Friday, December 27, 2013

Sasakatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program - SINP list of Eligible Occupation

Herewith is the list of Eligible occupation for the SINP to be implemented on January 2, 2014.

Senior managers - Financial, communications and other business services - 
Senior managers - Health, education, social and community services and membership organizations
Senior managers - Trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c.
Senior managers - Goods production, utilities, transportation and construction
Financial managers
Human resources managers
Purchasing managers
Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers
Banking, credit and other investment managers
Telecommunication carriers managers
Engineering managers
Architecture and science managers
Computer and information systems managers
Administrators, post-secondary education and vocational training
Managers in social, community and correctional services
Government managers, health and social policy development and program administration
Government managers, economic analysis, policy development and program administration
Government managers, education policy development and program administration
Library, archive, museum and art gallery managers
Recreation, Sports and Fitness Program and Service Directors
Construction managers
Transportation managers
Facility operation and maintenance managers
Primary production managers (except agriculture)
Manufacturing managers
Utilities managers
Financial auditors and accountants
Financial and investment analysts
Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers
Specialists in human resources
Administrative officers
Executive assistants
Personnel and recruitment officers
Property administrators
Purchasing agents and officers
Loan officers
Secretaries (except legal and medical)
Legal secretaries
Medical secretaries
Court recorders and medical transcriptionists
Geologists, geochemists and geophysicists
Biologists and related scientists
Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists
Civil engineers
Mechanical engineers
Electrical and electronics engineers
Chemical engineers
Industrial and manufacturing engineers
Mining engineers
Geological engineers
Petroleum engineers
Computer engineers (except software engineers)
Other professional engineers, n.e.c.
Urban and land use planners
Land surveyors
Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
Information systems analysts and consultants
Database analysts and data administrators
Software Engineers and Designers
Computer programmers and interactive media developers
Web designers and developers
Chemical technologists and technicians
Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
Biological technologists and technicians
Agricultural and fish products inspectors
Forestry technologists and technicians
Conservation and fishery officers
Landscape and horticultural technicians and specialists
Civil engineering technologists and technicians
Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
Construction estimators
Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors
Architectural technologists and technicians
Drafting technologists and technicians
Land survey technologists and technicians
Mapping and related technologists and technicians
Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers
Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
Construction inspectors
Computer Network Technicians
User support technicians
Systems testing technicians
Specialist physicians
General practitioners and family physicians
Dietitians and nutritionists
Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
Occupational therapists
Head nurses and supervisors
Registered nurses
Medical laboratory technologists and pathologists' assistants
Medical laboratory technicians
Veterinary and animal health technologists and technicians
Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardio-pulmonary technologists
Medical radiation technologists
Medical sonographers
Dental hygienists and dental therapists
Midwives and practitioners of natural healing
Licensed practical nurses
College and other vocational instructors
Secondary school teachers
Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
Educational counselors
Social workers
Paralegal and related occupations
Community and social service workers
Employment counselors
Professional occupations in public relations and communications
Graphic designers and illustrators
Interior designers
Technical sales specialists, wholesale trade
Insurance agents and brokers
Funeral directors and embalmers
Supervisors, machinists and related occupations
Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades
Contractors and supervisors, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades
Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
Contractors and supervisors, heavy construction equipment crews
Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
Supervisors, railway transport operations
Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators
Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
Electricians (except industrial and power system)
Industrial electricians
Power system electricians
Electrical power line and cable workers
Telecommunications line and cable workers
Telecommunications installation and repair workers
Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
Gas fitters
Sheet metal workers
Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
Welders and related machine operators
Concrete finishers
Plasterers, drywall installers, finishers and lathers
Roofers and shinglers
Painters and decorators
Floor covering installers
Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics (except textile)
Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
Railway Carmen
Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
Machine fitters
Elevator constructors and mechanics
Automotive Service Technicians, Truck and Bus Mechanics and Mechanical Repairers
Motor vehicle body repairers
Electric appliance servicers and repairers
Electrical mechanics
Motorcycle and other related mechanics
Other small engine and equipment mechanics
Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners
Jewellers, watch repairers and related occupations
Power systems and power station operators
Railway and yard locomotive engineers
Crane operators
Water well drillers
Printing press operators
Supervisors, mining and quarrying
Supervisors, oil and gas drilling and service
Underground production and development miners
Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
Logging machinery operators
Agricultural and related service contractors and managers
Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
Nursery and greenhouse operators and managers
Landscaping and grounds maintenance contractors and managers
Supervisors, landscape and horticulture
Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
Supervisors, food, beverage and tobacco processing
Supervisors, forest products processing
Supervisors, other mechanical and metal products manufacturing
Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly
Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing

Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators

If you want to have your credentials assessed you can click on the assessment button on the upper right corner of this blog or email your resume to

The list of Eligible occupations for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee - SINP program may change if the Saskatchewan deem for it to be so.

