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How to Travel to Canada as a Minor

Travelling to Canada as a Minor

Coming to Canada as a minor is never an easy process. If you are a minor and want to come to Canada, you will undergo a specific application process. The border officers are very vigilant when they are examining minor children’s entrance. This is because they want to make sure those minors, who are coming to Canada, are not missing children or runaway children. That being said, minors without proper documentation or the company of their parents or legal guardian(s) will be inspected when they are entering Canada. In this blog, you will learn about how to travel to Canada as a minor, as well as some possible scenarios that a minor may encounter at the border.

Understand the Term “Minor”

The term minor refers to children who are under the age of majority in Canada. However, different provinces and territories have their own age of majority. For example, the age of majority for Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan is 18. The age of majority for British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, and Yukon is 19.

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Spousal or Common-law Sponsorship Common Questions

What is the purpose of the Spousal Sponsorship Interview

The purpose of the interview is to eliminate potential marriage fraud, as many people use marriage to obtain Canadian permanent residence. If you are required to attend the interview, you will receive a notification regarding the date and location for your interview. This process is to ensure the couple’s relationship is genuine. The questions you may be asked include but are not limited to:

How and when did you two meet?How did your relation develop? Did you know your spouse before you met them? Who attended the wedding?If you and your spouse have exchanged gifts, what was exchanged?When and where did you get married?Describe the accommodation where you both lived?

Often times, officers will also ask questions that may seem trivial. For example:

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Federal Skilled Worker Program vs Canadian Experience Class

Express Entry programs

Express Entry is one the most common options for an individual to immigrate to Canada. Express Entry, however, can be very confusing to many foreign nationals, 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 the differences between Federal Skilled Worker Program and Canadian Experience Class, so that you may have a better idea of what Express Entry entails.

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Group of Five Financial Requirements

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Sponsoring a Refugee

If you would like to sponsor a refugee, you would need to meet certain requirements to be eligible. First and foremost, in order to sponsor a refugee, you will need to be a group of five or more Canadian citizens, Registered Indians, or permanent residents who are 18 years of age or older and who live (or have representatives) in the community where the refugees are expected to live. The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada refer to this group of people as the Group of Five. Similar to any other types of sponsorship, sponsors are obligated to arrange necessary settlement to financially support the principal applicant (the refugee) for the full duration of the sponsorship. The sponsors are also responsible for fulfilling the terms of the Sponsorship Undertaking. In this blog, you will specifically learn about the financial responsibility of the sponsors.

Who is Ineligible to Sponsor a Refugee

If you are a person who has been convicted in or outside Canada of murder or other offences, and five years have not passed since the completion of the person’s sentence, then you are ineligible to sponsor a refugee. A person who has not paid fines ordered by a court, is in jail, is subject to a removal order, or is subject to a revocation proceeding under the Citizenship Act, also fails to qualify as an eligible sponsor.

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Temporary Resident Visa Versus Super Visa

Which Type of Visa Should I get

Canada is beautiful country with plenty of tourist hotspots, and this is why Canada is one of the most popular countries to travel to. However, you may have to do a complete preparation before you come to visit Canada. Depending on your circumstances, the things you will need to prepare may be different than other individuals preparing to visit Canada. As a result, it is highly recommended that you have a thorough understanding of all the things you will need to prepare for prior to your travel. In this blog, you will learn about different processes individuals commonly go through before visiting Canada.

What is Temporary Resident Visa

A temporary resident visa (TRV) is also known as the visitor visa. If you are a foreign national who wants to visit Canada and is coming from a non-visa exempt country, you will need a temporary resident visa. A temporary resident visa typically allows you to stay in Canada for a 6 month period maximum. If your temporary resident visa is valid for a different length of time, it will be clearly indicated on the visa. It is your responsibility to be aware of the expiry date of your visa, so that you do not overstay in Canada. 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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Types of Canadian Work Permit

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Working in Canada

Being able to work Canada is beneficial for many foreign nationals who have a hard time finding work in their country of origin. By having the ability to legally work in Canada , foreign national may have more opportunity to thrive and grow. If these circumstances sound like the situation you’re facing, it is likely you may want to apply for a Canadian work permit. In this blog, you will learn about different types of work permit, so you may apply for one that is suitable for you.

