Immigration Corner | How Can I Prove "Ties" When Applying For Study Permit?

Dear Miss Powell, I am a single woman looking to apply for a visa to study in Canada. Since I'm single, what information can I present about 'family ties' to the officer? O.P. Dear O.P., Many individuals are faced with this issue when they apply for a temporary resident visa such as a student, work, or visitor's visa. The standard question that is asked of an applicant is: 'Why would you return home after your trip?' Many individuals are offended by the question, but it is a legitimate one as the visa officer needs proof that you will not be a flight risk, will not break the immigration laws of Canada, and that you honour the terms of your temporary resident visa. That means that you will need to present substantiated facts that at the end of your studies, you will not remain in Canada illegally but that you will return to your home country when required to do so. The visa officer is looking for proof that you have established social and economic ties, connections, o…

Unemployed! Can I apply under to go to Canada?

Dear Miss Powell, I was working for a company for almost four years, and then I got laid off. My half-sister is a citizen of Canada, and said that since I have an engineering degree, I should apply to go to Canada as a skilled worker. I think that would be good for me and my family, but I'm worried that because I'm unemployed, my application won't be accepted. My wife is an admin assistant, but she is on leave as we just had a baby. I also have an eight-year-old daughter who is not my wife's child. Should I wait until I find another engineering job? I have been looking for a while now, and can't find anything as an engineer. I help out a friend at his mechanic shop sometimes, but that is only part time. Can you tell me if we would qualify to be citizens? - J.L. Dear J.L., The Canadian immigration system is designed to attract qualified professionals from around the world who can make a positive contribution to the economy. In fact, one of the easiest ways for a professi…

Immigration Corner | Will I get a visa now?

Immigration Corner | Will I get a visa now?:

Dear Ms Powell, I was ordered to leave Canada about 15 years ago. Can I reapply for a visitor visa now? Would I get through? - KN Dear KN, Before you can reapply for a visitor/ temporary resident visa, you will have to assess whether you have been deemed rehabilitated or are still considered inadmissible to Canada. First, I would need to know the reason you were ordered to leave Canada in the first place and the type of removal order that was issued. There are three types of removal orders issued by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada or the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). These are departure orders, exclusion orders, and deportation orders. Depending on the type of order, you may be able to reapply or submit an application known as an Authorisation to Return to Canada (ARC). When persons have been issued a removal order, they are required to confirm their departure from Canada with the CBSA. You should note that a departure or…

Immigration Corner | Pharmacist seeks opportunity in Canada

Immigration Corner | Pharmacist seeks opportunity in Canada:  

Dear Ms Powell, I am a pharmacist in Jamaica, and I would like to live in Canada permanently. How would I go about being able to live and work in Canada? What are my chances of getting a job in Ontario? I have a half-sister living there. - E.T. Dear E.T., Thank you for your enquiry. The prospect of living and working in Canada as a pharmacist is extremely positive at this time. The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CphA) reported that there is a national shortage of pharmacists in Canada, and, therefore, the immigration authorities are keen on attracting individuals who have the education, skills, and experience to fill these gaps. Additionally, the CphA identified that due to Canada's aging population, there are certain factors that have lead to a significant growth in demand for pharmacists throughout the country. These factors include an increase in the drug requirements, more recruitment by pharmaceutical and biotech com…

Immigration Corner | How do I apply?

Immigration Corner | How do I apply?

Dear Miss Powell, I recently got married to a Canadian citizen. I am in the process of putting together a sponsorship application and I'm wondering if I'm doing it right. I've heard of people's applications getting sent back and I want to avoid that. Can you tell me some of the reasons that applications are sent back? - HM Dear HM, Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has simplified the process and the number of forms in sponsorship applications. Although the process has been simplified, the requirements are the same. It is usually recommended that you seek the assistance of an immigration lawyer to avoid many of the pitfalls and delays. Your first step would be to ensure that you read the guidelines and download the appropriate forms. IRCC is constantly updating the forms and procedures, therefore it is imperative that you check their website to ensure that you are completing the most recent forms. The latest updates to th…

Immigration Corner | How do I qualify as a refugee?

Immigration Corner | How do I qualify as a refugee?:

Dear Ms Powell,
I hear that Canada accepts a lot of refugees each year. How do I qualify to be a refugee?-


Dear AC,

Canada is one of the many countries that accept individuals who have a genuine fear of remaining in their own country if they are able to prove that there is a legitimate and well-founded fear of persecution. That is because Canada is committed to protecting the life, liberty, and security of individuals. This policy is enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom. Canada is a signatory to the Geneva Convention and a strong supporter of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. To qualify, you must be able to show tangible evidence that your persecution is based on race, gender, nationality, political opinion, membership of a particular group, or show some special circumstances that require the protection of Canada. Another critical factor is that you must be outside of your country of origin and unable…

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