Are You Eligible to Apply for Canadian Citizenship?

You must meet ALL the following conditions to be eligible to apply for Canadian Citizenship:

  • Permanent Resident Status
  • Time you have lived in Canada
  • Income Tax filing
  • Language Skills
  • How well you know Canada
  • Prohibitions

Alternatively, you can also click on to this link and answer a few quick questions to check if you are eligible to apply for Canadian Citizenship.

Check your eligibility

Permanent Resident status

You must have:

  • Permanent Resident Status in Canada
  • Fulfilled the PR residency obligation

Your PR status must not be in question. This means you must not:

  • be under review for immigration or fraud reasons
  • have certain unfulfilled conditions related to your PR status
  • be under a removal order (an order from Canadian officials to leave Canada)

Time you have lived in Canada

You must have been physically present in Canada for at least:

  • 1095 days during the five years right before the date you sign your application

You may be able to use some of your time spent in Canada as a temporary resident or protected person towards your physical presence calculation. Each day spent physically in Canada as a temporary resident or protected person before becoming a permanent resident within the last 5 years will count as one half day, with a maximum of 365 days, towards your physical presence.

Income tax filing

You must meet your personal income tax filing obligations in three tax years that are fully or partially within the five years right before the date you apply.

Language abilities

Canada has two official languages: English and French. To become a citizen, you must show that you can speak and listen in one of these languages.

If you are 18 to 54 years old, you must submit proof that demonstrates you can speak and listen in English or French.

Examples of proof:

  • Secondary or post-secondary education completed in English or French
  • CELPIP-General – Minimum 4 in Speaking and Listening
  • IETLS- General – Minimum 4 in Speaking and 4.5 in Listening.

Citizenship staff will decide how well you can communicate in English or French during your interview. A citizenship officer will make the final decision on your application.

How well you know Canada (Citizenship test)

To become a citizen, you’ll need to pass a test to meet the knowledge requirement for citizenship if you are between 18 to 54 years old.

Everything you need to know for the test is in Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship.

Prohibitions

If you have committed a crime in or outside Canada, you may not be eligible to become a Canadian citizen for a period of time. Time spent serving a term of imprisonment, on parole, or on probation doesn’t count as time you have lived in Canada.

If you meet all the above conditions and you would like our assistance to help you with your Canadian Citizenship, please email us (contact@1to1immigration.com) with the subject like “Citizenship Application”.

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What is Express Entry (EE)?

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What is Express Entry or EE?

If you are interested in immigrating to Canada and have been researching online or speaking with friends or immigration professionals, you should have come across this term “Express Entry” or “EE”.

Express Entry is an electronic processing system that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has adopted in Jan 2015 to process application for Canadian PR for the federal economic streams more efficiently. It is a 2-step process to select immigrants based on the ability to settle in Canada and integrate into the Canadian economy. Successful applicants will receive PR within 6 months of submitting the complete PR application.

Express Entry is NOT an immigration program. To qualify, you need to meet the eligibility requirement for one of the Federal economic immigration programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skills Trade Program
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Step 1: Create an online Express Entry Profile

This will be done electronically. The online profile will provide the following information to IRCC:

  • Skills
  • Work experience
  • Language ability
  • Education
  • Other details (marital status, Canadian experience etc.)

Your profile is valid for one year in the system. You will be ranked against other candidates in the pool using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Points are given based on the information provided in the online profile.

Step 2: Invitation to Apply (ITA)

Candidates with the highest scores in the pool will be issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

There are usually 2-3 draws per month since Jan 2015. The minimum CRS cutoff score has ranged from 413 to 886. There was a specific draw for Federal Trades Skills Program on May 26, 2017 when the cut-off point was 200. The number of invitation for each draw varies from 715 to 3,923.

Once you are invited to apply, you will have 90 days to submit an online application for Permanent Resident.

