10 02, 2018

LMIA: What It Means and Why It’s a Great Idea to Have One

2018-02-15T05:25:32+00:00 February 10th, 2018|


Anyone who has ever given any thought at any time in their life to an idea of immigrating to Canada has heard about LMIA program. No surprise you might have been wondering what that is. Today, we will tell you all you need to know about LMIA, why you need it and how you can get one.

LMIA stands for “Labour Market Impact Assessment.” Formerly known as “Labour Market Opinion” (or LMO), LMIA is a document that a Canadian employer may need to obtain before hiring a foreign worker.

An employer, wishing to hire a foreign worker, submits an application for the LMIA to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). ESDC then reviews the application and issues an assessment or a report that is called LMIA. This report outlines the impact that hiring a working worker will have on Canada’s labour market.

Any employer, who wishes to hire a foreign employee, must obtain an LMIA from ESDC. If the assessment by ESDC is positive, the LMIA will outline the conditions of the job being offered, the name of the employee in question, and an expiry date.

Once the Canadian employer receives LMIA, it is then forwarded to an overseas employee. Only once LMIA is obtained, can overseas employee initiate a visa and work permit application. If the person is already employed in Canada, the positive LMIA allows them to file a work permit renewal application.

Types of LMIA:

  • LMIA to support Work Permit applications – an LMIA to support an application for work permit under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Once you receive this LMIA, you may apply for the work permit;
  • LMIA to support Permanent Residence applications – this LMIA is used to support an Application for Permanent Residence in Canada. If permanent residence is sought based on Express Entry, the foreign worker is awarded 50-600 CRS points (based on NOC code). Candidates canapply to Enpress Entry draw. This can boost the cut-off score high enough for the applicant to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in Canada;
  • LMIA to support both Permanent Residence and Work Permit applications — in addition to supporting permanent residence application, this type of LMIA is also used to support a work permit application.

Requirements to employers

In their analysis of the offer of employment, ESDC considers the following elements:

  • Has the Canadian employer undertaken reasonable efforts to recruit or train a Canadian to fill the position?
  • Will hiring the foreign worker help to create or retain jobs for Canadians?
  • Will the foreign worker be able to transfer unique skills or expertise to Canadians?
  • Is there a labour shortage for that occupation in the area the position is located?
  • Is the salary offered to the foreign worker consistent with the average for the occupation in the area the position is located?
  • Are the working conditions in line with the labour laws and/or collective bargaining agreements?
  • Are the job offer and the company genuine?
  • Is there an ongoing dispute in the company and/or the industry?
  • Is the number of foreign workers in the company within the cap set by the government?

The only languages distinguished as job requirements for LMIA purposes are English and French, unless the employer can prove differently.

Employers are further required to advertise all job vacancies in the Canadian labour market for at least four weeks. In addition to posting an ad in the Canadian Job Bank website, employers must prove that they have tried at least two other nation-wide recruitment efforts to find a Canadian employee.

Employers are explicitly prohibited from laying off or cutting the hours of Canadian workers to employ foreign workers. Generally speaking, it is easier to obtain a positive LMIA for high-demand occupations (as published from time to time by provincial governments). Canada is interested in bringing qualified and highly skilled employees in high demand occupations to benefit Canadian economy with their knowledge, skills and expertise.

LMIA fees and processing time

Since June 2014, a processing fee of CAD 1,000 is required for each request for LMIA for work permit applications.

While processing time for LMIA applications may vary, ESDC has committed to 10 business days for certain LMIA applications. The 10 days processing time is available for applications pertaining to high-demand jobs (for example, skilled trades), jobs offering wages in the top 10% of wages earned by Canadians in that province or territory, and for jobs with a short duration work period (less than 120 days).

At Jane Katkova & Associates, we have successfully assisted hundreds of companies in completing applications and obtaining positives LMIAs for their potential employees. Please write to us at support@katkova.com or call +1 (416) 661-4487 to learn how we can help in your specific situation.

