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#immigration-law
Asked: 20 days ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


You will have to prove that you can financially support your spouse and your marriage is genuine. However, there are some additional factors you might need to prove depending on you and your spouse’s location and situation so make sure to review the full application details on the IRCC website.


Edited: 20 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 20 days ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


This really depends on many factors such as your age, qualification, education and programs you are considering to immigrate through. Getting PR really depends on your score - so if you have a high score, PR may be a good option. If not, study permit is likely your best bet


Answered: 20 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 20 days ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


Generally speaking you are not legally allowed to work while you are on visitor visa, although there are some exemptions that allow you to work in Canada without a work permit. You may also work for non-Canadian companies remotely, but double check to make sure you aren’t breaking any rules first.


Answered: 20 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 20 days ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


You can certainly apply for PR while visiting, but you will want to make sure you are eligible under whichever PR program you apply for.


Answered: 20 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 20 days ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


You will need to convince a Canadian company to sponsor you, so you can get a work permit based on it. Your internship might fall under an exemption and I would encourage you to speak to a lawyer and discuss your circumstances.


Answered: 20 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 20 days ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


Yes, you can work anywhere in Canada if you possess a valid Post-Graduation Work Permit although you will want to make sure you start skilled work as soon as possible to give you the best chance at getting PR here.


Answered: 20 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 20 days ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


Citizenship gives you additional rights such as voting and you will not need to renew your status (such as with PR) to remain in the country. Also, some jobs in Canada are only available to citizens (mostly government related positions).


Answered: 20 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 20 days ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


You can start working immediately giving the fact that your work does not fall under any other restrictions listed on your work permit.


Answered: 20 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 20 days ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


You should look for Canadian companies that are hiring for roles you are eligible for. Then, you should check to see which of those companies have previously sponsored foreign workers, and submit a strong resume and cover letter. You could also enter the Canadian job bank, where you can review different job postings and have companies look into your profile.


Answered: 20 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 20 days ago

Is it possible to get a job in Canada before landing?

I am thinking of immigrating to Canada soon. Is it possible to apply and get a job before physically landing in Canada?


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


It is definitely possible but requires a lot of effort! I would encourage you to be strategic in approaching positions and companies you are qualified for an interested in, and try to network with people who work there. This might potentially help you get interviews and a job you are looking for.


Answered: 20 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 20 days ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


You have a high chance of getting ITA in the next draw assuming that you have already created your profile with accurate information including your language tests results and a valid ECA (if needed).


Answered: 20 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 20 days ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


I would recommend to go through Express Entry, since 475 is a very good score and should be enough to get you an invitation to apply through Express Entry.

 

OINP would just incur additional expenses and add an extra step in your process.




Answered: 20 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 20 days ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


You can definitely do it as an “upfront medical exam”. It could expedite the process for some work permit applications, like Global Talent Stream (GTS). 


Answered: 20 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 20 days ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


You will need to meet certain criteria as per the government of Ontario:

 

Work permit holders may be eligible for Ontario health insurance coverage provided they

  • be physically in Ontario for 153 days in any 12‑month period
  • be physically in Ontario for at least 153 days of the first 183 days immediately after you began living in the province
  • make Ontario your primary home
  • are in Ontario on a valid work permit and are working full-time in Ontario, for an Ontario employer, for at least six months

 

Note that normally, you become eligible after 3 months for coverage, but there are some exceptions in place due to Covid-19. Best bet is to check the Ontario website here:

 

https://www.ontario.ca/page/apply-ohip-and-get-health-card



Answered: 20 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 20 days ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


You would need to apply for a work permit and most likely you will need a company who would agree to sponsor your application through what’s called a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).


Answered: 20 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 20 days ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


You will need to pay $155 to file a Work Permit application, as well as $85 for submitting your biometrics (if required). You will need to pay extra if you include family members, such as your spouse and/or kids.


Answered: 20 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 20 days ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


You will need to evaluate your foreign diploma through an Education Credential Assessment in order to get credit and points for it. Once they determine the Canadian equivalent of your foreign diploma through the ECA report, you can use it for your Express Entry (EE) application.


Answered: 20 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 20 days ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


It depends on the visa you have received but usually depends on the validity. For example, if you get a 1-year work visa this means you can land in Canada within 1 year (although you wouldn’t be allowed to stay for as long if you delay travel). If you get PR approved, you may be required to land in Canada within a certain timeframe.


