Visitor Visas

What is a Canada Visa?

A
Canada visa is a stamp on your passport which allows you to enter the country
of Canada. It is a permission for you to travel to the country and legally be
able to stay either temporarily or permanently.

Getting
a visa to Canada means that the Canadian Consulate or Embassy in your home
country decided that you are eligible and fulfill the requirements for entry.
However, once you are at the Canadian border and customs, it is up to the officers
at the border to evaluate whether you are fit to enter.

If
you answer the Canadian Border Services Officer (BSO) questions honestly and
correctly, they will allow you to enter. Otherwise, if they suspect that you
are not eligible to enter, they can deny you and ask you to go back to your
home country even if you have a Canada visa.

Who Needs a Canadian Visa?

People from countries that do not have a visa exemption or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) agreement with Canada will need a visa to enter the country. More specifically, people from around 148 countries need a visa to visit, work, or immigrate to Canada.

If
you are one of these applicants and you need a visa for Canada, you must apply
for one. Depending on the type of visa you want, you will have a method of
applying, but there are a few general steps you must take.

What are the Canadian Visa Categories?

There
are two categories of the Canada Visa. These are:

What are the Canada Visa Types?

Before
you apply for a Canadian visa, you must first know which visa you want to apply
for. There are different types of Canada visas, ranging from:

You
must pick the one that fits the motive of why you want to go to Canada.

Family Sponsorship

Spousal
And Common-law Partner Sponsorship

The objective of the Family Class of immigration is to reunite
close family members in Canada.

The Family Class
allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their dependent
children, parents and grandparents, and spouse or common-law/conjugal
partner. Canada strongly supports keeping families together whenever
possible. As such, the processing of Family Class applications is given the
highest priority at Canadian Visa Offices.

The Spousal Sponsorship Category

The Spousal
Sponsorship program is a subsection of the Family Class immigration category.
Under this program, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident may sponsor a
spouse or common-law partner for Canadian permanent residence.

Both the Canadian
citizen or permanent resident (also called the ‘sponsor’) and the foreign
national (the ‘sponsored person’) must be approved by Immigration, Refugees and
Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in order for the sponsored person to receive a visa.

In order to receive a
visa through this immigration program, the sponsor and sponsored person must
prove that their relationship qualifies under one of three categories:

NOTE: Canada
recognizes same-sex marriage, and same-sex partners may be eligible to apply
under any of the above three categories, provided they meet all eligibility
requirements.

Outland Sponsorship

An Outland application
is generally pursued when the sponsored partner is living outside of Canada.
However, Outland applicants can still be in Canada and apply through the
Outland program, and may be permitted to travel in and out of Canada throughout
the application process. Outland applications are processed through the visa
office that serves the applicant’s country of origin, or where they have
resided legally for at least one year.

Inland Sponsorship

The other potential option for Spousal/Common-Law Sponsorship is the Inland route. Inland sponsorship is when the couple is together in Canada and the foreign spouse/common-law partner has temporary status in Canada, either as a worker, student, or visitor. The person being sponsored may be eligible for an Open Work Permit, allowing him or her to work for any employer in Canada while the sponsorship application is being processed.

After Sponsorship

Permanent residence
granted under the Spousal Sponsorship program carries certain conditions that
must be met:

Outland
Spousal/Common-Law Partner Sponsorship

This sponsorship program allows a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to sponsor his or her spouse/common-law partner for permanent resident status, regardless of where the spouse is currently residing.

The Spousal Sponsorship program is a subsection of the Family Class immigration category. Under this program, a Canadian or permanent resident may sponsor his or her spouse/common-law partner for permanent resident status in Canada. Both the Canadian citizen or permanent resident (the sponsor) and the foreign national (the sponsored person) must be approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, formerly CIC) in order for the sponsored person to receive a visa.

There are two parts to
the spousal sponsorship application:

The Outland
sponsorship route is generally chosen when the sponsored person is
living outside Canada. However, it is possible for a spouse/common-law partner
living in Canada to apply through the Outland program. This option may permit
the sponsored person to travel in and out of Canada throughout the application
process. In such an instance, however, it is at the discretion of Canadian
immigration authorities as to whether the sponsored person may re-enter Canada
during the process. Additionally, it is at their discretion as to whether the
application may continue to be processed if the sponsored person leaves Canada
at any point throughout the application process.

