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Posted on Oct 17, 2014 in Canada, Canadian Immigration, Migration News, Working Abroad |

The Canadian Express Entry will replace the Federal Skilled Visa in less than 3 months

As VisaFirst already informed you earlier, the Occupation list for the Canadian Federal Skilled visa has been updated on 1 May 2014. There has been a cap of 25,000 new applications set, including 500 applications from PhD students. All 50 occupations on the list have been further restricted by a sub-cap of 1,000 places per occupation. Of course, this does not affect those visa candidates with a secured job offer from a Canadian employer. Now, the first to reach the occupational quota are the Computer programmers and interactive media developers, NOC code 2174. No more new applications from this occupation will be accepted under the current Federal skilled worker program. There is one more occupation that is near to reach the limit: Financial and investment analysts NOC code 1112. Below the full list of occupations and the places already completed for each occupation: NOC Code Eligible occupation Number of places completed as per the 1,000 sub-cap 0013 Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services 45 0015 Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c. 15 0111 Financial managers 148 0112 Human resources managers 44 0113 Purchasing managers 64 0121 Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers 23 0311 Managers in health care 21 0711 Construction managers 24 0712 Home building and renovation managers 4 0811 Managers in natural resources production and fishing 2 0911 Manufacturing managers 72 1111 Financial auditors and accountants 169 1112 Financial and investment analysts 741 1113 Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers – 1114 Other financial officers 63 1123 Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations 105 1212 Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers 52 1224 Property administrators 5 2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers 15 2131 Civil engineers 235 2132 Mechanical engineers 376 2133 Electrical and electronics engineers 216 2145 Petroleum engineers 18 2171 Information systems analysts and consultants 348 2172 Database analysts and data administrators 73 2173 Software engineers and designers 425 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers 1,000 2232 Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians 10 2234 Construction estimators 5 2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians 27 2243...

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Posted on Oct 3, 2014 in Australia, Australian Immigration, Canadian Immigration, Living Abroad, Work in Australia, Working Abroad |

Australia is Top Spot for Irish

  More and more young Irish people are jetting off to Canada and New Zealand – but Australia still leads the way as the nation’s favourite immigration destination. Migration Index reveals that Dublin, Cork, Tipperary, Donegal and Wexford are the top five “feeder counties” while construction and engineering are the top two industries bringing the Irish abroad. Our statistics show that Canada is growing in popularity and that 18 – 24 year-olds are the ones most likely to apply for working visa abroad. The figures show an increase in the 18 – 24 age group travelling away for work, whereas the fall in the 25 – 34-year-olds  travelling could be accounted for by the fact that people in that age group who have left in the last few years have actually stayed away. The number of people involved in construction emigrating is dropping and is expected to continue to decline over the next few years as the Irish building industry picks up. But although this number in the construction industry will going to fall over the next few years, this industry in places like Australia and Canada continues to grow, so there will always be opportunity for Irish people. We expect a rise in the number of teachers heading off to Canada and Australia. There are currently numerous employment opportunities in this area in Canada, Oz and New Zealand, we believe we’ll see a steady flow of nurses and teachers travelling into 2015.  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 enjoyed this post, please share 🙂   Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Aug 20, 2014 in Canada, Canadian Immigration, Investor Visa, Migration News |

First Canadian Entrepreneur Start-up Visas Approved

 This is the first visa program of that type in the world and the Canadian Government strongly encourages all provinces to support any young entrepreneurs wanting to set up a business in the country. Foreign entrepreneurs willing to grasp this opportunity need to meet certain criteria: secure significant investment from one of the designated ‘angel’ investor groups set up for the programme, financial commitments from business incubator companies are also accepted. This visa gives an option to young talents to try their luck in Canada. Their vision and ability to build innovative companies that can create jobs and long-term perspectives, thus distributing for the economic growth of the country. The Start-up Visa Program was launched last year, aiming to link experienced Canadian private sector firms with innovative foreign entrepreneurs who want to launch their start-up companies in Canada. When it comes to residency visas, the applicants should prove one or more years of post-secondary education, as well as language proficiency in English or French. The Pilot Entrepreneur program is to run for five years. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your visa fast and hassle-free today. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Aug 8, 2014 in Canada, Canadian Immigration, Migration News |

Canadian Immigrants Deemed One of the Most Successful in the World.

