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5 12, 2017

Live-in Caregiver Program Updates

2017-12-05T17:25:58+00:00 December 5th, 2017|

As of December 3, 2017 Caregivers and their families will be reunited and the inventory of Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) applications will be largely eliminated by the end of 2018. The commitments the government has made today will mean that many Live-in Caregiver Program applicants who have faced long delays and family separation may soon reach their goal of permanent residence.

The main goal is to finalize 80% of applications for permanent residence submitted on or before Oct. 1, 2017, by caregivers and their family members through the LCP.

The program provided foreign nationals with at least two years of full-time, live-in employment as a caregiver in Canada with a direct pathway to permanent residence. The program was closed in 2014 but thousands of caregivers who were working in Canada were given an extended opportunity to apply for permanent residence.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) dedicated additional resources to process LCP applications and encourage caregivers and their family members to submit any documents that were missing from their applications.

The IRCC is planning to finalize 5,000 more cases than originally planned by the end of 2017. This surge will allow IRCC to welcome 20,000 new permanent residents in the caregiver category in total this year, reaching the high end of the target range as set out in the 2017 levels plan.

Having taken these steps, IRCC is committing to:

  • Finalizing a minimum of 80% of the cases that were in the LCP inventory as of October 1, 2017 by the end of 2018;
  • Processing 80% of new, complete LCP applications submitted on or after October 1, 2017 within 12 months; and
  • Admitting high numbers of LCP caregivers and their family members as permanent residents until the remaining cases are processed.

Further developments are expected soon on the Budget 2017 proposal to eliminate the $1,000 Labour Market Impact Assessment fee for Canadian families seeking to hire a foreign caregiver to provide care to a person with high medical needs and for Canadian families with an income less than $150,000 seeking to hire a foreign caregiver to provide childcare. Waiving this fee will help support Canadian families meet their caregiving needs.

 

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4 12, 2017

No visa for Romanian and Bulgarian citizens

2017-12-04T20:13:15+00:00 December 4th, 2017|

December 1, 2017– Ottawa, ON – Citizens of Romania and Bulgaria no longer need a visa to travel to Canada for short stays (6 months) for business, to visit family and friends, or for tourism.

However, they will need an Electronic travel Authorization (eTA)  to fly to or transit through a Canadian airport. An eTA allows officials to screen travellers for potential inadmissibility before they board their flight to Canada.

Applying for an eTA is a simple online process. Most applicants get their eTA approval (via an email) within minutes. However, some requests can take several days to process if you’re asked to submit supporting documents. It is best to get an eTA before you book your flight to Canada.

What do you need to apply for an eTA?

  1. Get your passport, credit or debit card ready, and read the help document.
  2. Use the online form to apply. The form cannot be saved. So have your information ready.
  3. Pay $7 CAD for your eTA right after you complete the form.
  4. Get an email about your eTA application. Most applications are approved within minutes, OR
  5. You may need to submit documents before your application can be approved. If this happens to you, an email will be sent with instructions within 72 hours.

What do you need to complete the form and pay for your eTA?

  • a valid passport from a visa-exempt country
  • a valid email address, AND
  • one of the following acceptable methods of payment to pay the $7 CAD fee (non-refundable): Visa®, MasterCard®, American Express®, a pre-paid Visa®, MasterCard® or American Express®, Visa Debit, JCB Card, or Interac.

!  You can only apply and pay for one person at a time. For example, for a family of three, you will need    to complete and submit the      form three times.

   ! Make sure you print your receipt right away. You won’t be able to print it later or receive a copy of   it.

  !  You will receive request by email only. Check your junk mail folder.

Your information can’t be saved. You have limited time to complete the form, however, you can  extend your session if you need a few more minutes.

In most cases, applicants receive an email from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) about their eTA application within minutes. However, some requests may need several days to process. If this is the case for your application, you can expect an email from IRCC within 72 hours of applying that tells you what your next steps are.

Make sure to check the junk mail folder of the email address you provided on your eTA application form. Some spam filters may block automated emails from IRCC.

You will be notified by email when your eTA is approved.

Your eTA is linked to the passport you used to apply for your eTA. You will need to present the same passport to airline staff each time you board a flight to Canada. If not, you will not be able to board your flight.

If you get a new passport after getting an eTA, you will need to apply for a new eTA.