Answered: 20 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 20 days ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


You will need to obtain a Work Permit (WP) or Permanent Residency (PR) to work in Canada. The process for a work permit could be faster but you might need to find a company to sponsor you.  PR applications could take longer to complete but it depends on your situation and goals.

 

With a work permit, you will also need either a temporary resident visa (TRV) or eTA in order to travel - they are usually processed with your work permit application.




Answered: 20 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 20 days ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


Insurance can depend on the type of work permit, but I would encourage you to contact Immigration Canada to confirm the request. Please be very careful and validate the request before processing the payment as there are many scams that come from people pretending to be Canadian government entities.


Answered: 20 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 20 days ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


A “closed”  work permit is provided based on the sponsorship of a company, so the person is only legally allowed to work for that specific company. 


An “open” work permit is not linked to any company, and the permit holder can work for any employer in Canada. However, this type of work permit is only granted in specific scenarios - such as an international student graduate or spouse of a temporary permit holder.




Answered: 20 days ago
#immigration-law#quebec
Asked: a month ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


The requirements will differ depending on which country you’re applying from, but you can find them by going on the CIC website and choosing your country of residence and following the guidelines.


You can also checkout our resources at Visto.ai and our vetted professionals that can help!


Answered: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


Closed work permits are received after being sponsored by a company, usually in the form of a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application. Those who are sponsored by a Canadian employer receive a closed Work Permit, allowing them to immigrate to Canada as a worker.


If you’re a student graduating from a qualifying program, and are eligible, it's best to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), so you are not limited to working for just one employer. You can find our free guide on the PGWP at visto.ai by signing up for free!




Answered: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


Yes you can.

 

Ideally you have included them in your initial work permit application, so they could come to Canada to work or study, depending on ages and which visas they apply for. 

 

In case you already received your work permit, you can still have your family apply as dependents. You would have to include proof of your work permit as part of their applications.


Answered: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


You will need a job offer from a Canadian company, and also have to be eligible under the program. This means you either fit into 1 of the 13 tech roles that are eligible (category B) or are a specialized or unique role and your company can get a referral (category A). Lately more and more companies have been willing to use the GTS program as the competition for tech talent here is very tight.


Answered: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


You would still have to apply for Permanent Residency (PR), like you would from outside of Canada. Keep in mind that you may be eligible to immigrate under some different programs. I would start by looking into Express Entry and/or Provincial Nomination Programs (PNP’s) you’re eligible for.


Answered: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


There are many factors that affect an applicant's chances of being approved for a Visa to Canada. For overall admissibility, immigration officers want to make sure that an applicant has a clean background, is not a danger to the Canadian society, is in good medical condition and a few others.

 

Other considerations include ties to a home country, proof of means of financial support, etc.

 

Keep in mind that every type of Visa application comes with its own unique set of requirements.




Answered: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


Processing time that remains after the biometrics are received depends on the type of the application. For example, many of the work permits I submit for clients are approved within around 1 week of clients providing the biometrics, but most of these are expedited through the Global Talent Stream. Traditional work permits or other visas may take much longer, and even be delayed by weeks or months.

 

You can look up the average processing time of all permits on the Canada.ca website.




Answered: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month ago

Is it recommended to include my spouse in my Express Entry application?

Do I need to include my spouse in my Express Entry application as an accompanying person, even if she’s been in Canada on a Work Permit already for 1 month?


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


While it’s not required, it is recommended in cases where both you and your spouse would like to obtain Permanent Residency. It will also make it easier down the road - as your spouse otherwise won’t be able to stay longer than the length of her work permit and sponsoring a spouse for PR can take 12+ months.


Answered: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


The easiest ways are to get a job offer from a Canadian company, and get sponsored to come to Canada on a Work Permit, or to come through the PR program called Express Entry. Some occupations are currently in high demand - depending on your qualifications and your experience, aiming for occupations that are in high demand in Canada might give yourself the best chance to come on a work permit, or if you have a high enough score, you can come through EE (which does not require a job).

 

Our free portal at visto.ai will help you find the best option based on your situation.




Answered: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


This highly depends on your situation, the CRS score on your Express Entry profile, and which PNP programs you may be eligible for.


Some PNP’s are faster than others, but keep in mind that EE will likely be quicker, if you have a high enough score for it. Not only that, a PNP is just the first step to then apply for PR (either through EE or the paper-based application), so it’s best to avoid PNPs if you can.


