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You just received your visa and are preparing for your exciting new journey abroad. Questions start popping up in your mind: Who? What? Why? Where? How? Studying abroad or moving abroad is an opportunity that should not be missed. However, preparing for the big adventure can be overwhelming. Before you head off, we thought it important to provide you with a pre-departure guide and advice on how to prepare for your journey.

Everyone’s situation is different, so the information below provides an indication of what you may need to do at various stages - not every item may be relevant to you, but it is best to be as prepared as possible.

  1. DOCUMENTS

Collect and bring original forms of official documents that belong to you and/or the family members who are immigrating with you. Ensure all your documents are in order and make photocopies to pack in your baggage, to leave at home, and send scanned copies to your email address. Carry photocopies of documents of family members who plan on joining you later.

The documents you need to bring include:

  • Passport (Make sure it is valid for at least six months after your return date)
  • Airline tickets
  • Letter of acceptance from your Canadian educational institution
  • Key addresses and phone numbers
  • A bank statement showing proof of funds
  • Letter of invitation from Canadian immigration
  • Prescriptions for any medication you are carrying
  • Medical and immunization records
  • Academic history and university transcripts
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage or divorce certificates
  • Death certificate for a deceased spouse
  • Adoption records for adopted children
  • Driver’s license and or International Driving Permit

If the documents are not in the English or French language, you will need to obtain a certified translation for those documents. It is advised to translate documents into the English language. The translation should be done through a reputable agency in your country of origin. If required, documents in English or in French can be translated to French and English, respectively, from within Canada.

Although some of these documents may not be required immediately, it is advised that you carry all your official documents to avoid delays in providing the required documents when needed.

  1. ACCOMODATION

You should know where you will stay when you arrive in Canada and how you will get there from the airport. You should carry local currency for any transit destinations and have enough Canadian currency in cash or traveler’s checks.

  1. BAGGAGE

You should check how much baggage you can take with you and be mindful of weight restrictions and never agree to carry another person’s bags or their items in your luggage. When packing, find out which items are restricted or prohibited for travel to Canada. Canada has restrictions on certain alcoholic beverages, tobacco, firearms, food, animal and plant products, drugs and prescription drugs. Some seemingly harmless goods can be dangerous on board an aircraft and should not be packed in either checked or carry-on baggage. Liquids in carry-on baggage must be in containers less than 100 ml and should be kept in a separate plastic bag, which will be verified during security screening. Remember to clearly tag all your baggage, noting your name and the complete address of your destination in Canada. Also, pack a card inside your luggage with your Canadian contact details. Lastly, remember to keep all important documents, medications and high-value items such as cameras, jewelry, laptops, phones, credit cards and cash in your carry-on luggage.

  1. EMPLOYMENT & EDUCATION

Try to improve your English or French. Communication skills may be the most valuable tool you can possess to settle successfully in Canada and find a good job. The language you focus on improving will depend on which one is most commonly spoken in the area where you have chosen to settle.

Find out the requirements of the study abroad program and University you are interested in applying to and take a note of the deadlines of registering and applying. Ensure that you have all your educational documents, obtain reference letters from your past employers and professors and make sure that your educational certificates and professional qualifications are verified and accepted in Canada.

Find out if your profession is regulated or unregulated in Canada. If you are thinking about living and working in Canada, you need to know about credential recognition. Understanding how your education and work credentials are recognized will help you adapt to life and work in Canada. Foreign credential recognition is the process of verifying that the education, training and job experience you obtained in another country are equivalent to the standards established for Canadian workers.

Qualifying to immigrate to Canada does not mean that your education, work experience and professional credentials are automatically recognized in Canada. Working in some jobs in Canada, including certain trades, may require a license. To get a license, you will need to have your credentials recognized. You can start the credential assessment and recognition process before you arrive in Canada. Getting your credentials recognized takes time and costs money. To facilitate the process of foreign credential recognition, the federal government has a Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO). The FCRO provides information on how you can get your credentials recognized in Canada.

  1. HEALTH CARE

Apply for a government health insurance card. A government health insurance card allows you to receive taxpayer-funded medical care in Canada. You should apply as soon as possible after arriving in Canada.

