Thursday, December 31, 2009

Amir Ismail speaks to Apna Karachi FM 107

Listen to Amir Ismail's interview on FM107 on immigration matters:



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Monday, December 28, 2009

Is your Consultant recognized by the Government of Canada?

Listen to Amir Ismail's new podcast on Licensed Immigration Consultants and how to avoid from becoming the victim of unlicensed ghost agents.




Click play button to listen to Amir Ismail, Toronto based licensed immigration consultant, Member of Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants, Member of Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants and Fellow of Canadian Migration Institute - www.amirismail.com

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Amir Ismail & Associates expanding its network

Amir Ismail & Associates (AIA), the leading Canadian Immigration Consultancy is a family run business with over 50 years of combined experience in assisting those who wish to immigrate to Canada since 1991.

Mr. Amir Ismail, our Toronto based licensed consultant, has a reputation of securing expeditious results for businessman and professionals. With our second generation in immigration consulting business, we take pride in offering competitive and reliable services since 1991. Mr. Amir Ismail is authorized by the Government of Canada to provide immigration advise as he is a Member in good standing of Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC). In addition, he is also a Member of Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) and a Fellow of Canadian Migration Institute (CMI).

AIA currently maintains its presence in Karachi, Pakistan and Toronto, Canada. We are looking forward to expanding network of our offices and require motivated and financially independent professionals to work with us as agents (representatives) in various countries/services for our Canadian immigration services.

If you are interested in becoming an Agent/Representative of AIA, please send us an email with your complete business profile. We would enter in agreement with prospective agents who take responsibility to provide an office at a decent location and willing to undertake necessary advertisement and marketing initiatives where the agent is located.

Should you qualify and a mutual interest develops, we will request additional information. We welcome cooperation from business people and companies in any country in the world for providing immigration services.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours faithfully,


Amir Ismail, MBA, CCIC, FCMI
Certified Canadian Immigration Consultant
Member of Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC)
Member of Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC)
Fellow of Canadian Migration Institute (CMI)
Web: www.amirismail.com
Blog: aicic.blogspot.com
Facebook: facebook.com/canadaimmigration


CANDA:
Amir Ismail & Associates (AIA)
Licensed Immigration Consultants
815, 265 Main Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4C 4X3
Tel: 647-835-0660, 647-343-5645
Fax: 416-907-3338


PAKISTAN:
Amir Ismail & Associates (AIA)
Licensed Immigration Consultants
Suite # 706, 7th Floor, Kashif Centre, Sharah-e-Faisal, Karachi
Tel: 5652860-1-2, Fax: 5221435, Cell: 0300-2516207

Friday, October 9, 2009

Amir Ismail, Toronto based Licensed Consultant's visit to Pakistan

Amir Ismail, the Toronto based licensed immigration practitioner will be visiting Pakistan in October 2009. Interested clients can contact Mr. Ismail at our Karachi offices to set up an appointment to discuss their immigration matters.

Amir Ismail & Associates (AIA) - Karachi Office
Licensed Immigration Practitioners
Suite # 706, 7th Floor, Kashif Centre
Shahrah-e-Faisal, Next to Hotel Mehran
Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: 021-5652860-1-2
Cell: 0300-2516207
Email: info@amirismail.com
http://www.amirismail.com

OR contact us in Toronto at: +1-647-835-0660 or +1-647-343-5645 before October 9, 2009.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Amir Ismail's interview on FM 107 - Apna Karachi

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Skilled Worker Criteria Explained

Immigration to Canada - Federal Skilled Worker Category

Skilled workers are people who may become permanent residents because they can
become economically established in Canada. However, to be accepted as a Skilled Worker applicants must meet minimum work experience requirements, have funds required for settlement and earn enough points in the six selection factors to meet the pass mark.

Minimum Work Experience
A skilled worker must meet minimum work experience criteria. He/She have at least one year of paid full-time work experience. The work experience must be in the category of Skill Type 0, or Skill Level A or B on the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC) and the work experience must be within the last 10 years.

A person does not meet the minimum requirements if none of the work experience is
skilled work experience or it did not occur in the 10 years immediately before the person applied for permanent resident status.

Skilled workers must also have enough money to support their families for six months after they arrive in Canada. The money cannot be borrowed from another person. The person must provide proof of funds when he or she sends in their application.

