Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Canada Immigration Points System

Under the new changes in the Federal Skilled Workers application for Permanent Residents application for Canada brought about by the Ministerial Instructions, published, last November 28, 2008, to be eligible you must have at least one (1) year work experience under the list of 38 High Demand Occupations.

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:

Selection Factor Points
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

Pass mark

67 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!

Seminar Schedules

(click on the link to read seminar details)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

IELTS Results

If you have just taken your English Examination and want to verify your IELTS results, visit the website of the IELTS British Council or IELTS IDP Australia for their respective instructions.

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:

(click on image to view full size)

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 jaraneta@go2canada.com.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Canada Visa Programs for Immigration

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 Application Processing Times

If you are outside of Canada and is wondering what the current Permanent Residents (Federal Skilled Workers category) application processing times for Canada is, you should know that there are two sets of applications that are currently in process in the Canada Visa offices World wide.

* 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
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 Africa and the Middle East 44 59 68 77
Processing Times at Individual Visa Offices in Africa and the Middle East 30% of cases finalized in:
50% of cases finalized in:
70% of cases finalized in:
80% of cases finalized in:
Abidjan 15 17 20 22
Abu Dhabi - - - -
Accra 77 81 84 87
Cairo 50 54 56 59
Damascus 61 65 70 76
Nairobi 41 46 55 66
Pretoria 20 45 50 56
Rabat 32 36 40 42
Tel Aviv 27 31 34 36
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 Asia and Pacific 45 59 67 73
Processing Times at Individual Visa Offices in Asia and Pacific 30% of cases finalized in:
50% of cases finalized in:
70% of cases finalized in:
80% of cases finalized in:
Beijing 26 29 37 43
Colombo 22 25 35 45
Hong Kong 30 33 35 37
Islamabad 61 66 72 75
Kuala Lumpur 32 35 37 39
Manila 56 59 62 64
New Delhi 61 69 74 75
Seoul 27 29 31 31
Singapore 46 48 51 52
Sydney 33 35 38 40
Taipei 34 36 38 38
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 Europe 31 35 39 41
Processing Times at Individual Visa Offices in Europe 30% of cases finalized in:
50% of cases finalized in:
70% of cases finalized in:
80% of cases finalized in:
Ankara 33 40 52 56
Berlin 28 30 34 36
Bucharest 18 35 60 71
Kyiv 30 44 71 82
London 34 36 39 41
Moscow 17 19 21 23
Paris 24 35 48 53
Rome 20 23 26 29
Vienna 22 25 28 29
Warsaw 11 14 19 22
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 the Americas 14 17 23 27
Processing Times at Individual Visa Offices in the Americas 30% of cases finalized in:
50% of cases finalized in:
70% of cases finalized in:
80% of cases finalized in:
Bogota 38 41 48 51
Buenos Aires 19 23 26 30
Buffalo 13 16 21 24
Caracas 23 24 26 27
Guatemala City 17 20 23 24
Havana 22 24 26 27
Kingston 22 25 27 28
Lima 18 22 24 26
Mexico City 25 27 30 31
Port-au-Prince 26 29 32 34
Port of Spain 33 36 39 42
Santiago 15 19 22 25
Sao Paulo 19 21 22 23

* Processing times are presented only where an office has finalized 10 or more cases in the category in the above-mentioned 12-month time period.

*Table from cic.gc.ca website

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).

Friday, July 17, 2009

Updates: Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

A joint Ceremony took place at the Headquarters of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). In welcoming new Citizens of Canada and in Celebration of the upcoming Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

"Vancouver, July, 13, 2009 — On behalf of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney, Dr. Alice Wong, Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism, attended a special citizenship ceremony today. The ceremony was held in partnership with the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Federal Secretariat, Canadian Heritage and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).

A total of 32 new Canadians from 13 different countries took the oath of citizenship at today’s ceremony.

The ceremony, held at VANOC’s headquarters, celebrated the many attributes Canada will showcase during the 2010 Winter Games, including diversity, inclusiveness, perseverance and national pride."

Read more about this article in the the Citizenship and Immigration Website (cic.gc.ca)

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games is one of the most highly anticipated events in Canada.

To get more updates about the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games visit the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics website by clicking on this link.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Authorized Representatives: Canada Immigration

A lot of my clients, as well as readers of my blog are asking how they can verify Authorized Representatives for Canada Immigration.

