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Citizenship of Canada

Canadian citizenship is available to foreign nationals who have lived in the country for at least three out of five years as a Permanent Resident on the date of application. Canadian citizenship rules are governed by the RSC Act, 1985, C29. For applicants who do not have an academic background, do not speak English or French, or do not have enough money to invest, it is very difficult to obtain a Canadian passport.

It is also important to consider the many bureaucratic difficulties that foreigners often seek help from immigration specialists. Despite the complexity of the process, Canadian authorities are interested in attracting immigrants for the sake of the development of their country.

Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) program
On March 3, 2022, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (IRCC) announced the introduction of the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) program. This program is designed to support those Ukrainians affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and help Ukrainians and their families to come to Canada as soon as possible, enabling Ukrainians to work and study during their stay until they can return to Ukraine.

CUAET provides a Visitor Visa for temporary stays of Ukrainians in Canada, which:
  • is exempt from fees
  • enables Ukrainians to stay in Canada as temporary residents for up to 3 years
  • is often valid for 10 years or until your passport expires
  • Allows you to travel to and from Canada
  • is processed on a priority basis
  • allows you to apply for a work permit at the same time.

Upon arrival in Canada, Ukrainians are granted one of three statuses:
  • non-work permit visitor
  • a worker, if they are applying for a work permit for up to three years
  • a student, provided they are either a minor or have enrolment documents from a Canadian educational institution.

Temporary residents can apply for permanent residency if they meet the conditions of one of the immigration programs and decide to stay in Canada permanently after their temporary stay ends.

During the period of this government assistance program for Ukrainians, CUAET also allows Ukrainian citizens, if they are already in Canada, to renew their visitor, work or study permit so they can continue to live, work or study in Canada.
Visitor Visa

Visitor Visa to Canada
Regardless of whether you plan to visit relatives, acquaintances or close friends residing in Canada, you will need to obtain a visitor's visa to Canada to visit this country. In the current year, as in previous periods, the number of visits to the country is not regulated, but the rule is that you must not stay on the territory of the state for more than six months at a time.

The minimum period of a visitor's visa to Canada is six months, and the maximum is ten years.

A visitor's visa to Canada is a non-immigrant type of document, it is not allowed to work or stay permanently in the country.
Super Visa

Super visas refer to temporary residency visas. It allows parents and grandparents to stay in Canada for up to 5 years for just one visit. Like a regular multiple-entry visa, a super visa is also valid for up to 10 years. However, for multiple-entry visas, the maximum length of stay is 2 years per entry. The super visa is ideal for parents and grandparents living in countries that require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) to enter Canada.

Once they have obtained a super visa, they will be able to move freely between Canada and their country of residence without worrying or having to reapply for a TRV.

Three important things to keep in mind when applying for a super visa:
  1. The inviting party must meet the minimum annual family income requirements (income depends on family composition)
  2. The obligatory participation in the medical insurance for visitors with super visa is for at least 1 year with the Canadian insurance company.
  3. You are not allowed to work or receive government medical coverage.
Refusal Cases

Refusal of a temporary visa to Canada is not subject to condemnation. Usually, a visa can be granted even with a refusal if you analyze it in detail and consider the reasons that may have led to the negative decision. A well-prepared visa application often leads to a positive result.

Therefore, after receiving a denial, the first thing to do is to order an extract from the Notes of Immigration Records from GCMS (formerly CAIPS), which will help understand the reason for the denial, and further develop a strategy for resubmission.
ATIP, CAIPS Report Request

If you have an immigration petition pending or may have had an unfortunate experience with the IRCC and Canadian authorities, you can find out what information is in your IRCC file or what the visa officer really did not like about your past application to "work out the bugs" before you file a new petition, or get information on the status of your new petition that has been pending for an extended period of time.

By submitting an ATIP request, you can, in most cases, get access to your immigration file. It can help identify past deficiencies or address problems in your future petitions.
Reconsideration Requests

Sometimes visa or permit applications are rejected by immigration officers due to human error, failure to follow the law, or lack of impartiality. Before abandoning your plans for Canada or moving forward with a new application process, you can ask our immigration consultants to ask the relevant Canadian embassy or department of the ministry to review the decision on the rejection letter.
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