|Now Open OINP Employer Job Offer: International Student stream : April 28, 2021||OINP Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream : April 28, 2021|
|Plan to accelerate caregiver application processing : April 15, 2021||New Release Fast Track Immigration for 90000 plus : April 14, 2021|
|Govt. of Canada initiated Hotel Booking for Traveller entering Canada during Covid Restrictions : February 09, 2021||New policy to help former international students : January 08, 2021|
|Program delivery update: COVID19 – Biometric exemption for permanent residence applicants with previous biometric enrolments on file : Sept. 22, 2020||changes to facilitate online learning for international students : July 14, 2020|
|How the coronavirus disease COVID19 is affecting immigration in CANADA : April 22, 2020||COVID19 Office Closures : March 24, 2020|
|Canada provides update on exemptions to travel restrictions to protect Canadians and support the economy : March 23, 2020||New Release Quota till 2022 : MArch 12, 2020|
|Biometrics now available for visitors in CANADA : December 03, 2019||Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino New Minister of Immigration in Canada : November 21, 2019|
|Changes to the Québec Immigration Regulation : November 01, 2019||Message from Ministry of Immigration Quebec : February 08, 2019|
|QUEBEC A new bill on immigration was introduced today in the National Assembly : February 07, 2019||2019 Parental Sponsorship Process Announced : January 11, 2019|
|Increased Immigration Levels in future Years Announced by Minister of Immigration CANADA : November 01, 2018||Great News for Parental Sponsorship 2019 : August 20, 2018|
|New QUEBEC Skilled Worker Application intake begins August 2, 2018 : July 18, 2018||Notice Class action against the MIDI : New Notice April 19, 2018|
|Notice Class Action Against the Department of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion : URGENT NOTICE to All Existing Quebec killed Worker Applicants April 18, 2018||Government of Canada brings medical inadmissibility policy in line with inclusivity for persons with disabilities : April 16, 2018 BRAEAKING NEWS|
|Find out if you are selected to apply to sponsor your parent and grandparent : September 6, 2017||Citizenship Bill Receives Royal Assent : June 20, 2017|
|Government of Canada launches the Global Skills Strategy : June 12, 2017||Express Entry to begin awarding additional points to candidates with siblings in Canada and to candidates with strong French language skills : June 5, 2017|
|Universal Immigration Opens Branch Office in PHILIPPINES : May 02, 2017||Quebec Immigrant Investor Program 2017 : March 30, 2017|
|QSWP quota for 2017 is 5000 : March 30, 2017||Dramatic Changes in Quebec Immigration Skilled Worker Program Eligibility Points. : March 08, 2017|
|Service Restored Telephone & Internet : 15 Feb 2017||Telephone & Internet Down : 14 February 2017|
|Technical issues with internet and telphone lines at the headoffice : We sincerely apologize for the incoveniece to our clients. We are working hard to reolve the issues.||Study in Quebec Faster PR : December 19, 2017|
|Highlights of changes made in Express Entry, effective November 19, 2016 : November 10, 2016||Trump Win sends CIC website crashing .... : November 11, 2016|
|QUEBEC The next application intake period will be from August 16 to 22, 2016 : July 18th, 2016||Lastest news Mon projet Quebec : May 30, 2016|
|Quebec Getting Ready for the June Intake of Applications : May 26, 2016||Quebec The Great changes starts today : April 20, 2016|
|Adoption of the Immigration Act in Quebec : April 7, 2016||Quebec Plans to end the first come, first served basis : March 07, 2016|
|MOST AWAITED NEWS!!! Quebec extends deadline for accepting applications!! : 13 Jan 2016||GREAT NEWS !!! Changes in Quebec Slection Criteria Min. 1 Year related Work Experience removed : January 5, 2016|
|Study & Immigrate to Canada!!! : 24 Nov 2015||Universal Immigration Bangalore INDIA office is Operational from 16th October, 2015 : October 16, 2015|
|FLASHING NEWS !! after prolonged silence Quebec Immigration has given clear indication on the new Intake of Application under QSWP : September 23, 2015||Quebec Skilled Worker Interviews to be held in Hong Kong : September 23, 2015|
|EMAIL Technical Issues : September 19, 2015||Beware of Fraudsters : 04th September 2015|
|International students launch $50M lawsuit against Niagara College : 19th August 2015||Quebec Applicants from Cebu, Philippines Exercise Caution : August 12, 2015|
|Important changes have been announced in Quebec points grid. : Important changes have been announced in Quebec points grid.||Immigration Seminar in Port au Prince, HAITI : May 20, 2015|
|Philippines—Top source country for permanent residents to Canada in 2014 : May 8, 2015||Quebec Annonuces New Quota for 2015, Quebec a annonce le nouveau quota pour 2015 : March 18, 2015|
|CAUTION : 24th February 2015||Quebec prepares for major immigration reform : February 03, 2015|
|Immigration to Quebec: major reform coming : January 25, 2015||Merry Christmas and Happy New Year : 24th December 2014|
|Nova Scotia to Launch New Immigration Stream and Quota Increased : 23rd December 2014||Canada Launches pilot program for spouses waiting for Permanent Residency : 23rd December 2014|
|Alberta wants more Immigrants : 09th December 2014||Employers want Entry Level Foreign Workers also through Exppress Entry System : 11th December 2014|
|EXPRESS ENTRY ANNOUNCED : December 1, 2014||Language Commissioners Urge Governments to Increase Francophone Immigration Outside Quebec : October 30, 2014|
|Do Not Worry .. if Quebec Quota is Over : August 12, 22014||BREAKING NEWS !!!! QSWP quota Achieved : August 11, 2014|
|Health, engineering degrees have best return, says Workopolis study : August 06, 2014||EXPRESS ENTRY from January 2015 : July 14, 2014|
|Quebec Immigration Interview Schedule : July 05, 2014||Comparison Federal Skilled Worker FSW vs Quebec Skilled Worker QSW : June 21, 2014|
|CAUTION !! CAUTION !! CAUTION !! : June 10, 2014||QSW Your Application Status June 2014 : June 4, 2014|
|Only 4327 Remaining Applications for Quebec Skilled Worker : May29, 2014||Last FSWP, FSTP and CEC applications that will be accepted under the current system before Express Entry launches in January 2015 : 23rd April 2014|
|Welcoming a record number of visitors from the Philippines in 2013 : April 22, 2014||"Express Entry" to Qualified Economic Immigrants : April 08, 2014|
|New Quota for Skilled Worker in Quebec Introduced : March 26, 2014||Please BEWARE : There are fraudsters who want to imitate the popular name of Universal Immigration. : March 15, 2014|
|Ontario PNP New Increased Quota : 13th March 2014||Ontario seeks Quebec style control over immigration : 07th March, 2014|
|Quebec Immigration Minister Tables new laws for Immigration in the National Assembly : February 19, 2013||Attention !! Be careful .... : February 12, 2014|
|Government to eliminate backlogridden and inefficient Investor and Entrepreneur Programs : February 12, 2014||Multipleentry visas make it easier for travellers to visit Canada : February 3, 2014|
|EXTREMELY IMPORTANT !!!! The DEADLINE is fast approaching : March 26, 2014||Double the number of international students in Canada till 2022 : January 15, 2014|
|BEWARE !! Beware of fraudulent characters in Facebook trying to tarnish the popular name of Universal Immigration : January 4, 2014||QUEBEC APPLICATION WEEK a Grand Success by WORLD''''''''''''''''s LARGEST Company for Quebec Immigration : December 12, 2013|
|Universal Immigration Largest Company in the world for Quebec Immigration Applications : December 8, 2013||SINP Program Changes w.e.f. 02nd Jan 2014 : 05th December 2013|
|What CIC is doing for Typhoon Haiyan Victims in Philippines ? : November 22, 2013||Canada announces further measures in response to Typhoon Haiyan : November 14, 2013|
|Help Bohol in Philippines ..... : November 8, 2013||New CAP introduced in Canadian Experience Class CEC : November 8, 2013|
|Quebec Immigration Level for 2014 & 2015 revised.... spend more money on teaching French to Immigrants : November 4, 2014||Livein caregiver admissions to reach an alltime high in 2014 : October 29, 2013|
|Quebec Skilled Worker Program False Propaganda by some immigration companies : October 2, 2013||Keep Away from Conflicting News about Quebec Immigration Program .. : September 30, 2013|
|Coffee Break with Universal Immigration and WISE Inc in Philippines : September 30, 2013||Striking diplomats Staffs in Canadian Embassy reach deal in labour dispute : September 26, 2013|
|BIGGEST STUDENT FAIR IN PHILIPPINES BY UNIVERSAL IMMIGRATION : 24 Sept 2013||MAJOR CHANGES IN ALBERTA NOMINEE PROGRAM : 16th September, 2013|
|Meet our President and Chief Consultant Mr. Ravi Iyer Renowned speaker on Quebec Nomination Program Now in Inda Kerala, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ludhiana, Delhi : September 4, 2013||Universal Immigration Welcomes Students of September 2013 : 29th August 2013|
|Quebec Immigration ... 20000 Quota fast filling .... : August 28, 2013||Nurse, Computer Science Engineers, Civil Engg ... Apply today under Quebec Nomination Program... OPPORTUNITY !!!! : August 9, 2013|
|Ottawa blasts Quebec for ‘fraud’ program that ‘takes money’ from rich immigrants who move to other provinces : August 8, 2013||ID MUBARAK : August 8, 2013|
|QUEBEC SKILLED WORKER PROGRAM FANTASTIC NEWS!!!!!! : 01st August 2013||CANADA : Striking diplomats vow major visa shutdown : 27 July, 2013|
|Chris Alexander, named citizenship and immigration minister : 15 July, 2013||20,000 Super Visas Issued : 15th July, 2013|
|QUEBEC New immigration rules and procedures effective August 1, 2013 : 9 July, 2013||Special measures for temporary and permanent residents affected by the flooding in Southern Alberta : 02nd July 2013|
|Change of Representation Quebec Immigration Files : 21 June 2013||Crackdown on temporary foreign workers lets officials search without warrants : 15th June, 2013|
|Canadian Visa Offices, in Canada and Overseas, Call the STRIKE : 11 June, 2013||Foreign Service Immigration Officers Walked Off the Job!!! : 08th June, 2013|
|New Approvals : 06th June 2013||Quebec is always encouraging New Immigrants ... : 5th June, 2013|
|Capping System Introduced in Saskatchewan Nominee Program..... : 22 May 2013||Successful Cases 3rd Week May 2013...... : 22 May 2013|
|Congratulations! CSQ Received : 21 May, 2013||Attention UAE, Canada Calling. Don''t miss our Free Seminar! : 14 May 2013|
|Free Seminar in New Delhi Quebec Nomination Program... the Final Call : 12 May, 2013||New Parent and Grandparent program reopens January 2, 2014.... New Criteria announced : 11th May 2013|
|New Approved Cases!!! : 10th May, 2013||Successful Candidates!!! : 08, May 2013|
|Immigration to Canada ......Orientation by Mr. Ravi Iyer ... Check the location and time Do not Miss !!! Register Now : 2nd May, 2013||Congratulations on receiving CSQ!!! : 19th April 2013|
|New Federal Skilled Worker Program Introduced : 19 April, 2013||Federal Court upholds law allowing federal government to toss old immigration applications : 19 April, 2013|
|Congratulations Ms. Analou Carlon ... on winning the IPAD .. : 18 April, 2013||BOOM !! !! New Federal Skilled Worker Program Introduced .... 24 Occupation List : 18 April, 2013|
|We are proud to announce the addition of our Representation ... click here to read more ... : 8 April 2013||Meet in Person Mr. Sailesh Shankar Director Student Recruitment ... in Chennai and Kochi : 8 April, 2013|
|Quebec Skilled Worker Program Extended ...... : 27 March, 2013||Immigration backlog reduced by forty percent .. ..... Faster processing times for workers and families : 26 March, 2013|
|March is Fraud Prevention Month! .... CIC : 20 March, 2013||Beware of Fraudster using Universal name to cheat people ..... : 8 March, 2013|
|IMMIGRATION FAIR Cebu City, Philippines Do not Miss !!! .. Combined presenation by Wise Incorporated and Universal Immigration : 8 March, 2013||Notice – Changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Program : 1st March, 2013|
|Record Number of Indian Students to Canada in 2012 : 27th February, 2013||Achievement with Alliance Francaise in Phillipines ..... : 27 February, 2013|
|100,000 international students welcomed in 2012 : 26th February 2013||ABU DHABI Free Seminar on Quebec Skilled Worker, CANADA IMMIGRATION......Don''t Miss this Opprtunity!!!! : 25th February, 2013|
|DUBAI Free Event in DUBAI 28 Feb. 2013 ... Do Not Miss !!! MR. Ravi Iyer Expert in Quebec Nomination Program Seminar Limited SEATS : 20 February , 2013||Close to 1 million Visitor Visas Approved : 20 February, 2013|
|Mauritius and Dubai Visit for orientation on Quebec Nomination Program !! DON''''''''''''''''T MISS !! : 13 February, 2013||Congratulations!! CSQ Without INTERVIEW : 11th February, 2013|
|Quebec Amendments to the Charter of the French language : February 7, 2013||Beware of false Agents .... : 1st February, 2013|
|Universal Immigration creating Ripples in Southern India .... : 1st February, 2013||Congratulations !! Selection Certificate from Quebec Immigration : 11th January, 2013|
|Hey Keralites, do think about coming to Canada, Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney : 10 January, 2012||CIC to play Matchmaker for Foreign Workers : 07th January 2013.|
|Canada marks another month of surprisingly strong jobs growt : 4 January, 2013||Skilled Trade Occupation List : 2 January, 2013|
|New Federal Skilled Trades Program Accepts Applications Starting Today : 2 January, 2013||Planned Changes Would Strengthen Canada''s International Student Program : 28th, December 2012|
|New Federal Skilled Worker Program to accept applications beginning May 4, 2013 : 19 December, 2012||! ! GREAT NEWS ! ! New “Bridging” Open Work Permits : 17 December, 2012|
|Expression of Interest : The new Federal Skilled Worker Program ........ : 12 December, 2012||CANADIAN EXPERIENCE CLASS !! CEC !! , to become more friendly ..... : 11 December, 2012|
|New Federal Skilled Trades Stream to Begin Accepting Applications on January 2, 2013 : 10 December, 2012||Immigration minister to unveil new skilled trades program : 10 December 2012|
|Canada to Begin Collecting Biometrics from Certain Foreign Nationals : 07th December, 2012||Other provinces not getting same immigration control as Quebec: Jason Kenney : 30 November, 2012|
|Provincial Premiers call on Ottawa to grant them more control over immigration : 24 November 2012||Rejected Candidates get GOLDEN TICKET to CANADA : 22nd November, 2012|
|Open Work Permit Requests from Provincial Nominees Identified Through the Federal Skilled Worker FSW Backlog Reduction Pilot : 16th November, 2012||Federal, Provincial and Territorial Governments Envision Canada’s Future Immigration System : 16th November, 2012|
|Mr. Ravi Iyer, our Chief Consultants, on tour to India and Philippines, Seminars on "WAYS TO IMMIGRATE TO CANADA" DO Not Miss !! !! !! : 9 November 2012||2013 Plan Admissions for Immigrants to CANADA : 6 November 2012|
|Canada welcomes largest number of parents and grandparents in almost twenty years : 05th November, 2012||Breaking NEWS !!! Announcement on New Federal Skilled Worker : 2 November, 2012|
|More Immigrants to be accepted through Canadian Experience Class : 01st November 2012||Kenney''s economic immigration changes praised, scorned : 29 October, 2012|
|Spousal Sponsorship in Canada Tightened ... : 26 October, 2012||Mr. Ravi Iyer, our Chief Consultants, on tour to India and Philippines, Seminars on "WAYS TO IMMIGRATE TO CANADA" DO Not Miss !! !! !! : 21 October, 2012|
|Manila Office Operational .. Great Team.. Great Work !! : 12 October, 2012||Fee Returns for Federal Skilled Worker applicants . . . . . : 12 October, 2012|
|CONGRATS on Getting CSQ !!! : 10 October, 2012||CONGRATS !!! The Group of Five .... you got your medical Papers ... : 2 October, 2012|
|Mr. Ravi Iyer to speak at ASRC 2012 .... : 1 October, 2012||CONGRATULATIONS !!! Mr. Rehman Abassi and Ms. Catherine Ann Zammarro Shun for the CSQ : 1st October 2012|
|Minister Kenney announces new language rules for citizenship applicants : 28 September, 2012||Canadian Experience Class: New Proposed Plan : 14th September, 2012|
|Ottawa revoking more than 3000 Citizenship cases : 10th Sept, 2012||CONGRATULATIONS Ms.Cyde F Paca : 31 August, 2012|
|How to fix an ''upsidedown'' immigration system : 30 August, 2012||"Charges laid against marriage fraud ring participants" : 29th August, 2012|
|!!Revised Federal Skilled Worker Program Unveiled!! : 20 August, 2012||''Ways to Immigrate to Canada" Mindanao, Philippines : 13th August, 2012|
|CONGRATULATIONS ! ! ! Dawn Hope Ortaleza ..... on CSQ without an Interview : 3 August, 2012||Thus begins the Road Map of a stronger Immigration Policy .... : 31 July, 2012|
|CONGRATULATIONS !! Christine Milana MATUGAS ........ : 28 July 2012||Positive Action against Fraudulent Immigration Agents .... published by ICCRC : 21 July, 2012|
|Don''t Miss !!! Seminar on Immigration Possibilities for Students !! : 17th July, 2012||Canada & Alberta requires Welders, Mechanics etc on Work Permits : 16th July, 2012|
|Immigration SEMINAR in London UK, by Mr. Ravi Iyer ...... DON''T Miss ! ! ! : 10 July, 2012||Full Speech by Minister Jason Kenny on MAJOR changes to Immigration system ... : 29 June, 2012|
|BREAKING NEWS !!!!! NO Acceptance of Federal Skilled Worker Application PAUSED till early 2013 !!! : 28 June, 2012 2.45 PM eastern TIME||CONGRATULATIONS !!! on getting CSQ and PR for Canada . . . . Phenomenal Success !! : 21 June, 2012|
|Winnipeggers charged with immigration fraud .... : 19 June, 2012||QUEBEC is the place to be . . . . . . Apply with us today before the Rules Changes. . . . . !! : 12th June 2012|
|Saskatchwan PNP tightens it''s rules for immigrants ... : 6th June 2012||New rules to crack down on crooked representatives : 25th May, 2012|
|FSW Law Suit Against Federal Government Decision : 22 May, 2012||10000 Applications Cap reached for FSW : 9th May, 2012|
|STUDENT EVENT . . . ! ! ! ! DO NOT MISS ! ! ! ! NURSES !!!! : 27th April, 2012||Proposed Plan to Expedite Skilled Workers'' Transition from Temporary to Permanent Residence : 17th April, 2012|
|NEW RELEASE Skill Trades Workers to get favour under New Immigration Rules : 10 April, 2012||Q & A for backlog applications .... : 31st March, 2012|
|Canada Govt. to eradicate the Federal Skilled Worker Backlog .... : 30th March, 2012||Quebec Processing Fees to go up ...... : 26 March, 2012|
|QUEBEC Immigration introduces CAPS ! ! ! ! ! : 21 March, 2012||Immigration Backlog could be Erased !!!! : 08th March 2012|
|April from Philippines Welcome to CANADA : 8th March, 2012||Parent and Grandparent Super Visa soars to new heights : 06th March 2012|
|Canada continued to welcome a high number of immigrants in 2011 : 05th March, 2012||Synopsis of Changes under Federal Skilled Worker Category CANADA : 2 March, 2012|
|Minister Kenney outlines vision of a fast and flexible immigration system : 01st March 2012||Protecting Canada''s Immigration System Act : 23rd February, 2012|
|QUEBEC SEMINARS in India ..... Do not Miss !!!! : 2 February, 2012||Canada Federal Skilled Worker Rules to undergo major changes .............. : 27th January, 2012|
|Candidates with a Quebec Selection Certificate CSQ : 22 January, 2012||Obstacles encountered by immigrants looking for a job ... QUEBEC : 21st January, 2012|
|SUPER VISA for Parents and Grand Parents !!! ...... all you need to know ... : 29th December, 2011||CAPS Quota Canada Federal Skilled Worker ... Current Situation .... : 4th January, 2012|
|QUEBEC Immigration Plan 2012 introduced : 5th November, 2011||Backlog and wait times for family reunification to be cut down .... : 4th November, 2011|
|More Federal Skilled Workers for Canada in 2012 : 3rd November, 2011||CEBU City, CEBU City, CIBU City Philippines..... Meet the Quebec Immigration Consultant ... click for more details : Event on 13th November, 2011 [Not to miss ... ]|
|Forbes ranks Canada as best country for business : 4th October, 2011||ASRC meet .... A Great Success for URCS.CA : 4th October, 2011|
|QUEBEC !! QUEBEC !! QUEBEC !! ......... Immigrate to QUEBEC, The hot spot !! : Opportunity at your doorstep .......||URCS.CA & Universal Immigration in Collaboration with Worldview International, UK is organizing The African Student Recruitment Conference, 2011.... : 28th & 29th September, 2011........... A must attend event|
|V. Important : New Application Forms for Permanent Resident Applicants effective 18th July, 2011 : 12th July, 2011||ALERT !!! Fraudulent use of the name "Universal Immigration" by Mr. Gurinder Singh in Amritsar, Punjab, INDIA. : 11th October, 2010|
|BREAKING NEWS !! New Regulator for Immigration Consultant to take charge on 30th June, 2011 : 28th June, 2011||NEW Limitations on Federal Skilled Worker from 1st July, 2011 : 24th June, 2011|
|ICCRC, on track to replace CSIC : 9th June 2011||Proposal to change Quebec Provincial Nomination Program : 19th May, 2011|
|changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program take effect April 1st, 2011 : 5th April, 2011||New regulator proposed for immigration consultants : 18th March, 2011|
|Minister Kenney applauds citizenship and immigration fraud charges : 3rd March, 2011||Half way towards completion of Federal Skilled Worker Quota : 3rd March, 2011|
|Canada third in global study on welcoming immigrants : 28th February, 2011||Major changes to be expected in Canadian Federal Skilled Worker Immigration : 17th Febrary, 2011|
|Canada welcomes highest number of legal immigrants in 50 years : 14th February, 2011||QUEBEC Immigration Practice Major Changes : January 21st, 2011|
|Validity of English Language test for Canadian Immigration : 24th December, 2010||Legislation to crack down on crooked consultants : 9th December, 2010|
|Skilled worker immigrants faring well in Canada : 25th November, 2010||Are you residing in USA and want to Immigrate to Canada.... ??? : 24th November, 2010|
|Canada Announces 2011 Immigration Plan : 1st November, 2010||RUSH.....RUSH... Masters Graduates from Ontario : 16th September, 2010|
|Ontario Provincial Nominee Program International Masters Graduate : 14th September, 2010||Government of Canada welcoming growing number of Indian visitors, students and immigrants : 9th September, 2010|
|Minister Kenney hails growing economic ties with India : 9th September, 2010||Minister Kenney encourages groups to sponsor refugees to come to Canada : 3rd September, 2010|
|Minister Kenney’s visit to France, India, China, and the Philippines ,,,,,, : 3rd September, 2010||BREAKING NEWS !!! Canadian Occupation List Changed : 26th June, 2010|
|Accra, GHANA...Meet MR. Ravi Iyer, CSIC Member in person.... : 23rd March to 27th March, 2010.....for appointments, click here||Lusaka, ZAMBIA Meet MR. Ravi Iyer, CSIC Member in person : 28th March to 4th April, 2010....for appointments Click here...|
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International students bring so much to Canada, contributing over $21 billion annually to our economy and supporting the vitality of our communities. Yet the pandemic has presented myriad challenges for international students. Most notably, for many holders of a post-graduation work permit (PGWP), the pandemic’s disruption and uncertainty have jeopardized their chances of obtaining the work experience they need to apply for permanent residence.
