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How a Job Offer In Canada Can Lead to Permanent Residence

In the last few years, there’s been a shift in the immigration system towards favoring those individuals with either work experience or a job offer when granting permanent residence. In this post, I’ll discuss how a job offer in Canada can offer you a few routes to obtaining permanent residence. Any kind of job offer…

7 Essential Elements In a Sponsorship Cover Letter

You’re going to apply under one of the Canadian immigration categories.  You’ve collected the forms.  You’ve reviewed our video tutorials (hopefully). You’ve also followed the CIC checklists and instructions, collected your evidence and supporting paperwork for your category. Ready to submit, right? Wrong. You need a cover letter.  Well, you don’t need one in the sense…

5 Reasons Your Visitor Visa Was Denied

I get a lot of people contacting me after their visitor visa application was denied.  In this post, I’m going to describe the top 5 reasons why visitor visas are denied in my experience. 1) Misunderstanding the test for issuing a visitor visa A visitor visa (or temporary resident visa) application is required from citizens…

Top 10 Mistakes That Will Sink Your Immigration Application

I’ve been practising law for over 13 years, and I’ve seen a lot of errors that lead to rejected applications, or long delays in processing.  Below I’ve compiled the top 10 errors to avoid in submitting your application for Canadian permanent or temporary residence. 1.  Not signing the forms Sounds simple right?  But it happens…

Sponsorship Applications and Alternative Dispute Resolution

You’ve filled out the forms the best you can. You’ve followed the checklist of documents and submitted what you think is strong evidence to show your relationship is genuine. You wait for six months (or more), and you and your spouse are getting excited about starting your new life in Canada. Then it comes –…

Changes Coming to the Immigration System

There are big changes coming to the immigration system that will offer Canada as destination to individuals who until now have not had the oportunity to immigrate to Canada. New Trades Stream The Minister responsible for immigration announced that he intends to introduce a new trades stream in the next few months. As many of…

No Application Fee For Temporary Resident Permit

Citizenship and Immigration Canada recently announced a waiver of application fees for temporary resident permits. Just to put things in context, a temporary resident permit is required for individuals who are not admissible to Canada due to a criminal charge or conviction if they wish to enter Canada for a temporary period. Note that criminal…

Sponsors Who Do Not Need To Meet LICO

Minimum income requirements for sponsors I am often asked about the minimum required income to sponsor individuals for residence outside of Canada. In this post, I will discuss when sponsors do not need to meet the minimum income tests. Citizenship and Immigration Canada uses LICO (“low income cut off”) to determine the minimum amount of…

New Canada Immigration Forum

We’ve just launched our new Canada immigration forum! We cover all aspects of temporary residence, permanent residence, inadmissibility, along with general discussion of immigration matters of interest to you. If you join now you’ll have my full attention and I can answer your immigration questions. You won’t get lost in a sea of posts.

Immigrating to Vancouver? Beware of housing costs

Vancouver is now the second least-affordable place to live behind only Hong Kong amongst the world’s English speaking cities. Vancouver has even surpassed Sydney, Australia to take the number two spot. What does “least affordable” mean? The study looked at 325 cities across the globe, and compared median incomes to median house prices. They found…