Monday, December 28, 2009
I first met Mr. George Hansen Reyes, when he came to the office to inquire about getting a work permit for Canada as a Nurse. Since our Company is an Immigration Consultancy Firm for Canada, his inquiry was directed to our Sister Company International Jobs Recruitment Company (I-Jobs).
At that time I-Jobs still had an Employer who was asking for a database of Filipino Nurses bound for Alberta.
Due to his busy schedule, he was not able to attend the Orientation seminar for Alberta, until the time came when the Work Visa applications become scarce due to the current recession in North America.
On the early part of 2008 Mr. Reyes learned about the revised Permanent Visa application for Canada that processed 38 High Demand Occupations. Where if qualified an applicant may get his Canadian Permanent Residents Visa within 6 months to a year.
We filed his application for Permanent Residents Visa for Canada last March 31, 2009 to the Centralized Intake Office (CIO) in Canada.
A month and a half after, May 15, 2009 we received his CIO positive Assessment for Canada, making him Eligible to proceed with the final assessment of his application, the submission of original documentation to the Canadian Embassy.
We filed his original documents to the Canadian Embassy last July 28, 2009.
Got his File Number August 18, 2009
Received Medical Notice Oct. 19, 2009
At this stage the Embassy asked Mr. George Reyes to submit additional documentations to fix a problem with his Personal History as well as asked to undergo additional Medical Procedures.
After the problems were finally solved, we got his Visa Notice December 8, 2009 where he was requested to submit his passport, the Passport of his wife and that of their Dependent child.
Last December 24, 2009 the Canadian Embassy sent us his Permanent Resident Visa.
If you ask Mr. George if he found his application for Permanent Residents Visa Easy, the answer may be a definite, "No".
But despite the problems that he encountered in his application, he still persisted, went on with his application and now bear fruits to his Efforts by receiving the best Christmas Gift for his Family, a Permanent Residents Visa.
They plan to go to Canada on February 2010. His first order of business, taking the Licensure Examination to allow him to practice his profession as a Nurse, you see Mr. Reyes on top of getting his Permanent Residents Visa was already positively assessed by the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC). To know how to practice your profession right away, you may read Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO)
This can be your story too, if you have the Education, 4 years Work Experience in the list of 38 High Demand Occupations within the last ten years, then you have a strong Case.
But you have to act Fast the list of Occupations currently in process may change soon. If it does and your occupation was omitted in the list then you can no longer apply. If you are interested, you should take advantage of this great opportunity or else this gift for yourself and your Family will disappear.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Here is the Holiday Season Schedule:
December 23 - 9am till 6pm
December 24 - 9am till 12 noon (half day)
December 25 - closed
December 26 - 9am till 6pm
December 27 - 9am till 6pm
December 28 - 9am till 6pm
December 29 - 9am till 6pm
December 30 - 9am till 6pm
December 31 - 9am till 12 noon (half day)
January 1 - Closed
January 2 - 9am till 6pm
Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!
Of late we have received hundreds of letters addressed to our clients who filed their applications in year 2006 and 2007. This were applications filed before the Citizenship and Immigration Canada changed its processing system to prioritize 38 high demand occupations. It looks like that the Citizenship and Immigration Canada is seriously addressing its huge backlogs.
CHECK UPDATED OCCUPATIONS LIST! 29 in Demand Occupations in Canada.
The letter says that If your occupation is included in the current list of 38 high demand occupations, it is to your advantage if you will withdraw your application and send another application under the new Federal Skilled Worker Program. Take this option if you want an expedited process, but you have to decide soon because the Canadian Embassy will only refund your filing fee if you withdraw your application within 45 days from the time they sent out the letter.
But if you are not in a hurry, then you don't have to do anything. There is no need to reply to that letter.
If your occupation is not included in the current list of 38 high demand occupations, you will just have to wait till the Visa office is already processing your application, this may be another 3 years of waiting.
Changes Coming Soon?
Part of the highlight that the letter is saying is that there will be changes in the list of 38 high demand occupations. They may change the current list of occupations in process. That is why the letter urges the applicants to make a decision soon.
As to how soon we really do not know, but the only sure way to take advantage of the 6 to 12 months processing is by filing your application as soon as possible. If changes happens during the time that your application is already in process, you will no longer be affected with said changes.
This letter does not only apply to the recepients of the Letter sent out by the Canadian Embassy. If the there will be changes in the list of 38 high demand occupations soon, then this means that those who still has not made the decision to apply, even if they are interested, will also loose their changes to take advantage of this great opportunity. If you wait too long to decide you may miss out on this chance for a speedy processing of your Canadian Permanent Residents Visa. What are you waiting for?
Apply right now!
Friday, December 4, 2009
That means they are now eligible for 6-12 months processing under the new Federal Skilled Worker Program.
Here's proof: Dr. Pamela Santiago received her Permanent Resident Visa 4 months after submission of her documents to Canadian Visa Office in Manila.
Here's her application time line:
April 18, 2009 - Application was sent to Centralized Intake Office
June 12, 2009 - Received a positive assessment
July 28, 2009 - Supporting documents were submitted to Canadian Visa Office
Sept 05, 2009 - Received Medical Instruction and Right of Permanent Resident Fee (RPRF) payment Notice
Sept 25, 2009 - Sent the the RPRF Payment
Oct 29, 2009 - Received Visa notice, original passport required
Nov 06, 2009 - Original Passport submitted to Canadian Visa Office
Nov 21, 2009 - PR Visa Issued
Gone were the days wherein doctors need to get a Nursing Degree just to live and work in Canada.
Under the revised Federal Skilled Worker, Permanent Residents application for Canada, people with experience in the 38 high demand occupation may get their Visa's within 6 months to one year.
1 year work experience in the high demand list will make an applicant eligible to apply, whereas 4 years work experience in one or more occupations int he 38 high demand list will grant full points for Work experience criteria.
To know more about the program please read the following:
Centralized Intake office
Canadian Immigration Points System
When is the right time to apply?
As I tell my clients, the only time that I can help them with their plans is when the conditions are still in their favor.
