Pavel Lifanov: Canada is a Start-Up Nation

“Start-Up Immigration program, designed for entrepreneurs, investors and businessmen, is a new trend of Canadian immigration policy”, said Pavel Lifanov, the Vice-President of Green Light Immigration.

Canada is one of the wealthiest nations in the world. It is a proud member of G7 and a leading country for the ease of doing business. For instance, Canada is ranked in the 2nd place globally in starting a new business and 18th in overall ease of doing business among 190 nations. Globalization and innovation are the dominant markers of a developed state in the twenty-first century. The importance of that is obvious to the Canadian government. Thus, “Canada, as a nation of immigrants, welcomes foreign nationals who want to operate their own business or launch a start-up that will benefit the Canadian economy and society”, said Lifanov.

See also: Pavel Lifanov: Provincial Immigration Is a Good Alternative for the Federal Programs.

For that reason, the Federal and Provincial governments adopted new legislation to establish a clear and friendly regulatory environment for creative and innovative people, including foreign nationals willing to immigrate to Canada. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) established the International Mobility Program which has a stream designed for Entrepreneurs/self-employed candidates who want to immigrate to Canada! Moreover, in the recent years, several provincial programs also created similar streams for start-uppers. For instance, Ontario has the immigration streams for entrepreneurs and investors; Manitoba has a stream for investors; Prince Edward Island developed a Business Impact Category within its provincial program; New Brunswick and Nova Scotia launched the Entrepreneur Streams as part of their provincial immigration.

According to Lifanov, several other Canadian provinces and territories are developing new immigration programs specifically for start-ups. He concluded: “My practice shows that almost all unique ideas are welcomed in Canada, which, indeed, is a Start-Up Nation”.

Pavel Lifanov, Immigration Consultant / ICCRC #R515679

Our experts at Green Light Immigration, already helped many clients to launch their start-ups in Canada based on the most original and unique ideas. Contact us to get the best consultation on how to launch your start-up in Canada.



British Columbia issued 400 invitations to candidates of the Provincial Nominee Program

On July 25, 2018, the Government of British Columbia held a new round of invitation issuance. 400 candidates were invited within the five Provincial Streams. The BC PNP has issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants in Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC categories, and to registrants from the Entrepreneur Immigration stream.

The minimum score in this round of invitation was different in various categories:

  • Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker – 84
  • Skills Immigration – International Graduate – 91
  • Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled – 65
  • Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker – 91
  • Express Entry BC – International Graduate – 91

HealthCare Professional and International Post-Graduate applicants under the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC streams do not need an invitation to apply. The provincial government allows them to apply directly via BCPNP Online.

The number and frequency of invitations to apply are based on annual nomination allocations from the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and the ability of the province to process applications.

In addition to the above-mentioned immigration stream, in August 2017 British Columbia has successfully launched the Tech Pilot Under the BC PNP. In this stream, the government issue weekly invitations to qualified registrants with valid job offers in the key technology occupations. The BC PNP Tech Pilot is designed for specialists from a list of 32 eligible occupations important for British Columbia’s technology sector, which is a major driver of economic growth in the province, with tech employment at its highest level ever recorded. The demand for talent in BC’s tech sector is increasing faster than the supply. The BC PNP Tech Pilot has been extended until June 2019. This Nominee Program, which was just implemented last year, has been well received. Some candidates received a nomination in one day.

If you are interested in immigration to British Columbia, contact Green Light Immigration to assess your chances in many of the provincial immigration streams.

Express Entry: New Invitation Round Results of July 25, 2018

Today, on July 25th, 2018, the Government of Canada held a new draw of candidates from the selection pool of the Express Entry system. This is already the fifteenth round of invitations in 2018 and 95th since the launch of this selection system in 2015. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) sent Invitations to Apply (ITA) to 3750 candidates. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of this draw was 441 CRS.

Today’s draw was the fourth draw in which 3,750 candidates received ITAs. Thus, the total number of candidates from the pool who received ITA in the past two months has already reached 15,000. The Canadian government continues to invite the maximum possible number of immigrants each draw. Since the quota has increased to 3750 ITA per one invitation round, the minimum CRS score continues to remain in the range of 440-450.