As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, most biometrics collection service points were temporarily closed. There is uncertainty as to when the full complement of biometric collection services in Canada and overseas will reopen and operate at full capacity. In the meantime, there is a growing inventory of applications for permanent residence that cannot be finalized because applicants are unable to fulfill the biometrics requirement.
International students make immense cultural and social contributions to Canada, and generate more than $21 billion in economic activity. Since the onset of the pandemic, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, has made a number of temporary policy changes to support and reassure international students and learning institutions.
How the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is affecting immigration, refugees, citizenship and passport services: visitors, foreign workers and students
As per the directives of Ontario Provincial Govt. our office in Canada will remain closed for any walk-ins. For any enquiries or skype appointments, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Building on a government commitment made earlier this year, Canada is rolling out the final phase of its biometrics collection program.
The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Eglinton—Lawrence in 2015.
Changes to the Québec Immigration Regulation
Changes to the Québec Immigration Regulation were published in the Gazette officielle du Québec on October 30, 2019. These changes are designed to better respond to job market needs and to facilitate the full participation of immigrants in Québec society, in French. Most of the changes enter into effect on November 1, 2019, with a few exceptions that will enter into effect on January 1, 2020. Moreover, effective November 1, 2019, the Ministère is implementing decisions regarding the rules for managing applications for certain immigration programs. The content of these decisions can be found on the page regarding Immigration rules and procedures.
Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program)
Effective November 1, 2019, Québec graduates can again submit applications for permanent selection under the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program). Temporary foreign workers can continue to submit applications. Effective November 1, 2019, new selection conditions apply to all applications, whether they were submitted before or after this date.
Effective November 1, 2019, Québec diplomas admissible under the PEQ are:
To be eligible, these attestations or diplomas must be included on the List of Areas of Training under the PEQ – Graduates (in French only – 437 kB). This list contains the areas of training in Québec that best respond to job market needs.
Candidates must also have completed a minimum of 900 hours of full-time study in Québec or, if their attestation or diploma attests to more than 1,800 hours of study, they must have lived in Québec for at least half of the duration of their study program.
Lastly, for study programs of 900 hours to less than 1,800 hours, candidates must have 6 months of full-time work experience, in Québec, acquired after their study program and in their area of training.
Temporary foreign workers
Effective November 1, 2019, temporary foreign workers eligible for the PEQ must:
In addition, the job held must not be:
Effective January 1, 2020, only the following means are admissible for attesting to knowledge of French:
Moreover, effective January 1, 2020, the spouse or de facto spouse included in the application for selection must demonstrate advanced intermediate knowledge of spoken French (level 7 or 8 on the Échelle québécoise des niveaux de compétences en français des personnes immigrantes adultes).
Changes to the Programme régulier des travailleurs qualifiés (PRTQ –Regular Skilled Worker Program)
Changes to the Québec Immigration Regulation provide details on the processing method for new applications for selection presented under the PRTQ to add or remove a family member accompanying the principal applicant. These changes come into effect on November 1, 2019.
Attestation of the learning of democratic values and Québec values expressed in the Québec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms
Effective January 1, 2020, a new selection condition related to the learning of democratic values and Québec values expressed in the Québec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms will come into effect in order to promote better integration of immigrants into Québec society. It will apply to all economic immigration programs, namely, the PEQ, PRTQ, Self-Employed Worker Program, Entrepreneur Program and Investor Program.
This new condition will apply to principal applicants, their spouses (aged 16 or over) and dependent children aged 18 or over. However, it will not apply to foreign nationals who have a medical condition that prevents them from obtaining the attestation.
The Ministère informs you that because of the tabling in the National Assembly of the Bill to increase the socio-economic prosperity of Quebec and to respond adequately to the needs of the labor market by successful integration of immigrants, it ceases make decisions under the Regular Skilled Worker Program until parliamentary proceedings are completed.
Since this is a bill before the National Assembly, the Department is not able to provide you with more information at this time. At this point, no action is required from you. If the law is passed and sanctioned, we will contact you to give you the information and instructions that will apply to your situation.
Remember that you can create an account in Arrima and deposit a declaration of interest free of charge at any time. This new system makes it possible to invite first and foremost the people who best meet the needs of Québec to apply for permanent selection.
Stay informed by visiting the News section of our website.
For details on the bill, please consult the website of
The national assembly.
Please receive our best regards.
A new bill on immigration was introduced today in the National Assembly
The bill Loi visant à accroître la prospérité socio-économique du Québec et à répondre adéquatement aux besoins du marché du travail par une intégration réussie des personnes immigrantes (PL9) was introduced today in the National Assembly. The goal of this bill is to establish the necessary legal basis for improving the francization and integration of selected candidates as well as a better alignment of Québec’s labour needs with the profile of selected candidates.
The main objectives of the bill are as follows:
Improving the selection of immigrants
For immigration to contribute significantly to growing Québec’s prosperity and better responding to job market needs, the Ministère would like to benefit more immediately from the new system for managing immigration applications based on the statement of interest. To do this, the bill proposes terminating most of the applications for which a decision has not yet been rendered under the Regular Skilled Worker Program and reimbursing the applicants in question so that from this point on all new applications occur by invitation of the Minister, following submission of a statement of interest.
This provision of the bill seeks, in particular, to:
Note that applications for the addition of a spouse or a de facto spouse and applications for the addition of a child submitted by skilled workers who have already been selected are not targeted by this provision.
Improving the francization and integration of immigrants
The bill seeks to emphasize the importance of the process for integrating immigrants, in particular by clarifying the principle of the commitment shared between Québec society and immigrants. On the one hand, Québec society must be welcoming and inclusive and the government is responsible, in particular, for putting in place an effective and personalized offer of services for francization and integration. On the other, immigrants must commit to successfully carrying out the necessary steps for settling and integrating in QuÃ©bec, including learning French as well as democratic values and Québec’s values, as set out in the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.
Strengthening Québec’s actions in the area of immigration
The Ministère wishes to pursue its efforts to fully exercise its powers of selection, particularly with the reintroduction of the enabling power that allows the Québec government to determine by regulation the conditions for permanent residence that the Minister can impose on the candidates selected. Québec also wishes to expand its scope of intervention, by ensuring better follow-up of the clients that use the services offered by its many partners.
Public consultations on the bill will begin shortly and will enable stakeholders in the milieu, such as francization, integration and immigration law organizations, to voice their opinions on the new orientations proposed by the government.
For information on the details of Bill 9 and the public consultation, consult the National Assembly’s site.
Today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced the new multi-year immigration levels plan for 2019-2021. This new immigration plan will benefit all Canadians because immigrants contribute to Canada’s economic growth and help keep Canada competitive in a global economy.
To help reunite even more parents and grandparents with their families in Canada, today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that the Government of Canada will accept up to 20 000 applications for the sponsorship of parents and grandparents, in 2019. This is 4 times the number of applications accepted when the program reopened in 2014, when the cap was set at 5000 applications.
This decision to increase the number of applications that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will accept for processing is a result of continually high demand in the Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program and the fact that we have significantly reduced the inventory of applications.
New Quebec Applicants... Get Ready:
The application intake is likely to begin from August 2, 2018. The Gazette states "the date of coming into force of the provisions of the Act respecting immigration to Québec (2016, chapter 3) be set for August 2, 2018"
The new system will replace the current first-come, first-served application process for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).
The process of applying under the Quebec Skilled Worker program, or what the government calls the Regular Skilled Worker Program, will include the following steps for candidates:
1. Submission of an Expression of Interest to settle in Quebec and entry into Quebec's Expression of Interest Bank.
2. Successful selection from the Quebec Expression of Interest Bank results in an invitation to apply for the QSWP.
3. Submission of an application for a Quebec Selection Certificate, or certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ) to the MIDI.
4. Submission of a Canadian permanent residence application to the federal government.
After the initial step of submitting an Expression of Interest to MIDI, candidates will be entered into the Quebec Expression of Interest Bank.
Candidates who meet the requirements, cut-off thresholds and passing scores for the program will be considered for selection.
Any foreign national 18 or older may submit an expression of interest to the province.
Once in the bank, a candidate will be assigned a score based on nine factors in Quebec's QSWP Points Grid, which include skilled work experience, education and training, proficiency in French or English, financial self-sufficiency, and others. In order to be considered, all profiles will have to meet the minimum score requirement of two points awarded for a secondary school general diploma and receive the one point for financial self-sufficiency to remain in Quebec's Expression of Interest Bank.
Profiles that meet the initial requirements for education and financial self-sufficiency must then meet the required cut-off score of 43 points for Employability factors.
If a candidate has a spouse, his or her education and training, work experience and language proficiency will be considered toward's a candidates overall cut-off score.The Employability cut-off score for candidates with a spouse or common-law partner is 52.
Candidates in the Quebec Expression of Interest Bank must also meet the minimum threshold for Selection factors, which is a passing score of 50 points (and 59 with a spouse or common-law partner). Selection factors take into consideration all Employability factors, and the addition of children and the financial self-sufficiency.
Once in the Quebec Expression of Interest Bank, a candidate's profile will remain active for 12 months.
February 19, 2018, the Superior Court authorized a class action against the Department of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion (MIDI) for regulatory changes entered into force on 1 st August 2013 and March 8 2017. In order to comply with the terms of the judgment of the Superior Court of Quebec, the Ministère diffuse the following opinion:
The purpose of this notice
On August 23, 2016, Rahim (the " Representative ") filed an application with the Superior Court of Quebec (the " Tribunal ") seeking leave of the Tribunal to institute a class action against the Minister on behalf of Group (the " Request for Authorization "). On May 16, 2017, the Request for Authorization was amended to add Rhia Basnet as Group 3 Representative.
The Application for Leave alleges that the Minister was enriched without cause, acted in bad faith and abused her rights contrary to the provisions of the Civil Code of Quebec by failing to offer a reimbursement of expenses paid by individuals whose claims CSQ have become doomed to failure because of the application of the amendments from 1 st August 2013 and March 8, 2017 the weighting applicable Regulations to the selection of foreign nationals , RLRQ c I-0.2, r. 2. Mr. Rahim and Ms. Basnet request reimbursement of expenses paid by all Class Members.
On February 19, 2018, the Tribunal authorized the Representatives to institute a class action in the District of Montreal on behalf of the Class and identified the main issues to be dealt with collectively and the related conclusions sought as follows:
And more particularly :
The conclusions sought in relation to these questions are as follows:
ALL with costs, including the cost of posting notices.
Exclusion of class action
If you wish to remain a member of the Group in the class action, you have nothing to do.
If you wish to exclude yourself from this class action, you must notify the clerk of the Superior Court for the District of Montreal within 60 days after receiving the notice , by registered mail at 1 Notre Dame Street East, Montreal, Quebec , H2Y 1B6. If you choose to exclude yourself, you will not be eligible for any benefit of a potential judgment on the merits.
Any member of the Class who does not exclude himself before the expiry of the exclusion period will be bound by any judgment rendered in the class action, including a final judgment on the merits.
This means that if the Representatives ultimately win the case against MIDI, you will be entitled to a refund of the fees you paid to file your CSQ application. In the event of failure of the class action, you will not be able to file or maintain a personal claim against MIDI in relation to the allegations in these proceedings.
All Class Members have the right to request to intervene in the class action. However, a member who is not a Representative or an intervenor may not be required to pay the legal costs of the class action.
Additional information and questions
If you have any questions about the Authorization Order or the process that will follow, please contact the attorneys of the Representatives:
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April 16, 2018 – Ottawa, ON – One of the Government of Canada’s priorities is to ensure greater accessibility and opportunities for Canadians with disabilities. Today’s announcement by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen of changes to the medical inadmissibility provision of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act ensures that our immigration policies better align with Canadian values and reflect the importance that the Government places on the inclusion of persons with disabilities.
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Ottawa, ON – Today, Bill C-6, an Act to amend the Citizenship Act and make consequential amendments to another Act, received Royal Assent.
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June 5, 2017—Markham, ON – Improvements to the Express Entry system taking effect tomorrow help support the integration of skilled workers as they build their new life in Canada. This benefits Canada as newcomers are able to more quickly put their skills to use to help strengthen and grow Canada’s economy.
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Next Opening of the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program
This morning, by way of Ministerial Decree, Quebec’s Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion announced that the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program will reopen from May 29 2017 to February 23 2018. The maximum number of applications that can be received during this period is 1,900, including a maximum of 1,330 which can be received from Chinese passport holders (including passport holders from Hong Kong and Macao).
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Quebec Announces the Quota for 2017 under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program. The Quota has been fixed at 5000.
The date and method of acceptance of Applications will be announced later.
Quebec has today made drastic changes to its Selection Criteria for Quebec Skilled Worker Program.
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Highlights of changes made in Express Entry, effective November 19, 2016
Points under Arranged Employment (LMIA) :
1. If the job is under Major NOC OO, then you will get 200 points (earlier it was 600)
2. If the job offer is not Major NOC OO, but within NOC O, A or B, then you will get 50 points (earlier it was 600)
3. Points according to above will now also be given to those who are :
a) Working in Canada for past 1 year under Intra Company Transfer
b) Working in Canada for past 1 year As Religious Worker
c) Under any international Agreement, but not with Consulates/Embassies or Govt. Organizations.
(The Provincial Nominated Applications will continue to get 600 points)
Points for Canadian Education :
1. 15 points will be awarded to any Post Secondary Education in Canada leading to 1 to 2 years of study.
2. 30 points for Masters and Doctorates or 3 years post secondary education
Time limit ITA (Invitation to Apply) :
The time limit to apply for Permanent Resident after you get the ITA has been increased from 60 days to 90 days.
Consequences to the Existing Profiles in Express Entry :
Starting November 19, 2016 all the profiles in Express Entry may find their points unchanged or go up or go down. Applicants under CEC may see their points go up by 15 due to Post Secondary Education explained above.
Those working in Canada for past one year under Intra Company Transfers can get additional 50 points making very competitive.
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From August 16-22, 2016, the Ministère will receive 5,000 selection certificate applications under the Regular Skilled Worker Program. Starting at 8:30 a.m. (Montréal time), applicants who wish to access Mon projet Québec will be automatically directed to a virtual waiting room that will allow them to keep their place in line. Their position in line and the number of people waiting ahead of them will be displayed on screen.
Before August 16, applicants will be able to update their application form for a Certificat de sélection du Québec (Québec selection certificate) so they will be ready to submit it during the intake period. It is important that applicants make careful note of their user name, password and answers to their security questions, since they will be asked to give all this information. Those who forget this information will be invited to consult the “Technical support” section in the Frequently asked questions page of Mon projet Québec to find out how to proceed.
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Next application intake period for skilled workers and introduction of an online virtual waiting room
May 30, 2016 – Candidates who have already created their Mon projet Québec account will be able to submit their application for a selection certificate under the Regular Skilled Worker Program starting June 13, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. (Montréal time). The Ministère will receive 5000 applications during this intake period.
A virtual waiting room will soon be online, allowing candidates to keep their place in line during high traffic periods. Candidates who wish to access Mon projet Québec will automatically be directed to this waiting room and will be able to find out their position in the line and the number of people in front of them.
Before June 13, it will be possible for candidates to update their application form for a Certificat de sélection du Québec so that they are ready to submit it during the intake period. It is important that candidates properly note down their user name, password and answers to their security questions, since all of this information will be requested. Anyone who has forgotten this information will be asked to consult the “Technical Support” section in the Mon projet Québec Frequently asked questions to find out the procedure.