While a valid eTA allows you to board your flight to Canada, when you arrive, you must convince the officer that you are eligible for entry into Canada. You will also have to convince the officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your approved stay.

Children under 18 must travel with appropriate documents and meet the same entry requirements as adults. The border services officer may ask minor children to present other documents depending on whether the child is travelling alone or with someone.

The officer will stamp your passport or let you know how long you can stay in Canada. The period is usually six months. In some cases, the officer may limit or extend this period to cover the planned purpose of your visit.

To visit Canada, you will need to meet some basic requirements, such as:

  • have a valid travel document, such as a passport,
  • be in good health,
  • have no criminal or immigration-related convictions,
  • convince an immigration officer that you have ties—such as a job, home, financial assets or family—that will take you back to your home country,
  • convince an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit, and
  • have enough money for your stay. (The amount of money you will need can vary. It depends on things such as how long you will stay, and whether you will stay in a hotel, or with friends or relatives.)

Some people are not allowed to come to Canada. They are known as “inadmissible” under Canada Immigration Law if:

  • you are a security risk,
  • you have committed human or international rights violations,
  • you have been convicted of a crime, or you have committed an act outside Canada that would be a crime,
  • you have ties to organized crime,
  • you have a serious health problem,
  • you have a serious financial problem,
  • you lied in your application or in an interview,
  • you do not meet the conditions in Canada Immigration Law, or
  • one of your family members is not allowed into Canada.

While most eTAs are issued in minutes, some can take several days to process. In such cases, more information is needed before the application is approved. IRCC will contact you via email and advise you of the next steps.

The email from IRCC may include a request for:

  • additional information or documents, or
  • an in-person interview at the nearest Canadian visa office.

If you apply for an eTA at an airport, and your eTA is not approved in time for you to check-in for your flight, you will need to reschedule your flight.

1 12, 2017

Great Contribution to the Development of Canadian Economy.

2017-12-01T20:02:39+00:00 December 1st, 2017|

Statistics show that 25% of Canadian workers are immigrants.

During the last few years Canada introduced major changes to its immigration system to address skilled labour shortages, namely the introduction of the Express Entry.

November 2017 had four draws for Canada’s Express Entry system. A total of 5,545 Invitations To Apply have been issued in November alone, adding to an already record-breaking 2017 on the Express Entry front. A total of 28 draws so far this year have seen more than 80,500 Invitations to Apply.

As a result of skilled worker oriented programs, in 2016, immigrants represented half of all workers in the Toronto. Vancouver, British Columbia had 43.2% of immigrants in its labour force, Calgary – 32.5%.

A key goal of Canada’s Express Entry system is to help offset what is expected to be a decrease in the pool of available labour due to Canada’s aging population. The system classes economic immigrants under three categories: the Federal Skilled Workers, the Federal Skilled Trades, the Canadian Experience Class. A number of Canadian province’s also have Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nominee Programs designed to address their labour needs.

In order to enter the Express Entry pool, interested candidates must be qualified for one of the Express Entry programs. Candidates are assessed based on their skills, work experience, language ability, education, and other personal information.

The new census data also revealed that more than 50 per cent of recent immigrants to Canada have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Education is a key qualification under the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System and international post-secondary students studying in Canada are beginning to benefit from new programs that make it easier for them to integrate into the Canadian labour market after their studies and eventually gain permanent residence.

Immigrants are also more than two-times likely to hold a master’s degree or PhD than the Canadian-born population. Among immigrants aged 25 to 64, 11.3 per cent had a master’s or doctorate degree compared to just five per cent of those born in Canada. The number is even higher among immigrants who arrived in Canada over the last five years, with 16.7 per cent holding a master’s or doctorate degree.

Canada’s immigration system is paying off in terms of the number of skilled and highly educated immigrants that are being invited to build a new life in Canada.

 

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28 11, 2017

IRCC updates country list for required medical examinations.

2017-11-28T16:54:53+00:00 November 28th, 2017|

Medical Examinations for Visitors

If a visitor wants to come to Canada for six months or less, he or she does not require a medical exam; unless he or she plans to work in certain occupations:

  • workers in the health sciences field,
  • clinical laboratory workers,
  • patient attendants in nursing and geriatric homes,
  • medical students admitted to Canada to attend university,
  • medical electives and physicians on short-term locums,
  • teachers of primary or secondary schools, teachers of small children,
  • domestics,
  • workers who give in-home care to children, the elderly and the disabled,
  • day nursery employees,
  • other similar jobs.

