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Bahar's Blog about Immigration to Canada & USA

Bahar's Blog about Immigration to Canada & USA
Bahar received her Post Secondary Diploma with Honours from Humber College. Bahar has been working in the immigration field for approximately 2 years and is known for her attention to detail and client needs. She has assisted in the successful completion of cases ranging from permanent to temporary matters and will find a way to get 'it' done. Pri...or to working with Akrami & Associates, Bahar also gained valuable work experience with an Architectural firm as the Office Manager. Bahar looks forward to meeting you! More

Visitor Visa Requirements

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Applying for a Visitor’s Visa

Canada has always been known to be an accepting country of visitors. A visitor’s visa is a stamp on your passport which proves that you are cleared by the Canadian government to be allowed into the country. Canada accepts visitors from all backgrounds and creeds with due process. This means that if you take the necessary legal steps to apply and receive a visitor’s visa, you should have no problem obtaining a visitor’s visa. This article will talk about who needs a visitor’s visa, how to extend a visitor’s visa, and a visa overstay welcome.

Basic Travel Requirements for a Visitor’s Visa

In order for you to begin your application process, you must ensure that you oblige by this checklist to ensure that your application will run as smoothly as possible. These are the requirements:

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TRP vs Criminal Rehabilitation

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HELP! I have to Overcome Criminal Inadmissible to Travel to Canada!

Have you recently been denied entry into Canada at a port of entry, or had your visitor visa application denied? Have you learned recently that your criminal record will affect your ability to visit Canada? If so, you must deal with your inadmissibility before you will be permitted to enter the country. It is also very useful to know that if you have an issue with criminal inadmissibility, there are different ways you can overcome this. Often, people wish to enter Canada for very good reason, perhaps to visit relatives who are sick or to celebrate familial weddings. It would be a shame to be forced to miss these events because you are inadmissible to Canada and were unaware of the avenues available to overcome this issue. If you are inadmissible to Canada but would still like to enter Canada, your options are to submit an application for criminal rehabilitation or apply for a temporary resident permit. Therefore, throughout this article, we will discuss what each of these applications entails, and how to apply for each.

What Is A Temporary Resident Permit? What Is Criminal Rehabilitation?

First and foremost, BOTH a temporary resident permit and an application for criminal rehabilitation only make you admissible to enter Canada. NEITHER of these documents gives an individual permission to actually enter Canada for any length of time. If you wish to travel to Canada, you must determine whether you are from a visa-exempt or a non-visa exempt country, and apply for the necessary travel documents accordingly. As a traveler from a non-visa exempt country, you will need a visitor visa. On the other hand, if you are a traveller from a visa-exempt country, you will only need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).Ultimately, it is important to understand that along with a temporary resident permit or an approved application for criminal rehabilitation, you will also need a valid visitor visa or eTA to be permitted to enter the country.

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Applying for Permanent Residency with Humanitarian and Compassionate Consideration

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Have no way of Attaining Permanent Resident Status in Canada?

This may seemingly be the case. Individuals who have no family in Canada and are not eligible for family class sponsorship, as well as individuals who are not qualified enough to be eligible for the economic immigration programs, and do not qualify as a temporary resident whom is soon to become eligible to apply for permanent residence, could be left thinking there is no way for them to achieve permanent residence in Canada. This is not entirely the case. It is not a simple process, and there are very strict requirements, though, there is the option of applying for permanent residence with humanitarian and compassionate considerations (H&C). Throughout this article, we will discuss who can apply for permanent residence with humanitarian and compassionate considerations, and the process of submitting this type of application as well.

Why Does this Type of Application Exist?

This application is not simply for individuals who want to enter Canada, but cannot. Applying for H&C consideration is an exceptional measure – it is not simply another means of applying for permanent resident status in Canada. More specifically, this type of application is for individuals facing specific and undue harm should they have to return to their home country. The government of Canada recognizes that in some circumstances, an individual’s situation justifies giving their application special consideration. Therefore, that is what an application with H&C does.

