3.3.16

Changes to Canadian Citizenship Act Will Allow Immigrants to Apply Earlier and More EasiChanges to Canadian Citizenship Act Will Allow Immigrants to Apply Earlier and More Easily

Changes to Canadian Citizenship Act Will Allow Immigrants to Apply Earlier and More EasiChanges to Canadian Citizenship Act Will Allow Immigrants to Apply Earlier and More Easily


In a move that is likely to be of great benefit to immigrants to Canada who ultimately wish to obtain Canadian citizenship, the Liberal government of Canada has proposed a range of sweeping amendments to the Citizenship Act. These changes will allow people who have made the decision to immigrate to Canada to apply for and obtain citizenship sooner and more easily than is now the case.

Among the proposed amendments is a reduction in the amount of time permanent residents have to live in Canada in order to become eligible to apply for citizenship, from four out of six years to three out five years. Moreover, certain applicants who spent time in Canada on temporary status would be able to count a portion of this time towards the three-year requirement. The proposed amendments would also repeal the intent to reside provision and remove language proficiency requirements for certain applicants.

In addition, the new legislation would repeal a contentious provision that revoked citizenship from dual Canadian citizens convicted of terrorism, treason or espionage. With a majority government in place, it is expected that the proposals will become law in the near future.

Background


In June, 2014, the previous Conservative government of Canada brought into law the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act (also known as bill C-24). This controversial legislation allowed the government to revoke citizenship in certain cases, and made eligibility requirements for immigrants more onerous than had previously been the case.

The now-governing Liberal Party of Canada, which came into office last November, made a public pledge in its election manifesto to ‘repeal the unfair elements of Bill C-24 that create second-class citizens and the elements that make it more difficult for hard-working immigrants to become Canadian citizens.’

Only a few months into its term of office, the government is now acting on its word.
Canada encourages new immigrants to consider becoming naturalized citizens and join the Canadian family. With Canadian citizenship, an individual may obtain a Canadian passport, vote in elections, stand for public office, and leave and re-enter Canada freely without being beholden to the residency obligations faced by permanent residents.

What is changing?


The proposed changes to the Citizenship Act run the full gamut of the act, from how an individual may become eligible for citizenship to the rights bestowed once citizenship is conferred on the person.

Repeal of revocation provision

Current act: Authority to revoke citizenship for certain acts against the national interest of Canada. These grounds include convictions of terrorism, high treason, treason or spying offences, depending on the sentence received, or for membership in an armed force or organized armed group engaged in armed conflict with Canada.
Proposed amendment: Repeal national interest grounds for revocation.

Repeal of intention to reside provision

Current act: Applicants must have the intention to reside in Canada if granted citizenship.
Proposed amendment: Repeal intent to reside provision.

Physical presence in Canada

Current act: Physical presence for 4 out of 6 years before the date of application.
Proposed amendment: Physical presence for 3 out of 5 years before the date of application.

Counting temporary status

Current act: Time spent in Canada as a non-permanent resident may not be counted.
Proposed amendment: Applicants may count each day they were physically present in Canada as a temporary resident or protected person before becoming a permanent resident as a half-day toward meeting the physical presence requirement for citizenship, up to a maximum of one year of credited time.

Less burdensome annual physical presence requirement

Current act: Minimum of 183 days physical presence in 4 of the last 6 years.
Proposed amendment: Repeal the minimum 183 days physical presence in 4 of the last 6 years.

Fewer people need to prove language proficiency

Current act: Applicants aged 14-64 must meet language requirements and pass knowledge test.
Proposed amendment: Applicants aged 18-54 must meet language requirements and pass knowledge test.

Canadian income taxes

Current act: File Canadian income taxes, if required to do so under the Income Tax Act, for four taxation years out of six years, matching physical presence requirement.
Proposed amendment: File Canadian income taxes, if required to do so under the Income Tax Act, for three taxation years out of five years, matching proposed new physical presence requirement.

Conditional sentence now a bar

Current act: Time spent serving a conditional sentence order can be counted towards meeting physical presence requirements. Convicted individuals who are serving conditional sentence orders (sentences served in the community with certain conditions) are not prohibited from being granted citizenship or taking the oath of citizenship.