If you have the Education and Work experience to apply you should start right now!
Starting right away, is your only security to take advantage of this great opportunity. The list of Occupations may change at any time, but if you are already filed you will not be affected by any changes that may happen at the middle of your application process.
If you are in the Philippines I strongly recomment that you attend our Free Orientation Seminar!
Or you may send your information by filling out the Free Online Assessment Form or send your resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org
For those who know that you are qualified, you should not delay your application, you should start right now!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Both from your current country of residence as well as countries where you have stayed for 6 months or more.
Police Clarence vary in form in each country of territory and may be called police clearance certificates, good conduct certificates, judicial record extracts, etc. Security checks, also known as police certificates, are required to determine if applicants have a criminal record. They also help visa officers make sure applicants are not a security risk to Canada.
In the Philippines applicants for Permanent Residents Visa will be required to secure an NBI Clearance in the second stage of the application process. To obtain an NBI clearance you may check the frequently asked questions page of the NBI website (click on the link).
If you are currently working abroad please click on the following link to find out how you can satisfy this requirement:
NBI Clearance from Abroad
In you are currently working abroad; has experience in working abroad; stayed abroad as a tourist for more than 6 months, you will also be required to obtain a separate Police Clearance from said Country.
To find out how to obtain a police clearance for said experience please visit the website of the Citizenship and Immigration Canada by clicking on the following link:
Obtaining Police Clearance
One of the basic problems encountered during this stage is that the Police clearance is only available for current residents or those who are still in contract working either as a worker or a permanent resident.
If you are a Filipino applicant currently residing in the Philippines and is being asked for a Police Clearance by the Canadian Visa Office in Manila, for your experience in working in another country in the past, you may seek the help of Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant and Workers Affairs (OUMWA).
Go to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila. OUMWA will help you get the Police Clearance. The process may take 30-60 days.
Since a large volume of our clients are overseas contract workers, one of the commonly asked question is, how to get their NBI Clearance from abroad.
Here are the instructions from NBI website:
To get an NBI Clearance from abroad, here's what you should do:
You can visit the nearest Philippine Consulate Office and asked for a Fingerprint Card Form.
- Fingerprint Card Form – fill up the personal data called for on both sides of this card truthfully and legibly.
- Request the assistance/endorsement of the nearest Philippines Consulate Office for the police agency in your locality to have your fingerprints impressed (ROLLED IMPRESSION) on the appropriate spaces. The officer/person who fingerprinted you should sign his name state his official designation on the space provided for the purpose in the card.
- In case you are a married woman, the order of writing your name is as follows:
- -Your maiden surname (father’s surname).
- -Your husband’s surname.
- -Your first name or given name.
- -Your maternal surname (family name of your mother)
- Attach a latest copy of your 2”x2” photograph (white background), taken within three (3) months before this application at the appropriate box in the fingerprint card form.
Upon completion of this requirement, send back your form to NBI and enclose Money Order in the sum of Php 200.00 or any currency/bankdraft of its equivalent which is negotiable in the Philippines payable to the Director, National Bureau of Investigation, Taft Avenue, Ermita 1000 Manila, Philippines.
We will mail to you the corresponding clearance certificate after we have processed your application papers.
Upon receipt of your clearance certificate, please examine it for the presence of the embossed NBI DRY SEAL at its lower left portion, the clearance is invalid without it. Also, you must affix your clear and properly taken THUMBPRINT on the space provided for it in the clearance certificate before submitting it to your end-user, otherwise, your clearance will be subjected for further verification/authentication and will cause the delay of your immigration requirements.
To RENEW your NBI Clearance from abroad, here's what you should do:
Just send your previously issued clearance, attach a latest copy of your 2”x 2” photograph (white background), taken within three (3) months and enclose Money Order in the sum of Php 200.00 or any currency/bankdraft of its equivalent which is negotiable in the Philippines payable to the Director, National Bureau of Investigation, Taft Avenue, Ermita 1000 Manila, Philippines.
You may also send your authorized representative in any of the following Offices
- NBI Clearance Center in Carriedo
- NBI Satellite Offices
- NBI Regional / District Offices
To process your NBI Clearance, together with your previously issued clearance, attach a latest copy of your 2”x 2” photograph (white background), taken within three (3) months.
Update the information that needs to be updated. We accept changes in address and purpose, else write "Same Data if there are no changes.
If there would changes in your NAME, DATE OF BIRTH and PLACE OF BIRTH, we will require you to fill-up a new application form and attached a photocopy of your birth certificate.
You can visit the nearest Philippines Consulate Office and asked for a fingerprint card form or we will send you Fingerprint Card Form to write all personal data. Request the assistance/endorsement of the nearest Philippines Consulate Office for the police agency in your locality to have your fingerprints impressed (ROLLED IMPRESSION) on the appropriate spaces.
The officer/person who fingerprinted you should sign his name, state his official designation on the space provided for the purpose in the card. Then send it back to us.
*NBI Kiosks – does not accept renewal of clearance handed by your representative, even without corrections, they will take your picture personally. It does not accept any correction in NAME, DATE OF BIRTH and PLACE OF BIRTH.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
(Visa Grantee MS. Joy Delfin with Ms. Evangeline Naron and Ms. Maribel Naron of CIC)
A lot of you may think that only Registered Nurse's applications for Permanent Residents Visa are being processed faster. That is why, here's a case of a College Instructor who received her visa six months after submission of supporting documents to Canadian Visa Office in Manila.
People never plan to fail. They just fail to plan. But Ms. Joy Delfin, a College Instructor, is different.
She wanted to go to Canada as a Permanent Resident. She went to us and together we made a plan. Pursued the plan up until she got the Visa.
Just like Mr. Bantugan(Visa Grantee of the previous post), Ms. Joy Delfin decided to file an application for Permanent Resident Visa through Federal Skilled Worker program despite being told that the process may take about 3-5 years. She filed her application on August 20, 2008 under the Simplified Application Process.
This was before the New Regulations for Federal skilled Worker applications was revised by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Which was published only November of 2008.