For a complimentary assessment on whether you can apply for PR via Express Entry, please email the following information to contact@1to1immigration.com  with the subject “FREE Express Entry Assessment”:

  1. First Name
  2. Last Name
  3. Nationality
  4. Contact number; Skype ID (if not in Canada)
  5. Email address
  6. Date of Birth
  7. Marital Status (Spouse date of birth, Highest Qualification and his/her IELTS score for each of the 4 sections)
  8. No. of children and their respective date of birth
  9. Highest Education and additional diplomas (if any)
  10. Brief Work History (Job title, Years, Full Time/part time, City/Country) Just type it out, please do not send us your resume at this point.
  11. IELTS Score (if available); If not, rate your language ability from 1 to 10 (10 being excellent in each of the following sections:
    • Speaking
    • Listening
    • Reading
    • Writing
  12. What is your main reason for immigrating to Canada?
  13. Would you be interested in studying to increase your points to immigrate to Canada? If yes, please state type of studies that you will be keen to pursue (e.g. MBA, Accounting degree, Cybersecurity Diploma)
  14. Do you have a specific Canadian Immigration program that you would like to explore further?
  15. Do you have any family/relatives in Canada?
  16. Which province would you like to stay if you become a Canadian PR. You can list more than one.
  17. Any other information that you would like to share?
  18. If you are currently in Canada, please advise on the following:
    • Current Status (e.g. Study permit, work permit, PGWP, visitor)
    • Expiry date of current status

 

 

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Canadian Experience Class

 

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Are you an International Professional working in Canada and would like to immigrate to Canada?

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) may be the ideal immigration program for you. The CEC is a federal immigration program for individuals who have at least one year of skilled work experience in Canada to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency.

Minimum requirements:

  • At least 12 months of full time (or equivalent in part time) skilled work experience (jobs with NOC “0”, “A” or “B” in Canada
  • The skilled experience is obtained within 36 months of application date
  • Meet the Canadian Language Benchmark of CLB 5 for NOC “B” jobs and CLB 7 for NOC “0” and “A” jobs.
  • Plan to live in anywhere in Canada except the province of Quebec.

To find out more about skilled work experience and NOC, please click here.

The Process

CEC applications are processed online through the Express Entry (EE) selection system.

  1. Create an Express Entry (EE) online profile
  2. Improve your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score
  3. Receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA)
  4. Submit complete PR Application
  5. Submit Passport for issue of PR Visa
  6. Land in Canada as a PR

The most confusing part of CEC – What counts as Skilled Work Experience under CEC

Skilled work experience gained in Canada must be those gained while working in Canada with one of the following Work Permits:

  • LMIA supported Work Permit
  • Open Work Permit (including Post Graduate Work Permit)

Skilled work experience gained in Canada under the following conditions does NOT count for the CEC program:

  • Self-Employment
  • Part time work while you are on a valid study permit
  • Work without Valid Work Permit

If you are a foreign worker or International Student in Canada, please feel free to contact us @ contact@1to1immigration.com for a complimentary assessment if you are eligible for the CEC program.

For a complimentary assessment on whether you can apply for PR via Express Entry, please email the following information to contact@1to1immigration.com  with the subject “Express Entry”:

  1. First Name
  2. Last Name
  3. Nationality
  4. Contact number; Skype ID (if not in Canada)
  5. Email address
  6. Date of Birth
  7. Marital Status (Spouse date of birth, Highest Qualification and his/her IELTS score for each of the 4 sections)
  8. No. of children and their respective date of birth
  9. Highest Education and additional diplomas (if any)
  10. Brief Work History (Job title, Years, Full Time/part time, City/Country) Just type it out, please do not send us your resume at this point.
  11. IELTS Score (if available); If not, rate your language ability from 1 to 10 (10 being excellent in each of the following sections:
    • Speaking
    • Listening
    • Reading
    • Writing
  12. What is your main reason for immigrating to Canada?
  13. Would you be interested in studying to increase your points to immigrate to Canada? If yes, please state type of studies that you will be keen to pursue (e.g. MBA, Accounting degree, Cybersecurity Diploma)
  14. Do you have a specific Canadian Immigration program that you would like to explore further?
  15. Do you have any family/relatives in Canada?
  16. Which province would you like to stay if you become a Canadian PR. You can list more than one.
  17. Any other information that you would like to share?
  18. If you are currently in Canada, please advise on the following:
    • Current Status (e.g. Study permit, work permit, PGWP, visitor)
    • Expiry date of current status

 

 

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International Experience Canada (IEC)

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IEC is a program designed to allow youth the opportunity to work in Canada for temporary periods. Citizens of countries with a bilateral youth mobility arrangement with Canada who are between 18 and 35 years old may be eligible for IEC work permits.

