Monday, December 19, 2011

How to complete our online immigration assessment Form - Amir Ismail & Associates

Video explaining the simple steps involved in completing the online assessment form of Amir Ismail & Associates - Licensed Canadian Immigration Consultants - www.amirismail.com

News Release – First Parent and Grandparent Super Visa issued two weeks after launch

Minister of Immigration Mr. Jason Kenney
News Release – First Parent and Grandparent Super Visa issued two weeks after launch

Ottawa, December 19, 2011 — The first Parent and Grandparent Super Visa has already been issued, Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism announced today.

“We pledged to process the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa in less than eight weeks,” the Minister noted. “We’ve issued the first of the Super Visas in just two weeks and we remain committed to reuniting families through the Super Visa in a timely manner.”

The Parent and Grandparent Super Visa was launched as an option for parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents looking to visit their families in Canada for an extended period of time. The process for getting a Super Visa is simple and straightforward. Super Visa seekers use the same application form as applicants for the standard six-month visitor visa. Applicants for the Super Visa must also submit proof that the host child or grandchild meets a minimum income, demonstrate that they have purchased comprehensive Canadian medical insurance and undergo the Immigration Medical Examination.

The first Super Visa was issued at the Canadian mission in Manila on December 14, 2011, only two weeks after CIC began accepting applications.

“With the Super Visa, we have taken a common sense approach that allows parents and grandparents to spend extended periods of time with their loved ones in Canada, while at the same time, acting responsibly in protecting Canadian taxpayers,” Minister Kenney added. “I’m pleased that the response to this program has been so positive.”

Until the Super Visa was launched on December 1, 2011, visitors to Canada usually could only visit for six months at a time and visitors who wished to stay longer had to apply for extensions and pay a new fee every six months. With the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa, eligible parents and grandparents will pay fewer fees and have greater certainty that they will be able to enjoy the company of their families in Canada for a longer period of time.

Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada - www.cic.gc.ca

Friday, December 9, 2011

Planning to Study in Ontario - List of Recognized and Authorized Institutions in Ontario


