Canada Visitor Visa for Parents

How to Apply for a Visitor Visa for Parents of International Students in Canada?

Canada Visitor Visa for Parents

How to Apply for a Visitor Visa for Parents of International Students in Canada?

Canada is host to an overwhelming population of international students. According to the data from Statista it has over 0.8 million study permit holders with valid Canadian permits as of 2022. Such data also posits that the numbers have almost tripled in the last decades. Unarguably the high quality of education, liberal immigration policies, and a multicultural environment facilitated such a number. Specifically speaking of liberal policies Canada visitor visa for parents is an appealing option which adds to the innumerable reasons that make studies in Canada attractive.

Naturally, international students wish to bring their parents to this scenic landscape and give them a part of the experiences that they cherish. A Canada Visit Visa that allows parents to stay in the country for 6 months, which is further extendable, could help realize those dreams. In the sections that follow you will be provided with a guide to make this happen.

Step 1: Assess Eligibility to Apply

Assessing the eligibility before proceeding with the application can save time and effort, especially for your aged parents. To put it simply the applicants should have a legitimate passport, clean criminal record, good health, financial capability, and intention to leave Canada.
Here financial capability means the bank balance to support travel and stay in Canada. Regarding the intention to leave, it will have to be supported by valid ties to the home country. This can be proved by stating job, family, or financial assets in the home country.

Step 2: Sign in to the IRCC Portal

Create an account on the IRCC Portal and sign in. Upon signing in the applicant will be presented with a few questions. The forms to be filled and documents to be uploaded depend on the response that they provide.

Step 3: Proceeding with the Online Form

Take extra care to fill up the forms with accurate details. Then a list of mandatory documents and supporting documents will have to be uploaded. Other than identity documents such as a passport the following documents are usually needed for a Canada visitor visa for parents:

  • Letter of invitation: This is a letter written by the family, that is the international student in Canada. It should include the complete name, date of birth, address, and telephone number of the student as well as the parent. Other than this the purpose of stay, duration of visit, and other educational details of the student may have to be included.           
  • Other Supporting Documents: Parents’ bank account statements, employment letters, and other documents such as your study permits, enrolment letters, and copies of the PGWP program are appreciated. This could prove the case of a genuine application, the intent to return to the home country as well as the capacity to sustain financially in the period of visit in Canada.

Please refer to the official website of the Government of Canada to confirm that all the required documents are gathered before proceeding with the application.

Step 4: Payment of Processing Fee

The processing fee is CAD 100 which can be extended to CAD 185 in case biometrics have to be collected. Biometrics is collected in most cases and it is as easy as the rest of the Canada visit visa application. An Authorized biometric collection service in your home country can be helpful here.

Conclusion

We can conclude that the Canada visitor visa for parents is an easier job considering the minimal number of steps involved. However, this simplified procedure can backfire if the documentation is not right. In case you find it difficult to manage it on your own, get help from an immigration consultant. This is exactly why veteran consultants like Trenity Consultants are here at your service. Connect with us and we will help you migrate your parents to this attractive destination, that is Canada.

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Ontario’s In-Demand Skills Stream

35 New Occupations Added to Ontario’s In-Demand Skills Stream

Ontario’s In-Demand Skills Stream

35 New Occupations Added to Ontario’s In-Demand Skills Stream

Canada is a developed country that offers ample opportunities for expats in employment and permanent residency. Recent reports have projected Ontario as the leading benefactor in this direction. Ontario’s In-Demand Skills Stream spearheaded by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) under the PNP is one such opportunity worth exploring. Since it regularly offers opportunities in popular domains such as nursing as well as in TEER 4 or 5 occupations it is highly accommodative given you meet certain eligibility requirements.

The latest news on this In-Demand Skills Stream is the addition of 35 new occupations, effective from July 1st, 2024. Thus new avenues for Canada Skilled Migration can be said to have opened. If there were only 22 occupations that were accessible under this scheme, the fresh changes have put it at 56. The following sections explore these opportunities further.

