We currently only process Tourist and Business Visas. Kindly contact the Embassy for the following
Canadian Temporary Visas
Temporary visas to Canada are a great option for people who want to come to Canada to study, work
or for a vacation. If your intention is only to be in Canada for a finite amount of time, then
a temporary visa is a great option for you. If you wish to stay here permanently, you might be
surprised to learn that many specifically tailored Canadian Immigration programs exist for applicants
with Canadian experience.
1. STUDENT VISAS:
When you study in Canada you not only have the ability to bring your family with you, but you are
also able to apply for open work permits for you and your spouse. The freedom to live and work
in Canada, while you study, makes Canada the ideal destination for international students. Canadim
has a special program for prospective students who wish to study AND stay in Canada permanently.
Called the Canadim Study to Immigrate Program, we apply to schools on your behalf and take care
of the student permit so you can focus on your daily life. We also advise you on how and when
to strategically submit your application to ensure your transition from international student
to Canadian Permanent Resident is smooth and seamless. As a full service Canadian Immigration
law firm, Canadim is at your disposal to help you achieve your goals of studying internationally
2. SUPER VISA FOR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS:
We know your family is important to you and that is why Canadim is here to help. The Super Visa for
Parents and Grandparents is a great option to have your relatives join you in Canada and can
be valid for as long as 10 years. Click here to learn more about the Super Visa program and discover
your options to sponsor your parents or grandparents permanently under Canada’s generous family
3. VISITOR VISAS:
Depending on which country you are from, you might need to apply for, and be granted a visitor’s
visa to vacation or travel to Canada. When applying for a temporary visa one of the major requirements
you must satisfy is that your stay in Canada is temporary and you will leave at the end of your
visa. If you have limited travel history, criminal/security issues or have previously been refused
a visitor’s visa to Canada, find out how Canadim can help you safely and lawfully enter the country
with a valid visa.
4. WORK PERMITS:
This category of Canada visa is the most popular and meant for skilled workers and professionals.
Under this visa class you can apply for a visa if you have a job offer already or if you want
to move to work in Canada. There are certain skills that are very much in demand, for example
statistical analysis and data mining are sought after, and on the Canadian immigration website
you can find out all the details about which jobs, skills and trades are most in demand. The
more in demand your skills are, the more points you will receive towards your application, the
more points you have, the more likely you are to receive your Canada visa! Working in Canada
is great way to gain Canadian experience, which can help open a lot of doors for you to stay
here permanently. Programs like the Canadian Experience Class and many provincial nominee categories
require experience in Canada. If you are not eligible to apply under typical categories like
the Federal Skilled Worker program for example, then consider the fact that working in Canada
could be your ticket to Canadian Permanent Residence.
Almost every single Canadian work permit requires a Canadian job offer. Whether it is a traditional
Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) work permit, a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
work permit or a Live-in Caregiver work permit, the most important and basic requirement is a
Canadian job offer. Learn more about the different types of Canadian Work Permits available and
check out our job search toolbar that can help you connect with Canadian employers looking to
hire. There are several programs under which you can apply for Canada visa to live and work in
The Federal Skilled Worker Visa -under this program you will be assessed by the Canadian
Government on the following factors:
your proficiency in English and/or French, your education, your work experience, your age, Whether
you have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer your adaptability (how well you are likely
to settle in the country). To qualify you need to have at least one year (1,560 hours total /
30 hours per week), of continuous full-time or an equal amount in part-time, paid work in the
same job within the last 10 years, and at skill type 0 (management jobs), or skill levels A (professional
jobs) or B (technical jobs and skilled trades) of the 2011 National Occupational Classification
(NOC). Volunteer work, unpaid internships do not qualify under this program.
The Federal Skilled Trades Visa -to qualify you need to have at least two years of full-time
work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work experience) in a skilled trade within the
five years before you apply. You must meet the job requirements for that skilled trade as set
out in the National Occupational Classification (NOC), except for needing a certificate of qualification.
