Canada, 5th December: Ottawa is all set to launch once again its multi-millionaire visa program soon.
This has been announced by Canada government recently.
Canada to launch Multi-Millionaire Visa—Canada Multi Millionaire visa program is going to be launched once again soon. This has been announced by Canada government. This is aimed to attract foreign multimillionaire investors to Canada.
<blockquote> Canada Multi-Millionaire Visa program is going to be introduced by the government once again soon. </blockquote>
What is the minimum investment for Canada multi-millionaire visa program?—As per the details, Canada’s Multi-millionaire visa program will have a minimum investment requirement of $1 million and $2 million. So, investors shall have to place their money into a Canada venture capital mutual fund.
Earlier, Canada required foreign millionaire investors to invest $800,000 in any five-year, guaranteed interest-free loan. The money or amount was meant to be used for creation of new jobs in Canada by Canada provincial governments.
Canada needs to have a minimum investment amount of $2 million--Meanwhile, it was alleged by many that the minimum investment requirement of $800,000 earlier sent a message to all foreign investors wanting to come to Canada that Canada was less attractive for foreign investment as compared to other nations like Australia, New Zealand and UK etc.
This being despite the fact that Canada was the only nation offering permanent residency immediately through this immigration investment program. In other nations, for example, foreign investors are required to wait for around two and five years for gaining permanent residency.
Hence, several argue that the minimum investment amount must be at least $2 million. And its being maintained that Canada may increase the minimum investment amount in case of increased demand for Canada Multi-millionaire visa program.
Its being viewed that Canada may be under-pricing its investor visas. As per Arthur Sweetman, an economist at McMaster University, Canada needs to introduce strict requirements like asking investors to begin income tax returns while revealing global and Canada income sources.
In addition, he is of the view that the price of Canada visa must be between $750,000 and $1 million donation to any Canada hospital.
It needs to be notable that Canada’s earlier attempts of Canada multi millionaire visa program were not successful since these put quite lower price for Canada permanent residency than other nations. Its being hoped that this time, Canada’s multi-millionaire visa program turns out to be successful.
Canada, 1st December: Canada is soon going to announce its new Immigrant Investor Program.
Yes, a new Immigrant Investor Program will be launched by Canada soon.
New Canada Immigrant Investor Program Soon—A new Canada Immigrant Investor Program will be launched soon. This has been announced by Canada. As per the details, this will allow prospective immigrants to get Canada residency visas in lieu of making investment of not less than $1 million (Canadian Dollars) in any venture-capital fund.
<blockquote> Canada is all set to introduce its Immigrant Investor Program for luring foreign investors to get Canada permanent residency visas by making investments of at least $1 million Canadian dollars in a Venture-capital fund. </blockquote>
of Canada Immigrant Investment Program—Let us see the details of Canada Immigrant Investment Program.
Individuals will be required to invest C$1 million to C$2 million in any Venture-capital fund that will invest in startups.
Canadian government targets investments of nearly C$120 million.
Meanwhile, it needs to be noted that further details about the new venture-capital fund are not yet finalized and are being reviewed. Under the new scheme, there is no guarantee of a return from investment for foreign investors. And this could mean losses on the basis of the performance of their investments of venture-capital fund.
New Canada Immigrant Investment Program for generating innovation, job creation, economic growth—Aim of the new Canada Immigrant Investor Program is to generate innovation in the nation. Also, it is aimed to creation skilled jobs in Canada and help in ensuring long-term growth of Canada economy.
Ottawa expects two dollars from the private sector for each dollar to be allocated to Venture-capital funding. Canadian government has already set aside C$400 million for current and new VC(Venture Capital) funds for kick-starting flow of private money into the funding.
Similar Immigrant Investor Programs by other nations—Already, several other nations have similar immigrant investor programs effective. These include immigrant investor scheme by the UK under which a UK visa is granted to those investing GBP2 million in the UK.
Australia also has a similar immigrant investor program under which it provides a faster 12-month route to Australia permanent residency for foreign investors making A$15 million or higher investments in Australia.
Several European nations like Greece, Cyprus, Spain and Portugal have been allowing residency permits to foreigners purchasing $340,950 of real estate.
Canada, 25th November: Canada Faster Permanent Residency Application System is going to start on 1st January, 2015.
This will be possible through launch of Express Entry Program for all streams of economic immigration for Canada Permanent Residence.
Faster Canada Permanent Residence begins 1st January—Come 1st January, 2015 and Canada will launch its faster Permanent Residence program through the Express Entry program.
