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How to Obtain Humanitarian and Compassionate Consideration

How to Obtain Humanitarian and Compassionate Consideration
Humanitarian and Compassionate Consideration

It can be extremely frustrating if your application for Permanent Residency is refused and you feel as though your specific case is justified. In these special circumstances, you may be able to apply under the Humanitarian and Compassionate consideration, better known as H&C. There are several restrictions with respect to examination of applications for H&C consideration.

Who Qualifies for Humanitarian and Compassionate Consideration

A foreign national who is inadmissible or who does not meet the requirements of the Act or Regulations may make a written request for consideration of H&C under A25(1).

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Who Qualifies to Apply for Super Visa

Who Qualifies to Apply for Super Visa
Do you Qualify for a Super Visa?

One might ask, what is the difference between a Visitor Visa and a Super Visa? Is the super visa superior to the visitor visa, and if so, in what way? In fact, a super visa is not superior to the visitor visa as they both have the same purpose. The visitor visa is intended for any individual, of any age, to enter Canada temporarily. On the other hand, the super visa is intended for visitors in Canada with an eligible parent or grandparent that can visit family in Canada for up to two years without the need to renew their status. This gives the family of citizens or permanent residents in Canada the opportunity to visit and explore the wonders that Canada has to offer!

What the Super Visa Offers

The Super Visa is intended to be a multi-entry visa that provides multiple entries for a period of up to 10 years. This can be extremely beneficial for family members who wish to stay with their family for a longer period of time than just a couple of years. The key difference compared to a Visitor Visa is that the Super Visa allows an individual to stay for up to two years on initial entry into Canada, while a 10-year multiple entry Visitor Visa would only have a status period for each entry of six months only.

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Study Permit Eligibility

Study Permit Eligibility
International Students Studying in Canada

Do you want to study in Canada? Do you feel like the educational opportunities are better here than in your home country? If so, you should apply for a Study Permit. It is important to note that a study permit is necessary for some foreign nationals; however, there are some foreign nationals that do not require a study permit to study in Canada. In this article I will explain in detail, who needs a study permit and who does not, how to start the process of obtaining a study permit and any further steps.

Who does not need a Study Permit?

There are some necessary steps one has to make before applying for a study permit in Canada. Yet, there are some foreign nationals that do not require a study permit at all. If you fall under any of these categories below, you do not need a study permit to study in Canada:

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Sponsoring Refugee as Group of Five G5

Sponsoring Refugee as Group of Five G5
Group of Five Sponsorship (G5)

The United Nations has reported that in 2016 there were a record number of refugees displaced all over the world. Today that number is soaring far above 65 million people, and is the highest number of refugees that the world has ever seen; including during the time of the holocaust.

This is devastating number of people that have been forced to leave their home country in order to escape war, persecution or natural disasters. Because of the increased number of refugees in the world today, Canada has opened its doors to these individuals— through a program called the Group of Five (G5) Sponsorship.

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Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program AINP

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program AINP
Permanent Residence for Province of Alberta

Canada is one of the second largest country in the world with a population of over 35 million people and welcomes every year over 200,000 immigrants. Canada has been ranked by the United Nations one of the best places to live as it offers great quality of life, great educational opportunities, low unemployment and crimes rates and life expectancy is comparably longer than most other countries. Aside from the great opportunities it offers, Canada is a beautiful country with millions of square kilometers of rolling hills, flat plains and beautiful mountain ranges. Canada is also known for multiculturalism, filled with immigrants from all over the world that contribute to Canada’s economic growth. The diversified backgrounds and cultures is what makes Canada unique and you would never feel far away from home.

If you are looking to immigrate to Canada and sought interest in the province of Alberta then the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program AINP may be for you.

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Criminal Rehabilitation versus Temporary Resident Permit

Criminal Rehabilitation versus Temporary Resident Permit
Denied Entry to Canada for Criminal Record?

It is not easy to travelling to Canada with a past criminal record, you can be denied entry to Canada for criminal record that was over 40 years ago. If you have travel date in mind and not sure what steps you need to take to have successful entry into Canada then read our blog below. It will explain what steps you need to take to overcome your inadmissibility on temporary and permanent basis.