If skilled workers have arranged employment in Canada they do not have to show that
they have funds available. The amount of money needed depends on the size of the skilled worker?s family.

Six Selection Factors
Each person is given points for their education, English and/or French language skills, age, and work experience. Currently, if a person has 67 points they may qualify to immigrate to Canada as skilled workers (the number of points required is subject to change).

A person receives maximum of 25 points in Education factor if the person has a Master's Degree or Ph.D. and at least 17 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study.

If the person has two or more university degrees at the bachelor's level
and at least 15 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study or has has a three-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 15 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study, he/she receives 22 points.

If the person has a university degree of two years or more at the bachelor's level and at least 14 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study or person has a two-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 14 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study, it gets him/her 20 points.

Persons having a one-year university degree at the bachelor's level and at least 13 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study or a one-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 13 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study get
15 points.

If a person has a one-year diploma trade certificate or apprenticeship and at least 12 years of full-time or full-time equivalent study he/she gets 12 points. Those who completed only a high school would get 5 points.

For Official Languages a maximum of 24 points can be scored. For English, one can score a maximum of 16 points for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening with high Proficiency (4 points per ability). For French one can score a maximum of 8 points for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening with high Proficiency (2 points per ability).

There are maximum 21 points available for the Experience factor such that 15 points for 1 year, 17 for two years, 19 for 3 years and 21 for 4 years of experience.

There are maximum 10 points available for the Age factor for people 21 to 49 years at time of application. There is a deduction of 2 points for each year over 49 or under 21.

If one has an arranged employment in Canada, a maximum of 10 points cab be scored if the offer of employment is approved by the Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC). If a person is applying from within Canada and have a temporary work permit that is HRSDC confirmed, including sectoral confirmations HRSDC confirmation exempt under NAFTA, GATS, CCFTA, or significant economic benefit (i.e. intra-company transferee.) can score the same 10 points under this factor.

Maximum 10 points are also available for adaptability factor whereby a person can score 3 - 5 points for Spouse's or common-law partner's education, 5 points for minimum one year full-time authorized work in Canada and 5 points for minimum two years full-time authorized post-secondary study in Canada. Person received points under the Arranged Employment in Canada factor can also received 5 points. If one has family relationship in Canada can score 5 points too.

As such, there are a maximum of 100 points available whereas the current pass mark is 67. Our offices specializes in conducting a customized assessment of eligibility of clients and will be pleased to answer your questions you may have in this regard.

Yours faithfully,

Amir Ismail, MBA, CCIC, FCMI
Certified Canadian Immigration Consultant
Member of Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants
Fellow of Canadian Migration Institute
Web: www.amirismail.com
Blog: aicic.blogspot.com
Facebook: facebook.com/canadaimmigration

Amir Ismail & Associates (AIA)
Licensed Immigration Consultants
Canada: 815, 265 Main Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4C 4X3
Tel: 647-835-0660, 647-343-5645

Pakistan: Suite # 706, 7th Floor, Kashif Centre, Sharah-e-Faisal, Karachi
Tel: 5652860-1-2, Fax: 5221435, Cell: 0300-2516207

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Why I Came Here: Heba Elshamy


Why I Came Here: Heba Elshamy

Heba Elshamy moved to Canada two years ago from Egypt. The Star caught up with her at Wexford Public School, where she teaches Arabic. Video by Randy Risling. (March 04, 2009)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Amir Ismail's Interview on FM91

Listen to Amir Ismail's interview on Canadian Immigration on FM91

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Listen to Amir Ismail's interview on Canadian Immigration on FM91

Listen to Amir Ismail's Canadian Immigration Interview on FM 91 on Friday, June 19, 2009 at 8:00 a.m.

Mr. Amir Ismail is a Toronto based Certified Canadian Immigration Consultant with offices in Karachi, Pakistan, recognized by the government of Canada as an Authorized Representative. He is a Member in good standing with the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants and a Fellow of Canadian Migration Institute.

Tune in to FM91 on Friday, June 19, 2009 at 8:00 a.m. and learn directly from Mr. Amir Ismail regarding various options available to make Canada your home.


