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Understanding the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Understanding the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

What Do I Need to Visit Canada

Are you thinking about visiting Canada soon? If so, you need to make sure you have completed all the required steps to ensure your visit to Canada is successful. Depending on your country of origin, you will be subject to certain requirements before you are permitted to enter the country. In this blog, you will learn about the documents all travellers need to travel to Canada. This blog will also help you understand the things you will need to take care of, depending on your circumstance.

What Is an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

An electronic travel authorization is a document which is electronically linked to your passport, stating that you are permitted to board a flight which is heading for Canada. The eTA is only needed from individuals coming from a visa-exempt country because they are travelling by plane. Also, an eTA is valid for 5 years from the date of issue, or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. With an eTA, because you are travelling from a visa-exempt country, you are permitted to leave and re-enter the country as many times as you would like, within the time your eTA is valid.

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Preparing for a Visitor Visa Application

Preparing for a Visitor Visa Application

How to Prepare a Visitor Visa Application

Do you want to visit Canada for a short period of time? If this is the case for you, you might need to apply for a temporary resident visa in order to visit Canada. If you are from a visa-exempt country, you may only need to apply for an eTA (electronic travel authorization), if you are flying to Canada. An eTA gives you permission to board your flight which will land at a Canadian airport. A visitor visa gives permission to citizens from non-visa-exempt countries the permission to enter Canada. This article will cover how to apply for a temporary resident visa, for those individuals who must go through this extra step, before being permitted to enter Canada.

Step 1: Gather Documents

Always start by collecting all the necessary documents, which will have to be submitted with your application for a temporary resident visa. You application must include the following, but is not only limited to these documents.

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Comparing Super Visa and Temporary Resident Visa

Comparing Super Visa and Temporary Resident Visa

What Type of Visa Will I Need to Come to Canada

Do you plan to visit Canada in the future? If you do, it is important for you to understand that the things you’ll need to do to prepare, depend entirely on your specific circumstances. For example, it will matter whether you are travelling from a visa-exempt, or a non-visa exempt country. It will also matter what you intend to do while you’re in Canada, and how long you wish to stay. In this article, we will discuss different processes individuals who would like to visit Canada most commonly go through.

WHAT IS A TEMPORARY RESIDENT VISA

A temporary resident visa (TRV) is often also referred to as a visitor’s visa. A temporary resident visa is needed for any individual who comes from a non-visa exempt country and would like to visit Canada. A temporary resident visa will generally allow you to stay in the country for a 6 month period maximum. It is very important to review your approved temporary resident visa carefully, to ensure you understand exactly how long it permits you to stay in Canada. Also, a temporary resident visa only allows you to enter the country once, and then stay for up to 6 months. You are not permitted to leave and re-enter the country, unless you apply for and receive an approved multiple entry visa.

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Understanding the Provincial Nominee Program

Understanding the Provincial Nominee Program

What is a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

Provinces and territories in Canada, with the exception of Quebec, can chose to nominate individuals and persons with certain skills and certain qualities to immigrate to Canada through the Provincial Nomination Program (PNP). This allows provincial governments to have better control of the services and employment sectors in their region, and ensure the employment market remains driven and competitive. The idea is the individuals who are being nominated into these programs, have skills or qualities which will be valuable to the Canadian labor market, and the economy.

How Do the Provincial Nominee Programs Work

Each province and territory has a special “stream” under which they nominate foreign nationals to immigrate to their province. A “stream” is a program that targets certain groups depending on the qualifications and skills the individual has, which are necessary for a certain occupation. For example, a program in any given province or territory may target students of certain education, business people specialized in certain sectors, skilled workers or semi-skilled works.

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Understanding a Minor’s Study Permit

Understanding a Minor’s Study Permit

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

The Canadian educational system is highly respected worldwide, so you are certainly giving your child a head start by sending them to school in Canada. That being said, many parents have chosen to let their children to study in Canada. Do you want to obtain your children’s education in Canada? If so, it is important for you to understand the requirements for obtaining a minor’s study permit. If you are unfamiliar with the process of applying for a study permit, continue to read this blog to learn important information you should know to help you get started.

What is a Minor’s Study Permit?

A minor’s study permit is a document which is issued to any child who wishes to study in Canada. Just like any study permit, a minor study permit allows a child to study in Canada at a designated institute in a designated program for a specific period of time.

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Understanding Removal Orders

Understanding Removal Orders

I have a Removal Order

A removal order is a notice from the government informing you that you must leave Canada, and giving conditions on when and how you must do. 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. When you receive a removal order, it is important for you to comply with it, try to understand why you were ordered to leave, and understand if there is any further action you can take to appeal the order. This blog will 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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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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How to Apply for Canadian Citizenship

How to Apply for Canadian Citizenship

Applying for Canadian Citizenship

Getting Canadian citizenship does not mean you will just gain a blue passport. Canadian citizens do experience many privileges 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. If you’d like to learn more information about how to become a Canadian citizen, then continue to read this blog.

Who can apply for Canadian Citizenship

To be eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship you must meet the following requirements:

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Understanding Record Suspensions

Understanding Record Suspensions

Record Suspensions

Are you seeking to have your Canadian criminal offence pardoned or suspended? Attempting to move up in your career lateral and not have any past criminal stain hold you back from what you can really achieve? Or have you successfully completed your sentence in Canada, and simply just want your past offence erased and to not hold you down from achieving higher and better feats in life? Well, according to Akrami and Associates, there is always a way! If you have a past offence on record you are definitely eligible to apply for your record suspension or pardon application. In Canada, over the last 5 years more than 500,000 Canadians have received Record Suspensions or Pardons. Let us help you become one of those lucky applicants too. For further information on acquiring a pardon or record suspension, please continue reading this blog.

