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Top Reasons for Canada Student visa rejection
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November 28, 2022

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Naju Gadhavi

Study visa Canada Current Scenario

When you have been planning for your Study visa for many years, you get good grades in colleges, convince your parents, and get all the necessary things sorted. Then one day you get a letter saying your Study visa application is rejected.

Again, starting the whole process from scratch what a waste of energy! Recently study visa consultant from SPS Canada shared that the student visa rejection rate has gone very high in the last two years, there has been many rejections. To be more specific, out of ten students only four were getting visa.


Why there are so many Study Visa Rejections for Canada?

According to a survey, the main reason for denying student visa for Canada is the number of gap years in their study, even the good profiles were rejected, due to this students had to wait for around 8 to 10 months to re-apply and which is very time consuming.

But recently the rejection ratio has come drastically down, now the Canadian government has become more lenient as they have seen the flow of students moving in the direction of UK, Australia etc

Irrespective of this trend, precaution is better than cure and thus it is crucial that you eliminate your chances of getting rejection in the very first go. There are some important things which you need to consider while applying for your study visa and they are mentioned bellow


Top reason for rejection of Student Visa Canada 2023

1.Financial Instability

Residing in the Canadian borders you are bound to convince the Canadian government that you are capable enough of handling your living expenses and that is the reason why you need to feature a strong financial stability.

The officers check whether you are capable of at least paying one year’s tuition fees when you are enrolling for your study visa Canada. Students who were granted visa recently have shown sufficient financial backup therefor it is important to include proof of financial funds with your application.

2.Intention to return to home country

The major reason shown in the document of rejection is the “Intention to return to home country” this is because students lack in proving to the officers that they will return to their home country upon finishing their Study visa permit. Therefore once your Length of stay with a study permit is over you need to either re-apply or look for other alternatives to legally stay in Canada.

3.Unexplained gap in your educational background

When you apply for a College or University in Canada it is important that your educational background is explained precisely in your SOP. That does not mean you have to hype anything and present it just means that you need to justify your gap years, wherein you show the learning experience you had and how you have evolved over time.

4.Choice of program

Another important reason why there is rejection in your study visa is because of the wrong choice of program and wrong institution, your choice of the program should be related to your academic background and what you are aspiring in future, if there is no clear interlink between them it is possible that the visa officer doesn’t approve your visa.


Study Visa Canada with SPS Canada

SPS Canada has cities best Canadian Education Counsellors who can advise you with your study abroad journey, which program to choose, which college to attend, and which province to go for, with the purpose of providing the best for the students, get in touch today to know the dos and don’ts of Study Visa Canada.

Consult with our Senior Practitioner as we would be able to assess your profile and advise you in the right track. You can call (1) 905-362-9393 (Canada), +91 9586 226232 (Ahmedabad) or drop an E-mail at support@spscanada.com (Canada), support.amd@spscanada.com (Ahmedabad) for further information.

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New Immigration plan for 2023, 2024 and 2025
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November 21, 2022

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Naju Gadhavi

What is This New Plan

Over the next three years, Canada will increase the number of new immigrants to the country this is one of the most pivotal news for the immigrants aspiring to migrate to Canada. Now let us understand what this will mean for your Canadian journey. If we were to break down each year Canada will aim to welcome 465,000 new immigrants in 2023. The target will increase to 485,000 in 2024, and it will again rise in 2025 to 500,000 new immigrants. The plan also increases the focus on attracting newcomers to different regions of the country, mainly targeting small towns and rural communities to maintain an equal distribution of skills all over.


The new plan also aims to increase regional programs to address targeted local labour market needs, through the Provincial Nominee Program, the Atlantic Immigration Program, and the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. These programs are focused on dealing with the scarcity of labors that Canada is currently facing.


Why New Immigration Targets for Canada

The new plan embraces Immigration as a strategy to help businesses to find workers, which means it will help the business in finding the right skill they require to fulfill their labour shortage such as Health care, skilled trade, manufacturing, and technology. Now catering to this will help Canada to outgrow its economic instability in the future.



