanent resident card when entering to Canada in order to show their residency.

If someone does not have a PR card or someone is not carrying their PR Card while travelling outside the Canada they have to apply for permanent resident travel document before returning to Canada. If your PR card expires, it does not mean that you have lost permanent resident status.

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Canadian Super Visa Information

Canadian Super Visa Information

Inviting your parents or grandparents to Canada

Are you a grandparent who wants to visit your son/daughter and their family, but are a resident of a different country and are unaware of what permits are required? Well there’s always a way. In this blog we will be discussing what a super visa is, whom it is primarily applicable to, and what requirements and qualifications will be needed in order to obtain this permit. For further inquiry or personal questions related to this topic, feel free to contact our legal team of associates at Akrami and Associates.

What is a Super Visa

A parent and grandparent super visa is a temporary resident visa that is valid for up to 10 years. It allows parents and grandparents to stay in Canada for a maximum time of 2 years per visit. Any extension to the visit can be done within Canada, but does have a fee of $100 CAD.

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Health and Dental care for refugees in Canada

Health and Dental care for refugees in Canada

Immigrating to Canada as a refugee

In Canada, Interim Federal Health Program also known as IFHP, is usually paid for the essential health care of refugee applicants, directed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Once the certificate of eligibility is issued by an IRCC or Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), you can take benefits of IFHP coverage.

Am I covered by IFHP

If you are a refugee, who is not eligible for provincial or territorial health insurance, IFHP offers you a limited, temporary coverage of health care benefits. A person must not be a Canadian citizen to be entitled for the IFH Program, and must belong to one of the following groups:

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Inadmissibility Issues Other than Criminality

Inadmissibility Issues Other than Criminality

Other Inadmissibility Issues Apart from Criminality

When a foreign national attempts to enter Canada, they must ensure that they do not have any inadmissibility issues. If they do have inadmissibility, unfortunately, they will be denied entry into Canada. Inadmissibility issues come in different forms other than criminality. Additionally, if a foreign national has an inadmissibility issue that does not involve criminality, it is important to determine why they have become inadmissible. In this blog, you will learn about different inadmissibility issues other than criminality that a foreign national can incur.

Different Inadmissibility Issues

If a foreign national has any of the following issues, they will be deemed inadmissible to Canada and must then obtain the proper authorization to re-enter or return to Canada.

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Inland Spousal Sponsorship Q and A

Inland Spousal Sponsorship Q and A

Bringing your Spouse to Canada

Helping your spouse to immigrate to Canada can require a lot of preparation and effort. In order to successfully sponsor you spouse, you must have a proper understanding the entire application process. Without knowing what the Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada is looking for in an application, you are vulnerable to mistakes on your application. Having mistakes on the application can result in the delay or refusal of the application. In some rare cases, the mistakes can even jeopardize your ability to sponsor your family in the future. In this blog, you will learn about the process of the inland spousal sponsorship application.

How does Inland Spousal Sponsorship Work

Inland Spousal Sponsorship application requires the principal applicant (the person being sponsored) to remain in Canada for the period of time while the application is being processed. While in Canada, the principal applicant may apply for an open work permit to legally work in Canada. This is a big benefit of the inland sponsorship category. On the other hand, the sponsor, who invited the principal applicant to come to Canada, is also financially responsible for the both of them. This means the sponsor must prove he or she is financially stable enough to provide the basic necessities of life, such as food, water, shelter, security, and health care services that are not covered by public programs, to the principal applicant. However, prior to starting your inland spousal sponsorship application, you must understand that you cannot appeal an inland sponsorship application. That being said, if you want to have your application reconsidered, you will have to re-apply.

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Knowing What Self Employed Immigration is

Knowing What Self Employed Immigration is

Obtaining Permanent Residency as a Self Employed Individual

There are many ways that allow you to immigrate to Canada. Almost all paths to permanent residency require the applicant to have a valid job offer before they will be able to apply successfully. However, the case is a bit tricky for self-employed individuals. That being said, self-employed individuals have a different route in terms of their immigration. They cannot present an employment letter, stating the contract length, salary, working hours, and job duties, when they are preparing for their permanent resident application. Even though self-employed immigration is different than other types of immigration, you do not be overwhelmed, though. In this blog, you will learn information about immigrating to Canada as a self-employed individual.

Knowing the Self Employed Immigration

Self Employed Immigration, as the name suggests, is the way by which a self-employed individual immigrates to Canada. These individuals do not have a valid job offer to support their permanent residency. Rather, they have promised the immigration officer that, they are capable of establishing a business upon their arrival in Canada. Since these individuals do not have a valid job offer to support their application, the requirements for this type of application are strict. Specifically, an individual who wishes to apply through the Self-employed immigration program must have relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics. These are the areas of the Canadian economy the Canadian government has determined are in need of assistance self-employed immigration can offer. In other words, applicants are establishing a mutually-beneficial relationship with the Canadian Government.

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Canada Biometrics Updates

Canada Biometrics Updates

Biometrics for Immigration

As you may know, a big part of Canadian immigration applications is the biometrics. Biometrics uniquely identify a person’s anatomical or physiological data. At your biometrics appointment, you will get your fingerprints and photos, taken, and you will sign your name for electronic capture. Biometrics collection is a mandatory process that all foreign nationals (excluding United States nationals) between the ages of 14 and 79 must undergo when they are applying, claiming or requesting temporary residence, permanent residence or refugee protection. If obtaining biometrics for your immigration purposes sounds daunting to you, do not worry! In this blog, you will learn relevant information about biometrics.

What Biometrics are Collected

When you are at your biometrics appointment, you will be obtaining your biographic data, 10 fingerprints, and a photograph. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will also collect the information from your biometrics. You biographic data refer to your name, date of birth, and other personal details of yourself as listed on your passport data page or your travel document. Your fingerprints will be captured electronically during the biometrics collection session, using an electronic fingerprint-capture device. Lastly, you will provide your digital photograph. Please note, the photograph you provide must meet certain requirements listed on the CIC website. Some requirements include, facing the camera directly, keeping your expressions neutral, keeping your face clear, etc.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Help With Removal Orders

Help! I’ve received a Removal Order!

If you have received a notice from the government informing you that you must leave Canada, and giving conditions on when and how you must do this, you have received a removal order. A removal order is issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), and they can be issued to any Canadian permanent resident or foreign national who is in Canada, whom they believe to be inadmissible for any reason. There are a variety of reasons you could receive a removal order, though, if this happens to you, it is very important to comply with the removal order, and try to understand why you were ordered to leave, to understand if there is any further action you can take to appeal the order, and eventually return to Canada. Therefore, this article will try to help you understand your situation if you receive a removal order, and explain the potential nest steps you could take, to be able to return to Canada again.

Types of Removal Order

1. Departure Order

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All About Significant Benefit Work Permits

All About Significant Benefit Work Permits

What is a Significant Benefit Work Permit?

Do you have an interesting business idea, or are an entrepreneur who thinks they have a business idea which could be beneficial to Canadians, then the Canadian government has the program for you! Assuming you as well have an interest in doing business in Canada, the Canadian government is willing to permit you to work in Canada for quite an extended period of time, provided they determine you qualify for this unique type of work permit. I am talking about a significant benefit work permit (SBWP). As it sounds, the significant benefit work permit is available to foreign nationals who are presumed to be a significant benefit to Canadian society. As such, there is a fairly tough evaluation process behind granting individuals a SBWP. Not to worry though, Akrami and Associates is here to help you understand if you could apply for a SBWP, and how to go about doing this.

Who Can Apply for A Significant Benefit Work Permit?