CIC strongly recommends purchasing private health insurance to pay for your health-care needs until the date when you receive a government issued Health Insurance Card. So, purchase private health insurance to pay for medical costs in case of an emergency, until you obtain government health insurance in Canada.

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We wish you a successful and safe journey!

 



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President Donald Trump endorsed a bill by Sen. Tom Cotton, and Sen. David Perdue, titled Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE). Senior White House adviser, Stephen Miller, says that, "Every year, we issue a million green cards to foreign nationals from all the countries of the world, but we do so without regard to whether that applicant has demonstrated a skill that can add to the US economy; whether they can pay their own way or be reliant on welfare; or whether they'll displace or take a job from an American worker.” Currently, green cards are given to more than a million people a year, however, the RAISE Act proposes that the number of green cards should be reduced and be given to 500,000 people a year instead. Currently, Employment-based green cards are issued to 140,000 people a year; however, the RAISE Act proposes that Employment-based green cards be issued through a point-based system. Currently, 1 in 15 immigrants come to the US because of their skills. However, the RAISE Act will prioritize highly skilled immigrants and will select applicants who are highly educated, highly paid, can financially support themselves and their dependents while living in America, and who demonstrate skills that will contribute to the American economy. The proposed changes reflect the point-based immigration systems in Canada and Australia. Currently, green cards are issued to people who have extended family members living legally in USA. However, with the RAISE act, that preference will be removed. The number of immigrants that come through the Diversity Visa Program and the Refugee Program will be reduced and new green card holders will not be eligible to receive welfare from the state for five years after arriving. By scrapping the current lottery system to get into USA and by reducing the number of green cards for extended family members, the RAISE Act would institute a points-based system for earning a green card. By seeking to create a system based more on merit and skills than family ties, if passed by Congress, the RAISE Act could benefit applicants who are proficient in English, are highly educated, have sufficient funds to support themselves and their families, meet the age requirements and demonstrate skills that will contribute to the American economy. Find out whether you qualify to apply by completing our free assessment form. The CanApprove team comprises of unique and multi-talented individuals who work seamlessly and tirelessly to fulfill client needs and exceed expectations. We aim to make the complex process of preparing financial papers, authenticating documents, filling applications, obtaining visas, and acquiring work and residence permits as simple, quick and easy as possible for our clients. By delivering comprehensive and up-to-date immigration advice and services to individuals, families and SME business owners worldwide, our Immigration Services are designed to equip our clients with comprehensive information enabling them to make informed decisions.

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You just arrived in Canada, everything is new, questions start popping up in your head: Who? What? Why? Where? How? Studying abroad or moving abroad is an opportunity that should not be missed. However, adjusting to an unfamiliar environment and settling down to your heart’s content can be overwhelming. So, we thought it important to provide you with a post-arrival guide.

Everyone’s situation is different, so the information below provides an indication of what you may need to do at various stages. Every item may not be relevant to you, but it is best to be as prepared as possible.

1. Immigrant-Serving Organizations

Call or Visit an immigrant-serving organization in your city or town to learn about the free services they provide to help you settle in Canada. If you do not already have employment, immigrant-serving organizations can help you with your search. If you do not already have accommodation, immigrant-serving organizations can help you with your search to rent or buy a home.
You can also seek assistance from their services to explore the public transportation options around your area and the cost of those services so that you can choose the most cost-effective way to commute. They can also help you explore the best and most cost-effective cell phone and internet service providers in your area. Explore your options of purchasing a land-line number if you want.
If your first language is not English or French, plan to improve your English or French language skills. Language classes are free of cost.
Immigrant-serving organizations can guide you in all aspects of searching for employment in Canada and help you with any step in the process. You can find addresses and contact information for immigrant-serving organizations across Canada at //www.cic.gc.ca/english/newcomers/services/index.asp

2. Safety

Memorize the national emergency telephone number: 911 and dial it in any emergency.

