Sunday, December 1, 2013

Announcing another Canadian & Australian Immigration Seminar Series in Pakistan & UAE

We are pleased to advise that our Toronto immigration team will be visiting Pakistan on the following dates:

1: Karachi: 12 to 15 December, 2013
2: Lahore: 16 to 18 December, 2013
3: Islamabad: 19 to 20 December, 2013
4: Dubai: 21 to 23 January, 2014

To meet and discuss your immigration options with our Canadian team in person, please complete our online assessment form available on our website or send us an email at or call us in Toronto at 001-647-835-0660.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Civil Engineers Booming Demand in Canada

Investment in heavy construction from the private and public sectors should ensure continued demand for those qualified in Civil engineering field in Canada. Employment of civil engineers is closely tied to the level of construction activity, which is in turn sensitive to government spending patterns and economic cycles. Canada is always in dire need of civil engineers, a fact that will be endorsed by Canadian universities, consulting engineering firms or industry associations. Civil Engineers are currently being considered for processing by the Citizenship and Immigration Canada under the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

In the Toronto region, the outlook for civil engineers is expected to be good in 2012-2013. Demand for this occupation stems from the concentration of engineering, construction and architecture firms in the area, in combination with continued spending on infrastructure improvements in the Greater Toronto Area. In Ontario, the outlook for civil engineers is expected to be good in 2012-2013. Demand for these professionals has been increasing due to the growth in public sector spending on infrastructure and an increase in private sector construction and energy projects. Increased demand in infrastructure, transportation and transit, and power transmission and distribution facilities to accommodate the needs of a growing population should contribute to the demand for civil engineers in most regions of Ontario. Although intermediate and senior level engineers will be in greater demand across Ontario, engineers with their Professional Engineer (P.Eng) Licence will be in higher demand in smaller cities and rural communities due to the limited supply of experienced engineers outside of metropolitan areas. Also, opportunities will be better for those who are willing to travel as many engineering firms work on projects in other areas. According to the 2006 census there were about 15,500 civil engineers in Ontario, a 6.5% increase from the previous census. The average age for civil engineers was 44; 4 years older than the provincial average for all occupations. In addition, almost one-third civil engineers in Ontario was 50 years and over in 2005. Job opportunities should arise from the need to replace retiring workers.

Civil engineers plan, design, develop and manage projects for the construction or repair of buildings, earth structures, powerhouses, roads, airports, railways, rapid transit facilities, bridges, tunnels, canals, dams, ports and coastal installations and systems related to highway and transportation services, water distribution and sanitation. Civil engineers may also specialize in foundation analysis, building and structural inspection, surveying, geomatics and municipal planning. Civil engineers are employed by engineering consulting companies, in all levels of government, by construction firms and in many other industries, or they may be self-employed.

Engineering in Canada 

In Canada, engineering is a regulated profession. You must have a licence to work as a professional engineer. no one can call him or herself a professional engineer, use the P.Eng./ing. designation or carry out engineering work in Canada without a licence. 

Engineering regulatory bodies have been established in each province and territory of Canada to license engineers who meet the profession’s high standards, and to govern the profession of engineering. Engineers have a duty and an ethical responsibility to protect public safety. the licensing of engineers through the regulatory bodies ensures this. You must confirm the requirements with the provincial or territorial association. You will find contact information for all the provincial and territorial associations at 

Before You Come to Canada 

While you are waiting to go to Canada, there are many important things you can do to improve your chance for success. The Foreign Credentials Referral Office ( 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 ( 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 (depending on the province where you wish to settle) or be tested. You can find information at 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. 

Verify the translation requirements. in some cases, you will have to use a professional translation service in Canada. 

Each provincial and territorial association has its own provisions for the steps in the licensing process that you can take prior to immigrating to Canada. For more information on these steps, you can contact the provincial or territorial association directly.

Finding a Job in Canada

You cannot work as an engineer if you are not licensed. However, during the licensing process, you can work if a licensed professional engineer takes responsibility for your work.

While a licence application is in progress, you may wish to register as an engineer-in-training to receive advice and guidance from the provincial or territorial association.

You may be eligible for a bridging program. Bridging programs ease the transition from your international 
training and experience to the Canadian workplace. 

Do some research to see which engineering firms, companies or immigrant-serving organizations have 
bridging programs.The Engineering institute of Canada offers a job board at some provincial or territorial associations offer job boards as well. For more information, you can contact the provincial or territorial association directly.