Recognized and Authorized Institutions in Ontario


  1. Algoma University
    1520 Queen Street East
    Sault Ste. Marie   ON   P6A 2G4   Canada
  2. Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology
    1385 Woodroffe Avenue
    Ottawa   ON   K2G 1V8   Canada
  3. Baker College of Port Huron (Ontario)
    c/o Lambton College of Applied Arts and Technology
    1457 London Road
    Sarnia   ON   N7S 6K4   Canada
  4. Baptist Bible College Canada and Theological Seminary
    P.O. Box 752
    Simcoe   ON   N3Y 4T2   Canada
  5. Brock University
    500 Glenridge Avenue
    St. Catharines   ON   L2S 3A1   Canada
    Branch Campuses and Other Institutions
    Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary
  6. Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology
    1400 Barrydowne Road, Station A
    Sudbury   ON   P3A 3V8   Canada
  7. Canada Christian College and School of Graduate Theological Studies
    50 Gervais Drive
    Toronto   ON   M3C 1Z3   Canada
  8. Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC)
    6100 Leslie Street
    Toronto   ON   M2H 3J1   Canada
  9. Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology
    100 College Drive, P.O. Box 5001
    North Bay   ON   P1B 8K9   Canada
  10. Carleton University
    1125 Colonel By Drive
    Ottawa   ON   K1S 5B6   Canada
  11. Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology
    P.O. Box 631, Station A
    Toronto   ON   M1K 5E9   Canada
  12. Central Michigan University (Ontario)
    CMU International Administration
    802 Industrial Drive
    Mount Pleasant     MI 48858   USA
  13. Charles Sturt University (Ontario)
    Charles Sturt University
    Bay Area Learning Centre
    860 Harrington Court
    Burlington   ON   L7N 3N4   Canada
  14. Collège Boréal d'arts appliqués et de technologie
    21, boulevard LaSalle
    Sudbury   ON   P3A 6B1   Canada
  15. Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
    299 Don Valley Drive
    Kitchener   ON   N2G 4M4   Canada
  16. Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology
    P.O. Box 398
    Thunder Bay   ON   P7C 4W1   Canada
  17. Cornell University (Ontario)
    130 East Seneca Street, Suite 520
    Ithaca     NY 14850-4353   USA
    Branch Campuses and Other Institutions
    - 3389 Steeles Ave E, Room 402, Toronto, Ontario
    - 4141 Living Arts Blvd. Mississauga, Ontario
    - 79 Wellington St. West, Suite 1205, Toronto, Ontario
    - 350 Albert St., Suite 220, Ottawa, Ontario
    - 421 Union Street, Kingston, Ontario
  18. Dominican University College
    96, avenue Empress
    Ottawa   ON   K1R 7G3   Canada
  19. Durham College of Applied Arts and Technology
    P.O. Box 385,
    2000 Simcoe Street North
    Oshawa   ON   L1H 7L7   Canada
  20. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Ontario)
    Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology
    One Georgian Drive
    Barrie   ON   L4M 3X9   Canada
  21. Emmanuel Bible College
    100 Fergus Avenue
    Kitchener   ON   N2A 2H2   Canada
  22. FaithWay Baptist College of Canada
    1964 Salem Road
    Ajax   ON   L1S 4S7   Canada
  23. Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology
    1460 Oxford Street East, P.O. Box 7005
    London   ON   N5Y 5R6   Canada
  24. Fleming College
    599 Brealey Drive
    Peterborough   ON   K9J 7B1   Canada
  25. George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology
    P.O. BOX 1015, Station B
    Toronto   ON   M5T 2T9   Canada
  26. Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology
    One Georgian Drive
    Barrie   ON   L4M 3X9   Canada
  27. Great Lakes Bible College
    470 Glenelm Crescent
    Waterloo   ON   N2L 5C8   Canada
  28. Heritage Baptist College and Heritage Theological Seminary
    175 Holiday Inn Drive
    Cambridge   ON   N3C 3T2   Canada
  29. Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
    205 Humber College Boulevard
    Toronto   ON   M9W 5L7   Canada
  30. Institute for Advanced Judaic Study
    515 Coldstream Avenue
    Toronto   ON   M6B 2K7   Canada
  31. Institute for Christian Studies
    229 College Street
    Toronto   ON   M5T 1R4   Canada
  32. La Cité collégiale d'arts appliqué et de technologie
    801, promenade de l'Aviation
    Ottawa   ON   K1K 4R3   Canada
  33. Lakehead University
    955 Oliver Road
    Thunder Bay   ON   P7B 5E1   Canada
    Branch Campuses and Other Institutions
    *Northern Ontario school of Medicine (NOSM)
  34. Lambton College of Applied Arts and Technology
    1457 London Road
    Sarnia   ON   N7S 6K4   Canada
  35. Laurentian University
    935 Ramsey Lake Road
    Sudbury   ON   P3E 2C6   Canada
  36. Lawrence Technological University in Ontario
    5 Queenslea Avenue
    Toronto     M9N 3X9   ON
  37. Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology
    Wallbridge-Loyalist Road,
    P.O. Box 4200
    Belleville   ON   K8N 5B9   Canada
  38. Maimonides School for Jewish Studies
    15 Hove Street
    Toronto   ON   M3H 4Y8   Canada
  39. Master's College and Seminary
    3080 Yonge St.
    Box 70, Suite 3040
    Toronto   ON   M4N 3N1   Canada
  40. McMaster University
    1280 Main St. W.
    Hamilton   ON   L8S 4L8   Canada
