Are you dreaming of immigrating to Canada? Do you have questions about the Canada visa process, or are you looking for tips on preparing yourself and your family to move to Canada? The first step towards immigrating to Canada is understanding the potential challenges that await you, and this forum provides just that -a place where others like you can share their experiences with immigrating to Canada, and offer tips and advice on what they found helpful during their own application process. Get started today by reading through the forum archives -you may find exactly what you’re looking for!
What is your status in the US?
Immigration issues are tricky, so it’s important that you know your status in America. If you have a Green Card and have lived in the US for five years, but have just moved to a new state or city and need certain information relating to your Green Card, then start with Section 1 of our Canada Visa Forum. Otherwise, if you need information on adjusting your status from temporary status to permanent residence; or if you’re trying to change jobs without affecting your current immigration standing; or if you’re preparing for a marriage-based immigration; these sections can help. Need help understanding general procedures involved with obtaining any type of Canada Visa? We’ve got an entire section on procedures!
Is there any chance of being able to stay in the US?
While there’s no easy answer, we can walk you through your options and their likely outcomes. Make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunities for Canadian immigration—read our Canada visa forum for specific details. You might be surprised at what you learn; it’s a big world out there, but a lot of countries have very similar requirements for residence permits and other types of visas. They might even work in your favor, allowing you to apply more easily than you’d expected.
If not, what are your best options for staying close with family and friends?
If you’re a US citizen, there are two main ways of staying close with family and friends while living abroad. The first is to choose one country that has strong relationships with your home country and then look for jobs in that region. Alternatively, if you are fluent in a foreign language and want to settle down, move near someone who speaks that language fluently—especially those who already live in your target city or town. There are also international companies hiring expats at different skill levels all over North America and other parts of Europe, so it might be worth doing some research into what they’re looking for before committing. Check out more information on getting a job abroad here .
Which visas/immigration options should I consider if I want to move to Canada?
Canada has a number of different immigration programs for prospective immigrants, each with different requirements and restrictions. Our Canada visa forum can help you learn more about each program, how you qualify for it, and what steps you’ll need to take in order to be granted entry into Canada. Here are some of our top resources: Which visas will work best for me?: This post will help you figure out which options are most applicable to your situation. Guide on processing times: This comprehensive guide is great if you’re looking at applying under one of Canada’s non-economic immigration programs (in other words, foreign skilled workers and international students). How do I choose a province?: If you plan on living in Canada, it makes sense that your decision should involve choosing a destination province.
What are the steps involved in each option, especially as they relate to my family members?
Generally, there are two ways to become a Canadian permanent resident: express entry and regular immigration. Express Entry is a new system that simplifies, speeds up and enhances opportunities for certain economic immigrants who want to live in Canada permanently. The system ranks candidates using a computer-based Comprehensive Ranking System that assesses numerous factors such as age, work experience, language skills, education and other human capital attributes.
When should I start getting ready for this process (i.e. gathering documents)?
Getting ready for a Canada visa doesn’t happen overnight. Some people start collecting documents years before they actually apply. What’s more, it can take six months or longer to process your application—so be sure you start early and don’t miss any deadlines (or any due dates). You might also want to consider applying in two stages: first with a temporary residency permit, and then later with permanent residency. The Canadian government recently changed its rules so that you can apply for permanent residency without first obtaining a temporary permit.
We’re ready now, how do we get started on an immigration application?
The Canada visa forum is a great place to start. The questions asked on these forums are categorized according to nationality and specific immigration programs, meaning you can easily look for questions that pertain directly to your situation. But it’s important not just to ask your own questions; being active on Canada-specific forums is also a great way of introducing yourself and gaining knowledge from others. Find out what worked for them; chances are, what worked for them could work for you too.
As part of the process, will I need a lawyer/can I do it on my own? What sort of costs should I expect along the way from both personal and government sides
Do I need a lawyer for my Canada immigration application or can I apply on my own? Most of our clients are able to handle their Canada visas and immigration process on their own, but we also offer two levels of support—basic and premium. The basic package includes direct client contact via phone, email and online chat. With premium you’ll get face-to-face meetings with a professional from one of our partner offices in Canada where you’ll be supported throughout your entire immigration journey.