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Quebec is getting ready for the first intake of 5000 applications on June 13, 2016. This is the first time that the Immigration department of Quebec Province is introducing Online application system.
The Total quota for Quebec for the year 2016 is 10000. The first lot of 5000 will be accepted on June 13th and the date of the 2nd lot of 5000 is yet to be announced. It is expected that the 2nd lot of application will gbegin immediately after the June 15th.
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Adoption of the Immigration Act in Quebec
Quebec en route to a modern and efficient immigration system
Montreal, April 7, 2016 - The Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion, M me Kathleen Weil, welcomes the adoption by the National Assembly Bill 77, which marks a milestone in the large share reform of Quebec immigration, participation and inclusion.
The new law allows to replace the current selection system based on the principle of "first come, first served", in favor of a selection based on the model of declaration of interest. Thus, among the people who want to immigrate to Quebec, only those that have a profile that meets the needs of Quebec will be invited to submit a formal application for immigration. This system dramatically reduces the time between the selection and establishment in Québec immigrants.
"With the adoption of Bill 77, Quebec provides the necessary leverage to implement a modern system of selection, fast and flexible, to the extent of the XXI th century, a system that allows continuous selection of people whose profile meets the needs of our labor market. The new law is a guarantee of rapid integration of immigrants, allowing them to contribute fully, in French, to the prosperity of Quebec, "said Minister.
Minister Kathleen Weil said that the new law contains major advances in order to promote the contribution of immigration to economic and social development of Quebec. Pressing the selection of portraits of regionalised labor market and setting up pilot immigration program, the Government confirms the importance of its commitment to the regional immigration.
"Our new selection system has the flexibility to allow our businesses and employers to benefit from the contribution of a skilled workforce and our cities and regions, rely on future citizens committed to contributing to the dynamism of their adopted community, "the minister said.
Also new in the heart of the new immigration law: improving access to permanent status to thousands of skilled temporary workers and foreign student graduates in Quebec. Quebec will be able to capitalize more effectively on these prime candidates, who know French and that the integration process has already begun.
The new law is a cornerstone in the implementation of the Québec Policy on immigration, participation and inclusion, together we are Quebec and its action strategy, unveiled recently. The vision that are found placed on the importance of collective and individual commitment to promote full participation of immigrants and ethnocultural minorities in Quebec's prosperity, its international standing, vitality and sustainability of the french and the collective life as a whole.
The next stage of reform will focus on the multi-year immigration planning while the Minister will submit proposals to determine the volume and composition of immigration admit that Quebec in the coming years. The multi-year immigration planning will be a public consultation during which the groups and the general public will have the opportunity to comment on the proposed guidelines.
The Minister of Immigration of Quebec, Kathleen Weil, today announced the introduction of a new selection system called economic immigrants. Beginning in 2017, the requests will not be processed in order of receipt, but sorted according to labor market needs.
People who wish to immigrate to Canada will first need to complete a "statement of interest" online. Only candidates who best meet the needs of Quebec will be invited to file a formal application entitled "Quebec selection certificate."
"It's a system that allows the flexibility and speed, because the labor market is changing and changing fast. The system of first come first served is a very heavy system. And in an immigration competitive world, it does not work. We already see that Canada, Australia and New Zealand already have, "said Minister Weil at a press conference to present with great fanfare the new Quebec immigration policy, participation and inclusion.
With this new selection process, the minister believes she can handle requests within 3 to 6 months. Currently, the deadlines are 1 to 4 years.
The so-called economic immigration does not include people who move to Quebec for humanitarian reasons.
Between 1990 and 1994, economic immigrants represented 49.1% of newcomers. Between 2010 and 2014, it jumped to 69.2%.
The areas prioritized job under the new selection process will be modulated "continuous" and could vary by region.
The organization cites the Montreal International information technology, gaming and visual effects, as areas that could be prioritized in the short term because of the shortage of qualified staff.
The new immigration policy also aims to facilitate the transition from temporary to permanent status of foreign students and temporary workers.
Immigrants who have training in a profession regulated such as lawyers, engineers, doctors, nurses or pharmacists represent 20% of newcomers. Some professional bodies are often seen as a major obstacle to recognition of the skills of skilled workers from abroad.
The Minister says she wants to work with professional bodies and believes that in recent years, much progress has been made to recognize diplomas or parry training obtained abroad. She, however, remained vague on the solutions needed to address the problems that persist.
Quebec government last immigration policy dated from 1990
In order to give candidates the opportunity to create their account and to fulfill their demand for Quebec Selection Certificate for the next period for receipt of applications, this period has been adapted to allow more time to applicants.
- after that date, it will not be possible to create a new account for the current reception period;
• between January 26 and February 15, 2016, candidates who have an account My Québec project can access it to complete the online Quebec
• as of February 16, 2016, it will be possible to submit an application and pay the required fees. The receipt of applications period will end March 31, 2016.
The Ministry during this period will receive a maximum of 2,800 applications.
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January 5, 2016 – Changes have been made to two selection criteria and the interchange of applications under the Regular Skilled Worker Program and for business immigrants. Interchange refers to the Ministère’s ability to switch between the applicant and his or her spouse to determine who will be the principal applicant.
The first criterion changed is that of “Area of training.” This change ends the requirement by the Ministere for recent work experience related to the area of training for diplomas obtained more than five years ago. From now on, applicants will receive points for their diplomas regardless of when they were earned, provided that they were obtained before the application was submitted.
The second criterion changed is that of “Level of education.” This change will allow applicants to obtain points for this criterion provided that they obtained their diploma before their application was submitted.
Furthermore, the Minister will no longer do switches between the principal applicant and the spouse. Accordingly, the principal applicant identified when the application is submitted will remain the same throughout the review process by the Ministère.
To ensure you receive the highest number of points, you are therefore strongly advised to complete the online Preliminary Evaluation for Immigration before submitting an application.
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As announced last spring we will launch soon a new tool to enable candidates to complete and submit online their application for immigration under the skilled worker program.
In order to make the final preparations for this important project, this tool will be available online by the end of 2015 and will be mandatory for Applicants of Skilled Worker Program to use to send their application for a certificate of selection of Quebec.
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With the recent developments in the regulation made by the Quebec Immigration Department on August 5, 2015, whereby the points under Adaptability has been removed, many applicants are now getting the Selection Certificate without going through interview process.
However, this does not mean that all the iterviews are cancelled. The Quebec immigration Department will still conduct interviews randomely.
The interview venue, which earlier used to be individual countries has now been centralized to their Control offices.
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The time has come for Quebec to re-examine its immigration model, and the way the province chooses, welcomes and integrates foreigners into the job market, said Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil ahead of year-long public consultations on the issue set to begin Wednesday at the Quebec legislature.
QUEBEC – Quebec is preparing for a major reform of its immigration policy, with proposed changes partly inspired by Ottawa, says the province’s immigration minister.
The time has come for Quebec to re-examine its immigration model, and the way the province chooses, welcomes and integrates foreigners into the job market, said Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil ahead of year-long public consultations on the issue set to begin Wednesday at the Quebec legislature.
Weil told The Canadian Press she was ready to launch a “big reform” of relations between new immigrants and Quebec society at-large by the end of the year, a process that will include the revision of Quebec’s immigration law. Everything will be on the table: the number of immigrants welcomed annually, the selection process and favoured countries of origin, the importance of knowing French before arriving, French language courses, the recognition of training undertaken abroad, regionalization, and the sharing of common values.
The minister said she wanted a wide-reaching debate on the issues, and was “very open to everything that will be proposed.” Fifty stakeholders are expected to participate in public consultation hearings over the next few weeks on the future of immigration to Quebec. The province’s current policy has been in place for 25 years. A later consultation will also be held on two specific aspects of immigration: the number of immigrants Quebec wants to welcome every year and their countries of origin. The emphasis, however, will be placed on the economy and balancing between the recruitment of new immigrants and workforce needs. Finding candidates that can fill empty jobs will be key, and on that point, Quebec is being inspired by Ottawa.
Last year, the federal government reformed its selection process for new immigrants. With the focus now primarily on filling jobs, every candidate for immigration to Canada must produce a “declaration of interest” showcasing his or her ability to meet employers’ needs. Weil said she wanted to appropriate that model. “[What] I want to arrive at, is an immigration system based on the Canadian model,” she said. In 2013, unemployment among new immigrants to Quebec sat at 11.6 per cent, four percentage points higher than the general population. This was despite the fact that the majority of new immigrants were well educated: 57 per cent completed at least 14 years of schooling.
Employers in each sector across the province will be invited to better define their workforce needs and provide a profile of the ideal worker to bring to Quebec. Professional associations, meanwhile, will be asked to better consider candidates holding diplomas earned abroad. This is even more important at a time when the search for qualified immigrants is “much more competitive” than in the past, Weil said. Every year, between 50,000 and 55,000 foreigners move to Quebec, the majority of whom are from Africa. From 2009-2013, one immigrant in five came from Algeria or Morocco.
After the public consultations, Weil will produce a new immigration policy and an action plan. She said she would present a bill in the fall to “modernize” the current law, which she described as “really outdated.” The new bill will be “the last piece of this large reform,” and an “absolutely fundamental” piece of the puzzle, she added. Among the provincial government’s challenges will be to specify the importance of immigrants’ knowledge of French prior to their arrival in Quebec and French-language courses.
Upon their arrival, nearly half of all immigrants (43 per cent) do not speak a word of French. “What can we do to go even further?,” Weil asked, to make French “the cement” and Quebec’s common language. She added that new immigrants must have an “adequate level of French” to find jobs and successfully integrate. Drawing new immigrants to towns across the province will also be a priority, as three out of four currently settle in the greater Montreal area. Local mayors must play “an increased role” to address this issue, Weil said.
Ultimately, immigration reform needs “the full participation of each and every member of Quebec society,” the minister said.
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A major immigration reform, partly inspired by Ottawa, Quebec is in preparation.
The time has come to question the Quebec immigration model to examine how Quebec selects, welcomes and integrates foreign labor market, according to Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil, who undertakes a Wednesday Marathon consultations that will last all year.
In an interview with The Canadian Press, Minister Weil said she was ready to undertake a "major reform" of the relationship maintained between Quebec society and foreigners who deposit their bags at home, a process that will result in a thorough review of the Quebec's immigration law, by the end of the year.
Everything is on the table, including the model "one of North America" based on interculturalism, a concept which should be better defined and "understood" by the population, the number of immigrants every year, the mode of selection, the privileged countries, the emphasis on knowledge of French on arrival, the French courses, recognition of skills acquired abroad, regionalization and sharing of common values.
The minister wants a broad debate and promises to be "very open to all that will be proposed."
However, the focus will be on the economy, a better balance between the recruitment of immigrants and labor needs. The key is finding candidates with the right profile to fill vacant jobs. In this, Québec will draw Ottawa.
Last year, the federal government has undertaken a reform of its model of immigrant selection, now mainly focused on the jobs available in Canada. Each candidate must file a "declaration of interest" revealing his ability to meet the needs of employers.
Minister Weil says he wants to take ownership of this model. There "where I want to go, it's an immigration system based on the Canadian model," she argued.
In 2013, in Quebec, the unemployment rate among newcomers was 11.6%, four points higher than in the general population. Yet most of them are highly educated: 57% have at least 14 years of study.
Employers will be invited to specify more pointed way their labor needs and define the profile of the ideal to attract skilled workers in our sector by sector, region by region. And professional bodies will be invited to consider the best qualifications obtained abroad.
This seems especially important at a time when the search for skilled immigrants is "much more competitive" than in the past, says the minister.
The public consultation on the future of immigration policy - the current policy is 25 years old - begins Wednesday at the National Assembly. Fifty participants will march in the coming weeks.
Follow another more specific consultation on two critical aspects of the dossier: volumes and demographic areas. Clearly, it is to determine the number of immigrants that would like to host each year and their origin.
Each year, between 50 000 and 55 000 foreigners (51,959 in 2013) settled in Quebec. Africa - primarily the Maghreb - is the main recruitment pool. From 2009 to 2013, an immigrant in five (21%) came from Algeria or Morocco.
Following these consultations, the Minister will produce its new policy, which will be accompanied by a plan of action.
Finally, in the fall, the highlight of the reform, the Minister will introduce legislation to "modernize" the current law, "which is really outdated." This will be the "last piece of this great reform," a piece "absolutely fundamental" of the puzzle.
A government challenges will be to specify what place give knowledge of French before landing in Quebec and the importance to be given to French courses.
Upon arrival in Quebec, nearly half (43%) of immigrants do not know a word of French.
"What can we do to go further?" And make French "cement" the common language in Quebec, questioned the minister saying is well aware that immigrants must have a "adequate level of French" to find a job, key to a successful integration.
The desire for newcomers prefer the North Shore or the Gaspé to Montreal will be another issue of consultation, given that three out of four immigrants settled in the greater Montreal area.
To remedy this situation, Weil says he wants to draw upon mayors, who must "play a greater role" in attracting foreign in their area.
The purpose of all this upheaval will ensure "the full participation of everyone in Quebec society" says Dr. Weil.
The face of Quebec is changing: in a decade, from 2001 to 2011, the proportion of immigrants increased from 9.9% to 12.6%.
Source : LA PResse, JOCELYNE RICHERThe Canadian Press
Nova Scotia will launch a new immigration stream in January called Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry.
“The goal of Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry is to provide a faster route for skilled immigrants to enter Nova Scotia in response to labour-market demands,” said Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab. “The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration will work with the private sector to ensure we get maximum use out of this new stream, and others available to them.”
Nominees must be highly skilled, have post-secondary education and qualifications that will help them successfully settle in Nova Scotia.
To develop the stream, the Office of Immigration engaged with key partners, including private business, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, immigrant settlement organizations and immigration law practitioners.
The stream comes with 350 new immigration nominations, bringing the total in 2015 to 1,050, up from 700 in 2014.
The nominations only partially reflect the total number of people able to move to Nova Scotia. For every nominee, their families, spouses and children are also included. In 2013, for example, Nova Scotia had 600 nominations, which resulted in 2,552 people immigrating to the province.
Nova Scotia will use the federal government’s new intake system, Express Entry, for the stream. Provinces must use federal skills and qualifications criteria to select immigrants.
“We are pleased that Nova Scotia has achieved a 50 per cent increase in nominees in one year, but that is only a first step,” said Wadih Fares, the national chair of the Premier’s Immigration Advisory Council. “My fellow chair, Colin Dodds, and I, will continue to work with Nova Scotia’s very engaged business community to embrace Express Entry.
“Nova Scotia is taking the opportunity that Express Entry provides very seriously and I believe this province has worked harder than any to ensure that business is able to take maximum advantage of the opportunity.”
Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry is a pilot project for 2015, replacing the Regional Labour Market Demand stream.
The federal government will start issuing open work permits to help the spouses of Canadians already living in the country but waiting for permanent residency, under a one-year pilot program launched today.
The one-year pilot program comes after a report that thousands of Canadian families are living in limbo, unable to work and without health coverage, due to lengthy processing times in their sponsorship applications.
"As we promised, Citizenship and Immigration Canada is launching a pilot program that will allow spouses being sponsored under the Inland Spousal Sponsorship program to receive their work permits much sooner while we process their applications," a spokesman for Immigration Minister Chris Alexander told CBC News on Monday.
EDMONTON – Alberta wants the federal government to lift the lid on the number of economic immigrants it can nominate each year for permanent residence so it can better meet its growing labour needs.
A coalition of food, retail and tourism industry groups is calling on the government to give entry-level temporary foreign workers the same quick access that skilled immigrants will get under a new system known as express entry.
Starting Jan. 1, the Canadian government will fast track permanent residency for skilled immigrants who will be matched with jobs that can't be filled by Canadians.
"Give all employers — including employers of lower-skilled occupations — access to the new express entry system for permanent immigration," four groups say in a joint letter to Employment Minister Jason Kenney and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander made public earlier this week.
The four groups — The Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Restaurants Canada, The Retail Council of Canada, and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada — said this would be one way to address labour shortages in rural or remote parts of the country where employers can't find Canadians workers.
While employers, lawyers and groups representing immigrants have raised many questions about the new system, MPs had some questions of their own for senior officials who appeared before a Commons committee last week.
Here are five things we learned:
1. Temporary foreign workers
The government said high-skilled temporary foreign workers will be able to apply for permanent residency through express entry.
If an employer wants to offer a temporary foreign worker a permanent job, a foreign worker could apply through express entry, said David Manicom, the acting associate assistant deputy minister, during a House of Commons committee last week.
Employers will have to apply for a labour market impact assessment, to prove they made every effort to hire a Canadian worker for the job.
2. Hiring younger
The new points system used to fast track permanent residency for skilled immigrants under express entry will favour younger newcomers over older ones.
"The comprehensive ranking system will give applicants up to a maximum of 1,200 points. Basically, 600 points are given based on their human capital, on their work experience, on their education, on their language skills, on their age, with a heavy weight in favour of younger immigrants," Manicom said.
Under express entry, those aged 20 to 29 will receive 110 points in this category, while those 17 and under, or 45 and over will obtain zero points.
3. Permanent residency 'draw'
Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has said individuals with a job offer or a provincial nomination will be "picked first" and that the first "invitations to apply" for permanent residency will be sent out by the last week of January.
Manicom told MPs during the Commons committee that there will be a "draw" every two weeks.
The senior official said applicants will be able to see how they are ranked against each other in the pool. "We are very highly transparent," he said.
Once a skilled immigrant has received an offer to apply for permanent residency, he or she would have 60 days to accept or decline the offer.
If the applicant doesn't receive an offer of permanent residency after 12 months, he or she will have to start the process again.
4. Applications received before Jan. 1
Come the new year, the government says it will still process applications submitted under the old system as well as applications submitted on Jan.1 or after.
Applications will be processed "on a parallel track," said Robert Orr, the assistant deputy minister of operations, during that same Commons committee last week.
The "vast majority" of the backlogs in the Federal Skilled Worker Program will be "sorted out" in 2015.
"It will not be entirely complete though, I don't think, during that time," Orr said.
5. Ad campaign
Anita Biguzs, the deputy minister for citizenship and immigration, said the government has budgeted $32.5 million in total funding for express entry.
Of that, $6.9 million has been allotted so the department can align its IT system in preparation for the launch of the new system.
Manicom told MPs to expect a "very aggressive" ad campaign in 2015.
He was not asked how much the ad buy would cost taxpayers.
Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today confirmed it’s one month and counting until Express Entry launches a new phase of active immigration recruitment to meet economic and labour market needs. Potential candidates can create their profile on January 1st, 2015, with the first Invitations to Apply issued within weeks.
OTTAWA, ONTARIO and FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK and TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 30, 2014) - The Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada, Graham Fraser, his New Brunswick counterpart Katherine d'Entremont and Ontario's French Language Services Commissioner François Boileau are pressing the federal and provincial governments to step up their efforts to increase immigration in Francophone communities outside Quebec. They are also pushing for the adoption of four guiding principles to ensure immigration contributes to the development and vitality of these communities.
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In January 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will launch a new electronic system called Express Entry to manage applications for permanent residence in certain economic programs. Canada needs high levels of immigration to meet current and future labour market needs, which will ensure our economic growth and long-term prosperity.
Step 1) Potential candidates complete an online Express Entry profile
Step 2) Citizenship and Immigration Canada will invite certain candidates to apply for permanent residence and process their electronic applications within six months.
Quebec Immigration Authority will update the interview schedule for the applications under QSW, every quarter.
The recent update done today is the schedule from July 2014 to September 2014.
Hundreds of applicants from Universal Immigration are going to attend the interviews at various locations mentioned in the list. If you were to be interviewd during this period, then you would have ALREADY RECEIVED an intimation from MICC (through us at Universal Immigration). If you have not received intimation, please do not panic or start inquiring with us. We may not have any updates for you.