Proposed amendment: Time spent under a conditional sentence order cannot be counted towards meeting the physical presence requirements; and those serving a conditional sentence order are prohibited from being granted citizenship or taking the oath of citizenship.

Canadian citizenship oath

Current act: Provision prohibiting applicants from taking the oath of citizenship if they never met or no longer meet the requirements for the grant of citizenship, but does not apply to applications received before June 11, 2015.
Proposed amendment: Provision prohibiting applicants from taking the oath of citizenship if they never met or no longer meet the requirements for the grant of citizenship also applies to applications still in process that were received prior to June 11, 2015.

New provision to counter fraud

Current act: No explicit authority for citizenship officers to seize fraudulent documents related to the processing of applications.
Proposed amendment: Authority to seize documents provided during the administration of the Citizenship Act if there are reasonable grounds to believe they are fraudulent, or being used fraudulently.

Quebec Announces Two Future Intake Periods for Skilled Worker Immigration Program

Quebec Announces Two Future Intake Periods for Skilled Worker Immigration Program



The Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP), one of the few remaining Canadian immigration programs operating on a first-come, first-served basis, will have an application intake period this coming June. Following this, another intake period will take place. Both of these intakes will receive up to 5,000 applications from individuals interested in settling in one of Canada’s most vibrant and diverse provinces.

Through the QSWP, successful applicants and their families may obtain Canadian permanent resident status after receiving a Quebec Selection Certificate/certificat de selection du Québec (CSQ) from the government of the province of Quebec, home to the city of Montreal.

The announcement that two future intake periods will take place — with both intakes accepting a larger number of applications than expected — should benefit individuals who have already created an account in the secure online space Mon projet Québec, as well as those who did not create an account earlier this year.

The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI), the government ministry overseeing immigration to Quebec, has announced the following updated schedule for the QSWP:

  • Up to 5,000 applications will be accepted from June 13 to June 20, 2016. This intake period will be restricted to the approximately 41,000 candidates who had created a Mon projet Québec account in January. Last month, thousands of individuals who had already created an account in the Mon projet Québec system attempted to log in to the system in order to submit their application, but the site was inaccessible due to server failure. Mon projet Québec is not scheduled to open for new registrations before the June intake period.

  • When this number is reached, applicants who do not currently have an account may create one with a view to applying to the QSWP during the next intake period, the dates of which will be established later. During this period, the MIDI will receive up to 5,000 applications.
According to the Quebec Minister of Immigration, Kathleen Weil, these measures send a clear message to people who have had to deal with the failures of the system.
“I think they will see that there is a willingness to recognize the difficulty they [the candidates] experienced . . .  My priority is the immigration candidates themselves,” said Ms. Weil.

How does the QSWP work?

The QSWP is a points-based immigration program, where points are awarded for an applicant’s area of training, work experience, age, language proficiency, prior relationship with Quebec (through visits or family), the human capital factors of the applicant’s spouse or common-law partner (if applicable), and whether or not the applicant has a validated job offer in Quebec.

If an individual satisfies the minimum point requirement based on these factors, he or she may then gain additional points for any accompanying dependent children and proof of financial self-sufficiency. Candidates should be aware that a job offer is not required for eligibility under the QSWP.

Applicants should also note that they may be awarded points for French proficiency, though it is not an eligibility requirement for the program. Applicants who do not have knowledge of French, but who have strong credentials in other areas, may still be eligible to apply.

From first-come, first-served to a new Expression of Interest system

For the time being, the QSWP operates on a first-come, first-served 
basis, and this will remain the case for the June intake period.
Quebec’s Minister of Immigration recently tabled a bill that, if passed, would likely result in Quebec implementing an economic immigration system similar to the Express Entry system currently used by the government of Canada, whereby candidates must make an ‘Expression of Interest’ before being invited to apply based on their credentials. Once, as is expected, this bill becomes law, economic immigrants to Quebec will not be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Rather, they will need to be invited to apply to the program based on labour market needs, having already made an ‘Expression of Interest’ in immigrating to the Canadian province of Quebec.

Accordingly, the upcoming application intake periods may be the last of their kind — a way to apply for immigration to Canada through an economic immigration program without having to first be invited to apply.

