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Canada Application Status

>> Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Canada Application Status


Citizenship and Immigration Canada has Client Application Status service from within its website lets immigration to Canada applicants check the status of their immigration applications online.


This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Information on the Client Application Status service is updated weekly.

You may use this service if you have:

sponsored a member of the family class;
applied for permanent residence from within or outside Canada;
applied for a permanent resident card (initial, replacement or renewal);
applied for Canadian citizenship (grant of citizenship);
applied for Canadian citizenship for a person adopted by a Canadian citizen (on or after January 1, 1947);
applied for a citizenship certificate (proof of Canadian citizenship);
applied to renounce Canadian citizenship; or
applied to resume Canadian citizenship.

Before making an inquiry you have to make sure that you have your documents regarding your application handy so that you can use your reference numbers when asked. Documents like your Immigration file number, client ID Number, receipt number, record of landing number, permanent resident Card Number, citizenship receipt number, citizenship file number or confirmation of permanent residents number.

You can locate the Client Application Status or CAS at the upper right corner of the http://www.cic.gc.ca/ website or you can click on the following link:

Client Application Status

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Canada Visa Application Online Bulletin January 2012

>> Monday, January 30, 2012

Canada Visa Application Online Bulletin January 2012

As part of my monthly post informing applicants for Federal Skilled Worker application FSW Canada status herewith is the Canada Visa Application Online Bulletin January 2012.

Old process application - applications filed November 2004 until February 26, 2008

Those who has received their Medical Notice - applications filed November 25, 2004

Those who has received their Visa's - Applications filed November 19, 2004

As mentioned in my previous posts, the reason for delay has to do with the backlog caused by the volume of applications they have received during this time. In the Old process, the occupations qualified to apply under the Federal Skilled Workers program were about 350 plus occupations. Causing a backlog of about a million application making the processing time become slower and slower.

At present applicants who filed in the old process are waiting for their application results for about 7 years.

Some of the applicants who's occupation were in the recent Ministerial Instructions, filed simultaneous applications to and benefited from the speed of the new procedure.

If you are one of the applicants who is still waiting for your application result under the old system, you can do the same but you would have to shell out money for the filing fee, as well as gather new documentation for reasons that the current regulation requires for an applicant to have complete documentation at the the beginning of the the application. This time the applicant also need to take the International English Language Testing System Test -IELTS results as part of the requirement.

To know more about the IELTS requirement please click on the following link:

IELTS Canada

On the other hand, if you just want to wait for the result of your filed application in the old system, you should still review for your IELTS, the embassy usually requires applicants to take the IELTS before they finalize your application.


Ministerial Instruction 1 (MI1) - Applications filed February 28, 2008 until June 26, 2010


Those who has received their Medical Notice - applications filed for second stage on June 18, 2010

Those who has received their Visa - applications filed for second stage on June 29, 2010

Ministerial Instruction 2 (MI2) - Applications filed June 26, 2010 until June 30, 2011


Those who has received their Medical Notice - applications filed at the CIO June 25, 2011

Those who has received their Visa's - Applications filed at the CIO July 22, 2010

Ministerial Instruction 3 (MI3) - Applications filed July 1, 2011 until June 30, 2012

Those who has received their Medical Notice - applications filed at the CIO August 24, 2011

Those who has received their Visa Notice - Applications filed at the CIO July 29, 2011

To learn more about your other options please click the following link to read my previous post:

Catching the next big wave - Immigrating to Canada learning your options


Also read about the most recent Visa application offered by the Canadian Government:

Super Visa Canada

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Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

>> Sunday, January 29, 2012

If you are considering applying under the Federal Skilled Workers program, but your occupation is currently not on the list of Eligible occupations but you have friends and relatives in Manitoba Canada, then you may consider applying under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program or MPNP.

Basically, you need somebody from Manitoba to Nominate you to the province.

Successful applicants who's nomination will get approved by the province will receive a Manitoba Provincial Nomination Certificate, which will speed-up the Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa application process.

