About Ontario, Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ontario is one of Canada’s most culturally diverse provinces. It is popular among immigrants, over half of all newcomers make it their permanent home. It is a province full of job opportunities, built on values of hard work and humility by generations of immigrants over the years. Manufacturing, tourism, and finance are among the province’s key industries and biggest sources of employment.

 

Ontario immigration is, therefore, one of the most popular among foreign nationals who want to live and work in Canada.

 

Ontario Express Entry Draw

 

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is the main immigration program for the province. Through the OINP Express Entry, the province conducts regular draws to select candidates for immigration to the province.

 

The latest of these Express Entry draws saw a total of 48 candidates invited under the Skilled Trades stream. These invitations were given to candidates who submitted their Express Entry profiles between January 1 and May 9, 2018.

 

Another 18 invitations were given to candidates in the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream. Candidates in this stream had submitted their Express Entry profiles between January 1, 2018 and May 10, 2018.

 

Note that, in this Express Entry draw no minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score was required for either stream.

 

So far, 2018 has been a very busy year for Ontario immigration. The province has issued 652 Notifications of Interest (NOI) in the Skilled Trades stream. And a further 438 in the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream.

 

In addition to that, since the beginning of 2018, the province of Ontario has issued 2,587 NOI’s to Express Entry candidates in the Human Capital Priorities stream.

 

Ontario Immigration Opportunities

 

Ontario is one of Canada’s strongest economic pillars, producing over $5 Billion Canadian Dollars worth of minerals a year.

 

Situated at the very center of the Map of Canada, Ontario’s economy thrives on natural resources such as fur, timber and minerals. However, 70% of people in Ontario are employed in the service industry, such as finance, tourism, and culture. For new immigrants, this represents a lot of job opportunities.

 

Big and culturally diverse, no one can feel out of place in Ontario. With a little more than 12 million people covering an area of one million square kilometres, there is space for everyone. Over 200 nationalities are represented in Ontario, speaking more than 130 languages.

 

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Do you want to live and work in Ontario Canada? Let us be the vehicle that drives you to your dreams of a better life. Apply here to see if you qualify for Ontario immigration.

 

Ottawa Immigration to Relax Restrictions for Persons with Disabilities

 

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Ottawa to implement changes to immigration policy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ottawa immigration will relax its restrictions for applicants with disabilities so the demand they pose on Canada’s medical and social services would not prevent them from immigrating to the country. Over 1,000 permanent and temporary resident applicants are found to be medically inadmissible due to “excessive” demand on health care and social services.

 

Immigration officials said that in 2015, due to the strict medical immigration restriction, only 0.1% of all publicly funded health spending was saved. Last December, the parliamentary immigration committee released a report recommending the government lift the “excessive medical demand clause” in the law.

 

On Monday, May 07, 2018, the Canadian Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen announced that the new law will come into effect as of June 1, 2018. Canada will now update the 40-year old policy that placed restrictions on potential immigrants with disabilities from migrating to Ottawa, Canada.

 

The current policy states that Foreign nationals are inadmissible if their medical condition ‘might reasonably be expected to cause excessive demand on health or social services.’

 

How the Law Affected Canadian Immigrants

 

In 2008 Luzviminda Alicbusan’s dream of migrating to Canada to work as a live-in caregiver became a reality. The hard part was leaving her family back in the Philippines, especially her son who has a mental disability.

 

Two years later she applied for permanent residency and was denied because of her son’s disability.

“Why are they doing this to us, what did we do wrong?” she asked. “Is having a child with a disability a crime?”

 

The Canadian government is “undertaking a fundamental review” of the Ottawa immigration policy. Hursh Jaswal, a special assistant in the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship is quoted as saying.

 

“We understand the concerns raised by families looking to make Canada their home who are faced with this situation,” he said. “Our goal is to find the right balance between welcoming new members into Canadian society through a fair and supportive immigration system while also protecting our publicly funded health and social services.”

 

A spokesperson for the Caregivers’ Action Centre Anna Malla, says she is struggling to make sure that caregivers are given permanent residence as soon as they arrive.

 

“The fact that caregivers have to leave their families right from the beginning is the main problem,” she said. “People, who come here as caregivers to care for other people’s family members who are sick and disabled are then not allowed to bring their family members? That’s ironic and discriminatory.”

