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Post-Graduate Work Permit in Canada

Post-Graduate Work Permit in Canada
Steps in Obtaining a Post-Graduate Work Permit in Canada

Many foreign national students who complete their Canadian educational credentials often experience a moment of relief and excitement once they graduate. However, once they finish their studies, they are also often left with the thought “how can I work in Canada?” This is an extremely common question and many students love the idea of extending their stay in Canada to pursue work. In order to work after graduating in Canada, you can apply for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. Therefore, in this article, I will address what a post-graduate work permit is, the eligibility requirements, how to apply for a post-graduate work permit, and more.

What is a Post-Graduate Work Permit

A post-graduate work permit is a work permit that is provided to foreign national students who have graduated from a designated learning institution and would like to stay in Canada to pursue work. However, it is important to note that not all programs offered at a designated learning institution are eligible for a post-graduate work permit. Therefore, it is very important to investigate whether your program is eligible or you may consult with an immigration professional, such as Akrami & Associates, and we will be able to assist you in determining this.

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Does Canada Accept Foreign Country’s Pardons

Does Canada Accept Foreign Country’s Pardons
Foreign Country’s Pardons Recognized in Canada

There are several foreign nationals all over the world that would like to visit Canada and experience what the country has to offer. However, should that foreign national have a criminal record or a criminal offence in their country of origin then the chances of them entering Canada is slim. In Canada, a foreign national will become inadmissible if they have a criminal history in or outside of Canada. In this article, I will be primarily speaking on behalf of criminal offences made outside of Canada and how this affects foreign nationals wishing to enter Canada. I will also discuss whether or not Canada will accept a foreign country’s pardon and if that individual would still be inadmissible to Canada if they do have a pardon.

Criminally Inadmissible to Canada

In Canada, if you have a criminal offence or a criminal history from a different country, you will be deemed criminally inadmissible to Canada and will not be permitted entry into Canada. Luckily, Canada also gives these inadmissible individuals the opportunity to overcome their inadmissibility to Canada by applying for a Criminal Rehabilitation application. In order to apply for a Criminal Rehabilitation, you must show sufficient evidence to Immigration that shows your convictions and the completion of any sentences of said convictions. You may also include any evidence that shows you have indeed changed your lifestyle for the better since the convictions.

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What is the Youth Mobility Program

What is the Youth Mobility Program
The Benefits of the Youth Mobility Program

The Youth Mobility Program in Canada is very unique and gives an opportunity for foreign youth to travel from their country of origin to Canada on a foreign exchange program. The advantages of this particular program are many and foreign youth are able to travel and work abroad, particularly in Canada, with support from a number of organizations. Therefore, in this article, I will explain in detail, what the youth mobility program is, the countries that are a part of the youth mobility program, how to apply for a start-up visa, and more.

What is the Youth Mobility Program

The Youth Mobility Program is facilitated by the International Experience Canada (IEC) program. The IEC program has a variety of organizations that provide substantial support for travel and work abroad services between Canada and other countries, for a fee, specifically for either Canadians going abroad and/or foreign nationals coming to Canada. In this particular circumstance, the foreign nationals coming to Canada would be youths. The services that are offered may include support in securing accommodations, arranging transportation, or assisting with finding employment, for instance. The organizations that participate in this program can either be Canadian organizations that have partners overseas or they may be international organizations that have an office within Canada.

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How to Obtain a Start-Up Visa

How to Obtain a Start-Up Visa

Steps on Obtaining a Start-Up Visa

Is it your dream to bring your entrepreneurial mind and ideas to Canada and to the Canadian economy? This may be a possibility with the Start-Up Visa. This visa attracts foreign nationals with business ideas to come to Canada to start their business. Of course, much like any other immigration application, you must first be eligible and meet the requirements in order to apply under this specific visa. Therefore, in this article, I will explain in detail, what a start-up visa is, the eligibility requirements for a start-up visa, how to apply for a start-up visa, and more.

