FamilySponsorships Visas

We take pride in helping reunite families. We provide a complete set of services to help Permanent Residents and Citizens of Canada sponsor their foreign family.

Your relatives can live, study and work in Canada if they become permanent residents of Canada. You can sponsor certain relatives to come to Canada if you’re at least 18 years old and a:

  • Canadian citizen or
  • person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Actor
  • permanent resident of Canada

The following are types of Family Sponsorships:

Spousal Sponsorship

Express Entry

Express Entry is available to applicants in the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class are the categories in which you could apply for Express Entry.

How Express Entry works

For Express Entry candidates the maximum amount of points to obtain is 1200. Some factors that affect the points earned are:

  • Education
  • Language proficiency (English and French)
  • Work experience
  • Age
  • Relatives in Canada

There are different ways to improve a comprehensive ranking system score.

* The Provincial Nomination is one of the most relevant factors in terms of points when applying to express entry

Express Entry is a system used to manage applications for permanent residence from skilled workers.

Step 1: Find out if you’re eligible

Step 2: Get your documents ready

You need documents, such as language test results, to show that you’re eligible for Express Entry. Some documents take a long time to get.

Step 3: Submit your profile

An Express Entry profile is where you provide information about yourself.

Applications are placed in a pool of candidates. You’ll be ranked in the Express Entry pool using a points-based system. Your score is based on the information in your profile.

Step 4: Receive an invitation and apply for permanent residence

For Express Entry candidates the maximum amount of points to obtain is 1200.

Immigration Options For Entrepreneurs

It is firmly believed that Canada is in the top 10 when it comes to countries to start a business in. Canada is extremely rich in natural resources, has an immensely skilled labour force and a stable government. If you would like to immigrate to Canada as an Entrepreneur or Investor, you have several Entrepreneur and Investor Visa options available to you, including the general Start-up Visa Program and the provincial-specific Nominee Program. If you are successful with your application, you and your family can move to Canada together.

At Merit, we have a great deal of experience orienting new investors in the various components of the application process. We can help you decide which program fits your individual characteristics.

Provincial Nominee

Provinces can nominate candidates to become permanent residents of Canada. Each province has its own categories based on their needs, under which each qualified candidate would have the option of applying. If you are applying to immigrate to Canada through the Express Entry Program and you are nominated by a province as well, this may significantly speed up the process of been invited to apply for Permanent Residency.

This program is for workers who:

  • have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory
  • want to live in that province, and
  • want to become permanent residents of Canada

Each province and territory has its own “streams” (immigration programs that target certain groups) and requirements. For example, in a program stream, provinces and territories may target:

  • Students
  • Business People
  • Skilled Workers
  • Semi-Skilled Workers

The following Provinces and Territories participate in Provincial Nominations:

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Northwest Territories
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Saskatchewan
  • Yukon

To provide you with some insight, in Ontario (where Merit services has its Head Office) the following “streams” are available as of March 2020. These Streams “close” and “open” based on economic assessments.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is currently accepting applications under the following streams as of March 2020.

The following OINP streams are closed to applications as of March 2020:

  • Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream
  • Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream
  • Masters Graduate Stream

*To apply under Ontario’s Express Entry streams, you must have a profile in the federal government’s Express Entry system and receive a Notification of Interest from Ontario.

Start-up Visa

Canada’s Start-up Visa Program targets immigrant entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build businesses in Canada that:

  • are innovative
  • can create jobs for Canadians
  • can compete on a global scale

Do you have an innovative business idea? If you can get support for your idea from one of the designated organizations, you may be able to immigrate to Canada. Contact us to Learn more about the start-up visa process and to learn more about the designated organizations.

Permanent Residency

A permanent resident is someone who has been given permanent resident status by immigrating to Canada, but is not a Canadian citizen. Permanent residents are citizens of other countries.

  • A person in Canada temporarily, like a student or foreign worker, is nota permanent resident.
  • Refugees who are resettled from overseas become permanent residents through the Government-Assisted Refugee Program or the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program.
  • Someone who makes a refugee claim in Canada does not become a permanent resident at that time. To become one, the Immigration and Refugee Board must first approve their claim. Then, they must apply for and get permanent resident status.
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