However, if you don’t have a high enough CRS score, sometimes those PNP programs represent the only available option. 




Answered: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


It is difficult but possible, depending on your line of work. You should try to find companies in your industry who have or are willing to sponsor foreign workers, as some companies simply are not. Even starting remotely is a good idea as it builds trust to hopefully then expand into a full-time role in Canada once you land.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


Depending on your program, you may be eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) which would allow you to work in Canada. 

 

You can also check your eligibility and score under Express Entry, the skilled PR program, although it may be best to wait until you have 1 year of work experience here. Our free portal helps with all of the above!


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


While there isn’t a rule prohibiting distant relatives from financially supporting Study Permit applicants, the question is whether or not it would be recognized by IRCC as a valid proof of financial means. 

 

It’s highly recommended to have the letter either notarized or prepared as an affidavit, and include a detailed explanation of how and why this person is supporting your application.


They should also include a proof of their finances and a piece of identification (copy of passport). 

 

Best of luck or for more specific help, check out Visto here.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


The exact list of documents depends on the type of work permit you’re applying for and which country you’re located in. 

 

Firstly, you’ll need a Canadian employer to sponsor you through the LMIA process. If that’s approved, then you can submit your work permit application based on your specific country’s requirements.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


Most LMIA-based Work Permits are issued for 1–3 years. This depends on the situation, the company, and the LMIA application itself.


You employer will likely decide, or consult with you to decide, how long the work permit period will last. Certain LMIA’s are eligible for longer duration than others. 

 

In order to get an LMIA-based Work Permit approved for the requested time period, the employer must prove that they indeed have a job opening for the entire amount of time or the ESDC may not approve it for the requested time.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


It is definitely possible.

 

To maximize your chances, you should consider keeping a record of all your supporting documentation, including task details, proof of payments, contracts with your clients, reference letters if possible, etc.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


Currently, the two most optimal routes to be able to work in Canada are:


  1. Closed Work Permit. Try and find a company that will sponsor your application for a work permit in Canada. 
  2. Permanent Residency


I explain both options in a little more detail in my blog post on the best ways for skilled workers to move to Canada here:


Skilled Workers: Best Ways to Immigrate to Canada


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


In Canada, being sponsored to work usually means getting a “closed” work permit.

Such a permit is linked to a particular employer that sponsors the applicant. This means that the applicant can only work for the company that sponsored them to come to  Canada.


We talk more about the best ways to move/work in Canada in our blog post here: Skilled Workers: Best Ways to Immigrate to Canada


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


The answer is “Yes”.


Once you are approved for PR and move to Canada, you are allowed to work for any company you want, and are not limited to a certain role. Simply put, you can come to Canada and find a job in accounting, but it should not matter if you get a role in something else as long as you already have PR status.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago

How can I get a job in Canada and immigrate as a worker?

I live in Nigeria. How do I apply for jobs in Canada? And also, what are the chances that I can actually get a job over there? I’m open to work remotely, as well as to move there


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


I recommend looking up companies that are willing to sponsor foreign workers, or companies that do foreign recruitment for Canadian companies. Try to focus on job occupations that are in high demand. 


Keep in mind that actually getting a job offer from abroad can be very difficult and would depend on your background and your work experience. Being willing to work remotely at first may help. 


Also, be careful of people offering you jobs or LMIAs for a fee, as these are usually scams and illegal.


I also wrote an article on how skilled workers can move to Canada here: Skilled Workers: Best Ways to Immigrate to Canada


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law#ontario
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


A PGWP does allow you to be self-employed, so there should be no problem there. The biggest concern is if you're working towards PR, especially through Express Entry, any self employment will not count as work experience. So if you aren't also employed in a paid, skilled roll, this could hold you back from ultimately getting PR.

That being said, if you'll have a high enough score anyway and/or this is just a side gig, it should be fine


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


It is likely that visa officers spend more than a few minutes assessing visa applications. Moreover, there are various mandatory checks - such as the validity of documents, identification, criminal background check, health check (in some cases), supporting documentation - that need to be completed.


Not to mention many processing centers are backlogged, so while the processing may actually only take a day or 2, it may take processing agents weeks to get to it.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


Unfortunately, you can’t work, but as a US citizen, you have some options available to you. 


One, is to get sponsored by a Canadian company. This would in most cases allow you to apply for a work permit at the border. 