Well, as I briefly mentioned, you must be in a position to bring business to Canada which is of significant benefit either socially, economically, or culturally. As such, you must be able to plan and outline what you intend to contribute to Canada, how this is going to benefit Canada, and how you are going to be successful in creating and maintaining your endeavors. This may not sound like much, but it is much more complicated that drawing up a pipedream plan and hoping a Canadian immigration officer appreciates the sound of the idea. You must make an immigration officer feel confident that you have a good, beneficial idea, and the means to achieve this idea in all likelihood. The importance of your business plan should not be underestimated. It is by far the most influential aspect of this type of application. Furthermore, you must be admissible to Canada. This means you cannot be criminally inadmissible, medically inadmissible, inadmissible due to prior misrepresentation, or any other reason.

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Live With Your Dependent Child in Canada

Live With Your Dependent Child in Canada

Live With Your Dependent Child in Canada

It is everyone’s wish to spend their life close to their family, and especially every parent’s wish to spend their lives close enough to their children, to watch them grow and succeed into adults. The Canadian government recognizes this wish, and has created a group of family class sponsorship programs, to help family members reunite. Particularly, they recognize the dire need for parents to be able to reunite with their children, especially if they are still dependents, therefore, this program is given high priority among the family class sponsorship programs. In this article, I will discuss the process of sponsoring a child to come to Canada.

First Step: Ensure You Are an Eligible Sponsor

To be eligible to sponsor anyone to come to Canada, you must meet the requirements of an eligible sponsor. This means, you must be a permanent resident of Canada and at least 18 years of age. Also, you must be financially stable enough to support your child for the length of the undertaking you have committed to by sponsoring your child. There is no low income cut-off (LICO) level you must meet to be eligible to sponsor and dependent child, unless the dependent child also has children of their own. Though, as a sponsor, you have committed to a 10 year undertaking, or, you have agreed to support the child’s basic needs until they turn 25, whichever comes first. To be completely clear, taking on an undertaking means you have agreed to pay for your child’s basic necessities while they are in Canada. This means providing food, water, shelter, and health care which is not publicly provided such as dental and eye care. Additionally, you are responsible for ensuring the child does not receive social assistance while they are in Canada, or, receive any fines which go unpaid from Canadian government authorities. Therefore, ultimately, the financial requirement states you must be financially stable enough to support another human, though; there is no official LICO requirement.

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About Family Class Sponsorships

About Family Class Sponsorships

About Family-Class Sponsorship

Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada with family overseas who you wish you could be closer to? Do you and your family wish to reunite and live together in one place? The Canadian government recognized oftentimes many families are separated against their wishes, and works to help reunite these families whenever possible. Therefore, there is the family class sponsorship program which allows Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada to sponsor their loved ones who are living overseas, to allow them to come to Canada as permanent residents. This blog will aim to break down the different streams of family class sponsorship, and explain the process submitting this type of application.

 

Who Can I Sponsor Under the Family Class Sponsorship Program?

As the name suggest, the family class sponsorship stream allows you to sponsor members of your immediate family, if you are a permanent resident or a Canadian citizen. The relatives you may sponsor are as follows.

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Denied Entry into Canada

Denied Entry into Canada

What Is a Temporary Resident Permit?

A temporary resident permit is an option available to individuals who are otherwise ineligible to travel to Canada under the Immigration and Refugees Protection Act (IRPA). There are many reasons you may be denied entry into Canada, which can range from having health issues to having a criminal record. If you have ever been denied entry at the Canadian border, or have had your visitor visa application denied, a temporary resident permit may be the solution for you! A temporary resident permit allows an individual to remain in Canada for the duration of the permit, and complete the tasks they have requested entry into Canada for. This could be a family member’s wedding, a business trip, to visit a sick relative, to study at a Canadian University, or for simple tourism. A temporary resident permit can be valid anywhere from one day to three years.

If you’re a foreign national who is ineligible for a temporary resident visa, or are from a visa-exempt country such as the United States, but are still inadmissible, then you must apply for a temporary resident permit to travel to the country. This article is intended to help you have a better understanding of temporary resident permits and their application process.

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FAQs for Canadian Citizenship

FAQs for Canadian Citizenship

Frequently Asked Questions for Canadian Citizenship

In this article, I will be answering frequently asked questions for Canadian citizenship in order for individuals to further understand what Canadian citizenship entails. Canadian Citizenship can only be requested and applied for by a permanent resident of Canada who meets specific criteria and also wishes to apply to become a Canadian citizen. This ultimately gives permanent residents of Canada, who have been residing in Canada for a specific amount of years, the opportunity and chance to finally become Canadian citizens. This is the final step for most permanent residents. If you are a permanent resident of Canada and feel as though you would be eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship, I suggest you also read our other articles on Canadian Citizenship prior to reading this question and answer article. This article is meant to clarify any questions that individuals may have with regards to Canadian citizenship.

Q: If I am a Canadian citizen but my children were born in Australia, do they automatically obtain Canadian citizenship because of me?

A: This is a very popular question that is asked by many Canadian citizens all around the world. It is important to recognize that every individual’s situation is different from the other. Therefore, the official way in order to determine whether your children are or are not Canadian citizens is by applying for a proof of citizenship for them. Please keep in mind that this response to this question only applies to individuals who were already Canadian citizens when their children were born. Unfortunately, if you obtained Canadian citizenship after the birth of your children, they do not become Canadian citizens.

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Manitoba’s Express Entry Pathway and Provincial Nominee Program

Manitoba’s Express Entry Pathway and Provincial Nominee Program

Manitoba off to a great start for 2018 with its Express Entry Pathway and Provincial Nominee Program

The province of Manitoba is off to a wonderful start for 2018 with their new Express Entry pathway as well as their existing provincial nominee program. Manitoba is trying its best to invite eligible candidates in order to meet their provincial labour market needs and to make their economy stronger. So far, based on the January 11 draw, the new Express Entry pathway has invited approximately 155 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. In order to better understand how candidates are chosen, in this article, I will address more information pertaining to the new Express Entry pathway and how it affects Manitoba’s Provincial Nominee Program for future candidates.

Requirements for the New Express Entry Pathway

In order to be a qualified and eligible candidate under the Express Entry pathway in the province of Manitoba, you must have a registered profile in Manitoba’s Expression of Interest pool as well as the federal Express Entry pool. In addition to this requirement, you must also have a minimum of 6 months of recent work experience in an eligible occupation in Manitoba’s new In-Demand Occupation list. According to the province of Manitoba, the new Express Entry pathway is meant for eligible candidates who acquire human capital values. Additionally, you must also have the confirmed support in the form of a written letter from a close friend or family member who also resides in the province of Manitoba for a minimum of one year.

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Basics of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program

Basics of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program

How to Immigrate to Prince Edward Island through PNP

The province of Prince Edward Island is stated to be the “birthplace” of Canada; it is one, if not the most, historical and old provinces in Canada. Prince Edward Island held the Charlottetown conference which essentially led to Canada’s formation. Additionally, Prince Edward Island has one of Canada’s most beautiful coasts and luscious farmlands but also has a growing economy based on fishing, agricultural as well as tourism. Foreign nationals who are applying through the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) have five different ways to obtain permanent residency in Prince Edward Island. Under this program, Prince Edward Island chooses individuals who have a connection with Prince Edward Island and may contribute to its growing economy. In this article, I will address what the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) is and the five different ways to gain permanent residency in Prince Edward Island.

What is the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)

The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) is an economic immigration program that assists the province of Prince Edward Island to meet its labour market needs and prioritizes economic development within the province of Prince Edward Island. The program essentially allows Prince Edward Island to nominate skilled foreign nationals to the federal government for permanent residency. In other words, the program facilitates the province of Prince Edward Island to nominate foreign nationals who acquire skilled work experience and who qualify under the provincially established criteria to work in Prince Edward Island and obtain permanent residency in Canada. These individuals will then, in turn, be able to contribute to Prince Edward Island’s economy.

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FAQs for the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)

FAQs for the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)

FAQ – New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program

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

Q: What is the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)?

A: The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) is a program that allows individuals to be nominated by New Brunswick in order to fill any economic and labour market needs the province has. This program also allows skilled and qualified individuals with the opportunity to work in New Brunswick and the ability to gain permanent residency in Canada.

