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January 1, 2015 the Government of Canada launched Express Entry – a new application management system. Participation in Express Entry will be mandatory for all economic immigrants under the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and optional for Provincial Nominee Program applicants.

The Application Process and Comprehensive Point System

Applicants who qualify for one of Canada’s economic immigration streams (see below) will be required to complete an online candidate profile using Express Entry. Applicants will receive points based on a number of factors meant to assess a candidate’s ability to succeed in Canada. A maximum of 1200 points will be awarded as follows:
500 points: Core Human Capital Factors, including age, education, language and Canadian experience
100 points: Skill Transferability, including foreign qualifications, degrees and work experience
600 points: Positive Labour Market Impact Assessment or Provincial Nomination Certificate

Applicants being accompanied by a spouse or common-law partner will receive 100 fewer points in Core Human Capital Factors and Skill Transferability with those points instead of being assigned to the accompanying spouse or common-law partner in order to make up the comprehensive total.

Applicants who do not already hold job offers supported by a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment will also be required to register with the Job Bank. The Job Bank will assist applicants in connecting with prospective employers in support of their application.

The Express Entry pool of applicants will be reviewed regularly and top-ranked candidates, as well as those holding job, offers supported by a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment, will receive an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residency. Once invited, candidates will have 60 days to complete their application.

Please contact our certified and expert immigration consultant to make your case a success.

Skilled immigrants are chosen as permanent residents based on their ability to settle in Canada and take part in our economy. We assess them on their:
• English and/or French language skills,
• education,
• work experience, and
• other factors that have been shown to help newcomers prosper in Canada.

As of January 2015, there is a new system to manage how people with skilled work experience apply to immigrate to Canada. It is called Express Entry. Under Express Entry, people will first fill out an online profile that includes their language test scores, their Educational Credential Assessment (if they need one) and outlines their work experience. There is no cost to complete and submit an Express Entry profile.

Based on their profiles, candidates will be ranked against others in a pool. On a regular basis, CIC will issue invite top candidates from the pool to apply for permanent residence. Only those who get an Invitation to Apply from CIC will be able to apply. Under this new system, most complete applications will be processed in six months or less.

Please contact our certified and expert immigration consultant to make your case a success.

As of January 2015, CIC introduced a new system for people to apply to this program. It is called Express Entry.
The Federal Skilled Trades Program is for people who want to become permanent residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade.

To be eligible, the applicant must

• Plan to live outside the province of Quebec
• Meet the required levels in English or French for each language ability (speaking, reading, writing and listening).
• Have at least two years of full-time work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work experience) in a skilled trade within the five years before someone applies.
• Meet the job requirements for that skilled trade as set out in the National Occupational Classification (NOC), except for needing a certificate of qualification.
• Have an offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least one year or a certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial or territorial authority.

Please contact our certified and expert immigration consultant to make your case a success.

Canadian Experience Class allows foreign nationals who have been working in Canada for a period of one year to apply for permanent residence on the basis of their Canadian experience. In order to be eligible, applicants must have a minimum of one year of full-time skilled work experience in Canada in the three years before applying, meet certain language criteria, and plan to live outside of Quebec.

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Most provinces in Canada (Ontario’s program will be created soon) have an agreement with the Government of Canada that allows them to play a more direct role in selecting immigrants who wish to settle in that province. Please contact us to discuss this. The first stage is applying to the province where you wish to settle. The province will consider your application based on their immigration needs and your genuine intention to settle there.
Before applying to immigrate to Canada, provincial nominees must complete the provincial nomination process.

Our experienced Immigration Consultants can help you to get the process done for you.

It is possible to acquire Canadian permanent residence through the Investor Class application category. The Investor Class is the preferred method of migrating to Canada for wealthy individuals who do not intend to work in a particular occupation in Canada or start a business in Canada upon arrival. Investors enjoy “unconditional” permanent residence, unlike immigrants who apply under the Entrepreneur Class. Investors are given permanent residence in return for their agreement to invest money in a government-approved and secure investment fund for a period of five (5) years.

Requirements for the Investor Class

An Investor is defined in the Immigration & Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) Regulations as a foreign national. Who:
(a) has business experience
(b) has a legally obtained net worth of at least $1.6 Million CAD.

The Investor must have experience in managing a qualifying business and must also have controlled a qualifying percentage of equity of that business for at least two (2) years in the five (5) year period immediately preceding the date of filing the application for permanent residence. A qualifying business must generally be an active, significant operation which produces a good or service.