To her surprise, Ms. Joy Delfin received a positive assessment from Centralized Intake Office (CIO) on Jan 17, 2009 and was able to submit her supporting documents right away, last May 12, 2009. On Nov 9, 2009, she received her Permanent Resident Visa for Canada.
You can only really take advantage of the current processing speed, while the conditions are still in your Favor. We can only really help you with your application when you are still qualified to apply.
If you have work experience in one or more occupations in the 38 high demand occupations, and is qualified in the Canadian Selection Criteria(Points System), there is no doubt that now is the best time for you to apply.
You will not regret getting a Permanent Residents Visa for Canada, but you may regret the time when you look back and think what might have it been if you did apply.
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Friday, November 13, 2009
Here is another Family who got their Canadian Permanent Residents Visa within 6 months to a year.
Last November 7,2009 the Cabahug Family visited our office to pick up their Permanent Resident (PR) Visas.
The Canadian Immigration Consultancy filed their application to Centralized Intake Office (CIO) last March 13, 2009. A positive assessment result was received on April 24, 2009.
After which it took them while to complete the requirements for submission to embassy. The 6-12 months processing period starts at the time the Visa Office received the complete application package - application forms and supporting documents.
Until their application was filed at the Canadian Visa Office in Manila on June 29, 2009 and their visas were sent to our office on November 04, 2009. That's right, it took them only 4 months!
It is now easier and faster to apply. It is happening and we have the proof!
If you are interested to live and work in Canada, too, find out if you are eligible. Fill out the FREE online assessment form.
If you have at least 1 year work experience in one of more of the list of 38 High Demand Occupations you are eligible for Canadian Permanent Residents Visa application under the Federal Skilled workers Class.
If you can do a good job in proving your proficiency in English and have and 4 years work experience in the 38 High Demand Occupations you have a very good case for Visa processing and it is almost certain that you will be successful in your application.
You should find the time to learn your options.
Have your credentials assessed by filling out the online assessment form or better yet attend our Canadian Orientation seminar, its for Free!
Click on the link to see seminar details:
Free Canadian Orientation Seminar
If you have already had your credentials assessed and you are qualified, you should not delay your application or this opportunity might disappear.
Start your application right now!
Blogpost on the Cabahug family is taken from the blog of my colleague and friend gatewaytocanada.com
Monday, October 19, 2009
Canadian Immigration Consultancy, located at Ground Floor, Uniwide Coastal Mall, is offering free Canadian Orientation Seminar for the month of October 2009 till December 2009.
With the changes on the regulation of Canadian Immigration imposed by the Citizenship and Immigration Canada, processing applications with experience on the list of 38 high demand occupations, qualified applicants may get their Permanent Residents Visa within 6 months to a year.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. For those of you who wants to immigrate to Canada now is the best time to apply!
This is only for a selected few, only for those with experience in the 38 high demand jobs, if you do not apply and the regulations changes again, you will not be able to take advantage of this great chance.
Find out your options!
Attend the Free Canadian Orientation Seminar!
Canadian Immigration Consultancy, Ground Floor Uniwide Coastal Mall Tambo, Paranaque City.
Every Sunday - 10am till 12noon
For Seminar reservations please email me at email@example.com or call 301 1060 loc. 8406 look for Tina or Jay Araneta
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Free Health Care for the entire family
more than substantial Retirement Income
Are some the reasons why a lot of Filipino's long to have a Canada Visa (Canadian Permanent Residents Visa).
Even though the application process is not easy.
That even though it is a lot of hard work to start a new life in Canada and it is a lot of hard work to relocate in Canada; a lot of Single and Married individuals still apply for this Visa.
And why wouldn't they?
Education, health care, Disability, Unemployment and no real retirement income are some of the major Financial set backs that they experience or fear that they might experience which will keep them from achieving Financial Security for themselves and for their loved ones.
Last November 28, 2008, the Immigration Minister of Canada published changes in the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Immigration application Program.
Among the highlighted changes was a Fast and Easier way to Immigrate in Canada.
Applicants with Work experience in 38 High Demand Occupations will be processed within 6 months to a year.
Since then our Consultancy Company Canadian, Immigration Consultancy, has processed numerous applications.
This blog post aims to share with you some of the profiles of our successful applicants who received their Canada Visa's (Canadian Permanent Residents Visa) last September 2009 which are as follows:
Financial Auditors and Accountants
College and Other Vocational Instructors
Restaurant and Food Service Managers
These applicants were very surprised at the processing speed, before they knew it, they were already granted their Visa's.
The speed of an application will also depend on the applicants speed in sending in requirements when it is required in different stages of the application.
Amongst the applicants who got their Visa's last Month, the longest time it took before the Visa was given was 10 months the fastest was 7 months. On the average, it takes around 8 months.
Which means that the faster you start your application, the faster you will get the results in your application.
A lot of applicants often ask me whether or not they are eligible to apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, because their job titles might differ from those listed in the announced 38 qualifying occupations.
And I tell them that from our experience the Visa officer will grant an applicant the Canada Visa even if their titles are different for as long as they have the duties that matches the occupations in the 38 high demand list.
This is due to the fact that Job titles for a particular occupation can vary across different countries, different industries and even different employers, the duties performed in the occupation are more important than the job title when it comes to determining eligibility.
I would like to give you an example:
College and other Vocational Instructors— The National Occupation Classification of Canada defines College and Other Vocational Instructors as instructors who teach academic, vocational, technical and applied art subjects both in colleges and at the college level. Their everyday duties include teaching students using a systematic plan of lectures, demonstrations, discussion groups, laboratory work, shop sessions, seminars, case studies, field assignments and independent or group projects. In addition, College and other Vocational Instructors develop curricula and courses, prepare, administer and mark student tests and papers, advise students on program curricula and career decisions, and provide individualized tutorial/remedial instructions, among other duties.
Although it may seem that this occupation seems to describe a limited group of instructors at non-university post-secondary institutions, other occupations may also fit the profile.
