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The government of Canada recognizes the importance of trades and the role that they pay in the economy of our country. According to Statistics Canada, 1 in 5 people in the workforce are a part of skilled trades and are involved in the construction and manufacturing sectors of our economy.

In Canada Provinces and Territories are responsible for skilled trades training and certification. However, in the modern day economy, the interprovincial mobility of the workforce becomes crucial with so many construction, infrastructure and manufacturing projects and businesses looking for the skilled labour force.  

The Red Seal Program was originally created to facilitate the ability of skilled workers to move across provinces for employment. Over the years The Red Seal Program has become a recognized standard for skilled workers certification on the national scale.

Red Seal Trades

Although the overall list of professions defined as trades includes over 400 professions, only 55 of them are designated as Red Seal Trades such as:

  • millwrights,
  • plumbers,
  • carpenters,
  • industrial mechanics,
  • heavy duty equipment mechanics,
  • automotive service technicians.

The program sets unified standards to assess the skills of tradespeople across Canada, with each industry closely involved in developing the national standards for entire trade.

Canadian provinces and territories use the Red Seal examination as the final certification exam in designated Red Seal trades to provide standardized evaluation will be accepted across Canada. The organization responsible for the Red Seal Program is called the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) where the provinces and territories participate as members.

Red Seal Certification: An Immigration

Opportunity For Candidates Through The

Federal Skilled Trades Program And

Provincial Nominee Programs.

What to expect at Red Seal Examination for your trade?

During the examination, you will have to answer 100 to 150 question (the number varies by trade)

There are 100 to 150 multiple choice questions per exam, depending on the trade. The goal of the examination is:

  • To test the level of your knowledge of the trade
  • To test your ability to use mathematical formulas to solve trade-related problems
  • Use metric/ or imperial system in trade-related situations
  • Check your problem-solving abilities

The duration of the exam cannot exceed 4 hours. The examination is scored by the computer, so all answers have to be marked clearly. The pass mark is 70 %.

The test cannot be completed remotely. You can only pass the test while you are in Canada. You may be accompanied by an interpreter at the exam.

Manitoba Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island are accepting candidates with Red Seal Certification, without the job offer from the employer.

If you have more questions on Red Seal Examination and immigration opportunities that it offers for professional tradespeople, please contact us

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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.

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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 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 re-submission 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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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.

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How To Find A Job In Canada And What Is LMIA?

LMIA Job In Canada

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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How To Sponsor Your Parents If You Don’t Have Enough Income?

Sponsor Your Parents

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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So, it seems that everyone is so excited about the new Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program and throws at you these attractive slogans like “You Have No Money? No Problem!” or “Your CRS is Low? No Problem” or “Your English Level is Low? No Problem!”

All these sentences sound so attractive as many of us can’t get to these fantastic CRS scores of 470 and up because of multiple factors, such as age, English/French level and education.

Of course, when such options are announced people get super excited about it and start promoting them to everyone. The same happened with the Atlantic Pilot Program. The language level required was relatively low, the funds one had to possess to qualify for the program was also lower than the usual Express Entry settlement funds requirement. People became excited. They started to look for opportunities to apply for this program.


Immigration To Canada

If you want to apply to become a permanent resident of Canada under these somewhat facilitated processes, you need a JOB OFFER from a qualifying Canadian employer. Then people all over the internet start giving you standard advice as to how to look for a job (remotely in most cases),how to update your resume,

then people all over the internet start giving you standard advice as to how to look for a job (remotely in most cases),Thow to update your resume, how to set up a virtual Canadian phone number to have the employer reach out to you and not to be discouraged from you being not in Canada. All these advices are very nice and are somewhat true, but the reality is different. Canada experiences a shortage of labour in skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled occupations. Canada also suffers from a shortage of Canadians that can’t or don’t want to work and prefer to stay on certain social programs for long periods.

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So, the reality is somewhat positive for prospective candidates. It seems that you can find a job because Canadian employers are in real need of the workforce. The government, however, says that they are facilitating the processes of foreign nationals’ employment in Canada with privileges of becoming permanent residents


after they find a qualifying employer who would be willing to wait for their arrival as permanent residents in Canada. This is true when big and established companies plan their staffing ahead of time and are ready to wait for the employees to come in the XYZ time. Alternatively, there are, as the government says, expedited procedures for Canadian employers to relocate foreign workers to Canada.

