Over 300,000 people immigrate to Canada every year!
Coming to Canada as an immigrant is an exciting opportunity. Canada is one of the top countries in the world in which to work and to live. As one of the most popular immigration destinations, Canada attracts immigrants from all over the world. Canada's stable economy, high standard of living, educated population and low crime rates make Canada a preferred destination for immigrants worldwide.The federal government is aiming to bring a total of 310,000 newcomers to Canada in 2018. Why not you become one of them?
Canadian Immigration Can Be Divided into Two Main Categories:
The right Canadian immigration program for you will depend on your case, your goals, and your intent on coming to Canada whether it be to study in Canada, work in Canada, or live in Canada. There are over 60 different programs to immigrate to Canada, having an immigration lawyer review your case will determine the best route for you.
Temporary Residence in Canada
If you want to visit, work or study in Canada, then you will need a temporary visa. Temporary residence status refers to people who wish to come to Canada to visit, work or study, they are coming to Canada for a temporary period and are therefore considered visitors. Here are the three types of Temporary Resident programs available:
- Visitor Visa or Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) - Visitors wishing to come to Canada for a temporary purpose to do things like vacation, or visit family and friends.
- Work Permit - Do you plan to work in Canada? Do you have a job offer in Canada?
- Study Permit - If you intend to study in Canada and you are a foreign national, you will likely need a Study Permit
Permanent Residence in Canada
A permanent resident is someone who has been given permanent resident status by immigrating to Canada, but is not a Canadian citizen. Permanent residents are citizens of other countries. A person in Canada temporarily, like a student or foreign worker, is not a permanent resident.
- Express Entry Program: The Canadian Immigration Program that allows skilled immigrants to live and work in Canada, and become permanent residents. Those eligible for certain federal economic immigration programs may be selected.
- Federal Skilled Worker Program: This is for individuals who will immigrate to Canada on the basis of their own personal credentials.
- Business Immigration: This is for business people entering Canada as an investor or entrepreneur.
- Sponsoring Your Family: How to sponsor a family member to join you in Canada if you are a permanent resident or Canadian citizen.
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC) : This is for foreign students and temporary workers with at least one year of Canadian work experience.
- Humanitarian and Compassionate Applications: This application is for people living in Canada without legal status but who have nevertheless established themselves and made Canada their home.
- Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP): Find out how to apply to be selected to settle in Canada's various provinces.
Canadian Immigration Options
I Want to Visit Canada
There are five major documents you are required to show when applying for a Visitor Visa (TRV). Note that each immigration case is a little different depending on your specific situation, but generally you should have the following documentation when applying for a ‘Temporary Resident Visa' in Canada:
- Proof of your ties to your home country
- Proof of funds for your visit to Canada
- ID such as a passport or county resident card
- A letter of invitation from the person inviting you to come to Canada
- Proof that you will be staying in Canada only on a temporary basis
Disclaimer: There may be other documents and information that you may need.Individuals must obtain a TRV before departure from their home country. Individuals cannot obtain a TRV upon arrival in Canada. For more information, visit our Canadian Visitor Visa page.
I Want to Work in Canada
A Canadian work permit is the permission to take a job within Canada if you are from a foreign country. You usually need a work permit to work in Canada. There are several Canadian Work Permits that you can obtain to allow you to work in Canada.
No matter where you apply, you must:
- prove to an officer that you will leave Canada when your work permit expires,
- show that you have enough money to take care of yourself and your family members during your stay in Canada and to return home,
- obey the law and have no record of criminal activity (we may ask you to give us a police clearance certificate),
- not be a danger to Canada's security,
- be in good health and have a medical exam, if needed,
- not plan to work for an employer listed with the status "ineligible" on the list of employers who failed to comply with the conditions,
- not plan to work for an employer who, on a regular basis, offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massages, and
- give the officer any other documents they ask for to prove you can enter the country.
For more information, visit our Canadian Work Permit page.