You can also apply for PR and/or have your wife sponsor you for PR as well.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


The answer depends on the type of LMIA/work permit, as well as the country you are applying from. 


For example, a standard LMIA usually takes 3–6 months to process. Work permit processing time will vary based on the country of residence.

 

If you’re a tech worker, an LMIA can be processed in 2–3 weeks. In case you’re a citizen of a visa-exempt country, you may be able to apply at the border upon arrival, cutting out the work permit processing time.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


If you’re coming on a work permit sponsored through a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), you’re usually not required to show proof of funds. IRCC will only require proof of funds for work permits applied for from certain countries.

 

We recommend checking the requirements, based on the country you currently live in.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


One way to get a work permit is by getting sponsored by a Canadian employer. If your experience allows you to apply for a job, and that employer cannot find another worker from within Canada, they may nominate you through the LMIA program. Once approved, you can apply from within Canada, or your home country, or sometimes at the border.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


Yes, you can get a work permit without taking the IELTS test. This would depend on the country you are applying from. Some countries require proof of language, while others don’t. It also depends on the job offer/LMIA, so keep that in mind as well, but a language test is not required in many cases.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


The reason for rejection should be outlined in the letter received from IRCC. You can find the letter in your online account, or in the mail (depending on how you applied), or also apply for what's called Global Case Management System (GCMS) notes, which will give you more details and notes from the agent who processed your application.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


There are two things that we discuss with our clients:


  1. How can we raise an Express Entry score? This can be accomplished by improving language test results, gaining more work experience, earning another degree, etc. depending on the situation;
  2. Can we target certain Provincial Nomination Programs (PNP’s)? Depending on the situation, there may be certain PNP’s that provide good opportunities to be invited to apply for Permanent Residency.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


If they hold an open work permit, they cannot study unless certain exceptions are in place. For example, the applicant may be exempt if the program is less than 6 months. 

 

One of the ways to verify restrictions that apply specifically to you, is by reviewing the “restrictions” section on the Work Permit itself, for any conditions applicable to your case.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


IRCC reduces the CRS score required to receive an invitation to apply (ITA) when they are looking to invite a large amount of people to apply, as a lower score will mean more people get their ITA.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Samuel Michaels

Founder & Lawyer, SM Legal


In order for this employee to work in Canada, they will require a work visa appropriate to their circumstances and the circumstances of the employment.


For the employer, they will need to register as an extraprovincial corporation in the provinces in which they will be operating. They will also have additional corporate and tax obligations with regards to the employee.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


The answer here is that it depends on the reason why your previous application got refused.


If the reason for refusal was due to background, criminal, or medical check, you may have been found inadmissible to enter Canada, which would also apply to an Express Entry application.

 

If you were refused for a non-PR related reason, like not submitting the right documents or not providing proof you will leave at the end of your stay, it likely won’t affect an Express Entry application.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


An easy way to figure this out is to look at the Express Entry requirements and the score calculator.


You’ll notice that the highest points are awarded to those 20–29 years old, with a graduate degree, good English-speaking ability and a good work experience.


Of course, you’ll have to show a clean criminal history and pass a medical exam as well.

 

To calculate your CRS score, check out our guide here.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law#quebec
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


If you have a valid work and travel permit (TRV or eTA), you can land and start working.

Keep in mind that Express Entry is not a Quebec program. Thus you’ll be required to prove that you intend to leave Quebec once your application for PR is approved.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law#quebec
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


If you have a valid work and travel permit (TRV or eTA), you can land and start working.

Keep in mind that Express Entry is not a Quebec program. Thus you’ll be required to prove that you intend to leave Quebec once your application for PR is approved.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


Your chances will depend on your eligibility and your CRS score at the time of your application. Please review Express Entry requirements and the score calculator available on the IRCC website.


If you’re looking for guidance on how to immigrate to Canada, consider checking out the knowledge resources on our website to learn about the requirements and how to calculate your score.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the job title you’d use to apply for Express Entry, based off previous work experience in that job. In order to qualify, you will be required to show proof of relevant job experience that matches the NOC code.


Only certain NOC’s are eligible under the FSW program. Please double-check before applying - we created a guide to finding your NOC code here.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


Federal Skilled Worker program requires at least a CLB 7 (this requires a 6 or higher in each of the 4 categories if taking IELTS), while Federal Skilled Trades requires CLB between 4 and 5.


