Thursday, December 20, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: Canada' Federal Skilled Worker will restart from May 4, 2013

The much awaited announcement is here. The new faster and more flexible selection system for the Federal Skilled Worker will re-open for applications on May 4, 2013 with significant improvements to the Federal Skill Worker Program points grid.

The final changes to the FSWP selection criteria will include the requirement of having minimum official language skills, increased emphasis on younger immigrants, introduction of the Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) and introduction of additional adaptability points for spousal language skills and Canadian work experience.


The Canadian Government is also in process of developing and implementing an Expression of Interest (EOI) model, which will provide employers with access to a pool of skilled workers.

TWO NEW STEPS INTRODUCED:

As indicated above, there are two new steps introduced in processing.

  1. Demonstration of meeting the minimum language threshold at level 7 of the Canadian Language Benchmark assessment system
  2. Assessment of education credentials assessed prior to arriving in Canada. Canadian Government will be making an announcement regarding the organizations they intend to designated early in the New Year. 

It is expected that that the Government will accept a fixed number of applications each year. In view of the above-noted additional steps and the likelihood of imposition of fixed CAP on the number of applications to be accepted each year, it would be prudent to start taking steps to prepare your application right away. The processing, as advised by the Government is going to be reduced to few month. But given the high competition and popularity of the program, it would be necessary to submit the application as soon as the program commences.

A number of our clients have been waiting patiently for the restart of the Skilled Worker Program. A number of those are in fact ready to submit since last year. their applications in 2011. With today's announcement they have been given the opportunity to prepare their applications in advance which would ensure that the application is submitted before the quota is exhausted for the year 2013. We strongly suggest that those who are determined about immigrating to Canada as skilled workers to take the proactive route and start preparing their applications as soon as possible to be put in the processing queue and to enjoy the fastest processing ever as claimed by the Canadian government.

Being Authorized Canadian Immigration Advisers who are Members in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC), we would be pleased to being of assistance to interested applicants in their plans to submit their applications under the new FSWP. For a free and no obligation assessment of your eligibility by our immigration experts, please feel free to complete our online assessment form available on our website www.amirismail.com




Monday, December 10, 2012

CIC to Launch New Federal Skilled Trades Program (FST) in January 2013

Canada is creating a new program to fast track the admittance of foreign skilled tradespeople, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced Monday.

On Jan. 2, 2013 the new Federal Skilled Trades Program will begin accepting applications.

Eligible occupations will include electricians, welders, heavy-duty equipment mechanics, and pipefitters, among others.
The immigration minister said the measure will help Canada create a faster and more flexible immigration system.
Applicants under the new program will need to:
  • Have an offer of employment in Canada or a certificate of qualification from a province or territory to ensure that applicants are “job ready” upon arrival.
  • Meet a basic language requirement.
  • Have a minimum of two years of work experience as a skilled tradesperson, to ensure that the applicant has recent and relevant practice as a qualified journeyman.
  • Have the skills and experience that match those set out in the National Occupational Classification (NOC B) system, showing that they have performed the essential duties of the occupation.
In order to avoid backlogs, Citizenship and Immigration is limiting applications in the program’s first year to 3,000.

CIC is currently working with the provinces, territories and federal government partners on the list of skilled trades’ occupations that are experiencing acute labour shortages and which will qualify under the program. This list will be announced prior to the program opening in January.

Until now, skilled tradespeople generally applied through either the Canadian Experience Class, which welcomes those who studied in Canada or were already working here temporarily, or the Provincial Nominee Program, which allows provinces to select immigrants who meet local labour market needs.


In addition, Canada is also expected to launch a new Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) program in 2013.

For more information and to check your eligibility, please contact us via our website www.amirismail.com

Based in Toronto, Canada, Mr. Amir Ismail is an Authorized Canadian Immigration Adviser with several years of experience in immigration law at his disposal.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Register for our Free Canadian Immigration Seminar in UAE and Pakistan

Announcing Free Canadian Immigration Seminars for Business owners by Toronto-based Authorized Canadian Immigration Adviser Mr. Amir Ismail during his visit to Pakistan from 10 December 2012 to 30 December 2013.