Results of Express Entry draws in Summer 2018:

  • Draw #95 – July 25, 2018 – 441 points
  • Draw #94 – July 11, 2018 – 442 points
  • Draw #93 – June 25, 2018 – 442 points
  • Draw #92 – June 13, 2018 – 451 points

In total, this year Canada has already selected 47,200 candidates out of 74,900 planned. In 2019, the government expects to invite 81,400 immigrants through the Express Entry system.

Express Entry is an online selection system for Canadian immigration, designed to select skilled workers for immigration to Canada. Foreign nationals can immigrate through one of the Federal programs such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, or through the Provincial Nominee Programs.

The Express Entry system selects candidates based on Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for their age, education, work experience, and knowledge of the Canadian official languages.

As of July 19, 2018, the Express Entry system registered 87,350 profiles of candidates wishing to immigrate to Canada.

Fill out the online assessment form or contact Green Light Immigration to asses your chances for immigration to Canada through the Express Entry system. Our immigration consultants will help you find out all information about immigration to Canada.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot – Is It a Success Story?

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program was launched in 2017 by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada in cooperation with the Atlantic Provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island. The program was designed in response to the need of boosting the economies of the Atlantic Canada region. Two biggest Canadian provinces, Ontario and Quebec, attract more immigrants and qualified specialists than any other. In the long run, such disproportion threatens equal distribution of goods and creates gaps in the wellbeing of the inhabitants of different provinces.

Earlier, the newcomers to Atlantic Canada fled to Ontario or Quebec after obtaining their permanent residency, looking for more job opportunities and higher salaries. For that reason, the Atlantic Pilot focuses on local employers, helping them to find specialist overseas. If a newcomer has a secured job position, a chance for their migration outside of Atlantic Canada is significantly reduced. New immigrants can establish deeper ties with their new home, and in that way contribute to the local economy. To reach the higher success rate of the program, the Federal government excluded the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from the requirements for Atlantic Immigration Pilot.

In 2017, the program aimed for up to 2,000 additional primary immigrant applicants and their families. In July 2018, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen announced that the Government decided to increase the number of skilled immigrants and their family members who can obtain permanent residence through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program this year by 500, bringing the 2018 allotment to 2,500. Moreover, the Federal Government confirmed that the program would continue to increase, and by 2020 Atlantic Pilot will reach 4,000 candidates per year.

This increase indicates the optimistic reaction of the government to the Pilot, however Immigration experts state that it is too early to call the Atlantic Pilot a complete success. Nevertheless, it is definitely not a fail.

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program consists of three streams:

  • Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program (AISP)
  • Atlantic High Skilled Program (AHSP)
  • Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)
Contact us if you are interested to settle in Atlantic Canada! Green Light Immigration will help you to assess your chances with Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program.

Evgeny Blumin: Red Seal Certificate Is a Great Opportunity for Immigration to Canada

Immigration to Canada is the dream of many people around the world. Evgeny Blumin, the president of Green Light Immigration, says that immigration to Canada is possible even for those who did not get a post-secondary education. Those without such education can come to Canada as holders of a Red Seal certificate.

Canada evaluates candidates applying for permanent resident status in Canada in the Express Entry system based on four main factors: age, education, work experience and knowledge of the Canadian official languages, i.e. English and French. Points for education are one of the most critical factors from the point of view of the Canadian government.

Therefore, many people who dream about Canada but do not have a post-secondary degree do not even try their chances. And this is their main mistake! “In addition to specialists with bachelor’s or master’s degrees, Canada also highly appreciates the representatives of the trade professions,” said Blumin. “That is why Canada established a separate immigration program named Federal Skilled Trades”.

See also: Evgeny Blumin Gives Some Tips How to Increase Your CRS

Red Seal certificate is the Canadian confirmation of the qualification in a specific professional trade. In Canada, as in many other countries, some trade occupations are regulated by the Ministry of Labour, and this certificate is a recognition of the qualifications of a specialist to work in his/her field in Canada. So, for example, electricians cannot work without a Red Seal certificate.