 

What The New Changes Have Mean to Ottawa Immigration

 

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Ottawa immigration policy changes to help people with disabilities

 

In the current policy, a person with a disability is inadmissible if their medical demands exceed the annual health-care cost of $6, 655. The new changes propose that the new cost limit is set at $19, 965 for a person with a disability to be considered inadmissible.

 

“This is better than nothing, but we don’t understand why there is still a cost threshold. Disability can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime,” according to James Hicks a member of the Council of Canadians With Disabilities. Who has lived with juvenile arthritis, a condition that was diagnosed when he was only 9.

 

Speaking to the press in Ottawa, the Canadian Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen revealed that the changes are in line with the government’s plan to create a more inclusive Canada.

 

Hussen was quoted as saying, “the medical inadmissibility provision was out of step with the values of Canadians. The changes we are announcing today are a major step forward in ensuring our immigration system is more inclusive of persons with disabilities, and reflect the values of Canadians”.

 

“The provision did not adequately account for the contributions made by the entire family just because a family member has a disability,” he added.

 

Canada boasts the highest percentage of foreign-born citizens than any other G8 country. In opening its doors to immigration, Canada has created a society of mixed languages, cultures, and religions.

 

The new policy will finally make it easy for people to migrate to Canada without worrying about leaving behind their family members. Canada is country that has great pride in the values of diversity and acceptance regardless of a person’s religion, race or physicality.  

 

Is your dream to live in Canada? Click here to find out your best options for migrating to Canada.

 

Atlantic Canada In Population Crisis

Atlantic Canada

There has been a steady growth in the number of immigrants and refugees who now live and work in Atlantic Canada. Calling the Atlantic region home, from New Brunswick to Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island to Newfoundland and Labrador, enjoying its Maritime lifestyle, strong Celtic culture and rugged coastlines complete with scenic lighthouses and the odd iceberg.

 

Yet the numbers are not quite there yet. Provincial governments in the region are calling for more newcomers.

 

The 2016 Census report shows an overall decline in the population of the region, with some areas portraying negative growth. In 2014, the number of deaths exceeded the number of births in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and New Brunswick, and it didn’t have sufficient immigration to offset that negative trend. Atlantic Canada has Canada’s lowest birth rate, highest median age and often sends more residents to other parts of Canada than it takes in.

 

Despite the negative population growth, some have questioned the need for more people because of the region’s typically slower economy, with a higher unemployment rate than the rest of Canada. But employers in the region have struggled to fill labour gaps, often looking to hire from abroad.

 

Attracting Immigrants to Atlantic Canada

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Downtown Newfoundland and Labrador Capital – St. John’s and part of the Harbor

The Atlantic provinces’ provincial nominee programs (PNPs) have been the main tool used to welcome new permanent residents, but, given the program caps the number of immigrants allowed, provincial leaders started calling on the federal government to help them do more to attract more immigrants to the region.

 

All four provinces have developed immigration streams that help employers recruit workers from outside Canada. In 2017, the federal government established the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, a three-year experiment that gives business a lead role in deciding who can settle in Canada.

The hope is that the new program will convince workers from abroad to put down roots.

Employers can recruit internationally without going through a lengthy approval process that requires advertising for Canadian workers, but they must develop a settlement plan to help employees adjust to Canadian life.

 

The bonus for workers is that they can bring their families with them immediately and they are fast-tracked for permanent resident status. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot can significantly reduce the number of years it takes a foreign national to become a permanent resident of Canada.

 

As of Feb. 1, 2018, almost 900 employers in Atlantic Canada were approved to participate in the program; more than 1,000 employees had either applied for permanent residence through the pilot or were preparing their paperwork to do so; 150 applications for permanent residence had been approved.

 

Earn More In Atlantic Canada

 

A research by Saint Mary’s University reveals that immigrants in Atlantic Canada earn more than Canadian-born skilled workers who live in the region.

 

A profile of immigrant tax filers in Atlantic Canada published by Dalhousie University professors Yoko Yoshida and Howard Ramos found that immigrants to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland were more likely to be employed and earned higher wages than the average immigrant in Canada who landed at the same time. Immigrants to P.E.I. were below the Canadian average, as were spouses of primary applicants and refugees.