We are pleased to advise that our Toronto-based Authorized Canadian Immigration Adviser Mr. Amir Ismail will be visiting Pakistan to conduct immigration information sessions for business owners in December 2012.
Mr. Amir Ismail has been associated with the Immigration consulting business since 1991 and has proudly assisted thousands of professionals and businessmen come to Canada as permanent residents. He is a Member in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and The Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) and is a high honours graduate of the Immigration law program from Toronto. Mr. Ismail is recognized as an Authorized Representative by the Federal Government of Canada, Provincial and Territorial Governments. He is also an Authorized Advisor for the Immigrant Investor Program facilitating investment funding of up to 75% for businessmen applying under the Immigrant Investor Program.
Explore and select the most suitable business immigration program in consultation with Mr. Amir Ismail based on his proven commendable experience in Canadian Immigration law. Contact us today by sending us an email at info@amirismail.com or calling our office in Toronto at +1-647-835-0660 or local office at 021-35652860-1-2 or 0300-2516207 for a free and no obligation one-to-one meeting with Mr. Amir Ismail.

We look forward to meeting you in Pakistan and UAE.

Yours faithfully,

The Amir Ismail & Associates (AIA) Team Toronto, Canada - www.amirismail.com 

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Canadian immigration plans 2013 announced

Wed, Oct 31: Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, announces the Harper government's plan for immigration in 2013 Read it on Global News: Canadian immigration plans 2013 presser - News - Videos | Global Toronto

source: Global Toronto

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Canada’s education system: ‘a gift beyond compare’

Canada’s education system: ‘a gift beyond compare’

Indira Samarasekera, National Post

I became a Canadian citizen in 1980. Looking back over my life, I can see now how Canada became my chosen home. But while I was growing up in Sri Lanka, I had no idea – not even the glimmer of a premonition – that one day I would become a Canadian citizen.

In many ways, my childhood was ideal. I lived in a tropical paradise, full of warm and caring people. I was surrounded by a vibrant extended family that wrapped my childhood within a rich web of myth and mystery, and gave me a strong sense of community responsibility.

Sadly, that paradise was eventually spoiled by ethnic conflict and civil war. When I was six years old, my family and I nearly lost our lives escaping the race riots of 1958. The experience left me deeply conscious of the need to eradicate intolerance and bigotry from our midst.

By the early 1970s, when I was in my early twenties, I knew that my commitment to diversity and tolerance was under attack, and I began to seek an opportunity to leave. In 1975, I applied for and won a Fulbright Scholarship to the University of California, Davis. Newly married, my then-husband and I left Sri Lanka. About 18 months later, we found ourselves in Vancouver where I started my doctorate, and began what turned out to be my life as a Canadian.

Sri Lanka and my family gave me the foundational values on which my life rests, but Canada gave me the space and opportunity to achieve more than I could have imagined. It was here that I found my life’s work.

Although I am now president of the University of Alberta, I am by training an engineer, one with a definite pragmatic streak. For my doctorate, I wanted to tackle a practical research problem and I was aware that Canada was a major metals producer. I thought surely there must be interesting challenges in that field that would combine practical problems with academic rigour.

My suspicions were confirmed when I met Keith Brimacombe, a young professor at UBC, who pulled out a paper napkin from his desk drawer outlining a chronic problem plaguing Canada’s steel industry. Solving this challenge became the subject of my Ph.D. thesis and the launch of a tremendously rewarding academic and consulting career that opened doors into the steel industry in more than 20 countries, and made it possible for me to apply my talents to the fullest.

This is no small gift. Indeed, I consider it a gift beyond compare. One of Canada’s greatest strengths is its investment in unleashing the potential of every individual through education.

