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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

Canadian Study Permit

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International student studying in Canada

Are you an international student planning to study abroad in Canada, but are unaware of how to do so? Do not worry if this person is you, as this blog will inform you on the step-by-step process required for the study permit application. Essential requirements and qualifications needed in order to apply, as well as specific documents that are required will be addressed. If you have any issues pertaining to a study permit application or other related permits, feel free to give Akrami and Associates a call and request a consultation at 416-477-2545.

What is a study permit

For those who are unaware, a study permit is an authorized document issued by an officer to any foreign national wishing to study abroad in Canada for a specified period of time.

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Federal Skilled Worker Program

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Immigrating to Canada with Express Entry

What is the Federal Skilled Worker Program? What does it allow me to do? Many questions may surface when thinking about the Federal Skilled Worker Program and what such application entails. Many individuals often have questions regarding the Federal Skilled Worker Program. With this being the case, it is highly recommended that you find an immigration expert who is right for you and who understands your personal needs. Here at Akrami and Associates, we offer a high degree of professional help and advise to our clients through our team of experiential lawyers and associates. This being said, please do not hesitate to contact us to book a consultation at 416-477-2545, regarding your diverse immigration matters.

What is the Federal Skilled Worker Program

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is a program that allows for individuals who are seen as capable of establishing themselves economically in Canada. The Canadian immigration officials initiated this program as a way to promote the establishment of entrepreneurs, business owners, and company developers to encourage blooming economic conditions within Canada. A structured point system is used for this program, which is used to select the top individuals who are seen as individuals who could be successful, economically.

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Document Fraud and Misrepresentation

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How to Identify Document Fraud and Misrepresentation

When you are applying for any immigration application, it is very important to be as accurate and truthful as the government of Canada, specifically Immigration officers, will be reviewing the applications. If any of the information is inaccurate, incomplete or inconsistent, the Immigration officer has authorization to refuse the application, or even identify the application as fraudulent or misrepresentation. In the worst case scenario, it is a serious crime to omit information or submit false information or documentation to Immigration Canada. Therefore, in this article, I will address what constitutes document fraud and further what misrepresentation can mean for you now and in the future.

Document Fraud

As previously mentioned if you submit any incomplete, inaccurate or inconsistent documentation or information to Immigration, they have the authorization to investigate further and may deem the documentation as fraudulent. Certain documents that can be altered or falsified include passports and travel identification; visas; educational certificates, such as degrees, diplomas, certification; certificates of birth, marriage, divorce, separation, or death; and police certificates. However, not only are these documents falsified, but others can be as well. For instance, other documents can include travel itineraries; return tickets to their country of origin; translated documents; and more. Therefore, before submitting any documentation or information to Immigration Canada, it is vital for you to review and analyze if any of the documents are fake. It can be truly detrimental to your application and your status in Canada in general.

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5 Reasons for Visitor Visa Refusals

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Top 5 Reasons for Visitor Visa Refusals

Temporary Resident Visas, also known as Visitor Visas, are one of the most complicated and difficult applications to get approved in Canada. There are many significant reasons for why a Visitor Visa may be refused. It is very important for applicants to identify and understand why an application was refused, especially if they would like to apply for another one in the future. Therefore, in this article, I will explain common reasons for visa refusals.

Why your Visitor Visa was Refused

It is important to recognize that any immigration application that is submitted to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will ultimately be reviewed and assessed by an authorized Immigration officer. These immigration officers have the ultimate discretion and flexibility to determine whether or not an application meets the eligibility requirements and is qualified to be issued the visa. Additionally, the Immigration officer must also be satisfied that you will abide by Immigration laws and leave Canada at the end of your authorized stay. Many times, Immigration officers will refuse Visitor Visa applications because of this exact reason.

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Canadian Study Permit

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Studying in Canada

documentation you require to legally enter and study in Canada? Or have you been accepted into a Canadian school and want to apply for a study permit? If you are a foreign national and are interested in studying in Canada, you may have some of these questions and more. If so, this blog will provide some useful information about the application process for a study permit, which is the proper documentation required for foreign nationals who would like to study in Canada.

What is a Study Permit

A study permit is a government-issued document that allows foreign nationals to study in Canada. To be eligible for a study permit, you must be accepted into one of Canada’s designated learning institutions (DLI). A study permit is not a visa. It does not allow you to enter Canada. To enter Canada, you will need a Temporary Resident Visa or an electronic travel authorization. This will be issued as part of your study permit application.