Amir Ismail & Associates
Licensed Immigration Consultants

Karachi: Suite # 706, 7th Floor
Kashif Centre, Next to Hotel Mehran
Shahrah-e-Faisal, Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: 021-5652860-1-2
Fax: 021-5221435

Toronto: 815-265 Main Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4C 4X3
Tel: 1-647-835-0660
Fax: 1-647-343-5645

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Find Amir Ismail on Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/amir.ismail

Friday, June 5, 2009

Amir Ismail's interview on FM 107 - Apna Karachi

Listen to Amir Ismail's inteview on Canadian Immigration live on FM 107 - Apna Karachi, on Monday, June 8, 2009 at 11:00 a.m.

Mr. Amir Ismail is a Toronto based licensed immigration consultant with offices in Karachi, Pakistan. He is a member in good standing with the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants, a Fellow of Canadian Migration Institute and recognized by the Government of Canada as an Authorized Representative.

Tune in to FM 107 on Monday, June 8, 2009 at 11:00 am. and learn directly from the Certified Canadian Immigration Consultant about various options available to interested candidates with emphasis on newly announced Fast Track Immigration for Skilled Workers, Business Investors, Provincial Nominee Programs and Family Sponsorships.

For more information, please contact our Karachi office:

Amir Ismail & Associates (AIA)
Licensed Immigration Consultants
Web: www.amirismail.com
Blog: http://aicic.blogspot.com

Pakistan: Suite # 706, 7th Floor, Kashif Centre, Sharah-e-Faisal, Karachi
Tel: 5652860-1-2, Fax: 5221435, Cell: 0300-2516207

Canada: 815, 265 Main Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4C 4X3
Tel: 647-835-0660, 647-343-5645

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Pakistan Trip May 2009

Eagerly looking forward to the forthcoming trip starting from May 18, 2009. It is always a pleasure to being in Pakistan and meet with all those who are interested to immigrate to Canada. As usual, the response from the aspirants is remarkable and I am expecting a yet another busy trip involving one to one meetings as well as information sessions and seminars on Skilled Worker Class, Business Class, Temporary Residents, Provincial Nominee Programs etc. I believe a lot of my time would also be spent on fulfilling my obligation of educating the public about the importance of hiring only those consultants who are licensed to render immigration advise for their own safety. Would also love to reappear on FM106.6 to share experience and present trends in Canadian immigration. More updates to follow during my trip from Karachi, Pakistan.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants National Conference 2009 - Toronto

The National Conference of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) 2009 concluded on Sunday, May 3, 2009. The two day conference was a great source of learning and networking for all the Authorized Canadian Immigration Consultants. We received the honour of the presence of the current Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Mr. Jason Kenny and other dignitaries such as Mr. Mr. Peter Mansbridge, one of the most respected and recognizable faces on Canadian television, and the Right Honorable Joe Clark, the youngest man to become the Prime Minister of Canada in 1979. All these great men shared their valuable experiences with us. In addition, the Honourable Monte Solberg, former Minister of Immigration, and, Mr. John Ibbitson, political affairs columnist for the Globe and Mail also attended the conference.

The presentations related to Continous Professional Development were remarkable. The ones I attended were related to what I find most intersting i.e. Business Immigration, Temporary Residents, Canadian Experience Class and Skilled Worker Program - Post Ministerial Instructions. Burke Thornton, Consul and Program Manager at the Consulate General of Canada in Buffulo, NY was very informative regarding the new Canadian Experience Class and provided good suggestion as to how to be able to send in a complete and error free submission.

The most interesting, informative and to the point presentation was the one by Mr. Dougall Aucion, Project Leader for Centralized Intake Office in Sydney, NS.

Minister Kenny was very determined to respond to the need of taking the ghost consultants to the task, something which received a standing ovation from the attendees.

All in all, a very successful conference and I look forward that I and the fellow licensed consultants would use the experience gained in support of the clients they serve. Good luck.

