Canadian immigration is the set of rules, regulations, directives, policies
and the Act of Parliament that regulates the entry of each person in to
Canada. Immigration, the entrance of people into a country for the purpose
of settling there, has always played a central role in Canadian history.
It was as much a feature of ancient times, when the ancestors of Canada's
native peoples migrated from Asia by land via Beringia or by sea via the
Japanese current, as it is of the present day, when immigrants from around
the world come to this country in the thousands.
In order to apply for Canadian immigration, the applicant is required to make the application using the prescribed immigration application forms. The Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Canada also maintains statistics of the number of immigrants entering Canada, number of applications approved, the kind of people entering Canada and such other data.
This means an individual can come to Canada under any of the above two broad classes.
Under this class an individual can make an application under the following three categories when he/she is OUTSIDE of Canada.
1. Applying for Visitor visa ( Tourist visa ): Canada Immigration
An application maybe submitted under this class if the applicant wishes to come to Canada as a visitor or tourist. The purpose of such a visit should be to visit relatives, to attend a business meeting, to attend a conference or convention, pleasure trip, participating in a cultural show and such other purpose.
2. Applying for Student authorization ( Student visa): Canada Immigration
An application maybe made under this class if the applicant wishes to come to Canada for purpose of study as an international student.
3.Applying for Employment authorization ( Work permit ): Canada Immigration
An applicant can make application under this class if he/she wishes to come to Canada and work for a Canadian company. This is similar to a H-1 visa of USA. In many countries it is also called as work permit visa.
If you have come to Canada under any of the above visa categories, you may apply for extension of your visa while you are WITHIN Canada:
WHILE IN CANADA, you may also apply for any of the following type of visa and change your visa status. This may lead you to permanent immigration visa of Canada.
B. PERMANENT IMMIGRATION TO CANADA:
Under this class, one can make application for PERMANENT IMMIGRATION TO CANADA under the following three categories when he/she is OUTSIDE of Canada.
This class has become very popular and also known as professional class or skilled worker class and the application is assessed based on a point system. An individual should make an application under this class if he/she wishes to come to Canada based on his/her qualification, work experience and knowledge of English or French language.
This class is also known as business immigration class. One should make an application under the entrepreneur class and self-employed class if he/she wishes to start a business in Canada. A person should make an application under the investor class if he/she DOES NOT wish to start a business in Canada.
If an individual has close relatives in Canada, he/she may apply under this class for family sponsorship.
Canadian citizens and permanent residents may make an application to sponsor their relatives under one of the following class;
!. Returning Resident Permit : A person may make this application if he/she is a permanent resident of Canada and wishes to or has to stay outside Canada for more than six months. Canada Immigration Reg. Sec.26.
2. Application to change the Immigration Record of Landing or IMM 1000 form.
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