Canada’s public universities and its public school system provide world-class education to people regardless of their beginnings. I say this not because I am president of one of those universities, but because I am a fortunate beneficiary of that Canadian public education. It transformed my life and the lives of my two children. Like so many Canadians, I believe that we should not underestimate the power of education to uplift the lives of individuals and change society for the better.

It is such a privilege for me to now be in a position to give back to Canada through the very channel that has given me such personal and professional satisfaction and accomplishment.

My father had a great aunt named Mary Rutman who was a Canadian. A trained doctor, she arrived in Sri Lanka in 1895 (at that time, Ceylon) and found her life’s work. Among other things, she opened a hospital for women and mentored the first generation of female doctors. She led the charge for women’s right to vote and founded several educational organizations for girls and women. Sri Lanka fuelled Mary Rutman’s talents and passions, and she used those talents and passions to change Sri Lanka for the better.

Now, over a century later, Canada has fed my talents and passions as Sri Lanka once did for Mary Rutman. I find the symmetry of this bit of family history inspiring. It is now my hope that I can fully close the circle by serving my chosen country, and the country of Mary Rutman’s birth, Canada, with the energy and passion she once gave to her chosen country, and the country of my birth, Sri Lanka.

(This article originally appeared in the National Post and on their website on October 19, 2011.)

Dr. Indira Samarasekera is the president and vice chancellor of the University of Alberta. She earned her PhD in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of British Columbia.

Canada was my road to success

Canada was my road to success

Robert Herjavec, National Post

A few years ago, when I sold the company I had launched on a shoestring, I realized that my family and I had total freedom to live anywhere in the world.

My wife Diane and I discussed moving to Europe, and we actually considered buying a house there. We’re both Croatian, and our ancestral roots, plus the culture and prestige of Europe, made the idea appealing. Besides, raising our children there would provide them with lots of prestigious contacts.

And then it hit me: Who was I kidding? I couldn’t leave Canada.

All that I have achieved in life has been made possible by just two factors: My drive to succeed and my Canadian passport.

Spending my childhood in the rural Croatian village of Zbjeg had taught me that nothing in this world is achieved without ambition, a focus on success and the freedom to follow your dreams. Croatia at the time was part of communist Yugoslavia, which provided the other lesson in my life. Watching how my father and others were restricted in the things they could achieve and the thoughts they could express taught me the definition of freedom.

My father refused to accept the restrictions imposed by the communists, and when I was eight years old we sold all the possessions that couldn’t fit in two battered suitcases, bought steamship tickets to Canada, and arrived at Pier 21 in Halifax with 20 Canadian dollars and the address of a relative in Toronto. We found a basement apartment in Etobicoke, my father got a job sweeping floors in a factory, and I discovered that life as an immigrant kid can be a challenge. My English was bad, my accent was thick and my Croatian-style clothes were very uncool.

But unlike Croatia, things could change in Canada - for the better. Despite the fact that the Herjavecs were not a long-established family with connections to the country’s leaders, that we did not have a fat savings account or even a family car (my dad walked two miles each way to work every day to save bus fare), or that we did not live in a large and fancy house, it didn’t matter. We could dream big and, with effort and drive, we could achieve big.

People born in Canada are not able to fully appreciate this distinction, and I understand this. They grow up without experiencing life in a country where your destiny is determined by the status of your birth more than the scope of your talents. In Canada your social standing, race and religious beliefs are of no consequence compared with your ability, dedication and ambition.

We take this for granted. We shouldn’t. Nor should we take for granted Canada’s reputation for honesty and fair dealing, which is as much a part of our culture as the maple leaf.

My work in various fields takes me to countries around the world. When I meet people in these far-flung nations, I never tire of explaining how Canada provided the means for me to achieve success, and how much the country’s values mean to me and my family.

It’s been more than 30 years since my parents and I left Croatia. If, on that day, someone had suggested that I would achieve the life I’m living now, I would have replied ti ste ludi, which means “you’re crazy!” in Serbo-Croat. Of all the things I need to acknowledge for my success, nothing is more important to me than the opportunity that Canada provided.

