Immigration law in Canada is defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). If you are thinking of immigrating to Nova Scotia, you should also review the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)'s website at www.cic.gc.ca. It provides information on the rules for:
- Visiting Canada (for example, as a tourist or on a business trip)
- Studying in Canada as an international student
- Working temporarily in Canada as a foreign worker
- Immigrating to Canada (obtaining a permanent resident visa formerly called Landed Immigrant Status)
- Obtaining Canadian citizenship
If you are in Canada, you can contact the CIC Call Centre at 1-888-242-2100. Agents can help you with questions about CIC services and programs. If you are anywhere outside of Canada, you can contact the Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate responsible for your region. For a detailed list, visit www.cic.gc.ca.
For information and tips about immigrating to Nova Scotia, see Coming to Nova Scotia.