However, please be patient and wait for the next quarter starting October 2014. Especially applicants from India, the interview is not scheduled yet and we may expect to be scheduled in October to December session. Please also note that the interview should normally happen in New Delhi. Only in some rare cases the applicant from India may be called in Hong Kong for the interview.
My personal request to all our applicants is to refrain from asking repeated questions about timing of the interview to our staffs as this may take their valuable time resources. I personally assure all our applicants that you will be informed and updated about your application satus as soon as we receive any intimation from MICC.
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For past few months we have been very busy in various immigration activities and I could not write to you on what is happening with your application under Quebec Skilled Worker.
I thank you all for the trust and confidence shown on Universal Immigration and our trusted partners around the world. It means a lot for us.
I am very well aware that all, who have applied for immigrating to Canada under Quebec Skilled Worker Program, are waiting eagerly for some kind of news from the MICC (Quebec Immigration Department) on the status of the application. Let me tell you that MICC is overwhelmed with the QSW applications and never voluntarily write to us regarding status of the applications. They do not have time for this. This does not mean that your application is not being attended to. Since there are no other friendly immigration program in Canada, thousands of people are applying under QSW. Universal Immigration has been pioneers in introducing the QSW program on a grand scale and on a national level in India and Philippines. At Universal Immigration, we have submitted thousands of applications under QSW.
It is important for you to understand that MICC has many internal priorities and requirements on the manner in which they process the applications from various regions of the world. In order to balance the demographic ethnicity in Quebec, the MICC tune the influx of people. This is a crucial policy of immigration.
I know that you fall under one of the following categories :
1. Your application is submitted to MICC by us before 31st July, 2013, OR
2. Your application is submitted to MICC after 1st August, 2013
Under the new administrative changes made by MICC, they have modified the way in which they process the applications.
- All the applicants, whose application is being processed, will receive a message from MICC to resubmit some of the documents which you already may have submitted in the initial stage. The reason for this is that, due to the changes made in processing, the MICC now have become very strict on documentation. Even if we have submitted all the documents as per their earlier checklist, they still are asking for updated documents, particularly the proof of work.
We have started receiving, on daily basis, the request from MICC for these updated documents. We are given only 90 days to submit these updated documents in the exact format that MICC requires. If these documents are not submitted on time and as per their requirement, then MICC is rejecting the application.
If you are one of those who have received the request for updated documents, please take it very seriously and try to adhere to the formats and the timeline. Your coordinator and your local agent will assist you in every way possible.
Those who have not yet received the intimation to submit updated documents, should wait for their turn. Do not panic or do not start writing emails to us for the status. Your turn will surely come. Please remember that there is no set pattern in which the MICC is responding to client. They do not follow the First-Come-First-Serve system.
Once the updated documents are received by MICC, and if they are satisfied, they are either giving the Selection Certificate right away, or they are putting the name under Waitlist for Interview. WE are having a good experience of getting the Selection Certificate without interview, but it is not assured that the interview will be waived for all the cases.
- For those, who have not yet received the request for updated documents, my request is please be patient and wait for the communication from MICC. There is no point in asking me or the MICC for any updates as they do not have any news for you.
In case the MICC has put you on the interview waitlist, the dates are not yet announced. Currently the MICC is concentrating more on Northern Africa and some parts of Middle-East for the interview. The current interview schedule was only till June 2014. We are awaiting the new schedule of interviews from MICC for the period starting July 2014 and also for the last quarter of 2014. Hopefully, it will be announced in the last week of June 2014. PLEASE DO NOT write to us for the interview dates, as we may not have any information at this stage.
2. If your application is submitted after August 1, 2013, do not expect any progress to happen in 2014. You still have time before any decision is taken on the processing of your application. However, you will get the file number within 5-7 months from the date of submission. IF you do not receive the file number within 7 months from the date of submission, please contact your coordinator and they will take necessary steps with me to inquire with the MICC on your behalf.
Please note that MICC has not defined any time line for the completion of any application. You all have to patiently wait for your turn. At the same time, please keep working on your French as it has very crucial impact on the decision of your application.
Also keep visiting our website at www.universalimmigration.com for any updates.
It is my personal request to all of you to fight the frustration in case your application is getting delayed. We all have to understand that time is not in our control. We have done our best to make your application a success. We have worked hard and I am sure the results will be great.
Remember that you have taken a bold step to immigrate to Canada. Not everyone will get this opportunity. You did it right, you have grabbed it and now you only have to wait. Our support will always be there with you and we shall promptly keep you updated on any progress that happens in your application.
Once again thank you all.
Also, I request that QSW is a very friendly immigration program and is still accepting applications. If you have any friend or relatives wanting to apply to Immigrate to Canada, please ask them to do so as soon as possible. The existing rule will soon end.
My request to you all is not to reply to this email, this is only for your information.
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April 23, 2014 — Ottawa — Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today announced new measures in key economic immigration programs to prepare for next year’s launch of Express Entry, Canada’s new active recruitment model. Express Entry will lead to a faster and more flexible economic immigration system that will address Canada’s economic and labour market needs.
To prepare for the launch of Express Entry in 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will begin accepting applications under new caps for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC), starting May 1, 2014. These measures will ensure a steady supply of skilled workers who are settling in Canada permanently and helping to supplement the Canadian workforce in areas where there are skills shortages.
With the FSWP backlog on track for elimination this year, a new cap of 25,000 applications will provide the appropriate number of applications to support expected admissions in 2015. The list of eligible occupations – reflecting the latest labour market needs – will be more than doubled, from 24 to 50 occupations.
To support Canada’s need for skilled trades people, the FSTP cap will be increased to 5,000 applications. All 90 skilled trades designated under the program regulations will now be eligible for consideration, although sub-caps remain in order to ensure appropriate representation of occupations.
The CEC cap will be re-set at 8,000 applications, as of May 1, 2014, to cover the transition period leading up to Express Entry.
The full set of Ministerial Instructions will be available in the Canada Gazette on April 26, 2014.
Federal Skilled Worker Program:
Federal Skilled Workers are chosen as permanent residents based on their ability to prosper in Canada. They are assessed according to a selection grid made up of six factors, including language, education, work experience, etc.
Federal Skilled Trades Program:
This program is for people who want to become permanent residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade.
Canadian Experience Class:
This program is for people who already have skilled work experience in Canada and want to immigrate permanently.
Today, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced that Canada issued more than 47,000 visitor visas to Filipino visitors in 2013. This figure represents a record high for the Philippines and a 57 percent increase since 2006.
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Quebec, Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - The Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities and Minister of the Charter of the French language, Mme Diane De Courcy, today tabled in the National Assembly a new law on immigration to Quebec to replace the current law in 1968. The new law allows updating issues related to immigration and establish a new way of selecting immigrants based on a statement of interest.
"Quebec is seen as a destination of choice and we want it that way. Our current times are still too long. Too long for immigrants who put their life project parentheses waiting for our answer. Also too long for Quebec society, as today we select based on applications received it a few years and needs there several years. Quebec and the people who want to live there deserve to have done differently and we will do better, "said Minister Diane De Courcy.
Reflect the issues of the day
The bill promotes the French language, regionalization and integration, especially integration in employment. He recalls that integration is a shared responsibility between the immigrant and the host society. It also stresses the importance of promoting the common values of Quebec society with immigrants. "The French language, integration and regionalization are not even mentioned as objectives in the current law," said the minister to illustrate the importance of a new law.
Immigration to Quebec in the economic class applications have been growing in recent years. The rising demand helps to generate an inventory of more and more difficult to control, at the same time lengthening the processing time. From 2009 to 2011, the inventory has reached nearly 100,000 immigration applications and is currently made up of about 80 000 files.
One objective of the new law is to ensure that the popularity of Quebec on the international scene is an asset to select immigrants. The instrument of this asset will be the implementation of the statement of interest, a system that has already proven itself, including Australia and New Zealand.
Under the new system, the applicant must first submit a statement of interest and satisfy a number of criteria to incorporate the bank of candidates. In order of priority set according to the needs of Quebec, targeted candidates will be invited to make a formal application for immigration. The Ministry of Immigration and Cultural Communities can thus continuously select the most suitable to meet the needs of Quebec candidates.
Candidates who have not been invited to submit their application and whose declaration has expired will have their statement be removed from the bank.However, they may submit a new declaration of interest if they wish.
"This method has many advantages. The large number of immigration related to the popularity of applications Quebec become an advantage rather than clog the system. Banking applications allow us to choose the best talent to ensure the development of Quebec society and the development of our common language, "said the minister.
Strengthen good governance practices
Several other provisions designed to improve good governance practices: acquire the necessary levers to prevent and combat fraud, protect immigrants and Quebec society, and strengthen the integrity of immigration programs. For example, immigration consultants shall be chargeable, under penalty, the veracity of the information provided.
"The Department of Immigration and Cultural Communities has invested significant efforts to modernize its processes and improve the services offered to immigrants. I am proud to help accelerate modernization and have contributed to better define the consistency and continuity of interventions immigration, francisation, integration and regionalization. As of 2014, the Québec must have a modern immigration system to achieve a goal which we all adhere to, that of a strong immigration of his "Quebec, the Minister concluded.
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The Canadian Nurses Association predicts that if healthcare needs continue to rise at current rates, the country will need 60,000 nurses to fill its labour shortage by 2022. This is despite a national climate that generally welcomes nurses with competitive wages and working conditions. One of the main reasons cited for this shortage is an aging population that is increasingly in need of health services.
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Quebec has a diverse healthcare system, and labour conditions vary depending on the location of the nursing job. In Montreal, the province’s largest city, nurses can expect a salary that ranges from $28/hr on average to up to $40/hr.
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With the completion of these two hospital projects, it is anticipated that Montreal, and Quebec as a whole, will become a global health destination. It is hoped that this will help attract the very best of health workers from around the world, and allow workers already in Canada to practice at the top of their fields.
Nurses in Quebec must be certified to practice in the province by the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec.
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OTTAWA — The Harper government will outline plans Wednesday to double the number of international students in Canada by targeting China and other fast-growing countries, The Sun has learned.
It is the latest step in the federal strategy to make economic development the heart of Canada’s foreign policy.
More diplomatic, visa-processing and marketing resources will be shifted to China, Vietnam, India, Brazil, Mexico and the Middle East/North Africa region (including Turkey), in order to help recruit the world’s best and brightest, Trade Minister Ed Fast is to announce in Toronto.
The goal is to boost the number of international students and academic researchers to more than 450,000 by 2022, which translates into a huge cash injection for universities due in part to the higher tuitions paid by non-Canadians.
That will be done “without displacing Canadian students,” Fast is to tell an audience at Ryerson University, according to a partial transcript of his prepared statement.
Canadian full-time undergraduates paid on average $5,772 this year in tuition, or 3.3 per cent higher than 2012-13, according to Statistics Canada. Internationals paid more than triple that, and the average $19,514 tuition they paid was 6.8 per cent higher than the previous year.
The federal strategy is to boost the number of Canadian jobs “sustained” by international students by 86,500, or double the current number, according to Ottawa’s calculations.
“International education is a key driver of jobs and prosperity in every region of Canada,” Fast, the MP for Abbotsford, is to say.
Canada is in a “fiercely competitive” battle with other countries, especially the U.S., Britain and Australia, for international students.
The strategy will “help us advance Canada’s commercial interests in priority markets around the world and ensure that we maximize the people-to-people ties that help Canadian workers, businesses and world-class educational institutions achieve real success in the largest, most dynamic and fastest-growing economies in the world.”
The strategy includes $13 million over two years for Mitacs, a Vancouver-based national not-for-profit company that helps Canadian university students obtain placements in academic institutions in China, Brazil, India, Mexico, Turkey and Vietnam.
Another $5 million a year, committed in the 2013 federal budget, will fund a “branding and marketing” campaign that will promote Canada as a destination for students seeking a high-quality education at a relatively low cost.
That’s necessary, according to research, because foreigners typically first choose a country they want to study and potentially live in before they select a particular institution.
A 2012 study estimated that international students spent $8 billion a year on tuition, accommodation and discretionary spending — an amount greater than the total annual overseas sales of Canadian aircraft. Ontario and B.C. get two-thirds of all international students in Canada.
Sandra Schinnerl, director of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Office of International Students and Scholars, said they’d love to see more support from the provincial and federal governments, noting “they’ve always pushed back” for years.
Canada is ranked about fifth in the world as an international education destination, and it’s critical that Canada ups its game to keep or improve this rank, Schinnerl added, especially as countries such as Singapore and Malaysia jump into the fray. Russia may also become a competitive force for international education if it re-invests in its post-secondary infrastructure.
“From Canada’s perspective and B.C.’s perspective, we hope to have more international students than our share traditionally,” Schinnerl said. “Canada is now paying more attention and the government is putting more resources into raising the profile of the country as a destination.
“The resources at the national and provincial government levels are modest but they are more than they’ve ever been.”
The report follows the recommendation of a separate 2012 report submitted by a panel headed by University of Western Ontario President Amit Chakma, a native of Bangladesh who obtained two graduate degrees in chemical engineering at the University of B.C. before obtaining positions at the University of Calgary, the University of Regina, and the University of Waterloo.
The panel also included Don Wright, then president of the B.C. Institute of Technology, and Lorna Smith, director of international education at Calgary’s Mount Royal University.
The advisory report said adding more international students will boost innovation in Canada, make Canadian students “citizens of the world,” create international alumni networks that will facilitate trade and investment, and help ease Canadian skilled labour shortages.
“The more the merrier,” said Ajay Patel, dean of international education at Langara College. “They add a richness not only to our classrooms but our culture and help Canadians have a better idea of what the world is like.”
Patel maintains international students not only offer a different perspective of the world, but many will contribute to the society here, or provide important connections when they return to their home countries.
“What we’re seeing is more and more students are becoming mobile; they want to travel and get an education abroad. Part of it is because the globe is getting smaller. Canada is definitely a destination of choice and Vancouver has a soft spot in that.”
Many of B.C.’s universities and colleges — including Langara, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Simon Fraser University — tend to draw most of their international students from Asia, predominantly China, but also from Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea.
Langara, Kwantlen and the University of B.C. are also a big draw for scholarship students from places like Brazil and Saudi Arabia.
But most say they are also eyeing other parts of the world, mainly the countries with a fast-growing middle class that the Harper government has targeted.
Langara, for instance, is focusing its latest recruitment drive on India, while Kwantlen has set its sights on Kazakhstan, Colombia, Nigeria and Vietnam or “anywhere there’s an increasing middle class” to add to its 18,000-student population, said Sandra Schinnerl, director of Kwantlen’s Office of International Students and Scholars.
“We’re less interested in the numbers than we are in the mix,” Schinnerl said. “You wouldn’t want all international students coming from the same country.”
Aaron Andersen, UBC’s regional recruitment director, agreed, noting UBC does not have one single country that represents more than 30 per cent of its 9,000 international students.
The university is working in about 60 countries, including Brazil, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
UBC is planning a recruitment trip to Mexico, which he said is a fantastic partner and offers strong economic, cultural and tourism opportunities. “It’s international but it’s still close,” Andersen said.
The report praised the B.C. government’s “leadership role,” noting the province’s own strategy to sharply increase international student intake.
In the past 10 years alone, Canadian colleges and universities have more than doubled their cohort of foreign students to 225,000 in 2011. B.C. campuses get almost three out of 10 of that total.
According to the B.C. Council for International Education, there were more than 100,000 international students in B.C. in 2011-12, injecting more than $2 billion into the economy — up 17 per cent from 2010, according to a recent report by Roslyn Kunin and Associates, Inc.
Andersen noted international students also enhance UBC’s reputation, not just abroad but in North America. Both UBC and SFU say the U.S. is one of its most important sources for international students and offers “fantastic business opportunities for Canada.”
SFU, for instance, is seeing rapid growth among international students from the American west coast, mainly because it is an NCAA sports school, said Bing Lee, SFU’s assistant director of new student enrolment and transition. He said SFU is also looking to recruit more students from Africa.
“It adds to the dynamic of being an undergrad,” Lee said. “It opens our eyes, having that experience working with undergraduate students from other parts of the world.”
The Harper government has drawn both praise and criticism for realigning Canada’s foreign policy to put a greater emphasis on trade, investment and recruiting skilled workers who can add to Canadian productivity.
One of the more controversial moves was to make the old Canadian International Development Agency a part of the expanded department of foreign affairs, trade and development. Aid officials have been directed to put more emphasis on aid projects that support Canadian investments abroad, especially in the huge mining industry.
Critics have argued that the moves have de-emphasized human rights and alleviating poverty.
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CSQ is not a Work visa, it is Quebec Selection Certificate and applies only for Permanent Resident in Canada. This process is about PR in Canada. Applies especially for Nurses.
- What are you waiting for .. Apply Today.
- We at Universal Immigration are here to help you and join the hundreds of successful applicants already in Quebec.
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- The offer is only till March 2014. The rules of immigration might change after that.
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We Specialize in applications from Philippines / India / UK / Australia / Middle-east
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SINP Program Changes
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) is announcing improvements to the program based on stakeholder input and the need to increase program efficiencies. As well these changes will ensure that the program continues to see positive outcomes related to attraction, settlement and retention of provincial nominees and their families. The SINP is focused on continuous improvement with a view to enhancing the program’s labour market responsiveness and maintaining high rates of retention.
The program changes will be effective January 2, 2014, with receipt of applications under the current criterion ending on December 31, 2013. All applications received on or after January 2, 2014 will be subject to the new program criterion. Applications received on or prior to December 31, 2013 will be processed under the previous criterion unless a request to switch to the new eligibility requirements is made to the SINP.
The SINP undertook stakeholder consultations from June to August 2013 to gather feedback on future directions for the program. The SINP held in-person consultations with over 175 participants in Regina, Saskatoon, Humboldt, Prince Albert and Swift Current. In addition, the SINP received online submissions. Stakeholders included immigrant service providers, employers, chambers of commerce and economic development agencies, industry and labour representatives, municipal governments, nominees and immigration consultants.
Key stakeholder recommendations included:
The SINP program changes are consistent with stakeholder feedback received during consultations.
Online Application System
The SINP will launch an exclusively electronic system for the submission of applications on January 2, 2014. The new online system (a paperless system) will increase efficiencies by eliminating time spent on data entry, and reducing paper administration.
The SINP’s nine categories and subcategories have been combined into three main categories: International Skilled Worker, Saskatchewan Experience, and Entrepreneur and Farm.
Changes have been made to the criteria to increase program efficiencies and improve program outcomes.
International Skilled Worker Category
The International Skilled Worker Category is for skilled workers who want to work and live in Saskatchewan. This category enables the SINP to nominate individuals with high human capital that have the education, experience, language and adaptability to economically establish and successfully integrate into Saskatchewan’s communities. Criteria include:
The International Skilled Worker Category sets a clear focus on the SINP’s priority to nominate skilled workers with the greatest ability to economically establish in the province. This is done through the points rating system which maintains a strong emphasis on employment in Saskatchewan and family connections and increases emphasis on key labour market attachment factors including education, work experience, language and age.
Application Guide for the International Skilled Workers Category (Applications will not be accepted under this category until January 2, 2014.)
Saskatchewan Experience Category
The Saskatchewan Experience Category is for foreign workers currently working and living in Saskatchewan. Streams under this category include the following:
Changes to the Student streams include:
Application intake, as per the application intake thresholds, will be adjusted for persons wanting to apply under the current Student category criteria prior to December 31, 2013. An additional 250 applications from out-of-province graduates and an additional 150 applications from Saskatchewan graduates will be accepted until December 31, 2013 from applicants who meet all the program requirements including work experience requirements. No other application intake thresholds will be adjusted.
