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Immigrate to Canada from Trinidad and Tobago:
Permanent Status

Every year, many citizens from Trinidad and Tobago, searching for a better life, choose to immigrate to Canada. Since Canada is consistently ranked as being among the best countries in the world to live, it is a popular choice among Trinidad and Tobago residents. Most choose to live in Ontario. If you are interested in Immigration to Canada, one of your first considerations will be choosing the category of Immigration, to which you should apply.

Since 1996, the Canada Immigration law firm of Abrams & Krochak, have guided emigrants from Trinidad and Tobago to choose the most appropriate Canada Immigration category. Furthermore, we help you find the most expedient means of coming to this country, consistent with Canada Immigration laws. Please review the links on the right of this page and click on each for an overview of the various Canada Immigration categories available to Trinidad and Tobago applicants.

When you find the category that best suits your goals and qualifications, please proceed to complete our free Canada Immigration Eligibility Assessment questionnaire. This will allow our Canadian immigration attorneys to gauge your eligibility to immigrate to Canada in accordance with Canadian Immigration laws. This service is free of charge and we will respond within one business day. There are several Online Assessment Questionnaires, feel free to fill out any that seem relevant to your situation. Every assessment is reviewed by our team of Canada Immigration lawyers, in Toronto.

Canadian Immigration Laws: Permanent Residence Status

Attaining “permanent resident status of Canada” is also known as “Immigration to Canada” or becoming a “landed immigrant of Canada”. When your Canada Immigration Application process is successful you will be issued a Canada immigrant visa.

When you have been issued a Canadian immigrant visa, you must present yourself to a Canada Immigration officer at one of Canada’s official ports of entry. This will allow you to become a permanent resident.

Canadian permanent residents have all the same rights and privileges as those of a Canadian citizen (i.e. free health care, free elementary and secondary education, subsidized post-secondary education, the right to work in Canada) with just a few exceptions.

Unlike Canadian citizens,

  1. a permanent resident cannot vote;
  2. a permanent resident cannot hold a Canadian passport; and
  3. a permanent resident can be deported for certain criminal convictions.

When to Apply for Canadian Citizenship After Emigrating From Trinidad and Tobago

After emigrating from Trinidad and Tobago and becoming a Canadian permanent resident you may apply for Canadian Citizenship after residing in Canada for at least a total of 1095 days within any consecutive four (4) year period of time after receiving Canadian Permanent Residence. Once you have become a Canadian citizen, you may then apply for a Canadian passport.

In accordance with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act of Canada, a permanent resident must live in Canada for a total of at least 730 days within the five (5) years prior to the date of expiration on his/her Permanent Resident Card to be allowed to renew the Permanent Resident Card. This can be subject to certain exceptions.

In order to become a permanent resident of Canada, those seeking residency must meet the requirements of one (1) of five (5) classes of Immigration:

  • the Federal Skilled Worker Class,
  • the Federal Skilled Trades Class,
  • the Canadian Experience Class,
  • the Family Class or the Business Class OR
  • qualify as a provincial nominee.

Permanent Status - Canada Immigration Categories:

Temporary Status In Canada:

If you wish to come to Canada on a temporary basis, you can come as either a visitor, a student or a worker, assuming, of course, that you meet eligibility requirements.