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The Basics of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

The Basics of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

All You Need to Know about the Provincial Nominee Program

There are many provinces and territories in Canada that foreign nationals would love to travel to and contribute to their labour market needs. Thankfully, the Provincial Nominee Program was intended for skilled foreign nationals to immigrate to Canada permanently and specifically assist in the economy of a province or territory. This program assists skilled foreign nationals to integrate into Canadian society. Under this program, the province or territory chooses individuals who have a connection with the specific province or territory. Therefore, in this article, I will address what the Provincial Nominee Program is and important information you need to know if you would like to apply for the PNP.

What is the Provincial Nominee Program

The Provincial Nominee Program was created by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in order to assist Canada’s different provinces and territories with choosing specific individuals who indicate an interest in settling in that particular province or territory. It was intended to give skilled foreign nationals the opportunity to contribute to that specific province or territory’s labour market needs and economic development.

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Family Class Eligibility Requirements

Family Class Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Requirements for Family Class Sponsorship

The Canadian government highly regards family reunification and thus has created the family class sponsorship to assist family members to reunite with their loved ones. There are many sponsors in Canada that have family members around the world and they would love the opportunity to bring them to Canada to live permanently. However, before doing so, the sponsor must ensure that they meet the eligibility requirements in order to sponsor them to Canada; and, vice versa for the applicant. Therefore, in this article, I will address the eligibility requirements for specific sponsorship categories in the family class immigration category.

Spouse / Common-Law / Conjugal Sponsorship

Under the spousal sponsorship category, technically, there are three different distinctions between the relationships. A sponsor can either sponsor their spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner. Furthermore, there are eligibility requirements that are specific to each of these types of spousal sponsorships. The eligibility requirements will be listed below:

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FAQs for Business Immigration in Canada

FAQs for Business Immigration in Canada

FAQ – Business Immigration in Canada

In this article, I will address a few popular questions and answers with regards to business immigration in Canada and some important information to consider when applying for any business immigration program. The Canadian Business Immigration Class is intended for foreign nationals with business or managerial experience as well as a high net-worth. Specifically, there are three different categories that fall under this class; they are the Investor category, the Entrepreneur category, and Self-Employed persons. If you are a skilled foreign national with the above qualifications and would like to apply under a Business Immigration Class category, I suggest you read our article on “Canadian Business Immigration” before reading this question and answer article. The intention of this article is meant to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to business immigration in Canada.

Q: What type of documentation should I submit if I am applying under the Canadian Business Immigration Class?

A: This is a very important question to ask before applying for any Business Immigration Class application. It is essential to the success of the application for you to provide the necessary documents to Immigration Canada. For instance, when applying for any immigration application, you must diligently complete all forms in full. If you don’t, Immigration can return or refuse your application. Additionally, you will need to provide identity documents, such as your passport or birth certificate. If you’re married, you will have to provide your marriage certificate as well. Furthermore, you will need to submit education documentation as well as documents proving your business and/or managerial experience. For instance, your business registration, your resume to show your past experience, etc. Lastly, you will also have to show any evidence of your net worth.

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Canada Estimated to Welcome 1 million Migrants through 2020

Canada Estimated to Welcome 1 million Migrants through 2020

Canada to Welcome over 1 Million New Immigrations

Canada is a progressive country that values all of its Canadian citizens, permanent residents and its temporary residents. The new multi-year Immigration Levels Plan was implemented as of November 1, 2017 and includes a very ambitious target for immigrants by the Canadian government. The ambitious target is for nearly one million new immigrations to settle within Canada between the years of 2018 to 2020. Ultimately, this is most likely the most ambitious immigration target in Canadian history. Therefore, in this article, I will explain the new multi-year Immigration Levels Plan and how this affects Canada’s several different immigration programs that foreign nationals can apply to.

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Dependents Now Classified as Children under 22

Dependents Now Classified as Children under 22

All Canadian Immigration Applications now Consider Children under 22 as Dependents

There are many immigration applications that permit dependents to be included within the application. However, this can be challenging if the dependent is between the ages of 19 and 22 years old as previously only children under the age of 19 were authorized to be classified as a dependent. Yet, now, there have been new changes implemented. For instance, children that are under 22 years of age will now be considered dependents on all immigration applications that are administered by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Therefore, in this article, I will explain the new changes with regards to dependents on immigration applications, the benefits of permanent residency in Canada and the many different programs one can choose from to immigrate to Canada.

New Changes to Dependents on Canadian Immigration Applications

On October 24, 2017, new changes were implemented with regards to dependents on Canadian immigration applications. Specifically, children under the age of 22 are now considered dependents. This new change also applies to any economic immigration program and for refugees as well. It is important to note, however, that children who are either 22 years of age or older can still be classified as dependent children so long as they still rely on their parents due to a physical or mental condition.

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FAQs for the Ontario Provincial Nomination Program (PNP)

FAQs for the Ontario Provincial Nomination Program (PNP)

FAQ – Ontario Provincial Nomination Program

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

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

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

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FAQs for Criminal Inadmissibility

FAQs for Criminal Inadmissibility

FAQ – Criminal Inadmissibility

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

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FAQs for Study Permits in Canada

FAQs for Study Permits in Canada

FAQ – Canadian Study Permits

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

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

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

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Prepare to Work in Canada

Prepare to Work in Canada

What you need to know in order to Work in Canada

In order to work in Canada, you must first be well-prepared and accumulate the proper documentation to provide to a prospect employer. There are several steps that you must take beforehand as well as documents that you are required to provide. When looking to work in Canada, Immigration must be able to analyze the documents in English and verify that the information is relevant in Canadian standards. Therefore, in this article, I will explain what is needed before working in Canada, such as getting your credentials assessed accordingly, assessing your language ability, finding a job in Canada, and how to get a Social Insurance Number (SIN).

Getting your Credentials Assessed

Depending on how you intend on coming to Canada, you must first have your education, work experience or professional credentials assessed. This must be done if you are coming to Canada as a Federal Skilled Worker under Express Entry, coming to Canada to work in a specific profession or trade, and/or coming to Canada to study. The reason for the credentials being assessed is for the Immigration officer to analyze whether your credentials can be equated to a Canadian standard. For instance, the credential assessment will allow you to see whether your credentials are equal to Canadian worker’s standards; to find out whether more training, education or Canadian work experience is required from you; to understand what kinds of jobs you are qualified for; and lastly, to assist employers in understanding your qualifications.

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Questions on Completing an Immigration Application Form

Questions on Completing an Immigration Application Form

Questions on Immigration Application

Are you working on a temporary or permanent immigration application form and are stuck with some general questions you need answers too? This article will cover common question applicants have when completing their immigration application. Below will discuss:

  • How to complete your immigration application

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Electronic Travel Authorization Questions and Answers

Electronic Travel Authorization Questions and Answers

Detailed Questions and Answers for Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

In this article, I will address questions and answers for Electronic Travel Authorizations (eTA) in order for you to further understand when an eTA is required and who needs an eTA. An eTA is intended for foreign nationals who come from visa-exempt countries and want to travel by air. It was created to make it easier on foreign nationals who do not require a visa but do need authorization to travel to Canada. If you feel as though you would be eligible to apply for an eTA, I suggest you read our article on “Who Needs an ETA” before reading this question and answer article. This article is intended to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to Electronic Travel Authorization.

Q: If I have submitted the documents for my eTA application and I have not received a response yet, am I still allowed to travel to Canada?

A: Unfortunately, no. An eTA is required and is mandatory in order to travel to Canada. If you decide to travel to Canada without an eTa, you will be refused entry into Canada. Therefore, you should not intend on travelling to Canada until you receive a decision with regards to your application. Additionally, in order for your time, and especially your money, not to be wasted, it is advisable to reschedule your flight if your travel date is approaching.

