We are an immigration and temporary visa company specializing in Canada, the United States, and Portugal. We work with highly qualified professionals, able to meet with excellence the needs of clients who wish to visit, study, work, invest, or immigrate.
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, GoNorth is a Canadian company that acts as a facilitator of immigration processes, optimizing our clients’ time and money, making the whole experience much more profitable.
We offer a personalized service in 03 languages (Portuguese, English and Spanish), seeking to outline the best strategy for your goal of visiting, studying, working, investing or living in Canada, the United States or Portugal.
As an immigrant-run company, we understand the anxiety of those who plan to live temporarily or permanently outside their home country and we offer all the necessary support to our clients throughout the process, from planning to achieving their goals.
We know the complex visa and immigration bureaucracy of these countries, and we can offer all the necessary support to advise you throughout the process.
Our services include: consultancy, advice for the application of visitor, study and work visas, implementation of investment processes and immigration processes.
We work from profile analysis to document submission, offering a personalized and agile service to our customers.
Putting in place your visa or immigration process is almost always a complex decision, with many variables, in which a wrong decision can put at risk all the investment made. That is why it is of paramount importance to have a specialized company to outline the best strategy.
But is “just understanding” the subject enough? In our experience, no!
We at GoNorth understand that every customer is unique. Unique in your dreams and goals and that is why our team of professionals will present you with the best possibilities for your project to be successful and for Canada, the United States or Portugal to become a reality for you and your whole family! Count on us!
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Planning your trip to another country is certainly the first step towards success in this endeavor. In this initial stage, GoNorth will work with you to find the best way to make it happen.
The correct application for a visa and the organization of all the necessary documentation are often a major problem for those who don’t know the process well. GoNorth works with trained consultants to guide you through the whole process.
The first few days in a new country can be very stressful if your arrival is not well planned. We are ready to answer your questions and make your arrival as pleasant as possible.
Starting life in another country usually comes with doubts and uncertainties. The GoNorth Canada team will be on hand to help you make the best decisions, even after you arrive.
Canada is one of the most welcoming countries in the world! It is an ideal and highly sought after place to study, walk and live.
Every year, thousands of people arrive in the country and fall in love with Canadian respect, diversity and multiculturalism.
With a low crime rate, the country offers quality education and healthcare, as well as beautiful landscapes and diverse recreational activities, both in summer and winter.
If you are a person who seeks personal and professional growth outside your country of origin, and effective ways to achieve this goal, Canada should definitely be part of your plans, as it is a country that offers opportunities and encourages the arrival of immigrants. through various immigration processes.
The USA is one of the most desired Immigration destinations in the world because it is a country with one of the largest and most diverse economies in the world. It offers numerous opportunities for employment and professional growth in various sectors. The country also encourages entrepreneurship and offers opportunities for those who want to start their own business or contribute to the country’s technological advancement.
Its educational system is highly valued and recognized worldwide. The country is home to several renowned universities, offering a wide range of academic courses and programs.
Like Canada, the United States is a melting pot, welcoming people from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds. This diversity creates an enriching environment, promoting cultural exchange and tolerance.
The country offers a high quality of life, with a developed infrastructure, advanced healthcare services, varied leisure options, and a rich cultural offering.
Portugal has increasingly stood out as an excellent option for having favorable immigration programs, such as the student visa, the entrepreneur visa, and the residence visa for retirees. These programs offer unique opportunities for those who want to start over in a European country.
Besides being a welcoming country Portugal offers high quality education and an affordable cost of living when compared to other European countries. Housing, food, and transportation costs tend to be lower, which is beneficial for students and immigrants who wish to settle in the country.
Portugal is known for its mild and pleasant climate during most of the year. This favorable climate contributes to a more pleasant life experience and to the practice of outdoor activities.
My experience with Go North was nothing short of phenomenal. Kitty was wonderful – she gave me clear, detailed advice. She really cares about her clients and makes a personal connection with them. She is also very knowledgeable and answered all my questions effortlessly. I would recommend wholeheartedly. An excellent service!
We have separated the most frequently asked questions about our services.
A visa is the stamp you get from the Canadian consulate in your passport that allows you to travel to Canada.
Types of visas:
Lack of ties to the country of origin and financial conditions.
No. It is recommended to request the ATIP to understand the reasons for the denial before submitting a new application.
You can. It is important to understand the reasons for the denial before attempting a visa application to Canada.
1 – By receiving a job offer
1 – By receiving a job offer
For this type of process the employer needs to inform through which program they will be hiring the foreign worker (LMIA, provincial program, LMIA Exempt or other).
We do not provide a job referral service and recommend the JobBank website if you want to start looking for a job: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home
2 – As an international student
Some post-secondary courses (technical, undergraduate or post-graduate) allow the international student to work part time (up to 20 hours a week) and many of them are entitled to the PGWP (Post-Graduation Work Permit Program) which is a full time work permit after graduating for a period of 1 to 3 years (depending on the course and the College).
GoNorth does not offer educational consulting services to help you choose a course and college, but we can refer you to partner companies if you are interested.
Co-op is a time of work experience linked to a post-secondary course.
Express Entry (EE) is the main federal immigration qualification system for Canada, which is scored on skills and prerequisites in order to select qualified professionals.
The points are counted using the CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System), which takes into account factors such as age, level of education, proficiency in English and/or French, professional experience, and links to the country.
The EE system encompasses 3 immigration processes:
The PGWP is a work permit open to students who have graduated from a post-secondary course of at least 8 months at an eligible college or university.
