Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Canada re-opens Immigrant Investor Program - Fast Track

Canada re-opens Immigrant Investor Program - Fast Track

Effective December 1, 2010, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will once again accept applications under the federal Immigrant Investor Program.

Under the new program criteria, investor applicants will need to have a personal net worth of $1.6 million, up from $800,000 under the old criteria, and make an investment of $800,000, up from the previous requirement of $400,000. It is expected that the new program will be fast track (12 months processing) and the applications under the program will be given priority over those already in processing queue.

“These changes were necessary,” said Minister Kenney. “The requirements had not been increased in more than a decade and we need to keep pace with the changing economy.”

Canada’s old immigrant investor criteria were the lowest when compared to other countries with similar programs. The new criteria now align it more closely with other immigrant-receiving countries.
The investor program was suspended in June, in part because the high volume of applications was leading to wait times that were too long. Raising the requirements will help reduce the flow of applications while ensuring we attract experienced businesspeople who can make a more substantial contribution to the economy. Higher personal net worth criteria mean the program is now better positioned to attract investors with valuable business links and the resources to make secondary investments in the Canadian economy.

“Higher investment amounts mean provinces and territories will receive more investment capital to put toward job creation and economic development projects,” added the Minister.

Canada’s Immigrant Investor Program offers several benefits to international investors, including permanent resident status up front and guaranteed repayment of the investment.

Under Canada’s old criteria, the volume of applications submitted under the Program had grown exponentially and processing times had increased. By stopping applications between June 26, 2010, and December of this year, the government prevented further delays. Applications received on or after December 1 will be subject to the new criteria and will be processed alongside the old ones. In this way, Canada can begin to realize the benefits of the changes as soon as possible.

Source: CIC

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

New Immigration Progams added in Service Portfolio of Amir Ismail & Associates (AIA)



RE : NEW IMMIGRATION PROGRAMS ADDED IN SERVICE PORTFOLIO OF AMIR ISMAIL & ASSOCIATES (AIA)

Amir Ismail and Associates (AIA) is pleased to advise that we have added some more immigration programs to our service portfolio to cater to the needs of clients with different immigration goals and to provide them more choice of countries offering immigration options.

In addition to providing immigration consulting services for Canada, AIA looks forward to assisting its clients in immigrating to other first world countries. The programs added for skilled workers are as follows:

* Australia - General Skilled Migrant /State Nomination
* United Kingdom - Tier 1 Program for Professionals
* Denmark Green Card Scheme
* Hong Kong - Quality Migrant Admission Scheme
* Singapore - Landed Permanent Resident Visa

AIA is committed to provide competent immigration consulting services to all our clients. With our third generation in immigration business, the combined experience of our professionals exceed 60 years in immigration law.

If you feel interested in immigrating to Canada, Australia, UK, Denmark, Hong Kong or Singapore, please contact us in Toronto or Pakistan at info@amirismail.com


THE AIA TEAM, TORONTO, CANADA

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Amir Ismail MBA, CCIC, FCMI
Certified Canadian Immigration Consultant
Member of Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) - Membership ID # M085044
Member of Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants
Fellow of Canadian Migration Institute (CMI)
Email: info@amirismail.com
Web: http://www.amirismail.com
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Blog: http://aicic.blogspot.com
Immigration Interviews: http://aicic.blogspot.com/2010/01/listen-to-amir-ismails-interviews-on.html
Skype: amirismail73
Twitter: canadaimmigrate
Linkedin: http://ca.linkedin.com/in/amirismail

Amir Ismail & Associates (AIA)
Licensed Immigration Consultants

Canada:
First Canadian Place
100 King Street West, Suite 5700
Toronto, Ontario M5X 1C7
Tel: +1-416-913-0230 - +1-647-835-0660
Fax: +1-416-907-3338
Email: info@amirismail.com

Pakistan:
Suite # 706, 7th Floor, Kashif Centre
Sharah-e-Faisal, Karachi
Tel: +92-21-35652860-1-2,
Fax: +92-21-35221435, Cell: +92-300-2516207

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Live Immigration Chat: with Amir Ismail - July 28, 2011

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Live Immigration Chat from Toronto, Canada

Toronto-based licensed consultant Mr. Amir Ismail will be available live from Toronto at 12:00 p.m. Toronto time (9:00 p.m. Pakistan time) on August 18, 2010 to respond to questions related to the eligibility to immigrate to Canada under Fast Track Skilled Worker Program.

