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Knowing What Self Employed Immigration is

Knowing What Self Employed Immigration is

Obtaining Permanent Residency as a Self Employed Individual

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

Knowing the Self Employed Immigration

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

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Important Information about Immigration Fraud and Misrepresentation

Important Information about Immigration Fraud and Misrepresentation

Understanding Immigration Fraud and Misrepresentation

As a newcomer to Canada, you may not be familiar with how companies or the government does business in Canada. This can potentially lead you to believe in companies that try scam you by phone or email. Often times, those scammers will pretend they are from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, and ask you for your personal information. Alternatively, as an applicant who is applying for permanent residence or citizenship, you may have made crucial mistakes on your application, either intentionally or unintentionally. Regardless of your intention, the mistakes can ultimately lead to misrepresentation. If you misrepresent information that is directly related to decisions made under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), you will inevitably face severe consequences. In this blog, you will learn about specific aspects of immigration fraud and misrepresentation on your application.

Misrepresenting Information on Your Application

Often times, individuals have the misconception that providing wrong information may just result in the refusal of the application; this misconception must be dispelled. The government of Canada takes misrepresentation very seriously, and misrepresentation can be a criminal offence in Canada. That being said, if you lie or provide false information or documents on your applications or in an interview with an immigration officer, you can be charged with fraud under the Canadian Criminal Code.

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Information You Need to Know about Canadian Citizenship

Information You Need to Know about Canadian Citizenship

Canadian Citizenship

If you are eligible for Canadian citizenship, that means you have reached the milestone for your immigration journey. Being a Canadian citizen means you have more privileges than permanent residents do. 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 do not need to worry about the expiry date of your permanent residence and your residency requirements. In this blog, you will learn about how to become a Canadian citizen.

How Can I be Eligible for Canadian Citizenship

The eligibility of Canadian citizenship revolves around your permanent residency, residency obligations, knowledge of Canada, and language proficiency. More detailed requirements are shown below.

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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 a Temporary Resident Visa

Information about a Temporary Resident Visa

What is a Temporary Resident Visa

The temporary resident visa, as known as visitor visa, is an official entry document that is stamped in your passport. Having a temporary resident visa means you meet the requirements needed to travel to Canada. More specifically, a temporary resident visa allows foreign nationals to remain in Canada for up to six months. Unfortunately, a temporary resident visa does not allow foreign nationals to work in Canada or to study for programs of 6 months or more. In this blog, you will learn information about what a temporary resident visa is and how to apply for one.

Types of Temporary Resident Visa

There are two types of temporary resident visa that can be issued: single-entry and multi-entry.

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Application Process for Provincial Nominee Programs

Application Process for Provincial Nominee Programs

Knowing the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

Many Provinces and territories in Canada, with the exception of Quebec, can nominate individuals with certain skills, education, and work experience to immigrate to Canada through the Provincial Nomination Program (PNP). Since January 1, 2015, many provinces and territories have connected their own PNP programs with Express Entry. Each province and territory has their own criteria for their PNP programs; this allows provincial governments to have better control of the services and employment sectors in their region. In this blog, you will learn about the application process for Provincial Nominee Programs in Canada.

How Do I Apply For a PNP

First, you can apply directly to the PNP program you want to become involved in, based on where you want to live in Canada. The province or territory will review your application based on the following:

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Canada’s Refugee System

Canada’s Refugee System

What are Refugees

Are you or someone you know living in fear of persecution or danger of death in their home country? Are you seeking somewhere safer to live with your family? Canada offers those who are experiencing danger in their home countries a safe place to live and contribute to society. These people are called refugees. Refugees are people who have fled their countries because of a well-founded fear of persecution. They have seen or experienced many horrors in their home countries, and therefore, they are not able to return home.

The major difference between a refugee and an immigrant is the main purpose of coming to Canada. An immigrant is a person who has the “choice” to settle permanently in Canada. A refugee is “forced” to flee.