Another important fact is small and mid-sized businesses in Canada that need their employees immediately and can’t afford to wait for a long time until their prospective foreign workers arrive.

All these factors combined add to the complexity of the situation, but they do highlight the need in foreign workers thus increasing chances for qualifying foreigners to obtain job offers from Canadian employers and apply for permanent residence based on these. Of course, it is not an easy task to find an employer who would be ready to wait for a foreigner until they come to Canada, but it is a fact. More and more positive Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA or former name LMO – Labour Market Opinion) are issued in support of permanent residence and more and more Arranged employment endorsement for pilot programs are obtained by qualifying employers.

See approved LMIA statistics here, In Q4 of 2019 alone more than 30 thousand jobs were approved for LMIA.

Everybody understands that finding a qualifying job offer being overseas is not an easy task, but it can be done.

We, at Green Light Canada, processed more than two hundred (200) of successful LMIA’s, qualifying job offers under Pilot immigration programs in the last quarter (Jan to March) of 2020.

There is a lot of interesting and important information about immigration options, strategies, and tips that we are willing to share with you. Please like and share this post if you’d like us to keep posting.

Pavel Lifanov

Pavel Lifanov

Immigration Consultant RCIC# R515679
Green Light Canada
204,223 – 1750 STEELES AVE. WEST
Office: 416.655.7797

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Earlier in May, the Canadian government decided to increase the median hourly wage for the 2020 Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Canada.

The new adjusted median hourly wage is being used in a bid to keep the Canadian economy going and to help Canadian employers find workers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Currently, the Canadian government has decided to continue it’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to support Canadian industries such as agriculture, agri-food, and food processing. 


What Is Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program?

The TFWP is a program that allows Canadian employers who are facing labor shortages to recruit foreign workers after the businesses have made certain that Canadian residents and permanent residents were given the opportunity first to apply for said open positions. 

Typically, to ensure that Canadian residents or permanent residents are considered for these positions first, employers are given a cap on how many low-wage temporary foreign workers they can employ. 

In addition to employers offering a wage that satisfies LMIA requirements, other demands include the following:

  • Pay for round-trip transportation for the temporary foreign worker
  • Ensure affordable housing is available
  • Pay for private health insurance until workers are eligible for provincial health coverage;
  • Register the temporary foreign worker with the provincial/territorial workplace safety board
  • Provide an employer-employee contract

Lastly, unlike other counties, Canadian businesses must receive permission from the government before they can hire or employ temporary foreign workers.

How Does The Median Hourly Wage Increase Affect Canadian Employers Who Are Participating In The Temporary Foreign Worker Program?

The new median hourly wage requirement for temporary foreign workers determines if Canadian employers will need to apply for Labor Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) under the high wage or low wage streams. 

Canadian employers who are looking to hire temporary foreign workers will need to use the provincial and territorial median hourly wage to know what TFWP requirements they must satisfy.


 The Updated Median Hourly Wage For Temporary Foreign Workers In Canada

The new median hourly wage increase went into effect on May 11, 2020. 

Province/Territories Median Hourly Wages Before May 11, 2020 Median Hourly Wages After May 11, 2020
Alberta $26.67 $27.28
British Columbia $23.98 $25.00
Manitoba $21.00 $21.60
New Brunswick $20.00 $20.12
Newfoundland and Labrador $22.00 $23.00
Northwest Territories $34.00 $34.36
Nova Scotia $20.00 $20.00
Nunavut $30.00 $32.00
Ontario $23.08 $24.04
Prince Edward Island $19.49 $20.00
Quebec $22.00 $23.08
Saskatchewan $24.52 $24.55
Yukon $30.00 $30.00

The Canadian Government Focuses On Helping Employers And Temporary Workers Amid The Pandemic

While the Canadian government is still working to help employers navigate the challenges of hiring temporary foreign workers amid the coronavirus pandemic, Employment Social Development Canada (ESDC) has applied the following measures to both new and existing LMIA applications. 