 For immediate response you can visit us at

Canadian Immigration Consultancy
3rd floor Northlink Bldg. SM North Edsa
Quezon City direct line 3528324

Monday, December 23, 2013

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program - SINP

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The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program – SINP recently disclosed that it will revise its existing program and implement said changes on January 2, 2014.

The SINP is one of the programs in Canada that can help an applicant get a permanent Residents Visa. Basically the applicant must be nominated by Saskatchewan to become a Permanent Resident. 

The nomination will be what the applicant will use to process his or her Permanent Residents Visa for Canada.

 To be nominated, an applicant must be able to prove that he or she has the necessary qualifications that the province of Saskatchewan is looking for.

 In a nutshell this is what will be required from the applicants.

You may qualify to apply under the SINP International Skilled Workers Category if:
You live outside of Canada or you have proof of legal status in Canada, you are not a refugee claimant and you meet the following criteria:
o You must score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the point assessment grid.
o You must have a minimum of one-year work experience in the past ten years in your intended occupation.
If you are not providing a skilled job offer from an approved Saskatchewan employer you must provide proof of a minimum of one-year work experience in the past ten years related to your field of education or training in a skilled position.
o You must have a minimum language score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4. o You must provide: • A permanent, full-time job offer from a Saskatchewan employer in either an occupation or trade in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Matrix level “A”, “B” OR “0” or in a designated trade in Saskatchewan.
To provide proof of this you must have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter. OR
• If you are not providing a skilled job offer from an approved Saskatchewan employer you must meet all of the following requirements:
o your field of education or training must be in a high skilled occupation (National Occupation Classification O, A, B) that is considered to be in-demand in Saskatchewan.
o you must have completed post-secondary education, training, or apprenticeship equivalent that is comparable to the Canadian education system of at least one year in length that has resulted in a diploma, a certificate or a degree.
o if your occupational education and work experience is in a regulated profession, you will be required to obtain the appropriate Saskatchewan qualification recognition to be able to work in that profession.
o you must have proof of settlement funds and a settlement plan.
Program criteria may change without notice and applications will be assessed according to the criteria on the Saskatchewan immigration website when the SINP receives your completed application."

Criteria for Assessment


Master’s or Doctorate degree - 23
University Degree/College - 20
Trade certification - 20
Degree two years - 15
Degree one year - 12

Note: The principal applicant’s education points are calculated according to documented proof of completed post secondary education and/or training programs from a nationally or provincially recognized institution or regulatory body.

The principal applicant must include diplomas, certificates or degrees for any education or training with their transcripts. (Maximum total points = 23)


Most recent 5 years – 2 points (per year)
Six to ten years - 1 points (per year)


5 years - 10 points
4 years - 8 points
3 years - 6 points
2 years - 4 points
1 year - 2 points


5 years - 5 points
4 years - 4 points
3 years - 3 points
2 years - 2 points
1 year - 0 points

Note: To be eligible to apply applicant must have at least 1 year full time work experience in his intended occupation. This is the bare minimum to be successful applicant must still get the required passmark for the program.

Applicant will be assessed for work experience within the last ten years.


CLB 8 and higher- 20 points
CLB 7- 18 points
CLB 6- 16 points
CLB 5- 14 points
CLB 4 – 12 points

Note: CLB refers to Canadian Language Benchmark, CLB 4 is the minimum requirement; for your guide here is the Canadian Language Benchmarks table:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

CLB Scores - Speaking Listening Reading Writing
8                      6.5             7.5         6.5          6.5
7                       6                6            6             6
6                       5.5            5.5          5             5
5                       5                 5           4             5
4                       4                 4          3.5           4


less than 18- 0 points
8 to 21 - 8 points
22 to 34 - 12 points
35 to 45 - 10 points
46-50 - 8 points
More than 50 - 0 points



full time job offer - 30 points

Close relative - 20 points

1 year work experience in Sask. - 5 points

1 full term study in Sask. - 5 points

Note: Close relative in Saskatchewan (The applicant or accompanying spouse has a close relative that is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident residing in Saskatchewan – includes: parent, sibling, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin and step-family members or in-laws of the same relationships.

Job Offer must come from an approved Saskatchewan Employer Job offer must permanent and full time for Jobs in Job Categories Managerial – O, Trade and Skilled – B and Professional - A

Total Maximum Points 100

At first glance it seems that this can be one of the programs that applicants can apply to easily just like how a lot of applications were submitted in the past under the FSW but a closer look on the regulations will require the following for individuals working in regulated professions.

“Regulatory or Licensing Credentials (if applicable) If you intend to work in an occupation that requires licensing or certification in Saskatchewan, you must contact the provincial, national and/or industrial regulatory association before applying for nomination to verify that you will be able to meet licensing or certification requirements.

