How to Shop for Immigration Services
The first task is to choose a program from the wide range of Canadian immigration services.
The Citizenship Program receives and processes applications for Canadian
citizenship and grants Canadian citizenship to successful applicants.
The Host Program helps new permanent Canadian residents, refugees and protected persons
adjust to life in Canada by matching them with Canadian volunteers who will assist them
to carry out day to day functions in Canada.
The Permanent Resident Program provides information on immigrating to Canada and
applying for Canadian permanent resident status. The Permanent Resident (PR) Card
program issues PR Cards to permanent residents of Canada. The PR card holders must
present this card when traveling by commercial carrier when traveling back into Canada.
The Resettlement Assistance Program helps individuals resettle in
Canada by providing financial assistance and covers the costs of accommodations,
essential clothing, household effects and other living expenses.
The Study Permits Program issues study permits (formerly "student authorizations")
to eligible foreign students and provides information on the study permits application process.
The Temporary Resident Visa Program issues temporary resident visas
either single entry visas or multiple entry visas and transit visas to eligible
individuals and provides information on the Temporary Resident Visa Program application process.
The Travel Documents Program issues travel documents to individuals who have status in
Canada. The Travel Documents Program also issues certificates of identity to legally
The Work Permits Program issues work permits to eligible foreign workers who wish to
work temporarily in Canada, provides information on the work permit application process,
and issues visitor records for business visitors to Canada.
The second task is to apply yourself or choose to use an unpaid or paid representative.
The paid representatives must have both federal and provincial licenses and have to be in
good standing with either the Canadian provincial or territorial law society, the Canadian
Society of Immigration Consultants, or the Chambre des notaires du Québec.
The third task is to assemble and complete the correct application forms for the Canadian
immigration program that you have chosen. You can do this yourself or use a
representative to assist in the form completion process. You must submit application fees in
advance to the Canadian government according to the CIC fee schedule before any processing occurs.
The fourth task is to plan for the move to Canada - where to live - get a job - school
for the kids - plan for banking - shopping - transportation and many more activities.
For additional immigration information use this information request form
Look for the ESL in Canada "How to shop for the best prices" Seminar.
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