The new ESDC measures include:

  • Employers do not need to submit minor administrative changes to the LMIA that would not change the terms and condition
  • Recruitment requirements for LMIAs in agriculture and agri-food sectors are being waived until October 31, 2020
  • LMIAs for occupations in the agriculture and agri-food sectors are being prioritized
  • The maximum duration of employment under LMIAs has increased from one to two years for employers of workers in the low-wage stream as part of a three-year pilot
  • Employers applying under the Agricultural stream or Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program can submit a previously valid Housing Inspection Report
  • The name change process has been expedited for employers who need to put a different person’s name on the LMIA for reasons related to COVID-19

In addition to these new measures, Canada is also offering employers resources to help make their operations safer for new and existing temporary foreign workers, including a $50 million initiative which will allow workers to complete the mandatory self-isolation period after arriving in Canada. 

The Government of Canada will provide employers with up to $1,500 for each temporary foreign worker, to ensure that public health requirements are being fully met. The government funding is conditional on employers not being found in violation of the 14-day self-quarantine protocols or any other additional public health orders. This program will be available to employers as long as the Quarantine Act is in force and the self-isolating protocol is followed.  

Temporary workers who are being hired from abroad will only be allowed to cross the border if they are coming for what the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) deems as an essential reason. For example, if a foreign national is coming to work in an occupation that supports the critical infrastructure of the country, they will be likely admitted on the basis that they can prove that their position requires them to be physically present in Canada to complete their job and that they have an adequate coronavirus self-isolation period plan. 

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Immigration is a key driving force that allows Canada to supplement its shrinking labor market, supplement an aging population and provide safe haven for those in need. It’s the foundation for Canada’s tradition of shielding that fleeing persecution and welcoming others with talents and skills that enhance life here.

But immigrating successfully requires a clear understanding of the procedures and documents required for specific immigration programs. Knowing where you fit in and what you need to prepare are important if you are going to succeed.

Which Immigration Category Applies Best To You?

Different immigration categories have varying individual requirements and each classification is distinct. Are you a student, a business professional, a skilled or semi-skilled worker, a caregiver or someone who is self-employed? Your status will determine the category under which you apply and whether your application is accepted. Most importantly, thorough preparation is essential to ensure a smooth transition.

Let’s examine some of the application options so you can decide which immigration program is best for you.

Family Sponsorship: If you’re a Canadian citizen, are registered under the Canadian Indian Act, or a permanent resident, you’re eligible to sponsor relatives or adopted children. Required documents may vary, depending upon the country where the relative to be sponsored resides. Spouses, partners, childrenparents or grandparents; and adopted children and other relatives may be eligible. Fees range from $150 for a child to $1,050 for a spouse.

Caregivers: The Home Child Care Provider Pilot or Home Support Worker Pilot are two ways you can apply for permanent residence if you meet eligibility requirements and have a job offer. These programs enable applicants to work in Canada temporarily, are occupation-specific and do not require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Fees range from $1,050 per application and $150 per child.

Express Entry (Canadian Experience Class): If you want to live permanently in Canada and apply for a skilled job, you may be eligible to apply under Express Entry, which offers three immigration options. To find out if you are eligible, you will have to answer questions about nationality, age, language ability, family members, education, work experience and any details on a job offer. Required documents may include a passport, language test results, a written job offer or a provincial nomination. The Federal Skilled Trades Program oversees the issuance of Skilled Trade Certificates.

Fees range from $1,325 per application, $825 to add a spouse and $225 per child.

Provincial Nominees: This program is for workers with the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory. A medical exam and police check are required for all applicants. The application process may be paper-based or online, depending on the province. Fees range from $1,325 per application, $825 to add a spouse and $225 per child.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot: Atlantic Canada includes the provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Employers in Atlantic Canada hire foreign skilled workers who want to immigrate to Atlantic Canada and international graduates who want to stay in Atlantic Canada after they graduate through this program. A language test is required, as well as an Educational Credential Assessment. Fees range from $1,325 per application, $825 to add a spouse and $225 per child.

Start-Up Visa: This program targets innovative entrepreneurs who can create jobs for Canadians and compete on a global scale. A language test is required and to apply, your business must be supported by any of these three: venture capital funds, angel investor groups or business incubators. Fees range from $2,075 and higher.

