Friday, July 20, 2012

Bill C-38 is now a law (June 29, 2012) | Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act

Applications filed before February 27, 2008 will be returned and filing fees refunded.

 As was mentioned in the "Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act" (Bill C-38) which was made into a law last June 29, 2012. 

The bill contains amendment to Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) to include Section 87.4 abolishing all Federal Skilled Worker applications filed before February 27, 2008 which has not received a positive selection decision before March 29, 2012.

But there might still hope.

The amendments contained in section 87.4 of the IRPA terminating FSW applications are subject to litigation. The result of that litigation could affect how the terminated FSW applications are handled in the future.

Further information will be provided as the litigation progresses.

Read more about the Operational Bulletin 442 to understand how this may affect you, click here.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Orientation seminar in Malolos Bulacan this Sat! July 21, 2012

We will be holding a provincial seminar at Malolos Bulacan this Saturday.  

Seminar is for Canadian Immigration Opportunities. 

Here are the details.


Villa Reyna Resort Catmon Malolos City Bulacan



For advanced reservation you may call Ms. Ma. Neil L. Panganiban cel. number 0916 - 757 4968 or 0922 310 5886 Or you can just go to the venue before 2pm and look for Ms. Neil or Mr. Jay Araneta

Seminar fee is at P300 per attendee

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Getting ready for January 2013 and other PR Visa options

While applicants wait for the new set of regulations for the Federal Skilled Worker program - FSW which will be published on January 2013, it is strongly recommended that they ready their requirements for filing before the immigration office starts accepting new applications.

Clients must have all their documentary requirements at hand so that they can file their applications right away.

There will still be a Quota or limit on the number of applications that will be received so whoever files first will get better chances of getting a Visa. 

More so that there are a lot of expected changes in the new FSW applications tagged as the Ministerial Instructions number 5. 

Proposed changes for Federal Skilled Worker applications (click on the link to read about changes)

Proposed Implementation of Credentials assessment for Regulated professions. 

The six months pause implemented by Citizenship and Immigration Canada must be used by applicants wisely.  This should be used to prepare their applications ready for filling in advance for reasons that the FSW program will still have a time limit in sending ones application as well as a quota set per eligible list. 

Applicants must strive to plan ahead and secure whatever is needed to be able to file to take advantage of the 6 to 12 months processing. 
There are still other programs where an applicant can apply to become a Permanent Resident of Canada at present.  Which includes but not limited to  getting a full time and permanent Job Offer from a Canadian Employer and apply for an Arranged Employment offer or a Labor Market Opinion. 

The Provincial Nominee Programs - Since each province has its own PNP program its expected that the streams available per program is different from another province amongst the existing Provincial Nominee Programs the following are the easiest to apply to: 

Nova Scotia Nominee Program - NSNP 

Under the  Community Identified Stream

Step 1: Contact a Mandated Community Identified Organization

As a requirement you must obtain a Letter of Identification from a mandated organization prior to submitting an application

Step 2: Submit application to the Nova Scotia Nominee Program

Complete application package and submit to the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration for nomination

Step 3: Submit application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada for a Permanent Resident Visa

send your application to the CIC Centralized Intake Office in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada

This NSNP does not have a list of eligible occupation but will only accept applications from individuals with work experience in NOC Job Categories O - Managerial, A-Professionals, B-trade and skilled (first three categories are priority) and C - Low Skilled.

Applicants in regulated professions will still be required to secure Credentials Assessment.

Priority List | Quebec Skilled Worker Program for the year 2012-2013 - a good option for Nurses please click on the link to read more

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program - Two friends residing at Manitoba as a Permanent Resident or Citizen can nominate you become a permanent Resident in Manitoba.

Although all of these options; and the others currently offered all documentary requirements to be ready at the beginning of the application which means the first requirement you have to comply must be to start with your application right away!

Canadian Permanent Resident Visa options

So start your application today! Do not delay otherwise you will miss the opportunity! 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Priority List | Quebec Skilled Worker Program for the year 2012-2013

Even though the Federal Skilled Workers program is currently on pause there are still other program available to allow you to immigrate to Canada. As mention in my other post, Canadian Permanent Resident Visa options, you cal still immigrate to Canada.  

