Canada has long been one of the most desirable countries for families. The country offers world-class amenities and infrastructure for families who are looking to immigrate to an advanced nation for a better standard of living. So, if you’re thinking of moving to Canada with your family, here are some things that you should know:
Moving to Canada with Your Family
The fastest and most popular way to get to Canada with your family is through their Express Entry (EE) immigration program. It’s a process that includes family members in the visa application so that they can come with you.
When moving to Canada, you will need to have all the necessary documents, such as:
- Birth certificate
- Medical certificate and PCC (for 18 years and above)
You can bring family members, such as your spouse or common-law partner along with dependent children up to 21 years old. An individual who is over 22 years old may still be considered dependent if they do not have financial stability due to a mental or physical condition.
Siblings, aunts/uncles, and other “extended” family members are not eligible to come with families to Canada unless they apply for a separate visa and immigration program. You might also want to look into other Canadian immigration programs as some award points for applications that have relatives living in Canada. This way, you’ll be able to help extended family members through the immigration process.
If you’re thinking of bringing your parents or grandparents with you, you can apply for the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program (PGP). Keep in mind that the program is in high-demand, so you might be met with limited slots.
Below are three types of visas that you can use when planning for a move with your family to Canada:
1. Permanent Resident Applications (including EE)
This requires only one person to apply as the principal applicant and they can include a spouse or common-law partner and dependent children. When the application is approved, all the family members will become permanent residents of Canada.
2. Temporary Visa (Study Permits)
This type of visa is ideal for people who plan to study in Canada and they have a family that they would like to bring along with them. Know that your spouse or common-law partner and dependent children may be included in your study permit application. Your partner will also be granted a permit to work in Canada while children will be allowed to attend school.
3. Temporary Visa (Work Permits)
There are different types of work permits offered by the Canadian government. If you have a work permit for a position at National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill level 0, A, or B, your spouse will be eligible to apply for a spousal open work permit. When your visa is approved, your spouse can come with you and they can work in Canada. However, if your skill level is at level C or D, your spouse will need to apply for their own work permit.
Immigrating to Canada with family is not impossible, but it can be a tedious process. The best way to go about this is to seek the help of an immigration consultancy service to help assess your eligibility and to guide you throughout the application process.
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