Ice Hockey, The Official Sport of Canada!

While Canada maintains very multicultural policies regarding their society, when you enter the country as a permanent resident you might want to consider participating in some of the cultural things that Canadians do. Becoming part of the community always makes the moving transition easier. Ice hockey happens to be extremely popular all over Canada and you might find yourself rooting for your home-team

Ice hockey is Canada’s national winter sport. This fact makes the game very important to Canadians and to their national identity, it conjures up feelings of home and fun times with family and friends. Indeed the game itself was invented there and Canadians are regarded as some of the best hockey players in the world. The highest achievable prize in the game of ice hockey is called the Stanley Cup, a rather large trophy which has been expanded since it was first rewarded in the late 19th century by the current Governor General of Canada at the time, Lord Stanley of Preston.

The game is relatively simple to understand, but as is the case with all organized sports it doesn’t really become confusing until one begins to examine the minutia. The game is divided into three twenty minute periods where two teams facing each other attempt to move a small rubber disc (called a puck) across the ice with hooked sticks into goal areas, guarded by a member of the other team called a goalie, on the opposite side of the ice rink. When the puck goes into the goal the team gets one point. Ice hockey is somewhat similar to football (soccer) in structure. However, the game is overall much faster moving as the players are on ice skates and can really pick up some speed as they glide across the ice.

Ice hockey is a contact sport and hockey players wear rather heavy-duty pads to protect themselves from injuries that might occur. Speeding around a skating rink is bound to cause a few contusions. However, this element of danger is often cited as being an added bonus to the games.

Permanent Resident Card Wait Times

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The new average processing times for the Permanent Resident Card have been announced. New Permanent Resident cards will take 61 days to arrive. This is measured in calendar days, so, your new Permanent Resident Card should arrive in a little less than nine weeks, or a little more than two months. Replacing or renewing your Permanent Resident Card will take 88 calendar days, or approximately 12.5 weeks, or a few days more than three months.

Permanent Resident Cards are given to foreign nationals who live in Canada on a permanent basis, only leaving for short periods of time and eventually expected to become a citizen, however, this is not a requirement. Government forms can be difficult to understand and if they are filed incorrectly it may take even longer to receive your Permanent Resident Card than even the estimates above.

Immigration Direct assists people from all over the world with immigrating to Canada. Some of the services we offer include helping you apply for a Permanent Resident Card, renewing or replacing a PR Card, and even citizenship. Register with Immigration Direct today and become part of Canada’s cultural mosaic today!

Canada is considered one of the most developed and desirable countries in the world to live in. Recently there was a certain amount of scandal when certain immigrants, so desperate to gain citizenship in Canada were defrauding the Citizenship and Immigration Canada. However, Minister Kenney was quick to respond to these fraudsters and fittingly so considering that on the 2011 Corruption Perception Index Canada ranked 10th least corrupt. Canada is also extremely committed to the freedom of the press and in between the years 2011 and 2012 the Press Freedom Index ranked Canada 10th most free. These rankings laying at 10th might not seem so impressive, but imagine the context of the measurement. There are 193 member countries to the United Nations and these lists show Canada being 10th out of all of them.

Canada is truly a wonderful and free place to be. Immigrate with Immigration Direct today!

Canadian Citizenship Requirements

In order to take the next big step in Canadian immigration and apply for citizenship you will have to meet certain requirements before filling out any forms. The requirements are relatively easy to understand and this article addresses them all.

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First of all, you must be of age to apply for citizenship and be a permanent resident as well. People wishing to become Canadian citizens under the age of 18 must have a parent, an adoptive parent or legal guardian apply for them. This guardian must be a citizen or also applying for citizenship simultaneously. (Note: children less than 18 years do not need to meet the residential time requirement.) Both the guardian and the child must be permanent residents. However, if your permanent resident status is contested you will be ineligible for citizenship.

