CIC News > Latest News > Canadian Immigration Questions and Answers with Attorney David Cohen

Canadian Immigration Questions and Answers with Attorney David Cohen

Font Style

Font Size

Every month, Attorney David Cohen will answer a few general Canadian immigration questions submitted by our readers. Here are this month’s questions and answers:

My husband submitted an application to the Federal Skilled Worker program in 2009. He submitted his medical forms in May 2012, as this was the deadline for submission. However, we were married in early June. I would like to accompany him to Canada, but is it too late to be classified as his dependent? How does one go about doing so?

Citizenship and Immigration Canada must be notified that your husband, the principal applicant, is now married. You will have to complete an application form for Canadian Permanent Residency in Canada, and you will have to undergo medical and security checks.

Is there a specific place I should go to learn of all the immigration changes that will be taking place in the upcoming months?

There are a number of places you can go. CIC News has been closely following immigration changes across the board, including the most recent decision to temporarily halt the acceptance of applications to the Federal Skilled Worker program. For additional news, you can visit the “Immigration News” section of the Canadavisa website. You can also view updates from the government by clicking here.

I am an Indian national. I do not have a birth certificate, because there were no provisions for this at the time of my birth. What sort of documentation can I provide to satisfy immigration authorities in lieu of a birth certificate?

Citizenship and Immigration Canada will accept secondary, matriculation, or school leaving certificates as proof of birth. This is provided they have the following: your full name, your date of birth, and the name of your mother, father, or both.

Will the temporary pause in accepting Federal Skilled Worker applications affect my application to Quebec immigration?

No, as of now the Quebec Skilled Worker program as well as other Quebec programs are still open to receiving new applications, provided the applicant is eligible to apply.

If you would like your general immigration question to be featured in our newsletter, please email your question to QNA@CICNEWS.COM

If you would like to be assessed for Canadian immigration, please complete CanadaVisa’s free Canadian immigration assessment form.



14 thoughts on “Canadian Immigration Questions and Answers with Attorney David Cohen

  1. Avatar


    I am planning to apply for PR as primary applicant. My wife doesn’t have birth certificate or any schooling certificate. Also she doesn’t have any relatives (excluding me and in-laws) alive to prepare sworn affidavit for her. What is the best way to address the requirement of birth certificate for PR as secondary applicant?

    Yours Sincerely,

  2. Avatar

    What if my wife doesn’t have any schooling certificate for birth proof and her both parents are not alive. She does have Passport and indian driving license as identity proof which does have DOB and fathers name. Currently we are in Canada and she does have open work permit. Is there any process which can help in our case of PR application in which she will be dependent?

  3. Avatar

    This is just a suggestion and hope it can be forwarded to the Canadian government/minister. Many may not be aware, but the Republic of India, only enforced mandatory Birth Certificates only after 1987, as a requirement for all services. Previously, a legal affidavit of parents recording the birth details, through the court/legal system/affidavits under Indian law or School certificates were considered in order to get passports and many other services.

    Even though the government of India made the legal requirement to get births registered in the late 1960s itself, being a union federal republic of different states, each state took time to implement these policies. As a result many indians born before 1987, didn’t have proper birth certificates. Late registrations were also not permitted in some states, as seen in certain other Asian countries in South East Asia that have a centralized computerized birth record system and even late registrations of elderly people are permitted after some checks and affirmations through legal order.

    It is sincerely requested from the Canadian government, to understand this and not make Birth Certificate requirements mandatory for Indian citizens born before 1987, and rather provide legal/court issued affidavits as proof or whatever passport held, its details as proof of birth.

  4. Avatar
    rohit sharma

    I am from india working in a bank for last 8 years and i want to apply for PR in canada .can u co firm me minimum band required in ielts and other requirements

We welcome your feedback

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.