Canadian Immigrants: World Class Authors

Canada has long been known as a nation of immigrants. Other than the First Nations people who live throughout the provinces every person in Canada is an immigrant. Generally these people emigrated from other commonwealth countries, former possessions of the British Empire, however, there are many immigrants who live in Canada from all over the world. All of these people start out as Permanent Residents before becoming citizens. If you are interested in immigrating to Canada to join the ranks of distinguished Canadian citizens Immigration Direct can help the process be as easy as possible. Sign up today!

Canadian culture is rich and varied and literature from the third largest country in the world is particularly respected in world literature criticism. Many of these renowned writers were immigrants themselves.

The author of The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje, was born in Sri Lanka and immigrated to Canada when he was 19 and became a citizen soon afterward. The English Patient eventually became a famous and award winning film and the book won a number of awards as well for being a generally compelling story.

Yann Martel, the author of Life of Pi, was born in Spain, however he was also born a Canadian to diplomat parents. Life of Pi has won several awards by itself and is about to be released as a movie to theaters.

Canadian literature contains a number of themes which make it particularly unique. Canadian humor, a distinct sort of humor, is almost ever-present. Multiculturalism which has become a part of the government of Canada as well as its culture is part of Canadian literature. Due to its past as a rugged frontier themes about nature, self-reliance and pioneering become distinct parts of Canadian literature.

Read some Canadian literature and become enticed to become a Canadian Permanent Resident!

Canadian Immigration News

In order to better protect the Canadian immigration system from potential fraudsters Citizenship and Immigration Canada has implemented some new regulations regarding family visas.

Using fraudulent marriages has been in the past a popular way to cheat the system in Canada, but Minister Kenney has taken steps to ensure that a couple’s marriage is indeed real before they are granted Permanent Residency.

Permanent Residency is a status granted to immigrants that allows them to live, work and study in Canada and is the first step to becoming a citizen of Canada.

Previously, some people looking to become permanent residents in Canada would make marriage arrangements with people who were already Canadian. When they got married the immigrant would then be granted Permanent Resident status and could soon after divorce their spouse. Sometimes the Canadian citizen would be in on the scheme and sometimes they would not be and end up cruelly devastated.

Now, newly married couples (married for less than two years) without children will be granted conditional permanent resident cards for two years to ensure that their marriage is true. There are some restrictions for people who are in violent or dangerous marriages.

This is part of the Kenney administration’s recent crackdowns on immigration regulations in response to increased numbers of immigration fraud. Conservative control of the Canadian government has led to increased enforcement of governmental regulations.

Canadian Immigration: Importable Items

When you enter Canada, you will have to be inspected by customs. This is an administrative activity that many countries across the world participate in to ensure that dangerous, illegal or otherwise harmful things are not brought into Canada where they may do harm to the country or the people. As a permanent resident, when you come to Canada, you will be required to declare all items that you are bringing with you to live in Canada. People interested in becoming Permanent Residents of Canada should click here for more information.

Items that you do not have to pay a duty tax on are antiques, appliances, books, clothes, furniture, hobby items, jewelry, linens, musical instruments, hobby collections, silverware, or gifts of a value of less than 60 Canadian dollars. Personal vehicles, such as cars, mo-peds, scooters or bicycles are free of duty tax as long as they are not being used for business purposes.

Things you bring that you will have to pay a duty tax on are things that you have rented or leased, things you bought in transit to Canada and business related vehicles (including farm equipment, construction equipment, or manufacturing equipment). Tobacco and alcohol are also things that you will have to pay duty taxes on when entering Canada.

Firearms have special restrictions on them and you should look into the laws specific to your case before entering Canada.

There are also special needs regarding listing jewelry on your list of items. The name of each piece of jewelry should come from either the associated insurance policy or a jeweler’s appraisal. The items should also have photographs. A record of how much you paid for the jewelry should also be listed. Pieces of jewelry which have a history in the family do not need to be taxed for duty.


Move to Canada! Learn the Language and get Help

Permanent Resident Cards are available so that immigrants can come to work and live in Canada. Immigration Direct offers a variety of services that help you with your immigration needs, but when you enter the country you will be expected to learn how to speak either English or French either before or immediately after you arrive. File for your Permanent Resident Card today while you learn about the language programs.

