Canada has a very clear-cut and highly evolved system of bringing immigrants’ family together and support dependent partners or parents, Canada introduced the ‘family visa’. There are a number of relationships that qualify for Family Class Sponsorship:
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This program allows canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their spouse for canadian permanent residency. In some cases, you do not need to be legally married in order to be eligible to sponsor your loved one to come to Canada. Canada recognizes common-law partnership if you have been continuously living together in a conjugal relationship for at least one year. Travel and brief periods apart will not affect your eligibility, as long as you can prove you have spent the majority of your time as common-law partners living in the same household. Providing relevant documents like a joint bank account proof, common residential address proof will bring more validity to your application.
To be eligible for sponsorship, children must meet the definition of a dependent child.a child is considered to be a dependent if they are not married or in a common-law relationship and are under the age of 22. The parents wishing to sponsor their children must be either canadian citizen or be permanent residents living in canada. They must be 18 years of age and possess a clean record with no serious offence like bankruptcy or criminal charges.
Canadian citizens or permanent residents can sponsor their parents and grandparents through two popular programs : Parents and grandparents Program ( PGP) or the super visa program.
The PGP program has opened to potential Sponsors on January 28, 2019. Under these programs the applicants must fill the interest to sponsor forms and will be entertained on a first in , first served basis.
Super Visa: Canadian citizens and/or permanent residents have another option to bring a parent or grandparent to Canada. Parents or grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for the Super Visa. The applicants cannot be inadmissible to Canada on the basis of health or security, and they may be required to meet specific conditions set forth by the visa office through which they will be applying. It is important to note that no dependents can be included in this application. Only parents or grandparents, together with their spouses or common-law partners, may be included on an application for the Super Visa.
Under Canadian immigration regulations, foreign spouses and common-law partners of temporary foreign workers and foreign students, who themselves want to work in Canada, will need an open work permit.
In addition to this, the canadian government also allows spouse and common law partners being sponsored through the spousal sponsorship category to be granted an open to work status while their application of permanent residency is being setup.
The holder of an open work permit can work for any Canadian employer, without first having a confirmed offer of employment. An open work permit is not job-specific.
Under Canada immigration regulations, open work permits may be applied for by:
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A new ‘pilot’ program was launched by the Atlantic Province of Canada in 2017. As its evident from its name, its first of its kind program and is subject to change. This program aims to accept a maximum number of 2,000 new immigrants each year, with quotas increasing to 4,000 by 2020. It is unique because it allow designated employers from the Atlantic province to hire foreign nationals without obtaining a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document issued by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) assessing the impact of hiring a foreign national in Canada. A positive LMIA indicates that there is no Canadian citizen or permanent resident to fill a position, therefore enabling an employer to hire a foreign national.
The designated employers assist eligible foreign nationals with the submission of permanent residency applications and long-term settlement. Canada’s Atlantic provinces include New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Islands.