For example, an instructor that teaches English as a second language to adults may qualify under this occupation. In addition, an instructor who teaches students how to drive commercial vehicles may also qualify. Other potential applicants that may be considered under this occupation are company trainers and community-based trainers.
It is very important for all potential immigrants to compare their job descriptions and duties to those of the 38 qualifying occupations—they might discover they qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker program even if their job titles is different from the actual Job Titles that the Citizenship and Immigration Canada used.
So if you are interested to apply, the first thing that you have to do is review the list of 38 high demand occupations and read the individual duties and responsibilities, who knows you may get a Canada Visa (Canadian Permanent Residents Visa).
Friday, October 9, 2009
The Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO) is part of Citizenship and Immigration Canada which was created to help foreign-trained workers succeed in Canada.
For the purpose of helping foreign-trained workers succeed in Canada, the FCRO provides information, path-finding and referral services so the the integration of this workers will not be difficult.
Remember that the approval of your permanent resident visa application and eventual entry in Canada does not guarantee you employment in your preferred profession or any other profession.
If you are planning to live and work in Canada, gathering information about living and working in Canada will help you prepare for employment in your chosen profession. The Foreign Credential Referral Office created a workbook specifically for this purpose.
Planning to work in Canada? An essential workbook for newcomers was created by FCRO for internationally trained individuals who are considering moving to Canada. It will help you learn how to put your skills, education and experience to work. The workbook is composed of 5 sections:
1. Living in Canada
The more you learn about Canada, the faster you will be able to adapt to the Canadian work environment. Taking the time to ask questions, to read and research, to watch videos on the Web or elsewhere, can all greatly help your transition from new immigrant to an established and comfortable member of Canadian society. This section is designed to help you learn more about life in Canada, and to guide you in taking a few essential steps as an immigrant.
2. Canada's Official Languages
Language skills are extremely important to your professional future in Canada. This section will help you learn more about Canada’s two official languages – English and French – as well as assess your language skills and identify opportunities for language training.
3. Finding a job in Canada
This section is designed to help you understand all you need to do to obtain work in Canada. It provides you with a series of essential steps that will help you learn how to find and get a job in your preferred profession. This process will take time, but completing each task below as thoroughly as possible will give you and your family members the best possible chance to succeed professionally in Canada.
4. Work Related Documents
This section of the workbook is designed to help you identify and locate documents that may be of importance to you in Canada before you come to Canada. It will also help you to assess the value, in Canada, of documents in your chosen field.
5. Education Academic Credentials
Education is an asset when searching for work in Canada, but your education may not automatically be recognized in Canada. Demonstrating your education and academic credentials is, therefore, important. Understanding educational equivalencies between your country of origin and Canada will also help you to understand the kinds of jobs you will be likely to obtain in Canada.
For more information about Foreign Credentials Referral Office, visit the official website at http://www.credentials.gc.ca.
For individuals who are working in regulated professions(Occupations that needs a license to be able to practice). You can have your credentials assessed even before you leave Canada, so that you may determine if your credentials is already sufficient to allow you to take the licensure examination in Canada.
The assessment may cost you money.
To find out which Canadian Government Agency is responsible in assessing your credentials you may visit the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada.
Alberta, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories
International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES)
Academic Credentials Assessment Service (ACAS)
World Education Services-Canada (WES)
Centre d'expertise sur les formations acquises hors du Québec (CEFAHQ)
Other provinces and territories
For credential evaluation services in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Nunavut or Yukon, you can contact any of the services listed above.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Stream changes effective September 14, 2009.
|Changes that apply to the Alberta Relative|
|Former Criteria||New Criteria|
|Alberta Relative must complete the Family – Sponsorship Affidavit of Support.||Alberta Relative must complete the AINP Family Stream – Affidavit of Support (AINP 006A).|
|No Settlement Plan required.||Settlement Plan now required with the application as part of the AINP 006A. A Settlement Plan would describe how the Alberta Relative will help the Candidate and any accompanying family members with shelter, food, clothing, finding work in their field and integrating into the community.|
|On the Family – Sponsorship Affidavit of Support, you must affirm that neither you, nor your spouse or common-law partner (if applicable), have defaulted or are otherwise obligated to meet the conditions of any other sponsorship agreement entered into with a Government of a Province or Territory of Canada, including the Government of Alberta, or the Government of Canada for another sponsored family member who has obtained their permanent residence in Canada.||On the AINP Family Stream - Affidavit of Support, you must identify whether or not you or your spouse or common-law partner (if applicable), have submitted previous applications to the AINP Family Stream only and what the status is of those previous applications. |
Please note that if the Alberta Relative or anyone in the Alberta Relative’s household has already submitted an application under the AINP Family Stream where a decision has not yet been made or where a commitment of support is still in effect, a second application should not be submitted.
|Alberta Relative can demonstrate funds ($10,000 CAD for the Candidate and $2,000 for each accompanying dependent) on behalf of the Candidate.||Alberta Relative can no longer demonstrate these funds on behalf of the Candidate. The Candidate or the Candidate’s spouse/common-law partner must demonstrate these funds.|
|Changes that apply to the Candidate|
|Former Criteria||New Criteria|
|Candidate must complete the Family – Application for Nomination (AINP 006).||Candidate must complete the AINP Family Stream – Application for Nomination (AINP 006B).|
|The Candidate or their Spouse/Common-law partner (if applicable) must be able to demonstrate completion of a post-secondary degree, diploma or certificate program of at least one (1) year in duration.||The Candidate or their Spouse/Common-law partner (if applicable) must be able to demonstrate completion of a post-secondary diploma or degree program of at least two (2) years in duration.|
|The Candidate or their Spouse/Common-law partner (if applicable) must be able to demonstrate one of the following: ||The Candidate or their Spouse/Common-law partner (if applicable) must be able to demonstrate one of the following: |
|Proof of accessible funds ($10,000 CAD for the Candidate and $2,000 for each accompanying dependent) had to be in a recognised Canadian financial institution. |
If you could not demonstrate these funds in a recognised Canadian financial institution, your Alberta Relative could submit this proof of funds.
|Proof of accessible funds ($10,000 CAD for the Candidate and $2,000 for each accompanying dependent) can now be demonstrated from a financial institution in your home country. |
The Alberta Relative can no longer demonstrate these funds on behalf of the Candidate.