Outland applications are processed through the visa office that serves the applicant’s country of origin, or where they have resided legally for at least one year. Processing times are listed by individual countries where the application is being made, which allows couples to make better informed decisions on which sponsorship route, Inland or Outland, they should pursue. 

In cases of spousal
and common-law partner sponsorships, IRCC is committed to issuing visas as
quickly as possible in order to rapidly reunite families. IRCC aims to
process applications submitted through this program within 12 months.

Regardless of the sponsorship path chosen, both the sponsor and the sponsored person must meet a number of specific requirements in order to be considered eligible.

Inland
Spousal/Common-Law Partner Sponsorship

The Inland Spousal/Common-Law Partner Sponsorship program allows
a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to sponsor his or her
spouse/common-law partner for permanent resident status if the couple is
already living together in Canada.

The Spousal Sponsorship program is a subsection of the Family
Class immigration category, under which a Canadian or permanent resident may sponsor
his or her spouse/common-law partner for Canadian permanent
residence. Both the Canadian citizen or permanent resident (also called
the ‘sponsor’) and the foreign national (the ‘sponsored person’) must be
approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, formerly CIC)
in order for the sponsored person to receive a visa.

There are two parts to
the spousal sponsorship application:

Under the Inland
sponsorship category, the foreign spouse/common-law partner must have valid
temporary status in Canada, either as a worker, student, or visitor. If the
sponsored person already has a work or study permit, he or she may continue to
work or study as long as the permit is valid, however it is important to note
that working and studying in Canada without valid status are illegal and may
result in serious consequences for the sponsored person.

In contrast
to Outland applications (where the spouse is residing outside
Canada), the person being sponsored through the Inland route may be eligible
for an Open Work Permit while his or her application is being processed. This
program can help to mitigate the consequences of a long application process
by enabling the sponsored person to work for a Canadian employer, without first
having a confirmed offer of employment. Applicants who would like to obtain an
open work permit should apply for one at the same time that they apply for
permanent residence. However, IRCC states that if a sponsored spouse or
common-law partner has not submitted an application for an open work permit at
the same time as their permanent residence application, he or she may still
submit an application for an open work permit at a later time.

If IRCC requires an
interview, the sponsored person will be notified, in writing, of the date, time
and location of the interview, and of the documents he or she must bring.

In the event that a
sponsored person’s application is refused, he or she is required to leave
Canada immediately at the end of his or her period of temporary stay.
Additionally, if the sponsored person leaves Canada at any point while the
application is being processed, there is no guarantee that he or she will be
allowed to re-enter Canada, especially if he or she requires a visitor
visa. IRCC aims to process applications submitted through this program
within 12 months.

Regardless of the
sponsorship path chosen, both the sponsor and the sponsored person must meet a
number of specific requirements in order to be considered eligible.

amily
Class: Specific Requirements

Through the Family Class category of Canadian immigration,
Canadian citizens and permanent residents may sponsor close family members for
Canadian immigration.

In order for a Family
Class application to be successful, both the sponsor in Canada and their
sponsored family member must meet immigration requirements. These requirements
differ depending under which program the application is submitted.

Spouse or Common Law Partner Sponsorship

Requirements for the
Sponsor:

Requirements for the
Sponsored Person:

Requirements for the
nature of the relationship:

The applicant must
prove that the relationship between the sponsor and the sponsored person
qualifies under one of three categories:

Parent and Grandparent Family Class Sponsorship

Requirements for the
Sponsor:

Requirements for the
Sponsored Person:

Parent and Grandparent Super Visa Sponsorship

Requirements for the
Sponsor:

Requirements for the
Sponsored Person:

Dependent Child Sponsorship

Requirements for the
Sponsor:

Requirements for the
Sponsored Person:

Requirements for
nature of the relationship:

Parent
And Grandparent Sponsorship

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.

NOTE: The application
process for the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) has changed for the
۲۰۱۷ application cycle. Please see below for details.

Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) Changes for 2017

Canadian citizens and
permanent residents who want to apply as sponsors were required to first complete
an online form on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
website, to indicate their interest in applying to sponsor their parent(s) or
grandparent(s). The online form was available from January 3, 2017, at 12
p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), to February 2, 2017, at 12 p.m. EST.

