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GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP & RESIDENCY

Canada

Individuals and families around the world can immigrate to Canada within just a few months through the Express Entry immigration selection system. Express Entry, first introduced in 2015, has become the main driver of economic immigration to Canada and one of the most popular immigration systems globally. The Express Entry Programme is designed to assist employers and provinces to connect with applicants who have the required skills and experience to adapt and establish themselves in Canada. The Government of Canada uses this scheme to choose skilled immigrants who have a genuine interest to settle in Canada and take part in their economy as permanent residents.
Canada Express Entry
The applicants must qualify under one of the Federal Economic Immigration programs to qualify for express entry and is determined under a point scoring system with maximum points of 1200.
  • The Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • The Canadian Experience Class
  • The Federal Skilled Trades Program
Provinces have also introduced programs associated with Express Entry, through their Provincial Nominee Programs. Applicants within Express Entry are ranked against each other according to points awarded though core attributes; additional points can be gained through a Provincial Nomination or Job offer (LMIA based). The applicants are required to complete their profile providing detail of skills, work experience language ability etc. and enters into the pool of candidates. Invitations are issued on a regular basis every 2-4 weeks if the candidate meets the minimum CRS points, has a valid LMIA job offer in Canada or if nominated by a Province.
Quebec Investor Programme

The Quebec Investor programme is the only immigration program in Canada specifically designed for immigrant investors. The program requires applicants to demonstrate that they have at least two years of management experience obtained in the five years preceding their application and must relate to planning, management, and control of financial, human, or material resources. Foreign investors with net assets totalling at least CAD$2 million may be eligible to apply for Canadian permanent residence by signing up to invest through the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program.The applicant’s immediate family members may also be included on the application and obtain Canadian permanent residence, enjoying all the benefits that this status bestows, including universal health care and access to world-class education. Investors must make a five-year term investment of CAD$1,200,000 with the organization Investissement Québec – Immigrants Investisseurs Inc. The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program is not accepting new applications between November 1, 2019, and July, 1, 2020.

How can we assist?
Our global citizenship lawyers at City Legal have immense experience in assisting investors in obtaining second citizenship & permanent residency in Canada. We have been working with wealth managers, leading banks, Investment management and law firms in Canada to facilitate this at ease. We are a multi award winning law firm and pride ourselves in being approachable, innovative and always going that extra mile to make sure our clients receive the individual attention they deserve. Our Immigration team maintains a high reputation and is committed to provide clear, transparent and reliable advice to our clients.
Frequently Asked Questions

The maximum duration of Tier 2 General visa is upto six years unless an exemption applies. Individuals may apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain after spending 5 years under this category, if they meet all other requirements.

Any individuals granted with Tier 2 general visa cannot have recourse to public funds and can only work for their sponsor in the job as described on the CoS. Voluntary and supplementary employment are permitted. Individuals with this leave can also study as long as it does not interfere with their main job. Individuals granted with a Tier 2 leave can undertake supplementary employment of no more than 20 hours per week in the same profession and level as their main job or on a profession under the shortage occupation list. This must be outside of their normal working hours.
Tier 2 Cooling off period refers to the 12 months period applicants have to wait before they can apply for a Tier 2 visa again to re-enter the UK. This triggers when an individual was previously sponsored under Tier 2 by any employer in the UK, and they have left the UK and their visa lapsed or expired. There is an automatic refusal failing to adhere to the cooling off period.
The minimum salary requirement is set out by the relevant SOC codes. The common SOC code used is 2444 Clergy and the minimum salary requirements or this SOC code is of national minimum wage requirements.
The new PBS skilled worker visa will not apply to any EU nationals living in the UK by 31 December 2020. EU nationals and their families are eligible to apply under EUSS scheme up until 30 June 2021 and employers may continue to accept Passports and National ID cards as evidence of right to work up until 30 June 2021. All EU nationals who enter the UK to work from January 2021 will need to apply for permission in advance.