Changes in Express Entry and PNPs

The Target for Express entry will rise from 82,880 in 2023, 10,9020 in 2024, and 11,4000 in 2025

The PNP will remain Canada’s leading economic program and the targets will also increase.


Canada right now has a high humanitarian class target which will be lowered in the new Immigration plan by 72,750 in 2025.

  2023 2024 2025
Overall Permeant Residency 431,645 447055 451,000


Federal High Skilled 55900 75750 111,500
Federal Economic Public Policies 40,000 32,000
Federal Business 1,000 1,000 1,500
Economic Pilot 10,250 11,250 12,750
Atlantic Immigration 6250 6500 6500
Provincial Nominee 83500 86,000 93,000
Total Economic 241,850 253,000 267,750
Spouses, Partners, and Children 80,000 81,000 81,000
Parents and Grandparents 25000 28500 32,000
Total 10,5000 109,500 113,000


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New Brunswick Immigration plan for Critical workers
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November 9, 2022

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Naju Gadhavi

New Brunswick Immigration pilot program to support critical workers 

On 7th November a new immigration pilot program was launched by the provincial government and the federal government of New Brunswick (NBCWP). This program is unique as it doesn’t just provide economic immigration, but also helps newcomers with settlement service options.

“New Brunswick has a successful track record with immigration-related pilot programs, which is why we are grateful that the federal government has chosen our province for this one,” said Arlene Dunn

Listed Companies for the pilot program in New Brunswick

  1. Cooke Aquaculture
  2. Groupe Westco.
  3. Groupe Savoie Inc.
  4. Imperial Manufacturing
  5. D. Irving ltd
  6. McCain Foods.

Why were these Companies selected for New Brunswick Immigration Program?

Providing employers with a better environment for settling and learning new skills which are crucial for all newcomers and helps them smoothen their Canadian journey.

A long-standing history of providing support to newcomers, consistent with immigrant recruitments and settlement programs in place with On-job training facilities and language support.

Along with this, it is crucial for the employers to fulfill other requirements like –

  • Have comprehensive human resources planning for recruiting and hiring international talent and on-the-job skills enhancement.
  • Provide up to 200 hours of language training, as required
  • Offer guidance and support to candidates who may wish to pursue their Canadian secondary education equivalency.


Get in touch with the experts in Immigration if you are planning to settle in Canada and looking for different and accessible pathways for Permanent residency like  Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Program, or Business Immigration programs  SPS Canada’s commitment reduces the time, effort, and cost involved in the process of Immigration.

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Why Canada is the best option for you to study in 2023
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October 18, 2022

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Naju Gadhavi

Canada Study Visa Essential for 2023

Canada is a beautiful country with mountains, lakes, and a good lifestyle with world-class universities and colleges. Sometimes, I am amused to know how one country can tick so many boxes. Once you decide you want to have a beautiful future, you will think of nothing but moving to Canada and have a worthwhile life in the country.

Once you have arrived at a conscious decision to move to Canada, the next step is to decide the route to take as there are many ways to migrate to Canada depending upon your age, education, work, responsibilities, etc.

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Start with the most common way, which is the Student Visa. However, it is not a cakewalk, you will need to take care of specific details when it comes to studying in Canada.As an international student, you might have many doubts regarding the province to choose, the program to study, choice of college, the best intake for you, and many more!!

Let’s look into the study visa canada requirements one by one!

Choosing College and University for Canada

I feel that the most important point is to start by choosing a suitable college and understanding the programs in detail which will give you an overview of how and what will be the subject types. Also, the choice of the most suitable module for you!

Not all Canadian colleges allow overseas students. Therefore, it is very important for you to apply to Designated Learning Institutes (DLI) that are approved to host international students.Once you find the DLI college of your core interest, comes the application part where you apply to the college/ University of your choice and get an offer letter from them.

Once you receive that, you have the option of paying the entire 1 Year Fee or a non-refundable deposit to block your spot until the full and final payment of the entire fee.

Note: It is a mandate for you to pay the entire 1-year fee before you apply for the study visa.