Immigration, Refugees
and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) randomly invited 10,000 individuals to complete
and submit an application to the PGP. Candidates who were invited to apply
have 90 days to submit a complete application and all supporting documents.

About the PGP

The Family Class sponsorship program includes a stream for parent(s) and grandparent(s) of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Successful parent(s) and grandparent(s) under this program will receive Canadian permanent residence and may be able to apply for Canadian Citizenship four years thereafter. To be eligible for Family Class sponsorship, the sponsor in Canada must meet the following requirements:

Sponsors will have to
prove that they meet the minimum income requirements by submitting notices of
assessment issued by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) in support of their
sponsorship and they must also demonstrate they have met the minimum necessary
income level for three consecutive years.

Startup

Start-Up Visa

Canada’s Start-up Visa Program is suitable for entrepreneurs who have the skills and potential to build businesses in Canada that are innovative and can create jobs for Canadians.

The Start-Up Visa program grants permanent residence to immigrant entrepreneurs while assisting them to become established in Canada.

The program encourages immigrant entrepreneurs to grow their companies in Canada. Successful applicants link with private sector organizations in Canada, where they can receive funding, guidance and expertise in opening and operating their enterprise in Canada.

The purpose of this program is to recruit innovative foreign national entrepreneurs who will create new jobs and drive economic growth. To be eligible for the Start-up Visa Program, you must:

  1. Have a qualifying business – up to 5 people can apply as owners. Each applicant must hold minimum 10% of the voting rights AND the applicants and the designated organization jointly hold more than 50% of the total voting rights attached to all shares of the corporation outstanding at that time;

Applicants must be aware that an essential part of the operations of the business happens in Canada and while the business is incorporated, at the time you receive your permanent residence, you provide active and ongoing management of this business from within Canada.

  • Meet the language requirements – You must meet the minimum level of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 in either English or French in all these four areas of speaking, reading, listening and writing.
  • Bring enough money to settle – When you apply, you will need to give proof that you have sufficient funds to settle in Canada. You cannot borrow this money from another person.
  • Province of Quebec have their own investment program. When you apply, you must plan to settle in a province other than the Province of Quebec.
  • Pass Canadian security and medical clearances;

Do you have an innovative business idea? If you can get support for your idea from one of the designated organizations, you may be able to immigrate to Canada.

Investment Details

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has designated a number of venture capital funds, angel investor groups, and business incubator organizations to participate in the Start-Up Visa program. These organizations are able to assist entrepreneurs in establishing business contacts in Canada.

Successful applicants are required to secure a minimum investment for their Canadian start-up program. Applicants are not required to invest any of their own money. However, the minimum investments required are:

Below is a list of organizations the government has designated to work with entrepreneurs in the Start-Up Visa program.

Venture Capital Funds

A Venture Capital firm secures money from private investors and makes investments on their behalf. Applicants may require a seat on the company’s board of directors. You must get at least one of these groups to agree to invest a minimum of $200,000:

Angel Investor Groups

Business Angel Investor groups are comprised of individuals who invest their personal funds in an exciting business opportunity. You must get one or more investors connected to these groups to agree to invest a minimum of $75,000:

Business Incubators

Applicants do not need to secure any investment from a Business Incubator. However, applicants must be accepted into one of these programs:

Evidence of Commitment

In order to demonstrate that the applicant has obtained support from either a Venture Capital Fund, and/or Angel Investor Groups, and/or Business Incubators; the investor organization must submit a completed “Commitment Certificate” directly to IRCC. This document includes information regarding the agreement between the applicant and the investment organization. Its purpose is to summarize the relevant details of the commitment between the investment organization and the applicant.

In addition, the applicant will receive a “Letter of Support” from the investment organization, which the applicant will need to submit with their application for permanent residence. If there are two or more applicants as part of the same business venture, the commitment by the investment organization can be conditional upon one or more “essential persons” receiving their permanent residence. An essential person is someone who has been specifically identified as essential to the business by the investment organization. If for any reason the application of an essential person is refused, the applications of all others included in the Commitment Certificate will also be refused.