Every year tens of thousands of people take the oath of Canadian citizenship. They pledge allegiance to the Queen and they promise to fulfil their duties as a Canadian citizen. Each of them has a story to tell about their reasons for coming to this country and becoming Canadians. Their story is no less important or instructive than my own. Just different.

On behalf of all the stories that Canadians treasure about their country, I ask everyone to join me in reaffirming the oath of citizenship, reflecting on their appreciation of Canada and what it means to them.

I do this every day.

(This article originally appeared in the National Post and on their website on October 20, 2011.)

Robert Herjavec is the president of the Herjavec Group and the author of Driven: How To Succeed in Business and Life.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Live Immigration Chat from Toronto, Canada with Mr. Amir Ismail


Monday, October 1, 2012

Free Canadian Immigration Seminars in Middle East & Pakistan in October 2012

Free Canadian Immigration Session Seminars in Middle East and Pakistan by the Toronto-based Authorized Canadian Immigration Adviser Mr. Amir Ismail. Choose your city!


 


Based in Toronto, Canada, Mr. Ismail is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) and a Member in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) He is also a Member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC). As such, being a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) and Member of ICCRC, Mr. Ismail is recognized by government of Canada as an Authorized Representative who can deal with the Canadian immigration authorities on behalf of clients and can represent, advise or consult the clients regarding their Canadian immigration applications. The Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) certification confirms that the consultant is an authorized representative recognized by the Federal government organizations including the departments of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC), the Immigration Refugee Board, and Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) as well as Provincial and Territorial Governments.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Studying in Canada - Essential Steps

The following presentation is intended to explain the basic procedure and steps involved in an Application for Study Permit in Canada


Based in Toronto, Canada, Mr. Amir Ismail is an Certified Canadian Immigration Adviser recognized by the Canadian Government as an Authorized Immigration Representative - http://www.amirismail.com

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Steps involved when dealing with Amir Ismail & Assocites (AIA) for Canadian Immigration

We are often times asked what are the steps one should follow when dealing with Amir Ismail & Associates (AIA) for their Canadian Immigration Needs. Following Graph shows the most common ways clients can get in touch with our team of immigration experts in Toronto. http://www.amirismail.com


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

5 Steps you should take to improve your success chances under the New Federal Skilled Worker Program


Before anything else, preparation is the key to success
With the announcement of the proposed selection criteria for skilled workers by the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on 17 August 2012 we are being bombarded with hundreds of queries as to what steps aspirants should take in advance in order to maximize their chances of being accepted under the new criteria. 

While the CIC is in the process of revamping its program and there is a temporary pause on all new application at least until January 2013, we suggest that interested applicants should consider taking some important steps in advance that may make their application more "new selection criteria ready" and may save them considerable time. Planning ahead will be the key specially with a view that there could be a quota imposed on number of applications allowed in a given year. Given the popularity of the program and the desire of many to come to Canada via Federal Skilled Worker Class, it would be prudent to keep the file ready with essential steps already undertaken to be able to secure the place in the processing queue for the year 2013.

Although it is not made known by the CIC if there would be a "Demand Occupation" list, we have received hints that perhaps most of the Occupations falling under NOC type 0 and skill level A and B might be considered as long as the applicant could prove that he/she has received a positive credential assessment from an assessment body designated by the Canadian government.This is likely to be confirmed later this year.

We recommend that all prospective applicants currently waiting for the application intake to resume in January 2013 consider doing the following in order to maximize their chances of being considered under the new criteria:

  • Since points are going to be awarded to both applicant and spouse, it would be a good idea that both principal applicant and his/her spouse attempt a language test for English (IELTS test) or French (TEF test). Please note that IELTS test older than 2 years may not be accepted.

  • Prepare a detailed CV outlining your job description and dates of employment and email it to us on info@amirismail.com as well as complete our online assessment form available on our website www.amirismail.com for an evaluation. Your experience should correspond to the duties and responsibilities as found in your occupation in NOC.