3. Social Insurance Number (SIN)

You should apply for a SIN as soon as possible after you arrive in Canada. A SIN is a nine-digit number provided by Service Canada on behalf of the federal government. You can apply for a SIN by submitting all the required documents (originals, not copies) to the nearest Service Canada Centre where an agent will review your documents and if you fulfill all the requirements, you can get the SIN within the same visit. You will need SIN to work in Canada or to apply for government programs and benefits. To obtain a SIN, Permanent Residents need to provide a Permanent Resident Card and Temporary Residents need to provide:

  • Work permit from CIC.
  • Study permit from CIC.
  • Visitor record from CIC indicating that you are authorized to work in Canada.
  • Diplomatic identity card and a note of permission of employment issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

Your SIN is confidential and should be protected to avoid inappropriate use, identity theft and fraud. Make sure that you provide your SIN when it is officially required in the case of a job, opening a bank account or income tax purposes. You do not need to carry your SIN around with you, it is better to keep it at home and only use it when required. Avoid sharing your SIN number over the phone, text message or in an email.
You should contact Service Canada in case you change your name or if your citizenship status changes and if the information on your SIN record is incorrect or incomplete.
Note: You cannot work or open a bank account with a SIN number.

4. Health Insurance Card

You will need a health insurance card to get health care in Canada. You must present this card each time you need medical services. You should apply for a health insurance card from your provincial or territorial government as soon as possible after you arrive in Canada. You can get an application at a doctor’s office, a hospital, a pharmacy or an immigrant-serving organization. You can also get the forms online from the government ministry responsible for health in your province or territory.
When you apply for your health insurance card, you will need to show identification such as your birth certificate, passport, permanent resident card or confirmation of permanent residence. You must carry the card with you and present it at a hospital or clinic when you or someone in your family needs health services.
You must not share your health insurance card with anyone. The card is for your use only and you could lose your health benefits by letting other people use it. You could also face criminal charges and be removed from Canada if you allow other people to use your health card. If your health card is lost, stolen or damaged, you will need to inform your provincial or territorial ministry of health. You may have to pay a fee to get a new one.
CIC strongly recommends purchasing private health insurance to pay for your health-care needs until the date when you receive a government issued Health Insurance Card.

5. Permanent Resident Card

The permanent resident card is a wallet-sized plastic card and is the official proof of your status as a permanent resident in Canada. It is an Identification Document (ID) that needs to be presented for commercial travel, to open a bank account, and to access government services etc. If you are a new permanent resident, you will automatically receive your card as part of the immigration process. You will receive your card by mail at your address in Canada. If you do not have a Canadian mailing address before you arrive in Canada, you must provide your new address to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) as soon as possible after you arrive. If you change your address in Canada before you receive your card in the mail, inform CIC of your new address. You can apply for a new permanent resident card if yours has expired, or if it has been stolen or lost.
Provide Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) with your Canadian address, so that you can receive your permanent resident card in the mail. You can provide your address online

If you want more information and/or guidance, get in touch with CanApprove’s team of qualified consultants and trained advisors.

We wish you all the success on your new journey!



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Canadian Immigration authorities conducted this year’s 21st round of invitations on September 6, 2017. They sent out Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian Residence to a total of 2,772 applicants with a score of 435 or more in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). This is the 6th draw to take place since the changes to the CRS on June 6, affecting scores for those who either have siblings in Canada, or an ability to speak French.

Since its launch in January 2015, Canada has welcomed over 43,000 economic immigrants through the Express Entry system. A total of 66,549 ITAs have been issued so far in 2017, far more than were issued last year.

The Express Entry system is a fast-track system for immigration for highly skilled workers and students. The skills and abilities of a candidate are assessed based on a point-based system known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) where the Canadian government assesses the applicants and awards scores. Canadian employers and provincial governments across Canada have access to the profiles. The best candidates are invited by the Federal government to apply for Canadian permanent residence. The system targets and gives permanent residency status to applicants who can contribute to the economic growth of Canada.

The good news for aspiring applicants is that the expected CRS score for an applicant to be issued an ITA under Canada’s Express Entry Immigration system in 2017 is less than 450 points. Therefore, enabling a considerable number of applicants the chance to receive permanent resident status in Canada.

Find out whether you qualify to apply for Canada’s Express Entry Immigration System by completing our free assessment form.

