I came across several blogs recently written by new Canadians who use their blogs as a venue to share aspects of their lives in Canada. I was curious to know what these bloggers have in common, if anything. They have immigrated to Canada from different countries, they vary in age, and some have children, while others don’t. Why did they choose Canada? What was it about Canada that enticed these folks to want to go through the process of immigrating here?
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Want to study in Canada?
Canada’s first-rate academic institutions welcome international students from across the world. More than 130,000 students come to study in Canada every year and even more come to Canada to learn English or French. Foreign students bring a rich culture to Canadian classrooms.
Study permits as an avenue to Canadian permanent residency
Not only will studying in Canada prepare you for work in Canada, it can also help you fast-track your Canadian immigration application if you wish to stay in Canada after you finish your study program. Additionally, international students are eligible for Work Permits to obtain Canadian work experience both during and after their studies.
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If you have already been accepted to study in Canada, congratulations! Is the study period for your program longer than 6 months? If yes, you will need to apply for a study permit.
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On June 26, 2010, the Government of Canada placed a limit on the number of Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) applications it will process before June 30, 2011. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will process applications up to a maximum of 20,000. The limit does not apply to those applications with a job offer from a Canadian employer. To qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker category of immigration without a Canadian job offer, the principal applicant must have worked for at least one year in the past 10 years in one of the 29 listed occupations. Moreover, a maximum of 1,000 applications will be considered under any one of these eligible occupations.
For the first time last week, CIC released an update on the number of complete applications received for processing under the FSW category.
Total applications received toward to overall cap of 20,000:
2,785 as of October 27, 2010
To view the number of applications received by CIC for each of the 29 occupations, click here.
These numbers will be updated on a frequent basis according to data released by CIC.
Because application intake fluctuates, these figures are meant as a guideline only.
Attorney David Cohen offers the following advice, “Be quick with your application, or risk losing your opportunity of qualifying for a permanent resident visa under the Federal Skilled Worker category.”
There are many other ways to qualify for Canadian Permanent Residency, primarily through provincial nomination programs or under the Quebec Skilled Worker category. The provinces, especially the province of Quebec, still believe in the human capital model, in which one’s total background is given greater importance than their experience in a particular occupation. According to Attorney David Cohen, “All it may take is a willingness to learn a little French.”
The Federal and Quebec immigration systems offer Canadian permanent residency to qualified business persons under their Immigrant Investor categories. The immigrant investor visas for the Investor and his or her dependents result in unconditional permanent residency status, except for the residency requirements applicable to all Permanent Residents. Both the Federal and Quebec Investor Immigrant Programs have been extremely popular, and there are significant benefits to Canada resulting from these investments.
The Federal government declared a moratorium on the acceptance of new applications in the Federal Immigrant Investor Program on June 26, 2010. Now, four months later, Quebec has announced a moratorium in effect from October 13, 2010 on the acceptance of new applications under the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program.
Canada’s criteria for investor immigration remained unchanged since 1999 and the investment amount was one of the lowest as compared to similar programs offered in the US, Australia, the UK, etc. The criteria were in need of an update to remain competitive with these countries. The moratoriums will allow Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Immigration Quebec to reduce the backlog of applications. Once the programs re-open, procedural changes implemented during the moratorium will facilitate faster processing times. Undoubtedly, this is something business persons will appreciate.
While immigration is a Federal subject in Canada, the Federal Immigrant Investor Program is only available to those destined for settlement outside Quebec, as Immigration Quebec has the authority to select immigrants destined for the province of Quebec. Both the Quebec and Federal Investor Programs have identical eligibility criteria, apart from minor differences.
When the Federal and Quebec Investor Immigrant Programs re-open, the following eligibility criteria will be applicable to new applications:
An individual must:
• have a net worth of at least CAD$1.6 million,
• have 2 years of managerial experience in the preceding 5 years; and,
• be willing to make an investment of CAD$800,000 for a period of 5 years at 0% interest. The return of the capital is guaranteed by the government.
Under the new rules, applicants will be able to choose one of the following two options for making the investment:
1. Invest the entire CAD$800,000 out of the applicant’s own funds: In this case, these will be kept by the government for a period of five years, after which the funds will be returned in full; OR
2. Pay a financing fee in the range of CAD$200,000: Due to the secure nature of the investment, Canadian financial institutions are willing to make the investment with the government on behalf of the applicant, for a one-time financing fee in the range of CAD$200,000. The financing fee is paid up front and is non-refundable.
Current expectations are that the Federal and Quebec Investor Immigrant programs will be open for new applications by December 2010. If you are interested in one of these programs, it is best to start your application now so that it is ready to submit as soon as the programs re-open.
To find out if you qualify, click here.
The following is a summary of developments concerning Canadian Citizenship and Immigration that took place or were announced over the last few weeks.
In October, Canada celebrated Citizenship Week 2010. It was a time for Canadians to reflect on what it means to be Canadian, and on the responsibilities and rights of citizenship. More than 155,000 newcomers to Canada became Canadian citizens in 2009. These new citizens embrace the Canadian values of human rights, freedom, and democracy. >>Read more….
In terms of job creation, Quebec has recently demonstrated the best performance in all of North America. While jobs were lost in other parts of Canada during the month of September, more than 14,000 new jobs were created in Quebec. >>Read more…
The government of Canada is considering ways to prevent migrant smuggling because of the arrival in August this year of a ship with almost 500 Sri Lankan asylum seekers on board; however, the Canadian refugee determination process was designed to deal with people seeking asylum by landing on Canada’s shores, fleeing for their lives. >>Read more…
The Government of Canada announced yesterday it is launching the Federal Internship for Newcomers program. The program is designed to assist newcomers gain valuable Canadian work experience by affording them the opportunity to acquire some temporary work with the government in accordance with their skill set and training. >>Read more…
The current Canadian immigration selection system favours skilled immigrants. They are viewed as part of the solution to the problem of an aging population and shrinking workforce. But beyond this, immigrants are making Canada more innovative and that is a good thing according to a just-released report by the Conference Board of Canada, entitled “Immigrants as Innovators”. The report indicates that “innovation” is now the fundamental driver of output and productivity and it is critical for a country’s continued economic growth.
