Have peace of mind during your journey to Canada!

The UIS Canada team works with certified Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC’s), offering you the experience and expertise necessary to deal with the many challenges faced during the Canadian immigration process. 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:

With over 60 available programs, this really depends on your future aspirations. However, every program demands that you meet certain criteria; your eligibility will be determined based on several factors, such as your professional expertise, academic qualifications, personal circumstances, and more. You can book a consultation to explore the different possibilities that Canada offers.

Getting in-depth information about Canada's immigration programs and understanding the process thoroughly will give you leverage. This will allow you to make calculated decisions and strategize your move to Canada. If you can navigate the system – you can navigate the rest of your new life.

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 your points – the better chances you have of getting selected for immigration.

Express Entry is relevant for specific groups of candidates: 1. Federal Skilled Worker Class (doctors, engineers, etc.) 2. Federal Skilled Trades Class (welders, plumbers etc.) 3. Canadian Experience Class - for people who are already working or studying in Canada and want to get permanent residency. The Provincial Nominee Program is a similar immigration program to Express Entry.

To be included in the pool you must qualify for one of the specific immigration programs listed under Express Entry. You must also score a minimum of 67 points on your immigration profile. Points are awarded for educational and professional qualifications, work experience, age, language ability, and more. The Canadian government selects the most suitable candidates from the pool and issues them with an official invitation (known as ITA) to become Canadian residents.

The Express Entry system uses what it called 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 mentioned, the higher the points you score, the greater the possibility to be selected from the pool.

The idea of starting a new life in Canada is very exciting. But please be prepared that getting selected for an immigration program takes time. This is why the Express Entry program is extremely popular - the Canadian government aims to select candidates within 6 months. Time may significantly vary between immigration programs; the individual process of each program, government policies, the complexity of your case, and more, may affect the time it would take you to move to Canada.

Like many other countries worldwide the Canadian government charges fees for the processing of immigration entries. Depending on the specific program you entered, the size and age of your family, and more – you may need a few hundred to several thousand Canadian dollars. Please note that all government fees are non-refundable. This is one of many reasons you should prepare well for your immigration process, gain as much knowledge as you can, and if possible, seek help from professionals in this field.

If you decide to pursue a private immigration company, you will be hiring private services. This means that you will have additional fees besides the required government fees. The most important thing to research when looking for an immigration consultancy, is to check whether they have Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC's), who are trained to handle complex immigration procedures. In addition, look out for immigration scams.

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 candidates whose marriage has been officially recognized by the country that certified the marriage.

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