On a nutshell, this is how the changes will affect your application:
If your application was submitted before September 14, 2009, your application will be assessed based on the previous criteria. If you have submitted a complete application, you are not required to complete the new version of the forms or include additional required supporting documentation.
If your application was submitted before September 14, 2009, but your application was returned to you as incomplete on or after September 14, 2009, you will be required to submit a new application and it will be assessed based on the new criteria. When you re-submit your application, you will need to complete the most current version of the application forms and include all required supporting documents. If you do not submit the new forms, your application will be returned to you.
If your application was postmarked on or after September 14, 2009 but before September 26, 2009, your application will be assessed based on the new criteria. You must complete the most current version of the application forms and include all required supporting documents. If you submit a complete application with the previous forms during this two week time period, you will receive a letter instructing you to complete and send in the new forms within 30 days. Wait until you receive the letter to send in any new documents.
If your application was postmarked on or after September 26, 2009, your application will be assessed based on the new criteria. You must complete the most current version of the application forms and include all required supporting documents. If you do not submit the new forms, your application will be returned to you.
To avoid delay in processing of your AINP Family Stream application, please be guided with these changes effective September 14, 2009.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Government of Canada announces special immigration measures for typhoon victims in the Philippines
Ottawa, October 1, 2009 — Residents in the Philippines who are significantly affected by Typhoon Ketsana are being offered special measures to facilitate immigration to Canada, announced Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.
“I would like to express my deepest sympathy and support for the people of the Philippines affected by this terrible disaster,” said Minister Kenney. “This government is moving quickly to reunite Canadians and permanent residents with their families by extending a welcome to those who wish to come to Canada.”
Effective immediately, Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC) visa office in the Philippines is responding on a priority basis for those directly affected by the disaster.
This will be applied to new and existing applications from Canadian citizens, permanent residents and protected persons who have close family members in the Philippines. They must, however, identify themselves as being directly and significantly affected by the current situation and notify CIC [source].
This New Immigration measure only applies to Family Sponsorship Class only and not with Federal Skilled Workers (FSW) application.
For Permanent Residents and Canadian Citizens with existing sponsorship application you must notify the the CIC Call Centre at 1-888-242-2100 (in Canada only) to identify your existing applications, if the family that you have sponsored has been adversely affected by the typhoon.
For those who are about to submit your sponsorship applications, you should have “Philippines” prominently written on the mailing envelope of your application package.
Both new and old sponsorship must be able to prove that,significantly affected by the current situation in notifying CIC.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Hers are Six easy (6-steps)explaining how you will become a Temporary worker in Quebec
1. Finding out about Québec and various aspects of temporary work
Are you interested in residing in Québec to work? Get the facts about subjects specifically related to temporary workers in Québec, and do not forget all the other aspects of life in Québec society. You will appreciate your stay all the more for it!
2. Obtaining the authorizations to work temporarily in Québec
An employer in Québec has offered you a job. Your plans to immigrate are taking shape and you would like to obtain the authorizations to reside in Québec. Take note of the steps your employer must follow and those that you have to take on your own.
3. Preparing for your stay in Québec
Soon you will be discovering new horizons. You will be leaving for Québec where you have decided to reside in order to work. In the meantime, make the best of this interval by preparing yourself. Your temporary stay in Québec will be that much easier.
4. Arriving in Québec and settling in
This section provides all the information you need to help you settle in.
5. Obtaining new authorizations for temporary work once in Québec
Your employer wants to extend your employment contract? You wish to change employer ? You must obtain new authorizations in order to continue working temporarily in Québec. Take note of the steps you need to follow.
6. Becoming a permanent resident
You are presently residing in Québec as a temporary worker and have decided that you would like to stay here permanently. Find out about the steps you have to follow to submit an immigration application as well as those involved in ensuring your successful integration into Québec.
If on the other hand you want to become an Immigrant in Quebec and not simply just a Temporary Worker, Click Quebec Immigration Plan.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
If so you must first apply to the Quebec government for a certificate of selection (Certificat de sélection du Québec). This is because under the Canada-Quebec Accord on Immigration, Quebec establishes its own immigration requirements and selects immigrants who will adapt well to living in Quebec.
Here's 6 easy steps for your Quebec Immigration Plan, that will guide you on your application:
1. Finding out about Québec
Do you like the idea of living in Québec? Have you thought about everything that this change in your life will involve? Getting the facts is a simple and inexpensive way to determine if your immigration plan is feasible.
2. Evaluating online your chances of being selected by Québec
You may already fill out the Preliminary Evaluation for Immigration (PEI). This online tool enables you to evaluate your chances of being selected by Québec. Obtain an immediate response free of charge!
3. Submitting an official immigration application
Find out about the steps to follow to submit an official application.
4. Preparing before departure to make your integration into Québec easier
While waiting to obtain your permanent resident visa, take the time to prepare yourself and take certain steps before leaving. This will make it that much easier for you to integrate into Québec life.
5. Proceeding to the Immigration-Québec office upon arrival at the airport
You have reached your destination! Get an overview of the entry and reception formalities.
6. Taking steps to integrate successfully into Québec
To make your immigration process as smooth as possible, find out about the steps to follow once you arrive in Québec as well as the services offered by the government and its partner organizations to facilitate your integration.
For more information about Quebec Immigration plan as skilled worker, visit http://www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Last September 2008, Mr. Bernie Bantugan decided to start his Federal Skilled Worker immigrant visa application by signing a consultancy agreement with Canadian Immigration Consultancy. He decided to file his application despite the fact that he was told that the process may take about 3-5 years. Despite the long processing of the Visa he knew that if you want to have a better quality of life for your family, 5 years from now, you have to start your plan NOW and not five years after. His application was filed under the Simplified Application Process on November 13, 2008.
