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Frequently Asked Questions Canadian Immigration Council

GENERAL QUESTIONS

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

MEDICAL EXAMINATION

POLICE CLEARANCE

INTERVIEW SELECTION

 


 

General Questions

Who is an immigrant?

What is a Canadian Immigrant Visa?

What are the categories of immigrants?

Who can qualify as an independent immigrant to Canada?

Does it matter if I am an illegal resident in the country from which I am applying?

What if I have a relative already in Canada?

Is it true that the Canadian Immigration Act and its Regulations will be changing?

Do I need to hire a paralegal, lawyer or legal representative to complete my forms and advise me on my application?

What is the difference between using a Canadian-based representative and a foreign-based representative?

How do I retain Canadian Immigration Council to represent me?

What about common-law spouses and same-sex partners?

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Application Procedure

Do I have to pay a processing fee?

How long does an application take to process?

Who must complete an IMM 0008 Application for Permanent Residence to Canada?

What happens if I do not have sufficient space on the application form?

Who should be the principal applicant?

Who can I include in my application?

Who is a dependant son or daughter?

I have children from a previous relationship. Do I have to include them in my application form if they are not living with me?

Do I have to include my dependents that will not accompany me to Canada?

Where must my application be submitted?

Can I transfer my application to a different visa office after it has been submitted?

What documents should I submit in support of my application for permanent residence?

Do I require a valid passport or travel document?

What language must my documents be in?

Do I need to submit the supporting documentation all at once?

What should I do if during the course of processing my applications,the information contained in the initial application form has changed or is outdated?

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Medical Examination

Is there a medical requirement for immigrating to Canada?

I am presently pregnant. Do I still have to undergo the medical examination?

Can my own doctor do the medical examination?

Will I receive a copy of the medical report and the result of the medical examination?

For how long is the medical examination valid?

Do all my family members require a medical examination?

What if my children are studying abroad and cannot return home for their immigration medical examination for another six months and I do not want to delay my application. What should I do?

My non-accompanying dependent is unwilling to undergo a medical examination. Is it possible to have him/her exempted?

What does "excessive demand" or whether my ailment would place an excessive demand on Canada's health or social services mean?

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Police Clearance

What is police clearance?

Who has to undergo police clearance?

What is a background check?

When do I submit the police clearance?

I have a criminal record but I was very young and irresponsible at the time of the offense. Is there anything that I can do about this?

My police department has refused to issue me a report. What should I do?

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Interview Selection

Do my family members and I need to attend an interview?

What kind of questions will I be asked by the immigration officer?

When can I anticipate having a selection interview?

Why are some interviews waived?

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