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Immigrate to Canada with Express Entry

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Introducing the Express Entry Program

Are you a skilled worker looking to immigrate permanently to Canada? Depending on the type of skilled work experience that you have, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residence in Canada under the federal Express Entry program. To learn more about the federal Express Entry program, the application process and how you may qualify, read the rest of this blog.

What is the Federal Express Entry Program

The Express Entry program is one of the pathways to immigrate to Canada permanently. The program targets skilled foreign workers with the ability and qualifications to help boost Canada’s economy. There are three programs under the express entry program. These are the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades and Canadian Experience Class.

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About a Canadian Study Permit

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Who Can Apply For a Canadian Study Permit?

Have you always wished of pursuing your education in a fun and challenging way? Have you ever thought of travelling to another country for school, to have the opportunity to immerse in another countries culture and lifestyle while also getting to experience all the amazing sights the country has to offer? If so, you may have considered studying in Canada. It is no secret Canada has plenty of beautiful sights, an abundant variety of cultures to experience and an education system that is rivaled by few; it would be the opportunity of a lifetime. Fortunately, the Canadian government knows it is the dream of many foreign nationals to experience Canada while studying within the Canadian system, and so they have allowed people who would like to come for this purpose to apply for a study permit and do so. If you are a foreign national who dreams of studying in Canada, continue reading this article to find out how you can apply for a study permit.

Why Do I Have to Apply For a Study Permit?

Oftentimes, a course will continue for more than 6 months, which is the maximum length of time any visitor; with or without a visitor’s visa, can stay. Therefore, without a study permit, you could only take part in a course which continued for less than 6 months, which is a huge limit on the programs foreign nationals could take part in while in Canada. To study for a period longer than 6 months, you can apply for a study permit and essentially ask the Canadian government for permission to stay in Canada longer than 6 months to pursue a program of interest to you, and then return to your country of origin. To be clear, if the program you intend to study is shorter than 6 months, you do not have to apply for a study permit. If the officer believes you seek an extended stay in Canada to pursue studies and you are honest in your assertion you will leave once they are over, you are likely to be granted a study permit and have the opportunity to experience the sights, culture, and educational system which are so highly respected worldwide.

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Important Information You Need to Know when Crossing the Border

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How do you Cross the Border

Any foreign national will experience some anxiety or fear when crossing the Canadian border, especially when the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer asks questions. Foreign nationals who have criminal inadmissibility or, in other words, a criminal record will have more questions and more examination from the Immigration officer when attempting to cross the border. Therefore, as a foreign national, you should be well-prepared and anticipate all questions that the Immigration officer may have for you. In this blog, you will learn about relevant information with regards to crossing the border as a foreign national.

Interview Process

As a foreign national, it is very likely that you will undergo two interview processes when you are crossing the border. The interview process shall be finished quickly, if you can address all questions asked by the officer properly, and you have sufficient documentation.

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How to Travel to Canada as a Minor

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Travelling to Canada as a Minor

Coming to Canada as a minor is never an easy process. If you are a minor and want to come to Canada, you will undergo a specific application process. The border officers are very vigilant when they are examining minor children’s entrance. This is because they want to make sure those minors, who are coming to Canada, are not missing children or runaway children. That being said, minors without proper documentation or the company of their parents or legal guardian(s) will be inspected when they are entering Canada. In this blog, you will learn about how to travel to Canada as a minor, as well as some possible scenarios that a minor may encounter at the border.

Understand the Term “Minor”

The term minor refers to children who are under the age of majority in Canada. However, different provinces and territories have their own age of majority. For example, the age of majority for Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan is 18. The age of majority for British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, and Yukon is 19.

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Spousal or Common-law Sponsorship Common Questions

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What is the purpose of the Spousal Sponsorship Interview

The purpose of the interview is to eliminate potential marriage fraud, as many people use marriage to obtain Canadian permanent residence. If you are required to attend the interview, you will receive a notification regarding the date and location for your interview. This process is to ensure the couple’s relationship is genuine. The questions you may be asked include but are not limited to:

How and when did you two meet?How did your relation develop? Did you know your spouse before you met them? Who attended the wedding?If you and your spouse have exchanged gifts, what was exchanged?When and where did you get married?Describe the accommodation where you both lived?