We will be reviewing assessment forms completed at our web site www.amirismail.com and advising the participant regarding their eligibility.

TO JOIN THE CHAT, VISIT

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/canadian-immigration

NOTE* If you wish to post your questions during the chat, you must create a FREE Ustreamtv account.



Since 1991, we take pride in offering reliable immigration advise through our well-trained and accredited immigration advisers.

Live Immigration Chat will take place on: August 18th at 12:00 PM Toronto time (9:00 p.m. Pakistan time)

To participate, please complete our online assessment form available at www.amirismail.com and have your questions ready for an immediate response.

We look forward to meeting with you online and to being of assistance to you in your plans to immigrate to Canada.

Yours faithfully,

THE AIA TEAM
Toronto, Canada

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Use of the term “guarantee” when describing immigration consulting services or fees

Immigration Consultants who are authorized by the government of Canada are supposed to go about their business according to a strict, enforceable Code of Conduct.

According to the Professional Rules of Conduct that we as Authorized Consultants are bound to adhere to, use of the term “guarantee” when describing services or fees is inappropriate, and must be avoided. Consumer of Immigration Consulting Services should be cautious and understand that the word "guarantee" is used by unauthorized ghost agents posing themselves as licensed consultants. They do so in an attempt to instill confidence in clients they are trying to fool. As such, when you see the word "guarantee" on a web site or any marketing material of a so called immigration consultant, ask for their identity and check if their name appears on the list of Authorized Representatives available on the web site of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants - https://www.csic-scci.ca/find/all.html

An Immigration Consultant has a positive duty to promote the Society and Rules, and to prevent unregulated practice, and is encouraged where appropriate to educate the public at large regarding the Society and the regulatory system and safeguards with respect to Immigration Consultants. Amir Ismail & Associates (AIA) will continue to follow this rule and will continue its efforts to inform and educate public to distinguish between Authorized Representatives and impostors plaguing the immigration industry worldwide, particularly in Pakistan.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Authorized Consultant. But Authorized by who

They always have innovative ways to circumvent the law. They pose themselves as legitimate consultants. They deceive people by lying to them that they are "Authorized Representative". In doing so, they contravene the Canadian law. They are termed as "ghost agents" by those who are properly authorized and accredited by the government of Canada.

Beware and take extra caution when you deal with someone who uses the term "Authorized" to make you believe that they are "Authorized" by the government of Canada. Only and only those consultants who are Members in good standing with the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants are "Authorized". There is a recent trend where unauthorized agents have secured authorization to promote Quebec's Investors program in Pakistan. They are merely promoters of Quebec's Investor Program for various financial institute while they pose themselves as if they are "authorized" by the government of Canada to represent clients in their immigration matters. This is certainly not the case.

In order to check the legitimacy of the claim of an individual being "authorized", one needs to check if the name of that individual is listed on the web site of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants available at http://www.csic-scci.ca/

I have noticed that some agents in Pakistan, specially those promoting investor program are conveniently advising clients that they are authorized to represent their immigration applications. Unlike Certified Canadian Immigration Consultants, these ghost agents have little or no training in Canadian immigration law, are not regulated and accountable and are not obliged to follow strict professional rules of conduct. With Bill C-35, the new Canadian proposed law to criminalize these ghost agents, on the verge of being implemented, soon these impostors and con artists will have no place to hide and play with the dreams of people.

If you have dealt with or have hired an individual or company claiming to be "authorized", you should check immediately with the CSIC to avoid any future disappointments. Check with the CSIC member directly if an individuals or company claims to be associated with a CSIC member in any way.

