The UIS team – working with a certified Regulated Canada Immigration Consultant (RCIC) – offers you the experience and expertise necessary to deal with the many challenges faced along the road to a successful visa application.
Here you will find answers to many of the most common questions that our team are often asked – as well as some that you maybe never even thought of:
1 Which is the best visa for me to apply for?
The answer to this most fundamental of all questions depends on 3 main factors – your personal background, your current circumstances, and your future aspirations. As you've probably already gathered there many different visas and programs (more than 60) that enable immigration to Canada. So to answer it we will need to know more about you.
Once you register for free online or by phone we will assign you a personal immigration account manager who will begin to collect from you all the necessary details to initiate your immigration process.
The first step of the process is an in-depth evaluation by our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) of your profile to determine the best visa application route for you and your family.
2 What happens next?
Once the initial assessment has been completed and your best pathway to application is clear, the same personal immigration account manager will continue to guide you through the process of preparing all the various documentation that your request for immigration to Canada requires.
Our RCIC then reviews your full documentation before it is presented to the authorities, in order to ensure that you will have the greatest possibility for success.
3 I've heard of the Express Entry. What is it exactly?
Not itself a visa program, Express Entry is the new immigration selection system introduced by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in January 2015.
Express Entry is a multi-factored 'pool and points' system that the IRCC uses to select the most suitable candidates for immigration to Canada. Points are awarded for educational and professional qualifications, work experience, age, language ability and a number of other factors. The higher the points you score, the greater the possibly to be selected from the pool.
If the Express Entry pathway is found to be the best for you, your personal immigration account manager will help ensure you optimize your score to maximize your possibility of being chosen. You can think of it like the Canadian government's initial screening process.
4 Which programs are covered by Express Entry?
Express Entry is applicable for specific groups of applicants:
5 What is the pool?
To be included in the pool you must be eligible for one of the specific immigration programs listed above. Your personal immigration account manager will help you with this.
You must also score a minimum of 67 points to be eligible to enter the pool based on the factors mentioned above. The Canadian government selects the most suitable candidates from the pool and issues them with an official Invitation to Apply for one of those immigration programs.
6 How many points does I need to be selected?
The Express Entry system uses what it calls the Comprehensive Ranking System, a formula that takes into account your education, skills and experience, those of your husband/wife or partner, and whether you have a specific job offer. These factors go to build up your score out of a possible maximum of 1200. As we said, the higher the points you score, the greater the possibly to be selected from the pool – and we're here to help you make sure you don't miss anything that can help boost your final score.
7 How long does the visa application process take?
The idea of starting a new life is an attractive one. But please be prepared that applying for a Canadian visa takes time – especially if your are not eligible for the Express Entry pathway. If Express Entry is an option for you, the Canadian Government aims to complete the entire application process within 6 months.
Whatever you application route, the experience and expertise of your UIS personal immigration account manager will help keep it to a minimum.
First comes the collection and collation of all the required information and documentation. Once all the information is available, forms will need to be filled out and the application submitted.
If not it can take the specific Canadian immigration Office that processes your application up to eighteen months for the completion of the process, in some cases even more. Time may vary significantly between different offices across Canada. In addition there are differences between the many types of visas (including those outside of the Express Entry process) as well as other factors that can greatly affect processing time.
Please be aware that all these time frames are simply estimations based on years of experience. They can change without prior notice, and in the end are the sole responsibility of the Canadian authorities.
8 Does the Canadian government charge fees for visa applications?
Like many other countries worldwide the Canadian government charges fees for the processing of visa applications. Depending on the specific visa program applied for and the size and age of your family, fees can range from a few hundred to several thousand Canadian dollars.
Payment is usually made when you submit your application and documents, but this also depends on the specific visa program. Fees can be paid in Canadian dollars by credit card, bank draft, check or money order.
N.B. All government fees are non-refundable.
That's why it's so important that you ensure your submitted application is correctly prepared, the information accurate and of course that it is presented at the right time.
We are here to help you ensure all this because failure to do so often results in people's applications being denied, thus losing any fees paid. Your personal immigration account manager will help you ensure that your application is submitted correctly, maximizing your chances of success.
9 What about Professional Immigration Services Fees?
Just like government fees, professional immigration services also charge fees that depend, as above, on your family situation, the specific visa you apply for, and the complexity of your individual case.
Payment is usually made when we begin to help you prepare the documents for your application. Fees can be paid in Canadian dollars by credit card, bank draft, check or money order.
N.B. All professional immigration service fees are non-refundable.
In some cases, under the sole discretion of our the RCIC, a payment plan tailored to your personal financial situation may be available.
10 What is Canada’s stance on same-sex marriages?
Canada is an open and advanced country with respect to all minorities. This including gay or same-sex marriage which is guaranteed in Canadian law.
Canada therefore places no restrictions on same-sex marriage for immigration applicants whose marriage has been officially recognized by the country that certified the marriage.