Often times, officers will also ask questions that may seem trivial. For example:

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Federal Skilled Worker Program vs Canadian Experience Class

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Express Entry programs

Express Entry is one the most common options for an individual to immigrate to Canada. Express Entry, however, can be very confusing to many foreign nationals, because there are many categories under it. There are three major programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. In order to prepare you for your application, it is important for you to recognize and understand the eligibility requirements prior to applying. In this blog, you will learn about the differences between Federal Skilled Worker Program and Canadian Experience Class, so that you may have a better idea of what Express Entry entails.

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Group of Five Financial Requirements

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Sponsoring a Refugee

If you would like to sponsor a refugee, you would need to meet certain requirements to be eligible. First and foremost, in order to sponsor a refugee, you will need to be a group of five or more Canadian citizens, Registered Indians, or permanent residents who are 18 years of age or older and who live (or have representatives) in the community where the refugees are expected to live. The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada refer to this group of people as the Group of Five. Similar to any other types of sponsorship, sponsors are obligated to arrange necessary settlement to financially support the principal applicant (the refugee) for the full duration of the sponsorship. The sponsors are also responsible for fulfilling the terms of the Sponsorship Undertaking. In this blog, you will specifically learn about the financial responsibility of the sponsors.

Who is Ineligible to Sponsor a Refugee

If you are a person who has been convicted in or outside Canada of murder or other offences, and five years have not passed since the completion of the person’s sentence, then you are ineligible to sponsor a refugee. A person who has not paid fines ordered by a court, is in jail, is subject to a removal order, or is subject to a revocation proceeding under the Citizenship Act, also fails to qualify as an eligible sponsor.

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Temporary Resident Visa Versus Super Visa

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Which Type of Visa Should I get

Canada is beautiful country with plenty of tourist hotspots, and this is why Canada is one of the most popular countries to travel to. However, you may have to do a complete preparation before you come to visit Canada. Depending on your circumstances, the things you will need to prepare may be different than other individuals preparing to visit Canada. As a result, it is highly recommended that you have a thorough understanding of all the things you will need to prepare for prior to your travel. In this blog, you will learn about different processes individuals commonly go through before visiting Canada.

What is Temporary Resident Visa

A temporary resident visa (TRV) is also known as the visitor visa. If you are a foreign national who wants to visit Canada and is coming from a non-visa exempt country, you will need a temporary resident visa. A temporary resident visa typically allows you to stay in Canada for a 6 month period maximum. If your temporary resident visa is valid for a different length of time, it will be clearly indicated on the visa. It is your responsibility to be aware of the expiry date of your visa, so that you do not overstay in Canada. You are not permitted to leave and re-enter the country, unless you apply for and receive an approved multiple entry visa.

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Types of Canadian Work Permit

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Working in Canada

Being able to work Canada is beneficial for many foreign nationals who have a hard time finding work in their country of origin. By having the ability to legally work in Canada , foreign national may have more opportunity to thrive and grow. If these circumstances sound like the situation you’re facing, it is likely you may want to apply for a Canadian work permit. In this blog, you will learn about different types of work permit, so you may apply for one that is suitable for you.

Canadian Work Permit Eligibility

You will need to ensure you are eligible to apply for a Canadian work permit prior to starting your application. In order to be eligible, you cannot be inadmissible to Canada for any reason. In addition to this, you must also meet all other requirements. For example, you need to prove to an immigration officer you will leave Canada when your permit expires. You also need to demonstrate you are in good health, and will not place excessive demand on Canadian social services. Last but not least, you will also need to meet all the specific requirements for the work permit you intend to apply for.

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Protect Yourself from Fraud and Misrepresentation

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Immigration Fraud and Misrepresentation

As a newcomer to Canada, you may not be aware of how companies or the government does business. Alternatively, as an applicant who is applying for permanent residence or citizenship, you may have unintentionally made crucial mistakes on your application, which can ultimately lead to misrepresentation. The Canadian government takes misrepresentation very seriously; if you misrepresent information that is directly related to decisions made under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), you will face severe consequences inevitably. In this blog, you will specific aspects of fraud and misrepresentation in terms of immigration applications.

