Immigrating to Canada

Coming to Canada as an immigrant is an exciting opportunity. However, there are several things you should consider before you apply to be a permanent resident.

In most cases, you must apply at a Canadian visa office outside of Canada. In some cases, you can apply to become a permanent resident after you arrive in Canada. For example, live-in caregivers or people granted refugee protection can apply from within Canada.

If you want to immigrate to Canada, there are a few different ways to apply. You will need to decide which immigration program will work best for you and your family. Read more

The Canadian government has offices in many parts of the world where information is available to people interested in making a new home in Canada.

At these offices, you can find information about Canada’s immigration law, society, climate, geography, living and working standards as well as other aspects of Canadian life. If you apply to immigrate to Canada you should submit your application to your nearest Canadian overseas office. There is a fee for processing applications, although information and other assistance are free of charge.

You should be careful when dealing with people or agencies who charge money to help you with your application. Private agencies or individuals cannot increase your chances of being accepted nor speed up the processing of your application. The information and instructions you may need are to be found at the Canadian government office – for free.

Anyone can apply to immigrate to Canada. If you are married, you or your spouse can apply.

You can apply on your own at a Canadian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. You can also apply with the financial help of a close relative living in Canada.

If you are visiting Canada and decide you want to live here, you will still be required to apply for permanent residence from abroad.

If your application shows that you will probably settle successfully in Canada, you will be called to a personal interview. If your application is approved, the visa officer will give you information about working and living conditions in Canada and answer any questions you may have about the country.

The new Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) became law on June 28, 2002.

This new legislation replaces the 25-year-old Immigration Act. It recognizes the many contributions that immigrants and refugees make to Canada; encourages workers with flexible skills to choose Canada; and helps families reunite more quickly. IRPA is also tough on those who pose a threat to Canadian security while continuing Canada’s tradition of providing a safe haven to people who need protection.

See also…

Immigration Law and Visas