We’ve heard a lot of stories about Canada – that it’s a very successful country, that even if you’re just an apple picker over there, you can already earn a lot. Many people equate Canada with wealth, with a good life, and with a bright future. No wonder many individuals are aiming to work in the said country, and then immigrate later on.
However, there are still a lot of issues to clarify, a lot of understanding needed when it comes to the immigration process to Canada. In this article, we look at the different concerns and questions of individuals who are applying as immigrants and try to address them.
Question 1: How long exactly is the immigration processing time?
Processing time for those aspiring to be immigrants can take a very long time. Some applicants have even waited for many years before their application was approved. But, the good news is that the processing procedure is a little speedy now – for some individuals. There is now what is called an “occupation list” in Canada, a list of jobs that are in demand in the country. If you have an experience in a job that is included in that list, you can apply and expect a speedy processing time – approximately one year. This is the shortest time, mind you, so don’t ever fall into schemes that promise to bring you to Canada in just a few months – those are not real.
Question 2: Does a person need a job and an employer in Canada before he can immigrate?
Many people think that they can only immigrate to Canada if they already have a job waiting there, with an employer who has already hired them. This is not true, however. Canada has its own set of guidelines covering immigration. As long as you meet these guidelines, you can transfer even without an employer.
Question 3: Can a person be a US citizen and a Canadian citizen at the same time?
Some people who have already obtained a Green Card, or a US citizenship, still aim to immigrate to Canada and be a Canadian citizen. There is no problem here because US and Canada are okay with dual citizenship. Therefore, one can both be an American and a Canadian.
Question 4: How long is the average amount of time needed to move when the application is approved?
Some individuals apply for immigration while still having a “life” in their country. They still hold a regular job, or their kids are still enrolled in the local school, and all of a sudden they’ll get the news that their application has been approved – a lot of changes needed all at once! Well, there is a validity date up to which time a person should already leave for Canada. No extension is given to the validity date. There are some special cases, however, when immigration may be approved but transfer need not be immediate.
Question 5: Is it okay to immigrate from another foreign country?
People working in another foreign country, like the US, may have concerns about immigrating to Canada. For one, should they move directly from the US to Canada, or should they go back to their country and then move from there? The good news is, it could be either – it doesn’t matter. Plus, even if a person is already out of status in the US, that won’t affect the application.
Question 6: How long before a person is allowed to bring his family to Canada?
When applying for immigration, it’s always a privilege to be able to bring your family with you. But, there’s a concern regarding the transfer. Can you bring your family immediately, or should you immigrate first and just followed by your family later? Well, a person can bring his family at once. The important thing is, the main applicant is there during the transfer – either he moves first or he moves with his family.
Immigrating to Canada is a dream come true for many people. And with the clarifications mentioned above, the process should be easy and hassle-free.
Disclaimer: The immigration article posted above does not substitute as a legal advice on immigration issues. If you need to consult a qualified professional about your case, you can visit a qualified immigration professional in your city or country. Use due diligence in doing so.