A couple of weeks after filing his application, the Ministerial Instructions identifying the list of 38 High Demand Occupations was released. Mr. Bantugan is a Staff Nurse (Registered Nurse) and his occupation is included in the list. Imagine his surprise when he receive a letter from Canadian Visa Office - Manila, requiring him to submit updated application forms and supporting documents on January 2009. We told him that such notice is expected 3-5 years after filing his application.
It took him about four months to comply with the requirements including the IELTS Exam Results. We submitted his application forms and supporting documents May 2009.
The 6-12 months processing under the new regulations starts at the time of submission of supporting documents to Canadian Visa Office. In his case, it only took a couple of months to receive the result. On July 2009, he received another letter requiring him to pay the Right of Permanent Resident Fee and to undergo medical examination.
August 2009, he received the Visa Notice, a letter requiring him to submit the original passports of all his family members.
Mr. Bantugan and family with supportive parents
And just a couple of days ago, he was in the Canadian Immigration Consultancy office again to pick up his visa. His visa was sent to us by Canadian Visa Office Manila on Sept 5, 2009.
This can be your story too. It is happening and we have the proof! Now is the time to apply, if you don't this opportunity will disappear before your eyes. Only you, can make this happen for you and your loved ones.
Learn your options:
Have your credentials assessed if you qualify for the program, click here for free assessment.
Or better yet, attend our Orientation Seminar, click here for seminar Schedules.
There is only one person who can make this happen for you, and that person is you.
Credit Card Payment for Visa Processing Fee Is Now Accepted
Last September 8, 2009, Federal Skilled Worker program applicants sent a publication allowing applicants to pay Visa Processing fees with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express).
Payment Fee Form (IMM 5620)
Credit Card Payment portion of Payment Fee Form (IMM 5620)
In addition to the sets of application forms required by Centralized Intake Office (CIO), all applicants need to complete the Fee Payment Form – Application for Permanent Residence – Federal Skilled Worker (IMM 5620), regardless of the chosen method of payment.
In this relation Canadian Immigration Consultancy, the consultancy I am associated in, also accepts online payment option using your credit card.
All these efforts to make your application more convenient. With said options, applications will increase in volume, so you have to start your application right away, otherwise you will get left behind.
Machine readable passport is now required for Canada Immigration.
Once your application is approved, after paying the Right of Permanent Resident Fee and undergoing medical examination, you will then receive a notice of visa issuance requesting for copy of passport. Even if your current green colored Philippine Passport is still not expired, the Canadian Embassy will require that you provide a brown (or is that red) colored machine readable passport.
The Canadian Visa Office - Manila is now requiring that that passport(s) to be submitted for visa stamping must be machine readable passport – these are the red colored passport currently being issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
To avoid delay in processing, it is highly recommended that you renew your passport prior to submission of supporting documents to Canadian Visa Office after you receive your positive assessment from Centralized Intake Office (CIO).
Remember that when you received the notice of visa issuance, you are only given 45 days to comply. If by that time, you still don't have your machine readable passport, that may cause delay.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Here's a new look at Canada by my former office mate and good friend, Marivic Solis.
So, this is it! The minute I landed at the Vancouver International Airport, I get to experience the things that I used to tell our clients. Now, putting those tips in reality is another thing. I realized that most of the tips we shared to our clients were the same tips that I applied in my own situation. There are a bit of some deviations but it only boils down to one thing ---- the feeling of landing as an immigrant to Canada is an extraordinary one.
Euphoric first days
The first few days upon landing in Canada is revealing for a first-time immigrant. One good thing about the Canadian government is that they have a well-funded immigrant settlement program. Thanks to the immigrant organizations. I have the opportunity of dealing with the Centre for Newcomers and the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association. Both of them have Filipino counselors. (It is a lot different dealing with “kababayans” since they will give you 150% support.) These organization offer more than just providing you with information. CIWA for instance, offers free legal clinic that allows you to talk to an immigration lawyer or to a family lawyer (for free). Also, at CIWA, I had the chance to do volunteer work which counts as a Canadian experience – something that you can put into your resume when looking for a job. I volunteered to work for the Women’s Day and to assist the computer instructor in his classes.
It also pays to be resourceful and find out what programs and services you can benefit out of being a new immigrant. There are more good things than bad --- you get a free bed (the only setback is that you need to wait for a few months). If you go to Scotia Bank and tell them that you are new immigrant, they welcome you by letting you open without putting up a deposit (incidentally, I had already set up my account with another bank until I learned that this bank has a better program for new immigrants.) Scotia Bank will even throw you in with an unsecured credit card!
(By the way, if you chose Alberta, you do not have to pay for your health insurance premium, which is a good thing --- that is around $60 dollars or more off your pocket.)
Job hunting: quite an experience
It was on my first week in Canada that I got a job offer. However, I did not start working on that job since I was asked to report after the holidays. I arrived in Canada shortly before Christmas and everyone was in a holiday mood. I took that opportunity of going through the internet, searching for more job opportunities. It was very tough considering that the recession fever has just set in Calgary and I couldn’t get a job interview not until after Christmas. After turning in so many resumes online, finally, I got another job interview with one of the biggest hospitals in Calgary. Unfortunately, though the HR Manager wanted to hire, he said that he has to follow the hiring policy – which is – that one should be hired if he has the proper qualification. It turned out that I need to get a Medical Assistant Certification. However, it did not discourage me. I still have a few more interviews after this.
Barely after a month of searching, had I finally landed a job that I really wanted. My tip to a new immigrant: keep looking for the job that you wanted to work in. It does not matter if it may take longer but the minute you landed on a job that is not in line, you may have difficulty jumping to another job.
With a job in hand, the next thing to do to is to get settled in a community that you want to live. I had to move to 2 different places before I finally decided what area to live in. Factors that I considered is the location of the school, the church, the stores (malls, of course --- knowing how much we Filipinos love to go to the mall), among other things. I am blessed to find a place where it is just walking distance to Wal-Mart and to a Filipino store, of course.