The changes to the Student sub-streams will help the SINP address high skilled labour shortages; ensure these nominees connect to the Saskatchewan labour market at a level suitable to their education; and will also increase retention by increasing nominees’ connections to the labour market and communities.
Saskatchewan Experience Application Guide for Students Sub-Category (Applications will not be accepted under this category until January 2, 2014.)
Entrepreneur and Farm
The Entrepreneur and Farm Category sub-categories will be consolidated into three streams: Entrepreneur, Farm Owners/Operators, and the Young Farmers sub-stream.
Q1: What is CIC doing in response to Typhoon Haiyan?
A1. CIC is currently carrying out a number of measures in response to Typhoon Haiyan, with an emphasis on providing priority processing for family members of Canadians and permanent residents who are from the affected areas and are significantly affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
Q2: Who can apply for priority processing?
A2. Priority processing is available to those who identify themselves as being significantly affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in the following categories and request priority processing:
Q3: Who is considered significantly affected?
A3. Significantly affected persons are those who have lost family members, property and/or livelihood due to Typhoon Haiyan.
Q4: How can I identify that I’m significantly affected by the Typhoon?
Overseas (Resident in the Philippines):
Existing Application: If you have an existing application please fill out this form. Please indicate how you have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the “enquiry” section.
If you are applying electronically (visit, study work only) and requesting priority processing:
If you are submitting an application at a Visa Application Centre (visit, study work only) please advise the client service agent that you are requesting priority processing and include the following information:
If you are submitting a paper application and requesting priority processing please write “Urgent-Philippines” on the outside of the envelope and include the following information:
Existing Applications: Applicants who have already submitted an application should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or contact CIC’s Call Centre at 1-888-242-2100.
Please include the following information:
If you are applying electronically (visit, study or work only) and request priority processing:
If you are submitting a paper application and requesting priority processing please write “Urgent-Philippines” on the outside of the envelope and include the following information:
Q5: Can I sponsor my parents or grandparents?
A5. The new Parents and Grandparents program is not re-opening until January 2014. Our focus right now is on addressing urgent requests from those directly affected by the typhoon.
In the meantime, parents and grandparents looking to visit their families in Canada for an extended period of time can continue to use the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa.
Q6: What direct help is CIC offering to affected Canadians in the Philippines?
A6. We are issuing Emergency Travel Documents to affected Canadians for return to Canada, as appropriate, as well as waiving the requirement for affected Canadians to provide proof of travel.
Ottawa, November 14, 2013 — Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced today that Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will prioritize the processing of applications from people who self-identify as being significantly affected by the typhoon.
The Canadian Embassy in Manila remains open and is providing full visa, immigration and passport services. The Visa Application Centres in Manila and Cebu are also open and fully functional.
Applicants overseas who can demonstrate that they are significantly and personally affected by the typhoon and wish to declare their cases a priority can contact the visa office in Manila directly at email@example.com. Those in the affected areas will be treated as a priority.
Requests from Filipino citizens temporarily in Canada who wish to extend their stay will be assessed in a compassionate and flexible manner. Applicants and their family members in Canada who wish to declare their cases as a priority can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or contact CIC’s Call Centre at 1-888-242-2100, which has a dedicated crisis line.
For those who have applied online or who are applying online, and are significantly and personally affected by the typhoon, please send a follow up email to email@example.com, indicating you require urgent processing. Be sure to include as much information as possible: such as your name, date of birth, and client ID which can be found on any correspondence with CIC.
All efforts are being made to address urgent priority needs. Please refrain from contacting the dedicated crisis lines for general immigration enquiries.
DEEPEST SYMPATHY AND HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES to all in Philippines who are directly or indirectly affected by the Typhoon Haiyan. We at Universal Immigration pray for the lost lives and wish everyone a speedy recovery.
Ottawa, November 8, 2013 — Today, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced changes to improve the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) so that the program continues to attract top quality candidates.
“The Canadian Experience Class has allowed more than 25,000 people to stay in Canada permanently to contribute their skills and talents,” said Alexander. “The government is taking concrete action to reduce backlogs and processing times. By making these changes to the Canadian Experience Class, we are moving toward a more effective and efficient immigration system.”
In order to manage intake, maintain reasonable processing times and prevent a backlog from developing in the CEC, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is introducing an annual cap on the number of new CEC applications. CIC will accept a maximum of 12,000 CEC applications from November 9, 2013, to October 31, 2014.
Despite the annual cap on applications, the department will admit approximately 15,000 individuals under the CEC in 2014.
CIC is also seeing an overrepresentation of certain occupations in the program. In order to bring in as diverse a skill set as possible, the department will introduce limits on the number of applications under certain occupations.
Effective November 9, 2013, CIC will introduce sub-caps of 200 applications each in certain skilled occupations. Also, six particular occupations will no longer be eligible for the CEC.
QUEBEC -- The Quebec government says it will lower its immigration targets so it can better integrate newcomers and ensure they are able to function in French.
Immigration Minister Diane De Courcy announced the reductions as she made public the government's immigration plan for the coming year.
The previous Liberal government had already started to trim levels before the debate over the values charter, a still-unadopted plan to ban civil service employees from wearing obvious religious symbols such as the hijab.
Language Minister Diane De Courcy speaks at parliamentary hearings on Bill 14.
About 55,000 immigrants came to Quebec in 2012, which the government of Premier Pauline Marois now believes is too many.
The target for 2014 has been set between 49,000 and 52,500 and will be reduced the following year to between 48,500 and 51,500 people.
The province struck a deal with the federal government decades ago to gain some control over its immigration programs.
More recently, the Charest Liberal government had planned to stabilize immigration levels around 50,000 new arrivals per year, a target that was regularly exceeded. It did close some valves leading to a decline in immgrants from Africa.
Now Quebec's fiscal and demographic pressures raise the question of whether the province might actually be taking in too few immigrants -- not too many.
In recent years Quebec has actually been taking in a slightly higher share of immigrants to Canada -- at 21.3 per cent last year, from a low of less than 13 per cent in the two years leading up to the 1995 referendum.
But that has not stopped the province's demographic clout from dropping within Canada.
The province has gone from having 29 per cent of the national population in 1951 to 24 per cent in 2011, as Quebec lagged behind some other provinces in population growth.
Quebec has also announced that it will spend an additional $13.5 million per year during the next three years to teach immigrants French.
De Courcy said the government wants to modernize the provincial Immigration Act, particularly to address the selection of applicants with the best chance of finding jobs.
Quebec will aim to increase immigration from investors, the business class applicants and skilled workers. At least 65 percent of the total applicants will be from this group, according to goals set out in the new policy.
The Quebec Federation of Chambers of Commerce welcomed the government's new approach.
“Customizing the system to meet the needs of labour is a promising approach and can work well in big cities and less-populated areas, said the group’s president Françoise Bertrand.
The system will also put aside the system of first-come first-serve, as promising candidates will jump ahead of others.
The previous Liberal government had already diminished the proportion of acceptances from Africa, from 37 percent to 31 percent and the PQ plans to maintain those proportions.
Moroccans and Algerians, mostly of the Muslim faith, have been prominent in that group, leading some to wonder if the PQ’s apparent drive to discourage Islamic clothing could have somehow partly motivated the new policies.
However De Courcy said that was not part of the motivation.
“Immigration applications to Quebec are stable or slightly up,” said De Courcy, “it’s no different with North Africa.”
A public consultation is planned to help revise guidelines and set desirable immigration levels for the future.
Ottawa, October 29, 2013 —Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today announced aggressive new action to address the growing backlog and increasing processing times in the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP).
Wait times in the Live-in Caregiver Program have grown to levels that are unacceptable to caregivers,” said Alexander. “
Canada will admit 17,500 permanent residents through the Live-in Caregiver Program in 2014 – almost double the number this year. This represents the highest number of LCP admissions in a single year since the program began in 1993.
Application backlogs and processing times have grown steadily in recent years. The number of caregivers completing their work obligations and becoming eligible for permanent residency has routinely outpaced the planned levels of admissions from the program.
Alexander added: “
The Live-in Caregiver Program facilitates the entry of qualified caregivers into Canada when employers have not been able to find Canadians to fill these positions. Caregivers can apply for permanent residence in Canada after working for two years during their first four years after entry into Canada. As a result, a record number of live-in caregivers will be admitted as permanent residents of Canada in 2014.
The LCP is unique. Through the LCP, caregivers have a direct path to permanent residence that no other Temporary Foreign Workers enjoy.
There are companies engaged in immigration services in your areas, creating false propaganda on the Quebec Immigration Program. They are sending out messages which can be wrongly interpreted. These companies mention that IELTS and French is not required, but are silent at which stage. This is a false guidance and a very poor counselling. They are trying to take advantage of the ignorance of masses.
We at Universal Immigration have been successful because of our correct counselling. We are, in a way, consider ourselves as ambassadors of the Quebec Skilled Worker Program. We understand the program very well, in and out. We also understand the Quebec requirements, Quebec culture and Quebec Job scenario.
We advise clients that we do not require French testing results while submission of documents. But we all have to understand that this is a program where the applicant is asking the Quebec Government to give them Acceptance Letter, because the applicant intend to live in Quebec and serve the land of Quebec.
How can anyone do this unless they know the language of the land ?
We shall submit the application under Quebec Skilled Worker Category, but to safeguard the integrity of the program and to give correct guidance to the applicants who eventually will land in Quebec as Permanent Resident, we insist that they learn French.
How can anyone prove that they know French? Obviously, by appearing for the language testing. Hence we ask the client to appear for French testing exam after the application is submitted. Again, at this point if the applicant is doing only level-1 (DELF A1) this is too low level. To show an acceptable level of French knowledge, we ask the clients to be ready with level-2. Thus, when called for the interview, our clients are much confident than others due to right guidance given by us.
This we do only to advantage of clients themselves. We are advising them correctly. We want them to succeed and bless us for what we did for them. This is our objective. The other companies have different agenda.
With regards to IELTS, under the new rules, if a single nurse has 2 years of experience in past 5 years, and also have IELTS, will now get 53 points before attending the interview. Thus, under the new rules, the client also has the option of not giving IELTS and still get 49, or having less than 2 years of experience and still get 49.
But put yourself a question – “which one is better getting 49 points before attending the interview or getting 53 points before attending the interview?”. You have the answer yourself – obviously 53 points. Because the client has already gained 4 points out of 6 required at the interview level, and thus making sure his chances of getting the CSQ. This is what we preach. We want to make sure that our clients get CSQ.
We can also file the application without IELTS and without French, but we want to make sure that things go right for them and the application is strong, and hence we insist on IELTS before submission and French after submission.
The quota of 20000 per year is a tricky one. We ask clients to hurry. Because this 20000 applications
· includes all the occupations,
· it includes workers already living in Quebec,
· it includes students already living in Quebec
· since start of the program in August, Universal Immigration has already accepted 800 applications for submission
You should wait. You should sign-up and start working on the applications, while you prepare for IELTS.
This is the time to actually RUSH. There is no time to think.
There are major things which may happen in future in Quebec Immigration. They may bring new rule next year :
· The French level minimum B1 or B2 is required to submit the application.
· No free submission of application. The application will be put into a pool of applicants and the employer will select them and then the client applies for immigration. Also termed as EOI (expression of Interest)
We at Universal Immigration are here to help assist you. We have the knowledge and infrastructure to file your applications on time and follow-up appropriately.
Contact us today at : firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit our website at www.universalimmigration.com
Wen you contact us, please send the Resume of yourself, your spouse and do mentin the ages of your children.
The Fast Track eligible occupations are :
We at Universal Immigration would like all our existing and future clients to be careful about various rumours and negative interpretation of Quebec Skilled Worker (QSW) regulations being published from various sources.
As you all are aware of the changes that occured in selection process of QSW applicants since August 1, 2013.
Under the new regulation, the Quebec Immigration Department has mentioned that "all the old Applications (which were submitted before 1st August, 2013) which is not yet come under processing, may be applied the new rules."
The above statement has created a Panic and existing clients are continuously calling our office on the fate of their application. We advice everyone please Do Not Panic. The application of new rules may be a boon in disguise, as all the Applications under Nursing will now get additional points and will become more adaptable.
The present delay in treatment of application has nothing to do with the regulation changes. The delay is happening for everyone and it is due to the volume of applications that Quebec department is receiving lately.
There are many forums and websites, which are giving conflicting and scary remarks. Please avoid such news. We shall keep you informed very well about the fate of your application. It is our request to avoid sending us email about the status of your application as it takes away our vital resources in responding to a question for which there is no answer. We shall inform evryone of the status as soon as we recive it.
Avoid doing speculations an avoid imagining things about the fate of your applications. We at Univesal Immigration have great respect for all our applicants and we shall keep you informed of any major changes.
I also appeal to all our clients, to pleae continue leaning French as this will greatly help you all in adapting to the life and work in Quebec. Even if you have laready done your level 2 in French testing, my advice to everyone is please continue your French learning to a higher level and make your place secure during the interview process.
Thank you for understanding.
From Ravi Iyer
President and Chief Consultant
The union representing foreign service officers has reached a tentative deal with the Treasury Board, effectively ending one of the longest strikes in the federal public service, both sides announced Thursday afternoon.
Tim Edwards, president of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO), posted the news on Twitter saying that the two sides had reached a settlement, adding that all strike measures would cease immediately.
"Good news for free collective bargaining," Edwards said.
In a written news statement, Treasury Board president Tony Clement said he was pleased to announce the two sides had reached a deal.
“The settlement represents the efforts of both parties to reach an agreement that is aligned with what was accepted by other public- and private-sector employees," Clement said.
“This is the same balanced and consistent approach which has allowed the government to settle 26 of 27 collectively bargained agreements in the core public administration.”
In an interview with CBC News, PAFSO member Chrystiane Roy said "we are elated. We are very very happy that this is finally over."
Roy said that Treasury Board officials approached the union last week wanting to reach a deal.
She said Clement hosted them today and they signed the agreements together. Roy said PAFSO will recommend the deal to its members and hopes to have a ratification vote within 10 days.
Labour board ruling spurs action
NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar welcomed the news, adding that the dispute could have been avoided if the Conservatives had negotiated in good faith.
"Canada’s international presence depends on the patriotic dedication of our talented foreign service officers. Our diplomats take on personal risk and hardship in being posted abroad — they deserve our respect and gratitude for their service to our country," Dewar said in a written statement.
The Public Service Labour Relations Board ruled two weeks ago that the federal government had been bargaining in bad faith in its negotiations with striking diplomats.
The government "violated its duty to bargain collectively in good faith and make every reasonable effort to enter into a collective agreement," concluded the board in its 27-page decision.
Roy said PAFSO believes that ruling helped spur the government to come back to the table.
The federal government signalled its intent to appeal the ruling with the Federal Court, as a way "to preserve all available options."
Foreign service officers were in a legal strike position since April 2.
The union representing the striking diplomats maintained there was a wage gap of up to $14,000 between diplomats and other government professionals.
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September 13, 2013
Several changes have been made to the AINP; they are outlined briefly below. Please click on the respective links for more details.
Foodservices Industry Pilot Project – Additional Allocations
For a limited time (until November 28, 2013), all employers are eligible to apply to nominate up to 20% of their total workforce per restaurant location.
See the Semi-Skilled Worker Category page for details.
Strategic Recruitment Stream – New Post-Graduate Worker Category
International graduates can now apply without needing an employer-supported application. You must be currently working in Alberta, have a current and valid post-graduation work permit, and your occupation must be an eligible NOC 0, A, B or C skill level, among other requirements.
See the Post-Graduate Worker Category page for details.
Alberta Work Experience Category
More skilled and semi-skilled occupations have been added, including Optional Trades. Experience criteria has also been streamlined for all eligible occupations.
See the Alberta Work Experience Category page for details.
Employer Driven Stream
Criteria has been streamlined for:
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The 20000 quota for the Quebec Skilled Worker (QSW) Applications are fast filling with Nurses, Computer Engineers at the forefront.
The Quota was declared on 1st august 2013 and will be applicable till 31st March 2014.
At Universal immigration, we have already applied for 300 applications in the month of August. As one of the leaders in Quebec Immigration Laws, we have represented thousands of successful applications under QSW.
We have state of art tecnique to assist the applicants in whichever part of the world they reside. Simply send us your resume. If you are married, please make sure to send the resume of spouse too, with ages of children. Send it to QAS@universalimmigration.com
Once we receive the details from you, we shall make the eligiblity assessment. If you see yourself eligible to apply, we make an agreement and start processing your application. We will be your legal representative and will represent your file with the Immigration department of Quebec.
THIS IS A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME PERNMANENT RESIDENT OF CANADA, ONE OTHE MOST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD.
Our President Mr. Ravi Iyer is a renouned Expert in Quebec Immigration Laws. for more information on Quebec and the list of eligible occupations, please click : http://www.universalimmigration.com/quebec-immigration.php
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The Harper government signaled Thursday it will no longer put up with the Quebec government accepting thousands of deep-pocketed investor immigrants a year even though most settle in other provinces – especially British Columbia.
Immigration Minister Chris Alexander’s statement echoed recent complaints from his predecessor, Jason Kenney, who told a parliamentary committee in June immigrants are engaged in a “fraud” that enriches the Quebec government while costing taxpayers in B.C. and elsewhere a bundle.
At issue is Ottawa’s cash-for-visa program, which gives permanent residence to immigrants, including those who speak neither English nor French, who are prepared to inject $800,000 into the Canadian economy in the form of a guaranteed, interest-free loan.
Quebec operates a parallel program that brings in twice as many immigrants as Ottawa’s, leading many critics to believe rich foreigners are using it to do an end-run around Ottawa as they seek to set up in Vancouver or Toronto.
“If someone applies to immigrate to a particular province, that is where they are undertaking to reside,” Mr. Alexander said.
“While we respect provincial jurisdiction, as a matter of fairness we cannot send federal transfer payments to one province for someone living in another. That saddles the other provinces with unfair resettlement costs, such as health care and education.”
Quebec’s Parti Québécois government, which announced changes to the investor immigrant program Thursday to increase the number of French-speaking applicants, rejected the fraud charge.
“All immigrants, regardless of their chosen program, have the right to move and settle where they want to in Canada once they’ve obtained permanent residency,” said Jonathan Lavallée, spokesman for the ministry of immigration and cultural communities.
“To say that this is a sham is absolutely wrong.”
Using statistics from the Quebec government, Citizenship & Immigration Canada estimates more than 90% of those accepted by Quebec’s program end up living in other provinces. Most go directly to Greater Vancouver.
Mr. Lavallée said Quebec expects 5,000 to 7,000 business immigrants in 2013, most as investor immigrants. This compares with 2,615 immigrants in 2012 in Ottawa’s program.
Mr. Kenney told the parliamentary committee participants in the Quebec program are engaged in fraud.
The new Area of Training and priority occupations list is announced.
The program looks very potential and very impressive. Universal Immigration team like previous years will be again very active and will again emrge as one of the leading Consultants for Quebec Nomination program.
Nurses , Aeronautical Engineers are on topmost priority and will gain 16 points under Area of Training.
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Foreign service officers will launch walkout Monday at 15 centres as arbitration bid fails
Chris Alexander has been named citizenship and immigration minister.
Ottawa, July 11, 2013 — More than 20,000 Parent and Grandparent Super Visas have been issued since the program’s launch in December 2011, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.
With over 1,000 Super Visas being issued monthly, this has become one of Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s most popular programs. The approval rate remains high at 85 per cent.
The Super Visa is a multiple entry visa that is valid for up to ten years, while offering holders the option of staying in Canada for up to two years at a time. This reduces the need for frequent visitors to renew their status during an extended family visit.
The process for getting a Parent and Grandparent Super Visa is simple and straightforward. Applicants for the Super Visa must provide proof that the host child or grandchild meets a minimum income level, demonstrate that they have purchased comprehensive Canadian medical insurance and undergo the immigration medical examination. To date, almost 99 per cent of Super Visa applicants who met these requirements were approved.