Amir Ismail & Associates has only one office in Karachi and in Toronto. The address of our offices can be checked on our web site www.amirismail.com We have not authorized any other office in Karachi or Pakistan to use our name or qoute any relationship with us without prior consent from us.

A public service message from Amir Ismail, Certified Canadian Immigration Consultant, recognized by the Government of Canada.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Breaking News - Priority Occuaption List amended



June 26, 2010, government of Canada has amended its priority occupation list for Skilled Workers reducing it to 29 occupation from 38 and eliminating professions such as Financial Managers, Computer and Information Systems Managers, Accountants, Auditors, Lecturers, Vocational Trainers, Professors, Health Managers etc. The new occupations that made their way to the list are Architects, Pharmacists, Social Workers, Primary Production Managers (Except Agriculture), Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management, Insurance Adjusters and Claims Examiners, Biologists and Related Scientists, Dentists, Dental Hygienists & Dental Therapists and Psychologists. The professions that remain unchanged include Restaurant and Food Service Managers, Specialist Physicians, General Practitioners and Family Physicians, Physiotherapists, Registered Nurses, Medical Radiation Technologists, Chefs, Cooks, Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades, Contractors and Supervisors, Mechanic Trades, Electricians (Except Industrial & Power System), Industrial Electricians, Plumbers, Welders & Related Machine Operators, Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics, Crane Operators, Drillers & Blasters - Surface Mining, Quarrying & Construction and Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Service.

Important to note is that there is a cap of 1000 visas introduced for each profession per year. As such, the government would stop accepting applications in a particular profession if it reaches its target of 1000 visa in that profession. Since there are on average 3 people in a family, we are looking at 300 to 330 visas in each profession per year. This would result in a fierce competition between applicants and hence the need of submitting a complete application without any errors to ensure that it is placed in the processing queue right away rather than being returned causing the delays in resubmission and a possible denial due to the quota exhausted by that time.

For more information on your eligibility and a quick submission of your application to ensure your place in the processing queue, contact the writer who is in Pakistan for the month of July, 2010 on 021-35652860-1-2 or 0300-2516207 for a free evaluation of your eligibility to immigrate to Canada as a Skilled Worker.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Immigration Seminars in Pakistan in June 2010

Immigration Seminars in Pakistan - Answer 10 questions in our survey to attend one of the immigration seminars to be presented by Mr. Amir Ismail during his forthcoming trip to Pakistan

Click here to take survey

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Fraud Alert! - Take action to protect yourself!

It has come to our attention that certain fraudsters and scammers are using our company's name in sending phishing emails to people. We would like to warn clients to be wary of these impersonators and con artists. We deal with our clients directly from Toronto and Karachi office. As such, Amir Ismail has not appointed any agents representing him. Clients should take caution when dealing with any agent claiming to be associated with Amir Ismail in any way or responding to any promotional email that appear to have been sent by us. They should check with us directly regarding the validity of such claims. Clients should also not be misguided by similar names and understand that we have direct access to our clients without the involvement of any agents.

Don't be fooled by dishonest people pretending to be accredited immigration consultants. If you hire an immigration consultant be sure to verify that they are members of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC). You can do this by checking for their name on the CSIC members list available here: https://www.csic-scci.ca

CSIC is the national regulator of immigration consultants. CSIC members are the only individuals who are permitted to display the CSIC logo. Further, they are the only consultants authorized by the Canadian government to advise, represent or consult on immigration issues for a fee.

Please note our address, phone numbers, web site and email address given below. You are encouraged to contact us directly before entering into any kind of financial transactions.