The CanApprove team comprises of unique and multi-talented individuals who work seamlessly and tirelessly to fulfill client needs and exceed expectations. We aim to make the complex process of preparing financial papers, authenticating documents, filling applications, obtaining visas, and acquiring work and residence permits as simple, quick and easy as possible for our clients. By delivering comprehensive and up-to-date immigration advice and services to individuals, families and SME business owners worldwide, our Immigration Services are designed to equip our clients with comprehensive information enabling them to make informed decisions.


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Canada is the world’s second largest country (by area) with 36.5 million people residing in its 10 provinces and 3 territories.

1.STANDARD OF LIVING

In addition to being ranked 9th in the United Nations (UN) quality of life ranking in 2016, Canada has ranked 9th out of 200 countries in the UN’s annual Human Development Index (HDI). Furthermore, out of 140 cities evaluated for the most livable cities in the world by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU); Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary (all cities in Canada) were among the top five.

2.MEDICAL BENEFITS

Canada provides state-funded healthcare facilities that enable people from all walks of life to have access to quality healthcare without worrying about paying heavy fees. Plus, if you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, basic healthcare is completely free of cost!

3.SAFETY AND SECURITY

Canada has strict gun laws, it is not only illegal to own handguns but only one-third of the population have a license to carry firearms – it is no wonder Canada was named the World’s most peaceful country in 2007 by The Economist. Additionally, the Legatum Global Prosperity Index (2016) has ranked Canada #2 in the world in personal freedom that measures the national progress towards basic legal rights, individual freedoms, and social tolerance.

4.GROWING ECONOMY

Since mid-2016, Canada’s economy has grown at a 4.3 per cent annual rate. Based on data from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, according to Business Insider, Canada ranks 20th out of the top 25 richest countries in the world with a GDP per capita of $45,981. Canada is also one of the most powerful countries in the world as it is a member of the G8 and Canada is one of the top Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries in spending on public postsecondary education.

5. IMMIGRATION OPTIONS

Canada has a fast-track system for immigration called Express-Entry for skilled workers. The skills of the applicants are ranked on their specific talents and job prospects through the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) – the applicants with the highest ranking are offered permanent residency. 30 draws and up to 70,000 invitations with CRS scores below 450 are expected to be issued in 2017 for the Canadian immigration authorities to meet this year’s targeted annual immigration levels. Canada has a Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) that enables Provincial and Territorial governments in Canada to attract immigrants to their region. This program enables individuals with the skills and experience required by the province(s) participating in Canada’s PNP to receive a Provincial Nomination Certificate which expedites the Canadian immigration and the Canadian Permanent Residency process.

6. IMMIGRANT-FRIENDLY

Approximately 20% of Canada’s 35 million people are from a foreign land, which makes Canada one of the world’s most multicultural countries. The diversity in Canada makes settling easier for immigrants as it plays a vital role in forming the tolerant and welcoming attitude of the government and people of Canada. The Legatum Global Prosperity Index (2016) revealed that Canada ranks 3rd out of 148 nations in the Social Capital sub-index which measures the strength of personal relationships, social network support, social norms and civic participation in a country. Furthermore, Canada has many immigrant-serving organizations to help newcomers settle in. These organizations are funded by the government and their services are free. They are excellent sources of information and guidance. They also provide assistance with finding a job, finding accommodation, obtaining official government documents, learning English and/or French and obtaining other professional and/or educational qualifications.

7.RENOWNED EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTES

Canada is home to an excellent education system hence providing quality education to its residents. Canada provides both public and private education systems. The public schools are funded by the government and are free for students till 12th Grade. Canada is also equipped with public colleges and universities where students pay tuition that is substantially less than private colleges and universities. Some of the top Universities in the world like McGill University, University of British Columbia and University of Toronto are in Canada.

8.EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNTIES

The Legatum Global Prosperity Index (2016) has ranked Canada 3rd out of 149 nations in Business Environment. The Business Environment sub-index measures a country’s entrepreneurial environment including its business infrastructure, barriers to innovation and labour market flexibility. This ranking indicates that there are great employment opportunities available in Canada for people from all walks of life.