Ontario’s In-Demand Skills Stream: An Overview of the New List

Firstly you need to acquire a full-time permanent job offer in one of the eligible NOCs. Once that is confirmed the following eligibility also apply.

Work Experience

The candidate must have a 9-month cumulative full-time work experience within the last 3 years. Please note that this experience should be in the same in-demand occupation as the job offer. The NOC code should also be the same.

Educational Qualifications

The basic educational requirement is the equivalent of the Canadian Secondary School level. However additional education and certifications may be required as per the job type. Having said that, it is worth mentioning here that the nursing professionals under Express Entry Human Capital Priorities and French-Speaking Skilled Worker Streams are exempted from educational qualifications given they meet specified conditions, with effect from July 1, 2024.

Language Proficiency

CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) level of 4 in English or French is a must. In case the CLB standards confuse you, consider IELTS equivalent scores of 4.5 in listening, 4 in writing and speaking, and 3.5 in reading.

Financial Requirements

The finances are expected to be covered under the minimum pay conditions. The pay rate should be equal to or higher than the median wage listed on the Job Bank of the region to which you apply.

Conclusion

So far we have discussed the new opportunities notified for Ontario’s In-Demand Skills Stream. The eligibility of the stream in general as well as the changes in eligibility such as in the case of nursing professionals have also been discussed.

In case this is the first time you notice these opportunities it is high time to get the assistance of a reliable immigration consultant. We at Trenity Consultants with full-fledged resources, contacts, and a workforce is here for your help. Reach out to us to make use of such promising opportunities.

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Canada Super Visa

Canada Announces Changes to Super Visa Income Minimums for 2024

Canada Super Visa

Canada Announces Changes to Super Visa Income Minimums for 2024

A super visa is a Canadian visa that allows parents or grant parents to visit their children or grandchildren who are Canadian Citizens or PR holders in Canada, for a continuous period of 5 years. This 10 year multiple entry visa is the most convenient route for them to stay back in Canada without visa renewals in a 5-year term. Canada Super Visa is also a better option than the 10-year multiple entry visitor visa that allows only for a 6-month stay in a single visit. Moreover, in case the parent or grandparent wishes to extend their stay in the country beyond 5 years it is possible to extend for another 2 years before the end of the 5-year term.  

The bright side is that the success rates of these applications are usually high. However, it is not a visa scheme that takes in applicants with loose regulations. Certain conditions including income minimums for the children or grandchildren who make the visa invitation, based on their family size, is required.  Health insurance plan for the grandparent or parent is another necessity among others. Similar to Canada Skilled Migration these requirements are to ensure financial support and well being through the duration of the visit. The latest news in this visa scheme is a revision of the income minimums as of June 3, 2024.

Income Requirement: An Overview.

The children or grandchildren who host the parent or grandparent have to show that they earn a minimum income so that they can support the latter’s stay in Canada. This income minimum is based on the family size of the host person. As of 2023, this minimum gross annual income was in the range of CAD 27,514 for a single person (The child or grandchild) to CAD 72,814 for a family unit with 7 persons. For families with more than seven persons, an additional amount of CAD 7,412 per person for the number of persons beyond 7 has to be added while calculating the minimum income requirement.

The notified changes for Super Visa Minimums

The annual gross income requirement for the Super Visa program has seen a 6.8% hike this year. The 2024 range of gross annual income as per the latest notification is in the range of CAD 29,380 for single persons to CAD 77, 750 for 7-person family units of the grandchild or child. In case of exceeding 7 persons, the additional amount per person is CAD 7,916.

