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How Do I Ace the Canadian Citizenship Test

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Getting Your Canadian Citizenship

Becoming a Canadian citizen means you have reached the milestone for your immigration journey. There are so many privileges and benefits of being a Canadian citizen. For example, Canadian citizens have the opportunity to exercise their democratic right to vote and even more, actually become involved with a political party or leadership campaign. Furthermore, if you are a Canadian citizen, that means you may travel with ease without worrying about the expiry date of your permanent residence and your residency obligation. In order to obtain your Canadian citizenship, you will undergo three steps: application stage, test, and oath. In this blog, you will learn specifically about the Canadian citizenship test.

Who is Required to Take the Test

If you are between the ages of 18 and 54 when you submit your Canadian citizenship application, then you are required to take the test. Failure to do so will result in the refusal of your application.

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Travelling to Canada as a Minor Child

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Coming to Canada as a Minor

If you are a person who is under the age of majority and wants to come to Canada, you will undergo a specific application process prior to entering Canada. The border officers are very strict when it comes to examining minor children’s entrance. The reason behind this is that, the officers 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 scrutinized when they are entering Canada. This blog will introduce you required documents for a minor travelling to Canada, as well as some possible scenarios that a minor may encounter at the border.

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3 Ways of Becoming a Canadian Citizen

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Becoming a Canadian Citizen

When a foreign national obtains permanent residency in Canada, this is the first step towards eventually obtaining Canadian citizenship. It is the desire and dream of many permanent residents in Canada to one day finally be able to call themselves citizens of this wonderful country. Much like obtaining permanent residency in Canada, there are several requirements and conditions that permanent residents have to abide by in order to successfully obtain Canadian citizenship. Many permanent residents are curious as to which routes would be the best to obtain citizenship. In this blog, you will learn about the 3 ways to obtain Canadian citizenship.

How to Obtain Canadian Citizenship

The most important part of successfully obtaining Canadian citizenship is first obtaining permanent residency in Canada. This may actually be the most difficult part of the process of obtaining Canadian citizenship. Any permanent resident of Canada can verify that the process of successfully obtaining permanent residency is a difficult endeavor. Once they have received their permanent residency, however, there are several more requirements and conditions in order for them to proceed to apply for Canadian citizenship.

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How to Avoid Immigration Fraud

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Avoid Fraud

In 2013, a British Colombian man was able to pull off one of Canada’s most profitable immigration frauds to date. Due to the fraud, 1,200 clients of this unlicensed British Colombian “lawyer” are now facing scrutiny and are open to investigation after they were all falsely represented.

In fact hundreds of his clients were actually pretending to live in Canada, often times at his multi-million dollar home, in order to meet the residency requirements to be granted permanent residency; all the while most of these individuals had never even visited Canada. The individuals that did pretend to live in Canada are now facing deportation orders. The hundreds of individuals that simply were misrepresented by this individual may be losing their citizenship or permanent residency as well. Sadly the representative most likely doesn't even care about the hundreds of individuals lives that he has affected because over $10M was collected from this particular scam.

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Applying for a Minor's Study Permit

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How can I apply for a Minor’s Study Permit

Do you want to bring your child to Canada? Are you seeking to provide your child the privilege of attaining a Canadian education? Do you require assistance in completing your minor’s application for a study permit? Fear not! Acquiring a Canadian education is a luxury that most parents dream of making accessible to their children. If you are like most parents who do, or if you or someone you know is seeking assistance in inquiring information about a minor’s study permit, there is some important information you should know that will help you get started. Continue reading this blog in order to find out more on this specific immigration topic.

What is a Minor’s Study Permit

A minor’s study permit is a document issued to young foreign nationals seeking to pursue an education in Canada under a designated learning institution. These foreign nationals are typically children aged 18 years old and younger within the provinces of Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan. However the age is increased to 19 years old and younger for the provinces of British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, and Yukon.

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Visitor Visa or Temporary Resident Visa

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Visiting Canada

Do you have the desire to visit Canada or any close family members or friends that live in Canada, but you yourself live in another country? Well, there is no need to worry. Thirty-five million people visit Canada each year and there are many reasons why people would want a temporary resident visa. Reasons such as travel or leisure, or even to visit family members. Any of these reasons can also be applicable to you and now is the time to start your process in obtaining your own visitor visa. Continue to read this blog where we will tell you the step by step processes and qualifications needed to qualify for a temporary resident visa (TRV) or a visitor visa.

