Favourable immigration policies and a good quality of life make Canada a prime destination for migrants. While information is available on the many opportunities for migrants, it can be difficult to sort through all the misinformation and myths. Here are six common immigration myths debunked:
Myth #1: Migrating is easy
While Canada is considered to have favourable immigration policies, it is not an easy process. However, there are many programs or pathways through which migrants can come to Canada to work, live and start a new life.
Each program is different and has varying qualification criteria. These programs can be challenging to navigate if you don’t have experience with the immigration process. Moving to a new country and adjusting to life in a new place can be hard without the proper support.
Myth #2: Marriage is a sure way to citizenship
Another popular immigration myth is that marriage is a sure way to receive Canadian citizenship. Marrying a Canadian citizen or permanent resident doesn’t mean you will automatically receive permanent residence or citizenship. You will need to apply for spousal sponsorship, and your spouse must meet specific requirements, including being financially stable enough to support you for a minimum of three years after you become a permanent resident. You will also be required to prove the relationship is authentic by submitting documents like evidence of joint assets, correspondence and a marriage certificate.
Myth #3: You need a sponsor
Family sponsorship is the easiest and most common way to migrate to Canada. However, there are ways to migrate to Canada without a sponsor. The Canadian government has implemented several programs allowing individuals to move to the country without sponsorship – such as the skilled worker program.
Myth #4: You must have a job offer to migrate to Canada
While the Canadian government has implemented programs to attract skilled foreign workers, you do not necessarily need a job offer before you can migrate. In fact, most federal economic programs in Canada don’t have that requirement. While some provincial programs require an applicant to have a job offer, others only require an applicant to possess experience in a specific field or a connection to the province, such as family members that live there.
Myth #5: You can’t work if you have a study permit
Another misconception about immigration is that once you have a study permit, you are not allowed to work in Canada. A study permit allows you to work full-time in Canada. If you intend to remain in Canada after graduation, you need a post-graduate work permit.
Myth #6: An immigration decision is final
Sometimes, immigration applications are denied. When this happens, it can be disheartening and stressful. You may believe this undesired outcome is the end of your dream move to Canada, but that isn’t always true. Most decisions can be appealed or reviewed, giving you a second chance to make your case. You will likely need the expertise of an immigration and refugee lawyer to weigh all your options for the best outcome.
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