You also need to have an offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least one year
or a certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial or territorial
authority. The Canadian Experience Visa – to qualify you must have at least 12 months of full-time
(or an equal amount in part-time) skilled work experience in Canada in the three years before
you apply. You must demonstrate that you have gained your experience in Canada with the proper
authorization. You must be able to meet the required language levels needed for your job for
each language ability (speaking, reading, writing and listening).
The Quebec Skilled Worker Program – under this program you don’t need to have a valid job
offer from a Canadian or Quebec employer. The province has its own immigration rules and criteria
for selecting candidates based on Quebec’s cultural uniqueness.
First, you must apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate. To be accepted you must score enough points
under the Quebec Immigration selection system. A single applicant must score at least 49 points
based on the criteria and an applicant with a spouse or common-law partner must score at least
57 points. Additional points are awarded to applicants with families (especially those with young
children). The factors you will be assessed upon are different from those of the Federal Skilled
Worker Program and set by Immigration Quebec. There is no list of eligible occupations, so if
you score high enough, you will qualify for a Quebec Selection Certificate no matter what your
The Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) – under this program Canadian provinces can select
and invite immigrant with the skills they need to apply for residency. To qualify you need to
demonstrate the skills, education and work experience your chosen province needs and also must
express an interest in living in that particular area.
In most cases, one must apply directly to a province or territory to be considered under the PNP.
However provinces can now select their preferred candidates directly through Express Entry System.
Get Your Work Visa Through Express Entry System
Canada’s Express Entry system, started in 2015, is a selection process for Immigration to Canada.
It is designed so that those professionals who wish to immigrate to Canada have a better opportunity
to present themselves to Canadian employers. Canadian employers, on the other hand, can select
skilled workers they need faster and more efficiently than ever before.
Express Entry is a system used by the Immigration to manage applications for Canada visa under the
following federal immigration programs:
the Federal Skilled Worker Class
the Federal Skilled Trades Class
the Canadian Experience Class
The system is in fact a pool of global talent from which both the federal and provincial government
and Canadian employers select those professionals whose skills they need most. The system has
also reduced processing times, and the flow of applications is managed quicker and more efficiently.
Anyone can register in the System Applicants can register by providing the information about their
skills, work experience, education, language and abilities. Those selected by the Canadian Government
will be invited to apply for a Canada visa under the Federal Skilled Workers Class or the Federal
Skilled Trades Class. Those selected by a Canadian employer will be offered a job and consequently
will be able to apply for Permanent Residency based on the pre-arranged offer of employment.
The Express Entry database ranks all those registered in it according to the Comprehensive Ranking
System (CRS), which evaluates the following factors:
Core human capital
Accompanying spouse or partner
Whether it’s a provincial nomination or a pre-arranged employment
The maximum score in Comprehensive Ranking System is 1,200 points. The candidates with the highest
score, valid job offers or provincial nominations are invited to apply for a Canadian permanent
residency. These candidates will have a maximum of 90 days to submit a complete application,
and the applications will be processed within 6 months.
Canadian provinces are also be able to select and recruit candidates registered under Express
Entry through their Provincial Nominee Programs.
BUSINESS CLASS IMMIGRATION:
The other visa types are investors, start-ups and self-employed persons – this category is for people
who wish to bring investment, start a business in Canada, employ people and generate revenue
for the nation. The end result of all the programs mentioned is the same, Canadian Permanent
Residence. Some programs require a substantial investment in Canada while others ask that you
start a business.
Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program
As of February 2014 the Canadian government stopped running the Federal Immigrant Investor or Entrepreneur
Program. If you wish to apply for Canada visa as an investor, you might consider the Immigrant
Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program which is being currently tested. To qualify as an immigrant
investor, you must invest at least CAN $2 million in Canada, and have at least CAN $10 million
of capital. You must be able to demonstrate that the capital has been acquired through lawful
business or investment activities, such as income or capital gains acquired through the ownership
or management of commercial, for-profit entities or funds acquired through private sector activities,
such as public equity investments or private equity placements.
Inheritance capital or assets cannot be qualified for this program.
You will also be required to demonstrate good language skills (french or English), meet basic health
and security requirements and have a post-secondary degree. Investors with a net worth of at
least CAN $50 million can be exempt from the degree requirement.