The IEC program is composed of three categories:

  • Working Holiday
  • Young Professionals
  • International Co-op

Working Holiday

Participants in this program can receive an open work permit, valid for one to two years. Open work permits allow participants to work anywhere in Canada for almost any Canadian employer. Nationals of some countries may be allowed to stay in Canada for more or less than one year.

Young Professionals

Under this program, citizens of participating countries can gain valuable international experience by working for a Canadian company. A signed contract of employment with a Canadian employer related to the applicant’s professional development is required before applying. The job offered must be classified as a National Occupation Code (NOC) Skill Type Level 0, A, or B.

International Co-op

This program allows citizens of participating countries who are enrolled at a post-secondary institution in their country of citizenship to spend a period of time interning for Canadian companies. Participants must arrange co-op placements with Canadian employers before applying. Applicants must be registered students for the duration of the internship.

 

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates must:

  • be a citizen (passport holder) of one of the 32 countries that have a bilateral youth mobility agreement with Canada;
  • have a valid passport for the duration of their stay in Canada (the work permit issued will not be longer than the validity of the passport),
  • be between the ages of 18 and 30 or 35 at the time of application (the upper age limit depends on the applicant’s country of citizenship);
  • have the equivalent of CAN$2,500 CAN upon landing to help cover initial expenses;
  • be able to take out health insurance for the duration of their stay (participants may have to present evidence of this insurance at the point of entry in Canada);
  • be admissible to Canada;
  • have, prior to departure, a round-trip ticket or the financial resources to purchase a departure ticket for the end of their authorized stay in Canada,
  • not be accompanied by dependents; and
  • pay the appropriate fees.

Please note that specific age and eligibility requirements may vary by country.

If you are between 18 and 34 years old, please feel free to contact us @ contact@1to1immigration.com for a complimentary assessment if you are eligible for the IEC program.

Please provide the following information for the complimentary assessment:

  1. First Name
  2. Last Name
  3. Nationality
  4. Contact number
  5. Email address
  6. Date of Birth
  7. Marital Status
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Are you eligible for Canadian Permanent Residence (PR) under the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program?

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Are you eligible for Canadian Permanent Residence (PR) under the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program?

Canada has a constant need for skilled workers. Below are the minimum requirements for the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

  1. Skilled Work experience
    • At least one year (1560 hours/ 30 hours per week) continuous full-time or an equal amount in part-time
    • Paid work
    • In the same NOC skill type (“0”, “A” or “B”)
    • Within the last 10 years AND
    • At skill type “0”, “A” or “B” based on the 2011 NOC

Your work experience should meet the occupational description provided in the relevant NOC to be qualified as skilled work experience.

  1. Language Ability
    • Take a CIC approved language test (IELTS- General, CELPIP-General, TEF) AND
    • Meet the minimum language requirement of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 for each of the four sections: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking
    • Language tests must not be more than 2 years old on the date of PR application
  2. Education
    • Minimum a Canadian High School Diploma
    • Or a completed Foreign education credential AND an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from an agency approved by CIC
    • ECA report must not be more than 5 years old on the date of PR application

If you meet the above requirement, you will need to meet a minimum of 67 points based on the following 6 selection factors:

  • Language Skills (English and/or French)
  • Education
  • Work Experience
  • Age
  • Whether you have a valid permanent job offer in Canada
  • Adaptability

Proof of funds

  • You will also need to show that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and your family when you first arrive in Canada unless you are
    • Already working in Canada AND
    • Have a valid permanent job offer

Last but not least, you are not inadmissible under Canadian immigration law.