Under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), you may qualify under one of the following

categories:


Manitoba PNP Priority Assessment Stream

There are four different streams under this Category.

Manitoba Employer Direct Stream - Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they will live in Manitoba for good. Under this stream, you the applicant must already be working in Manitoba on a Temporary Work Permit for at least 6 months and have a permanent job offer from the employer that you are working for.

It is required that the employer:

Proves that his unable to fill the position with a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident;
Is offering full time, permanent position; and
Offers compensation consistent with regional wages and existing collective bargaining agreements of Manitoba Canada.

Manitoba Regular International Student Stream - You as the Applicant must:
Have graduated from a post-secondary program in Manitoba of at least one year;

Have successfully applied for a post-graduation work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada which means that being a graduate alone is not enough for this category, you must have a Post-Graduation Work Permit; and currently working in Manitoba and have received a full-time, permanent employment offer from the employer you are working for.

Manitoba International Student Strategic Initiative- You as the Applicant must:
Have graduated or are eligible to graduate from a post-secondary program in Manitoba of at least two academic years, post secondary means a college program; and must have already registered for Manitoba Immigration's employment readiness program.

Manitoba Family Support Stream - Applicants must have an Affidavit of Support from a close relative living in Manitoba (a parent, child, sibling, cousin, niece/nephew, aunt/uncle, or grandparent), and must meet the following minimum criteria:

age between 21 to 49;
Have a minimum of a 1 year post-secondary education or training program with diploma, certificate or degree;
Have a minimum of two years work experience over the past five years; and
Have sufficient language skills to be employable upon arrival in Manitoba.

Manitoba PNP General Stream
If you do not qualify under the Priority Assessment stream, you may still apply if you are eligible for the General Stream, which works on a points system.

You also must provide one of the following:

Proof of a close family member in Manitoba; or
Two Affidavits of Support from distant relatives or close friends in Manitoba; If you only have one friend but is married and both of the couples are working the wife or husband of the friend can sign the affidavit of support to complete the nomination or
Evidence of a completed education program in Manitoba (non-language training) or;
Proof of at least six months previous full-time work in Manitoba.

Assessment in the General Stream is based on a Point System.

To be considered you must score at least 55 points as assessed by a MPNP program office according the MPNP General Stream Criteria.

Factors considered in the assessment

Age
Education or training
Work Experience
Language Ability
Adaptability
Social support in Canada
If you have previous education or work experience in Manitoba Canada

If you have relatives or friends in Manitoba, and want to be assessed you can email your resume to jaraneta@go2canada.com with the following subject: Manitoba assessment.

In the letter indicate the following:

Degree of relation to the Relative - (be specific ex. Fathers brother, Mothers Cousin...)
Where your relatives or friends settled in Canada.

Manitoba PNP Immigration Program for Business
To qualify as a Manitoba Business Nominee, you as the applicant must have previously visited Manitoba, and have the intent to establish a business in the province, you must:

Have a minimum personal net worth of CDN $350,000;
Make a minimum equity investment in Manitoba of CDN $150,000;
Demonstrate at least 3 years of business experience or extensive experience in senior management of a successful company; and Supply a CDN $75,000 deposit to the Government of Manitoba, guaranteeing the establishment or purchase of a business in Manitoba within 2 years of obtaining a Permanent Resident Visa. The deposit is returned without interest once the proposed business and investment in Manitoba have been undertaken and the nominee is living in Manitoba.


Manitoba Young Farmer Nominee Program
This category is designed for experienced young farmers who wants to become permanent Residents of Manitoba Canada (principal applicants must be under 40 years of age) who wish to enter into farming ventures in Manitoba. Applicants must make an exploratory visit to Manitoba for at least 7 days prior to application. To qualify under the program, applicants must:

Have a minimum personal net worth of CDN$150,000 (after relocation to Manitoba);
Make a minimum equity investment of CDN$150,000 in Manitoba;
Have a minimum of 3 years of farm ownership or farm management experience; and
Principle applicant must be under 40 years of age.