What is a Record Suspension

By applying for a record suspension application, this allows those whom have done a crime on Canadian soil and have successfully served their sentence, to remove the accessibility aspect of their criminal record by clearing it. Through acquiring a record suspension or pardon, this allows those who have a criminal past to have a better chance with any possible career advancement without the fear of background checks, for maintaining or obtaining custody of children or childcare, furthering your education, and get a chance to seek a pardon before a new legislature removes the possibility of doing so.

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Understanding Intra-Company Transfer

Understanding Intra-Company Transfer

Intra-Company Transfer

Are you a foreign national that wants to work in Canada? Do you already work in a multinational company from either the United States or Mexico, which acquires an existing subsidiary branch within Canada? Do you obtain an upper-level position within your multinational company and are seeking to expand your knowledge to your company’s subsidiary branch? If your answers to these previous questions are yes, then you may be eligible for an intra-company transfer. Acquiring a work visa or permit within Canada is not an easy process to undergo and in order to be successful in this process, it is recommended to seek out legal experience and book a consultation with one of our immigration representatives through Akrami & Associates. For further information on this topic, please continue to read this blog.

What is an Intra-Company Transfer?

An intra-company transfer refers to an eligible foreign national, that is employed in a multinational company somewhere abroad, and wishes to be employed in a connecting branch for their company, within Canada. This transfer can only occur if the eligible worker wishes to transfer within a branch of their original company, which can be only from the United States or Mexico. But first things first, all potential intra-company transferees must obtain a work permit in order to even be considered for an employment transfer to Canada. Without this valid piece of document, a foreign national from a visa-exempt country cannot obtain work in Canada, regardless of connecting branches of employment.

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Understanding the Canadian Experience Class

Understanding the Canadian Experience Class

Applying for Permanent Residence through the CEC

Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is one of the ways that allows you to become a permanent resident in Canada. Individuals are ranked on the government’s comprehensive ranking system (CRS), and every so often a certain number of top applicants are given an invitation to apply. In this blog, you will read about 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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Applying for Parental Sponsorship (No more Lottery System)

Applying for Parental Sponsorship (No more Lottery System)

No more Lottery System in 2019

Good news! Feds are replacing the lottery system for parent sponsorship starting in 2019! This means that more application will be accepted next year. Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen announced that, the random selection process for the sponsorship program for parents and grandparents will be replaced by a first-come-first-served process. The current cap of 17,000 applications will be increased to 20,000 next year.

What the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program Entails

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What is a Conjugal Sponsorship

What is a Conjugal Sponsorship

Coming to Canada as Conjugal Partners

Do you and your significant other dream of living together in Canada someday soon? Are you worried this is not possible because you are not legally married, and do not meet the requirements of a common law relationship either? There is good news! You may be able to sponsor your conjugal partner! In this article, you will learn what a conjugal partnership is, and how conjugal partners can apply for spousal sponsorship, despite not being eligible as a legally married couple or being legally recognized as a common law partnership.

What is a conjugal sponsorship and who does it apply to?

A conjugal sponsorship is a sponsorship application used to bring one’s partner into Canada. Conjugal partners are couples in a marry-like relationship, but who are unable to live together in Canada due to various reasons. This type of sponsorship usually applies to those who cannot apply for a spousal or common-law sponsorship and is an applicant’s last resort.

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Applying for a Super Visa

Applying for a Super Visa

Family Time is Precious

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

What is a Super Visa

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

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Labor Market Impact Assessments

Labor Market Impact Assessments

Hiring a Foreign Worker Temporarily

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

What is an LMIA?

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

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Prepare for a Trip to Canada

The Basic Needs to Travel to Canada

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

What is the FIRST Step?

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

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Important Information about Start-up Visas

Important Information about Start-up Visas

Learn About a Start-up Visa

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

What is the Start-Up Visa Program?

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

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Business Person vs. Business Visitor Information

Business Person vs. Business Visitor Information

Business Person vs. Business Visitor - Know the Difference! 

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

What is a Business Person?

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

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Express Entry Information

Express Entry Information

Foreign Nationals with Skilled work Experience can immigrate through Express Entry

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

What is Express Entry?

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

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The Various Ways to Overcome Inadmissibility

The Various Ways to Overcome Inadmissibility

Are you Inadmissible to Canada?

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

What are the reasons I could be Inadmissible?

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

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Information For Canadian Business Visitors

Information For Canadian Business Visitors

Visit Canada on Business

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

What is a Business Visitor?

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

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Study in Canada

Want to Study Abroad in Canada?

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

Who Needs a Study Permit?

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

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How to Prepare to Work in Canada

How to Prepare to Work in Canada

How Can I Work in Canada?

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

What Do I Need to Include in my Application?

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

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Spousal Sponsorship Questions!

Apply for Spousal Sponsorship 

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

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

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

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Apply for Criminal Rehabilitation

Apply for Criminal Rehabilitation

Are you Criminally Inadmissible to Canada?

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

Who Can Apply for Criminal Rehabilitation?

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

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