Support from Multiple Organizations

Applicants may receive support from multiple designated organizations, known as syndication. In this instance, all entities involved must be identified. Together, the designated organizations will provide IRCC with a single “Commitment Certificate” and one “Letter of Support” will be provided to the applicant(s).

As soon as a designated Venture Capital firm invests in a business, the minimum total investment amount that must be invested in that business is $200,000, even if a designated Angel Investor Group also invests in the same business.

If the business receives support from at least one designated Angel Group, but not designated Venture Capital Groups, then the minimum total investment amount that must be invested in that business is $75,000.

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Canada is one of the ideal countries for immigrants who dream of a new life. A large, developed country with a low population may be the best description for Canada. In this country, there are many opportunities for those who are skilled or looking for a peaceful and secure investment environment. Along with these opportunities, there are a number of world-renowned universities and colleges for young people eager to continue their education.

Mr. Mohammad Reza Nosrati and his expert colleagues believe that everyone has the right to complete information about the land and the country in which they decide to build their future. Candidates should also have the support and guidance of consultants and organization professionals to achieve their aspirations as best they can, so our free consulting services can be a great first aid to your questions.

For a number of years, the organization has provided a variety of advisory services to business and professional clients in all areas of immigration law, including family, professional, business and educational and tourist visas. Since its inception, the organization has gained a great reputation for its high quality of service and client confidentiality, and its consultants and experts have focused their efforts on providing close and friendly customer service.

At this organization, we will always be happy to provide you with the information you need about immigration to Canada.

Why Choose a Progressive Immigration Agency

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Due to the variety of immigration methods, you will find it difficult to choose the right approach even if you have full command of one of the two official languages ​​of Canada, English, and French. The experienced people of our organization and, above all, Mr. Mohammad Reza Nosrati will certainly assist you in making this difficult choice.

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Visitor Visas

What is a Canada Visa?

A Canada visa is a stamp on your passport which allows you to enter the country of Canada. It is a permission for you to travel to the country and legally be able to stay either temporarily or permanently.

Getting a visa to Canada means that the Canadian Consulate or Embassy in your home country decided that you are eligible and fulfill the requirements for entry. However, once you are at the Canadian border and customs, it is up to the officers at the border to evaluate whether you are fit to enter.

If you answer the Canadian Border Services Officer (BSO) questions honestly and correctly, they will allow you to enter. Otherwise, if they suspect that you are not eligible to enter, they can deny you and ask you to go back to your home country even if you have a Canada visa.

Who Needs a Canadian Visa?

People from countries that do not have a visa exemption or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) agreement with Canada will need a visa to enter the country. More specifically, people from around 148 countries need a visa to visit, work, or immigrate to Canada.

If you are one of these applicants and you need a visa for Canada, you must apply for one. Depending on the type of visa you want, you will have a method of applying, but there are a few general steps you must take.

What are the Canadian Visa Categories?

There are two categories of the Canada Visa. These are:

  • Temporary Canada Visas – allow the holder to stay in Canada for a limited amount of time for purposes of tourism, visit to family, studying, or working.
  • Permanent Canada Visas – allow the holder to move to Canada permanently to work and be on a path to a Canadian citizenship.

What are the Canada Visa Types?

Before you apply for a Canadian visa, you must first know which visa you want to apply for. There are different types of Canada visas, ranging from:

  • Visitor visas.
  • Student visas.
  • Work visas.
  • Permanent residence visas.

You must pick the one that fits the motive of why you want to go to Canada.

Student Visas

Where should I study?

Select a province or territory below to find out more about which schools are available, what student life is like and other interesting facts about the region, its cities and its people.

With 10 provinces and 3 territories to choose from, your study abroad experience in Canada can be as dynamic as the many universities, colleges and trade schools that exist in each one.

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Northwest Territories
  • Nova Scotia
  • Nunavut
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Quebec
  • Saskatchewan
  • Yukon

In Canada, education is under the exclusive responsibility of the provinces and territories

Family Sponsorship

Spousal And Common-law Partner Sponsorship

The objective of the Family Class of immigration is to reunite close family members in Canada.

The Family Class allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their dependent children, parents and grandparents, and spouse or common-law/conjugal partner. Canada strongly supports keeping families together whenever possible. As such, the processing of Family Class applications is given the highest priority at Canadian Visa Offices.