Manitoba PNP Strategic Recruitment Initiatives
Strategic Recruitment Initiatives are undertaken at the discretion of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program - MPNP in accordance with the needs of the MPNP and its available resources. This category considers applicants who:

Have received a letter of invitation to apply from the MPNP as part of an MPNP targeted promotional initiative;
Are an adult dependent of an approved Provincial Nominee who does not meet the criteria to be included on the nominee's application; or Have the support of an ethnocultural community organization or a regional economic development organization in Manitoba that will help candidates arrange an exploratory visit that has been pre-
approved by the MPNP.

For more information on Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), read from the Manitoba Website http://www.immigratemanitoba.com. To get instant updates about Canada Immigration and other opportunities, click on the subscribe button of this blog.

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Criminal Inadmissibility

>> Friday, January 27, 2012

Criminal Inadmissibility Canada Immigration, Canada Visa, Canada Mapquest, Mapquest Canada

Part of the application process for securing a Canadian Permanent Resident Visa or any form of Canada Visa, is to determine an applicants criminal inadmissibility.

Criminal Inadmissibility means a person or applicant for any Canada Visa, will not be admitted or given permission to enter Canada because they have committed or have been convicted of a crime in, or outside Canada.

So what makes an applicant Criminally inadmissible to enter Canada?

This is one of the questions that sometimes comes up when I discuss a particular Canada Visa process for Canada to an inquiry.

For this I would like to direct your attention to a part of the Citizenship and Immigration Canada's website, cic.gc.ca, that answers will aim to answer all your questions regarding criminal Inadmissibility which includes answers to questions like:


"I have been charged with a crime but my trial is still under way. Will I be allowed to enter Canada?

No. You are considered criminally inadmissible if:

you have a trial under way;
there is a warrant out for your arrest;
you have charges pending against you; or
an officer has credible information that you committed an offence outside Canada.

When am I eligible to apply for rehabilitation?

You are eligible to apply for rehabilitation if:

you committed a crime outside Canada (for which you were not charged) and five years have passed since or you were convicted of a crime outside Canada and five years have passed since the end of your sentence..."


To know more read from the source (cic.gc.ca) by clicking on the following link:

Criminal Inadmissibility for Canada Visa applications.

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Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program - AINP summary

>> Thursday, January 26, 2012

Under the Provincial Nominee program of Canada is the Alberta - Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program - AINP.

As a province the province of Alberta has its own set of rules and requirements in its Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program.

The following is a summary of what its provincial Nominee program has to offer.

Notice: The AINP is currently not accepting applications under the AINP U.S. Visa Holder

Category and the AINP Family Stream. Applications postmarked after August 23, 2010 will be returned. Applications postmarked on or before August 23, 2010 that meet all program criteria will be accepted for processing and will be processed according to AINP Processing Times and U.S. Visa Holder Category or Family Stream criteria.

See the following News Release for further information [from source http://www.albertacanada.com/]


Streams and Categories:

Skilled worker or Alberta employer
You are a foreign worker and have a permanent, full-time job offer from an Alberta employer in a skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, B-Managerial, Professional, Skilled and Trade)

OR

You are an Alberta employer wanting to retain a skilled foreign worker on a permanent, full-time basis.

read about it from the source - Skilled Worker Category

International graduate or Alberta employer
You are a recent graduate from a Canadian post-secondary institution and have a permanent, full-time job offer from an Alberta employer in a skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, B- Managerial, Professional, Skilled and Trade)

OR

You are an Alberta employer wanting to retain an international graduate on a permanent, full-time basis As a candidate you must at least show that you graduated under a post secondary, undergraduate or graduate levels of education in Alberta and has had at least 6 months work experience related to the field of study you have graduated from.

read about it from the source - International Graduate Category

Semi-skilled worker or Alberta employer
You are a foreign worker and have a permanent, full-time job offer from an Alberta employer in an eligible semi-skilled occupation (NOC C or D - semi skilled occupations).

OR

You are an Alberta employer wanting to retain an eligible semi-skilled foreign worker on a permanent, full-time basis.