What is Criminal Rehabilitation?

Criminal Rehabilitation is a form of authorization to enter Canada issued for those who are not allowed to do so due to committing security or criminal offences outside of Canada which corresponds to serious offences in Canada and would bring about convictions if committed inside Canada. When a person applies for Criminal Rehabilitation he officially requests forgiveness for offences he committed in a foreign country. Once the application for Criminal Rehabilitation undergoes the process the result will be a permanent pardon; therefore, there would be no need to apply for TRP every time he/she wants to enter Canada and as long as the person does not re-offend

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Provincial Nominee Program Paper or Online Application

Provincial Nominee Program Paper or Online Application
Canada Provincial Nominee Immigration Programs

Canada is a beautiful country with boundless opportunity for skilled workers. If you are skilled worker and like to immigrate to Canada for permanent residency options you may be eligible through the Provincial Nominee Program. In 2015, the government of Canada nominated approximately 110,000 economic immigrants and these individuals were selected through one of the PNP programs. If you like to immigrate to Canada for PR options then this blog is for you.

What is the Provincial Nominee Program?

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is a fast way of obtaining Canadian permanent residence. The PNP allows Canadian provinces and territories to nominate individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada and who are interested in settling in a particular province.

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Study Permit Application after Submission

Study Permit Application after Submission
Study Permit after Submission

Are you an international student with an acceptance letter from a college or university in Canada and have submitted your study permit application and wondering what the next steps are? This blog will discuss the following:

status of your application after submission

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Do I need eTA or Visitor Visa to Canada

Do I need eTA or Visitor Visa to Canada
Travelling to Canada as a Visitor

There are tens of millions of individuals who come from around the world every year and travel to Canada for a variety of reasons including work, school, or even for a visit with family. Depending on who is coming and where they are coming from in the world they may need to apply for a Visitor Visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before they are able to travel to the country. To clarify what steps you need to take as temporary visitor to Canada then continue reading our blog below.

Do I need a Visitor’s Visa or an eTA?

If a foreign national is looking to fly to Canada for travel they must first consider their country of citizenship, and ask themselves if they are from a visa exempt country or not. If they are from a country which is considered visa exempt such as Germany, Italy, Netherlands then they will not need a visitor’s visa, and will be able to travel to the country by simply applying for an eTA. If they are from a country which is considered to be a non-visa exempt such as Brazil, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India then they must apply for a visitor’s visa before they are able to travel to Canada. It is highly recommended to look into the requirements of visitor visa and eTA prior to booking your travel ticket. Last thing you want to do is book your flight and finding out that you dont meet the requirements to travel to Canada.

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Reason you can be Denied Entry to Canada

Reason you can be Denied Entry to Canada
Denied Entry at Canadian Port of Entry

When travelling to Canada the immigration officer at the port entry has the right to refuse you entry based on the following grounds: past criminal convictions, health or financial problems, and security reasons. The immigration officer can simply deny you entry for a minor offence that was dated back over 30 years ago. These immigration officers are super cautious of who they will allow entry into Canada to ensure the safety of Canadian citizens.

So if you have major offence on record don’t even bother attempting at the port of entry without going in prepared or consulting with an immigration expert. For example, if you have a past assault or DUI charge and you have taken care of your inadmissibility in your country of citizenship but not in Canada then you will be refused entry as you have to take care of it on the Canadian side as well. Depending what is on your record, what you served for it and how long ago it was determines what type of application you need to apply for.

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Live in Caregiver Program Eligibility

Live in Caregiver Program Eligibility
What is a Live-in Caregiver?

Live-in Caregivers are those who are qualified to care for the elderly, for young children and/or for people with disabilities in private homes. If you are foreign worker and have experience as live-in caregiver then working in Canada may be a great opportunity for you. Many parents are looking for live in caregiver but unfortunately not enough caregivers in Canada to assist families. The Live in Caregiver Program was designed to fill in the gap for elderly and child care as part of the temporary foreign worker program. Read our blog to determine your eligibility to work as live in caregiver in Canada.