Check your eligibility and organize your documents

The actual work starts from here. This is what you call the fieldwork for your student visa procedure. Make sure you are on point with all your paperwork and criteria.

1.Letter of acceptance – You will get this letter from the school/college, and you will have to attach the original or digital copy that you have received from the institution.

2.Proof of Identity – Passport and other travel documents are required to prove your identity.

  1. Proof of Identity – A passport and other travel documents are required to prove your identity.
  2. Proof of no criminal record – An important one in the list of documents is the proof of no criminal record for which you need a clear document from the police.

Proof of Funds – Even before you enter Canada, you must prove that you are financially capable of living in the country, affording the tuition fees, and managing living expenses. The following documents will be required for the same

  • A Canadian Bank account in your name in which you have made a deposit, also known as GIC [Guaranteed Investment Certificate].
  • Proof of Education and/or student loan from the bank.
  • Your bank statement for the last 4 months/ Your parent’s ITR for the last 2 years.
  • Proof of 1-year tuition fee payment
  • A bank draft that can be converted to Canadian Dollars.
  • Proof of funding from within Canada through scholarship or any other Canadian-funded program.

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What comes after collecting all the important documents and papers is the stage of its application. That’s how you go about the next step which is mentioned below:

Application of your Study Permit

You can apply for your study permit in 2 ways:

A- Through paper/ Post

B- Online.

Note: You must apply for a study permit before flying to Canada. After filling out the application, it is required for you to pay the processing fee for biometrics, the study permit application, and any other miscellaneous expenses to be incurred.


Check the Status of your application

After the successful submission of the Study permit application form, you will be able to check the application status, till you receive any update.

If you are provided with a visa, you will receive a passport request commonly known as PPR.

Unfortunately, if you face rejection through a correspondence letter, it does not indicate the end of your dream to study in Canada. It simply means another chance for you to apply.


Get in touch with us today if you are planning to study in Canada, meet our Certified Canadian Counsellors and solve all your queries


Consult with our Senior Practitioner to assess your profile and advise you on the right track.

You can call (1) 905-362-9393 (Etobicoke, Canada), or +91 9586 226232 (Ahmedabad, India).

E-mail: support@spscanada.com (Canada), and support.amd@spscanada.com (India), for further information.


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Big News for Healthcare workers who want to move to Canada
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September 22, 2022

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Shiva Pillai

Health Care workers are invited to apply for the Provincial Nominee Program in Saskatchewan.

Why Saskatchewan?

Saskatchewan a province with a high standard of living helps attract immigrants to settle in the province, with a low average family income also a low cost of living. Why would one miss an opportunity to settle in such a beautiful, affordable province?

The province recently opened wide doors for immigrants by holding back-to-back draws and maintaining the low score to increase selection rates. This Blog gives you a detailed understanding of the recent draws conducted and also what opportunities open up for you!

Saskatchewan introduced a new pathway for candidates with enhanced experience in the health stream such as Registered Nurse and Registered Psychiatric Nurse, Pharmacists, Occupational therapists, Diagnostic Cardiac sonographers, Diagnostic Medical sonographers, Continuing Care assistants, and Psychologists on 22nd December 2021.

An International Healthcare Worker EOI submission is not an application to Saskatchewan, but it’s an Expression of Interest that shows that an applicant having work experience in Health Care sectors can be selected and get Invited to apply for Provincial Nomination. Based on this expression of interest a job offer from Saskatchewan could be expected. The International Healthcare Worker EOI provides the opportunity to link foreign-trained workers with Saskatchewan healthcare employers.

The occupations listed in this stream were previously in the excluded list of Saskatchewan. The International Healthcare Workers EOI system is open to the following Health sector occupations:


NOC Occupation Titles
  • Health Information Management Practitioner
  • Registered Nurse and Registered Psychiatric Nurse
  • Chiropractors
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Pharmacist
  • Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Combined Laboratory & X‐ray Technologist, Clinical Genetics Technologist, and Medical Laboratory Technologist
  • Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
  • Respiratory Therapists, Cardiopulmonary Function Technologists, Perfusionists
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist, Medical Radiation Technologist, Nuclear Medicine Technologist


If you had filled the pre-application form to indicate your interest in working in SK in a selected Health sector occupation and showcased your application accordingly, you would have been an eligible contender for this draw.