Family sponsorship in Canada: A young couple smiling, with the woman resting her palm on the man's chest

The Spousal Sponsorship Category

The Spousal Sponsorship program is a subsection of the Family Class immigration category. Under this program, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident may sponsor a spouse or common-law partner for Canadian permanent residence.

Both the Canadian citizen or permanent resident (also called the ‘sponsor’) and the foreign national (the ‘sponsored person’) must be approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in order for the sponsored person to receive a visa.

In order to receive a visa through this immigration program, the sponsor and sponsored person must prove that their relationship qualifies under one of three categories:

  • Spouse
  • Common-law Partner
  • Conjugal Partner

NOTE: Canada recognizes same-sex marriage, and same-sex partners may be eligible to apply under any of the above three categories, provided they meet all eligibility requirements.

Outland Sponsorship

An Outland application is generally pursued when the sponsored partner is living outside of Canada. However, Outland applicants can still be in Canada and apply through the Outland program, and may be permitted to travel in and out of Canada throughout the application process. Outland applications are processed through the visa office that serves the applicant’s country of origin, or where they have resided legally for at least one year.

Inland Sponsorship

The other potential option for Spousal/Common-Law Sponsorship is the Inland route. Inland sponsorship is when the couple is together in Canada and the foreign spouse/common-law partner has temporary status in Canada, either as a worker, student, or visitor. The person being sponsored may be eligible for an Open Work Permit, allowing him or her to work for any employer in Canada while the sponsorship application is being processed.

After Sponsorship

Permanent residence granted under the Spousal Sponsorship program carries certain conditions that must be met:

  • The sponsor is financially responsible for the person sponsored for three years after the sponsored person becomes a permanent resident.
  • Individuals who come to Canada as spouses are themselves barred from sponsoring a spouse in turn for five years after receiving Canadian permanent residence.
  • A two-year “legitimate relationship” regulation applies to spouses/partners who have been in a relationship for two years or less and who have no children in common at the time of application submission. Once in Canada, the sponsored person must live with their spouse/partner in a “legitimate relationship” for two years or face the possibility of having their permanent residency revoked. Exceptions will be made for sponsored spouses or partners who are suffering from abuse or neglect.

Outland Spousal/Common-Law Partner Sponsorship

This sponsorship program allows a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to sponsor his or her spouse/common-law partner for permanent resident status, regardless of where the spouse is currently residing.

The Spousal Sponsorship program is a subsection of the Family Class immigration category. Under this program, a Canadian or permanent resident may sponsor his or her spouse/common-law partner for permanent resident status in Canada. Both the Canadian citizen or permanent resident (the sponsor) and the foreign national (the sponsored person) must be approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, formerly CIC) in order for the sponsored person to receive a visa.

There are two parts to the spousal sponsorship application:

  • The Canadian or permanent resident applies to sponsor his or her spouse or common-law partner; and
  • The spouse or common-law partner applies for permanent residence.

The Outland sponsorship route is generally chosen when the sponsored person is living outside Canada. However, it is possible for a spouse/common-law partner living in Canada to apply through the Outland program. This option may permit the sponsored person to travel in and out of Canada throughout the application process. In such an instance, however, it is at the discretion of Canadian immigration authorities as to whether the sponsored person may re-enter Canada during the process. Additionally, it is at their discretion as to whether the application may continue to be processed if the sponsored person leaves Canada at any point throughout the application process.

Outland applications are processed through the visa office that serves the applicant’s country of origin, or where they have resided legally for at least one year. Processing times are listed by individual countries where the application is being made, which allows couples to make better informed decisions on which sponsorship route, Inland or Outland, they should pursue. 

In cases of spousal and common-law partner sponsorships, IRCC is committed to issuing visas as quickly as possible in order to rapidly reunite families. IRCC aims to process applications submitted through this program within 12 months.

Regardless of the sponsorship path chosen, both the sponsor and the sponsored person must meet a number of specific requirements in order to be considered eligible.

Inland Spousal/Common-Law Partner Sponsorship

The Inland Spousal/Common-Law Partner Sponsorship program allows a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to sponsor his or her spouse/common-law partner for permanent resident status if the couple is already living together in Canada.