What are the Kinds of Common Fraud

People Pretending to be Government of Canada staff

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Permanent Residence under Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds

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What Makes this type of Application Special

Submitting an application for permanent residence can already be a cumbersome process. Now, an application for permanent residence on humanitarian and compassionate (PR with H&C) consideration is even more complicated than any other type of permanent resident application. This is because you are applying for permanent residence without being eligible to apply through the regularly accepted routes, such as Express Entry, Family Class Sponsorship, and so on. More specifically, you are applying for your permanent residence, because you would suffer from hardship if you return to your home country. In this blog, you will learn about who are eligible for this type of application, as well as the application process.

Who is Eligible to Apply for PR with H&C

If you can provide compelling reasons that explain the extreme hardship you will likely be facing upon returning to your home country, you may be eligible to apply for PR with H&C. You also may apply for PR with H&C if you are already in Canada at the present time. You will need to convince an immigration officer that if you leave your established life in Canada, you will encounter unbearable life crisis.

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Canadian Spousal Sponsorship

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Knowing the Spousal Sponsorship

Canadian spousal sponsorship often requires applicants to undergo highly complex legal process, regardless of whether the application is submitted domestically or abroad. The spouse seeking to obtain permanent residence in Canada must be sponsored by an eligible Canadian citizen or permanent resident, who must also submit a sponsorship application in support of the foreign spouse. Simply meeting the status requirement does not mean your application will be approved; there are many other requirements both the sponsor and the principal applicant needs to meet. In this blog, you will learn about information about Canadian spousal sponsorship.

Canadian Spousal Sponsorship Terminology

When you are completing the application forms for your spousal sponsorship application, two terms, which are “principal applicant” and “sponsor”, will be present ubiquitously on the forms.

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The Difference between Business Visitors and Business People

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Business People vs. Business Visitors

A lot of times, terminologies in the field of immigration may be confusing to many foreign nationals. For example, temporary resident visa vs. temporary resident permit and business visitors vs. business people. It is important for applicants to understand what those terms refer to and the major difference between the terms. If you do not have a solid understanding of the immigration terminologies, you can potentially make mistakes on your applicant or even submit the wrong application. Both business visitors and business people are temporary residents coming to Canada on business related activity. The main difference between the two is the length of time they will spend in Canada respectively. In this blog, you will learn about the difference between a business visitor and a business person.

What are Business People

Business people are individuals who come to Canada to do business under a free trade agreement. Specifically, a business person can come to Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), under one of the other free trade agreements, or under General Agreement on Trades in Services (GATS). It is also important to understand that business people, who are coming to Canada under a free trade agreement (FTA), can qualify in any of 4 specific categories of business person. The categories are professionals, intra-company transferees, traders and investors, and business visitors. If you are coming to Canada as a business visitor, you still need to meet the eligibility requirements of the category you intend to apply for, and must comply with the obligations of the FTA you are permitted to apply under.

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Federal Skilled Worker Arranged Employment and Selection Criteria

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Knowing the Federal Skilled Worker Program

Express Entry is one of the ways by which you may obtain a permanent residence status in Canada. However, Express Entry is a broad concept in the field of immigration, as there are many programs under it. There are three major programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. Having to figure out the Express Entry or the programs can be a hassle for many foreign nationals. In order to prepare you for your application, it is important for you to recognize and understand the eligibility requirements prior to applying. In this blog, you will learn about the Federal Skilled Worker Program, as well as other important information one should know before applying under this economic immigration program.

Skilled work experience Requirement for the FSW

Individuals can be recruited for positions which qualify as Skill Type 0 (managerial jobs) or Skill Level A (professional jobs) or Skill Level B (technical jobs and skilled trades) on the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC) list.

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Hiring Temporary Foreign Workers Faster through the Global Skill Strategy

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Introducing the Global Skill Strategy

Hiring a foreign worker may be beneficial for a Canadian company to acquire a wide variety of talents and skills. If you are an employer who wants to attract top talent to work for your company, and wants a fast and predictable process to do this, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada has introduced Global Skills Strategy to help employers get highly-skilled workers faster. The benefit of Global Skills Strategy is that it features faster application processing times, work permit exemptions and enhanced customer service. The average processing time for the Global Skill Strategy is two weeks. If you want to know more about the Global Skill Strategy, please continue and read this blog.

Who is Eligible for the Two-Week Processing

Generally speaking, Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exempt workers, LMIA-required workers, and the spouses and dependents are eligible for the two-week processing. However, eligible applicants should take some more specific details into consideration.

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