Now, I am settled with a job that I love (and a boss that I love working with!) --- I can’t believe that I will be working in Sales Department. My son goes to school on 3rd Grade. (Going to school is not really free: there are fees to pay but they are minimal as compared to the fees in the Philippines. However, you need to pay for the lunchroom supervision, which is a new thing for us. (It costs $26/monthly). The idea is to have the kids eat their lunch supervised (and make sure that no kid bullies another kid). The only thing that concerns me now is babysitting. I realized how expensive it is to have a nanny here in Canada. (You cannot leave your kids alone if they are below 13.)
One final word…
For those who wanted to immigrate to Canada – be brave enough. It is not easy leaving your comfort zone --- friends, family, officemates -- the environment that you have accustomed to since the day you were born. I have learned to love Canada and its people. Although, most of the times, I still long for Filipino shows (and the Filipino “chismis”). If asked if I have to live my life again, I would still do the same thing, which is, to go to Canada!
This can be your story too...
Unlike Marivic who waited more than four years to have her application approved, the new Federal Skilled worker Permanent Residents Visa application, is much faster.
6 months to a year.
But you would have to make the first step.
Learn your options:
Have your credentials assessed if you qualify for the program, click here for free assessment.
Or better yet, attend our Orientation Seminar, click here for seminar Schedules.
There is only one person who can make this happen for you, and that person is you.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Fill out the following form:
The Form scrolls up and down, left to right. An email will be sent to you after two to three days from submission.
Friday, August 28, 2009
We are happy to inform you that up until now, the regulations for immigration to Canada under the (Immigrate to Canada in 6 months, click on link to read about the program) application is still the same.
You may immigrate to Canada in 6 to 12 months!!
Being a Permanent Resident in Canada gives you access to social benefits the Canadian government provides for its residents and citizens such as FREE health care, FREE education, generous retirement benefits, unemployment benefits, child tax allowances, income opportunities and more...
If you have at least one year work experience within the last ten (10) years in any of the occupations listed in this link:
List of 38 High Demand Occupations
You may be eligible to apply for this once in a lifetime opportunity!
Learn your options!
Attend our Information Seminars:
Click on the link to view seminar schedules
You may also try to submit your information by completing the ON LINE ASSESSMENT FORM (click on the link to go to Form).
Check out your opportunities. Understand what could be in store for you and your family in search for a better and more secure future.
Talk to us.
Thank you and I hope to hear from you.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Last June 26, 2o1o the list of Eligible occupations was changed to 29 in demand occupation, superseding the previous eligible occupations list.
Where if successful, you may have your Immigrants Visa within 6 months to 1 year!
To be successful in your application you must be able to pass Citizenship and Immigration Canada's, Selection Criteria or what is commonly known as the "Points System".
Canada's points system score requirement was reduced from 75 to 67 points on 18 September 2003. This means a considerable increase in the number of people who meet the Canada visa requirement for the Canadian skilled worker and Professional Category. The previous requirement of 75 points from 28 June 2002 meant that even most highly qualified people did not gain enough points.
To get the 67 points passmark you will be assessed based on your credentials which will be based on the following:
|Education||Maximum 25 points|
|Ability in English and/or French||Maximum 24 points|
|Experience||Maximum 21 points|
|Age||Maximum 10 points|
|Arranged employment in Canada||Maximum 10 points|
|Adaptability||Maximum 10 points|
Maximum 100 points
In a nutshell, you will get the 67 required points under the points system if you have at least 4 years work experience (at least 1 year under 38 high demand occupations and 3 years experience under Occupation categories O, A and B -Managerial, Professional, Trade and Skilled), a college Degree, at least 21 to 49 years old, can prove that you are proficient in either English or French.
Since not all applicants have the same credentials and circumstances, it is expected that an applicant will encounter problems in attaining the required passmark.
If an applicant does not reach the required passmark there are Adaptability points that he or she can look into for added points.
I would like to give you some pointers so you can take a look at your situation and see if there is something you can still do to strengthen your case.
The typical problems are:
1.Lacking work experience
a)From no work experience to
b)Less than 4 years of work experience for a single applicant with no close relative in Canada
2.Work experience but
a)Wrong job title
b)Wrong job description
c)Too many different jobs with not enough work experience in any one occupation to qualify.
Work experience is mandatory. All applicants must have a minimum of one (1) year of work experience in an occupation on the Canadian Occupational Demand List. Therefore it is impossible for new graduates to apply right out of school. New graduates are encouraged to get a job in-line with their occupation, if that is possible.
Single applicants must have at least four (4) years of work experience in order to qualify and a four (4) year university degree. That is unless they have a first degree relative in Canada. If that is the case then the single applicant will only need two (2) years of work experience.
If the single applicant only has a two (2) year university degree or vocational training certificate they will need four (4) years of work experience and a close relative in Canada to qualify.
Single applicants with Masters Degrees of at least 17 years of full-time schooling would only need three years of work experience to qualify, but only one (1) year of work experience if they have a close relative in Canada.
New graduates, young single individuals might want to look into this option. We have many cases where the parents are in their late forties but still have children in college or just graduated but still single. The parents are highly qualified for an immigrant visa to Canada so the parents are the ones to apply. The parents would include all their single children on their applicant. Visas for the children would be issued when the parents get their visas. By using this option the application can be filed right now. No need to wait several years to get the needed work experience before applying. This is a very good option that many young people should look into but is often overlooked. We would be happy to explain to you and your parents. It’s a great option.
As you can see, education and work experience does matter. Having a relative in Canada is also very helpful. Please let us know if you do. Your parents might be able to help. Get the whole family involved since everybody in the family will benefit.
Married applicants might only need one (1) year of work experience to qualify. There are too many combinations to list all of the options.
Married applicants should submit their spouse’s credentials as well as their own. The spouse’s education is very important and knowing the number of years of full-time study for both husband and wife is also very important.
It is also very important to know the work experience of the spouse. In many cases the spouse has better qualifications than the person inquiring. That is good news for many applicants. Therefore, if the applicant is married we need complete resumes on their spouse in order to properly evaluate their chances of immigrating to Canada.