This happens to be an online application process aimed at decreasing the longer application processing times thereby eliminating the existing backlog of applications for Economic Permanent Residence.
This will be possible through the authority of CIC(Citizenship and Immigration Canada) to know who can make an application for Canada permanent residence and when can such candidates apply.
<blockquote> Canada will be launching its faster Permanent Residency Application process from 1st January, 2015. </blockquote>
Express Entry Program—Different Steps—
Online Express Entry Profile—Aspiring applicants need submission of an online Express Entry Profile as the first step. This will help their assessment as per the ranking system based on skills. And appropriate test results will help in self-declaration of the skills. The ranks of the candidates will be based on following factors—
Canada work experience;
Other factors leading to success in Canada(not defined by CIC yet).
So, all candidates fulfilling the eligibilty criteria gain entry into the Express Entry Pool and get their ranking against one another. Access to all candidates will be there for Canada provinces/territories and CIC. And candidates having highest-ranking and qualifying offers of jobs(arranged jobs) or certificates of provincial/territorial nomination shall get invitation for Canada permanent residency application.
All candidates not having job offers from Canada employers or province/territory nomination certificates need to register themselves with Job Bank. Employers are able to get a match with the candidate either through the Job Bank or through recruiters/private sector job boards and then make an application for LMIA(Labor Market Impact Assessment) without any fee for the purpose of Canada PR.
Invitation to Apply for PR—Candidates having sufficient high rank in the pool will get invitation to Apply for PR and will be getting 60 days for submission of electronic application for Canada PR through any of the four immigration programs—
Federal Skilled Traders Program;
Federal Skilled Worker Program;
Canada Experience Class; or
A part of PNP(Provincial Nominee Program).
CIC will be processing around 80 percent of complete applications within a period of six months. And employer offering a job to the candidate will mean receipt of an invitation to apply for PR. Anyone candidate who is in the Express Entry pool and not receiving an invitation(to apply for PR) after one year need to resubmit his or her profile and re-enter the Express Entry pool if he or she still fulfills the criteria.
Canada, 20th November: Canada Experience Class Applications refusal may be due to many reasons.
Let us see these reasons in detail here for the benefits of Canada Experience Class Applicants and aspiring applicants.
Canada Experience Class—Canada Experience Class happens to be a highly favorite immigration route for foreigners wanting to become Canada permanent residents. However, for this, foreigners need to possess Canada work experience while being on a Canada temporary work permit.
So, Canada government offers immigration to skilled foreign workers through Canada Experience Class program.
<blockquote> Canada Experience Class applications may get refused due to varied reasons. </blockquote>
Eligibility requirements for Canada Experience Class—
Applicants must have a minimum of one year of technical work experience, skilled or professional work experience in Canada within a period of 36 months of the date of application;
They must have surpassed or cleared a Canada language Benchmark threshold of 5 or 7 based on the job level;
They must be willing to live and work outside Province of Quebec(those wanting to live in Quebec need to apply under Quebec Experience Class).
Applicants should have worked in any of the following capacities in Canada—
On an open work permit under an international exchange program; or
On an open work permit as the spouse of a partner who has worked in Canada; or
In an LMIA(Labor Market Impact Assessment)-exempt category; or
Have received a positive LMIA; or
On a post-graduate work permit, and finished full-time studies in Canada’s designated institute.
Reasons for refusal under Canada Experience Class Program—
Discrepancies in NOC Code—Applicants under Canada Experience Class need to present a NOC code to CIC(Citizenship and Immigration Canada) for each skilled occupation held by the applicant in his or her career. NOC code includes duties’ list that are typical for anyone working in the given position.
Meanwhile, it may happen that after getting a positive LMIA with a specific NOC code, an individual may end up working in a role that reflects duties of another NOC code. This can lead to refusal.
Another reason—no precise match of documents—Supporting documents submitted by the applicant under Canadian Experience Class related to work experience(resume, work reference letters from current and previous employers, positive LMIA, taxation papers etc.) may not match precisely.
For example, work reference letters may not be giving clear description of duties correlating with job description set by Canada immigration department CIC. This could lead to rejection of application.
Canada, 19th November: Canada’s new approach to immigration seems to be much better than the earlier one.
How? Lets see here in detail.
Cancellation of Canada Temporary Foreign Worker Program—Canada has already cancelled its highly popular immigration program meant for skilled foreign workers. Under this program, employers could hire foreigners willing to work in Canada for a temporary period of time.
However, this immigration program is not available now as the government has cancelled it. That’s because the program had several loopholes that led to misuse of foreign workers by their employers. As a result, Canada government has eliminated this immigration stream.
