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Read blogs about Canada, Immigration Canada, and how to come to Canada.

We will be posting blogs about Permanent Resident PR Card Renewal and how to avoid getting your PR card expired and how to renew it if it got expired. 

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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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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Do I Really Need to Hire an Immigration Lawyer or a Consultant

Do I Really Need to Hire an Immigration Lawyer or a Consultant

Do You Want to Immigrate to Canada in 2019

Canada is one of the most popular countries that individuals dream of immigrating to. This is due to the exceptional work and education opportunities that Canada has to offer. Furthermore, the multiculturalism in Canada is also one of the primary reasons that drives one’s desire to immigrate. While many people are thinking about immigrating to Canada, they may also be considering about seeking help from an immigration lawyer or a consultant. Well, here comes the most important question: is hiring an immigration lawyer of a consultant necessary? In this blog, we will break down the advantages of hiring an immigration lawyer or a consultant.

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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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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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What are Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds

What are Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds

Coming Back to Canada without meeting the Residency Obligation

Are you a foreign national looking to immigrate to Canada as a permanent resident but do not qualify under any of the permanent residence class categories? Do you believe there are compelling humanitarian and compassionate factors that should qualify you for permanent residence? If so, read this blog to learn more about humanitarian and compassionate permanent residence applications, how these applications are processed and whether your application meets the requirements to be approved under this special category.

What Is Humanitarian and Compassionate Permanent Residence Applications

If you are a foreign national looking to immigrate to Canada, before you enter Canada, you are required to do two things. The first requirement is that you must submit your application for permanent residence from outside Canada. Second, you must demonstrate in your application that you meet the eligibility requirements for permanent residence as a member of one of the class categories and obtain a permanent residence visa. Once issued the Visa, you can travel to Canada and land as a permanent resident.

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PR Card Renewal with Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds

PR Card Renewal with Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds

Application for Permanent Resident Renewal without meeting the Residency Requirement

Do you need to apply to renew your permanent resident card but do not meet the residency requirements? Depending on the reason why you were not able to meet the residency requirement, you may still be eligible to apply to renew your card. In this blog, we will go over the application process for renewing your permanent residence card, the residency requirement and the options available to those who may not meet the residency requirement.

Residency Requirement and the Application Process for a Permanent Residence Card Renewal

Your permanent residence card is an important document for travel. It allows you to travel and re-enter Canada by air, bus, car, train or bus. Therefore, it is important to maintain its validity by renewing it before it expires. One of the requirements for renewing your expired permanent resident card is the residency requirement. In order to meet the residency requirement, the applicant must reside in Canada for at least two years out of the five years prior to the date of submitting the application for a renewal.

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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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Renouncing your Permanent Resident Status

Renouncing your Permanent Resident Status

Giving up Your Permanent Resident Status

You have put a lot of effort in applying for a Permanent Residence in Canada, and you eventually get one. However, there may be various circumstances in which you are unable to maintain your permanent residency. As a result, you want to renounce your permanent resident status. Indeed, you may do so by following certain steps, just like any other immigration applications. Nevertheless, it is important for you to figure out your eligibility and specific processes for this type of application. In this blog, you will learn relevant information about renouncing your permanent resident status.

Why Would I Renounce My Permanent Resident Status

After all the effort that has been put in your Permanent Resident Status application, we understand it can be a difficult decision to make when you are about to give up your permanent resident status. However, you may need to renounce your permanent resident status when you encounter one of the following situations:

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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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Changing Sex on Immigration Documents

Changing Sex on Immigration Documents

Questions and Answers for Changing Sex on Immigration Documents

This article will address questions and answers for changing your sex on Immigration documents. This is intended for you to better understand what can ensue when you are changing your sex and are also in the process of applying for an Immigration application. If you feel unclear or confused as how to start the process of changing your sex on these immigration documents, this article will help answer some of those questions you may have. Additionally, this article is intended to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to any immigration matters regarding changing your sex on Immigration documents.

