Canada Immigration

Canadian Visas

If you are looking for Canadian visa information it must be exciting times as you are clearly planning a brighter future, unfortunately, you may also be finding Canadian Immigration controls are more complex that you first imagined. Don't worry we can help, to make things easier, for you to secure the correct visa quickly and easily we provide a comprehensive advice service. We have also selected some of the best online resources available and provide links to them, to help you.

Including a link to a complete list of employers in Canada who hold a licence to hire an overseas worker. That means these companies are in a position to hire you and are legally able to hire you today. The report covers the whole of Canada, if you are looking for an employer this is a must see list of employers.

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Different Canadian Visas

There are many different types of visas for Canada and work permits so finding the right one depends on many factors and how quickly you would like to live in Canada.  Here are just a few Visas we can help with when people wish to go to Canada for family reasons, employment or study.  One of the most important steps is selecting the right visa for the job.  So take your time at this point and ensure you have a knowledge of all possible visas and understand their benefits and drawbacks to you and your case, it is vital to get this stage right even though things may change later a solid grounding in the options is important.  

Provincial Nomination Options

Canada is a federal country which means each province has autonomy to determine their specific immigrant requirements. Even within the various provinces specific area have their own special concessions to attract migrants required by the local economy.

For example:

A student who graduates from Regina University is currently being offered up to a $20,000 tax rebate over the following four years if they decide to remain in Regina and contribute to the local economy by putting their new found skills and qualification to work.

In a small town called Morden, there is no requirement for a job offer to secure an invitation under the provincial nomination programme, virtually guaranteeing a person's invitation to emigrate to Canada if they agree to settle in the town.

Across Canada in each province, there are opportunities for migrants who want to make Canada their home and are flexible about the province they prepared to live in for the first few years after relocation to Canada. Here is a list of the provincial settlement services sites to help new migrants. These guides may help you decide where you prefer to settle.

Canadian Working Visas

Though skilled employment is a route to a long-term residence visa in Canada, there are also Canadian work visas available for temporary and short-term employment in many areas. The employment route is covered in more detail on other pages but simply put this is the most popular way to immigrate to Canada. There is employer sponsorship which requires a Canadian employer to offer you a job. This is not as hard as it may first sound.  Canada is starved of workers and there are thousands of open posts currently available.

Provisional nominations

Another work visas available is the Provincial Nomination. These visas only allow a person live and work within a certain province on arrival in Canada and each province rules and

criteria change from time to time. They also have caps on the number of visas they can issue in any given year. This can be an effective way to live and work in Canada if other routes are closed at the time of application.

Federal Skilled Worker

The most famous and popular working visa in Canada as it allows you to arrive in Canada work freely and live anywhere.  These visas are granted to those people on the shortage skills list.  As Canada is a growing economy and looking for overseas skills to join them there are often dozens of skill types in demand from tradespeople to professionals.  The drawback is that these visas currently can take two years to complete.  Once approved, however, Canada is open to you to take full advantage of everything it has to offer. 

Express Entry 

From 2015 Canadian Immigration focus on the Express Entry structure for immigration control which is based on the Australian model of immigration. The system allows a person to present themselves to the Canada Immigration and when a demand for their skills becomes available they will be issued a work visa. It is important in these cases you prepare your documents perfectly as you will be selected from a large pool of talent and Canada will be care who they pick and grant a work visa to under this scheme as this will be a competitive marketplace for visas. 

Employers In Canada Who Hire Overseas Skills

If you are looking for an employer in Canada it would be helpful to have list of every employer who holds a current sponsorship licence so you can focus your efforts and apply to companies who can actually hire you legally. We have found such a list from 2010. It is a little out of date but it has enough information and recent enough to be an excellent starting point to help you start contacting employers who matter. Please note the list of employers is 457 pages so please think before you print!

Canada Long-Term Residency Visas

Foreign nationals who want to move to Canada on a permanent basis have several options. As a worker, you can apply through the skilled migration scheme or the Provincial Nominee schemes operated by individual Canadian provinces. Long-term residency is also possible for business people or through the Family Class. can guide you through the various paths to immigration and explain the separate arrangements operated by Quebec.

