Category: immigration

New skilled worker program has no occupation list

This post is an extract from a document kindly sent to me by Paul Wildy of Wildy Immigration.

No Occupation List for New Skilled Worker Program

No Point Score System for Skilled Trades

Citizenship and Immigration Canada have now revealed detailed new immigration rules for the revamped Skilled Worker Program, a newly created Skilled Trades Program and some changes to the Canadian Experience Class. These changes take effect in January 2013.

Revised Skilled Worker Program

Wildy Immigration1) The Skilled Worker Program will now be open to all “skilled” occupations (this means occupations that are skill level B or higher according to the National Occupational Classification system). Initially at least the program won’t be restricted to a list of specific occupations.

2) Although the pass mark stays at 67 points, the way that points are allocated will change.

3) The changes are good news for fluent English speakers who will be able to earn up to 24 points for English ability instead of 16 under the current system.

4) Applicants will also be able to claim additional points if their spouse/partner speaks English but there will no longer be any “adaptability” points for a spouse/partner’s education level.

5) The Immigration Minister will have the ability to adjust the minimum language requirements and the language proficiency required to earn certain numbers of points. This will effectively enable CIC to “turn up” or “turn down” the number of applicants who meet the minimum criteria to control immigration levels.

6) Up to 12 points will be earned for age instead of 10 but once you turn 36 you lose 1 point per year so that no points are awarded for age to people over 46. Previously applicants scored full points for age up until 50.

7) The maximum points awarded for work experience will be reduced from 21 to 15.

8) Education points will be awarded based on the Canadian equivalency of your educational credentials and your qualifications will have to be assessed by an independent body to determine what level they are equivalent to in Canada. However it will no longer matter how many years education you have in total.

9) Master’s level education will score 23 points, a 3‐year post‐secondary credential (e.g. Bachelor’s degree) 21 points, and a 2‐year post‐secondary credential (e.g. an HND) 19 points.

10) To claim Arranged Employment, your employer will have to apply for a Labour Market Opinion. Arranged Employment Opinions will no longer be recognized.

11) It doesn’t look like the minimum settlement funds amounts will significantly change (although these amounts always increase slightly each year).

12) We don’t yet know if there will be a “cap” or “quota” on the number of applications that will be accepted into processing in a given year for the Skilled Worker Program – none has been announced. Given that there will be no occupation list restriction, it is likely that CIC will use a quota system to restrict intake. If there is a limited quota announced people will rush to apply quickly and the quota will likely fill rapidly.

The following chart outlines CIC’s targets for the 2013 fiscal year. Note that these figures are for visa issuance, not numbers of applications accepted for review:

Although overall immigration goals will remain the same, intake goals for some specific programs have been adjusted. Most notably, quotas for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) have been raised from 6,000-7,000 in 2012 to 10,000 for the upcoming year. This has been done in an effort to better assist foreign students and workers already residing in Canada who wish to pursue Canadian Permanent Residency.

More full details on all these then please contact Paul Wildy directly.

Good news and bad news for parents wanting to join their families in Canada

Family reunification is on the mind of parents
Parents want to join their families in Canada

Jason Kenney, the Immigration Minister, just announced new measures that will eventually improve things for parents and grandparents seeking to join their families in Canada. But for now the news is not all good.

The bad news

Canada is no longer accepting applications for people wanting to join their children or grandchildren in Canada. This move is a temporary one and gives Canada time to address the backlog of applications – currently sitting at 180,000. That’s a lot of unhappy people.

The intention is for the backlog to be cleared over the next two years. This will be done by increasing the annual quota from 15,300 to 25,000. At the end of two years, applications will be accepted once again, and by then the system will be working much better.

The good news

The pain of not being able to get into Canada is being eased by the new super visa. This is a 10 year visa that will allow parents and grandparents to visit for up to 2 years at a time. There are conditions, including the need to have private health insurance and a minimum $17,000 a year.

Full details are available on the CIC site.

 

Multiculturalism in our communities

Whatever your home country you are welcome in Canada
People from all over the world now call Canada home

Canada became a multicultural society officially in 1971. Being a land mostly of immigrants, arguably we were multicultural from the start. Nevertheless this value is now built into our society and our legislation supports it.

Multiculturalism means that we recognize all people as equal and encourage them to keep their ethnic heritage alive.

I think that most people would say that multiculturalism has been a pretty good policy for Canada. Apart from French Canadians, we’ve seen very little unrest between people of different origins. Immigrant communities have been integrating into the general population without major incident for decades.

My local paper, the Vancouver Sun, has been looking at the ethnic make up of Vancouver. It is an interesting read if you’re not familiar with the ethnic make up of this diverse city.

It is also slightly disturbing in that it talks about a trend for ethnic groups to gather in certain neighbourhoods. This trend might mean that immigrants tend not to integrate into the wider Canadian society. I understand that there is safety in staying with your own people, keeping your language and customs alive.

The downside is that this groups then tend to be inward looking and suspicious of others. And that goes both ways of course.

As an immigrant myself I wanted to integrate into Canadian society. I wanted to have friends who were Canadian. I didn’t care about their ethnic origin. I admit it is good to meet up with fellow Brits from time to time because we can chat about the UK and share our British sense of humour. (In my biased opinion there’s nothing quite like it).

But I would not like to be living in a neighbourhood exclusively made up of ex-pat Brits.

Vancouver, and other major Canadian cities, will continue to attract many immigrants from all parts of the world. I hope that they will also continue to integrate with those immigrants who’ve already arrived. We welcome them on that basis.