Draw Updates

Saskatchewan Conducted the first ever draw of 2022 in the specialized field (Health Care Workers), these occupations were listed in the excluded list of Saskatchewan since the day when Saskatchewan changed its system of accepting applications for Provincial Nomination i.e., in September 2018 they introduced a new system of accepting applications for Provincial Nomination known as EOI and they published two occupations list:


1. Professional Requirements by Regulated Occupations (Some jobs in Saskatchewan are regulated or need professional certifications from the concerned authority.)


2. Excluded Occupation List (This is a list of occupations that are not eligible for these program sub-categories) (Which almost included all the medical occupations)

Saskatchewan conducted a draw on 12th January 2022 and issued 104 Invitations to all Express Entry as well Occupations in Demand Category applicants with the EOI Score of 68 and the occupations included in this draw were specific to International Health Care Workers. The occupations invited to apply for this draw are as mentioned below:

  • 3211 – Medical laboratory technologists
  • 3234 – Paramedical occupations
  • 4151 – Psychologists
  • 3216 – Medical sonographers
  • 3143 – Occupational therapists
  • 3215 – Medical radiation technologists

Saskatchewan invited all those candidates who have an EOI Score of 68 and whose occupation matches the above job titles.

There are possibilities SK might draw field-specific draws in the upcoming draws, Get in touch with our Experts today and know more about Saskatchewan and its programs.

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You can call (1) 905-362-9393 (Etobicoke, Canada), or +91 9586 226232 (Ahmedabad, India).

E-mail: support@spscanada.com (Canada), and support.amd@spscanada.com (India), for further information.

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Major Changes in the NOC System can Affect your Canada PR
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September 5, 2022

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Naju Gadhavi

What is Canada’s new NOC and how it will affect your chances of PR

Canada utilizes a system called the National Occupation Classification (NOC) to identify the amount of education and training required for various occupations and careers, so to put it in easy language, NOC Code determines which occupations are skilled, semi-skilled, and unskilled. Canada generally requires candidates possessing skilled work experience.

Currently, IRCC uses the NOC 2016 to determine the eligibility of occupation, and soon in November 2022, it will be reintroduced! The NOC is updated by the federal government every ten years.

This will allow the Immigration aspirants to understand the impacts on their application once these rectifications are introduced.


Alteration of Terminology

This new terminology is more precise as the NOC assesses not just the level of skills, but also the level of training, formal education, and experience required to enter an occupation including the responsibilities associated with it.

Change in Skill level Categories-

The next change here is an increase in the number of categories. The new NOC has 6 teer categories, while the current NOC structure has 4 skill levels. The change will bring a clear difference between employment requirements with TEER being Categorised.

The New TEERs are as follows-

Categories Requirements
TEER – 0
  • Management Jobs (require a degree)
TEER – 1
  • Completion of a university degree i.e., bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate)
  • Experience in a specific occupation from TEER category 2 (when applicable)
TEER – 2
  • Completion of a post-secondary education program within two years at community college, institute of technology, or CÉGEP
  • Apprenticeship training within the span of 2 years
  • More than six months of on-the-job training, training courses, or specific work experience with some secondary school education
  • Several years of experience in a specific occupation from TEER category
TEER – 3
  • Completion of a post-secondary education program within two years at a community college, institute of technology, or CÉGEP
  • Apprenticeship training with experience of at least 2 years
  • More than six months of on-the-job training, training courses, or specific work experience with some secondary school education
  • Several years of experience in a specific occupation from TEER category 4 (when applicable)
TEER – 4
  • Completion of secondary school
  • Several weeks of on- training with any secondary school education
  • Several years of experience in a specific occupation from TEER category 5
TEER – 5
  • Short work demonstration and no formal educational requirements

Change in the Classification System

The change from a four-digit NOC code to a five-digit NOC code will be the third big change. The new code is more flexible than the previous system and allows to add-in new units if required.

