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Parent Grandparent Super Visa issued

>> Saturday, December 31, 2011

Last December 19, 2011 the first Parent Grandparent Super Visa was issued, as announced by Citizenship and Immigration Canada Minister Jason Kenny.


“We pledged to process the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa in less than eight weeks,” the Minister noted. “We’ve issued the first of the Super Visas in just two weeks and we remain committed to reuniting families through the Super Visa in a timely manner.”

The Parent and Grandparent Super Visa was launched as an option for parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents looking to visit their families in Canada for an extended period of time. The process for getting a Super Visa is simple and straightforward. Super Visa seekers use the same application form as applicants for the standard six-month visitor visa. Applicants for the Super Visa must also submit proof that the host child or grandchild meets a minimum income, demonstrate that they have purchased comprehensive Canadian medical insurance and undergo the Immigration Medical Examination.
[source cic.gc.ca]

The Parent Grand Parent super Visa is part of the initiative of Citizenship and Immigration Canada to unify Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents in Canada.

You can read about the requirements of this special Canada Visa application by clicking on the following link, Canada Super Visa.

For questions and clarifications about Parent Grandparent super Visa or any concerns about Canada Visa please email me at jaraneta@go2canada.com.

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Canada Visa Application Online Bulletin December 2011

>> Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Herewith is the latest Canada Visa Application Online Bulletin for December 2011.

If you have read my last post about your application update(Canada Visa Application Online Bulletin September 2011) you would know that there are currently four application types in the application for the Federal Skilled Workers application for Permanent Residents Visa in Canada.


Old Process (Applications filed November 2004 until February 27, 2008) - On the average, individuals who filed their application last NOVEMBER 16, 2004 are the ones who are receiving their Permanent Residents Visa for Canada.


The ones who are receiving their Medical Notice and Visa Notices- are those filed NOVEMBER 25, 2004


It approximately takes about 7 - 7.5 years to finish processing applications under this application process.

Should application backlogs in all the application systems be finally controlled, the processing for applications filed during this time may become faster.

Recent reports from the Citizenship and Immigration Canada further indicates that the backlog are getting smaller in volume.


Ministerial Instructions 1 - MI1 (applications filed February 28, 2008 until June 26, 2010):

During this application process, applicants were given 120 days to complete their documents for the second stage, some applicants were able to submit their applications faster than others. That is why as a reference, we will use the second stage filing as basis for the current processing time.

Those who submitted their documents at the Canadian Embassy last:

NOVEMBER 18, 2010 already received Medical Notice

SEPTEMBER 21, 2010 already received their Visa Notice

OCTOBER 16, 2010 are already Receiving their Visa

Ministerial Instructions 2 - MI2 (applications filed June 26, 2010 until June 30, 2011) :

Applicants who filed their application at the Centralized Intake Office - CIO last JUNE 25, 2011 are already receiving their Medical Notice.

Applicants who filed their application at the Centralized Intake Office - CIO last May 10, 2011 are already receiving their Visa Notices - Passport Request

Applicants who filed their application at the Centralized Intake Office - CIO last May 10, 2011 are receiving their Visas

Ministerial Instructions 3 - MI3 (applications filed July 1, 2011) :

Applications filed JULY 13, 2011 are receiving their Medical Notices.

Should you want to read the reasons for the backlog, you can read my last Canada Visa Application Online Bulletin last September by clicking this link -
Canada Visa Application Online Bulletin September 2011 .

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If you do not yet have an application for Permanent Residents Visa for Canada under the Federal Skilled Workers Visa application and/or if are one of those individuals who are wondering how you will be able to apply, you should know that you must have your application package ready at the beginning of the application process, which means that you have to start your application processing right now, send us an email with your resume attached so that we can determine if you are qualified, or give us a call to find out how.

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Parents and Grand Parents Super Visa Canada

>> Monday, December 5, 2011

Are you an Immigrant - Permanent Resident or a Citizen of Canada who wants to bring your Parent or Grandparent in Canada?

You now have another option to do that, using the recent addition to the list of Temporary Resident Visa's. This is called the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa.

If approved in the Super Visa Canada, your parent will be given a Visa Validity of 1o years and they will be able to stay in Canada for a maximum of 2 years before they will be required to exit Canada.

This is what you should know:

To apply your Parent or Grandparent must meet the following to apply for the Super Visa Canada:

*Be the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;

*Be found admissible to Canada; and meet certain other conditions.

Note: Your Parent of Grandparent cannot include dependents in their application. Only their spouse or common-law partner is eligible to accompany them under this provision.

