Whitehead & Associates is proud assist immigrants to Nova Scotia with a wide range of personal and business immigration issues.  We can provide advice and assistance throughout the various steps required to become either a permanent or temporary Canadian resident.  We can help you decide which type of application is best for you, and we can helpwith many other issues related to immigration such as tax, customs, or applying for social and or health insurance.

Coming to Canada as a Student?

First, you must be accepted at a Canadian educational institution, and must have a letter of acceptance from your chosen school.  You will need a study permit, possibly a visa, and must apply before coming to Canada.  If you hope to work to support yourself financially while studying, you will need a work permit.  If you have a spouse or family members coming with you, they may need different permits than you.  Our lawyers can help you complete the process, from locating a school, to filling out forms and applications, or simply helping make sure you understand the process.

Hoping to Stay in Canada?

Often a course of study can take longer than expected, and if your study permit is likely to expire before you are finished, we can help you apply for an extension or even a passport renewal, if required.  Once your course of studies are complete, the Post Graduation Work Permit Program can allow you to stay in Canada to work for up to three years, and working for at least two years can help you maximize your chances of becoming a permanent resident through the Canadian Experience Class application for permanent resident status.  Our lawyers are familiar with the programs and can help guide you through all stages of the process, whether it be application, interview, or hearings.

Looking to apply for Permanent Residency?

The process of applying for residency will depend on your individual circumstances. After discussing your education, family situation, financial situation and other factors, we can help you find the application category which best suits you.

While care has been taken to ensure the information contained herein is accurate, the information provided is based upon the laws of Nova Scotia and is supplied for general interest purposes only. It is not intended, nor should be considered to be specific legal advice or opinion.

Last Revised by Philip Whitehead, January 5, 2017.

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