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.

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