Canada Immigration

Which is the best way to immigrate to Canada?

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Well, at now, federal Express Entry System is the best way to immigrate to Canada. It’s an online and point based system introduced by IRCC (Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada) in 2015. Express Entry is based on point system called CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System).Every year, tens of thousands of people apply and obtain Canada Permanent Residency via federal express entry System. Express Entry has three main sub-categories, i.e.

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

The Canadian government plans to invite 74,900 people as permanent residents via express entry in the year 2018. The express entry target this year is 4 percent higher compared to the year 2017.

Also readWhich is the best pathway to get PR Visa in Canada in 2018

Canada immigration Pathway in 2018

Documents needed to apply for express entry

If you want to apply Canada PR via Express entry, you need to create your profile on federal express entry system. You need to have following key documents to apply, i.e.

  • Language Proficiency Test Result (i.e. IELTS Test for English Proficiency) and
  • ECA (Educational Credential Assessment) from WES or any other recognized authority.


Stepwise process to apply in Express Entry System

Here is the stepwise process to apply in the express entry:

  • Register your profile in express entry system under Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) category and acquire at least 67 points
  • You will find place in Express Entry pool, where you will be given a definite point score (i.e. CRS Score) based on age, education, language skills, etc. criteria
  • Every two weeks IRCC will open a draw and choose the best ranking profiles (who have top CRS point score)
  • If you get selected in an express entry draw, you will get ITA (Invitation to apply) for Canada PR
  • Now, submit visa application within 90 days of the receipt of Invitation to Apply (ITA).
  • IRCC may ask additional documents as and when required.
  • If your verification process is successful IRCC will approve your visa within 6 months of submission of visa application.

Also read-Over 90 Percent of candidates received ITA in Express Entry without Job offer – Latest Report Reveals

Lastly, if you seek, advice assistance and complete documentation support to apply Canada PR via express entry or any other Canada immigration program you may contact Visas Avenue immigration. You may contact the immigration expert at Visas Avenue by calling on toll-free number 78-18-000-777.

 

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How many points are required to file the Canada PR application through Express Entry?

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Well, the points required to file the Canada PR application through Express Entry can be divided in two segments, i.e.

  • Points required to register on federal Express Entry for FSWP
  • Points required to obtain ITA from IRCC

Let’s explore both the segments one by one to find out how these two point criteria impact your Canada PR application through Express Entry.

Also read-How to enhance your CRS score to get Canadian PR invitation via Express Entry?

Points required to register on Express Entry for FSWP

This is the first step you would encounter when applying for Canada PR via express entry system. As a skilled worker, you must choose Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) category to apply Canada PR from outside Canada. In FSW stream, you need to score minimum 67 points based on age, education, and work experience, language proficiency (English or French) to create a profile. If you are selected, you will find entry in Express Entry pool of candidates.

Click here to check FSWP immigration point calculator

Points required to obtain ITA from IRCC

As soon as you find entry in Express Entry pool, you will get a point score called CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score.The CRS score is collection of points you get based on age, qualification, language skills, experience, etc. parameters. In EE pool, you need to compete with the fellow applicants to receive ITA (Invitation to Apply) for Canada PR visa from IRCC (Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada).

The IRCC will launch a draw every 15 days to select applicants with top CRS score from the pool. It also announces the cut off marks or CRS score requirement in advance. The applicants who have CRS score equal to or above the cut off marks, become eligible to receive ITA from (Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada).As per the last draw of express entry held on December 20, 2017, qualifying marks or CRS score requirement from IRCC was 446 CRS points or more. Hence, if your CRS score is close to this mark, you stand a very good chance of obtaining ITA from IRCC in the upcoming draws of federal express entry system.

Click here to check your CRS score on Canada CRS point calculator

Apply Canada PR visa through the help of expert

To get inclusive documentation process assistance to apply Canada PR visa from certified Canada migration experts, you may contact Visas Avenue immigration on Toll Free Number- 78-18-000-777.

A few gloomy Changes to H-1B Visa are forcing the US immigration aspirants to think about Canada

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As the USA has announced some gloomy changes to the H-1B Visa processing, a vast number of US visa aspirants are considering planning immigration to Canada. The H-1B visa is a popular US work visa, through which, the US employers hire skilled worker from overseas. The popularity of this visa is evident from the fact that last year, 3 times more candidates than the annual quota, applied for this visa.