Canadian Work Permit Eligibility

You will need to ensure you are eligible to apply for a Canadian work permit prior to starting your application. In order to be eligible, you cannot be inadmissible to Canada for any reason. In addition to this, you must also meet all other requirements. For example, you need to prove to an immigration officer you will leave Canada when your permit expires. You also need to demonstrate you are in good health, and will not place excessive demand on Canadian social services. Last but not least, you will also need to meet all the specific requirements for the work permit you intend to apply for.

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Protect Yourself from Fraud and Misrepresentation

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Immigration Fraud and Misrepresentation

As a newcomer to Canada, you may not be aware of how companies or the government does business. Alternatively, as an applicant who is applying for permanent residence or citizenship, you may have unintentionally made crucial mistakes on your application, which can ultimately lead to misrepresentation. The Canadian government takes misrepresentation very seriously; if you misrepresent information that is directly related to decisions made under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), you will face severe consequences inevitably. In this blog, you will specific aspects of fraud and misrepresentation in terms of immigration applications.

What are the Kinds of Common Fraud

People Pretending to be Government of Canada staff

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Permanent Residence under Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds

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What Makes this type of Application Special

Submitting an application for permanent residence can already be a cumbersome process. Now, an application for permanent residence on humanitarian and compassionate (PR with H&C) consideration is even more complicated than any other type of permanent resident application. This is because you are applying for permanent residence without being eligible to apply through the regularly accepted routes, such as Express Entry, Family Class Sponsorship, and so on. More specifically, you are applying for your permanent residence, because you would suffer from hardship if you return to your home country. In this blog, you will learn about who are eligible for this type of application, as well as the application process.

Who is Eligible to Apply for PR with H&C

If you can provide compelling reasons that explain the extreme hardship you will likely be facing upon returning to your home country, you may be eligible to apply for PR with H&C. You also may apply for PR with H&C if you are already in Canada at the present time. You will need to convince an immigration officer that if you leave your established life in Canada, you will encounter unbearable life crisis.

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Canadian Spousal Sponsorship

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Knowing the Spousal Sponsorship

Canadian spousal sponsorship often requires applicants to undergo highly complex legal process, regardless of whether the application is submitted domestically or abroad. The spouse seeking to obtain permanent residence in Canada must be sponsored by an eligible Canadian citizen or permanent resident, who must also submit a sponsorship application in support of the foreign spouse. Simply meeting the status requirement does not mean your application will be approved; there are many other requirements both the sponsor and the principal applicant needs to meet. In this blog, you will learn about information about Canadian spousal sponsorship.

Canadian Spousal Sponsorship Terminology

When you are completing the application forms for your spousal sponsorship application, two terms, which are “principal applicant” and “sponsor”, will be present ubiquitously on the forms.

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The Difference between Business Visitors and Business People

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Business People vs. Business Visitors

A lot of times, terminologies in the field of immigration may be confusing to many foreign nationals. For example, temporary resident visa vs. temporary resident permit and business visitors vs. business people. It is important for applicants to understand what those terms refer to and the major difference between the terms. If you do not have a solid understanding of the immigration terminologies, you can potentially make mistakes on your applicant or even submit the wrong application. Both business visitors and business people are temporary residents coming to Canada on business related activity. The main difference between the two is the length of time they will spend in Canada respectively. In this blog, you will learn about the difference between a business visitor and a business person.

What are Business People

Business people are individuals who come to Canada to do business under a free trade agreement. Specifically, a business person can come to Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), under one of the other free trade agreements, or under General Agreement on Trades in Services (GATS). It is also important to understand that business people, who are coming to Canada under a free trade agreement (FTA), can qualify in any of 4 specific categories of business person. The categories are professionals, intra-company transferees, traders and investors, and business visitors. If you are coming to Canada as a business visitor, you still need to meet the eligibility requirements of the category you intend to apply for, and must comply with the obligations of the FTA you are permitted to apply under.