Preparation is key

“I am glad that the Quebec Minister of Immigration has instructed her department to reschedule the application intake period for the Skilled Worker Program for this June. This should give them the time they need to sort out the teething issues that have plagued the Mon projet Québec system since its inception. Moreover, the fact that more applications may be accepted for processing than was initially planned is only right and proper, given the circumstances,” says Attorney David Cohen.

“There is also positive news for individuals who did not manage to create an account earlier this year. These individuals may have thought that their chance at applying to this program had passed, but now we know that the MIDI plans on reopening the system for the second intake period. On this basis, individuals interested in immigrating to Canada who do not wish to be at the whim of immigration programs that involve expressions of interest and invitations to apply, and who also wish to have everything done online, should look seriously at preparing an application for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program.”

17.2.16

Top 10  Study Abroad Resources:

Top 10 Study Abroad Resources:

Most of you are in search of opportunities for studying and serving abroad. Now, your search comes to an end, because we are going to tell you about top ten best websites for this purpose. Find the details below and boost your career:




1. Association for Asian Studies:
It is a very popular website that provides time to time updates about the study abroad. It has specifically been designed for the guidance of Asian students to explore new and new opportunities. For more information, visit www.iie.org/programs/freeman-ASIA

2. Study in Australia:
If you desire to study in Australia, a very useful website is Australian Future Unlimited. It is run by the Australian Government and provides details about all the chances of education internationally. Check www.studyinaustralia.gov.au

3. Europe, Russia and America:

There are so many opportunities for getting education in Europe, Russia and America. For this information, the best website is www.aatseel.org. you can apply for scholarship, internship and jobs in these countries.

4. Study in United States:

American Scandinavian Foundation is a very useful website for getting education and job in US. They sponsor study programs for all the international students. Official link is www.amscan.org
5. Study in United Kingdom:
www.hobsons.com/apac is the name of a website that contains up-to-date information for you to get education in world class English universities. 

6. Website for Commercial Education:
gooverseas.com is the name of a famous website that has been created to inform the students about commercial education abroad. This way leads you to serve over there professionally.
7. Institute of International Education:

Institute of International Education (IIE) provides information about the study abroad procedure, passport, and study programs, course of study and vacation details. The owner of the website plans to guide about the international opportunities, the residence and language issues, etc. it has been regarded as one of the best sites for information. Check www.irex.org for further details.

8. Wandering Educators:
It is a website that contains up-to-date record of the study abroad opportunities and the reviews of the students as well. The latest data is shared and complete guideline is provided. The official link of the website is www.wanderingeducators.com

9. Study Internship Programs, Germany:
Cultural Vistas is a very useful website that shares a valuable information about the internship programs in Germany. The most recent list of internship openings are updated to keep you in touch with the opportunities of study abroad. The official website URL is www.culturalvistas.org

10. Website for Studying in the Middle East:

if you want to get education in the middle east, you can easily explore the new and new opportunities from the AMIDEAST (America Middle East Educational & Training Services Incorporation) website, i.e. www.amideast.org


British Columbia Launches new Registration System for Immigration to Canada Through BC PNP

British Columbia Launches new Registration System for Immigration to Canada Through BC PNP



The province of British Columbia (B.C.) has launched an innovative new points system for immigration to Canada through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). The Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) will be used for prioritizing newcomers through most BC PNP categories and fast-tracking their arrival to the province.


In addition, the government of B.C. has asked the federal government for a significant boost in the number of immigrants who can come to the province through the BC PNP. The province is asking for its allocation to be increased from 5,500 to 9,000.

The SIRS:

  • Operates on an Expression of Interest (EOI) / Invitation to Apply (ITA) model;
  • Is aligned with British Columbia’s labour market and development priorities;
  • Comes into effect immediately;
  • Prioritizes candidates who have obtained a job offer from a B.C. employer;
  • Is used for portions of the BC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry streams;
  • Benefits individuals with previous work experience in Canada;
  • Brings into play factors that are not typically seen in other points systems, such as the skill level, wage rate, and location of the job offer; and
  • Guarantees an ITA to individuals who are awarded a certain number of points.

Why the SIRS?

The government of B.C. has been quick to point out the rationale behind the new system, with Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, Shirley Bond, stating that “We need to bring high-demand skilled workers and investment-ready entrepreneurs to B.C. to continue to grow our diverse economy.”