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot: This program is for skilled foreigners who want to work and live in one of the participating communities. Participants must meet IIRC requirements and have one year work experience that includes all the essential duties listed in your National Occupational Classification (NOC). Other requirements focus on language and education, and may be community-specific.

Refugees: Asylum-seekers must have a legitimate claim or they will be removed from Canada. Refugees may seek protection in Canada if they are fleeing torture, risk to their life, or risk of cruel and unusual treatment or punishment. Eligibility is determined by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB).

Quebec-Selected Skilled Workers: Skilled workers who want to become permanent residents of Canada and live in Quebec should consider this program, which has a two-stage application process. First, apply to the Government of Quebec for a Quebec Selection Certificate. If chosen, then apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for permanent residence. Fees range from $1,325 and higher.

Self-Employed: This program allows the self-employed to immigrate to Canada permanently. Applicants must have relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics and be willing to make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada. Applicants are assessed on experience, education, age, language and adaptability. A medical exam and police certificate are required. Fees range from $2,075 and higher.

Agri-Food Pilot: This program helps address the labor needs of the Canadian agri-food sector. This program provides a pathway to permanent residency. Requirements include eligible Canadian work experience in an eligible occupation, a full-time job offer, language and educational requirements and the ability to maintain temporary residency status. A temporary residency permit costs $200, a work permit $155, among other fees.


Good Preparation Equals Immigration Success

Whether you’re a caregiver hoping to work as a nanny in Quebec or a lawyer hoping to practice elder law in Ontario, the success of your Canadian immigration journey hinges on planning and preparation.

Compile your documents carefully and have a clear understanding of your program’s specific requirements so you can successfully navigate your trek across the Canadian border to a new life.

One of the best ways to be sure you are prepared is to speak to an immigration consultant about your specific situation, qualifications, and goals when you immigrate. By working with a Canadian immigration expert, you greatly increase your chances of success.

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Since its founding in 1967, the George Brown College has been welcoming in thousands of students from over 120 countries. In the fall of 2018, nearly five thousand international students were enrolled in the college with diverse courses and programs to suit the needs of students and requirements of employers.

With its education system evolving throughout the years, the college now specializes in both the culinary arts and the trades which involve skilled labour. This college was also the first college who was able to become a completely smoke free college.

The George Brown College provides international students with many services that help them not only adjust to the academic standards, but to also meet friends who understand what they are going through.

Services For The International Students

Tutoring Learning Center (TLC).

An academic service that is provided to international students is tutoring at the Tutoring Learning Center (TLC). This skill is not only useful in the academic environment but also gives the international students the ability to make connections and friendships.

the Language Cafè

The Language Cafè, which allows the students to meet others from out of the country. The Language Cafè is a meeting spot for international students from around the campus to meet up, which can be used as a method of improving their English through practice and make new friends in the process.

George Brown College Admission Requirements

  • Submit application
  • Pay the Application Fee
  • Proof of the English knowledge requirements (results of approved tests)
  • Proof of Education
  • Proof of Age ( applicants must be over 18 years of age)

For more information, please visit the George Brown College website at

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With thousands of students graduating every year, Seneca is truly a marvel to behold. Since it was first founded in 1967, it has welcomed over 3,000 international students annually from over 113 countries.

They run many exciting programs including HELIX, which encouraged students to explore and develop their own businesses relating to the field of medicine. This college specializes in sending their students out into the field. They provide programs and courses which send students into work environments in order for them to build experiences in their fields.

Services For International Students

Student Mentoring In Life and Education (SMILE)

Immigrant assistance on site and providing trips and activities to help build connections between international students. The certified immigrant practitioner can help with visas, study permits and work permits for any international students who are in need.

Student mentoring

The student mentoring involves a senior student in your field of study helping you with the transition into Seneca both academically and culturally.

Trips and Social Activities

There is a great selection of trips that the college provides to help international students connect with others who know what they are going through and make friends.

College Admission Requirements

  • Submit application
  • Pay application fee
  • transcript for grades 10,11 and 12
  • Submit the results of the official English Language Proficiency test (IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE). Or Proof of instruction in English for not less than 2 years.

For more information, please visit the Seneca College website at

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Since its founding in 1967, Humber College has grown to become Canada’s largest college. Since Humber first opened its doors, it has welcomed over 220,000 students from all over the world.

