Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney elaborates on the transformational changes to Canada’s immigration model
What are the most important changes to Canada's immigration program?
The Prime Minister gave an indication at his speech in Davos. We are re-focusing immigration reforms on Canada’s labour market.
We are embarking on a program of transformational change to move from a slow, rigid and passive, really a supply-driven immigration system, to a fast, flexible and pro-active, demand-driven immigration system.
One of the most important reforms is the massive expansion of the provincial nominee programs which has resulted in a better geographic distribution of immigrants across Canada.
The number of immigrant going to Manitoba has tripled; to Saskatchewan has quadrupled; to Alberta and Atlantic Canada has doubled.
This is all good news.
Q: What about the long-standing problem of immigrants' un- and under-employment?
We are starting to see signs of improvement in the economic outcomes of more recent immigrants, those coming through the provincial nominee program because they typically have jobs lined up. More recent arrivals under the skilled worker program are also doing better, especially those with pre-arranged employment.
Q: What other reforms are important?
We have high unemployment in an economy with large labour shortages. And this, frankly, frustrates the hell out of me - that we're bringing hundreds of thousands of people into the country to face many of them end up un- or underemployed in an economy where there are acute labour shortages.
Q: How do we resolve this paradox?
We need to get better results for newcomers and get better results for immigration. This is the most important public policy question of our time.
We need to deal decisively with the legacy backlogs. We took action starting in 2009, and reduced the backlog in half.
But we must do more or we’ll just be carrying forward the backlog for years. We won't be able to get to a situation where we can bring in people with pre-arranged jobs in a matter of months which is what you need if you want an immigration system that is responsive to the labour market.
We’re bringing forth amendments to the immigration act to return about 100,000 applications involving about 300,000 individuals, application which have been in the system from 2001-2008. We’ll return the application fees.
This will allow us to move to a just-in-time system, a working inventory in our skilled worker system, where in about 18 months, so by 2014, we will be admitting people who apply within months.
Q: Why is that important?
That speed will be critically important so we can then go to employers and say, look at the global labour market and actively recruit people from abroad who can work at their skill level.
We are going to create a pool of qualified immigrant applicants who have given us permission to share their applications and then the employers can go into that pool and essentially we will run queries for them to pull out.
We will do a revision of our points selection grid to put more emphasis on younger people with Canadian, as opposed to overseas, experience. We will give priority to those with pre-arranged employment offers in Canada.
We will raise the language benchmarks for those who want to work in higher-end occupations but we also want to introduce more flexibility to create a skilled trades scheme because we have a skilled trades shortage.
Finally and I think one of the most exciting reforms we're looking at doing is a re-assessment of how we assess education and qualifications, again emulating the Aussies and New Zealanders.
Q: Yes, immigrants have long complained about the difficulty in getting recognition for their overseas credentials.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Federal budget 2012: Skilled immigrants urge investments into talents already in Canada

Naseem Ahmed Pasha, 44, from India, finished medical school at Mysore University and practised Medicine first in India and then in Saudi Arabia for 15 years. He's passed the Canadian exams but can't get into the requisite residency

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Hello All! The government of Canada just came out with a interesting news release

  Government of Canada transforms economic immigration program

Ottawa, March 30, 2012 — To create a fast and flexible immigration system that creates jobs and promotes Canada’s long term prosperity, the Government of Canada will eliminate the backlog in the main federal economic immigration program.
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Friday, March 2, 2012

News Release – Minister Kenney introduces sponsorship restriction to address marriage fraud

Regulatory changes now in force mean sponsored spouses or partners will have to wait five years from the day they are granted permanent residence status in Canada to sponsor a new spouse or partner. Until now, a sponsored spouse or partner arriving in Canada as a permanent resident could leave their sponsor and sponsor another spouse or partner themselves, while their original sponsor was still financially responsible for them for up to three years.
“I held town hall meetings across the country to hear from victims of marriage fraud,” said Minister Kenney. “In addition to the heartbreak and pain that came from being lied to and deceived, these people were angry. They felt they had been used as a way to get to Canada. We’re taking action because immigration to Canada should not be built upon deceit.”
Minister Kenney was joined by representatives of Canadians Against Immigration Fraud (CAIF) at today’s announcement.
"We welcome the steps taken by the Honourable Jason Kenney to stop marriage fraud,” said Sam S. Benet, President of CAIF. “These measures will definitely protect the integrity of our immigration system.”
Spousal sponsorship is open to abuse when a person enters into a relationship – such as a marriage or a common law partnership – in order to circumvent Canada’s immigration law. Concerned with the problem, the Minister held online consultations in the fall of 2010 to gather public opinion and ideas on how to best address marriage fraud.
“Many of the people who took part in the consultations made it abundantly clear that marriage fraud poses a significant threat to our immigration system,” added Minister Kenney. “Our government has listened to the victims of marriage fraud and all Canadians, and acted to crack down on those who engage in fraud and abuse Canadians’ generosity and our immigration system.”
Barring such sponsorships is consistent with similar restrictions imposed by Australia, New Zealand and the United States.
The proposal for a five-year sponsorship bar was prepublished in the Canada Gazette on April 2, 2011, and was open for a 30-day public comment period. The changes coming into force today, March 2, are posted on Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website and will be published in Part II of the Canada Gazette on March 14, 2012.
To show it is serious about cracking down on marriage fraud, CIC is taking a number of steps to deter it. For example, in addition to the sponsorship bar, further public consultations are also expected to begin in the coming weeks on a proposed conditional permanent residence measure. A Notice of Intent proposing the development of this conditional measure was published in the Canada Gazette on March 26, 2011. The measure aims to deter people in newer relationships from using their relationship to gain quick entry to Canada as permanent residents when they have no intention of staying with their sponsor.
In addition, legislation to crack down on crooked consultants came into force in June 2011 and last spring, CIC launched an anti-fraud campaign, which will be relaunched this month. This includes a short video warning people not to be duped into committing marriage fraud. The video directs people to a special link on the CIC website ( to find out how to immigrate to Canada the right way.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Immigration officials admit failure to stop residency fraud