Is it necessary to advise Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) of my sex change

It is necessary to advise IRCC of your sex change only in certain circumstances. For instance, if you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, you do not need to notify IRCC of your sex change. For Canadian citizens, it is advisable to make sure that all of your government documents reflect this information. For permanent residents, if you have changed your sex, it can possibly result in delays if you travel. Specifically, if you intend on travelling by air in the future, it is very important that your permanent resident card and passport reflects your sex change; they must match. Furthermore, for temporary residents of Canada, such as visitors, students and workers, you must inform IRCC of your sex change. If any information has changed, specifically your sex changes, and it does not reflect on your permit or visa, then you must apply for a new one. Keep in mind, the sex on your visa or permit must match the sex on your foreign passport.

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Permanent Residence Card Renewal with H&C

Permanent Residence Card Renewal with H&C

Applying For Permanent Residence Card Renewal with H&C

Have you been admitted to Canada lawfully as a permanent resident? Has 5 years passed since you were admitted as a permanent resident, and now it is time to apply for a renewal of your permanent resident status? If this is the case, you may simply be looking to apply for a permanent residency renewal. If you meet all the requirements of an individual who will be granted a renewal of their permanent residency status, then this is a fairly straightforward task. However, you may realize you do not meet all the requirements necessary to successfully have your permanent residency status renewed. In this case, you may be concerned your chances of living in Canada permanently one day are gone, though; this is not necessarily the case. Depending on your specific circumstances, you could be eligible to apply for a permanent residency renewal by asking for humanitarian and compassionate consideration, also known as H&C. This blog will help you understand the situations individuals often find themselves in, when they decide applying for permanent residency renewal with H&C is the best option available.

Renewing Your Permanent Residency if You Fail to Meet the Residency Requirements

If you fail to meet the residency requirements needed to be eligible to renew your permanent residency status, but you have a compelling reason you were unable to meet these requirements, it is essential you apply for humanitarian and compassionate consideration within 60 days of receiving your removal order (if you are currently in Canada), or being informed you have lost your permanent resident status. Applying for humanitarian and compassionate consideration is not taken lightly by immigration officers, and applications are only approved if the applicant has proved they will face undue hardship by being forced to return to their home country, and they failed to meet the residency requirements due to extenuating circumstances. It is important to understand the responsibility is entirely on the applicant to prove to an immigration officer your wish should be granted, as this is an exceptional application process which is provided to ensure individuals are not subject to undue harm as the result of being removed from Canada. Immigration officers will not request additional information to try to determine if your case has merit; it is your responsibility to illustrate your requests in a clear and compelling way to convince an immigration officer you deserve to keep your status as a permanent resident.

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Renewing your Permanent Resident Card

Renewing your Permanent Resident Card

Expiring Permanent Resident Card

A permanent resident card has its expiry date. If your permanent resident card is expiring soon, you will need to renew them in a timely fashion. Whether you are applying for your first card, renewing an expired card or getting a replacement due to damage or loss, you will need to gather a number of documents to send to the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. If you want to change the sex designation on your PR card, you may also go through the same application process. In this blog, you will learn about how to renew your permanent resident card and other information related to your permanent resident card renewal.

Permanent Resident Card Renewal Eligibility

It is important for you to find out if you are eligible for a permanent resident card prior to starting your own application. First and foremost, you must be a permanent resident of Canada in order to own a permanent resident card. Apart from that, you must be physically present in Canada and you meet certain residency requirements. If you are being deported by the Government of Canada you are not eligible for a PR card. On the other hand, a Canadian citizen shall not possess a permanent resident card you are a Canadian citizen. If you become a Canadian citizen, you will need to give your PR card to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada at your citizenship ceremony.

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Information about Permanent Resident Travel Document

Information about Permanent Resident Travel Document

Returning to Canada as a Permanent Resident

Ideally, you may have a permanent resident card as a permanent resident of Canada. However, that is not the case for everyone. Some permanent residents do not have a permanent resident card. Some people may only have a Record of Landing; some may have lost their permanent resident card; some may have their card expired. If you are a Canadian Permanent Resident, but you do not have a Permanent Resident Card, you will need a permanent resident travel document to enter Canada. You, as a permanent resident, cannot enter Canada, without either a Permanent resident card or a permanent resident ravel document. In this blog, you will learn relevant information about permanent resident travel document, as well as the process of applying for one.

