Canada immigration questions
Canadian Immigration FAQs
Who qualifies for a Canadian Immigration Visa?
This one of the most asked Canada immigration Questions. Both federal and Quebec skilled workers, provincial nominees may receive Canada Immigration Visas; and as well as people who have studied and/or worked in Canada, and business persons under Canada’s economic immigration categories.
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.
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.
Parents cannot be included 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.
How do I find out if I qualify for Immigration to Canada?
Is it possible to apply for Canadian immigration without a knowledge of English language?
Only Self-employed program and educational programs including English language courses in Designated Learning Institutions might be an option.
Do I need an undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degree for Canadian immigration programs?
Yes. One of the main requirements for being eligible for the programs under Express Entry system is having an undergraduate degree.
Can people with disabilities apply for Canadian immigration?
Yes, people with disabilities are eligible to apply. However, they might or might not have an issue, depending on the type of disability.
Are candidates required to hire an immigration representative?
In order to participate in Express Entry, candidates are not required to hire an immigration representative. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has determined, however, that authorized immigration representatives may assist candidates during all stages of the Express Entry immigration process. CANADAPT’s professional team can help candidates immigrate to Canada by:
- Lessening the risk of misrepresentation and the associated penalties, helping to prepare an accurate application
- Promoting the candidate to Canadian employers to increases his or her chances of landing a job. Also, it improves their chances of being invited to apply for permanent residency; and
- Reviewing all supporting documents, submitting an application within the time frame set by the government of Canada, and tracking it all the way while communicating with the government on the candidate’s behalf.
Express Entry FAQs
What is Express Entry?
Express Entry is an electronic management application system for immigration to Canada.
Canada immigration questions include lots of inquiries about the Express Entry system. 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 who will then receive an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for immigration to Canada under one of the programs.
What is Comprehensive Ranking System?
The Comprehensive Ranking System is the government of Canada’s internal mechanism for ranking candidates based on their human capital, determined by factors such as age, level of education and language ability.
This helps to enable Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, formerly known as CIC) to decide which candidates may be issued invitations to apply for permanent residence. There are up to 600 points available under the system for a candidate’s core human capital and skills transferability factors.
Are there any eligible occupation lists for any of the programs under the Express Entry?
There are no eligible occupation lists for any of the programs. It must be noted, however, that in order to be eligible for any of the programs under Express Entry, the candidate needs to have work experience in an occupation that has a National Occupation Classification (NOC) code of skill type 0, A or B.
What role do Canadian employers play under Express Entry?
Canadian employers have a direct role in Canadian immigration. This role now under Express Entry is more direct and greater than previously. Candidates increase their chances of being invited to apply by promoting themselves directly to employers through the Canada Job Bank.
Does a candidate need a job offer in order to immigrate to Canada under Express Entry?
Not necessarily, though for many candidates, obtaining a valid job offer from a Canadian employer significantly increases their chances of being invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
What supporting documentation needs to be submitted once a candidate has been invited to apply for permanent residence?
The documents include those pertaining to civil status such as marriage certificates, birth certificates, language test results, an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA; if applicable), work reference letters, security background checks, and other documents.
How long does a candidate's profile remain in Express Entry pool for?
Each created profile remains in the Express Entry pool for a period of 12 months or until an Invitation to Apply. If after 12 months a candidate wishes to remain in the pool, s/he may create a fresh profile.
If a candidate receives an invitation from a province or territory, is that candidate obliged to move to that province or territory?
This topic is in the list of Canada immigration questions of many potential candidates. Upon receiving an invitation to apply for permanent residence from a Canadian province or territory, candidates should have the intention to reside in that particular province or territory. The Provincial Nominee Programs are set up to address local and regional labour market needs. However, once a candidate has landed in Canada, s/he will have the right to freedom of movement within Canada, as well as the right to live and work anywhere in Canada for any employer.
Is Express Entry the only way for an international worker to live and work in Canada?
No. Express Entry is designed to facilitate the processing of economic immigrants for Canadian permanent residence. However, there are a number of other ways of moving to Canada.
- Except for a portion of the Provincial Nominee Programs that are processed through Express Entry, other PNP candidates will be able to apply to these programs directly if they are eligible under the requirements, which are based on local and regional labour market needs. Most PNP streams require the candidate to secure a valid job offer before immigrating to Canada, but there are some exceptions. Successful candidates will land in Canada as permanent residents.
- Candidates for certain employment opportunities in Canada may arrive as temporary foreign workers requiring the processing of a Labour Market Impact Assessment.
- There are several instances where an employer may be exempt from the requirement to secure an LMIA.
