Recent news that may interest you.
The upcoming new Federal Skilled Worker Program.
November 11, 2012
The new Federal Skilled Worker Program will be implemented on May 4, 2013. It will include a variety of changes to the requirements of being a Skilled Worker. This program is meant for those have the education and experience in the occupation list outlined by the Federal Government.
Having a younger workforce is one of the top new priorities of this program as the Federal Government encourages new immigrants to fill in desperate labour shortages in all regions of Canada. English proficiency is another change the Federal Government is emphasizing in this new program as it will make for a better transition for new immigrants to become part of the workforce.
However some requiremements remain the same from having an Arranged Employment Offer from an Canadian employer. The Federal Government will also arrange for the assessment of spouses for Skilled Worker applicants, as spouses play a crucial role in the emotional and financial support of new immigrants.
The new Federal Skilled Trades Program for 2013.
December 4, 2012
There is a new program dedicated specifically for tradespeople with the knowledge and experience to fill in labour shortages in Canada. On January 2, 2013, the Federal Skilled Trades Program will be implemented. There will be a cap on how many applicants may enter this program on a yearly basis, however within this cap there are exceptions.
The Federal Government aims to accept 3000 applications under this program in the preferred occupations list that will be coming out and within these occupations there will be 26 occupations that will have no limit on the number of immigrants applying.
The projected wait time for this program will be around 12 months and the same conditions apply from the Skilled Worker program from English abilities, employment offers from Canadian employers and relevant work experience for 2 years in their respective fields.
Refugee Assistance in Turkey.
January 15, 2013
Canada is only one of a few countries dedicated to the resettlement of refugees in Turkey for the ongoing crisis happening in Syria. The Canadian government is aiming to resettle 5000 refugees who have fled to Turkey. While working close with the UNHCR, the Canadian government will not change its position in assisting this Refugee Agency in resolving the effects of war displacement.
With the growing perception that Canada is becoming less active in the humanitarian assistance of refugees, it is in fact the opposite as Canada remains a strong supporter of helping refugees resettle in a safe country and be part of the war effort in defending civilians from conflicts.
Super Visa for Grandparents a Success.
February 14, 2013
Since the launch of the Super Visa program for Grandparents in 2011, over 15000 Super Visas have been issued. This program has given the flexibility to grandparents to visit their families in Canada for a period of 2 years, which is more than satisfactory in spending quality time with their loved ones.
The Super Visa is valid up to 10 years which means it allows for multiple entry into Canada. The requirements to qualify are to simply show proof of medical insurance covering your visit to Canada, pass medical examination if you are from a designated country and that your sponsor meets the minimum necessary income threshold.
Any grandparents seeking to visit their families can now be rest assured they can be able to come to Canada without further hinderance to their established lives in their home country and be able to be close to their families.
New Parental Sponsorship Program Re-opening for 2014.
December 28, 2013
Citizenship and Immigration Canada is now ready to implement their new revised Parental Sponsorship Program for the year 2014. This new program will allow Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents to sponsor their parents or grand parents. However you must act fast as there is a quota set for the number of applications that can be accepted.
Once the quota is met, this program will close for the year 2014 and you must wait until the program reopens. We therefore advise any potential persons who are contemplating about bringing their parents or grandparents over to consult with us on the obligations and time lines expected for this program.
We expect this program quota to be met within a very short period of time and although the Super Visa option is still available to those parents who require a visa to enter Canada, the Parental Sponsorship Program is a Permanent Residence application and will allow your parents to permanently settle inside Canada with your family.
New Federal Budget Aims to Terminate Existing Federal Investor Backlog
February 12, 2014
Citizenship and Immigration Canada has announced today on their new Budget for 2014 that they will terminate existing backlogged Federal Investor applications. This may be a major setback to those who have already waited for many years to have their application assessed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
As the Minister of Immigration has the authority to change the Immigration Regulations according to the needs of the government, applying as a Business Investor is basically suspended.
However there are alternative immigraiton programs that may suite you if you consider yourself under the Business Category. Contact us today for an asssessment of your current situtation and how we can help you immigrate to Canada.