Before nomination, the SINP will contact the appropriate regulatory body to ensure it has no objections to SINP nomination.

 If you intend to work in a medical profession that requires licensing or certification, you must apply under the SINP Health Professions Category.

 For information on regulated and non-regulated occupations in Saskatchewan and Canada, contact the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials or Service Canada’s (SC) Work Destinations.” (links are clickable)

Simply put, it is apparent that applicants in regulated professions/licensed must have their credentials assessed by the appropriate assessing/regulatory body before they file their application.

For those of you who wants to apply for this program I suggest that you prioritize the following special requirements:

1.  Have your Education credentials assessed right away

You may consult this site by click on the link to know how - Academic Credential Assessment and Qualification Recognition Services 

2.  For those working in designated professions, have your credentials assessed if you are eligible to meet licensing requirements in Saskatchewan to know how to get started you can send an inquiry to the following designated organizations, to find out where click on this link - Professions and Trades in the Provinces and Territories

3.  Ready the all required documents ahead of time, right now if you want to have an advantage over other applicants and schedule your English Exam.

Those without relatives in Saskatchewan can still qualify for as long as they have enough English exam results and meet the required passmark. 

The initial application for the program will be done online.

After that the applicant will get a Nomination from Saskatchewan, which will prompt for him or her to file the application at the Centralized Intake Office.

 Current processing time for Provincial Nomination programs, based on the website, takes between 18 to 24 months to finalize.

If you want your credentials assessed or you have other questions and/or clarifications please feel free to email them to me.

Send email to:

List of - 

 Occupations they will accept to the program

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Quebec Skilled Worker update

For the Quebec Skilled Worker  - QSW applicants.

The ministère de l'Immigration et des Communautés culturelles(MICC) will grant priority processing to applications already submitted by people personally affected by Typhoon Haiyan.  

For ALL the clients that are awaiting a decision by the MICC, for their Cértificat du Sélection du Québec (Quebec Selection Certificate, commonly known as a CSQ) CSQ application, and who have been personally affected by the passage of Typhoon Haiyan, they will receive priority processing. 

 They must complete the following form intended for this purpose and submit it directly to the MICC on its website:

Monday, November 25, 2013

Faster Visa processing for Yolanda Typhoon Victims

Canada aims to help those affected by the Typhoon by offering to give priority processing to those who were directly affected.  

In their news release, dated November 14, 2013 the Canadian Government promised to speed up visa processing of the Typhoon victims who are currently applying or those who wants to apply. 

Although it is still uncertain which Visa program interested applicants can apply at, the Canadian Government offered two contact info where you can verify: or contact CIC’s Call Centre at 1-888-242-2100 

Relatively, Filipino Citizens currently in Canada can apply for extension to their Visa Validity if they can prove that they were one of the unfortunate individuals who were badly affected by Typhoon Yolanda. 

They can email you can read about this from the source

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Challenge Accepted (when Maria Theresa Radovan applied for PR Visa for Canada)

As an employee of the Canadian Immigration Consultancy, a Consultancy firm under Atty. John Weisdorf, I process a lot of applications for Federal Skilled Worker application.

Since we are one of the biggest Immigration Firms for Canada in the Philippines, I process a lot of applications and not all the cases I handle are the same. Some are harder than most, and are the kind of cases I enjoy the most.

Such is the application story of Ms. Maria Theresa Radovan.  

Maria Theresa Radovan was referred to me by  Mr. Jan Ritchie Dungao who also happens to be her nephew.

When she began consulting with our firm she disclosed certain difficulties in her application.

To which I offered certain solutions and plotted scenarios on how to handle each issue. Immediately, because she was really serious about her plans for Canada, signed a contract on April 29, 2010.  

After readying all her documentary requirements we filed her application to Centralized Intake office November 11, 2010.

Where she got positive assessment last June 6, 2011

After that we received her File number July 7, 2011

When we thought that things were looking up and seemed to be going our way we received a notice for Interview last July 25, 2011.  

Where the embassy had concerns about the details of her application. 

Marites thought that the additional requirement would be a problem but for Canadian Immigration Consultancy, it was just another challenge to comply, to which we did. 

As part of our service we also made sure that she will be able to answer the possible questions that may be asked from her.  

So we regularly spoke about the interview until it was scheduled for her to go to the Canadian Embassy.  

She was interviewed for two hours.  One of the few clients we had that was unfortunate to have been subjected to a lengthy interview. Fortunately, she was our client and was prepared to answer all questions.  

Being prepared definitely helped her as well as her quick wit and intelligence, no matter how long it took for two Visa officers to interview her, she did not waver on her answers. When it was finished, the Visa officers told her that they will consider the exchange of information will inform her of the decision. 

