More than 300,000 people immigrate to Canada each year, coming to enjoy the freedom, opportunities, and safety this great country has to offer. However, we know how overwhelming the idea of immigration to Canada can be. You have dozens of questions and there is a lot of paperwork involved, often at a time when getting things done quickly matters.
That’s why at GreenLight Canada Immigration, we offer a full range of immigration services, lead by a top Canada immigration consultants. We will tailor the immigration solution to the individual situation and connect immigrants with the educational and employment opportunities they need to settle and create a home in Canada.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (previously known as Immigration and Citizenship Canada) is the government department that is responsible for all situations that relate to:
Eligibility for immigration to Canada will be determined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and will depend on your reason for wanting to move to Canada.
There are a variety of reasons a person might want to immigrate to Canada, and these are supported by the various immigration programs Canada offers. Many people want to come to Canada to study. Others want to work or start a business and others want to join family members who are already living in the country. We help immigrants with each of these immigration options.
Many people who immigrate to Canada are looking to work. That is why Canada has 11 skilled worker programs and 10 provincial work programs to help immigrants find a suitable job. While priority is given to immigrants who are sponsored by an employer, there are programs that also help non-sponsored immigrants find employment. These operate on a quota basis and use a point value system when evaluating work skills and previous experience.
Depending on the type of work you plan to engage in and how long you plan to stay in Canada, there are work permits for:
Close to 500,000 international students study in Canadian schools, making it one of the top reasons people immigrate to Canada. International students must apply for a study visa in order to live and go to school in Canada. They must also apply for a special work permit if they want to work during their studies.
We can help international students find information on:
Business immigration is an option for people who have the financial means to invest in or start a business in Canada, which will provide employment opportunities for Canadians and contribute to the Canadian economy. Business immigrants can enter Canada in one of two ways:
Any person who wishes to benefit from the Start-up Visa Program must:
Any person who wants to enter Canada as a Self-Employed Person must have one of the following:
For Family Sponsorship, there must be a family member who already resides in Canada and is one of the following:
If you have family members you would like to bring to Canada, we can help you sponsor them to come and join you. Family members who can be sponsored include:
In addition, family members can be sponsored to visit children or grandchildren who are living in Canada.
There are many different types of visas you can apply for when coming to Canada. The type of visa you will need will depend on the reason for your stay and the options can be confusing. When traveling from the U.S. with a stay of less than 180 days, there is no visa required.
However, U.S. residents, as well as foreign nationals who are visa-exempt, must have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). The eTA is an electronic document that is linked to a traveler’s passport and will need to be renewed when a passport is renewed. The eTA will allow a traveler to stay in Canada for up to 6 months.
For those who require a visa to enter Canada, here are the available visa types:
Permanent residency in Canada is a status granted by the Canadian government to foreign nationals who are not Canadian citizens, but who want to live and work in Canada. Permanent residents can live and work in Canada without any time limits on their stay and they have many of the same rights and responsibilities as a Canadian citizen. This is the first step in becoming a citizen of Canada.
A foreign national can apply to become a permanent resident under the following programs:
When looking for how to immigrate to Canada, your journey will begin with getting the correct visa for your stay. If you intend to remain in Canada for the long-term, you will need to explore the options of becoming a permanent resident and a Canadian citizen.
To become a Canadian citizen, foreign nationals must:
Once you have submitted your Canadian citizenship application, it will take approximately 12 months to process the application. Once approved, you will be required to take the Canadian citizenship test and go to an interview to test your language skills. Once you have passed the test and interview, you will take an Oath of Citizenship, which takes place on Canada Day and during Citizenship Week each year in locations across Canada.
For more information on how to immigrate to Canada, please contact us and one of our skilled Canada immigration consultants will be happy to help you.
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