Business and Investment

Canada actively seeks applications from experienced business professionals who can make a significant contribution to its economy. There are three categories of Canadian visa for business, covering entrepreneurs, investors and the self-employed. We can take you through the financial commitment required and how to apply. With this visa, the authorities are interested in how you will be beneficial to the local economy and not looking to undercut the local market. Your business plan and financial planning will have to stack up.  We would expect you to have the same standard of planning as you would be expected to provide to a bank for a business loan. Once approved it is a great visa and relatively quick to secure as Canada loves investment.

Study Visas for Canada

If you’re studying in Canada for longer than six months you will normally require a study permit. Students who want to earn money during their course may be able to do so without a work permit. Education is a big deal in Canada and a very popular route to Canada immigration. During your studies, you can work part time but the best part is that after your studies you can stay for the length of the course. for example, if you have a one year course you can stay for a further year to live and work in Canada. During this year if your employer decides to sponsor you and why not if you are a hard worker you can secure a work permit leading to residency. On a two year course, you can secure a three-year work visa at the end of the course. A great way to enter Canada if you are still building those skills Canada are looking for.

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If you want to secure your visa but not sure how Global Visas is here to help you.  You don't need to muddle through the visa process alone looking for information online which you hoped would be relevant to your circumstances and often confusing. Best of all our services are completely free.

If you are interested in any of the visas listed below or just not sure which one is for you and have a question we can help. Or you can visit the Canadian Immigration website if you have not already seen it.

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There are several Canadian Immigration Visa categories you can apply under to become a permanent resident of Canada:

Skilled Workers and Professionals
Family Sponsorship
Provincial Nominees
Quebec Skilled Workers
Business Migration

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  1. Basilia Del Rosario Dadizon

    Family Sponsorship Visa

    I wish to apply for immigration to Canada under Family Sponsorship. I have my sister in Ontario, Canada. She married to a Canadian citizen born in Canada. She has lived more than 20 years in Canada at this stage. Do I need to pay upon applying for immigration to Canada?

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      Canada Immigration prides itself on their range of family class visas to allow Canadian residents to invite their family to join them. On a federal level, this is however limited to a partner or child in the main, which in my opinion is not enough.

      Then there a Provincial Nomination Family Sponsorship Visas in agreement with the federal government, each province under this agreement a province can nominate family members to join their residence family members to join them in Canada. In some provinces, this can even extend to distant family members including cousins. The issue is that your sister is based in Ontario, which does not have such a provision at this time.

      On the question of fees, we do not charge for our advice but you would need to pay for a visa to enter Canada unless you are a non-visa national entering as a tourist or transiting through the country. I would like to see more effort being made to allow families to be united, however, I doubt that situation will improve anytime soon.

  2. Noorulhaq

    Can I Sponsor My Gown Up Child To Come To Canada?

    A Few years ago a woman went to Canada along with her family as immigrants now she is residing in Toronto the issue is that one of her daughters delayed her immigration process due to her marriage and now as she has a family with 3 kids. The family now wishes to emigrate to Canada. She would like to restart her delayed immigration process, so is it possible if her mother can sponsor her daughter and her family to come to Canada?

  3. Jennifer Paquet

    How Long Can A Resident Leave Quebec And Retain Their Residency Visa?

    This is an unusual question, I am sure. I am a UK citizen, married to a Canadian citizen for 30 years. We are both permanent residents of Quebec. I have a Permanent Resident card.
    I would like to spend more time in the UK and less time in Quebec. Quebec allows absences of up to 21 days out of the Province and these do not count.
    Of the 6 months a year I need to be in Quebec, could I travel back to the UK frequently (for periods of under 21 days) and not be stopped at Immigration in Montreal?
    Is there some sort of special visa needed for this?

    Complicated I know, would appreciate an opinion. Many thanks.

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