What is a Temporary Resident Visa

First let’s discuss the basis of a temporary resident visa and what it means. A temporary resident visa (TRV) or visitor visa is a document issued by a Canadian Immigration Visa Office outside Canada. This document shows that the person holding this has satisfied the qualifications and requirements for admission to Canada as a visitor. TRV’s can be used for single entry or multiple entry depending on what the applicant applied for. There is a specific amount of authorized time for your stay depending on the reason. For tourists, they are allowed to be admitted for a six-month period. The time for temporary workers and international students vary for each person and their specific circumstances. Any extensions to your stay can be administered from within Canada.

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Updated Changes to the Visitor Visa Application

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Visiting Canada

Recently, the government of Canada has produced new rules in relation to the Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), otherwise known as a visitor visa, application. Now you may be thinking, “Why are there constant changes to the requirements in the visitor visa application? What is the big difference?” Well, these requirements are quite important and does have a big difference on one’s future visitor visa application. Changes made by Canadian immigration officers are a serious matter and should not be taken lightly. Always remember, entry into Canada is not a right, but indeed one’s privilege. It is important for you to know and understand what application you are applying and what it entails. Not only will these changes affect future visitor visa applications but will also affect those already withholding this permit. By following the minor adjusted requirements, it will make both your application and the officer’s job go smoothly.

What is a Visitor Visa

A visitor visa or temporary resident visa is an official document granted by immigration officials to show that you are eligible to travel into Canada and have surpassed the basic requirements asked for. This mini document is usually stapled to your passport and is viewed by the Canadian immigration officers when travelling into Canada. Now, there are many reasons for one to apply for a TRV, like if you are visiting as a tourist on vacation, visiting family members, planning on studying in Canada or working in Canada. Whatever the case may be, it is your responsibility as the principle applicant to be aware of any new changes being made to the permit you are applying for in order to come visit Canada.

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Canadian Study Permit

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International student studying in Canada

Are you an international student planning to study abroad in Canada, but are unaware of how to do so? Do not worry if this person is you, as this blog will inform you on the step-by-step process required for the study permit application. Essential requirements and qualifications needed in order to apply, as well as specific documents that are required will be addressed. If you have any issues pertaining to a study permit application or other related permits, feel free to give Akrami and Associates a call and request a consultation at 416-477-2545.

What is a study permit

For those who are unaware, a study permit is an authorized document issued by an officer to any foreign national wishing to study abroad in Canada for a specified period of time.

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Federal Skilled Worker Program

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Immigrating to Canada with Express Entry

What is the Federal Skilled Worker Program? What does it allow me to do? Many questions may surface when thinking about the Federal Skilled Worker Program and what such application entails. Many individuals often have questions regarding the Federal Skilled Worker Program. With this being the case, it is highly recommended that you find an immigration expert who is right for you and who understands your personal needs. Here at Akrami and Associates, we offer a high degree of professional help and advise to our clients through our team of experiential lawyers and associates. This being said, please do not hesitate to contact us to book a consultation at 416-477-2545, regarding your diverse immigration matters.

What is the Federal Skilled Worker Program

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is a program that allows for individuals who are seen as capable of establishing themselves economically in Canada. The Canadian immigration officials initiated this program as a way to promote the establishment of entrepreneurs, business owners, and company developers to encourage blooming economic conditions within Canada. A structured point system is used for this program, which is used to select the top individuals who are seen as individuals who could be successful, economically.

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Document Fraud and Misrepresentation

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How to Identify Document Fraud and Misrepresentation

When you are applying for any immigration application, it is very important to be as accurate and truthful as the government of Canada, specifically Immigration officers, will be reviewing the applications. If any of the information is inaccurate, incomplete or inconsistent, the Immigration officer has authorization to refuse the application, or even identify the application as fraudulent or misrepresentation. In the worst case scenario, it is a serious crime to omit information or submit false information or documentation to Immigration Canada. Therefore, in this article, I will address what constitutes document fraud and further what misrepresentation can mean for you now and in the future.

Document Fraud

As previously mentioned if you submit any incomplete, inaccurate or inconsistent documentation or information to Immigration, they have the authorization to investigate further and may deem the documentation as fraudulent. Certain documents that can be altered or falsified include passports and travel identification; visas; educational certificates, such as degrees, diplomas, certification; certificates of birth, marriage, divorce, separation, or death; and police certificates. However, not only are these documents falsified, but others can be as well. For instance, other documents can include travel itineraries; return tickets to their country of origin; translated documents; and more. Therefore, before submitting any documentation or information to Immigration Canada, it is vital for you to review and analyze if any of the documents are fake. It can be truly detrimental to your application and your status in Canada in general.