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Canada Biometrics Updates

Canada Biometrics Updates

Biometrics for Immigration

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

What Biometrics are Collected

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

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Becoming Permanent Resident through Live in Caregiver Program

Becoming Permanent Resident through Live in Caregiver Program

What is the Live-In Caregiver Program

The Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) is designed to enable Canadians to recruit foreign nationals to provide childcare or home support for seniors or people with disabilities. Individuals with twenty-four months of work experience on a LCP work permit could apply to transition to permanent residence. The Live-in Caregiver Program is mutually beneficial for both the Canadian employer and the live-in care giver, as the employer gets the services from the foreign national, and the foreign national can obtain employment and/ or achieve permanent residency in Canada. If you think you might be eligible to be a live-in caregiver, or you might need to hire a foreign live-in caregiver, then continue to read this blog for more information.

What is a Live-In Caregiver

A live in caregiver is provides care for children or people with high medical needs. Usually, the live-in caregiver lives with the employer to take care of the children or the patient(s). To begin, the live-in caregiver will enter Canada as a temporary foreign worker.

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Who can apply for a Super visa?

Who can apply for a Super visa?

Applying for a Super Visa

Many families have been split apart as a result of children and grandchildren attempting to immigrate to Canada and start a new life. The government of Canada takes this into consideration and allows for a process called the super visa. The super visa is a visitor’s visa for parents and grandparents who wish to visit their children or grandchildren in Canada. This super visa allows for multiple entries to Canada for a period of 2 years at a time and with a status period of up to 10 years. This article will talk about who is eligible for a super visa, what to do if it is refused, super visa extensions, and financial requirements in order to allow for a parent/grandparent to obtain a super visa.

Requirements to Apply for Super Visa


An applicant can apply for a super visa if they meet the requirements for temporary residence in Canada as a visitor and provide the proper documentation. The require documents include the following

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Study Permit Application Process

Study Permit Application Process

Studying in Canada

Canada is well-known for its majestic sceneries and tourist hotspots. Not only that, Canada is a modern, progressive, open, and tolerant multi-cultural society with countless opportunities for you to advance your education. There are many prestigious universities in Canada. For example, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, McGill University, and many more. If you are a foreign national who wishes to study in Canada, go ahead and pursue your dream! However, before you come to study in Canada, you will need to obtain an official authorization from the Canadian government: the study permit. This is why we have written this blog to help you understand what a study permit is and how to apply for one.

Understanding the Study Permit

A study permit allows you, as a foreign student, to stay in Canada longer than 6 months to pursue a program that interests you, and then return to your country of origin. Often times, students need more than six months to complete a program or school work. However, a visitor’s visa cannot allow you to stay in Canada for that long. In order to stay in Canada and study for a period longer than 6 months, you will then need to obtain a study permit. If the officer believes you seek an extended stay in Canada to pursue studies and you guarantee you will leave once you complete your studies, you are likely to be granted a study permit and have the opportunity to learn the official languages of Canada, English and French, and visit Canada’s wide-open spaces, dramatic mountains, pristine forests and majestic lakes.

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Information You Need to Know to Study in Canada

Information You Need to Know to Study in Canada

Why Canada

As you may know, Canadian is a country not only has majestic and extraordinary tourist hotspots, but also has countless opportunities for you to pursue or advance your education. Canadian universities consistently rank among the best in the world. For example, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, and McGill University are all extremely prestigious universities. By studying in Canada, you will gain invaluable memories of your student years and a strong academic background.

Apart from the academics, Canada offers a wonderful, tolerant, and welcoming cross-cultural experience. English and French are two official languages of Canada. By living in Canada, you will gain the opportunity to learn these two languages and to foster a solid network of international connections to last a lifetime.

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Understanding the Importance of National Occupation Code (NOC)

Understanding the Importance of National Occupation Code (NOC)

Immigration and the NOC

As you may know, the Canadian government allows a foreign national that come from a variety of different fields, educational backgrounds, and work experience to obtain permanent residency in Canada under specific federal economic immigration programs. This is also known as the Express Entry immigration system. By applying for Express Entry, you are essentially establishing a mutually beneficial relationship with the Canadian Government. That being said, while you are obtaining your permanent residency, you are also contributing to the Canadian Labour Market and the economy. Since your job is an essential part of this type of immigration, you will need to make sure that you meet the strict rules set by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. One of the rules for Express Entry is meeting the descriptions on the National Occupation Classification (NOC). In this blog, you will learn about what National Occupation Classification (NOC) is and how to select your NOC code.