Please note: only select occupations from the following industries are eligible:

Food and beverage processing industry
Hotel and lodging industry:
Food and beverage servers and room attendants
Front desk agent/clerk
Manufacturing industry
Long-Haul Trucking industry
Food services industry (pilot project)

As a candidate you must be currently working in Canada Alberta on a work permit for an eligible AINP Semi-Skilled Occupation, must prove that you are a high school graduate (note that for Filipinos Canada standards on High school graduate may mean second year college because they have additional grade levels in their primary education standards)

read about it from the source - Semi-Skilled Worker Category


Tradesperson
You are a tradesperson who has an Alberta Qualification Certificate in a Compulsory or Optional Trade and you have received an invitation to apply to the AINP.

As a candidate you must show that you have a certificate from Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT), currently working in Alberta in the Compulsory and optional trades eligible occupations or have at least 6 (six) months work experience in these occupations in Alberta within the last 2 years.

read about it from the source - Compulsory and optional trades

Engineer
You are an engineer, designer or drafter with Alberta work experience.

As a candidate you must currently be working or have worked for at least six months within the last 2 years for a A recognized, reputable and well-established Alberta Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) Company as a designer or drafter, and must be currently residing in Alberta

Learn more: Engineering Occupations Category

Farmer
You are a farmer who wants to come to Alberta to establish or purchase a farming business.

As a candidate you must be able to prove that you have the necessary education, skills and experience to manage your own farming business in Alberta, must meet the minimum investment requirements via financial documentations and be able to propose a financially viable business in Alberta.

Learn more: Self-Employed Farmer Stream

Since the direct relative stream of the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program is currently suspended its clear that to be nominated by the province of Alberta Canada, you should either be nominated by an employer. The province can also nominate you if you can prove that you can manage a business or show that you possess a certificate from the
Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) under the compulsory and optional trades program.

All information narrated in this post is from the website of the province of Alberta - http://www.albertacanada.com.

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Mapquest Canada: Driving Direction, Map and Video

>> Monday, January 23, 2012

Mapquest Manitoba, Mapquest Alberta, Mapquest Saskatchewan, Mapquest Quebec, Mapquest Canada, Mapquest

Canada is a big place. This is probably the reason why one of the most searched word in my blog, is Mapquest Canada.

Here is an update to my previous posts:
Mapquest Canada: Road Maps and Driving Direction and Mapquest for Canada Maps and Directions.

As the third largest country in the world you will appreciate the easy way you can navigate Mapquest Canada as a Website. Whats more it has launched its new application, Mapquest Driving Directions for Mobile Phones:



Canada is composed of 10 provinces and three territories. Start familiarizing the map of the Province or territory where you plan to settle. If you are planning to settle in Vancouver BC, then start with Mapquest Vancouver Canada. If in Ontario, then start with Mapquest Ontario Canada. Just google search it, in your url indicate google.com, then in the search bar Mapquest then the province you want to explore whether be it Mapquest Manitoba, Mapquest Alberta, Mapquest Saskatchewan, Mapquest Quebec.

Try it and see if you like the new mobile phone app for Mapquest Canada but please drive safely.

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IELTS Canada

Due to the many changes in the IELTS (International English Testing System) Canada requirement, it is easy to get conflicting answers when you ask the question as to what really is the actual requirement.

To clear thing up about the IELTS Canada requirement I decided to write this post.

Common Questions:

Until when is IELTS valid? 1 year or 2 years?

For Canada Immigration purposes, which is to be taken? IELTS - General Training Modules? Or IELTS - Academic test?

Can I use other written evidence as proof of my language proficiency?

Would it be okay to submit my application first before I take the IELTS Canada Exam?

Answer:


Its easy to get confused about the validity of an IELTS result because Citizenship and Immigration Canada kept on changing the regulation. As of the most recent update, IELTS results are valid for two years.

Both IELTS General Training and IELTS Academic were used to be accepted as proof for an applicants proof of English proficiency. Although at present, only General Training is accepted.