Passive (holding company) businesses are disfavored. “Business Experience” may also include the management of at least five (5) full-time employees per year in a business for at least two (2) years in the five (5) year period immediately preceding the date of filing the application for permanent residence. Thus, an Investor may qualify if their business experience includes either business ownership or management of employees.

Net Worth

“Net worth” is defined in the Regulations as, “the fair market value of all of the assets of the investor and their spouse or common-law partner minus the fair market value of all of their liabilities”. Thus, an Investor would be able to include in their net worth calculation assets which have been obtained through inheritance. Property valuations can also be included in the net worth calculation.
The provisions of the IRPA permit individual provinces to select Investors under different criteria than those noted above pursuant to “Provincial Nominee Programs”.

Point based selection system

Investor Class applicants are subject to a points-based selection system and must also meet the general selection criteria applicable to all permanent residence applicants including medical and security screening. Investors are awarded 35 points for meeting the regulatory definition of an Investor.
They are also awarded points for age, education, linguistic ability, business experience and adaptability. It is anticipated that practically all applicants who meet the definition of Investor will be accepted due to the fact that 35 points are awarded simply for meeting the Investor definition.

Required Investment

Investors must invest $800,000 CAD in a government approved investment fund. The funds must be invested for a five (5) year period. In most cases, no interest will be paid to the Investor. The money is secured by the government and returned to the Investor at the end of the five (5) year investment period.

There are numerous “approved” Immigrant Investor funds to chose from. Many of these funds offer applicants a flexible financing option which enables the applicant to put as little as $ 200,000 CAD “down” while the fund managers “loan” the applicant the $ $600,000 balance required to meet the $ $800,000 minimum requirement. Under these financing arrangements, the applicant’s $ $200,000 payment is kept by the fund for loan interest and service charges. No money is returned to the applicant at the end of the five (5) year period.

Significantly, however, this financing option enables an Investor applicant and his or her accompanying dependent family members to obtain Canadian permanent residence for a one (1) time payment of $ $200,000 CAD. This is an attractive option to many business people.

The Immigration Law Group works closely with several reputable Immigrant Investor funds. We would be happy to discuss all financing options with you and your financial advisor.
An Investor applicant is required to file an application for permanent residence with one of Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s nine (9) business application centers worldwide. These processing posts are specially equipped to handle applications from investors.

Investor applicants must carefully document their applications with net worth statements, financial and bank records, evidence of business ownership or management, etc… Spouses or common-law partners and dependent children can be included in the application. Typically, an Investor applicant can expect to be interviewed as part of the application process. Overall, processing times for Investors average between twelve (12) and twenty-four (24) months.

Contact us for further information and assistance. We will be happy to help you.

The Entrepreneur Class immigration program is intended to foster the development of a strong Canadian economy by creating employment opportunities for Canadians. Applicants in this category are, therefore, normally successful business persons who have both the intent and the ability to establish, purchase or make a substantial investment in a business in Canada.
The business in question must make a significant contribution to the Canadian economy and create employment for at least one Canadian citizen or permanent resident, other than the applicant and his or her dependents. Approved Entrepreneur Class applications will result in the issuance of an immigrant visa to the applicant and his or her family members or dependants.

Investment is not required

There is no minimum amount of business investment capital required for participation in the program; but, the size of the proposed investment will influence the visa officer when they consider the question of whether the investment will result in a “significant economic benefit” to Canada. Further, the applicant must establish that he or she has a net worth of at least $300,000 CAD as well as business experience which meets the regulatory criteria for approval under this program.

Because of the complexity of this type of application, the applicant is wise to retain legal counsel so that all issues are properly addressed in the application and by supporting documentation. As a general rule, passive investments in real estate are disfavored while active, higher-risk investments in manufacturing or retail ventures are favored given the greater potential for job creation from that type of investment.
The applicant must be sure to satisfy the visa officer that at least one (1) Canadian citizen or permanent resident will be hired as a result of the approval of his or her application. It is advisable to submit a detailed, professional business plan with the application which clearly outlines the nature of the business proposed, the experience of the applicant in relation to the type of business proposed, and the time frame for hiring at least one Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

The applicant must be sure to satisfy the visa officer that at least one (1) Canadian citizen or permanent resident will be hired as a result of the approval of his or her application. It is advisable to submit a detailed, professional business plan with the application which clearly outlines the nature of the business proposed, the experience of the applicant in relation to the type of business proposed, and the time frame for hiring at least one Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Exploratory Visit

It is also advisable for the applicant to make an exploratory visit to the province of his or her intended destination so that local business opportunities can be investigated and important financial, professional and government contacts made.