What is the National Occupation Classification

The National Occupation Classification, also known as the NOC, is a list of all the occupations in the Canadian labor market. It describes the type of work performed by Canadians in the labour market according to skill type and skill level. The type of work usually is determined by the task, duties, and responsibility within the occupation. The classification gives employers, job seekers, statisticians, labour market analysts, career counselors insightful information that allows them to better understand the nature of work and what type of experience is needed to apply for a program. The NOC tool has a four digit code which represents important information that helps classify the occupation. For example, 0011 Legislator- the “001” indicates that the position is for legislators who are in senior management.

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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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Information about the Federal Skilled Worker Program

Information about the Federal Skilled Worker Program

Obtaining your Permanent Residency with the Federal Skilled Worker Program

There are many ways by which you may obtain a permanent residence status in Canada. Express Entry is one of the options. However, Express Entry can be very confusing to many foreign national, because there are many categories under it. There are three major programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. In order to prepare you for your application, it is important for you to recognize and understand the eligibility requirements prior to applying. In this blog, you will learn about eligibility requirements for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, as well as other important information one should know before applying under this economic immigration program.

What is the Federal Skilled Worker Program

The Federal Skilled Worker Program is for skilled workers with foreign work experience to gain permanent residency in Canada. This program selects its applicants based on their skilled work experience, language ability, and education. However, simply meeting these three requirements does not guarantee you will be selected by the Canadian government. You will be given a rank based on the comprehensive ranking system. You will also be placed in a pool with other applicants, and you will need to compete with other applicants. The higher you ranking is, the closer you are to your permanent residency in Canada.

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Understanding Restoration of Status

Understanding Restoration of Status

Extend your Stay in Canada

Canada is a beautiful country with a superb education system, social welfare system, economic system, extraordinary sceneries for tourism, and many more. Often times, many foreign nationals who visit, work or study in Canada that often find that they want to stay longer in Canada towards the end of their authorized stay. One of the most common reasons is that they have not accomplished everything they intended on doing in Canada and need to extend their stay. If you wish to extend your stay in Canada, you will need to undergo the “restoration of status”. In this article, you will learn what restoration of temporary resident status means, the eligibility for a restoration of status, how to apply for a restoration of status, and other important information about restoration of status.

What is Restoration of Status

As a temporary visitor to Canada, you only have a designated period of time for your authorized stay in Canada. When the designated period is about to be over, you will need to either prepare for your leave, or to restore your status within 90 days of the expiry date of your Temporary Resident Visa. This process is known as restoration of status.

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Visitor Visa Requirements

Visitor Visa Requirements

Applying for a Visitor’s Visa

Canada has always been known to be an accepting country of visitors. A visitor’s visa is a stamp on your passport which proves that you are cleared by the Canadian government to be allowed into the country. Canada accepts visitors from all backgrounds and creeds with due process. This means that if you take the necessary legal steps to apply and receive a visitor’s visa, you should have no problem obtaining a visitor’s visa. This article will talk about who needs a visitor’s visa, how to extend a visitor’s visa, and a visa overstay welcome.

Basic Travel Requirements for a Visitor’s Visa

In order for you to begin your application process, you must ensure that you oblige by this checklist to ensure that your application will run as smoothly as possible. These are the requirements:

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Criminal Rehabilitation Eligibility

Criminal Rehabilitation Eligibility

Applying for Criminal Rehabilitation

Criminal history may be a major factor in the decision whether you are allowed entry into Canada. People with a criminal history require permission from the Canadian government in order to enter Canada. If you are attempting to enter Canada without the legal and necessary steps and precautions taken in order to be cleared for entry, you will find yourself refused entry at the border. If you are denied entry into Canada because of a crime, you are labeled as “Criminally inadmissible”. This article will discuss who is eligible for criminal rehabilitation in order to be admissible to Canada.

Qualifications for Criminal Rehabilitation

To be eligible for Criminal Rehabilitation the applicant must show the following:

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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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