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Federal Skilled Worker Arranged Employment and Selection Criteria

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Knowing the Federal Skilled Worker Program

Express Entry is one of the ways by which you may obtain a permanent residence status in Canada. However, Express Entry is a broad concept in the field of immigration, as there are many programs under it. There are three major programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. Having to figure out the Express Entry or the programs can be a hassle for many foreign nationals. 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 the Federal Skilled Worker Program, as well as other important information one should know before applying under this economic immigration program.

Skilled work experience Requirement for the FSW

Individuals can be recruited for positions which qualify as Skill Type 0 (managerial jobs) or Skill Level A (professional jobs) or Skill Level B (technical jobs and skilled trades) on the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC) list.

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Hiring Temporary Foreign Workers Faster through the Global Skill Strategy

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Introducing the Global Skill Strategy

Hiring a foreign worker may be beneficial for a Canadian company to acquire a wide variety of talents and skills. If you are an employer who wants to attract top talent to work for your company, and wants a fast and predictable process to do this, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada has introduced Global Skills Strategy to help employers get highly-skilled workers faster. The benefit of Global Skills Strategy is that it features faster application processing times, work permit exemptions and enhanced customer service. The average processing time for the Global Skill Strategy is two weeks. If you want to know more about the Global Skill Strategy, please continue and read this blog.

Who is Eligible for the Two-Week Processing

Generally speaking, Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exempt workers, LMIA-required workers, and the spouses and dependents are eligible for the two-week processing. However, eligible applicants should take some more specific details into consideration.

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Federal Skilled Worker eligibility

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Federal Skilled Worker Program

As you may know, many individuals may immigrate to Canada with their work experience, education, proficiency in English/French, age advantage, and so forth with Express Entry. There are many sub-programs under the Express Entry system. For example, you may immigrate to Canada with the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, or the Canadian Experience Class. Since there are so many programs under the Express Entry System, individuals often get confused about what each program does and what each program’s eligibility requirements are. In this blog, you will learn specifically about the eligibility requirements of the Federal Skilled Worker program.

What is the Federal Skilled Worker Program

The Federal Skilled Worker Program allows foreign individuals to immigrate to Canada based on their skilled work experience, language ability, and education. However, simply having skilled work experience, language ability, and education does not guarantee you will be invited to apply for permanent residency by the Canadian government. In order to be a successful candidate, you will need to have a decent score on the comprehensive ranking system. You will also be placed in a pool with other applicants, and you will need to compete with one another. The higher you ranking is, the more likely you will be invited to apply for your permanent residency in Canada.

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Reasons Your Sponsorship Application Could Be Denied

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Avoid the Refusal of Your Application

As you may know, you have various options to sponsor a family member to Canada. However, in order to ensure foreigners, who are immigrating to Canada, do not possess any risks to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, the Canadian government has set many strict rules to regulate potential immigrants. If you fail to meet the requirements set by the Canadian government, your application will very likely be refused. In this blog, you will learn relevant information about reasons for your application refusal.

You are not an Eligible Sponsor

Simply being a Canadian citizen or a Canadian permanent resident does not automatically make you an eligible sponsor. In order to be an eligible sponsor, you must also fulfill the other requirements. For example, if you are still going through the process of bankruptcy, or if you have received social assistance for something other than the reason of a disability, you are not eligible to sponsor anyone.

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Who can apply for Start Up Visa

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Bring your Innovative Business Idea to Canada

The Canadian government is encouraging foreigners to bring their innovative business ideas to help boost the Canadian economy. If you, as an entrepreneur, have innovative business ideas to create jobs for Canadians, you may be eligible to obtain permanent residency in Canada. However, immigrating to Canada as an entrepreneur is a complicated process. As a result, we have written this blog to help you learn relevant information and a start-up visa application, the required documents, eligibility of an applicant, and so forth.