  • Assemble all your degrees, diplomas, transcripts/marks sheets and course descriptions. These will be required to accomplish the mandatory credential assessment being introduced in the new selection criteria. We are expecting an announcement later this year on how to have your credentials recognized as equivalent to Canadian education credentials.

  • Collect all your documents related to identification and settlement funds. The funds required to carry to Canada vary according to the size of the family. Check the amount you would require to proof as per the size of your family here: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/funds.asp

  • Since there is no confirmation as to which occupation might be considered eligible for processing in the new program, it may be a good idea to follow the same procedure, if you are married, for your spouse too. While making an assessment of your eligibility we shall determine which one of you would be a better candidate on the basis of factors such as language skills, occupation in demand and total points (the pass mark is still 67).

The foregoing suggestions are not exhaustive and there could be further changes introduced by the CIC later this year. However, following the above suggestions would at least assist you in meeting the minimum requirements as proposed in the new program. 

Based in Toronto, Canada, Mr. Amir Ismail is an Authorized Canadian Immigration Adviser. Being member of ICCRC and CAPIC, he is recognized by the Canadian government as an authorized representative who can represent clients in their immigration matters. More information on Mr. Amir Ismail can be found our our website www.amirismail.com, his Linkedin profile, our Facebook Page, Our Youtube Channel and on Twitter 



Sunday, September 2, 2012

Live Webiner From Toronto - New Skilled Worker Program


Join us live from Toronto on Friday September 7, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Toronto Time (8:00 p.m. Pakistan Time) to know if you will qualify in the new Skilled Worker Program for Canada to take effect from January 2013. - Register Here: http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=E059DE81864F - Amir Ismail & Associates (AIA) - Authorized Canadian Immigration Advisers - http://www.amirismail.com

Friday, August 24, 2012

VIDEO: Watch Amir Ismail's exclusive interview on Canadian Immigration issues aired in Toronto in August 2012



On 1st August 2012, Toronto-based Authorized Canadian Immigration Adviser Mr. Amir Ismail appeared in an Exclusive Interview aired in Toronto, Canada. The interview covered major Canadian immigration issues and changes in visa polices. Mr. Ismail is recognized by the Canadian government and has been into Canadian immigration consulting business since 1991. Visit us on http://www.amirismail.com and http://www.facebook.com/canadaimmigration

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Featured Client - Congratulations to Dr. Zeb on receiving your Canadian immigration visas

Based in Toronto, Canada, Mr. Amir Ismail is an Authorized Immigration Adviser and a Member in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) as well as the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC). Follow his facebook page at www.facebook.com/canadaimmigration, twitter www.twitter.com/canadaimmigrate and Linkedin profile at http://ca.linkedin.com/in/amirismail

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Breaking News: Details of the New Canadian Skilled Worker Program Revealed



The Canadian government has finally unveiled revised Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). According to the Proposed regulatory changes announced on August 17, 2012 to the FSWP which, according to the Canadian government, will allow Canada to better select skilled workers who can “hit the ground running” upon arrival.

These following changes are being proposed after an extensive program evaluation, stakeholder and public consultations, as well as other research,

  • Making language the most important selection factor by establishing new minimum official language thresholds and increasing points for language;
  • Increasing the emphasis on younger immigrants, who are more likely to acquire valuable Canadian experience and remain in the workforce longer;
  • Increasing points for Canadian work experience and reducing points for foreign work experience;
  • Simplifying the arranged employment process to prevent fraud and abuse yet enable employers to staff positions quickly; and
  • Awarding points for spousal language ability and Canadian experience.

Education Credential Assessment:

Another proposed change is the introduction of the Educational Credential Assessment – a mandatory requirement that FSWP applicants have their education abroad assessed against Canadian education standards by designated organizations. CIC will then award points according to how an applicant’s foreign educational credential compares to a completed educational credential in Canada. It does not necessarily guarantee that they would become licensed to practice in a regulated occupation.

