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Becoming a Canadian permanent resident

Canadian permanent resident status is granted to a foreign national who has been granted permanent residence following an immigration application and border crossing. Permanent resident status confers rights and privileges in Canada. The person who holds this status remains a citizen of his or her home country. He or she can become a Canadian citizen after living in Canada. A permanent resident (PR) is, therefore, a citizen of another country. It is important to understand that anyone who is in Canada with temporary status as a visitor, worker, or student is not a permanent resident. Thus, a refugee living in a...

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Top 3 Reasons to Study in Canada

There are many reasons why it is good to come to and study in Canada. The web is full of equally different and important reasons. Whichever ones you find most appealing, three stand out the most. First is the connection to quality education and global recognition. The second relates to the prospects for future employment. The third is for its multilingualism. Nevertheless, the affordability of school tuition fees, quality of life, cultural diversity, hospitality, and security cannot be ignored. Reasons for Studying in Canada The reasons most noticed are those related to the quality of the education provided in Canada. This goes...

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Canada, best country in the world to study?

From elementary school to university, Canada consistently ranks among the best countries in the world, if it's not THE best country. Studying in Canada is internationally recognized. Meeting some of the world's brightest teachers and academics will enrich you. Canada is also known for its affordable university tuition fees. Its quality of life also ranks it well among the best countries in the world. What do you need to study in Canada? In order to study in Canada, all students must obtain a student authorization. A document issued by the Canadian government allowing a student to study at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI)...

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My application for an eTA was refused- How did this happen?

Yes, it is possible to be refused an eTA. If your eTA was refused, you will receive a response, usually within 24 hours. It should be noted that all foreign nationals exempt from the Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) requirement are required to apply for an eTA. U.S. citizens do not require one as they are exempt. The eTA is included in the application for a work or study permit for those who apply. The eTA is used to fly to Canada. This requirement does not apply to permanent residents with a Permanent Resident Card. The presentation of the card is required...

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Do you need an eTA or a VISA to visit Canada?

Do you plan to get on a plane to visit Canada?  Will you need an ETA or a Visa? Be aware that travelers need a valid passport and an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a Transit visa to transit through a Canadian airport. What is an eTA? If the goal is to enter Canada (once or many times), you need an eTA, required for foreigners living in visa-exempt countries who wish to fly to Canada. An eTA is an electronic document linked to your passport. It is valid for five years, or until the expiry date of your passport. An eTA costs 7$ CAN...

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Les rêves brisés de travailleurs étrangers temporaires

Ici Radio-Canada

Des travailleurs étrangers temporaires, recrutés par des entreprises québécoises, se retrouvent parfois sans emploi. Malgré de forts besoins, ils sont dans l’impasse, à cause de rigides règles fédérales. ICI Radio-Canada Info le 18 février, Romain Schué, Jean-Philippe Robillard et Daniel Boily de ICI Radio-Canada Info interviewaient Me. Hugues Langlais au sujet des travailleurs étrangers temporaires, privés d'emploi malgré d'importants besoins. Les règles entourant ce programme et ce visa de travail sont très strictes. Durant la durée du permis, généralement de deux à trois ans, l’employé est gelé avec son employeur pour la durée du contrat convenu, explique l’avocat en immigration, Hugues Langlais. Dans les faits,...

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Le parrainage: pour le meilleur et pour le pire

Conférence prononcée à l'invitation du Monde féminin arabe (Montréal), juin 2012 Mise à jour le 12 avril 2018 En 1996, j’ai été soufflé par une nouvelle : une dame et trois des cinq enfants du couple sont tués à Longueuil. Je connaissais la dame, elle m’avait consulté avant le drame. Je ne peux pas vous livrer la nature de nos discussions. Elle aura emporté son secret avec elle - l’avocat étant tenu à la plus stricte confidentialité des confidences qui lui sont faites. Le mari et père des enfants, monsieur El Tomi, a été condamné à la prison à vie! On n’avait pas évoqué alors le...

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Sponsorship and DNA testing

Lecture, McGill Gis Workshop on DNA Testing and Family Sponsorship, April 30th 2015 Updated February 2018 1. General overview Family reunification is one of the key goals of the Canadian immigration system and takes up a significant portion of all immigration. In 2013, family reunification made up 23.9% of all new permanent residents in Québec, and 30.77% Canada.  In terms of general procedure, family reunification is realized through sponsorship: a qualified person sponsors an eligible and admissible family member for a given period of time, which allows this family member to become a permanent resident. To quote the Supreme Court: «Family reunification is based...

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Immigration lawyer or Consultant? Which one to choose?

In our professional practice, we are often asked what is the difference between immigration lawyers and immigration consultants. Two types of professionals are authorized to represent for fees, individuals before the Canadian immigration and citizenship authorities: 1. immigration lawyers, who are regulated by a provincial bar association (in Quebec, for example, the Barreau du Québec) and 2. immigration consultants, who are accredited by a private national organization, the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). Immigration consultants, in order to practice in Quebec, must also be registered in the Quebec Register of Immigration Consultants. The Canadian government considers these two types of...

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How to make use of your studies in Canada

Following an information session that we gave at the University of Sherbrooke as part of the Intercultural Encounters Week in Quebec, we noted the avid interest of young professionals, who will soon graduate, to pursue their immigration project to Canada, whether as a student, worker or as a permanent resident. Thus, because of their interesting profiles for employers and the various provinces of Canada, several programs are available to them and will allow them to make the most of their studies in Canada. Post-graduation work permit The post-graduation work permit program is one of the many programs offered. This program is for newly...

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