Visa officers will consider several factors before deciding if a person will qualify under this application. Your parent or Grandparent must prove that they will become real visitors in Canada who will leave by choice at the end of their visit.

Among the things that could be considered are:

*the person’s ties to the home country

Do they have their own house? Do they have a healthy retiment plan, are they financially stable? Do they have their life in their country including their siblings or the rest of their families? Do they have investments?

*the purpose of the visit;

*the person’s family and financial situation;

*the overall economic and political stability of the home country; and

*an invitation from a Canadian host

In addition to being found admissible to Canada, your parent or grandparent will also be required to:

*provide a written commitment of financial support from you who is currently Canada; you must be able to send documentation that you meet the minimum income threshold to qualify you or your parent or Grandparent to apply for Super Visa Canada;

Table:

Low Income Cut-Off (LICO)

Size of Family Unit Minimum necessary income
1 person (your child or grandchild) $22,229
2 persons $27,674
3 persons $34,022
4 persons $41,307
5 persons $46,850
6 persons $52,838
7 persons $58,827
More than 7 persons, for each additional person, add $5,989

You should help your Parent or Grand parent prove that they have bought Canadian medical insurance coverage for at least one year; and complete an Immigration Medical Examination.

Quoting the cic.gc.ca website:

Proof that you have private medical insurance valid for a minimum of one year from a Canadian insurance company and that:

Covers health care, hospitalization and repatriation;
Provides a minimum coverage of $100,000; and
is valid for each entry to Canada and available for review by a port of entry officer.



What I suggest is for you to determine first if your income meets the Minimum Income Threshold for the application before we start your Parent or Grandparents application for Super Visa Canada

Interested?

Email me; email-jaraneta@go2canada.com, Cellphone: 09175415000

Office address:

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

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CIC - Citizenship and Immigration Canada goes Paperless

>> Monday, November 28, 2011

Aiming to help applicants for Canada Visa applications and saving money in the next 4 years, CIC - Citizenship and Immigration Canada, goes paperless

"Ottawa, November 25, 2011 — Citizenship and Immigration Canada will make the application process easier while saving $4.2 million over the next three years, by moving more of its business online, Minister Jason Kenney announced today.

This change will simplify the application process and make it more accessible to applicants. On line services allow people to apply whenever and wherever they want, with online tools to help navigate the immigration process and fill out forms. As part of the move to online services, beginning December 1, 2011, CIC will no longer print and mail out forms and application kits. If application forms cannot be completed and submitted electronically, applicants can print the forms themselves..."

Read from the Source

This is in the continuous effort of the Ministry of CIC Citizenship and Immigration Canada to make the application process easier and more economical for everybody concerned.

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First time Immigrant Discounted Airplane Tickets for Canada November 2011

>> Friday, November 4, 2011

If you already have your Visa and you are planning your trip for Canada as a first time immigrant, you should know that the Airlines normally gives first Time Immigrant Discounts for Canada on a monthly basis.

To help our clients avail of this privilege we refer them to our affiliate, CIC Travel Services, a Philippine SEC registered Travel agency, who gives our clients good advice and amazingly low ticket prices.


For this Month of November 2011, herewith are the First time Immigrant Discount Airplane ticket prices:




To know more about this, please send your inquiry to jaraneta@go2canada.com

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Canada Visa Application Online Bulletin September 2011

>> Monday, October 10, 2011

Canada Federal Skilled Workers Application update about the Old process – Ministerial Instruction 1 - MI1, Ministerial Instructions 2 - MI2 and Ministerial instruction 3 - MI3

At present there are four application types that is being processed at the Canadian Embassy.

This write up is to try and distinguish between all of them.

Old Process

Applications filed from 2004 until February 27, 2008, which are currently being processed within 7 years. The reason for this is because of the huge backlog (close to 1 million) that accumulated at that time.

In this system, there were more than 350 occupations being considered for Immigration. These were those that were in National Occupations Classification of Canada, O-Managerial, A-Professional and B-Skilled and trade occupation categories.

Applicants who filed during this time may have received approximate processing times by the Embassy when they were given the file number, unfortunately, it is not followed.

For our clients we have been constantly following up the Embassy for updates, but last time the Canadian Embassy wrote us asking to defray from making follow ups because the time they spent answering to our queries will be more productively used in processing our clients applications. Unfortunately, for the time being we can not do anything but wait. Under this batch of applicants, the most recent applicant who got their Visa were those filed November 9, 2004.

The most recent Visa notice that was issued were those filed, November 15, 2004.

If you were filed under this system, you can constantly check the E application Status of the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website, click on this link:

Client application Status



Both our Consultancy and you will be notified if you will already be asked to undergo the next phase, if upon checking you find out that your status says “on process” this means that you have to wait.

