Owner/Operator LMIA Quick Facts

The owner/Operator LMIA program requires the following:

  • The owner/operator must retain a minimum of 51% ownership in the business
  • The business must maintain existing jobs for Canadians, or, create new jobs for Canadians and these jobs must be retained
  • The owner/operator must be prepared to commit a minimum of C$250,000 unless business will create more than 5 high salary jobs
  • The program has neither a Net Worth requirement nor a Source of Funds requirement
  • For an existing business, the ESDC will conduct checks for paid salaries, retained earnings and also dividends.
  • For a new business  a declaration from a CPA is acceptable
  • Under circumstances where the business owner will retain 100% of the shares in the business,  it is advisable to fund the business bank account with as much as possible as there is little to no risk in doing so.
  • The business must be funded prior to filing the LMIA
  • 200 immediate points assigned for the EE Pool, and if the business is large enough PR could generally be granted within 12 months

New Canadian Public Immigration Policy for International Students

Along with the various changes in the Immigration policies, the Federal Govt. of Canada has modified the Canadian Immigration policy for International Students. In Jaunary’2021, the Canadian Minister of Immigration, Marco Mendicino, finally disclosed the new policy for the international students who are willing to move to Canada for study.

According to the new policy, the former students who hold a PGWP, i.e., Post Graduate Work Permit, can apply for an open work permit. Moreover, the new policy also states that the international students studying in Canadian Institutes or Universities whose PGWP has expired or will expire soon will be able to apply for a new open work permit, which will be valid for 18 months. This will eventually enable those students to stay in Canada, get employment, and the work experience required to become a permanent resident of Canada.

Canadian Government is putting notable efforts to motivate International students to become permanent residents of Canada. It will help the Canadian economy grow and flourish with the increasing substantial workforce.

The govt. also stated that the applications for open work permits would be available until 27 July 2021 to foreign graduates. To be eligible for the same, one should accept a Designated Learning Institute (DLI) in Canada, which are supposed to be the colleges or universities authorized by the Canadian Govt. that accept International students. However, if you are not eligible for the PGWP, you don’t need to worry because there are so many colleges in Canada that are not part of the PGWP program, e.g., Evergreen College. No college or University in Canada provides you with a work permit after graduation; it is totally up to you to acquire one before you start working. Therefore, there is no concrete reason not to take admission to these institutions. An open work permit is much like a PGWP only in which you can change your job as long as you’re in your profession’s same domain.

Steps to be taken while starting with the process

The first thing to do is to make sure that you’re eligible for studying in Canada, as well as that you’re suitable for the course you want to pursue from your desired university or institute. Once you get your letter of acceptance, the next most important things to have are a valid passport and proof that you’ll be able to pay for your education. If you’re you’re able to make it through and graduate in your preferred course or domain, you can remain in Canada for work there and get settled. 

Top Reasons You Could Be Inadmissible to Canada in 2021

Nobody wants to be denied entry to a country they have traveled to after going through a daunting application process and spending a hefty amount of money. However, there are specific parameters based on which the immigrants might be inadmissible to Canada. Here, in this article, we’ve enlisted those reasons so that you can plan your application accordingly. 

  1. Past Criminal Conviction: If you’ve ever been convicted of a crime in your lifetime, then you definitely might be denied entry to the Canadian borders as Canada strictly condemns and states it illegal to grant entry to an individual who has committed any crime in any country.

  2. Violation of Human or International Rights: This includes war crimes, crimes against humanity, or being in a senior position in a government that has been internationally sanctioned or is responsible for gross human rights violations.

  3. Involved in an Organized Crime: This means that if you’re a part of some criminal organization, or have any association with a group of members who are involved in any illegal activities, then you are not at all welcomed to Canada.

  4. Medical Reasons: If you are suffering from any chronic or fatal disease, or any such disorder that might be a threat to public health and safety, then it might be difficult for you to get entry into the country.

