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Canada Immigration FAQ

What is Permanent Resident?

A Canadian permanent resident is a citizen of another country who has been granted permission to live in Canada as a permanent resident. Once a person has permanent resident status, they have the right to live and work anywhere in the country. Permanent residents receive a significant number of benefits in Canada, including access to healthcare and social services, the right to live, work, and study anywhere in Canada, and protection under Canadian law. As well, after being a permanent resident for a certain amount of time, permanent residents are eligible to apply to become Canadian citizens! Notably, Canadian permanent residents do not have the right to vote in Canadian elections.

What is a Citizen?

Canadian citizens have many rights and privileges in Canada. Citizens have access to healthcare, social services, support under the law. A citizen can live, work, and study, anywhere in Canada, and has the right to vote in Canadian elections. As well, citizenship cannot be revoked or removed. All people born in Canada automatically qualify for Canadian citizenship. As well, foreign nationals can become naturalized Canadian citizens by going through the proper application process with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Can I work anywhere in Canada?

Once a person has Canadian permanent resident status, they have the authorization to live and work anywhere in Canada. If a foreign national does not have Canadian permanent resident status, then they must have the proper authorization to work in Canada. Usually, this authorization comes in the form of a Canadian work permit.

Can I bring my family?

Certain immigration programs allow foreign nationals to immigrate to Canada with their family members. However, the family members able to accompany a foreign national varies depending on the immigration program. For example, those immigrating through Canada’s Express Entry system are eligible to include their spouse and dependent children on the application, but not their parents. However, Canada has family sponsorship programs enabling Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their spouse or common-law partner, dependent children, and parents/grandparents. In order to determine whether or not your family members may join you, first you must determine which immigration pathway you choose to pursue!

Which immigration program is best for me?

In order to determine which immigration program is best for you, we need to know some information about your personal profile! To find out more, please complete one of our free immigration assessments and we will contact you to discuss your eligibility. These are the four major categories of Canadian immigration:

  • General Immigration Assessment (Express Entry & PNP)
  • Family Sponsorship Assessment
  • Student Assessment
  • Business Immigration Assessment
How much money do I need to immigrate to Canada?

The cost of immigrating varies greatly depending on the immigration program and the applicant’s profile. Usually, there are a few layers of cost, including government processing fees, documentation costs, and proof of settlement funds. Learn more about Canadian immigration processing fees.

What documents do I need?

Do I need a job offer?

Is it required to take the IELTS English exam?

What documents do I need?

The documents required for an immigration application depend on the program to which you are applying. Documents might include identification documents, educational records, proof of work experience, financial history, etc. In order to determine the documents you will require, first you have to determine which immigration program is best for you!

Do I need a job offer?

No. While some Canadian immigration programs require applicants to have a Canadian job offer, there are a range of programs and options available to foreign nationals without an offer of employment in Canada.

Is it required to take IELTS English exam?

The IELTS exam is not a requirement for some Canadian immigration programs. However, many pathways to Canadian immigration require that an applicant submits official language test results in either English or French.

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