Although in preparation for the next stage, you have to review for the Internatilan English Language Testing – IELTS exam. You have to prepare for the General Training. From our experience you might be asked to take it. Although we are not telling you to take the exam right now, it would be best to start reviewing, here are some of the free IELTS blogs available in the internet:

Exam English


http://www.ielts-blog.com/


If you are not confident with your skill in the English language, there are a lot of review center’s for IELTS like, 9’ers.

Ministerial Instruction 1 - MI1

Last November 2008, the Citizenship and Immigration Canada, published the modifications on the Federal Skilled Workers class, permanent residents application for Canada. This was tagged ad Ministerial Instruction 1. Under this program, there were 38 high demand occupations identified as the eligible occupations for FSW application processing.

They limited the number of applications available to only 38 occupations (clicking on the link will show you the list) for reasons that they made processing faster, 6 to 12 months.

Not foreseeing the number of applications that they will receive, an huge influx of cases created another backlog, they applications for FSW MI1, is now being processed within 1 year and 6 months. The last application visa we received under this program was filed March 19, 2010.



Ministerial Instructions 2

Not wanting for the new backlog to worsen, Citizenship and Immigration Canada again, revised the Federal skilled Worker program last June 26, 2010, this time only limiting the applicants those with experience in the 29 in demand occupations (clicking on the link will show you the list) they called this change as the Ministerial Instructions 2.

Moreover, to insure that no backlog will be experienced once again, they added a few control measures.

A timeline of one (1) year will be observed. All future changes in the eligible list will start on July 1 and end on June 20 of the following year.

A cap or quota of 1000 applications per occupation was set

All applicants must have their full application package at the beginning of the application

This time the regulation change worked, applications in this system is processed with in the intended timeline, the last Visa we received for this regulation were filed April 6, 2011.


Ministerial instruction 3 - MI3

Wanting to fix the backlog in the previous processing systems, last July 1, 2011, they have retained the eligible list of occupations (clicking on the link will show you the list) in the previous Ministerial Instruction in Ministerial Instruction 3. Since the processing period takes 6 months to a year no visa has been issued yet but we have received positive assessments from the Centralized intake office (click on the link to read about the CIO), for applications filed July 9, 2011.

If you want to read about the details of Ministerial Instructions 3, please click on my previous blog post:

PR Visa Canada - FSW processed within 6 to 12 months

If you have work experience in the list of eligible occupations – 29 in demand Occupations, you have to file your application soon, otherwise miss the opportunity of a lifetime.

Give us a call! Act right now!

To answer your concerns about processing here are some of the Frequently asked questions with answers.

Will my fee be refunded if my application is returned or refused?

If you applied before February 27, 2008, the date the changes to the immigration law took effect, your application will be processed. You will not get a refund unless you choose to withdraw your application before it is processed.

If you applied on or after February 27, 2008, and your application is not eligible for processing, you will get a full refund. If your application is processed and it is refused, you will not get a refund.

Is the simplified application process still being used for skilled workers?

No. Changes have been made to the way skilled worker applications are processed. As a result, applicants are now asked to submit a completed regular application (IMM 0008).

Changes to federal skilled worker and investor immigration programs

Why are you introducing a cap?

We are now receiving more federal skilled worker applications than we can process and accept each year. We have more than enough applications on hand now to fill many of our needs. A cap is the only guaranteed way to limit the number of applications we receive. Without the cap on applications, processing times will get longer and a new backlog could be created.

We will continue to admit the same number of federal skilled workers as in previous years, and in fact we believe that there will be higher economic admissions this year in support of the recovery and further reductions in the backlog.

Changes to federal skilled worker and investor immigration programs

Is the annual cap by calendar year, fiscal year or from the date the instructions are published?

The cap for the third set of instructions begins July 1st, 2011, and ends on June 30th, 2012 (unless otherwise indicated in a future ministerial instruction).

If my occupation is part of the eligible list will my application be prioritized?

Sad to say no. Based on the current operations manual of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, you are given the option to either withdraw your old application and file a new one under the current Ministerial Instruction or file a new application simultaneous to your old one. Both options has pros and cons. If you withdraw your old application and file a new one, and you did not file on time and the cap for your occupation has been reached, then not only can you not file your application in the new rule, you no longer have that old application to look forward to.

If you file a simultaneous application, you will have to pay another set of filing fees.