Introducing you the Start-Up Visa

As its name suggests, a start-up visa gives entrepreneurs, who can compete on a global scale and can help boost the Canadian economy, the permission to start up their business in Canada. More importantly, it gives entrepreneurs a good opportunity to obtain their permanent residency in Canada. Similar to any other types of visa, a startup visa only permits you to stay in Canada temporarily. Since the whole idea of the start-up visa program revolves around boosting the Canadian economy, you are essentially establishing a mutually beneficial relationship with the Canadian government. That being said, the Canadian government improves its economy on a global scale, and you get your permanent residency with the start-up visa in return.

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Understanding the Express Entry Process

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Gaining your Permanent Residency with Express Entry

As you may know, there are many ways by which you may obtain a permanent residence status in Canada. Express Entry is one of the options. However, the Express Entry can be confusing to many foreign nationals in terms of application types, as there are many categories under the Express Entry system. In order to prepare you for your application, it is important for you to recognize and understand the eligibility requirements prior to applying. The Express Entry immigration system process has two steps that a foreign national must take in order to successfully complete the application process. In this blog, you will learn about eligibility requirements for Express Entry, as well as the application process of Express Entry.

What is Express Entry

The Express Entry immigration system allows foreign nationals that come from a variety of different fields, educational backgrounds, and work experience to immigrate to Canada. 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. As long as the foreign national is eligible, they can apply under the Express Entry immigration system to get a Permanent Resident Status in Canada. Permanent Resident Status will then be your stepping-stone to the last stop of your Canadian Immigration journey, which is obtaining the Canadian citizenship.

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After you Become A Permanent Resident

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If you are a New Immigrant

First and foremost, congratulations on getting your permanent resident status in Canada! As a permanent resident, this means you are one step closer to complete your Canadian immigration journey, which is to apply for Canadian citizenship. Not only that, as a permanent resident, you do not have to worry about re-applying for study permits and/or work permits. In order to start your life in Canada, having only the permanent resident status is not enough, though. Being a permanent resident also means you will have more responsibilities and affairs to organize familiarize. In this blog, you will learn information about what new permanent residents of Canada must do to, in order to help you properly adjust to life in Canada.

Get Your Permanent Resident Card or a Permanent Resident Travel Document

The most important thing after you obtain your permanent resident status is to apply for a permanent resident card. You must apply for a permanent resident card within 180 days of landing in Canada. Your Permanent resident card will be valid for 5 years. When you are renewing your card upon its expiration, you will have to prove you have met the residency requirements, and you have been a law-abiding permanent resident of Canada.

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Understanding Canadian Citizenship Application

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Applying for Canadian Citizenship

If you are about to get a Canadian Citizenship, that means you are at the final step of your immigration journey! Some people may wonder about the necessity of getting a Canadian citizenship. Canadian citizens have more privileges than permanent residents. For example, Canadian citizens have the right to vote and can become involved with a political party or leadership campaign. Furthermore, you do not have to worry about any expiration dates for a visa, a PR card, or a permit. There are many more benefits of getting a Canadian citizenship. If you’d like to learn more information about how to become a Canadian citizen, then continue to read this blog.

Canadian Citizenship Eligibility

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Information about a Minor’s Study Permit

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Studying in Canada

Canada is well-known for its educational system and opportunities. That being said, many parents have chosen to let their children to study in Canada, in order to give them a head start for their future. Do you want to send your children to Canada, and let them receive education that is highly respected worldwide? 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 relevant information regarding a minor’s study permit application.

Understand the Term “Minor”

According to Canadian Law, each province has its own age of majority, which is the age that determines when a person becomes an adult. That being said, anyone who is under the age of majority is considered as a “minor child”.

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Information about the Federal Skilled Trades Program

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Obtaining your Permanent Residency with the Federal Skilled Trades Program

If you have dreamed of becoming a permanent resident in Canada, you have many ways to do so. For example, you may apply for business class immigration or family class immigration, given the fact that you are eligible to apply. Express Entry is one of the options. However, Express Entry can be very confusing to many foreign nationals, 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 Trades Program, as well as other important information one should know before applying under this economic immigration program.

What is the Federal Skilled Trades Program

The Federal Skilled Trades Program is for foreign skilled workers to gain permanent residency in Canada, based on being qualified in a skilled trade. 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.

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