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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New Immigration Changes

On December 11, 2012, in Immigration Programs, News, by Yves Martineau

As announced in our blog some months ago, only one year of work experience will now be required in order to be eligible under the Canadian Experience Class program.  Another welcomed change is the creation of the Federal Skilled Trades Program, which will make it easier for workers in trades in high demand in Canada to obtain permanent residency. Both programs will be effective starting January 2, 2013.

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Immigration to Canada – 2013 Plan

On November 16, 2012, in Immigration process, News, by Mihaela Mindicanu

Immigration plan 2013 CanadaThe Canadian government has published the immigration plan for the year 2013. The accepted number of immigrants will be the same as in the last five years, meaning some 250,000 persons.

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Our immigration office located dowtown Montreal is looking for a secretary.

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Federals Skilled Worker Program news

On August 17, 2012, in Immigration Programs, News, by Mihaela Mindicanu

Today, August 17, 2012, the Canadian Government published some proposed changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Program. The program is expected to be reopened in January 2013 upon approval of these changes.

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News about the Quebec immigration process

On July 4, 2012, in Immigration Programs, News, by Mihaela Mindicanu

Based on a decision published in the Official Gazette on June 29, 2012, the suspension of the receipt of certain applications for a Quebec Selection Certificate is now in force, with slight changes to the new regulations published in March of this year.

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Federal programs on hold

On June 28, 2012, in Immigration Programs, News, by Yves Martineau

The last week of June 2012 was of many hopes in respect to Federal immigration programs – new lists of professions were expected, new programs for businesspeople and investors, new programs for low-skilled workers, the Canadian Experience class made more accessible… Many changes, so many that the Government decided to take a 6-month break before defining the programs for federal skilled workers and investors. There is no news about the other changes yet.

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I have read dozens of times in blogs and forums: “don’t waste money on immigration consultants or lawyers because everything you need to know is online and the government’s official websites have evaluations that tell you whether or not you can immigrate to Canada”. … Allow me to disagree. The two online evaluations I will comment about are Citizenship and Immigracion Canada’s Come to Canada wizard and Immigration Quebec’s Preliminary Evaluation for Immigration. Though they are beautifully thought and well intended, these online evaluations often have mistakes, updates are hardly ever up-to-date, information is difficult to understand and often incomplete, and in many cases those evaluations are unable to offer explanation or alternatives in case of a negative answer.

And how could it be otherwise?

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SuperVisa approval rate update

On May 18, 2012, in News, by Mihaela Mindicanu

The Super Visa program continues to have a high rate of approval. Today, May 18, 2012, the government announced that there were 3500 applications received since the program was launched (December 1, 2011). The overall approval rate is of 83 percent.

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Federal program limit reached

On May 8, 2012, in Immigration Programs, News, by Mihaela Mindicanu

The Federal Immigration program is designed for candidates who have at least 1 year of work experience in one of the fields in priority and make the necessary points in order to qualify. There is a total limit of 10.000 of such applications received, with a maximum of 500 per field, established for the period July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012. Today, May 8, 2012, this limit has been reached.

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