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Canadian Immigration Lawyer: How to Immigrate to Canada

Would you like to have permanent residence in Canada? The Canada PR process requires determining your eligibility for permanent residence, meeting requirements, and completing the PR application. If you are interested in Canadian permanent residence, read ahead to learn more. Then fill out our free immigration assessment form and we will get back to you within 24 hours to discuss your eligibility and options.

Canada Immigration 2024

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.  As immigration lawyers, our role is to guide you through the visa application process and help you understand the requirements and options available.

Canada’s stable economy, high standard of living, educated population and low crime rates make Canada a preferred destination for immigrants worldwide. In the 2024–2026 Immigration Levels Plan, Canada aims to welcome over one million new permanent residents. Why don’t you become one of them?

Year Target Number of Permanent Residents
2024 430,000 - 532,000
2025 442,000 - 550,000
2026 442,000 - 550,000

What Entity Manages Canadian Immigration?

Citizenship, Immigration, and Refugees Canada (formerly known as the CIC) promotes the entrance of immigrants, protects refugees, and provides programs to assist newcomers in settling in Canada. It also includes granting Canadians’ citizenship and travel papers (such as passports).

The IRCC has visa offices worldwide and processes many types of visa applications for people residing outside of Canada.

Canada has generally had a progressive, open immigration policy, with most Canadians having foreign ancestors within a few decades. As Canada faces a demographic crisis while pursuing robust economic growth and security, immigration is expected to play a critical role in the country’s future.

One of the distinguishing features of Canada’s immigration policy is the provision of a road to Canadian citizenship for persons who make the important life decision to move to Canada. Becoming a Canadian citizen and joining the Canadian family is frequently a humbling and emotional milestone in the life of an immigrant.

Citizenship is still an essential component of IRCC, as it was before it was renamed.

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 immigration programs to immigrate to Canada and many people try to discover the easiest ways to immigrate to Canada. Having an immigration lawyer review your case will determine the best route for you.

It’s important to note that immigration laws and policies can be complex, and each case is unique. As an immigration company, we stay up to date with the latest regulations and can provide personalized guidance tailored to your specific circumstances. We will help you navigate the application process, ensure all necessary documentation is prepared, and represent your interests throughout the immigration journey.

Canadian Immigration

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. Our responsibilities as immigration lawyers is to walk you through the permanent residence application process and explain the requirements and options accessible to you.

Canada plans to invite 90,000 temporary residents to become Permanent Residents through six new pathways.

Learn more about the recent updates to the:

International Student to PR Stream

Essential and Healthcare Worker Stream

Do You Want to Learn More About Express Entry?

One common pathway to permanent residence is through economic immigration programs. The Express Entry system is a popular route for skilled workers. It assesses applicants based on factors such as age, education, work experience, language proficiency, and other criteria. Successful candidates may receive an invitation to apply for permanent residency. Additionally, provincial nominee programs allow provinces and territories to nominate individuals who meet their specific labor market needs for permanent residence.

Be sure to visit our page on the most recent news updates on Canada’s Express Entry Program including the latest draws, eligibility, process, rules, and requirements. For each Express Entry draw, a minimum CRS Score is reported along with how many people are invited to apply.

Interested in the Latest PNP Draw?

Visit our page on the latest Canada immigration news and updates on the Provincial Nominee Programs including the latest draws, eligibility, process, rules, and requirements. The PNP will help those who are eligible through a more expedient immigration process towards Canadian permanent residence in specific provinces and territories.

Canadian Immigration

Temporary Residence in Canada: Visit, Study, Work Canada Visas

As immigration lawyers, we recognize the importance of temporary residency in Canada and its role in facilitating diverse activities such as tourism, job, study, and visits to family and friends. Temporary residence allows people to stay in Canada for a limited time while also providing them authorization to engage in specific activities. If you want to visit, work or study in Canada, then you will need a temporary visa. Here are the three types of Temporary Resident programs available:

Canadian Immigration Options

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
  • Housing

For more information on settling in Canada, visit our page on Living in Canada as an Immigrant page.

Permanent Resident Card: 

If you are living in Canada as a Permanent Resident, you will need to have permanent resident card. This card is used to show that you have legal Permanent Residency in Canada. In addition to your passport, this card is a travel document you need to carry when you leave and enter Canada. Typically, Canada PR cards are issued for five years but can also be issued for one year. 

Work in Canada

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.

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.

Study in Canada

If you intend to study in Canada, you will likely need a ‘Study Permit’. A Study Permit is issued by the Canadian government which gives you permission to study in Canada for a temporary period. In most cases, the Study Permit specifies the particular educational institution and course of study.

In order to qualify for a study permit, you must:

  • 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)

For more information, visit our Canadian Study Permit 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.

Do You Want to Settle In Canada?

Moving to Canada can be a hard adjustment to a new life, job, neighborhood, language, currency, and culture. Visit our page on the latest Canada immigration news and updates on living in Canada as an immigrant including on how new immigrants to Canada adapt.

Interested in Immigrating to Canada But Don't Know Where to Start?

Find out more about how to immigrate from specific countries, and discover the great opportunities that await you in Canada.

Want to Stay Updated on the Latest Immigration News?

Visit our pages on the latest Canada Immigration News and United States Immigration News to stay updated for 2024!

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 a Canadian 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:

  1. Know the best path to immigration - Our firm will help you determine which way to meet your immigration needs.
  2. Profile accuracy - We can help you avoid common mistakes that can lead to visa denials.
  3. Speed - Our professional staff will work with you to collect all the required documentation and information as quickly as possible.
  4. Personalized service - Dedicated experts will work closely with you throughout the process and will be available to answer any questions.
  5. No missed opportunities - We monitor the many different programs and visas for updates to make sure you are best positioned for success.

How Much Does a Canada Immigration Lawyer Cost?

The cost of hiring a Canadian immigration lawyer varies according to the services you require. Typically, you will pay the processing fees allocated by the government, followed by the service of the lawyer or attorney provided during the session. Ask for an estimate during your initial session with the immigration expert so you know how much you are expected to pay.

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. Please reach out to us if you are interested in booking a consultation in regards to your immigration needs.

Call Us Today

The first step towards moving to Canada is to get an assessment of your specific situation. Call us today at 1.877.296.0874 for an assessment to see if you are eligible to move to Canada, or fill out our online assessment form.