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    PR travel outside Canada

    Thank you for your response Scylla, and for pointing me in the right direction--there is some good information in that thread. If I had used words like 're-availment' or 'cessation' in my initial search on the forums, I might have found it. IRCC certainly could do a better job of describing...
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    PR travel outside Canada

    Just giving this a bump in the hope that I can get a second opinion on my original question. I'm not saying that the first opinion is wrong, I would just like some clarification/confirmation, since my friend's status is permanent resident, not protected person. And he has a valid Canadian PR...
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    PR travel outside Canada

    armoured wrote: He would be FAR better to apply for the refugee travel document, and to do it now. There is an issue that refugees should in most circumstances NOT travel with their home country passport, as it's considered (under law) 'availing oneself of home country protection'. That has...
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    PR travel outside Canada

    I know someone who is a permanent resident waiting for his Canadian citizenship application to be processed. He is from Syria and was sponsored under the refugee program, and thus had PR status on arrival in Canada. Early next year, he would like to visit Dubai, where he worked for a few...
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    Police certificate for citizenship application

    Thank you all for your replies, much appreciated. The consensus seems to be that a police certificate will not be needed. The only thing is, nobody mentioned 'country of origin' in their replies. The semantics were really tripping us up because IRCC does not give a clear definition of what...
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    Police certificate for citizenship application

    Thank you. However, I just noticed on the bottom of my friend's 2018 UAE police certificate it says "valid for three months." So now we are not so sure, and wondering if anyone else could advise. I have tried twice today to get through to the IRCC call centre for clarification, and both times...
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    Police certificate for citizenship application

    The instruction guide states: "You don’t need to provide a police certificate if you were in your country of origin immediately prior to becoming a permanent resident and landing in Canada, and this time falls within the past 4 years" I am helping a couple with their adult citizenship...
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    Proof of language ability for citizenship

    Hi, I am trying to help a friend apply for citizenship. He meets the residency requirements, but we have a question about language requirements. Back in 2019, he was assessed by a settlement agency to be at CLB 5, and they referred him to LINC. He then proceeded to take level 5-6 in person at...
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    Current backlog

    Well, I only just received the article from Canadavisa today in my email, and I didn't see any other threads on the subject before I posted it. This seemed like the most logical place to post it (General--All Canadian Immigration), so the other threads you are referring to must be elsewhere on...
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    Current backlog

    Wow, even worse than I thought... https://www.cicnews.com/2021/11/canada-has-a-backlog-of-nearly-1-8-million-immigration-applications-1119651.html#gs.gyd9ca
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    Minors Citizenship Application

    @limhockkiong, I helped her to apply as a minor using the 5(2) application, not realizing that she should have used the 5(1) application, as her parents were not ready to apply for citizenship at that time. She has already started to complete the adult application, with the extra costs that...
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    Minors Citizenship Application

    I'm kicking myself for not noticing the part in the instructions about the parents' citizenship, assuming that the instructions were worded the same way in 2019 (IRCC web pages are often updated). I wasn't with her when she filled out the application, but when she got to the fields which ask...
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    Minors Citizenship Application

    Thank you, Das 67. Although you may well be correct, I am wondering if anyone has encountered this situation before. It just seems such a shame that this girl was in fact eligible to apply as a minor and now 18 months of waiting have been wasted because we were not aware that a slightly...
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    Minors Citizenship Application

    Back in 2019, I assisted a friend's daughter to apply for citizenship using what we thought was the correct form for minors, CIT 0003 (subsection 5-2). She was 17 at the time. Fast forward to April 2021, when she finally received some news about her application. And of course, in the interim...
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    Planning Pregnancy but dont have a Family Doctor?

    Since you live in Ontario, you may find this page useful. It explains two ways of finding a family doctor. https://www.ontario.ca/page/find-family-doctor-or-nurse-practitioner?_ga=2.67857297.106324341.1610946173-1123459162.1610384771#section-1
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    Sponsorship Evaluation & Relationship Questionnaire (IMM 5532)

    Sponsor was living in Canada until April 1994. Currently sponsor lives in US. But recently she visited Canada for one day visit on Jan 2nd 2020. Same day transit from US to Canada and back to US. What should be the answer in this case ? You should check NO. And then answer the three...
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    Work permit Renewal for refugees

    Refugee claimants don't have to pay the processing fees for work and study permits. Here are the instructions, with links to the forms you need...
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    Children of study permit holder

    Thanks. I have asked the person who told me about this to inquire if there is an expiry date.
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    Children of study permit holder

    Here is the situation, relayed to me second-hand: A study permit holder is here in Canada with her three minor children. They are eligible to attend elementary school (assuming schools re-open in September) without a study permit due to their mother having a study permit which is valid until...
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    Citizenship & ODSP/Social Assistance

    I was aware that the amount is not automatically added to the ODSP benefit, but thank you for clarifying in case some people didn't read the full content in the linked page. I should have said that "ODSP recipients MAY be eligible..." and must be applied for. Although Ehsan.bisan's question...