Moving to Canada can be an incredibly gruelling process, as previously mentioned in our previous guide. There will be plenty of papers to accomplish, and certain costs involved, which can be heavy for others. All these are necessary to get the moving process right, however, especially if you wish to enjoy an Express Entry to the snowy lands of the friendliest country on earth.
In an effort to further help you understand the overall process, we’ve come up with this curated guide for you. We take a look at the next part of this moving series, which discusses perhaps the most crucial part of your application—the deadlines, clearances, and other requirements.
Make sure to ponder on these tips carefully, and study them as you prepare for your big Canada move:
Tip #1: Be careful of the deadlines!
Bear in mind that the period between the invitation to apply and the submission of your permanent residence application is crucial. You need to watch the deadline carefully, so make sure to accomplish everything on this list:
- Visa: Should your application be approved, the visa issued will be valid only either until the date when your passport expires or a year after your medical exam. If your passport is set to expire within the year, make sure to renew it before your application will be finalized. Should this happen, inform the CIC right away.
- ECA: ECA, or the Educational Credential Assessment, will be only valid for 5 years. This is counted once you submit your e-APR—the clock is ticking!
- Language test: Language exams are only valid for two years, also counted once you submit your e-APR.
- Medical exam: Unfortunately, your medical exam is only valid for a full year. Bear in mind that the validity of your PR visa cannot exceed the date of your medical validity. For this reason, it’s best to wait until the last minute for your medical exam. You may also be required to take another one before travelling to Canada, so save some extra money.
- Police clearances: Your police clearances must be valid at the time you’ve applied for the permanent residence, and should be issued within 6 months from the time of your application submission.
- LMIA: If you are currently holding an LMIA, understand that this may be for permanent use only. It also has an expiry date, so make sure to submit your application for permanent residence before it expires.
Tip #2: Make sure to follow all the necessary translation requirements
If you come from a country where documents are in another language other than French or English, bear in mind that it should be accompanied by a proper translation. Requirements for translations vary, however, so make sure to keep a watchful eye on the recent guidelines. All these can be accessed on the CIC website, and regularly browsing through it ensures that you meet all criteria and requirements.
Tip #3: Keep any additional explanations concise
Additional explanations are almost inevitable, especially if there are certain documents you cannot get a hold of. Should you need to do additional explanations to address areas of uncertainty, make sure to keep it straight to the point.
Bear in mind that your application is likely thousands of others on a pile of documents, and immigration officers spend hours reading materials. You’ll want your explanation to be readable and brief—and this will be greatly appreciated.
Taking It One Step At A Time
Any immigration process is long and tedious, and will require more than just your patience. You need to be strategic and determined, ensuring that you fit all criteria and of course, beat all the deadlines. It’s a long road, but the rewards awaiting you will be worth all your effort. That said, make sure to keep this guide in mind—a little help goes a long way!
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