 

Irving, Atlantic Canada’s largest private company, has been recruiting overseas for a long time. Employees in its giant IT center come from 14 different countries and make up 11% of the staff. There are scores of foreign-born workers in its forestry, trucking and manufacturing divisions. The company also aims to hire more than 8,000 people over the next three years.

 

Quality of Life in Atlantic Canada

 

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Father and son looking at foggy ocean view in Newfoundland

 

One of the greatest advantages of Atlantic Canada is its vibrant culture, especially in New Brunswick, where cultures from all around the world are welcome and celebrated. Many of the cities throughout Atlantic Canada have multicultural festivals in the summer months and have farmers markets where international food can easily be showcased and offered to the community.

One of the biggest benefits of calling Atlantic Canada home is the quality of life that comes with it. People do take the time to enjoy family and leisure activities after work, whether they decide to go camping, hiking, kayaking or simply spending a weekend at the Bay of Fundy. And local employers support family wellness and a proper work-life balance.

 

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False websites claim Canadian Green Card Lottery Program exists

Nowadays Canadian immigration is a very popular phenomenon, people from all over the world look for better life. If your dream is to live or to work in Canada, then you probably have come across many websites telling you to believe that all dreams of migrating to Canada will come true.

 

Recently there has been a website posting on bitcoingrower.life spreading and promoting news of a “Canadian Visa Lottery Application” for 2017/2018 or 2018/2019. A program similar to the USA visa lottery, the news captivated the whole internet. Please understand that Canada does not have visa lottery program and this news is misleading and readers are advised not to interact with the websites involved.

Residents of Ghana and Nigeria, in particular, have reported articles on a variety of websites entitled either “Canadian Visa Lottery Application Form 2017/2018” or “Canadian Visa Lottery Application Form 2018/2019” that promise readers an opportunity to apply to live in Canada.  In fact, the Canadian government does not issue immigration visas through a lottery system and the promised application form does not exist.

Immigration to Canada is achievable only through programs operated by Canada’s federal government or through programs run by Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories. No other bodies or agents are authorized to run Canadian immigration programs.

Some of the posts invite readers to submit their phone numbers and email addresses in the comments section. Readers should avoid providing any personal information through these websites.

 

For more information on how you can protect yourself from immigration fraud, please see the Canadian government’s website.

What are the Key Requirements for Immigrating to Canada Legally?

 

The Canada Immigration requirements are vastly different based on each Canada immigration programs or visa. However, there are some important basic requirements, which are common for the majority of Canadian Immigration programs. Here are a few key requirements for immigrating to Canada through Express Entry, CEC, PNP and various other immigration programs that will allow you to enter Canada.

 

 

The first step towards moving to Canada is to get an assessment of your specific situation. Do you want to live and work in Canada? Find out more here.

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Say no to immigration fraud

It is for a good reason why Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has built into its site a strong warning about using Immigration Consultants or Representatives. Though there are a number of legitimate ones out there, make no mistake immigration fraud is real.

Many are just frauds who take your money and run. There is no guarantee that those consultants who are registered with Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) are all completely honest.

 

Beware of anyone who makes claims that sound too good to be true, and those who ask for very high fees, especially if they want payment in advance.

If you do a Google search about immigration to Canada you will get hundreds of sites that all look very official. Some will even have the appearance a Canadian government website but in reality, they are not.

 

Protect yourself, If the offer seems too good to be true it probably is. Here is how to prove your RCIC is a fraud:

 

 

The average amount that a registered RCIC charges between 2000-4000 Canadian Dollars. An honest RCIC will not guarantee the success of your application, because they will not be the ones to issue the visa. They can only guide you in getting the right documents and in the correct format in the best possible manner that will ensure easy passage. They know how to package your application.

 

You can also find further information by joining immigration forums. There you will find people who successfully used a particular consultant and they will be able to recommend them to you. If a consultant charges in the range of $10, 000 CAD and upwards, then that consultant is probably a fraud. In a case like this, $10,000 CAD seems to be the primary objective of that consultant and he will pass the bulk of the blame on the applicant if it fails. Be wise, immigration fraud is real.

 

If someone charges $10,000 for an Express Entry application when the average runs between $3,500 and $5,000, you should also think twice about their business model.