    Branch Campuses and Other Institutions
    McMaster Divinity College*
  41. Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences
    222 St. Patrick Street
    Toronto   ON   M5T 1V4   Canada
  42. Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology
    P.O. Box 2034,
    135 Fennell Avenue West
    Hamilton   ON   L8N 3T2   Canada
  43. Mount Saint Vincent University (Ontario)
    c/o Mount Saint Vincent University
    166 Bedford Highway
    Halifax   NS   B3M 2J6   Canada
  44. Ner Israel Yeshiva College
    8950 Bathurst Street
    Thornhill   ON   L4S 8A7   Canada
  45. Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology
    300 Woodlawn Road, P.O.Box 1005
    Welland   ON   L3C 7L3   Canada
  46. Niagara University in Ontario
    P.O. Box 2014
    Niagara University, NY     14109-2014   USA
  47. Nipissing University
    P.O. Box 5022 - 100 College Drive,
    North Bay   ON   P1B 8L7   Canada
  48. Northern College of Applied Arts and Technology
    P.O. Bag 1 C.P. 3211
    Hwy 101 East
    Timmins   ON   P4N 8R6   Canada
  49. Ontario College of Art & Design University (OCAD University)
    100 McCaul Street
    Toronto   ON   M5T 1W1   Canada
  50. Queen's University
    99 University Avenue
    Kingston   ON   K7L 3N6   Canada
    Branch Campuses and Other Institutions
    Queen's Theological College
  51. RCC Institute of Technology (Radio College of Canada) - Steeles Campus
    2000 Steeles Ave. W.
    Concord   ON   L4K 4N1   Canada
  52. Redeemer University College
    777 Garner Road East
    Ancaster   ON   L9K 1J4   Canada
  53. Royal Military College of Canada
    P.O. Box 17000
    Kingston   ON   K7K 7B4   Canada
  54. Ryerson University
    350 Victoria Street
    Toronto   ON   M5B 2K3   Canada
  55. Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology
    P.O. Box 60
    443 Northern Avenue
    Sault Ste. Marie   ON   P6A 5L3   Canada
  56. Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology
    1750 Finch Avenue East
    Toronto   ON   M2J 2X5   Canada
  57. Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
    1430 Trafalgar Road
    Oakville   ON   L6H 2L1   Canada
  58. St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology
    2000 Talbot Road West
    Windsor   ON   N9A 6S4   Canada
  59. St. Lawrence College of Applied Arts and Technology
    100 Portsmouth
    Kingston   ON   K7L 5A6   Canada
    Branch Campuses and Other Institutions
    Cornwall
    Brockville
  60. St. Philip's Seminary
    The Oratory of St. Philip Neri,
    1372 King Street West
    Toronto   ON   M6K 1H3   Canada
  61. State University of New York College at Potsdam (Ontario)
    114 Satterlee Hall
    44 Pierrepont Avenue
    Potsdam, N.Y.       U.S.A. 13676
  62. Talpiot College
    410 Lawrence Avenue West
    Toronto   ON   M5M 1C2   Canada
  63. Theological College of the Canadian Reformed Churches
    110 West 27th Street
    Hamilton   ON   L9C 5A1   Canada
  64. Toronto Baptist Seminary and Bible College
    130 Gerrard Street East
    Toronto   ON   M5A 3T4   Canada
  65. Trent University
    P.O. Box 4800, Station Main
    Peterborough   ON   K9J 7B8   Canada
  66. Trinity Western University (Ontario)
    (Laurentian Leadership Centre)
    252 Metcalfe Street
    Ottawa   ON   K2P 1R3   Canada
  67. Tyndale University College and Seminary
    25 Ballyconnor Court
    Willowdale   ON   M2M 4B3   Canada
  68. University of Abertay (Dundee)
    Algoma University
    1520 Queen Street East
    Sault Ste. Marie   ON   P6A 2G4   Canada
  69. University of Guelph
    50 Stone Road East
    Guelph   ON   N1G 2W1   Canada
    Branch Campuses and Other Institutions
    Campus d'Alfred
    Kemptville Campus
    Ridgetown Campus
  70. University of New Brunswick (Ontario)
    Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
    205 Humber College Blvd
    Toronto   ON   M9W 5L7   Canada
  71. University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)
    2000 Simcoe Street North
    Oshawa   ON   L1H 7L7   Canada
  72. University of Ottawa
    P.O. Box 450, Station A/C.P. 450, succ. A
    Ottawa   ON   K1N 6N5   Canada
    Branch Campuses and Other Institutions
    Saint Paul University
  73. British Columbia Education Quality AssuranceUniversity of Toronto
    27 King's College Circle
    Toronto   ON   M5S 1A1   Canada
  74. University of Waterloo
    200 University Drive West
    Waterloo   ON   N2L 3G1   Canada
  75. University of Western Ontario
    1151 Richmond Street
    London   ON   N6A 5B8   Canada
    Branch Campuses and Other Institutions
    *Huron University College (AUCC)
    *St. Peter's Seminary
    **Brescia University College (AUCC)
    **King's University College (AUCC)
  76. University of Windsor
    401 Sunset Avenue
    Windsor   ON   N9B 3P4   Canada
    Branch Campuses and Other Institutions
    Canterbury College
    Iona College
    *Assumption University
  77. Wilfrid Laurier University
    75 University Avenue West
    Waterloo   ON   N2L 3C5   Canada
    Branch Campuses and Other Institutions
    Brantford Campus
    Waterloo Lutheran Seminary
  78. York University
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto   ON   M3J 1P3   Canada
     