Then came the long wait.  It took a lot of follow ups and discussion regarding the case and a lot of pep talked to calm Marites down. 

There were times that she already doubted if she will still make it. 

Then came more problems.  Additional requirements were again required by the embassy to be provided by her
On April 27, 2012 to address other concerns. 

This took sometime to comply. 

Then another long pause.

Until we received Medical Notice October 5, 2012

Passport request received March 12, 2013

And finally her Visa and her dependents were issued April 12, 2013 and VERY SOON, Marites as I call her will be leaving for Canada to start her dream of living and working in Canada.

This can be your story too...

An application for Canada might or might not be easy.  But our clients still persists in submitting their files because they value the benefits and income opportunity they have when they become Permanent Residents.

Why its easier to become financially stable in first world countries like Canada is because residents as well as Citizens get benefits that helps alleviate their cost  to allow them to provide better quality of life for themselves and their loved ones.

Benefits like Free Health Care, Allowances for your children until age 18, Free Education for Elementary to High school, Student Loans for College, Disability and Unemployment Income. 

While in the Philippines, the lack of insurances to protect Filipinos from instances where they may become bankrupt like death, Accident or prolonged sickness in the Family, high cost of health and Education, low income opportunity inhibits the possibility of having financial security for your loved ones.

I have the impression that Maritess with her very supportive Husband Sir Rowell can manage quite well.  

They will do well on their own even if they stay in the Philippines, but they still went ahead and sent their application, despite the difficulty because they want to have better options for their entire family.

With our track record and good company history, we are able to provide solutions to problems encountered in their application. 

As the need of Canada for immigrants is evolving so is its application process.

At present, the system and requirements changes every year.  The biggest of change is that all programs require complete requirements at the beginning of the application.

Which means only those who are committed and serious about their application will be the only ones who will get the opportunity to get a Permanent Residents Visa.

Planning ahead, and getting ready to file is now necessary if you want to apply to any kind of Visa program for Canada. 

If you want to, we can help you become eligible for the program. 

But you have to be honest and smart with your time.  

You should apply while you still have the chance.  

Do not regret the time when you will wonder what it would have been, if only you applied when you still had the opportunity. 

You either take advantage of this chance of a lifetime or give up, the choice is yours.

To know which programs you will qualify to visit our office at:

Office Address
Canadian Immigration Consultancy
3rd Floor, Building F. SM North Edsa

Of click on the link to have online assessment:

Free Assessment Link 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

CIO Refund Option: Foreign Electronic Funds Transfer Form applicants filed prior to February 2008

Recently an update from Citizenship Immigration Canada was issued regarding the refund from Centralized Intake Office for applicants filed under the Federal Skilled Workers program prior to February 27, 2008.

Due to some banking restrictions, the Receiver General of Canada can not issue checks that will be honored by banking laws of some countries including the Philippines.

The only payment option available given was to request that fees be returned to someone else who is not residing in applicant's country of residence.

A few days ago, the same Canadian Government office gave another option which is through, Foreign Electronic Funds Transfer.

The payment will be issued in the appropriate currency known to be accepted in the country where the electronic funds transfer will be sent.  The final amount will be calculated based on the exchange rate on the date of the payment.

If you are one of those affected by the changes (filed before Feb 27, 2008), you will be receiving an email from for the instructions. It is important that you check the email add you used in your application if you do not see it in your inbox check your spam mail folder.

If you have not been sent an email yet, here is what it will contain:

This message is in response to your refund request. Most fees will be returned in the form of a cheque from the Receiver General of Canada.  However, as a result of banking restrictions on foreign transactions in your country of residence, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will only return fees directly to you through an electronic funds transfer.

In order for these fees to be returned to you as quickly as possible, you must complete the “Return of Processing Fee, Right of Permanent Residence Fee or Right of Landing Fee” form attached as well as the separate “Foreign Electronic Funds Transfer” form accompanying this email and return both forms to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) within 60 days of the date on this letter.

The payment will be issued in the appropriate currency known to be accepted in the country where the electronic funds transfer will be sent.  The final amount will be calculated based on the exchange rate on the date of the payment.          

The required completed “Return of Processing Fee, Right of Permanent Residence Fee or Right of Landing Fee” AND “Foreign Electronic Funds Transfer” forms must be returned to CIC either by:

1)      E-MAIL (CIC preferred method) to:; or

2)      MAIL to:
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
P.O. Box 9639
Ottawa, Ontario K1G 4B3

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Along with this letter are forms you need to  fill out and send to the Case processing center handling Canadian Government processing Fees refund for applicants filed prior to February 27, 2008.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Expression of Interest System - Canada Immigration

At the Annual Conference of the Canadian Network of National Association of Regulators, the Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney,  talked about the new Federal Skilled Worker program, among other immigration concerns.