Effective August 1, 2013, several changes will be made to the immigration rules and procedures.
New rules have been adopted regarding procedures for the intake and processing of certain applications for a selection certificate submitted by permanent workers, investors, businesspeople and self-employed workers. These new rules will be in effect from August 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.
The points in the selection grid granted to candidates for language knowledge have also changed.
Lastly, a new list of areas of training will enter into effect as of August 1, 2013.
Maximum number of applications
The Ministère will accept a maximum of 20,000 new applications for a Certificat de séléction du Québec under the Program for skilled workers, beyond which the applications received will be returned.
If you submit an application under the Program for skilled workers, be informed that:
Areas of training
The New 2013 List of areas of training reflects the Québec job market outlook for immigrants.
Calgary, July 2, 2013 — Fees are being waived and status will be automatically extended or restored for those temporary and permanent residents affected by the massive flooding in Alberta, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.
Special procedures have been put in place to help those temporary and permanent residents in Alberta who, because of the flood, need to apply for urgent immigration documents, extend their work or study permits, or replace destroyed immigration documents. The special measures will be in place until September 19, 2013.
In addition, a dedicated line has been set up at CIC’s call centre. People can call the 1-888-242-2100 number and Press “7”. The agent will then ask the standard security questions and will advise client on how to proceed with an application.
A dedicated email address of email@example.com has also been set up. Affected temporary and permanent residents and Canadian citizens may email their Unique Client Identifier (UCI#), full name, date of birth and place & country of birth with ‘URGENT: FLOOD’ in subject line. An agent will then follow up with the client.
Note from Management :
If you are among one of the applicants who have received a letter from MICC (in French) stating that your Representative is no longer a member of MICC, please do not worry. Get in touch with us.
Mr. Ravi Iyer is an expert in Quebec Immigration Law. He has voluntarily withdrawn from the representation of MICC due to other demanding engangments. He still remains the President and Chief Consultant of Universal Immigration worldwide.
Mr. Nemaduthsingh Juddoo, from Universal Immigration, will represents all the applications to MICC.
Any existing clients receiving intimation of representation letter from MICC should immediatly get in touch with their respective Co-ordinating staff in Universal Immigration Office or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Universal Immigration will take all necessary steps to change the represenation. Their existing processing of application will not be affected in any way. We thank all the applicants for choosing Universal Immigration and trusting the company for their dreams to come true. We thank for your cooperation.
With this notice, we advice people to be careful and watchfull of any such miscommunication brought by Persons with Malicious intention.
Federal officials will have the right to walk into Canadian workplaces without a warrant as part of a tightening of the controversial foreign temporary workers program.
June 11, 2013 - The Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) union is currently taking strike action. PAFSO union members responsible for processing visa applications have been walking out of offices in Canada and overseas.
Posted processing times for both temporary and permanent resident visa applications do not take into account work stoppages.
Anyone applying for a visa should anticipate delays and submit their application as far in advance as possible.
Contingency plans are already in place to ensure all offices remain open and are providing at least a minimum level of service. Priority will be placed on urgent humanitarian applications.
CIC continues to closely monitor the situation.
OTTAWA, June 6, 2013 /CNW/ - The Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO), representing Canada's 1,350 non-executive diplomats, staged a mass walk out in Ottawa today and at posts around the world, protesting the Government of Canada's unwillingness to engage meaningfully at the negotiating table.
As part of a coordinated escalation of service withdrawals, over 400 Foreign Service officers based at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade headquarters in the National Capital Region left their positions this afternoon, joining members at twelve other missions worldwide who had walked out earlier in the day.
"After nearly two years of negotiations and a four-month hiatus in talks, the Government returned to the table with the same position they presented back in the fall of 2011," says Tim Edwards, PAFSO President.
"The Government's unwillingness to compromise is an affront to the principles of free and fair bargaining, and to the tremendous value and dedication Foreign Service Officers offer to Canadians and their elected representatives."
The primary issue at hand remains PAFSO's request for equal pay for equal work. Specifically, the union is seeking wage adjustments to keep Foreign Service Officer pay in line with comparable employment groups in the federal government.
"We've made concessions to address their concerns in the current economic climate. But they still seem intent on punishing some of our less senior diplomats, who earn up to $14,000 less than those doing the same work in Ottawa," says Edwards.
At several posts around the world, Canada's political, trade and immigration officers will not be reporting to work until further notice. This includes some of Canada's largest and most important embassies and high commissions overseas. Affected Canadian offices abroad include: London, Paris, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Ramallah, Dublin, Hong Kong, and Canada's delegation to the European Union.
All Foreign Service immigration officers in Beijing, Shanghai, Delhi and Chandigarh have also walked off the job, which will severely reduce the pace and volume of visa and immigration processing for applicants from China and India.
SOURCE: Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO)
Minister Diane De Courcy announced the award of nearly $ 1.4 million to facilitate the recognition of professional skills of immigrants
Montreal, Monday, June 3, 2013 - The Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities and Minister of the Charter of the French language, Diane De Courcy, is pleased to announce an investment of nearly $ 1.4 million for implementation of concrete measures to facilitate the access of immigrants trained in occupational therapy profession, bailiff, speech therapist, physiotherapist and social worker.
"Working in collaboration with our partners tangible results and allows to build the skills of professional immigrants who settle in Quebec. In exercising their profession, these people help to meet the needs of labor in areas that, according to Emploi-Québec, presenting favorable job prospects over the next year. The vitality of our economy and the quality of our services will be even more healthy, "said Minister Diane De Courcy.
This investment will facilitate the process of recognition of the skills of professionals trained and accelerate the achievement of their license.
Projects implemented by the College of Occupational Therapists of Quebec, the College of Pathologists and Audiologists and professional Quebec Order of Quebec physiotherapy improve access to extra training and facilitate the acquisition of skills related to context of these professions in Quebec. For projects of the Chamber of Bailiffs of Quebec and the College of Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists of Quebec, they aim to design appropriate assessment recognition of skills acquired abroad tools.
"The partnership with professional associations helps to facilitate the rapid integration of newcomers in the labor force. Recently, the Department has also increased its service francisation online by adding an advanced course and focused on specific professional fields modules level. Access to this knowledge is very important for immigrants who have the skills and want to practice their profession in Quebec, "said Minister Diane De Courcy.
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program has implemented application intake thresholds to improve program efficiency.
Effective immediately the SINP will accept a maximum number of applications in each category for the remainder of the calendar year but will continue to process all applications currently in inventory.
APPLICATION INTAKE THRESHOLDS AS OF MAY 21, 2013
These levels are in effect until December 31, 2013. They will be reviewed on an annual basis.
The category application quota will be posted online and updated with remaining availability on a weekly basis. When the category reaches the intake threshold no further applications will be accepted.
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Mississauga, May 10, 2013 — Citizenship and Immigration Canada will re-open the Parent and Grandparent (PGP) program for new applications on January 2, 2014, by which time the backlog and wait times in the program are expected to have been cut in half.
“The Action Plan for Faster Family Reunification is on track to meet the goals of cutting in half the backlog and wait times in the Parent and Grandparent program,” said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. “It is very important that we continue to make progress and not return to the old broken system with wait times as long as a decade—that would be unfair to families.”
Phase II of the Action Plan for Faster Family Reunification will provide even faster processing times, reduce the backlog further, prevent future backlogs, ensure that families have the financial means to support those they sponsor, and protect the interests of taxpayers.
First – In 2012 and 2013, Canada will admit 50,000 parents and grandparents as permanent residents. This represents the highest level of parents and grandparents admitted in 20 years. In 2014, Canada will maintain high levels of admissions for parents and grandparents.
Second – The Super Visa will become permanent and will continue to provide flexibility for families who access the 10-year multiple-entry visa, allowing visa holders to remain in Canada up to two years at a time. Over 15,000 Super Visas have been issued since the program’s launch in December 2011 with approval rates averaging 86 percent.
Third – New qualifying criteria for permanent residency sponsorship of parents and grandparents will increase the financial responsibility of sponsors to ensure they have the means to support those they sponsor, while limiting the program’s cost to taxpayers and Canada’s strained health and social programs.
Fourth – 5,000 new sponsorship applications will be accepted in the program in 2014. By accepting 5,000 applications in 2014 while maintaining high levels, the government will be able to further reduce the remaining backlog so that families can be reunited more quickly.
“These new criteria ensure sponsored family members are well supported by their sponsors throughout their time in Canada,” said Minister Kenney. “The redesigned Parent and Grandparent program reunites families faster while respecting Canadian taxpayers and the limited resources for health and social programs.”
Canada has one of the most generous family reunification programs in the world. The United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand do not allow grandparents to be sponsored at all or only in very limited circumstances, and they have very restrictive criteria for the sponsorship of parents.
New qualifying criteria for permanent residency sponsorship
New qualifying criteria ensure that sponsors have the financial means to support parents and grandparents, while reducing the net costs to Canadian taxpayers by leading to less reliance on health care and social programs.
The new qualifying criteria include:
Source : cic.gc.ca
LONDON, UK –
Date : 5th May 2013 (Sunday)
Time : 1.00 PM to 5.00 PM
Venue : The Enterprise Hotel, 15-25 Hogarth Road, Earls Court, LONDON
Tel : T: +44 (0) 208 621 6401 / M: +44 (0) 796 620 9968 / M: +44 (0) 777 262 8801 / M: +44 (0) 777 195 2287
KOCHI, India –
Date : 9th May 2013 (Thursday)
Time : 4.00 PM to 7.30 PM
Venue : Lexiconn International, Opp GCDA, Kadavanthara, Kochi, Kerala
Time : 10.00 AM to 1.00 PM
Venue : B-GHUD (IELTS Coaching Centre), Mavelikkara, Kerala.
Tel : 91-484-2322132 / 91-8089050002
TRIVANDRUM, India –
Date : 11th May 2013 (Saturday)
Time : Please call the numbers for timings
Venue : Hotel PANKAJ, Trivandrum, Kerala.
Date : 12th May 2013 (Sunday)
Time : 10.00 AM to 1.00 PM
Venue : CAN-I services, Trivandrum, Kerala.
Tel : 91-484-2322132 / 91-8089050002
NEW DELHI, India –
Date : 14th May 2013 (Tuesday)
Time : 3.00 PM to 6.00 PM
Venue : TKW English Point Rajendra Place, New Delhi
Tel : 91-484-2322132 / 91-8089050002
Date : 15th May 2013 (Wednesday)
Time : 9.00 AM to 11.00 PM
Venue : TKW English Point, Gurgaon, New Delhi
Tel : 91-484-2322132 / 91-8089050002
PASIG city, Philippines –
Date : 17th May 2013 (Friday)
Time : 1.00 PM and 6.00 PM
Venue : Function room A, SM Megatrade Hall, Bldg., B, 5th Floor, PASIG
Tel : : +63-929-336-4570 / +63-919-996-4112
MAKATI city, Philippines –
Date : 17th May 2013 (Sunday)
Time : 4.00 PM to 8.00 PM
Venue : 5th Level SM MEGAMALL, Function Room - B, Makati
Tel : : +63-2 720 2643 / +63-917 315 5926 / +63-932 875 4846 / 63-947 995 9700
DUBAI, UAE –
Date : 22nd May 2013 (Wednesday)
Time : 3.00 PM to 8.00 PM
Venue : Dubai Internet City (DIC), DELL Blg, Ground Floor
All individuals who are considering applying on or after May 4 should be aware that if their application does not meet the new criteria, it will not be processed. A prospective applicant should ensure they meet at least one of the following requirements:
If prospective applicants are confident that they meet at least one of the above requirements, they must also meet the minimum language threshold and obtain an educational credential assessment (if submitting a foreign educational credential).
Eligible Occupations List
The eligible occupations stream will have an overall cap of 5,000 new applications and sub-caps of 300 applications in each of the 24 occupations on the list.
Eligible occupations (with their corresponding 2011 National Occupation Classification code):
Last month, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney released new figures that suggest the backlog in the federal skilled worker stream now stands at just 91,403 with turnaround times of about a year. By 2015, the backlog is expected to stand at 10,221 and turnaround times for permanent residency should be about six months.
Photograph by: Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press/Files , Postmedia News
OTTAWA — The federal government was acting well within its rights when it decided last spring to toss the immigration applications of some 280,000 skilled workers and their families, the Federal Court ruled Thursday.
The budget 2012 initiative aimed at drastically reducing a massive backlog of old applications was challenged by a group of about 1,400 would-be immigrants who felt the move violated their rights under the Charter and Bill of Rights.
The court, however, ultimately sided with the government.
“The applicants have waited in the queue for many years only to find the entrance door closed. They see the termination of their hope for a new life in Canada to be an unfair, arbitrary and unnecessary measure,” Justice Donald Rennie concluded.
“However, section 87.4 (of the budget bill) is valid legislation, compliant with the rule of law, the Bill of Rights and the Charter.”
Rennie added the applications were “terminated by operation of law” and that the court did not have the power to order the government to change its legislation.
As per the rules of immigration law, he did, however, certify three questions related to whether the legislation is constitutional and whether applicants should have been notified in advance and been given a chance to rebut the plan.
The questions could effectively form the basis of an appeal, something Toronto lawyer Lorne Waldman said he will recommend to his clients. If they choose to pursue the case, he’ll have 15 days to file the appeal.
“Personally, I’m disappointed but it’s not an easy task to try to convince a judge to strike down legislation,” he said in an interview shortly after the ruling was made public.
“What’s more difficult for me is to tell all these clients who retained me … because, you know, these are people who basically followed all the rules and acted perfectly legally and in compliance with what the government of Canada told them.”
Noting the government line has been to slam so-called “queue-jumpers” who claim asylum in an attempt to fast-track immigration, Waldman said others like his clients played by the rules, “waited patiently for years” and spent thousands of dollars getting the necessary language training, medical tests and police checks only to have their “hopes dashed” in the end when those rules were suddenly changed.
“My heart goes out to the people who in my view are victims of this callous legislation,” he said.
The government, meanwhile, welcomed the ruling. Alexis Pavlich, a spokeswoman for Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, said the decision to refund $130 million in application fees and destroy the files of all those who applied to come to Canada as skilled workers prior to Feb. 27, 2008 was critical as the backlog had grown out of control.
“As a result of the actions taken by our government to deal with the massive backlogs and unacceptably long wait times we inherited, new (federal skilled worker) applications will be processed in less than a year,” she said. “We would not be able to remain competitive and attract the skilled immigrants Canada needs if we were to allow backlogs and wait times to grow again.”
According to Citizenship and Immigration, as of March 22, the government had returned fees for about 5,400 applications.
Last month, Kenney released new figures that suggest the backlog in the federal skilled worker stream now stands at just 91,403 with turnaround times of about a year. By 2015, the backlog is expected to stand at 10,221 and turnaround times for permanent residency should be about six months.
As it moves towards an immigration system that favours youth, language proficiency and specific skill sets, the government has also argued many in the queue have skills that are considered no longer relevant.
Last summer, the government issued a moratorium on new skilled worker applications pending an overhaul of the program. The program is scheduled to reopen on May 4 when applicants will be assessed according to the new criteria and will be required to have any educational credentials vetted to ensure they won’t get stuck driving taxis because their physician training isn’t up to par.
On Thursday, the government also unveiled a list of 24 eligible occupations which means only engineers, geoscientists, land surveyors, financial analysts, computer programmers, health inspectors, audiologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and medical technicians will be able to apply to come to Canada as skilled workers.
The government also capped the number of new applications it will accept this year at 5,000. The new rules, however, don’t apply to those who already have an offer of employment or are applying to the program as doctoral students studying at Canadian universities.
The government is poised to accept about 55,000 newcomers under the federal skilled worker program this year.
- Source : Canada.com
CONGRATULATIONS Ms. Analou Carlon, on winning the National Raffel of IPAD sponsored by Universal Immigration, Canada and Wise Inc., Philippines in Cebu City, Philippines.
All individuals who are considering applying on or after May 4 should be aware that if their application does not meet the new criteria, it will not be processed. A prospective applicant should ensure they meet at least one of the following requirements:
If prospective applicants are confident that they meet at least one of the above requirements, they must also meet the minimum language threshold and obtain an educational credential assessment (if submitting a foreign educational credential).
Eligible Occupations List
The eligible occupations stream will have an overall cap of 5,000 new applications and sub-caps of 300 applications in each of the 24 occupations on the list.
Eligible occupations (with their corresponding 2011 National Occupation Classification code):
WE are pleased to announce the addition of following leading Canadian colleges who have recognized Universal Immigration as their official Partner :
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To the delight of all the qualifying applicants who wants to apply for Quebec Skilled Worker (QSW), the program has been extended till 31st July, 2013.
Earlier, as per the directives dated 29th June 2012 of MICC, the QSW was acceptiong applications till 31st March, 2013 only. Now the program has extended till 31st July, 2013.
Those who are eligible, this is a second chance to RUSH and put the application before the deadline.
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Mississauga, ON, March 26, 2013 — As a result of actions taken by the government since 2008, the backlog of permanent resident applications has been reduced by about forty percent, paving the way for a faster and more effective immigration system in 2013 and beyond, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.
This has been accomplished, in part, by continuing to process a high number of applications from parents and grandparents in the Family Class while a temporary pause on new applications remains in effect until the end of the year. In addition, a pause was put in place on new Immigrant Investor applications and the oldest Federal Skilled Worker applications were eliminated while we continued to process record high levels of existing applications.
The government will continue to transform Canada’s immigration system to make it fast, flexible and more responsive to the labour market. The massive reduction in the backlog allows us to move toward a just-in-time system that recruits people with the right skills to meet Canada’s labour market needs, fast tracks their applications and gets them working in Canada in a period of months, instead of years. It also means that families will no longer have to wait close to a decade to be reunited with their loved ones.
Ottawa, March 20, 2013 — Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney is advising Canadians and newcomers to inform themselves to avoid becoming victims of immigration fraud during Fraud Prevention Month.
The focus of this year’s Fraud Prevention Month for CIC is combating marriage fraud. A new video has been created which features real victims of marriage fraud and explains how others can avoid becoming victims. The government has also launched an ad campaign warning permanent residents and Canadian citizens to protect themselves against marriage fraud. To watch the video or view the ad campaign.
The focus last year was informing Canadians about unauthorized immigration consultants who guarantee visas or high-paying jobs for a fee, taking large sums of money with no tangible results for the prospective immigrant. To learn more about unregistered consultants.
These initiatives seek to improve awareness of the dangers of citizenship and immigration fraud and equip people with the knowledge to avoid becoming victims of fraud. In recent years, the government has implemented a number of reforms to protect the integrity of Canada’s immigration system. These include:
To report immigration fraud, please call the Border Watch Tip Line at 1-888-502-9060.
To learn more about immigration fraud.
With the popularity that Universal Immigration is gaining everyday, the management requests the applicants to be extra vigilant. There has been cases reported to us where Freudster are using the name of Universal Immigration or any other similar name containing the word UNIVERSAL to cheat people.
In a recent reported case from Kerala , India, with connection in United Kingdom, a person named Binochan has cheated people with many thousands of Rupees by using the Universal Brand Name. Click here for more details
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March 1, 2013 – With new criteria for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) set to take effect in May, many prospective immigrants may already be preparing to apply.
However, future FSWP applicants should be aware that CIC expects to announce three important elements of the FSWP in April that will have an impact on the application process, including:
Applicants who prepare their application before this information is announced do so at their own risk. Applications that do not meet the criteria that will be announced in April will not be processed.
On December 19, 2012, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced significant changes to the FSWP. In addition, the Minister announced that the new FSWP would be opened up for applications on May 4, 2013. A pause on applications, except for those from certain PhD students and those supported by a qualifying job offer, has been in place sinceJuly 1, 2012.
