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Q & A: Volunteer Experience

Q. Does part-time volunteer count as the “working experience” in the PR immigration application? Answer: There is nothing in the Regulations which bars the assessment of unpaid work experience in the evaluation of a candidate’s qualifications. Such experience, as with any other experience, must be consistent with the applicable definitions, and the applicant should meet […]

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Q & A: RRP Application Immediately After Landing

Q. We got our landing papers recently. Since the whole processing procedure takes much less time than we expected, we now get some problems with our time schedule. I am currently registered for a Ph.D. Program and it takes at least another year to complete it. My wife also need a year or so to […]

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Q & A: Time Frame Comparison

Q. I heard some months back that the London embassy was very fast in issuing PR (6 months) but last week I was told one guy has got in just 4 months from Buffalo. Answer: In cases where interviews are not required, each office is of comparable speed. In selecting a visa office for submission […]

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Amending Family Status

Applicants for immigration to Canada may include close family members as accompanying dependents. This allows issuance of landing documents to such family members at the same time as those of the principal applicant. There are, however, a number of possible instances in which relations which are not included in an application initially, may be included […]

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Summary: White Paper on Immigration Revision

The Minister’s “White Paper” proposes the general direction for the revision of Canada’s immigration legislation, following the consultative reviews of the Legislative Review Advisory Group report. This white paper is intended as the prelude to further review, and subsequent draft legislation. A summary of the White Paper follows: 1. OBJECTIVES OF THE WHITE PAPER The […]

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Q & A: Timing of marriage to fiancé

Q. My fiancé and I have an interview arranged in London, UK in March. I am the principal applicant and my fiancé is a dependent on my application. My question is, when should we marry? Is it best to marry before the interview or medical or does it not have any bearing on the interview […]

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Q & A: Occupational Demand Comparison

Q.In viewing your web pages pertaining to Canada’s Skilled Worker Program, I see that many basic science categories (microbiologist, mathematician, etc.) have occupational ratings of only 1, while only computer programmers and some clinical professions rate a 10. Do you think these numbers are a reasonable (if crude) guide to employment opportunities in these professions […]

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Q & A: Retaining Canadian Status

Q. I have been a PR for 2 years and 2 months. But I am going to work in US via H1-B Visa next March after university. I would very much like to retain my landed immigrant status. So, I plan to return to Canada after working for 1 year or so in US. How […]

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MODERNIZING THE SELECTION SYSTEM FOR SKILLED WORKERS AND BUSINESS IMMIGRANTS

OTTAWA, January 6, 1999 — The new directions for immigration and refugee protection legislation acknowledge that immigration has given Canada great strength by attracting diversely talented individuals. At the same time, the current selection system for independent immigrant applicants needs to be updated and modernized to better enable these individuals to contribute to Canada’s social […]

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