9.NATURAL BEAUTY

Canada has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world – Niagara Falls in Ontario; Banff National Park in Alberta; Prince Edward Island; Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains; and the Capilano River area in British Columbia.

10.JUSTIN TRUDEAU

Trudeau was elected the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada in October 2015. Since he was appointed, Trudeau has welcomed more than 28,000 Syrian refugees to Canada. He appointed Canada’s first ever gender balanced cabinet and lowered taxes for the middle class. Justin Trudeau represents Canada, and therefore his personality and actions are indicative of the amicable, tolerant and empathetic characteristics of Canada.      

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The Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) enables Provincial and Territorial governments in Canada to attract immigrants to their region. British Columbia (BC) is one of the provinces currently participating in PNP.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is British Columbia’s PNP program, which enables individuals with the skills and experience required by the province to receive a British Columbia Provincial Nomination Certificate that expedites the Canadian immigration and the Canadian Permanent Residency process.

Due to the high demand for talent in the technology sector, the province of BC launched the Immigration Tech Pilot as part of the BC PNP, intending to attract more workers and graduates to the province.

Applicants require a full-time, intermediate job offer from an eligible employer in BC in one of the following occupations:

Occupation NOC
Purchasing managers 0113
Telecommunication carriers managers 0131
Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts 0512
Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations 1123
Civil engineers 2131
Mechanical engineers 2132
Electrical and electronics engineers 2133
Chemical engineers 2134
Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) 2147
Information systems analysts and consultants 2171
Database analysts and data administrators 2172
Software engineers and designers 2173
Computer programmers and interactive media developers 2174
Web designers and developers 2175
Biological technologists and technicians 2221
Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians 2241
Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment) 2242
Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics 2243
Computer network technicians 2281
User support technicians 2282
Information systems testing technicians 2283
Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants 4163
Authors and writers 5121
Editors 5122
Translators, terminologists and interpreters 5125
Broadcast technicians 5224
Audio and video recording technicians 5225
Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts 5226
Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts 5227
Graphic designers and illustrators 5241
Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade 6221

 

 

The Application Process:

  • The candidate must determine his/her eligibility and register online and receive a registration score.
  • The BC PNP will conduct a draw every week and issue invitations to the highest-scoring applicants who qualify under the Tech Pilot.
  • Once invited, the applicant has up-to 30 days from the date of invitation to submit a complete online application.

Although qualifying applicants through other immigration programs under the BC PNP will also be sent invitations, those invited under the Tech Pilot will be given priority and hence benefit from expedited processing under the BC PNP.

Find out whether you qualify to apply by completing our free assessment form.

 

 



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Canada’s Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) enables Provincial and Territorial governments in Canada to attract immigrants to their region. Saskatchewan is one of the provinces currently participating in PNP.

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) is Saskatchewan’s PNP which enables applicants with the skills and experience required by the province to receive a Saskatchewan Provincial Nomination Certificate that expedites the Canadian Immigration and Permanent Residency process.

On Aug 22, 2017, the government of Saskatchewan announced that there would be an increase in their annual application intake threshold for the SINP International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category and the International Skilled Worker – Occupations In-Demand sub-category.

To apply for the International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category or the Occupations In-Demand sub-category, the applicant:

  • Does not need a job offer from a Canadian employer.
  • Must have work experience in an occupation that is in demand by the province of Saskatchewan.
  • Must score at least 60 points out of 100 on the SINP assessment grid.
  • If successful, may apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for Canadian permanent residence.

Both of these sub-categories operate on a first-come, first-served basis. With more applications likely to be accepted before the end of 2017, it is the ideal time to explore these immigration options in Saskatchewan. Find out whether you qualify to apply by completing our free assessment form.

The CanApprove team comprises of unique and multi-talented individuals who work seamlessly and tirelessly to fulfill client needs and exceed expectations. We aim to make the complex process of preparing financial papers, authenticating documents, filling applications, obtaining visas, and acquiring work and residence permits as simple, quick and easy as possible for our clients. By delivering comprehensive and up-to-date immigration advice and services to individuals, families and SME business owners worldwide, our Immigration Services are designed to equip our clients with comprehensive information enabling them to make informed decisions.

 



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