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Business Visitor Visa and Qualifications

Business Visitor Visa and Qualifications
Steps to How to Qualify for a Business Visitor Visa

In order to qualify as a Business Visitor in Canada, there are several requirements that you must meet. Additionally, if you are coming to Canada from a country that requires a visa to enter Canada, you must still apply for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) prior to entering Canada. The TRV will allow visitors to Canada entry, even visitors that are entering Canada for business purposes. In this article, I will explain who qualifies as a business visitor, the eligibility requirements for a business visitor visa, how to apply for a business visitor visa, and steps after applying for a business visitor visa.

Who Qualifies as a Business Visitor

A business visitor is defined as an individual that is a foreign national that visits Canada with the intention of participating in activities which are related to an international business. Furthermore, these individuals do not directly go into the labour market of Canada. A business visitor often participates in business meetings, conferences or conducts site visitations to make observation. Additionally, they may also attend product or sales training that is conducted by the company in Canada or by a distributor; deal with an after sales agreement; and/or buy goods in Canada for a foreign company.

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How to Obtain Refugee Status in Canada

How to Obtain Refugee Status in Canada
Steps in Obtaining Refugee Status in Canada

Canada is a progressive country that believes in human rights and equality for all and any individuals who enter. For any individuals who are entering Canada because they are being persecuted in their home countries or are unable to return to their country for reasons such as war, they may be able to apply for refugee status in Canada. Canada offers these types of individuals protection. In this article, I will address what constitutes refugee status in Canada, who is eligible for refugee status in Canada, and how to apply for refugee protection in Canada.

What is Refugee Status

A refugee is an individual who has fled from their home country due to well-founded fear of persecution. Furthermore, other attributes that come along with refugee status is that they are unable to return to their home country due to persecution or worse. In addition, these individuals have unfortunately have had to endure horrific experiences. It is important to note, however, that refugees are much different than immigrants. An immigrant is defined as an individual who voluntarily chooses to settle permanently in another country from their own home country. In contrast, a refugee is defined as an individual who involuntarily is forced to flee their home country and need to relocate elsewhere.

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New Targeted Occupations for Express Entry in Ontario

New Targeted Occupations for Express Entry in Ontario
Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream Introduced in Ontario

In Canada, Ontario is the most populated province and it continues to be a very popular destination for new immigrants looking to settle in Canada. Luckily, Ontario has an immigrant nomination program that helps skilled foreign nationals who have work experience obtain permanent residency in Canada, specifically Ontario, and thus contribute to the Canadian economy. It is important to note that the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is quite helpful to any Express Entry candidate as it provides them with the most points out of all Express Entry factors. For instance, a successful candidate may be able to obtain up to 600 additional points from the PNP program. As a result, they may be able to receive an invitation to apply at the next available draw for the Express Entry pool. Additionally, candidates under the Express Entry pool, who have work experience in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) occupations, are now prioritized by the Ontario province under this new initiative that was introduced on June 26, 2017. In this article, I will address the new Stream and how it affects the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) and Express Entry altogether.

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Workers

In order to qualify under this Stream of Human Capital Priorities (HCP), a part of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), candidates must be eligible as ICT workers under Express Entry. As of June 26, Ontario has specifically targeted these types of workers for their province. The province of Ontario is searching for candidates under Express Entry with experience in specific ICT occupations and as a result the candidates are eligible to receive a Notification of Interest (NOI), which was previously called an invitation to apply for provincial nomination. Thankfully, this is even the case if they had scored less than 400 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

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Common-Law Sponsorship Questions and Answers

Common-Law Sponsorship Questions and Answers
Questions and Answers for Common-Law Sponsorship

In this article, I will address questions and answers for Common-Law sponsorship in order for you to further understand what a Common-Law sponsorship entails. A Common-Law sponsorship is intended for Canadian citizens and permanent residents who wish to sponsor their common-law partner to come to Canada and receive permanent residency. It was created to give Canadian citizens and permanent residents an opportunity to finally be united with their spouses. The Canadian government believes that individuals live a better life when they are united with their families and reinforce family reunification. If you feel as though you would be eligible to apply for a Common-Law sponsorship, I suggest you read our article on “How to Sponsor your Common-Law Partner” before reading this question and answer article. This article is intended to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to a Common-Law sponsorship.

Q: What documents can my common-law partner and I provide to prove we have been living together for over a year?

