Moving to Canada is on a lot of people’s wish lists these days for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s for family or financial reasons, low business taxes or educational opportunities, Canada is many people’s first choice for places to move to.
But naturally, you can’t just move here. The immigration process can be complicated but the Government of Canada Immigration website makes it as easy and straightforward as possible. Go to www.cic.gc.ca and click on Immigration. It will guide you through the different types of immigration applications and provides all of the forms and guides you’ll need, all for free!
Now let’s answer a few questions to get you started:
- Who is eligible to move to Canada?
Most people can apply for immigration to Canada. If you are deemed a security risk, have committed human rights violations, have committed or been convicted of a crime, have serious health or financial issues, have ties to organized crime or if you lied on your application or during an interview, you may be deemed inadmissible to Canada.
2. What if you don’t meet the conditions in Canada’s immigration law?
There may still be ways for you to move to Canada, but the process will be more difficult and you’ll likely have to provide additional information or proof that you are suitable to become a Canadian resident.
3. How long does it take to process an application?
Depending on the type of visa you’re applying for, it can be anywhere from a reasonable to a ridiculous amount of time. According to the Government of Canada website, as of November 2016, some of the processing times are as follows:
- Permanent Resident Card applications are taking approximately a month and a half;
- Permits for visiting, studying or working temporarily take about 11 weeks;
- Federal Skilled Worker applications take about 6 months; and
- Family sponsorship can be anywhere from a few months to a few years, depending on who the family member is.
If you’re seriously considering a move to Canada, make sure you know the requirements.
If the process seems overwhelming, you can hire a representative to help such as a lawyer or immigration consultant. But again, check the Government of Canada Immigration website to make sure you use an authorized representative. This will ensure you don’t use someone who’s just trying to make a few bucks but doesn’t actually have the ability to properly assist you.
- More about Canada’s housing market here.
- More on how to move to Canada here.
- Get help finding a home here.
If Nanaimo is the place you choose to move to, give the Charlie Parker Team a call at (250) 751-1223. When you arrive and we’ll be happy to help you find your new home!