Immigration & Refugee Issues


Immigrating to a foreign country is not an easy choice. Before you make your decision it is important to understand the various ways of immigrating, the consequences, the possible impact on you or your family.

In general, it's a fact that immigrating to Canada is an exciting opportunity. Canada has been one of the "best favored" destinations for immigrants. According to an international poll published by the Globe and Mail; "The world would love to be Canadian" (June 22, 2010).  More than half the people around the world would call Canada their home if they could.

Hungarians who wish to immigrate to Canada need to contact the Canadian Embassy in Vienna (Austria) and not the Canadian embassy in Budapest since the Vienna Consular Department is mandated to deal with visa and immigration issues. As a general rule, you need to initiate your immigration application process from Hungary –via Vienna – and not from Canada by just arriving here first and start the application process from Canadian soil, otherwise you may be asked to return to Hungary. (some exceptions may apply)

Please contact the relevant Canadian mission for further information about it.

If you want to immigrate to Canada, you will have a few different ways to apply. You will need to weigh and decide which immigration program would work best for you. Don't forget, it's up to the Canadian authorities completely whether they accept you as an immigrant or not, it's entirely a Canadian decision.

Here is a short list about the requirements and the steps in each category:

  • Skilled workers and professionals: For people who want to settle and work in Canada (outside of Quebec)
  • Quebec-selected skilled workers: For people selected by the Quebec government to settle and work in Quebec
  • Canadian Experience Class: For people who have recent Canadian work experience or have graduated and recently worked in Canada
  • Investors, entrepreneurs and self-employed people: For people who want to start a business in Canada
  • Provincial nominees: One of Canada's provinces or territories can nominate you to settle and work there
  • Sponsoring your family: How to sponsor a family member to join you here if you are a permanent resident or a Canadian citizen

See more information here: Citizenship & Immigration Canada

Just a few "friendly" thoughts for you:

  • Appreciate Canada's values, history, freedom and democracy
  • Want to assimilate and integrate
  • Contribute to Canada
  • Respect multiculturalism while preserving your heritage
  • Learn new skills
  • Be open and humble
  • Never abuse Canada's hospitality and welcome

 warning smBe alert of "questionable immigration agencies" that would easily facilitate and "guarantee "an immigration application process! Do your research!

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The refugee issue in general has been getting more and more attention recently in Canada for various reasons and countries. It does not make any good if the issue is not dealt with or just simple ignored. It is very important to understand that people usually do not seek refugee status in another country unless they have a solid reason. In 1956, for example, about two hundred thousand Hungarians left the country escaping from the communist regime. Many of them have found a new home in Canada, because of its tolerant refugee policy and freedom as well as democratic values. Hungary will always be grateful to Canada for this noble gesture.

If you are a legitimate refugee, Canada will welcome you and treat you accordingly. However, if you are faking your status, you are abusing Canada's hospitality and resources that are limited as well and you can be sure that there will be serious consequences of it, you may be deported back to your country of origin.

See Immigration and Refugee Protection Act here

As is known, the legal basis of the refugee issue is the 1951 Geneva Convention - that relates to the Status of Refugees, with just one "amending" and updating Protocol adopted in 1967, is the central feature in today's international regime of refugee protection, and some 144 States (out of a total United Nations membership of 192) have now ratified either one or both of these instruments (as of August 2008). The Convention, which entered into force in 1954, is by far the most widely ratified refugee treaty, and remains central also to the protection activities of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

warning smWhen you are claiming a refugee status, you are actually asking for a protection against the country you escaped from (it is usually your native country). Therefore, the "accepting" country where you are seeking protection does not provide any information to anybody let alone to the other country that is involved in the process. In other words, a person's refugee claim hence is completely an internal Canadian affair, the Canadian authorities have all the rights to make a decision on his or her refugee status. Consequently, you may and need to contact only the Canadian authorities for assistance of any kind and not the Hungarian missions abroad.

hun1 Mint ismeretes, a genfi menekültügyi egyezmény és az annak alapján kialakult nemzetközi gyakorlat szerint egy külföldi országban menedék iránti kérelmet beadó személy valójában védelmet kér állampolgársága szerinti ország/állam ellenében. Ezért van az, hogy az az ország, ahol a menedék kérelmet beadják, semmiféle információt, még rész-tájékoztatást sem ad senkinek a beadott menedék iránti kérelemről, legkevésbé pedig annak az országnak, amellyel szemben a védelmet kérték. Más szóval, egy személy menekült kérelme teljesen kanadai belügy, a kanadai hatóságok kizárólagos joga döntést hozni az adott személy menekült státuszáról. Következésképpen, menekültügyben csakis a kanadai hatóságokhoz lehet és kell bármilyen segitségért fordulni és nem a magyar külképviseletekhez.

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