In the fall semester alone Humber welcomed almost 5 thousand international students from over 138 countries. However, Humber is not only known for its diverse range of students, but also for their excellent technological program. In addition to Humber College’s many strengths and diversity, they were also ranked as the most sustainable college in Ontario, as of 2013.

Services For The International Students

Visas & Permits Assistance

Humber College offers services to help international students with obtaining visas, study permits, and work permits.

Student Healthcare

The college provides the international students with student health care, while also assisting the student in obtaining a health card if applicable.

Financial Advisors

Humber college offers financial advisors on site to help students with planning their financing, application for funding for tuition fees, loans and grants.

Housing  Assistance

If necessary, the college will also provide advisors to help the international students manage their finances. In addition, Humber College also provides international students with assistance if they have trouble finding appropriate housing and accommodations.

Peer Tutoring

If international students have trouble with any courses or programs that they have, the college also has a peer tutoring service. This service can not only help the international students with the subject, but it will also give them the opportunity to practice the English language through active communication.

Individual Counselling

Onsite counseling service is available, which can be used for any issues, academic or private.

Last but not least, there are trips available that allow international students to learn more about the culture. These trips are organized and led by staff and students at the college and allow international students to develop a sense of home in this new country.

Humber College Application Requirements

  • Submit application
  • Application fee paid
  • Proof of working  knowledge of the  English Language.  (English language test results,  have proof of at least three years of education with English instruction, or 8-week s of  Humber English for Academic Purposes course).

For more information, please visit the Humber College website at

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Dating back to 1938, Red River College has been a diverse and exceptional college. Throughout the years Red River College has grown to welcome thousands of new students from around the world.

In 2018, Red River welcomed in international students from over 60 countries, and these students now make up nearly a  quarter of the college’s population. Embracing the evolution of education, Red River College now specializes in applied learning and research. This allows students to take a step past the ordinary classroom and experience their programs in a workspace.

Services For The International Students

Language Learning Program

The College offers an exceptional Language Learning Program, which can help the international students in the learning of English in their transition. Red River

Application Representative Services

College helps international students who have trouble applying to the college by supplying them with an application representative.

Individual Counselling

Red River College offers special counseling to international students in order to ensure that both their academic and their personal lives are going smoothly.

Immigration & Income Tax Workshops

Red River College offers workshops to help students learn about and understand immigration laws and income tax.

The Trips and Activities

The college organizes trips and activities for international students encouraging them to make new friends who understand the process that they are going through.

Admission Requirements

  • Pay the RRC program application fee and the International Foreign Credential Assessment fee,
  • provide a transcript for their marks in grades 11 & 12
  • provide proof of English proficiency (In order to fulfill the English requirement the student must either, take an English proficiency test (IELTS test, TOEFL test, and PTE )or have proof that their education was instructed in English in the past 2 years.

For more information, please contact Red River College at

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Since its founding in 1967, Conestoga has been leading in innovation and offering new programs. It has made connections with different Universities across the nation including the University of Windsor and McMaster University in order to be able to provide their students with programs such as the Masters of Business Administration.

Conestoga College invites thousands of new students to its campus every year from around the globe from over 80 countries. In addition to providing students with the knowledge that for specific fields and practices, Conestoga College also organizes seminars and workshops in order to improve student’s chances for employment ranging from “How to write a resume” to “How to use LinkedIn.”

Services For The International Students

Activities, field trips and workshops

A variety of activities, field trips and workshops geared at the international students at their college to help them make a meaningful connection to Canada, their new friends and environment  This experience can help those who might be having a tough time adjusting to the new lifestyle meet someone with similar experience.

Assistance and Guidance

There is also guidance and assistance provided to ensure that all the international students enjoy their time in Canada. The support is not only offered for academic challenges but also to make sure that the student’s personal lives are going smoothly as well and help those who experience difficulty adjusting.

  • Admission Requirements
  • Fill out an application form,
  • Completing an English proficiency test

adhering to the additional requirements for the specific program. The additional requirements may include, admission tests and providing a transcript of the senior years (Grades 10,11,12) of high school.

For more information, Please visit the Conestoga College website at

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In the heart of Toronto, the biggest city in Canada, lies Ryerson University. With many activities and events available both inside and outside of the school it is no wonder that over 40,000 students from over 148 countries flock to the University every year.