One of alternative is the Quebec Skilled Worker Program. 

The following is a list for your reference, if your education is listed below with the necessary number required years to finish the course and you have at least one year related work experience, you may have a chance to immigrate to Quebec!

Quebec Skilled Worker Program Priority List we will process for the year 2012-2013 

GROUP 1 : ( 16 points)

Technical college

    Avionics (finished 3 years diploma course)
    Aircraft Construction Techniques (3 years diploma course)

Secondary professional

    Retail Butchery (1 year diploma course)
    Installation of cables and circuits (1 year diploma course)
    Structural Assembly (975 hours / 1 year diploma course)
    Mechanical Assembly (1185 hours / 1.5 years diploma course)
    Precision Machining (1800 hours / 2 years)

GROUP 1 : (12 points)


    Biochemistry (Bach (Bachelors degree). - 3 years) Chemistry (Bach. - 3 years)
    Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautics Engineering (Bach. - 4 years)
    Probability and Statistics (Bach. - 3 years) 
    Nursing (Bach. - 3 years)

 Technical college

    Council Insurance and Financial Services (3 years)
    Business Management (3 years) 
    Nursing (3 years)
    Chemical Engineering Technology (3 years)
    Laboratory Techniques (3 years)
    Chemical Process Technology (3 years)
    Processing techniques for composite materials (3 years)
    Techniques of Plastics Processing (3 years)
    Pharmaceutical Production Technology (3 years)
    Nuclear Medicine Technology (3 years)
    Radio diagnostic technology (3 years) 
    Radiation Oncology Technology (3 years)
    Process Technology and Food Quality (3 years)
    Civil Engineering Technology (3 years)

Vocational secondary school

    Dental Assistance (2 years)
    Pharmacy Technical Assistance (1.5 years)
    Masonry: Bricklaying (1 year)
    Manufacture of metal structures and fabricated metals (1.5 years)
    Sheet metal work (2 years)
    Implementation of composite materials (1 year)
    Plumbing and Heating (2 years)
    Welding and Fitting (2 years)
    Precision Sheet Metal (1.5 years)

*GROUP 2: (6 points)


    Actuarial (Bach. - 3 years) 
    Business Administration (Bach. - 3 years)
    Accounting and Accounting Science (Bach. - 3 years) 
    Diet and Nutrition (Bach. - 3.5 years)
    Training of Special Education Teachers (remedial education) (Bach. - 4 years)
    Food Engineering (Bach. - 4 years)
    Biological and Biomedical Engineering (Bach. - 4 years)
    Chemical Engineering (Bach. - 4 years)
    Civil engineering, construction and transport (Bach. - 4 years)
    Computer Engineering and construction of computers (Bach. - 4 years)
    Mechanical Engineering (Bach. - 4 years)
    Geodesy (surveying) (Bach. - 4 years)
    Personnel Management (Bach. - 3 years)
    Management and Business Administration (Bach. - 3 years)
    Mathematics (Bach. - 3 years)
    Microbiology (Bach. - 3 years)
    Computer science (Bach. - 3 years)
    Science and Food Technology (Bach. - 4 years)
    Social Service (Bach. - 3 years)
    Translation (Bach. - 3 years)

Technical College

    Exploitation (3 years)
    Applied geology (3 years)
    Management of a catering establishment (3 years)
    Mineralogy (3 years)
    3D Animation and Computer Graphics (3 years)
    Office System Technology (3 years)
    Technical accounting and management (3 years)
    Mechanical Engineering Technology (3 years)
    Techniques transport logistics (3 years)
    Computer Science Technology (3 years)
    Technical Aircraft Maintenance (3 years)
    Physical Rehabilitation Techniques (3 years)
    Animal Health Techniques (3 years)
    Social Service Worker (3 years)
    Techniques for Early Childhood Education (3 years)
    Special Education techniques (3 years)
    Respiratory Therapy Techniques (3 years)
    Multimedia Integration Techniques(3 years)
    Technical and Adult Correctional Intervention (3 years)
    Orthotic and Orthopedic Prosthesis Techniques(3 years)
    Techniques of Furniture and Cabinetmaking (3 years)
    Biomedical Laboratory Techniques (3 years)
    Geomatics Technology (3 years)
    Technology Building Systems (3 years)
    Architectural Technology (3 years)
    Technology assessment and evaluation in building (3 years)
    Industrial Maintenance Technology (3 years)