For applicants who's first language was not English, it was always strongly recommended that they take the IELTS exam. But in the early years, other applicants were awarded full points even if they only submitted written explanations to prove their English proficiency for Canada Immigration.

At present however, IELTS is the only proof you can submit to hope and get the full points of sixteen in your English Proficiency.

To learn more about the points system, read Canadian Immigration points system.

Here is the actual update from Citizenship and Immigration Canada's Operation Manual 6, for overseas processing.

"12.11. Other written evidence For applications received at the CIO on or after June 26, 2010, other written evidence of language proficiency will not be accepted. All applications must be accompanied by the results of the principal applicant’s English or French language proficiency assessment. Only test results from a third party language testing agency designated by the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism will be accepted (see section 12.6)."
[source cic.gc.ca operations manuals]

For your Permanent Resident Visa Application, IELTS Canada is part of the requirement on the first stage of your application. So you have to take the IELTS in advance before you file your application.

But since IELTS is not the only requirement for Canada Immigration application, you should not wait for your IELTS results before you start completing your requirements. If you do that, you will run out of time. From experience those who are successful with their applications collects and completes the requirements simultaneously or at the same time. They would gather their documents at the same time as they are reviewing to take the IELTS.

To know more about IELTS Canada requirement, read from my other posts:

On Canada VISA IELTS Requirement - Genenral Training or Academic, One Year or Two Years - this post will also explain what scores you need to get for your Canada Visa application.

IELTS Results

To learn about the current Immigration Canada regulation read:

Catching the next big wave - Immigrating to Canada learning your options

PR Visa Canada - FSW processed within 6 to 12 months

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Catching the next big wave - Immigrating to Canada learning your options

>> Sunday, January 22, 2012

This post Catching the next big wave - Immigrating to Canada learning your options, is to let you know what programs are available to help you immigrate to Canada.

By far the easiest and fastest immigration program to Canada is the Federal Skilled Workers-FSW, Permanent Residents Visa Application.

If qualified, an applicant will get the results of their application within 6 to 12 months.

- Under this program applicants must have work experience in the list of eligible

occupations for the program. - click this link to read the current 29 in demand occupations.

- Must have all their documentary requirements at the beggining of the application.

- And apply while their occupations are still in the list of eligible occupations for this program has a timeline, 1 year. It usually starts on July 1 and ends on June 30 of the following year.

Which means that the next set of occupations will be out soon, on July 1, 2012.

Considering the set of regulations for this program, you must ready your full application package (generic and special requirements) so that you can apply as soon as you find out that you are eligible to apply.

You can not wait until the new list is published before you make a move to start processing your papers because there is also a quota or cap for each occupation currently accepted.

For individuals whos occupation is in the list and can still apply because there are still slots available you must apply right now, when the occupation changes on July 1, 2012 and your occupation is no longer in the list you will no longer be able to apply.

The basic requirement for you to hope to qualify for this program is to plan ahead. Get ready and start processing your full application package, right now before the list changes. Only those who understands that getting ready on a timely fashion is the key to becoming successful for this program can take advantage of this opportunity.

Understandably, you will incur investments in both time and money when you start processing
your requirements ahead of time, even without knowing if your occupation will be on the next list, this is a risk that you have to take if you want to be able to apply for this fast and easy immigration program for Canada.

Other than being on the list of eligible occupation, an applicant will also be subjected to the selection criteria or commonly known as the point system, to know if you are qualified please click on the following link:

Canada Immigration Points System



Provincial Nomination program (PNP)

To simplify, an applicant has to be nominated to become a perment resident to qualify for the PNP.

Each of the 11 provinces who has their own style and preference.

Who can nominate you will depend of the kind of program the province has. The common stream to all provinces is that an employer can nominate you to become a Permanent Resident.

But this is not very easy considering that you would have to convince the employer to give you the time of the day, in processing your nomination.

In some provinces, direct relatives can nominate, in one province even friends or organizations can nominate you to become a Permanent Resident in Canada.

It would be best to find out first which part of Canada your relatives and friends are residing before you know more about this program.