Applicants for citizenship must also show that they have lived for at least three of the past four years within Canada’s borders. This means that you should have been present in Canada for 1,095 days out of the past four years. Citizenship and Immigration Canada offers a useful residency calculator to help you figure out whether or not you meet this requirement. Keep in mind that time in prison does not count as residence in Canada.

Canada has two official languages: English and French. In order to become a citizen you must be fluent in either of them, but not necessarily both. Your understanding of either English or French will be assessed when you are interviewed by the immigration officer. Permanent residents are advised to enroll in language courses if needed before applying for citizenship.

Canadian citizens are also expected to be familiar with the rights, values, institutions, government and history of Canada. A test will be administered to you to assess your knowledge when you apply for citizenship.

Disqualifications to citizenship are largely criminal. If you are currently being or were convicted of an offence under the Citizenship Act; are in prison or subject to administrative punishment; have been ordered removed from Canada; or being investigated or charged with war crimes you may not apply for citizenship. Also if your citizenship has been revoked in the past five years you won’t be eligible.

Immigration to Canada Made Easy

Immigration Direct is able to provide a variety of services to future residents of Canada in an easy and much less stressful way when compared to filing by oneself. There is always room for error when someone undertakes a task that they are familiar with. That’s why Immigration Direct is a much more accurate and reliable venue for filing for immigration benefits. We’re regularly engaged in helping people immigrate to Canada.

Our step-by-step guides to filling out the requisite immigration forms lead you smoothly through the governmental processes. Our helpful customer service center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you. Along with the rest of our services we also assure you that your privacy is of our greatest concern and the security of your personal information is our highest priority.

Immigration to Canada is easy with our most popular forms:

Also as a part of the Immigration Direct website we follow the big news and trends in Canadian immigration so that you can stay up to date on the issues. By being in the know regarding everything immigration related in Canada you’ll be in a better position to take full advantage of your rights and your immigration benefits. Our section of articles is also very informative and is full of information on immigration trends, news at the CIC and other helpful hints that can help get you through the immigration process frustration free.

So don’t delay, pursue your dreams of living and working in Canada today!

What You Should Know for the Citizenship Test

In order to become a citizen of the wonderful country of Canada you must have lived within its borders for at least four years in the past six and take a citizenship test as part of your application for citizenship. Not everyone has to take a citizenship test, in fact only people between the ages of 14 and 64 must take the test to prove their competency in their knowledge of Canada and mastery of language.

The language portion of the test is passive and practical in that there are no direct questions about the study of language itself. You won’t have to identify the nouns, pronouns, adjectives or verbs in a sentence. Instead you will simply demonstrate your proficiency in either French or English (the two official languages of Canada) to your immigration officer and by completing the other portion of the test.

The language portion will require you to be able to understand people speaking to you and then respond to these questions in a coherent way. The goal of this test is to ensure that you are able to communicate easily with English or French speakers in all of the different modes that may be used during the day. For example, can you tell a short explanatory story to relate how you got to the immigration office? Can you communicate whether or not you like something? Can you talk about your plans later in the evening? These are some of the questions you may be casually asked by the immigration officer in order to gauge your ability with either French or English.

You will also be tested regarding basic information having to do with the Canadian state. This is a subject that we have covered in a couple of other blogs one entitled Passing the Canadian Citizenship Test and another called Get to Know Canada.

We are fairly confident that if you have been living in Canada for at least three years that you are most likely very familiar with either English or French. Particularly English because without a pretty decent grasp of English you would not be reading this sentence!

Congratulations on your soon to be gotten citizenship certificate!

Get to Know Canada

Button of the Canadian FlagOn your journey towards Canadian citizenship you’ll have to become familiar with the country. Here in this blog we’ll occasionally examine some of the things that you will need to know to become a fully integrated member of Canadian society. The questions below are taken from Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Discover Canada e-book, the document suggested for potential new citizens to study for the test.

What does the word Inuit mean?

The actual word “Inuit” means “people” and is the term that the Inuit people use to refer to themselves. The Inuit people are first nations (Native Americans in United States colloquial speech) people who live near and within the arctic as well as throughout Canada.