Today, the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), and the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, announced that 2012 was a record year for Indian travellers to Canada. The Minister of State hailed this milestone as a demonstration of the increasingly close relationship between the two countries.
"Indian travellers are among our top ten international travellers to visit Canada," said Minister of State Bernier. "Our government is working with industry to capitalize on this growth, to welcome even more Indian travellers and to create jobs and growth in Canada, while strengthening our relationship with our Indian visitors."
"Attracting an increasing number of visitors to Canada, including the best and brightest young minds, is part of our plan to grow the economy and create jobs," said Minister Kenney. "We strive to issue visas and permits as quickly as possible to facilitate travel for visitors and students and to benefit from the economic spinoff they bring to Canada."
Minister of State Bernier highlighted the fact that in 2012, Canada issued more than 130,000 visas and more than 13,000 study permits to Indian citizens. This represents a 58-percent increase in visas and a 530-percent increase in student permits since 2004, which reaffirms the fact that Canada continues to be a destination of choice for Indian travellers and students.
Recent actions taken by the Harper Government have made it easier for Indians to visit Canada. In November 2012, Prime Minister Harper announced plans to open a new consulate in Bangalore.
The Harper Government has also made significant improvements to the visa application process. The period for which multiple-entry visas are valid was extended from 5 years to 10 years, which allows visitors to enter and exit Canada for up to 6 months at a time over 10 years. Additionally, parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents are now eligible to apply for the new Super Visa, which is valid for up to 10 years and allows parents and grandparents to remain in Canada for up to 24 months at a time. These measures are complemented by the fact that Indian travellers to Canada receive faster visa approvals than travellers from any other country in the world.
Additionally, significant improvements to the Canada–India bilateral air transport agreement were made in June 2011 and July 2012, specifically in terms of the number of flights permitted, access to additional cities and greater pricing flexibility for airlines.
"The record number of visas issued last year is a great signal to Indian travellers that Canada is open for business," said David Goldstein, President and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada. "We support the efforts of the government in facilitating the visa process for these potential visitors and in helping grow our share of this vital emerging tourism market."
The Indian middle class represents one of the fastest-growing outbound travel markets in the world. The Harper Government, through Canada's Federal Tourism Strategy, is committed to making Canada an even more attractive destination for Indian travellers. Today's record number of visas issued will be tomorrow's benchmark, and it is expected that visits to Canada will continue to increase in the years to come.
We at Universal Immigration in Canada sincerely thank Alliances françaises in Cebu City for their cooperation and contribution to the efforts that we are doing in helping people to immigrate to Canada under Quebec Nomination Program.
Under the recent historical development, Quebec Immigration Department from Hongkong is sending their delegation to Cebu City to conduct interviews of the prospective applicants. They have taken this initiative due to the reasons that Universal Immigration is submitting large number of applications and also due to the fact that the qualities of these applications are very high. This could only be possible with cooperation from Alliances françaises, who has supported our demands of aggressive French coaching to our applicants.
Also, it has been a great achievement that Alliances françaises in Cebu City has been identified by Ministère de l'Immigration et des Communautés culturelles (MICC) to be one of the active centres and has signed service agreements to provide successful applicants with the training they need and evaluate their knowledge.
Universal Immigration is the largest contributor of applicants from Philippines under Quebec Nomination Program.
Canada welcomed a record number of international students in 2012, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today. Last year was the first time in Canadian history that Canada has welcomed over 100,000 international students, an increase of 60% from 2004.
According to a 2011 report by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) entitled International Education: A Key Driver of Canada’s Future Prosperity, international students contribute more than $8 billion every year to the Canadian economy. In addition to significant economic benefits, international students also enrich Canadian society with their ideas and different perspectives.
International students are also a future source of skilled labour, as they may be eligible upon graduation for permanent residency through immigration programs, such as the Canadian Experience Class which the Government introduced in 2008. International students are well-prepared to immigrate to Canada as they have obtained Canadian credentials, are proficient in at least one of our official languages and often have relevant Canadian work experience.
Recently proposed changes to the International Student Program would streamline work permit access to international students attending designated institutions, and provide certain study permit holders with the authority to work part-time off-campus.
The proposed changes would also better protect international students as provinces and territories designate the institutions qualified to receive them and Citizenship and Immigration Canada eliminates abuse of the program by ensuring program participants are genuine students. These changes would safeguard the world-class reputation of Canada’s post-secondary education system, as it strives to become ever more competitive in the global search for talent.
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Orientation in Dubai on 28th February, 2013
Venue : Dubai Internet City (DIC),
Thuraya Conference Hall located in DIC BLDG 3 ground floor (DELL BLDG), Sheikh Zayed Road, DUBAI. (map given below)
Timings : Session 1] 3.00 PM to 5.00 PM
Session 2] 6.00 PM to 8.00 PM
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Ottawa, February 20, 2013 — Canada issued a record number of visitor visas in 2012 with almost 1 million visas approved, Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, and Maxime Bernier, Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism, announced today.
The number of visas issued in 2012 represents an increase of almost 40% since 2004. This steady increase over the last few years reaffirms the fact that Canada continues to be a destination of choice for visitors.
The Government has employed several new tools to attract visitors to Canada and facilitate their travel. For example, in July 2011, the duration of multiple-entry visas was extended from five years to 10 years. This allows visitors to enter and exit Canada for up to six months at a time over 10 years. In addition, parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for the new Parent and Grandparent Super Visa, which is also valid for up to 10 years and allows parents and grandparents to remain in Canada for up to 24 months at a time.
Our Chief Consultant Mr. Ravi Iyer, ICCRC and an Expert in Quebec Nomination Program will be visiting Mauritius and Dubai starting 22nd February till 1st March 2013.
Do not miss this Golden Opportunity. Quebec is the only province in Canada which accepts application under Skilled Worker Category without a job offer from a Canadian Employer. Please click here for more information on Quebec, one of the most beautiful provinces in Canada.
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Montreal, February 5, 2013 - The Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities (MICC) and Minister of the Charter of the French language, M me Diane De Courcy, presented the draft revision of the Charter of the French language in the a meeting she held today with media representatives from ethnocultural communities.
"In addition to contributing to the strengthening of French in Quebec society, the bill is accompanied by measures to support the French language and the integration of immigrants, particularly in employment. Our government wants to ensure that this integration is done in French, both in the workplace and within society, "said Minister Diane De Courcy.
The minister recalled that the adoption of the Charter of the French language, in 1977, had led to better integrate newcomers to the francophone majority. According to data from the Office québécois de la French, we find that among allophones arrived in Quebec between 1996 and 2006, 75% of those who took a different language at home chose French, compared to 37% those who arrived before 1976.
For fifteen years, the growth of French in Quebec, particularly as the language of work is slowing. This decline is particularly evident in Montreal.Competition with the English there is intensified, the exodus of Francophone families to the suburbs is more pronounced and there is a resurgence of the requirement of bilingual vacancies. "The requirement for bilingualism in the workplace is not always justified. In fact, she became a criterion for elimination of qualified candidates and candidates who may have minimal knowledge of English, which is the case with many immigrants, "lamented the minister.
"Given these facts, the government quickly responded with a bill that balanced and responsible. This bill is not opposed to bilingualism but reaffirms that the common language, the language of our trade, is and must remain the French, "said M me De Courcy. Amendments to the Charter of the French language will ensure that all Quebecers and all Quebecers, regardless of their origin, can live and work in French in Quebec.
Overhaul of the Charter of the French language and immigrant support
A higher unemployment rate among immigrants, particularly among those who settled in Quebec in the last five years, however, reveals barriers to successful integration.
An action plan, and francization For successful integration of immigrants: to live and work in French in Quebec , accompanied amendments to the Charter of the French language. These measures aim to ensure that immigrants who want to come here to prepare themselves before they arrive in Quebec.Among the actions planned for francization and integration, we must mention those that will:
M me De Courcy has highlighted the role that the media can play ethnocultural communities to promote the potential of the regions of Quebec outside of Montreal in employment and integration. She concluded her presentation by stressing the importance it attaches to the mastery of French immigrants. "In addition to being a fundamental dimension of Quebec identity, fosters knowledge of French among people that we welcome the inclusion in employment, participation in community life and develop a sense of belonging . It is our responsibility to better welcome newcomers to Quebec and I strongly believe that Bill 14 meets this duty. '
Public consultation on the draft law on the Charter of the French language
Minister Diane De Courcy took advantage of this meeting to launch an invitation to participate in the consultation on Bill 14. Public hearings the Commission will begin on March 12 and a public consultation will be online from 12 February.
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Our Senior Vice President Mr. Sailesh Shankar is currently touring Southern India in an effort to promote Canadian educational institutes.
Below is the article published in The Hindu on his visit to Tiruchi. Accompanying him our our Indian office Senior Staffs Mr. Karthik Srinivasan and Ms. Rajeshwari.
(With school Girls in Kerala)
The Canadian government is planning to roll out an online job portal that will serve as a matchmaker between potential economic immigrants to Canada and employers looking to hire from abroad.
Canada’s Minister for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney said the system, which took a cue from New Zealand and Australia, would be in place by 2014-end.
On the sidelines of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas here on Tuesday, Mr. Kenney told The Hinduthat immigrants could submit their applications and profile online and Canadian employers could hire candidates based on education and language proficiency from the pool.
Mr. Kenney hoped it would be able to attract people from across India under the new system, which would be faster and more flexible.
“In the past, most immigrants have been from Punjab. But we realise Canada can benefit from the South Indian community, considering their high levels of education,” he said.
The Minister had words of praise for the nurses hailing from Kerala.
Canada with a predominantly working society has an ageing population with the birth rates below replacement level. But its economy is still vibrant and the strongest among the G7 nations.
To tackle a shortage of skilled workers, Canada keeps on adding quarter of a million permanent residents each year through immigration, making it the nation with the highest per capita level of immigrants in the developed world.
“We are starting to see some very serious labour shortage right across the whole spectrum of occupations ranging from low-skilled labourers to all the way up to information technology specialists and engineers. Our immigration programme focusses on people with high levels of education and proficiency in English or French languages,” Mr. Kenney said.
He said the immigration programme was being overhauled because of its failure to help educated economic immigrants, including Indians, in finding jobs matching their qualification. Because of the failure in the system, many end up underemployed or even unemployed.
“Within a few months, we will have a system whereby all applications of economic immigrants are processed within a year and if they have a pre-arranged job in Canada it will be done in a matter of months instead of eight years, which is the norm now,” Mr. Kenney said.
Canada is gearing up to collect biometric data from the visitors of 26 high-risk countries as part of what Mr. Kenney regarded as the new normal method for immigration security, which has been already adopted by countries such as the U.S. “India will be eventually added to that list but it will be among the last group of countries to be included,” he said.
Asked if the Canadian public was increasingly getting intolerant towards immigration, the Minister said while there was openness and support for immigration in principle, the public just wanted to see that the immigration system worked in favour of Canada.
Mr. Kenney said Canada’s decision to increase the number of immigrants under the Canada Experience Class would benefit India. “We have a huge number of Indian students coming. It is a new programme that invites them to apply for permanent residency after three years of studies and one year of work. This will be ideal as they will have a Canadian degree recognised by Canadian employers, have good English language skills and are already pre-integrated with vast social skills necessary to be part of Canadian workforce. And importantly they will be young,” he said.
So far, the country has added 20,000 immigrants through this route. The Minister said an immigrant from Bangalore who did his MBA from the University of Toronto and then landed a job with the Bank of Montreal pocketing about 75,000 Canadian dollars was one of the model immigrants.
Mr. Kenney wrapped up the conversation with an invitation to Keralites. “We just love to see the arrival of more Malayalis especially because of their level of education. So, hey Keralites, do think about coming to Canada.”
Source - The Hindu
The next step in the Harper government’s transformation of Canada’s immigration system will turn Ottawa into an online matchmaker, connecting would-be migrants with employers who want to hire them.
In a year-end interview, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney described the coming Web-based “Expression of Interest” system – to be in place by 2014 – as the culmination of more than five years of reform. It will be an invitation-only route for economic immigrants where prospective arrivals advertise their skills and qualifications on a Canadian government database that will be perused by employers looking to hire more than just temporary workers.
“They’ll go into this pool, and then employers or my department and or provinces will be able to fish out of that pool,” Mr. Kenney said of the system, which is being developed with the provinces.
“It’s like a dating site.”
A variation on programs in place in Australia and New Zealand, this represents another step away from a passive immigration system – which merely accepts people on a first-come, first-served basis – to one in which newcomers are chosen according to how they can benefit Canada.
Under the new system, foreigners who post their interest in immigrating are not automatically allowed to apply for permanent residence. They would have to be invited.
The expression-of-interest system would not be mandatory for economic immigrants, but Mr. Kenney’s office says it expects employers and provinces – which pick their share of newcomers under provincial nominee programs – to quickly embrace it.
Foreigners would fill out a form indicating their occupation, work experience and education, and would attach mandatory language assessments and an evaluation of how their education credentials translate to Canada.
“An employer will be able to say, ‘Look, we’re doing a major mining development in Ontario. We need skilled mining engineers and we’re unable to find them in Canada,’ ” Mr. Kenney explained.
Instead of bringing in temporary workers, they can recruit permanent residents who bring skills that are in short supply in Canada.
If the candidates meet immigration qualifications, Ottawa would process their applications within months. “They would arrive in Canada as permanent residents with prearranged jobs and literally be going to work at their skill level within a few days of arrival.”
Mr. Kenney has reformed the once badly horrendously backlogged immigration system in part by creating new programs that fast-track arrival for economic immigrants considered priorities for Canada.
These include the Canada Experience Class, introduced in 2009, which speeds permanent-residence applications for skilled foreign workers and graduate students who have spent time in Canada on temporary permits or student visas – ones that can demonstrate they are proficient in either English or French.
Before it was created, highly skilled outsiders could not become permanent residents from within Canada. Under the new program, applicants can apply from within Canada and expect a quicker decision – normally within one year.
Canada finds itself under pressure to more efficiently and quickly recruit skilled immigrants because it’s now in competition with other industrialized countries looking for the same qualities as a means of shoring up low birth rates.
Mr. Kenney recalls how an encounter several years ago helped drive home the need for change. It was 2009 in Mumbai, India, when the minister met a top graduate of the Indian Institutes of Technology – India’s equivalent to Boston’s MIT – and Mr. Kenney tried to encourage him to move to Canada.
“He asked me what would be involved in that, and I suddenly realized, with great embarrassment, he’d have to go and apply for the federal skilled worker program and get in the back of an eight-year-long queue,” Mr. Kenney said.
“He said, ‘But minister, I have friends whom I graduated with who managed to get residency in Australia and New Zealand in a matter of months.’ That helped to crystallize for me how badly we were losing the race for the world’s top talent.”
In April, 2013, Mr. Kenney will become the longest continually serving Immigration Minister in Canadian history, according to his department.
He still falls short of former Liberal Lloyd Axworthy for longest tenure, but the Winnipeg politician’s time in the post comprised two separate stints.
Mr. Kenney’s overhaul of immigration has focused on two goals: smarter selection of newcomers and reinforcing public confidence in the system – all the while leaving admittance levels at about 250,000 a year.
He’s fond of quoting New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman’s concept of an ideal immigration system: one that has a strong fence but a wide gate.
That explains, he says, the steady conservative crackdown on immigration scofflaws, from crooked immigration agents to fake marriages or newcomers who commit serious crimes.
“If you want to maintain public support for a generous immigration system you cannot tolerate widespread abuse of your generosity,” he said.
The new system, with a focus on in-demand skills and more stringent language requirements – newcomers must be proficient in English or French – is geared at preventing the growth of an immigrant underclass.
“This is the future as opposed to the past, where we would tell people to apply, to get in the back of an eight-year-long queue, [but] never assess whether their overseas education was relevant to the Canadian system, eventually bring them to Canada and drop them in the middle of the labour market, typically one of the three biggest cities, to sink or swim,” he said.
Mr. Kenney uses an airline analogy to explain what’s changing.
Under the old system, he says, Canada was accepting too many applications each year and requests to immigrate were handled in chronological order.
“There is an immigration plane to Canada and it’s got a quarter of a million seats on it, but we were selling four- to five-hundred-thousand tickets every year. We were overbooking, and so every year there would be 150,000 people who’d paid for their ticket – that is to say, paid for their application – left standing in the departure lounge,” he said.
This led to a huge backlog of applicants. “Are the most mobile passengers going to get into that crazy departure lounge and wait eight years? No. Of course not.”
Source: The Globe and Mail
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's economy created far more jobs than expected in December, defying expectations amid sluggish growth and fears about the U.S. "fiscal cliff" and increasing the likelihood of a central bank rate hike this year.
The economy added 39,800 jobs in December from November, Statistics Canada said on Friday, well above market expectations for 5,000 jobs and surpassing even the most bullish prediction in a Reuters poll.
The unemployment rate dipped to 7.1 percent from 7.2 percent in November while market players had expected it to rise a notch.
Most economists had expected employers to shy away from hiring in December, before U.S. lawmakers and the White House reached a last-minute deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff, a set of tax hikes and spending cuts that could have thrown the economy into recession.
Weaker-than-expected economic growth in Canada in the fourth-quarter also weighed on expectations.
"My initial response is not only are they defying expectations, they are defying gravity," said Doug Porter, deputy chief economist at BMO Capital Markets.
The third month of surprisingly strong jobs growth in the past four months increases the prospect the Bank of Canada will follow through on hints that it will hike interest rates from the current 1.0 percent, analysts said.
Most primary securities dealers surveyed by Reuters expect a move in the fourth quarter of this year.
Overnight index swaps, which trade based on expectations for the central bank's key policy rate, showed that traders increased bets on a rate hike in late 2013 after the employment reports.
"Already the market was pricing in about a 25 percent chance that the Bank of Canada would hike rates in 2013 and I think it keeps that type of expectation engrained," said Camilla Sutton, chief currency strategist at Scotiabank.
"So it's likely that we do see higher rates in Canada at the very end of 2013 to early 2014," she said.
The Canadian dollar strengthened to a session high after the data to C$0.9876 to the U.S. dollar, or $1.0126, compared with C$0.9880, or $1.0121, at Thursday's North American close. It was at C$0.9910 just before the jobs data was released.
Most of the details looked positive too. All the gains were in full-time jobs and most were in the private sector.
Employment gains were spread across goods-producing and services sectors, with the strongest hiring in transportation and warehousing, construction and health care and social assistance.
"It is very tough to reconcile this with a lot of the other indicators we are seeing on the economy, but we have to accept the numbers as presented. Almost every aspect of this report was strong," said Porter.
In 2012 as a whole, employment grew by roughly the same amount as in 2010, by 1.8 percent, or 312,000 jobs. That was up from the 1.1 percent growth in 2011 but weaker than the pre-recession years of 2006 and 2007.
To avoid backlogs and ensure fast processing times, we will accept no more than 3,000 complete federal skilled trade applications to process in the first year (from January 2, 2013 to January 1, 2014).
Within the 3,000 cap, no more than 100 new applications for each job under Group A below will be considered for processing. There is no sub-cap for jobs under Group B.
Group A includes 17 jobs with a moderate labour market need. Group B includes 26 in-demand jobs. In total, 43 jobs will be eligible to apply under the Federal Skilled Trades program in the first year of the program. The specific codes from the 2011 version of the NOC are provided below as you must include this in your application form.
The caps apply whether or not people have a qualifying offer of employment or a certificate of qualification from a provincial or territorial apprenticeship authority.
Applications will be processed in the order we receive them.
Group A – Jobs with sub-caps of 100 applications each (and their corresponding 2011 NOC code)
Group B – no sub-caps (2011 NOC code)
You must complete your applications according to the requirements in place at the time you apply.