A: There are specific documents that you and your common-law partner can provide to Immigration to prove that you have been living together for over a year. Such documents include, shared ownership, lease or rental agreements of residential property; joint bills for shared utilities, such as electricity, telephone, gas, etc.; important documents that show the same address, such as driver’s licenses and insurance policies; and lastly, identification documents. Keep in mind, Immigration will accept any other documentation you can provide that you feel would prove that you and your common-law partner have been living together for over a year.

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Documents Needed for a Spousal Sponsorship Application

Documents Needed for a Spousal Sponsorship Application
Important Documents Needed for Spousal Sponsorship

When applying to sponsor your spouse to Canada as a permanent resident, it is very important to consider and recognize the important documents that you must provide Immigration Canada. These documents will be the supporting evidence to prove why your spouse should be able to gain entry into Canada and eventually become a permanent resident. If you are unable to provide specific documents, it is recommended to provide Immigration with an explanation why. You should make sure the explanation is reasonable and valid, if not Immigration does have the authorization to refuse the application. Therefore, in this article, I will explain the important documents needed for a spousal sponsorship application as well as other factors you should consider.

Before Submitting Documents Make Sure you’re Eligible

Before applying for a spousal sponsorship application and providing Immigration with the appropriate documentation, it is always advisable to first determine whether you are eligible to sponsor your spouse. You must prove to Immigration that you are eligible and financially capable to sponsor your spouse. Furthermore, there are certain eligibility requirements that need to be considered in order to sponsor your spouse. The eligibility requirements for a spousal sponsorship are that you are required to be at least 18 years of age; you are required to be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada; you are required to prove that you have not received any social assistance for reasons other than disability; you are required to prove that you have necessary income to provide the basic needs for your spouse; and lastly, you are required to sign an undertaking and should not have any active undertakings.

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How to Sponsor your Spouse to Canada

How to Sponsor your Spouse to Canada
Steps to Sponsor your Spouse to Canada

Before you can sponsor your spouse to Canada, there are several different factors that you should consider. Some factors include your eligibility to sponsor, the type of relationship you will indicate on the application and whether the application will be in Canada or overseas. The most important factor is whether or not you can sponsor your spouse and if you are eligible to; if you are not, then you will not be able to sponsor. Furthermore, you must also ensure you are married to your spouse in order to do a spousal sponsorship. Lastly, you must determine whether your spouse will be in Canada while the application is being processed or whether they will be overseas. Therefore, in this article, I will explain the eligibility requirements for spousal sponsorship, the documents needed for the application, the difference between inland and overseas spousal sponsorship, and more.

Eligibility to Sponsor your Spouse

As previously mentioned, this is the most important factor of a spousal sponsorship application. The reason being is because the sponsor must be able to prove to Immigration that they are eligible and financially able to sponsor their spouse. There are certain requirements that need to be considered prior to applying to sponsor your spouse. Below is a list of eligibility requirements for the sponsor.

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On and Off Campus Work Permit Eligibility

On and Off Campus Work Permit Eligibility
Applying for a Work Permit On and/or Off Campus

As an International student in Canada, experiencing the Canadian education system and observing the Canadian culture, can definitely insight some interest in possibly working and seeing what the Canadian economy has to offer. More international students now want to work while studying and they have two options to choose from on-campus and off-campus. The Canadian economy and workplaces are very unique and can attract many students. Of course in order to work in Canada, you must be authorized to do so. Therefore, in this article, I will explain the eligibility requirements for international students wanting to work while studying in Canada, either on-campus or off-campus, and the difference between the two options.

Working On-Campus

The convenience of working on-campus can appeal to many international students as many are unfamiliar with the surrounding environments and are comfortable being near their school and residence. There are eligibility requirements that one must take into consideration before working on-campus. One must abide by these requirements in order to work at the educational institution without a valid work permit. The eligibility requirements are listed below.