If a visitor wants to come to Canada for more than six months:
He or she will need a medical exam if a person:

  • have lived temporarily for six or more months in one or more of the countries or territories listed below in the one year immediately before the date of entering Canada. (This applies even if you are a citizen of a country that does not need a visa to enter Canada.)
  • will come to Canada to work in an occupation in which public health must be protected.
  • apply for a Parent And Grandparent Super Visa.

Please find the list of countries for which an immigration medical examination is required:

 

Afghanistan HaitiNigeria
AlgeriaHondurasNorthern Mariana
AngolaHong KongPakistan
ArmeniaIndiaPalau
AzerbaijanIndonesiaPanama
BangladeshIraqPapua New Guinea
BelarusIsland – TrukParaguay
Bosnia-HerzegovinaIsland – YapPeru
BotswanaIslands – New GuineaPhilippines
Belau – Republic ofIslands – SolomonPonape
BrazilIslands – U.S. Trust Terr. of PacificQatar
BeninKazakhstanRomania
BhutanKenyaRussia
BoliviaKorea, NorthRwanda
BruneiKorea, SouthSabah
Burkina FasoKosovoSaharawi Arab Democratic Rep.
Burma (Myanmar)KosraeSao Tome e Principe
BurundiKyrgyzstanSarawak
CambodiaLaosSenegal
CameroonLatviaSierra Leone
Cape VerdeLesothoSingapore
Central African RepublicLiberiaSomali Republic
ChadLibyaSouth Africa – Rep. of
ChinaLithuaniaSri Lanka
ComorosMacaoSudan
Congo, Democratic RepublicMadagascarSwaziland
DjiboutiMaioTaiwan
Dominican RepublicMalawiTajikistan
EcuadorMalaysiaTanzania
El SalvadorMaldivesThailand
Equatorial GuineaMaliTibet
EritreaMauritaniaTimor-Leste
EthiopiaMoldovaTogo
FijiMongoliaTunisia
GabonMooreaTurkmenistan
GambiaMoroccoTuvalu
GeorgiaMozambiqueUganda
GhanaNamibiaUkraine
GreenlandNauruUzbekistan
GuamNepalVanuatu
GuatemalaNew BritainVietnam
GuineaNew Guinea MainlandWallis and Futuna
GuyanaNew HebridesWestern Sahara
Islands – AdmiraltyNew IrelandYemen
Islands – CoozNicaraguaZambia
Islands – MarshallNigerZimbabwe

13 11, 2017

Good News for Express Entry Applicants

2017-11-13T20:57:40+00:00 November 13th, 2017|

Express Entry November 2017

The reopening of Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities immigration stream allowed certain candidates in the Express Entry pool to benefit from one of Canada’s most popular Provincial Nominee Program streams.

Despite the fact that Ontario stopped receiving applications through this stream just a few days later, the province may invite even more applications before the end of the year.

Moreover, the province has confirmed that if an application is approved after the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program annual allotment is filled, the successful applicant will be issued a nomination certificate in 2018 when the province’s new allotment is assigned.

The Human Capital Priorities stream allows the province to search for eligible candidates in the Express Entry pool. Candidates must have a Comprehensive Ranking System score of no less than 400 points.

Candidates identified through the Human Capital Priorities stream receive a Notification of Interest from Ontario and are invited to apply for a provincial nomination certificate. Successful applicants receive an additional 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System score, followed by an Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residence.

That’s good news for eligible Express Entry candidates who are willing to settle in Ontario. The province was the destination of choice for more than 39 percent of recent immigrants to Canada, many of whom are drawn by Ontario’s strong manufacturing, financial, and science and technology sectors.

The Human Capital Priorities stream is one of Ontario’s three “enhanced” PNP streams, meaning they are aligned with Canada’s Express Entry system. Ontario also offers a French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream, as well as a recently-launched Skilled Trades stream, both of which are enhanced.

Ontario is not the only province to welcome new applications from Express Entry candidates over recent weeks. Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia have also opened their popular Express Entry-aligned streams, with both provinces offering first-come, first-served Express Entry streams in which candidates with work experience in an in-demand occupation may apply without a job offer.