29 12, 2017

Startup Visa Canada – Invest Your Way to Canada

2018-01-02T14:42:55+00:00 December 29th, 2017|

Startup Visa Canada

Startup Visa Canada

Startup Visa Canada is an immigration program for business people and investors. Being a businessperson is a gift. You may certainly educate yourself at universities, get an MBA, study dozens of featured books and … spend months looking for a job. And why would you want to do that, in the first place? Business people aren’t supposed to be looking for jobs, are they?
They are supposed to be creating jobs. They are supposed to bring people together, to inspire them to work towards a common goal and to lead them to victory. Business people know exactly what they want, they are willing to go through challenges and obstacles on their way to happiness but are very motivated to achieve their goals no matter what by thinking out of the box, by creating new solutions, by walking an extra mile. Hey, and it pays nice!

Sadly, being a businessperson is not only a rewarding occupation but a dangerous one too. In different parts of the world, businesses have to deal with corruption, illegal takeovers, regulatory hurdles, sabotage, strikes, economic downturns, personnel issues etc. This has become especially more concerning in view of the political and economic unrest that the world is going through in the recent years. This is why businesses and business people have started looking for countries where they can run a business while feeling safe and secure, where the regulatory environment doesn’t put spokes in wheels, but on the contrary – helps and facilitates.

Why invest in Canada? Canada is the second-best country in G-20 to do business, according to Forbes. According to OECD, Canada led all G7 countries in economic growth over the past decade. Canada’s workforce is the most highly educated among the members of OECD, with half of its working-age population having a tertiary level of education. Total business tax costs in Canada are by far the lowest in the G7 and 46% lower than those in the United States. Canada offers the lowest business costs in G7 for R&D-intensive sectors, with a 27.7 percent cost advantage over the United States.

In addition to that, the World Economic Forum consistently declares Canada’s banking system to be one of the soundest in the world. And, last but not least, Canada is one of the most multicultural countries in the world, with world-class universities, a universal health care system and clean and friendly cities. The OECD’s Better Life Index shows Canada as best in the G7 in terms of overall living conditions and quality of life. Sounds pretty exciting, what do you think?

A huge improvement for business is CETA, a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, being signed between Canada and the European Union. CETA is in the process of ratification by EU member states right now. Once ratified, it is expected to create jobs, strengthen economic relations and boost Canada’s trade with the world’s second-largest market. CETA is a progressive free trade agreement which covers virtually all sectors and aspects of Canada-EU trade in order to eliminate or reduce barriers. Once CETA is fully implemented, foreign investors in Canada will enjoy preferential access to both NAFTA and the EU – a vibrant market with a combined GDP of nearly US 37 trillion, or one half of the world’s output of goods and services.

So how can we help you immigrate to Canada as a businessperson and an investor? We can offer you an all-inclusive set of services associated with your participation in the Startup Visa Program. To be eligible, you need to have the support of a designated organization. Designated organizations are business groups that have been approved to invest in or support possible start-ups. Designated organizations provide you with a Letter of Support, which you include with your application. You may either get a designated venture capital fund to agree to invest a minimum of CAD 200,000 in your business or you may get a designated angel investor group to invest a minimum of CAD 75,000. Alternatively, you must be accepted into one of the designated business incubator programs.

It is important to understand that the Government of Canada does not provide financial support to new Start-Up Visa immigrants. You must show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family after you arrive in Canada. The required amount depends on the size of the family. Where one person needs 12,300 Canadian dollars, a family of four would need CAD 22,856, and the family of seven would have to demonstrate possession of CAD 32,550.

The great news is that up to five people can apply for the Startup Visa Canada as owners of a single business. To meet an ownership requirement, each applicant must hold at least 10% of the voting rights in the business, and the designated organization and the applicants must jointly hold more than 50 percent of the voting rights in the business. You will also need to meet language requirements. Canada is a bilingual country, and knowledge of English and/or French is certainly crucial for your success as a businessperson. You will need to demonstrate the minimum level of 5 according to Canadian Language Benchmark in either language in speaking, reading, listening and writing.

