Immigration Law governs the admission of foreign nationals, namely who can enter and stay in Canada. While it may seem complex and tedious, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) provides concise details on the application types and processes. You must ensure that your immigration/refugee application is completed properly and carefully. Any misunderstandings and errors in the application process can lead to costly delays and ramifications. A lawyer can help ensure that your application is completed properly.
Do you want to visit or travel to Canada? If yes, you will need a valid passport or travel document. A visitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization is also often required.
Are you planning to work or study in Canada? If so, you will need to determine whether you need a study or work permit. Most foreign nationals require a study or work permit. There are some exceptions, for example, if you plan to study in Canada for six months or less. If you are unsure of whether you need a study or work permit, or you have any other concerns, an immigration lawyer or consultant can help you.
Are you planning to immigrate to Canada? If so, you will need to evaluate and choose the right immigration program that suits you. Each immigration program has its own specific criteria and requirements that must be followed precisely.
Being a permanent resident, you can live, study and work anywhere in Canada, among the rights you are granted. Before you can to apply for Canadian citizenship, you must have valid permanent resident status in Canada.
The Express Entry program is one of the most popular for economic immigration. It include the Federal Skilled Workers Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class Program. Express Entry evaluates and selects candidates based on a point ranking system. Points are earned by satisfying selection factors, such as work experience, education experience, language skills (English or French) and nature of occupation. It is important to understand every selection factors and its criteria to calculate your total points accurately. An immigration lawyer or consultant can help you do so.
One of the objectives of Canadian immigration is to see the reunification of families. For those looking to help family members or relatives immigrate to Canada, the family sponsorship program is a viable option. Do you want to sponsor your spouse, common law partner or conjugal partner? Dependent children? Parents or grandparents? Siblings? Adopted child? You will need to keep in mind that there are specific eligibility requirements and conditions for each category.
Are you looking to start up a business in Canada? Do you want to immigrate as a self-employed person? Canada offers a number of immigration programs for business class immigrants, including specifically for start-ups and self-employed. In Ontario, entrepreneurs can be recognized and nominated for permanent residence through the Entrepreneur Stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.
Are you deemed to be inadmissible to Canada? Are you facing a deportation, exclusion on departure order? A foreign national can be deemed inadmissible for criminality, medical reasons, financial reasons and misrepresentation of information. An immigration lawyer or consultant can help you understand your rights and determine your options for overcoming an inadmissibility.
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