Canadian Immigration Overview
With over 60 Immigration programs to choose from, it is essential to select the immigration category best suited to your needs and skills. We will apply our extensive knowledge of all federal and provincial programs to assess you eligibility against all these streams and provide you with an assessment tailored to your specific situation.
Canadian immigration law is complicated, and frequent changes to employment categories, regulations, where to send your application, and even the forms make things even more confusing. But choosing the wrong category to apply in, not knowing about a program that better fits your qualifications and experience, sending your application to the wrong visa office, or even using an out-dated form can delay your application by months (or years) and cost you unnecessary time and money – not to mention the risk of a refusal and having to start over again.
In order to be eligible for immigration to Canada all applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Meet basic program requirements under which the application is being made
- Pass a medical examination
- Pass criminality check and obtain necessary Police clearances
- Pay government application fees
- Appear for an interview with an immigration offical.
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- Satisfy the immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your studies.
- Have a letter of acceptance from an educational institution.
- Prove that you have sufficient funds for the duration of your stay in Canada
- Be law-abiding and have no record of criminal activity.
- Produce any additional documents requested by the officer to establish your admissibility.
- Not be a risk to the security of Canada.
- Be in good health (complete a medical examination, if required).
Express Entry is the new system introduced in January 2015 to help Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to select permanent residents based on their skills and experience helpful in boosting the economy. It is a two-step online process based on a ranking system.
To qualify under Express Entry stream, first, the candidate has to create an online profile and enter the pool to compete with other candidates. Then, the system performs an assessment and candidates with a higher score receive the invitation to apply for the permanent resident status by CIC. Express Entry is cover for three Major Immigration ProgramThe Federal Skilled Worker Program
The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) selects immigrants based on their ability to succeed economically in Canada. After meeting eligibility requirements, applicants are assessed against selection criteria, also known as the “points grid.” There are 100 points available to applicants, with points awarded for official language abilities, age, education, work experience, employment already arranged in Canada, and adaptability.The Federal Skilled Trades Progra
The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FTSP) is designed to allow individuals with job offers or appropriate certification to work in certain occupations to obtain Canadian Permanent Residency in any Canadian Province or Territory except Quebec.The Canadian Experience Class
The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) allows temporary foreign workers or foreign students to apply as a permanent resident in Canada. If you are a temporary foreign worker (TFW) or a foreign student who graduated in Canada, you often have the qualities to make a successful transition from temporary to permanent residence. You are familiar with Canadian society and can contribute to the Canadian economy. You should have knowledge of English or French and qualifying work experience.
The investor program offers business holders and their families to permanently immigrate to Canada. The total processing time is 24-36 months but can vary from time to time. It allows the investors to obtain their permanent resident status leading to the Canadian citizenship. This program is open to all business people holding any citizenship.
To qualify under the business/investor program, the candidates must apply under one of the following categories:
- Immigrant Investor Program
- Entrepreneur Program
- Self-Employed Persons Program
Any foreign national who is inadmissible or who does not meet the requirements of the Act or Regulations may make a written request for consideration on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds.
To be considered under this program you must clearly demonstrate that you would experience unusual and undeserved or disproportionate hardship if you were required to leave Canada. The cost and inconvenience of applying outside Canada is not considered a hardship. You must ensure that all circumstances you wish to have considered are identified and included in your application. You are responsible for providing evidence in support of any statement you make on your application.
The Permanent Resident card (also known as a PR Card) is issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to be used as a valid identity document for persons traveling abroad and returning to Canada by car, bus, airline or any other means of transportation. Therefore, it is important to have a valid PR card in order to be allowed to enter Canada.Bridging Work Permit
As of December 15, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced that they would be allowing permanent resident applicants to obtain work permits while they are awaiting the finalization of their application. This will allow permanent resident applicants to now work while they are awaiting the answer on their application!Restoration of status
For many, exiting Canada and re-entering is simply too risky or too expensive. Luckily, Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations provide that if a visitor, worker or student loses their status in Canada, then they can apply to restore their status within 90 days of their status expiring.
Every year,over 100,000 foreign workers enter Canada to work temporarily in jobs that help Canadian employers address skill shortages. These jobs may or may require application for a Labor Market Impact Assessment or LMIA (formerly Labor Market Opinion or LMO) before a work permit can be issued.
A work permit is needed for most temporary jobs in Canada, though for some positions and business people it is not necessary. Some temporary workers require a work permit and some do not. Some categories of workers, permits are also approved more quickly.
Professional immigration consultants, the ones you can really trust, work in a tightly regulated industry with strict standards of conduct and accountability. Do your homework. Go to the website of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and make sure the consultant you hire is currently a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) in good standing. Don’t put your self at the mercy of unauthorized representatives who will happily take your money and leave you on your own at the first sign of complications.
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