 

 

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How to report fraud

 

As in any other area, be it finding a doctor, mechanic, plumber or hairstylist, the best way to go about it is to ask for recommendations. Are they happy with the result, the process, how much they paid?

 

After you get the names, search for them online. Once you have established that they have an online history.  Remember Google is your friend nothing ever written online truly disappears, thoroughly check their website. Most consultants will have one either their own or in an association, even for the purpose of just being searchable online. Some consultants mostly senior ones, work by referrals only, having accumulated enough business during their years in practice.

Once you have read the advertisement or browsed a consultant’s website and their RCIC number, you have to ask yourself these important questions:

 

  1. Is this person really who they claim to be?
  2. Do they have enough knowledge/experience to represent me? Will I have a clear understanding of my process?

 

Compare the different online searches: there have been instances when scammers have copied reputable companies, putting entire fake versions of these websites online. In this case, a legitimate business website for the consultant might have a “beware of fraud” warning. This is a clear sign that you are in the right digital space. Sometimes consultants have their business address and e-mail posted online in other databases; do your research and write to these email addresses asking if the website bearing their name is legitimate or not.

 

If there is no answer and you really want to deal with this person in particular because of a referral, there is a “contact” feature on the ICCRC website. It shows each consultant’s name that allows a prospective client to write a brief message to the consultant through the ICCRC server.

 

You are not obliged to hire a consultant or immigration lawyer, to apply for a visa or for Canadian citizenship, but if you do, choose carefully.

 

RCIC’s do not have special connections with Canadian government officials and cannot guarantee you a visa. Nobody can guarantee you a visa.

 

If the RCIC promise to assist you with finding jobs while they have no recruitment license or list of licensed recruiters posted on their website, consider that a red flag. It is potentially immigration fraud. Remember: most provinces in Canada require a recruiter to be licensed.

In addition to that, it is illegal to charge a foreign worker a fee to find a job the recruitment fee is always paid by the employer.

 

You may have seen advertisements that promise work permits and guarantee high-paying jobs in Canada. Some offer scholarships to study at Canadian universities or colleges. Potential newcomers to Canada should be aware that many offers like these are fraudulent. In fact, using the services of people who make such promises may result in your application to Canada being rejected.

 

Canada’s immigration system is based on fairness. Every application receives equal consideration. No one has special connections, and no one can promise your application will be given special treatment or guarantee that it will be approved.

 

Most of these fraudulent consultants use the promise of finding you a job to lure unsuspecting clients into their web of scams. Don’t fall into this trap, take your time and collect as much information as you can about your consultant.

 

 

Be very careful if the company is based outside of Canada. There are many immigration companies registered in various countries, allowing them to carry out legitimate business in that specific country. More often than not, these companies most likely do not employ A RCIC or professionals in Canadian immigration. Basically, these companies are salespeople, not the people who can actually help with your application.  

 

However, some applicants get stuck on the comforting idea that they would be able to physically go into an office and meet a human being there. Please keep in mind that the majority of Canadian immigration consultants practice from Canada; some consultants have offices in the UEA, India, China, the Philippines, or other countries, but only a fraction of consultants have offices outside Canada.  So, why not to do a thorough research and contact a legitimate consultant directly, avoiding this middleman?

 

 

If the RCIC’s website displays multiple logos even those of the local business registry and Canadian Better Business Bureau but no consultant name(s). Although the ICCRC advertisement rules state that names of the consultants must be clearly posted on the website.  This may be a sign that the company is just doing extensive marketing and subcontracting legitimate consultants to process applications. Putting considerable sales pressure both on them and on you. To earn a living wage at the rates these subcontractors pay, a consultant would not be able to spend sufficient time to thoroughly prepare your application; is that really what you want?

 

The assistance of a licensed immigration professional is very important.

The question now is how to find the real deal instead of one of the scam artists who prey on people who want to immigrate to Canada.

In 2018 It Is Easier to Immigrate to Canada

 

2018 seems to be the year to immigrate to Canada. The latest draw for the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores has, once again, reached a record-breaking low in 2018. This announcement is a blessing for anyone who wishes to live and work in Canada. If you are not excited by the news, read more to find out what this means for you!