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Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Changes

Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Changes

Applying for a Parent or Grandparent Sponsorship

For Canadian citizens and permanent residents who wish to sponsor their parent or grandparent, they may have another chance at doing so as Immigration Canada has made some changes. As of early 2017, it was announced that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is now implementing a new approach for processing applications for Canadian citizens or permanent residents to sponsor their parents or grandparents. IRCC has ambitious goals with regards to these specific sponsorships; they have created an “Interest to Sponsor” form which can help sponsor’s indicate their interest in sponsoring their parent or grandparent and allows them to enter for a chance to be randomly selected to apply. In this article, I will explain what the changes entail and what this means for prospect Canadians applying through a parent or grandparent sponsorship application.

What This Means for Parents and Grandparents getting Sponsored

This is extremely exciting news for parents and grandparents who have applied for a parent or grandparent sponsorship as their chances of coming to Canada have increased. Specifically, for sponsors who have submitted their application online between the dates of January 3 and February 2 of this year, they have been entered into a pool of candidates to be selected. Furthermore, IRCC declared on April 25 that they have randomly selected 10,000 potential sponsors from a pool of roughly 95,000 individuals to be invited to submit their sponsorship application. Once you have been invited, the sponsors must complete the application within 90 days of receiving the invitation.

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Applying for Permanent Residence through Canadian Experience Class

Applying for Permanent Residence through Canadian Experience Class

What is Canadian Experience Class (CEC)?

Are you currently working in Canada and would love to gain permanent residency? Do you imagine your future in Canada and do not want to leave? This can become possible through Canadian Experience Class  through Express Entry. Express Entry, specifically the Canadian Experience Class, has been created for individuals who have worked in Canada and gained skills that will assist them for future employment and hopefully will result in permanent residency. It is essentially intended to assist foreign nationals to enter Canada on factors that will ultimately benefit the Canadian economy. In this article, I will address the minimum requirements for eligibility, the national occupational classification, education expectations, language ability expectations and more with regards to Canadian Experience Class.

Canadian Experience Class Minimum Requirements

Canadian Experience Class is not designed for anyone to apply. You must have the minimum requirements in order to become eligible. For instance, first and foremost, you must have at least a year of full-time skilled work experience in Canada, within three years before you apply for CEC. If you are a part-time skilled worker, you must have the equal amount of time as a full-time skilled worker. Additionally, you are required to have gained your work experience in Canada through proper authorization; this means that if you are working in Canada illegally, then unfortunately you will not be able to apply. Language levels are a definite requirement for CEC and you must ensure you meet them for your intended job. Last but not least, you must want to reside anywhere but Quebec as they have different regulations and do not use Express Entry.

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Applying for Permanent Residence through Live in Caregiver Program

Applying for Permanent Residence through Live in Caregiver Program

Live in Caregiver Program

A live in caregiver is a person that was approved under the Live-in Caregiver Program from a visa office that is located outside of Canada to work in Canada. This person must have a valid Work Permit with an employer in Canada to work as Live-in Caregiver for children, seniors or children with disabilities.

Live in Caregiver Employment Requirement when Applying for Permanent Residence

To be able to apply for permanent residence under the Live in Caregiver Program, as the live-in caregiver you must have completed full-time employment within the four years you entered Canada as a live-in caregiver.

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How Can I Sponsor my Conjugal Partner

How Can I Sponsor my Conjugal Partner

Sponsoring Conjugal Partner

Do you and your partner live apart from each other and miss each other dearly? Do you wish that you could be together in Canada? Due to special circumstances, is it impossible for you and your partner to be together? Is your desire to have someone that could help you make this possible? At Akrami & Associates, we can try our best to reunite you and your partner. The process is called a sponsorship and in your case, it would be for your conjugal partner. In order to start the process and get one step closer to being with your partner, I will outline the important information you need to know as well as the documentation required.

What is a Conjugal Partner?

A conjugal partner refers to a person outside of Canada who has had a binding relationship with a sponsor for at least one year but could not live with their partner in Canada. Thus, the conjugal partner applying for permanent residency in Canada must actually be living outside of Canada to be classified as a conjugal partner. This term refers to both opposite-sex and same-sex relationships.

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Express Entry Steps

Express Entry Steps

Permanent Residency Options through Express Entry

Has it been a dream of yours to live and work in Canada permanently? This can all be possible with the Express Entry application. Express Entry is used to manage applications for permanent residence under specific federal economic immigration programs. In other words, it is intended to help bring foreign nationals to Canada based on factors that will benefit the Canadian economy.

The 3 federal economic immigration programs that you may choose, if eligible are:

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Renewing Permanent Resident Card

Renewing Permanent Resident Card

Steps on How to Renew Your Permanent Resident Card

You have been living in Canada as a permanent resident for several years and now it is time to renew your Permanent Resident Card (PR Card). The first step to make sure whether or not you need to renew is to check the expiry date on the PR card. Usually, PR cards are issued for 5 years but some are issued for 1 year instead. PR cards are valid until the expiry date listed on the card itself and you must apply to renew the card up to 9 months before the expiry date. When applying to renew your PR card, you must ensure that you are still eligible for permanent residency.

PR Card Renewal Eligibility

To be eligible for a PR card, you must:

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Minor Child Studying in Canada

Minor Child Studying in Canada

Study Permit Requirements for Minor Child

Canada has an amazing education system that attracts many adults and minor international students from abroad to study in Canada. This articles focus will be on minor children looking to study in Canada and eligibility requirements they need to meet.

Who is considered a Minor Child?

A minor child in Canada is anyone not considered to be an adult. When one becomes an adult, they become a part of what is called “the age of majority”. The age of majority differs from province to province which can be either 18 or 19 year of age. Please refer to chart below what is considered age of majority in the province you decide to study. If the child is under the age of majority then he/she is considered a minor child.

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Sponsoring Family to Canada

Sponsoring Family to Canada

Sponsoring Family to Canada for Permanent Residence

If you want to sponsor a family member to come to Canada and become permanent resident the principal applicant and the sponsor have to meet certain requirements to be eligible under the Family Class. One of the main requirements is that the family member (principal applicant) has to go through a medical and police background check and pass the check-ups. One of the main requirements for the sponsor is that he/she must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and be able to support the family member(s) financially when they arrive in Canada. This blog will discuss who you can sponsor under the family class and basic requirements you need to meet to be eligible as the sponsor and applicant.

Who can I sponsor to Canada?

Under the Family Class you are able to sponsor:

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Parent and GrandParent Super Visa

Parent and GrandParent Super Visa

Inviting parents or grandparents to Canada?

Are you a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada and wish to invite your parents or grandparents to Canada for longer than 6 months? If so you may eligible to invite them under the Super Visa for longer period of stay. The Super Visa allows the parent or grandparent to stay 2 years in Canada per visit. Super Visas are granted maximum of 10 years and every 2 years the visitor has to leave country. Super Visa is only for parents or grandparents, so if you are not the parent or grandparent of the child than unfortunately you do not qualify and have to apply for a Visitor Visa. There are many requirements one needs to meet to be eligible as the inviter and the applicant, read further for detailed information on Super Visa.

Super Visa Eligibility and Documents:

If you have plans to apply under the category of Parent and Grandparent Super Visa, you must be the parent or grandparent of the Canadian citizen or a permanent resident to be permitted to enter Canada and meet certain other conditions. Immigration officer would consider various things before taking any decision on your application. You must have intensions to leave Canada willingly when your visa reaches expiry date. The immigration officer will consider the following factors when issuing a Super Visa:

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Common Mistakes on Spousal Sponsorship Applications

Common Mistakes on Spousal Sponsorship Applications

Common Errors made with Spousal Sponsorship Applications

Did you recently submit a spousal sponsorship application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and your application got returned? Having an application returned can be very frustrating and stressful. There are many reasons your application can be returned this can range from missing information on your application, using an out-dated form, not sufficient supporting documents to prove genuineness in a relationship, missing a deadline, wrong photo specification used, failed to pay government fees and many other reasons. Most applicants are not to blame for returned applications but the government itself, because the government honestly is not very clear on amount of information they look for. Many applicants that submit their own application assume it is straightforward application but don’t realize the amount of detail the government of Canada looks for when submitting any type of immigration application. Through experience our immigration experts have learned the amount of detail immigration officers look for and how picky they can be when making a decision on an application. Attempting any Permanent Residence application on your own is highly not recommended as there is more chance of receiving a returned or refusal application. This article will examine common errors applicants make when completing their own spousal sponsorship application.

