THINKING OF STARTING A BUSINESS IN CANADA?
ARE YOU A SKILLED TRADESPERSON?
HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT IMMIGRATION TO CANADA?
Who qualifies for a Canadian Immigration Visa?
Both federal, and Quebec skilled workers, provincial nominees and people who have studied and/or worked in Canada; and business persons under Canada’s economic immigration categories may receive Canada Immigration Visas.
Also, close family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents may be issued Canada Immigration Visas through family sponsorship.
Finally, Canada issues permanent resident visas to qualified asylum seekers and certain individuals on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.
How do I find out if I qualify for Immigration to Canada?
If you complete and submit an online assessment, we will evaluate at no charge.
What is Express Entry?
Express Entry is an electronic management application system for immigration to Canada.
It is not an immigration program and it facilitates the selection and processing of Canada’s economic immigration programs:
- the Federal Skilled Worker Class (formerly the Federal Skilled Worker Program),
- the Federal Skilled Trades Class (formerly the Federal Skilled Trades Program),
- the Canadian Experience Class, and
- a portion of the Provincial Nominee Programs.
Applicants make an “expression of interest” (EOI) in immigrating to Canada; and, if they are eligible for at least one of the aforementioned programs, they then enter the Express Entry pool. The federal government and provincial governments, as well as Canadian employers, are then able to select candidates from this pool. The candidates will then receive an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for immigration to Canada under one of the programs.
What is the procedure to study in Canada?
First, you need to get admission to a Canadian Designated Learning Institution (DLI) recognized by the government of Canada. Upon receiving a letter of acceptance from a DLI, he or she may be able to apply for a study permit online or by mail.
Please be advised that new study permits are issued at a Canadian port of entry. An applicant who has submitted an application to a foreign Canadian Visa Office will be issued a letter of approval advising him or her to travel to a Canadian port of entry to have the study permit issued. A study permit is generally issued for the duration of the person’s studies.
Do I need to show proof of funds when applying for a study permit?
Study permit applicants must prove they have sufficient funds to cover tuition fees and financial capacity to support living expenses for the first year of study. Followings show the minimum funds required to support yourself as a student and family members who come with you to Canada:
|Number of people||All provinces except Quebec|
|Single student||Tuition plus $10,000 for a 12-month period (or $833 per month)|
|For one accompanying family member add:||$4,000 for a 12-month period (or $333 per month)|
|For each additional family member, add:||$3,000 for a 12-month period per dependent child of any age (or $255 per month)|
Is it possible to stay in Canada after graduation?
There are many ways to stay and settle in the country after graduation. The most popular option is the possibility for an open work permit under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP). Under the PGWPP, an individual who has studied full-time at a participating Designated Learning Institution (DLI) may be eligible to apply for a PGWP.
Gaining work experience in Canada after graduation may help you qualify for permanent residence in Canada through a variety of immigration available immigration programs. Generally, if a PGWP is issued, it is for the same duration as the applicant’s studies for a minimum of eight months and a maximum of three years.
Can a spouse be included in the application?
A spouse or common-law partner of a valid study permit holder may be eligible to apply for an open work permit. The open work permit for a spouse or common-law partner may be valid for the same period of time as the study permit, and as long as the study permit remains valid. In the study permit application, the applicant should indicate that the spouse will accompany him or her to Canada. If a spouse later decides to study in Canada, he or she should submit his or her own study permit application.
Who can I include in my application for a Canada Immigration Visa?
You must include your spouse/common-law partner/conjugal partner and any dependent children under 22 years in the application. If dependent children are 22 and older, they must be full-time students in Canada. Your dependents will be subject to medical and security clearance requirements. A change in family status after your application has been submitted may affect the processing of your application.
To point out, you can not include your parents in your application. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents may bring their parents and grandparents to Canada through one of two popular programs: Family Class sponsorship and/or the Super Visa program.
IRCC affords equal rights under the Canada immigration application process to same-sex partners.
Does a candidate need a job offer for immigration to Canada under Express Entry?
Not necessarily, though for many candidates, obtaining a valid job offer from a Canadian employer significantly increases their chances for receiving an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.