The updated minimum gross annual income figures based on family size are as follows:

  • For 1 person it is CAD 29,380
  • Two Persons require CAD 36,576
  • 3 Persons means CAD 44,966
  • For 4 persons it is CAD 54,594
  • 5 persons require CAD 61,920
  • 6 persons need CAD 69,834
  • For 7 persons the figure is CAD 77,750.
  • For each extra person beyond 7 add CAD 7,916
Size of Family Unit New Minimum Gross Income Requirement for 2024 Old Gross Income Requirement for 2023
1 person (your child or grandchild)$29,380$27,514
2 persons$36,576$34,254
3 persons$44,966$42,100
4 persons$54,594$51,128
5 persons$61,920$57,988
6 persons$69,834$65,400
7 persons$77,750$72,814
If you have more than seven people, then add this amount per person$7,916$7,412

Proof of Income

While applying for a super visa the child or grandchild in Canada has to provide the NOA (Notice of Assessment of the latest tax year), T4 slip /T1 form, or the statement of benefits for employment insurance. This can be supported with documents such as employment letters, pay slips, and bank statements.

Canada Super Visa: Eligibility Check

In case you are new to Super Visa schemes please ensure that these basic eligibilities are met:

  • You have a host who is your child or grandchild, who is a Canadian citizen, permanent Resident of Canada, or registered Indian with the necessary documents to prove the case.
  • The host living in Canada must be at least 18 years old.
  • The host meets the income requirement mentioned above.
  • You possess a health insurance policy from a Canadian insurance company or a company outside Canada which is approved by IRCC.

Conclusion

Now you have become familiarized with the Canada Super Visa Channel and the latest income minimum requirements for the program, along with necessary documents to prove the case. So it is time to proceed with your application. Always remember that this visa can only be applied from outside Canada and it should be printed by a visa office outside Canada. Other than this there are certain immigration medical exams and other conditions that need to be met for a successful Super Visa application.

You might find this a bit overwhelming. This is exactly why veterans like Trenity Consultants are here at your service. Our knowledgeable professionals can guarantee a successful application with simplified procedures. Reach out to us for further consultation.

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International Students in Canada

3 Options for International Students in Canada to Extend Their Stay

International Students in Canada

3 Options for International Students in Canada to Extend Their Stay

Canada offers transparent Permanent Residency (PR) pathways and immigrant-friendly policies. More specifically the country is renowned for its merit-based Express Entry PR pathway and the Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) program that allows international students in Canada to acquire work experience.  When these opportunities are combined with the better standards of living and education prospects in Canada it becomes a favorite destination for international students.

As per 2022 data provided by the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the figure of international students in Canada stands at 622,000. This number witnesses a significant rise each year. With this increasing composition and rising demand for Permanent Residency Canada Study Visa holders find it challenging to extend their stay in Canada. However, it is indeed an easy task with the right information. The following three options will help you in this direction.

1. Extend Student Status

In case a student is about to expire their student visa, extending the student status by enrolling in another program could help to extend their stay in Canada. This will help them to gain more points to be eligible for the PR pathways.

To be specific, students who are about to complete a one-year program can avoid the PGWP pathway and apply for the next program. Here there are two benefits. The obvious one is an extension of stay. The other benefit is the extension of PGWP duration. PGWP offers a one-year duration for the 1-year program and a 3-year duration for the 2-year program. The catch is that a student is eligible for PGWP only once. So it is better to extend its duration through this approach. This method is known as Program stacking.

It is worth mentioning that there are some updates in the PGWP program eligibility as of May 15, 2024. Please refer to it before proceeding with any program.

2. For International Students already in an expiring PGWP

Since PGWP is a one-time privilege the stacking method won’t work here. However such candidates can reverse their PGWP back to student status. But this time while selecting a course make sure that it aligns with the occupation that you intend to land.

Another pathway in this scenario is to pursue a closed work permit. To get this, international students in Canada require a valid job offer and a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) conducted by the employer. But this path can be challenging. More often than not students will not find a job that aligns with their skill sets or the employer may not be willing to conduct the required procedures to grant a work permit. In some cases, employers may illegally charge for the LMIA a hefty sum of money which can be more than the costs incurred in extending student status.

