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New Immigration Agreement for Ontario

New Immigration Agreement for Ontario

New Immigration Agreement Implemented for Ontario

Canada, as well as its provinces and territories, highly value skilled immigrants who desire to come to Canada to contribute to the Canadian economy and reside permanently. The Canadian government and the government of Ontario have collaborated together to create a new agreement that is designed to enhance the efforts to recruit skilled immigrants. In addition to enhancing recruitment, the government has also made efforts to get the immigrants the proper training they need in order to meet the province’s occupational requirements within their professions. Therefore, in this article, I will explain the new immigration agreement for Ontario that was implemented by the government of Canada and the government of Ontario.

Details of the New Immigration Agreement

The new immigration agreement is specifically called the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement (COIA). This new agreement includes up to $91 million worth of funding to assist bridge training programs over a three-year time period in order to help new immigrants bring and utilize their skills in relation to Ontario’s professional standards. This new agreement was implemented as of November 24, 2017, through a signing ceremony with included Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen as well as the Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Laura Albanese.

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FAQs for Permanent Residency in Canada

FAQs for Permanent Residency in Canada

FAQ – Permanent Residency in Canada

In this article, I will address a few popular questions and answers with regards to permanent residency in Canada and some important information to consider when applying for permanent reisdency. Permanent Residency applications are intended for foreign nationals who have lived in Canada for a required amount of time and wish to permanently live in Canada. There are several eligibility requirements that must be met in order to successfully obtain permanent residency in Canada. If you are a foreign national that has resided in Canada, meets the eligibility requirements and would like to apply for permanent residency in Canada, I suggest you read our article on “The Basics of Permanent Residency in Canada” before reading this question and answer article. The intention of this article is meant to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to permanent residency in Canada.

Q: My Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) certificate is on the verge of expiring. Is there a policy regarding the need to obtain a new PNP certificate prior to the expiry? Additionally, how long is a PNP valid for?

A: This is a very good and important question to ask as many foreign nationals are nominated by provinces and territories in Canada. With regards to the validity period of a PNP, this is entirely at the discretion of the nominating province or territory. Usually the expiry dates of a PNP certificate are indicated on the approval letter from the nominating province or territory. This approval letter is then submitted with the individual’s application for permanent residence (PR). The responsibility is in the hands of the applicant when they are submitting the appropriate application forms. It is important to note that PNP certificates must be valid when the applicant submits the application for permanent residency. If the PNP certificate expires before the applicant submits the PR application, the application will be returned and/or refused. If this is the case, the applicant must submit a new PR application and must re-apply to the appropriate province or territory and obtain an updated PNP certificate.

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Dependents Now Classified as Children under 22

Dependents Now Classified as Children under 22

All Canadian Immigration Applications now Consider Children under 22 as Dependents

There are many immigration applications that permit dependents to be included within the application. However, this can be challenging if the dependent is between the ages of 19 and 22 years old as previously only children under the age of 19 were authorized to be classified as a dependent. Yet, now, there have been new changes implemented. For instance, children that are under 22 years of age will now be considered dependents on all immigration applications that are administered by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Therefore, in this article, I will explain the new changes with regards to dependents on immigration applications, the benefits of permanent residency in Canada and the many different programs one can choose from to immigrate to Canada.

New Changes to Dependents on Canadian Immigration Applications

On October 24, 2017, new changes were implemented with regards to dependents on Canadian immigration applications. Specifically, children under the age of 22 are now considered dependents. This new change also applies to any economic immigration program and for refugees as well. It is important to note, however, that children who are either 22 years of age or older can still be classified as dependent children so long as they still rely on their parents due to a physical or mental condition.

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FAQs for How to Successfully Settle in Canada

FAQs for How to Successfully Settle in Canada

FAQs – How to Successfully Settle in Canada

In this article, I will address a few popular questions and answers for how to successfully settle in Canada and some important information to consider after gaining permanent residency in Canada. After receiving permanent residency in Canada and trying to settle here permanently, it may be confusing or unclear on how to go forward and establish yourself in your new home. If you feel as though you would be eligible to apply for Permanent Residency in Canada, I suggest you read our article on “The Basics of Permanent Residency in Canada” before reading this question and answer article. The intention of this article is meant to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to how to successfully settle in Canada.

Q: What services are available to me once I settle in Canada?

A: Thankfully, in Canada, there are several different services and organizations that have been created to provide assistance and help for newcomers to Canada. These services and organizations are different based on the province or territory and more specifically the city that you decide to reside in. There are many resources available on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website that will help you find complete listings based on the province or territory you decide to reside in.

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FAQs for Canadian Experience Class

FAQs for Canadian Experience Class

FAQ – Canadian Experience Class

In this article, I will address a few popular questions and answers for the Canadian Experience Class program and some important information to consider when applying for this program. The Canadian Experience Class program was created and intended for foreign nationals who have worked in Canada and have gained skills that will help them obtain future employment and will lead to permanent residency in Canada. If you a skilled foreign national and would like to apply for the Canadian Experience Class program, I suggest you read our article on “The Basics of Canadian Experience Class” before reading this question and answer article. The intention of this article is meant to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to the Canadian Experience Class program.

Q: Since I just graduated as an international student in Canada, am I able to apply for permanent residency?

A: As a graduated international student in Canada, you may be able to apply for permanent residency through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program. However, you must meet the eligibility requirements in order to apply. When applying for the CEC program, you must plan to live anywhere in Canada but Quebec, as they have different regulations; have at least one year of full-time experience in an occupation that falls under either National Occupational Classification (NOC) 0, A or B level in the past three years prior to applying; have gained your work experience through legal authorization in Canada after having graduated; and, meet the language levels needed for the intended job. It is important to note that you cannot use any work experience gained during your studies; the work experience must be from after you have graduated. Conclusively, you may also apply for permanent residency through other programs; however, you must ensure you meet the eligibility criteria for these programs as well.

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