What is a Permanent Resident Travel Document

Permanent resident travel document allows permanent residents of Canada, who do not have a permanent resident card, to return to Canada. If you only have Record of Landing and/or confirmation of permanent residence, you still are not permitted to enter Canada. You will need to show your permanent resident travel document to your transportation companies to prove that you are allowed to travel to Canada as a permanent resident. That being said, a permanent resident of Canada must have either a permanent resident card or a permanent resident travel document to return to Canada by train, plane, boat or bus.

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Permanent Residence (PR) and Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds (H&C)

Permanent Residence (PR) and Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds (H&C)

Applying for PR with H&C

Submitting an application for permanent residence on humanitarian and compassionate (PR with H&C) consideration is arguably the most complex application to submit, aside from applying for refugee status. This is because you are asking for permanent residence without being eligible to apply. You are essentially asking for the Government of Canada’s sympathy over your situation in order to let you obtain your permanent residence. As a result, it is important to understand when applying for PR with H&C, you are responsible for convincing an immigration officer you should not be sent back to your home country.

Who Should Apply for PR with H&C

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

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Important Information for Newcomers to Canada

Important Information for Newcomers to Canada

Being a new Canadian Permanent Resident

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

After You Arrive in Canada…

1. Get Your First Permanent Resident Card

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

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Information about Applying for Permanent Residence under Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds

Applying for Permanent Residence under Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds

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

Who Should Apply for PR with H&C?

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

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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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Understand Dual Intent

I Applied for Permanent Residency; Can I Still Visit Canada Temporarily?

There are a variety of ways individuals can achieve permanent residency (PR) in Canada. Though, most often this process takes a very long time. As a result of this, individuals often wish to be in Canada, before they receive status as a permanent resident. This is a very confusing situation to be in. Allow me to break it down. Essentially, if you’re not a permanent resident, and only have the authority to be in Canada as a visitor, it is crucial that you are clear with an immigration officer you have every intention of leaving Canada once the period of time which you are permitted to stay in Canada is over. If you do not convince an immigration officer that your intention to visit Canada is to visit temporarily, you will not be allowed to enter Canada. Though, if you have submitted an application for permanent residency, you have clearly demonstrated your intent to reside in Canada permanently. Therefore, you may be wondering how you could be allowed to visit the country, if you cannot prove intent to leave. Though this is a confusing situation, there is a way to declare your intent to remain in Canada permanently, and ask permission to visit temporarily, without automatically being denied the privilege of visiting. If this sounds like the circumstance you’re facing, continue reading this blog to learn more.

What is Dual Intent?

Dual intent is essentially how you explain to Canadian immigration officers that you would like to reside in Canada permanently someday, but before having status as a lawful permanent resident, you would like to stay in Canada either as a visitor, a student or a worker. To help this explanation, allow me to provide an example. Someone who has dual intent would have already submitted an application for permanent residency, and would then continue by applying for a temporary resident visa (if they are from a non-visa exempt country), or an electronic travel authorization (if they are from a visa-exempt country). When your application for a temporary resident permit is assessed by an immigration officer, they will still be looking for proof that you intend to leave at the end of your authorized temporary stay. It is important to understand, you can still demonstrate a willingness to leave the country if your status as a lawful visitor expires, even though you have expressed a wish to remain in the country forever through your application for PR. It is still a requirement of individuals who have declared dual intent, to prove to an immigration officer that you will comply with the conditions of your visitor visa, and will not stay longer than you are allowed.

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What to Know About Applying for Canadian Citizenship

What to Know About Applying for Canadian Citizenship

Apply for Canadian Citizenship

Though it sometimes seems like a long and daunting process to apply for Canadian citizenship, there are a variety of reasons someone would want to become a Canadian citizen, even if they already have status in Canada as a lawful permanent resident. Canadian citizens do experience many privileges above and beyond those that permanent residents have. For example, Canadian citizens have the opportunity to exercise their democratic right to vote and even more, actually become involved with a political party or leadership campaign. Furthermore, you have the freedom to travel without worrying that you permanent residency will expire while you are out of the country, and you won’t have to worry if you aren’t able to meet the residency requirements of permanent residents. But this is not all, there are more benefits! The children you have in Canada are automatically Canadian citizens, and will not have to endure the same process you once did. This is not all, though, the point is made that it is super beneficial to apply for Canadian citizenship, so keep reading this blog to learn more about the process.