3. Extend the Stay as a Visitor

A visitor visa enables students to stay in Canada for 10 years with a 6-month permit at a time. As the 6 months elapse the candidate can apply for a renewal through the visitor record. The downside of this procedure is that it doesn’t give permits to work in Canada. If a candidate works for cash with this visa scheme such experience will not be considered for PR applications.

Conclusion

Here are the three most practical and legal strategies for international students in Canada to extend their stay. Always remember that it is essential to apply for student permit renewals at least 30 days before its expiry. Since you will have to renew your health insurance and social insurance number along with it, it is better to start the process early.

You may be perplexed by the complex and volatile norms in permit regulations in Canada. In that case, you need the assistance of an experienced immigration consultant. This is exactly why Trenity Consultants is here to save your day.

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Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot Getting Permanent Status

New Canadian Citizenship

BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot Getting Permanent Status

Permanent residency in Canada is a dream for many immigrants. Entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to invest in the Canadian economy particularly find it as an extra motivation. However, the recent caps in federally operated business immigration programs made them disappointed. This is exactly when the British Columbia (BC) province came up with good news through its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). It is the transition of the BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot Program to a permanent channel to acquire a Permanent Residency in Canada.

The program launched as a pilot in March 2019 has become officially permanent as of May 27, 2024. This program aimed to strengthen the regional economies of BC is another approach to attract foreign contributions to the Canadian economy beyond Canada Skilled Migration. Leveraging the flexibility of the PNP program the BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Program invites entrepreneurs with an interest in building projects in a small community.

BC PNP EI Regional Program: An Overview

This program reflects the interests of British Columbia in particular and Canada in general, to support the growth of regional economies by encouraging investments in their small communities. Interested entrepreneurs, if selected, will be allowed to invest in the interior, coastal, or rural areas in any of the seven regions in British Columbia in their selected list of business types. These seven regions comprise:

  1.   Cariboo
  2.   Kootenays
  3.   Nechako
  4.   Vancouver Island/Coast
  5.   Thompson Okanagan
  6.   North Coast
  7.   North East

To be selected the candidates have to meet eligibility criteria including net worth and investment. The bright side of this program is that it requires a net worth and investment requirement which is half of what is required for the general BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration Program.

How it Works

Communities in these seven regions will have identified certain business types that require to be developed to suit their economic goals. If they find an entrepreneur’s business proposal suiting their goals they will invite the candidate for an exploratory visit. This allows this candidate to visit the region in person to decide if it suits their expectations and the well-being of their family. Once they fix the project they can ask the community for a referral. It is this referral that makes them eligible to register and apply for the BC Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) EI Regional Stream.

Other Eligibilities for Application

  • The candidate should meet the following eligibilities to apply for the program:
  • Experience: They should demonstrate business/ managerial experiences.
  • Net Worth: A personal net worth of at least CAD 300,000. This is half of the CAD 600,000 required for the general stream of the BC PNP EI program.
  • Investment: A minimum of CAD 100,000 is required.
  • Job Creation: The entrepreneur should create one full-time job for a Canadian or a Permanent Resident.
  • Language Requirement: It is a must to meet CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) Level 4.
  • Legal Status: Either the candidate should have legally entered Canada or possess eligibility for legal entry.

Conclusion

That’s it! Now you have the required information to pursue the BC Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) EI Regional stream. The next thing that you may need could be the assistance of a professional consultant who can make the process easier. In this direction Trenity Consultants with experienced and qualified professionals will be your best choice.