Live in Caregiver Eligibility Criteria

Unfortunately, not everyone is able to become a Live-in Caregiver; there are a series of requirements necessary in order to be eligible to take part in the Live-in Caregiver Program.

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Study Permit for International Students

Study Permit for International Students
Canada Study Permit Eligibility

Every year thousands of international students apply at college or universities in Canada to further their studies. Many internationals students choose to study in Canadian institutions because the fees for internationals students and cost of living are quite affordable when you compare it to other countries. Not only do these students get to study in Canada but it also gives them the opportunity gain Canadian work experience through off campus employment. As you are aware Canada is a multicultural country so you would never feel far from home.

Although Canada is very accepting of new immigrants, especially those who are looking to come to the country for work or school, there are still thousands of individuals denied every year for not submitting a strong application. Whether you are looking to work or complete your post-secondary education it very important understand what immigration Canada looks for when submitting a temporary application such as a Study Permit. There are many requirements one has to meet to be able to study in Canada and trying to tackle this on your own can be quite complicated. Read below to find out more about study permits for Canada.

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Denied Super Visa for Parents and Grandparents

Denied Super Visa for Parents and Grandparents
Super Visa Application Refused?

Applied for super visa for your parents or grandparents and got denied? Keep reading to see if you made any mistakes or the immigration officer.

What is a Super Visa?

The super visa is a special visa drafted by the Canadian immigration specifically for parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens of permanent residents. A super visa is a temporary document that allows parents and grandparents to live in Canada for up to two years per every visit for ten years. In order to gain this visa you must meet certain criteria set forth by Canadian immigration.

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Work and Travel Abroad through International Experience Canada

Work and Travel Abroad through International Experience Canada
Can I Work and Travel?

Do you wish to travel and gain Canadian work experience or are you a Canadian citizen and like to gain foreign work experience?? If this is the case the International Experience Canada (IEC) is for you!! This program offers great opportunity to gain work experience while you are travelling and exploring the great cities of Canada and other foreign cities. Working abroad in a foreign country gives you the opportunity to learn about different cultures, languages and meet people from all walks of life. It is a great way to broaden your horizon and learn new things about the world we live in. Individuals that have international experience are less likely to be unemployed because they have attained great skills to apply to their daily lives. Depending where you want to travel you can choose from one of the follow categories: Working Holiday, Young Professionals or International Co-op (internship). Working Holiday is a great option for persons that want to travel and see the world but at the same time make some money. If you to gain new skills such as how to do business abroad, experience learning a new language, work in diverse groups then the Young Professional category is for you. If you are currently in school and like to gain work experience in your field of study and complete your co-op or internship abroad then International Co-op (Internship).

International Experience Canada Eligibility

To determine if you are eligible for the International Experience Canada to follow the following steps:

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Temporary Resident Visa for Canada

Temporary Resident Visa for Canada
Travelling to Canada as a Visitor

Heard of the beautiful Canadian tourist attraction? Would like to visit Canada on your next vacation? You may or may not need a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) in order to enter Canada as a visitor/tourist. Let’s see if you qualify for one.

Who needs to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa?

Not all foreign nationals need to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa when traveling through Canada or visiting Canada. Your eligibility depends on your citizenship, for examples, citizens of United States do not need a visa to enter Canada. Citizens of Afghanistan do need a visa to enter Canada and citizens of Croatia need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter Canada. What kind of authorization you need can also depend on your personal situation. For example, if you are an American citizen with a criminal record, you do not need a Temporary Resident Visa but you may need a Temporary Resident Permit which is a much longer process and we have many blogs written on it on our website.

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How to write an Invitation Letter

How to write an Invitation Letter
Who is a Business Visitor?

To be considered a Business Visitor to Canada you need to be only engaging in international activities without directly entering the Canadian labour market. So these are individuals that come to attend business meetings, conferences, lectures, come for training in the Canadian parent company, come to train staff in the Canadian branch, buy Canadian goods or service, give after sales service or they come to be trained by the Canadian company for a product or service they purchased. To demonstrate your bona fida Business Visitor it would help to include a Business Invitation Letter from the employer in Canada.