Using Wrong Spousal Forms

Citizenship and Immigration Canada updates immigration forms on frequent basis without any warning. These forms are usually updated 3 times a year and if you submit your application using an older version then you can expect your application being returned. If your application is returned you must ensure you use the most current form available on CIC website. The immigration officer can be very picky, for example if the current forms are from august 2016 and you submitted an application form using January 2016 you can expect a return. Very rarely are officer nice enough to accept an out-dated form but simply refuse to review if an old form has been used. It is recommended complete the forms at the end when you have collected all the necessary documents for your application. The reason CIC wants you to use updated forms because most likely additional information has been added and to avoid problems or delays in your application simply check that you are using the latest forms.

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How to Sponsor wife into Canada

How to Sponsor wife into Canada

What is Spousal Sponsorship?

Spousal Sponsorship is the immigration process in which a permanent resident or Canadian citizen can sponsor their spouse to Canada for permanent residency options. This is a very helpful immigration program, as it allows those who do not otherwise qualify for immigration into Canada reunite with their families. Due to its many benefits this programs offers many families to apply to reunite with their loved ones. In fact so many families apply that immigration Canada does not get to process all applications on time. Luckily, recent changes were made to Family Class Sponsorship to help decrease processing times and reunite families faster. Most applications are delayed because the applicants provide incomplete documentation, submitted outdated forms, did not pay government fees, submitted to wrong address and many other reasons. To avoid delays in your application it is recommended to go with a law firm that has experience in submitting these types of applications such Akrami & Associates. When hiring legal representation your case would be monitored from beginning to finish to ensure everything is accurate and complete prior to submission.

What is needed when applying for spousal sponsorship?

When applying for spousal sponsorship application you need to be either a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada. As the sponsor you will need to:

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Spousal Sponsorship Application Refused

Spousal Sponsorship Application Refused

Spousal Application Refused?

Sponsored your spouse and got denied by Canadian immigration? Here are a few things you need to know before submitting or re-submitting a spousal application to immigration.

What is a Spousal Sponsorship?

Spousal Sponsorship is a sub category of the Family Class immigration. Under this class eligible people may sponsor their spousescommon-law partners or conjugal partners for permanent residency. In this application, the person in Canada is the sponsor and the non-Canadian being sponsored is the applicant. Canadian government believes in family reunification and gives these sponsorships highest priorities.

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Visitor Visa Denied to Canada

Visitor Visa Denied to Canada

Denied Visitor Visa to Canada?

Applied for a Temporary Resident Visa and it got denied by Immigration Canada? Would like to know why your application got denied and what steps to take after refusal? Keep reading if this describes your situation.

What is a Visitor Visa?

A visitor visa is a temporary official document issued by the Canadian government that allows you to visit Canada temporarily. By attaining this document you have established that you meet the criteria to be admitted into Canada as a temporary resident. This document is called a Temporary Resident Visa or TRV. There are certain requirements to be met before you can get this document and there are certain rules to be followed after attaining this document that you must follow. A temporary resident permit can be revoked under certain circumstances.

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LMIA and Permanent Residence

LMIA and Permanent Residence

Can LMIA lead to Permanent Residency?

Yes it can. However, this depends on the type of occupation you apply for in the beginning. Let’s take a look at what occupations will garner you a permanent residency in Canada.

What is a Labour Market Impact Assessment?

A Labour Market Assessment Impact is a document issued by Employment and Social Development Canada and Service Canada to employers who have proved that there is a shortage of skilled labour that they’re looking for. With an LMIA employers can go ahead and hire temporary foreign workers.

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What Documents do I need as Business Visitor to Canada

What Documents do I need as Business Visitor to Canada

Business Visitor to Canada

Travelling to Canada as a Business Visitor not sure what documents you need to carry with you to have smooth entry into Canada? Below will discuss the steps you need to take as a Business Visitor to Canada.

A Business Visitor is a person that comes to Canada to conduct international business activities without entering the Canadian labour market. These individuals pretty much come to meet people from other companies to do business with his/her country. As business visitors you can come to observe site visits, train Canadians on a product or service or functions related to business. The business visitor must show that their main source of income comes from outside of Canada and that main place of business is located outside of Canada. If you are getting paid in Canada then unfortunately you are not considered a business visitor and have to apply for a Work Permit and you may potentially need a Labour Market Impact Assessment.

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Do I need Work Permit or LMIA to Work in Canada

Do I need Work Permit or LMIA to Work in Canada

How can I work in Canada?

Would like to apply for employment in Canada, but unsure of where to start from? Did you know that not everyone needs an LMIA based work permit or even a Work Permit to enter Canada for employment? Let’s see if you qualify for a LMIA exempt work permit.

What is a Work Permit?

A Work permit is a document that authorizes foreigners to work in Canada. There are two types of work permits: an employer specific work permit and an open work permit. There are certain conditions applied to a work permit, if not followed could result in a revocation.

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Canada Federal Skilled Worker Program

Canada Federal Skilled Worker Program

Can I apply under Federal Skilled Work Program?

Want to know if you qualify for the federal skilled worker program? Here are a few things you need to know before you can apply under this program.

What is a Federal Skilled Worker Program?

If you want to apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, remember that you will be assessed based on your ability to become economically established once you are in Canada. Individuals who are interested in applying under the federal skilled worker program have to create an online Express Entry Profile as a first step.

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Express Entry Stages

Express Entry Stages

Immigrate to Canada under Express Entry Route

Would like to live and work in Canada permanently? You can immigrate to Canada now as a skilled worker under the Express Entry System. Here are a few things you need to know about express entry and which program you can apply under.

What is Express Entry?

Express entry is the new system used by Canadian immigration to select individuals who can immigrate to Canada based on economic factors. This electronic system has been developed by the Canadian government to better and faster assess applications who will contribute to the Canadian labour market in the best possible manner. There are three economic programs that you can choose from, given your eligibility of course:

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Do I need a Work Permit or LMIA for Canada

Do I need a Work Permit or LMIA for Canada

Canadian Work Permit Requirements

Canada has many resources and opportunities for people in not only inside of Canada but also outside to work and gain adequate experience. Every year thousands of non-Canadians enter Canada on work permits. There are different types of work permits available to come to Canada, let's see which one is best suited for you!

What is a Work Permit?

work permit is an official document drafted by the Canadian government that authorizes a foreign individual the permission for employment in Canada. Work permits have constraints such as duration and type of work that can be conducted by foreigners in Canada. Depending on your situation and the type of work permit you get from the Canadian government, there will always be conditions imposed upon you. In most cases you will need a work permit to work in Canada; however, there are exemptions to this permit. Remember, a work permit in Canada is always a temporary document, even if it is extended.

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Caregiver under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Caregiver under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Hiring Live in Caregiver to Canada?

Are you a working individual or couple in need of a caregiver for your children or elderly parents? Have you been looking to hire a caregiver with no success? There is help available outside of Canada! You can now apply to hire a Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) as a caregiver for children and elderly through a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment. Before you break a sweat on hiring a caregiver, here are a few steps you need to keep in mind.

Who can hire a Temporary Foreign Worker to Canada?