In view of huge demand for this H-1B Visa, the US immigration department selects the applicants for this visa through a lottery system. However, now the US administration has announced to suspend the fast processing of the H-1b visa.

Canada is all set to accept the international workers finding it difficult to move to US

The Canadian companies, especially, the IT sector is making all efforts to lure the international workers, who are finding it difficult to move to US after the recent immigration orders by the Trump administration. The Canadian government is also offering multiple pathways for such overseas skilled workers to immigrate to Canada.

Read more- Vancouver may Welcome significant number of Tech Professionals Courtesy Trump’s Immigration policy

It all started when the US president Donald Trump imposed travel ban on the immigrants from seven Muslim countries. The Canadian immigration along with Prime Minister John Trudeau issued statements to provide temporary residence to all such immigrants’ workers affected by travel ban order issued by the US administration. And with the recent H-1B visa orders, Canada is expecting even more international workers in the country.

Gloomy Changes announced in H-1B Visa

As of now, the employers submitting application for the issuance of H-1B Visa for their overseas employees, can make the processing faster by paying $1,225 as additional charge for ‘Premium’ or faster processing of applications, i.e. within 15 days. In this case if the visa is not processed within the specified time, the fee will get refunded by the US immigration or department.

With no ‘Premium’ processing, the application may take 3-6 months for processing. However, vide new order, w.e.f. April 3, 2017, the ‘Premium’ faster H-1B visa processing option will be suspended for next 6 months by the US administration. Such change in H-1B Visa processing was expected in view of President Trump’s stand on this visa category. He has on many occasions criticized the essence of this visa, mentioning it as not good for the US workers.

Also Read- Not Just the Immigration System, the US may learn a lot from Canada

Canada’s Immigration Policy is just opposite to the US

On the contrary, the Canadian government has really eased the immigration rules and system in Canada to facilitate the entry of overseas skilled workers and their families. It is in process to launch its Global Talent Stream, which will offer two weeks processing time for Canadian work permit. The government has already reduced the processing time for family reunification to 12 months from 24 months last year. Apart from this, they have announced many such steps to facilitate the entry of immigrants in the country.

Canada also needs skilled and talented immigrants from overseas for its fast growing industries, in view of ongoing skill shortage and ageing population. So, looking at the immigration scenario in both Canada and United State of America, the Canada is surely the top choice for immigration aspirants.

Finally, if you are one among such aspirants of immigration and overseas visa, you may get in touch with a reliable Canadian immigration Consultant to prepare your immigration documents and apply in the relevant Canada immigration program.

Why you need an Immigration Consultant to apply for Canadian Visa in 2017?

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If you have gone through the title, you must be looking for the answer of the question too. In fact, most of the people who aspire to live, work or settle in Canada, want to know whether or not they should hire a consultant for Canada immigration and permanent residency process.

Well, there are two aspects of the answer of this question. Let’s explore the both.

Do you need an Immigration Consultant for Canada immigration in 2017?

The fist aspect is how well you are prepared for immigration to Canada. The preparations can be of various kind, when you are moving to the incredible maple leaf country. If you follow the Canada immigration process updates, immigration rule changes, instructions and guidelines, etc. you can apply on your own as well.

If you are thorough with the process, your chances of making mistake are minimum and you are more likely apply for the visa correctly.

  1. On the other end, if you are not much aware of the immigration rules, process guidelines, and frequent changes being announced by the Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada, it is wise to take service from a reliable and registered Canadian Visa and Immigration Consultant. The second point needs a bit further elaboration.

Frequent Canada Immigration Rule Changes in last couple of years

The Canada Immigration process has undergone various changes in last couple of years. The Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have announced various changes in the immigration process and immigration rules. The key reason behind this has been induction of new federal government in Canada.

Liberals are known for their soft stance on immigration, hence, several immigration rules have been eased in last one year or so. So, overall most of the changes have been positive for the immigration and visa applicants. Let’s take a look at the key immigration changes announced in last one year by the Canadian government.