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Apply for a Start Up Visa

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What is a Start-up Visa?

There is a very unique immigration opportunity available to individuals who are entrepreneurs and have an innovative business idea. The startup visa program, as it sounds, helps individuals who are interested in coming to Canada to start a business which has a good chance of success, accomplish this and become permanent residents of Canada. There is a very selective application process for this type of visa, because the Canadian government must be convinced your business idea actually has a good chance at success. If this cannot be expected, the Canadian government will not allow you to apply for permanent residency through the startup visa program. Keep reading this article if you are an entrepreneurial individual with an eye on the Canadian market, and would like to live in Canada. The startup visa program may be just the option for you.

How Do I Know I am Eligible for the Startup Visa Program?

In short, to be eligible for the Start-up Visa Program, you must have a qualifying business, prove your business is properly supported by a designated organization, meet the language requirements as an individual applicant and bring with you enough money to settle in Canada.

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Canadian Investor Program

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Changes to the Canadian Investor Program

One of the most unique immigration programs offered by the Canadian government has changed in the last couple of years. It is important to Akrami and Associates, that not only the immigration professionals are able to keep up with the changes, but also that we help our clients keep up with the changes as well. Therefore, this article will cover the changes which have taken place over the Canadian Investor program, formally known as the Federal Immigrant Investors and Entrepreneurs program. It has now become the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program, and more than just the name has changed.

If you have Already Applied under the Former Federal Immigrant Investors and Entrepreneurs program…

Unfortunately, with the termination of the Federal Immigrant Investors and Entrepreneurs program, many applications were also terminated. If a decision was not made on your application before February 11, 2014, your application would have been terminated, and the fees should have been returned. The only exception to this is applications made under the Quebec Investor Program and the Quebec Entrepreneur Program.

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Common Questions about Working in Canada Temporarily

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Common Questions about Working in Canada Temporarily 

There are many reasons individuals have a wish to come to Canada and enter the Canadian labor market. Though, because there are so many reasons to want to work in Canada, many, many people are signing up to do so. With all the interest in working in Canada, the Canadian government has several programs which individuals can apply to, essentially, to allow individuals to apply to work in Canada in the sector which most suits their knowledge, skills and work experience. Overall though, this has resulted in a large and confusing cluster of ways in which individuals can obtain work permits in Canada, ultimately making it much more difficult for individuals to understand how to get started on applying to work temporarily in Canada. This article will therefore serve the purpose of helping answer some questions individuals commonly have about temporary work permits, and how they may obtain one.

What is an LMIA? Do I Have to Apply for one?

The short answer is, you probably will need to apply for an LMIA, otherwise known as a labor market impact assessment. Essentially, this is an application for permission for the Canadian employer the foreign national intends to work for, to be able to fire a foreign worker temporarily. The Canadian government wants to avoid temporary workers coming to Canada, and taking positions away from Canadians who need work. Therefore, the LMIA assesses what the impact of hiring a temporary foreign worker would be. Ultimately, a positive LMIA is an endorsement by the Canadian government for the employer to hire a temporary foreign worker. To learn more about LMIA’s, follow the link provided. They can essentially be treated as an application all in themselves, so there is more to know about LMIA’s than can be covered here.

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FAQ's about Labor Market Impact Assessments

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FAQ’s About Labor Market Impact Assessment

When it comes to a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), many individuals looking to apply for a work permit are intimidated, confused and concerned for their ability to obtain a positive LMIA, so that they may have a chance of obtaining a work permit. In this article, we will attempt to help you understand LMIA’s, and clear up many areas we notice individuals commonly misunderstand in reference to their LMIA’s.

Q: What is the Purpose of an LMIA?

A labor market impact assessment shows whether or not foreign workers are needed to fill a specific position in the Canadian economy, or, it will determine there are Canadians available to fill a position, and the LMIA will be negative. A positive LMIA is needed to successfully apply for a work permit. If you do not first obtain a positive LMIA before applying for a temporary work permit, your application will be denied.