The New 5-digit NOC Code is Defined as Follows:

  • The first digit represents the broad occupational category.
  • The second digit represents the TEER category.
  • The first two digits together represent the major group.
  • The first three digits represent the sub-major group.
  • The first four digits represent the minor group.
  • The full five digits represent the unit group or the occupation itself.

Along with these major changes there have been changes to the occupation themselves, the new NOC 2021 contains 516 occupations up from 500-unit groups in 2016. All in all, these changes are more reliable and will bring a lot of clarity to the system.

SPS Canada helps you with solutions on matters related to Canada Immigration, if you have any queries, get on a call today and get tailored solutions on your matter.

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Consult with our Senior Practitioner to assess your profile and advise you on the right track.

You can call (1) 905-362-9393 (Canada), +91 9586 226232 (Ahmedabad)

E-mail: support@spscanada.com (Canada), and support.amd@spscanada.com (Ahmedabad), for further information.

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How to Write an SOP for your Study Visa Canada
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May 31, 2022

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Naju Gadhavi

What is a Statement of purpose? A statement of purpose or SOP is a document containing information about your intention and purpose to study in a particular country. The SOP will say a lot about you, your attitude, clarity of thoughts, and aptitude towards work, it is easy to assess your personality and helps you stand out from the crowd. SOP is a vital piece of the document containing information that secures your chance of admission as it is and thus very Important for your Study Visa for Canada 

Points to Consider before you start Writing your SOP

Now as discussed earlier, writing an SOP is crucial for your journey to study in Canada in any country you would like to go to, what the universities look for is a candidate who would make the best of the education received and make a valuable impact on the specific industry. 

Be youWe all individuals perform at our peak when we are ourselves because we all have certain uniqueness which is reflected in any piece of work we do. Therefore, when you write your SOP as all students do, write it in a way that shows your uniqueness.

Listing your Failures is fine – Normalising failures is very important, “as no one can know it all”.

If there are any failures, mention them with a proper explanation, and elaborate on how you overcame them and how they helped you to enhance your personality; however, the catch is to showcase the failures in a smart way!

Style of writingWhat makes you different from several SOPs that will be submitted is your style of writing. A compelling SOP is the one that is engaging and holds the attention of the admission committee, so it should not be just a paper sharing all the information but a conversion happening between you and the examiner. Your SOP should be honest and precise.

Checklist for SOP and What does an SOP include.

SOP Study Visa Canada

Introduction – Start your SOP with an eye-catching statement, this could be a quote from a famous author or a theme from the course you opt for.

The introductory section will be an overview of the key elements that will be presented in the upcoming paragraphs of your SOP.

What to write in an SOP introduction?

  1. Present your understanding of why you choose to study in this field and how you would like to contribute to the given field.
  2. Explain your background in brief and link it with your future goals.
  3. Explain your long-term goal that will show them your vision for the future.

Background and Professional experience

This includes what you have done so far in terms of your academics and what you are currently doing, the ongoing projects, your subject strength, and industrial exposure if you have attained any.

Career Goals

Now this section is crucial for your SOP since this includes your long-term and short-term goals, you must have a vision for yourself therefore dividing your career goals in two will help you give a perspective and if you are going in the right direction to reach your goal of Canadian study permits  

Short-term goals are the ones that are specific i.e., what kind of job you will do once you graduate, what will be your plans for the job, and what skills you will acquire to achieve that goal of yours.

Long-term goals can also be called your life goals, as this will depict what you will do in the coming 10- 15 years down the line whether it is further studies like Ph.D. to expanding your family business overseas. Also, it is very important for you that your short-term goal resonates with your long-term plan.

Why Choose this Course?

In this paragraph, you should explain why you want to join the course and what modules you would like to tap according to your area of interest. Also, the choice of your course should cover the skills you would like to acquire for your future goals.

Why Choose this Institute?

The reasoning for the choice of the university or college helps understand how thoroughly you’ve researched the benefits that it offers and how the culture, as well as the curriculum, offered, can help you excel on various fronts.

Financial Planning

It is very important to share the information about how you are planning to finance the course, which bank are you affiliated with, and how you will cover all the expenses.