  5. Financial Reasons: In case the officials at the borders do not find you capable of bearing your expenses in Canada, or you’re unable to showcase any proof for the same, then you’ll be immediately sent back to your native country.

  6. Misinterpretation: If you are caught presenting any false information specifically relevant to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) decisions taken by immigration officers, or if you are found to be hiding information, you will be denied entry. This entails failing to comply with the IRPA requirements or bringing an inadmissible member of the family with you on arrival.

What to do in case you’re denied entry to Canada?

If you’re denied entry to Canada or exceeded your permit, you can apply for Authorization to Return to Canada, i.e. (ARC). However, before applying for ARC, it is necessary to know why the denied entry or inadmissibility so that you can prove that you’re in a position to be allowed access to Canada again. It is also essential for you to apply for the ARC before you apply for the Visa. For that matter, it will be suitable and helpful for you to hire an RCIC, because your RCIC will take care of your entire process. You will also not have to worry about anything as your application will be in the right hands.

Canada among top ‘safe and stable’ countries for international students

Due to its impeccable measures and guidelines in the view of Covid-19, Canada becomes one of the top countries that are said to be ‘safe and stable’ for international students. By doing so, Canada has retained its position of being the “go-to” study destination for students from across the globe.

According to a survey, Canada is considered to be the country, that is both safe and welcoming to the new immigrants, unlike many other countries. Moreover, Canada has proposed certain guidelines in order to  enable the international students to immigrate to their preferred country for studies. However, the students, who are willing to move to Canada are only allowed to attend the institute or university which has got the approval, based on its COVID-19 readiness plan from the concerned provincial government, irrespective of the country that student is travelling from. There is no doubt about the fact that international students choose Canada over other countries when it comes to studies and a bright career.

Needless to say, Canada is very popular for its lenient immigration policies. Even a global pandemic could not stop it from carrying forward its efforts and measures in this particular field. Initially, Canada made an announcement which stated that the country would be inviting  1.2 million permanent residents in the next couple of years, and in order to achieve this target, the international students will hold the greatest significance. It seems that the government has been successful in implementing the statement. When the Canada citizenship test resumed online, it prioritized foreign graduates on the waitlist. On top of that, Canada will also be launching two new Canada immigration pathways for Hong Kong residents in 2021, fastening its position as a refuge for those persecuted in their homeland.

Canada approves coronavirus vaccine as it increases immigration levels

Canada gives the nod to the Covid 19 vaccine. By doing so, Canada becomes the third country to approve the new Pfizer BioNtech vaccine. According to Health Canada dept., the detailed information, including scientific summaries and complete clinical trial data, will be made available in the next few weeks. Health Canada has also put down specific terms and conditions regarding the vaccine, which are as follows:

  1. Monthly safety monitoring reports including information about side effects.
  2. Additional data on the safety and efficacy of the drug including final data from existing and proceeding clinical trials.
  3. Further quality data validating there are methods and controls to ensure vaccines of suitable quality are being produced.

Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, also mentioned in one of his tweets that about 2,49,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine would arrive in the country by the end of 2020. He also stated that there would be enough quantity of vaccine available in the country in early 2021.

Canada has become a world leader in terms of the number of COVID-19 vaccines it has acquired based on a per capita basis. Moreover, Canada has signed contracts with seven companies and has secured 414 million doses of vaccines.

The approved vaccines are set to be completely free for Canada’s citizens, which are primarily available for the priority population, that includes,

  • Residents and faculty of shared living settings who take care of the seniors
  • People 70 years of age and older, with the order of priority:
    • starting with adults 80 years of age and older
    • decreasing the age limit by 5-year increments to age 70 years as supply becomes available
  • Health-care workers who have direct contact with patients, including:
    • People who work in health care settings
    • personal support workers

Afterwards, it will be available to every other citizen in the country, who are recommended to get vaccinated by the federal, provincial or the territorial public health authorities.