Effective Date:

The Final publication of the regulations is scheduled for late 2012 and the new FSWP points grid will likely take effect in January 2013. While there is currently a pause on new applications (except for FSWP candidates with a qualifying offer of arranged employment or those applying under the PhD stream), CIC expects to begin accepting applications again early next year.

Summary:

As indicated above, in its three-pronged approach through amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) to improve economic immigration outcomes Citizenship and Immigration Canada is proposing:
  1. Update the FSWC by re-balancing the points among existing criteria, introducing mandatory language thresholds, requiring an educational credential assessment at the time of application if the educational credential submitted is from a foreign jurisdiction, streamlining the arranged employment process, and reducing the potential for fraudulent job offers under the Arranged Employment factor; 
  2. Introduce a new Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) to facilitate the immigration of certain skilled trades-persons in Canada, in response to labour market needs; and
  3. Reduce the CEC work experience requirement to ease the transition to permanent residence of temporary skilled foreign workers who have demonstrated an ability to integrate into the Canadian labour market.
More details:
  • Minimum language skills thresholds, different for NOC level 0 and A, and different for level B
  • Number of points for the first language being increased to 24 while those of the second language being decreased.
  • Points for Age being changed favouring younger applicants (18 to 35 = 12 points, each year over, 1 point less)
  • Change in points for experience - maximum 15 points for 6 years experience
  • Mandatory foreign educational credential assessment with the application
  • Change in points for education
  • No points for spouse's education but 5 points for spouse's language skills at level CLB 4, 5 points for relative in Canada 18 years and older.
Conclusion:

Taking the aforementioned into consideration, it is imperative that reaching a very high level language proficiency is now mandatory for FSWs and CECs as according to the proposed changes you must score 6.0 or higher on every IELTS category (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).  For the new Skilled Trades Class, applicants must score 5 or higher on every category except reading, which, in our opinion, can be 4.  We would recommend that interested clients should have their language test done as soon as possible to determine their probability of securing points in language factor. Furthermore, since it also appears obvious that International Credentials must be evaluated in Canada.  As authorized immigration advisers based in Canada, we are well aware of the procedures incidental to evaluation process and are in a position to to assist with the credential evaluation process. With the introduction of these new and significant changes it is prudent that the applicants should only use the services of regulated and authorized immigration advisers who possess proper training and expertise in Canadian immigration law to ensure that a faultless case is submitte to the CIC for consideration.

For more information on the eligibility under the revised Federal Skilled Worker Program, please feel free to contact us in Toronto, send us an email at info@amirismail.com or complete our online assessment form available at www.amirismail.com

Based in Toronto, Canada, Mr. Amir Ismail is an Authorized Immigration Adviser and a Member in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) as well as the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC). Follow his facebook page at www.facebook.com/canadaimmigration, twitter www.twitter.com/canadaimmigrate and Linkedin profile at http://ca.linkedin.com/in/amirismail

Eid ul Fitar in Toronto



Eid ul Fitar in Toronto - The team of Amir Ismail & Associates (AIA) - Authorized Canadian Immigration Advisers, said their Eid ul Fitar prayers at Madinah Mosque located on Danforth Avenue, Toronto. www.amirismail.com

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Message from Amir Ismail - Eid Greetings




Eid Greetings from Amir Ismail & Associates (AIA) senior counsel from Toronto emphasizes on the importance of serving the parents and seizing that opportunity before its too late. Mr. Ismail is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) and a Member in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) He is also a Member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC). As such, being a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) and Member of ICCRC, Mr. Ismail is recognized by government of Canada as an Authorized Representative who can deal with the Canadian immigration authorities on behalf of clients and can represent, advise or consult the clients regarding their Canadian immigration applications. The Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) certification confirms that the consultant is an authorized representative recognized by the Federal government organizations including the departments of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC), the Immigration Refugee Board, and Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) as well as Provincial and Territorial Governments. http://www.amirismail.com

Monday, August 13, 2012

Happy Independence Day


On 14 August, Canadians of Pakistani descent will be celebrating Independence Day with family and friends, and the wider community. Canada enjoys a strong relationship with Pakistan that is rooted in the nearly 125,000 Canadians of Pakistani heritage. For over a century, members of the Pakistani community have enriched Canada with their skills, their knowledge and their talent. And as Pakistan is one of the top source countries of immigrants, Pakistani Canadians will continue to play an important role in building this country in the 21st century.