“We’ve heard from the businesses that are helping drive our economy to be the best in Canada. They tell us that having immigration programs be timely and efficient to bring the right people into B.C. is what they need to keep their businesses growing.

“And for those skilled immigrants applying to the BC PNP, they need a transparent system that’s easy to understand and gets them working in B.C. as soon as possible. Our government believes the targeted changes we’ve made to the BC PNP will keep our economy moving forward.”

How does the SIRS work?

Following the implementation of other EOI systems across the Canadian immigration landscape, B.C.’s SIRS  system gives candidates a registration score that determines whether they are invited to apply.

Once a candidate submits a registration through SIRS, he or she will receive a registration score and will be entered into a selection pool for the category in which he or she has registered (candidates may register under one category only). The registration, which is free of charge, will remain in the selection pool for a maximum of 12 months from the date of submission.

Periodically, the BC PNP will invite the highest-scoring registrants from each category to apply for provincial nomination.

Which BC PNP categories are covered by the SIRS?

Registration under the SIRS is mandatory for certain BC PNP categories, some of which fall under Express Entry B.C., British Columbia’s enhanced immigration stream that is dedicated to nominating candidates who are eligible to enter the federal Express Entry pool. Upon submission of their application at the federal level, these candidates benefit from processing times of six months or less.

The SIRS is also used for certain categories that fall under the BC PNP Skills Immigration stream, a ‘base’ stream. Candidates who receive a base nomination have their applications processed outside Express Entry. The route from a successful BC PNP base nomination to permanent residence is a two-step process. Candidates must first satisfy the criteria for the stream, apply, and receive a nomination certificate. Next, with this certificate in hand candidates may apply to the federal government, which will oversee the necessary medical and security background checks before granting permanent resident status.

To learn more about base and enhanced provincial nomination, click here.

Candidates under the following categories are assessed and prioritized under the SIRS:

  • Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker
  • Skills Immigration – International Graduate
  • Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled
  • Skills Immigration – Northeast Pilot Project
  • Express Entry B.C. – Skilled Worker
  • Express Entry B.C. – International Graduate

Candidates eligible under one of the following categories do not need to register under the SIRS and may apply directly to the BC PNP:

  • Skills Immigration – Health Care Professional
  • Skills Immigration – International Post-Graduate
  • Express Entry B.C. – Health Care Professional
  • Express Entry B.C. – International Post-Graduate

The only exception to the job offer requirement under the BC PNP is if the candidate has a graduate degree from a B.C. university in the natural, applied or health sciences. However, candidates under this International Post-Graduate category do not register under the SIRS.

To learn more about eligibility requirements for the various BC PNP streams and categories, click here.

How can I determine my score under the SIRS?

While the scoring system may appear relatively straightforward on first viewing, there are in fact certain complexities across the factors. Of the 200 points available, 120 are for economic factors and 80 are for core human capital factors. The SIRS points system, however, awards bonus points (within the total of 200) for a range of factors relating to a candidate’s job offer, education history, and previous work experience.


Click the image to go to the SIRS Calculator
To assist potential candidates for immigration to Canada through the BC PNP, the experienced IT team at CanadaVisa.com has developed an exclusive SIRS Calculator. By answering a few simple questions, users are able to determine what their score might be if they were to register under the SIRS.

One of the positive upsides for candidates who register under the SIRS is that individuals who achieve or exceed the following registration scores for their chosen category will be guaranteed an ITA in the next draw following their registration. Candidates are not required to meet the threshold for their category in order to receive an ITA; candidates may be selected with a score lower than the score listed for their category below.

SKILLS IMMIGRATION – SKILLED WORKER                                  135
SKILLS IMMIGRATION – INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE                 105
      
SKILLS IMMIGRATION – ENTRY LEVEL AND SEMI-SKILLED         95
SKILLS IMMIGRATION – NORTHEAST PILOT PROJECT                   95
EXPRESS ENTRY B.C. – SKILLED WORKER                                    135
EXPRESS ENTRY B.C. – INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE                     105


“One of the more frustrating aspects of other Expression of Interest systems used for the purposes of immigration to Canada, such as Express Entry, is that candidates do not have a defined points target to reach for. While educated guesswork based on previous draws may help, candidates cannot be sure what the points requirement for the next draw might be,” says Attorney David Cohen.