The PGWP can last from eight months to three years.
To be eligible for the PGWP, the student must have graduated from a public or private college, in cases of degree level courses (bachelor, master or doctorate).
The exact time is determined by the immigration officer when he receives the visa process, however, there is a small rule.
1 year course at a Public College or a degree course at a Private College = 1 year PGWP
2-year course at a Public College or a dregree course at a Private College = 2 to 3 years PGWP.
Ideal time to start gathering process documents:
Our suggestion is 30 days before the end of classes, just waiting for the course completion letter
From the moment you officially graduate until you apply pro pgwp – you can work neither part-time nor full-time.
From the day you applied for PGWP onwards – You can work full-time, even without the pgwp in your hands
This is a work visa through which you can work full-time (up to 40 hours a week) and in any company. This visa is very common for spouses of international students who are taking a course that offers the PGWP.
It’s a type of program for people between the ages of 18 and 30 (or 35 – depending on nationality) to work in Canada.
The duration of the visa will depend on the nationality, for example: Italian (6 months), Portuguese (2 years), Spanish (2 years), etc.
This program is currently closed to Brazilian nationals.
There are different rules for each nationality and the type of visa is the Open Work Permit, which means that if the candidate’s profile is accepted by the Canadian government, they can work for any company in Canada.
The NOC is a Canadian occupational classification system used by the IRCC to determine the eligibility of occupations in its immigration processes.
In November 2022, NOC 2021 will come into force with significant updates, which will introduce new terminology and a revised classification structure.
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Just as the CELPIP and IELTS tests assess English language proficiency and are accepted by Canadian immigration, French speakers prove their skills through the TEF (Test d’évaluation de français) exam. According to the official Canadian website, this is actually one of the exams that can be taken, as the list follows with the “Test d’Évaluation de Français (TEFAQ)” and the “TEF pour la naturalisation”.
French (language) knowledge test.
It is the spouse of the holder of a work permit.
It is the study permit that the student receives when he or she arrives in Canada.
In this application format the international student sends the documents and the average processing time by the Government is up to 20 days.
Applicants who wish to apply for this program must submit additional documents along with the documents already required for the study visa application.
Some requirements requested for this program:
– Have the result of the IELTS English proficiency test (general training or academic) scoring at least a 6 in each test skill or the TEF French proficiency test scoring at least a 7 in each skill.⠀
– Have proof of a $10,000 investment in Canada (GIC-type account);
– Submit the medical examination for immigration purposes;
– You are living outside of Canada at the time of your application;⠀
– Have proof of payment for the first year of your study program.
PNPs are the specific programs that allow Canadian provinces and territories to select people who wish to immigrate to Canada and who are interested in settling in a particular province. The goal is to attract immigrants to fill the economic needs of the region, usually from a job offer. Some of them are connected with Express Entry (EE), so for many it is the fastest way to obtain permanent residency in the country. The only exceptions are the northern Canadian territory of Nunavut and Quebec. The province of Quebec has the authority to set its own selection criteria for immigration.
Letter of intent, a document that must often be added to the visa process.
The LMIA – Labor Market Impact Assessment – is a document that many employers need to have in order to hire a foreign worker.
A favorable LMIA indicates that the employer can hire a foreign worker to do the work that no Canadian worker or permanent resident is available to do. After the employer receives the approved LMIA, the applicant (foreign worker) can apply for a temporary work permit (Closed Work Permit).
The arrival of the ITA is a long-awaited moment for anyone who dreams of immigrating to Canada! This document represents that the applicant who is registered with Express Entry has achieved the score of the last draw, and is therefore very close to becoming a permanent resident in Canada. Once the ITA is received, it is time to send all the documentation and proofs declared in the EE, and wait for the final result for the arrival of the Permanent Residency.
The IRCC is the Canadian federal government department responsible for handling all immigration-related matters, such as visas, permits, permanent residency, citizenship applications, asylum, and so on.
IRCC was formerly known as CIC – Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Study equivalence/ diploma equivalence.
Besides the CELPIP that we explained earlier, another way to prove English proficiency is by taking the IELTS, which is available in many parts of the world, including Brazil. It has been applied for more than 25 years, and for immigration purposes the “General Training” version is accepted. It has been applied for more than 25 years, and for immigration purposes the “General Training” version is accepted.
It is a closed work permit, meaning that the foreign worker can only work for the company that hired him/her.
It is usually done for processes based on an LMIA or LMIA-exempt, in the case of professionals who will work in a position that is LMIA-exempt, e.g. university researchers, religious professionals, professionals who are hired through international agreements.
In the process of proving English and/or French language proficiency, the Canadian government uses a kind of “ranking”, the CLB, which ranks the candidate based on their scores on official tests (CELPIP, IELTS, TEF and TCF). With this, the equivalence of what was achieved in each of the competencies evaluated is made, and the result generates a final score that will be considered for immigration purposes.
This is one of the exams accepted by Canadian immigration as proof of English language proficiency. It is available in some countries like Canada, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Australia, England, China, India, and the Philippines.
Certificate of acceptance from Quebec. It is the document that every student must apply for before applying for a study visa when studying in the province of Quebec.
Children above the age of 5 also need the approved CAQ to study.
The first step after receiving a visa denial is to apply for the ATIP.
The ATIP is a document where the government states in more detail the reason why the immigration officer denied the application.
The average response time is 30 days, but delays may occur.
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