Eligible employers can hire a temporary foreign worker- (for the purpose of this blog) a caregiver. However, employers have to go through Service Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada first. Eligibility is very important in the case of hiring foreign workers in Canada because the Canadian government wants to make sure that unemployment rates stay as low as possible and only way this can be done is if Canadian citizens and permanent residents do not lose potential employment to foreigners. Also remember, there are certain types of industries that are exempt from hiring foreign workers. This means that the Canadian government does not allow them to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment. Regions with low unemployment rates might be able to hire temporary foreign workers in capacities not allowed by regions with high unemployment rates. It’s crucial to skim the exempt industries list before deciding to hire a Temporary foreign worker. There are different steps of determining eligibility when it comes to the TFWP. Another important step in establishing eligibility comes from the fact that there might not be any Canadian citizens, permanent residents or even valid work permit holders available in Canada to carry out employment for you. In most caregiving situations, this is indeed the case. What this means is that you have to be able to establish to the government of Canada that there is a shortage of caregivers despite your tireless efforts to recruit one.

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Sponsoring Syrian or Iraqi refugees through Group of Five

Sponsoring Syrian or Iraqi refugees through Group of Five

Group of Five Sponsorship

Looking to sponsor Syrian or Iraqi refugees to Canada but not sure how you can be of assistance aside from making donations to refugee supporting programs? Well, one way you can be of help is through sponsoring refugees under the Group of Five (G5) program. A Group of Five sponsorship program enables five Canadian citizens or permanent residents to sponsor a refugee and its family members that live abroad and relocate to Canada for permanent residency. These group members that are sponsoring have to be18 years of age or older and these individuals can either be family members, friends or anyone else who intend to sponsor these persons for better life in Canada. Also, these groups of sponsors have to live in the same community in which the refugee is expected to settle at and they must agree to provide financial and emotional support for the length of the sponsorship.

Who can Sponsor a Refugee to Canada?

To be eligible to sponsor a refugee to Canada, they have to be recognized as refugees by either United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) or a foreign state. So the sponsor has to provide a copy of their refugee status recognition certificate, also known as the mandate letter from the UNHC. So if you are refugee and have gone through the process of status determination then you should have these documents with you. This document is not the same UNHCR registration card or Asylum Seeker Certificate. In some countries its state processes their own refugee cases for status determination. So if you have refugee status from the country you are taking asylum then include proof of that documentation with your refugee sponsorship application.

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LMIA and Foreign Academics

LMIA and Foreign Academics

Hiring a Foreign Academic with LMIA

Are you interested in hiring a foreign academic? Seeking to improve that quality of your post-secondary educational institution? Foreign academics can be valuable to learning institutions, as the best teacher is one that has the most experience in the field. However, there is also a process whenever hiring someone from overseas. In this case, you may need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) in order to facilitate bringing this intellectual individual to Canada.

In what situation can I hire a Foreign Academic?

Before starting the application process, it is important to ensure that the person you intend to hire fully matches the Canadian definition of a foreign academic. According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, an academic (foreign or otherwise) is generally classified as someone with at least one postgraduate degree, a Bachelor’s degree, and must generate most of their income from teaching or conducting research in Canada. This individual must have a career under the NOC 4121. There are special criteria that applies when hiring a foreign academic, which have been set by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) as well as Service Canada and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). These criteria have been reviewed and accepted/collaborated with universities or other degree-granting colleges. If you work at a community college, the regular ESDC process is required to hire foreign workers. In Quebec, you will also need to consider the requirements of CEGEP.When going through the process to hire a foreign academic, you will likely need to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment, more commonly abbreviated as LMIA. However, there are situations where there may be an exception.

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How Can I apply for Provincial Nominee Program

How Can I apply for Provincial Nominee Program

Applying for Provincial Nominee Program

As you know each territory and province has its own requirements when choosing to nominate immigrants through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). When applying you have to be aware that each province or territory has its own streams and criteria for their Provincial Nominee Program. What this means that each province has its own immigration programs that target specific groups. For instance, some provinces may only target students while other provinces may only target business people or skilled workers. So when you apply under one of the Provincial Nominee Programs see what that province is looking or targeting so that you have a higher chance of getting nominated. Remember information is getting updated regularly so ensure you check out the province or territory website for latest information.

How can I apply for the Provincial Nominee Program?

When applying for the Provincial Nominee Program the eligibility criteria varies based on how you apply whether it is paper based (non-Express Entry Streams) or Express Entry (Express Entry Streams).

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Transition Plan for Employers Hiring Foreign Worker

Transition Plan for Employers Hiring Foreign Worker

Hiring Foreign Workers and Transition Plan for Employers

A Transition Plan is a mandatory document required by a majority of employers in Canada when applying for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). The transition plan is to make sure that business that require Temporary Foreign Workers have an efficient plan to switch to a Canadian workforce should the need arise and mostly applies to foreign workers employed in a high wage position.

What is a Labour Market Impact Assessment?

An LMIA is a document that the Canadian employer needs to be able to hire a foreign worker to Canada. In order for the employer to be eligible to hire a foreign worker he/she needs to demonstrate recruitment efforts to Service Canada that he/she attempted to hire Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident. Recruitment efforts can be shown through different advertising and posting methods (posting on different website, offering higher wage etc.) If Service Canada is satisfied with the recruitment efforts he/she will issue a Positive LMIA to the employer. The Positive LMIA shows that there is a need for a Foreign Worker to fill that job and that there is no Canadian worker to available to do that job. A Positive LMIA is also known as a confirmation letter. Once the employer receives the confirmation letter the foreign worker can apply for the Work Permit. The foreign worker needs to submit the confirmation letter, the job offer letter, the employment contract along with its work permit application.

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Hiring Foreign Worker to Canada

Hiring Foreign Worker to Canada

How can I Work in Canada as Foreign Worker?

Do you have barriers that restrict you from many great job opportunities that you qualify for just because you live outside of the country? Are you a foreign citizen or permanent resident who wants to work in Canada? Thankfully, there is a way to do so! If you are a foreign citizen/permanent resident who wants to work in Canada, you have to ask your employer to complete a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application. If the LMIA application is successful, you are already three quarters of the way there. After the LMIA application is approved by the officer/government you will then need to apply for a Work Permit. As you may have already figured out by now, the LMIA application is a big and crucial part of the process to be able to work in Canada. Unfortunately, most people do not know how to complete the application properly which results in returned and unsuccessful applications. Akrami & Associates have worked on many successful LMIA applications and we can help you too. If you need help with your LMIA application, contact one of our experienced associates so that we could help you solve your case with ease and success.

Applying for Labour Market Impact Assessment for Foreign Worker

LMIA is the abbreviation for Labour Market Impact Assessment. A Labour Market Impact Assessment is a document that an employer has to complete in order to be able to hire a foreign worker. A Labour Market Impact Assessment application consists of various steps the employer has to take to show that he/she has attempted to hire a Canadian citizen or permanent resident in Canada. The attempts can be shown through posting the job on different websites, offering a higher wage, putting the job posting longer than the requested period etc. Once you have demonstrated that as the employer you have reached out to Canadian citizens and landed immigrants to apply for the job first, and since no one applied, you have no choice but to hire a foreign applicant.

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Donald Trump elected for U.S. President, How you can Immigrate to Canada

Donald Trump elected for U.S. President, How you can Immigrate to Canada

Why Americans want to move to Canada?

Majority of the world's population is aware of the fact that Donald Trump became the new president of the United States of America for the next four years starting 2017. This presidential candidate outcome has left many U.S. citizens mortified and in disbelief. Donald Trump has publically fronted his views towards women, Muslims, those of Latin American decent and LGBT community . Donald Trump's views towards individuals of these races/sex are frightening and revolting especially now that he is capable of doing appalling things due to the fact that he is "in power" now.

If you fear your life or feel you will be impacted in some way due to Donald Trump being in power now you may potentially be eligible to immigrate to Canada for permanent residency options. To determine eligibility to immigrate to Canada then continue reading our blog to determine the best option available for you and your loved ones.