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PR Visa Canada - FSW processed within 6 to 12 months

>> Thursday, September 22, 2011

If you have work experience in the following occupations:

0631 Restaurant and Food Service Managers
0811 Primary Production Managers (Except Agriculture)
1122 Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management
1233 Insurance Adjusters and Claims Examiners
2121 Biologists and Related Scientists
2151 Architects
3111 Specialist Physicians
3112 General Practitioners and Family Physicians
3113 Dentists
3131 Pharmacists
3142 Physiotherapists
3152 Registered Nurses

3215 Medical Radiation Technologists
3222 Dental Hygienists & Dental Therapists
3233 Licensed Practical Nurses
4151 Psychologists
4152 Social Workers
6241 Chefs
6242 Cooks
7215 Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades
7216 Contractors and Supervisors, Mechanic Trades
7241 Electricians (Except Industrial & Power System)
7242 Industrial Electricians
7251 Plumbers
7265 Welders & Related Machine Operators
7312 Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
7371 Crane Operators
7372 Drillers & Blasters - Surface Mining, Quarrying & Construction
8222 Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Service


And always wanted to go to Canada as an Immigrant because you want to avail of its various social welfare benefits:

Free Health Care, Free Education for your Children from Elem to high school, Allowances for your children until 18 years old (Child Tax Benefit), Maternity leave of up to 1 year, College student loan for your children where they will pay when they are already working, adequate retirement income, Great income opportunity, Disability Income, etc; now is definitely the time, PR Visa applications for Canada under the FSW (Federal Skilled Workers) program is processed within 6 to 12 months.


But you have to hurry!

This is on a limited time offer from the Canadian Government. The application is a three step process, first your PR Visa Canada application will be sent to the Centralized intake office, in Sydney Nova Scotia where they will assess your application, if you get a positive assessment they will then transfer your application to the Visa office where you are residing so that your Permanent Visa will be processed till you get your Permanent Residents Visa for Canada.

The current regulation of the Federal Skilled Workers (FSW) - PR Visa Canada application,has been revised last last July 1, 2011 eleven in the Ministerial instructions 3 (click on this link to read more about the program). These are the highlights to said changes:

It has been noted that the following changes will take place:

1. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will limit the intake of new applications to 10,000 between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.

2. Only maximum of 500 applications per occupation would be considered.

3. The List of 29 Eligible occupations, will be retained.

4. There are other changes affecting the Federal Investor Immigrant Program and Federal Entrepreneur Program.

5. Interested applicants must have the complete application package (set of generic and special documentary requirements) at the beginning of the application.

How will this affect you?

If your occupation is in the current list of eligible occupations (29 in demand list), you definitely have to start your application right now! At this very moment! If the list of eligible occupation changes and it no longer contains your occupation, you will loose the opportunity of a lifetime.

Opportunity knocks but only once, this maybe your only chance to go to Canada as a PR Visa grantee, we hope that you do not waste it. You can either take advantage of and opportunity or let it go to waste, its your choice.

If your occupation is not currently on the list, but belong to job Categories O, A or B (Managerial, Professional, Skilled or trade) you should start completing your full application package right away, so that when your occupation is already in the list you can file your application immediately to secure a slot before it runs out.

A lot of applicants visit to consult me how they can take advantage of the current Canadian PR Visa Program, and I tell them that if they really want to go to Canada they have to change their mindset, the recent changes calls for it, and start completing their Full application package ASAP! Thereby making themselves eligible for the current PR VISA Canada program.

If they are in the current list, and they made it on time to file their applications because there is still and available slot, they should do so.

If they are still not on the list but belong to job categories A, O or B, they still have to start completing their full application package so that they can take advantage of the opportunity when it comes.

There no compromise, anybody who wants to go to Canada must first make themselves eligible before filing their application, if you don't then you will never be able to qualify for the program.

You will keep on missing your chance to change your current situation to a better quality of life.

If you have visited our office and found out that you are already qualified, start now!

If you still do not know if you are qualified email your resume to jaraneta@go2canada.com

Or fill out the online application form.

Online Application form

Application updates:

For clients filed under the old process applications filed last November 2004 are the ones who got their Visa's issued. The reason why your applications are delayed is because of the backlog that the Embassy had during the time your application was filed. Your application will still be processed. In the meantime, make sure that you ready yourself to take the IELTS exam (General Training), the embassy will ask you to take it.

Ministerial Instructions 1 - clients who's second stage requirements filed August 25, 2010 at the Canadian Embassy are the ones who got their Visa's

Ministerial Instruction 2 - Client processing times are current within 6 months

If you have friends of relatives who wants to go to Canada tell them to email their resumes to me or fill out the online application form. The only way that they can do that is to make their selves eligible right now by completing their full application package whether or not they are in the current eligible list or not. So that when their occupations are called on, they can file right away, not doing so would mean that they will always ran out of available slots.



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