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5 Reasons for Visitor Visa Refusals

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Top 5 Reasons for Visitor Visa Refusals

Temporary Resident Visas, also known as Visitor Visas, are one of the most complicated and difficult applications to get approved in Canada. There are many significant reasons for why a Visitor Visa may be refused. It is very important for applicants to identify and understand why an application was refused, especially if they would like to apply for another one in the future. Therefore, in this article, I will explain common reasons for visa refusals.

Why your Visitor Visa was Refused

It is important to recognize that any immigration application that is submitted to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will ultimately be reviewed and assessed by an authorized Immigration officer. These immigration officers have the ultimate discretion and flexibility to determine whether or not an application meets the eligibility requirements and is qualified to be issued the visa. Additionally, the Immigration officer must also be satisfied that you will abide by Immigration laws and leave Canada at the end of your authorized stay. Many times, Immigration officers will refuse Visitor Visa applications because of this exact reason.

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Canadian Study Permit

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Studying in Canada

documentation you require to legally enter and study in Canada? Or have you been accepted into a Canadian school and want to apply for a study permit? If you are a foreign national and are interested in studying in Canada, you may have some of these questions and more. If so, this blog will provide some useful information about the application process for a study permit, which is the proper documentation required for foreign nationals who would like to study in Canada.

What is a Study Permit

A study permit is a government-issued document that allows foreign nationals to study in Canada. To be eligible for a study permit, you must be accepted into one of Canada’s designated learning institutions (DLI). A study permit is not a visa. It does not allow you to enter Canada. To enter Canada, you will need a Temporary Resident Visa or an electronic travel authorization. This will be issued as part of your study permit application.

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Immigrate to Canada with Express Entry

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Introducing the Express Entry Program

Are you a skilled worker looking to immigrate permanently to Canada? Depending on the type of skilled work experience that you have, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residence in Canada under the federal Express Entry program. To learn more about the federal Express Entry program, the application process and how you may qualify, read the rest of this blog.

What is the Federal Express Entry Program

The Express Entry program is one of the pathways to immigrate to Canada permanently. The program targets skilled foreign workers with the ability and qualifications to help boost Canada’s economy. There are three programs under the express entry program. These are the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades and Canadian Experience Class.

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About a Canadian Study Permit

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Who Can Apply For a Canadian Study Permit?

Have you always wished of pursuing your education in a fun and challenging way? Have you ever thought of travelling to another country for school, to have the opportunity to immerse in another countries culture and lifestyle while also getting to experience all the amazing sights the country has to offer? If so, you may have considered studying in Canada. It is no secret Canada has plenty of beautiful sights, an abundant variety of cultures to experience and an education system that is rivaled by few; it would be the opportunity of a lifetime. Fortunately, the Canadian government knows it is the dream of many foreign nationals to experience Canada while studying within the Canadian system, and so they have allowed people who would like to come for this purpose to apply for a study permit and do so. If you are a foreign national who dreams of studying in Canada, continue reading this article to find out how you can apply for a study permit.

Why Do I Have to Apply For a Study Permit?

Oftentimes, a course will continue for more than 6 months, which is the maximum length of time any visitor; with or without a visitor’s visa, can stay. Therefore, without a study permit, you could only take part in a course which continued for less than 6 months, which is a huge limit on the programs foreign nationals could take part in while in Canada. To study for a period longer than 6 months, you can apply for a study permit and essentially ask the Canadian government for permission to stay in Canada longer than 6 months to pursue a program of interest to you, and then return to your country of origin. To be clear, if the program you intend to study is shorter than 6 months, you do not have to apply for a study permit. If the officer believes you seek an extended stay in Canada to pursue studies and you are honest in your assertion you will leave once they are over, you are likely to be granted a study permit and have the opportunity to experience the sights, culture, and educational system which are so highly respected worldwide.

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Important Information You Need to Know when Crossing the Border

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How do you Cross the Border

Any foreign national will experience some anxiety or fear when crossing the Canadian border, especially when the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer asks questions. Foreign nationals who have criminal inadmissibility or, in other words, a criminal record will have more questions and more examination from the Immigration officer when attempting to cross the border. Therefore, as a foreign national, you should be well-prepared and anticipate all questions that the Immigration officer may have for you. In this blog, you will learn about relevant information with regards to crossing the border as a foreign national.

Interview Process

As a foreign national, it is very likely that you will undergo two interview processes when you are crossing the border. The interview process shall be finished quickly, if you can address all questions asked by the officer properly, and you have sufficient documentation.

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How to Travel to Canada as a Minor

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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

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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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