You can read the Speaking notes for The Honourable Jason Kenney, P.C., M.P. Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism here.

 The new FSW program will be using the Expression of Interest System.

Following the publications will give you an idea that it might be implemented either late 2013 or by 2014. This is somewhat similar to the immigration system used by Australia and New Zealand, where they prioritize highly qualified applicants.

But of course, it would still be best if you will be able to file your application immediately once the program opens. 

Here is a portion of Mr. Kennys speech on the subject:

The system will allow us to more actively match the best qualified applicants with employers and the jobs that are available, rather than just taking those who are first in line and dropping them into the general labour market to sink or swim, in which case too many are struggling to keep their head above waters in the current system. 
 So our new system – it will eventually be called the Expression of Interest System for Skilled Workers – would essentially be a pool of applicants who are pre-qualified.

They’ve done a mandatory third-party assessed language test, which is a relative new feature of our system, if you can believe it.

They’ll have done the educational assessment. They will, based on the new points grid, be typically younger with higher levels of language proficiency. And they will be going into this pool of pre-qualified applicants.

We are working with employers, sectors and provinces to figure out how to give employers limited access to that pool of applicants – of course, respecting people’s privacy rights – so that they can identify people who are ready and willing to come to Canada, and who are pre-qualified. They will offer them jobs after they’ve done their due diligence and are satisfied that they can work at their skill level. And then we will bring those people into Canada within a matter of months."

In New Zealand's Expression of Interest system, the priority are those who get higher scores/points. The same could be used in Canada's new FSW program. 

Thus, you must maximize every factors where you may get additional points. The higher the points, the better your chance will be. Do not content yourself by just meeting the 67 points passmark. 

If you are married, I strongly suggest that you and your spouse both take the IELTS examination. It may mean additional cost, but it will definitely be to your advantage. 

In a Nutshell by late this year or early next year there may very well be two options for an applicant to apply in the Federal Skilled Worker program. 

1. Via the priority list of occupations and 
2.  Via the Expression of Interest system 

Both options may still have overall Caps or Quota's to allow the Citizenship and Immigration Canada better control to the number of applications that they are capable of processing. 

Those who can not file under the priority list will still be processed although to be conservative about it, its a great possibility that only those in Job Categories O-Managerial, B- Skilled and Trade and  A-Professional occupations can apply.

As a recap, to be qualified an applicants first task is to make himself eligible to apply by completing his full application package (Documents, forms and other special requirements, have his valuable documents certified/authenticated, then file his application as soon as possible.  Since the regulations always require complete documents at the beginning of all visa applications in Canada, prior planning is necessary to increase great chances of success.

The current FSW program now is a result of this transition from the current processing system to one where Canada hopes to implement to get the best Candidates for the program. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Important Update: Refund for pre 2008 applicants

We have just received an email from in response to our inquiry regarding the refund on processing fee for applicants who filed their application prior to February 2008.  

This applies to all applicants from the Philippines. 

 For those who is not familiar with this Canada has ruled that applicants who applied for a Permanent Residents Visa prior to February 27, 2008 under the old processing system, will have their applications returned and filing fee refunded by the Citizenship and Immigration Canada. 

 This was published in the Canadian Immigration and Citizenship website in the last quarter of 2012. Together with this publication, they sent a check refund for that was for the applicant to fill out.  We have waited since then for the result of the refund until we got a message from the Centralized Intake office, the entity that handles the funds of the Canadian Government.

This message is in response to your inquiry about the return of the immigration fees paid in relation to your FSW application to immigrate to Canada.

    Most fees are being returned in the form of a cheque from the Receiver General of Canada.  However, as a result of banking restrictions on foreign cheques in your country of residence, you will not be able to cash a Receiver General cheque issued from Canada.  Alternative payment options are currently being investigated by CIC.

    In the mean time, the only payment option available to you is to request that fees be returned to someone else who is not residing in your country of residence.   If you choose this option, please complete another “Return of Processing Fee, Right of Permanent Residence Fee or Right of Landing Fee” form at and designate an alternate payee.  The form must be signed by the principal applicant for CIC to proceed with the payee change.

    Fees will be returned in the appropriate currency known to be accepted in the recipient’s country of residence.  The exchange rate will be calculated on the date of the fee return.            

    We sincerely apologize for the inconveniences of the delays you are experiencing and are doing our best to expedite the fee return process.

    Thank You,
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada

If you are one of those waiting for the refund from CIO, this explains the delay.  If you know someone in Canada whom you can trust, you may designate them to expedite the process. You can download the said form at the Canadian government website or by clicking this link:

Return of fees pre February 2008 appplicants 

Monday, May 27, 2013

24 Eligible Occupations - Federal Skilled Worker Program 2013

The new Federal Skilled Worker program accepts applicants with the experience in the following occupations:  

24 Priority Occupations 
0211 Engineering managers 
1112 Financial and investment analysts 
2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers 
2131 Civil engineers 
2132 Mechanical engineers 
2134 Chemical engineers 
2143 Mining engineers 
2144 Geological engineers 
2145 Petroleum engineers 
2146 Aerospace engineers 
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers/designers) 
2154 Land surveyors 
2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers 
2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics 
2263 Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety 
3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists 
3142 Physiotherapists 
3143 Occupational Therapists 
3211 Medical laboratory technologists 
3212 Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants 
3214 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists 
3215 Medical radiation technologists 
3216 Medical sonographers 
3217 Cardiology technicians and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c. (not elsewhere classified) 

Have your credentials assessed if you are qualified, click on the link and submit your information for assessment. 

Online assessment form

It is best to do this ASAP as the regulation of Canada's Permanent Residents Visa changes constantly as well as the list of eligible occupation. The list of eligible occupation as well as the over all regulation of the program changes yearly. This is why interested applicants must still ready the requirements of the application so that they can file their applications as soon as they have the chance. 

Moreover, those in the current list might still qualify for the other programs (like provincial nominee program, live-in caregiver program, student Visa, etc...), which is why it is still recommended that they have their qualifications assessed.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

FSW list of Eligible occupations April 2013

Finally, Citizenship and Immigration Canada made an official announcement about Federal Skilled Worker Program - the list of education assessment agencies and the new priority occupations. 

Back in August 2012, it was announced that the new Federal Skilled Worker Program won't be limited to particular occupations, that it will be open to applicants in NOCs 0, A and B. 

But apparently Minister Kenney changed his mind, because his current publication about the current Federal Skilled Worker program has the following highlights:

The new Federal Skilled Worker program the will start accepting new applications this coming May 4, 2013.

The List of Priority Occupations and Organizations Designated to Conduct Educational Credential Assessments for Federal Skilled Worker Program is now available in the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website. 

The news release from Citizenship and Immigration Canada was posted at CIC website a few minutes ago.

To summarize, the following are the major changes and important elements that will have an effect on the application process of the new Federal Skilled Worker Program:
  • A new eligible occupations list, with a total of 24 occupations;
  • An overall cap of 5,000 new applications for all eligible occupations will be imposed, including a sub-cap of 300 new applications for each eligible occupation;
  • Four organizations have been designated to conduct educational credential assessments (mandatory for applicants submitting foreign educational credentials); and
  • Applicants must show proof that they meet the minimum threshold of Canadian Language Benchmark 7 in all four language skill areas: speaking, reading, writing and oral comprehension.
Those included in the 24 Priority Occupations may now start with the credentials assessment. 

24 Priority Occupations
  • 0211 Engineering managers
  • 1112 Financial and investment analysts
  • 2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers
  • 2131 Civil engineers
  • 2132 Mechanical engineers
  • 2134 Chemical engineers
  • 2143 Mining engineers
  • 2144 Geological engineers
  • 2145 Petroleum engineers
  • 2146 Aerospace engineers
  • 2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers/designers)
  • 2154 Land surveyors
  • 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • 2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  • 2263 Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
  • 3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
  • 3142 Physiotherapists
  • 3143 Occupational Therapists
  • 3211 Medical laboratory technologists
  • 3212 Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants
  • 3214 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
  • 3215 Medical radiation technologists
  • 3216 Medical sonographers
  • 3217 Cardiology technicians and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c. (not elsewhere classified)

Prior to this official announcement, the Immigration Minister stated via twitter message that the list of designated organizations to the assessment will be released mid of February 2013.  He also stated before that the new Federal Skilled Worker program will be open to NOCs 0, A and B and will not be limited to particular occupations.  Then again, things change and with very irregular immigration regulations and with a Minister that constantly changes his mind, all we can do is be updated and get ready.

If you are serious about your plan to live and work in Canada, you too should get ready.  There's a risk and cost considerations, of course but that is true for all Visa applications. The best that you can do is to try and minimize your risk and increase your chances for success.
We have to learn from these changes.
As you will notice the list of eligible occupations and sub cap per occupation is further reduced from the last time the Federal Skilled Worker application was open to accept applicants.
Meaning only those who are serious with their applications and has completed their requirements ahead of time can apply for the program and get a permanent Residents Visa for Canada.  
For us who wants to get a Visa for Canada, we do not have the option to question the rules they are or will be implementing; we can only adjust to meet their expectations so that we will be successful in our individual applications.
Gone is the time, when everyone is just using one application program to get a PR Visa for Canada.  

