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:
Can my 18 year old child be included in an immigration application? What is the oldest my child can be and still be considered a dependent?
Yes, as a general rule dependent children can be included in an application for Canadian Permanent Residence. To be a dependent child for Canadian immigration purposes, a child must:
Family class sponsorship allows me to sponsor “close family members”. How is “close family member” defined for immigration purposes?
For Canadian immigration purposes, “close family members” include:
I have experience in a profession that is regulated in Canada. Do I have to become licensed to practice in Canada before submitting my immigration application?
Under the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) regulations, scheduled to become effective on January 1, 2013, educational credentials will need to be assessed for their Canadian equivalency by a government-designated credential assessment organization before a Permanent Resident application can be submitted. However, licensing in a particular profession often has an in-Canada component to the process and therefore will likely not be a requirement to the submission of a FSWC application.
I am a citizen of a country requiring a Temporary Resident Visa to enter Canada. However, I am also a US Green Card holder. Does this affect my ability to enter Canada at all?
The holder of a valid US Green Card does not require a Temporary Resident Visa to enter Canada, no matter the country of citizenship.
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