Can Canada afford the workers it needs?

permanent residents by source country
Permanent residents by source country 2007 -2009

 

This is such a frustrating topic for most potential immigrants to hear about. The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Jason Kenney, says that Canada needs to up its annual immigrant quotas to about a million just to make up for our dwindling and aging work force.

If that happened it would mean that the one million currently in the immigration queue would all be let in this year.

That is not going to happen of course. Firstly I just cannot see the immigration officers working that quickly!

Secondly, it takes a lot of money to settle immigrants into Canadian society. We give them medical services. We run settlement services. These include language skills and  job search techniques.

You can see how much it could cost before Canada gains a productive citizen.

I know that there is no easy answer to this. And I guess that the emphasis on specific job skills and the Provincial Nominee Programs are all steps towards getting the right people into Canada – the ones we need to support our economy.

From what I hear though, the jobs that we say we want are not always the ones that we really need. If we’d got it right people would not be struggling to get jobs.

The CIC is at least looking to raise the issues about how immigration is handled. I doubt that this will result in significant changes. But at least people are asking questions about who should be allowed in, how are we to pay for their support and indeed how are we to integrate them into Canadian society – and keep true to Canadian values.

Let’s keep the discussion going. Expressing our views, politely, is Canadian after all.

Immigration seminars in Dublin and London

Welcome to Canada
Welcome to Canada
Introducing our free seminars

Want to know more about immigrating to Canada?

These seminars are a great way of finding out about the whole process from visas to buying your home – and everything in between.

We are pleased to announce that we are participating in a series of seminars:

  • Dublin – 18 June, 2011

    10:00 – 12:00

    13:00 – 15:00

  • London – 19 June, 2011

    10:00 – 12:00

    13:00 – 15:00

In both cities there is the choice of a morning or afternoon event. You may register for tickets below.

Learn from our panel of experts.

Whether you are just starting out, or you are ready to make the move our panel of experts have answers for your questions.

Who will be there?

Immigration

Chris Willis

Canadian Visa Specialists

CVS is managed by Christopher Willis, a Certified Canadian Immigration Consultant (CCIC) who has been practicing immigration since 1995. Here you will learn about the different routes and visas available for you to come and live in Canada.

Removals – London Seminars

John Moynes

PSS International Removals

PSS INTERNATIONAL REMOVALS are proud of the position they have attained in the Overseas Removals industry. They are the UK’s first choice for Moving Overseas and have successfully helped thousands of customers move to many destinations throughout the world.

PSS International removals are a family run company and their desire is to ensure your family receive a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. They have specialised in international removals for over 29 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle they recognise the importance in ensuring that their customers receive the same level of care and attention that they would expect themselves.

Removals – Dublin Seminars

Jim Farrell

CareLine Removal Service – Dublin

Careline International Moving & Storage is one of Ireland’s largest removal companies, with facilities in Dublin and Limerick. They have local removals crews working out of Cork, Dublin, Galway and Limerick. Careline International has a long and very well established record in international removal and relocation service sectors.

Jim will provide information the process of moving your possessions to your new home in Canada.

Foreign Exchange

Seema Dhimer

Halo Financial

Unlike most banks, Halo Financial can save you up to 4% on your currency exchange!! When migrating, it is important that you trade your currency at the right time and at the best exchange rate. Put simply, get it right and you’ll pay less for your currency, get it wrong and you’ll pay more. Halo Financials friendly, proactive and personal service will help guide you through the process of buying currency ensuring you move to Canada with more Dollars. The service is FREE and there is no obligation to use them so learn how the expert consultants at Halo Financial can help you save money!

Mortgage Broker

Keith Baker

Dominion Lending Centres

Keith Baker’s role as a mortgage consultant is first and foremost, to provide you with exceptional personal service. It is his job to walk you through the mortgage process and to tailor-make your mortgage to best suit your specific financial needs. In doing so, you will be well equipped to make an informed decision as to your choice of mortgage product and financial institution.

Keith will give you insight into the Canadian mortgage market, what Lenders are looking for when qualifying Newcomers to Canada, the mortgage process and things you should be doing prior to you moving and which will assist you greatly with the mortgage process.

Real Estate – Ontario

Renate Penkett

www.relocateontario.com (Re/Max Aboutowne Realty Corp)

Renate Penkett has worked as a full time Realtor since 1987, therefore gaining extensive experience in many different market conditions. She is an award winning realtor and has consistently ranked among the top producers in the industry. Her career has been dedicated to international and local relocation. She has attended and participated in symposia related to Real Estate relocation, travelled extensively and has diverse connections worldwide. A global perspective and networking capabilities have resulted in relationships which have paid key roles in relocation and housing transactions.

Renate Penkett will provide information on how the real estate market works, with particular emphasis on Ontario.

Real Estate – British Columbia

Sue Gerryts

www.relocation2bc.com (Sotheby’s International Realty Canada)

Sue Gerryts works as a realtor in Vancouver and has developed global connections as well as local experience.  She has also worked in corporate relocation in a number of international companies, so she is ideally placed to help anyone who is relocating to Vancouver and buying a home there. Frank, her husband, helps in the business and runs a relocation service for people moving to Vancouver: www.relocation2bc.com

Sue will be talking about the real estate market with an emphasis on British Columbia.

If your destination in Canada is not Ontario or British Columbia, we can still help you through one of our partners in other provinces.

How to register

Use the links below to register for either the morning or afternoon seminar in either city. You will get your tickets via email.

Dublin Seminars – 18 June, 2011

http://canadadublin-eorg.eventbrite.com/

London Seminars – 19 June, 2011

http://canadalondon-eorg.eventbrite.com/

Hope to meet you in Dublin, London or Vancouver!

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