With this huge vaccination campaign in its history, Canada can now expect many potential immigrants this year. Hopefully, the approval and proper utilization of the vaccine will lead to the increasing number of immigrants to Canada in near future. Availing vaccines to the residents of Canada will definitely be a catalyst for bringing back the country and its immigration system to normal. 

Will Canada exceed 100,000 Express Entry invitations in 2020?

Irrespective of deadly Covid-19, Canada is all set to gear up its Express Entry records. The country plans to issue 1, 00,000 or more Express Entry invitations in 2020.

This is surely going to be astonishing in the view of the negative impact that COVID-19 is has imposed in Canada as well as all across the globe.

Before the federal govt. of Canada imposed travel ban in March 2020, Immigration minister Marco Mendicino declared that the country would target at least 341,000 new permanent resident admissions in 2020.

Since Express Entry is the major way through which IRCC manages economic class immigration applications, the economic class stands at nearly 60 per cent of all new immigrants welcomed by Canada every year.

In April 2020, due to the negative impact of Covid-19, the Immigration levels in Canada plunged down dramatically and it still seems to fall short. Hence, the federal govt. of Canada felt the requirement for new Express Entry admissions. However, people who received their COPR after March’18th are currently restricted from travelling to Canada due to the restrictions. Still, the ongoing Express Entry draws that happened on a bi-weekly basis since the start of the pandemic have been a pleasant surprise. Whereas contrary to the popular belief at the initial stage of the pandemic that Express Entry draws may be temporarily paused or they would see lesser invitations issued, the exact opposite has happened.

In fact, the record-breaking Express Entry draws with Canada are positively indicating that it still plans to welcome huge levels of immigration after the pandemic is over as on October 14th, Canada held its largest Express Entry draw ever. According to the draw, Canada issued ITAs for Permanent Residents to 4,500 Express Entry candidates. Those applicants will now be able to apply for permanent residence and, if they are abroad right now, then they will eventually be able to establish a life in Canada when the travel restrictions will be relaxed for COPR holders. Canada has issued 82,850 Express Entry invitations this year. Recently, draw sizes have seen between 3,900 and 4,200 invitations issued per draw. If IRCC invites 3,900 candidates in each of the five Express Entry draws in 2020, then it will issue a total of 102,350 invitations by the end of this year.

Even if draw sizes are smaller, and IRCC issues an average of 3,500 ITAs per draw, Canada will still exceed 100,000 ITAs by the end of 2020.

So, yet again, Canada proves that it is highly committed to welcoming more immigrants to support its economy, despite the disturbances and ruckus caused by COVID-19.

It also indicates that IRCC believes it will be able to process permanent residence applications within a reasonable amount of time.

Why the Express Entry is the best way to Canada

Canadian immigration is an extensive and complex process altogether especially if you are looking forward to immigrate to Canada without having an idea of where to start. People generally do not have much time to go through all the immigration visas and programs to figure out which one is best for them. At Dream Destination Canada, we make the job easier and more convenient for you. Generally, people are aware of the most popular immigration program known as the Express Entry system, which is by far, the fastest ways to immigrate to Canada. Here’s how-

Express Entry Program has an average visa application process time of 6 months and you can apply online making it easily accessible for those who want to apply for permanent residence from anywhere in the world. There are three Federal Immigration Programs to choose from based on your age, language ability, education, skills and work experience:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trade Program
  • Canadian Experience Class

One of the best features of the Express Entry system is that you only have to create an online profile once for the entire year and you’ll automatically be entered into the Express Entry draw which takes place every two weeks. Also, your profile stays active in the express entry pool for 1 year.

Express Entry program is also considered to be the most popular program, because It was the first immigration program to use skills and points to assess the eligibility of individuals willing to immigrate to Canada.

Our RCIC, Mr. Paul Abraham, has been a player in the particular aspect. Thus, he is the best person to guide you through the entire process. Dream Destination Canada team takes care of your immigration application from the scratch till the end. Please visit our website for the better guidance.

Canada sees record-low fertility rates same year as record-breaking Immigration levels.