I Want to Study in Canada
Every year, over 130,000 students come to Canada to study. In order to do so, they must obtain a study permit issued by the Canadian government. This permit, which is a type of Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) allows students to study in Canada for a temporary period of time, and typically indicates the educational institution they are attending and course of study. To qualify, an applicant must fit a certain set of requirements.
- Satisfy an 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 money for the duration of your stay in Canada to pay for tuition fees, and living expenses for yourself and accompanying family members.
- Be law-abiding and have no record of criminal activity
- Not be a risk to the security of Canada
- Be in good health (complete a medical examination, if required)
Note: You may need produce any additional documents requested by the officer to establish your admissibility. For more information, visit our Canadian Study Permits.
I Want to Live in Canada
Immigrating to Canada as a newcomer can be confusing to learn the day to day activities in a new country. Canada may be very different from your home country, which means there is a great deal to learn about and explore before you arrive here. Here are some things to think about learning about before moving so that you can adapt to the Canadian lifestyle as fast and easy as possible
- Government Laws
- Banks and Financing (Credit Cards, Debit Cards, Bank Accounts, Checks, etc.)
- Health Care, Hospitals, Doctor Offices
- Cars, Public Transportation
- Education, School Systems
- Grocery Stores, Restaurants
For more information, visit our page on Living in Canada as an Immigrant page.
What are the Key Requirements for Immigrating to Canada?
The Canada Immigration requirements are vastly different based on each Canada immigration programs or visa. However, there are some important basic requirements, which are common for the majority of Canadian Immigration programs. Here are a few key requirements for immigrating to Canada through Express Entry, CEC, PNP and various other immigration programs that will allow you to enter Canada.
- Education: You need to provide your foreign Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report when submitting application for Canada Immigration.
- Language Proficiency: You have to provide a proof of your language proficiency in any of the Canada's official languages, i.e. English and French, via registered testing and certification agencies, i.e. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) for English. The required language score is CLB 7 for your first official language in 4 different language areas.
- Health Records and Criminal History: To become eligible for Canada immigration, you need to be in good health and of decent character. You also need to provide the essential medical and police records with regards to the same. The other factors, i.e. Age, Work Experience, adaptability, etc. vary as per the immigration program or the visa type you are applying for.
Why Seeking Legal Help to Immigrate is Important
The immigration application process can be very difficult. These days, the rules and regulations make it increasingly difficult to qualify for a Canadian visa. Whether you are applying for Canadian permanent residence or temporary residence, it is essential that your application is handled properly from start to finish. Likewise, if you are leaving for the United States, that also requires its own set of steps. This is why it can be crucial to hire an immigration lawyer. The last thing you want is a refused case. Knowing where to file, what documents are needed, and how to respond to government requests is a key part of the application process. The biggest mistake we see causing refused applications is the lack of experience in handling immigration cases.
Why Hire an Immigration Lawyer?
Wondering if it makes sense to hire an immigration lawyer? Here are some of the top benefits of hiring us to help you:
- Know the best path to immigration - Our firm will help you determine which way to meet your immigration needs.
- Profile accuracy - We can help you avoid common mistakes that can lead to visa denials.
- Speed - Our professional staff will work with you to collect all the required documentation and information as quickly as possible.
- Personalized service - Dedicated experts will work closely with you throughout the process and will be available to answer any questions.
- No missed opportunities - We monitor the many different programs and visas for updates to make sure you are best positioned for success.
Why Hire VisaPlace for your Canadian Immigration Needs
Many of our clients are happy to relieve themselves of the frustrations of preparing paperwork and having to deal with government red-tape by hiring our professional team of immigration experts. We have literally helped thousands and thousands of people successfully immigrate to Canada, so they can visit, work, study or live, and we certainly can help you too! While no one can give you any guarantees, we are sure our years of experience can help increase your chances at receiving a positive outcome.
"VisaPlace helped us navigate the immigration landscape and they directed us to a great law firm and great lawyers. All I can say is "thank you" for getting my visa quickly. VisaPlace knew exactly what kind of legal team could help where other's couldn't. The fees were reasonable and everything went smoothly. I would highly recommend VisaPlace and the immigration attorneys they work with to anyone wishing to move to Canada or to the US."
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