Those who are planning to come to Canada to visit a relative or a friend should include in their application a letter of invitation from the host. There is no strict form, however there are certain details that are mandatory to be included in the invitation letter.

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This July 1 we celebrate the national Canada Day. This 2013, the Reputation Institute published the results of a survey to determine the world reputation of every country. Guess who ranked first?

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In order to avoid immigration fraud, the Canadian law is now clearer than ever about who can represent a person in an immigration process or matter. This post is about who can and can not assist you, so that you can protect yourself and your project from any potential issues.

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Alternatives to the FSW

On June 13, 2013, in Immigration Programs, by Yves Martineau

The Federal Skilled Workers program created a lot of expectations yet it is very limited: only 24 eligible occupations, 300 applications per profession, maximum of 5,000 applications in total… The number of received applications has yet to be updated on the CIC website, but we may safely bet that a good number of occupations will reach their quota before too long. In that context, many aspiring immigrants to Canada have felt disappointment and came to believe (wrongly) that Canada is closing its door to new immigrants. Canada still welcomes some 250,000 new residents every year; what is changing are the paths to get in. There are currently 67 immigration programs so remember that there might one for you, as we show in this video.

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Starting March 2012, the Quebec government made various changes in the regulations for the submission of an Application for a Quebec Selection Certificate, one being the requirement to present most documents only in certified copies (or originals). Obtaining a certified copy is not easy at all, as most of the institutions are not familiar with the process of certifying copies, and in most countries notaries are the ones who do that.  Many candidates were not able to send their files because of this requirement, or got their documents returned.

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One of the main objectives of the Canadian Immigration Law is to to see that families are reunited in Canada (Article 3(1)(d)). However due to the high number of applications of parent and grantparent sponsorship, the government had to put the program on hold. It will reopen in January 2014, under some new criteria that seem to be inspired by the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

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The Federal Skilled Worker program 2013

On April 23, 2013, in Federal Skilled Worker, by Yves Martineau

The Canadian Government published news about the Federal Skilled Worker program that will open on May 4, 2013. This program changes every year according to the labour market needs.

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Educational Credential Assessment

On April 23, 2013, in Federal Skilled Worker, by Yves Martineau

The new Federal Skilled Worker Program requires the main applicants to assess their educational credentials prior to applying for permanent residence. Therefore it is not enough to have experience in one of the 24 fields accepted, one should evaluate his studies first.

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Immigration Fair in Montreal

On April 15, 2013, in News, by Yves Martineau

Every year in Montreal is host to two-day immigration fair called Le Salon de l’Immigration, where immigrants and aspiring immigrants can find pertinent information on employment, settlement, integration and immigration processes. It is with pride and pleasure that Martineau & Mindicanu will participate in the fair on May 3 and 4 2013 at the Palais des Congrès of Montreal, at booth No. 708. Moreover, on Friday, May 3, we will host a workshop in French on the sponsorship of spouse and common-law partner entitled “L’amour et l’immigration.”

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Online visa application

On February 20, 2013, in News, Temporary immigration, by Mihaela Mindicanu

A record number of visas was issued in 2012 by the Canadian government: almost 1 million. This represents a 40% increase compared to 2004 and it is the result of the current government plan to speed and ease the process as much as possible.

Aiming to attract more visitors, to grow the economy and to  create new jobs, the authorities now offer the option to apply for a temporary visa online. It’s a new process, with atvantages and distadvantages, but that generally makes life easier for many.

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