<blockquote> Canada’s latest approach to immigration is considered to be far better than the earlier one. </blockquote>
Canada’s new approach—Express Entry—So, its official now. Canada Express Entry is coming to Canada on 1st January, 2015. Express Entry is the answer to almost all the problems found in Canada Temporary Skilled Foreign Worker Program(TSFW) program.
And the best thing about Express Entry is that it opens the door for foreign workers possessing skills and wanting to work in Canada for an indefinite period of time.
So, employers need not be disheartened about the discontinuation of Temporary Foreign Worker Program as the new Canada immigration program—Express Entry—will provide a pool of skilled as well as unskilled foreign workers wanting to come to Canada for working here.
Who can benefit from Canada Express Entry?—Following can benefit from Canada Express Entry—
Skilled Workers having an offer of job in Canada
Skilled workers even without an offer of job in Canada
PNP(Provincial Nominee Program).
Aim of Canada Express Entry is to offer right jobs to right workers for working in Canada. And Canada government is going to ensure smooth functioning of Express Entry by reserving almost all of the entries of 2015 on previous applicants.
An employer in Canada is allowed to hire a skilled foreign worker if any Canadian possessing the required skills is not found for the job. The good thing is that there is no annual quota for such Canada immigration. That’s something great.
Employers wishing to hire unskilled workers can use the following—
Provincial nomination agreements between Canada provinces and territories and Canada for allowing immigration of workers. Canada Express Entry process will have Labor Market Impact Assessments as a vital tool for knowing if a foreign worker can be allowed to come and work in Canada or not.
Canada, 18th November: Canada is soon going to open immigration for parents and grandparents of Canada residents and Canada grand parents.
This will be done through Canada’s Parent and Grandparent Immigration Program.
Canada opening Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program 2015—In the month of January 2015, Canada will be re-opening its Canada Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program.
Yes, as per the CIC—Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Canada has decided to welcome parents and grandparents of Canada permanent residents and Canada citizens who wish to come to Canada for living with their children or grandchildren.
<blockquote> Canada will be re-opening its Canada Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program from 2nd January, 2015 for welcoming parents and grandparents of Canada citizens and Canada permanent residents. </blockquote>
The immigration program was closed by Canada immigration department CIC for a minimum period of one year. This was done as the annual intake of 5,000 was reached within a short period of one month only following the re-opening of the program in January 2014 after a period of two years.
Re-opening of Canada Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program welcomed— Canada permanent residents and Canada citizens will now be allowed to offer sponsorship to let their parents and grandparents to come to Canada from 2nd January, 2015.
Its indeed a welcome step for many parents and grandparents wanting to reunite with their children and grandchildren living in Canada. So, there is an end to long wait for families wanting to come to Canada.
It may be worth mentioned that in the year 2012-13, Canada welcomed nearly 50,000 parents and grandparents of Canada permanent residents and Canada citizens. And in addition, Canada government also made the Super Visa scheme permanent thereby enabling parents and grandparents to come to Canada as long-term visitors without having to get their Canada visas again and again for coming here.
Canada Super Visa program is a multi-entry visa scheme enabling parents and grandparents to get Canada Super Visas having a validity duration of 10-years for visiting Canada.
Faster processing times for Canada Parents and Grandparents Stream—Canada has already promised to cut down processing times for Canada Parents and Grandparents Stream considerably.
Meanwhile, new requirements have also been introduced for Canada Parents and Grandparents stream by Canada immigration department CIC.
These include hike of 30 percent in MNI(Minimum Necessary Income), extension of period of showing funds to three years from one year, extension of sponsorship undertaking period from 10 to 20 years along with reduction of maximum age for accompanying dependents to 18 or below.
Canada, 17th November: Ottawa has announced blacklisting of employers not abiding by provincial labor laws.
As per the details, the Conservative government is already up in arms against employers not following provincial labor rules.
Blacklisting of employers by Ottawa—Ottawa said it will be soon blacklisting employers who are not found to be abiding by the provincial labor norms. So, a blacklist of Canada employers who failed to fulfill provincial labor laws.
The move comes follows alleged misuse of Canada foreign worker program by Canada employers.
<blockquote> Canada will be issuing a blacklist of employers who did not fulfill provincial labor norms. </blockquote>
Any employers convicted under any provincial law or any federal law regulating recruitment of employees or employment are liable to get convicted by Ottawa under the latest rules.
The latest budget bill includes the newly expanded powers introduced by Canada government recently.
