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Scam Alert: Please Beware

Scam Alert: Please Beware

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Green Light Canada is one of the best immigration consulting firms in Canada and we have built this company by striving to provide outstanding immigration services for those who desire to work, study, visit or move to Canada.

As a result of the 15 years’ expertise under our belt, sometimes we get targeted by scammers trying to stand as representatives of the company.

We are writing this for you to please take note and  beware of this Facebook page “Ranking Mills (Robin)” 

We are no way associated to him, as he has never worked for Green Light Immigration. He doesn’t work with us presently either.

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PGWP (Post Graduate Work Permit) holders can now apply for open work permit

PGWP (Post Graduate Work Permit) holders can now apply for open work permit

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A new policy has been announced, by IRCC (Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada),  that allows former international students with expiring Post graduate work permits between January to December 2022 to apply for an open work permit that can be extended up to 18 months. This policy will start in the summer of 2022, and this gives the international students a chance to stay in Canada longer and gain more work experience, which will eventually help them with the application for their permanent residency.

Every year, thousands of post-graduate work permit holders successfully transition into permanent residents. In 2021, over 88,000 post-graduate work permit holders were able to become permanent residents. The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship says, “With the economy growing faster than employers can hire new workers, Canada needs to look at every option so that we have the skills and labour needed to fuel our growth. Immigration will be crucial to easing our labour shortage, and these measures aim to address pressing needs in all sectors across the country while providing more opportunities for recent graduates and other applicants to build their lives in Canada and continue contributing to our short-term recovery and long-term prosperity.”

Other policy changes that will take effect this summer include:

  1. Applicants for the temporary resident to permanent resident pathway won’t have to be in Canada while the application is being processed.
  2. Applicants who apply for open work permits while waiting for their permanent residency application decision will be able to get work permits valid till 2024. 
  3. Open work permit eligibility for immediate family members outside of Canada who were included in the PR application. 

These new measures are to help address Canada’s labour shortages.

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Express Entry Draws Back in July 2022

Express Entry Draws Back in July 2022

Express Entry Draws Back in July 2022

 

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has not held Express Extry draws for Federal Skilled Workers Program and Canadian Experience Class since December 2020 and September 2021 respectively.

Travel restrictions in 2020 and 2021, due to the pandemic, held up the processing of applications, which led to an increase in the backlog of those applications. Officials were beginning to struggle, so they had to put a temporary pause on the express entry draws.

Minister Sean Fraser, Honourable of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced that Express Entry draws will soon resume, and invitations to apply for permanent residency will start going out in July.

IRCC were able to double the number of permanent residence decisions made in the first quarter of 2022, compared to 2021, they made decisions on 156,000 permanent residency applications, leading to Canada having to welcome 113,000 new permanent residents between January 1st 2022 to March 31st 2022. They were also able to process more than 100,000 work permit applications during this quarter.

This is good news overall and this means Express Entry applications can now resume again

Take our assessment test and lets discover if you’re available for any of the Express Entry programs: Assessment Form

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Express Entry Draw – Canada Invites 787 PNP Candidates

Express Entry Draw – Canada Invites 787 PNP Candidates 

Canada invited 787 PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) candidates to apply for permanent residency. All the invited candidates had a minimum CRS (Comprehensive Ranking Score) of 782

The CRS is one of the highest scores thus far this year, with the highest being 808 dated January 5th, 2022, which was the first draw of the year.

What is Express Entry? 

Express Entry is one of the pathways to immigrating to Canada for some of the most popular programs, which include Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, Canadian Experience Class, and Provincial Nominee Programs. It allows candidates to submit their profile and be chosen to become permanent residents based on some factors which include age, education, work experience, language ability, and others.

It uses a points-based system, the Comprehensive Ranking System, to assign points and choose top candidates to invite to apply for permanent residency.  These draws happen biweekly throughout the year.

Express Entry for Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, and Canadian Experience Class is currently on hold. The only active draw is the PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) draw.

You can check out this guide on Provincial Nominee Program (internal linking to https://greenlightcanada.com/provincial-programs-immigration-canada/)  to know more about this immigration program.

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Canada Welcomes 108,000 immigrants in the first quarter of 2022 

Canada Welcomes 108,000 immigrants in the first quarter of 2022 

According to IRCC, Canada welcomed 108,000 immigrants in the first quarter of the year, they exceeded their goal of making a final decision for 147,000 permanent residency applications. As Canada targets to welcome 432,000 new immigrants in 2022, this is a direction to a good start. Canada welcomed a total of 401,000 immigrants in 2021, which is the highest since 2019.