Example of Financial planning in SOP– I have paid CAD 20,997 as my first-year fees OF Humber College and a secured G.I.C in Scotia bank of CAD 10,000, to cover my expenses during my stay in Canada.

Things you can also Include in your SOP

  • Why did you choose this country to pursue the course?
  • What experience do you have in your field?
  • What are the different projects, courses, etc you have chosen in your past college experience?
  • What is that one unique aspect/characteristic about you that the admission officers should know?
  • Future planning.

How to end your SOP?

Conclude your SOP with gratitude, explain to the committee your need for the program, convince the evaluator that this program is the solution and that you are a good fit, and close all the loops you have started in your SOP.

The key tip for SOP – When you have been asked to write a statement of purpose and present it to the admission committee, the most important thing to consider is accurate grammar, spelling, and sentence structure. Although there is no specific word count for the SOP, it is advisable to maintain a word count of 1200 to 1500 words.

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How to Move to Canada from India Permanently?
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May 13, 2022

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Naju Gadhavi

Are you looking for options to Immigrate to Canada and wish to slide easily through the complex Immigration journey? Then we, SPS Canada Immigration, bring our 20-year experience to guide you through it.

Why Choose Canada?

There has been a sudden spike of overseas Immigrants and graduates moving to Canada in recent years, The question that arises in your mind is why so many people choose Canada over other countries. The answer is very simple! Other than the scenic landscapes, wonderful hiking places, and freshwater lakes, there are also some key benefits we all look for before moving to a new country such as great career opportunities, world-class universities, affordability, a better lifestyle, and not to forget the easy Immigration process. So, if you are in the category of “I want everything”, then Canada is the answer for you.

What are the Different Ways to move to Canada?

Tempting, isn’t it? Let’s dig deeper into How to move to Canada and explore 3 different ways to get your Canadian Permanent Residency.

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Express Entry Draw – Immigrate as a Skilled Worker

A Point-based Canadian immigration regulatory system (IRCC) is an online immigration application system. It allows people to submit a profile to be selected as a skilled immigrant. Candidates with the highest rankings are invited to apply for PR.

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

The Provincial Nominee Program allows different provinces across Canada to select Immigrants all over the world depending on their education, work, and skill and to work in Canada depending on the economy and the labor needs. An applicant who wants to become a Permanent Resident of Canada can apply to the different provinces as per their respective requirements.

  • There are two ways to apply – An online or a Paper-based application.
  • You must meet the eligibility criteria for the province which has nominated you.
  • Submit an Express Entry profile and show that you meet the minimum criteria for Express Entry.
  • If you are invited, you submit an electronic application to IRCC

Business Immigration

The Government of Canada offers an immigration program for individuals who wish to be self-employed or start their own business in Canada. Hence, if you hold experience in managing or owning your own venture, the easiest way to migrate to Canada is through the Business Immigration program. Moreover, The Federal and provincial/territorial governments welcome business immigrants and help them start their businesses and settle in Canada.

  • In this program, you need Investment in the company you wish to start in Canada. (Low investment is needed when you settle in a less populated country).
  • An investment of at least $75,000 in a qualifying business or two or more Investors together confirming their interest in investing a total of at least $75000.
  • A designated venture capital fund confirming that it is investing at least $200,000 in a qualifying business.
  • A designated business incubator confirming that it is accepting the application into its business incubator program.

If you fall into any of these categories and to know more about the business immigration visa then SPS Canada is here to guide you through the complex immigration journey, get in touch and get your profile assessed with our Certified and seasoned country counsellors.

If you are interested in learning more about these or any other Canadian immigration program, we can help you. At SPS Canada Immigration, our mission is to help you fulfill all your Canadian immigration goals. Everything we do is to navigate you smoothly through the Immigration process.

Consult with our Senior Practitioners as we would be able to assess your profile and advise you in the right track. You can call (1) 905-362-9393 (Canada), +91 9586 226232 (Ahmedabad) or drop an E-mail at support@spscanada.com (Canada), support.amd@spscanada.com (Ahmedabad) for further information.