A target to aim for
“This new system from British Columbia, however, presents potential candidates with a target to aim for. Moreover, these targets for specific categories are very much reachable.

“British Columbia is projected to have the highest job and population growth of any Canadian province over the coming years, with around one million new openings expected before 2022. The government of British Columbia has taken the correct measures to ensure that the province is using its PNP in a dynamic and responsive way. One example of this is by opening registration under the SIRS to individuals who obtain job offers in semi-skilled positions, as well as those who have job offers in skilled positions.”

British Columbia profile
Population: 4,667,000 (January, 2015)
Largest city: Vancouver
Capital city: Victoria
Official language: English (de facto)
Economy: B.C. has the highest percentage of service industry jobs in Western Canada, comprising 72% of industry. The largest section of this employment is in Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Corporate Management. Many areas outside metropolitan areas, however, are still heavily reliant on resource extraction. GDP per capita is CAD $50,121 (2013).

Location: West coast of North America. The Canadian province of Alberta is to the east, the states of Washington and Montana (U.S.) lie to the south, the Pacific Ocean and the state of Alaska (U.S.) lie to the West, and the Canadian territories of Yukon and Northwest Territories lie to the north.
Climate: The coast, as well as Metro Vancouver and certain valleys in the south-central part of the province, experience mild weather, encouraging outdoor recreation and long growing seasons. The interior has some of the warmest and longest summer climates in Canada. Colder climates, similar to other regions of Canada, are found in the central and northern areas of the province.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

Home to the country’s third-largest city, Vancouver, British Columbia is also one of the most diverse
 provinces in all of Canada. British Columbia’s economy focuses on a strong natural resources sector, 
with an emphasis on forestry and mining. Its natural environment, with expansive forests and a unique
 coastal climate, is renowned as one of the most beautiful in Canada, and indeed the world.

The BC PNP is British Columbia’s Provincial Nominee Program. Through this program, prospective 
immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a British Columbia
 Provincial Nomination Certificate, which will allow that foreign national to apply for Canadian
 permanent residence with processing times that are faster than other Canadian immigration classes.
The BC PNP accepts applications under two main immigration categories:
Each these categories may have one or more sub-categories. Below we provide you with additional
 information about each of these categories to help you determine if the BC PNP is right for you.

Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS)

Note: On January 27, 2016, the government of British Columbia announced that it is implementing
 a new Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) for the BC PNP. This points-based system gives
 candidates a registration score that determines whether they are invited to apply. The score is based
 on a number of factors — such as level of education, years of direct work experience and a B.C.
 employment offer — that reflect an individual’s ability to succeed in the labour market and contribute
 to the provincial economy.
To learn more about SIRS, click here.

Skills Immigration

BC PNP Skills Immigration is divided into a number of sub-categories:
  • Skilled Worker Category — This sub-category is for individuals who have received an eligible
  •  job offer in a skilled occupation. Workers are expected to have several years of experience in
  •  their skilled occupation.
  • Health Care Professional Category — Under this sub-category individuals with experience
  •  and eligible job offers, as physicians, nurses, psychiatric nurses or allied health professionals
  •  may apply. An eligible job offer must be acquired for one of 11 qualifying health occupations.
  • International Graduates, B.C. Degree Category — This sub-category is for graduates with
  •  Masters or Doctoral degrees from an eligible educational institution in British Columbia.
  •  No job offer is required to apply under this sub-category.
  • International Graduates, Canadian Degree Category — This sub-category is for individuals
  •  who have graduated from an eligible Canadian university or college outside of British Columbia
  •  in the last two years. A job offer must be obtained to be eligible under this sub-category.
  • Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker Category — Workers in certain entry-level or
  •  semi-skilled positions in tourism/hospitality, food processing, or long-haul trucking may 
  • be eligible for immigration through this program.
  • Northeast Pilot Project Category — Individuals living and working in the Northeast Development
  •  Region of British Columbia, including in occupations considered semi- and unskilled, may be
  •  eligible for this program without the need for a job offer.