Contact us today for a complimentary assessment if you are eligible to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence under the Federal Skilled Program.

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What is NOC and a Skilled Job?

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NOC stands for the National Occupational Classification. It is Canada’s official classification system for occupations.

To determine the skill level of your job, search the NOC for the job title with “main duties” that most closely match your job responsibilities. Every job is classified according to a skill level (“0”, “A”, “B”, “C” or “D” within the NOC Matrix).

Skilled work refers to jobs that are classified as “0”, A” or “B”.

NOC Table

Skill Level DescriptionExample
0Management OccupationCEO, Finance Director, HR Manager
AOccupations that usually require University EducationAccountants, Engineers, Lawyers, Physicians
BOccupations that usually require college education or apprenticeship trainingFinance Supervisor, Paralegal, Sports Coaches, Chefs
COccupations that usually require high school education and/or occupation-specific trainingGeneral Office Worker, Customer Service Representative, Retail Sales
DOn-the-job training is usually provided Cashier, Cleaner, Labourers

Please feel free to contact us if you need assistance to find out the skill level of your job or in identifying the NOC code for your occupation.

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Do you need a visa to come to Canada?

Every foreign national is required to apply for and obtain a visa before they appear at a Canadian port of entry. Those who wish to become permanent residents of Canada needs to obtain a permanent resident visa (PRV), and those who wish to visit Canada need to obtain a temporary resident visa (TRV).

However, you do not need a temporary resident visa if you belong to one of the following groups:

  • Visa exemption by nationality
    •  citizens of
      • Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Federal Republic of Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, St Kitts and Nevis, Samoa, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland
    • Great Britain
      • British Citizen
      • British Overseas Citizen who is re-admissible to the United Kingdom
      • Citizen of a British overseas territory – Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn Island, Saint Helena, or Turks or Caicos Islands
    • US Citizen and a person who has been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence (green card holder)
  • Visa exemption by documents
    • Diplomatic acceptance – UN and any of its agencies or of any international organization of which Canada is a member
    • passport or travel document issued by the Holy See
    • hold an Israeli passport
    • hold a Hong Kong SAR passport
    • hold a UK passport
    • hold a Taiwan passport
  • Visa exemption by nationality and documents 
    • Citizen of Lithuania or Poland if they hold a machine readable passport that contains a contactless integrated circuit chip issued by either Lithuania or Poland.
  • Visa exemption by purpose of entry
    • Transport Crew member (other than a vessel)
      • member of a crew of transportation other than a vessel (e.g. flight crew)
      • transit through Canada, departing from Canada within 24 hours after their arrival
    • Vessel Transport Crew member
      • enter and remain in Canada as a member of the crew of the vessel
    • Transit through Canada as a passenger
      • in possession of a visa to enter USA or the country of destination
      • lawfully admitted to the USA and flight originated from Canada
    • Member of the armed forces
    • Interview with a United States consular officer concerning US immigrant visa provided they have a multiple entry visa to USA
    • Re-enter Canada following a visit solely to the United States or St Pierre and Miquelon, if they
      • held a valid study or work permit in Canada
    • Conduct flight inspection as a civil aviation inspector
    • Participate as an accredited representative or as an adviser to an aviation accident

If you don’t belong to any of the above groups, contact us today to find out how we can help you apply for a visa to Canada.

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8 Reasons Why you should get a Canadian Education

 

8 reasons why you will have a brighter future with a Canadian Education

1. Canadian education qualification are recognized globally.

2. Canadian education is affordable.

3. Canada is a multicultural society.

4. Canada is a stable and safe country.

5. Canada is world leader in Language education.

6. Post-secondary institutions in Canada offers exciting campus lifestyle.

7. Post-secondary institutions in Canada offers innovative and abundant research opportunities.

8. Studying in Canada offers possibilities to immigrate to Canada.

Interested in studying in Canada but you are confused about where to start or what to do, contact us today and let us help you get started.

 

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