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The Process of Coming to Study in Canada

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Prepare to Study in Canada

If you have been considering completing all or a portion of your studies in Canada, it is never too early to start preparing to apply for a study permit. It can take a remarkably long time to prepare an application. Then, on top of this, it takes even longer for the application to be processed and a decision be given to the applicant. Throughout this article, we will aim to provide a comprehensive article, which details all the things one must think of, to prepare to study in Canada.

1. Find out Whether You Come from a Visa-Exempt, or a Non-Visa Exempt Country.

This will determine whether you only need to apply for an electronic travel authorization (eTA), or, if you need to apply for a temporary resident visa (TRV), along with your study permit.

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The Process of Becoming a Canadian Citizen

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Thinking About Becoming a Canadian Citizen?

If you are a permanent resident of Canada, who has met their residency requirements, and worked hard to become eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship, you may be closer to eligibility than you think, and it is never too early to start learning about the application process, and preparing for the citizenship test. It is a very nerve-wracking process for most, because many have devoted an abundance of time and energy into becoming a permanent resident, in hopes of one day becoming a full Canadian citizen. Throughout this article, we will walk you through the basics of becoming a Canadian citizen, to help you start preparing.

What are the Fundamental Steps?

First, you must ensure you meet all the requirements to be eligible to become a Canadian citizen. There is a specified minimum length of time you must have been living in Canada, and, you must be a permanent resident. In addition to these, you must have filed your income tax and met your personal tax obligations in a minimum of 3 years out of the 5 years you were a permanent resident before you applied. To be eligible to have your citizenship approved, you must meet the minimum language requirements, and pass a citizenship test to prove you have strong ties to the country and a devotion to remain in Canada forever, by testing your knowledge of the countries culture, history, individual right, laws and prohibitions. Then, you can submit an application for Canadian Citizenship, and an Immigration officer will assess whether or not you meet the requirements of a Canadian citizen.

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How to Prepare a Visitor Visa Application

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Do You Need a Visitor Visa to Enter Canada? 

Do you wish to come to Canada in the near future, and have no intentions of working or studying in Canada for longer than 6 months? Are you from a non-visa exempt country? If this is the case for you, you’ll need to apply for a temporary resident visa, and receive approval on this application, before you are permitted to travel to Canada. If you are from a visa-exempt country, you may only need to apply for an eTA (electronic travel authorization), if you are flying to Canada. An eTA gives you permission to board your flight which will land at a Canadian airport. A visitor visa gives permission to citizens from countries who are not allowed to enter Canada without a valid visa, the permission to enter Canada, the permission to do so. Please remember, everyone needs a valid travel document, and must not be inadmissible to Canada. Though, this article will cover how to apply for a temporary resident visa, for those individuals who must go through this extra step, before being permitted to enter Canada.

Step 1: Gather Documents

Always start by collecting all the necessary documents, which will have to be submitted with your application for a temporary resident visa. This helps to ensure nothing is missing once your application is submitted, which will result in increased processing times on your application. You will need to provide a variety of things, which Akrami and Associates would be glad to help you with. We help our clients applying for visitors visas every step of the way, to ensure they truly understand what is required in their application. You application must include the following, but is not only limited to these documents.

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Learn About the Live-In Caregiver Program

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What is the Live-In Caregiver Program?

Essentially, the live-in caregiver program allows Canadian citizens or permanent residents to hire a foreign national to provide “live-in care.” All this is, is full-time in home care. If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and you require full-time, round the clock care, then you may be eligible to apply to hire a foreign national to provide this care for you. Though, it is required that you have made a good attempt to hire a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, before you will be permitted to hire a foreign national to do this job. Nonetheless, this is a unique opportunity for a Canadian to benefit from helping a foreign national find work and/ or achieve permanent residency in Canada. Not to mention, the foreign national even has the benefit of having their living situation already all sorted out! This relieves much of the stress about moving to a new country for sure. So, if you think you might be eligible to be a live-in caregiver, or this program is of interest to you, or, if you think you might need to hire a live-in caregiver from overseas… keep reading this article to learn all about how to get involved with this program!