Canada's newcomers: Immigration patterns

Canada's newcomers: Immigration patterns

CBC News
The following information was taken from a Statistics Canada report on Canada's demographic situation between 2002 and 2004, and from 2001 census data by Statistics Canada, with some information from Citizenship and Immigration.
The Top 10 countries of origin for immigrants to Canada between 2001 and 2006:

1. China - 155,105
2. India - 129,140
3. Philippines - 77,880
4. Pakistan - 57,630
5. United States - 38,770
6. South Korea - 35,450
7. Romania - 28,080
8. Iran - 27,600
9. United Kingdom - 25,655
10. Colombia - 25,310

Top 10 source countries for immigrants coming to Canada (up until 1981):

1. United Kingdom
2. Italy
3. U.S.
4. Germany
5. Portugal
6. Netherlands
7. India
8. Poland
9. China
10. Countries of the former Yugoslavia

Between 2001 and 2006, Canada admitted 1.1 million immigrants. For the first time in 75 years, one in five Canadian residents were born outside the country. Canada's per-capita immigration rate is roughly double that of the United States.
Where do they go? In 2006, new immigrants lived in:

* Ontario: 52.3 per cent
* Quebec: 17.5 per cent
* British Columbia: 16.0 per cent
* Alberta: 9.3 per cent
* Manitoba: 2.8 per cent
* Other provinces and territories: 2.1 per cent

Between 2001 and 2006, 68.9 per cent of immigrants ended up in Canada's largest cities: Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal.

* 447,900 chose to settle in Toronto.
* 165,300 chose to settle in Montreal.
* 151,700 chose to settle in Vancouver.

Those headed to Toronto tend to come from India and China.

Immigrants to Montreal tend to come from Asia and the Middle East, specifically China, Lebanon and Pakistan.

Immigrants to Vancouver tend to come from China and India.
Children

One in five immigrants between 2001 and 2006 were schoolchildren aged 14 and under. Here's how it breaks down in the metropolitan areas:

* Toronto: of the 789,400 children between the age of five and 16 in the Metropolitan Toronto area, 10.5 per cent of them were recent immigrants.
* Montreal: of the 526,200 children between the age of 5 and 16 in the Montreal area, one in 10 were born outside of the country.
* Vancouver: of the 296,800 children between the age of 5 and 16 in the Vancouver area, 9.3 per cent were new to Canada.

Visible minorities and ethnic origin

Three-quarters of immigrants arriving in Canada during the 1990s were visible minorities.

On the flip side, three out of every 10 individuals who were visible minorities were born in Canada. Visible minorities who are most likely to be Canadian-born:

1. Japanese (65 per cent)
2. Blacks (45 per cent)
3. Chinese (25 per cent)
4. Arabs and West Indians (21 per cent)
5. Latin Americans (20 per cent)
6. Koreans (17 per cent)

Chinese are the most populous visible minority in Canada numbering one million. South Asians come in at number 2 with 917,000 people.

While the 2001 census, the most recent ethnicity figures, reported Canada had people from 200 cultural backgrounds, 39 per cent of the total population reported their ethnic heritage as "Canadian."

Canadian was the most frequently reported origin (alone or in combination with other origins) in almost all provinces in 2001. The exceptions were Saskatchewan, where German was the most frequently reported origin; British Columbia, where English was the most frequent origin; North American Indian in the Northwest Territories; and Inuit in Nunavut.
Top non-official languages spoken at home:

1. Chinese*
2. Italian
3. German
4. Punjabi
5. Spanish
6. Arabic
7. Tagalog (Filipino)
8. Portuguese
9. Polish
10. Urdu

*reported as Chinese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hakka, Taiwanese, Chaochow (Teochow), Fukien and Shanghainese

http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/immigration/patterns.html

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Amir Ismail, Certified Canadian Immigration Consultant's Visit to Pakistan

Amir Ismail, the Toronto based licensed immigration practitioner will be visiting Pakistan in May 2009. Interested clients can contact Mr. Ismail at our Karachi offices to set up an appointment to discuss their immigration matters.

Amir Ismail & Associates (AIA) - Karachi Office
Licensed Immigration Practitioners
Suite # 706, 7th Floor, Kashif Centre
Shahrah-e-Faisal, Next to Hotel Mehran
Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: 021-5652860-1-2
Cell: 0300-2516207
Email: info@amirismail.com
http://www.amirismail.com

OR contact us in Toronto at: +1-647-835-0660 or +1-647-343-5645 before May 15, 2009.

To keep their Canadian citizenship, some Canadians born abroad must confirm their citizenship before their 28th birthday.