Who can apply for Canadian Citizenship?

It makes sense that because there are so many benefits to being a Canadian citizen, there are also various requirements individuals must fulfill to successfully become Canadian citizens.

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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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Residency Obligations for Permanent Residents

Residency Obligations for Permanent Residents

How to Fulfill your Residency Obligations as a PR

As a permanent resident of Canada, there are certain conditions and requirements that must be met in order to continue to maintain the permanent residency status. The most important aspect of maintaining permanent residency status in Canada is the residency obligation. As a permanent resident, you should reside in Canada for a majority, if not all, of the time. Residing in Canada as a permanent resident brings about many benefits and advantages. Therefore, in this article, I will explain the residency obligations for permanent residents in Canada and the benefits of being a permanent resident.

Residency Obligation in Canada

Residency obligations are mandatory in order to maintain your permanent residency status in Canada. Particularly, as a permanent resident of Canada, you must ensure that you have completed a total of two years residing within Canada out of a five year time period. During these two years of residing within Canada, you must be physically present within the country. However, there are different circumstances that may occur that can count towards the residency obligation. Therefore, below I will explain the different circumstances that can count towards the residency obligation of permanent residents.

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What to do if PR Card Expires While Outside of Canada

What to do if PR Card Expires While Outside of Canada

Steps to do if PR Card Expires While Outside of Canada

As a permanent resident of Canada, there are many conditions and requirements that must be met in order to maintain permanent residency. Additionally, a permanent resident card does not renew automatically, and therefore, does expire. It is extremely vital for your permanent residency status in Canada that you renew and keep your permanent resident card valid. If it expires, you must renew it; however, this can be somewhat complicated, especially if you are abroad. Therefore, in this article, I will address what to do if your PR card expires while you’re outside of Canada and how to apply for a permanent resident travel document.

Understanding Permanent Residency Status

In order to be a permanent resident of Canada, you must have been approved for permanent residency by the Canadian government. As a permanent resident of Canada, you may live, work, study or visit in any place in Canada; there are no restrictions. Additionally, it is important to know that there are certain rights and responsibilities that you must abide by in order to maintain your permanent residency.

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FAQs for How to Successfully Settle in Canada

FAQs for How to Successfully Settle in Canada

FAQs – How to Successfully Settle in Canada

In this article, I will address a few popular questions and answers for how to successfully settle in Canada and some important information to consider after gaining permanent residency in Canada. After receiving permanent residency in Canada and trying to settle here permanently, it may be confusing or unclear on how to go forward and establish yourself in your new home. If you feel as though you would be eligible to apply for Permanent Residency in Canada, I suggest you read our article on “The Basics of Permanent Residency in Canada” before reading this question and answer article. The intention of this article is meant to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to how to successfully settle in Canada.

Q: What services are available to me once I settle in Canada?

A: Thankfully, in Canada, there are several different services and organizations that have been created to provide assistance and help for newcomers to Canada. These services and organizations are different based on the province or territory and more specifically the city that you decide to reside in. There are many resources available on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website that will help you find complete listings based on the province or territory you decide to reside in.

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How to Move to Canada from the United States

How to Move to Canada from the United States

Different Ways to Immigrate to Canada from the United States

For over a century, Canada and the United States have shared a detailed and interesting history. These two prosperous countries were both settled by immigrant communities from all over the world and the countries still continue to receive thousands of migrants to this day. Additionally, not only do foreign nationals wish to immigrate to Canada, but so do American nationals. Thousands of American citizens immigrate to Canada for more reasons than one. Some Americans are attracted to Canada for opportunities they could not receive in the United States. Therefore, in this article, I will explain the different options available for American nationals that wish to permanently immigrate to Canada.