A good business plan will also substantiate the viability of your Canadian business. We can help evaluate your business idea or a possible Canadian business venture. We can also help prepare and review the business plan, assist you in selecting a business incubator and preparing an application for a business incubator program. You will need to show that your business has financial and marketing viability for the Canadian economy and that there is a substantial market/consumer interest in your products and services.

To enter a business incubator program, your first step is an application. If the initial review of the application is successful, you will be invited to an interview with the specialists of the incubator. We will prepare you for the interview with the selection committee of the business incubator. If your interview is successful (and we will help you make sure it is!), you will be required to complete a two-week training program. Upon successful completion, applicants will receive a certificate of completion of the business incubator program and a letter of support from the incubator. We will help you then file an application for permanent residence visas for your entire immediate family. Happy end!

So, as you can see, Canadian Startup Visa Canada is a great chance to move to Canada prepared, with a great business plan and your business waiting for you upon your arrival. If you are a committed businessperson and are willing to relocate your business to Canada or start a new one here, in the great business and legal climate, this is really the best solution for you! Canada is a land
of entrepreneurs, and it will be more than welcome to embrace your business, protect it and foster its further development. So why don’t you give us a call or email us, so that we can start right away with Startup Visa Canada.

29 12, 2017

Express Entry Program – Express Gateway to Canada

2018-02-15T05:28:26+00:00 December 29th, 2017|

express entry program

express entry program

Express Entry Program is a fast lane to select skilled workers to immigrate to Canada. It is a completely electronic process and it involves the federal government, provincial governments, and Canadian employers.

The processing time for complete Express Entry applications is six months.  Job offer is necessary but in some cases, your employer does not need an LMIA to support your job offer. Here are some here is why you should consider it.

Immigration to Canada is a dream of the many, a truth for the few. One of the best countries in the world in terms of living standards, rights and freedoms, grand and inspiring nature, and a democracy flagship that uniquely combines the cutting edge view of the New World with an elegant touch of Old Europe, Canada has long been the holy grail for immigrants of all kinds. Canada’s Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, and Calgary are consistently ranked among the most livable cities in the world in terms of living standards, eco-friendliness, security, cleanliness and other “goodies.” Until 2015, immigration to Canada had been a challenge which took many years of people’s lives. Documents had to be gathered in paper form, the express entry application package had to be physically mailed by post, and people would sit and hope that their valued documents were not lost along the way. If it was successfully received, people would still wait for years until it was processed and they were notified of the result. Only very motivated and patient applicants were able to complete the process and wait until they get the results. Immigration was definitely a challenge back then! It all changed in 2015 when the Canadian government announced its Express Entry Program. Under the terms of Express Entry,  applicants provide information about their skills, education, language ability, work experience and some details online through a very user-friendly interface. Express Entry is used to manage applications for permanent residence for these programs: “Federal Skilled Worker Program” (FSW), “Federal Skilled Trades Program”, and “Canadian Experience Class.”
What’s most important is that Express Entry program is fast, it’s incredibly fast and efficient in comparison to the older cumbersome system! Once you complete your Express Entry profile, the system automatically assesses your rank in the Express Entry pool, using a points-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System, and tells you how many points you have. The points are
awarded for skills, education, language ability, work experience and other factors. Additional points can be awarded for Canadian degrees, diplomas and certificates, a valid job offer and a nomination from a province or a territory. You immediately see how many points you have. What happens next? The Ministry makes draws from the pool on the periodical basis. In
2016, the Ministry made 27 draws, and in 2017 – 29 so far, which makes for more than 2 draws a month. The Express Entry draw provides for a cut-off score. If your score is above this cut-off score, you get an invitation to apply. You are then given 90 days to complete the application package with the documents. The Ministry is then obliged to process your application within 6 months or less. All documents can be uploaded online. The process is highly efficient, automated, streamlined and smooth. And we will be there to guide you through it! November 2018 was a busy month for Express Entry, with four draws over the first three weeks (and 5,545 invitations to apply issued!). The Government of Canada has recently announced its new multi-year immigration targets for 2018-2020. According to these targets, the number of candidates granted permanent residence through Express Entry is expected to rise by 20% over the three-year period. Another great news is decreasing the CRS score. While in 2016, the minimum CRS score hovered just above 450, in 2017 the average CRS score so far was 437. The logic here is very simple – the less the number, the more your chances are! Also, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada(IRCC) has issued 83,273 invitations to apply this year only, while in 2016 the number of issued invitations was only 33,782! This is twice as much!