This is because the Canadian immigration program is designed to allow all new-comers settle down smoothly and quickly. The most successful newcomers usually come in Canada through the Skilled Worker and Provincial nominee programs. Both programs assess applicant’s work experience, qualifications, language skills and adaptability, to ensure overseas migrants are successful on the Canadian labour market. Once getting a permanent residence, the next logical step for the immigrants is getting a Canadian passport. One of the main differences between the residents and the citizens is that only the Canadian citizens can vote in the country. Above 91% of all permanent residents declared that they intend to apply for citizenship and that they would be proud to be Canadians. A lot of prospective migrants decide to move in Canada only to give their children a better start. And the facts and figures reveal that the majority of the second-generation migrants whose parents were born outside Canada usually perform excellent both professionally and academically and sometimes develop even better than the Canadians.  These last figures show that the Canadian government is successful in their attempt to attract and integrate high caliber people all over the world and make them feel Canada like their home. For more information on the Canadian visas, visit our website www.visafirst.com Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your visa fast and hassle-free today. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Apr 14, 2014 in Canadian Immigration |

Canada will introduce new recruitment system for prospective immigrants

The Canadian immigration minister Chris Alexander has announced that the country will introduce new active immigration recruitment system that will be known as “Express entry” and will be similar to the Australian skill select scheme. The work towards implementation of the new system began during the time of the previous Immigration minister – Jason Kenney. Until know it has been known as Expression of Interest system. According to Mr. Alexander the new system will be a real game changer and will significantly improve the functioning of the Canadian Immigration Department. It will allow skilled foreigners to gain residence faster and easier. Mr Alexander says that he hopes that a successful applicant will have his/her application processed in six months once Express Entry is up and running. The system will be used for four of the current immigration programs that are run by the Canadian Government – The Federal Skilled Worker Program, The Federal Skilled Trades Program, The Canadian Experience Class and the The Provincial Nominee Programs. Under the new “Express entry” system, an application will first be submitted to the Canadian government. Their CV and professional details will then be added to a centralized database. Employers who are seeking foreign skilled workers will have access to some information from the database and will be able to select suitable candidates. Candidates who are not chosen by local employers will have their CVs removed from the database. The new system will help Canadian employers to select only such potential immigrants who are best prepared to work and live in Canada instead of those who are first in line. In addition to that the system will allow for much faster processing of the visa-related documents and in this way candidates will wait less for their Canadian visa. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your Canadian Visa fast and hassle-free today.   blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Feb 20, 2014 in Canadian Immigration |

New changes to the Canadian citizenship law

The minister of Canada Chris Alexander has announced that he will increase the period required for residency before an immigrant becomes eligible for citizenship from three to four years. The bill has been announced at a press conference in Toronto. According to Mr. Alexander the new bill will enhance the value which the Canadian citizenship has. The bill would also quadruple the cost of a Canadian citizenship application from $75 to $300 and massively increase the maximum penalty for ‘residency fraud’ from $1,000 to $100,000. Residency fraud is committed when someone, falsely presents document that he has lived in Canada when in fact he has been resident of a different country. In order to get a citizenship, any foreigner must have lived in Canada for 1096 days in the last four years. Canadian immigration authorities have been concerned that some individuals, particularly from the Middle East continued to live in their countries of origin and paid to Canadian agents to falsify evidence that they have been residents of Canada, which has helped them to obtain citizenship. Under the previous immigration minister Jason Kenney, around 3000 people had their Canadian citizenship revoked after it became clear that they have applied with false documents. In addition to that Kenney pointed out that some Canadian agents were providing help to fraudsters by creating those illegal documents. The new bill would also make Canadian language and citizenship tests considerably harder and extend the requirement to take a language test to all applicants up to the age of 64. Currently, those over 54 are exempt. The opposition party in Canada said that they will have to carefully review new measures before accepting them The reason for this is that decline in immigration might have negative consequence for the Canadian economy and the local labour market which relies on qualified professionals from abroad. Visa First is a leading immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your Canadian visa fast and hassle-free today. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Jan 28, 2013 in Canadian Immigration |

Canada starts new Start-up visa programm

During the last week, the Canadian agency Citizenship and Immigration Canada has announced that it will launch new visa program for entrepreneurs. The program will open in April 2013 and it will be named Start-up visa. According to the Canadian Immigration minister Jason Kenney, the new visa will help Canada to attract many of the best entrepreneurs in the World, who will launch their companies there and thus contribute to the global competitiveness of the country’s economy. In addition to that the press release of the Citizenship and Immigration Canada claims that the new program will connect entrepreneurs with private sector organisations in Canada that have experience working with start-ups and who can provide essential resources. The plan will bring the applying entrepreneur together with Canadian venture capitalist companies, who will provide start-up funding after the visa has been granted. CIC has arranged to collaborate initially with two venture capital associations; Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCA) and the National Angel Capital Organisation (NACO). CIC says that it is also working with the Canadian Association of Business Incubation so that they too can become involved soon. A lot of details about the new program are still not published, but CIC says that by attracting talented individuals from all over the world it will create “one of its kind” visa program that does not have analogue in any other country. Nevertheless the Citizenship and Immigration Canada still has not disclosed how many visas or funding will be available. Nor has it explained how the entrepreneur’s suitability will be assessed. It is also not clear now much capital entrepreneurs will need to commit in order to qualify. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your Canadian Visa fast and hassle-free today. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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