Alberta – Changes to TFW Program

In order to make more jobs available to unemployed Albertans, Alberta is limiting the number of and type of jobs available through the Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) program by adding occupational categories to their “Refusal to Process” list.

Affected are 475 occupations in sectors such as:

  • Accommodation
  • Food Services
  • Retail Trade
  • Construction
  • Transportation
  • Technical Services
  • Scientific
  • “Professional”

Note that with the additions mentioned above, there will be a small number of specialized occupations in Care giving, Technology and some “Signature” that will remain unaffected that currently rely heavily on temporary foreign works in order to fill employment gaps.

Are Companies Hiring during COVID-19?

As we all know that it is a tough time for the whole world in terms of health and financial downfall wherein millions of people around the world are losing their jobs amid the current COVID-19 crisis. With the whole world at the verge of the worst recessional period, almost all of us are at risk of unemployment. Especially being a jobseeker, hunting for a job in the current scenario is a herculean task altogether.

However, there is good news for the people who are planning to move to Canada shortly. Despite the uncertainty surrounding finding work in the current situation, there are still part-time and full-time positions available across Canada. Businesses in the retail, technology, health-care industries etc. have seen the most significant spur in demand. Also, they are now launching on a mass hiring binge to cope up with this unwanted situation. As stated by the Hon’ble Carla Qualtrough, Minister of employment Workforce development and disability inclusion, “we recognize that COVID-19 particularly hard hits people and that is why we made changes this year to Canada summer jobs program. I encourage Canada’s young people to go to Job Bank and check out what’s available to them. Youth are powerful leaders of change, and during these difficult times we are proud to support them as they help out our communities and shape a better and more resilient Canada.”

Moreover, the federal as well as provincial govt. of Canada is working with employers across the country. The government is trying its best during this extremely unwelcomed situation to make sure that young Canadians stay connected to the jobs market with safe and secure summer employment opportunities.

While the whole world is sailing in the unprecedented waters in terms of employment, Canada, as always, is raising the bar by working with employers across the country. The Federal Govt. of Canada is leaving no stone unturned, during this financial unrest to make sure that the Canadians, as well as the new immigrants from across the world, stay connected to the jobs market with safe and secure employment opportunities along with giving their best to accelerate the economy of the country. So, for the people who were/are skeptical about the job opportunities to enhance their career. Canada is the place for them as the country is not only accepting the immigrants from all across the world but also leaving no coin unturned to provide the employments to its citizens as well as the immigrants.

Coronavirus and changes in the Immigration Process

Canada has always been an immigrant-friendly nation with lenient immigration policy. It invites more than 3, 00,000 people every year. The US News and World Report survey for the best countries in the world has ranked Canada as the most reliable country in the world for Quality of life. It is also the second-best in the world in terms of citizenship.

However, in the wake of COVID-19, IRCC has reframed certain laws and deadlines in the immigration process to fulfil the needs of the potential immigrants. In this regard, Canada’s Immigration Minister, Marco E.L. Mendicino discussed with the Canadian Bar Association, in which he said, “Immigration will be the key to our success and our economic recovery”. Moreover, he mentioned, “We continue to rely on Immigration, it will be an economic driver, and this will be the North Star of our policy going forward.” Therefore, it is apparent that long-term statistics of Canada Immigration will stay intact as the country will continue to invite immigrants to accelerate its economic growth. 

Following are the updates as per the IRCC, which will help the applicants to understand the changes in the immigration process-

Special Measures

  1. Applicants are not refused if they’re unable to complete the next step owing to the COVID-19 for Visitor Visa, Work Permit, study permit and PR applications.
  2. 90 days will be given to complete the process.
  3. Biometrics deadline has been extended to 90 days if you’re affected by service disruptions.
  4. Applicants are advised to apply online because of service disruptions due to COVID-19, as there are difficulties in receiving and processing applications.

Moreover, IRCC has recently reformed its post-graduation work-permit allowing international students whose courses have been moved to online classes, to be eligible for Postgraduate work permit.

Canada has an immigration target of inviting 3, 41,000 new immigrants in 2020. Moreover, considering the skilled shortage, low birth rate, and the shrinking workforce of Canada, it is unlikely that the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada will compromise with its immigration target despite the disruption caused by the recent Covid-19, pandemic. Despite the temporary travel restrictions imposed, the Canadian government continues to accept the new applications, process the existing ones, and issue the invitations to apply to the Candidates through its point-based online Express Entry immigration System as well as Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

Although it is a tough time for the whole world in terms of health and the financial breakdown and all the borders are closed, the Canadian Immigration system is carrying forward its operations. It welcomes the new immigrants to the country with open arms, and COVID-19 does not seem to affect the Canadian Immigration Policy in the near future. So, it is, by all means, a great time to apply immigration to Canada this year. For the assistance, you may get in touch with Dream Destination Canada as the DDC team has an efficient record for helping numerous of people in immigrating to Canada under the guidance of our most trusted RCIC Mr. Paul Abraham.

Indian Nationals Immigrating to Canada

It should come as no surprise to anyone that India is a major draw country for Canadian immigration.

Since 1990, Indian immigration numbers to Canada have been steadily increasing to the point where we are now seeing roughly 20% of our total annual intake as Indian nationals.

Indian Canadians have settled well in Canada over the years. As a group, they have been very successful in terms of economic and social integration in the economy and society.