Therefore all married applicants should submit resumes on both husband and wife. We need to know if either side of the family has relatives in Canada. Keep in mind, the relative in Canada does not need to give the applicant financial support. Just the mere fact they are in Canada is enough.
Not to discourage anybody, all we can tell you is, if you are serious about immigrating to Canada, your dream will come true. But you must have a plan how to do it.
From our experience, in almost all families there is somebody very qualified for a Canadian immigrant visa. Since the family in the Philippines benefits a lot from the first person going to Canada, it is our suggestion that the family puts all their support behind the most qualified applicant in their family. Once the first person gets into Canada others can follow much easier. But you should have a plan. If you do not have a plan you will most likely waste lots of time. We can help you put a plan together once we know more about your family. We would be happy to help you put together a plan for your family if we can get complete information on your family.
In conclusion, if you have the desire to live a better life in Canada, there is a way to make that happen. Don’t give up, it might not happen as fast as you want but it will happen. Feel free to send us more information about members of your family that you feel will strengthen your case. Any OFW in the family should be an excellent candidate for an immigrant visa to Canada. Let’s find out. We will try our best to help you and your family accomplish your goals.
Meeting the requirements imposed by the points system, will give you your passport for Canada.
For those who already have their applications assessed, and are qualified for the program, you have to start now! Do not miss this once in a lifetime opportunity!
For those who wants their credentials assessed, fill out the online assessment form by clicking on this link:
On-line Assessment Form
Or better yet, attend our Immigration Orientation Seminar!
(click on the link to read seminar details)
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
You may need your Candidate Number, Passport ID Number, Date of Birth and Date you took the test to verify your IELTS result or ask that your result be sent to you via electronic mail.
Here are the links to their websites:
Clicking on the image will direct you to their website to find out about Test Results, Address of IELTS Centers, IELTS Exam Schedules and others.
If you took the IELTS specifically for the purposes of proving your English proficiency for your Federal Skilled Worker and Professional application for Canadian Permanent Residents Visa, and was told that getting the Canada Immigration's perfect score of 16 points for Speaking = 6.5; Reading = 6.5; Writing = 6.5; Listening = 7.5 is not realistic (read IELTS and Canadian Immigration).
Here is actual proof of my clients test result:
For confidentiality purposes my clients picture and name was crossed out.
My client did not take any formal review and is working full time as a Certified Public Accountant.
How did she manage to get these IELTS results?
It starts from acknowledging the fact that the International English Language Testing (IELTS) is not an easy Test.
Then you have to find out which among the respective bands namely: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - you are weak so that you can strive to improve your skills on those areas.
For this it helps to take a Simulation Exam to find out your weaknesses.
Do not be discouraged with the results of the practice test, it will mostly show poor results for reasons that this will be the first time that you will take the exam.
Rather than putting yourself down and wallowing in self pity you have to set your goals and work on them.
The results of your Simulation Exam will give you an idea as to whether you still need formal review or can manage a "do it yourself review kit" or render self interview.
Be persistent on your goals and take another simulation exam to determine if you are ready to plunge in to take the Actual Test.
Here is an important Fact.
Filipinos are known worldwide for our high level of proficiency in using the English Language. Take pride on that and believe that you too will get good results.
If you maintain a negative attitude and believe that you will do poorly, chances are you will fail.
Overcoming the challenge of an IELTS examination, like most exams and adversities in our life, is mostly a matter of having the right mindset; a good positive attitude.
Belief in oneself is a very powerful tool. You are what you think, you will become what you want to become, you will get your targeted IELTS results if you want to.
For questions and clarifications about the new Federal Skilled Worker class regulations please read the following link:
or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, July 20, 2009
To summarize all the Canada Visa programs for Immigration, I have decided to make a blog post to put into detail each one:
1. Skilled workers and professionals
For people who want to settle and work in Canada (outside of Quebec)
2. Quebec-selected skilled workers
For people selected by the Quebec government to settle and work in Quebec
3. Canadian Experience Class
For people who have recent Canadian work experience or have graduated and recently worked in Canada
4. Investors, entrepreneurs and self-employed people
For people who want to start a business in Canada
5. Provincial nominees
One of Canada’s provinces or territories can nominate you to settle and work there
6. Sponsoring your family
How to sponsor a family member to join you here if you are a permanent resident or a Canadian citizen
Of the six (6) Canada Visa Programs available, the easiest and the fastest option at present is the Skilled Workers and Professional option.
Clicking on the link will give you an Idea about that program where if qualified you may get an Immigrants Visa within 6 months to a year.
A Canada Visa is one of the most sought after Immigrants Visa in the World at present, for reasons that the Canadian Government offers more than substantial benefits to its subjects, which includes but not limited to the following:
Free Health Care, Free Education for Children from Elementary to High School, Student Loan programs for College Education and others, More than adequate Retirement Income, Unemployment Income, Disability Income and others.
If you yourself is interested in getting a Canada Visa, I suggest that you write me an email as well as send me your Resume so that I can assess which program is applicable to you.
Don't let this opportunity pass you bye like our clients who got their Canada Visa you may also get yours.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
* Permanent Residents applications(Federal Skilled Workers category)filed After February 26, 2008 (read about program by clicking this link)
The instructions set by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Canada says that all applications filed within this time will receive a decision within 6 months to a year.
The current volume received by the Visa offices worldwide is not enough to make a statistical data as to the exact period an applicant will have to wait per region the application was filed.
* Permanent Residents applications(Federal Skilled Workers category)filed before February 27, 2008
Below is a table that shows Processing times for Permanent Residents Application per region.
Months Required to Finalize Applications
|30% of cases finalized in: |
|50% of cases finalized in: |
|70% of cases finalized in: |
|80% of cases finalized in: |
|Processing Times at Visa Offices in All Regions||25||35||55||62|
Applications for Permanent Residents under Federal Skilled Worker class filed during this time will have a processing time which will be dependent on the volume of applications the Visa office that handles their application receives within a year.
Application Processing times for Permanent Residents applications(Federal Skilled Workers category)is subject to change that is why it is best to check the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website from time to time (cic.gc.ca).