Who are the Metis?

The Metis are the population of Canadians who are descended from mixed first nations and European heritages. Compare to the Mestizo of Central and South America. There is a wide variety of nations from which these people are descended.

What are the provinces and Territories of Canada and what are their capitals?

Alberta (Province) Edmonton
British Colombia (Province) Victoria
New Brunswick (Province) Fredericton
Newfoundland and Labrador (Province) St. John’s
Northwest Territories (Territory) Yellowknife
Nova Scotia (Province) Halifax
Nunavut (Territory) Iqaluit
Ontario (Province) Toronto
Prince Edward Island (Province) Charlottetown
Quebec (Province) Quebec City
Saskatchewan (Province) Regina
Yukon (Territory) Whitehorse

What are two symbols of Canada?

There are lots of symbols of Canada, but you only need two so I’ll list a bunch of them so you have a better chance of remembering at least two. The maple leaf, moose, hockey, the Union Jack, the colours red and white and the crown which represents Canada’s status as a constitutional monarchy.

File for IMM 5009

IMM 5009You may find yourself one day in need of some sort of documentation that verifies your presence in Canada and this is when you will need to apply for form IMM 5009 or an Application for a Verification of Status (VOS) or Replacement of an Immigration Document. There are a variety of reasons for which you may need to verify your status with this form. You may have misplaced another document related to your immigrant status in Canada or it may have been damaged, destroyed or stolen. For any of these reasons ImmigrationDirect.ca can help you file for IMM 5009.

Form IMM 5009 is composes of three sections. Section A includes your personal information relating to your biographical data. They will ask you to include your full name, passport number, your marital status, your mailing and residential address, a way to contact you either by phone or e-mail, and the date and place of your landing in Canada. Section B is simply your declaration of which document you need replaced. The list of documents includes Immigrant Visa and Record of Landing confirmation of Permanent Residence, Certificate of Departure, Visitor Record, Work Permit, Authorization to Return to Canada, a Study permit, Exclusion Order, Deportation Order, Departure Order or a Permit to come into or Remain in Canada also known as a Temporary Resident Permit. Part C of the form is only necessary if you entered Canada before 1973.

After you have filled out form IMM 5009 you must gather the required documentation to be included in your application. These documents are:

·         The Application for Verification of Status that you just completed,

·         The passport that you had when you entered Canada,

·         Your birth certificate,

·         Your Canadian citizenship certificate if you have one,

·         IMM 5401, Fee Payment Form,

·         Use of a Representative form if you used one,

·         Court documents if you were convicted of a crime and are not a Canadian citizen

After the documentation has been gathered you either pay the fees online or in person and submit your application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

New Canadian Visa Restrictions

The Canadian Parliament where immigration policy is decidedRecently Citizenship and Immigration Canada has identified a few countries from southern Africa as being the source of disproportionately large numbers of fraudulent immigration applications. The primary violator is Namibia followed closely by Botswana and Swaziland. A majority of the visa applications from this country to Canada are for refugee visas, but it has been found that many of the applicants falsely filed, disobeyed certain rules or are involved in human trafficking.

Jason Kenney, the Canadian government’s immigration minister, has a rather conservative outlook on the immigration policy of his country. However, Canada is known for very liberal immigration policies so the state of immigration in Canada comes to be balanced between the minister and their multicultural policies. Kenney has become increasingly tough on immigration fraud in Canada and recently announced that at least three thousand immigrants will be deported because they lied during their application.

This discovery means that it will be more difficult for people from these countries to come to Canada. They will have to be particularly attentive to their applications in order to demonstrate to the immigration officers that they fulfill the requirements of the visa. Often these applications can be rather difficult to navigate particularly if you are not familiar with the workings of the Canadian government. ImmigrationDirect.ca offers third party assistance for people who are applying for Canadian immigration benefits and we can make the process significantly easier. Naturally, we are not interested in helping people traffic human beings or defraud the Canadian government, but the new regulations do not only affect criminals. The new regulations concern all who wish to immigrate to Canada even those who intend to do so within the confines of Canadian law. We are dedicated in assisting people with their immigration needs. Please visit our website for more information.