Over the course of 2017, British Columbia has also engaged with Express Entry under its own unique points system by inviting some candidates who have registered in BC’s unique system to apply for an enhanced provincial nomination. Other provinces, including the Atlantic provinces of Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland, have also continued to leverage Express Entry into their PNPs throughout the year.

Looking ahead to 2018, provinces looking to welcome newcomers stand to gain from Canada’s new multi-year immigration strategy, which was announced November 1.

 

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8 11, 2017

Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities

2017-11-08T18:06:48+00:00 November 8th, 2017|

Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities

 

The most popular Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities, which is a part of Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, has reached its registration intake limit. We remind that the program was reopened on November 2, 2017.

No additional registrations will be accepted for the time being. However, the program will issue more Notifications of Interest to eligible Express Entry candidates in the pool before the end of the year.

A Notification of Interest works in the same way as an invitation to apply. However, the process of obtaining a Notification of Interest is passive, because Ontario immigration authorities search the Express Entry pool for eligible potential applicants. There is no guarantee that eligibility for the stream will result in a Notification of Interest being issued.

To be eligible for the Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities, candidates must:

  • Have a profile in the Express Entry pool
  • Have a minimum score of 400 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System. (The score must remain at or above 400 during both the Ontario nomination processing stage and at the federal application for permanent residence processing stage);
  • Have a minimum level of work experience;
  • Candidates who choose to be assessed against the Federal Skilled Worker Class criteria must have at least one year of continuous and full-time employment experience, or part-time equivalent, in a National Occupation Classification (NOC) level 0, A, or B occupation in the five years prior to the date of the Notification of Interest from the OINP.
  • Candidates who choose to be assessed against the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) criteria must have at least one year of cumulative and full-time employment experience, or part-time equivalent, in a NOC 0, A, or B occupation in Canada in the three years prior to the date of the NOI from the OINP.
  • Have a Canadian Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree OR an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report produced by a designated organization indicating that their foreign education credential is equivalent to a Canadian Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD;
  • Demonstrate English or French language proficiency level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 or above in all four competencies (speaking, reading, writing, and listening);
  • Intend to reside in Ontario;
  • Possess sufficient funds to cover settlement costs in Ontario;
  • Meet the additional criteria under either the FSWP or CEC.

 

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4 11, 2017

The Government Plans To Bring One Million Newcomers To Canada

2017-12-13T19:59:22+00:00 November 4th, 2017|

Newcomers To Canada

Newcomers To Canada

The government of Canada and immigration services has announced that it will bring 1 million newcomers to Canada over the next three years. The action was described as “the most ambitious immigration levels in recent history.”

The number of refugees and family reunification is growing from 300,000 to 310,000. In 2020 it will rise again to 340,000. By then, the number of newcomers to Canada will be nearly 1% of all Canadian population.

Ahmed Hussen, Immigration minister of Canada,  calls the program for bringing immigrants in large numbers “the most ambitious” in recent Canadian history. He says that “Our government believes that newcomers play a vital role in our society… five million Canadians are set to retire by 2035 and we have fewer people working to support seniors and retirees.”

Hussen claims that most people think that newcomers to Canada are a burden on Canadians and rely on financial services. But in reality, newcomers to Canada bring benefits of innovation and strengthen the economy.

The government has been working on speeding up the process of applications to reunite families and for citizenship for a smoother and fast process.

The government of Canada has been calling to increase the number of newcomers to Canada drastically to a level of 450,000 a year.

Immigration Minister, newcomers to Canada, citizenshipBut while there are calls for more newcomers to Canada, there is also a need for more jobs creation. Hussen says that in order for immigrants to succeed in their new environment we have to give them the tools to succeed. Once they are here we have to help them in every step of the way to ensure that they are integrated into society.

He says that Canada has all the ability and willingness to increase the number of immigrants who arrive in Canada every year.

Chris Friesen, the organization’s director of settlement services says to CBC that the Canadian childbirth rate is in decline and to stabilize the population there is a need for newcomers to Canada. Furthermore, he says that diversity brings innovation and it will help in having a stronger economy.

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26 10, 2017

Express Entry Immigration Stream in Alberta

2017-10-26T18:06:10+00:00 October 26th, 2017|

Alberta Express Entry

Alberta opens an Express Entry stream in January 2018. It allows the province to use its allocation for the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) to nominate candidates in Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC’s) Express Entry pool.