Ottawa, January 2, 2013 — The brand-new Federal Skilled Trades Program begins accepting applications today, announced Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.
In the program’s first year, CIC will accept applications from up to 3,000 people in specific trades. The occupation list was designed to reflect current labour market needs and ensure the program delivers a diverse range of skilled tradespeople to fuel Canada’s economy. Within the 3,000, there will be no limit on 26 in-demand occupations, while 17 occupations will be subject to sub-limits of 100 applications each. In total, there are 43 occupations eligible for the Federal Skilled Trades Program. Applications are expected to be processed within 12 months.
In addition to being qualified for an eligible occupation, Federal Skilled Trades Program applicants must demonstrate basic language proficiency in either English or French at the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 5 for speaking and listening, and CLB 4 for reading and writing. This is due to the overall importance of language as a determinant of immigrant success and general health and safety reasons. CLB 4 is considered basic proficiency while those with CLB 5 can more effectively participate in and understand routine conversations.
Other criteria include: a valid offer of employment in Canada or a certificate of qualification from a province or territory in a qualifying skilled trade; at least two years of work experience in the occupation within the last five years; and meeting the employment requirements set out in the National Occupational Classification system, with the exception of licensing requirements, which are addressed separately.
Application forms for the Federal Skilled Trades Program can be found on the CIC website.
Ottawa, December 28, 2012 — New measures to prevent fraud in the International Student Program (ISP) were proposed today by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is proposing regulatory changes to limit study permits to students attending institutions designated by provinces and territories. The proposed changes would address concerns that some institutions are providing poor-quality programs or facilitating, knowingly or not, the entry of foreign nationals to Canada for purposes other than study.
Under the proposed amendments, CIC would work with provinces and territories – which are constitutionally responsible for education – to develop a framework to designate educational institutions that will be permitted to host international students. If a school is not designated, it would be able to continue offering programs of six months or less to foreign nationals in Canada on regular visitor visas. Visitors who wish to enroll in short-term courses do not currently require a study permit, and this would continue to be the case.
Eligible international students attending designated institutions would also be able to work part-time off-campus, without having to apply for a separate work permit. This new flexibility would contribute to Canada’s appeal in attracting the best and brightest students from around the globe.
Furthermore, to help eliminate abuse of student visas, changes are being made to ensure that the primary intent of an international student in Canada is to study. Currently, foreign nationals are able to apply to any Canadian school or business offering training in Canada and need only demonstrate an intent to study – there is currently no requirement for them to actually pursue studies once in Canada and no way of tracking whether they do. These changes would provide CIC the authority to request evidence from study permit holders to verify their compliance with study permit conditions. International students would be removed from Canada if they fail to meet new requirements.
The proposed changes respond to findings from a 2011 evaluation of the International Student Program, which concluded that gaps in the program leave it open to abuse and fraud. Similar reforms have already been implemented by Canada’s key competitor countries for international students. These changes will strengthen Canada's position as a leader in international education.
Ottawa, December 19, 2012 — The new selection system for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) will take effect on May 4, 2013 at which time the program will re-open for applications, Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.
“The government’s number one priority remains jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity,” said Minister Kenney. “The new Federal Skilled Worker Program criteria will ensure Canada is selecting the skilled immigrants our economy needs, who are the most likely to succeed and fully realize their potential in Canada.”
The improvements to the FSWP points grid are based on a large body of research which has consistently shown that language proficiency and youth are two of the most important factors in the economic success of immigrants.
The final changes to the FSWP selection criteria include:
“For too long, too many immigrants to Canada have experienced underemployement and unemployment, and this has been detrimental to these newcomers and to the Canadian economy,” said Minister Kenney. “Our transformational changes to the FSWP will help ensure that skilled newcomers are able to contribute their skills fully to the economy as soon as possible. This is good for newcomers, good for the economy, and good for all Canadians.”
There are two new steps to the new selection system. First, applicants will have to demonstrate that they meet the minimum language threshold, which is level 7 of the Canadian Language Benchmark assessment system. Applicants will be able to get a language assessment from existing agencies designated by the Minister and listed on the CIC website.
Second, applicants will have their education credentials assessed prior to arriving in Canada. A list of assessment organizations designated by the Minister will be made available early in the New Year. The assessment of foreign educational credentials will provide prospective newcomers with a more realistic understanding of how their credentials compare to education standards in Canada. It will also give them the opportunity to upgrade their education prior to coming to Canada if they choose.
It is important to note that these changes will not apply to people who have applied to the FSWP prior to May 4, 2013 with a qualifying arranged job offer or under the Ph.D. stream.
As recently announced, due to the actions taken over the past months, new applications under the FSWP will be processed in a few months, rather than a few years. In order to ensure fast processing times and to avoid backlogs, the new FSWP will accept a fixed number of applications each year.
In the medium term, the Government is also moving forward to develop and implement an Expression of Interest (EOI) model, which will provide employers with access to a pool of skilled workers.
December 17, 2012 – CIC will be making changes to enable certain economic class applicants to maintain their status and continue working in Canada while they await a final decision on their permanent residence application.
The new open work permit will provide qualifying permanent resident applicants, whose permits are due to expire, with a means to keep working and more flexibility to better integrate into the Canadian labour market.
Previously, applicants who were awaiting a decision on their permanent residence application might have their temporary work permits expire during the processing of their application. As a result, these persons would no longer be authorized to work in Canada unless their employer applied for and received a Labour Market Opinion from Human Resources and Skills Development and the applicant then applied for an extension of their status.
Qualifying foreign nationals currently in Canada who have submitted an application for permanent residence under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) or the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) may be considered for an open work permit if their current work permit will soon expire.
To be eligible for a bridging open work permit, the applicants must:
A major next step in building a fast and flexible immigration system will be the creation of a pool of skilled workers ready to begin employment in Canada, a commitment made in Economic Action Plan 2012.
Inspired by an approach developed by New Zealand – and now also being used in Australia – an Expression of Interest application system is the model the Government of Canada plans to use to create this pool of skilled workers.
Under an Expression of Interest system – or EOI – prospective immigrants fill in an online form indicating their “interest” in coming to a host country as permanent residents. The form can include information that relates to, for example, language proficiency, work experience and assessed education credentials.
Assigned a points score and ranked, these expressions of interest would then be entered into a pool from which candidates that best match a country’s national and regional skills needs can be drawn and invited to submit an immigration application, subject to priority processing.
In effect, the EOI form submitted by a prospective immigrant is not an application itself but only a first stage in the assessment of a potential candidate. Not all candidates who file an expression of interest are invited to apply for a permanent resident visa.
Consultations with provinces, territories and stakeholders on the development of an EOI system for Canada are underway. Of interest to CIC is the potential for a larger role for employers in the immigration program, leveraged through EOI.
As part of ongoing consultations, CIC has held roundtables with employers in a number of cities to discuss how such a system could help meet employer needs. A report on these recent discussions will be available on the consultations section of the CIC website soon.
With the elimination of the Federal Skilled Worker backlog, CIC anticipates being able to move to an EOI system that will: avoid the build-up of inventories and improve processing times; and make the immigration system more responsive to labour market needs and increase the likelihood of skilled immigrants’ success.
Ottawa, December 11, 2012 — Skilled temporary foreign workers will soon be able to transition to permanent residence faster than ever before, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.
Beginning January 2, 2013, skilled worker applicants may apply to the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program with 12 months of Canadian work experience, a year sooner than the previously required 24 months. In addition, graduates now have more time to earn their one year of work experience – up to 36 months, compared to only 24 months previously.
This improvement makes the program more flexible for applicants, particularly for skilled worker applicants who will be eligible to qualify for permanent residency more quickly. International students will benefit by gaining more time to acquire the necessary experience to apply for permanent residency.
Through the CEC, which was created in 2008, Canada has admitted more than 20,000 international students and skilled workers. In 2013, CIC intends to accept a record high of up to 10,000 permanent residents through this program. This is a significant increase from the 2545 who were admitted in 2009.
Mississauga, December 10, 2012 — To address Canada’s growing demand for skilled tradespersons, a new Federal Skilled Trades Program is being launched on January 2, 2013, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.
“The new Skilled Trades Stream will help address serious labour shortages in some regions of the country, and support economic growth,” Minister Kenney said. “For too long, Canada’s immigration system has not been open to these in-demand skilled workers. These changes are long overdue and will help us move to a fast and flexible immigration system that works for Canada’s economy.”
The program criteria are built around four requirements that ensure applicants will have the right skills and experience needed to succeed here in Canada. In order to qualify, applicants will need to:
In order to
Minister Kenney was joined at today’s announcement by Michael Atkinson, President of the Canadian Construction Association. “The introduction of a dedicated and streamlined program for skilled trades addresses many of the shortcomings from the current Federal Skilled Worker Program,” said Michael Atkinson. “The new program ensures greater consideration is given to the needs of industry when processing eligible immigration applications.”
“Ensuring Canada’s immigration system works for small employers in need of skilled trades’ people has been a concern for some time,” said Dan Kelly, President and CEO of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. “With the shortage of qualified labour in many parts of Canada growing once again, the launch of the Skilled Trades immigration stream is very welcome news.”
Eligible occupations will include electricians, welders, heavy-duty equipment mechanics, and pipefitters, among others. CIC is currently working with the provinces, territories and federal government partners on the list of skilled trades’ occupations that are experiencing acute labour shortages and which will qualify under the program. This list will be announced prior to the program opening on January 2, 2013.
The Federal Skilled Trades Program will complement other avenues already in place for skilled tradespersons to immigrate to Canada, such as the Canadian Experience Class and Provincial Nominee Programs.
“As promised in Economic Action Plan 2012, we are creating a new immigration stream to facilitate entry of skilled tradespersons,” added Minister Kenney. “The Federal Skilled Trades Program will help transform Canada’s immigration system into a fast and flexible system focused on
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is set to unveil the details of a new program that should speed the arrival of tradespeople in Canada whose skills are in demand.
'It was easier under the points system to get in if you had a post-doctorate degree in ancient Greek pottery as opposed to somebody who has 20 years experience as a welder or an electrician.'—Michael Atkinson, president of the Canadian Construction Association
Less reliance on temporary labour
Alberta seeking skilled workers
Ottawa, December 7, 2012 — In order to facilitate legitimate travel, nationals of twenty‑nine countries and one territory will soon need to provide their biometrics to come to Canada to visit, study or work, under regulations proposed today by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.
“Biometrics has proven to be one of the most effective ways to identify individuals entering the country,” said Minister Kenney. “By providing immigration officials with greater certainty, biometrics will facilitate legitimate travel to Canada.”
Starting in 2013, persons from the following countries and territory who apply for a visitor visa, study permit or work permit will be required to provide their fingerprints and photograph at the time of application: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Authority, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Vietnam, and Yemen.
Canadian citizens and permanent residents will not have to submit biometrics to enter the country. Minors under the age of 14, the elderly over the age of 79, and diplomats travelling on official business and their family members will also be exempt.
Once an individual arrives in Canada, their biometric data will be checked to ensure that the individual who was approved to travel is in fact the same person who is entering Canada.
The use of biometrics as an identity management tool will bring Canada in line with many other countries that are now using, or preparing to use, biometrics in immigration and border management. These include the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, countries in the European Union Schengen Zone, Japan, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Saudi Arabia.
Accordingly, many nationals from the selected twenty-nine countries and one territory will already be familiar with the requirement. In addition, the governments of 20 of the 29 countries already collect biometrics from their citizens for the issuance of documents, such as identity cards and passports, or they plan to do so.
“Biometrics will strengthen and modernize Canada’s immigration system,” said Minister Kenney. “Our doors are open to legitimate travellers and, through the use of biometrics, we will also be able to protect the safety and security of Canadians.”
Citizenship and Immigration Canada, along with its partners, the Canada Border Services Agency and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, continue to work closely with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner to ensure adequate privacy protection measures for an applicant’s personal information. Applicants’ privacy will be protected in accordance with Canada’s Privacy Act.
OTTAWA — The federal government is not prepared to cede control over immigration to the provinces to the degree it has for Quebec, despite pressure to do so from Canadian premiers, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Friday.
“I believe that newcomers from around the world arrive in Canada not primarily to become Albertans or Nova Scotians, but rather to become Canadians and so I think it’s very important for the national government to retain an important role in the selection of newcomers,” Kenney said.
“Since coming to office in 2006, we’ve massively increased the number of immigrants who are selected by provinces, giving up that space from federal allocation.”
Kenney said the Provincial Nominee Program, which gives provinces and territories other than Quebec a quota to select newcomers that meet specific local labour market needs, has expanded at the expense of the federal skilled worker class which is administered by Citizenship and Immigration.
“We’ve gone from about 120,000 federal skilled workers selected per year back in (the) 2004-05 period to only 55,000 or 60,000 now and the balance has been shifted to the nine provinces outside of Quebec” he said.
Quebec has long administered its own immigration program, but last week, at meeting of provincial and territorial leaders in Halifax, Canadian premiers told the federal government they “want to become masters of our own destiny.”
They demanded control over both the number of immigrants they could take in and over settlement and integration programs. They ultimately called on Ottawa to hand over many of the same immigration powers Quebec enjoys.
While Kenney has yet to unveil next year’s regional quotas for the PNP, he indicated there will be “modest increases” for some provinces as he was boosting the program by about 2,000 spaces. Still, he noted, some provinces have problems to fix within their immigration programs.
Some have duplicated federal streams, while others have failed to institute proper “safeguards” against fraud or other abuses.
Kenney, however, also noted the provinces would soon have another immigration tool at their disposal. The “expression-of-interest” program will allow provinces and employers to pick through federal skilled worker applications in order to find suitable candidates for immigration.
But Postmedia News has learned the provincial selections would count towards their PNP allotment. Selections made by employers, however, will come out of the federal allotment, meaning provinces and employers could join forces to try to boost regional immigration.
Source : National |Post
By Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press
HALIFAX - The premiers are calling on Ottawa to give them more control over the number of immigrants they can recruit and the kinds of services they can provide to them.
The provincial and territorial leaders concluded a meeting Friday on the economy in Halifax, where they said their governments — and not Ottawa — are best positioned to deliver settlement services and address their labour market needs through immigration.
"In a nutshell, we want greater flexibility," said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, attending his final gathering with his counterparts.
"We want to become masters of our own destiny when it comes to the immigration file. Nobody better understands our needs and our capacity to accommodate and our capacity to develop new Canadians so they can develop to their fullest.
"Give us more space. Let us run with this."
Premier Christy Clark of British Columbia echoed that message.
"We want more space to be able to make our decisions about which immigrants will come to our provinces, where they will be settled and how many we'll get," Clark said.
"It's provincial governments that drive economies in every part of the world. Immigration is one of the single most important economic levers that any jurisdiction has and the provinces ... don't control it."
They are pushing the federal Immigration Department to raise the number of people they can accept through immigrant nominee programs. Clark wants Ottawa to allow it to take in 6,500 people through its program next year — up from 3,500.
In Ontario's case, McGuinty wants that to be hiked to 5,000 from 1,000.
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said he has long been lobbying to increase its annual immigration nominee program cap to 6,000 from 4,000.
"If the answer is zero that will be difficult to understand," said Wall in Regina.
"We're asking for not another dime. In fact, we've said to them if for whatever we are asking causes some federal costs, we'll pay for them. That's how important it is for us."
Wall didn't attend the meeting but joined the premiers by teleconference, saying he didn't travel to Halifax because he wanted to save taxpayers' money.
Alexis Pavlich, a spokeswoman for federal Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, said in an email that Ottawa is already working on a system that would allow employers and provinces to select additional immigrants from a pool of highly trained workers.
Pavlich also said the government has expanded provincial nominee programs, with plans next year to bring 42,000 to 45,000 people into the country, representing a seven-fold increase since 2004.
But she added that the programs have had problems in the past that Ottawa is trying to address with the provinces, referring to the tendency for some immigrants to leave the provinces that recruited them.
Robert Vineberg, a research fellow with the Canada West Foundation, said if Ottawa allows immigration to rise from about 250,000 people a year to about 300,000, it would likely meet the provinces' demands without having to relinquish control.
"If the overall immigration levels were increased at a reasonable rate over the next five years or so, the provinces will probably be satisfied with the numbers available to them," he said.
As for the premiers seeking more authority over settlement programs, Vineberg said the provinces should be prepared to pay for taking that on, adding that some of them spend little on helping immigrants find work.
"Ottawa spends close to a billion dollars a year on this," said Vineberg, a former executive with Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
"In terms of settlement, he who pays the piper calls the tune."
The idea for a discussion between premiers about the economy came up during their last meeting in July, when they agreed to try to find ways on how they could protect their provinces from a global economy in flux.
The premiers invited Prime Minister Stephen Harper but he declined, saying he has met regularly with the premiers individually and will continue to do so in the future.
McGuinty said he would've preferred Harper attend the meeting, but added that it's time for the provinces to move on and do what they can on their own.
"It's not a matter of 'Waiting for Godot,'" McGuinty said, referring to Samuel Beckett's existentialist play about two men who wait endlessly for another character who never arrives.
"It's a matter of seizing opportunities."
Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter, who hosted the conference, said the provinces want Harper to come to the table and start renegotiating funding agreements in skills development and training before they expire in 2014.
Quebec Premier Pauline Marois, attending her first premiers' conference, used the occasion to hold separate talks Thursday with Alberta Premier Alison Redford. They agreed to study the economic opportunities and environmental issues associated with bringing Alberta oil to eastern Canada.
Marois said she will continue coming to the meetings, even though she represents a government that aims to separate Quebec from Canada.
"All premiers of Quebec since Jean Lesage have never kept a chair empty in these kinds of institutions," Marois said.
"This is the new institution to ensure the premiers have a place to exchange and discuss."
In February 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) launched the FSW Backlog Reduction Pilot in collaboration with provincial and territorial governments to help provinces and territories (PTs) better meet their labour market needs while contributing to CIC’s FSW backlog reduction efforts. Through this pilot, participating PTs (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and Northwest Territories) were given the opportunity to identify FSW backlog applicants for possible nomination under the Provincial Nominee Program based on applicants’ province of intended destination and work experience. More details on the FSW Backlog Reduction Pilot can be found in OB 408. The Pilot continued to go forward despite the subsequent elimination of the FSW backlog through the enactment of the Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act (Budget 2012 implementation).
Some participating PTs have requested that provincial nominees identified through the Pilot based on their work experience but as yet without job offers from Canadian employers, be considered for province-specific open WPs to facilitate faster labour market entry while Permanent Resident processing is underway. This request is consistent with the objectives of the FSW Backlog Reduction Pilot — to test innovative, joint Federal / Provincial / Territories approaches to responding to labour market needs while easing immigration pressures, and is in the spirit of authorities under R204(c), which allow for the issuance of WPs to foreign nationals who intend to perform work pursuant to a bilateral agreement between CIC and a province or territory.
Effective immediately, qualifying foreign nationals (described below), destined to the nominating province can apply for one of the maximum 1500 province-specific open WPs to be issued in relation to the FSW Backlog Reduction Pilot. Uptake will be monitored by CIC through existing monthly Pilot reporting procedures. The issuance of the province-specific open WP is not contingent on the nominated applicant having submitted an application for permanent residence.
Eligibility – Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible:
WP issuance and extensions
Toronto, November 16, 2012 — Federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) immigration ministers pledged today to create a fast and flexible immigration system designed to advance Canada’s economic growth and competitiveness, and respond to regional labour market needs.
Following a two-day meeting, FPT Ministers committed to work together to develop and implement an Expression of Interest (EOI) model for Canada, similar to a model currently in place in New Zealand and Australia. EOI will help transform Canada’s immigration system into one that is more responsive to labour market demand, by providing opportunities for FPT governments and employers to access a pool of skilled workers.