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Chinook – How is it Affecting Your Canada Immigration Process.
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May 5, 2022

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Naju Gadhavi

The number of applications issued by IRCC has increased from 1 million in 2011 to 2 million in 2020; dealing with such a caseload stresses officials at IRCC, and due to this, they have also encountered a high refusal rate of 54% in the year 2022.

Due to many qualified students receiving refusals, they intent to seek recourse in federal Court for unreasonable refusal for their application, this led IRCC to disclose the never-before-introduced tool used for processing applications named “Chinook”

What is Chinook?

Chinook is an Excel-based tool and not an AI (“big debates around Chinook is whether it is Artificial Intelligence!), in-house by IRCC to allow visa officers to review bulk applications, Chinook scans your application, looks for the keyword and gives red flag to certain keywords which may have result into refusal.

Even when you apply for a multiple-page explanation letter that states the intention of your visit or your statement of purpose (SOP) for a study visa, these applications are scanned through a system that makes the work of an Immigration officer much easier.

But the more we learn on how this efficiency-enhancing tool operates, the more we are concerned about the effect on its results. This question arises because the spreadsheet created by Visa officers allows them to review up to 1000 applications at the same time, and the visa officers could make notes as they review files simultaneously. There are chances that their notes may not be transferred back to GCSM system as the excel sheets will be deleted at the end of the session, which means you will not be able to know or refer the specific pointer jotted at the time of the assessment/review was made which might have been the actual reason for the Refusal.

IRCC is being challenged with a backlog that stands at 1.8 million applications as of February 1 and increased its target to 432,000 immigrants. Therefore, preparing a strong application will put you ahead in the game and will prevent your application from being reviewed. Due to this officer will think twice before refusing an application as they will be prepared thoroughly.

Automated processing of some categories of applications is not new. The Triaged model automatically approved low-risk online temporary resident visa applications. Visa applications were sorted into tiers – the lowest risk for auto-approval and medium-high risk for officer review. This triage model was deployed for all applications from China in 2018, and in the same year was piloted in India. The goal is for artificial intelligence to automatically approve low-risk applications, with officers only manually assessing those that have been flagged as a medium to high risk.

The concern for applicants and their counsel is for IRCC to develop a tool that allows the decision-maker to make a reasonable decision.

The Supreme Court in Minister of Citizenship and Immigration has asked at minimum that such tools must have the following characteristics –

  1. Oversight and checks built into the system to prevent errors.
  2. Necessary time and resources/training to review the application and decide on the evidence they get.
  3. Clear and accessible guidance on parameters for decision-making so that applicants are aware of the test to be made when submitting the application.

IRCC should be commended for attempting to develop tools to assist in the processing of applications. However, processing tools should be developed with input from key stakeholders and the goals of fairness.

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Sponsor Your Partner to Canada – A Detailed Guide to Sponsorship
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July 30, 2021

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Sponsoring a spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner is a common way to immigrate to Canada. In this way, the Canadian citizen or permanent resident can sponsor their partner to live in Canada permanently. 

Who is eligible to be a sponsor?

You can be a sponsor if you are

  • At least 18 years old
  • A Canadian citizen or a permanent resident or a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act
  • living in Canada or planning to live in Canada when the person you sponsor obtains a permanent residence.
  • Not receiving social assistance for a reason other than a disability
  • Able to provide basic financial needs for yourself and the person that you want to be a sponsor for 3 years (you must sign an undertaking)

What are these basic financial needs?

Basic needs are:

  • Everyday living needs such as; food, clothing, shelter
  • Health care needs include dental care, eye care, and other needs that aren’t covered by public health services.

Who you can sponsor?

  • Spouse
  • Common-law partner
  • Conjugal partner
  • Dependent child/children



If you are legally married to a person, you can sponsor that person to become a permanent resident. In order to apply for this sponsorship, opposite or same-gender marriage must be legally recognized in the country where the marriage is held and in Canada. 


If you have lived or are living together for at least 12 consecutive months, such as in marriage, you can sponsor your same or opposite-sex partner. 


