Popular amongst parents and grandparents wanting to visit their children in Canada, Canada’s Super Visa enables parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada to visit their family and stay in Canada for up to two years without having to renew their status.
Since its launch in 2012, figures show that 89,000 parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents have been awarded visas. A total of nearly 36,000 Super-Visas have gone to Indian citizens with China, Pakistan, Philippines and Bangladesh as the top five source countries.
In order to be eligible to apply for the Super Visa, the parent or grandparent must:
- Prove that they are simply visiting the country and will return to their home country at the end of their visit.
- Demonstrate ties to their home country.
- Show the purpose of their visit.
- Show their finances in their home country.
- Provide a letter of invitation from their Canadian child or grandchild living in Canada.
- Provide a letter promising financial support from their child or grandchild in Canada.
- Prove parental relationship to the child or grandchild.
- Provide one of the following documents to prove that their child or grandchild meets income requirements:
- Most recent copy of the notice of assessment or tax returns.
- Most recent copy of the T4 or T1.
- A letter from the child/grandchild’s employer.
- Employment insurance pay-stubs.
- Proof of private medical insurance with a Canadian insurance company valid for a minimum of one year.
- Complete and pass an immigration medical examination.
- You can apply for the parent and grandparent super visa online or on paper.
- Depending on individual circumstances, you may be eligible for a multiple-entry visa for up to 10 years.
- Even if you do not need a visitor visa to enter Canada, you can use the parent and grandparent super visa to stay in Canada for up to two years.
- Parents and grandparents living in countries that require a Temporary Residence Visa (TRV) can obtain the super visa so that they can travel freely between Canada and their country of residence without having to regularly re-apply for a TRV.
Canadian Immigration authorities conducted this year’s 20th round of invitations on August 23, 2017. They sent out invitations to 3,035 applicants for permanent residence. The lowest CRS score for a candidate who was sent an invitation was 434. 30 draws and up to 70,000 invitations with CRS scores below 450 are expected to be issued in 2017 in order for the Canadian immigration authorities to meet this year’s targeted annual immigration levels.
Since its launch in January 2015, Canada has welcomed over 43,000 economic immigrants through the Express Entry system. The Express Entry system is a fast-track system for immigration for highly skilled workers and students. The skills and abilities of a candidate are assessed based on a point-based system known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) where the Canadian government assesses the applicants and awards scores. Canadian employers and provincial governments across Canada have access to the profiles. The best candidates are invited by the Federal government to apply for Canadian permanent residence. The system targets and gives permanent residency status to applicants who have the ability to contribute to the economic growth of Canada.
The good news for aspiring applicants is that the expected CRS score for an applicant to be issued an Invitation to Apply under Canada’s Express Entry Immigration system in 2017 is less than 450 points. Therefore, enabling a significant number of applicants to receive permanent resident status in Canada. Find out whether you qualify to apply for Canada’s Express Entry Immigration System by completing our free assessment form.
The CanApprove team comprises of unique and multi-talented individuals who work seamlessly and tirelessly to fulfill client needs and exceed expectations. We aim to make the complex process of preparing financial papers, authenticating documents, filling applications, obtaining visas, and acquiring work and residence permits as simple, quick and easy as possible for our clients. By delivering comprehensive and up-to-date immigration advice and services to individuals, families and SME business owners worldwide, our Immigration Services are designed to equip our clients with comprehensive information enabling them to make informed decisions.
The Government of Ontario, as part of its Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program(OINP), launched the Employer Job Offer In-Demand Skills Stream on August 16. It aims to provide an opportunity to in-demand foreign workers with specific occupations in agriculture and construction sectors to permanently settle in Canada. Remember, the stream is not aligned to the Express Entry System and only provides a provincial nomination certificate, using which the candidates can apply to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residence.
In order to apply in the In-Demand Skills Stream, you must have a job offer signed by yourself and an Ontario employer. It must be a permanent and full-time job in an eligible occupation. It must also meet the prevailing wage in Ontario for that occupation.
The job offer must be in one of the following eligible occupations in National Occupation Classification Skill Level C or D:
- NOC 7441 – Residential and commercial installers and servicers;
- NOC 7521 – Heavy equipment operators (except crane);
- NOC 8431 – General farm workers;
- NOC 8432 – Nursery and greenhouse workers;
- NOC 8611 – Harvesting labourers;
- NOC 7611 – Construction trades helpers and labourers;
- NOC 9462 – Industrial butchers, meat cutters, poultry preparers, related workers.
Other criteria required for foreign workers to apply in this stream:
- Twelve months of work experience in Ontario in the intended occupation within the preceding 36 months
- Hold the licence or certification if its mandatory for your job offer
- English or French language level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 or above in all language competencies (reading, writing, listening, and speaking)
- Have a minimum level of settlement funds in savings or income in Ontario
The employer who gives the job offer must also fulfill certain criteria which include:
- Must have been in active business for at least three years
- Must have business premises in Ontario where the applicant will work
- Must be in compliance with all provincial labour laws
If the employer is inside the Greater Toronto Area, they must have:
- A minimum gross annual revenue of $1,000,000
- Five permanent and full-time employees who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents at the location, where the applicant will work.
If outside the Greater Toronto Area, the employer must have:
- A minimum gross annual revenue of $500,000
Three permanent and full-time employees who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents at the location where the applicant will work
Canada is looking beyond its borders for skilled and qualified workers who can settle down in the country and contribute towards the growth of its economy. The country needs a wide range of skilled workers including nurses and IT professionals. But getting a work visa and permanent residence in Canada is not an easy task. You need to prepare well to achieve a new life and a successful career in Canada. Here are a few tips that would help you to get through the process smoothly.
Apply for PR
You can apply for Permanent Residency in Canada even if you do not have a job offer from the country. You can submit your profile through Express Entry System and based on the points you score, you can apply for permanent residency. You can apply for PR also through Federal Express Entry system. To make the application process easier, you can seek the help of an established immigration company. Canapprove has successfully helped many candidates to apply for permanent residency in Canada.
Search Canadian job sites
Exploring Canadian job sites will give you a good understanding of the trends and demands of the job market in the country. You can also check if job opportunities that suit your skills and qualifications are available. Take not of the eligibility requirements for the jobs and prepare accordingly. You can also seek the help of your contacts in Canada in order to know more about the job market and available opportunities.
Prepare a new resume
While preparing a resume to apply for jobs in Canada, you must consider the aspects such as the nature of the job market in the country, the employers and eligibility demands. The resume must conform to Canadian professional standards, which may be different from your native country.
Prepare a cover letter
Prepare a cover letter, which is short and precise. It must include important information such as visa status, qualifications, experience and more. You must also add the details regarding the status of your PR application. Employers would be wanting to know about the candidates' visa status.
Provide contact information
While applying for jobs, give your contact details, preferably, Canadian. You must also mention your Skype ID and make it clear that you will be available for an interview via Skype.
You can attach the copies of important documents to the job application that will help to prove your genuineness an overseas job seeker. You can attach copies of documents such as PR Visa, Reference letters, proofs of experience and English Proficiency.