Express Entry British Columbia

Under the Skills Immigration section British Columbia will nominate up to 1,350 skilled applicants for 
Canadian permanent residence in 2015 under through its Express Entry British Columbia stream,
 which aligns with the federal government’s Express Entry immigration selection system.
 The British Columbia Express Entry stream allows eligible applicants to receive priority processing
 of both their BC PNP application, and if nominated, their permanent residence application.
The Skilled Worker category (including Health Care Professionals), International Graduates category, 
and International Post Graduates category may be processed through Express Entry British Columbia.
Click here to find out more about Express Entry British Columbia.

Business Immigration

Individuals who intend to settle and invest in British Columbia may be eligible for Canadian permanent
 residency under this immigration stream. This program is broken down into sub-categories:
  • Entrepreneur Category — This sub-category is for senior managers or business owners who
  •  intend to invest funds into a proposed business in British Columbia.
  • Regional Entrepreneur Category — Senior managers or business owners who intend to invest
  •  funds into a proposed business in British Columbia, anywhere outside of the Vancouver and
  •  Abbotsford metropolitan areas, may apply under this sub-category.
  • Strategic Projects Category — Through this category, foreign-controlled companies can set up
  •  an operation in British Columbia. Up to five key foreign managerial, professional or technical 
  • staff members can be nominated for permanent residency in the province.
  • Regional Business Succession Option — For individuals who intend to purchase and manage
  •  an existing British Columbia business. This option can be applied to any of the three categories
  •  above where the business is located outside of the Vancouver and Abbotsford metropolitan 
  • areas. If successful, applicants will receive priority processing.

Quebec Skilled Worker Program for Immigration to Canada to Reopen This Summer

Quebec Skilled Worker Program for Immigration to Canada to Reopen This Summer



The Canadian province of Quebec has confirmed that its flagship immigration program, the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP), will have at least one more application intake period in 2016. An exact opening date has not yet been made public, but the government of Quebec has stated that it is scheduled for the summer months.
Through the QSWP, successful applicants and their families may obtain Canadian permanent resident status after receiving a Quebec Selection Certificate/certificat de selection du Québec (CSQ) from the government of Quebec.
The announcement that another intake period will take place in just a few months will give candidates who do not successfully submit an application over the course of the current intake period another opportunity to submit an application later in 2016.
Moreover, potential candidates who do not currently have an account in the government of Quebec’s secure online space Mon projet Québec — through which all applications for the QSWP must be submitted —are, at the time of writing, scheduled to be able to register an account as of February 18, 2016. Registration in Mon projet Québec has been closed since January 25 in anticipation of the current intake period, which was scheduled to open on February 16 but has been slightly delayed due to a technical issue. The current intake period may run until March 31 at the latest, but the 2,800 available spaces are widely expected to be filled soon after the system finally opens for the submission of new applications.

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The QSWP: How does it work?


The QSWP uses a points-based system, where points are awarded for an applicant’s area of training, work experience, age, language proficiency, prior relationship with Quebec (through visits or family), the human capital factors of the applicant’s spouse or common-law partner (if applicable), and whether or not the applicant has a validated job offer in Quebec. If an individual satisfies the minimum points requirement for these factors, he or she may then gain additional points for any accompanying dependent children and proof of financial self-sufficiency. Candidates should note that a job offer is not required for the QSWP.
Applicants should also note that they may be awarded points for French proficiency, though it is not an eligibility requirement for the program. Applicants who do not have knowledge of French, but who have strong credentials in other areas, may still be eligible to apply.

Summer intake period may be the last of its kind

This latest immigration news from Quebec is perhaps the most significant to come from the province over recent months. The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI), the government ministry overseeing immigration to Quebec, has made a number of changes to program procedures over the past year, including the removal of the time-consuming adaptability interview and modifications to the area of training factor.
Currently, the QSWP operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Quebec’s Minister of Immigration recently proposed a bill that, if passed, would likely result in Quebec implementing an economic immigration system similar to the Express Entry system currently used by the government of Canada, whereby candidates must make an ‘Expression of Interest’ before being invited to apply based on their credentials.
It is expected that the QSWP application intake period that opens this summer will operate on the same first-come, first-served basis that is currently in place. Consequently, the summer 2016 QSWP application intake period may be the last of its kind — a way to apply for immigration to Canada through an economic immigration program without having to first be invited to apply.
It is unknown exactly how many applications may be accepted during the planned summer intake period. However, the MIDI has said that up to 7,000 applications may be accepted for the period 2016-2017.