For all Canadians, Pakistan Independence Day provides an excellent opportunity to reflect on the contributions that the Pakistani community has made to this country’s rich and diverse heritage. Happy Independence Day Pakistan!

Amir Ismail & Associates - Your partners in immigration since 1991 - http://www.amirismail.com

Friday, August 10, 2012

Congratulations to another AIA Client!

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Hina and her family in securing their Canadian permanent residence visas through Amir Ismail & Associates (AIA). They are one of many successful families who have migrated to Canada through http://www.amirismail.com since 1991. Welcome to Canada and we look forward to seeing you in our Toronto office soon. Best wishes for your new life in the land of opportunity!



Congratulations on Receiving your Visa!

A congratulatory video for our clients who received their permanent residence visas recently. Welcome to Canada! - http://www.amirismail.com - http://www.facebook.com/canadaimmigration

 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A Letter Back Home

A Letter Back Home creates a mosaic portrait of Toronto's diversity. Multiple voices, speaking different languages, compose a single letter describing their experiences in a foreign land to their parents.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Canadian Immigration News


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Podcast - Canada's Minster of Immigration talks about upcoming changes in selection criteria.


Amir Ismail is an authorized immigration practitioner based in Toronto, Canada - www.amirismail.com

Monday, July 23, 2012

Sponsoring a spouse to Canada - Eligibility criteria simplified

Sponsoring a spouse to Canada - Here is a simple explanation on eligibility criteria by Amir Ismail & Associates - www.amirismail.com


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Amir Ismail's Immigration Interview on CNBC

Amir Ismail's interview on CNBC - Toronto-based licensed and certified Canadian immigration adviser Mr. Amir Ismail appeared on CNBC in June 2012. This video has excerpts from that program.

Amir Ismail is an authorized immigration practitioner associated with the immigration consulting field for the past 21 years. Connect with

Sunday, July 15, 2012


COMPARISON OF AUSTRALIAN AND CANADIAN SKILLED WORKER IMMIGRATION PROGRAMS


 
LANGUAGE POINTS COMPARISON

The following comparison will be of assistance in understanding as to how language points are allocated in Australian and Canadian Skilled Worker program.

 
Australian Points Allocation in Language Factor:

You can receive up to 20 points based on your English language ability.
If you want to receive points for proficient or superior ability, you must complete an English language test. This is usually the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test.

There are two IELTS tests—an academic test and a general training test. You need to take only the general test unless otherwise advised by your skills assessing authority.
If you are a health practitioner, you can also provide results from an Occupational English Test (OET) as evidence of your English language ability.

If your test results expire while your Expression of Interest is active in the SkillSelect database, you must take a new language test, and update your Expression of Interest details before you can be invited to apply.

The table below sets out the points available for each language level and the evidence you must provide with your application.

Level of English
Points
Evidence required
Superior
You have fully operational command of English and handle complex detailed argumentation well.
20
  • an IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) Number to show you have a band score of at least 8 on each of the four components of speaking, reading, listening and writing
Proficient
You have an operational command of English with the ability to use and understand complex language well and comprehend detailed reasoning.
10
  • an IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) Number to show you have a band score of at least 7 on each of the four components of speaking, reading, listening and writing
Competent
0
  • an IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) Number to show you have a band score of at least 6 on each of the four components of speaking, reading, listening and writing


Canadian Points Allocation in Language Factor:

Your proficiency in English or French is one of the six selection factors for skilled workers. You will be awarded up to 24 points for your basic, moderate or high proficiency in English and French. You will be given points based on your ability to:
  • listen
  • speak
  • read and
  • write
Language testing

If you have some proficiency in both English and French, decide which language you are more comfortable using. This is your first official language. The other is your second official language.

