As part of the immigration process, candidates are required to pass a medical examination. This may also be a requirement for temporary residents who intend to stay more than 6 months in Canada. This post is about the importance of this examination, who needs to pass it, what it represents, what are the costs involved, where can it be passed and more.

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Educational Credential Assessment

On April 23, 2014, in Federal Skilled Worker, by Yves Martineau

The Federal Skilled Worker Program, now processed via Express Entry, requires the main applicants to assess their educational credentials prior to expressing interest for permanent residence.

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Dual citizenship

On March 19, 2014, in Did You Know that...?, by Mihaela Mindicanu

After 4 years of permanent residence a person may apply for Canadian citizenship. Here is a question we hear quite often : Do I have to renounce my citizenship in order to become a Canadian citizen?

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Canadian Temporary Resident Visa

On February 23, 2014, in Temporary immigration, by Mihaela Mindicanu

Are you planning to travel to Canada? Find out who needs a Canadian Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), what are the chances to obtain one, what can be done if the visa is refused, for how long the visa is issued and other important details.

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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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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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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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