The Immigration Regulations contain a very specific definition of acceptable business experience under the Entrepreneur category. Business experience is tied to the size of and percentage of equity owned by the applicant respecting a foreign business.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada utilizes a point-based system in all business cases including the Entrepreneur Class cases. The applicant must obtain a minimum number of points using the following factors for consideration:

A. Education
B. Age
C. Business Experience
D. Language Ability
E. Adaptability

In general, provided an Entrepreneur applicant satisfies the visa officer that they meet the regulatory standards for net worth and business experience, and provided that they have a basic command of French and English, the application is likely to be approved.

There are some terms and conditions are now regularly applied to all entrepreneurs when they enter Canada so that Citizenship and Immigration Canada can evaluate the Entrepreneur’s performance and ensure that the business maintains viability and employs at least one (1) Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Generally, there is a six (6) month reporting requirement imposed upon successful applicants which require them to report to a local office every six (6) months with evidence of compliance with the terms of the Entrepreneur Program. The Entrepreneur is now given two (2) years within which to purchase, establish or make a substantial investment in a business which creates employment opportunity for at least one Canadian.

Failure to strictly comply with the terms and conditions may result in the revocation of the entrepreneur’s visa.
Please note on June 19, 2014, applications still in the backlog of the federal Entrepreneur Program was terminated. but the Quebec Entrepreneur program is not affected.

Please contact us to make your journey to Canada easy and convenient

A live in Caregiver is a person privately employed by a person in Canada who is tasked with taking care of children, the elderly or the disabled.
Live-in caregivers must live in the home of the person or persons they are taking care of. They must also be able to do their job with little to no supervision.

There are a number of conditions that must be met in order to become a Live-in Caregiver in Canada:
• The immigrant must obtain a good Labour Market Impact Assessment (LIMA) s a decision from the Canadian government which effectively states that this immigrant is necessary for Canada
• A contractual agreement between the immigrant and their employer
• A high school education that is equivalent to a Canadian secondary education
• Six months of training as a live-in caregiver
• Alternatively, one can have one full year of employment in a similar job and fulfill the training requirement
• Live-in Caregivers must be reasonably capable in one of the official languages of Canada: English or French
• Immigrants must also apply for and receive a work permit.

After an immigrant meets the above requirements for Live-in Caregiver status they can then apply for their visa.

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Family reunification is one of Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s highest priorities. This category is for Applicants who have a close relative who is a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada. Applicants under this category do not have to meet the point system or discretionary selection criteria used in the other application categories. Instead, they are sponsored by a relative who will provide assistance in the Applicant’s ability to establish themselves in Canada.

Only the following members of the family class may be sponsored:
• spouses, common-law or conjugal partners 16 years of age or older;
• parents and grandparents;
• dependent children, including adopted children;
• children under 18 years of age whom you intend to adopt;
• children under guardianship; or
• brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces or grandchildren who are orphans; under the age of 18 and not married or in a common-law relationship.

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To adopt a child from another country you must first go through the appropriate government agency authorized to assist in adoption. Once the adoption has been granted, you must then begin the sponsorship and immigration process.

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Parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents may apply for a Super Visa which is valid for up to 10 years and allows a parent or grandparent to remain in Canada for up to 24 months at a time without the need for renewal of their status. In order to apply for the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa, you must:
• be the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
• be found admissible to Canada; and
• meet certain other conditions.

A foreign national must be a genuine visitor to Canada who will leave by choice at the end of the visit. Among the things that could be considered are:
• the person’s ties to the home country;
• the purpose of the visit;
• the person’s family and financial situation;
• the overall economic and political stability of the home country; and
• an invitation from a Canadian host.
• provide a written commitment of financial support from their child or grandchild in Canada who meets a minimum income threshold
• prove that they have bought Canadian medical insurance coverage for at least one year; and;
• complete an Immigration Medical Examination

Parent and Grandparents may need a temporary resident visa to visit Canada, depending on their citizenship. However, if they are visa exempt, they still may benefit from the Parent and Grand Parent Super Visa. Before obtaining a Canada visa/Super Visa for Parents and Grandparents, make sure to determine that passports are valid for the duration of stay in Canada.