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How to get a Business Visitor Visa to Canada

How to get a Business Visitor Visa to Canada

Travelling to Canada as Business Visitor Visa

Do you miss out on a lot of business meetings because you live outside of the country? Do you miss a big work even solely because it is happening somewhere you do not live? Imagine how convenient it would be to obtain a visitor’s visa and be able to attend out of the country work meetings. All your problems will be solved when you choose to apply for a Business Visitor Visa. It is a hard process to obtain a business visitor’s visa due to the fact that it may be difficult for you to prove that you are coming to Canada for solely business purposes only. At Akrami & Associates one of our experienced and knowledgeable staff will assist you with your case by providing you step by step instructions on what documents the government inquires along with your application, and the applicable government/processing fees. At Akrami & Associates, we have successfully assisted many business visitors and we can help you too! With Akrami & Associates there is always a way!

What is a Business Visitor Visa?

A Business Visitor Visa, likewise its name, is a visa the enables people to visit Canada temporarily to do business outside of their country of residence for work purposes. A Business Visitor Visa allows an individual (who possess it) to engage in international, in this case Canadian business activities. The one thing that the Canadian government despises is when people who use a business visitor visa to enter the Canadian labour market. Because of this, it makes it that much harder to obtain a Business Work Permit; in order to prove to the immigration officer that you are in Canada solely for business purposes, you will need to include an extensive amount of proof that you are making money/have a steady job outside of Canada. The longer you stay in Canada the more documentation of proof you will need to provide that will prove that you will be returning back to your home country because of your family/work ties. If you are looking for ways to grow your business (and it requires to travel to Canada to do so), or if you are looking to invest in your company by buying goods from Canada and/or to just advance your business relationships then the Business Visitor Visa may be for you!

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Express Entry for Skilled Workers

Express Entry for Skilled Workers

Are you a Skilled Immigrant looking for work in Canada? The Express Entry Program may for you!!

Express entry is used for handling applications of people who are wanting permanent residence that are under federal economic immigration programs like: the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program. Certain territories and provinces can recruit these people through the Express Entry system, if they meet the needs of the labour market. The government chooses immigrants from a pool of applications as permanent residents based on their skills and their ability to settle here in Canada so they can contribute to our economy. How the government manages these people is through this system called the Express Entry, and this system consists of two steps: the online Express Entry profile, and the invitation to apply for residency if they are higher ranking candidates.

Step One Potential candidates complete an online Express Entry profile

If you are a candidate, you are to complete an online Express Entry profile, basically it is a form that you can use that will provide information about you and will be the basis of your online profile

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Visitor Visa to Canada

Visitor Visa to Canada

Inviting Family to Canada?

Are your family members back home missing you? Are they planning on coming over to Canada to visit? With all of the amazing attractions that our beautiful country hosts it is hard to deny them the trip they’ve been dreaming about. When it comes to arranging their travels, flights and lodging is not all that you must keep in mind. Even though making plans is exciting there is something important you must consider, which is filling out the application and starting the process to have your guests become temporary resident of Canada; they need to possess a Visitor Visa. Individuals that come from non-visa exempt country need to apply for Visitor Visa to Canada also known as Temporary Resident Visa (TRV).

What is a Visitor Visa?

A Visitor Visa also known as Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) is a document that is issued by an Canadian immigration visa office that shows proof that you as the applicant has met the requirements to enter Canada for temporary basis as a visitor. This document is placed in your passport which is to be shown to the immigration officer at the port of entry when you arrive in Canada. Remember just because you have obtained a visitor visa does not guarantee your entry to Canada. The officer at the border can still ask you questions about how long you intent to stay in Canada, who you will be visiting, how you will support yourself during your time of stay in Canada, why you want to visit Canada. The reason immigration officers ask questions about your visit to ensure you will leave Canada before your visa expires and will not overstay your welcome stay in Canada. Visitor visas are granted for a period of 6 months which can be either single or multiple entry trips.

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Who Qualifies under NAFTA Work Permit

Who Qualifies under NAFTA Work Permit

NAFTA Work Permit

NAFTA is an agreement between three countries that allows a worker from any of these countries to go and work in any of the three countries that are party to the agreement of NAFTA. It makes the job of a worker to get a visa to work and live in Canada much easier on temporary basis for the reasons of employment. The countries that are party to this agreement include Canada, America and Mexico. This agreement does not apply to workers who are coming from any other country apart from these three countries. Other foreign workers have to follow a different visa procedure to enter Canada for employment. NAFTA Work Permit allows its citizens to find employment in signatory countries without the need to apply for Labour Market Impact assessment (LMIA). NAFTA saves time and money of the citizens through its own visa process. LMIA is a lengthy process where the employer has to arrange an employment for a foreign worker. The employer waits until no Canadian or a permanent resident is found to fill the position. Under NAFTA no employer has to arrange a job instead the worker comes to the border and applies for the visa. There are various categories that fall under NAFTA. These categories are mentioned below:

  • NAFTA Intra-Company Transfers

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Spousal Sponsorship Application Refused

Spousal Sponsorship Application Refused

Reasons your Spousal Sponsorship gets Refused

Many times applicants file their own Spousal Sponsorship Application without thoroughly doing their research of the requirements they need to meet or they fail to provide sufficient supporting documents with their application. When starting an application without much knowledge in the area you can most likely expect either delays or refusal by the immigration officer.

The most common reason an immigration officer refuses an application is when he/she is not satisfied that the relationship is genuine. The officer has reasons to believe that the application is only filed for the applicant to obtain permanent residency in Canada. The officer usually grows suspicious about your case when the partners have major cultural, religious or educational differences. So even if your relationship is genuine but have not provided ample documents than most likely your application will be refused.

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Provincial Nominee Program British Columbia

Provincial Nominee Program British Columbia

Who is eligible to apply for British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program?

The Canadian province of British Columbia depends largely on the type of people employed within it, the skills and trades those workers bring in, and the overall employment structure and demographic of the province. To accomplish such feats and to continue aiming for high and positive growth, immigration plays a vital role in the economic development of British Columbia. The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) offers methods of immigrations in to Canada, which are aimed, using various methods for immigration of such persons and groups with the required skills, trades, jobs, and occupations to meet the current labour market outcomes and to harness the safety of the future labour market projections.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program enables an immigration pathway to meet the growing demands of future potential foreign workers and experienced business people and entrepreneurs – people who can contribute greatly to the economy and overall well-being of the province.

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Federal Skilled Worker Eligibility

Federal Skilled Worker Eligibility

Applying as Federal Skilled Worker through Express Entry

Are you looking to apply for Express Entry? This new method of applying to enter Canada has three programs. If you are a skilled foreign national, you would be able to apply to the program that applies to you. This may include the Federal Skilled Worker Program, which has specific criteria you must meet.

How can I find out if I qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker Program?

To find out if you qualify, you may want to visit the Government website for Citizenship and Immigration Canada (cic.gc.ca). This website contains a useful online tool that is able to analyze your current situation and see if you are eligible for the specific program you would like to apply to. This includes all of the Express Entry categories: Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). This tool is called Come to Canada, and will prompt you to fill out an online assessment form answering questions regarding factors such as your age, family members, possible job offers, work experience, language abilities, and more. In total, it should take around 10 to 15 minutes to fill out the form, after which you would be able to find out if your current situation is suitable for the FSWP program in Express Entry.

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How can I Get Nominated for the Province of Alberta

How can I Get Nominated for the Province of Alberta

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program AINP

The Alberta Immigration Nominee Program, or the AINP, is an economic based immigration program operated under the Government of Alberta and with accordance with the Federal Government of Canada’s Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada – the IRCC. The nominee program supports Alberta’s immigration program by inviting and retaining person with the skills and occupational expertise that will benefit Alberta’s economic growth through inviting ready to work immigrants to come stay in Canada and apply for Permanent Residency.

Individuals that meet eligibility criteria get invited by the Albertan Government, along with their spouse (a legally married and officially recognised partner) common law partners (a partner living with the applicant for a period of at least one year) and any dependent children ( a son or daughter is considered dependent if the child is below the age of 22 and does not have a spouse or common-law partner of their own, and is a full time student, and is greatly dependent on the parent for any sort of financial support before the age of 22, or was greatly dependent on the parent(s) and relied heavily on them for financial support before the age of 22 due to a physical and/or mental disability.