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New Canadian Citizenship

Marc Miller Introduced a New Canadian Citizenship Legislation (Bill C-71)

New Canadian Citizenship

Marc Miller Introduced a New Canadian Citizenship Legislation (Bill C-71)

Unveiling good news for Canadians who await Canadian citizenship from outside Canada the bill which is intended to amend the Citizenship Act has been passed in the House of Commons. The bill titled Bill C-71: An Act to Amend the Citizenship Act (2024) was introduced in the House by the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marc Miller on Thursday, 23 May 2024. This act which unveils a new Canadian citizenship logistics is supposed to be a relief for some second-generation Canadians born outside Canada and Canadians who have lost citizenship due to a convoluted Citizenship Act.

The highlight of this bill is that it stands to clear many anomalies that existed in the Citizenship Act. More importantly, it is intended to reverse the consequences of the 2009 amendment enacted by the then-conservative government. It has been a heated debate in the political sphere of Canada more than the ones triggered by Canada Skilled Migration. The following sections are intended to give a better picture of this new legislation.

Bill C-71: A Birds Eye View

Benefits the Lost Canadians

There is a concept called “Lost Canadians” in the citizenship realm of Canada. This refers to Canadians who have lost or failed to acquire citizenship as a result of intricacies within the Citizenship Act of Canada.

Even though many of this category have got citizenship through the previous amendments including the 2009 amendment there were still a lot of people who remained in the shadows. This new bill has the potential to automatically give them citizenship

Removes “First Generation Limit”

This is a concept laid down by the 2009 amendments of the conservatives. According to this amendment, citizenship was issued to Canadians born outside Canada only if their parents had been born in Canada or had been naturalized before their birth. This took away citizenship from many Canadians who were born outside Canada and whose parents were also born outside Canada. 

Fortunately, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice struck down the provision as unconstitutional back on December 19, 2023. The Minister of IRCC also agreed with this repeal. This is exactly what is reflected in the new Canadian citizenship logistics. 

By removing the first-generation limit the bill seeks to give citizenship to this category of “Lost Canadians”.

The changes introduced in this direction include: 

  1. Automatic award of citizenship to Canadians born outside Canada before this law comes into force, to Canadians who have also been born outside Canada. 
  2. Direct issuance of citizenship for adopted Canadians who are born outside Canada and are adopted before this law comes into force, by parents who are also born out of Canada. 
  3. In the case of second generation who belong to the above two categories, but are born after the law comes into force, the first generation parents will have to prove substantial connection with Canada. This means they should have resided in the country for a total of 3 years or 1,095 days before the children are born or adopted.

Conclusion

It is expected that this new Canadian citizenship logistics will change the lives of many Canadians who live abroad. Trenity Consultants being the leading immigration consultant in Canada is also open with all ears to these latest developments through IRCC.

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Provincial Immigration in Latest Draws

Five Provinces Issue Invitations for Provincial Immigration

Provincial Immigration in Latest Draws

Five Provinces Issue Invitations for Provincial Immigration in Latest Draw

Migrating to Canada as a resident is a dream for many international migrants who wish to embrace the quality of living in this developed country. Fortunately, the country offers a series of legitimate pathways that facilitate such a dream. It includes the express entry gateway, provincial nominee program (PNP), and family sponsorship among others. Among these options, the PNP and Quebec’s independent selection process offers a flexible pathway of opportunities for those who don’t qualify for the federal immigration schemes. In this light, the invitations issued for provincial immigration in the latest draws are something worthy of looking after. The outcomes of these processes from April 27 to May 3 are the crux of the following sections. 

By late April and Early May five provinces from Canada, namely British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, Prince Edward Island and Manitoba issued invitations for the provincial immigration draw. Among these provinces, Quebec is an odd one in that it conducts an autonomous selection process out of the PNP scheme. Within or outside the scheme each of these provinces makes way for Canada Skilled Migration while catering to their unique labor requirements and demography status. So it is mandatory to have eligibility as specified by each province to qualify for their draw.