What is a Live-In Caregiver?

A live in caregiver is qualified person that can work without supervision in a private household. He or she is supposed to provide care for the elderly, children and or the disabled. It was once a requirement that the caregiver actually reside with the employer/ patient, though this is no longer the case. Nonetheless, the employer is still responsible for arranging room and board for the caregiver. The Canadian federal government came up with the Live-in caregiver program in order to counter the limited number of live-in caregivers in the country. To begin, the live-in caregiver will enter Canada as a temporary foreign worker.

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Adopting a Child from Overseas

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Adopting a Child from Overseas

Have you been thinking about adopting a child from another country? Adopting a child from overseas is an incredibly exciting experience for everyone involved. Though, it can also be very stressful, as adopting a child from overseas requires you apply for permanent residency, or for citizenship for your child. Adopting a child from overseas is known as intercountry adoption, and there is a very important process new parents must follow, to ensure the new family does not have any barriers in the way as they try to begin their life with their child. This is a two-step process. The first step requires you to contract the “intercountry adoption authority” in your province or territory, to gather information about how to adopt a child from another country. This first step does not involve Canadian immigration services at all. Though, once you have gone through the process of finding a child to adopt and have been authorized to proceed with the adoption, then you are ready to proceed to step-two. In this step you will interact with Canadian immigration services to help your new child achieve permanent status in Canada. Keep reading to learn more about the second-step of the process.

The Adoption has Been Authorized, What Are my Next Steps?

You will know your adoption has been authorized because you will receive a “letter of no objection” from your provincial intercountry adoption authority. At this point, you have the choice of applying for Canadian citizenship for your adopted child, or, you can apply to get them status as a permanent resident. Whether you can apply for citizenship or permanent residency for your child ultimately depends on the situation of the parents.

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Entering Canada as a Business Visitor

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Coming to Canada with an Agenda?

Have you been considering coming to Canada for a business trip. Or, more likely, you have a plan in mind to come to Canada in the near future, and you’re not sure whether the activities you’re coming to Canada for, qualify was a “business endeavor” or “working.” Sometimes, it is very difficult to know the difference between activities and something that seems like a simple visit, even if you’re going to take care of a couple of things you had planned on doing while you’re here. Though, it is important to know that the Canadian government considers anyone who enters Canada with the intention participating in business-like activities, a business visitor.

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Different Types of Work Permit

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How Can I Work in Canada?

Have you always wished of travelling to Canada for longer than a typical very short vacation, but need to work while you’re here to continue to support yourself? This is not an uncommon situation for individuals who seek entry to Canada, especially because oftentimes individuals have to come to Canada to take care of a sick family member, or to spend more time living with close relatives. In these situations, it is tough to stop working and lose your income for the entire period you’re going to be out of your country of origin for other commitments, and no one likes to be without an income. So, being able to work while you are in Canada is a huge benefit. At the same time, it is often the case the people have a hard time finding work in their country of origin, and can have more success applying to work in Canada as a temporary foreign worker for pre-determined periods of time. If these circumstances sound like the situation you’re facing, it is likely you would want to apply for a Canadian work permit, so that you can work while you are in Canada. This article will aim to help you better understand the various work permits which are available to you.

Am I Eligible to Apply for a Canadian Work Permit?

First, you will need to ensure you are eligible to apply for a Canadian work permit. Most importantly, this means you must not be inadmissible to Canada for any reason. In addition to this, you must also meet all other general requirements of an individual requesting permission to work in Canada. This includes proving to an immigration officer you intend to leave when your permit expires, you must be in a position to support yourself financially and you may have to prove you are in good health, and will not place excessive demand on Canadian social services. Then, depending on the type of work permit you intend to apply for, you will also need to meet all the specific requirements for the work permit you’ve applied for.