 

The latest CRS draw held on the 25th of April reached a new low at 441. This is 3 points lower than the previous low of the 11th of April. Basically, this means that it is becoming easier and easier to immigrate to Canada. If this trend continues we may see even lower CRS minimums in the coming draws.

 

Following this new cut off, 3,500 Express Entry candidates were invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada.  This is just as many invitations as the previous record draw of 2018.

 

This is not surprising seeing as Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is increasing the number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in order to meet the high target of 2018.

 

According to the Government of Canada’s new multi-year immigration levels plan for 2018-2020, the target for 2018 is 74,900 admissions through the Express Entry System. This is why we are are seeing lower cut-offs for CRS scores. Canada wants and needs more immigrants.  

What is the tie-break rule?

Once again the tie-break rule was used in 2018. This rule is used to determine who, of all the lowest CRS scoring candidates, receives an ITA.

The rule looks at the date and time when a candidate’s profile is entered into the Express Entry pool. It is quite simple to understand.  If your profile was submitted earlier, then you will receive an ITA rather than people with the same CRS who entered the pool later.

For the previous round, the date and time used was December 8, 2017, at 10:25:33 UTC. This means that everyone with a CRS score of 441 who submitted their profile before or at that time received an ITA.

 

Name CRS Score Date and Time of Submission ITA
Sarah 441 13 November, 10:00 Invitation to apply
Jack 441 1 December, 12:00 Invitation to apply
Ben 441 9 December, 9:00 Stays in pool

 

In the example above, Sarah and Jack received an ITA and Ben’s application stayed in the Express Entry pool.

 

It is important to remember that edits or updates to your profile will not affect the time of the date of your submission. If you delete your profile and submit a new one, your date and time of submission will also change.

 

Improving Your CRS Score

Though date and time of submission is important for the purposes of the tie-breaker rule. Remember that your CRS score is still the most important factor in order to succeed with your immigration to Canada.

 

To stand the best chance of being selected you need to keep your CRS score as high as possible. Your CRS score is based on your:

 

If you focus on improving some of these factors, your CRS score will surely rise.

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Improve your CRS score if you want to live and work in Canada

 

 

Immigrate to Canada by Express Entry Now

Get your application into the Express Pool now, while Canada lowers their minimum CRS scores. According to this recent draw, it has never been easier to immigrate to Canada. Do not pass on this chance to make your Canadian dream come true.

Use one of our trusted immigration consultants to make your immigration as easy as possible. Get your journey started today with us, MDC.

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A recent report shows that most immigrants earn more in Canada

 

Highly skilled immigrants, who work in Canada, earn more than Canadian locals. Don’t believe us? Prepare to be amazed, according to a report by the Canadian federal government obtained by The Canadian Press (CP) – this is exactly the case.

 

Many believe that immigrant life is difficult and filled with economic problems. However, in Canada, skilled immigrants are welcomed with open arms.

 

The report showed that soon after skilled immigrants began work in Canada they earned the same or more than the average Canadian.

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Earn more in Canada

 

Who can work in Canada?

 

The report refers to immigrants with high human capital. Basically, this means the education, language skills and work experience of a person. The report supports the idea that the higher you,r human capital is, the more you stand to earn.

 

Human capital is an important term to understand for those hoping to use the federal Express Entry to immigrate.

 

As of November 2016, the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), began to award points under its Comprehensive Ranking System. Those with high human capital scores get awarded more points.

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Skilled immigrants earn more than Canadian locals

 

Education is key in Canada. People are often unhappy with their income, because  they think their skills are worth more. They think that the time and effort put into gaining skills should reflect high salaries. As we all know this is not always the case. In Canada however, immigrants have experienced a 13% higher rate of return on their skills than the Canadian born.

 

It is not just the skilled immigrants who are bringing in high salaries. The report also found that, as time goes on, immigrants of all classes make more money in Canada. Recently more and more economic class immigrants are landing managerial and professional positions.

 

These are the most in-demand jobs in Canada:

 

Work in Canada and feel at home

The report also shows that new Canadian citizens feel more at home in Canada. Surprisingly, new citizens feel more like they belong in Canada than those born in the country.

Ready to work in Canada?

