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Posted on Aug 26, 2015 in Canada, Living Abroad, USA |

Canadian vs U.S. Immigration Policies

Canada and the United States have very different immigration policies. One of the biggest difference between the migration systems of both countries is that Canadian immigration is based on employment and qualification while the U.S immigration is based primarily on family ties. Canadian migration policy is an example of employment-based system with a lot of programs enabling the economically-depressed regions to attract more skilled workers from abroad. Approximately 2/3 of all immigrants relocating to Canada are coming via different employment-based programs, while in the USA only 15% of all permanents residents are admitted on the basis of employment. 2/3 of all immigrants in the United States are accepted because they have a close relation to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Provincial Nominee Program In Canada The Provincial Nominee Program in Canada contributes for increasing the share of new permanent residents in less populated provinces. Generally, the PNP immigrants do well in the labor market. In comparison to that, there are no similar state programs in the United States. The U.S. immigration policy remains entirely in the hands of the federal government, compared to the de-centralized migration programs in Canada. Some of the most recent changes in the Canada immigration policy: – Change in the point system used for skilled visa. The focus on the age, Enlish or French language skills and having a job offer was increased while the emphisis on the formal education was decreased. – A separate program was created for skilled trade workers – Federal Skilled Trades Program. – Canadian Experience Class (CEC) – allowing temporary workers and international student switch easily to permanent residence. – Start of the Express Entry system in January 2015 to accept economic immigrants. While the US government has made almost no changes to their immigration policy since 1990s. The only major change have concerned the unauthorised immigrants. U.S. Green Card Lottery vs Canadian Express Entry There is no such program like the U.S. Diversity Lottery program in Canada. However, selected applicants in the Green card lottery are allocated on a random basis. Canada has another sort of pool called...

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Posted on Mar 19, 2015 in Canada, Canadian Immigration, Living Abroad |

Moving to Canada – What You Need to Know

People usually immigrate to Canada for various reasons – some hope to find a better paid job and lower costs of living, others want to gain overseas experience and get in touch with the multicultural environment in the country, third are attracted by the beautiful scenery. Canada is one of the countries accepting most immigrants from all around the world. If moving to Canada means a new start for you, you need to be careful and to plan the big step perfectly well. Canadian Climate Canadians have a joke that they have eight months of winter in Canada followed by four months to repair their roads. But it’s just a joke. In fact, Canadian climate is quite diverse and you can enjoy the four distinct seasons here with hot summer, cold winter and mild spring and fall. It really depends on where you are going to settle down. Temperature can go up to 35°C during the summer and -25°C in the winter. Cost of Living The cost of living in Canada in comparatively lower compared to Europe and you may find out it’s cheaper compared to your home country. Remember, however, that there are significant differences in incomes between the cities, provinces and industry sectors. Ottawa is the least expensive and Toronto is the most expensive Canadian city. The median after-tax income of Canadian family of two or more family members was $71,700 in 2012. See full report from Statistics Canada. Job Opportunities If your intention is to immigrate permanently and you don’t have a job offer already, check if your occupation is on the List of Eligible Occupations for the Federal Skilled visa. The Canadian average salary increased by 18 percent since 2007 and this is because the Canadian dollar rose 7 percent against the euro and 24 percent against the British pound. The highest paid occupations are in mining and gas/oil drilling industry, electricity and telecommunications. The lowest paid sectors are accommodation and food sectors, as well as arts and entertainment sectors. Canada’s unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in Jan 15 according to Statistics Canada, and traditionally...

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Posted on Mar 13, 2015 in Canada |

How Can Canadian Employers Benefit From the Express Entry?

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) implemented changes in Jan 2015 which affect the process for skilled migrants to secure visas to work in Canada. The express entry was introduced for all migrant visa categories. The aim is to make it easier for Canadian employers to find suitable employees from all over the world, when they are not able to find Canadians to fill the available positions. The express entry applies to most migrant categories, including: Federal Skilled Workers Program Federal Trades Program Canadian Experience Class Provincial Nominee Program Supposedly, Canadian employers can take their business to the next level through the new express entry by reaching out to hundreds of thousands of skilled workers all across the globe who have secured a skills assessment and lodged an express entry application. How can Canadian employers benefit from the express entry : Employers will have easy access to candidates who have submitted their express entry application and contact the applicants through job boards which will save time; Canadian businesses can submit an application for Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and include foreign workers who are in the express entry pool. There is no LMIA fee for permanent residency visa applications, which will save money; CIC will process applications submitted through the express entry within 6 months, to help Canadian employers fill the positions quickly. That said, the express entry system is a points based system. Applicants with the highest points are selected from the pool to submit their visa applications. Currently applicants with job offers from Canadian employers or foreign nationals who have been nominated by a province have the best chances to be invited to apply for permanent residency. If you are a Canadian employer looking to fill a vacancy and can’t find a suitable applicant; or perhaps you want to keep your foreign employees longer in Canada, contact VisaFirst.com today on 647 797 3680 or e-mail contact@visafirst.com . Our experienced recruitment and licensed visa agents will guide you through the process. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Mar 9, 2015 in Canada, Migration News |

