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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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Electronic Travel Authorization Questions and Answers

Electronic Travel Authorization Questions and Answers
FAQ – Electronic Travel Authorization

In this article, I will address detailed questions and answers for foreign nationals who require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter Canada. When a foreign national desires to come to Canada to visit, they will need a Temporary Resident Visa, also known as a Visitor Visa, or an Electronic Travel Authorization in order to be authorized to enter. If the foreign national is from a visa-exempt country, they will not require a Visitor Visa but instead must apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization. In order to discover more information about the Electronic Travel Authorization, please continue reading this article or refer to our article on “Who Needs an ETA.” The intention of this article is meant to clarify any questions or information you would like to know with regards to an Electronic Travel Authorization.

Q: My trip to Canada is within the next couple of days and I am unable to submit any additional documentation that Immigration is requesting of me for my ETA application. Am I still able to travel to Canada?

A: This is a very interesting and important question to ask with regards to Electronic Travel Authorizations. For instance, if Immigration is requesting a medical examination or a police clearance certificate and you are still awaiting the decision from the doctor or police, or if you are experiencing problems uploading information online, then you may request a case specific enquiry to request an extension. The case specific enquiry is also done online and will request identity information from you with regards to the ETA. It is best to request an extension in order to submit this information as Immigration did require you to send this. Conclusively, if you cannot provide the documents and have not requested an extension, you will not be permitted entry into Canada.

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Express Entry Eligibility and Guide to Profile Creation

Express Entry Eligibility and Guide to Profile Creation
Find out eligibility for Express Entry & a Guide to Profile Creation

The Express Entry program has become one of the most popular immigration programs for foreign nationals from around the world to obtain permanent residency in Canada. Of course, in order to apply for Express Entry and be eligible to apply for permanent residency in Canada, there are many eligibility requirements that must be met. Additionally, for the Express Entry process, there are two steps that one must take in order to successfully complete the process. Therefore, in this article, I will explain the eligibility requirements for Express Entry as well as guide you through the first step of Express Entry which is the profile creation.

What is Express Entry

The Express Entry system is utilized and intended to manage applications for permanent residency in Canada under specific federal economic immigration programs. It is essentially created to assist foreign nationals to come to Canada based on several factors that will be beneficial to the Canadian economy and labour market. Additionally, the Express Entry program was also created to upgrade from the traditional Canadian immigration process and will result in faster processing times for permanent residency applications.

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FAQs for Working in Canada

FAQs for Working in Canada
FAQ – Working in Canada

In this article, I will address a few popular questions and answers for individuals looking to work in Canada and some important information you should consider if you are applying for a work permit application. A work permit application in Canada is created for foreign national workers who would like to come to Canada to work and thus contribute to the Canadian economy. If you feel as though you would want to apply for a work permit in Canada, I suggest you read our article on “Prepare to Work in Canada” before reading this question and answer article. The intention of this article is meant to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to working in Canada.

Q: What exactly is a valid job offer in Immigration context?

A: This is important to note before seeking employment opportunities in Canada. A valid job offer in Canadian Immigration context is a genuine and honest offer of employment from a valid Canadian employer. A foreign national worker will require a valid job offer prior to applying for a work permit in Canada.

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FAQs for Express Entry

FAQs for Express Entry
FAQ – Express Entry

In this article, I will address a few popular questions and answers for individuals who are applying for permanent residency through Canada’s Express Entry program. If a foreign national acquires the required skills and work experience, they may be able to apply under the Express Entry economic program of Canada. Express Entry was intended as a faster way to obtain permanent residency as a foreign skilled worker. In order to discover more information about Express Entry, please continue reading this article. Essentially, the intention of this article is meant to clarify any questions or information you would like to know with regards to an Express Entry.

Q: Will I have a higher chance of being invited to apply for permanent residency if I have more than one Express Entry online profile?

A: Unfortunately, no, it does not give you a higher chance of being invited. As per Canada’s immigration law, you may only have one profile at a time. Thus, creating more than one profile at a time will not give you a higher chance to be invited to apply for permanent residency.

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New Job Match Service Requirement for Canadian Employers

New Job Match Service Requirement for Canadian Employers
New Requirement for Canadian Employers for Inviting Applicants

For Canadian employers looking to hire a temporary foreign worker through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), they will now be required to invite candidates who acquire a number of stars in relation to the position. As of August 28, 2017, there will be a new rating system in which employers will be matched with workers registered in the Canadian government’s Job Bank. The Canadian government has named this new feature its Job Match Service. In this article, I will address the new changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and how this ultimately affects Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications.

New Job Match Service

The purpose of the new Job Match service is to permit Canadian employers to view anonymous profiles of registered job seekers. The profiles of these job seekers reflect and coordinate with the skills and job requirements that are listed in the employer’s job posting. These matches will essentially be rated under a 5-star system. Therefore, the more stars that the job seeker can accumulate for the intended position, the greater the compatibility with the Canadian employer.