If you need help improving your score, we prepared a quick guide here:

How to get a good score on the IELTS exam | Visto


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


Ideally you’re between 20–29 years of age, have a graduate degree, multiple years of work experience (Canadian work experience is a bonus), and can score very well on an English or French exam.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


The biggest piece of advice we give to our clients, before they even begin their immigration process, is to get familiar with the requirements of various immigration options available. 

 

Making sure that the immigration program is right for an applicant will minimize the risk of wasting time and money.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


Your chances to immigrate to Canada are heavily influenced by your age, education, work experience, language proficiency, and a handful of other factors.


Here is an example of a good situation to be in, while applying to immigrate to Canada:



  • be between 20–29 years old
  • hold an undergraduate, and ideally graduate degree
  • have multiple years of paid work experience in a skilled position
  • be able to score very well on an english or french exam



Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


Canada has a great points-based immigration program called “Express Entry”. You can create a profile, include your education, work experience, language skills, and other relevant information.


Once created, your profile enters into the pool, and gets assigned a specific number of CRS points. 

 

Every 2 weeks, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invites those that meet the required score to apply for Permanent Residency.

 

If you’re looking to immigrate, or find out how you can maximize your score, check out our blog.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


Boosting your IELTS score is one of the surefire ways to increase your CRS score for Express Entry application. 

 

It’s definitely possible to book and attend a test, while being physically present in Canada, assuming you have the legal status to enter and remain in Canada, at the time of your exam.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


Some may have noticed that IRCC approves immigration visa applications at a slower pace in the month of December. 

 

From my experience submitting visa applications for clients, very few final decisions are made in the final month of the year - primarily due to employees taking vacation days during the Holiday season.


While this isn’t objective evidence, from my personal experience it has been a slower month.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


Usually, IRCC conducts a draw and sends out ITAs every 2 weeks.

 

There have been occasions where they’ve done fewer than 2, or only done draws for specific programs, but usually every 2 weeks is the norm.

 

You can review the dates and CRS scores for each previous draw at the IRCC website.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


Creating an Express Entry profile does not affect your existing permits. Keep in mind, that creating an Express Entry profile is not the same as submitting a final application for Permanent Residency.

 

Upon creating an Express Entry profile, you would enter into the pool and will have a chance to get invited to apply for Permanent Residency, if you meet eligibility criteria and present a high CRS score.


Please refrain from having multiple applications for the same type of permit at the same time, such as having multiple applications for Permanent Residency, study permit applications, et cetera.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago

What are my chances of getting an ITA to apply for PR in Canada?

What are the chances of getting an invitation to apply for a Permanent Residency of Canada, If a candidate’s age is 27, and he has a postgraduate MA, 5 years of work experience, and an average IELTS score of 7.0?


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


You have a strong Express Entry profile, however might be a few points short of getting an ITA, considering CRS scores required during the most recent draws.


First you will want to calculate your exact CRS score then compare it to the previous draws.


One of the ways you can improve your score - and your chances of getting an ITA - is by getting a minimum of 8 in the Listening module on your IELTS test.


Even if your Writing, Speaking, and Reading modules remain at 7, getting an 8 on Listening would give you an overall CLB 9, providing a boost to your CRS score.


We talk more about it in our blog post on how to raise your score.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


There are several steps you would need to take in order to proceed:


  1. Get your foreign education assessed and converted into a Canadian equivalent. If you completed your education abroad, the first step is to have it assessed with an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA).
  2. Take an English or French language exam. Next, you would need to determine your proficiency in French or English language, by taking one of the designated language assessment tests.
  3. Calculate your CRS score after creating an Express Entry profile. Finally, you will need to determine your eligibility for the Express Entry program by creating an Express Entry profile, and confirming you have a high enough Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.


If you’d like to learn more, you can check out our blog on the first three steps you need to take in order to immigrate to Canada from overseas.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


Express Entry program is currently one of the best ways to obtain a Permanent Residency (PR) status in Canada.


You would have to create an Express Entry profile, and once you qualify - you would get an invitation to apply (often called an ITA).


PR Status allows you to live in any city in Canada, work for any company, take any educational or professional training courses, start your own business legally, and much more!


PR holders also get access to Canadian healthcare and other benefits provided by the Government of Canada. 