OTTAWA - Canadian immigration officials admit their refusal rate for Canadian residency applications at the embassy in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates "should have been higher."
That's the conclusion of a 2010 quality assessment report unearthed by an Access to Information request provided to QMI Agency.
The embassy in Abu Dhabi handles visa applications from the Emirates as well as other Gulf countries, such as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
Officials say foreign nationals working in Gulf countries have been able to obtain Canadian residency using fraudulent sponsors who "go to great lengths to try and convince visa officers that they are residing in Canada when in fact they are not."
The report notes the motive is money because highly skilled workers, such as engineers and nurses from Canada and other western countries, get double the salary of other foreign nationals doing the same work.
"An Indian national working in Kuwait will receive a significant salary increase if he acquires a British passport," noted the report.
Immigration lawyer Richard Kurland sees another problem.
"If there's instability in that Middle East country Canada historically will pay to bring to safety Canadian residents - permanent residents," said Kurland. "So, it's a cheap insurance policy paid for by the people of Canada for non-residents."
Kurland says the consequences aren't tough enough for fraudsters.
"The only sanction practically is non-renewal of their plastic (residency) card," he said.
In an e-mail statement, immigration officials noted the government is cracking down on citizenship fraud.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney refused comment.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Citizenship And Immigration Canada Will Increase Skilled Worker Visas In 2012

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Up to 10,000 more skilled workers could be admitted to Canada in 2012

Canadian Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney told Parliament last week that he intends to increase skilled workers in Canada by between 8,000 and 10,000 during 2012, up from the current 47,000 to between 55,000 and 57,000.
“The government’s number one priority remains the economy,” said Minister Kenney, “We recognize the importance of immigration to our labour market and we value to contributions of skilled immigrants who add to our international competitiveness. We are committed to facilitating the arrival of the best and brightest in our country.”
This year, Canada’s overall immigrant intake was about 250,000. The government intends to keep that number consistent through 2012, which means that the additional skilled worker visas will take visas away from other Canadian visa categories.
If you are intending to immigrate to Canada in any kind of immigration category, get help. It’s a maze of regulations and paper work. More number do not necessary mean more approvals.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Canadian Immigration and Visas

Currently, Canada immigration is looking for a variety of skilled people who wish to immigrate and enjoy the Canadian way of life. The Canadian Skilled Worker class of visa leads to permanent residency in Canada.
If you are traveling to Canada on holidays, you may require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). Please visit the Travel Visa section of this web site for further details.
Canadian Immigration has Working Holiday Visas with several countries, allowing under 30s and students the opportunity to live and work in Canada for a limited period of time. For more information on the Canadian Working Holiday scheme, please visit the Working Holiday section of the Canadian Visa Bureau site.
Canadian immigration offers two classes of visas; temporary and permanent. The Temporary Canadian Visas and Permanent Canadian Visas are listed below.

Permanent Canadian Immigration

Skilled Worker Class

  • Canada is looking for a variety of Skilled Workers. The Skilled Worker class of Canadian Visa leads to permanent residency. Applicants are required to meet the current pass mark of 67 points. You can apply as an individual or through Canada's Provincial Nominee Program.
    Business Class
  • Business migration to Canada can happen under three streams; Investor, Entrepreneur and Self-employed. All Business Class applicants are required to prove their ability as well as meet the minimum pass mark for the Business Points Test.
    Partner Class
  • The Canadian spousal policy sets out that most spouses and common-law partners in a genuine relationship with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, regardless of status, are able to apply for permanent residence while remaining in Canada.
    Child-Sponsored Class
  • If your child is a a citizen or permanent resident of Canada and is18 years of age or older, then they can potentially sponsor your migration to Canada via the child-sponsored Canadian family visa.
Temporary Canadian Visas

Canadian Travel Visa

  • If you are visiting Canada on holiday you may be required to obtain a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) and have a medical examination prior to entering Canada. For more information on holiday and visitor visas, visit the Canadian Travel Visa section of this site.
    Working Holiday Program
  • Canada has Working Holiday Visa arrangements with several countries around the world. The Working Holiday program generally allows students and under 30s the chance to travel through Canada while supplementing their holiday with incidental work.
Study Permits
  • If you are planning to study in Canada for more than 6 months, you will be required to obtain a Canadian Study Permit. Some students are required to undergo medical examinations for their Study Permits.
Canadian Visa Bureau specialises in skilled worker migration to Canada. Canadian Visa Bureau also offers visas for holidays, working holidays, work rights and immigration.