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Tourist Visas Questions and Answers

Tourist Visas Questions and Answers
Questions and Answers for Tourist Visas

In this article, I will address popular questions and answers for Tourist Visas. This is intended for foreign nationals that would like to visit Canada for tourism purposes to better understand what can ensue when you are in the process of applying for a Tourist Visa to Canada. If you feel as though you would be eligible to apply for a Tourist Visa, then I suggest you read our article on “Who Needs a Visitor Visa to Come to Canada” prior to reading this question and answer article. Essentially, this article is intended to clarify and answer your questions regarding any immigration matters regarding Tourist Visas.

Q: What kind of visa should I apply for if I would like to visit Canada for tourism purposes?

A: If you would like to come to Canada for tourism purposes, it is best to apply for either a Visitor Visa, also known as a Temporary Resident Visa, or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Whether you apply for a Visitor Visa or an eTA will ultimately depend on whether you are applying from a visa-exempt country or a non-visa exempt country. Once this is determined, you may proceed to apply for the appropriate application. Keep in mind, you must first receive your eTA, or your Visitor Visa, prior to travelling to Canada.

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How to Apply for an Open-Work Permit

How to Apply for an Open-Work Permit
The Process of Applying for an Open-Work Permit

Many foreign nationals would love the opportunity to work in Canada. In many circumstances, this is only possible if you have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer. However, it is also possible for a foreign national to obtain a work permit that is open. This is called the open-work permit. In these circumstances, the foreign national would have much more freedom than in a closed-work permit. Therefore, in this article, I will address what an open-work permit is, how it works and how to apply for an open-work permit.

What is an Open-Work Permit

An open-work permit is a type of work permit in Canada that is not job-specific. Due to this work permit not being job-specific, the foreign national applying for this kind of work permit will not need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada/Service Canada or any evidence that a Canadian employer has submitted an employment offer through the Employer portal. In other words, these work permits are one of the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exemptions. Therefore, an open-work permit allows the foreign national to work for any Canadian employer, anywhere in Canada.

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Eligibility Requirements for Express Entry

Eligibility Requirements for Express Entry
What are the Eligibility Requirements for Express Entry

In Canada, the Express Entry immigration program has become, one of, if not the most popular immigration program for foreign nationals to obtain permanent residency in Canada. Many foreign nationals are curious as to whether they are eligible to apply under this category and what exactly is required of them if they were to apply. Immigration applications can be overwhelming for individuals who are not familiar with applying; therefore, it is best 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. Therefore, in this article, I will explain the eligibility requirements for Express Entry as well other important information one should know before applying under this economic immigration program.

Express Entry

The Express Entry immigration system was initiated and created by Immigration Canada to assist with managing applications for permanent residency in Canada under specific federal economic immigration programs. Furthermore, the program is intended to help foreign nationals to immigrate to Canada based on specific criteria that would, thus, be beneficial and helpful for the Canadian labour market and the economy. Thankfully, the Express Entry immigration system has been a substantial upgrade compared to the traditional Canadian immigration process from the past. As a result, it essentially assists with the processing times for applications.

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Questions and Answers Regarding Permanent Resident Cards

Questions and Answers Regarding Permanent Resident Cards
Questions and Answers for Permanent Resident Cards

In this article, I will address popular questions and answers that many individuals have for permanent resident cards. There are several different circumstances that can arise for permanent resident card holders and, thus, there are many questions that they have. Additionally, this article will also assist you in understanding what a permanent resident card entails. A permanent resident card is a wallet-sized official document that all permanent residents must have to confirm their status in Canada. It was created to include identifying details about the permanent resident and to confirm their permanent residency status. This article is intended to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to permanent resident cards.

Q: How can I obtain a permanent resident card in Canada?

A: In order to obtain a permanent resident card in Canada, you must first apply for the permanent resident (PR) card and meet the eligibility requirements. The eligibility requirements for a permanent resident (PR) card is, first and foremost, that you must be a permanent resident of Canada and have authorized status in Canada. Additionally, you must also submit your permanent resident card application within Canada. Keep in mind, if you are a permanent resident that currently resides outside of Canada, you must apply for a permanent resident travel document to return to Canada and then you can apply for the permanent resident card.