Since joining the Council of Universities in 1971 and being recognized as an official University in 1993, the Ryerson Institute of Technology has advanced to surpass its fellow Universities and became one of the highest ranked Universities in Ontario by enrollment.

Services For International Students

ESL Foundation Program

One of the more academically focused services that Ryerson offers to their International Students is an ESL foundation program, which allows for the international students who are not at a sufficient level in English to take a huge stride towards the right level and even beyond.

Student-Run Workshops, Seminars, and Events

The University offers a large number of student run events, workshops and seminars to help students adjust to the society, culture and get insight/information about immigration and how it works.

One on One Counselling

Allows students to privately discuss with a counselor any problems that they may have in adjusting to the new lifestyle, culture, social environment, academic environment, and other challenges.

Career Boosting program

The career-boosting international program for international students to assist them in finding work while studying at Ryerson University.

Educational Program Enrollment Requirements

if the international student does not retain the level of english proficiency that is required, they could apply for a spot in the ESL foundation program instead and then begin the academic program they wish to pursue.

For more information, please visit the Ryerson website at

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With the rapid increase in the number of students entering Universities in the late 1950s, there was a need for more universities to be built to accommodate them. That decree started with York University, the first University of the to be affected by the movement. Since then, York University has welcomed hundreds of thousands of students to its halls, with over 6000 international students in 2018. Students come from over 170 countries to the University that welcomes them to exceptional programs in Education and Science, while also allowing the students to research in their field.

Another reason that York University attracts so many students is because of the bounty of services that the University and its students offer for International students. Firstly, the University provides an English Language course, known as York University’s English Language Institution (YUELI), to help prepare new International students for the academic and social uses of the language. Unlike many other Universities, the students provide webinars (online seminars) before school starts in order to prepare international students for a life in Canada. These webinars cover a wide range of topics including information about housing, what life is like in Toronto and so much more. In addition to the webinars there is also guidance available from the staff and faculty about many of the issues that international students face whether it is, mental, social, cultural, financial and/or academic. Finally, there is also peer tutoring available to the international students, which can be used as an opportunity to, not only improve in the academic field that the student is struggling in, but also as an opportunity to improve their english communication in an oral sense. Before being able to join this historic University and take part in the services they offer, international students must meet a few requirements. Firstly, there are the specific program expectations and requirements which every students must adhere to, whether they are local or international. These requirements may include, but are not limited to: admittance tests or a certain mark in a relevant course during the students secondary education, find your course on the York University website to discover what the requirements are for your course. After the international student has made sure that they qualify for the course they have to prove their proficiency in the english language by completing english proficiency tests, preferably, IELTS, TOEFL or PTE. In York University there is also the alternative option of taking the YUELI course and completing level 9. Finally, they also need to submit an application form. This form will include, course descriptions for all courses taken outside of North America, an official transcript of your secondary school courses, the application fee and the international services fee as well.

For More Information, please visit the York University website at
Or visit the York University website for international students at

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Back in 1827, King George IV ordered the construction of a new type of college. A college which would consist of the same style and privileges as a University, which evolved later into the now world-famous University of Toronto.

Since its reform in 1849, the University of Toronto has focused on Scientific and Literary studies. The University is also a diverse community, welcoming in students from over 168 countries. Throughout the years the University has sent millions of students on their path to success.

The University of Toronto has educated Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, foreign leaders and Justices of the Supreme Court.

Along with the outstanding academic program, the University of Toronto is famous for its services for international students

Centre for International Experience

The Center allows students to learn other languages while practicing their own language through teaching. This counts as one a credits towards completion of their University education.

Graduate Center for Academic Communication

The university offers assistance for graduate international students necessary to develop communication skills that are needed in both the academic and personal Canadian experiences.

Mandatory Student Healthcare Insurance

The University of Toronto requires mandatory student Healthcare Insurence to cover students in case of illness or accidents or any health problems during their study there.

In order to apply the application form must be completed before submitting an application, which can be found online on the University of Toronto website at,

To complete the application process the international students need to provide proof of proficient knowledge in English or proof that the previous two or more years of their education were under English instruction. There is a number of recognized tests to prove English proficiency IELTS, TOEFL

For More information, please visit the University of Toronto’s website at

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The oldest college in Ontario is welcoming thousands of students to its halls.