British Columbia

The British Columbia Province conducted two British Columbia PNP (BCPNP) draws on April 30, 2024. In one of these draws, which was a general draw, the province issued 47 invitations to candidates from five streams. These streams include skilled worker, skilled worker- Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC) option, International graduate, and International graduate EEBC option and the applications belonging to Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category. The point cut-off was  131 except in the last category mentioned above. Other than these they conducted parallel draws for other four occupational categories namely childcare, healthcare, construction, and veterinary care with cut-offs in the range of 80 to 100.

Quebec

The province which release the results of its provincial immigration in retrospect released the results of two draws conducted on April 11th and 25th of 2024. These draws which invited more than 1000 applicants each to apply for its permanent selection had separate eligibility requirements to get invited. The first required the satisfaction of two conditions. It includes the attainment of at least level 7 in oral French proficiency according to Quebec’s French proficiency scale for adult immigrants and a valid job offer located outside the Communaute Metropolitaine De Montreal area. In the second draw along with these conditions, there was an additional requirement to attain a minimum score of 598 points.

Alberta

This province made way for provincial immigration in the latest draws conducted on April 17, 2024. During this draw the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) a part of its PNP sent 49 Notification of Interest (NOI) to eligible candidates as per its “Dedicated healthcare pathway with Alberta Job Offer” category. They were also required to have a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 302.

Manitoba

Manitoba on April 30 published the updated result of a recent draw. This draw was dedicated to a purpose. The purpose was based on the provincial government’s special immigration measure for Ukraine. In a subsequent draw conducted on May 02, the Manitoba PNP sent invitations to three other streams of applications. This includes an occupation-specific skilled workers-Manitoba stream, international education stream and skilled workers overseas stream. While the second category had no point requirement the third category required a minimum CRS of 796 to be considered.

Prince Edward Island

As of May 2, PEI PNP sends 6 invites to applicants working in healthcare and construction.

Conclusion

That is all about the update on provincial immigration in the latest draws from April 27 to May 3. These updates could be beneficial for every applicant who wishes to enter Canada through the PNP scheme. However, navigating this terrain could be perplexing due to the varying eligibility conditions between different provinces in Canada. Moreover, these requirements are volatile, increasing the need for high alert. This is where the support of the best immigration consultants in Dubai, UAE will be of great help. As a veteran player in the field, Trenity Immigration Consultants will be the best choice in this direction. We will take care of your Canadian skilled migration requirement while you caress your dreams of migrating to this country.

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Spousal Open Work Permits

IRCC Introduces Changes to Eligibility for Spousal Open Work Permits

Spousal Open Work Permits

IRCC Introduces Changes to Eligibility for Spousal Open Work Permits

Canada presents immigrants with immense opportunities to work and settle in the country. Among such options a strategic pathway that enriches the Canadian economy while strengthening the economic sustainability of immigrants is what is called Spousal Open Work Permits. It allows the spouse of a foreign worker or international student to have access to an open work permit in Canada that enables them to work with any employer. 

This is indeed a channel to ensure the IRCC’s (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) mandate to promote family reunification. Even though it bypasses Canada Skilled Migration pathways, it has a greater significance for the Canadian economy. However, in recent months this scheme has faced significant setbacks and eligibility changes. The following sections are dedicated to exploring these policy changes. 

The Background

Earlier this year, on January 22, 2024, IRCC made a stringent restriction on Spousal Open Work Permits. According to these changes, spouses of international students in undergraduate and college programs were denied eligibility to apply for the SOWP. However, the latest update in this direction as of March 19, 2024, is something that offers relief to such SOWP applicants.

Notified Changes in SOWP

According to the latest notification eligibility for SOWP is based on satisfying any of the following points:

The sponsor, that is the partner, is enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree program in Canada. 

