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Canadian Immigration Questions and 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.

1. I am a permanent resident and I have been living in Canada for the past two years. I have not made any trips outside of Canada during this period. Does this mean I get any reduction in the mandatory process of completing four years of residency before applying for Citizenship? If so, after how many more days is it possible for me to do so?

At this time, you can apply for citizenship if you have resided in Canada as a permanent resident for at least three years (1,095 days) in the past four years before you apply. You do not get any reduction of this requirement for having stayed in Canada for two years continuously.

However, the residency requirement for citizenship will soon change. Once this change is implemented, you will only be eligible to apply for citizenship if you have resided in Canada as a permanent resident for at least four years (1,460 days) in the past six years before you apply.

2.I have worked under NOC 2174 as well as NOC 2172 and am interested to submit under both categories at the same time under the Federal Skilled Worker Program. My problem is that CIC asks me to submit original copies for IELTS mark sheets unless I have a previously submitted and refused application. Since both applications would be under process when I submit, how can I take care of the requirement to submit original IELTS mark sheets under both categories?

In order to make two concurrent applications under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, you will first have to request two original copies of your IELTS scores, as well as two original copies of your Educational Credential Assessment (ECA). Please contact your language test centre and ECA provider to obtain a second original copy of your results.

3. We are citizens of Canada. There are four members in my family (me, my wife, and our two daughters). Our annual income last year was $60,000 CAD. Am I eligible to sponsor my mom and dad?

The Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) is now closed, but it is expected to reopen in January, 2015. To be eligible to submit an application under the PGP, you must meet the minimum income requirements for your family size for the past three years. To determine your family size, you must count:

    • yourself,
    • your spouse or common-law partner,
    • your dependent children,
    • the persons you are sponsoring, and
    • the dependent children of the person(s) you are sponsoring.

To view the minimum income requirements for each family size, please visit this page.

For a family of six, you will only be eligible to submit an application under the PGP if you have earned more than $68,000 CAD per year for the past three years.

If you are not eligible to sponsor family members for the PGP, they may still be eligible for a Supervisa.

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

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    shai c

    I sent my open work permit renewal coz it expired 2 weeks ago. Im out of status too. What are the chances of me getting back my status. By the way, im waiting for my pr approval under the live in caregiver program. Im still under the 90 day grace period. I dont know what to expect now coz cic people works so ooo slow to meet every applicants needs. Thank you and hoping for your speedy reply.

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    Michael Dibie

    Hello I am a media practitioner here in Lagos Nigeria and would like to find out my chances of relocating to Canada for a job and studies.

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    Hi tow years since I am registered for immigration to canada I am geology and mines engineer I am waiting to your answer .

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    I have submitted PR application under experienced class. I am on post study work permit. My visa is expiring at the end of October 2014. I have not heard back from CIC. I have full time permanent job, what should i do to keep working until I get the decision or the in case of negative decision.

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    Dear Sir,

    I am an Ontario provincial nominee under FSW backlog reduction( I had applied for FSW on Sep 2007 and have been selected for PNP on May 2012 ). I did my medical examination on Feb 2014 and it was an expectation that my application will be finalized after 6 months but, two months ago I received an email from my visa office acknowledging me to send additional documents to CPC Ottawa. They said it is a Quality Assurance Exercise. I am wondering why they select someone like me who is under such a long processing time?
    I had just quit my job and had been ready to move to Canada and this QA exercise destroyed all my plans.
    Do you know how long it takes to finish this Qa exercise and is there any possibility to refuse my application after that?

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    i am a textile engineer and working in a composite knit garments factory in Bangladesh. would you please tell me whether i am elligible to immigrate to canada under FSWP2014.

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    Ola Peter

    Hello Mr Cohen,
    how do I start the processing for migrating I and my wife to Canada under federal skill worker program?
    How do I go about it if I want to enter through education. I.e I want to go and continue my education and then settled down in Canada.
    When can I start for the next migration?

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    shafiq khan ibrahimzai

    Dear sir
    i am working now as civil engineer in construction company
    i don,t know how start the visa process to go there plz tell me to start the process and guide me

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    Manan Modi

    Respected sir ,

    I am manan modi.
    I apply my Quebec file on January 2014. May 2014 i get it my file no. latter.
    Now i wait for my CSQ.
    I apply as diploma electrical engineer.
    You know how many take time for issue CSQ after file no. come?
    Is there any chance for refusal after get the file no.?
    Now I am in saudi Arabia for job , i am not able to learn French Is there any problem ?

    thanks for your replay

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    My permanent residence application is still on process for almost 4 yrs now.
    I am divorced with my husband in the philippines. And i am currently married right now.
    My ex husband wont cooperate on my daughters application to come here in Canada. He will only allow
    If i will bring him here.
    My question is… Can i still sponsor him even were already divorced?

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