Why do you need our assistance to help you guide you through express entry program application?

There’s no rule which says that you must hire a lawyer. You may definitely try to do that on your own. But what if you make a mistake? A decision to apply for Canadian permanent residency is not a whim, but a life-changing step that would improve the standard of living of an applicant and family members. It is costly, it takes time, and don’t forget that your application will be assessed by third-party officials who scrutinize and review each case in detail. A clear and concise application can be assessed more effectively, meaning a decision is made faster and you will get your visa faster than if you did everything on your own.

The IRCC officer has to approve the application and the score of the applicant. If there are mistakes, your application can be denied or the officer may ask for clarifications which again will take your time. We, at Jane Katkova & Associates, know which points to highlight to maximize your score. IRCC officers are people and their decisions, although highly professional, may vary a bit. They may view your work experience differently, for example. We will know how to present your experience effectively. There are also specific requirements which are not always transparent, but which will streamline your application and guarantee success if done properly.

In other words, we can help prepare an error-free, IRCC-ready, efficient application that will run smoothly and quickly through the IRCC system and ensure a visa in your passport. Why don’t you leave the paperwork to us, while you hone your English, say goodbyes, pack your bags and prepare for a great adventure called Canada!

Take advantage of Express Entry Program today.

29 12, 2017

Coming To Canada To Give Birth – Giving Wings to Your Children

2017-12-29T19:09:50+00:00 December 29th, 2017|

Coming To Canada To Give BirthComing To Canada To Give Birth was a big trend in 2017. A German icon, a world-famous writer and a statesman Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, once aptly remarked, “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.” We are all attached to our home countries. Home feels like nothing else, and as we grow older, we feel even deeper attached to our history, traditions, culture, ways of life, philosophy, and literature. This is our roots. Something that we should give our children, as they are born so that they feel the bond that will forever connect them to their homeland.

On the other hand, the world we live in nowadays is extremely unstable and volatile. Stability in many countries is undermined by terrorism, military conflicts, political turmoil, inter-religious standoffs and economic degradation. Looking at that, many parents are now considering a better future for their children or at least an option – where they can live, where they can study, make careers and enjoy prosperity, stability and security. It’s always a nice idea to give the children wings, so they can see the world and make a well-thought and considered decision about where to land and settle.

There is such an interesting issue in immigration law as “jus soli”, literally meaning the “right of the soil.” That principle declares that if a baby is born in the territory of a country, that baby is automatically given citizenship of this country. The sad thing is that this principle is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Some countries have abolished it completely (like India and Malta), many other countries (including such developed countries as Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom etc.) have introduced a restriction to “jus soli”, mostly requiring at least one parent to have citizenship of that country.

In its original pure form, “jus soli” mostly exists in the Western hemisphere, including the US and Canada. However, in 2017 the new President of the United States of America Donald Trump was quoted as saying, “The right of land, guaranteeing citizenship to all children born in the US, should be abolished as 7.5% of all births in the U.S. are to illegal immigrants, over 300,000 babies per year. This must stop. It is unaffordable and not right. Automatic citizenship for babies in the US is the biggest magnet for illegal immigration so this practice should be abolished.” Not good news, right?

