Immigration to Canada seems to be a growing interest these days. And why not, Canada is popular for the good quality of life that it offers to its residents. But, how does the immigration process really go? Applying for immigration is not easy, and it can also be confusing.
Here, we discuss some general questions commonly asked by those who plan to immigrate and we clarify the answers to these questions.
Questions about Qualifications
1. What are the qualifications when applying for immigration? Is a job and employer needed?
A job and employer is not needed when immigrating to Canada. As long as you are a skilled and experienced worker, included in the 29 occupations that Canada has specified, you can apply for immigration. You can also be sponsored by a Canadian relative. When you get there, you’ll find that there are different organizations whose goal is to help newcomers.
2. Can my family immigrate with me? And is it possible for my family to be the first to move even if I’m the main applicant?
Yes, your family can immigrate with you, but they can’t move ahead of you. The main applicant should be the one to move first – alone or with the family.
Question about Processing
1. How long does the immigration processing take?
It used to take several years before, but one year is the average timeframe now. That is, if you quality in any of the 29 occupations issued by Canada. This change was started in February 2008, but so far one year is the minimum. There’s no such thing as processing and approval in just a matter of a few months.
Questions about the Conditions
1. Can I apply for immigration even if I’m out of status in the US?
Yes, you can. This doesn’t affect your application for immigration to Canada – there are many with a similar case who were still successful in their application.
2. When I apply for immigration to Canada and I am approved, do I have the option to postpone the move and extend the validity date in my visa?
No, you don’t have that option. Once approved, the validity date will refer to a year after your medical examination or during the expiration date of your passport, whichever is earlier. No extension is given.
3. I have been planning to apply but I cannot leave immediately due to family responsibilities. What can I do?
If you have not yet applied, there is a special arrangement that will accommodate your present situation.
4. I work in another country and want to immigrate to Canada. In case I am approved, should I move directly from my country of work to Canada or should I return to my home country and move from there?
It doesn’t matter. There is no law that covers this, so you can move from anywhere.
These are just a few of the common questions that people ask about immigrating and moving to Canada. If you need professional help with your immigration to Canada case, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org on what your situation is and how to get in touch with you so that one of our CSIC professional lawyers can look at your case.
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.