New norms unclear—Employers allege—Employers, on the other hand, have alleged that the new rules introduced by Canada government pertaining to Canada Temporary Foreign Worker Program(TFWP) are quite vague. In fact, they maintain that the new norms are not clear to them.
Canada immigration minister Chris Alexander and Canada Employment Minister Jason Kenney had announced several changes to Canada TFWP nearly five months ago. As per the CEO and President of Restaurants Canada, Garth Whyte, any business would feel devastated by getting included in the blacklist.
And employers are not have full clarity about Canada’s new Temporary Foreign Worker Program rules.
The major issue highlighted by Mr. Whyte with regard to blacklisting of employers not fulfilling provincial labor laws is that even honest mistakes by employers or a business could lead to their blacklisting.
So, the thing is that some honest employers or businesses using the Temporary Foreign Worker Program may get find their name in the blacklist, and that’s quite an issue of concern, Mr. Whyte maintained.
The new blacklist has been launched on the official website of Employment of Social Development.
It may be worth mentioned that the blacklist includes four employers out of which three employers happen to be in the restaurant sector.
And the recent changes announced by Canada in June this year include ban on employers in food services, retail and accommodation sectors from using Canada temporary foreign worker program until and unless the jobless ratio in the region happens to be less than 6 percent.
Canada, 10th November: Canada has recently eliminated its requirement for live-in caregivers to reside with their employers in Canada.
Yes, this is a latest announcement by Canada immigration department.
Foreign live-in caregivers don’t need to reside with employers—In a latest announcement by Canada immigration department CIC—(Citizenship and Immigration Canada), foreign live-in caregivers will not be required to stay with their employers in Canada.
<blockquote> Canada foreign live-in caregivers will not need to reside with their employers in Canada. </blockquote>
This was revealed by Canada immigration minister Chris Alexander. This means an end to the earlier requirement for foreign live-in caregivers to stay with their employers after coming to Canada under Canada Live in Caregiver program. That’s something great!
End of abuse for live-in caregivers—So, now, thanks to the latest step by Canada immigration department CIC, foreign live-in caregivers will have a big sigh of relief since they will not be under compulsion to reside with their employers in Canada.
This step is certainly aimed at eliminating any abuse or misuse of foreign live-in caregivers coming to Canada for working here. It has been alleged that in many instances, employers in Canada have been misusing the rights and priveleges of foreign live-in caregivers coming to work in Canada.
The live-in condition was stated to be somewhat like slavery for many foreign live-in caregivers working in Canada, affirmed Alexander. And the good thing is that Canada government has listened to the woes of live-in caregivers by discontinuing this requirement for staying with their employers in Canada.
Canada permanent residency for 30,000 foreign caregivers—In the year 2015, Canada will be providing 30,000 foreign caregivers the pivotal opportunity of Canada permanent residency. It needs to be worth mentioned that Canada immigration department currently has a backlog of around 60,000 cases.
New Canada job opportunities for foreign caregivers—Foreign caregivers will be provided new Canada job opportunities. That’s another good thing about Canada live-in caregiver program changes announced by Canada government.
For this, two new routes will be introduced for foreign caregivers wanting to get jobs in Canada. One route is meant for child-care providers and other is for working for elderly or ailing people. The maximum processing time for Canada foreign live in caregivers applications has been brought down to six months period.
Annual cap on live-in caregivers under 2 new streams–So, Canada will be processing applications under the above mentioned streams within a maximum period of six months while accepting 2,750 applications annually under each stream.
And Canada has already announced a rise of 20,000 in the total intake for Canada permanent residents in the year 2015.
Canada, 5th November: Canada is all set to increase its immigration intake in the coming year.
Yes, its quite true. Canada will be increasing immigration levels in the year 2015.
Canada to welcome high-caliber immigrants-Canada government has announced that from the next year, it will be targeting high-caliber immigrants to come to Canada. This has been revealed by Canada immigration minister Chris Alexander.
As per the details, Canada will be aiming to allow nearly 285,000 Canada permanent residents to come here. And this is allegedly stated to the highest ever intake of immigrants in the Canada immigration history. It was in the year 2010 that Canada welcomed a total of 280,000 permanent residents.
The year 2015 has even higher targets in terms of Canada permanent residents with the main focus being none other than economic immigrants as well as their dependents wishing to come to Canada, quipped Canada Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander recently.
<blockquote> Canada will be welcoming high-caliber immigrants in the year 2015 while increasing the number of Canada permanent residents this year. </blockquote>
More foreign students, temporary foreign workers to get Canada permanent settlement—Canada government plans to offer increased spots to foreign students as well as temporary foreign workers to get permanent settlement in Canada.