Coming To Canada To Give Birth

Canada has also experienced some issues in this context, with a petition launched in 2016 aiming to eliminate birthright citizenship. However, this petition, launched in June 2016, was rejected by the Canadian government in October 2016. Canada has once again shown to the whole world what stance a free and democratic country must take. It is absolutely legal to come to Canada to deliver a child and by so doing to give that child one of the best presents a child can have – a Canadian passport.

Your child, when they grow up, can make a conscious decision where they want to live. And if they decide to never leave their home country, that’s the best thing that can happen, right? After all, people never leave their home country because they are too happy there, do they? However, if something’s not right, if something’s bothering them, it’s always a great idea to have some spare “wings” which can take you to a better, safer, more tolerant, more democratic and well-off country.

At Jane Katkova & Associates, we can help you give the “wings” to your child. We can provide you with an all-inclusive service that will enable you to get a visa, come to Canada, get a comfortable accommodation, deliver your baby in a state-of-the-art medical facility, and board a great flight home. And we will also take care of all the paperwork! I mean, just think of that. What can be a better present to your newly born baby than citizenship of a great country of the “strong and free” North? According to CNN’s rating of 10 most livable cities in the world in 2017, three of the first five cities are located in Canada (Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary). So why don’t you at least give it a good thought? Let us help you coming To Canada To Give Birth.

20 10, 2017

International Experience Class Canada

2017-11-03T19:43:46+00:00 October 20th, 2017|

International Experience Canada

What is International Experience Class?

International Experience Class in an incredible opportunity for young people to explore Canada, gain Canadian work experience and to feel the country as an insider, not as a guest.

For those who is interested in IEC program, you need to know the following:

  • you have to be of 18 and 35 (inclusive)
  • your country of citizenship must have an agreement with Canada which will allow you to apply for an IEC work permit,  or
  • you may be able to use a Recognized Organization


Depending on the country of your nationality, you will be able to choose from up to three travel options:

Working Holiday Visa

The type of a work permit you will get for Working Holiday will be an open work permit. (This type of work permit allows a person to work for any  Canadian employer in Canada, with an exception for an employer listed as ineligible on the list of employers who have failed to comply with conditions, or who, on a regular basis, offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massages).

This type of a work permit is perfect for you if:

  • You don’t have a job offer from a specific employer
  • You want to work for more than one employer in Canada
  • You want to work in more than one location


Young Professionals Visa

The type of work permit you will get in the Young Professionals category will be an employer-specific work permit (This work permit will indicate the name of the employer a person can work for; how long a person can work; and the location where a person can work (if applicable)).

A person who holds an employer-specific work permit can only work for the named employer for the length of time specified, and if applicable, at the location shown on the work permit.

This type of work permit is for you if:

  • You have a job offer in Canada from a Canadian employer
  • You will work for the same employer during your stay in Canada


International Co-op Internship Visa

The type of work permit you get in the International Co-op (Internship) category is an employer-specific work permit.

This category is a good match for your plans if:

  • You’re a student registered at a post-secondary institution in your country of residence
  • You have a job offer for a work placement or internship in Canada
  • You need to do this work placement or internship to complete your studies
  • You’ll work for the same employer during your stay in Canada

As an eligible citizen, you may participate in IEC twice, under any category.

The job you are offered in Canada must be classified as a National Occupational Classification (NOC) Code Skill Type Level 0, A or B to be considered as contributing to your “professional development.”


To be eligible for the Young Professionals category, you must:

  1. be a citizen of any eligible country,
  2. have a valid passport for the duration of your stay in Canada—your work permit in Canada will not be longer than the validity of your passport,
  3. be between the ages of 18 and 35 (inclusive),
  4. have the equivalent of CAN$2,500 to help cover your expenses in Canada,
  5. be able to take out health insurance for the duration of your stay—you may have to present evidence  of this insurance when you enter Canada,
  6. be admissible to Canada,
  7. have, prior to departure, a round-trip ticket or demonstrate that you will have the financial resources to purchase a departure ticket at the end of your authorized stay in Canada,
  8. have a signed letter of offer or contract of employment in Canada—the employment offer must be in your field of expertise (through schooling or work experience) and contribute to your professional development,
  9. not be accompanied by dependents, and
  10. pay the fees.