In the case of undergraduate student partners it is a must that they pursue a degree-guaranteeing program at a university in one of the following disciplines:

  • Doctor of Dental Surgery ( DDS, DMD) 
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing ( BSc N, BSN, BNSc)
  • Bachelor of Law or Juris Doctor ( LLB, JD, BCL) 
  • Bachelor of Engineering ( B. Eng, BE, BASc)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
  • Doctor of Optometry (OD)
  • Bachelor of Education ( B. Ed)
  • Pharmacy ( PharmD, BS, BSc, BPharm)

Required Documents to Apply for SOWP

  • Proof of Relation: The spouse who applies for SOWP must submit relevant documents to prove their relationship to the sponsor. 
  • Proof of Enrolment: The following proofs are accepted to prove that their partner is pursuing any of the above-mentioned degrees:
  1. Valid Letter of Acceptance from a Designated  Learning Institution (DLI)
  2. Proof of enrolment letter from the partner’s DLI
  3. Transcript from the partner’s current program.

Regulations for Applications Before March 19

In case you have applied for Spousal Open Work Permits before March 19, which is the date from which this new notification is in effect, you are eligible  for SOWP subject to satisfying the following conditions:

  • The partner has a valid study permit
  • They are eligible for PGWP
  • The partner is a full-time student at a post-secondary school or CEGEP in Quebec, a private college-level school in Quebec, or a Canadian private school that can legally award degrees according to provincial law.

Conclusion

So here we discussed the latest updates in SOWP applications for Canada. The course and current state of the notified changes, eligibility, required documentation, and the condition of the applications applied before the date of the latest notification have been discussed. In case you find this information a bit overwhelming it is better to get assistance from a professional consultancy services. If that is the case don’t hesitate to reach out to Trenity Immigration Consultants for we are one of the leading immigration consultancy services around the world.

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Canada Work Permit

Canada Open Work Permit Vs. Closed Work Permit

Canada Work Permit

Canada Open Work Permit Vs. Closed Work Permit

Canada is an attractive destination for expats who wish to lead a better life in a developed country. However, finding a work in this country legally requires a Canada work permit. This allows foreign nationals to make use of job opportunities in the country for a specified time frame.

According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the top occupations for work permit holders in Canada include retail salespersons, software engineers, and food service supervisors among others. In a Canada Skilled Migration channel an immigrant can either choose for a flexible work permit that allows them to work for any of these industries or a rigid work permit with fixed industries and employers to work with. These options known as open work permits and closed work permits respectively have their advantages and disadvantages. Weighing both sides is essential to pursue the right work permits that fit one’s requirements.

Open Work Permit

It is a work permit that facilitates arriving in Canada without any job offers. With this permit, a candidate can search for jobs across industries and choose one that suits them perfectly. The Canadian authorities will check your eligibility before offering work permits under this scheme. The following are some categories usually considered eligible for this scheme:

  • An international student eligible for Post-Graduation Work Permit Programme in Canada.
  • The dependent of a permanent residency applicant or the spouse of a skilled worker or a master’s or doctoral degree student. 
  • A refugee or their family members. 
  • A temporary residence permit holder
  • Students who are unable to meet their cost of studies.

The Context

According to a European Union announcement these rules come in the context of an EU-India Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility which demands comprehensive cooperation on migration policies between EU and India.

The advantages of Open Work Permit

  • Flexibility: As mentioned earlier this permit doesn’t restrict workers with a particular employer. 
  • No Job Offer Required: The immigrant doesn’t have to submit a job offer for permit processing.
  • No LMIA Required: A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is not required as a requisite for this permit. 
  • Career Development: Flexible work permits allow immigrants to shift careers and follow the most ideal path for their career development. 
  • Permanent Residency Channel: The experience acquired through open work permit channels can be used to support the application for permanent residency.

Disadvantages of Open Work Permit

  • Limited Duration: An open Canada work permit is issued for a limited duration like 1 to 2 years. It has to be renewed after this period to continue work. 
  • No Job Guarantee: It is the applicant’s responsibility to find a job once they land in the country. There is no guarantee to find a job.

Closed Work Permit

In this scheme, an employee who has attained a job offer from an employer is given a permit to come and work in Canada.