    Being authorized immigration practitioners we can assist you in preparation and submission of your application for study permit. Please feel free to contact us via email at info@amirismail.com or call us at one of our local offices on the numbers given on our website www.amirismail.com

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Immigrating to Canada as an Architect


Architects are included in the current demand list for Canada's Federal Skilled Worker Program. Applications for Permanent Residence in Canada submitted by Architects after June 26, 2010 are being Fast Tracked with processing times as quick as 12 months. For more information please contact us in Toronto at info@amirismail.com or complete our online assessment form available at www.amirismail.com

There are numerous opportunities for people with architectural training to work in Canada. You could work for a Canadian architectural firm or you could work within the design and construction sector. It is not necessary to be registered or licensed to work in an architectural firm while under the direction of an architect.


However, if you wish to practise architecture and to offer services directly to the public, it is necessary  to be registered or licensed as an architect. (Most Canadian jurisdictions also require a certificate of practice with its associated requirements.) In Quebec, you must also demonstrate knowledge of the French language as required by the Office québécois de la langue française.


Employment prospects for architects are good  due to the high level of industrial, commercial, office, retail and residential construction planned. Architectural work is dependent on economic cycles and the level of construction activity. Architectural graduates may face competition particularly for employment in prominant firms. Compared to other occupations, this is a relatively small occupational group.

Before You Come to Canada 
While you are waiting to go to Canada, there are many important things you can do to improve your chances of success.

The Foreign Credentials Referral Office (www.credentials. gc.ca) is an organization of the Government of Canada that provides you with helpful resources, such as the Planning to Work in Canada? workbook and the Working in Canada Tool (www.workingincanada.gc.ca). Use these resources to find and collect important information and to develop your job search plan.

You might need to prove your language skills in English or French or be tested. You can find information at www.language.ca. The provincial regulator will specify which tests they, or employers, require. If you need to improve your language skills, start before you come to Canada.

Your official education, work and identity documents are important. It is much easier for you to gather and organize your documents while still in your home country. The Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) will allow you to start the educational assessment process while you are still in your home country.

Verify the translation requirements with the regulator and the CACB. Translations must be certified. In some cases, you might have to use a professional translation service in Canada.

Becoming an Architect in Canada
You must meet the requirements of the provincial or territorial architectural regulatory body. The Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) is a signatory to the Canberra Accord. If you received a professional degree in architecture from an accredited university in the United States, Mexico, China, Australia, Korea or the United Kingdom, you should investigate reciprocal certification of your education with the CACB.

Education
The CACB (www.cacb-ccca.ca) requires specific documents to assess your education against the Canadian educational standard. These documents include copies of your degrees; and original transcripts and course descriptions from the university calendar for the years you attended sent directly by your academic institution. A list of design projects with descriptions and a portfolio of your work are also required. The CACB has an application form and a fee must be paid. The evaluation of your academic background takes a minimum of two months once a full application package is received. You might be interviewed by the CACB. If there are gaps in your education, you will be advised how to upgrade.

Work Experience
Once you have been certified by the CACB, you may apply to become an intern architect in the province or territory where you intend to live, and you must find a mentor. You must also complete the Canadian Experience Record Book.

You must complete 5,600 hours of work experience to meet the experience requirement to obtain a licence
Work experience in architecture gained outside of Canada may be submitted for consideration.

Examination for Architects in Canada—ExAC
The Canadian architectural licensing authorities have developed an examination for interns that must be passed prior to registration or licensure.

The provincial/territorial regulators will inform you of the remaining steps to obtain a licence and then a certificate to practice architecture in their jurisdiction.

For example, there may be another course to take, an oral examination, or continuing education requirements. If you are an experienced architect, you will need to provide proof of a licence in your country and a professional portfolio that explains the scope and complexity of your projects and also clearly describes your responsibilities.

Work references from your previous employers and clients are required. If you intend to practise architecture and you obtain a Certificate of Practice, you may be required to obtain professional liability insurance.

Finding a Job in Architecture in Canada
Register and review job opportunities at the RAIC’s online recruitment service: www.ArchiStaff.ca. In addition to determining your eligibility for the Internship in Architecture program, you should investigate any “bridging programs” for which you may be qualified. A bridging program offers work experience or skills or language upgrading courses to assist internationally trained individuals in their progress toward professional registration.