If you were born outside Canada, you were a Canadian citizen when you were born if, at that time, at least one of your parents was Canadian. However, if your Canadian parent was also born outside Canada (which would make you a second generation Canadian born abroad), you have to take steps to retain your citizenship before you turn 28. This rule applies if you were born on or after February 15, 1977, and if your parent born outside of Canada was also born on or after February 15, 1977, or was born before February 15, 1977, but the birth was not registered until after that date.

On April 17, 2009, the law will change to end the need to retain citizenship for many people. However, people born outside Canada who are subject to the retention rules and who turn 28 before the new law comes into effect must still take action to retain their citizenship.

Source: http://www.cic.gc.ca

Friday, April 17, 2009

Amir Ismail's Interview on ZabFM 106.6 (Karachi, Pakistan)

Listen to Amir Ismail's interview in SZABIST Superstar Show on ZabFM 106.6 on Friday, April 17, 2009 at 2000Hrs and on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 1300Hrs (Pakistan Standard Time) or listen online at http://live. zabfm.org

Regards,

Amir Ismail
Certified Canadian Immigration Consultant
Member of Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants
Fellow of Canadian Migration Institute
www.amirismail. com

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Why Choose Canada?

From the natural beauty to the strength of its economy, Canada is one of the best places for you and your family to live, to work, to thrive.

Living in Canada
Canada is a land of exceptional beauty, freedom and opportunity:

Consistently ranked by United Nations as one of the best places to live in the world (based on health, longevity and education of its citizens) One of the highest standards of living in the world, a safe environment and a modern health-care system with equal access for all Member of G8 group of countries One of the world's best-educated nations - broad network of public and private schools, and over 100 universities and colleges One of the most multi-cultural and tolerant societies in the world - virtually every culture and ethnic community is represented within Canada

Working in Canada
Canada is an excellent place to do business:

Among the world’s top economies, with outstanding trade and expansion opportunities Largest trading partner of the United States, excellent trade relationships in the Americas and around the world Under North American Free Trade Agreement, Canada has broad access to the entire North American market of nearly half a billion people Vast natural resources, including one of the world’s largest oil and gas reserves

New Workers, New Skills

Insightful article regarding the tough issues faced by the Newcomers

http://www.thestar.com/newworkers

Why I came here?

Why I Came here is a regular feature that explores the myriad reasons why people choose Toronto as home.

Visit http://www.thestar.com/whyicamehere to learn more about the experiences and the reasons of people who made Toronto their home in Canada.

IMMIGRATION QUICK FACTS

PMs who were immigrants: John Turner: Richmond, Surrey, England; Mackenzie Bowell: Rickinghall, Suffolk, England; Alexander Mackenzie: Dunkeld, Perthshire, Scotland; John A. Macdonald: Glasgow, Scotland

Toronto's net labour market growth comes completely from immigration.

Seven of Canada's 25 billionaires are immigrants.

For the first time in more than 10 years, China is not the top source country of Canadian immigrants. The top source country is now the Philippines. Nearly 80 per cent of immigrants who arrived in 2000 or later and are currently working in marketing/sales, clerical/administration or production positions are over-educated for their jobs.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Immigration Plans for 2009

Immigration Plans for 2009

The Canadian government plans to continue to accept between 240,000 and 265,000 new permanent residents in 2009. The 2009 plan includes the following:

* Up to 156,600 immigrants in the economic category
* Up to 71,000 immigrants in the family category
* And up to 37,400 immigrants in the humanitarian category. *


*Information found on
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2008/2008-11-28.asp

Immigration Consultants And Lawyers - Who To Be Trusted?

Immigration Consultants And Lawyers - Who To Be Trusted?

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Video by the Government of Canada on unscrupulous agents

A video by Citizenship and Immigration Canada that warns of the dangers of unscrupulous immigration representatives. video

There is no such thing as instant immigration


Immigration is not that easy. Beware illegal agents who will make you think it is. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it is.

Hiring a representative? Protect yourself. Don’t hire anyone other than a member of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants, a provincial bar or a Quebec notary. They are the only representatives that can appear before the government on your behalf. It’s the law.

How do I protect myself from Immigration Fraud?