- Coming to Canada to study is a popular option for those who wish to continue their education at one of Canada’s many renowned colleges and universities.
Provincial Nominee Programs FAQs
What are the Provincial Nominee Programs?
The Provincial Nominee Programs allow Canada’s provinces and territories to select individuals who indicate an interest in settling in a particular province. It also includes individuals who will be able to contribute to that province/territory’s economic development.
Not all, but most of the provinces and territories of Canada participate in the Provincial Nominee Program.
Which provinces participate in the Provincial Nominee Program?
The following provinces participate in the Provincial Nominee Program:
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland And Labrador
- Northwest Territories
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
Can candidates use both Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Express Entry?
Yes, there is a connection between the PNPs and Express Entry. Once a candidate updates his or her Express Entry profile to show that he or she has an enhanced provincial nomination certificate, he or she will be given enough additional points (600) to be invited to apply at a subsequent draw of candidates from the pool.
Candidates must be in the pool before applying to a province or territory for an enhanced provincial nomination certificate or submitting an Expression of Interest to a province or territory under one of the enhanced PNP streams.
How long the entire process take once an applicant has submitted an application after being invited to apply for permanent residence?
Is Provincial Nomination a requirement for Canadian Immigration?
What is the advantage of obtaining a Provincial Nomination?
When and where does an application under the Provincial Nominee Program get submitted?
How do the Provincial Nomination Programs work with the Express Entry system?
Provinces and territories are able to nominate a certain number of candidates through the Express Entry system to meet local and provincial labour market needs. These portions of the PNPs named as “enhanced” nominations.
Candidates in the Express Entry pool who obtain an enhanced nomination from a province are awarded 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System, out of a possible total of 1,200. When these additional points are added to a candidate’s human capital and skills transferability points, it will result in an invitation to apply for permanent residence at a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool.
All candidates must meet the eligibility criteria of one of the following federal economic immigration programs. It is necessary to enter and be successful in the Express Entry pool:
- Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)
- Federal Skilled Trades (FST)
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
Provinces and territories may add additional criteria for their own immigration streams.
Depending on the province, candidates eligible to enter the Express Entry pool may either enter the pool first and then be nominated by a province or territory, or be nominated by a province or territory before completing an online Express Entry profile and entering the Express Entry pool.
What is the general process after signing the service agreement with Canadapt Consulting?
Service agreement between both sides starts with the process of visa application/immigration/study programs/sponsorship including email correspondence, preparation of the portfolio of required documents.
What are the fees and payment methods?
Governmental fee: varies depending on the immigration program starting from approximately 950 CA$ for adults, and 150 CA$ for kids under 22 years per person.
Service fee: It depends on the program, your background, number of family members, and applicant’s current circumstances.
Payment methods: PayPal or direct deposit to the company’s bank account.
What is the total fee for a family with 2 kids (under22 years) for Federal Skilled Worker program under Express Entry stream?
An approximate Governmental fee is 2400 CA$
What is the maximum (latest) age for the successful application?
This issue probably comes first between the inquiries about Canada immigration questions. It depends on the program and marital status.
a) For a single person with desirable IELTS results, the maximum age is 37;
b) For a married person, it depends on her/his spouse’s level of education and knowledge of English/French language.
Does having a kid play any role in immigration process?
No, whether you have or do not have a kid (under 22 years old), you have the same chances of immigrating to Canada.
What is the minimum IELTS breakdown required?
Minimum IELTS (General) overall score 6 with a breakdown of Listening: 6, Writing: 6, Reading: 6 and Speaking: 6
What services are included to study programs?
After 30 minutes of free consultation with one of the licensed immigration consultants, the applicant signs a service agreement, receives a list of programs (based on his/her background and study plan) to choose a desired one. Afterwards, depending on the learning institution it takes up to 45 days to get admission from the school (College, University), and finally, within 20 days receives the student visa.
Can every citizen apply for Canadian Immigration Programs?
Yes. Every person with a valid passport can apply.
How do you start the process and what is the final stage of your work?
The process starts with 30 minutes free consultation with the licensed Canadian immigration consultant and depending on the program ends in the different time period, obtaining Permanent Resident Card, Citizenship.
Do you provide legal help to refugees?
Yes, our consultants have legal rights to help refugees.
If my IELTS General result is ready, what is the approximate time to get Permanent Resident Card to move to Canada?
Depending on the program, it might take as short as 9 months for Federal Skilled Worker (Express Entry).
Does having a close relative in Canada give more chance to obtain PR?
Yes, it gives additional points.
How important is having a work experience?
Minimum of 1-year work experience is a requirement.