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Assessing Personal Suitability

Applicants who apply for a Canadian Immigrant (Permanent Resident) Visa under the “Skilled Worker/Professional” category are assessed according to a “points” system. Under current Federal Selection Criteria, applicants are awarded “units of assessment” for a number of objective factors, such as age, education, occupational background and language ability. In addition, applicants may be awarded up […]

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“Usually Required” Revisited

In a recent edition of this Newsletter, we commented on the term “usually required” and its controversial application by Visa Officers. As we discussed earlier, applicants who apply for a Canadian Immigrant Visa under the “Skilled Worker” category are assessed under a “points” system. Under current Federal Selection Criteria, applicants are awarded “units of assessment” […]

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Quebec aiming to boost arrivals

In order to halt the long-term effects of Quebec’s declining birth rate, Immigration Minister Robert Perreault announced that the province wants to increase the number of immigrants who arrive in Quebec each year by 40 per cent between now and 2003. In addition to favour the number of new arrivals to 45,00 from 30,000 annually, […]

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Q & A: Reconsideration and Appeal

Q. My application was not approved .Though I am not satisfied from the visa office. I have decided to file appeal. Can any body tell me is there are any chance of success in my application as I was awarded 68/70 points. Answer: An appeal is not based on the score alone. Reconsideration of the […]

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Q & A: Employment for Girlfriend/Spouse

Q. A Canadian IT-company has made a job offer which will allow me to get a temporary working permit for Canada. As I (only) want to go together with my girlfriend, the question is if she would be eligible to work as well? If not, would she be allowed to work if we would be […]

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Labour Force Survey, March 2000

Employment grew by an estimated 30,000 jobs in March, continuing the upward trend that began three years ago. The increase in March was similar to the average monthly rise over the last three years (+34,000). The growth in employment was accompanied by similar growth in the labour force, leaving the unemployment rate unchanged for a […]

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Revisions to Immigration Act Tabled

On April 6, 2000, Elinor Caplan, Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, introduced a new Immigration and Refugee Protection Act in Canada’s Parliament. The stated goals of the new legislation are to “curb criminal abuse of the immigration refugee systems while expanding policies to attract the world’s best and brightest to Canada.” The new legislation, […]

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Changes to Quebec’s Investor Program

The Quebec Government has recently announced several changes to its Immigrant Investor Program. These changes are currently scheduled to be implemented in early June 2000. The principal elements of the changes are the following: – The selection criteria for Investors remains unchanged (i.e. successful candidates must still have at least three years of managerial experience […]

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2000-2001 Immigration Plan

In a recently released report, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) outlined its goals and priorities for 2000-2001. Most importantly, CIC intends to achieve its target of 200,000-225,000 newcomers to Canada this year. CIC plans to make the selection of business and skilled worker immigrants more effective by adopting simpler, more comprehensible selection criteria and by […]

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