 

Finally, it’s worth mentioning that Canada is one of the safest, and most welcoming countries in the world.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


As a practicing immigration attorney, my perspective is that you don’t need a lawyer in order to submit your Permanent Residency application, nor is it required by the Government of Canada, although it can help. 

 

If you have a more complicated case or are in a situation where you feel your application is at risk of being denied, it is probably worth at least consulting with a lawyer, but IRCC has made it possible for individuals to navigate the entire process without one.

 

Depending on your financial situation, I would recommend having an immigration lawyer to at least review your final application package. 

 

Our platform also has some free resources that might help you with your entire Express Entry process.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


You don’t need to be physically present in Canada in order to search and apply for jobs in the Job Bank. Some candidates even leverage Job Bank prior to submitting their first immigration application.

 

It may be an effective tool to find employers with open positions that match your profile, so you would have to try and see if it works out to be a helpful tool for you.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 2 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


Choosing to hire an external representative to help you submit your immigration application depends on the context of your situation.


Candidates can certainly gather their own documents and submit the Application Package on their own behalf, but using a reliable lawyer or a consultant could save you a lot of time and may give you a better chance of success.


You may also choose to get legal help in case your situation is complex, or if you believe your application is at risk of being denied.


Our team started a platform where you can get guidance through the whole Express Entry process for free - so you can maximize your chances of doing the application yourself.


Answered: 2 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 3 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


PNPs are challenging to navigate, due to each Province’s unique requirements. Your chances of getting a Provincial Nomination depend on how aligned are your background, education, work experience, and other personal considerations with each program you’re applying for.

 

As an example, tech workers will have different opportunities, compared to regular workers, to immigrate into some provinces under the PNP nomination. You’ll also find that most programs require a connection to Canada or the specific province - such as a job offer, a Canadian degree, or a relative living there. It might be challenging to qualify without meeting one of those parameters.

 

You could review each province's website to determine which programs might constitute the best fit. 

 

If you happened to be in tech, we’re doing live classes on the specific PNPs that would cater to tech workers who do not currently have a job offer, but would still want to apply and receive a nomination. You can find out more on our website.


Answered: 3 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 3 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


It’s tough to predict the trend in minimum CRS score that qualifies for an Invitation to Apply. 


Minimum CRS score is determined by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), based on how many applicants the Canadian Economy requires each year.


If you’re currently looking to apply for a Permanent Residency, you can boost your chances of being invited, by:


  • Improving your IELTS score
  • Getting a Graduate Degree
  • Finding a Job in Canada
  • Considering Provincial Nomination Programs (PNP)


We have a recent blog post providing more details. 


Answered: 3 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 3 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


With a low score of 424 points, you are facing some challenges in getting an ITA. 


Being nominated through Provincial Nomination Program (PNP), such as OINP, would be your best option. However getting it is never guaranteed.


In order to be eligible for the nomination, you're required to meet NOC requirements for a particular occupation. This is very important, as it's unlikely you'll get an invitation, unless you do.


You can also try to increase your CRS score, by:

  • Getting better results on your language test (such as IELTS)
  • Improving your level of education
  • Gaining some additional work experience

 

We did a deeper dive on the ways to increase your score in a recent blog post here.


Answered: 3 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 3 months ago

Am I eligible to apply for either a Work Permit or a Permanent Residency card, when accommodating my husband who is on the Work Permit?

I’m on the visitor’s visa, residing in Toronto, Canada, accompanying my husband who is on the Work Permit. I would like to work as well. Do I qualify for either a Work Permit or a Permanent Residency at this time?


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


Assuming your spouse has a closed work permit, you would be eligible for an open work permit yourself, or even a study permit. You can both apply for PR together once one of you is eligible.

 

If you could provide a reason why you chose to come to Canada on a visitor’s visa instead, we could try to give you a more detailed response, covering your options.


Answered: 3 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 3 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


You can definitely create your profile, as it is free to do so and you can do it in under 30 minutes on the CIC website.


You would need to provide proof of English (or French) language proficiency and a proof of your level of education (Canadian or foreign).

 

However, with a score of 448 your chances are not very good unless you have 1 year of Canadian work experience.

 

You can also improve your CRS score by:


  • Getting better results on your language test (such as IELTS)
  • Improving your level of education (by getting a Graduate Degree)
  • Gaining some additional work experience

 

We wrote a guide on how to raise your score that further explores each of those options. Best of luck!


Answered: 3 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 3 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


An Express Entry applicant can certainly receive a Provincial Nomination while submitting an application from outside Canada, but it is far more difficult.