Alberta joined other provinces, having one Provincial Nominee Program together with Express Entry. Until now, the criteria for Alberta Express Entry have not been disclosed.

Express Entry candidates, who receive a provincial nomination through an Express Entry, receive 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points and an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence at a subsequent draw from the pool.

At this time, it is not publicly known how many nominations may be issued under the AINP Express Entry stream. There may be scope for increased settlement through the Provincial Nominee Program when the government’s new immigration levels plan will be announced. It is expected on November 1, 2017.

 

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25 10, 2017

Children Under 22 Now Considered Dependents

2017-11-03T19:04:43+00:00 October 25th, 2017|

children under 22 are considered dependents

 

As of October 24, 2017, children under the age of 22 are considered as dependents on all immigration programs, including for economic migrants and refugees. For the past three years, only children under the age of 19 were considered as dependents.

 

Children who are 22 years of age or older, but who rely on their parents due to a physical or mental health condition, will continue to be considered dependent children.

 

The age limit change will not be applied to applications submitted before October 24, 2017.

 

The government of Canada believes that a higher age limit will have more positive social and cultural impacts by keeping families together, while also enhancing Canada’s economy by making it a destination of choice for skilled immigrants who want to keep their families together.

23 10, 2017

New opportunity Stream Program, Alberta

2017-10-26T18:24:28+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|

express entry Opportunity Program

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The New Opportunity Stream opens on January 2, 2018 under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). This program is created to help foreign workers in Alberta to get a Permanent Resident Status. All applications will be processed outside the federal Express Entry selection system. Successful applicants to the AINP obtain a provincial nomination, which may then be used to apply for permanent residence.

The stream will replace two streams:

Until the Opportunity stream takes effect, applications under the existing streams will continue to be accepted, and processing of those applications may continue after January, 2018, even though new applications will not be accepted.

Applicants to the Opportunity stream require a job offer from an employer in Alberta. The job offer does not necessarily need to be in a skilled occupation, as most occupations under National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill levels 0, A, B, C and D are eligible.

Applicants must have valid temporary resident status at the time of the application, and must not be living or working in a province or territory other than Alberta. Applicants must also prove English or French ability with the score 4.

Applicants must also have completed high school or a higher level of education. Applicants who did not study in Canada need to obtain an Educational Credential Assessment.

Applicants must have either a minimum of 12 months full-time work experience in their current occupation in Alberta within the last 18 months, or a minimum of 24 months of full-time work experience in their current occupation in Canada and/or abroad within the last 30 months (this work experience can be a combination of experience gained in Alberta, in another Canadian province or territory and/or abroad).

Finally, applicants must satisfy a minimum income threshold, depending on the size of their family.

Number of members in family unit (including applicant)Gross annual income required (CAD)
1$24,952
2$35,287
3$43,218
4$49,904
5$55,794
6$61,120
7$66,017
8$70,575
9$74,856
10$78,905

Ineligible occupations

Individuals working in any of the following occupations will not be eligible to apply under the AINP Opportunity stream.

OccupationNOC
Legislators0011
School Principals and Administrators of Elementary and Secondary Education0422
Managers in Social, Community and Correctional Services0423
Fire Chiefs and Senior Firefighting Officers0432
Escort Agency Managers, Massage Parlour Managers0651
Secondary School Teachers4031
Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers4032
Professional Occupations in Religion4154
Authors and Writers5121
Musicians and Singers5133
Actors and Comedians5135
Painters, Sculptors and Other Visual Artists5136
Court Officers and Justices of the Peace1227
Dental Laboratory Bench Workers3223
Early Childhood Educators and Assistants*4214
Other Instructors4216
Other Religious Occupations4217
Other Performers, n.e.c.5232
Artisans and Craftspersons5244
Athletes5251
Real Estate Agents and Salespersons6232
Home Child Care Providers4411
Home Support Workers, Housekeepers and Related Occupations4412
Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Assistants4413
Casino Occupations6533
Other Personal Service Occupations6564
Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffeurs7513
Trappers and Hunters8442
Other Sales Related Occupations6623
Operators and Attendants in Amusement, Recreation and Sport6722
Other Service Support Occupations, n.e.c.6742
Harvesting Labourers8611
Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Labourers8612
Aquaculture and Marine Harvest Labourers8613
Mine Labourers8614

 

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