Fortunately, there are many programs available within the country that can help you learn English or French, the two official languages of the Dominion of Canada. In order to qualify for in-country language training you must have your language skills tested, be an immigrant and be an adult. The name of the language assistant program is different depending on which language you are trying to learn. LINC for English, and CLIC for French. These learning centers are located everywhere in Canada and even provide some additional services depending on your particular situation.

You can also enroll in a local university or community college to learn French or English. By doing so you may end up developing a much higher level of competency with whatever language you are using. However, oftentimes these classes cost additional money.

Additionally, you may also want to contact one of the many immigrant assistance organizations that operate throughout Canada. These services have to do with language assessment, job-specific or general language training, help finding employment for you, help with daily operation in Canada, or refugee services. You can visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website for a province specific list of the many different programs available.

Canada is an incredibly warm and welcoming place for immigrants and there are many programs within society that can help you adjust to your new surroundings and become a new Canadian!

Move to Canada! Customs

When you enter Canada after receiving a permanent residency visa you will be inspected by immigration and customs officials at the port of entry that you choose to enter through. Immigration Direct can help you get your Permanent Resident Card, but then you should also know something about what will happen when you enter the Dominion of Canada. We have already discussed the required documents for entry in another blog. Here we will cover the other forms you will need to deal with upon entry to Canada.

All of your personal items whether on your person or being shipped to you at a later time must be listed. The list will include what the item is, its serial number and its approximate cost. You should have separate lists for what you have on you at the time of entry to Canada and what will be following at a later date. You should prepare two copies of each list.

When you arrive in Canada it is very important to declare certain items to the customs authorities. This includes money. If you are carrying more than 10,000 Canadian Dollars in cash, securities, travelers checks or other monetary forms you must declare it. You must also declare anything that may be taxed within Canada such as alcohol, tobacco or other items. Business goods such as plants, foods, animals, pets or weapons must also be declared as soon as possible. Failure to declare these items upon entry in Canada may result in fines or imprisonment, so be sure to declare everything that fits into these categories. A Customs Declaration Card should also be filled out before you arrive in Canada.

These customs regulations are designed to protect immigrants as well as the people of Canada, and, indeed, when you enter Canada with a Permanent Resident Card you will be a resident of Canada as well!

Move to Canada! Required Documents

After you have obtained your Canadian visa (easy application assistance can be found here) and permission to enter the Dominion of Canada you will need to make sure that you have everything you need to enter the country.

The Canadian government provides a checklist of things that you need to bring with you upon your entry to Canada. This blog series will detail these items and help you make the transition into Canada as easy as possible. We also provide help in filing for a Permanent Resident Card and even citizenship.

The following documents are incredibly important when coming to the border of Canada and must be kept with you at all times. It is also important to keep in mind that it is necessary to have the originals as well as translations into either French or English. You should have these documents for everyone who is immigrating with you.

  • A Canadian immigrant visa,
  • A Confirmation of Permanent Residence,
  • Passport,
  • Itemized lists of all of the things you are bringing with you to Canada. There should be separate lists for things on your person and coming later. You must have two of each.
  • If you are bringing children with you they will need to have documents that record their immunizations.

Additional recommended documents to take with you:

  • Birth certificates,
  • Marriage documents,
  • Records that establish family relationships,
  • School records,
  • Professional certificates,
  • Reference letters,
  • Your resume,
  • Documents pertaining to the operation and maintenance (both mechanical and administrative) of your automobile,

It may also be prudent to include photocopies of all of the above documentation in case you may need it. These documents are needed for your inspection upon entry to Canada to ensure the safety and well-being of you and the Canadian people.

Immigration to Canada Is Easy with Immigration Direct!

As the reveries of citizenship week come to an end and the solemn chant of citizenship oaths fade into a normalized drone, everyone hopefully has come to realize something about the greatness of citizenship in Canada. That is certainly the purpose of citizenship week as it was designed by the Canadian government. Also it is supposed to help people appreciate the sacrifices and efforts of previous generations of Canadians to make the country a better place for all. And Canada really is a truly great place and if you don’t have permanent resident status or citizenship you might want to consider signing up with Immigration Direct because we make those processes easy.

Government forms are almost always a hassle no matter which country you are dealing with and Canada is no exception. Often, when encountered with something that has to be done with the bureaucracy people seek out professional help. When someone has too many parking tickets they get a lawyer or solicitor; when someone is looking to buy a house they call a real estate agent; when they suddenly come into many assets and tax time comes around they find an accountant and as all of these things occur you should also consider using Immigration Direct for all of your immigration needs.