Americans Wishing to Immigrate Permanently to Canada

There are several options to choose from when immigrating to Canada. Of course, there are certain eligibility requirements that individuals need to consider and abide by prior to applying to immigrate to Canada. Below, I will explain in detail, the several options available to American citizens who wish to immigrate permanently to Canada.

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What is Dual Intent

What is Dual Intent

Dual Intent of Permanent Residency and Temporary Stay in Canada

There are many different circumstances that can lead to permanent residency in Canada. However, the process of obtaining permanent residency in Canada can be a timely process and often applicants would like to either stay in Canada or visit Canada prior to officially obtaining their permanent residency. In these cases, these individuals would essentially have dual intent – when they are currently in the process of obtaining permanent residency but would also like to apply for temporary stay in Canada to visit, study or work. In order to better understand these circumstances, in this article I will address what dual intent entails, how dual intent is assessed by Canadian Immigration, how refusals of dual intent work, and much more.

What is Dual Intent

In most cases, dual intent is often thought to be contradictory. However, there is a reason for dual intent. Dual intent is defined as having a permanent residency application in process but also applying for temporary status. Essentially, the applicant would then indicate an intention to reside in Canada permanently but also temporarily, both at the same time.

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Different Ways to Obtain Permanent Residency in Canada

Different Ways to Obtain Permanent Residency in Canada

Steps in Obtaining Permanent Residency in Canada

There are many students, workers and even visitors that come to Canada and eventually desire to stay in Canada permanently. However, this is easier said than done. Gaining permanent residency in Canada is not an easy endeavor. Yet, there are many ways to obtain permanent residency in Canada, if you are eligible. Much like any other immigration application process, in order to apply for permanent residency in Canada has eligibility requirements depending on which route you intend on taking to gain permanent residency. Therefore, in this article, I will address the different ways to obtain permanent residency in Canada and what each option entails.

Different Ways to Obtain Permanent Residency in Canada

Depending on the program or route you intend on taking in order to obtain permanent residency in Canada, it will require different eligibility criteria from you in order to qualify. It is extremely important to recognize whether you are eligible to apply under a specific program, prior to applying. Below, I will explain in detail each different way to obtain permanent residency in Canada.

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The Basics of Permanent Residency in Canada

The Basics of Permanent Residency in Canada

Basic Steps to Permanent Residency in Canada

The right of permanent residency in Canada is not provided to all individuals and Immigration Canada is very selective with who they approve for permanent residency. Once you gain permanent residency in Canada, there are many benefits and advantages compared to just having temporary authorization to stay in Canada. Similarly, a permanent resident also has specific conditions that they must abide by in order to maintain their residency. Therefore, in this article, I will address the basics of permanent residency in Canada, what permanent residency entails, and other important information you should know if you are a permanent resident of Canada.

What Permanent Residency in Canada Entails

Once you receive permanent residency in Canada, there is certain information that you must consider. First and foremost, in order to be an authorized permanent resident of Canada you must be issued a permanent residency by the Canadian government. Additionally, you will not only hold permanent residency in Canada but you will also still have citizenship from your country of origin. Once you arrive in Canada as a permanent resident, this does not mean that you have gained Canadian citizenship; there is a difference. Canadian citizenship is a separate matter and is applied to separately. Lastly, being a permanent resident in Canada allows that individual to reside in Canada and is not only staying in Canada due to work, school or visiting purposes.

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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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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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Permanent Residence PR Questions

Permanent Residence PR Questions

What is Permanent Residence in Canada?

Permanent Residents are persons who have been given a permanent resident status by the Government of Canada. These people are not citizens of Canada; however, they are permanent residents because they immigrated to Canada. Permanent Residents are citizens of other countries, i.e.: they are foreign nationals and hold passports of countries other than Canada, but have the ability to permanently reside in Canada within the given time requirements.

Temporary Residents are individuals who are permitted to enter and stay in Canada for a short while only, such as for studying or for temporary employment, are not considered to be permanent residents.

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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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My PR Card Expired

My PR Card Expired

Can I Travel with an Expired PR Card?

