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Canadian Immigration Handbook

A Guide to Essential Immigration Knowledge

by (author) Hui Zhang

Self-Counsel Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2022
Emigration & Immigration
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    Publish Date
    Jun 2022
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Canadian immigration laws and rules can often seem complicated. To make things harder, depending on the situation, they may need to be found in several different places. How do you know you have all the correct information for your needs?

Whether new or seasoned immigration professional, or an immigrant yourself, the 'Canadian Immigration Handbook' is a resource for quickly looking up rules and regulations regarding Canadian immigration practices. It contains all the essentials, so you can feel at ease navigating a sea of information, and avoid potential traps such as immigration fraud.

Author Hui Zhang brings her years of experience as an immigrant, a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC), and teacher to other immigration practitioners, to create this well-designed staple for other RCICs and immigrants. If you are an immigration consultant or practitioner of any kind — or want to study, work, or immigrate to Canada — the 'Canadian Immigration Handbook' lays out the building blocks to success.

About the author

Hui is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) based in Burnaby, British Columbia, a panelist of the Vancouver International Arbitration Centre (VanIAC, former BCICAC), and a member of the Society of Translators and Interpreters of British Columbia (STIBC). Hui holds both a Bachelor and Master of Laws. She relocated to metro Vancouver for her family in mid-2014. She realized her dream of continuing her legal career in Canada in October 2016 when she became a member (now a licensee) of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC, now the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants, CICC), and has successfully transferred her solid legal knowledge and skills to her immigration practice. Since then, Hui has been providing quality immigration services to her clients, and continues to enjoy her passion for writing and teaching. She has been publishing immigration legal articles regularly, she taught all the modules of the Immigration Practitioner Program (IPP) including legal research and administrative law and continues teaching the Immigration Consultant Assistant Program (IMA). She is also a practising lawyer in China with 18 years of experience. Before moving to Canada, she was an expert arbitrator with the arbitration commission in her home city. Upon the BCICAC’s request, she published An Overview of China’s Arbitration Law in the November 2016 issue of The Advocate. During her career as a Chinese lawyer, she taught fundamental laws for a couple of years and presents legal seminars to her clients and the public from time to time. Hui believes in the value of kindness and hard work. She adopts the motto, work with love and knowledge, an Inca proverb, to inspire her to do the right things, and do them well.

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Excerpt: Canadian Immigration Handbook: A Guide to Essential Immigration Knowledge (by (author) Hui Zhang)


This is a primer on Canadian immigration, which sorts out and converts a sea of Canadian immigration information from various sources into a single book. The book may serve as a reference to immigration practitioner program students for their Entryto- Practice Exam preparation. It also aims to provide new immigration practitioners with a search tool when they need to locate a particular piece of immigration information. In addition, it functions as a roadmap to help immigration prospects navigate their way through the Canadian immigration labyrinth.

Immigration, all in all, is about legal status, namely, who can come and remain in Canada. The status of individuals in immigration context decides whether Canada is open to them and through which channel they may seek entry to and remain in Canada. While Canadian citizens and registered Indians under the Indian Act have absolute access to Canada, the access to other individuals is subject to the assessment of two factors: eligibility and admissibility.

This book starts with an overview followed by a logic flow of a normal immigration path: temporary residence programs, permanent residence programs, and citizenship. The Appendixes include the most commonly consulted acts, regulations, and rules. The indexes follow the appendixes listing the common acronyms and page numbers of the tables in the book. The Covid-19 pandemic has brought forth the implementation of travel restrictions, temporary immigration methods as well as regulatory changes. The travel restrictions and temporary methods changes due to the Covid-19 are placed in chapter 1. As these changes are updated frequently according to the development of the situation, readers are recommended to refer to to capture the up-to-date information caused by the development of the Covid-19. The Regulatory changes are explained in appropriate chapters.

To help readers locate the primary legal sources, if an applicable provision is not mentioned in the text, they are listed in parentheses after the text: A represents the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), and R refers to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR). To improve usability, the links to relevant webpages of the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), and Quebec programs are listed as references at the end of each chapter. The Appendixes are the texts of the IRPA, IRPR, Citizenship Act, Citizenship Regulations, rules of the four Divisions of the IRB and RCIC Code of Professional Ethics and the mostconsulted regulations of ICCRC. When consulting an IRCC manual, check the date of publication on the left bottom to see when it was published and compare the information in it to applicable sections of IRPA and IRPR on the Justice Laws website.

As immigration is a field where changes may occur without advance notice, therefore this book should not be used as legal advice. The author highly recommends readers to search the primary sources before proceeding with any immigration matters. This edition contains relevant information that have come to the author’s attention as of October 30, 2020.