Old systems meeting new

“This calendar year may end up being the only year in which the province of Quebec offers a skilled worker program that is both first-come, first-served and managed online, namely through the Mon projet Québec application management system,” says Attorney David Cohen.
“Individuals interested in immigrating to Canada who do not wish to be at the whim of immigration programs that involve expressions of interest and invitations to apply, and who also wish to have everything done online, may not have another opportunity like this down the line. For many potential candidates, this summer’s Quebec Skilled Worker intake period may provide the best of both worlds.”
Quebec profile

Population: 8,263,600
Largest city: Montreal
Capital city: Quebec City
Language: French is the most predominant language, though nearly half of all residents report having proficiency in both French and English.
Economy: While the province’s substantial natural resources have long been the mainstay of its economy, sectors of the knowledge economy such as aerospace, information and communication technologies, biotechnology, and the pharmaceutical industry also play leading roles. These many industries have all contributed to helping Quebec become a highly influential province within Canada, second only to Ontario in economic output.

25.1.16

Authorized Immigration Consultant or My Own Expertise

Authorized Immigration Consultant or My Own Expertise



Many wonder why people pay a lot of money to registered Immigration consultants/lawyers/ representatives/ advisers to apply for PR, especially in case of Canada and Australia where the process is clearly mentioned on the internet and various informative portals are available providing user friendly guidance. Some feel that they may need consultants and advisors to understand their eligibility, points calculation and other additional requirements.
What do you think is the difference between applying our own and applying through a consultancy? It seems after initial refusal many people think and want to file their immigration process through consultants/ representatives . The fact is that an individual who has provided the correct documentation and completed the forms correctly has just as good a chance of being accepted as a applicant who has hired a consultant. The right people to answer this question would be whoever has already done or doing through a consultancy . They can tell the difference in documentation, information, approach etc . This decision is an individual's decision and depends on the person and their case specific requirements. This decision to hire a consultant or not has been discussed with many at different platforms, some of the reasons as quoted by individuals for making this choice are: - 
  • The applicant is confident that his/her individual case and application will meet the requirements of the application as stated by the respective government and law agencies.
  • The representative or the advisor has made a submission that outlines the legislation and requirements to a individuals case. As a result of this, the applicant has more confidence that the application will, hopefully, be accepted.
  • Some key issues might be overlooked when an applicant is filing on their own, these can be corrected by your consultant. Mistakes are commonly made and if you don't discover and correct them before submitting your application, they can not only cause problems but can potentially result in application refusal.
  • If an individual knows that there is any issues with the application , it should definitely be represented by experts who know the law requirements and have experience.
  • The forms and requirements are fairly clearly stated and good guidance is available on the internet forums and various government websites but however, you may also have realized that many people on this forums have serious concerns about their application after submitting it for numerous reasons, and several others end up receiving a refusal due to errors.
  • Many Immigration consultants and agent also provide valuable information and guidance on post landing formalities which an individual might not understand.
  • By engaging a reliable consultancy , you have a kick start which can lead to saving time - years or months - and it may give you unexpected benefits.
While good representation and guidance not only can potentially help you ensure that you have completed your application correctly and have provided the correct documentation but also it improves the chances of your application being accepted. If you are considering using a representative, make sure they are authorized . Thousands of applicants apply but hundreds of them are refused or delayed. The procedure and rules are confusing that one is unable to figure out the suitable visa for self. If everything goes well, then documentation is one tedious task which brings refusal at times. Therefore, every applicant needs a professional assistance, expert guidance and experienced advice to process the case and secure for you the best possible option. Every country invites migrants, skilled labour and students but the policies are intricate and at times confusing needing constant updating of the immigration regulations. Immigration website of each country is generally self-explanatory and categorized apparently but its application to the specific qualification of an applicant needs professional inputs. AKKAM Immigration and Allied Services, an established and officially recognized immigration and student visa consulting firm , projects your profile to your best advantage and gives you a free assessment of the best possible options applicable to you. You are encouraged to ask as many questions as you have to enable you to come to a final decision; there-after we take over the important task of preparing ,submitting and pursuing your fully documented and risk-free case on your behalf for a speedy and hassle- free processing and approval of your case before you embark on your mission, we will share our pride in your success and establish a life-long bondage
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