Migrate to Canada

Frequently Asked Questions

How many people will be granted the right of permanent residence in Canada this year?
Citizen and Immigration Canada's commitment is to admit new permanent residents in 2007 within a target range of 240,000 and 265,000 admissions.

How long does it take to get permanent residence in Canada?
As a general rule however, it takes most applicants 6 to 8 months (sometimes upto 12 months - including the time required to prepare the application and qualification recognition before lodgement) to receive a decision on their visa application under Federal Skilled Worker Category.

Once approved, how long before I must move to Canada?
Your arrival must be within one year from the date of your medical tests.

Will the Canadian immigration authorities or Embassy help me to prepare my application and make sure that everything is correct before applying?
No. This type of service is no longer provided by Government. The authorities exist to enforce the immigration law, rule on residence applications and to issue residence visas. Although basic information and applications forms are available, the authorities are unable to provide independent advice and personalized guidance on your specific case.

Can the immigration authorities refuse my application?
Yes. Many applicants are unaware how strictly the immigration regulations are enforced and are unnecessarily refused or delayed due to technical errors on their application or by submitting the wrong supporting documentation. It is therefore suggested to seek the professional guidance and independent advice of a migration consultant before lodging an application for residence. Consultants exist to help you find the best way through the immigration maze and are highly effective at doing so.

My Migration Consultant has assessed me as being eligible for residence in Canada. If I apply without his or her help, can I be sure of success?
No. Although you may fundamentally qualify under Canada's immigration policy, you are by no means guaranteed of success. Your application must be prepared in accordance with the prevailing immigration regulations and submitted together with the appropriate supporting documentation in order to be approved by the Canadian Department of Immigration. The ways in which to do this are not always clearly set out by the immigration authorities and result in many applicants presenting their cases incorrectly, inevitably leading to refusal.

What is a permanent resident or landed immigrant?
Essentially, it is a right affixed into your passport granting you the permanent right to live and work in Canada. You are eligible for government-subsidised medical care immediately (except in Ontario, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland), but are not permitted to vote in Provincial or Federal elections. After three years, you can apply for citizenship, entitling you to a Canadian passport. Temporary residents (those on student and work visas) are generally not entitled to medical care or social welfare assistance. These persons are advised to take out private health insurance.

When I migrate to Canada, will I lose my current passport?
No, not necessarily. Firstly, you will enter as a permanent resident or landed immigrant which does not affect your current citizenship status. After three years of residence you can apply for Canadian citizenship (but this is not obligatory). The Canadian Government allows dual nationality (i.e. the holding of two passports), so you can retain your current passport and obtain a Canadian passport as well. Having said this, you must check that your own country of citizenship allows dual-nationality, as this right must be reciprocal. If not, you will need to surrender your other passport.