The following is a chronological step-by-step overview of how the IEC program works:

  • Complete the Come to Canada questionnaire and, if eligible, get your personal reference code.
  • Use this code to create your MyCIC account.
  • Complete the remaining steps in the IEC profile builder.
  • Submit your profile and choose the IEC pools you want to be in.
  • If you receive an Invitation to Apply via MyCIC, you will have 10 days start your application or to decline the invitation. If you accept, click the “Start Application” button in your MyCIC account to start the work permit application process.
  • After you press the button “Start Application” in MyCIC, you have 20 days from that day, regardless of whether you accept on day 1 or 10, to complete, pay and submit the work permit application.
  • (Young Professional and International Coop categories: before your 20 days expire, your employer needs to pay the $230 Employer Compliance Fee through the Employer Portal. Ask your employer to send you the offer of employment number they will get after they have paid their fees. You need this number to apply for your work permit.)
  • Upload all supporting documents, including police and medical exam certificates, if applicable (if you don’t have the supporting documents, you can upload proof that you have applied to undertake a medical exam and that a police certificate request has been sent).
  • Pay your participation fee of CAD $150 with a credit card through the online payment system in MyCIC.
  • (Working Holiday Category: pay your open work permit holder fee of CAD $100 at this time as well.)
  • At this point, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRC, formerly Citizenship and Immigration Canada, or CIC) begin its temporary work permit application assessment. IRC may ask you to provide additional documents. This is the last chance to withdraw from IEC and obtain refunds.
  • If the application is successful, a letter of introduction (LOI) will be sent to your MyCIC account. The official name of the document is Port of Entry (POE) Introduction Letter.
  • This letter is to be presented upon arrival at a Port of Entry (such as an international airport) in Canada, whereupon a work permit may be obtained.

IRCC typically processes complete applications within eight weeks.

We at Jane Katkova & Associates are sure you will enjoy your time in Canada and will gain memorable experience

19 09, 2017

What Is Express Entry?

2018-02-15T05:41:54+00:00 September 19th, 2017|

There is a new program within Immigration Canada – Express Entry. What is Express Entry Program? what are the requirements? How to create a profile?

We will discuss these questions and get you familiar with Express Entry. Let’s start.

What is Express Entry?

What Is Express Entry

Express Entry is an online immigration system which allows people to submit an application to be considered as a skilled immigrant. Your application will be then ranked using a points system. If you have a high ranking you will then be invited to apply for permanent residence as a skilled immigrant. A candidate has to go through an Express Entry draw.

Since the Launch of the Express Entry Canada program, a total of 43,202 individuals which includes applicants and their families have been admitted to Canada as permanent residents.

Who is eligible for Express Entry?

Before you can apply to get into the express entry pool you must see if you meet the criteria. You can find out if you’re eligible by reading the eligibility criteria for express entry and by completing the online questionnaire that will tell you if you are eligible or not for express entry based on the answers that you provide.

Once you know you’re eligible, you can start the application process. The first step is to create an express entry profile where you’ll provide your information about your skills, work experience, education, language and other information that they may ask for.

Once you’ve submitted your application, your profile will be entered into a pool or group of people who have applied for express entry Canada. Once you’ve been entered into the pool you will be ranked against everyone else who’s in the pool. The ranking is determined by a number of points that you have and if you have a high ranking your profile will be selected and you will be invited to apply for permanent residency.

What is CRS?

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)  is the points system that is used to assess and rank your profile in the express entry pool. The CRS will rank you based on things such as your age, Canadian work experience, your language abilities, your level of education, foreign work experience and other additional details.