Amir Ismail & Associates (AIA)
Licensed Immigration Consultants

Canada:

First Canadian Place
100 King Street West, Suite 5700
Toronto, Ontario M5X 1C7
Tel: +1-416-913-0230
Fax: +1-416-907-3338
Web: www.amirismail.com
Blog: aicic.blogspot.com
Facebook: facebook.com/canadaimmigration
Immigration Interviews: http://aicic.blogspot.com/2010/01/listen-to-amir-ismails-interviews-on.html
Skype: amirismail73
Email: info@amirismail.com

Pakistan:

Amir Ismail & Associates (AIA)
Suite # 706, 7th Floor, Kashif Centre
Sharah-e-Faisal, Karachi
Tel: +92-21-35652860-1-2,
Fax: +92-21-35221435, Cell: +92-300-2516207

As noted above, Amir Ismail & Associates has been alerted to the unauthorized use of its business names, service marks and logos by persons or companies fraudulently representing themselves as Amir Ismail & Associates or as business partners of Amir Ismail & Associates.

Fraudulent e-mail messages, often referred to as “phishing” or brand “spoofing”, are becoming increasingly common. These types of e-mails often use corporate logos, colours, and legal disclaimers to make it appear as though they are real, in an attempt to trick people into providing personal information such as usernames, passwords, credit card details, etc., for the purpose of committing theft, identity theft and/or other crimes.

Recognizing phishing scam e-mails is key to protecting yourself against such theft and other crimes. Indicators that an e-mail might be fraudulent include:

* Unexpected requests for personal and/or financial information.
* Alarming messages and requests for immediate action, such as "Your account will be suspended within 24 hours if you don't respond" or claims that you've won the lottery or a prize.
* Spelling and grammatical errors and excessive use of exclamation points (!).
* Links to misspelled or slightly altered addresses.

If you are unsure if an e-mail has been sent to you by Amir Ismail & Assocaites, or have any questions or concerns about representations being made with respect to the services provided by Amir Ismail & Associates, please e-mail or phone us on the above-noted numbers.

Also visit Government of Canada's web site for further information on internet frauds: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/protection/fraud/internet.asp

Friday, April 30, 2010

Campaign against ghost immigration agents


Registered immigration consultants have rolled up their sleeves to combat ghost agents from exploiting consumers, the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants announced Feb. 3.
“Immigrants come to Canada because we have a reputation for protecting the vulnerable. And yet many immigrants arrive here only to be exploited by a ghost agent,” says John Ryan, CSIC chair and acting CEO. “Our mandate is to protect consumers of immigration consulting services through the accreditation of our members. Today we're taking further action to protect consumers from these unscrupulous individuals.”

As part of National Immigration Protection Day the CSIC announced new initiatives, including a $1 million national advertising campaign. The ads feature the image of a shark eating a seal, a reminder that ghost agents see consumers as their prey.

Ghost agents provide immigration services without holding the mandatory CSIC membership. They don't have to prove their competence and they're not accountable to anyone, points out the regulatory body, which has more than 1600 members.

The CSIC also released recommendations for the federal government to address. “We look forward to working with the government to put an end to the serious problem of ghost agents," says Ryan.

Time to exorcise ghost immigration consultants

Many immigrants, leaving less than ideal circumstances in their own countries, choose to come to Canada in search of a better life. It's sad, then, that the first experience many of these vulnerable people have in Canada is one of exploitation.

The Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants drew attention to this problem last week, with the announcement of a $1-million advertising campaign. The campaign, which features the image of a shark attacking a seal, draws attention to the fact the unscrupulous, unaccredited immigration consultants -- known as "ghost" consultants -- treat prospective immigrants as prey. The ads will appear in a number of languages and will include a toll-free line to help immigrants find an accredited consultant.

The society, which was created in 2004, accredits and educates consultants, and by law, members are only allowed to take money in exchange for help in the immigration process. The problem, however, is that consultants need not be members of the society, and those who aren't frequently fleece prospective immigrants out of thousands of dollars.

For example, a Surrey woman recently claimed more than $50,000 had been illegally transferred from an account she had set up on the advice of Fereydoun Hadad, a West Vancouver immigration consultant. Hadad pleaded guilty in January to charges of fraud and uttering a forged document, and he will be sentenced in March.

And just last week it was revealed that the RCMP is investigating a case in which 300 people claimed to be living at the same address, This is not a unique situation, as shady agents often attempt to get around residency requirements by advising prospective immigrants to falsely claim they've been living in Canada.

