American Options to Move to Canada

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As a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, I am authorized to represent immigration applicants looking to move to Canada.

We deal with many American Citizens often looking to move to Canada as part of a work related transfer, to study or just seeking to move to a new country.

In Canada acquiring Permanent Residence is comparable to a Green Card in the USA. It offers, generally, the right to live and work here as you see fit. It is generally permanent but can be lost if crimes are committed, or if too much time is spent outside of Canada.

We offer an quick assessment / online consultation session that will allow us to evaluate options for Permanent Residence for a fee of $175. This includes taking in some basic information about you, and then having a 45 minute session on Skype or the telephone to review options.

Here are three programs that are often of interest to Americans:

Working Temporarily Under NAFTA
The North American Free Trade agreement allows for Americans in certain occupations to acquire on an expedited basis work permits to work in Canada if offered employment here. Generally speaking these are for 1 to 3 year terms, and while in Canada you can be accompanied by family and receive provincial health care coverage ( ie single payer!). While we are not an employment agency, we can evaluate your opportunities for this if a job lead is presented to us.

Study in Canada
Canadian Universities offer degrees at the Bachelors level and higher, Community Colleges offer more technical educations, diplomas, post graduate certificate programs and in some cases they can also offer limited Bachelors programs as well.
Americans will  find that paying International Student Fees at Canadian Universities is likely comparable to paying out of state rates at 4 year colleges in the USA. Undergraduate tuition is generally going to be between $15-20K per year, and that’s of course in Canadian dollars, meaning the current real cost to Americans is $11-14K at the current exchange.

Permanent Residence under Express Entry
This program is the most common method of obtaining residence in Canada under our economic programs. Points are awarded for age, education, language skills, and work experience. This can be a very complex application for determining qualification and navigating the process. We can work with you to determine your points and what this will mean for your chances.

If you want to know more, we recommend getting in touch with us and setting up a consultation session for personalized advice.

You can click here for our assessment form to provide us with your details if you are looking for permanent residence information.

Express Entry Update – June 9

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CIC has greatly slowed down the rounds of invitations  for Express Entry. The last draw was 22 May, and that is the only round since mid April.
EE update June 9

There is speculation that confusion during initial processing of PR applications led to hundreds of applications being deemed incomplete. Guidelines around the validity of Police Certificates are in flux, and it has created logistical  barriers for applicants from some countries. Those deemed incomplete were all high scoring individuals, and after having their fees refunded they found themselves back in the pool again. At the next draw in May they were (largely) invited again, raising the required CRS score substantially.

As we have said all along, CIC will have to greatly increase the number of invitations, otherwise they will find themselves unable to meet their annual target for new Permanent Residents.  At this point it appears that only the backlog of applications from 2014 will bring CIC close to their targets for 2015.  At this point in the year, even with a 6 month promise for processing under Express Entry, there is little chance of many more receiving invitations AND having their applications completed this calendar year.

CIC improves work permits for service work

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Effective 21 May 2015, CIC has simplified the process for  service workers entering Canada  to obtain  work permits, if they are coming in  to service equipment on which the warranty has expired.

A work permit is still required (unlike warranty service work) and the new employer compliance measures are in place as they are for all LMIA exempt work permits. These are matters that can be arranged quickly though if time is of the essence.

If you want to discuss a specific scenario, please get in touch with our office.

Engineer Discussing Plans

Express Entry Update

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CIC’s Express Entry intake system is now 5 months old. Here is what we know so far:

  • 8 rounds of invitations have taken place
  • A total of 8491 applicants have been invited
  • Based on parliamentary planning,  expected total  for 2015 could be 30,000-35,000 invitations
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As we can see above the Comprehensive Ranking Score ( CRS) needed to secure an invitation has dropped considerably since January 31 when the first draw was held.  Since the points required are now below 600, Applicants no longer need to have a LMIA Job Offer or Provincial Nomination Certificate in order to be invited.

No draws have been held since April 17.

 

 

CEC Full for 2014

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CIC has begun returning Canada Experience Class applications indicating the the annual cap of 8,000 application was met on October 21. This is despite the notices into December that only 4600 applications had been received up to that point.

It appears that applications were allowed to accumulate for  months without being counted, while the updates posted on the CIC website continued to reflect a number that was less and less accurate each time.

Now that Express Entry is active, applicants under all federal economic categories will have intake managed through an invitation based system.  This will create a much more straightforward picture on the annual number and is probably the biggest advantage of this new concept.

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