Is getting marrying while on Visitor Visa possible in Canada

Is getting marrying while on Visitor Visa possible in Canada?

Is getting marrying while on Visitor Visa possible in Canada

Is getting marrying while on Visitor Visa possible in Canada

Marrying while on Visitor Visa in Canada is simple process and Post marriage the documentation to get citizenship in Canada for settlement is also a simple process

Canada is a country where one can avail easier regulations in case of marriage. It is the fourth country in the whole world to allow same-sex marriage. It also allows marrying while on Visitor Visa in Canada.

Canada even provides independence to foreigners who desires to marry their partners in the country. The country obviously has easier terms and conditions for its permanent Citizens. In addition, it also has easy rules for overseas partners as well. Even two outsiders can marry each other here without much of troubles. However, persons holding Tourist or Visitor Visa need to follow certain rules to get the marriage recognised as per laws in Canada.

Marrying while on Visitor Visa

First of all, comes the point of Visitors Visa validity for those who are willing to get married in Canada. Single entry visa generally allows a person to be in Canada for six months only. Whereas, a multiple entry visitor visa stays valid for longer although the validity depends upon the passports of both the would-be individuals.

Marriage License and Its Requirements

Secondly, comes the point of Marriage License. If you and your partner are getting into Canada for your marriage, then you will definitely require fulfilling all the immigration requirements, terms and some essential paper work to validate your marriage. The primary task is to apply for Marriage License which can be done at any Registry Services office or through online in major cities of Canada like Toronto.

Generally, Marriage License in Canada stays valid till 90 days from the issuing date. To sign the application for marriage one must bring his/her along with her/him at the Registry office alongside needed essential documents. Majorly, an original and valid Identity proof of both the persons (E.g: Canadian passport, a foreign passport, valid driver’s license, birth certificate or a citizenship card from any country etc.),  full names of the parents of both including mother’s maiden name are the most essential in case.

Eligibility for Marriage Under Canadian Law

Thirdly, both applicants need to verify their eligibility for marriage under Canadian law. For this, both of the individuals need to be 18 years or above aged, single and free to marry persons. If one of them is widowed, then he or she must possess the death certificate of the former spouse and the previous marriage certificate. For divorcees, the original copy of Divorce Decree or a court-certified copy must be presented before the next marriage

If the divorce was held outside Canada, then the divorced candidate would need to submit an endorsement from the Government Services’s Minister before the Registrar issues the marriage license. If all these documents are submitted properly the marriage license will be issued on the very day.

Statement of Marriage and Marriage Certificate

After getting the marriage certificate, one can arrange either a religious or a civil wedding ceremony. The wedding must be legally witnessed by two other individuals aged 18 or over. The minister or marriage commissioner presiding over the wedding will complete the marriage registration formalities, which are then recorded at the Division of Vital Statistics.

A Statement of Marriage is issued by the official after the wedding ceremony which functions as a temporary proof of marriage. This will stay valid until the couple is applying for the actual marriage certificate to getting it into their hands. The couple needs to apply for it to the Division of Vital Statistics

After Marriage Stay and Question of Citizenship

Canadian rules are easier for marriage under tourist visas, simultaneously; it is tougher for an overseas partner to stay in the country legally. For this, he/she must satisfy all the immigration terms at first. If you, being the overseas partner, are getting married to a Canadian citizen or resident, then you can apply for a spousal visa while your Canadian partner will also have to apply and satisfy for spousal sponsorship. But it can be little risky, as if not satisfied with government terms than you may have to leave the country as soon as possible without getting any chance to appeal.

Perhaps the most safer way is to get back to your native country after marriage and apply for a permanent citizenship with the help of your Canadian partner.  This process will require its new sets of documentation which can be downloaded from Canada’s official immigration website. After filling all the immigration, sponsorship, and region specific forms, you need to send them to your Canadian spouse with the supporting documents for further process at Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

By this process, you can rest assure to get the permanent entry in Canada. This, in turn, will surely support your desire to leave a legitimate, happy and prosperous Canadian life with your life partner.

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Express Entry Report Reveals Importance of Provincial Nominee Programs

Express Entry Report Reveals Importance of Provincial Nominee Programs

Express Entry Report Reveals Importance of Provincial Nominee Programs

Express Entry Report Reveals Importance of Provincial Nominee Programs

Canada’s provinces have carved out an increasingly important role in the country’s economic immigration selection system, known as Express Entry. As a result, more candidates are noting that staying up to date on the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) can be a decisive step towards achieving their Canadian immigration goals.

Candidates with a provincial nomination are awarded 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points and placed at the front of the line for selection in a subsequent draw from the pool, essentially meaning that it is a golden ticket to Canada. It should be noted, however, that although a provincial nomination is clearly helpful, it is not required in order for a candidate to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence. Indeed, most invited candidates over 2015 and 2016 received their ITA without obtaining a nomination.

The latest data on Express Entry-aligned PNP streams came with the release this week of an in-depth report from by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), covering 2016. IRCC had previously issued similar reports covering 2015, which was the first year of the system’s operation.