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What to do when PR Card is Lost or Stolen or Damaged

What to do when PR Card is Lost or Stolen or Damaged

What do I do if I lose my PR Card, or if it is Stolen or Destroyed Inside of Canada?

If you are inside of Canada and have lost your Permanent Resident (PR) card or fear that it is stolen or has been damaged extensively; then you need to fill out an online application web form at Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website through which you will contact the IRCC. Section G, which is the solemn declaration, must be filled out while completing the form and a processing fee of $50 in Canadian funds must be submitted along with the application.

What do I do if I Lose my PR Card, or if it is Stolen or Destroyed Outside of Canada?

If your Permanent Resident Card is lost, stolen, or damaged while you are outside Canada, you should report the situation to the nearest Canadian Visa Office, embassy, consulate, or chancery. If you wish to return to Canada as a Permanent Resident but do not have a Permanent Resident Card, you will have to apply for and obtain a Permanent Resident Travel Document (PRTD). A PRTD is valid for a single entry into Canada. Once back in Canada, you can use the online web form to order a replacement PR Card. Once again, Section G – the solemn declaration – must be filed out completely. The application must be attached with a $50 processing fee in Canadian fund.

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Open Work Permit Eligibility

Open Work Permit Eligibility

What is an Open Work Permit?

Are you interested in applying for an Open Work Permit? If you are eligible, you would be able to work in Canada in any position you would like. Most foreign workers would need to apply for an Open Work Permit; however, only certain individuals are eligible. Before applying, you would want to ensure that you qualify for an Open Work Permit.

Before applying, make sure you are applying for the right permit. An Open Work Permit means that you would be able to work for any employer in Canada. A general Work Permit would allow an individual to work for a specific employer only. Open Work Permits grants any employer to hire you; however, this is not something that you can apply for individually. Generally speaking, it should be attached to another application that is already submitted. Note that if applying for an Open Work Permit, your employer would likely not be required to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment.

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How can I come to Canada as Refugee

How can I come to Canada as Refugee

Refugee Protection in Canada

Canada is known for its compassionate immigration system. It has been a tradition for Canada to accept those in need and those who have fear of life. Recent case scenario would be Syrian refugees in Canada. Syrians are fleeing their country to come to Canada to seek protection and safety for them and their family members. In the process of migrating from Syria to Canada these refugees are also being vetted properly to make sure that wrong people do not enter Canada and also ensure the safety and security of Canadians. In this blog we will discuss what constitutes a refugee and what the rights and obligations are of refugees in Canada.

Who is Eligible as Refugee in Canada?

First we have to figure out what constitutes a refugee. There are people who are considered refugee because they have genuine reasons to make a refugee claim in Canada. However, not everyone can be trusted when they make a refugee claim in Canada. Some people enter Canada and make a refugee claim just so they can get Canadian citizenship or Permanent Residence in Canada. In other words wrong people try to take advantage of Canada’s generosity and such people do not even help Canada grow as a country instead they become a burden on the economy. For this precise reason, Canada finds it very important to vet people properly before giving them permanent residence in Canada. Canadian system of immigration makes it its first priority to make sure that wrong people do not find any loop holes in immigration procedure to find their way into Canada when they do not even deserve to be in Canada on the basis of their illegitimate claims.

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Documents needed for Intra Company Transfer

Documents needed for Intra Company Transfer

Intra Company Transfer

Are you an Intra-Company Transferee looking forward to your experience working in Canada? To make for an enjoyable experience, you would want it to start off on the right foot. Therefore, you would want to make sure your entrance into Canada is as hassle-free and smooth as possible. To do so, one important factor to consider are the documents you would need upon entrance.

An important aspect of understanding what documents are needed and why they are needed is the concept of Intra Company Transfers themselves. An Intra Company Transfer is an individual working for an international company who is qualified and being temporarily transferred to Canada in an attempt to effectively manage the Canadian division of the company, which can better expand Canadian exports such that it will enhance competitiveness in the international market. Intra Company Transfers do require a Work Permit; however, they are exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Specific details and regulations regarding Intra Company Transfers can be found in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR).

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How can I Work in Canada as a Foreign Worker

How can I Work in Canada as a Foreign Worker

Work Permit

Canada’s work permit policy gives foreign workers an opportunity to come to Canada and support their families back home and in some cases allows their spouses to come along and work and live with their spouse. According to statistics, every year more than 300,000 foreign workers come to work in Canada on Work Permits. For a foreign worker to work in Canada, it is important that they get work permit otherwise they cannot come to Canada as workers.

For foreign workers to get their work permit, an offer of employment from a Canadian employer is usually required before they could be allowed as a worker and be granted a Temporary Work Permit by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). There are various steps to this entire process. Depending upon the foreign worker's country of citizenship, a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) may also be required in order to enter Canada.

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What are the requirements when travelling as a visitor to Canada

What are the requirements when travelling as a visitor to Canada

Travelling to Canada as a Visitor

Each year over 30 million temporary residents visit Canada for temporary basis. These temporary visitors include tourists, foreign workers and international students. At Akrami and Associates we get daily calls on visitor visa applications being denied. Reasons for your application being denied could have been due to your invitation letter was not detailed enough, most likely you did not submit evidence of all your connections to your home country or you did not submit affidavit’s to support your application. Many times clients can give incomplete application or the documents they submit is not strong enough. This article will discuss different classes of visas and basic requirements you need to meet to obtain a visitor visa to Canada.

What is a Visitor Visa and who needs TRV to enter Canada?

A visitor visa also known as the Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) is a visa that you have to obtain if you don’t come from a visa exempt country some examples of countries that need a visa to Canada include, Afghanistan, India, Paskistan, Albian, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia etc. A visitor visa purpose is to attract tourism and the person coming to Canada will be here temporarily and is not going to attempt to work, study or remain in Canada beyond their welcome stay. This means as the visitor you have to exit the country once your visa expires. Remaining in Canada beyond your welcome stay can cause problems for future entry into Canada. You can be denied entry for overstaying your welcome stay and most likely have to apply for another document to overcome your inadmissibility to Canada.

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Express Entry Invited for Permanent Residency ITA

Express Entry Invited for Permanent Residency ITA

Express Entry Invitation to Apply

For many people hoping to apply for Permanent Residence (PR) in Canada, it can feel like half the battle is receiving your ‘Invitation to Apply’ (ITA). The previous system was a ‘first-come-first serve’ application process, were all PR applicants had to do was meet the eligibility requirements for one of the categories (Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal skilled Trades Program, Provincial Nominee Program), prepare their paper application, and submit it before the category cap had been reached. The introduction of Express Entry not only made the PR process an exclusively online one; it also introduced a ranking system that basically resulted in PR hopefuls competing against each other to be invited to apply for Permanent Residence. Meeting the basic requirements for your category is no longer enough to receive an ITA, you have to be the best of the best.

What is considered when Invitations to Apply are issued?

The invitations to apply are awarded on ‘Express Entry Draw’ dates, which typically occur every 2-3 weeks; although there is no set dates or times for the draws, 2016 has seen a slightly more predictable draw date pattern, with draws occurring on average every second Wednesday so far this year. On these dates Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announces the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) qualifying point score, as well as the number of invitations sent (i.e. if the CRS is 470, everyone with a point score of 470 or above in the express entry pool will receive an invitation to apply for Permanent Residence), the number of invited PR hopefuls is usually between 950-1500 per round.

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Who needs a Medical Examination to travel to Canada

Who needs a Medical Examination to travel to Canada

Do I need Medical Examination to travel to Canada?

Medical exams are needed for certain immigration applications to verify good health and admissibility to enter Canada. See the chart below to make sure you will need a medical exam if you meet any requirements:

If you plan to have jobs that require you to come close to people:

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