For the professions that are not regulated by the Ministry of Labour, for example, mechanic-installer, the Red Seal certificate confirms the level of qualification, which naturally affects the salary level. Currently, the Red Seal certification is available for 55 professions. You can get a certificate by passing a professional exam and by having proven work experience in this trade. Moreover, you can take the exam with the assistance of an interpreter!

Once you have received the Red Seal certificate, the quest for immigration to Canada becomes easier! The Federal Government annually allocates a certain number of quotas for qualified professionals from the Red Seal trades list. In addition, some provincial programs are also looking after such professionals.

Evgeny Blumin assures that Green Light Immigration will facilitate your immigration process and will help you obtain a Red Seal certificate in following trades: industrial and construction electricians, millwrights, plumbers, carpenters, industrial mechanics, heavy duty equipment mechanics, automotive service technicians, and many others.

Evgeny Blumin, Immigration Consultant / ICCRC #R513445

To find out whether your profession is on the list of trades for obtaining a Red Seal certificate, contact Green Light Immigration. We will help you to immigrate to Canada based on your profession.
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How to Sponsor Your Parents if You Don’t Have Enough Income?

Many new immigrants have to leave their parents in home countries. Those of them who are at the old age cannot take care of themselves.

The temporary invitation of parents to visit and the opening of a tourist visa is not a big deal, immigration of old parents is a complex process.

Sponsorship of parents is a complicated process since the potential sponsors should meet very high requirements. First of all, this is the family income level, which meets the minimum criteria. Not all candidates are able to show the required income, especially over the past three years, which is also an indispensable condition for sponsoring parents.

Even those candidates who meet all the criteria of the parental sponsorship program cannot apply for sponsorship because there is a limited quota for this immigration program. Following the recent changes in immigration legislation, sponsorship of parents is carried out in a lottery format and the final decision is the matter of fortune.

What can you do if you don’t meet the conditions of the program, or were not fortunate to win the family sponsorship lottery? Is everything so hopeless?

Many years of Green Light Canada Global Mobility Solutions Ltd.’s experience suggests that there are other opportunities for reunification with parents.

The most effective way is to apply for permanent resident status on the basis of Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds, the so-called principles of humanity and compassion. This is the exception when Canada is ready to give status to a person who is not eligible for any immigration program but has serious reasons for living in Canada.

In most cases, parents are exactly the category of people who fit within the framework of Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds. These are people of advanced age who need constant care, support and medical supervision. With the correct presentation of the facts and the proper application, it is quite possible to obtain a positive decision and provide parents with permanent resident status in Canada.

The complexity of this path is that Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds is an exception to all other immigration programs. And accordingly, it is necessary to carry out an exceptional work on the preparation of a package of documents to prove that the applicant is worthy of the right to exclusion.

The team of Green Light Canada Global Mobility Solutions Ltd. is proud of its experience in the successful filing of such cases. Our specialists will conduct an assessment of your individual situation, and subsequently help to prepare the entire package of documents, thus ensuring maximum chances for a positive decision.

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Green Light Canada ️ is hiring 
Assistant to an Immigration Consultant is needed! 

We are a growing immigration practice and we are looking for an Assistant to an Immigration Consultant who is able to quickly adapt to the new practice and to work with very little supervision. We focus on all aspects of Canadian immigration; corporate immigration, citizenship, and refugee law. We are focused on providing excellent legal services and expertise, client care and detailed research.

We are seeking an outstanding professional to join our team and to build a long-term career. This individual must passionate about Canadian immigration field, human rights and global mobility who prides themselves on professionalism, customer service, and excellent quality work.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Collect information and documentation from clients;
  • Understanding immigration processing categories and requirements for each category;
  • Ensure that applications are prepared, reviewed and are filed in a timely manner and that deadlines are met;
  • Notify clients of upcoming extensions, changes in process or procedures; Draft emails in response to queries by clients;
  • Draft and prepare applications for a variety of immigration cases, including Sponsorship, PNP, LMIA, Temporary and Permanent Residence, Express Entry, Study and Work Permit applications
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How to Appeal Against the Immigration Officer’s Decision?