* Be informed – visit the CIC website and investigate the immigration requirements (forms, fees, etc) for your case.
* Interview representatives before committing to a relationship.
* Make sure that the immigration representative is a member of CSIC, a provincial bar or the Chambre des notaires du Québec.
* Make sure you clearly understand what services the authorized representative will be providing and the associated fees.
* Make sure you sign a retainer agreement/contract in your language of choice which clearly indicates all fees and the terms of payment.
* Keep copies of all original documentation provided to your representative
* Do not sign blank forms or applications.
* Check over all information and applications before submitting to CIC to ensure accuracy.

Immigration isn’t easy, eh

March 19, 2009 | By Kristin Laird

Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC), the professional regulatory body for immigration consultants, has launched a national multilingual marketing campaign warning prospective immigrants against immigration fraud.

John Ryan, chair and acting CEO of the group, said the effort from McDonnell Haynes Ltd. aims to protect immigrants coming to Canada by raising awareness about the dangers of corrupt immigration agents offering their services.

Clients of immigration consulting services need to be aware that their best protection lies in hiring a member of either the CSIC, a provincial bar, or the Chambre des notaires du Québec, because they’re the “only ones who can appear before the government on behalf of an immigrant who is paying for immigration service,” said Ryan.

“In some cases people are so desperate to be here... that they buy into some of these charlatan stories and they pay big money,” he said.

Launched Wednesday, the print ad features a spray can of “Instant Eh,” which sits in front of a large maple leaf with a headline that reads: “Immigrate the easy way with just one spray of Instant Eh!”

The body copy reads: “Immigration is not that easy. Beware illegal agents who will make you think it is. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it is.”

The print ad is a light-hearted approach to serious matter, said Ryan. “Immigration fraud is not a laughing matter. However, to catch people’s attention it was felt people would warm up to the concept of Instant Eh,” he said.

The ad directs readers to InstantEh.ca (CanadienInsantane.ca in French) which features a video that warns of the dangers of unscrupulous immigration representatives and a public service announcement by the CSIC on the dangers of hiring an unauthorized representative. The PSA is also available on YouTube.

The print ads are running in English, French, Cantonese, Korean, Filipino and Urdu in major English and ethnic newspapers across Canada.

The campaign wraps up May 20, with a second phase scheduled to launch shortly after. McDonnell Haynes Ltd. also handled the buy.

Originally published in Marketing Magazine, March 2009

Immigrate The Easy Way With Just One Spray of Instant Eh!

TORONTO, March 18 /CNW/ - Today, the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) launched a tongue-in-cheek multilingual advertising campaign designed to shed light on a very important issue - immigration fraud.

"It's no laughing matter when someone's dream of immigrating to Canada is crushed. The advertisement reminds people that the old adage is true, if something sounds too good to be true, it is," said John Ryan, Chair and Acting CEO, CSIC. CSIC members are dedicated to protecting the hopes and dreams of prospective immigrants who want to make Canada their home. A CSIC member is qualified to assist a prospective immigrant understand the various stages of the immigration process and they are required to have the most up-to-date information on immigration law.

Consumers of immigration consulting services need to be aware that their best protection lies in hiring a member of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants, of a provincial bar or of the Chambre des notaires du Québec. "It's the law. They are the only ones who can appear before the government on behalf of an immigrant who is paying for immigration service," continued Ryan.

CSIC is the professional regulatory body for immigration consultants in Canada. Established in 2004 it currently has more than 1400 members. CSIC's mandate is to protect consumers of immigration consulting services. Consequently, it is responsible for ensuring the education, competency testing and the discipline of its members. CSIC also requires its members to carry errors and omissions insurance and to contribute to a compensation fund.

http://finance.alphatrade.com/story/2009-03-18/CNW/200903180905CANADANWCANADAPR_C9923.html

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Immigrating?

Questions About Immigration to Canada?

Thinking of making Canada your home?

CSIC in line with government’s move to protect prospective immigrants

The Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) supports the government’s efforts to raise awareness about the dangers of unscrupulous immigration agents offering immigration services.

“Vulnerable consumers can find themselves victims of unscrupulous agents and we support the government for taking this important first step to shed light on this serious problem,” said John Ryan, CSIC Chair and Acting CEO.

