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Canadian Immigration Questions and Answers with Attorney David Cohen

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Every month, Attorney David Cohen answers 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.

1. I work for a corporation in the EU that is looking to expand into the North American market. To this end I would like to travel to Canada in order to do market research and meet with prospective business partners. Does CETA provide for such a scenario?

Yes, market research and business meetings are two of the activities in which one might engage as a short term business visitor under CETA. You can find a full list of such activities at this dedicated page. Stays in Canada as a CETA business visitor must be limited to 90 days within a given six month period.

2. Can a married principal applicant apply with a non-accompanying spouse and then later sponsor the spouse after landing as a permanent resident?

Yes. However, one should keep in mind that, even if a spouse is not accompanying the principal applicant, he or she will have to undergo a medical examination and provide the required police certificates. Non-accompanying family members should also be factored into the calculation of your family size when you are assessing the amount of settlement funds you will need.

For more information on spousal sponsorships, you can click here.

3. My children and I are UK citizens with UK passports. My wife is a Canadian citizen with Canadian passport and we wish to visit Canada in a few months time. We all reside in the UK. Is it necessary for my children to apply for Canadian citizenship to enter Canada temporary or can they enter Canada temporarily on a UK passport like myself with a Canadian eTA?

Most foreign nationals need a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through a Canadian airport.

Citizens of the United Kingdom holding valid UK passports will require an eTA to fly to Canada, regardless of their age. It should be obtained before you travel to Canada. To apply for an eTA you must have a valid passport, a valid credit or debit card and an email address. It costs $7 CAD to get an eTA and only takes a few minutes to apply. Approved eTAs are valid for up to five years.

4. I have a Canadian multivisa for 10 years. I was in Canada for five months and three weeks with my parents who have PR status in Canada. I then left Canada for a week, but now need to return on a family matter. Can I return next week to Toronto and get the right to stay another six months in Canada?

An individual can come back to Canada, if holding a multiple-entry temporary resident visa that has not expired. However, if the Canadian immigration officer at the Port of Entry believes that an individual is centralizing their mode of living in Canada, entry as a visitor can be denied. Ties that a visitor has to their home country will weigh in the decision.

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