All applicants who submit applications for temporary and immigration visas hope to get a positive decision of the immigration authorities. Unfortunately, the point of view of the Canadian immigration officer does not always coincide with the expectations of potential visitors to Canada. The percentage of application refusals at the moment is quite high and is due to numerous reasons, depending on each case in particular. Sometimes the reason for refusal can be the incorrect preparation of a package of documents when applying for a visa, and sometimes simply the mistake of the officer considering the case, due to his subjective vision.

For someone, visa refusal can be a reason for great disappointment. A tourist trip, study, or immigration to Canada costs a lot and requires a long time and many efforts.

There is a misconception that visa refusal is an irreversible decision that cannot be appealed. However, this is not true. Each application refusal is caused by specific reasons that led to a negative decision. The correct identification of these causes and the correction of the circumstances that led to the refusal, there is a chance for a positive result. At the same time, re-submission of the application without an analysis of the reasons for refusal and correction of possible mistakes, most likely won’t change the officer’s decision.

The Canadian Immigration Authorities carefully review each application, taking into account many factors that have an impact on the final decision. Such factors as the financial condition, marital status, education, age and scope of the applicant’s professional activities are being evaluated.

What to do if after long months and in some cases years of preparations, you got a refusal?

There is a certain algorithm of actions, which may help to fix the situation and get an opportunity to visit or move to Canada.

Initially, it is crucial to find out the detailed reasons for the refusal. Sometimes, a small detail that you did give importance to, could become that very obstacle for your application. There is a specific mechanism for requesting detailed information on each case. Such a query is called ATIP.

When you know the reason for the negative decision, there are several options for further actions.

If the reason for refusal was the incorrect submission or the absence of any documents when filing, then, needless to say, it is necessary to correct these issues and re-arrange the application in the proper form. Naturally, this will ensure the desired result.

Sometimes the situation is a bit more complicated when, due to certain circumstances, the officer responsible for your case has found that at the moment you do not meet the requirements of immigration law. The reason may be related to your employment, the travel history to other countries, family reasons or financial situation. In such cases, you should be patient and spend some time and energy on correcting these gaps in order to have the maximum chance of getting a positive decision when reapplying.

It is also impossible to exclude the human factor and the possibility of an immigration officer’s error. This simplifies the task and, in this case, to obtain a visa can be achieved by a simple review of the application. There is a special online form for that.

Unfortunately, sometimes we encounter complicated cases when immigration authorities are firmly convinced of their decision and do not want to change their mind. However, even this is not a final verdict. In such a situation, in search of justice, one has to apply to the highest supervisory authority overseeing the activities of the Ministry of Immigration of Canada: the Federal Court. Appeals to the Federal Court often lead to a positive outcome. With the proper explanation of an appeal and a logically arranged submission of facts and evidence, the Federal Court will review the case with due objectivity and issue a reasoned decision that often satisfies the applicant’s requirements.

And yet, what are the chances of getting a positive result when you reapply? Naturally, this directly depends on the approach to the resubmission process. The main approach of the Canadian immigration system is the lack of absolute guarantees, but at the same time, this system is clearly regulated by certain laws, rules and regulations, knowing and respecting which, the chances of getting rejected are negligible and tend to zero.

Green Light Canada Global Mobility Solutions Ltd. will provide you with full support in drafting documents and conducting the entire litigation.

We will analyze your case, identify all the reasons for which you received a refusal and find a solution that is the best for you.

Our team will give you full support and will fight for your interests at all levels.

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How to Find a Job in Canada and What Is LMIA?

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In a long list of different ways of immigration to Canada, one of the best is immigration through work. In fact, it is not so difficult for a qualified specialist who knows English and has the necessary work experience to find a Canadian employer who is ready to hire such a valuable employee.

However, everything is not so simple. The mutual desire of the employer and the potential employee is not enough to get a work permit and start your Canadian career.

In terms of employment, the Government of Canada is granting priority to the residents of Canada. Therefore, before employing a foreign worker, the employer must make every possible attempt to employ a citizen or permanent resident of Canada. If after all the numerous attempts, a suitable candidate could not be found among the locals, the employer has the right to apply to the government for permission to hire a foreign worker. This permit is called the LMIA – Labour Market Impact Assessment, or an assessment of the impact on the labour market of hiring a foreign specialist. This impact should be assessed as positive to the Canadian economy.

