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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. These questions cover immigration programs, eligibility, processing, language requirements, investing in Canada, landing, admissibility, studying in Canada, working in Canada, and much more.

Here are this month’s questions and answers.

1. My fiancé and I have been living together in Toronto for the past two years. He is from Sweden and has a temporary work permit that will expire in 2017, while I have Canadian permanent resident status. I have heard about a work permit option for him if I apply to sponsor him via the Inland spousal/common-law sponsorship route. Can you tell us more about this?

The pilot program you appear to be referring to allows spouses and common-law partners of Canadian citizens or permanent residents to be granted an open work permit while an Inland sponsorship application for permanent residence is being processed.

To be eligible for an open work permit, the sponsored person must be a spouse or common-law partner living in Canada who is being sponsored under the Inland Spouse or common-law partner in Canada (SCLPC) class. The sponsored person must have valid temporary resident status (as a visitor, student or worker) and live at the same address as the sponsor.

 2. What does it mean that a program is ‘first-come, first-served’? And what would a program that is not ‘first-come, first-served’ look like?

In Canadian immigration terms, ‘first-come, first-served’ simply means that eligible applications are processed in the in order in which they are received. Over recent years, an increasing number of Canadian immigration programs have moved away from this model in favour of ‘Expression of Interest’ systems, which typically follow a two-step process; individuals interested in a particular program first express their interest, then the relevant government (be it federal or provincial, depending on the program in question) chooses from a pool of eligible candidates by issuing invitations to apply on a priority basis.

The most renowned Canadian economic immigration program that currently retains a ‘first-come, first-served’ system is the Quebec Skilled Worker Program. However, the government of Quebec has introduced plans to change this to an ‘Expression of Interest’ system in the future.

3. Many of the Provincial Nominee Programs seem to require potential applicants to obtain a job offer, a factor that is also clearly important when it comes to Express Entry. Where can I see the latest job openings in my field? For the record, I am an architect and am interested in working in Toronto or Vancouver. These are big cities experiencing construction booms.

The Canada Job Search tool provides the latest job listings across Canada and across all industries. Users of this tool can search by job title or location, or a combination of both. To begin using the tool, click here.

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

  1. MD FARUK hossin

    Dear sir, my name is FARUK hossin from Bangladesh . my qulafecation are bachelore degree .I want to know how to in Canada . THANKS.

  2. Said Mansoor hashimi

    Hi sir I am Said mansoor hashimi I get married one year ago in afghanistan now I live in afghanistan my sponsorship pepper for PR start in prossing in March 1 2016 in CIC , I complete my all documents and madical tests and my wife is citizens of Canada and she live in Toronto when I get my visa to come to canada ???

  3. idir

    je cherche un travaille


    hi. i living in algeria, im marrid and i want to goes to Canada be for ,the visa famly, and i have 07 years experince in the LNG. thanks

  5. Maria Ofelia Álvarez

    Dear Sir:

    I got my resident card August/2010
    I apply for renewal, the information I obtain is this:

    We received your application for a permanent resident card on August 11, 2015.
    We started processing your application on January 12, 2016.
    We sent you a letter on January 14, 2016. Please consider delays in mail delivery before contacting us.

    I contact them and got a letter with the same information, called them and they said I was sent to secondary review, this is normal in your experience.

    Maria Ofelia Alvarez

  6. Anonymous

    my daughter willbe 19 in august 2016 can she still beon my application in september 2016

  7. Ritu Panchal

    Hi. I am living in India. My husband lives in Canada. He is on PR. He sponsors me for PR visa. My file saw started processing last 15 days. Can you tell me. How much time get a visa??

  8. Vikram Singh

    Hi sir I came in Canada on study visa in 2015, my father was Canadian citizen and passed away in 2013. I live here with my Grandma who’s also a Canadian citizen . So what do u think I can do in order to get permanent residency in Canada . I will be very thankful to u .

  9. kaushik

    I live in Kitchener and currently on a work permit until 2018. I am working on a full time permanent position since a year. Now if i were to apply permanent residence in express entry and request LMIA from my company how does that work since I am already employed there as a full time permanent employee? Would they need to offer me the same position again to get approval for LMIA? Would my experience be still considered with them since its been a year at current position? Can you throw some light on this?

  10. Vinaya


    I am having query regarding Work experience reference letter. If the organization policy does not support providing the Work Experience / Reference letter in the Canadian format With Total number of Hours per week and Pay details. Do we need to provide self declaration regarding them

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