Canadian IEC program opens (5th March) for Ireland!

  There are three streams to the program Young Professionals – OPENED International co-op internship – OPENED Working Holiday visa – Register now and get ahead of the crowd. The IEC program has opened for the Young professional and internship streams. You need a job offer / placement offering in order to be accepted onto one of these streams. But the highly anticipated Working Holiday stream still remains closed at this point. Yet we are expecting to advise our clients of the opening date for the 10,000 IEC visas very shortly. To secure an invitation to apply for the Working Holiday visa, the key is to be prepared ahead of the crowd. Canadian immigration have changed the process many times in the last couple of years. Anyone who missed the program last year could expect to face more changes this time around too. We, at Visafirst.com, are providing our clients with A preparation guide to ensure they are best prepared to navigate through the IEC stage. A list of expected questions that you may be asked A checklist of required documents that you will need The opening times both by email and text message so you can be sure not to miss out on the short window of times that exists to submit your IEC application. The correct link for the site also. Once the program opens and you have submitted your information, you then need to wait to receive your Conditional Letter of Acceptance if you have done everything right. This will take up to 14 days if done correctly. Once you receive this, we will have just a few days to submit your visa application. So this does not give people much time to gather the information – especially when some of the documents (like police clearances) can take a few weeks to obtain. Again, Visafirst.com will be handling this visa application stage for our clients. We will be Providing our clients with a checklist of required documentation and forms for the visa application Reviewing the documentation and preparing the visa application for submission with our ICCRC...

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Posted on Jan 26, 2015 in Canada, Migration News |

First Express Entry Draw for Canadian Residency Planned for Next Week

Since 1 Jan 2015, the Canadian government launched the new Express Entry immigration program to enable skilled people all over the world migrate to Canada faster. The skilled migration applications were processed in order of receipt before but now the immigration authority will pick up the top ranking candidates. It is expected that the first draw for an invitation to apply is going to be this week. Under the new changes, the applicants for permanent residency need to submit an expression of interest first and then those who meet the criteria will be accepted into the pool. In this pool, the candidates are being ranked against other applicants and given points for certain attributes such as age, skills, job offer, work experience, adaptability etc. According to Visafirst.com Manager, Edwina Shanahan, it is important for those Irish workers who want to apply for permanent residency in Canada to enter the pool with as many points as they can get, as only those ranked higher will be invited to apply for the visa, depending on the labour market expectation. The Canadian Express Entry means that the Irish workers willing to relocate to Canada on a permanent basis, i.e. around 2,000 people will need to go through a more selective process now. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your visa fast and hassle-free today. If you found this information useful, please share 🙂 Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Dec 23, 2014 in Canada, Migration News |

Pilot Program for Spouses to get a Canadian Open Work Permit More Quickly

The Canadian government started a new one-year program yesterday to allow spouses of inland applicants waiting for permanent residency to get an open work permit more quickly. A spokesman of Chris Alexander, Immigration Minister advised: “As we promised, Citizenship and Immigration Canada is launching a pilot program that will allow spouses being sponsored under the Inland Spousal Sponsorship program to receive their work permits much sooner while we process their applications”. Canadian open work permit allows you work in Canada for a specific period until your permanent residency application is being finalized. It also allows you to achieve health coverage while waiting on the residency. This program comes as a result of a recent report that thousands of families are living in a great stress, without the opportunity of a legal work and with no health insurance, while waiting their sponsorship applications been processed. If you have already submitted your application upwards of 18 months, you can now get your open work permit in a few weeks. If you lodge your application for the first time now, your application is expected to be processed in four months Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your visa fast and hassle-free today. If you found this information useful, please share 🙂   Visa FirstMore...

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