Since this is a very important subject matter I decided to write a blog post about it to guide as well as to explain the need of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to regulate this part of the Immigration process.

To protect the interests of applicants, last April 13, 2004, Citizenship and Immigration Canada implemented regulations to govern the activities of Canadian immigration representatives.

As explained in the Website of Citizenship and Immigra Canada:

"There are two types of immigration representatives: paid and unpaid.

Paid immigration representatives

The only representatives who may charge a fee to represent or advise you on immigration and refugee matters with

the Government of Canada are:

* lawyers who are members in good standing of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society
* Immigration consultants who are members in good standing of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants, and
* notaries who are members in good standing of the Chambre des notaires du Qu├ębec

The Government of Canada will not deal with non-authorized representatives who charge a fee for their service.

Unpaid immigration representatives

A person or organization who does not charge a fee for their service may also represent you.

For example:

* a family member or friend
* a member of a non-governmental or religious organization"

Since Immigration Policies of Canada changes quite often a lot of my readers as well as applicants for Canada

Immigration prefer to use the services of paid Immigration representatives to protect their Interests. After all, as often as the regulation changes, the time they have decided to apply might be the only time that they can apply for Canadian Immigration, if they fail the first time, they might not get a second chance.

Since there are a lot of vultures waiting for the chance to take your money, you have to make sure that the person that you are dealing with has the credentials as well as the technical know how to really help you in your application.

The changes that the Immigration laws of Canada bring about may also affect the stability of your Immigration representative, in this note, it is also important to ask for your Immigration Representatives track record and staying power.

I pity those people who come to me, because at the time when they need the services of their former Immigration Representatives, they can no longer locate them might be because those people that they hired only posed as an expert or the Immigration representatives office already closed down.

To protect yourself, I believe that you have to ask the right questions when you are considering hiring an

Immigration Representative:

1. Are you, or is your Company affiliated with an authorized Immigration Representative, as defined in the regulation above?

2. How long has your company been operating?

3. How many have you sent to Canada?

4. What are the ussual problems that an applicant encouters in applying for Permanent Residents Visa application and what services does your company have that will help the applicant overcome these problems?

When you ask these questions, it will be interesting to see how you can catch those who are simply fabricating answers and those who are answering truthfully.

Other than these questions, there is a tool in the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website that can help you determine if the company you work for has an Authorized representative or is an Authorized representative.

Let me Illustrate how you can use it by making the company that I work for, Canadian Immigration Consultany as an example.

Canadian Immigration Consultancy's Authorized Representative for Canada Immigration is Atty. John Weisdorf.

As a member in good standing of a Canadian Law Society, Atty. John Weisdorf is authorized by Citizenship and

Immigration Canada to represent would be applicants, who does not practice Real Estate Law, does restricting himself to specialize in Practicing Immigration Law among other things.

To verify Atty. John Weisdorf authority to represent, please visit the Canadian Government web page at: cic.gc.ca (click on the link to be automatically directed to the website).

Once there do the following:

1. Scroll down to and click the "Using a lawyer or other representative for immigration" section of the webpage

2. Once there scroll down again to the "Contacts" link at the Related links portion of the page

3. Under the "Provincial and territorial law societies – Membership validation service" section of the page look for and click the "Law Society of Upper Canada" link

4. You will be directed on the Law Society of Upper Canada webpage, once there click on Lawyer Regulation, an options menu will slide out choose Member directory.

5. Click "To begin your search of the Law Society Lawyer and Paralegal Directory, please click here."

6. A table will appear, in last name type "Weisdorf" first name "John".

Then you will see the details of Atty. John Weisdorf.

It will be normal to be apprehensive when you see the word Restricted, although a simple verification; at Law Society Resource Centre by emailing lawsociety@lsuc.on.ca or calling (416) 947-3315 (1-800-668-7380 outside of Toronto) and ask for the Resource Centre, will tell you the same thing that has already been mentioned above that Atty John Weisdorf is an Authorized Representative for Canada Immigration, only that he does not practice Real Estate law does the Term Practice Restricted.

This blogpost, Authorized representative for Canada Immigration, is only one of attempts of this blog to make the explanations on your intention for Canada Simplier, subscribe by email to this blog my encoding your email address

on the subscribe section of the blog, or call the author to set for an appointment.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Mapquest Canada: Road Maps and Driving Direction

Map of Canada

(Image from http://www.map-of-canada.org)

If you are already a Permanent Resident who has recently received your Visa for Canada, or an applicant who is waiting for the result of your filed application for Canada, you ought to consider where it is best to go to Canada based on your skills and availability of Job Opportunities.