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Information About Temporary Resident Visas

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What is a visitor’s Visa?

Are you considering a trip to Canada in the future? Are you wondering what you might need to prepare for the big day to make sure you’re not denied entry at the border? This can be a very stressful process, we know. There are a lot of things to consider to be sure you have all the right documents when you arrive at the border, and this means preparing well in advance. Many citizens who seek entry into Canada come from a non-visa exempt country, which means they’ll need to apply for a visitor’s visa, also known as a temporary resident visa, before they will be permitted to enter Canada. Knowing you need a visitor’s visa is the first step towards success, though, the process of applying for a visa can very nerve-wracking. Because you need to have a valid visitor’s visa before you arrive at the border, you will need to start preparing well in advance to ensure your application is processed and approved on time for your preferred travel date. Therefore, this article will aim to help you understand the process of applying for a visitor’s visa, and explain what a visitor’s visa can allow you to do during your stay in Canada.

Who Needs A Visitor’s Visa?

If you are travelling from a non-visa exempt country, you will need to apply for a visitor’s visa before you arrive at the Canadian border. It is important to understand you cannot apply for a visitor’s visa at the border; you must be able to show an approved visitor’s visa to Canadian immigration officers when you arrive at the border. If you are travelling from a visa-exempt country, you do not need a visitor’s visa to be permitted to enter Canada. Though, it is usually the case that individuals from visa-exempt countries, still require an approved electronic travel authorization (eTA) to be permitted to enter the country.

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Tourist Visas Questions and Answers

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Questions and Answers for Tourist Visas

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

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

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

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How to Apply for Canadian Experience Class

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The Steps to Apply for Canadian Experience Class

If you are a foreign national that is currently working in Canada and would like to obtain permanent residency in Canada, the Canadian Experience Class may be for you. The Canadian Experience Class category is available through the Express Entry immigration selection system. The Canadian Experience Class category is intended for foreign nationals who have work experience in Canada and have gained the appropriate skills to assist them for any future work in Canada and, thus, hopefully resulting in permanent residency in Canada. These potential permanent residents of Canada who have work experience within Canada will essentially benefit the Canadian economy going forward. Therefore, in this article, I will address how to apply for Canadian Experience Class and other very important information to consider if you would like to apply under this economic immigration category.

Eligibility to Apply for Canadian Experience Class

In order to apply for the Canadian Experience Class economic immigration category, you must meet all of the eligibility requirements. Not everyone will be eligible to apply. Below is the two main requirements in order to apply for Canadian Experience Class.

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How to Apply for an Open-Work Permit

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The Process of Applying for an Open-Work Permit

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

What is an Open-Work Permit

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

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Super Visa Application Tips

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Application Tips for Super Visa

The Super Visa application is a great alternative for Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada who would like to reunite with their parents or grandparents for longer than six months in Canada. In the past, the only option was the parent-grandparent sponsorship; however, now individuals can choose to apply for the super visa. For the super visa application, it is very important to understand and recognize the requirements from the sponsor as well as from the applicant. Therefore, in this article, I will address some useful and beneficial application tips when applying for a Super Visa to Canada.

Eligibility Requirements for Super Visa

If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, then you are on the right track to being eligible to apply for the Super Visa for your parent or grandparent. In addition, you must also meet the minimum low income cut off. It is important to note that the minimum necessary income is determined and based on your current family size and the amount of individuals you intend on sponsoring to Canada. The amount of individuals will be either one or two – i.e. your parent or grandparent and their spouse or common-law partner. Keep in mind, for this specific type of Immigration application, dependents are not allowed to apply. In other words, any dependent child of the parent or grandparent would not be eligible to apply and, thus, cannot be included in the application for Super Visa.

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Questions and Answers Regarding Study Permits in Canada

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Questions and Answers for Study Permits

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

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

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

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