Immigration Direct offers a variety of services as well as much additional information about the immigration system in Canada. Citizenship applications are in particularly high demand this time of year, but we also offer processes that help you apply for your first Permanent Resident Card. If your PR Card happens to be expired, lost or damaged we can help you replace or renew it.

So when you need some help with the Canadian immigration system look no further than!

Citizenship Week Fun Facts about Canada!

After you have lived in Canada for a while with a Permanent Resident Card you may then apply for Citizenship. Part of the process for becoming a citizen is taking a test on the history, government and Culture of Canada. It is likely that after living in the country for a while you will become rather acquainted with this information, but the government still publishes an e-book that will help you study. These fun-facts are drawn from that e-book which is available on the CIC’s website.

  • Canada is one of the few countries in the world that recognizes and grants civil marriages to all citizens regardless of sexual orientation.
  • It is suspected that the first European visitors to the Americas were Vikings who landed at l’Anse Aux Meadows in Newfoundland.
  • During the American Revolutionary war those residents of the 13 colonies who were loyal to the crown fled to Canada to escape the violence in those areas.
  • In the late 1830s there was a series of armed rebellions in Canada that eventually led to the establishment of responsible government in the Dominion of Canada.
  • Dominion of Canada was the official name of the state for approximately 100 years starting in 1864 and the name remains traditional to this day.
  • Quebecers, residents of Quebec, are fiercely defensive of their sovereign and unique culture within an area that was largely colonized by the British.
  • There was some talk about making British possessions in the Caribbean part of Canada in the 1920s.
  • The first Prime Minister of Canada was Sir John Alexander MacDonald and his likeness is on the $10 bill.
  • Women’s suffrage in national elections was granted to most in 1918, many years before Canada’s southerly neighbors, the United States, granted the same rights.
  • On the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month Canadians observe the armistice treaty of World War One on Remembrance Day.
  • Quebec City is one of the oldest continuously inhabited European settlements in the Americas.


Citizenship Ceremonies for Friday October 19, 2012

This week is citizenship week for Canada and the government encourages you to participate in the celebration whether you’re a new citizen or have been around for a while.


In Montreal, Quebec there will be a citizenship ceremony at 10 a.m. at the

Bureau de la communauté Haitienne de Montréal
6970 Marquette Street
Montréal, QC
H2E 2C7

Ontario will be having three separate citizenship ceremonies in three different cities today:

In Mississauga at 9:45 a.m.

Mississauga Citizenship Office
3085 Glen Erin Drive
Mississauga, ON
L5L 1J3

In Toronto at 11 a.m.

Ontario Science Centre
770 Don Mills Road
Toronto, ON
M3C 1T3

In Markham at 10:30a.m.

Welcome Centre Immigrant Services
8400 Woodbine Avenue, Suite 102-103
Markham, ON
L3R 4N7

Edmonton Alberta will be hosting a ceremony at 9 a.m.

CBC Radio Canada
10062 – 102 Avenue, 123 Edmonton City Centre Mall
Edmonton, AB
T5J 2Y8

In Vancouver, British Colombia, at 8:45 and 11:15 a.m. citizenship ceremonies will take place in

The Vancouver Citizenship Office
877 Expo Boulevard – Suite 200
Vancouver, BC
V6B 8P8

Citizenship Ceremonies for Thursday October 18, 2012

This week is citizenship week for Canada and the government encourages you to participate in the celebration whether you’re a new citizen or have been around for a while.

Nova Scotia will be holding a citizenship ceremony in Dartmouth today at 2 p.m.

Woodlawn Public Library
31 Eisener Boulevard
Dartmouth, NS
B2W 0J1

New Brunswick will have a citizenship ceremony in Saint John at 11 a.m.

HMCS Brunswicker
1 Navy Way
Saint John, NB
E2K 5L6

Ontario will be holding four citizenship ceremonies across the province

In Mississauga at 9:45 a.m.

Mississauga Citizenship Office
3085 Glen Erin Drive
Mississauga, ON
L5L 1J3

And at 10:15 at

T L Kennedy Secondary School
3100 Hurontario Street
Mississauga, ON
L5B 1N6

In Toronto at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Toronto Citizenship Office
55 St. Clair Avenue East, Suite 200
Toronto, ON
M4T 1M2

Calgary, Alberta, will have a citizenship ceremony at 10:00 a.m. at

Queen Elizabeth High School
512 18 Street NW, Gymnasium
Calgary, AB
T2N 2G5