You must prove the level of language proficiency you claim on your application.




Description of each level of proficiency (If English is designated as First Language on Application forms)

Proficiency Level
Ability
Speaking
Listening
Reading
Writing
HIGH: You can communicate effectively in most social and work situations.
IELTS Score 6.5 or more
Points awarded 4
IELTS Score 7.5 or more
Points awarded 4
IELTS Score 6.5 or more
Points awarded 4
IELTS Score 6.5 or more
Points awarded 4
MODERATE: You can communicate comfortably in familiar social and work situations.
IELTS Score 5.5 – 6.0
Points awarded 2
IELTS Score 5.5 – 7.0
Points awarded 2
IELTS Score 6.5 or more
Points awarded 2
IELTS Score 6.5 or more
Points awarded 2
BASIC: You can communicate in predictable contexts and on familiar topics, but with some difficulty.
IELTS Score 4.0 to 5.0
Points awarded 1
IELTS Score 4.5 – 5.0
Points awarded 1
IELTS Score 6.5 or more
Points awarded 1
IELTS Score 3.5 to 4.5
Points awarded 1
NO: You do not meet the above criteria for basic proficiency.
IELTS Score below 4.5
Points awarded 0
IELTS Score below 4.5
Points awarded 0
IELTS Score below 4.5
Points awarded 0
IELTS Score below 4.5
Points awarded 0


Description of each level of proficiency (If French is designated as First  Language on Application Forms)

Proficiency Level
Ability
Speaking
Listening
Reading
Writing
HIGH: You can communicate effectively in most social and work situations.
TEF Level 5-6 349-450 pts
Points awarded 4
TEF Level 5-6 280-360 pts
Points awarded 4
TEF Level 5-6 233-300 pts
Points awarded 4
TEF Level 5-6 349-450 pts
Points awarded 4
MODERATE: You can communicate comfortably in familiar social and work situations.
TEF Level 4 271-348 pts
Points awarded 2
TEF Level 4 217-279 pts
Points awarded 2
TEF Level 4 181-232 pts
Points awarded 2
TEF Level 4 271-348 pts
Points awarded 2
BASIC: You can communicate in predictable contexts and on familiar topics, but with some difficulty.
TEF Level 3 181-270 pts
Points awarded 1
TEF Level 3 145-216 pts
Points awarded 1
TEF Level 3 121-180 pts
Points awarded 1
TEF Level 3 181-270 pts
Points awarded 1
NO: You do not meet the above criteria for basic proficiency.
TEF Level below 3 Points awarded 0
TEF Level below 3 Points awarded 0
TEF Level below 3 Points awarded 0
TEF Level below 3 Points awarded 0


Description of each level of proficiency (If French is designated as Second  Language on Application Forms)

Proficiency Level
Ability
Speaking
Listening
Reading
Writing
HIGH: You can communicate effectively in most social and work situations.
TEF Level 5-6 349-450 pts
Points awarded 2
TEF Level 5-6 280-360 pts
Points awarded 2
TEF Level 5-6 233-300 pts
Points awarded 2
TEF Level 5-6 349-450 pts
Points awarded 2
MODERATE: You can communicate comfortably in familiar social and work situations.
TEF Level 4 271-348 pts
Points awarded 2
TEF Level 4 217-279 pts
Points awarded 2
TEF Level 4 181-232 pts
Points awarded 2
TEF Level 4 271-348 pts
Points awarded 2
BASIC: You can communicate in predictable contexts and on familiar topics, but with some difficulty.
TEF Level 3 181-270 pts
Points awarded 1
TEF Level 3 145-216 pts
Points awarded 1
TEF Level 3 121-180 pts
Points awarded 1
TEF Level 3 181-270 pts
Points awarded 1
NO: You do not meet the above criteria for basic proficiency.
TEF Level below 3 Points awarded 0
TEF Level below 3 Points awarded 0
TEF Level below 3 Points awarded 0
TEF Level below 3 Points awarded 0

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