You can try to improve your score and increase your chances of getting a high rank by getting a valid job offer, improving your language test scores, improving your education and by obtaining relevant work experience.


Here at Jane Katkova & Associate, we help people who wish to immigrate to Canada.

If you need help processing your immigration files contact us for a consultation.

9 08, 2017


2017-11-21T16:53:43+00:00 August 9th, 2017|

When Paying For Citizenship Applications, Ottawa charges Minors Like Adults.

Although recent changes to the citizenship act allow those under age 18 to make an application without their parents, they must pay the same fee as adults — $530.

By contrast, the fee is $100 for minors who apply for citizenship together with their parents.

Critics say children applying for citizenship on their own are probably unaccompanied minors who came to Canada alone for asylum or are estranged from their family and in such difficult situations that they can’t afford the application fee.

The government supports the amendment to make it easier for children to obtain citizenship without a Canadian parent and has made changes to clarify who can apply for citizenship on behalf of the child.


Conservative Senator Victor Oh, who put forward the amendment in the Senate to allow children to apply for citizenship on their own, said no fee-specific provisions were made in his motion at the time because he was told setting processing fees did not require legislative changes and fell within the immigration minister’s discretion.

Oh said he sent a letter to Hussen in early July and asked him to lower the fee to no more than $100, but he has yet to hear back from the minister. “We can’t discriminate and penalize the minors who apply on their own,” Oh said. “These children are the most vulnerable and they are not making it easier for them to become citizens.”


Immigration officials said the $530 application fee was put in place to reflect the increasing cost of processing. Over the past three years, an average of 29,740 children under age 18 applied for citizenship per year, the majority of them with their parents.


That’s a lot of money. The government has removed the legal barrier to citizenship for them but has now set up a new financial barrier. Theoretically, more young people could become citizens. In practice, they will find it a lot harder.


Passport Canada currently charges those 16 or older $160 for a 10-year passport and $57 for children younger than that for in-Canada applications. Immigration lawyers expect the number of unaccompanied minors applying for citizenship to be fewer than a couple hundred a year.

Canada Citizenship Cost


3 08, 2017


2017-12-13T17:14:33+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|

EXPRESS ENTRY DRAW – August 2nd, 2017

Express Entry Draw

Express Entry’s first draw in three weeks was on August 2. 3,264 candidates were in the pool receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence. Only Candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 441 or above were eligible to participate. Accompanying family members, including spouses or common-law partners, as well as dependent children, may also come to Canada along with the principal applicant. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada aims to process complete submitted applications within six months. Apart from candidates eligible under the Federal Skilled Trades Class, the record low threshold so far is 413*, in a draw that took place on May 31.

Express Entry Of May 26

Express Entry Draws of May 26 invited provincial nominees with a minimum CRS score of 775. In addition, there were candidates in the Federal Skilled Trades Class with a minimum score of 199.

Express Entry Today’s Draw

Today’s draw brings the total number of ITAs issued since Express Entry was first launched to 122,596. Of these, nearly half (54,487) have been issued in 2017. The increase in ITAs issued this year is a consequence of Express Entry becoming the main driver of economic immigration to Canada, with the backlog of applications submitted before 2015 now whittled down to just a handful of cases.

The increase in ITAs issued this year is a consequence of Express Entry becoming the main driver of economic immigration to Canada. There is a backlog of applications submitted before 2015 now whittled down to just a handful of cases.

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Canadian Immigration Experts assist in processing applications for express entry.

1 08, 2017

Happy Birthday Canada – Make This Country Your Home!

2017-11-07T13:43:36+00:00 August 1st, 2017|

On July 1, 2017, Canadians cheerfully celebrated their favorite country in the world.

For thousands of people, old and new immigrants to Canada, a far land in the North has become a cherished home and the best country on Earth. And rightfully so!