Source: Citizenship & Immigration Canada

Amir Ismail MBA, RCIC, FCMI
Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant
 

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Monday, July 25, 2011

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

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Benefits of Obtaining Immigration Services from a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant

Benefits of Obtaining Immigration Services from a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant 

Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants are accountable to the Regulator of Immigration Consultants in Canada, the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). They are audited on a regular basis to ensure that they are complying with the requirements of the regulator and are providing
quality services.

Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants are educated and informed
Prior to becoming RCICs, candidates are required to demonstrate their knowledge and language skills with entrance examinations.  Since 2004, candidates to become authorized immigration  consultants have been required to complete an accredited program.  An accredited program provides consultants with essential information regarding immigration law in Canada and proper  procedures regarding applications with Citizenship and Immigration Canada.  Additionally, members of the Council are kept well-informed on developments in the immigration field.  They  are required to complete ongoing professional development and Practice Management  Education.

Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants are required to abide by stringent ethical and  professional guidelines
Council members are subject to a Code of Ethical Conduct that stipulates proper procedures for their practice.  The Code requires all members to adhere to stringent rules, including those regarding quality of service, professionalism, ethical practice and confidentiality.  A breach of  this code is considered an act of non-compliance; it is taken seriously and dealt with  expeditiously by the Council.  Additionally, members of the Council must provide evidence of  good character before being newly regulated, including submitting a police record check.

Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants are insured
Members of the Council are required to obtain Errors and Omissions Insurance, which protects consumers against unintended actions that may cause financial damage.

The agents of Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants are known to the Regulator
Members’ agents, or those individuals who work with RCICs on a regular basis, often play a big part in processing and handling important documents and correspondence.  RCICs are required to provide to the Council a list of agents with whom they work.  The actions of these agents reflect upon the member, and members will thus be responsible for ensuring that their agents act with professionalism and integrity.

Risks of Obtaining Services from Unauthorized Providers of Immigration Services

These unauthorized providers are breaking the law
Unauthorized practitioners who charge money for immigration services are acting illegally. These individuals should not be trusted to provide immigration services in exchange for money.

These unauthorized providers may not be educated or informed
These unauthorized providers may be operating without proper education or knowledge of the Canadian immigration system or Canadian immigration law.  They may be unaware of essential  requirements or procedures in dealing with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and may not be informed of developments regarding the immigration system or of immigration legislation that could have a negative effect on a consumer’s circumstances as related to CIC.

These unauthorized providers may not be ethical or professional
As someone who is operating illegitimately, these individuals may have no qualms about engaging in highly unethical or unprofessional actions.  Many times, these unauthorized providers are seeking only to swindle money from unsuspecting clients.  Additionally, they may engage in unethical or illegal practices in their dealings with CIC, which could jeopardize an applicant’s current and future status with CIC.These unauthorized providers are not accountable to the Council Non-members are practicing without the authorization of the regulatory body.  They are not subject to the rules and regulations that govern Council members, who are held accountable for  their actions by the Council.  They may not properly identify themselves on official documents and records and most likely operate unknown to the Council and appropriate officials.

These unauthorized providers are not insured
Unauthorized providers do not have Errors and Omissions Insurance and are subsequently unprotected and unable to compensate consumers adequately who have been financially hurt.

Source : ICCRC

Friday, July 8, 2011

Immigrating to Canada as a Physiotherapist?

While Physiotherapists are being fast-tracked by the government of Canada in their permanent residence applications as skilled workers, the question remains unanswered as to what steps a physiotherapist should take after he/she lands in Canada. We are currently dealing with a number of Physiotherapists who have filed their Applications for Permanent Residence in Canada through our firm. These professionals understand that being a regulated occupation, Physiotherapy requires newcomer foreign-trained physiotherapist to first obtain the license from the regulator being being allowed to practice as a Physiotherapist. Let's have a look at those steps.

Physiotherapy in Canada

Physiotherapy is the fifth largest regulated occupation in Canada. One-half of all physiotherapists work in or
own a private practice. Other physiotherapists work in hospitals, rehabilitation centres, patients’ homes, homes for the aged, summer camps, schools, sports centres and industrial work sites.

In Canada, physiotherapy is a regulated profession. To work as a physiotherapist, you must register with the
regulatory body in the province or territory where you work. There is a complete list of these regulatory bodies at www.alliancept.org.


The Alliance carries out credential evaluation and administers examinations for competency on behalf of most of the provincial and territorial regulators. The Alliance’s assessments and examinations do not give you the right to practise or register as a physiotherapist in Canada. Each provincial and territorial regulator may have additional requirements. The Alliance provides information to the regulators on credentials and qualifications, and the regulators decide who can and who cannot receive a licence to practise.

