Types of Visas in Canada



“Canada is the only country in the world that knows how to live without an identity.” Notable Canadian educator and philosopher, Marshall McLuhan perfectly painted the multi-cultural society in his native land through this statement.

With a labour force of 15.6 million in 1999, legal immigrants who came ashore to Canada at the start of the decade account for 70 percent of the growth between 1991 and 2001. In 2010 alone, the immigration office recorded the highest number of immigrants in the last 50 years.

To be part of the robust multi-cultural Canadian population, whether for short-term leisure or long-term career-building, interested applicants may browse through the official website of the Ministry or visit the Canadian Embassy for detailed information on visa applications once they have decided on the suitable type of visa to apply for.

Staying in Canada for a certain period would require the Temporary Resident Visa. This covers all visitors from territories that require a visa to visit Canada. Requirements and application process would depend on the applicant's country of origin and the objective of visiting. The Canada Border Services Officer determines the length of stay, which is usually up to 6 months.

Temporary Resident Visa holders who wish to hold short-term jobs mainly in the information technology and care-giving industries may apply for temporary working visas.

It is important to know the job an applicant plans to take since there are job positions that do not require work permits, such as military personnel and emergency service provider.

To be part of thousands of students who come to study in Canadian institutions every year, an applicant may either apply for a Study Permit or a Temporary Resident Visa. Students who wish to take advantage of the job opportunities in Canada while finishing their courses and degrees are required to furnish work permits.

Skilled workers and professionals who wish to permanently migrate in Canada may choose from various immigration programs differentiated by the following categories: Skilled Workers and Professionals; Quebec-Selected Skilled Workers; Canadian Experience Class; Investors, Entrepreneurs and Self-Employed People; Provincial Nominees and Sponsoring Your Family. Applicants for permanent residency are chosen based on their education, professional experience, English and/or French proficiency and other qualifying criteria. Quebec-Selected Skilled Workers applicants are evaluated independently under the Canada-Quebec Accord on Immigration.

The Canadian immigration rate surpassed the 2010 target by 6 percent and is expected to continue breaking the record in the years to come. And while Canada opens its doors to valuable visitors and foreign skilled workers, people of diverse races continue helping boost the long-term economic indicators of the country that “knows how to live without an identity.”


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