  • Revised the Express Entry point system
  • Doubled the application intake of Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP)
  • Family reunification processing time reduced to half
  • Points to international students to apply for Canadian permanent residency
  • Removal of ‘Four in Four out’ and ‘Conditional Permanent residency’ provision applicable to certain applicants.
  • Extending the time period for submitting visa application after receiving the invite from IRCC from 60 days to 90 days.

A common man often don’t follow or understand the frequent immigration rule changes, however, the immigration consultants, being the professionals, often follow even the minute process details and changes, and use the same while helping you in submission of visa application.

How an Immigration Consultant can help you in Canada immigration?

If you have hired a genuine and registered Canadian immigration consultant, it can provide you vital immigration advice and assistance in visa and immigration process for Canada. However, make sure that you hire a consultant with proper accreditation status and authenticity. For further assistance with regards to Canada immigration and visa process, you may drop an email to the expert at info@visasavenue.com.

Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) of Canada may soon undergo key Changes

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The Canadian government may announce key changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) in the forthcoming budget of Canada. The statement in this regard has been issued by the Patty Hajdu- the Employment Minister of Canada. The amendments in the TFWP are awaited since long and it has been in the priority list of the Liberal party government.

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) enables the employers in Canada to recruit skilled workers from overseas for a limited period of time to combat the skill shortage in the country. However, the program also oversees that the local Canadians are the first priority, when there is an open position in Canada.

A Few Changes in TFWP have been made already

Though the reforms in TFWP will be announced formally in the federal budget, however, some key changes have already been made to the program, i.e. Elimination of the ‘Four in, Four out’ rule.

The ‘Four in Four out’ rule denies some foreign skilled workers to stay in Canada, once their four years work contract has finished. Such overseas skilled workers can now stay in Canada and apply for the Canadian permanent residency as well.

 

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Long awaited reforms in TFWP

The recommendations for the amendments in TFWP were published in September, 2016 only by the Parliamentary Committee. A few of these recommendations were hassle free pathway to Canadian permanent residency to overseas skilled workers and easing the process for the businesses in the country, so that they can combat the rising labour market demands.

The MPs in Canada also advised to have key protection and security for the workers to discourage the incidents, i.e. low paid jobs and abuse at work, etc.

 

The parliament committee also emphasized on some key requirements of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, such as, employers providing transition plan for the recruitments in high skilled professions, and how a particular employer accustomed itself about the program. Apart from this, the federal government has also made a recent announcement with regards to early processing of the certain work permit applications, i.e. within 2 weeks.

The response from government is due regarding the advice from parliamentary committee. However, the announcement about TFWP reforms will be made in upcoming budget is being considered as government’s response only. The budget is likely to be released towards the end of February or in the first week of March, 2017.

TFWP reforms are likely to be the part of Government’s lenient immigration policy

The forthcoming reforms in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) are likely to be an addition to the series of steps the liberal government has taken to ease the immigration in the country. The liberal government of Canada has traditionally been soft on immigration and immigrants in the country and glimpse of the same had been seen in the past when they issued several relaxations in the Canada’s immigration rules and process, i.e. amendment in the express entry point system, reduction of family reunification processing time, and removal of stringent immigration rules to benefit the immigration applicants.

Hence, if you have plans to apply for temporary work visa or permanent residency in Canada, you may go ahead with your application in coordination with a trusted Canadian Visa Consultant.

Nova Scotia Accepted Record Number of Immigrants in a year- More to Arrive in 2017

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The Nova Scotia Province of Canada has accepted a record number of immigrants in a year. A total of 4,835 immigrants accepted by the province in a year ending October, 2016 including skilled immigrants, refugees, entrepreneurs and immigrants, who arrived on family sponsored visas. The number is highest in last few decades.

This record number of immigrants include considerable amount of Syrian refugees, (About 1500), which were allowed and accepted in the country as per the lenient immigration policy of federal government.

Nova Scotia government lobbied for enhancing immigration quota

Government of Nova Scotia has been making constant efforts to raise the annual immigration quota of the province. Nova Scotia lobbied in 2016 to get the number of immigrants increased in the province allowed in a year through Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). The NSNP is the popular Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) of the province. Nova Scotia got its PNP allocation increased twice in last one year.