Canada remains a very welcoming place for immigrants, but this hospitable attitude is not to be taken advantage of by the immoral.

Canadian Experience Class Permanent Residency

Permanent Resident through the Canadian Experience VisaCanada happens to have a program that effectively retains foreign talent for their national workforce, an issue with which many countries struggle. The problem is that of course universities want to teach international students, it is advantageous for educational facilities to maintain an international profile, but once they are educated they may leave. The investment that the country has made in this person is lost to another country because they either cannot stay or aren’t encouraged to stay and use their abilities in the country where they got their education.

Canada has found a solution to this problem through their Canadian Experience Class permanent residency program. After a period of time where a student or worker has accumulated 12 months of experience within Canadian borders they can be granted permanent residency through this program. This means that the investment that the country makes in this immigrant stays within the country and directly benefits Canada.

There has been an interesting dissent discussion going on within Canada which is an institutionally and officially multicultural state. Some Canadians believe that by allowing immigrants to take permanent residency status in Canada after school they are effectively stealing the benefits of Canada and jobs away from Canadians who already live in the country.

However, this is a rather shortsighted view and also rather incomprehensible. First of all, how could a society ever suffer from bringing in intelligent and competent people? It’s probably a bad idea to not have any flow over the borders just as it is a bad idea to not have any flow of goods over borders. If the government completely stops up the borders demand for goods would stall, just as the collective brain-power of a country would stall. If more intelligent people are brought into the country it leads to a cumulative positive addition. Bringing more unskilled labor into the country to only do unskilled labor and not try to rise on a socioeconomic scale would probably lead to an overall decline in the value of man-power in a country.

Canadian “Green Card”

Passport for Canada in English and FrenchA green card refers to the American version of the Permanent Resident card, whereas in Canada the document is simply called a Permanent Resident card or a PR card. The PR card is a step along the way to Canadian citizenship. Indeed, one cannot become a naturalized citizen unless you hold permanent resident status and have lived in Canada for three out of the past five years. The benefits of permanent residency include access to all of the freedoms granted to full citizens and the right to work and live in Canada. The PR card is also necessary if you wish to travel because you will be asked at the border to provide some sort of proof as to your resident status. The card is about the size of a credit card and normally has an expiry date five years from issue.

There are a variety of ways to get a Permanent Resident card in Canada. Below are the primary ways of becoming a Permanent Resident of Canada:

  • Skilled Worker or Professional. If you have a job waiting for you in Canada or are a Ph.D. student you can apply for permanent residency through the skilled worker program. However, if you would like to go to Quebec you will have to use the Quebec-Selected Skilled Worker program instead.
  • Quebec-Selected Skilled Worker. Quebec is responsible for immigrants who come into their province and have a different immigrant selection process than the rest of Canada. For more information on immigrating to Quebec visit their immigration website. (http://www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/index.html)
  • Canadian Experience Class. If you are already in Canada working on a temporary basis or finishing up school you can easily apply to become a permanent resident through the Canadian Experience Class. These transitions are considerably smoother and are encouraged by the Canadian government.
  • Investors and Entrepreneurs. There are currently some very large changes being pursued in the Entrepreneur and Investor category, so things are bound to change rather drastically within the next six months. Before Entrepreneurs were allowed to gain permanent residence if they bought a business and hired at least one person for a year. Investors were required to make a donation of 800,000 Canadian dollars.
  • Provincial Nominees. If a particular province or territory believes that you would be an immediate economic asset they may nominate you for permanent resident status. This category is rather specific to the individual provinces and you should probably spend some time researching their needs.
  • Family Sponsorship. If you happen to have family already living in Canada they can sponsor you for a Permanent Resident card.