These applicants were invited under the Provincial Nominee Program under the Express Entry system, as the other Express Entry Programs (Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class) are currently still on hold.

It was mentioned that applications for those programs might be back as early as spring.

“While navigating unprecedented challenges in Canada’s immigration system, we have kept client experience as our focus, leading to record levels of newcomers in Canada. Helping clients come to Canada quickly, with predictable processing times and efficient communication, remains a top priority for me. Canada is proud to be a destination of choice for so many people around the world, and we will continue to work hard to provide the best experience possible for them.’, said The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

Canada also reached its target goal for citizenship, by inviting over 210,000 people to become Canadian citizens 2021- 2022.

Want to find out which immigration programs would be best suited for you? You can take our assessment test (link internally to the assessment test page https://greenlightcanada.com/assessment-forms/)   to find out your eligibility

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How to Apply For a Student Visa in Canada

Do you want to complete your high school or post-secondary education in Canada? Over half a million people from around the world are accepted and issued international student visas to study in Canada each year.

The process of immigration can feel overwhelming, but Green Light Canada’s immigration consultants are available to help you with completing and submitting your study permit application, paying the fee, and navigating any roadblocks you may face.

This article will discuss everything you need to know about student Visas in Canada so you can clearly understand how to have the best chance at successfully obtaining a Canadian study permit.

This article will cover the following topics:

  • Do I need a study permit to study in Canada?
  • How do I get a student Visa for Canada?
  • How do I start an application for a study permit in Canada?
  • How much does a Canadian study permit cost?
  • Application Through the Student Direct Stream
  • Working While Studying in Canada
  • How long does it take to get a Canadian study permit?

Do I need a study permit to study in Canada?

Regardless of whether your nationality requires you to have a visitor visa to visit Canada, you will need a visa to study at a Canadian high school, college, or university.

There are a few exceptions where you may not be required to have a study permit. Here are some scenarios:

  • If you’re visiting the country and enrol in a course or program of study less than six months long.
  • If you’re taking a short self-improvement class or learning about a general interest.
  • Children or family members of the private staff of accredited foreign representatives.
  • If you are simply auditing a class (not getting any credit or grade for it).

There are other situations where applicants may be exempt from Canadian student visa requirements. We can help you determine whether you need a visa, or you can learn more here.

In most cases, if you plan to arrive in Canada for the purposes of enrolling in a full-time program of study, you will require a study permit.

How do I get a student visa for Canada?

The application to study in Canada is not complicated, but there are a number of steps you need to follow in order to increase your chances of success. It’s estimated that around 30% of applications are refused, so it’s important to prepare and submit your application carefully.

Here are the basic steps you must follow:

  1. Apply and receive a letter of acceptance at a Canadian Designated Learning Institution (DLI). You can find a complete list of Canadian DLIs here.
  2. Secure acceptable proof of identity. This is generally a valid passport or another travel document. You will also need two passport-sized photos. Learn more here.
  3. As soon as you receive acceptance at your DLI, pay for your first year of school in full, or be able to provide sufficient evidence of financial support. This will require you to have money to cover a full year’s worth of tuition and housing as well as living expenses.
  4. To improve your chances of acceptance, you can write a letter of explanation. This will help a visa officer understand your desire to study in Canada, and that you understand your responsibilities as a student.
  5. Complete your application. The study permit application can be completed online on the Canadian Government immigration website, or you can complete the application form on paper and mail the application in. The online application is recommended and can generally be processed faster than a paper application.
  6. Be sure your application is complete. When you begin your application process online, the IRCC will generate a specific list of requirements for you based on the answers you provide. Make sure you answer honestly and completely or your application may be delayed or refused. Depending on where you live, you may be required to provide:
    1. Biometrics
    2. A medical exam
    3. A police clearance
    4. English or French proficiency testing
    5. You may need additional documents if you plan to study in Quebec.
  7. Attend any interviews you may be requested to attend from within your home country.
  8. Keep an eye on your email as well as your application portal for status updates and correspondence from the IRCC. You will be notified of your acceptance or refusal on your application portal.

What happens if I’m approved?

If your visa is approved, your visa will be issued to you at your port of entry. If you’re already in Canada, your visa will be mailed to you at the address you specified in your application.

What happens if I’m refused?

If Immigration Canada (IRCC) refuses your application, you will be notified and given the reasons why the officer who refused you felt you were not a suitable candidate. A refusal does not disqualify you from applying again. You may be able to strengthen your application and apply in the future.

The most common reasons for refusal are:

  • You didn’t provide adequate proof you could financially support yourself in Canada
  • The officer wasn’t convinced you would leave Canada at the end of your stay
  • You weren’t able to provide an acceptable certificate of health

How do I start an application for a study permit in Canada?