The employer’s application for LMIA is carefully reviewed by the Canadian authorities to assess if enough effort has been made to find a local candidate.

The employer should place a job posting on several resources and conduct a series of interviews with potential candidates. After carrying out all the necessary measures, he must prove that there is no proper Canadian candidate and show how the potential foreign worker is unique for this position to launch the whole process of obtaining LMIA.

Without a positive LMIA, a foreign candidate is not eligible to apply for a work permit, therefore, can not legally work in Canada.

Despite all the above difficulties in obtaining LMIA – this is just a set of regulated procedures, knowledge of which will ensure a positive LMIA.

Numerous companies that regularly receive LMIA for their potential candidates are the customers of Green Light Canada Global Mobility Solutions Ltd. Our specialists will help you to apply for LMIA for the employer. In addition, they can also take on all the difficulties associated with opening a work permit. If you have the necessary skills and work experience, we can help you find an employer who is interested in your job placement.


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What is an ATIP Note and Why Is It Useful?

Unfortunately, not every application for a visit, study, or work permit to Canada is successful. Unlike most countries, Canada is a less popular tourist destination, and also suffers from a constant influx of illegal immigrants, which entails certain difficulties in opening even a temporary tourist visa, not to mention long-stay visas.

If you received a refusal for a visa application, the reasons may vary. If these reasons are not clarified, the re-submission doesn’t make any sense and the chances of obtaining a positive decision are extremely small.

In the case of a negative decision on your application, IRCC sends a letter containing the reasons for the refusal. However, the reasons given in this letter are purely formal and not informative at all. Based on this letter, it is difficult to find out any conclusions that shed light on the true reasons for the refusal.

How to get reliable information that gives an understanding of the real situation? For detailed information on your case, you can order a detailed statement in electronic form, containing both all the general information on your file and the specific motivation of the immigration officer in making the decision. This is called ATIP – Access to Information and Privacy Online Request.

You can order ATIP yourself if you are a Canadian citizen or have a permanent resident status. If you are outside of Canada, you can request the assistance of the third-party.

The process of obtaining ATIP takes about a month, but in the end, the applicant has all the necessary data to fix all problems.

After carefully analyzing the factors that led to the refusal, you can re-submit your application, making changes in the package of documents, or try to change the circumstances that adversely affected the decision of the immigration officer.

Our specialists will help you to order ATIP, and also provide a detailed analysis and give recommendations on how to improve your file. With the correct presentation of the facts, supported by the relevant documentation, the chances of obtaining a Canadian visa will significantly increase.


Ontario Immigration: What to Expect from the New Government?

Doug Ford and the new Conservative government of Ontario have announced the “elimination” of the provincial Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) and its subsequent replacement with a new structure. The implementation of the new structure is not clear as of this moment. Judging by the recent announcements by Ontario Tories, the new government may try reducing the costs, and some analysts fear that it may adversely affect the Provincial Immigration policy.

One of the changes is already taking place due to the clear clash between Toronto and Ottawa on the question of refugees. Premier Doug Ford issued a statement describing asylum seekers as “illegal border crossers,” saying the influx has resulted in a housing crisis in Toronto and “a threat to services that Ontario families depend on.” The Ontario government says it may face a “looming crisis” next month if Ottawa does not help find space for refugees and asylum seekers currently sheltered in Ontario college dorms. Lisa MacLeod, a provincial minister in charge of immigration, urged Justin Trudeau to commit federal resources to relieve overcrowding in Toronto’s shelter system.

The other problem that may affect Ontario Immigration policy is the potential reduction of staff of the former MCI. It may lead to an increase in the processing time for the Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (OINP). So far, no statements on changes in Ontario Provincial Programs were issued.

As of today, Ontario still has about 4,000 spots available under OINP quota for this year, where 2,901 applications have already been filled. In total, the Province of Ontario has about a dozen various streams in Business Category, Employer Job Offer Category, and Human Capital Category.

Contact Green Light Immigration to find out if you are eligible for one the streams of the Ontario Provincial Nominee Program.