Quebec Investor Program
Quebec runs its own Investor Visa Program. To apply you need to demonstrate the following: -that
you alone or together with your spouse (partner) have net assets of at least CAN $1,600,000 less
than six months before the date on which the application was filed -that you have experience
in management in a legal farming, commercial or industrial business, or in a legal professional
business with at least two full-time employees. Alternatively – experience in management for
an international agency or a government or one of its departments or agencies Intend to settle
in Québec and sign an agreement to invest CAN $800,000 with a financial intermediary (broker
or trust company) authorised to participate in the Investor Program.
Quebec Entrepreneur Program
If you want to live in Quebec as an entrepreneur, you can apply for an Entrepreneur Visa. To be eligible
you must demonstrate the following:
that you have legally obtained net assets of at least CAN $300,000
have at least two years’ experience in running a business acquired during the five years before your
application, in which you control at least 25% of the capital equity.
You can either submit a business project with the purpose of creating or acquiring a business in
Québec where you will control at least 25% of the capital equity with a value of at least C$100,000,
or submit an application showing that you have acquired at least 25% of capital equity in a business
in Québec with a value of at least C$100,000. You must manage the business yourself or participate
in it as management and operations partner on a daily basis.
You will be further assessed based on factors such as:
- Your age
- The nature and duration of your training
- Your language skills
- Your personal qualities and your knowledge of Québec.
- Depending on the program component selected, the steps taken to acquire a business in Québec
or your ability to carry out a business project will be the key element in your assessment.
Upon your arrival in Québec for at least one year during the three years after obtaining permanent
resident status you must create or acquire, in whole or in part, an agricultural, commercial
or industrial business established in Québec where you hold at least 25% of the capital equity
with a value of at least C$100,000. You must also permanently employ for a minimum of 30 hours
a week a Québec resident other than yourself and accompanying family members. Agricultural entrepreneurs
are exempt from employment obligations or participation in the daily management and operations
of the business.
To apply for a Canada visa for start-ups you must:
- Have a Letter of Support from a designated angel investor group, venture capital fund or business
- Meet the ownership requirements for a qualifying business (up to five people can apply for a
Start-up Visa as owners of a single business. However, to meet the ownership requirements
each applicant must hold at least 10 percent of the voting rights in the business, and the
designated organisation and the applicants must jointly hold more than 50 percent of the
voting rights in the business).
- Score minimum 5 at Canadian Language Benchmark in all four categories (speaking, reading, writing
and listening) for either English or French – you will need to sit a test with a CIC approved
organisation and include the results with your application.
- Demonstrate that you have enough money to live in the country before you start earning an income.
You cannot borrow this money from another person. You will need to provide proof that you
have the money when you submit your application. The amount you will need depends on the
size of your family. These amounts are updated every year on the CIC site. Currently they
are CAN $12,300 for a single person, CAN $15,312 for a family of two, and CAN $22,856 for
a family of four.
If you meet these requirements, your application will be reviewed based on CIC’s standard admissibility
criteria, including health, criminality and security.
Self-Employed Persons Visa
To qualify as a self-employed person, you must have two years of relevant experience and show that
you intend to become self-employed in Canada. You will then be assessed on 5 selection factors,
where you can score maximum 100 points:
Education – maximum score 25
Experience – maximum score 35
Age -maximum score 10
Ability in English and/or French -maximum score 24
Adaptability -maximum score 6
During your application process you might be invited for an interview with an immigration officer
where you will be asked questions to clarify any information which is unclear or inconsistent.
This category is ideal for those who already have family in Canada and wish to apply for Canada visa
to live in the country. If you have family members who are citizens or permanent residents of
Canada and at least 18 years old, they can sponsor certain relatives to come to Canada. They
will need to apply to be a sponsor for you. They will need to demonstrate that they can provide
basic needs—such as food, clothing and shelter—for themselves and for those they sponsor, that
they can support the sponsored relative financially when he or she arrives, and that they make
sure that the sponsored relatives do not need to ask for financial help from the government.
The first step is for a Canadian resident to apply to the Case Processing Centre (CPC) in Canada
to become a sponsor for a family member. If the application is approved, the sponsored family
member should then apply for permanent residence.