In order to do so, you have to determine which PNPs you may be eligible for, given your background, education, work experience, desired destination in Canada, and other considerations, including whether you’re applying from within or outside of Canada.


The biggest challenge you’ll face from outside Canada is that most programs require some sort of connection to Canada - a job offer, a degree, a relative, etc.


As an example, you can check out this video, explaining the process of immigrating through the Saskatchewan PNP. This program in particular does not require you to be in Canada (although having a connection there certainly helps with your application).


Answered: 3 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 3 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


Yes, it is possible, however you’ll have to prove that:


  1. You have a valid job offer from a Canadian company (that typically requires an LMIA), and;
  2. And you’re capable of performing the job being offered.


In terms of getting a Permanent Residency, it might prove more challenging if you don’t have a proper education. If you’re planning on eventually immigrating to Canada, consider applying for a Study Permit instead.


Answered: 3 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 3 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is accepting inquiries, and will be able to share that information with you.


You can reach out to them online, to get information about your application, using the IRCC Contact Form.


Answered: 3 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 3 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is accepting inquiries, and will be able to share that information with you.


You can reach out to them online, to get information about your application, using the IRCC Contact Form.


Answered: 3 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 3 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


At 457, unless you’re eligible through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), your chances aren’t great. In order to maximize your chances, consider improving your score, or take a look at various Provincial Nomination Programs available to you.


Some of the ways you can increase your CRS points:


  • Improve your language exam score
  • Get a Graduate Degree (ideally in Canada)
  • Find a Job in Canada


Please check out this post on 4 ways to boost your CRS Score


Answered: 3 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 3 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document that allows a company to invite a suitable applicant to apply for a work permit, via sponsorship. 


Typically, a company must show proof of recruitment efforts for at least 30 days. If a company can’t find a suitable candidate within Canada, they would submit an application to the government to get an approval to sponsor an immigrant. 


Once the LMIA is approved, the company would provide a document to a candidate, who can use it to submit an application for a work permit.


A word of caution: be very, very careful of people or companies offering LMIA’s, especially for a fee. Not only is it illegal, it will hurt both the employer and the applicant, if discovered.


Answered: 3 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 3 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


The Government of Canada requires you to show proof of funds when immigrating to Canada, in order to ensure you have sufficient budget to support yourself and your family. 


The amount of funds depends on the program you’re applying for and the amount of family members you bring with you. You can check out our blog for Express Entry (PR) here, and for the Study Permit here, to get a sense of various costs you could be expecting during the immigration process.


Answered: 3 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 3 months ago


Josh Schachnow

CEO and Co-Founder, Visto.ai


The main reason why some people with the Work Permit don’t get an invitation to apply (ITA), is because their Express Entry score is not high enough, or because they are not eligible to qualify under the program due to their circumstances. 


Answered: 3 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 3 months ago


Samuel Michaels

Founder & Lawyer, SM Legal


The application is only asking for genetic relatives (specifically, males sharing the same birth mother).


Answered: 3 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 3 months ago


Samuel Michaels

Founder & Lawyer, SM Legal


For a report from a specific department or city you will need to contact the police department directly. For general information on outstanding warrants, you can visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/policing/police/wanted.html


Answered: 3 months ago
#immigration-law#manitoba
Asked: 3 months ago


Samuel Michaels

Founder & Lawyer, SM Legal


Yes, it is possible. Use this link: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/application-forms-guides/application-change-conditions-extend-stay-visitor.html


Answered: 3 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 3 months ago


Samuel Michaels

Founder & Lawyer, SM Legal


A PGWP is typically issued after graduation. For more information: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/temporary-residents/study-permits/post-graduation-work-permit-program.html


Answered: 3 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 3 months ago


Samuel Michaels

Founder & Lawyer, SM Legal


If your brother is in poor health, he may lack the capacity to make decisions regarding this relationship. In this case, you may wish to apply to the court for a court-ordered power of attorney for personal care and power of attorney for the property over your brother. Further resources available here: http://www.limitedscoperetainers.ca/


Answered: 3 months ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 3 months ago


Samuel Michaels

Founder & Lawyer, SM Legal


You can work in Canada but you will need to register as a sole proprietor or a corporation in the province in which you operate. You will also need to pay taxes in Canada for services provided here. You can also work in Spain at the same time.


Answered: 3 months ago