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Arranged Employment for a Federal Skilled Worker

Arranged Employment for a Federal Skilled Worker
Arranged Employment for a Federal Skilled Worker Immigrating to Canada

Any Canadian employer that would like to hire a foreign skilled worker through the Express Entry selection system can support the applicant in their permanent residency application through either the Federal Skilled Worker Program or the Federal Skilled Trades Program. Through both of these federal economic immigration programs, there are different eligibility requirements; however, when it comes to arranged employment, they are relatively the same. Therefore, in order to better understand what it required of you if you have arranged employment in Canada, in this article, I will explain the process of obtaining arranged employment in Canada.

What is Arranged Employment

According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), arranged employment is defined as having a valid job offer from a Canadian employer in either a National Occupational Classification (NOC) code 0, A or B job for a continuous period of a year or more. Keep in mind, in some cases, the valid job offer must be reviewed and approved by Employment and Social Development Canada/Service Canada prior to the foreign national becoming employed.

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Questions and Answers Regarding Study Permits in Canada

Questions and Answers Regarding Study Permits in Canada
Questions and Answers for Study Permits

In this article, I will address popular questions and answers for study permits in Canada, as there are several different circumstances that can arise for students. Additionally, this will also assist you in understanding what a study permit entails. A study permit is an official document intended for foreign nationals to permit them entry into Canada to pursue an education. It was created to give foreign nationals an opportunity to further their higher education and future careers through a recognized Canadian educational institution. If you feel as though you would be eligible to apply for a study permit, I suggest you read our article on “How to Apply for a Study Permit” before reading this question and answer article. This article is intended to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to study permits in Canada.

Q: I would like to pursue studies for less than six months in Canada. Am I required to obtain a study permit?

A: No, you are not required to obtain a study permit in Canada if you are planning on studying for less than six months. In other words, you do not have to obtain a study permit and you can study in Canada so long as your program or course is less than six months and you will complete the program or course within the authorized stay period in Canada. Keep in mind, even if you are studying for less than six months, it is best to apply for a study permit, in case you are unable to complete the intended course or program or if you choose to want to study longer.

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Parents and Grandparents Program to Reopen in January of 2018

Parents and Grandparents Program to Reopen in January of 2018

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to Reopen Program for January 2018

Thankfully for many parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada, the parent and grandparent program will reopen on January 2 of 2018. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has finally made the decision to reopen the program due to popular demand and the “Interest to Sponsor” online form will become available at 12 p.m. EST on January 2. For those Canadian citizens and permanent residents that wish to sponsor their parents or grandparents to Canada, they must fill out this form. The online form will only be available until February 1 of 2018 at 12:00 p.m. EST. Therefore, in this article, I will address the recent news with regards to the parents and grandparents program reopening at the beginning of January of 2018.

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How to Apply for a Study Permit

How to Apply for a Study Permit
Steps on How to Apply for a Study Permit in Canada

There are many individuals from all over the globe that would love the opportunity to travel to Canada to study and experience the Canadian way of life. However, many of these individuals do not realize the requirements needed in order to study in Canada. First and foremost, you must obtain a study permit in order to study in Canada for over 6 months. In order to better prepare yourself for what to expect when applying for a study permit, in this article I will explain in detail the eligibility requirements for a study permit and how to apply for a study permit in order to study in Canada.

What is a Study Permit

As per the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) definition, a study permit is an official document issued by CIC that authorizes foreign national students to study at a recognized educational institution in Canada for the duration of the intended program of study. Furthermore, it indicates the conditions for each student including whether their travel in Canada is restricted and/or when they must leave Canada.