The Spousal Sponsorship program is a subsection of the Family Class immigration category, under which a Canadian or permanent resident may sponsor his or her spouse/common-law partner for Canadian permanent residence. Both the Canadian citizen or permanent resident (also called the ‘sponsor’) and the foreign national (the ‘sponsored person’) must be approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, formerly CIC) in order for the sponsored person to receive a visa.

There are two parts to the spousal sponsorship application:

  • The Canadian or permanent resident applies to sponsor his or her spouse or common-law partner; and
  • The spouse or common-law partner applies for permanent residence.

Under the Inland sponsorship category, the foreign spouse/common-law partner must have valid temporary status in Canada, either as a worker, student, or visitor. If the sponsored person already has a work or study permit, he or she may continue to work or study as long as the permit is valid, however it is important to note that working and studying in Canada without valid status are illegal and may result in serious consequences for the sponsored person.

In contrast to Outland applications (where the spouse is residing outside Canada), the person being sponsored through the Inland route may be eligible for an Open Work Permit while his or her application is being processed. This program can help to mitigate the consequences of a long application process by enabling the sponsored person to work for a Canadian employer, without first having a confirmed offer of employment. Applicants who would like to obtain an open work permit should apply for one at the same time that they apply for permanent residence. However, IRCC states that if a sponsored spouse or common-law partner has not submitted an application for an open work permit at the same time as their permanent residence application, he or she may still submit an application for an open work permit at a later time.

If IRCC requires an interview, the sponsored person will be notified, in writing, of the date, time and location of the interview, and of the documents he or she must bring.

In the event that a sponsored person’s application is refused, he or she is required to leave Canada immediately at the end of his or her period of temporary stay. Additionally, if the sponsored person leaves Canada at any point while the application is being processed, there is no guarantee that he or she will be allowed to re-enter Canada, especially if he or she requires a visitor visa. IRCC aims to process applications submitted through this program within 12 months.

Regardless of the sponsorship path chosen, both the sponsor and the sponsored person must meet a number of specific requirements in order to be considered eligible.

amily Class: Specific Requirements

Through the Family Class category of Canadian immigration, Canadian citizens and permanent residents may sponsor close family members for Canadian immigration.

In order for a Family Class application to be successful, both the sponsor in Canada and their sponsored family member must meet immigration requirements. These requirements differ depending under which program the application is submitted.

Spouse or Common Law Partner Sponsorship

Requirements for the Sponsor:

  • The sponsor must be at least 18 years of age;
  • The sponsor must be a Canadian permanent resident living in Canada or a Canadian citizen;
  • The sponsor cannot be in prison, bankrupt, under a removal order (if a permanent resident) or charged with a serious offence; and
  • The sponsor cannot have been sponsored to Canada as a spouse within the last 5 years.

Requirements for the Sponsored Person:

  • The sponsored person must be at least 16 years of age and
  • The sponsored person must not be too closely related by blood to the sponsor.

Requirements for the nature of the relationship:

The applicant must prove that the relationship between the sponsor and the sponsored person qualifies under one of three categories:

  • Spouse: This means that the Sponsor and the Sponsored Person are legally married. For those married within Canada, a Certificate of Marriage from the province or territory where the marriage took place will show that the marriage is valid. Note that same-sex marriages performed within Canada are valid for spousal sponsorship. If the marriage took place outside of Canada, it must be valid under the law of the country where it took place as well as under Canadian federal law. Same-sex marriages that took place outside of Canada are not valid for spousal sponsorship, but an application can be made under either the common-law partner or conjugal partner categories if such a relationship can be proven.
  • Common-law partner: In order to establish a common-law relationship, the Sponsor and the Sponsored Person must cohabit continuously for at least one year, excluding brief absences for business or family reasons.
  • Conjugal partner: Conjugal partners can be of either opposite-sex or same-sex. A sponsored person is defined as conjugal partner if:
    • Exceptional circumstances beyond their control have prevented the applicants from qualifying as common-law partners or spouses, such as immigration barriers or legal restrictions limiting divorce or same-sex relationships; and
    • The applicants have had a mutually dependent relationship for at least one year with the same level of commitment as a marriage or a common-law union. This can require a demonstration of emotional ties and intimacy, financial closeness, such as joint ownership of assets or mutual financial support, and efforts to spend time together and reunite.