Vocational secondary school

    Surveying and Topography (1800 hours / 2 years)
    Home Care support ( 975 hours / 1 year)
    Insulation (900 hours / 1 year)
    Bodywork ( 1590 hours / 2 years)
    Carpentry (1350 hours / 1.5 years) 
    Accounting (1350 hours / 1.5 years)
    Conduct construction equipment (1095 hours / 1.5 years)
    Set-up and molding machines (1350 hours / 1.5 years)
    Cooking (1350 hours / 1.5 years)
    Commercial Drafting (1800 hours / 2 years)
    Drafting (1800 hours / 2 years) 
    Cabinetmaking (1650 hours / 2 years)
    Ore Extraction (930 hours / 1 year)
    Installation and maintenance of security systems (1485 hours / 2 years)
    Installation and repair of telecommunication equipment ( 1800 hours / 2     years)
    Agricultural Mechanics (1800 hours / 2 years)
    Mechanical Service (1800 hours / 2 years)
    Stationary Machine Mechanics (1800 hours / 2 years)
    Mechanical protection against fire (900 hours / 1 year)
    Mechanical Heavy Road (1800 hours / 2 years)
    Mechanical construction equipment (1800 hours / 2 years)
    Industrial Construction and Maintenance (1800 hours / 2 years)
    Modeling (1500 hours / 2 years)
    Assembly and installation of glass products (1350 hours / 1.5 years)
    Operation of production equipment (900 hours / 1 year)
    Pastry (1350 hours / 1.5 years)
    Residential Painting (900 hours / 1 year)
    Flexible Pavement Installation (900 hours / 1 year)
    Preparing and Finishing Concrete (900 hours / 1 year)
    Refrigeration (1800 hours / 2 years)
    Upholstering (1350 hours / 1.5 years)
    Health, Assistance and Nursing (1800 hours / 2 years)
    Food and Beverage Services (960 hours / 1 year)
    Computer Support (1800 hours / 2 years)
    Sale of Fishery Products (900 hours / 1 year)

* For those listed under Group 2, you need to take French Language Test and get a high score to be eligible. 

If your occupation and education is on the list shown above and you are interested, please fill out the form.

Your application will be processed under Mrs. Nora Bouhali, President of Vivre Ô Canada Immigration  is a Certified Immigration Consultant by Government of Quebec (#11376), to be coordinate through her exclusive representative in the Philippines,  PIA Corp for the convenience of the clients

Source of post is from

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Temporary Pause FSW applications

Last June 28, 2012 when Citizenship and Immigration Canada published that there will be a pause on the release of the the new regulations of the Federal Skilled Workers program- MI 5, a lot of people who were getting ready to file for July 1 were dismayed. 

But this is really more of a blessing than what most people think. There will be changes in the regulation, if it was published last July 1, most of those who tried to file will still not make it. 

So those of you who have tried, be happy that you are now in the position to concentrate your efforts in other areas that will make your application successful.

For now, make sure that you have redeposited the demand drafts or cancelled the fee payment forms that you prepared for the filing of your application.

New applications under the Federal Skilled Workers program (without Arranged Employment) will be accepted starting January 2013. 

Those who has not started with their application still has the time to try and file their applications on the new date set - January 2013.  

The following are the changes in the Regulation of Federal Skilled Workers program that we should prepare and plan for:

New Points System for Federal Skilled Workers program
Most of the proposed changes in the regulation of the Federal skilled Workers program that will be implemented on January 2013, will help Trades or Skilled workers immigrate to Canada, it will also give more consideration on younger applicants as well as adjust the Language proficiency requirements to match the level or degree needed per profession.  Which means Trades people may have lowered English proficiency requirements than Professionals.

For this coming regulation, the ideal age would be between 21-35 years old.  Applicants within the age bracket between 36-49 years will no longer be awarded the maximum points for the Age factor.  The maximum points to be gained from IELTS Examination results would be increased from 16 points to 20 points.  The maximum points for Work Experience factor will be reduced from 21 points to 15 points.