All immigration pathways show a significant Indian component, including International Students, Express Entry, and Business Immigration programs.

Bilaterla trade and international agreements between Canada and India have shown significant gains over the past 10 years. The relationship between the two countries has never been stronger and governments and business leaders on both sides expect this relationship to continue to grow and strengthen as we move forward.

Protect Yourself From Immigration Fraud

Immigration fraud is a lucrative business and comes in many forms.  It is important that you know whether your immigration consulting agency is legitimate or not.  It is important that you research carefully.

There are many types of immigration fraud, for example:

  • Marriage fraud:  It is illegal for any person to marry in order to simply gain access to a country.
  • “Guaranteed” Visas:  No consultant can/should  guarantee a Visa application
  • Claims that the process is easy and the permanent residence visa will be granted in record time.
  • The absence of the client agreement from an RCIC clearly itemizing all costs.

Ensure that before you commit to any contract(s) that you verify that the consultant you wish to work with has a valid registration number and check the number through the ICCRC website.

My ICCRC Registration Number is:  R406367.  The ICCRC’s secure website is located here:  https://iccrc-crcic.ca

I have been a voice for immigration consulting regulation since 2001 when I gave a seminar in Dubai on the need for a regulating body to approximately 100 immigration consultants. Much progress has been made since that time in reducing the number of bad players in the immigration market space but they have not been completely eliminated.

For that reason, it is important to keep the points I mentioned here in mind and always ensure that you are working with a properly licensed Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant.

Post Graduate Work Permit Update – International Students

This just in from our international student partner, ApplyBoard:

We are writing to share some very positive news for international students who are looking to start their educational journey in Canada this year. The Government of Canada has just announced that after a student applies for a study permit, any time spent studying online from outside of Canada now counts towards the length of their PGWP. Previously, only time spent studying online once a student received approval counted towards their study permit.

For time spent studying alone to count towards a PGWP, students must:

  • Complete at least 50% of their program in Canada (this includes online classes completed abroad)
  • Apply for a study permit by September 15, 2020
  • Start a program in spring, summer or fall 2020

Owner/ Operator LMIA-Based Work Permit

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If you are an owner or operator of your own business, you may apply for and advertisement exempt Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) which if approved will help you gain grounds for a work permit known as an Owner/Operator work permit.

A Canadian employer who would like to employ a foreign worker needs to go through the LMIA process through which the employer obtains authorization to bring a foreign worker to Canada.

An important requirement of the LMIA application process is to advertise the position in order to show appropriate effort to fill the job position using potential applicants from Canada.

Some applicants are exempt from this requirement, as is the case with the Owner/Operator LMIA.

The Owner/Operator LMIA is used for foreign businesspersons to establish or obtain/purchase a a business presence in Canada and manage the entity from Canada.

What should I budget before I immigrate to Canada?

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Overall, immigrating to Canada is one of the most affordable countries to which to immigrate.  This takes in to account many factors such as (but not limited to) Education, Healthcare and living costs.

The “settlement funds” required to immigrate to Canada by the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) change from time to time, but let’s take a look as of August 2020 so that we have a general idea and keep in mind as well that the values below do NOT include application or service fees.

IRCC Settlement funds for Canadian Immigrants (Express Entry)

  • Single applicant (no spouse, no children, no dependants:     C$12,960
  • A Couple (no children, no dependants):                                        C$16,135
  • Each additional child or dependant:                                                 C$3,492

Please also note that if you immigrate to Canada but you do not immigrate with your other family member(s) (for example if they will be moving at a later time) the required IRCC settlement savings must still be available at the time of your immigration.

Canada Wants Immigrants and People Want to Immigrate to Canada. Here’s Why

On a per capita basis, Canada has one of the most robust immigration programs on the planet.

People often wonder out loud why that is the case. After all, despite an unfavourable climate, Canada continues to outshine all other developed countries on annual intake numbers.

Push and Pull

There are many factors to be considered when trying to answer this question. They can be broadly classified as “Push” factors and “Pull” factors.

Pull factors are those that compel people to leave their country of origin to make a new life in Canada rather than another developed country. The main pull factors include world class education at reasonable prices for students, the ease of doing business in Canada, the many opportunities for quality employment, and the welcoming and open nature of the society.

Push factors may be considered to be the opposite of the pull factors that make Canada so popular. If conditions in the country of origin are weak economically, that would represent strong push factors on the economic front. In other cases, the political climate may be difficult, thus representing another set of push factors driving people to Canada.

Canada’s push-pull equation remains quite strong resulting in large annual immigration numbers. There is every indication that this will continue to many years to come.

Canadian Start-up Visa program

The Start-up Visa (SUV) program offers an opportunity to obtain permanent residence for innovative entrepreneurs who qualify, by linking them with Canadian private sector investors that can help the entrepreneurs establish a strong start-up business.  The investor could be any of the following type:

  • Business incubator:  Accepts an applicant into it’s business incubator program
  • Venture capital funding:  Invests at least $200,000 into a qualifying business
  • Angel investor:  Invests at least $75,000 into a qualifying business

For a candidate to qualify for the Start-up Visa program, the requirements are as follows:

  • The business must be actively engaging in business in Canada and must be Incorporated
  • The candidate must own a minimum of 10% of the business
  • No single party may own more than 49% or more of the company