Before You Come to Canada 

While you are waiting to go to Canada, there are many important things you can do to improve your chances for success. The Foreign Credentials Referral Office (www.credentials. gc.ca) is an organization of the Government of Canada that provides you with helpful resources such as the Planning to Work in Canada? workbook and the Working in Canada Tool (www.workingincanada.gc.ca). Use these resources to find and collect important information and to develop your job-search plan.

You will need to prove your language skills in English or French or take a test. You can find information at www.language.ca. If you need to improve your language skills, start before you come to Canada.

Your official education, work and identity documents are important. It is much easier for you to gather and
organize your documents while still in your home country.

Make sure you understand translation requirements.

In some cases, you will have to use a professional translation service in Canada or a certified translator.

Becoming a Registered Physiotherapist in Canada

There are a number of steps to becoming a registered physiotherapist in Canada:

1. You must decide in which province or territory you want to work. Next, you must find out what requirements you will need to meet to work there by contacting the regulator in that province or territory. You can find links to the regulators at www.alliancept.org/links.shtml.

2. For most regulators, you must complete The Alliance’s Educational Credentials and Qualifications Assessment (www.alliancept.org). You can begin this before you come to Canada.

  • This assessment ensures that your education and qualifications are similar to the education and qualifications of a Canadian-educated physiotherapist.
  • You will need to prove your language skills or take a language test.
  • You must pay fees for the assessment. For detailed information on the assessment, go to
    www.alliancept.org.
For the province of Quebec, you must apply to have your credentials assessed by l’Ordre professionnel de la
physiothérapie du Québec at www.oppq.qc.ca.

3. For most regulators, you must pass the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE) administered by
The Alliance.

  • The PCE has two parts: a written component and a clinical component. You must pass the written component before you can take the clinical component. For information on the Physiotherapy Competency Examination, go to www.alliancept.org/ exams_overview.shtml.
  • You must pay fees to take the examinations. For the province of Quebec, you may have to take
    courses or meet other requirements.
4. You must apply to the regulator in your chosen province or territory for a licence or registration.
Requirements differ for each province and territory.

  • In some provinces or territories, you can apply for a temporary licence or registration after you register for the PCE or after you successfully complete the written component of the PCE.

Finding a Job in Canada
  • You should take time to research the job requirements and develop a plan for finding work.
  • Your provincial or territorial association may have job listings or a referral service.
  • Many hospitals and health centres list job openings on their websites.

Provincial and Territorial Regulators

  • College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia www.cptbc.org
  • College of Physical Therapists of Alberta www.cpta.ab.ca
  • Saskatchewan College of Physical Therapists www.scpt.org
  • College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba www.manitobaphysio.com
  • College of Physiotherapists of Ontario www.collegept.org
  • Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec www.oppq.qc.ca
  • College of Physiotherapists of New Brunswick www.cptnb.ca
  • Nova Scotia College of Physiotherapists www.nsphysio.com
  • Prince Edward Island College of Physiotherapists www.peicpt.com
  • Newfoundland & Labrador College of Physiotherapists Tel: (709) 753-6527
  • Yukon Consumer Services www.community.gov.yk.ca/ consumer/physioreg.html

Source: Foreign Credentials Referral Office www.credentials.gc.ca


If you are a physiotherapist or have experience in one of the 29 occupations listed in the priority occupation list (available at our website www.amirismail.com), you can also immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker within 12 monts.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Why Use a Regulated Consultant in Canadian Immigration?

Why Use a Regulated Consultant in Canadian Immigration?

Before acquiring the services of an immigration consultant, it is important to understand the difference between a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) and an unauthorized provider of immigration services.  RCICs are required to abide by a strict Code of Conduct – available here.  There will be numerous benefits associated with utilizing the services of a RCIC and serious risks associated with utilizing the services of these unauthorized providers.  