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Temporary Resident Visas allow Foreign Nationals to enter Canada temporarily for either pleasure or business visits. Foreign Nationals who are residents of certain countries do not require a Temporary Resident Visa to enter Canada (please see list below). Foreign Nationals of all other countries must obtain a Temporary Resident Visa prior to entering Canada. Spouses and dependants of those who are temporarily residing in Canada might also be required to obtain a Temporary Resident Visa, depending on their country of origin.

A Temporary Resident Visa does not permit a Foreign National to work while in Canada. When deciding which type of immigration document to apply for, the distinction between a Temporary Resident Visa and a Work Permit should be kept in mind. A Temporary Resident Visa allows a Foreign National to enter and remain in Canada for a specific period of time.
Foreign Nationals wanting to work in Canada are required to obtain a Work Permit. The Foreign National may also require a Temporary Resident Visa should they wish to travel in and out of Canada. The requirement to obtain a Temporary Resident Visa will depend on the Foreign National’s country of origin.
A Foreign National who is already in Canada on a Temporary Resident Visa wish to commence employment in Canada, he or she must obtain a Work Permit from a Canadian Consulate, Embassy or High Commission abroad.

There are three types of Temporary Resident Visas, they are:
Single Entry Visa – this allows the Foreign National only one entry into Canada;
Multiple Entry Visa – this allows the Foreign National unlimited entry into Canada pending the validity of the Visa; and
Transit Visa – this allows entry to Canada for Foreign Nationals who are travelling and who’s flight or bus stops in Canada for less that forty-eight (48) hours, but who’s country of origin is one that requires a visa.

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Individuals who are neither Canadian Permanent Residents, nor Canadian Citizens, and who wish to temporarily reside in Canada for employment purposes will likely have to apply for a Work Permit. A Work Permit is not issued for persons wanting to come to Canada to look for work. It is only issued once an offer of employment has been made.

It should be noted that a Work Permit is not an employment contract. It is strictly for the purposes of allowing a foreign national to work in Canada to fill a labour shortage, and to support economic growth in Canada.
A Work Permit usually contains specific terms and conditions, including the start and end dates of the employment, name of employer, location of employment, and job title. If the Foreign National does not abide by the terms and conditions set out in the Work Permit, the Foreign National may be prosecuted and/or asked to leave Canada. The employer may also receive disciplinary action or face charges.

Most Work Permits are employer-specific and cannot be used to work in another company. Should the employment be terminated, the Foreign National must apply for a new Work Permit in order to work in a new position. In some cases, a Foreign National will receive an “Open” Work Permit, which will allow them to work in any position, and for any employer in Canada.

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Study Permits are for Foreign Nationals who wish to study at an educational institution in Canada. Dependents (either a spouse or children), of those who are temporarily residing in Canada are required to obtain a Study Permit in order to Study in Canada. These dependents will receive a Study Permit which has the same validity as the holder of the Work Permit or Temporary Resident Permit.

Minor children who are planning on attending pre-school, primary school, or secondary school are not required to obtain a Study Permit, (except for children who are accompanying their parents who hold Temporary Resident Visas).
All Foreign Nationals who have attained the age of majority at the time of application must obtain a Study Permit to attend any educational institution. In order to apply for the Study Permit, the Foreign National must provide proof of acceptance into an approved institution, evidence of sufficient funds to pay for tuition and living costs, and demonstrate the intention to return home upon the completion of studies. Typically, the Foreign National will receive a Study Permit which is valid for one year. The Foreign National will have to apply for a renewal of the Study Permit at the end of each school year.
As of June 1, 2014 most Foreign Nationals in Canada studying full time on a valid study permit will no longer require a work permit in order to work off-campus. Full time students will be permitted to work up to 20 hours per week during the regular academic year and will be permitted to work full-time during regularly scheduled breaks from school.

Foreign Nationals who plan to visit Canada for more than six (6) months, and who have resided in certain countries within a year prior to their arrival in Canada will be required to undergo a medical examination prior to being granted a Study Permit.

A Foreign National, who holds a Study Permit, is not covered under the Provincial Health Coverage plans. We strongly suggest that you obtain private insurance to cover you during your stay in Canada.