If you are skilled worker who is unhappy with your salary, consider taking your skills to a place that truly appreciates you. As the report shows, to work in Canada means to earn more, even if you are not a highly skilled worker. Canada accepts immigrants and makes them feel welcome . Make Canada your new home and get what you deserve.

Canada Improves Immigration Policies for People with Disabilities

 

On 16th April 2018, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced major changes to Canada’s immigration policy that will make it far easier for persons with disabilities and their family members to immigrate to Canada.

The old immigration policy also known as “medical inadmissibility” due to excessive demand, the law, as currently written, allows the government to deny people residency in Canada because they or an immediate family member have a disability or medical condition that could place “excessive demand” on publicly funded health and social service programs. This often means denying residency to parents whose children have disabilities.

New changes to the policy title

 

The new changes will, however, mean the government will no longer consider certain social service spending when deciding if someone can immigrate to Canada, particularly social service spending related to special education needs.

 

This decision is very helpful to immigrants whose children have intellectual disabilities such as autism or Down syndrome because it means their applications will no longer be denied due to special education needs and another social service spending that could be required once they arrive in Canada.

 

Canadian Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said the changes will take effect immediately. Families whose applications have been denied in the past due to special education costs related to a child’s disability will need to reapply if they wish to be considered under the new rules.

 

The Changes Have Brought Great Relief to One Particular Parent

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“After getting the good news – I was driving so I had to be careful – I was pretty excited,” said Samrat Saha, 38, whose family was denied permanent residency in Canada last May, because his six-year-old son, Rajarshi, has autism.

 

“We’ve all been waiting for this change for a long time,” he said. “Because disability is not by choice, it’s by birth, right? And I don’t think anybody should be discriminated against based on their disability,” he added.

 

Saha feels the end of the discriminatory 40-year old policy is a blessing. The old policy was introduced to save Canadian public resources, especially the public funded health care system.

 

With these changes, however, Canada will now no longer consider certain costs when deciding if someone can come to Canada. These costs include special education costs for children with disabilities.

 

The government said it will also triple the cost limit for denying someone based on medical conditions to nearly $20,000 a year.

 

Saha, a software engineer with an advanced university degree, said that this announcement meant he and his wife no longer had to worry about their future in Canada – or whether they might be forced to leave.

 

“It was a pretty exciting day,” he said. “I can now re-apply for permanent residency, which I am already in the process of doing. And, of course, now I will not be discriminated against and my son will not be rejected based on his disability.”

 

Canadian Immigration is for all

 

Canada is a land of opportunity, and these changes are viewed as opportunities, rather than a strain on government resources.

 

If you have a child with special needs and want to migrate to Canada that’s one less thing to worry about.

 

Find out which visa options you can apply for Canadian immigration here.

 

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Skilled Workers leave to Canada with Express Entry

Vikram Rangnekar was a Software Engineer at LinkedIn Corp in Mumbai. Through this job, Rangnekar secured an H-1B,  a temporary visa for high skilled workers in America. However, he had dozens of senior colleagues from India who’d been waiting a decade or more for their green cards and who still didn’t have them, after all these years.

 

“Some said it’d take 20 years for my turn,” Rangnekar remembers. “Others calculated 50 years—which is basically never.”

 

Exploring Other (Better) Options With Express Entry

 

Rangnekar was young and had in-demand skills when he first applied. He did not want the uncertainty of a green-card to determine his and his young families future. So, Rangnekar researched and discovered Canada’s Express Entry system that could process a visa application in just six months.  

 

Thanks to Express Entry in the early fall of 2016, Rangnekar, his wife, and their two young boys migrated to Toronto, Canada.

 

Tech-Savvy Workers in Canada are Welcome

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Engineer and technician working together on drone in office

Rangnekar now works in Canada as an engineer, an in-demand job in Canada .   Since then the Canadian government has poured money into many artificial intelligence research and facilities such as the MaRS Discovery District, a tech incubator whose startups have employed more than 6,000 people as of the end of 2016. With a surge in skilled job, Canada is widening its job searches across the ocean.

 

There’s work to be found in other Canadian cities, too. Montreal is home to Google’s AI research lab. The e-commerce giant Shopify Inc. is based in Ottawa, and the social media manager Hootsuite Inc. is situated in Vancouver. While the online giant, Amazon, aims to open its doors in Canada due to stricter immigration policies from its headquarters in the US.  