This week on September 30th, 2010, Michaëlle Jean’s term as Governor General of Canada comes to a close. During her five year term, Jean has been tireless in both performing her official tasks and re-defining the role of her office, and with it, re-defining Canada. She has been renowned at home and on the international stage as a woman of strength, intellect, and grace. During her time as Governor General, Jean has renewed, maintained, and advanced the greatest ideals that Canada represents. During a Remembrance Day visit spent with our troops in Afghanistan, Jean made a concerted and deliberate effort to meet with women leaders in the various communities and areas where our soldiers are working.
Recently, Jean had the honour of being the first Canadian to welcome President Barack Obama on his first official visit to Canada, a moment which touched many with its symbolism of progress and hope.
Like many of Canada’s great citizens and office holders, Michaëlle Jean was not born in Canada, but immigrated to Canada at the age of nine as a refugee from Haiti. Fleeing from the threats visited upon her and her family from the Duvalier regime, her family came to Canada and settled in Thetford Mines, Quebec. She studied language and launched her academic studies at the Université de Montreal. She would go on to study in Florence, Perugia, and Milan.
During her studies, Jean worked at a shelter for abused women and assisted new immigrants as they came and settled in Canada. In 1988 she began to work at Radio Canada as a filmmaker and then television anchor. Soon, she was approached by the English language CBC to take on similar responsibilities.
Jean’s accomplishments as a student of language, as a journalist, and a citizen were all cited in her nomination for Governor General when first announced by Prime Minister Paul Martin in 2005. Her installation speech focused on Canadian freedom, and on renewing our understandings of the diverse contributions to Canadian civilization. The motto in her official coat of arms; “Briser Les Solitudes” or “Breaking down solitudes”, means to end the divisions between English and French Canada, and also to acknowledge the living legacy of Canadians who come from every other part of the world.
When the earthquake struck central Haiti this past January, all of Canada was moved by Jean’s stoic and graceful response. When her term as Governor General comes to a close, she will be returning to her native Haiti in the position of Special Envoy to Haiti with the United Nations.
It may take some time to fully measure and understand the impact of Michaëlle Jean’s legacy as Governor General of Canada. At this point, we can only imagine how much she will be able to accomplish, but we can be sure that however she devotes her time and attention, she will continue to make Canadians proud.
Photo: The Office of the Secretary to the Governor General
Manitoba’s very successful Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) is proof that Manitoba is a destination of choice for those considering immigration to Canada.
Here we take an in-depth look at the General stream, one of several streams under the Manitoba Provincial Nomination Program each having its own eligibility requirements.
First, an eligible candidate is required to meet just one of the following criteria:
• previous full-time work experience in Manitoba (six months minimum)
• completed at least one academic year of education in Manitoba (not including language training programs)
• a close relative in Manitoba who has signed an affidavit of support
• two friends or distant relatives in Manitoba who have each signed an affidavit of support*
Manitoba has established itself as a leader among Canadian provinces with its very successful Provincial Nomination Program.
Here are three new ways that Manitoba proves it is dedicated to supporting provincial nominees by facilitating employment and settlement.
1) Manitoba strengthens its relationship with the Philippines by extending an existing partnership that connects Filipino workers with employment opportunities in Manitoba.
Earlier this month, the province of Manitoba signed an agreement with the Philippines Department of Labour and Employment to extend an existing partnership that connects Filipino workers with job opportunities in Manitoba. This partnership helps prepare Filipino workers for a new life in Manitoba and also makes the immigration process more efficient.
Over the past two and a half years, applications have been processed more quickly and training opportunities are provided in the Philippines so workers meet the requirements and standards for entry into the Manitoba workforce.
The success of this partnership is evident: 122 registered nurses from the Philippines were recruited by health authorities in Manitoba and are currently working and living in their new communities, and 97 have already applied and been accepted under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program to become Canadian permanent residents. In the near future, an equal amount of success is expected with similar recruitment efforts through this partnership.
In 2009, Manitoba’s ever-growing Filipino population represented 32 per cent of the province’s total immigration.
2) Manitoba announces new program to provide pre-arrival settlement services for provincial nominees.
Manitoba is a leader in Canada for attracting provincial nominees. Now the province is getting ready to start a new pre-arrival services program for those provincial nominees destined for Manitoba.
It is important for immigrants to be informed and prepared before they land in Canada so that they can achieve their career goals.
First, the program will provide Manitoba nominees in China and the Philippines with what they need to know about settlement in Manitoba and how to prepare for the job market in Manitoba. For example, the program will assist immigrants in creating a career plan based specifically on the Manitoba labour market and the procedures necessary to have qualifications recognized.
The program will later be adapted for provincial nominees destined to other provinces as well as for nominees in countries other than the Philippines and China.
3) Manitoba makes permanent resident visas more accessible for international students who wish to stay in the province after graduation.
Starting in 2011, international graduates from any Manitoba post-secondary educational program of at least two academic years will be able to apply immediately to the Provincial Nominee Program without a job offer. This change to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program will make it faster and easier for international students to apply for a Canadian Immigration (permanent resident) visa to stay and work in the province after graduation.
International students who apply for fast-track immigration will have access to an employment-readiness program upon graduation. The program is designed to provide assistance with job readiness, career coaching and job-matching services.