Frequently Asked Questions – about Canadian Immigration

How do I find out if I am eligible to apply?

Check the current Canadian immigration regulations – click here.
Take a 5 minute FREE eligibility Quick Check – click here to be referred to an agent.

How long does it take to get a permanent residence visa to immigrate to Canada?

Every application is different and processing times largely depend on the type of visa being applied for. For an indication of current Canadian visa processing times please click here.

Will the Canadian immigration authorities or embassy help me to prepare my application and make sure that everything is correct before applying?

No. This type of service is no longer provided by Government. The authorities exist to enforce the immigration law, rule on residence applications and to issue residence visas. Although basic information and applications forms are available, the authorities are unable to provide independent advice and personalized guidance on your specific case. An RCIC Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant or Canadian Lawyer/Paralegal can provide this sort of service.

Can the immigration authorities refuse my application?

Yes. Many applicants are unaware how strictly the immigration regulations are enforced and are unnecessarily refused or delayed due to technical errors on their application or by submitting the wrong supporting documentation. It is therefore recommended to consider seeking the professional guidance and independent advice of a RCIC Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant or Canadian lawyer/paralegal before lodging an application for residence. Consultants exist to help you find the best way through the immigration maze and are highly effective at doing so.

My Migration Consultant has assessed me as being eligible for residence in Canada. If I apply without his or her help, can I be sure of success?

No. Although you may fundamentally qualify under Canada’s immigration policy, you are by no means guaranteed of success. Your application must be prepared in accordance with the prevailing immigration regulations and submitted together with the appropriate supporting documentation in order to be approved by the Canadian Department of Immigration. The ways in which to do this are not always clearly set out by the immigration authorities and result in many applicants presenting their cases incorrectly, inevitably leading to refusal. Therefore, consider seeking the professional assistance of an RCIC Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant or Canadian Lawyer / Paralegal for the entire application process.