In fact, these few examples don't convey the likely scope of this problem. The society notes that there are more ghost agents than there are accredited ones: While there are a total of 1,655 registered members, the society has identified some 1,920 ghost agents.

Not all of these ghosts are involved in illegal activities, but their sheer volume, and the fact that they operate in an entirely unregulated atmosphere, virtually guarantees that unscrupulous agents can quietly bilk people out of their life savings -- and put Canada's national security in jeopardy.

And this could become an even bigger problem, given that many Haitians are attempting to immigrate to Canada, particularly Quebec, where there are just 150 registered consultants.

Clearly, this is an area in need of significant reform.

The society was created in an effort to solve some problems associated with the immigration system, but given that membership in the society is entirely voluntary, the problems remain.

The society is calling on the federal government to crack down on ghost agents, something that has been promised for more than a year.

In response to the recent controversy, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said regulatory reforms will be announced this year.

It's about time to exorcise these ghosts. Our international reputation, and our national security, depend on it.
© Copyright (c) The Vancouver Sun

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Time+exorcise+ghost+immigration+consultants/2539946/story.html#ixzz0mfgC4ECc

Friday, April 23, 2010

Change of processing responsibility at visa post in Islamabad

Listen to Amir Ismail's upate on the transfer of processing responsibility from the Canadian High Commission Islamabad to Canadian High Commission London for residents of Pakistan. Click the play button below to listen.



For more information please contact us on info@amirismail.com or visit www.amirismail.com

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Canadian Immigration Information Sessions

Announcing the next visit of Mr. Amir Ismail, the Toronto based licensed consultant authorized by the Government of Canada, in February 2010.

Mr. Amir Ismail has the reputation of arranging expeditious results for Pakistani businessmen and professionals since 1991. He is a member in good standing with the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants, the national regulator of immigration consultants in Canada. He is also a member of Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants and a Fellow of Canadian Migration Institute.

Please contact us in Toronto on 416-913-0230 or 647-835-0660 or email us your CV at info@amirismail.com or fax at 416-907-3338 to arrange a private consultation with Mr. Amir Ismail at one of our local offices in Pakistan.


Web: http://www.amirismail.com
Blog: http://aicic.blogspot.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/canadaimmigration
Immigration Interviews: http://aicic.blogspot.com/2010/01/listen-to-amir-ismails-interviews-on.html
Skype: amirismail73

Amir Ismail & Associates (AIA)
Licensed Immigration Consultants

Canada:

First Canadian Place
100 King Street West, Suite 5700
Toronto, Ontarion M5X 1C7
Tel: +1-416-913-0230 - +1-647-835-0660
Fax: +1-416-907-3338

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Amir Ismail's Interview on ZAMFM 106.6 - SZABIST Superstar Show

Listen to Amir Ismail's interview on SZABIST Superstar Show on ZabFM 106.6 held on Friday, April 17, 2009 2009.

Listen to Amir Ismail's Interviews on Immigration Matters

Listen to Amir Ismail's interviews on immigration matters:

1: Interview on Voice of Pakistan Radio: http://aicic.blogspot.com/2010/01/amir-ismails-immigration-interview-on.html

3: Interview on ZABFM 106.6 - SZABIST Super Star Show: http://aicic.blogspot.com/2010/01/amir-ismails-interview-on-zamfm-1066.html

Monday, January 25, 2010

Amir Ismail's Immigration Interview on Meeting Point on Voice of Pakistan Radio

Listen to Mr. Amir Ismail's exclusive interview on "Meeting Point" on "Voice Of Pakistan Radio"

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Amir Ismail & Associates new office in Downtown Toronto



Amir Ismail & Associates (AIA) is pleased to acquire its new office in the heart of the Financial District of Toronto in the 72 story First Canadian Place, Canada's tallest building. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our clients and well wishers for all their support over the years which has played an important role in our continued growth and expansion. Contact us today in Toronto at 416-913-02330/647-835-0660 or in Karachi at 021-35652860-1-2 for all your Canadian immigration needs.