Doing so, would help you focus your searh on the province that is applicable to you.

Even in provinces where only the employer can nominate, your friends may be able to help
you find an employer who is interested in your particular skills and experience.

To know more about this program, you can click on the following link:

Provincial Nominee program (PNP) - Fast Immigration to Canada

Arranged employment Opinion - AEO

You will only be able to apply for this Immigration program if you have an employer who will be willing to apply your Arranged Employment Opinion in Canada with the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

An arranged employment opinion (AEO) is based on these factors :

The job offer is permanent (not contractual);
The job offer is genuine;

The wages and working conditions offered for the job are comparable to those offered to Canadians working in the occupation;

The employment is full-time, not seasonal.

Getting an approval on the AEO application would mean that you will be able to process your

Permanent Residents Visa application for Canada; this will not give you a work permit there is a different application process for that which I will discuss next.

To learn more about the process of getting an AEO please click on the following link:

Applying for an Arranged employment Opinion (Arranged Employment Offers are only applicable to applicants with work experience in NOC job Categories O, A and B - Managerial, Professional, skilled and Trade Occupations)

Labor Market Opinion

Like the Arranged Employment Opinion, you can only be processed under this program if you
find an employer who needs your skills set and will be willing to process your Labor Market Opinion with the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

What goes unnoticed is that the LMO program has two facets.

An employer can give a permanent and full time Job offer and give the employee the chance to work in Canada as well as apply for a Permanent Residents Visa application. (applicable to applicants with work experience in NOC job Categories O, A and B - Managerial , Professional, skilled and Trade Occupations)

While a contractual or temporary job offer will only give the employee the opportunity to work in Canada until his or her contract with the employee expires. - applicable to all occupational codes even Semi Skilled job classifications.

To know more about how Labor Market Opinions are processed please click on the following

link:

Applying for Labor market opinion (LMO)

These are the three most common programs that will allow applicants to get a Permanent Residents Visa for Canada.

They share almost identical documentary requirements for the worker.

Which means that if you hope to be able to apply for any of the three programs, you should first ready your full application package, this will increase your chances of taking advantage of said Visa application opportunities.

The key is to ready your full application package ASAP, so that when the time comes that these programs changes you will be able to apply right away, there is no other way to do this but to plan ahead.

In my next post I will discuss the other options for getting a Permanent Residents Visa for Canada. To instantly get news about Canadian Opportunities click on the subscribe button, if you want to have your credentials assessed if you qualify for the current Ministerial Instruction please click on the free assessment button.

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Canada cap as of January 16, 2012

>> Tuesday, January 17, 2012


In relation to my last post Canada cap as of January 13, 2012, here is the Canada Cap update for January 16, 2012.

Note:

The current Canada Cap is set at 500 applications for each of the 29 in demand occupation.

The number of applications received in published every week at the cic.gc.ca website.

The list of occupations as well as the current Canada Cap, will run until June 30, 2012. On July 1, 2012 Citizenship and Immigration Canada will either set a new list and a new Canada Cap or retain the current list and quota.


Applications received toward the overall cap: 6,774 of 10,000 as of January 16, 2012

Applications received per eligible occupation:

Eligible Occupation
(by National Occupational Classification [NOC] code)
Number of Complete Applications Received*
0631 – Restaurant and Food Service Managers500 (Cap reached)**
0811 – Primary Production Managers (Except Agriculture)76
1122 – Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management500 (Cap reached)**
1233 – Insurance Adjusters and Claims Examiners247
2121 – Biologists and Related Scientists500 (Cap reached)**
2151 – Architects373
3111 – Specialist Physicians500 (Cap reached)**
3112 – General Practitioners and Family Physicians500 (Cap reached)**
3113 – Dentists500 (Cap reached)**
3131 – Pharmacists500 (Cap reached)**
3142 – Physiotherapists149
3152 – Registered Nurses500 (Cap reached)**
3215 – Medical Radiation Technologists42
3222 – Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists24
3233 – Licensed Practical Nurses350
4151 – Psychologists87
4152 – Social Workers395
6241 – Chefs80
6242 – Cooks192
7215 – Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades90
7216 – Contractors and Supervisors, Mechanic Trades233
7241 – Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System)107
7242 – Industrial Electricians107
7251 – Plumbers29
7265 – Welders and Related Machine Operators37
7312 – Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics41
7371 – Crane Operators10
7372 – Drillers and Blasters – Surface Mining, Quarrying and Construction8
8222 – Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Service97

*The number of complete Federal Skilled Worker applications received as of January 16, 2012 is approximate.