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Software Engineers and Designers Lead Ontario Nominees

Software Engineers and Designers Lead Ontario Nominees
Majority of Ontario Immigrant Nominees are Software Engineers and Designers

There has been a recent report that has concluded that Ontario’s Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) shows software engineers and designers as the leading occupations among nominees in the year of 2017. Interestingly enough, the majority of these nominees come from India and China. This update was produced by Ontario’s Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration who ultimately provides any information pertaining to Ontario’s Immigrant Nominee Program as well as any other significant information on Ontario’s immigration strategy. Therefore, in this article, I will address the report and other pertinent information regarding Ontario’s Immigrant Nominee Program.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program was established and intended to allow the province of Ontario to nominate skilled foreign nationals, including their families, for permanent residency in Canada. Under this program, the potential foreign nationals must have a connection with the province of Ontario. The specific foreign nationals that are targeted through the OINP program include skilled workers, entrepreneurs as well as international students. Ontario employers are also permitted to participate in this program by supporting their efforts to attract and obtain skilled workers to work for them in Ontario.

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FAQs for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

FAQs for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)
FAQ – Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program

In this article, I will address a few popular questions and answers for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) in Canada and some important information to consider if you are applying under this program for permanent residency in Canada. The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program is an economic immigration program that assists the province of Saskatchewan to meet its labour market needs. If you feel as though you would be eligible to apply under this program, I suggest you read our article on “Basics of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program” before reading this question and answer article. The intention of this article is meant to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program in Canada.

Q: What is the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)?

A: The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) is a program that assists and permits foreign nationals to be nominated by the province of Saskatchewan in order to fill any provincial economic and labour market needs. This program also facilitates the province of Saskatchewan to nominate foreign nationals with the required skilled work experience and who also qualify under the provincially established criteria to work in Saskatchewan and obtain permanent residency.

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Basics of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program

Basics of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program
How to Immigrate to Saskatchewan through PNP

The province of Saskatchewan is very rich in agriculture and is referred to as the bread basket of the world because of the amount of plentiful crops it produces. It is important to note that Canada is the lead exporter of pulse crops internationally and a majority of those pulse crops come directly from Saskatchewan. Additionally, Saskatchewan has the most roads out of any other province in Canada; the infrastructure of the province is quite admirable. Skilled foreign nationals who are applying through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) have four different ways to gain permanent residency in Saskatchewan. Under this program, Saskatchewan chooses individuals who have a connection with the province of Saskatchewan. In this article, I will address what the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) is and the four different ways to gain permanent residency in Saskatchewan.

What is the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) is an economic immigration program that assists the province of Saskatchewan to meet its labour market needs and also helps prioritize economic development within Saskatchewan. It also assists skilled foreign nationals by offering a quicker entry into Canada for permanent residency with competitive application processing times. The program facilitates Saskatchewan to nominate foreign nationals with skilled work experience and who adequately qualify under the provincially established criteria to work in Saskatchewan and thus obtain permanent residency. As a result, these individuals will then be able to contribute to Saskatchewan’s economy.

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FAQs for the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NTNP)

FAQs for the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NTNP)
FAQ – Nova Scotia Nominee Program

In this article, I will address a few popular questions and answers for the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NTNP) in Canada and some important information to consider if you are applying under this program for permanent residency in Canada. The Nova Scotia Nominee Program is an economic immigration program that assists the province of Nova Scotia to meet its labour market needs and assist skilled foreign nationals to permanently immigrate to Nova Scotia. If you feel as though you would be eligible to apply under this program, I suggest you read our article on “Basics of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program” before reading this question and answer article. The intention of this article is meant to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to the Nova Scotia Nominee Program in Canada.

Q: What is the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NTNP)?

A: The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NTNP) is a program that allows foreign nationals to be nominated by Nova Scotia in order to fill any provincial economic and labour market needs. This program also facilitates Nova Scotia to nominate skilled foreign nationals with qualified work experience and who also qualify under the provincially established criteria to work in Nova Scotia and obtain permanent residency.

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Basics of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program

Basics of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program
How to Immigrate to Nova Scotia through PNP

Foreign nationals from all over the globe would be interested in moving to Nova Scotia as it is one of Canada’s most beautiful provinces. The province of Nova Scotia is one of Canada’s four founding provinces to be a part of the Canadian Confederation in 1867; Nova Scotia, as a result, is rich with history. Foreign nationals who are applying through the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) have five different ways to obtain permanent residency in Nova Scotia. Under this program, Nova Scotia selects skilled foreign nationals who have a connection with Nova Scotia. In this article, I will address what the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) is and the five different ways to gain permanent residency in Nova Scotia.