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Canada New Tourism Vision

Canada New Tourism Vision
Canada Plans for an Increase in Tourism

Canada has always been a very welcoming country to any and all citizens of the world population. As a result, the Canadian government has implemented a New Tourism Vision to increase the number of international tourists who are visiting the country by a total of 30 percent estimated to happen by 2021. This New Tourism Vision is an extensive 20-point plan that describes in detail the plans Canada has for its international visitors. Canada hopes to meet this plan and if the country is successful, Canada will be one of the top 10 most visited countries in the world, hopefully by 2025. Therefore, in this article, I will address the 20 points in the New Tourism Vision and what this means for Canada in the future.

Current Tourism

Because Canada has always encouraged foreign nationals to visit Canada, part of the plan is already in place. As of right now, Canada is recognized as the top international destination for 2017 by The New York Times, Lonely Planet and Conde Nast. Canada is known worldwide for its welcoming culture, international festivals, lively cities, and last but most importantly, its stunning landscapes. In addition, Canada has always been a stable and secure environment with an up and coming world-class culinary scene and more. With all of these wonderful aspects in mind, it is not surprising that the tourism has increased substantially over the years.

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Do I Need a Visa to Travel to Canada

Do I Need a Visa to Travel to Canada
Romanians, Bulgarians and Brazilians May Now Be Visa-Exempt

There are many countries all around the world that desire to be visa-exempt as the application and process can be somewhat overwhelming and confusing for a lot of people. Luckily for Romanians, Bulgarians and Brazilians, they no longer have to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa when travelling to Canada by air. There are specifications, however, such as you must have held a Canadian visitor visa in the past 10 years or currently hold a U.S. visitor visa. If this applies, then you will only need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter Canada. Additionally, when visiting Canada, you may only stay temporarily for a maximum of six months. In this article, I will address the changes for these countries in particular and why these changes were introduced.

Why the Visa Requirement was Lifted?

Although the visa requirement being lifted is only anticipated to change on December 1, 2017, as per Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), many individuals from Romania and Bulgaria are now extremely enthusiastic about the idea of being able to come to Canada without first obtaining a visa. After this lift happens, these individuals will only require an eTA to fly to Canada. The Canadian government has yet to decide whether they will extend the lifting of the visa requirement to all of the citizens of Brazil.

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Spousal Sponsorship Questions and Answers

Spousal Sponsorship Questions and Answers
Questions and Answers for Spousal Sponsorship

In this article, I will address questions and answers for spousal sponsorship in order for you to further understand what a spousal sponsorship entails. A spousal sponsorship is intended for Canadian citizens and permanent residents who wish to sponsor their spouse to come to Canada. It was created to give Canadian citizens and permanent residents an opportunity to finally be united with their spouses as it is said that individuals live a better life when they are united with their families. If you feel as though you would be eligible to apply for a spousal sponsorship, I suggest you read our article on “How Can I Sponsor my Spouse” before reading this question and answer article. This article is intended to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to a spousal sponsorship.

Q: When is the appropriate time to submit my police certificates for my spousal sponsorship application?

A: Immigration has made changes with regards to police certificates and exactly when is the appropriate time to submit them. Should you already have your police certificates on hand, you may submit them with your application. However, if you have not yet completed your police certificates you may submit them when Immigration requests them from you. This is usually requested when the application is being processed and Immigration will send you a communication to notify you, either by e-mail or mail, depending on if you have an online account or not.

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Study Permit Questions and Answers

Study Permit Questions and Answers
Questions and Answers for Study Permits

In this article, I will address questions and answers for study permits, as there are several different student circumstances, in order for you to further understand what a study permit entails. A study permit is intended for foreign nationals who wish to come to Canada to pursue an education. It was created to give foreign nationals an opportunity to further their education and careers through a 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 can I get a Study Permit for Canada as an International Student" before reading this question and answer article. This article is intended to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to a study permit.

Q: Do I need a study permit before attending any educational institution or are there some exceptions?

A: There are some exceptions to the educational institutions that you may attend, that do not require a study permit. There are some specific courses that do not require a study permit; they are listed below.

