A guide to Canadian immigration process
Before starting with the whole process, it is to be made clear that the written procedure is based on joint research from various resources. However, every case might not fit this procedure, so for that, consult an expert if you are still unclear or doubtful about your case.
Moving to a new country is an exciting yet apprehensive process. Adding to it, it as well comes with its lengthy documenting process. This guide will make this process clear as a day for you. Before getting into the process, it should be noted that there are two paths to land in Canada, and they are as follows:
- Permanent Residency Visa
- Temporary Work Permit
Here we are going to focus on the permanent residency visa for Canada. With this visa, you will have all the rights and duties as any other ordinary citizen of Canada has. After being successfully accepted for the Canadian residency, one amasses two years of placement days in each five years tenure. After completing the residency of 3 years, one can apply for Canadian Citizenship and permanently live there as a common man. Knowing that one should also be aware that Canada allows you to have dual Citizenship. In other words, it will enable you to have your current passport along with the Canadian one.
- Are you eligible?
Before applying for a visa, you need to know the immigration program are you looking for? After that, you need to see if you are eligible for the program or not. Every immigration program has its application process, and eligibility criteria, so choose wisely. Take the following assessment points into consideration for the eligibility:
- Education (max 25 points): 5 points stand for completing high school going up to the Master’s degree or Ph.D.
- Language Skills (max 24 points): English and French, both are considered to be official languages of Canada. Marks are awarded based on spoken, written, and reading efficiency.
- Experience (max 21 points): Full marks will be awarded to the candidate having four years of experience or more.
- Age (max 10 points): Full points will be awarded for being aged between 21 to 49.
- Employment (max 10 points): Canadian employment points will be awarded to those who have an employment opportunity in Canada.
- Adaptability (max 10 points): These points defines the adaptation of a candidate living in Canada. For example, having a family member living there or have prior work experience.
- Application Form:
The second step includes filling the application form for immigration. There are two ways to do so, one is to fill the paper application, and the other one is E-application. Visit the IRCC website, read all the requirements, download the application form along with the checklist related to your purpose of visit. Fill the application form and download it on high-quality paper. You must attach all the necessary documents requested. In any way, you are unable to provide the required documents; then, you must fill out and attach a waiver form to your application.
- Fees and Documents:
After completing the documents, the applicant will pay the fee to the government of Canada. In any case, if the applicant is unable to pay the fees online, he/she can pay it in cash at the center. The confirmation of the payment will be generated on the IRCC payment portal along with the invoice.
The fourth step includes the submission of all the documents. Before doing so, it is advised to check that all the legal/necessary documents to the application form, with the use of the IRCC document checklist, downloaded earlier from the website. Visit the nearest Canadian Visa Application Centre along with your complete application form and submit it. You will have to pay services charges for package transmission and aided service. The applicant will also have to pay for the paper application at the time of application submission. If the applicant has to give his/her biometrics, then they will also be charged with the biometric fee, which will also cover the service charges of package transmission. It is suggested to book an appointment before to avoid the hassle and have a complete-time slot for your case. After the submission of documents and payment, the applicant will be provided with a receipt with a unique tracking number. With the help of this, one can track the progress of their application.
- Acknowledgement & Interview:
After the submission, the Canadian Visa Office will acknowledge the receipt of the immigration application. At this stage, the office may require more documents that must be submitted within the given time, and the interview date and or waiver notice will be informed to be the applicant.
Case 1: If the interview is waived, then the applicant will undergo a medical examination if he/she has not done that already.
Case 2: If the interview is not waived off, then the applicant must be prepared for it. For that, the applicant has to attend the Canadian Visa Office.
- Final Stage:
The Canadian Visa Office then makes the final decision. In the case of a favorable decision, the request is made to the applicant to pay the Government of Canada’s Rights of Permanent Residency fees. After that, the applicant must submit their passport to the Canadian Visa Office for the immigration visa insertion. If the decision is favorable from the visa office, then the applicant will receive their passport with an immigrant visa attached within.