CSIC will soon step up its own efforts to raise awareness about this problem by launching a unique multi-lingual advertising campaign that will compliment the government’s initiative. “CSIC will launch its campaign on Monday, March, 16, 2009. Our sole purpose in launching this unique advertising campaign is to protect the hopes and dreams of prospective immigrants who want to make Canada their home,” continued Ryan.

Mr. Ryan also applauds the government for recognizing the important role that accredited immigration consultants play in protecting the dreams of prospective Canadians. “There is one very important step that consumers can take to protect themselves from unscrupulous agents and that is to ensure that they have hired a member of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants, a member of a provincial bar or a Quebec notary. These individuals are the only ones who can petition the government on behalf of prospective immigrants. CSIC looks forward to working with Mr. Kenney, Minister, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, and the federal government on this important issue,” said Ryan.

CSIC is the professional regulatory body for immigration consultants in Canada. Established in 2004 it currently has more than 1400 members. CSIC’s mandate is to protect consumers of immigration consulting services. Consequently, it is responsible for ensuring the education, competency testing and the discipline of its members. CSIC also requires its members to carry errors and omissions insurance and to contribute to a compensation fund.

http://www.csic-scci.ca/ann/feature.html?which=feature_2

Friday, March 6, 2009

Selection Factors - Skilled Workers

Skilled workers are assessed against a point system consisting of six selection factors.

The six selection factors are:

Factor 1: Education Maximum 25 points

Factor 2: Ability in English and or French Maximum 24 points

Factor 3: Experience Maximum 21 points

Factor 4: Age Maximum 10 points

Factor 5: Arranged employment in Canada Maximum 10 points

Factor 6: Adaptability Maximum 10 points

Total : Maximum 100 points

Pass Mark 67 points

Minimum requirement for Skilled Workers

All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to apply as a skilled worker:

- You must have at least one continuous year of full-time, paid work experience or the equivalent in part-time continuous employment
- You must have had this experience within the last 10 years
- Your work experience must be Skill Type 0 (managerial occupations) or Skill Level A (professional occupations) or B (technical occupations and skilled trades) on the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC)
- You must have sufficient funds to support yourself and your family members after your arrival in Canada

Rights & Limitation - Permanent Residents

Rights:

As permanent residents, you and your family members will have the right to:

- live, study and work in Canada for as long as you remain permanent residents
- access most social benefits accorded to Canadian citizens (see Limitations).
- apply for Canadian citizenship, and once granted, apply for a Canadian passport (once you have been a legal permanent resident for three of the four previous years)

Limitations:

There are a few limitations on permanent residents:

- You cannot vote in certain elections.
- You may be ineligible for certain jobs requiring high-level security clearances.
- If you or any of your family members commit a serious crime, you or your family members risk being deported from Canada.

Factors that may delay processing of an Application

The following factors may delay the processing of the application:

- unclear photocopies of documents
- documents not accompanied by a certified English or French translation
- verification of information and documents provided
- a medical condition that may require additional tests or consultations
- a criminal or security problem
- family situations such as impending divorce, or custody or maintenance issues -completion of legal adoption
- consultation is required with other offices in Canada and abroad

Factors that facilitate processing of an Application

There are certain things one can do to help ensure that the application is processed as promptly as possible:

- making sure that all the documentation and information requested is provided at the time the application is made (submitted).
- making sure that the Canadian Visa Office is notified promptly of any and all changes to the mailing address, family composition, or any other information that is important to the application, such as additional education or work experience.
- refraining from making unnecessary inquiries to the Canadian Visa Office regarding the status of the application.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Alberta PNP Family Stream

Alberta PNP Family Stream
To qualify under the Family Stream, applicants must have a close family member in Alberta (defined as a mother/father, son/daughter, sister/ brother, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew) who is willing to sign a Sponsorship Affidavit of Support.

The Canadian Sponsor must be at least 21 years of age and be able to demonstrate financial ability to support the applicant. He/she must be a Canadian citizen or Permanent

The Applicant must:

Be between 21 and 45;
Be able to demonstrate strong English language abilities;
Have completed post-secondary education or training;
Be able to demonstrate work experience; and
Have at least CAD $10,000 and CAD $2,000 for each accompanying dependent of settlement funds to demonstrate ability to become successfully established in Alberta.