Nova Scotia is expecting more immigrants through NSNP this year

The province of Nova Scotia is expecting a total of 2150 newcomers in 2017, however, the break up with regards to immigrant categories has not been revealed by the government till date. The efforts and lobbying by the government of Nova Scotia has really paid off as the province has been successful in inviting and welcoming more number of immigrants in recent times.

Newcomers are also expected through new Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP)

The Nova Scotia is also a key participant in the newly launched Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) along with rest of the Atlantic Provinces, i.e. New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Hence, apart from NSNP, the newcomers in the province may also arrive through the AIPP. The federal government has structured this new immigration program to invite 2,000 immigrants in the Atlantic Provinces including Nova Scotia.

Moreover, Nova Scotia also has access to Express Entry pool of candidates, through which, it can invite the applicants to apply in Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP).

Nova Scotia needs Immigrants for right Demographic balance

The Ivany Report, projecting the economic blueprint of the province has advised to enhance the immigration in the country in view of decreasing birth rate and outmigration. As per the report, the workforce of the province will be reduced by 100,000 in next 15 years, and the birth rate of the province is not convincing enough to replace the same. Report suggests that province should try to attract about 7,000 immigrants annually by the year 2024 to meet the rising demographic challenges of Nova Scotia.

Apply in Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) to move to Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is an incredible province to live, work and get settled on a permanent basis. If you wish to immigrate to Nova Scotia, you can get your file prepared in coordination with a reliable Canada immigration consultant to apply in the NSNP. For any query and assistance with regards to NSNP or AIPP, send an email to info@visasavenue.com.

What are the Key Aspects of Canadian living that attract World over immigrants?

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When you discuss about Canada immigration in your circle or elsewhere, you get multiple suggestions and advice on immigration process, programs, and all that.

People will provide you details about immigration programs, point based system, visa application, etc.

But how often you have discussed about life of a new immigrant in Canada?

Well, it’s as important as the immigration process or visa filing, etc. You must know and understand the society you are moving to in order to integrate in the community fast upon landing. Let’s get an overview of the life in Canada to understand how easy or difficult to settle in Canada for you as a new immigrant. Here are the key aspects of living in Canada.

Friendly people and communities

Canadians are known as the friendliest people in the world. The communities here don’t discriminate the residents based on race, religion or culture or background.

Free Healthcare facilities

This is one of the best facilities a new immigrant can get in the maple leaf country. Canada offers the free universal healthcare system to its permanent residents and citizens. As a new immigrant, medical expenses can hurt you badly in the new country, however, and if you are getting the free healthcare support from the government nothing can be better.

Peaceful country with Low Crime Rate

Canada is usually a peace loving nation. Crime rate in Canada is low compared to many other advanced countries. You will hardly see any news of riots or disturbance in any part of the country.

Multicultural Society

Canada is a multicultural society, where you will find the people with different ethnic origins, religion, language, and identity, walking on the roads, in cinemas, events, restaurants, offices, etc. You may get to see festivals of different countries being celebrated here and restaurants offering cuisines of different countries.

Highly respected country

Canadians are highly respected people world over. Canadian passport has ranking of 6 with visa free score of 154. Canadian values, democratic policies, and tolerant society is regarded high across the world.

Landscape beauty

Canada is a huge country by land area. Hence, in Canada, you may get to see a few of the most beautiful landscape wonders of the world. The places like Stanley park, Botanical Garden, Rocky Mountains, Niagara parks and waterfall, Lake Ontario, Banff national park, etc. are few of the most mesmerizing landscape attractions in Canada.

Political Leadership

The political leadership in Canada is not known as very stern or demanding, rather it is lenient, soft and people’s government in true sense. The immigration policy of Canada is the live example of the soft Canadian leadership.

Apart from this the most attracting thing about Canada in today’s perspective is its immigrant friendly approach and policies. When most countries of the world are denying the immigrants and refugees, Canada is one of the countries in the world that accepts the immigrants with open arms.

Hence, if you have plans to move to Canada this year, you don’t need to bother at all about how you will integrate in the society. Canada has the easy going culture and environment that helps people mix up in the communities in no time. So, call your Canadian Visa Consultant today and begin the process for Canada immigration at earliest.