Toronto, ON

In May 2017, yet again, Canada for the second year in a row,  was ranked second in the annual “Best Countries” survey from the U.S. News & World Report. Only Switzerland edged out Canada for the number one ranking, scoring a perfect 10 while Canada took in 9.7 in overall scoring.

But Canada ranked first in the “Quality of Life” category, scoring a perfect 10 based on a variety of sub-factors including politics, economy and health care. The report also cited Canada as being a “high-tech industrial society with a high standard of living.”

Canada ranked first in the “Quality of Life” category, scoring a perfect 10 based on a variety of sub-factors including politics, economy and health care. The report cited Canada as being a “high-tech industrial society with a high standard of living.” Undoubtedly a country of immigrants, relying on the “new blood” and talent of people, yearly arriving in Canada for permanent residencethe country is largely building its future on the best of the best, attracted by the open doors to the country for those who are professional, experienced and business savvy.

Only in 2016, Canada accepted 320,000 new residents of the country to offer them a new future where possibilities and opportunities are endless.

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Canadians love and appreciate what immigrants bring to this country. Canadians are used to people speaking numerous accents, representing their cultures and communities. Multiculturalism is not a mere term, but a reality which is a part of an every day living for us, Canadians.

In this country, we understand better than anywhere else, how different cultures and traditions intertwined enhance a success of a nation, where respect is a base for communication.

We witness increasing numbers of interracial marriages, kids growing up speaking their parents’ language as well as English and French, we see multicultural audiences in symphony concerts and baseball games, we honor each other’s heritage and traditions, and we celebrate our country.

Statistically, 99% of new immigrants find a way through the initial challenges which come along with a relocation to a new place and make it a success either in a corporate world or their self-established businesses.

Happy Birthday CanadaMost members of the team of Jane Katkova & Associates, including Jane Katkova-Brown, the Founder and Principal Counsel of the Firm are immigrants. We are a multicultural team, coming from many countries of the world, speaking many languages, talking with accents, loving tasting our national foods during lunch breaks, sharing stories from back home, jokes, and loving every minute of it!

All of us are parents, raising our children in one of the safest countries in the world. They are the new generation, for which Canada is home on every level. Our kids speak at least two languages, they are open minded and free from prejudice.

We are grateful for the opportunity Canada offered us.

Thank you, Canada!

Happy Birthday Canada!

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2017-12-29T20:50:09+00:00 July 31st, 2017|

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The government of Canada has announced that the StartUp Visa program, a pathway to Canadian permanent residence for entrepreneurs launching a company in Canada, will become a regular feature of Canada’s immigration landscape in 2018.

The Start-Up Visa program encourages immigrant entrepreneurs to grow their companies in Canada. Successful applicants link with private sector organizations in Canada, where they can receive funding, guidance and expertise in opening and operating their enterprise in Canada. More than 50 Canadian venture capital funds, angel investor groups, and business incubators are now designated to participate in the program.

Since being launched in 2013, a total of 117 principal applicants have been approved for permanent residence through this program. These entrepreneurs represent 68 start-ups launched in Canada. The government is hopeful that more immigrant entrepreneurs will be approved over time, benefiting the Canadian economy.

Every company launched in Canada with the help of the Startup Visa Canada has the potential to be a big win for Canadians by providing middle-class jobs and strengthening our economy.

By making the Startup Visa Program permanent, Canada will attract more innovative entrepreneurs who generate new business opportunities, create jobs and equip Canadians with the skills they need for the jobs of the future.”

In order to be eligible, applicants for a Start-Up Visa must meet the following requirements:

  • English or French (CLB 5 in all abilities);
  • Have sufficient funds to settle in Canada;
  • Plan to settle in a province other than the province of Quebec;
  • Pass Canadian security and medical clearances;
  • Prove that the business is supported through a designated organization;
  • Show that the business meets ownership requirements.

No more than five foreign nationals may apply for permanent residence as part of the same business venture under the Start-Up Visa Program.


Jane Katkova & Associates is helping dozens of people to immigrate to Canada. Contact us for assistance today.

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