Parent and Grandparent Family Class Sponsorship

Requirements for the Sponsor:

  • The sponsor and their relative must sign a sponsorship agreement that commits the sponsor to provide financial support to their relative, if necessary. If sponsoring a person coming to the Province of Quebec, an “undertaking” with the Province must be signed.
  • The sponsor must promise to provide financial support for the relative and any other eligible relatives accompanying them for a period of 20 years. The time period begins the day the parent or grandparent becomes a permanent resident.
  • The sponsor must meet the minimum income threshold for this program.

Requirements for the Sponsored Person:

  • The sponsored person must be the parent(s) or grandparent(s) of the sponsor.

Parent and Grandparent Super Visa Sponsorship

Requirements for the Sponsor:

  • The sponsor must be the child or grandchild of the sponsored person;
  • The sponsor must provide a written commitment of financial support; and
  • The sponsor must meet the minimum income threshold for this program.

Requirements for the Sponsored Person:

  • The sponsored person must be the parent or grandparent of the sponsor;
  • The sponsored person must be admissible to Canada as a visitor;
  • The sponsored person must prove that he or she has bought Canadian medical insurance coverage for at least one year; and
  • The sponsored person must undergo an Immigration Medical Examination.

Dependent Child Sponsorship

Requirements for the Sponsor:

  • The sponsor must be 18 years of age;
  • The sponsor must be a Canadian permanent resident living in Canada or a Canadian citizen; and
  • The sponsor cannot be in prison, bankrupt, under a removal order (if a permanent resident) or charged with a serious offence.

Requirements for the Sponsored Person:

  • The sponsored person must be in one of the following situations of dependency:
    • Less than 19 years of age and not a spouse or common-law partner; or
    • Has been an ongoing full-time student since before the age of 19 and has depended substantially on the financial support of the parent since that time; or
    • Is 19 years of age or older and meets the following:
      • Became a spouse or partner before the age of 19;
      • Has been an ongoing full-time student since before the age of 19; and
      • Has depended substantially on the financial support of the parent since they became a spouse or partner; or
  • Is 19 years of age or older and has depended substantially on the financial support of the parent since before the age of 19 and is unable to be financially self-supporting due to a physical or mental condition.

Requirements for nature of the relationship:

  • The Sponsored Person must be either:
    • The biological child of the parent if the child has not been adopted by a person other than the spouse or common law partner; or
    • The adopted child of the parent.

Parent And Grandparent Sponsorship

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.

NOTE: The application process for the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) has changed for the ۲۰۱۷ application cycle. Please see below for details.

Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) Changes for 2017

Canadian citizens and permanent residents who want to apply as sponsors were required to first complete an online form on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website, to indicate their interest in applying to sponsor their parent(s) or grandparent(s). The online form was available from January 3, 2017, at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), to February 2, 2017, at 12 p.m. EST.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) randomly invited 10,000 individuals to complete and submit an application to the PGP. Candidates who were invited to apply have 90 days to submit a complete application and all supporting documents.

About the PGP

The Family Class sponsorship program includes a stream for parent(s) and grandparent(s) of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Successful parent(s) and grandparent(s) under this program will receive Canadian permanent residence and may be able to apply for Canadian Citizenship four years thereafter. To be eligible for Family Class sponsorship, the sponsor in Canada must meet the following requirements:

  • The sponsor must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • The sponsor must be 18 years of age or older;
  • The sponsor must exceed the minimum necessary income level for this program (if married or in a common-law relationship, the income of both can be included);
  • The sponsor must sign an undertaking to repay any provincial social assistance benefits paid to the sponsor and accompanying family member(s), if any, for a period of 20 years, if necessary; and
    • If the sponsor resides in Quebec, an additional “undertaking” must be signed.

Sponsors will have to prove that they meet the minimum income requirements by submitting notices of assessment issued by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) in support of their sponsorship and they must also demonstrate they have met the minimum necessary income level for three consecutive years.

Business Visas

Business Immigration

Most information you have to know about Business program

  • What is the Canadian Business Class?

