Immigration Services

Temporary Residence

Visitor Visas

Foreign Nationals who intend to visit Canada may require a Temporary Resident Visa. For those, who are nationals of visa exempt countries may require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). U.S. nationals do not require visa or eTA.

Work Permits

People who intend to work in Canada must apply for and obtain a work permit before they are allowed to work in Canada. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule and some foreign nationals may be eligible to work without needing a work permit. Please check our Workers page for more information on Temporary Foreign Workers status.

Study Permits

Students who have a genuine and bona-fide intention of pursuing studies in Canada; and who have been accepted by a Canadian university, college or an educational institution may apply for a study permit. If granted, they may arrive in Canada and are usually granted a study permit at the Port of Entry.

Temporary Resident Permits

Foreign Nationals who are considered inadmissible to Canada or who do not meet the requirements as stated in immigration law may be issued a Temporary Resident Permit. Immigration and visa officers have high level of discretion and may only grant one if they are satisfied that an applicant’s reason for entry or stay in Canada outweighs the risk of their presence.

Permanent Residence

EXPRESS ENTRY:

Federal Skilled Worker Class

Foreign nationals who have gained skilled work experience outside of Canada which must be one year full-time and continuous (or equivalent in part-time) may qualify to apply for permanent residence provided they meet the required language levels and other criteria. There is a Federal Skilled Worker points grid which consist 100 points. Those who can obtain 67 points out of 100 are eligible to make a profile. This program is also managed under Express Entry.

Federal Skilled Trades Class

People who have two years of full-time work experience (or equivalent in part-time) in skilled trade occupations within preceding five years and either have a certificate of qualification from a Canadian Province or Territory or have a job offer from a Canadian employer supported by positive or neutral LMIA may qualify to make an application for Permanent Residence under this program. They must also meet other requirements including official language proficiency. This program is also managed under Express Entry.

Canadian Experience Class

Skilled Workers who work in Canada and gain one year full-time Canadian work experience (or equivalent in part-time) while being employed by a Canadian employer may qualify to apply for Permanent Residence. The work experience gained must be within preceding three years. They must also meet other requirements including official language proficiency. This program is now managed under Express Entry.

PNP (Enhanced Nominations)

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FAMILY SPONSORSHIP:

Canadian Citizens and permanent residents may sponsor their family members as defined in the immigration law. The family members they are eligible to sponsor are:

Spouse, common-law or conjugal partner

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Dependent children

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Parents and Grandparents

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Adopted Children

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Orphaned Relatives

Under the age of 18, is single, and is the sponsor’s sibling, niece/nephew or grandchild

Other Relatives

Lonely Canadian (certain conditions must be met)

Immigration Appeals

If you are a Canadian Citizen or a permanent resident and have sponsored your Spouse or Common-Law Partner to join you in Canada, but that application was denied by the reviewing visa officer outside of Canada; you have a right to appeal that decision.
Likewise, a few other decisions may be appealed to the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD) of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB).

Sponsorship Appeals

Foreign nationals who have gained skilled work experience outside of Canada which must be one year full-time and continuous (or equivalent in part-time) may qualify to apply for permanent residence provided they meet the required language levels and other criteria. There is a Federal Skilled Worker points grid which consist 100 points. Those who can obtain 67 points out of 100 are eligible to make a profile. This program is also managed under Express Entry.

Residency Obligation Appeals

People who have two years of full-time work experience (or equivalent in part-time) in skilled trade occupations within preceding five years and either have a certificate of qualification from a Canadian Province or Territory or have a job offer from a Canadian employer supported by positive or neutral LMIA may qualify to make an application for Permanent Residence under this program. They must also meet other requirements including official language proficiency. This program is also managed under Express Entry.

Removal Orders

Humanitarian & Compassionate Applications:

Foreign Nationals who are presently living in Canada but do not qualify to apply for Permanent Residence under any of the categories, but have compelling reasons that they should be allowed to live in Canada may make an application for Permanent Residence on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds.