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Seminar schedules - Go to Canada

>> Tuesday, September 30, 2008

For those who are interested to live and work in Canada, you may attend one of our seminars to learn your options. Here are our Seminar schedules - Go to Canada:

Paranaque City
CIC Head Office
Ground Floor Uniwide Coastal Mall

Every Saturday 2pm-4pm
Every Sunday 10am to 12pm
Registration Fee: Waived for the Month of October 2009 till December 2009

For more information/reservation, you may contact Mr. Jay Araneta at 0917-5415000 or email your concerns to jaraneta@go2canada.com

You may also consider going to the office for a One on One orientation on week days, fees are the same as that of the Seminar Fee.

We are open Seven days a week from 9am till 5pm; even on holidays.

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Wanted Property Manager - Canada

>> Saturday, September 27, 2008

There's an employer in Canada who contacted us looking for Property Manager. If you are looking for jobs in Canada and you have the following qualifications, please send your resume as soon as possible:

Property managers perform some or all of the following duties:

# Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of commercial, transportation and recreational facilities and the included real estate

# Oversee the leasing of space in the facility and the included real estate and the development of marketing strategies

# Plan, organize and direct administrative services such as signage, cleaning, maintenance, parking, safety inspections, security and snow removal

# Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate construction projects to modify commercial, transportation and recreational facilities and real estate

# Oversee the installation, maintenance and repair of real estate infrastructures including
machinery, equipment and electrical and mechanical systems
# Plan and manage the facility's operations budget

# Prepare or oversee the preparation of reports and statistics related to areas of responsibility

# Hire, train and supervise staff.


If you have 7-10 years work experience as a property manager in a hotel or mall set up, please send your resume to jaraneta@go2canada.com Please include the words Property Manager on your subject.

Article reference [gatewaytocanada.com]

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Jobs for Canada

>> Thursday, September 25, 2008

If you want to learn how to find Jobs for Canada you should read my other post titled, "Jobs in Canada", on the other hand if you want to find other ways to immigrate you should read, "alternative application process".

This post, actually aims to explain the process of getting jobs for Canada.

As a member of a POEA registered recruitment agency, International Job Recruitment Agency, I usually incounter questions like, "what are your openings for Canada" or "What are your available Job Orders".

Which is actually understandable for reasons that for a person who has not experienced applying for a Canadian Employer, most people thinks that it is as easy to apply for Canadian Jobs as it is easy to apply for Jobs from Saudi Arabia.

Explaining further, when an employer needs say, 100 electricians what he will do is to request for a blanket approval from their government to hire said workers. When his request is granted, it is us to him to chose the employee he likes.

Whereas for a Canadian Employer, he can only recommend who he wants to hire and its is still up to the Canadian Government who gets the Job.

Not to mention, that in most cases, an employer from Canada needs to prove to the Canadian government that he needs to hire a worker outside Canada, because he can no longer find suitable candidates for his vacancy.

Which means that before he request to hire foreign workers, he has to exert efforts in hiring from with in Canada first. Which includes advertising, shortlisting of candidates and all those hairy stuffs.

Whether you an employer looking at hiring workers outside of Canada, or an applicant wanting to work in Canada, if you do not have the proper knowledge, you will find a hard time processing your application.

To guide you on how the process is done, please read, "Hiring Temporary Foreign Worker (Filipino)- Canada" and Applying for an AEO or an LMO.

To give you a complete picture of the process please also read the Frequently asked questions of the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency.

Should you have questions, please feel free to email me at jaraneta@go2canada.com

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Filipino nurses for canada

>> Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Wanted! Filipino Nurses for Canada!!

We have recently came across some job opportunities for Nurses.

According to a 2002 study by the Canadian Nurses Association, “if we continue with past workforce utilization patterns of registered nurses (RNs), Canada will experience a shortage of 78,000 RNs by 2011 and 113,000 RNs by 2016.” This is an alarming statement!


Some countries, such as Philippines, who produce a lot of quality nurses, may take this as an open invitation.

Being your partner in helping you become more employable as a nurse in Canada, we would appreciate if you can create or update your resume using the attached template.

Currently, we are reviewing all the resumes of nurses for exposure to around 100 positions in different hospitals in Canada.

If you have the following or you know any one who have the following requirements:

  • At least 4 years of nursing experience
  • With valid IELTS overall score of 6.5 (academic version), spoken score of 7.0
  • Willing to register with Canadian nursing body

We do not want you to miss this chance of being chosen! This opportunity is open to those who are serious in pursuing a nursing career in Canada. Please reply back immediately with your updated resume (based on the attached format).

For any queries, please feel free to me at jaraneta@go2canada.com.

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Age Limit for Canadian Immigration

>> Friday, September 19, 2008

It is a misconception that the age limit for Canadian Immigration is from 18 to 49, years old.

There are instances where a person who is more than 49 may still qualify!


To explain how, let me explain once again the Six Selection Factors of Canadian Immigration application for Skilled Workers and Professionals Category.

The passmark to allow you to apply for this program is still 67pts.

Where you will get your points from will be based on your credentials.

Six Selection Criteria's

1. Points - Education
15 - Vocational 2 years
20 - College
22 - Double Degree
25 - Materal/Doctorate

2. Ability in
16 - English

or
18 - French

3. Points - Work Experience
15 - (1 year)
17 - (2 years)
19 - (3 years)
21 - (4 years)

4. Points - Age
0 - 16 or under
2 - 17
4 - 18
6 - 19
8 - 20
10 - 21 to 49
8 - 50
6 - 51
4 - 52
2 - 53
0 - 54

5. Adaptability
Spouses Education
3 - Vocational 2 years
4 - College
5 - Masteral
5 - Doctorate

5 - one year work experience
in Canada

5 - one year study in Canada

5 - First degree Relative
in Canada

6. Arranged Employment

5 - Certified Job Offer

5 - Provincial Nomination
Program Certificate

In a nutshell, a person with a college Education, 4 years work experience in an occupation that is part of the National Classification Occupation qualified list will have 67 points.

So for those people who are already 50 but still has a spouse that also has a post secondary education or relatives in Canada or a Job offer, they will still have a chance to qualify. Forget about the preconceived notion about the age limit in Canadian Immigration.

Although if you are already with in the age bracket, I suggest that you should file right away. The condition of qualifying for the program is always dependent on the existing selection criteria.

If it changes, then there goes your only chance to still apply for Canada despite of the favorably age limit for Canadian Immigration.


Article reference [cic.gc.com]

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The simplified immigration process - canada immigration

A lot of my readers are asking how applications for Skilled workers and professionals are processed. That is why I want to dedicate this post in explaining about the simplified immigration process - canada immigration.


SIMPLIFIED IMMIGRATION PROCESS - CANADA IMMIGRATION

Last September 1, 2006, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) introduced a new Simplified Application Process(SAP)for most federal skilled workers.

The New process will be dealt in stages:

Stage 1 Submission of Simplified Application Form and Payment of the Filing Fee

By doing so, you are already guaranteed a place in the processing queue, meaning that the regulations in effect on that date, will apply to your application. When the visa office is ready to assess your application, you will be asked to send the required supporting documentation

Stage 2 Submission of required Documentation

When the visa office is ready to assess your application, they will contact you and ask you to provide an update of your situation, and ask you to fill out a form with your history from the time you file till the time they require the documents. The visa office will also send you a list of documents to submit, such as passport, proof of medical exam, police certificates, identity documents, proof of language test results, diplomas, etc.

Stage 3 Decision of the Embassy

The officer will make a decision based on:

-the number of points that you accumulate in the selection factors

-your ability to meet the required funds amount for the size of your family

During the decision-making process, the officer may contact you if:

-further documentation is required
-a personal interview is required

What does this mean? Why is this happening?

Reading between the lines, this new process is a way to expedite your application.

Canada as a Country is experiencing Economic Boom.

The reason why the Canadian Government has a shortage for skilled and professional people. At present they lack 48% manpower they need to maintain their Economic growth, this is one of the reasons why they are implementing new Immigration Laws and Process to fill in this need.

Why you need to file right away?

To be included in the processing que of the Canadian Embassy, despite the fact that the documents will be submitted at a later date, means that your application will be evaluated at current regulation on the date that you filed. At present the passmark is just 67 points, the lowest that the Canadian Embassy has emposed to date. Meaning that if you file right away, you are actually increasing your chances of success. Subjecting your application at its best case scenario.

Moreover, the current condition and regulation (Simplified Application Process & lowered passmark from 75 to 67 points) will enable a lot of aspiring immigrants to lodge in their application to the Canadian Embassy.

If high number of application will be submitted, and the embassy feel that they have reached the current quota to fill in Canada's need for immigrants or skilled workers, they might consider increasing the passmark and/or closing some occupations or professions in the National Occupations Classification (NOC) of Canada. Take advantage of the Simplified Immigration Process - Canada Immigration.

You may take New Zealand's Immigration Process for consideration. New Zealand was the first one who implemented the simplified application process which enables more Filipinos to submit their application. What happened next was, after accumulating the required number of application from qualified applicants, they have increased their points from 100 to 140 points, which places the qualification of those who have not submitted yet their application at high risk.

What you need to do?


File your application as soon as possible.


To do this you have to take the following steps:

1. Sign A Contract with CIC or Reconcile your account with CIC, if you find out that you still have outstanding obligations with the consultancy then you have to settle it first before we can move on to the next step.

2. Complete the requirements for Stage 1 of the Simplified Application Process

Photocopies of the following:


-Passport for the Principal Applicants(PA), Spouse (if applicable), Dependents

-School records(Diploma and Transcript) for PA and Spouse(if Applicable)

-Birth Certificate for the PA, Spouse (if applicable), Dependents (if applicable)

-Indentity card(SSS,Drivers,GSIS,TIN,Postal ID, etc...) for PA and Spouse(if applicable)

-Fill up(draft) Simplified Application Form

-Available Certificates of Employment

-Confirm with me(marketing Agent) how much Filing Fee to prepare.

-Proof of First degree relative in Canada, if applicable.

Remember that those who will first complete the steps mentioned, will be the ones who will be prioritized.

The Simplified Immigration Process - Canada Immigraiton, is applicable to workers and Professional, immigrants Visa Processing for Canada and is yet, another opportunity for you to take. It is up to you, if you make a more or not.

We are encouraging everybody to take advantage of this great opportunity, Canada is yours for the taking. Take advantage of the Simplified Immigration process - Canada Immigration.

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Help your Filipino Relative go to Canada

Are you a Canadian Resident or Citizen who wants to help your Filipino relative go to Canada?

Now is your chance! There are so many options to chose from.

If you want to help your relatives in the Philippines whom you want to experience Canada’s promise of quality living, there are several ways that you can do. You can either help them get a work permit or an immigrant visa depending on their qualifications

Your other relatives may send their resume to us for initial assessment or evaluation for FREE.

Find out the many ways on how you can help your relatives:

1. Help them secure a Labor Market Opinion (LMO)
This option is suitable in acquiring a work permit by helping your relatives find an employer who is interested in hiring them.

One of the problems faced by any foreign employer is that most of them are not aware of the process in filing an LMO. At most times, this process is even new to them. Moreover, they also do not like the costs of hiring foreign workers.

This is where our service becomes more valuable. We make everything simple, convenient and risk-free for the employer. Refer the employer to us and we will facilitate the processing of the LMO for your relatives.

To get you more familiar with the procedure, let us explain the typical process and the time it will take to get a working visa issued in the Philippines.

Filling out the application for LMO properly takes time and requires expertise.

Application for LMO is filed with the HRSDC in the respective province for approval.

The processing time for getting an LMO approved once the application is filed varies by provinces; typically it may run up to three months or could be lesser.

Once the LMO is approved, the employer will send the approval notice to your relative in the Philippines, who will file the application immediately.

The working visa processing time in the Philippines is now approximately ten (10) weeks; notwithstanding, the medical examination that is also required from the applicant, which also adds additional 3 months to the total processing time.

Total processing time is estimated to be: LMO approval 3 months + visa approval 2 months + medical 3 months for a total time of 8 months to get the working visa issued.

Obviously, the time frame discourages a lot of employers from hiring your relatives. Sad to say, this is going to be the process anywhere they go if they want to hire foreign workers. If the employer is in dire need of workers, there is no choice but to work within the system and let the employer know the truth. But if the employers really wanted a faster processing, we are ready to guide and show them the alternative ways of doing it.

2. Arranged Employment Opinion (AEO)This option works very well for those who have filed their immigrant visa application as well as for those who are yet to file an application with the Canadian Embassy in the Philippines.

Through this option, should the employer process an Arranged Employment Opinion or AEO for your relative, your relative has the chance to go to Canada with an immigrant visa.

The process is very similar to the working visa or LMO process. The employer still has to file with HRSDC an application for approval of the AEO. Immigrant visa processing period for those with AEO is only six (6) months. Ordinarily, it will take three (3) years on the average.

3. Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Most provinces in Canada have respective programs that has shorter processing period for an immigrant visa application.

Through this program, you may be able to help your relatives get a nomination certificate from your province. Each province has its own list of requirements and conditions that an applicant must qualify before he or she can apply. Most of them require that there must be an employer who is willing to sponsor your relatives. The end result of this program is getting an Immigrant Visa for your relatives with a shorter processing period.

For Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward, Nova Scotia Residents or Citizens...

With your province's Provincial Nominee Program, it is easier and more convenient to get a nomination certificate for your relatives. All it takes is an affidavit of support from you. No need to look for employer for your relative. Financial support from you is not even required. We can help your relative prepare the forms accurately, enhance his job description for better presentation and advise them on the correct documents that are required.

Residents or Citizens from other provinces, application for a PNP normally takes an employer to process this option.


If you decide to help your Filipino relatives go to Canada, or Should you have queries and or concerns, please feel free to contact me at Telephone number 301 1070 local 8407 or email me at jaraneta@go2canada.com

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Canadian Experience Class launched! Canada helps workers Immigrate!

>> Thursday, September 18, 2008

Canadian Experience Class launched! Canada helps workers Immigrate! to helps workers Immigrate! Taking further steps towards attracting and retaining foreign workers, Canada has finally launched its Canadian Experience Class.

This program is designed to open a new path for students graduates and professionals from abroad with qualifications in managerial, technical or trade work who wishes to become permanent residents of Canada.

This is yet another indication of how badly Canada needs workers to bridge the Gap of their ongoing labor shortage.

News Release

Canadian Experience Class now open for business

Ottawa, September 5, 2008 — The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, today announced that certain temporary foreign workers and students can start applying for permanent residence under the Canadian Experience Class starting September 17, 2008.

“With the Canadian Experience Class fully in place, Canada will be more competitive in attracting and retaining individuals with the skills we need,” said Minister Finley. “It, along with other recent improvements to modernize the immigration system, will go a long way in bringing Canada in line with its global competitors while further spreading the benefits of immigration into smaller centres across Canada.”

The Canadian Experience Class is a new avenue of immigration for certain temporary foreign workers and foreign student graduates with professional, managerial and skilled work experience. Unlike other programs, the Canadian Experience Class allows an applicant’s experience in Canada to be considered a key selection factor when immigrating to Canada.

The final implementation of the Canadian Experience Class reflects what was originally proposed on August 9, 2008. The main difference is that those who have left Canada, but otherwise meet the requirements as workers or graduates, will be eligible to apply provided they do so within one year of leaving their job in Canada. Under the proposal, CIC had suggested that applicants would be required to have temporary resident status and be present in Canada to be eligible to apply. The Government of Canada has since chosen to cast a wider net to avoid missing those with the Canadian experience we want, through residency restrictions.

The final regulations for the Canadian Experience Class will be published in the Canada Gazette.

For more information on CIC programs, please visit www.cic.gc.ca.


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Jobs in Canada

>> Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Are you looking for jobs in Canada?

I have compiled list of job posting sites where you may post your resume or get information about job vacancies. Send as many applications to as many employers as you can. Prepare a good cover letter and resume.click to read guide

Here is the partial list of my recommended job posting sites, where you may find information about Canada Jobs.

International Jobs Recruitment Agency
A POEA registered recruitment agency offering a total solution both for Employers and Workers seeking employment abroad.

Job Bank Canada

Job Bank is Canada’s one-stop job listing web site. Each year we help hundreds of thousands of Canadian workers, job seekers and employers connect online, and free of any service charges.

WorkAbroad.ph
Work Abroad (Philippines) is an overseas job portal for Filipino jobseekers. It is also a Philippine manpower pooling site for the top recruitment agencies in the Philippines accredited by Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA).

I'll update this list everytime I find a a relaible job posting sites feauturing Jobs in Canada. For those who want to advertise their job posting sites here, email me at jaraneta@go2canada.com.

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Family Stream: Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

>> Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program was recently launched as part of Canada's Provincial Nominee Program. In a nutshell, if you have relatives in Canada-Alberta immigration to Canada can be made Easier and Faster!

Like many other provinces(Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, New Found Land and Labrador) that has launched its family like streams for provincial nomination, Alberta has also joined in to attract badly needed workers to their province.


An interested applicant must first undergoe the self assessment test to determine if he or she has the qualification to apply for the program.

Self Assessment Test

Candidates mush be able to answer "Yes" to each of the following basic each of the following basic factors and criteria listed below for the AINP to consider your application. If you answer "No" to any of the factors below, you should not consider sending an application to the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program. As note a positive self assessment test does not give a guarantee for approval to the program.

Factor Questions:

Connection

You can provide proof of a close relative in Alberta (defined as a mother/father, son/daughter, sister/ brother, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew) who is willing to complete a Sponsorship Affidavit of Support on your behalf. Yes or No?

Sponsor

Your Sponsor is at least 21 years of age, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (for at least two years) of Canada, and has been living in Alberta for the past two years. Yes or No?

Sponsor Support

Your Sponsor can show their ability to support you by demonstrating employment, private pension or other regular source of income for the past 12 months OR a minimum of CAD $15,000 in unencumbered, transferable and available assets (jewellery, cars or other personal assets are not considered) over and above any income received from government transfer payments (e.g. Old Age Security, Canada Pension Plan, etc.). Yes or No?

Age

You and your spouse or common-law partner are between the ages of 21 and 45.
Yes or No?


Language Ability .

You and your spouse or common-law partner can demonstrate one of the following:
You and your spouse or common-law partner have both obtained an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum score of 4.0, or a minimum level of 3 (361-540) on the Test d’evaluation de français (TEF), OR You and your spouse or common-law partner can demonstrate that English or French is your primary language of use (the language most commonly used in your household), You and your spouse or common-law partner have completed a minimum of a baccalaureate in English or French

Education / Training and Work Experience

You or your spouse or common-law partner can:

1. Demonstrate completion of a post-secondary education or training program that is a minimum of 1 year in duration and receipt of a degree, diploma or certificate

AND

2. Demonstrate one of the following:

a minimum of three years of work experience within the past four years, OR three years of full-time post-secondary school within the past four years, a combination of three years of full-time work experience and post-secondary school within the past four years. Yes or No?

Financial Support

You or your spouse or common-law partner or your sponsor can satisfactorily demonstrate intention and ability to establish successfully in Alberta, based on your accessible funds in a recognized Canadian financial institution:

at least CAD $10,000 for yourself at least CAD $2,000 for each of your dependent Under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program , both the applicant and the sponsoring relative must qualify.

The criteria for sponsors includes but not limited to the following:

A sponsor must complete a Family - Sponsorship Affidavit of Support.

A sponsor must be at least 21 years of age or older.

A sponsor must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada-Alberta and must be able to demonstrate he or she has been a citizen or permanent resident for at least two years.

A sponsor must be able to provide proof that he or she is the parent, child, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, neice or nephew of the Candidate (by birth or adoption)

A sponsor must be currently a resident of Alberta, and must be able to demonstrate that he ior she has been residing in Alberta for the past two years. The sponsor must be able to demonstrate employment, private pension or other regular source of income for the past 12 months or a minimum of CAD $15,000.00 in unencumbered, transferable and available assets (jewellery, cars ot other personal assets are not considered) over the aboe any income received fromt eh government transfer payments (e.g. Old age Security, Canada Pension Plan, etc.)

A sponsor must fulfill their sponsorship commitment prior to sponsoring another family member. The sponsorship commitment is defined as two years from the date that the Candidate became a permanent resident of Canada.

Please note that there can only be one ongoing sponsorship fromt a household could only be considered once the initial sponsorship commitment has been fulfilled.

I can help you or your relatives application, as our client we will be responsible in preparing any aspects of your application. If you engage in our service, all you need to do is to provide us with the necessary documentation that will allow us to complete the forms and ready the application for filling. Once the forms are ready all you will need to do is to sign the application forms for submission.

Why you will need an expert in your application is because if your application is not complete with all supporting documents, or if you do not meet the minimum requirements, your application will be returned to you, no file will be created and no assessment will take place.

A limited number of applications per year will be accepted the Alberta Immigrant Nomine Program - Family Stream. When this number is reached, applications will be returned. You better hurry and file your application as soon as possible!

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Immigrate to Canada - the best time to apply!

>> Friday, September 12, 2008

A lot of clients are asking me when is the best time to immigrate to Canada.

I have but one answer to this question.

Now is the best time to apply!

With the amendment in the Immigration Refugee and Protection act (IRPA) -Immigration made easy and faster!= which aims to speed up the process by 6 to 12 month, the current labor shortage resulting to the opportunity to find work in Canada, the various programs aimed to help the applicant like the Provincial Nominee Program, the Arranged Employment Opinion (AEO), the Labor Market Opinion (LMO) to immigrate in Canada, right now, is not only made faster, it also become a lot easier!

The processing history of the Embassy will show you that this is definitely the best time to apply:

Let us examine the changes in the Canadian immigration rules and regulation. It will explain why you need to file your application NOW!

1992 up to 2001. The passing mark for the immigration program was 70 points. Singles could qualify without having a relative in Canada. However, Canada only opened limited occupations.

December 15, 2001 until March 2002. The Canadian Minister announced the proposed regulations. Before publishing the regulations, there was a public review done in two phases before it was implemented.

  • March 21, 2002. The Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration proposed (as revised on February 26, 2002) that skilled workers who applied before December 17, 2001 and who have not received a selection decision before June 28, 2002 will still be selected under the current criteria until the end of 2002. Those who have not received a selection decision by that time will be assessed under the new criteria with a proposed pass mark of 70. This recognizes the fact that some applicants who probably would have been accepted under the current system may not be accepted under the new one. The Department also announced that those who applied before December 17 may, if they wish, have their application fees refunded if their files have not been paper-screened.

  • June 11, 2002. The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration released the new Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). It was implemented on June 28, 2002.

  • June 28, 2002 , The passing mark for skilled workers went up to 75 points retroactive from January 01, 200 2 including changes in points for education, training and language where hardly anybody could qualify.

  • First quarter of 2003. Those with pending applications were asked to re-file their case, submit additional requirements, take English test as basis for points in language, and submit new application forms. Refusal to comply is tantamount to refusal of their application.

  • September 18, 2003 . As a result of massive worldwide protest, pass mark was changed from 75 to 67 points for those applying to immigrate to Canada as skilled workers (to all provinces except Quebec), effective immediately. All skilled worker and business immigration applicants who applied before January 01, 2002 will be assessed under the selection criteria of the former Immigration Act. Applicants who do not qualify under the former Act would then be assessed under the current IRPA.

  • September 1, 2006 . Canadian Visa Office implemented Simplified Application Process With the implementation of this new system, word has it that there would be changes in the immigration regulations - passmark may be increased and or some job classification will be restricted

  • June 18, 2008. New Rule ultimately designed to make processing faster and cut Embassy Backlog.

A lot of people do not know that the Government of Canada has a limit on the number of applicants they bring in.

When this quota is filled up, the processing times will get longer once again.

I hope, for your sake, that you take this as a warning and take my message seriously.

If you have the education and the work experience that qualifies you to apply then you have a gift. An opportunity to end, your financial difficulties in the Philippines, and have a new life in Canada.

The way I see it your have two choices, you treat this like most opportunity that you have already came across with, do nothing, or apply and give your family the kind of life that they deserve.

As a consultant, the only thing that I can do is to show you how you will take advantage of this great development, what you do with this opportunity is entirely up to you.

So I ask you this, are you going to immigrate to Canada?

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Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) - summary

>> Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Alberta is a province with friendly people, diverse landscape and exciting communities. Plenty of opportunities await newcomers.

If you are considering living and working permanently in Alberta, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program - (AINP) can help you through the Immigration Process.

The AINP is divided into three categories the Employer Driven Stream, the Family Stream and the Self Employed Stream.

Herewith is the summary and the basic requirements you should consider to determine which stream you will qualify.

Summary Of Programs (click on the link to view summary)

The AINP is part of the different Provincial Nomination Programs in Canada.

Relatively, applying for an Immigrants Visa through this option is much faster than the normal processing.

Should you have any questions or need help in precessing please email me at jaraneta@go2canada.com

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Tourist Visa Canada

If you want to go to Canada as a Tourist, Student or a Temporary Worker,

You will have to submit an application for a Temporary Residents Visa at the Canadian Embassy.

Embassy address:

Levels 6-8, Tower 2
RCBC Plaza
6819 Ayala Avenue
Makati City 1200
PO Box 2098

Telephone : (02) 857-9000
Fax : (02) 843-1082 (02) 8579173


Hours of Operation
Monday to Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday
8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Consular Hours
Monday to Thursday
9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Friday
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Immigration and Visa
Open to the public
Monday to Thursday
8:00 to 11:30 a.m.

You may apply direct to the Embassy, there are three types of Temporary residents Visa.

* Single-entry visa allows one entry only to Canada within the validity of the visa

* Multiple-entry visa allows unlimited entries to Canada within the validity of the visa.

* Transit visa allows for a short stop-over (maximum 48 hours) entry to Canada en route to another country. It can be granted for a single or multiple entries, depending on the applicant’s travel requirements. Example: If your return travel is also through Canada, you should request a transit visa valid for two entries.

The validity of a visa is determined by a visa officer. Single-entry visas are normally valid for six months, and multiple-entry visas may be valid for longer periods. The validity date is the period by which you may enter Canada. The decision to admit the foreign national, however, is made by the officer at the port of entry to Canada (airport or border crossing). The officer also determines the length of stay allowed.

Note that the Embassy cannot issue visas with a validity that exceeds the passport validity. If your passport will expire soon, you may wish to renew it before you apply for your visa.

You may want to visit the Citizenship and Immigration website to find out the forms and procedures that you should take in applying.

Based on our experience in processing tourist visa's, you should meet the following factors to get a higher percentage on getting your application approved.

- the applicant’s travel and identity documents;

- the reason for travel to Canada and the applicant’s contacts there;

- the applicant’s financial means for the trip;

- the applicant’s ties to his or her country of residence, including immigration status, employment and family ties;

- whether the applicant would be likely to leave Canada at the end of the authorized stay;

- the applicant’s health condition.

Should you have more questions or need help on your tourist visa application, you may email me at jaraneta@go2canada.com.

Document Checklist

Forms

Article reference [cic.gc.ca]

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Hiring Temporary Foreign Workers (Filipino) - Canada

>> Monday, September 8, 2008

This section is for Hiring Temporary Foreign Workers (Filipino) for Canada. In the majority of cases, there are steps involved in hiring a temporary foreign worker from outside Canada. The need to complete each step will depend on the specifics of the job offer and the foreign worker’s country of citizenship and last permanent residence.

Employers and foreign workers must ensure that they provide accurate and complete information or the application process may be delayed.

APPLY FOR A LABOR MARKET OPINION (LMO)

Service Canada provides an LMO to the employer and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). The LMO is an assessment of the likely impact that the hiring of the foreign worker may have on the Canadian Labour market.

1. Submit a Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC) Foreign Worker Application for a Labor Market Opinion (LMO) to the Service Canada Centre responsible in the area.

Before confirming a job offer, HRSDC considers whether:

  • The job offer is genuine;
  • The wages and working conditions are comparable to those offered to Canadians working in the occupation;
  • Employers conducted reasonable efforts to hire or train Canadians for the job;
  • The foreign worker is filling a labour shortage;
  • The employment of the foreign worker will directly create new job opportunities or help retain jobs for Canadians;
  • The foreign worker will transfer new skills and knowledge to Canadians; and
  • The hiring of the foreign worker will not affect a labour disputes or the employment of any Canadian worker involved in such a dispute.
Please note that for certain occupations you (the employer) may also be required to submit an employment contract which will be considered as part of the LMO assessment.

If the LMO is Positive

Service Canada will issue an employment confirmation and you will receive a response in writing which you should forward to the foreign worker along with a copy of a signed job offer and employment contract (if applicable).

The foreign worker can then proceed to apply for a work permit either at a visa office abroad a port of entry, or from within Canada if legally permitted to do so.
Note that a positive LMO does not guarantee that a work permit will be issued to the foreign worker. Visa and Border Services officers can refuse work permit applications and entry to Canada if they determine that the foreign worker does not meet the qualifications required by the LMO or is otherwise inadmissible to Canada.

If the LMO is Negative

Service Canada will inform you in writing of a negative decision. If you disagree with the Service Canada decision, and you have new information that may affect the decision, you may submit this information to the Service Canada Centre indicated on your refusal letter. Your request will then be re-assessed taking into account any new information you have submitted.

WORK PERMIT APPLICATION

In most cases, foreign workers are required to apply for and obtain a permit to work temporarily in Canada.

Once HRSDC approves the job offer, send a copy of the HRSDC LMO confirmation letter to the foreign worker.

Inform the foreign worker to apply for a work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

CIC decides whether the foreign worker will get a work permit according to the requirements to work and reside temporarily in Canada.
Information Required for Work Permit Applications

A visa officer has the right to ask for certain information from foreign workers, including:

Proof of identity
  • A valid passport or travel document that guarantees re-entry to the country that issued it
  • Two photos of the foreign worker and two photos of all accompanying family members
  • A copy of the job offer or signed employment contract
  • A copy of the positive LMO issued by Service Canada (although a visa officer can access the LMO electronically, it is advised that the foreign worker be provided with a copy)
  • Proof of their present immigration status in the country in which they are applying (this applies to foreign workers who are not citizens of the country in which they are applying)
The fee for processing a work permit application is $150.

An interview may be required if the visa office needs more information to determine whether the foreign worker is eligible to obtain a work permit.

Medical Examinations

Generally, a medical examination is not required for employment terms of six months or less. However, a medical examination is required under the following circumstances:

The visa office will issue the foreign workers the necessary medical documents, including a list of local medical practitioners designated by CIC to perform the medical examinations.

Workers will be employed in an occupation in which the protection of public health is essential.

Workers will be employed for a term greater than six months or have resided for six or more consecutive months in a designated country in the year preceding the submission of their application.

Foreign workers are responsible for paying the fee for the examination directly to the medical practitioner.

Foreign workers who are eligible to apply for a work permit at a port of entry and who require a medical certificate must demonstrate that they have passed immigration medical requirements before arriving in Canada. A Border Services officer will not allow foreign workers to enter Canada without confirmation that a valid medical certificate has been issued.

For Employers who wants to hire Filipino workers, there is a difference in processing if you want to hire 5 workers or less with in one year as compared to hiring more than 5 workers.

In both instances, an employer will eventually need the help of an affiliated Recruitment Agency by the Philippine Overseas and Employment Administration.

Steps of Hiring a Filipino worker from the Philippines

Process Flow

  • Applicable if the employer will be getting Filipino workers 5 or less within a year
  • The employer must be pre-qualified by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) Canada and the Philippine Oversea Employment Administration (POEA).
  • The employer must first submit t requirements to POLO office
  • Forward same documents must also be forwarded to POEA.
  • The POEA shall evaluate the documents from the POLO/employer and endorse the request to the Office of Secretary of Labor and Employment for approval.
  • Once approved, the authenticated copy of documents will be submitted to the POEA for registration.
  • The approval of the request to direct hire by the Secretary of Labor and Employment authorizes the employer to process its directly hired workers but it does not include authority to recruit workers personally or through agents. The employer will be required to work with a POEA licenses recruitment agency.
On the other hand if the employer will get to the affiliated with a POEA licensed recruitment agency (i.e. I-jobs) following are the documents required:

  • Special power of attorney issued by the principal or employer to the licensed Philippine agency (I-jobs);
  • Master employment contract which stipulates among others the minimum provisions of employment contracts;
  • Manpower request indicating the position and salary of the workers to be hired (LMO will do);
  • Valid business license, registration certificate or equivalent document.
Same procedures will be applied in the pre-qualification and registration to POLO and POEA. Therefore it is suggested that whether an employer name hire’s or hire more than 5 workers, that the employer ought to provide or submit the documents as if he will hire more than five workers in order to save time and eliminate risk and delays.

Above requirements procedures should be followed otherwise the worker will not be issued an exit clearance and an OEC (Overseas Employment Certificate) by the POEA. Which are documents needed by the worker to leave the country.
The OEC will register them as valid overseas worker and will exempt them from paying airport or travel tax. Additionally, if the employer will be accredited / registered with a licensed recruitment agency the OEC fee will be half (or 50%) of the US$ 100 or peso equivalent.

Ontario POLO Office contact information:
Atty. Frank Luna
POEA Labor Attaché
Email: polotrt@bellnet.ca

In either case the two companies I represent, Canadian Immigration Consultancy and International Job Recruitment Agency, Inc. helps employers and employees alike process work applications for Canada.

We have the track record and experience in helping migrant worker either to Immigrate or Work in Canada.

Moreover, we are capable in processing the requirements in Canada(AEO, LMO and PNP applications), as well as application for work permit and work Visa in the Philippines.

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Immigrants Visa application-Government implements other ways to make it faster

>> Sunday, September 7, 2008

Other than the current amendment aimed to modernize the processing of an Immigrants visa Application, to make it faster, here's another initiative by the Ministry of Immigration and Citizenship Canada to make it faster.

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Government of Canada announces pilot project to help speed the processing of new applications; 30 staff to be added to processing center in Sydney

Ottawa, September 5, 2008 — The Honorable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, announced today a pilot project that will centralize the intake of applications from prospective immigrants applying under the federal skilled worker category.

With funding provided in the 2008 budget, which set aside $109 million to help meet the growing demand for permanent and temporary immigration, a centralized intake office will be established at CIC's Case Processing Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Over 30 additional staff will eventually be hired and trained. The centre will begin reviewing applications in October.

"In order to get the people we need to this country, we need to process applications faster," said Minister Finley. "This pilot is one of several measures we are taking to help reduce wait times overall. By centralizing the intake of federal skilled worker applications, we are alleviating some of the workload in our overseas visa offices. This allows visa officers to focus more on processing applications.

"In addition to improving the way we process applications, this centre will create new jobs in Nova Scotia," the Minister added. "This is a win situation for Nova Scotians, for Canadians and for prospective immigrants."

CIC will evaluate the effectiveness of this pilot after 18 months and will adjust as necessary. The Department is also taking other measures to reduce wait times and address the immigration backlog. These measures include sending more staff to help out in areas around the world where wait times are the longest, redistributing work from busy to less busy visa offices, and reconfirming the interest of the applicants who have been waiting the longest.

Source Citizenship and Immigration Canada

I urge all of you who are interested to immigrate to Canada to consider sending an application soon.

Now is the best time to apply!

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Why Canada Needs Immigrants

>> Saturday, September 6, 2008

The risk of labor shortage is being felt in Canada, making the demand for more immigrants even greater. Various efforts, including relaxing the immigration rules have been made ---- all of these, to attract more qualified immigrants to go to Canada.

But what does immigration really brings to Canada?

Skills

When it comes to skills, immigrants play a huge role in filling the employment needs of Canada. The Citizenship and Immigration Canada reports that Philippines consistently belongs to the top 3 source countries of permanent residents since 2004. Of notable increase is the number of Filipino workers that entered Canada on a work permit in 2006, increasing to as much as 34% compared to 2005. These figures indicate that Filipinos are trusted when it comes to work quality and that they remained competitive and skilled enough to hurdle Canada’s labor market requirements.

Education

Most immigrants never come to Canada empty-handed; they bring with them the knowledge they got from years of quality education. In fact, 80% of business class immigrants (principal applicants) have a university degree, as opposed to 15% Canadian-born population. Filipinos, for instance, believe that education has always been the key to finding a better job, hence leading to a better life too.

Capital

Immigrants also contribute to the country’s capital, and actually keep the money flowing in Canada. From 1980 to 2004, each immigrant actually brought $30,000 into Canada. Immigrants created 3,000 full and part-time jobs, therefore adding a bulk to the country’s tax remittances.

The net balance of taxes paid and public goods, services and transfers received by the foreign-born individuals is positive; for example, government transfers to an average Canadian-born household totaled $7,300 in 1995 as against $6,100 to the household of recent immigrants.

Innovation

Likewise, immigrants, originally reared from different cultures, are also important source of new ideas that contributes in innovation. Who knows, the next Agapito Flores who made a special contribution in inventing the fluorescent light could now be in Canada.

On the other hand, most immigrants also use their knowledge on international markets and even personal connections when creating trade links.

Canada Needs your Contribution

Philippines is the 3rd top contributor of immigrants in Canada, a sign that the country indeed appreciates the presence and contribution of Filipinos to their total economic growth.

While Canada still needs your skills, use your education and other qualifications to help them catch up with their needs in filling the labor shortage and at the same time, retaining their financial revenues that will further strengthen their reputation in the international arena.

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Alternative application process

>> Thursday, September 4, 2008

I want to live and work in Canada but I am not eligible under the Federal Skilled Worker Class application, are there other options for me?

That is a common question I receive from my readers who send their resume for assessment. For easy reference, I decided to post here my reply to these kind of questions.

Depending on your circumstances and how much you are willing to help yourself, there are ways more than one that you may do to get a Permanent Resident Visa and or legally work in Canada.

1. Contact your friends or relatives who are now in Canada. Ask them to help you find a job offer by referring you to their respective employers and other contacts. They are in the best position to help you. Or if applicable, they may help you get a PR Visa through Provincial Nominee Program.

2. Maximize the use of internet and email. Look for job vacancies in Canada that match your profile. Send your resume with a good cover letter. There are many job posting sites where you can find job vacancies in Canada. But to avoid scammers like that in the case of OMNI Hotel Scam, I suggest you look for job vacancies from Canada Job Bank, which is a government owned website. You may also want to check these Canada Jobs Online Portals that I highly recommend.

3. Once you find an employer who is willing to hire you, that employer needs to apply for Labor Market Opinion (LMO) from Human Resource Social Development Canada. Your employer will then send you the LMO. There is also a chance that an employer may be willing to sponsor you through Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) or process an Arranged Employment Opinion (AEO) for you. (LMO is for workp permit application. AEO supports a permanent resident visa application)

4. If you already have the LMO/AEO, you may now file your application for Temporary Resident Visa - Work Permit or Permanent Resident Visa at the the Visa Office near you. To check which Visa Office may handle your application, click here

Filipino workers who already have a Labor Market Opinion (LMO) and need assistance on filing an application for Temporary Resident Visa - Work Permit, may email me at jaraneta@go2canada.com. We will guide you throughout the process and will help you get a higher chance of approval.


If you want to go to Canada as a Tourist, Student or a Temporary Worker,

You will have to submit an application for a Temporary Residents Visa at the Canadian Embassy.

Embassy address:

Levels 6-8, Tower 2
RCBC Plaza
6819 Ayala Avenue
Makati City 1200
PO Box 2098

Telephone : (02) 857-9000
Fax : (02) 843-1082 (02) 8579173


Hours of Operation
Monday to Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday
8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Consular Hours
Monday to Thursday
9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Friday
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Immigration and Visa
Open to the public
Monday to Thursday
8:00 to 11:30 a.m.

You may apply direct to the Embassy, there are three types of Temporary residents Visa.

* Single-entry visa allows one entry only to Canada within the validity of the visa

* Multiple-entry visa allows unlimited entries to Canada within the validity of the visa.

* Transit visa allows for a short stop-over (maximum 48 hours) entry to Canada en route to another country. It can be granted for a single or multiple entries, depending on the applicant’s travel requirements. Example: If your return travel is also through Canada, you should request a transit visa valid for two entries.

The validity of a visa is determined by a visa officer. Single-entry visas are normally valid for six months, and multiple-entry visas may be valid for longer periods. The validity date is the period by which you may enter Canada. The decision to admit the foreign national, however, is made by the officer at the port of entry to Canada (airport or border crossing). The officer also determines the length of stay allowed.

Note that the Embassy cannot issue visas with a validity that exceeds the passport validity. If your passport will expire soon, you may wish to renew it before you apply for your visa.

You may want to visit the Citizenship and Immigration website to find out the forms and procedures that you should take in applying.

Based on our experience in processing tourist visa's, you should meet the following factors to get a higher percentage on getting your application approved.

* the applicant’s travel and identity documents;
* the reason for travel to Canada and the applicant’s contacts there;
* the applicant’s financial means for the trip;
* the applicant’s ties to his or her country of residence, including immigration status, employment and family ties;
* whether the applicant would be likely to leave Canada at the end of the authorized stay;
* the applicant’s health condition.

Should you have more questions or need help on your tourist visa application, you may email me at jaraneta@go2canada.com.


Article reference [gatewaytocanada.com]

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Elmvale 11: Victims of Illegal Recruitment

Elmvale 11 refers to the group of Filipino skilled workers who came to Canada last summer on promises of good jobs in Canada, but ended up working as modern-day slaves. They were victims of illegal recruitment.
The culprit here is a certain Imtazur Nasser Rahman who, according to report from TheStar.Com, charges as much as $18,000 for obtaining a work permit and $30,000 for Canadian permanent residency.

Rahman's client list is a long one.

Nurses and nannies from the Philippines, crane operators from Dubai, laborers from India and China – all desperate to come to Canada – sought out his services. All were willing to pay big bucks.

Rahman recently closed down his office at Yonge St. and Davisville Ave. His abandoned business records show the menu of prices; Rahman demanded as much as $18,000 for obtaining a work permit and $30,000 for Canadian permanent residency.[Source]


For Filipino Workers who are planning to work in Canada, please be reminded that there is no placement fee for Canada-bound Workers. Early this year, POEA has suspended the license of a local recruitment agency and initiated charges against its counterpart in Canada for collecting placement fees from applicants for jobs in Canada.

The case of Elmvale 11 is similar to that of Maple Leaf workers who have paid $10,000.00 just to get their jobs.

If you want to go to Canada as a Tourist, Student or a Temporary Worker,

You will have to submit an application for a Temporary Residents Visa at the Canadian Embassy.

Embassy address:

Levels 6-8, Tower 2
RCBC Plaza
6819 Ayala Avenue
Makati City 1200
PO Box 2098

Telephone : (02) 857-9000
Fax : (02) 843-1082 (02) 8579173


Hours of Operation
Monday to Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday
8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Consular Hours
Monday to Thursday
9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Friday
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Immigration and Visa
Open to the public
Monday to Thursday
8:00 to 11:30 a.m.

You may apply direct to the Embassy, there are three types of Temporary residents Visa.

* Single-entry visa allows one entry only to Canada within the validity of the visa

* Multiple-entry visa allows unlimited entries to Canada within the validity of the visa.

* Transit visa allows for a short stop-over (maximum 48 hours) entry to Canada en route to another country. It can be granted for a single or multiple entries, depending on the applicant’s travel requirements. Example: If your return travel is also through Canada, you should request a transit visa valid for two entries.

The validity of a visa is determined by a visa officer. Single-entry visas are normally valid for six months, and multiple-entry visas may be valid for longer periods. The validity date is the period by which you may enter Canada. The decision to admit the foreign national, however, is made by the officer at the port of entry to Canada (airport or border crossing). The officer also determines the length of stay allowed.

Note that the Embassy cannot issue visas with a validity that exceeds the passport validity. If your passport will expire soon, you may wish to renew it before you apply for your visa.

You may want to visit the Citizenship and Immigration website to find out the forms and procedures that you should take in applying.

Based on our experience in processing tourist visa's, you should meet the following factors to get a higher percentage on getting your application approved.

* the applicant’s travel and identity documents;
* the reason for travel to Canada and the applicant’s contacts there;
* the applicant’s financial means for the trip;
* the applicant’s ties to his or her country of residence, including immigration status, employment and family ties;
* whether the applicant would be likely to leave Canada at the end of the authorized stay;
* the applicant’s health condition.

Should you have more questions or need help on your tourist visa application, you may email me at jaraneta@go2canada.com.


Article reference [cic.gc.ca and gatewaytocanada.com]

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Immigration priorities projected date of publication

>> Wednesday, September 3, 2008

After a month continuous deliberation and consultation with the respective provinces, the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Canada will finally disclose the details of the system that they will follow, in determining the priority occupations that they will process for immigration to Canada-Immigration priorities, the Immigration priorities date of publication is expected to come out early this Fall (September 2008).

The recent amendments on the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) that was made into law last June will give the Ministry the power to prioritize the processing of a Canadian Immigrants Visa application.

Ultimately, the Ministry of Immigration wishes to process all applications faster, their target is to come up with a decision with in 6 to 12 months.

To read more about the details of the Amendment please read blog entry Immigration made easy and Faster.

The need to come up with a list on the immigration priorities is borne out of the need to cut the current backlog for Immigrants Visa application which will continue to grow bigger if the new amendment will not take effect as well as to solve Canada's current Labor Shortage.

This is only part of Canada government's effort to solve the problem in the delay of processing a migrant worker.

The policy changes is included on 2008 budget commitments to modernize and make the Immigration system more efficient. At present, $109 million has been allocated to implement measures to reduce the wait times for new applications, reduce the current backlog and allow the Ministry of Immigration to have better response to the countries labor requirements.

Although the Minister of the Citizenship and Immigration of Canada, Minister Diane Finley has yet to disclose the final list of occupations prioritized for processing, she has noted that nearly all regions are facing labor shortages in fields of medical, financial and IT.


If you want to find out what are the list of occupations under pressure per province you may read blog entry, list of occupations under pressure.

Other than taking advantage of this great of opportunity to be processed faster by applying for an Immigrants Visa through the Federal skilled workers and professionals category where your occupations maybe included in the immigration priorities list, there are alternative programs that you may consider where your applications may also be processed faster.

Namely:


1. The Provincial Nomination Programs


2. Applying for an Arranged Employment Opinion or Labor Market Opinion


All of these positive changes in the Immigration laws of Canada is an indication that now is the best time to apply!

As an immigration consultant I hope that you will take advantage of this great opportunity so that you will not get left behind.

If you want to go to Canada as a Tourist, Student or a Temporary Worker,

You will have to submit an application for a Temporary Residents Visa at the Canadian Embassy.

Embassy address:

Levels 6-8, Tower 2
RCBC Plaza
6819 Ayala Avenue
Makati City 1200
PO Box 2098

Telephone : (02) 857-9000
Fax : (02) 843-1082 (02) 8579173


Hours of Operation
Monday to Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday
8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Consular Hours
Monday to Thursday
9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Friday
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Immigration and Visa
Open to the public
Monday to Thursday
8:00 to 11:30 a.m.

You may apply direct to the Embassy, there are three types of Temporary residents Visa.

* Single-entry visa allows one entry only to Canada within the validity of the visa

* Multiple-entry visa allows unlimited entries to Canada within the validity of the visa.

* Transit visa allows for a short stop-over (maximum 48 hours) entry to Canada en route to another country. It can be granted for a single or multiple entries, depending on the applicant’s travel requirements. Example: If your return travel is also through Canada, you should request a transit visa valid for two entries.

The validity of a visa is determined by a visa officer. Single-entry visas are normally valid for six months, and multiple-entry visas may be valid for longer periods. The validity date is the period by which you may enter Canada. The decision to admit the foreign national, however, is made by the officer at the port of entry to Canada (airport or border crossing). The officer also determines the length of stay allowed.

Note that the Embassy cannot issue visas with a validity that exceeds the passport validity. If your passport will expire soon, you may wish to renew it before you apply for your visa.

You may want to visit the Citizenship and Immigration website to find out the forms and procedures that you should take in applying.

Based on our experience in processing tourist visa's, you should meet the following factors to get a higher percentage on getting your application approved.

* the applicant’s travel and identity documents;
* the reason for travel to Canada and the applicant’s contacts there;
* the applicant’s financial means for the trip;
* the applicant’s ties to his or her country of residence, including immigration status, employment and family ties;
* whether the applicant would be likely to leave Canada at the end of the authorized stay;
* the applicant’s health condition.

Should you have more questions or need help on your tourist visa application, you may email me at jaraneta@go2canada.com.

Article reference [cic.gc.ca]

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Hiring Temporary Foreign Workers for Occupations under Pressure-Canada

Hiring Temporary Foreign Workers for Occupations under Pressure

In some regions, and depending on the circumstances/time, labour market information may indicate that the demand for labour in certain specific occupations is greater than the available supply. To meet the pressing human resource needs of employers, Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC) and Service Canada (SC) have developed Regional Lists of Occupations under Pressure. For occupations found on these lists, employers will not be required to undertake lengthy or comprehensive advertising efforts before being eligible to apply to hire a foreign worker.

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Applying for an Arranged employment Opinion (AEO) or Labor market opinion (LMO)

If you are a skilled or professional worker who's occupation falls under skill type O (managerial occupations), A(professional occupations) or B(technical occupations and skilled trades), you may apply for an Immigrants Visa as well as a job in Canada at the same time.

Or an employer looking at getting a foreign worker more faster while supporting his application for an Permanent Residents Visa in Canada.


Your options are either to apply for a Labor Market Opinion(LMO) or an Arranged Employment Opionion(AEO).

To find out how, you may click on the link below.

1. Steps and procedures in applying for an Arranged employment opinion and
2. Steps and procedures in applying for a Labor Market Opinion

From the Human Resources and Skills Development of Canada (HRSDC).

The approval of a Job offer by the HRSDC is an indication that the worker applying, is required by an employer in Canada to fill out a skill or labor shortage in Canada, therefore applications under this Category may be processed faster compared to applications that does not include a Job offer in Canada.

Note: An LMO will result to a Work Permit and if the Job offer is Permanent and Full time even help the applicant in his or her application for Permanent Residents Visa, while an AEO will only speed up the application of a workers Permanent Residents Application.

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Canadian Immigration Application - Skilled workers and Professionals

One of the more popular ways to apply for an Immigrants Visa application is through the Skilled workers and professionals category to the Federal Government of Canada.

Skilled workers have education, work experience, knowledge of English or French, and other abilities that will help them to establish themselves successfully as permanent residents in Canada.



To apply an applicant must pass the set selection criteria.

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
Total Maximum 100 points
Pass mark 67 points


To find out if you are qualified to apply you may visit the Website of the Canadian Embassy.

Or email your resume to jaraneta@go2canada.com.

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Provincial Nominee program (PNP) - Fast Immigration to Canada

>> Monday, September 1, 2008

An individual who wants to immigrate to Canada may also consider under Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program.

At present, prior to implementation of the approved amendment of the IRPA that ultimately aims to speed up a Residents Visa application to 6 to 12 months, most PNP applications are decided faster compared to applications forwarded to the Federal Skilled workers and professionals category.

Provincial nominees, as they will be called, are selected based on their ability to contribute to the province's economic development.

Most provinces in Canada participate in the Provincial Nomination Program, except Quebec, who doesn’t participate. Quebec as a province has entered into an agreement with the Government of Canada and has their own selection criteria for all economic immigrants wishing to immigrate to their province.

List of Canadian Provinces participating in the PNP


An applicant must first apply to the province of their choice and get a Provincial Nomination Certificate, before submitting an application to immigrate to Canada

After a successful nomination by the province they applied to, a separate application must be made to Citizenship and Immigration Canada for Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa.

Provincial Nomination Program processing times vary from one Canadian Immigration Visa office to another.

For more information on the Provincial Nomination Programs (PNP), I suggest you visit the Canadian Embassy website.

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