If your partner; 

  • is living outside of Canada 
  • has been in a conjugal relationship with you for at least 1 year 
  • cannot live with you because of religious reasons or sexual orientation 

This relationship is considered a conjugal relationship. 

If the relationship between you and your conjugal partner for at least 12 months is in the dimension of an interdependent relationship beyond the physical interaction and the reason why you cannot live together is due to reasons such as religious or sexual orientation existing, then you can become a sponsor for your partner.

What Documents Do You Need To Sponsor Your SPOUSE? 

 If you are married and looking into sponsoring your husband or wife, immigration officers will expect to see the following evidence:

  • A valid marriage certificate or proof of registration of your marriage with your application
  • Relationship Information and Sponsorship Evaluation questionnaire
  • Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking
  • Generic Application Form 
  • Photos of the wedding and invitations
  • Proof of relationship between partners such as text messages, letters, social media conversations, photos which are taken at different times and places
  • Photocopy of sponsor’s PR card or citizenship card/certificate or Indian status card (certificate of Indian status)
  • Passports and/or travel documents
  • Police certificates and clearances

And also, you need to provide at least two of the following documents:

  • Proof of joint ownership of property
  • The rental agreement that includes both partners’ name
  • Utility bills (i.e., electricity, internet, gas) that consists of both partners’ name
  • Car insurance
  • Tax forms that show your address and indicate that you live at the same address together

What Documents Do You Need To Sponsor Your COMMON-LAW PARTNER?

 If you have a common-law relationship, you should show these documents to the officer:

  • Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union
  • Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking
  • Generic Application Form 
  • Photocopy of sponsor’s PR card or citizenship card/certificate or Indian status card (certificate of Indian status)
  • Relationship Information and Sponsorship Evaluation questionnaire
  • Proof of relationship between partners such as text messages, letters, social media conversations, photos which are taken at different times and places
  • Proof that you have lived together for at least one year
  • Police certificates and clearances

What Documents Do You Need To Sponsor Your CONJUGAL PARTNER?

For this partnership, it is essential to know what precisely conjugal partner means. As we mentioned above, a conjugal partner is a foreign national who residing outside Canada and has been in a relationship with the sponsor for at least 1 year. 

Documents that you need to show the officer are:

  • Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking
  • Generic Application Form 
  • Police certificates and clearances
  • Evidence that your friends and/or family recognize that the two of you are in a relationship 
  • Proof of relationship between partners such as text messages, letters, social media conversations, photos which are taken at different times and places
  • Proof that you have been in a relationship for at least one year

Outland Sponsorship 

If your spouse or common-law partner lives outside of Canada and you are currently living in Canada, you can still be a sponsor. 

The outland spousal sponsorship stream allows a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to sponsor their spouse or common-law partner for PR, regardless of where the partner is currently living. 

If the sponsor lives in the province of Quebec, they may need to meet additional requirements. 

On the contrary of inland sponsorship, the sponsored person does not have to hold valid temporary status in Canada for sponsorship applications, as long as he or she is not living in Canada. 

The relationship between the sponsor and his/her partner must be recognized by IRCC. If the marriage between them is not valid in Canada, they may apply for sponsorship as common-law or conjugal partners.

Inland Sponsorship 

This sponsorship program allows the applicants to continue living in Canada while the application process continues. 

If the applicant’s temporary status document is not valid for the sponsorship processing period, they will need to apply for an extension or a new status document. Otherwise, they cannot maintain their legal status in Canada.  

Inland sponsorship applications’ processing time is generally 12 months. Although it is not an obstacle to travel abroad during the application process, it is not recommended.

If you want to sponsor your spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner or children, or if you want to be sponsored, you can start to fill the assessment below. SPS Canada Team is here to help you with your immigration journey from the beginning to the end. 

Consult with our Senior Practitioner as they would be able to assess your profile and advise you in the right track. You can call (1) 905-362-9393 (Canada), +91 9586 226232 (Ahmedabad) or drop an E-mail at support@spscanada.com (Canada), support.amd@spscanada.com (Ahmedabad) for further information.  

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