Since Centennial college first opened in 1966, it has welcomed thousands of international students from over 100 countries.

This college was even recognized as the #1 college for international students in Ontario. The Centennial College demonstrates its support for the environmental cause. In 2011 it has constructed a new library, but the building was also certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) at the highest rank.

Centennial College also offers services to its international students to help assist them in feeling comfortable in the Canadian environment. The college helps international students by providing them with health care and assistance with housing to ensure that the experience that they have in Canada is not stressful for them.

Peer Tutoring Programs

Centennial College offers peer tutoring sessions where you can make friends while getting help in a subject. Students are given the opportunity to help out fellow students who need help.

Academic English Center

The College helps international students to develop and practice their English skills so that they can easily communicate and learn.

Individual Counselling for Foreign Students

Individual counseling is offered on site to help students cope with both academic and personal life challenges 

Before the international students are able to take advantage of these services, they must be admitted into the college, and there are some requirements: 

  • an application form must be filled out,
  • the international student must have a diploma equivalent to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma
  • proof of sufficient knowledge of English.

For more information, please visit the Centennial website at

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From the minute the students walk in and throughout the rest of their lives, they know they made the right choice.

Since 1988 the private institution known as Anderson College has attracted thousands of students to, not only study but gain experience. Anderson College provides a bounty of opportunities to help students to get the most out of their enrollment.

They have flexible schedules to give students the opportunity to work up to 20 hours a week, in order to get experience or to help students finance their education. Anderson College also has the advantage of being a private college, giving it the ability to provide students with smaller classes to increase one on one time with the teacher.

Services For International Students

Beyond the services offered to most students, there are also services offered exclusively to International students. These services help students with personal problems that they may face, such as finding a friend group to helping with academically based issues, including one on one counseling.

International Student Advisor

On their campus, Anderson College has employed an “International Student Advisor,” and one of their tasks is to help connect international students to ethnic clubs or associations, which they are welcome to join. It helps to reduce the loneliness that many international students experience when leaving their home country.

The students in these clubs have often gone through a similar experience to what the new students are feeling which can help them bond and assist in the forming of a relationship.

Student Workshops

Anderson College also provides a number of workshops to assist new international students with their transition to Canada, whether it is the culture, academic structure, obtaining a higher level of fluency in the English language or anything else.

Financial Consultation and Assistance

The College also offers special financial assistance to international students as well as financial consultation. It helps them to understand the financial system in Canada, as well as help with any funding.

Career Path Evaluation

The College has successfully developed a career evaluation counseling program. The goal of the program is to help students understand their future career development potential.

Individual Counselling

The College makes sure that counseling is available to help students with any personal issues that they may be facing, such as anxiety, stress, loneliness, and homesickness. 

To access the services there are a few admission requirements. In order to enroll the students must be:

  • at least 18 years old,
  • Complete the International Student Application Form online
  • pass the Wonderlic personnel test,
  • provide photographic identification
  • and provide proof of English proficiency.

After being accepted into a program, there is also a registration form that must be completed.

For more information, please visit the Anderson College website at

For more information on the application process, please visit

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When colleges were opening in 1967, one stood out from the crowd. The product of both the Eastern Ontario Institute of Technology and the Ontario Vocational Centre in Ottawa, Algonquin College.

Named after the Algonquin First people who originally inhabited the area, the College continues to invite thousands of students every year to their campus from over 100 countries. After more than 50 years of development, Algonquin College has managed to not only constantly break its record for the number of enrolled students.  It also made it to the list of the top 50 research Colleges in Canada.

There are more reasons why Algonquin College brings in more than 2000 international students semi-annually, but one of the biggest reasons is the services that the College offers its international students.

Student Counseling Service for Students

Firstly, there is a counseling service available to any students who are suffering from, anxiety, depression, relationships, adjusting to life in Canada and/or everything in between. To help with the adjustment to Canada Algonquin College offers an international student orientation a few days before the semester begins. This orientation allows international students to explore the school,  the neighborhood and make friends and new connections.