In 2015, around 13 percent of candidates who were issued an ITA had obtained a provincial nomination certificate through an Express Entry-aligned (‘enhanced’) PNP stream. However, through 2016 this share doubled to 26 percent of all invited candidates.

The graph below shows the trend line (in orange) of provincial nominees who were issued an ITA over the first two years (or 50 draws) of Express Entry. While the percentage of invited candidates with a provincial nomination changes from draw to draw (represented by the blue line), it is clear that the PNPs have become a more important factor over time.

Not only did the share of candidates invited with a provincial nomination double year-on-year, but nearly half of the nominations uploaded to candidates’ Express Entry profiles in 2016 were uploaded in the final quarter of the year. This can be seen from the number of candidates who were invited with a provincial nomination over that period.

Express Entry Report Reveals Importance of Provincial Nominee Programs

Express Entry Report Reveals Importance of Provincial Nominee Programs

How does it work?

Some PNP streams are active, in the sense that an eligible Express Entry candidate may submit an application, or an Expression of Interest, without first being invited to do so by the province in question. On the other hand, passive PNP streams (notably Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities stream) only allow candidates in the pool to apply upon being contacted by the province.

It is also important to note that different provinces operate their PNP streams in other different ways. For example, some require a job offer, while some do not, and some are first-come, first-served, while others are based on an Expression of Interest/Invitation to Apply model.

For many candidates, PNPs have proven to be the route to Canada. This is especially apparent for candidates who were invited to apply for permanent residence, despite having core CRS scores (i.e. without the additional points for a provincial nomination, a job offer, or education obtained in Canada above high school) below the minimum score drawn. the score the case among candidates with a core CRS score below CRS cut-off thresholds in previous draws may benefit from a provincial nomination, as it brings them enough additional points to obtain an ITA.

The graph below, courtesy of IRCC, shows candidates in the Express Entry Pool as of January 3, 2017 and ITAs issued in 2016 by core CRS score.

As is clear, there were many candidates who had core CRS scores below the minimum score drawn, but who nonetheless obtained an ITA.

Provinces active in Express Entry

Over the course of 2016, a total of 8,798 individual candidates in the pool were invited to apply having obtained a provincial nomination.

Throughout the year, a total of 13,292 candidates who had obtained a nomination, as well as their family members, actually landed in Canada as permanent residents. It is likely that many of these newcomers obtained their nomination in 2015, before landing in 2016.

In 2015, a total of 4,960 newcomers (applicants and family members) landed in Canada having previously obtained an enhanced provincial nomination certificate.

The destination provinces of landed immigrants who had obtained an enhanced provincial nomination is represented in the table below. While the destination province and the province that issued the nomination may not match in every single case, nominees by and large will have landed in the province that issued them their nomination, given that they made a commitment to do so when applying. Therefore, this data is a fair indication as to which provinces were most active in Express Entry through 2015 and 2016.

2017 PNP activity

Similar data for the year so far is not yet available, but there has been plenty of activity on the PNP front over recent months.

For example, Ontario has reopened its popular Human Capital Priorities stream, Nova Scotia announced just this week that its Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream will soon reopen, Saskatchewan continues to have intake periods for its Express Entry-aligned International Skilled Worker sub-category, and BC has conducted no fewer than seven draws so far in 2017, each of which has included a number of Express Entry candidates being invited to immigrate to the province.

The table below shows the range of such streams that are, or at one stage have been, operational.

“The government of Canada is big on trust, both with its citizens and with the provincial governments. As a result, it is placing more and more trust in provincial governments and local employers, as the case may be, to bring in the newcomers they deem fit for their economy and environment,” says Attorney David Cohen.

 “This trend shows little sign of abating, and so it is apparent that candidates in the Express Entry pool would be well served by staying up to date on these programs — they could be the pathway to permanent residence.”

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Express Entry Immigrants to Canada: Who Are They, and Where Are They Going?

Express Entry Immigrants to Canada: Who Are They, and Where Are They Going?

Express Entry Immigrants to Canada: Who Are They, and Where Are They Going?

Express Entry Immigrants to Canada: Who Are They, and Where Are They Going?

New data shows that Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta remain the most popular destinations for new immigrants to Canada who arrive through the Express Entry selection system.

In addition, around one-in-three invited candidates were citizens of India, reflecting that country’s increasingly strong relationship with Canada. The other 67 percent of candidates were citizens of many other countries around the world, as reflected in the table below. It should be noted that around one-third of invited candidates in 2016 were from a country not listed in these tables.

These details were revealed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in a wide-ranging year-end report covering 2016, which was published this week.

There may be some correlation between the fact that India has a growing pool of skilled, mobile IT professionals, and the fact that IT workers were the most invited occupations in 2016. Information Systems Analysts and Consultants, Software Engineers, and Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers were three most popular occupations among invited candidates last year.

As for destination provinces, the fact that Ontario, BC, and Alberta have come out on top again is perhaps no surprise. According to IRCC, ‘This aligns with destination provinces prior to Express Entry and has been explained by a combination of community connections, services, infrastructure, and jobs.’

To learn more about these provinces and territories, click on any of the links below:

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

To read more about IRCC’s year-end Express Entry report for 2016, please refer to the following articles on

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