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jacob deiter
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HI

I am from chennai,India and planned to get Canada VISA and have no idea about it,
Can anybody guide me in right path
Ulf Dittmer
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The Canadian government has extensive web sites that describe immigration and visa issues.


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jacob deiter
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Could you please give the website url?
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http://lmgtfy.com/?q=government+of+canada+visa+website


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jacob deiter wrote:Could you please give the website url?

You intend to uproot your life by moving to a different continent, yet can't be bothered to perform a web search?
jacob deiter
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http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/index.asp

anybody please confirm, this URL is not a fake URL ?
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Yes. ".ca" is the official registered country code for Canada. That website is registered by the Canadian government.


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Paul Clapham
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Yes, that's a Canadian government web site. You can tell by the "gc.ca" domain name. But why would you want a Canadian visa?
Victor Ramen
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Just to point out something, the time required for new applications is around 5 yrs.
Is H1B an option?
Ulf Dittmer
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Is H1B an option?

For Canada?
Paul Clapham
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Ulf Dittmer wrote:
Is H1B an option?

For Canada?


Of course Canada has its own programs. Here's a link I found in my 30-seconds-or-less of web searching: http://www.canadavisa.com/canada-skilled-worker-immigration.html.

By now you'll be able to tell that this isn't an official Canadian government site. But it isn't any kind of a fake site either. These people can help you to get a Canadian visa, if you're qualified to get one. They aren't scoundrels. And they have the information on their site so you can see what programs might apply to you. But bear in mind, the government doesn't pay these people to do this. Somebody else will have to pay, if you want to use their services. Can you guess who that might be?
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Canada does seem to protect their jobs. Every time I go to Canada on business, they always spend extra time talking to me about it at customs. In one case, after I said "to attend a meeting", they wanted to know more.

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Paul Clapham
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Henry Wong wrote:Canada does seem to protect their jobs. Every time I go to Canada on business, they always spend extra time talking to me about it at customs. In one case, after I said "to attend a meeting", they wanted to know more.

"Attend a meeting"... yup, that's what I always say when I'm going to the US on business. Anything else and I'm there forever trying to explain things. Although now I'm signed up for the Nexus program, which means I can skip the immigration agent and just look into the machine which checks my iris scan. It asks far fewer questions.
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Henry Wong wrote:
Canada does seem to protect their jobs. Every time I go to Canada on business, they always spend extra time talking to me about it at customs. In one case, after I said "to attend a meeting", they wanted to know more.

Henry

A lot has changed over time. I remember the first time we went on a family vacation. When we crossed the border, customs asked my father where we were doing. He said "Canada." And that was it. I guess having a kid in the car helped.
chris webster
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The Canadian government changed the rules for its Skilled Worker visa program about 2 years ago. It's a points-based system, where you get points for education, occupational experience, language skills etc. If you got enough points you could apply for a Skilled Worker permit, which would allow you to move to Canada and look for a job. However, the application process could take a long time e.g. the waiting list in the UK was around 3 years. But since 2009, they have radically reduced the list of occupations who qualify for a Skilled Worker permit, excluding most IT occupations. Which I found deeply disappointing, because I had been planning to apply!

See Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website for more information on the current rules.

It is still possible to apply for a work permit if you have a confirmed job offer from a prospective employer, but obviously it's much harder to apply for a job from outside Canada, and there is a lot of competition from applicants within Canada and the USA.

There is also the Provincial Nominee program, where you can apply for a permit from a particular province. The rules vary for each province, but in many cases you still need to secure a job offer first.

Finally, there are lots of immigration consultants and lawyers etc, but be cautious about paying money up front, and check their qualifications carefully to make sure they are recognised by the Canadian authorities. Your first step should probably be to work through the online advice and questionnaires on the CIC website for your preferred visa class to see if it is even worth spending money on trying to apply.


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Sunny Bhandari
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you need to learn French (that's what an immigration consultant told me)


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Matt Couto
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Sunny Bhandari wrote:you need to learn French (that's what an immigration consultant told me)


As far as I know the only reason to learn French is if you're applying for the province of Quebec.
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Matt Couto wrote:
Sunny Bhandari wrote:you need to learn French (that's what an immigration consultant told me)


As far as I know the only reason to learn French is if you're applying for the province of Quebec.


Depending on which visa you are applying for, you may need to build up points based on your qualifications, experience etc. You get extra points if you know French as well as English.

By the way, check the date on Sunny's post!
 
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