Advantages of Closed Work Permit

  • Job Security: Since you have already got a job offer there is no need to worry about finding a job post arrival. 
  • Faster Processing Time: Since the job has been secured already the Canadian authorities will not have to spend much time on the candidate’s eligibility to reside and work in the country. So faster processing of permits in the range of 1 to 2 months can be ensured.

Disadvantages of Closed Work Permit

  • Limited Job Mobility: The employee is restricted to one industry and a particular employer. 
  • LMI Assessment: An employer needs to prove the unavailability of Canadian citizens and residents to fill this role with a Labour Market Impact Assessment from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). This makes it tougher to obtain permits through closed work permit schemes. 
  • Dependency on Employer: The employment conditions and job security depend on the employer. Even though there is an option to look for Canada skilled migration in open work permit schemes in case of abuse or chances for abuse it could be a troublesome affair for novice immigrants.

Conclusion

By now you must have become capable of selecting the right work permit scheme for your immigration into Canada. However, there could be complex paperwork and compliance requirements that any applicant finds a headache. In such scenarios, it is better to get assistance from an immigration consultant who can help process your Canada work permit without any hiccups. Such professional assistance like the one provided by Trenity Consultants will save you much trouble while you prepare mentally for a new life in Canada. 

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New Schengen visa rules

New Schengen Visa Rules Offer Extended Validity and Multiple Entries for Indian Nationals

New Schengen visa rules

New Schengen Visa Rules have been Unveiled, Featuring Longer Validity and Multiple Access Options for Indian Nationals.

The Schengen area is a zone that comprises 29 European countries that have agreed to open up mutual borders. As a result, there is a free movement of citizens across countries in the region without having to go through the tiresome process of visa processing. Speaking of international travelers the ones from India have been offered a unique opportunity with the new Schengen visa rules introduced recently. This opportunity is a catch for travelers from India who apply for short-term stays with permission for 90-day stays within 180 days.

The newly adopted visa regime termed “Cascade” appears to be in a favorable light for Indian nationals. Released as a part of the EU-India Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility, this has been seen as a golden opportunity by the Best Immigration Consultants in Dubai, UAE. A professional assistant will be a wiser choice to leverage this opportunity. However, having a basic idea of these newly released rules will be helpful for better navigation.

New Schengen Visa Rules: The Good News

On the 18th of April 2024, the European Commission released a fresh lease of rules to offer multi-entry Schengen visas to Indian nationals with longer validity. According to these rules, Indians who have acquired two visas in the last three years lawfully, upon applying for the short-stay Schengen visas can access a long-term multi-entry visa for 2- 5 years. It can even be extended for another five years given that the passports have sufficient validity.

The Context

According to a European Union announcement these rules come in the context of an EU-India Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility which demands comprehensive cooperation on migration policies between EU and India.

Advantages of New Rules

Long-term Validity:

As mentioned earlier this is a golden opportunity to access long-term visa validity.

Better Travel Rights:

During the validity of this visa Indian nationals will be able to commute through Schengen areas with rights equivalent to that of visa-free nationals. This means that they can enter and exit Schengen countries without the need for separate visas. However, it doesn’t give work permits during the stay. 

Processing Time for Schengen Visas

It depends on the consulate’s workload and the time of year. An average waiting period could be about 15 calendar days. However, if it is a peak season it can go up to 30 to 60 days. The good news for Indians is that these new Schengen visa rules released in the context of better cooperation between India and the EU countries offer prospects of expedited visa processing for Indian Nationals.

Cost of Schengen Visa

An approximate cost for a Schengen visa is Rs.7200 for adults and Rs.3600 for minors. If you bring children below 6 years they are exempted from visa fees. 

Conclusion

This is a broad picture of the Schengen visa rules released by the European Commission. By working with the best immigration consultants in Dubai this opportunity can be untangled further. In this direction, Trenity Immigration Consultants with a reputation for expertise in this industry will be an ideal choice.

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