Canada government planned to welcome between 240,000 and 260,000 foreigners to the nation in the year 2013.
Canada plans to offer increased immigration intake in the year 2015. And around 65 percent of such immigrants are going to be on economic grounds, said Alexander. Canadian government’s aim is to increase the percentage of economic immigrants in current Canada immigration levels.
So, Canada will be admitting 29,800 immigrants on the basis of humanitarian grounds while 181,300 immigrants will be admitted for economic considerations and 68,000 on the basis of family problems, affirmed Canada immigration minister Alexander.
The total target for Canada permanent residency is up from 62 percent in the year 2013 to 65 percent in the year 2015. This simply affirms the fact that for economy prosperity of Canada, immigration is really important, he clarified.
Moreover, for many Canadian provinces, the economic immigration level is even higher, that is, around 70 percent. Its important to note that the increased immigration level for the year 2015 comes close on the heels of the introduction of Canada’s Express Entry for selection of skilled foreign workers for working in Canada.
Every country in the West has huge problems of illegal immigrants at large. And when the opportunity exists to expel these people those countries take full advantage of their prevailing laws enabling them to return would-be immigrants to their countries of origin. There to take legal and time-proven steps to register as potential emigrants to their country of choice. Joining the legitimate queue like everyone else.
Even when legal procedures are undertaken, some would-be immigrants produce false identify papers. Which, if and when discovered, completely disqualifies them for entry into the country? It often enough happens that individuals of unsavory character, with a history of violence or other criminal offences taking place in their countries of origin attempt to pass themselves off with false papers denying their criminal past.
A current such case is before the Canadian Immigration Board. In its own way it represents a personal tragedy. For a man who misrepresented his identity by proffering a false passport on entry into Canada in 2003, had suffered a critical aneurysm while in the country, leaving him a quadriplegic. This refugee claimant, Laibar Singh, is slated for deportation. There are many within the Sikh community in Vancouver who have responded to his plight, demanding he be allowed to stay in the country.
Obviously, the man would become a weight on an already over-extended health care system. With no legal status in the country, he is not entitled to free health care. And with no visible means of support, he would become a burden on the country for his costly, ongoing care. At the 11th hour, vociferous supporters claimed they would be responsible to care for all his needs, as they rallied to physically prevent his deportation at Vancouver International Airport.
Trouble is, they are not putting their mouths where their money should be in their declarations of support. The group who pledged their support has recanted after a six-day period, by now claiming they are unable to care for this severely disabled man. The New Westminster temple which had, up to now, sheltered him, now also declares they can no longer do so.
At the airport protest which forced the Canada Border Services Agency to put the deportation proceedings on hold, Sikh community leaders pledged they were prepared to cover medical expenses for Mr. Singh in perpetuity. In the meanwhile, another Sikh temple in Surrey has attempted to accommodate his needs, and its president has promised not to launch protests seen to be illegal in support of prevailing against deportation.
The new temple, Guru Nanak Sikh temple, is on its own in its humanitarian concern for Mr. Singh: “I am disappointed that all the guys who went to the airport to make big speeches have completely backed off”, said the temple president. “They didn’t give any money to us to help him.” The Guru Nanak Sikh temple is now prepared to launch a legal challenge for permission to keep Mr. Singh in Canada.
Which is a refreshing approach attesting to their earnest wish to help as opposed to the stridently illegal demands put forward by this man’s original supporters. Mr. Singh requires 24-hour-a-day care. His condition requires that he be established within a long-term care facility at a huge cost to the Canadian taxpayer.
If this issue is as it is purported to be, one of humanitarian concern for an unfortunate man, irregardless of the way he entered the country, it does seem a reasonable expectation that the very community of which he is an integral part should step forward and commit to providing the means by which his expensive nursing care will prolong his life here.
His impending deportation, and his physical vulnerability was taken up by a group called the South Asian Human Rights Group who have seen fit to champion Mr. Singh. They seem since to have abandoned him, backing away from his case. It seems now that the goodwill and concern of the Sikh community for one of their number must be consolidated in a promise to pay for his health needs.
As a Canadian citizen, Mr. Singh’s needs would be looked after by the Canadian taxpayer. As matters stand, Mr. Singh is an unwanted visitor to the country, regardless of humanitarian concerns. His plight is truly unfortunate, but there are many would-be refugees who face life-threatening difficulties. If the Sikh community is sincerely concerned, they have the option of stepping forward to assure funding.
That’s an expression of good faith, and an indication they take this issue seriously.