Business Invitation Letter

Business Visitors do not require a work permit and therefore having an invitation letter from the person that is inviting you is highly recommended. The Business Invitation Letter should include the following information:

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Hire a Temporary Foreign Worker in a Low Wage Position

Hire a Temporary Foreign Worker in a Low Wage Position
Hiring Temporary Foreign Worker to Canada

Would like to hire a Temporary Foreign Worker in your company but don’t know which route to take? There are many things that employers must determine before attempting to hire a temporary foreign worker. One of those things is the wage you will be paying this temporary foreign worker. For the purposes of this blog I will be talking about the low-wage positions. Let’s take a look at how the wages are determined for low paying jobs.

What to Consider when Hiring Temporary Foreign Worker to Canada

If you wish to hire a temporary foreign worker in your company, you must first determine whether you have a need for a foreign worker or not. Firstly, you have to determine whether or not this position can be taken on by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. There are many ways of doing this as previously explained in the blogs section of our websites. If and when you establish that you have not found anyone in Canada that would carry out the position you are hiring for after doing extensive research, you may be allowed to hire a temporary foreign worker. This has to be determined by applying for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) through the Employment and Social Development Canada and Service Canada. However, determination of labour shortage may not allow you to bring your foreign worker into Canada. You must apply for a work permit given that you receive a positive labour market impact assessment.

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Recruitment Efforts under the Labour Market Impact Assessment

Recruitment Efforts under the Labour Market Impact Assessment
Hiring Foreign Worker to Canada

Want to hire a temporary foreign worker but don’t know where to start? There are many steps involved in the process of hiring a foreign worker; for example, the process of applying for a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). There are certain steps that employers need to take even before they start their LMIA application process. Let’s examine what you need to do before you can even be eligible to apply for an LMIA.

What is a Labour Market Impact Assessment?

A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), formerly known as a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) is a document that employers have to apply for and it is processed by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Service Canada. In other words, this document is the proof that Canada lacks the kind of skilled work or labour that you as an employer might be looking for. A positive LMIA document will enable employers to hire temporary foreign workers as it enables individuals to apply for work permits. Having a positive LMIA does not guarantee an approved work permit which is a separate procedure that should be conducted on its own.

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Open Spousal Work Permit Eligibility

Open Spousal Work Permit Eligibility
Open Spousal Work Permit

Have you applied for a Spousal Sponsorship and your spouse is in Canada without a job? Would you like to work and be able to support your family? You can now apply for an Open Spousal Work Permit and support yourself and your family while you wait for the results of your spousal sponsorship application.

What is a Spousal Sponsorship?

Spousal Sponsorship is an application submitted by individuals who would like to invite their spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partners to Canada for permanent residency. The person applying for their spouse must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and must be 18 years of age or older. In some cases the applicant lives in Canada with their spouse and while they are waiting for the processing of their spousal application, they might be able to work and support themselves in Canada.

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Employer Hiring Foreign Worker to Canada for High Wage Position

Employer Hiring Foreign Worker to Canada for High Wage Position
Hire a Temporary Foreign Worker in a High Wage Position

Cannot find suitable employees for the position you are hiring within Canada? Would like to hire a Temporary Foreign Worker in your company? There are many things that employers must determine before attempting to hire a temporary foreign worker. One of those things is the wage you will be paying this temporary foreign worker. Let's take a look at how the wages are determined.

Canadians who wish to hire a temporary foreign worker must first establish a shortage of the labour or skill that they are looking for in Canada. There are many ways of doing so that I have discussed in other Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) related blogs. Once the shortage has been established, the employer gets the green signal to apply for a labour market impact assessment or an LMIA formerly known as a Labour Market Opinion (LMO). Apart from showing a shortage of skill within Canada, the LMIA application must prove the arrival of the foreign worker will have a positive or neutral effect on the Canadian market. One of the most important aspects of hiring a temporary foreign worker is to establish that you, as the employer, will adhere to federal and provincial standards of labour law and pay them with prevailing wages and benefits.

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