Once you have decided where you want to settle, it will be best to familiarize yourself with the area of Canada that you have chosen.

To help you in you in that task, you may use the Mapquest Canada for Road Maps and Driving Directions.

Using the Mapquest Canada for Road Maps and Driving Directions is fun and Easy.

You simply have to go to MapQuest Canada (www.mapquest.ca type this in the address bar.

Here you will not only get Driving Directions and Road Maps you can also see details about Restaurants, Hotels, Gas Stations and other Establishments.

And by the way, Mapquest is not only for Canada, this online service that offers online and business mapping solutions aims to help people find places and how to get there.

If you can not access a specific place when you accessed the site (Mapquest Canada) looking for Road Maps and Directions or other information, try and clearing your browsers private data and cookies first then re type the keyword.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Ecan Immigration Software

Ecan Immigration Software
To give our valued clients better services, Canadian Immigration Consultancy, is now using Ecan Immigration Software.

This will give our clients better coordination with the things that they need, whether they are in the Philippines or abroad.

Launching the Ecan Immigration Software is just one of the ways, Canadian Immigration Consultancy is making Canadian Immigration application easier for its valued Clients.

CIO (Central Intake Office) Mailing address

A lot of my applicants and readers are asking me about the CIO (Central Intake Office) Mailing address.

So here goes:

CIO Mailing Address:

Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Federal Skilled Worker
Centralized Intake Office
PO Box 7500
Sydney, NS B1P 0A9

CIO Courier Address:

Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Federal Skilled Worker
Centralized Intake Office
196 George Street
Sydney, NS B1P 1J3

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

June 19, 2009 Visa Party

"They made a plan, pursued their dreams, overcame their difficulties and reap the fruits of their Labors, A Permanent Residents Visa for Canada. This can be your story too...

Here are some of the event highlights of the June 19, 2009 Visa Party held at second floor Max Restaurant at Baclaran.

More and more applicants are getting their Visa's for Canada as of the moment. Especially now that the Immigration application is Faster, due to the revised Federal Skilled Workers application for Canadian Permanent Residents Visa.

Under this new program, applicants not only get the chance to have an Immigrants Visa within 6 months to a year, they will also be subjected to easier application and benefit from a Canadian Permanent Visa program that is probably the least riskiest.

The Canadian Embassy is currently processing two batches of applications. Those who filed their applications since year 2004 until February 27, 2008; and those who filed their application last February 28, 2008 until present.

Of the two, those, who filed since 2004 will get their Immigration results longer than those who will apply right now.

Under the New Immigration process there are only 38 high demand occupations that are Illegible to apply. If you have at least 4 years work experience, one year of which falls under the 38 occupations then your chances of passing is great!

The CIC Visa Party Last June 19 had two batches of applicants who received their Visa's, naturally those who filed since 2004 were not so happy to hear that some of the people who got their Visa's only applied just lately, good thing they also got their Permanent Residents Visa at the same night.

If you are also within the list of 38 high demand occupations, and are considering an application for Canada, now is the best time to apply.

Like the Visa Grantees who got their Visa's last the June 19, 2009 Visa Party as illustrated in this blogpost, you t0o can fulfill your dream of living and working in Canada.

People never plan to fail. They just fail to plan.

Now, you have to ask yourself: What will be your situation five years from now? Do you see a bright future? How you plan to give your family a better quality of life?

Here's a suggestion. Send your resume to jaraneta@go2canada.com for FREE ASSESSMENT! Find out if you are eligible under the new Federal Skilled Worker Program. Unlike those clients who filed in 2004, you don't have to wait for five years to get your visa. Processing period is now faster for those included in the list of high demand occupations. You may immigrate to Canada within 6 to 12 months!

Dreaming for a better quality of life is one thing. Doing something to make it happen is another.

What is it gonna be?

At least find out your options, you owe it to yourself.

Attend our Orientation Seminars!

The seminar will teach you everything you need to know about the current opportunity for for Canada. It will also explain in detail what options are available to you. At the end of the seminar, a one on one discussion will take place assessing your qualifications and elaborating what you need to do to be able to start your application.

For seminar schedules please click on the link below:


For those who already had their credentials assessed, Start your Immigration application right now!

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