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Who Needs an Electronic Travel Authorization eTA

Who Needs an Electronic Travel Authorization eTA
What is an Electronic Travel Authorization eTA

The Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) was introduced as a new entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals who wish to enter Canada by air and do not require a visa to enter Canada. In comparison with a visa (temporary resident visa TRV) , an eTA application is usually approved within minutes of applying and is a much faster process (maximum waiting period 72 hours). If you are travelling by land or sea, you do not require an eTA if you are a visa-exempt foreign national. This can become extremely beneficial if you are travelling to Canada on short notice. In this article, I will explain who needs an eTA, the cost of an eTA, the length of validity for an eTA, how to apply for an eTA and steps after applying for an eTA.

Do I need an eTA as visitor to Canada?

Whether you need an eTA or not strictly depends on how you intend on travelling to Canada. As previously mentioned, if you are planning on arriving in Canada by air and you are a foreign national from a visa-exempt country, then you will need an eTA prior to arriving. In order to find out whether your country of origin is a visa-exempt country, it is always best to go onto the government of Canada website and check. If your country is not a visa exempt country, then you will require a visa also known as Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) prior to entering Canada.

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Who Needs a Visitor Visa to Come to Canada

Who Needs a Visitor Visa to Come to Canada
What is a Visitor Visa?

Do you wish to visit Canada for tourism purposes? Or, do you wish to visit Canada to see family members or friends that you have not seen in a while? Or, do you wish to visit Canada for business purposes? If you said yes to any of the above questions, you will most likely need a visitor visa to enter Canada. It is important to note that there are specific requirements and documentation that you must provide in order to obtain a visitor visa. In this article, I will explain in detail, who needs a visitor visa to come to Canada, what the requirements are for a visitor visa, how to start the process of obtaining a visitor visa and further steps.

Who Needs a Visitor Visa to Come to Canada?

In order to determine whether you need a visitor visa to come to Canada, you must first determine whether or not your country of origin is a visa exempt country or not. If not, then you will require a visa. To find out, I suggest going on the government of Canada website and choose your specific country to find out whether or not you need a visa. If you do not need a visa to enter Canada, you will most likely need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) . Please refer to our blog on “Who Needs an ETA” for more information. If you do need a visa, then please continue reading this blog as it will show you the next steps you need to take.

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How to Hire a Live in Caregiver

How to Hire a Live in Caregiver
Steps to Hiring a Live-in Caregiver

Do you wish to have someone help you with the basic necessities of someone you care about? For instance, do you need constant assistance for eldercare, individuals with special needs or childcare? If this is the case, then you should hire a live-in caregiver. Live-in caregivers will help and assist you with these specific circumstances. There are certain steps that you must take in order to ultimately hire a live-in caregiver. In this article, I will explain and outline the steps needed from the employer to hire a live-in caregiver as well as the steps that the live-in caregiver needs to take.

How to Find a Live-in Caregiver

As an employer looking to find a live-in caregiver, there are standard requirements that need to be met. Through the live-in caregiver program, the employee must have a valid work permit to proceed with being hired. Therefore, the employer must ensure that this is done before offering employment. The employer must also ensure that they have attempted to hire employees through advertisements, personal or business contacts, and/or hiring agencies. After this is done, then they may be able to go through the application process of the live-in caregiver program in order to hire them.

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Federal Skilled Worker Jobs that Lead to Permanent Residence

Federal Skilled Worker Jobs that Lead to Permanent Residence
What Kind of Jobs Lead to Permanent Residence

Would you like to know whether your career or current job can lead you to permanent residency in Canada? Is it your dream to work in a career that you love but also live in a country of your dreams, such as Canada? With the Federal Skilled Worker Program, you may be able to do so. In this article, I will outline the requirements you need in order to be eligible under this specific program, as well as detail the specific jobs/careers that Canada is currently looking for.

Eligibility for the Federal Skilled Worker Program

In order for you to apply under this specific economic immigration program, there are some minimum requirements that you must have. The minimum requirements are:

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Who Can Apply for Canadian Citizenship

Who Can Apply for Canadian Citizenship
Do you Desire to become a Canadian Citizen?

Has it been a dream of yours to finally become a Canadian citizen after many years of being a permanent resident? This can be possible with the Canadian citizenship application. To become a Canadian citizen is not an easy process but we will let you know the requirements and restrictions for citizenship.

Who may apply for Canadian Citizenship?

In order to become a Canadian citizen, you are required to meet the following conditions:

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