Canada has observed a record-low fertility rate the previous year. According to new Statistics Canada data, the total fertility rate in 2019 was 1.47 births per woman over the period of her conceptive life. Generally, Populations required at a birth rate of at least 2.1 births per woman, but Canada has not reached this benchmark since 1971. Therefore, the number of babies being born is not enough for the present population to replace itself.

Excluding Yukon, there were about 372,038 births in Canada last year. The ratio of baby boys as compared to the girls was a bit higher, i.e., about 51.3 per cent, which remains unchanged in the past years.

Hence, keeping the low fertility rate in consideration, Canada has announced significant Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023 that will see it now target over 400,000 new immigrant admissions every year.

Immigration is solely responsible for 78% to 79% of population growth in 2019

 Owing to the ageing population and low birth rate, Canada relies heavily on immigration for population growth. Canada’s data agency, Statistics Canada or StatCan mentioned in a release, “International migration is the main driver of population growth in Canada, accounting for 81.9% of growth in 2019-2020. As a result, the travel ban on international borders and the subsequent decline in International immigration levels had the biggest impact on population growth in 2019-2020.”

Immigration alone has contributed for 81.9 percent of Canada’s population growth for the year that ended June 30 with the country admitting 284,387 immigrants, down from more than 300,000 for each of the past two years. 

Without immigration, Canada cannot proceed to grow its population. According to the Conference Board of Canada, “immigrants will be responsible for 100 per cent of the national population growth by 2034.” In the initial months of 2020, immigration itself accounted for 82% of Canada’s population growth.

Alberta – Changes to ANIP: New Streams

In order to promote job growth and create new business in high-demand industries, the Alberta government has created two new immigration pathways in an attempt to increase business investment, create some new higher wage jobs, help attract diversity and to attract the international graduate community into creating new businesses in Alberta.

International graduates from Alberta qualify to apply to the International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Streamin order to launch start-ups and ventures in Alberta.

In addition to international graduates of Alberta, starting in January 2021 the Foreign Graduate Startup Visa stream will also open allowing international graduates from top United States educational entities.

Immigration Makes Canada a Better Country

Canada has a calculative and well-planned approach to immigration with various immigration programs that fulfil numerous requirements. The efficient immigration process has rendered the OECD appreciate the federal government’s programs to recruit skilled foreign workers and enabling their integration in the Canadian society. Canada is well-known for being an immigrant friendly nation.

Currently, immigrants constitute for one in five people in Canada. Since 1990, over six million new immigrants have moved to Canada. According to the authorities, “Immigrants and their descendants have made immeasurable contributions to Canada, and our future success depends on continuing to ensure they are welcomed and well-integrated.” This remark apparently portrays key analysis and data on immigrants’ contributions to the Canadian economy and labour market.

According a report, with an ageing population and low fertility rates, immigration plays a crucial role in ensuring that Canada’s population and labour force stay balanced. Provided that the new immigrants are, on an average, younger than the existing Canadian population, immigration can help alleviate some of the challenges of an ageing demographic.

Moreover, immigration to Canada is a tool that can help to supress the decline of Canada’s worker-to-retiree ratio. Plus, it’s expected that immigrants help Canada to fill its labour gaps.

In addition to it, when immigrants come to Canada, they eventually become a part of the consumer market and pay taxes. This means that they contribute to the economy and increase the productive capacity of the particular province or territory. 2018 Annual Report Data on Immigration reveals that Canada’s economy has benefitted from concrete gains in the size of the labour pool, mainly due to immigration.

The report also shows that, over the past twenty years, the gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, productivity, and the labour force have all raised by around 1.25% per year.

In Canada, immigrants of all categories seem to have positive consequences across a range of economic indicators, including refugees. The economic performance of all immigrants increases with time span they spend in Canada.

The Conference of Board Canada, a Canadian not-for-profit applied research organization, also published many reports on the immigration impacts on the economy of Canada.