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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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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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