Immigration to Manitoba: Expression of Interest Draw # 47

On July 6, 2018, Manitoba held a new draw from the Expression of Interest pool of candidates. In the Manitoba Skilled Workers Overseas – Express Entry substream, the cut-off score has dropped to 519. Ranking score of lowest-ranked candidate invited in this round is 26 points lower than the previous lowest score of 545 as of March 19, 2018. The lowest score in the previous two rounds, on June 21 and May 31, was 562 and 584 respectively. We hope this trend will continue. In this round, the Province issued 202 Letters of Advice to Apply to candidates who have a valid Express Entry Profile, job seeker validation code, and at least 6 months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list.

In the same draw, 32 candidates were invited directly by the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program under the Strategic Recruitment Initiative. Ranking score of lowest-ranked candidate invited was 639. Another 217 Letters of Advice to Apply were issued to the candidates who have satisfied the following criteria, namely: having a close relative residing in Manitoba or past education or work experience in Manitoba; having at least 6 months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; and a minimum of required language proficiency. Ranking score of lowest-ranked candidate invited was 572. Finally, another 104 skilled workers with a ranking score of 564 and higher, who already live in Manitoba, received Letters of Advice to Apply.

The Province of Manitoba designed its own Expression of Interest (EOI) system. This EOI has a unique points system that assigns candidates a score out of 1,000. This system differs from the Federal Express Entry.

If you want to Immigrate to Manitoba, contact Green Light Immigration and our consultants will help you to immigrate to the “Gateway to Western Canada”.

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Study Permit Refusal – Do I Have to Re-Submit the Application?

Study in Canada is a dream of many international students. According to official data, about 30 percent of all applications for obtaining a study permit are rejected.

Most applicants think that if a refusal is received, it is impossible to obtain a study permit afterwards. It is a myth. Our practice proves that the refusal of a student visa is a completely fixable situation.

To obtain a study permit after the refusal you need to understand why your application was rejected. As a rule, the main reason for the refusal will be indicated in the letter you received about the refusal. However, this may be just one of the standard formulations, not concretizing the real facts that caused the refusal.

We always recommend ordering a detailed explanation on the refusal, also known as Computer Assisted Immigration Processing System (CAIPS) notes. In the letter of refusal, you can find only a common cause, while the CAIPS note is a more detailed entry of the Canadian Immigration Officer. In the CAIPS statement, you can find the comments for your situation and not a set of common phrases. Therefore, after a careful exploration of the CAIPS notes, you can find out what caused suspicions of the visa officer and served as the reason for refusing a student visa.

There are several reasons for refusal and here are the most frequent:

1. Insufficient funds

You haven’t shown enough money in your bank account or you did not show the source of income. This is the most common reason for refusal. The amount on the account must cover the cost of tuition, accommodation, meals and related costs for the entire stay in Canada;

Green Light Canada Global Mobility Solutions Ltd. offers you an Assistance Refundable Fund (IRF)

If the study is paid in full or in part, then the chance to obtain a study permit increases. That’s why we are ready to help you to cover your college/university fees to minimize the possibility of refusal. You need to show the Canadian government that you have the means to study in Canada.

2. The reasons for choosing a particular program are not clear.

Sometimes study permit applications are rejected if the visa officer does not understand the logic of program selection. If you graduated from university in your country as an economist and applied for a veterinarian program in Canada, your choice may seem suspicious.

Green Light Canada Global Mobility Solutions Ltd. will help you to write an explanatory letter to the officer, explaining why you chose this program so that they could understand your choice;

3. Letter of admission to your institution.

The institution that sends you a Letter of Admission must be a registered Canadian educational institution. You also need to meet all the requirements of the program. If the visa officer doubts that your Letter of Admission is genuine, he may refuse to grant you a study permit. When studying in some private schools, there may be difficulties in obtaining a Post-Graduation Work Permit. Therefore, the selection of an educational institution and the training program should be very careful.

Green Light Canada Global Mobility Solutions Ltd. will help you with the choice of a registered educational institution and will suggest options for various programs.

4. You filed an incomplete application, or some documents are filed incorrectly.

The applicants often miss some details which they think are minor, while those details can be critical for the immigration officer. Some translations or specific documents may be not included in the package of documents at all.

Our team at Green Light Canada Global Mobility Solutions Ltd. is ready to help you to collect the correct and complete package of documents for re-submission.