Regulated Consultants vs. Unauthorized Providers of Immigration Services:
 Attribute  Regulated Canadian
Immigration Consultant
 Unauthorized Provider of Immigration Services
 Accountable to ICCRC; complaints are taken seriously Yes  No – accountable to no one 
 Monitored by ICCRC; non-compliance is taken seriously  Yes No – may operate unknown to authorities 
 Supported by ICCRC to enhance quality of services  Yes No – not supported by anyone 
 Knowledgeable and informed on immigration law and Canadian immigration system  Yes  No – no education prerequisite on immigration issues
Proficient in English or French   Yes No – may be unable to communicate properly in English or French 
 Required to abide by stringent ethical and professional rules that are designed to protect consumers  Yes No – not subject to any ethical requirements 
 Possess valid Errors and Omissions Insurance for enhanced consumer protection  Yes No – may not have any Errors and Omissions Insurance 
 Work with agents known to ICCRC  Yes  No – no information on their associates
 Required to provide evidence of good character prior to becoming Regulated  Yes No – may have committed fraudulent or illegal activities in the past

Tips for Consumers 

If you are looking to obtain the services from a RCIC, look at the Council’s list of members to ensure he or she is regulated by the Council – if his or her name is not on the list, he or she is NOT authorized. The up-to-date list will be accessible on the Council’s website 

Read the Code of Ethical and Professional Conduct for Members (available on the Council’s website) – this will help you to know what you can expect from a RCIC


Benefits of Obtaining Immigration Services from a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant


A Regulated 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.   

Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants are educated and informed
Prior to becoming RCICs, candidates are required to demonstrate their knowledge and language skills with entrance examinations. Since 2004, candidates to become authorized immigration consultants have been required to complete an accredited program. An accredited program provides consultants with essential information regarding immigration law in Canada and proper procedures regarding applications with Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Additionally, members of the Council are kept well-informed on developments in the immigration field. They are required to complete ongoing professional development and Practice Management Education.
 

Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants are required to abide by stringent ethical and professional guidelines
Council members are subject to a Code of Ethical Conduct that stipulates proper procedures for their practice. The Code requires all members to adhere to stringent rules, including those regarding quality of service, professionalism, ethical practice and confidentiality. A breach of this code is considered an act of non-compliance; it is taken seriously and dealt with expeditiously by the Council. Additionally, members of the Council must provide evidence of good character before being newly regulated, including submitting a police record check.
 

Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants are insured
Members of the Council are required to obtain Errors and Omissions Insurance, which protects consumers against unintended actions that may cause financial damage. 


The agents of Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants are known to the Regulator
Members’ agents, or those individuals who work with RCICs on a regular basis, often play a big part in processing and handling important documents and correspondence. RCICs are required to provide to the Council a list of agents with whom they work. The actions of these agents reflect upon the member, and members will thus be responsible for ensuring that their agents act with professionalism and integrity.



Risks of Obtaining Services from Unauthorized Providers of Immigration Services
 

These unauthorized providers are breaking the law
Unauthorized practitioners who charge money for immigration services are acting illegally. These individuals should not be trusted to provide immigration services in exchange for money.  


These unauthorized providers may not be educated or informed
These unauthorized providers may be operating without proper education or knowledge of the Canadian immigration system or Canadian immigration law. They may be unaware of essential requirements or procedures in dealing with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and may not be informed of developments regarding the immigration system or of immigration legislation that could have a negative effect on a consumer’s circumstances as related to CIC.
 

These unauthorized providers may not be ethical or professional
As someone who is operating illegitimately, these individuals may have no qualms about engaging in highly unethical or unprofessional actions. Many times, these unauthorized providers are seeking only to swindle money from unsuspecting clients. Additionally, they may engage in unethical or illegal practices in their dealings with CIC, which could jeopardize an applicant’s current and future status with CIC.



These unauthorized providers are not accountable to the Council
Non-members are practicing without the authorization of the regulatory body. They are not subject to the rules and regulations that govern Council members, who are held accountable for their actions by the Council. They may not properly identify themselves on official documents and records and most likely operate unknown to the Council and appropriate officials.
 

These unauthorized providers are not insured
Unauthorized providers do not have Errors and Omissions Insurance and are subsequently unprotected and unable to compensate consumers adequately who have been financially hurt. (Source ICCRC)



Mr. Amir Ismail is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant based in Toronto with offices worldwide who is authorized by the government of Canada to deal with clients and represent their immigration applications. His contact information is available on his website http://www.amirismail.com for consultations on Canadian Immigration matters.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Immigration Information Sessions in May 2011 - Amir Ismail will be available in Pakistan and UAE

I am looking forward to another trip to Pakistan and UAE and excited to meet with all the wonderful people interested in immigrating to Canada.

Please call me in Toronto at 647-835-0660 or 416-913-0230 or Pakistan at +92-21-35652860-61-62 or +92300-2516207 for an appointment.