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#immigration-law
Asked: 12 days 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: 12 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 12 days 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: 12 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 12 days 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: 12 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 12 days 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: 12 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 12 days 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: 12 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 12 days 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: 12 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 12 days 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: 12 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 12 days 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: 12 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 12 days 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: 12 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 12 days 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: 12 days ago
#immigration-law#ontario
Asked: 14 days 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: 14 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 20 days 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: 19 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 20 days 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: 19 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 20 days 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: 19 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 20 days 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: 19 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 20 days 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: 19 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 20 days 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: 19 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 20 days 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: 19 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 20 days 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: 19 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 20 days 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: 19 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: 20 days 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: 19 days ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law#quebec
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law#quebec
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
#immigration-law
Asked: a month 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: a month ago
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Asked: 2 months ago


Samuel Michaels

Founder & Lawyer, SM Legal


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


Answered: 2 months ago
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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: 2 months ago
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Asked: 2 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: 2 months ago
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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: 2 months ago
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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: 2 months ago
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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: 2 months ago