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How to Immigrate to Canada without Taking the English Language Test?

Canada has two official languages, thus the initial requirement for potential immigrants is the proficiency in English or French language at a sufficient level for integration into Canadian society. Since the level of language proficiency is very subjective, there are several tests that determine the level of language knowledge that meets the immigration requirements.

Unfortunately, not all applicants, even those who speak English or French at the required level, can successfully pass the exam and score the required grades. Moreover, passing the test can become an insurmountable obstacle for a person who does not speak the language at all.

Potential immigrants tend to think that the language can be learned within the appropriate environment, and usually it is so. But how can you get into this language environment if you need that knowledge of the language for immigration? There are several ways of immigration for people with a low level of language skills.

The most effective way of immigration, in this case, is to get a job offer from a Canadian employer. If you have a job offer you just need to prove that your level of language is sufficient to fulfill your job duties. Accordingly, if the work does not require fluency in the language, then it is quite simple.

Our company has extensive contacts with local employers who have the right to employ foreign workers. After assessing your education and work experience, Green Light Canada Global Mobility Solutions Ltd. will help you to obtain a work permit based on your occupation.

There are also provincial immigration programs that have lower language proficiency requirements if you have a certain work experience in the in-demand occupation in a particular province or a valid job offer from an employer from that province.

Most of the Canadian provinces are willing to grant provincial nominations to candidates who have worked for a certain time within the province or have a job offer from that province. The provincial nomination is practically a pathway to obtain permanent resident status in Canada.

Our experts can develop an immigration strategy based on your personal history. We will be able to evaluate your situation and recommend you the best way to immigrate.

Another effective method of immigration without taking the language test is enrollment in language courses with subsequent enrollment to a full-time study program which will allow the applicant to receive a work permit for up to three years. This time is enough to complete your immigration and obtain Canadian permanent residency.

Finally, the easiest way to visit Canada and determine whether immigration to Canada is really what you want is to get a tourist visa. During your visit to Canada, you can choose whether this visit will be a pleasant tourist trip or the first step towards immigration.

Our certified consultants will help you to arrange all the documents properly and will accompany you throughout the entire immigration process.


Reunite with Your Family Through the Family Sponsorship

The unpopular system for reuniting recent immigrants with their parents based on lottery principle has been canceled. Ahmed Hussen, Immigration Minister of Canada on August 20th, 2018, has announced the important changes to the sponsorship program for parents and grandparents. The system now will have increased set quota for the year and will be based on the first-come-first-served basis.

The most welcoming nation in the World, Canada is strongly committed to the values of family. Led by this notion, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada established several opportunities for family members of the immigrant to reunite with their beloved ones. Evgeny Blumin, an Immigration Expert and a Vice-President of Green Light Immigration, gives an overview of the Immigration path via the Family Sponsorship.

“There are several different cases of Family Sponsorship, says Blumin, and each of them has its own features and conditions.” The most common are Spousal sponsorship, Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship, Dependent Child Sponsorship and the Super Visa – an extended stay without becoming permanent residents in Canada.

As it follows from its title, Spousal sponsorship allows Canadians to unite with their non-Canadian partners. Many immigrants mistakenly believe that to become a sponsor one needs to be a citizen of Canada. However, it is enough to be a permanent resident residing in Canada to sponsor your spouse. In general, to apply for sponsorship you should be at least 18 years old and be able to show your financial ability to fund the basic needs of your partner. Another common misconception is that a couple should be married for a spousal sponsorship. In fact, Canada recognizes a common-law partnership as equal to a marriage. This also applies to same-sex partners.

If you are sponsoring a partner, their dependent children must be included in the application form. It is important to know that Canadian citizens cannot be sponsored. Also, if you have a child who was born after you have become a Canadian resident of some permanence, he/she would be eligible for the Canadian citizenship.

As for the Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship, one should meet certain income requirements, and be willing to commit to support one’s parents or grandparents financially, since they will not be entitled to any government financial assistance, and are not entitled to Canadian pension for the period of 20 years, starting from the date they become permanent residents. The number of spots for Parents Sponsorship is limited to 10,000 applications a year which are randomly selected by IRCC.