The Canadian Business Class is a category of Canadian Immigration under which individuals with business/managerial experience and relatively high net-worth may qualify for a Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa. There are three sub-categories within the Business Class: Immigrant Investors, Entrepreneurs and Self-Employed Persons.

In addition to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) application forms, education-related and status documents (passports, birth/marriage certificates, etc.), you must submit documents proving your business and/or managerial experience, as well as documents evidencing your net worth.

After becoming a Canadian permanent resident, you may live, work, and engage in business activities in any Canadian province or territory, regardless of where you initially indicated you intended to reside on your application form. However, entrepreneurs intending to reside in the province of Quebec will be required to manage a commercial enterprise, which you must establish or acquire a portion of, in that province.

NOTE: The Federal Investor Program was terminated on June 19, ۲۰۱۴٫ 

Under the Federal Investor Program, you must have:

  • a net worth of at least CAD$1.6 million, lawfully obtained;
  • the funds to invest CAD$800,000 (financing available) for five years with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), which acts as an agent on behalf of provincial and territorial investment funds; and
  • Managed and owned an equity interest in a qualifying business, as defined under IRCC Regulations; or, managed/supervised at least five employees for a period of two years within the last five years.

As an Immigrant Investor planning to reside in the Province of Quebec, you must have:

  • a net worth of at least CAD$1.6 million, lawfully obtained;
  • the funds to invest CAD$800,000 for five years in a government of Quebec guaranteed investment fund; and
  • Managerial experience in a commercial, industrial or agricultural enterprise; or managerial experience in a government, governmental organization, or international organization for a period of two years within the last five years.

NOTE: The Immigrant investor Venture Capital Pilot Program is temporarily closed and is not accepting new applications at this time.

As an Immigrant Investor planning to reside anywhere in Canada, other than in the Province of Quebec, under the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital (IIVC) Pilot Program, you must have:

  • a net worth of at least CAD $10 million, lawfully obtained;
  • the funds to invest CAD $2 million for 15 years in the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Fund;
  • demonstrate sufficient language proficiency (CLB 5) in either English or French in all four language abilities (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) by providing results from a language competency test taken in the past two years at an approved testing agency; and
  • have a Canadian post-secondary degree, diploma, or certificate of at least one year; or
  • Have a foreign equivalent as validated by an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from a designated organization.

You must demonstrate the origin and accumulation of your wealth through reliable, third-party documentary evidence: tax returns, pay stubs, deeds of purchase/sale, statements from stockbrokers, business/real estate valuations, etc. You must be able to demonstrate that your assets were gained through means, which are considered legal, including gifts or inheritances.

While you are entitled to engage in work and business activities upon arrival in Canada, there is absolutely no obligation to do so.

NOTE: The Federal Immigrant Investor Program was terminated on June 19, 2014.

Under the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program, the investment is only made once a candidate’s application is approved. Information about the management of the fund, terms, and conditions, will be provided to immigrant investors in the agreement to be entered into with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, formerly CIC). This agreement will have to be signed before applicants make their CAD $۲ million at-risk (non-guaranteed) investment.

For individuals pursuing immigration through the Quebec Investor Program, you must commit your CAD $۸۰۰,۰۰۰ investment amount before final approval by Quebec immigration officials.

That depends on the particular program.

Under the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program, applicants are only required to make an investment if their application is approved. Applicants who are approved under this program are required to make an investment in the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Fund in the amount of CAD $2 million. The investment will be committed for approximately 15 years. This is an at-risk investment, therefore, it is a possibility that applicants will lose some or all of their investment. As with any venture capital investment, however, applicants also have the potential to receive proceeds, either over time or at the end of the investment term. Proceeds are dependent on the performance of the IIVC Fund.

Under the Quebec Investor Program, the investment of CAD $۸۰۰,۰۰۰ is guaranteed by the Quebec government and returned in full after five years.

The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program takes into consideration managerial experience in a government, governmental organization or international organization and therefore may appeal to individuals with a broader spectrum of backgrounds.

In addition, the net worth and investment requirements are more onerous for the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program.

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Education in Canada

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One of the major reasons behind Canada’s popularity among students is its affordable quality education. The Canadian government spends generously on higher education and is among the top three countries to spend per capital on post-secondary education. Let’s find out more about the Canadian education system.