Applicants now need to consider other programs like:  
The provincial Nominee programs
Student Visa
Live in Caregiver program for Canada
Canadian Experience Class
Arranged employment offer 

As your consultant, we wish to help you achieve your dream of living and working in Canada.  Which is why, we are inviting you to visit our office so that we can discuss your plan. 

We understand that this came as a shock to you, because we were also affected in the same way. 
Some of you have already been preparing for a long time and may feel that your chances had disappeared because your occupation is not in the list. 

This is not the case, we can still apply. You still have the chance. Your efforts will only be put to waste if you decide to give up on your dreams right now.

Please visit us in the office so that we can discuss with you your current options.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Dreams do come true, for real!

I once heard from someone that dreams will continue to be a dream, especially if you sleep on it.

For those of us who are still alive, dreams are what wakes us up to do what is necessary to make our lives better. 

All of us have dreams of a better future, a good life, for oneself and our loved ones. 

Question is how hard do you have to pursue your dream before it becomes real? 

Well, I have a good story for you, in the end of the narration I am hoping you will feel good and be inspired by what they have done to reach their dream. 

By now you may already have heard that applications for Canada are sometimes processed fast or very slow. In the past few years you may have had relatives of friends who got their Canadian Resident Visas within 6 months for others 6 years. 

How about somebody who's applied and got their Visa's after 14 years? 

Yes 14 years you heard me. 

For Sherrylyn Donato Punzalan and Peter Punzalan it was never about just the speed, it was about going after what they wanted and never giving up. 

 It was in 1998 when they first applied direct to the Canadian Embassy, when they were called for an interview, they were very excited and anxious to attend unfortunately fate dealt a bad blow when after the interview they got disapproved. 

 For most people this rejection may have been the reason for them to pursue other opportunities. But not Peter and Sherrylyn for them it only was only a temporary set back.  

Immediately after their first application they applied for the second time, they waited and waited, and after 5 years of not receiving any notice  from the Canadian Embassy they decided to apply to work in Europe so that they can both maintain a good quality of life for they three kids and at the same time save up for their application for Canada. When their update came and was again required to go on an interview they were already working abroad and was not able to attend to the Interview so they got disapproved for the second time. 

It was in 2009 when I read Sherrylyn read my blog about a training coordinator that passed as a college instructor which made her decide to apply for a third time with the help of Canadian Immigration Consultancy.

When Sherrylyn called me I assessed both of them and found Sherrylyn to be a better Candidate for the program so she became the Principal applicant for the Federal Skilled Workers program.  It was a tough decision for them to make because the documents that they needed to prove that she was qualified for the program was not readily available. 

But with proper coordination and careful planning we were able to file their application to the Centralized Intake Office in Sydney Nova Scotia last April 27, 2010. 

It sure did not help that being in Italy meant their courier expense, Phone calls made processing their application costly and difficult.  After many sleepless nights, constant communication and prayer their Visas got released last November 8. 2012. 

And now they are already in Canada. 

 Sending all their three kids through college was not enough for Sherrylyn and Peter. For they know that a college education in the Philippines is no longer enough to give their children a better quality to of life. 

They wanted more. And although they know that they will have to start all over again, they were willing to give it a try because with Canada's better social benefits achieving their goal is made more possible. 

No sacrifice is too great for them when it is for their children.  They may have waited 14 years but they never gave up.  Proper planning and timing is necessary in any application for Permanent Residents Visa in Canada.  With the erratic changes in the rules and regulation of Canada only those who has planned in Advance will be able to make their dreams come true.  

Sherrylyn and Peter, knew that the opportunity will not wait for them instead they should take advantage when it comes, so they were always in the look out.  

In CIC we are not only proud of the number of people we send to Canada, but also with the lessons we learn from our applicants.  

Because of them we are better individuals. 
Thank you Mam Sherrylyn and Sir Peter for taking us and making us a part of your journey in getting what you want for your family. 
 This can be your story too... 

Find out if you are qualified. 

Have your credentials assessed by clicking on the next link: 

Online Assessment

Or visit our office: 

Office Address
Canadian Immigration Consultancy
3rd Floor, Building F. SM North Edsa

Orientation Fee P500 per applicant

Contact Info:
Trunklines - 240 6500 or 3182850 loc. 8702
Mobile -  0917 541 5000
Email - 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Lipa Batangas Canadian Immigration Consultancy Provincial Seminar

Learn your options attend our Lipa Batangas Canadian Immigration Consultancy Provincial Seminar!

 Date : February 23, 2013 

Venue : Max’s Restaurant Lipa Sabang, Pres. Laurel Hi-way Lipa City , Batangas 

Time : 10:00 am 

 Registration Fee: P 500.00 – single P 700.00 – married 

6 to 12 months processing for Federal Skilled Worker Program!

