Canada has an international reputation for being an excellent place to live in. With an amalgamation of access to quality health care, accommodating people, and cool weather, it’s nothing short of tempting to go and immigrate.
There are different ways you can immigrate to Canada, but the two most common and straightforward ways are sponsorships and protection claims. Here’s what you need to know.
Family Class Sponsorships
If you have a family member who has immigrated to Canada, they can help sponsor your application through the family class immigration program. A sponsor is defined as an ‘adult Canadian permanent resident or citizen.’ There are a couple of exceptions, such as a sponsor being in the process of bankruptcy or are convicted of certain offences.
The primary purpose of the family class immigration program helps unite Canadian immigrants with their relatives. It does require the sponsor to commit and provide basic needs to their beneficiaries instead of looking for social assistance. Thus, financial standing and the ability to pay for fees and sustain an applicant are a big requirement too.
Sponsorship applications are sent to a Case Processing Centre in Canada as family class applies for permanent residence. Do keep in mind that applications sponsoring a spouse, common-law partner, or dependent children are given priority over other types of applications regarding family class.
Refugee Protection Claims
Canada offers refugee protection to people who are seeking shelter and safety. Their refugee protection program has helped save countless lives and shields many people from the dangers and persecution from the country they used to reside in. It allows them to start a new life in their country and to call it home.
Refugee protection claims are split into convention refugee and a person in need of protection. Parties are given protection for any claim, but the distinction is essential when the case is being assessed and what refugee status you’ll receive from the Government of Canada.
Convention refugees are citizens who are unable to return to their home country as they may be persecuted for their race, gender, religion, political opinion, nationality, sexuality, and more. A convention refugee is often the status given if your claim is based on fear.
A person in need of protection, however, is someone in Canada who is unable to return to their home country due to possible torture or the risk of cruel punishment. There are more possible and higher stakes to consider.
Places to Make Protection Claims
Any person who wants to make a refugee protection claim may do so to an agent from the Canada Border Services Agency or Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada in any port of entry in Canada. Through that claim, the officer will decide if the person is eligible for referral to the Refugee Protection Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.
Alternatively, a person may also make their refugee protection claim at an inland office. Both places will require a complete Basis of Claim Form to be filled out and given. With luck, that person will be sent a Notice to Appear for a hearing.
The processes and fees are subject to change, so be sure to contact an immigration consultant who can bring you insight. You’ll be applying for permanent residency and a job in Canada in no time.
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