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  • You will need to visit the IRCC website to either download a paper application or to apply online.
  • You will be asked to create an account on the Government of Canada website. From there, you will enter your personal details and begin your application.
  • The application will begin by asking you to provide information that will determine if you are eligible to apply, whether or not you need a visa, and what documents you will need to provide. Your application may be completed in multiple sittings. You may find you need to walk away from the application to gather documents or other information. You will be able to save your application and come back at a later date to complete it.
  • Before you can submit online, you will need to pay your application fees.
  • If you plan to apply on paper, you will need to gather all of your documents including the application form and mail it to your designated IRCC office.

How much does a Canadian study permit cost?

Your study permit application fee is $150 CAD. This will be payable at the time you submit your application. You will need a valid credit card or debit card to make the transaction when you apply online. Additional fees you may incur:

  • Biometrics – Typically $85 for the first applicant
  • Passport Fees – This varies by country. Please see your country’s passport application service for details.
  • Police Clearance – This varies by country. Please contact your local authorities for more information.
  • Passport Photos – In most cases, passport photos cost $5 to $25 CAD or your country’s equivalent.

You will also need to prove financial support and proof of the ability to pay for your tuition and housing expenses.

What is the Student Direct Stream?

Canada’s Student Direct Stream (SDS) was established in 2018 to expedite and simplify the pathway to studying in Canada for certain applicants. The program was created in response to the rapid growth and expansion of the number of student visa applications.

You may be eligible to apply if you meet certain criteria. The most basic qualification is that you must have legal residency in one of the following countries:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • India
  • Morocco
  • Pakistan
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Senegal
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Vietnam

Please note that being a citizen of one of the qualifying countries does not give you access to the SDS. You must legally reside in one of these countries.

You must also have a valid acceptance at a DLI within Canada.

International students must apply for this expedited stream online. This is a list of documents you will need to apply:

  • A copy of your acceptance letter from your DLI.
  • A copy of your medical exam (if required).
  • A police clearance (if required).
  • Proof you have a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of $10,000 CAN.
  • Proof you have paid your first year’s tuition in full.
  • A copy of the high school or university transcript you used to apply to your DLI.
  • Proof that you have completed a language test successfully with:

To learn more about what supporting documents you may need to apply, visit the IRCC website.

Working While Studying in Canada

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It’s possible you can work in Canada while you are studying. Your visa must include the condition that you can work while in the country studying. It will also designate whether you can work on or off campus. In most cases, you’ll be eligible to work while you’re studying.

However, you cannot work during the period of time that is outside your study period. You may work during your DLIs study calendar, as well as designated holidays within the study period.

Should your program require an internship or co-op placement, you will need to apply for a separate visa.

How long does it take to get a Canadian study permit?

In most cases, a Canadian study permit takes 9 – 11 weeks to process after you have submitted your application. Your application will not begin processing until you have submitted all necessary documents.

If you are eligible for the Student Direct Stream, you can receive an approval within 20 days of submission.

Help Applying for Canadian Study Permit

If you need help applying for your Canadian study permit or if you want to know your chances of getting approval, Green Light Canada’s friendly, expert consultants can help! We can evaluate your chances, give you a plan for strengthening your application, and make sure your paperwork is complete so there are no delays in processing.

The best chance of success is by working alongside certified immigration consultants. Contact Green Light Canada today and take the first step toward getting your dream education in Canada.

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WHAT IS THE RED SEAL CERTIFICATION?

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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PILOT IMMIGRATION PROGRAMS 2020 – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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.

EVERYBODY MISSES ONE FUNDAMENTAL ISSUE

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.

Read Below:

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

PILOT IMMIGRATION PROGRAMS

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
CONCORD, ON, L4K 2L7
Office: 416.655.7797

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CANADIAN GOVERNMENT UPDATES MEDIAN HOURLY WAGES FOR THE TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKER PROGRAM

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. 

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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.

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 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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HOW TO SIMPLIFY YOUR IMMIGRATION JOURNEY

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.

IMMIGRATION JOURNEY

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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How to Simplify Your Immigration Journey

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 those 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, children; parents 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.

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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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Canadian Government Updates Median Hourly Wages For The Temporary Foreign Worker Program

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 Median Hourly Wage 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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Pilot Immigration Programs 2020 – What You Need to Know

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.

EVERYBODY MISSES ONE FUNDAMENTAL ISSUE

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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,

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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.

Read Below:

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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

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Pilot Immigration Programs

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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
CONCORD, ON, L4K 2L7
Office: 416.655.7797

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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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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.

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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.

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What is the Red Seal Certification?

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