Welcome to my blog about immigration to Canada. Today, I want to discuss two important categories of immigration in Canada: permanent residency and Canadian citizenship. Although these terms may sound familiar, there can sometimes be confusion around the procedures associated with these categories.
Let's start with permanent residency,
also known as "Landed Immigrant Status." It's important to note that
this category can be used for any Canadian visa application, such as closed or
open work permits, permanent residency permits, and so on. However, this can be
confusing because the Canadian immigration service, the IRCC/CIC, may request a
background check during the application process without always sending a
request letter. Therefore, it's important to be aware of the specific
requirements for your visa type.
Moving on to Canadian citizenship, this
is probably the most well-known category of immigration in Canada. For this
type of application, a request letter from the IRCC/CIC is always required.
However, it's important to note that some applicants choose to request the
background check without this letter. This is generally discouraged because it
creates additional administrative burdens for both the RCMP and the IRCC/CIC.
If you receive a request letter, it's
important to know that you have 30 days (sometimes 60, but rarely) to have your
fingerprints taken. The day you submit and digitize the prints can be
considered the date they were taken. If you're concerned about the deadline,
you should contact the IRCC/CIC to request an extension with a valid reason.
Fortunately, they're quite flexible, but only they can approve the extension.
Finally, I want to emphasize that the
wording of the request letter may change. So, it's important to always stay up
to date on the current requirements and procedures for your specific visa
application. If you're unsure about which category applies to you, it's best to
seek professional advice from an immigration lawyer, a licensed immigration
consultant or a specialized company in Canada.