Temporary resident services

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1. What is a Temporary resident service

A temporary resident service is basically an option, a status, a document, an authorisation or a certification that is related to and/or required in order to obtain one of the existing temporary resident visas. Thus, this Web page deals with all those particular situations in which future temporary residents or people who already own a Canadian temporary resident visa would necessitate extra assistance in obtaining a specific document and/or other particular authorisation/certification without which their temporary resident visa (e.g. their tourist visa, work permit, study permit or temporary resident permit) or their extended stay in Canada would not be granted. VisaPro.ca offers all these professional services, should our client’s special circumstances and situation require them.

The different categories of temporary resident services offered are described here below.

     i) Extension/renewal/amendment of visa or permit

Once you are in Canada, you may extend your stay or even amend your status under certain conditions. Tourists, students and workers constitute classes of the temporary resident program and are legally authorised to enter Canada temporarily to mainly visit, study and/or work. They are restricted in length of stay and are subject to various other conditions as explained in previous relevant sections. If a temporary resident stays longer than he is allowed by his visa/permit, he will then lose his temporary resident status and he could be asked to leave Canada. You must apply to extend/renew your stay if you want to visit, study or work longer in Canada.

Moreover, you must also apply to amend your status/visa/permit if you want to change the conditions of your stay (for example, if you are currently studying or working in Canada, and you want to change job or study in a different university) or the type of your visa/permit (for example, from a study permit to a work permit). It is advisable that you make the request for extending/renewing your stay prior to the expiry date of your status so that your original temporary status (as a tourist, student or as a worker) is maintained under the same conditions until a new decision is made. Some specific/additional steps may apply whether your tourist visa, study permit or work permit has expired less than 90 days ago or more than 90 days ago. VisaPro.ca, thanks to its expertise, can advise you on procedures to follow and how to apply for an extension, a renewal or an amendment of your stay, be it for visit, study or work.

Your cousin offered you to spend some extra time in his log cabin by Mont-Ste-Anne Ski Resort? You’ve finished your second year of studies in Simon Fraser University and you would like to complete your Major at the Université de Moncton in New Brunswick? You got a promotion and your employer offers you a new one year contract at his ranch in Manitoba? Regardless if you need to extend or renew your status/document, change its type or amend its conditions, we can help you maintain your legal status in Canada; please check below our Admissibility criteria for more details.

    ii) Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ – Quebec acceptance certificate)

The Canada-Quebec Accord is an agreement, signed in 1991, which specifies that [the province of] Quebec is solely responsible for the selection of applicants destined to the various regions and cities of Quebec. On the other hand, federal responsibility under the Canada-Quebec Accord is to assess an applicant’s admissibility and issue temporary or permanent resident visas. Therefore, a visa officer may refuse applicants even if they have already been selected by Quebec in case they prove to be inadmissible. Likewise, the visa officer will not issue a temporary or a permanent resident visa to applicants destined to Quebec who have not met Quebec’s selection criteria even if these applicants would have been deemed admissible according to federal requirements.

If you intend to study or work in [the province of] Quebec, then prior to apply for your visa you need to obtain a certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ – Quebec acceptance certificate). The CAQ is valid only in Quebec, and indicates that an applicant has been selected by this province to study or work.

You got a dream job offer from a major video game company based in Montreal? You’ve been drafted by the Saguenéens de Chicoutimi Quebec Major Junior Hockey Club and you intend to study at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi now that you’ve received your letter of admission from this institution? Then you need a CAQ and we can help you get one quickly; please check below our Admissibility criteria for more details.


     iii) Labour market opinion (LMO)

A labour market opinion (LMO) is a specific document released by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) confirming that the employer can fill a position with a foreign worker. Any employer wishing to hire a foreign worker must first apply for a labour market opinion before he can actually hire the foreign worker. A positive LMO will show that there is a need for the foreign worker to fill the job the employer offers and that there is no Canadian worker available to do the job. The LMO confirmation from HRSDC is needed by the visa officer assessing the work permit application to determine whether the employment of the foreign worker is likely to have a positive or negative impact on the labour market in Canada. Unless a foreign worker is LMO exempt, is work-permit exempt or is eligible for an open work permit, any foreigner seeking to work in Canada needs a LMO.

There are different factors that HRSDC takes into consideration when assessing an application for a labour market opinion, and the prospective foreign worker and his potential employer must meet some conditions in order to receive a positive or neutral LMO. Canadian immigration authorities at visa offices abroad may also have some additional criteria when issuing work permits to foreign workers in specific occupations. The HRSDC confirmation is typically given for a limited period of time, and the work permit issued to coincide with this period. Renewal of a work permit beyond the specified period will consequently require a new LMO from HRSDC.

You got a One-in-a-Million job offer from a major aerospace firm based in stunning coastal Prince Edward Island and you want to know if you are eligible to apply for a labour market opinion? You are an automotive industry employer from Ontario and you need assistance with the LMO applications of your future top-notch employees? If so, VisaPro.ca can assist you in obtaining all the required LMO; please check below our Admissibility criteria for more details.


2. Admissibility criteria

© All individuals who wish to enter Canada, as permanent or temporary residents, must meet the requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and its regulations. Canadian immigration authorities retain exclusive powers and rights to make the final decision on any application using existing admissibility criteria, including security, criminal, and medical factors.

These admissibility criteria are applicable without exception to all candidates who want to come to Canada. If any of the following examples apply to your case, it will constitute an inadmissibility factor that could render inadmissible your application:

  • Inadmissible medical status
  • Presence of criminal record or evidence of threat to Canada’s national security
  • Insufficient funds to sustain living expenses and/or unavailability of adequate settlement funds
  • Misrepresentation through withhold and/or distortion of facts and/or production and/or use of fake documents
  • Non-compliance with the visa/immigration officers instructions
  • Change in family composition and/or marital status, without noticing the Canadian immigration authorities in due time

Obviously, many more admissibility criteria may or may not apply depending on the type of status/document sought. In addition to the admissibility criteria, the eligibility criteria for each specific category of temporary or permanent residents must also be met. This is why it is vital to fully understand the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and its regulations in order to maximize your chances. VisaPro.ca, thanks to its extended experience in the domain and its competent team, can help you and make the difference between a successful application and a refusal.


3. What is the next step

Once you’ve chosen the category of services* under which you wish to apply, your next step is to select one of our Solution packages. VisaPro.ca personalised approach gives you the choice between 4 different flat fee Solution packages; depending on what combination of professional service and Solution package you need, the flat fee will vary accordingly.

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*For each category of applicant corresponds a specific type of official document. VisaPro.ca offers a wide range of professional services corresponding to each of these categories. All existing categories of visa/immigration and citizenship services fall under one of these 5 programs: Temporary resident visas, Temporary resident services, Permanent resident visas, Permanent resident services and Canadian citizenship.

Last update: 2011-03-04



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