Provincial Nominee program!

Learn how you to get a Job In Canada!

And more!

For on-line reservation please click on the link: 


Monday, February 4, 2013

FSW list of designated Education assessing bodies to be published Mid of February 2013

In the Twitter page of Citizenship and Immigration Canada he has indicated the that the list of designated assessing bodies will be published middle of February 2013.
[read from the source click on the link Jasonkenny]

In this relation you should make sure that your documents are in other before the date mentioned so that you can readily have your credentials assessed right away. 

Education Credentials Assessment will be part of the additional requirements mentioned in Minister Kenny's many publications and discussions of late, regarding the new Federal Skilled Worker program which according to him will start on May 4, 2013. 

Important note:

For those of you who has researched for the Education Credentials Assessment you would see a lot of agencies offering this services in Canada.  Do not have your credentials done before you receive the instruction from the Citizenship and Immigration Canada.  

Moreover, there are some assessing bodies that require High School Diploma and Transcript (form 137) to be sure that you have all the required documents at hand, I suggest that you secure these documents, as well. 
Should you have more questions and clarifications, please feel free to email them to 

Monday, January 7, 2013

Free Online Assessment | Live and Work in Canada!

Take our FREE ONLINE ASSESSMENT to know which program is applicable for you. It will take only few minutes to complete the online assessment form.

You will receive the assessment result via email after carefully evaluating the information you have provided. Be sure to provide a working email address.

For your convenience, please chose Assigned Consultant near your location.

Jay Enrique A. Araneta 
Office: Mall of Asia Office/SM North Office/Mega Mall Office
Tel No. 240 6500 or 3182850  loc 8702
Mob. No. Globe 09175415000
FREE Online Assessment
(Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon Region and OFWs) 

Erwin Delena

Office: Mall of Asia Office/SM North Office/Mega Mall Office
Tel No. 240 6500 or 3182850 loc 8701 to 8706
Mob. No. 0917 851 3743
FREE Online Assessment
(Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon Region, Antique and OFWs) 

Catherine Alejandro
Office: Mall of Asia Office/SM North Office/Mega Mall Office
Tel No. 240 6500 or 3182850 loc 8701 to 8706; 8522 to 28
Mob. No. 0999 993 0321
FREE Online Assessment
(Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon Region, Antique and OFWs)

Leila "Beng" Eusebio
Office: Mall of Asia Office/SM North Office/Mega Mall Office
Tel No.  240 6500 or 3182850 loc 8701 to 8706; 8522 to 28
Mob. No.0919 485 1496
FREE Online Assessment
(Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon Region, Lipa and OFWs)

Leila Amante
Office: Mall of Asia Office/SM North Office/Mega Mall Office
Tel No. 240 6500 or 3182850 loc 8701 to 8706; 8522 to 28
Mob. No. 0917 833 5434
FREE Online Assessment
(Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon Region, Lipa and OFWs)

Judith Sta. Ana
Office: Mall of Asia Office/SM North Office/Mega Mall Office
Tel No. 240 6500 or 3182850 loc 8701 to 8706; 8522 to 28
Mob. No. 0920 286 2616
FREE Online Assessment
(Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon Region, Lipa and OFWs)

Cristina Valla
Office: Mall of Asia Office/SM North Office/Mega Mall Office
Tel No. 240 6500 or 3182850 loc 8701 to 8706; 8522 to 28
Mob. No. 0947 541 8919
FREE Online Assessment
(Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon Region, Lipa and OFWs)

Rowena Rivera
Documentations Specialist
Office: Mall of Asia Office/SM North Office/Mega Mall Office
Tel No. 240 6500 or 3182850 loc 8701 to 8706
Mob. No. 0949 316 4997

Abigail Villorente
Documentations Specialist
Office: Mall of Asia Office/SM North Office/Mega Mall Office
Tel No. 240 6500 or 3182850 loc 8701 to 8706
Mob. No. 0907 692 2600

Nazh Sacdalan

Office: Mall of Asia Office/SM North Office/Mega Mall
Tel No. 240 6500 or 3182850 loc 8701 to 8706
Mob. No. 0906 2388049
FREE Online Assessment
 (Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon Region, Bulacan, Bataan and OFWs)

Sam Angeles

Office: Mall of Asia Office/SM North Office/Mega Mall
Tel No. 240 6500 or 3182850 loc 8701 to 8706
Mob. No. 0916 785 7796
FREE Online Assessment
 (Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon Region, Bulacan, Bataan and OFWs)

Ella Delena

Office: Mall of Asia Office/SM North Office/Mega Mall
Tel No. 240 6500 or 3182850 loc 8701 to 8706
Mob. No.
FREE Online Assessment
 (Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon Region, Bulacan, Antique and OFWs)

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