**Once the cap has been reached, we can only accept applications for this occupation from people with an existing offer of arranged employment.

Note: Due to the high volume of applications we receive, the CIO cannot review each application for completeness on the same day it arrives at the office. The numbers on this page are updated at least once a week, but these figures are meant as a guide only. There is no guarantee that an application sent in now will fall within the cap by the time it reaches the CIO. We are looking into ways to minimize the effect of this on website updates.

Source [cic.gc.ca]

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how you can contact the Centralized Intake Office

Have you applied for a Permanent Residents Visa for Canada after the new ministerial instructions took place?

If you applied within February 28, 2008 until present then you probably sent your application to the Centralized intake office.

Whether you applied under the Citizenship Multicultural Immigration Canada's Ministerial Instruction 1 (MI1), Ministerial Instructions 2 (MI2) or Ministerial Instructions 3 (MI3) chances are your application was sent to the CIO. If you can not relate to the application titles, you can click on the individual link and it will lead you to the explanation of the Ministerial Instruction.

Do you want to check your application status but can not find the contact number of the CIO? Well the thing is they do not have one, but you can mail your inquiry to


CIO-Sydney-Search-Enquiry@cic.gc.ca.

You will not receive a reply to your email if:

you have not already applied under one of the above categories
you are not authorized to receive personal information
you applied within the last six weeks
your enquiry concerns a topic other than your case

You can also send them a letter:

Courier address
Centralized Intake Office
47-49 Dorchester Street
Sydney, NS B1P 5Z2
Canada

Write the program you are applying under on the outside of the envelope (federal skilled worker / FSW, provincial nominee / PN, Quebec-selected skilled worker / QSW, investor)

Sorry to say though that how you can contact the Centralized Intake Office is only by this means.

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foreign worker qualifications assessment

As a newly landed immigrant, part of your challenge to try and go back to your carreer in a a new country. As a foreign Worker in Canada, your work experience as well as your education may not be that relevant to the current labour market.

Depending on which province you will eventually wish to settle, as a foreign worker, you may be asked to either study for a few years and eventually take the licensure examination to be able to practice your trade or profession.

Clients of our companies would normally handle this assessment when they already land in Canada, via the
Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO).

Last January 16, 2012 Canada launched a website that aims to help newly landed immigrants in their credentials assessment, to help them integrate much easier to Canada's Labour Market.

The International Qualification Network (IQN) website, is here to make the transition of your career from your home country to Canada easier. Basically its a virtual space for employers, regulatory bodies, governments and organizations helping immigrants to capitalize with foreign workers credentials on promising qualification assessment and recognition practices.

The information posted on the IQN will benefit everyone in all jurisdictions across Canada. Examples of innovative foreign qualifications practices include:

  • The Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre in Nova Scotia posted a profile of its program to assist internationally educated health-care professionals in getting their credentials recognized and integrating into the province’s labour market. The profile serves as a model for other nursing associations in other provinces to design their own program.
  • The Multi-jurisdictional Midwifery Bridging Project (MMBP) posted an outline of its eight-month bridging program for internationally educated midwives who want to practice in British Columbia, Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Nova Scotia. The outline provides valuable information to foreign midwives and organizations assisting immigrants.

read more from the source of the article cic.gc.ca

IQN website:

http://www.credentials-competences.gc.ca.

As a person with foreign worker credentials, this website aims to help you reach your full potential when you reach and land in Canada.


