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Canadian Immigration Questions & Answers with Attorney David Cohen

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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 I apply to two different permanent residence programs at the same time (like the Federal Skilled Worker and Spousal Sponsorship)?

The current regulations do not prohibit the submission of applications under different categories.

Has CIC announced if any of the 24 eligible occupations for the Federal Skilled Worker have been filled?

There have been no announcements or updates about the number of applications that have been received by CIC since the Federal Skilled Worker program reopened on May 4th, 2013.

My child is over 18 but is a full-time student and relies on me for all financial support. Can I consider them my ‘dependent child’ for an immigration application?

At the present time, unmarried children who are less than 22 years old on the date of application can be included in immigration applications as dependent children. However, CIC recently announced that it intends to revise the rules relating to dependent children with effect from January 1st, 2014. This recent announcement indicated that the new revised rules will allow children who are less than 19 years old on the date of application to be included as dependents in an immigrant application. In addition, children who are over the age of 19 years but are financially dependent on their parents due to a mental health or physical disability will continue to be considered as dependent children for immigration purposes.

Is it possible to request expedited processing for a Temporary Work Permit application?

Yes, it is possible to request expedited processing of temporary work permit applications at Visa Offices. however, it is at the discretion of the Visa Office whether or not to accept the request for priority processing. Usually such requests are not entertained positively unless the applicant can demonstrate compelling reasons for expedited processing.

In extraordinary circumstances, is it possible to push back the date by which I must land in Canada as a Permanent Resident?

Generally, the expiration date of a permanent resident visa is determined by the date on which the medical exams were performed. Medical exams are only vaild fora  period of one year. As such, a Visa Office would only be able to grant extensions after reopening the applicant’s file and undertaking new medical exams. This would be a very difficult process for a Visa Office, and the likelihood of obtaining extensions is quite low. Applicants would need to demonstrate a very compelling reason to the Visa Office for them to agree to accept an extension request.

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35 thoughts on “Canadian Immigration Questions & Answers with Attorney David Cohen

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    Saad Nour

    I am sponsoring my wife under “Sponsoring a Spouse living outside Canada” program. My wife had completed all the requirements ( Medical exam, interview), now the final decision is pending only due to background check (currently in Progress) and medical exam is about to expire and my wife is unable to land in Canada due to this, I knew that immigration officer currently processing my wife’s application can request a reassessment of an applicant’s medical file by a medical officer or a Health Branch delegate which would result in the issuance of a new medical certificate ( No new full immigration medical examination done by a panel physician), my wife’s medical assessment is less than 15 months old (The medical assessment will be 12 months old by the end September 2016 which is the expiration date for the medical exam), and the officer put “passed” under medical exam, is my wife eligible for reassessment of her medical file and therefore issuing a new medical certificate for her OR she will be required to complete new full immigration medical examination done by a panel physician. Any information in this regard will be helpful

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    I am an applicant of fswp 2014, I just got my medical examination request few days back , but meanwhile I became pregnant and can’t do Xray. I will tell it to my panel physician but do I also need to inform CIC or visa office about pregnancy? I also want to know do I have to send police certificate and RPRF IMM5669 and passport copy nowor I have to send it after getting notification about incomplete medical examination from CIC?

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    we have skilled worker visa, and we have not land yet, and our visa will be expire on December. I am pregnant and traveling on 1 semester is forbidden for me by physician, could we extend our visa. we prefer to childbirth in Canada.

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    Ahmed Raza

    Hello Sir,

    My wife is Canadian citizen and I am citizen of Pakistan. My wife is pregnant, So can I go to visit Canada ? She want me to be there at the time of her delivery.

    Looking forward to see your prompt response.

    Ahmed Raza

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    Gaurav Zaveri

    I am gaurav and I am 28 year old
    I have taken IELTS twice but I gotoverall 5 band and I have completed my diploma and I have 9 years of experience.

    Am I eligible for canada PR

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