Emigrating to Canada
Canada is said to be one of the most beautiful and picturesque countries in the world, so it is little wonder that it attracts so many people emigrating from the UK each year.
There are several immigration routes to entering Canada. The most common two ways of staying in this country are work visas and family reunification. In both cases, a visa is required, meaning that applicants must meet specific requirements.
IAS has an in-depth knowledge of the processes involved in emigrating to Canada and, alongside our carefully chosen experts worldwide, we have the experience and the means to help you from the comfort of your current home in the UK.
Call us on 0333 305 9375 to find out more about IAS’ dedicated emigration services. One of our lawyers will be happy to assist you with your case and advise you on how to proceed to submit a succesful application.
Emigrating to Canada: Apply for a Business Visa
Canada offers a wide range of investment-based immigration programs which can lead to permanent resident status. This includes:
- The Quebec Immigration Investor Program (QIIP), for those who have a personal net worth of $2 million and two years of management experience.
- The Quebec Entrepreneur Program, for foreign investors with a personal net worth of $10 million.
- The Quebec Self-Employed Programs, which are aimed at ambitious individuals with a mid-range personal net worth who intend to establish and operate their business in Canada.
- The Federal Immigrant Investor Venture Capital (IIVC) Pilot Program, for investors who have a net worth of $1.6 million and are willing to invest at least $800,000 for five years.
- The Federal Start-Up Visa Program
- The Investor Program, suited for high net worth individuals who wish to make a passive investment with no obligation and establish their business in Canada.
If you wish to investigate the Canadian business visa which fits your needs, you can seek the professional advice of one of IAS’ immigration lawyers.
Family Visas for emigrating to Canada
If you are a permanent resident of Canada and you are at least 18 years old, you can sponsor your relatives to join you to live, study and work in the country.
You can sponsor the following relatives:
- Your spouse
- Your children and grandchildren
- Your parents and grandparents
Besides, to apply for a Canadian family sponsorship for your family members, you must:
- Demonstrate that you can support them financially
- Show that they do not need social assistance from the Canadian government
Canada Study Visas
If you intend to study at a Canadian educational institution, you must apply for a study permit. This will allow you to live and study in Canada for the duration of your course or program.
To be eligible, you must:
- Have been accepted by a school, college, university or other educational institution in Canada
- Prove that you have enough funds for your tuition fees and living expenses
- Provide a police certificate to demonstrate that you have no criminal record.
- Be in good health.
Nevertheless, you may not require a study permit to go to school in Canada if:
- Your course or program lasts least than 6 months
- You are a family member or staff of a foreign representative to Canada
- You are a member of a foreign armed force
Visit Canada on a Tourist Visa
All international visitors, unless exempted, must obtain a visa before arriving in Canada. All UK visitors in Canada require a Tourist Visa when they appear at a port of entry.
To apply for a Tourist Visa, you must submit your application to the responsible Canadian visa office in your region.
You may also need to attend an interview, where the visa officer will enquire about your reasons for visiting Canada and your willingness to leave the country when the visa expires.
Most importantly, you must demonstrate your overall eligibility to be admitted to Canada.
Based on your circumstances, a Canadian Tourist Visa for British visitors may be for single entry or multiple entry use.
What is Canada Electronic Travel Authorization?
You will need an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) if you are travelling to Canada by air from a visa-exempt country. This permit is mandatory whether you intend to visit Canada directly or only to pass through in transit.
You are exempt from requiring an ETA if you:
- Have already obtained a valid visa to enter Canada
- Are entering Canada by land or sea
- Are a member of the Armed Forces on official duty
- Are a member of a flight crew
- Are a Canadian citizen or dual citizen, or permanent resident
- Are a US citizen
Seeking professional help to emigrate to Canada
If you wish to relocate to Canada, IAS’ experienced immigration lawyers can assist you and your family, or your business.
We offer a wide range of comprehensive emigration services to help you identify the best route to visit, study, work or live in Canada.
One of our immigration professionals will evaluate your case and guide you through the best route to enter Canada. We will also help you build a strong portfolio of supporting document, and complete your application forms.
Most importantly, we will liaise with the Home Office and the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) until your case is solved, and to avoid any delay in your application process.
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International visitors travelling to Canada to visit, study or working may need a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV).
Based on your circumstances, you can apply for one of the following non-immigrant visas:
- Canada Visitor Visa
- Canada Student Visa
- Canada Work Visa
- Parents and Grandparents Super Visa
To find out more about your options to emigrate to Canada as a British citizen, you can get in touch with our professional immigration lawyers.
To apply for a work permit in Canada, you need a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) number from an employer. In other words, you must first get a job offer from a Canadian business.
The LMIA also provides proof that you have the qualifications and the skills needed for that role and confirms that your employer hasn’t found any Canadian available to do it.
Usually, applying from a Canada work permit from the UK requires up to five weeks. This depends on your circumstances, such as if you are travelling with your family.
Don’t forget that you will also need a Canadian Social Insurance Number (SIN) to get the job.
Applicants between the age of 18 and 30 who wish to move to Canada may be eligible for the International Experience Canada Program.
This will allow you to get a temporary working visa in Canada for up to two years. However, you must first meet specific requirements, such as have at least $2,500 to sustain yourself financially, proof that you have health insurance and a return ticket to the UK.
Several UK citizens are interested in moving to Canada. Nevertheless, the Canadian government usually do not encourage people to retire in the country.
One of the best options is to move to Canada before you retire. By doing this, you can have some time to work and achieve permanent residency before changing your status.
However, it must be noted that your UK state pension will not receive the benefit of the “triple lock” guarantee, meaning that the pension payment will remain static at the point at which you leave the UK.
The Canada Super Visa allows eligible parents and grandparents to visit their family in this country for up to two years without the need to renew their status. This is a multi-entry visa, which is valid for up to 10 years.
Applications for this permit must be submitted from outside Canada. Besides, applicants must demonstrate your eligibility and obtain medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company that is valid for at least one year.
Get in touch with IAS’ immigration lawyers to find out more about our services for Family Visas Canada.