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) can provide an alternate and quicker means of entry into Canada. It allows Saskatchewan to nominate applicants, who qualify under criteria established by the province, to the federal government for landed immigrant status.

Pursuing Your Business Opportunity in Saskatchewan
The provincial immigration program, Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), is designed to help entrepreneurs establish their businesses in Saskatchewan.

Eligibility
To be considered for the SINP Entrepreneur Category, you must:

-Have a minimum of 3 -5 years business ownership experience or senior management experience;

-Have a minimum personal net worth of CDN $250,000;

-Conduct a comprehensive Exploratory Visit to Saskatchewan (at least five working days) that includes a Visitation Seminar and interview with a SINP Business Immigration Officer;

-Submit a Business Proposal or Relocation and Settlement Plan;

-Make a minimum, verifiable investment of CDN $150,000 into starting a new business or buying outright an existing business, and have an active management role in the day-to-day operation of the business;

-Intend to own at least 33.3% of your business in Saskatchewan (with a minimum investment of CDN $150,000). If you will not own 33.3% of your business, you must invest a minimum of CDN $500,000 into the business, in either case, you must have an active management role in the day-to-day operation of the business;

-Make a deposit of CDN $75,000 into a trust account and sign a Performance Agreement based on your Business Proposal or Relocation and Settlement Plan.
Making an Exploratory Visit to Saskatchewan

After a SINP Business Immigration officer reviews your pre-application, you will be invited to make an exploratory visit to Saskatchewan, which includes attending a visitation seminar. You cannot attend a visitation seminar or have an interview with the SINP unless you are invited by the SINP.

The detailed information you gather during your exploratory visit will be important for your business proposal should you decide to proceed with a formal application.

During your visit, you will meet with representatives from the SINP and a variety of relevant organizations (e.g. provincial, rural, and municipal government agencies, potential business partners or contacts, industry associations, and chambers of commerce). You will also explore different communities to learn about available settlement services, local schooling, banks, housing, etc.

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Business (MPNPB)

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Business (MPNPB)allows Manitoba to recruit and select qualified businesspeople from around the world who have the intention and ability to move to Manitoba and establish or purchase business in the province, or become partners in an existing enterprise.

SELECTION CRITERIA:
To qualify for the MPNPB applicants must meet the following criteria:

• Minimum personal net worth: C$350,000
• Minimum amount of equity investment in Manitoba: C$150,000
• Demonstrated business experience
• Conducted an exploratory visit to Manitoba to investigate business opportunities and Manitoba’s quality of life for a minimum of seven days.
• Following approval of your application you will be required to make a C$75,000 cash deposit to the government of Manitoba, guaranteeing the establishment or purchase of a business in Manitoba. The cash deposit will be refunded to you when the investment is made and the intended business is undertaken as outlined in your application.

The Exploratory Visit process is mandatory as a first step in applying for the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Business. In that regard, you will be required to make an application to the Manitoba government for an Exploratory Visit.
After your interview, you will be required to make a formal application to Manitoba including application forms for the province as well as the application forms for Federal government.

Monday, March 2, 2009

How to Check if the Consultant is recognized by the Government of Canada?

All Certified Canadian Immigration Consultants (CCICs) dealing with the Canadian Government must be registered with the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC). You can request the consultant to show the identification card or the Membership Certificate issued by the CSIC. You can ask the consultant to provide you with the CSIC Membership Identification number that can be checked at the CSIC web site at www.csic.scci.ca that has a full listof current CCICs. You can also call or email CSIC to check whether someone is registered

Why Use a Certified Consultant?

A certified consultant is your assurance of quality. Certified consultants are equipped with the latest information on immigration law, procedures and practices and go about their business according to a strict, enforceable Code of Conduct.

To become certified, consultants must pass a rigorous application process, which requires evidence of good character, and tests knowledge and language skills.

For added security and client protection, certified consultants are fully insured for errors and omissions and can be subject to complaints that are all duly investigated by CSIC.

Is a Certified Consultant more expensive?

Because certified consultants have to keep their credentials current by maintaining their CSIC membership in good standing and engaging in continuous professional development, they incur more expense. Their rates usually reflect this. In return, a certified consultant offers quality professional services and knowledgeable advice on immigration matters of critical importance to the client.

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