Peer Tutoring Program

The idea of working together with a student slightly older in order to solve problems can give the international students the motivation they need to talk to someone else and use the skill on other students as well in order to make friends.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) support program

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) support program is offered onsite to international students in order to help them master the English language.

Essential Study Skills website

Essential Study Skills website helps international students with academic problems:  such as time management, stress management, reading, note taking, studying and test-taking.

Before those services can be used, there are a few requirements that students must fulfill, including completing an English proficiency test, submitting an International Student Application Form and paying the required fees.

Along with the International Application form, students will need to submit Secondary (high) school transcripts as well as proof of Secondary (high) school completion. The proof of completion requires a for an equivalent to an Ontario Secondary School Diploma,

To determine the equivalent for your country please visit

For more information, please visit the Algonquin College Page at



As you know, we’re experiencing an unprecedented pandemic in terms of the global impact of all industries including immigration.

Canada has implemented a restrictive policy on incoming travelers and limited entry into Canada for Canadian citizens, permanent residents, immediate family members, and humanitarian and compassionate reasons and United States citizens.

Work permit holders, students, visitors cannot arrive in Canada for now.

Only four major airports in Canada accept travelers from overseas.

Canada-US border has been closed for non-essential traffic. Meaning that visitors, shoppers, and others will not be allowed to cross the border. Goods transportation will operate as usual.

In terms of immigration processes, RCIC (Refugees, Citizenship, Immigration Canada) and Service Canada’s call centres are affected by some internal procedures. Probably they are reducing the number of workers that work from the office. As a result, the wait times are unreasonable. We called a few times to both call centres and were advised that our calls would not be answered due to the high volume of calls. It is frustrating because we have a few dozens of LMIA applications in process. At the same time, our observation is that 70% of the LMIA applications submitted by us on behalf of our Clients – Canadian employers that wish to hire foreign works, are being processed much faster. The employers were contacted by Service Canada officers within a week or two after submitting the applications. Interesting but still to early to make assumptions.

IRCC has provided 90 days extensions to applicants to respond to requests and provide documents. The same applies to IRCC’s new requests to undergo biometrics. Usually, 30 days are given but Service Canada centres where in Canada applicants can have their biometrics done are closed in Ontario (probably other provinces as well) and the appointments are being canceled. For now, 90 days extensions are automatically provided.

It is safe to presume that COVID19 will have direct effects on the immigration process but it’s too early to give any forecasts.
We will keep monitoring the situation and keep you informed.

Stay healthy! We’re here for you!

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Pavel Lifanov

Immigration Consultant RCIC# R515679
Green Light Canada
204,223 – 1750 STEELES AVE. WEST
Office: 416.655.7797


What is Business Immigration to Canada

Business Immigration is a very popular term. People search for it really a lot on Google and other search engines. Probably you were exploring “business immigration” options for your Canadian immigration dream.

We think that this is the time to shed some light on what really is behind business immigration to Canada.

The Federal government of Canada is in charge of the Canadian immigration policies, regulations and programs. The Federal government makes the final decision about admission of foreign nationals into Canada under various immigration statuses as prescribed by applicable regulations.

As you probably know, the Canadian provinces have their own avenues of immigrating to Canada – Provincial Nominee Programs (and a few other names). The provinces are allowed to select candidates that meet their economic demands. In times, provinces have more flexibility and may be more attractive to potential immigrants.

Federal and Provincial Immigration programs have business immigration paths.

Federal Immigration Options

The Immigration, Refugees Protections Act and Regulations define “business immigration” as two possible immigration programs:

  1. Self-employed Persons
  2. Start-up Visa

In short, Self-employed Persons is a direct path towards permanent residence in Canada for self-employed athletes and individuals that specialize in artistic and cultural fields and
meet the program’s requirements.

Jonathan’s Self-Employed Story

Jonathan is an Israeli photographer. He is a relatively well-known photographer. He participated at international events, his works were published in internationally recognized and well-known magazines such as National Geographic and Popular Science. He was never a celebrity or a world-class artist but to our discretion, he met the requirements of the program. Jonathan had to score at least 35 points out of 100 maximum available points as per the following points grid:

Selection Criteria Maximum Points
Education 25
Experience 35
Age 10
Ability in English and/or French 24
Adaptability 6