Top 5 Questions People ask about Canadian Immigration

There are numerous questions one would have regarding Immigration. Whether it is how to fill out an application or how long their application process would take.

Here is a list of the top 5 questions we often get:

1. Why Immigrate to Canada?

Out of all the countries, why immigrate to Canada?

  • Canada has been rated the best place to live. It has been voted number one by the UN for seven consecutive years.
  • Excellent, free education
  • Government loans and grants to continue post-secondary education no matter what your age isTop 5 Questions for Immigration to Canada
  • Individual rights and freedoms are protected by law by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom
  • Great social services
    • Unemployment Insurance
    • Child Tax Benefits
    • Old Age Security
    • Workers Compensation
    • One of the best universal health care systems in the world
    • Canadian passport (after three years of residency and applying for permanent residency)

 2. How long does the application processes take?

Processing times can rage. There is no set processing time. Each case is different and will be processed by each Citizenship and Immigration Canada visa office according to their resources and the number of applications being processed.

Processing times depend on:

  • The Canadian visa post through with you are applying;
  • Whether an Immigration interview is deemed necessary;
  • Complexity of the case;
  • How well the case is presented; and
  • The caseload at the Canadian visa post at the given time.

 

3.    How can I become a permanent resident of Canada?

A permanent resident is someone who has acquired permanent resident status by immigration to Canada, but is not a Canadian citizen.

To be eligible to immigrate to Canada, you must meet standard requirements of one of the three classes of Immigration to apply for Permanent Residence.

The three classes are:

  • Family
  • Independent/Skilled Worker
  • Business Class

You can apply for permanent resident card (PR Card) if you:

  • Have permanent resident status
  • Are in Canada
  • Have not been asked by the Government of Canada to leave the country,  are not a Canadian citizen, or a registered Indian under the Indian Act

 

4.    What is the difference between a Permanent Canadian Resident and a Canadian Citizen?

A permanent resident has the right to live in Canada forever. Every 5 years, you must live in Canada for at least 2 years to maintain your Permanent Residency status if you wish to travel as a PR.  You benefit from most of the rights and freedoms guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom. However, you do not have the right to vote and hold a Canadian passport.

A Canadian citizen does not have any residence rules. With being a Canadian Citizen, you get the addition of the right to vote, to participate in political activities, and to run for political office. You may also apply for a Canadian Passport.

 

5.    What are the requirements of becoming a Canadian Citizen?

In order to become a citizen of Canada, you must fulfill these requirements: (there are many others but these are the basics)

  • Be a permanent resident of Canada;
  • Have lived in Canada for at least 1,095 days of physical presence in Canada in the four years before the date you sign your application;
  • Have an adequate knowledge of either English or French;
  • Not be under a removal order;
  • Not be criminally prohibited; and
  • Attend a ceremony and take the oath of citizenship.

There are many other questions we get but these are some of the most common.

Have questions about immigration to Canada?

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

10 thoughts on “Top 5 Questions People ask about Canadian Immigration

  1. Gurpreet

    I on toursit visa in Canada can I change my status to workpermit

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hello Gurpreet,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! We would love to help you obtain a tourist visa in Canada. We do need to take a closer look at you and your case first. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  2. Maurice Skipper

    I have recognised that there is a COPR and a SIN card. I want to move to Canada with me current PR travel document but I understand the entire thing with the COPR. Would you be so kind and give my some information about this COPR document and permanent moving to Canada?
    I would be very very happy for some response and have a nice day in beautiful Canada.
    Regards, Maurice Skipper

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Maurice,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! When an immigrant is approved for permanent residence in Canada, they receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence document (COPR). An immigration officer at the port of entry or a CIC office signs and dates this document when a permanent residence is finally granted. This document is only required after you have been approved for PR. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  3. chaitanya

    I have completed Masters degree in United states and working here for 3 years and i have total 4 years IT experience and i want to apply for Canada PR. Can anyone provide the application requirement links please

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Chaitanya. From what you have written it looks like you might score highly on the Express Entry points system. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  4. Ashish Singh

    Hello,

    I am Indian citizen and planning to apply for Canadian Skilled worker visa. I am 37 years old and currently working as Technical Sales Manager in which i am selling IT equipment required at enterprise level.

    Before i apply i wanted to check whether there is a scope for expat technical sales managers? If yes what are the chances of getting the job considering that i am have excellent knowledge with communication skills in my field?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Ashish. Your qualifications and experience will be some of the factors that determine how valuable you might be to a potential employer.
      Best of luck, Muga

      Reply
  5. Mimo

    If i m holding the permenanet resdince card and i was out side canada for long time but my card is valid can any one prevent me from entry to canada

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Mimo. As long as your card is valid, you will have no trouble entering Canada.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply

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