The current COVID-19 pandemic has indeed impacted all of us. It has also affected the Canadian immigration system. Although some of the current processing times have been affected and the border remains closed for any non-essential travel, nevertheless Canadian immigration programs are still active and the requirements have not changed.
Canada is a world leader in immigration programs and it offers many opportunities for those who wish to come here. That doesn’t mean that Canada offers a free pass to anyone who wants to come here. Whether you have temporary status or no status at all in the United States or anywhere else in the world there are still strict processes in place.
There are however many legitimate ways into Canada. Most of those who have successfully obtained permanent residency have done so through Canada’s economic immigration programs such as express entry. That is a point system that will access your application based on your age, your education, your work experience, your language skills, your adaptability, and whether you have a job offer in Canada.
There is also the start-up visa program. If you have a business with support from Canadian investors and the funds available to support your life in Canada, before earning money from your business, that program is available.
There is also the family reunification. If you are 18 years old, a permanent resident or a Canadian citizen, you can sponsor your relatives to come and live in Canada. There are also many other avenues to come to Canada on a temporary basis such as work visas, student permits or tourist visas.
Immigration to Canada can often be tricky. It’s a long process that can take months or even years. The slightest mistake can delay or even reject your case. But if you choose the right program and submit a complete application the first time, you can avoid some of the pitfalls, frustration and delays.
Kalman Samuels and Associates offer legal services in Canadian immigration law. If you have any questions about any of the programs or about your file, please do not hesitate to contact us. In the meantime please take care and stay safe.
Discover more about Canadian immigration programs by consulting the Immigration and Citizenship section on the Government of Canada website.