What is the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) is an economic immigration program that essentially helps the province of Nova Scotia to meet its labour market needs. The program also assists and prioritizes economic development within the province of Nova Scotia. Most importantly, it also assists skilled foreign nationals by offering an quicker immigration process into Canada. In other words, the program facilitates the province of Nova Scotia to nominate specific foreign nationals with skilled work experience and qualifications that match the provincially established criteria to work in Nova Scotia and obtain permanent residency. These foreign nationals will then be able to contribute to Nova Scotia’s economy.

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FAQs for the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)

FAQs for the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)
FAQ – Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program

In this article, I will address a few popular questions and answers for the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) in Canada and some important information to consider if you are applying under this program for permanent residency in Canada. The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program is an economic immigration program that assists the province of Newfoundland and Labrador to meet its labour market needs. If you feel as though you would be eligible to apply under this program, I suggest you read our article on “Basics of the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program” before reading this question and answer article. The intention of this article is meant to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program in Canada.

Q: What is the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)?

A: The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) is a program that allows foreign nationals to be nominated by Newfoundland and Labrador in order to fill any provincial economic and labour market needs. This program also facilitates Newfoundland and Labrador to nominate foreign nationals with skilled work experience and who qualify under the provincially established criteria to work in Newfoundland and Labrador and obtain permanent residency.

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Basics of the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program

Basics of the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program
How to Immigrate to Newfoundland and Labrador through PNP

The province of Newfoundland and Labrador is a very unique and beautiful destination for foreign nationals to immigrate and settle in Canada. The province of Newfoundland and Labrador is a province in Canada that is located on both the mainland as well as an island. As a result, the scenery and landscapes are incredible. Foreign nationals who are applying through the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) have three different ways to gain permanent residency in Newfoundland and Labrador. Under this program, Newfoundland and Labrador chooses individuals who have a connection with Newfoundland and Labrador. In this article, I will address what the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) is and the three different ways to gain permanent residency in Newfoundland and Labrador.

What is the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)

The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) is an economic immigration program that assists the province of Newfoundland and Labrador to meet its labour market needs and prioritizes economic development within Newfoundland and Labrador. It also assists foreign nationals by offering an alternate and quicker entry into Canada for permanent residency. The program facilitates Newfoundland and Labrador to nominate foreign nationals with skilled work experience and who qualify under the provincially established criteria to work in Newfoundland and Labrador and obtain permanent residency. These individuals will then be able to contribute to Newfoundland and Labrador’s economy.

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A Quarter of Canadian Workers Are Immigrants

A Quarter of Canadian Workers Are Immigrants
New Data Indicates that Nearly a Quarter of Canadian Workers are Immigrants

Canada has welcomed immigrants to support the economy, society and culture of Canada for many decades and possibly centuries. As a result, Immigrants have made significant gains in Canada’s workforce. Specifically, over the last ten years, approximately more than 50 per cent of immigrants have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Based on released statistics on November 29 of 2017, the data indicates that immigrants account for approximately 23.8 per cent of Canadian workers in the year of 2016. Therefore, in this article, I will explain the new statistics and how this affects the Canadian economy.

New Data Indicating Nearly a Quarter of Canadian Workers are Immigrants

As previously mentioned, recent statistics that were released on November 29, 2017, show that approximately 23.8 per cent of Canadian workers consisted of immigrants. Compared to 21.1 per cent of Canadian workers being immigrants in 2006, these new numbers show that there is almost a quarter of Canadian workers that are immigrants. During this period, the government of Canada decided to introduce significant changes to the immigration system in order to address labour shortages. This resulted in the implementation of the Express Entry system in 2015.