Are you a permanent resident of Canada? Planning on making travel plans but trying to stay cautious of your PR card? Before making any travel plans, it is important to stay knowledgeable on the features of your PR card. These cards do have an expiry date, which may affect your plans to travel.

What happens if my PR card expires?

When travelling, permanent residents of Canada must carry their PR card with them. This card must be valid, and it is your responsibility to ensure that your card has not expired when travelling. You must be able to prove to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer that you have a permanent resident status to Canada, and if you are attempting to re-enter Canada by a commercial carrier (this includes train, plane, boat, or bus), only your PR card will be accepted as proof. If you plan to re-enter Canada in a private vehicle (for example, your own car), you may have other options. Instead of showing your PR card, you could use other immigration documents. Visit the Canadian Immigration Center website to clarify which of your documents may be acceptable (cic.gc.ca).

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Time in Canada

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What is a Permanent Resident:

A Permanent Resident of Canada is someone who has applied for and been approved for Permanent Resident status within Canada. A Permanent Resident is not yet a Citizen. A Permanent Resident is still considered a Citizen of another country. Permanent residency allows an individual to work and live in Canada without being a citizen of Canada yet.

A Permanent Resident does not have a time limit on how long there are allowed to stay. A Permanent Resident has many of the same obligations as a Canadian Citizen.

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Canadian Permanent Resident and Citizenship

Canadian Permanent Resident and Citizenship

In order for a person to achieve their Canadian Permanent Resident status they must receive their Canadian permanent Resident Card. The Permanent Resident card is a small, secure plastic card containing personal information on the cardholder. The personal information includes height, eye colour and gender, laser-engraved photograph and signature. Other personal data are encoded on the card as well and can only be accessed by authorized Canadian Immigration officials. It also confirms the cardholder’s status as a Permanent Resident of Canada.

Canadian Permanent Residents who plan on exiting Canada will be required to show their Permanent Resident card at the time of re-entry to confirm their Permanent Resident status before boarding. If an individual is not in possession of the Permanent Resident card they will have to apply for a Temporary Travel Document from the closest Canadian Immigration Visa Office to be able to travel to Canada on a commercial carrier. The Canadian Permanent Resident renewed card can now be obtained via mail. The present processing time for new permanent residents is 47 business days. The processing time for present permanent residents is 70 days as of 13th July 2012.

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Permanent Resident Card Renewal

Need to provide the same documents including photographs as when you applied for PR and pay $50 dollars

To Renew Your Permanent Resident Card You Will Need The Following Documents:

  • Your current Permanent resident card and a photocopy of it
  • Your application for card renewal
  • A copy of a valid passport or travel document or a copy of the travel document you held when you became a permanent resident
  • Two photo that meet the photo specifications
  • The document check list
  • Financial documents
  • School or employment records
  • Rental agreements
  • Club membership
  • Revenue Canada notice of assessment forms
  • Receipts from Canadian benefit programs
  • Documents showing citizenship and the date the became a citizen or permanent residency of the person you are accompanying
  • Proof of residential address of the person you accompanying five years before
  • Any other documents

Documents You Need If You Are Working Outside of Canada:

  • Letter signed by official that indicate the position and title of signing official; the nature of the business and how it fits Canadian business description, detail of contract, and confirmation that the business was not created just to satisfy residency obligation
  • Business license
  • Partnership agreements or corporate annual reports
  • Corporate Canadian income tax notice of assessments
  • Copies of employee assignment agreement or contract
  • Copies of agreement between the Canadian business and the business outside of Canada concerning the assignment to that business or client
  • Pay statements
  • T4 slips
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Documents Needed For PR Card Renewal

What is a PR Card?

A PR Card is a Permanent Resident Card. This is a document that proves you are a permanent resident of Canada. This card is used by permanent residents to re-enter Canada if they have travelled to another country. If an individual has a PR card that is expired or soon to expire, has been stolen, or has been destroyed, then this individual may apply to renew/replace their permanent resident card. Replacing or renewing a PR card consists of the same steps as applying for a PR card.

Necessary Documents & Forms:

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