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What to do if you were not lucky to be selected? There is an opportunity for an extended stay of your parents without becoming permanent residents in Canada, also known as Super Visa. In most cases, you can receive Super Visa within 60 days after your application, and it can be extended several times. Recently, IRCC has updated the Super Visa program’s duration of stay. Each entry into Canada should be for a duration of up to two years, and extensions should be for one year. The Super Visa is a multi-entry visa and may be obtained for the period of up to 10 years.

Contact our immigration experts at Green Light Immigration to find out how to become a sponsor and reunite with your family.

Express Entry: The New Deadline to Complete Your Permanent Resident Application

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has cut the permanent resident application window to 60 days after receiving an Express Entry Invitation to Apply. Candidates previously had 90 days to submit their application. The window was increased from 60 to 90 days as part of changes to the Express Entry system in November 2016. However, a June 26, 2018, announcement on the federal government’s website has reverted the window to 60 days.

If you were invited to apply before June 26, 2018, you still have 90 days to submit your application. If you were invited to apply after June 26, you will have only 60 days to submit your application. Now as the federal government receives a large number of applicants, the time to submit an application is being set at 60 days again in order to expedite processing.

On one hand, there is no doubt this puts pressure on invitees, as the time to prepare documents is reduced by one month. However, according to IRCC 60 days are enough for most people. Most applicants are able to submit their applications in 60 days, and that the wait time for invitees to get permanent residence is shortened. Candidates may face problems if they don’t get a police clearance report or any other documents to submit with the application.

Express Entry is an online selection system for Canadian immigration, designed to select skilled workers for immigration to Canada. Foreign nationals can immigrate through one of the Federal programs such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, or through the Provincial Nominee Programs.

The Express Entry system selects candidates based on Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for their age, education, work experience, and knowledge of the Canadain official languages.



Evgeny Blumin Gives Some Tips How to Increase Your CRS

What to do if you don’t get enough CRS to get the Invitation to Apply for a permanent residency in Canada through the Express Entry system? Evgeny Blumin, the President of Green Light Immigration, gives a few recommendations that may become game-changers in your case.

“All my tips, Blumin says, may seem obvious; however, as my practice shows, for some reason, many people ignore these opportunities to increase their score.” Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada grants points for four main factors: age, language skills, education and work experience. Nothing can be done about the age; however, the three other factors can be improved.

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The simplest way to get more CRS is to improve the knowledge of the first Canadian official language. A higher score will grant you additional points. Moreover, if you score CLB 9 in all four categories of the language test, you may get up to 50 bonus points for skill transferability factors (a combination of language proficiency with a post-secondary degree). The other way is to improve your knowledge of the second Canadian official language. If you score CLB 7 in the second language, it may grant you 30 bonus points in addition to points for every level starting with CLB 5.

The other way to pass the eligibility criteria is to get additional education. If you have a bachelor’s degree –  consider applying for a master’s program. Such program allows you to get 14-15 points (depending on your marital status), and at the same time to improve your professional skills. Moreover, Blumin strongly recommends everyone who is interested in immigrating to Canada to look at master’s programs in Canada.

A post-secondary program in Canada can allow you to stay in Canada after your graduation, which, in turn, gives you a pathway to find a Canadian employer and helps you settle in the country. Finally, studying in Canada can increase your CRS for additional 15 to 30 points (depending on the length of your program). Several Provincial Immigration Streams are designed for international students.

The last factor that may help you to increase your CRS and get the ITA is longer skilled work experience in your country. Three years of foreign work experience will give you 25 points. At the same time, Canadian government appreciates Canadian work experience more. For years Canadian employers look for top talented specialists around the Globe. Our company helps such employers to get a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) which would allow them to hire foreign workers. We often bridge such employers and immigration candidates. A job offer supported by LMIA will give you 50 or 200 points (depending on your professional category).

Evgeny Blumin, Immigration Consultant / ICCRC #R513445

Evgeny Blumin is a leading Immigration Expert with more than fifteen years of experience 

If you don’t get enough points at this moment, contact Green Light Immigration. We will help you find the best ways to achieve the required CRS score to make your Canadian dream come true.