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Canada cap as of January 13, 2012

>> Thursday, January 12, 2012

As you all know the Federal Skilled Workers program for Permanent Residents Visa application for Canada has an imposed quota or Canada Cap, for the total applications that they will received for the third Ministerial Instruction.

The current Canada Cap is set at 500 applications for each of the 29 in demand occupation.

The number of applications received in published every week at the cic.gc.ca website.

The list of occupations as well as the current Canada Cap, will run until June 30, 2012. On July 1, 2012 Citizenship and Immigration Canada will either set a new list and a new Canada Cap or retain the current list and quota.

To date here is the update on the total applications received:

Applications received toward the overall cap: 6,646 of 10,000 as of January 12, 2012

Applications received per eligible occupation:

Eligible Occupation
(by National Occupational Classification [NOC] code)
Number of Complete Applications Received*
0631 – Restaurant and Food Service Managers 500 (Cap reached)**
0811 – Primary Production Managers (Except Agriculture) 76
1122 – Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management 500 (Cap reached)**
1233 – Insurance Adjusters and Claims Examiners 240
2121 – Biologists and Related Scientists 500 (Cap reached)**
2151 – Architects 357
3111 – Specialist Physicians 483
3112 – General Practitioners and Family Physicians 500 (Cap reached)**
3113 – Dentists 497
3131 – Pharmacists 500 (Cap reached)**
3142 – Physiotherapists 143
3152 – Registered Nurses 500 (Cap reached)**
3215 – Medical Radiation Technologists 41
3222 – Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists 23
3233 – Licensed Practical Nurses 340
4151 – Psychologists 82
4152 – Social Workers 371
6241 – Chefs 74
6242 – Cooks 185
7215 – Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades 88
7216 – Contractors and Supervisors, Mechanic Trades 225
7241 – Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System) 102
7242 – Industrial Electricians 105
7251 – Plumbers 28
7265 – Welders and Related Machine Operators 36
7312 – Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics 39
7371 – Crane Operators 9
7372 – Drillers and Blasters – Surface Mining, Quarrying and Construction 7
8222 – Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Service 95


*The number of complete Federal Skilled Worker applications received as of January 12, 2012 is approximate.

**Once the cap has been reached, we can only accept applications for this occupation from people with an existing offer of arranged employment.
Source cic.gc.ca

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More Federal Skilled Workers in 2012

>> Sunday, January 8, 2012

Goodnews! This year, 2012, more Federal and Skilled Workers will be welcomed in Canada.

As announced by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney, last November 3, 2011.

Federal Skilled Worker Programs is still biggest source of Permanent Residents for Canada. This year the Government of Canada aims to accept 55,000 to 57,000 new Federal Skilled Workers.

Ottawa, November 3, 2011 – The Government of Canada is planning to welcome more federal skilled workers in 2012, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) remains the principal avenue for permanent immigration to Canada. In 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) plans to welcome 55,000–57,000 federal skilled workers, up from 47,000–47,400 in the 2011 Immigration Levels Plan.

"“The government’s number one priority remains the economy. We recognize the importance of immigration to our labour market and we value the contributions of skilled immigrants who add to our international competitiveness,”" said Minister Kenney. "“We are committed to facilitating the arrival of the best and the brightest to our country.”"


Read from the source, Citizenship and Immigration Canada Website.

The current program for Federal Skilled Worker Class, which is processed within 6 to 12 months, has four very important measures that applicants need to consider:

1. Only those applicants who have work experience in the eligible list of occupations can apply.

2. The time-line for the application is between July 1 up to June 30 of the following year.

3. The complete application package is required at the beginning of the the application process.

4. There is a quota for each eligible list, last June 26, 2010 the quota per occupation was 1000 while last July 1, 2011 it was 500 per occupation.

Since the list of eligible occupations is not published in advance, those who wants to apply for this program must ready the full application package to make themselves eligible for the program.

Readying the Application package is the minimum requirements to make sure that you can take advantage of this opportunity, not doing so would mean that you will loose slots even during the time when your occupation is part of the eligible list for Federal Skilled Worker class Permanent Residents Application for Canada.

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