To get better chances in passing the assessment you should consider doing the following:

Get better IELTS Scores. Getting at least 6.5 in any of the 4 areas in the exam - Reading, Writing, Speaking and listening; will put you in a much better position to be successful in your application. The good news is, your skills in english will improve with practice.  So that more you review the better you will get. Most of the time the difficulty in passing the IELTS exam is in the manner by which the exam is given. Especially if you are not a Skilled or Trades person who can afford to get lower IELTS Scores. Spouses might also be required to take the IELTS exam.  At the very least you should consider reviewing for the IELTS Exam.

Take French Language Evaluation Test.  This will give you additional points which will help you meet the passmark, especially if you belong to the age bracket of 36-49 years old. But do it only if you want to learn this language seriously, if you are not sure then do not do it. 

For information on how to take the French Language Evaluation Test, please check: TEF: Test d’évaluation de français | TEF in the Philippines. 

or French language, you can get a maximum of 8 points. To get that, you need to take the Test d’évaluation de français (TEF) or French language evaluation test.

For information on how take the TEF in the Philippines:

Alliance Française de Cebu
Q.C. Pavilion
Gorordo Ave.
Cebu City
Tel + 63 32 232 1311
Fax + 63 32 232 1311

Alliance Française de Manille
209, Nicanor Garcia Street (formerly Reposo St.)
Bel Air II, Makati City
1209 Makati City Metro Manilla
Tel 632 895 77 57
Fax 632 899 36 54

For professional applicants take the Credentials Assessment
In the previous publications of Citizenship and immigration Canada, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney,himself emphasised the important of credentials assessment in the processing of Permanent Resident Visas in the Federal Skilled worker program.  Credentials assessment is required to determine and applicants readiness in taking the board exam for his or her profession so that you will be allowed to practice said profession.

This is one aspect of the change that I considered - the pause or postponement of the release of the new regulation of the FSW a blessing.  If it were published last July 1 and credentials assessment was part of the criteria, not only will most professional not be able to apply most of them will not be ready for this requirement. Since the license in Canada does not go on a National Level, you would have to choose the province you want to reside in and have your credentials assessed in that province. Since it is highly likely that this will become part of the process, I recommend that you have your credentials assessed while waiting for January 2013. This will give you time to choose another province if you did not pass the first one.

For those who are interested to get their credentials assessed, check out Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO) for more information. 

Click on the following link:

Using the Foreign Credentials Referral Office website

At present the regulations keeps on changing, and so should you. 

The key in getting a Permanent Resident Visa for Canada is still planning your application ahead of time, preparing your documentary requirements ahead of time.

The great thing about this is, most of the generic requirements in the Federal skilled Worker programs is the same as in the other Permanent Resident programs in Canada. So if you prepare your requirements ahead of time you are also opening up yourself for the other opportunities as well. 

Other Permanent Resident Visa programs

The Federal Skilled Worker might be in currently in a pause but there are still other programs available or are open depending on your circumstances.

Programs and application processes continuously change in Canada, the best thing that you should do to make sure that you will not miss your chance is to ready your requirements ahead of time.

There are relatively easier applications in the Provincial Nominee Programs that might be applicable to you for instance, the province of Manitoba would have an application stream which allows two friends who has stayed in the province of Manitoba for at least 1 year to nominate friends outside of Canada in becoming a Permanent Resident in the province of Manitoba.  Or Quebec and Nova Scotia have programs that are more easy to qualify at than most of the participating provinces.

But if you do not start with your application now; Start readying your documentary requirements, you will never have the chance of immigrating.

For the other available programs please click on the following link to read your other Visa options: 

Canadian Permanent Resident Visa options

Pre-February 27, 2008 FSW Applicants
The proposed legislation aiming to close the files of FSW applicants who applied before February 27, 2008, and for whom an immigration officer has not made a decision based on selection criteria by March 29, 2012 is not yet approved.

The temporary pause on new FSW applications does not necessarily mean that Citizenship and Immigration Canada will start to process Pre-February 27, 2008 FSW Applicants again.  It will be great if they would. Unfortunately, we will just have to wait for now. Please read: Options for Pre-February 27, 2008 FSW Applicants.

If you want to be updated in the changes subscribe to this blog, if you want your credentials assessed, click on the free assessment button. 

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