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How to Obtain a Permanent Resident Card

How to Obtain a Permanent Resident Card
Steps in Obtaining a Permanent Resident Card

Once a foreign national receives permanent residency in Canada, they should obtain their permanent resident card as well. This card is essentially a wallet-sized plastic card that includes pertinent information about the permanent resident, such as their height, eye colour, gender, etc. The card also includes the permanent resident’s photograph, signature as well as the date that they obtained their permanent residency in Canada. Obtaining a permanent resident card as a permanent resident of Canada is necessary to identify your status. Therefore, in this article, I will address the steps in obtaining a permanent resident card in Canada and other important information for permanent residents.

The Purpose of a Permanent Resident Card

It is very imperative that permanent residents of Canada obtain a permanent resident card to properly identify their status within Canada. As previously mentioned, a permanent resident card also includes specific personal information about the permanent resident. This information is extremely important especially when entering and exiting the country. If a permanent resident decides to exit the country and re-enter via a commercial vehicle, such as an airplane, train, boat or bus, they must show their permanent resident card to confirm their status in Canada before boarding. If the permanent resident does not have the permanent resident card while travelling, they will face complications trying to re-enter the country.

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Changes to Medical Inadmissibility Regulations

Changes to Medical Inadmissibility Regulations
New Changes to Medical Inadmissibility Rules

Mr. Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Immigration Minister, has recently announced that the current regulations with regards to medical inadmissibility for migrants to Canada do not abide by Canadian values and thus need to be reformed. Immigration Canada is very particular with who they allow into the country. If a foreign national is deemed to be medically inadmissible to Canada, then they will be denied entry. The medical inadmissibility can be due to a number of different reasons. Therefore, in this article, I will explain the new changes to medical inadmissibility regulations in Canada and how to overcome medical inadmissibility.

Changes to Medical Inadmissibility Regulations

Canada’s Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen, had a meeting with Parliament’s Standing Committee on Immigration on November 22, 2017, to discuss and review medical inadmissibility rules for immigrants to Canada. He felt as though this was long overdue and very much necessary. Currently, Canadian Immigration refuses foreign nationals wishing to enter Canada either temporarily or permanently for medical inadmissibility if they believe the foreign national would cause an excessive demand on social and health care services. However, this regulation is over forty years old and needs to be reformed into a 21st century. Specifically, Mr. Hussen stated that this principle of the excessive demand on social and health care services does not align with Canadian values and does not allow for the inclusion of people with disabilities.

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How to Work in Canada Without a Work Permit

How to Work in Canada Without a Work Permit
Foreign Nationals can Work in Canada Without a Work Permit

In most circumstances in Canada, a foreign national will need to obtain a work permit prior to working in Canada; if not, they would be working in Canada illegally and this can lead to further consequences. However, luckily, there are some circumstances where a foreign national can work in Canada without the need to obtain a work permit. It is very important to know the types of work that do not require a work permit before starting work. Therefore, in this article, I will explain certain circumstances in Canada that allow foreign nationals to work in Canada without a work permit.

Certain Work that does not Require a Work Permit

Before I explain in detail what kinds of work do not require a work permit, I will outline and list most of the possible work scenarios in Canada that do not require a work permit. The list is as follows:

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Federal Skilled Workers Questions and Answers

Federal Skilled Workers Questions and Answers
FAQ – Federal Skilled Workers

In this article, I will address detailed questions and answers for foreign nationals who would like to apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Program. The Federal Skilled Worker Program was intended for skilled foreign workers to be chosen for permanent residency in Canada based on their education, work experience, knowledge of English or French, and other qualifying factors. The foreign national must have strong qualifications in order to be selected for permanent residency as they are specifically selected from a pool of candidates. In order to discover more information about the Federal Skilled Worker Program, please continue reading this article or refer to our article on “Federal Skilled Worker Jobs that Lead to Permanent Residence.” The intention of this article is meant to clarify any questions or information you would like to know with regards to the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

Q: How do I qualify under the Federal Skilled Worker category?

A: In order to qualify and be eligible to apply under the Federal Skilled Worker category in Canadian Immigration, the skilled foreign worker must have the following requirements met:

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