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Important Documents Needed for a Labour Market Impact Assessment

Important Documents Needed for a Labour Market Impact Assessment
Find out what documents are needed for a LMIA

When applying for a Labour Market Impact Assessment, you may not know exactly what documentation is required of you in order to get a higher chance of a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). A Labour Market Impact Assessment, better known as a LMIA, is a document from Employment and Social Development Canada that permits a Canadian employer to hire a temporary foreign worker. When applying for an LMIA, there are specific documents that are required to submit from the Canadian employer and the employee alike. It is important that all of these documents are submitted with the application prior to hiring the foreign temporary worker. In this article, I will address the important documents needed from the Canadian employer and the foreign temporary worker for an LMIA application.

Documents Needed from the Canadian Employer

Every LMIA application can be different depending on the Canadian employer and the employee they are looking to hire. The below documentation is general, however, the more of these documents that you can submit, the stronger your application will be. It is very important to consider what you are trying to prove to Immigration by providing these specific documents. Therefore, keep this in mind when compiling the appropriate documentation.

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High-Wage and Low-Wage Streams

High-Wage and Low-Wage Streams
Difference Between High-wage and Low-wage Streams

There have been several changes with regards to job offers for high-wage and low-wage streams in the past year. These are two different streams that fall under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). In most cases under the TFW program, Canadian employers must also receive a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). The TFW program essentially allows these Canadian employers to hire foreign national workers to fill intended job positions in Canada, all while ensuring that there are no Canadian or permanent residents that can fill the intended job. In this article, I will address the changes of the median hourly wages and as a result the high-wage stream and low-wage stream.

Responsibilities of the Canadian Employer

In almost all cases of hiring a foreign national worker, Canadian employers must receive a posititve Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) prior to hiring a foreign worker. The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) is a useful tool for Canadian employers to hire foreign nationals to fill labour shortages in Canada. The TFWP is administered and run by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

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Child Born to a Canadian Citizen Outside of Canada

Child Born to a Canadian Citizen Outside of Canada
When a Child is Born to a Canadian Citizen Outside of Canada

There are many Canadian citizens who live outside of Canada and have established a family abroad. As a result, most times, they would like their children to also have Canadian citizenship. However, there are certain circumstances that allow the children to gain citizenship and others that do not allow them to gain citizenship. This can often be a complicated and confusing process to go through for the Canadian parent. Therefore, in this article, I will address how to determine whether your child is a Canadian citizen or not and the steps to take in order for them to gain citizenship.

How to Determine Whether a Child is a Canadian

It is important to recognize that every circumstance is different depending on several factors. The official way in determining whether or not your child is a Canadian citizen is by applying for a proof of citizenship on their behalf. This option is only available for Canadian citizens who were citizens at the time their child was born. Evidently, if you obtained Canadian citizenship after your child was born, they do not automatically become Canadian citizens.

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FAQs for the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

FAQs for the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)
FAQ – British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program

In this article, I will address a few popular questions and answers for the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) in Canada and some important information to consider if you are applying under this program for permanent residency in Canada. The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program is an economic immigration program that assists the province of British Columbia 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 British Columbia 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 British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program in Canada.

Q: What is the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)?

A: The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is a program that allows individuals to be nominated by British Columbia in order to fill any economic and labour market needs the province has. This program also allows skilled and qualified individuals with the opportunity to work in British Columbia and gain permanent residency in Canada as a result.

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Basics of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program

Basics of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program
How to Immigrate to British Columbia through PNP

There are many provinces and territories in Canada that foreign nationals would love to travel to. Specifically, the province of British Columbia is a distinctive destination for foreign nationals to immigrate. The province of British Columbia has one of the lowest crime rates in Canada and thus makes it one of the safest places to work and live. British Columbia also has a variety of different cultures that creates a vibrant society that welcomes many foreign nationals from all over the world. Foreign nationals who are applying through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program have three different ways to gain permanent residency in B.C. Under this program, British Columbia chooses individuals who have a connection with British Columbia. In this article, I will address what the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program is and the three different ways to gain permanent residency in B.C.

What is the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is an economic immigration program that assists British Columbia meet its labour market needs and prioritizes economic development within British Columbia. The program facilitates British Columbia to nominate foreign nationals with skilled work experience to work in British Columbia and obtain permanent residency. These individuals will then be able to contribute to British Columbia’s economy.

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FAQs for the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program

FAQs for the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program
FAQ – Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program

In this article, I will address a few popular questions and answers for the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) in Canada and some important information to consider if you are applying under this program for permanent residency in Canada. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program is an economic immigration program that assists the province of Alberta to meet its labour market needs. If you feel as though you would be eligible to apply for under this program, I suggest you read our article on “Basics of the Alberta 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 Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program in Canada.

Q: If I am applying as a semi-skilled worker under the AINP, is a language test required of me?

A: A language test is required of all semi-skilled workers that are applying under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). You must submit an official language test result in order to apply for this program. It must also meet the language standards.