 

 Express Entry ‘Trumps’ America’s H-1B

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American Flag (left), Canadian Flag (right)

About America’s H-1B Immigration Program

About Canada’s Express Entry Immigration Stream

 

 

Do you want to experience the Canadian dream? Find out if you qualify to work in Canada. At Canadianvisa.org, we aim to make Canadian immigration even easier for you!  

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A Maple Leaf drawing on a wall

Applying for Canadian Citizenship

Many newcomers feel like strangers in an unfamiliar land when they initially settle in Canada.They feel more so when they seek to gain Canadian citizenship. For them, it just gets tougher and for most – confusing.

For new immigrants employment usually plays a big role in their integration and settlement. Even before applying for Canadian citizenship, immigrants may experience difficulty in finding jobs in their respective fields. Some of these challenges include encountering employers who are unfamiliar with international work experience and credentials, navigating the often complex trade and professional bodies, employee discrimination, and language barriers.

Overall, this article looks at the four main challenges that new immigrants face when seeking Canadian citizenship and employment.

Language and Communication

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It is mandatory for applicants to take the government’s citizenship test when applying for Canadian citizenship. This is often where language and communication problems begin. Many immigrants find the preparation course tough to handle, as they are required to have great language ability in order to understand the content.

It is no secret that some of the languages in the Canadian Government’s Citizenship test is challenging. There are many instances where plain and simple English could have been used instead of more sophisticated words.

No matter how polite or welcoming the Canadian Immigration Officials are, the Canadian citizenship interview can be a nerve-wracking experience for immigrants who lack in language ability.

Although skilled immigrants have years of experience in their respective fields, most of them do not have experience working in Canada. Being unfamiliar with common workplace lingo and terminologies could slow down your career progress, but fortunately, there are many ways to overcome this gap.

Time and Deadlines

 

Ask anyone who has successfully migrated to Canada or anywhere else, one thing they are bound to warn you about is the deadlines. To be eligible for citizenship, assuming you have no special circumstances, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) says you must have lived in Canada for “3-5 years as a Permanent Resident without leaving Canada for trips of 6 months or longer.”

From the moment you make the life-changing decision to immigrate to Canada, you are constantly at the mercy of a deadline. You must wait for a decision on your visa before you can come to Canada, this roughly takes about 6-8 months. If you are approved, once you are on Canadian soil, you have to keep up to date on all the normal responsibilities (work, family and friends) in addition to legal deadlines. If there is something you do not understand, you can contact the immigration office. However, the wait times, both in-person and via phone, are so lengthy that they can put life on hold.

There are tens if not hundreds of obstacles that can limit law-abiding immigrants from achieving citizenship within a reasonable amount of time. The process is financial, mentally and emotionally taxing.
Thankfully, the Canadian government has been working with stakeholders to make this process less difficult.

Comprehension

Incomprehension is another challenge to citizenship. The paperwork, research, and understanding needed to submit a complete packet can be both mentally and emotionally taxing.

The immigration paperwork is so complex, that most people simply hire an immigration lawyer. But that is expensive. On top of that, there are many scammy and untrustworthy immigration consultants out there. Having a trustworthy professional file the paperwork isn’t a requirement, but it definitely helps.

Many try to save money by filing their applications on their own, but they often get rejected since it is too easy to miss an important detail. Seeing as there is no refund for denied applications, the cost of applying, again and again, prevents you from saving any money.

Eligibility

Legally migrating to Canada is a multi-step process that begins with getting a visa. A visa is not something that anyone can get. Spouses, children, siblings, or parents of Canadian citizens can file applications through the Family Sponsorship category. Lawful permanent residents and Canadian citizens can sponsor spouses, grandparents, and children for visas. Specialized careers in nursing, can be sponsored by their future employer.

It’s also important to note that there are only a certain number of visas allowed per country every year. So if you’re the 300th person to apply and Canada has only 299 visas available for your country, you’re out of luck.

Making things easier

Being faced with all these problems can make you confused, anxious and stressed. These are unnecessary feelings if you have the help of a regulated Canadian immigration consultant (RCIC). Contact us to set your mind at rest.

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