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On December 15, 2012, Canada’s asylum system changed. Under the new system, asylum claims will be heard faster. This means that those who need Canada’s protection will get it faster, while those who do not, will be sent home faster.
Canada offers refugee protection to some people in Canada who fear persecution or who would be in danger if they had to leave. Some dangers they may face include the following:
• torture;
• a risk to their life; or
• a risk of cruel and unusual treatment or punishment.
If you feel you could face one of these risks if you go back to your home country or the country where you normally live, you may be able to seek protection in Canada as a refugee.

Eligibility

Some people are not eligible to claim refugee protection in Canada.
Officers receiving your refugee claim will decide whether it is eligible for referral to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB), an independent administrative tribunal that makes decisions on immigration and refugee matters. The IRB decides who is a Convention refugee or a person in need of protection.

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Your Permanent Resident Card is one of your most important documents. It is your proof that you hold status as a permanent resident, and is essential if you plan to take any trips outside of Canada. Each time you re-enter Canada after a trip outside the country, you must present your valid, unexpired Permanent Resident Card.
The Permanent Resident Card expires every five years. Check the expiry date and apply for a new one well before you plan to travel.

Applying for a Permanent Resident Card is not the same as applying for permanent resident status. Only individuals who have already been granted permanent resident status are eligible to apply for a Permanent Resident Card.
Typical applicants include individuals seeking to replace their expired Permanent Resident Card and individuals seeking to replace a lost or stolen card. In addition, certain individuals who were granted permanent resident status prior to June 28, 2002 never received a Permanent Resident Card, and may apply for a new card using this application.

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Individuals who are applying to become a Canadian citizen are required to submit an application and to write a citizenship test. Children under the age of eighteen (18) and adults over the age of fifty four (54) are not required to write the test. The test requires knowledge of English or French, a general knowledge about Canada’s history, geography and political system.
Citizenship Canada has produced a book called “Discover Canada”, which prepares one for the test.

When to Apply

It is important to be sure that the Applicant is eligible to apply for citizenship. Applicants must acquire the requisite number of days in Canada before applying for citizenship. If the Applicant applies too early, they will not be eligible. There is no refund of the processing fee.

Eligibility to Apply

The Applicant must have resided in Canada for 3 years (1095 days) of the past four (4) years immediately prior to his/her application, and after having obtained permanent residency.

Minor children under the age of eighteen (18) years of age are not required to have met the residency requirement as long as they have one parent who is either a Canadian citizen or who is applying to become a Canadian citizen. The parent of a child who is under eighteen (18) may apply for the child as soon as the child receives permanent resident status.

Individuals who are applying to become a Canadian citizen are required to submit an application and to write a citizenship test. Children under the age of eighteen (18) and adults over the age of fifty-four(54) are not required to write the test. The test requires knowledge of English or French, a general knowledge about Canada’s history, geography and political system.
Citizenship Canada has produced a book called “Discover Canada”, which prepares one for the test.

For detail information you may visit our office or contact us.

E-Passport

Canada started using new technology with their passports in 2013. Now, all Canadian passports are e- Passports. The difference between these new passports and the more traditional ones is that ePassports have electronic chips in them that can be scanned. Upon being scanned by an agent at the border, they will have instantaneous electronic access to all of the passport holder’s information.

This technology protects one’s personal information by locking the information onto the chip so that it cannot be changed electronically. Even if a fraudster were to change the printed information on the passport, they would not be able to change the data on the chip. Immigration officials would be able to catch fraudsters by comparing the information on the chip to the written information in the passport.

This system is used by most countries in the world and really has little effect on the validity of the passport. It is simply a security feature in the same vein as a watermark. Passport photos must meet very strict specifications such as:
• Background color
• Shadows
• Dimensions of the photo
• The photograph’s subject’s face cannot be obscured by anything like glasses or head-wear. An exception to this rule is if the headwear is religious in nature and does not cover the entire face.

Because of these specifications, many people choose to use professional, commercial photographers to make sure t hat their passport photos are accepted. However, it is not necessary to use a professional photographer. Applicants who wish to create their own passport photos are encouraged to read the specifications closely. Passport photographs can be in color or in black and white.
The length of time it takes for the passport to expire depends on the type of passport one might hold. There are five-year passports and ten-year passports. Ten year passports are somewhat more expensive than the five-year variety.
We assist Canadian citizens to apply and renew their Canadian passports.

Passport for different countries

We also help you to apply for passport s/renewal of passports of different countries.

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We have certified “Commissioner of Oaths”. We helped our clients to write invitation letters, affidavits and statutory declarations for different purposes.

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