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How to Renew or Change Your Study Permit in Canada

How to Renew or Change Your Study Permit in Canada
The Process of Renewing or Changing your Study Permit in Canada

In Canada, in order for foreign nationals to legally study, they must obtain a study permit. Once a study permit has been obtained by a foreign national and they wish to either renew their study permit to continue their studies or to change their study permit to go to a different designated learning institution, they must properly apply to do so. This is essential especially if the study permit will expire. Additionally, a foreign national must ensure that they do not overstay their authorized visit. Therefore, in this article, I will explain what a study permit entails and how to proceed with renewing or changing your study permit to study and remain in Canada.

What Does a Study Permit Entail

A study permit must be obtained prior to arriving in Canada to study. A study permit essentially allows the foreign national student to study in Canada temporarily. It is important to note that a study permit is a requirement set out by the government of Canada in order to assess potential students that wish to come to Canada to study.

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FAQs for the Super Visa

FAQs for the Super Visa
FAQ – Super Visa

In this article, I will address a few popular questions and answers for the Super Visa and some important information to consider when applying for this program. The Super Visa was created and intended for foreign nationals, who have children or grandchildren that are either Canadian citizens or permanent residents, to obtain a multi-entry visa for a period of 10 years. Additionally, they also have strict eligibility requirements that they must meet prior to applying for this program. If you are a parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and would like to apply for the Super Visa, I suggest you read our article on “Do you Qualify for a Super Visa?” before reading this question and answer article. The intention of this article is meant to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to the Super Visa.

Q: Is the Super Visa a multiple entry visa?

A: Fortunately, yes. The Super Visa is a multiple entry visa that allows the individual to enter Canada for a period of up to ten years.

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FAQs for Landing in Canada as a Permanent Resident

FAQs for Landing in Canada as a Permanent Resident
FAQ – Landing in Canada as a Permanent Resident

In this article, I will address a few popular questions and answers for Landing in Canada as a Permanent Resident and some important information to consider if you are applying for a Permanent Residency application. When you have finally arrived in Canada and have landed as a Permanent Resident, it may be extremely overwhelming as you are coming from a completely different country to move permanently to Canada. If you feel as though you would be eligible to apply for Permanent Residency, I suggest you read our article on “Different Ways to Obtain Permanent Residency in Canada” before reading this question and answer article. The intention of this article is meant to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to landing in Canada as a Permanent Resident.

Q: Do I automatically become a Permanent Resident of Canada the moment I receive my Canadian Permanent Residency approval?

A: This is a very important question to recognize and understand. The simple answer is no – you do not automatically become a Permanent Resident of Canada the moment you receive your Canadian Permanent Residency approval. It is important to realize that you will only become a Permanent Resident in Canada the moment you cross a Canadian port of entry with a valid passport. You must also have your valid Canadian Permanent Residency approval. Subsequently, you will receive your official landing in Canada documents for any future reference you may need.

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FAQs for Criminal Rehabilitation

FAQs for Criminal Rehabilitation
FAQ – Criminal Rehabilitation

In this article, I will address a few popular questions and answers for Criminal Rehabilitation applications in Canada and some important information to consider if you are applying for a Criminal Rehabilitation application. A Criminal Rehabilitation application is intended for foreign nationals with criminal inadmissibility who would like to visit Canada and not have inadmissibility issues in the future. This type of application was created and intended to provide foreign nationals, who have past criminal offence(s), made in or outside of Canada, with an opportunity to enter Canada even with their criminal inadmissibility. If you feel as though you would be eligible to apply for a Criminal Rehabilitation, I suggest you read our article on “How to Apply for Criminal Rehabilitation” before reading this question and answer article. The intention of this article is meant to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to Criminal Rehabilitation applications in Canada.

Q: What exactly is a Criminal Rehabilitation application?

A: A criminal rehabilitation application is a permanent waiver that removes the criminal inadmissibility from a foreign national that wishes to enter Canada. In other words, in the future, instead of being denied entry into Canada due to their inadmissibility, they will no longer have any inadmissibility issues when entering Canada.

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FAQs for Canadian Immigration Application Process

FAQs for Canadian Immigration Application Process
FAQ – Canadian Immigration Application Process

In this article, I will address a few popular questions and answers for the Canadian Immigration application process and some important information to consider when applying for any immigration matter. The Canadian Immigration application process was created and intended to assist foreign nationals who would either like to visit, study, work, or permanently reside in Canada. The intention of this article is meant to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to the Canadian Immigration application process.

Q: Who may I include on my Canadian Permanent Residency Visa?

A: For permanent residency applications to Canada, you may include your spouse or your dependent children on your Canadian permanent residency visa. A dependent child is defined as a child that is less than 19 years old, who is unmarried and not in a common-law relationship, or it can also be a child that is currently enrolled in an educational institution and is still financially dependent on you. This needs to be taken into consideration prior to applying and including your dependent child. Additionally, the Canadian government also recognizes same-sex partnerships and marriages.

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