Provincial Regulators

  • association of Professional Engineers and geoscientists of British Columbia
  • association of Professional Engineers, geologists and geophysicists of alberta
  • association of Professional Engineers and geoscientists of saskatchewan
  • association of Professional Engineers and geoscientists of the Province of Manitoba
  • Professional Engineers ontario
  • Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
  • association of Professional Engineers and geoscientists of new Brunswick
  • Engineers nova scotia
  • Engineers PEi
  • Professional Engineers and geoscientists newfoundland and labrador
  • association of Professional Engineers of Yukon
  • northwest territories and nunavut association of Professional Engineers and geoscientists

Additional Resources

  • Canadian Council of technicians and technologists
  • Citizenship and immigration Canada
  • service Canada
  • Foreign Credentials Referral Office

Source: FCRO, Service Canada, CIC

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Live Online Immigration Seminar from Toronto, Canada

Join our online Immigration Seminar being broadcasted live from Toronto on 11 August, 2013 at 1:00 pm Pakistan time. Register at

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Reporting of Unlicensed Immigration Agents becomes easier - Thank you ICCRC

Introducing ALERT: 

Only Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) are allowed to represent clients in immigration matters.
Canadian law requires that any immigration consultant residing and doing business in Canada or "abroad" who provides Canadian immigration services for a fee must be registered with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) as a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC).

ALERT! is ICCRC’s confidential whistle-blowing initiative to report suspected unregulated immigration consultants.

ALERT! is an initiative to report unregulated immigration consultants only.

Unauthorized providers of immigration services are operating illegally, and ICCRC will review all claims submitted. Where necessary, the information will be forwarded to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) or Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) for further investigation.

Please email ICCRC at or call the ALERT! hotline at 1-289-348-0422, or toll-free in North America at 1-877-836-7543, to provide ICCRC with the following information regarding an unlicensed consultant operating in your region:

• Full name of person(s) you are reporting
• Business name(s) (if applicable)
• Address, phone number, email address of person(s) you are reporting
• Details about your reason for reporting the person(s)

Please attach any website links, photographs, emails, advertisements and any other documentation to support your report.

Thank you for protecting consumers by reporting unregulated immigration consultants.

Source: ICCRC Website -

Sunday, June 30, 2013

New Canadian Immigration Interview of Amir Ismail

Amir Ismail, the Toronto-based Authorized Canadian Immigration Consultant was recently interviewed by a Canadian TV Channel. The interview covered all immigration categories briefly. If you have specific questions regarding Canadian immigration, please contact Mr. Amir Ismail's offices in Karachi or Toronto. Send us an email at with your questions or call +647-835-0660 or visit our websites and
Canadian Immigration Interview of Amir Ismail in Toronto from Amir Ismail on Vimeo.
Audio Version of this interview can be heard on the following link:
Check this out on Chirbit

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Difference between Quebec and Federal Investor Programs

Quebec program has broader consideration for people having managerial experience in a government, governmental organization or multinational concern. As such, the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program may be suitable to individuals with diversified backgrounds, as the Federal isn’t. Quebec will also consider wider range of management duties such as HR, financial and material resources, whereas the Federal program only focuses on mamagement of people. 

Amir Ismail & Associates (AIA) is authorized to deal in both the immigrant imvestor programs and we have sufficient experience in assisting our clients in selection of the most suitable program that best addresses their needs.

Please call us in Toronto at 647-835-0660, send an email at or visit our website for further information and free assessment of your eligibilty.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Re-opening of the Quebec Investor Program from 1st August 2013

Following the attendance of an important meeting by financial intermediaries with the Quebec Immigration Authorities in Montreal on June 12, 2013, we have learnt that the Quebec Investor Program will re-open from August 1st, 2013. It is reassuring to learn that the investment and net worth amount will remain the same, i.e. $CA800,000 and $CA1.6 million respectively)

However, there are chances of application fee being increased to $CA10,000. We have been advised that the Minister will have the right to limit the number of files from any given country and cease accepting files at any given time. We anticipate that the Quebec immigration department will accept around 2,000 files in total.

Criteria in a Nutshell - Do you qualify as an investor?

You must:

* have a minimum net worth of C$1,600,000
* have 2 years of management experience
* make a mandatory investment of C$800,000 
          * with the option of financing of up to C$620,000
          * of 5 years
          * that is government-guaranteed
          * with 0% interest

Want to know more?​ 

Please read more on our website here:!quebec-investor-program/c1r8r

We understand that the Quebec immigration department is in communication with the Federal Immigration authorities regarding changes to the Program, notably with respect to the investment and net-worth amounts. It seems that both governments are discussing an investment amount of $CA2 million. In order to benefit from the current lower investment requirement and in view of the limited quota available, we recommend prospective clients to start preparing their applications immediately to keep them ready for submission on 1st August 2013.

Amir Ismail and Associates is an Authorized Adviser of the Canadian and Quebec Government approved financial intermediary. In addition, we are also authorized by the government of Canada to represent clients in their immigration matters being members of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council and Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC). Please feel free to visit our website or send us an email at for further information about Quebec Investor Program.

Monday, May 20, 2013

VIDEO: What's New in Canada's Skilled Worker Program

Based in Torono, Canada, Amir Ismail is an Authorized Canadian Immigration Advisor. Member of ICCRC and CAPIC. Send your profile at or visit our website for a free assessment of your eligibility.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Canada's Skilled Worker Program - List of Eligible Occupations

Canada's new skilled worker program has started accepting applications from 4 May 2013. The eligible occupations stream will have an overall cap of 5,000 new applications and sub-caps of 300 applications in each of the 24 occupations on the list.

Eligible occupations

  • Engineering managers
  • Financial and investment analysts
  • Geoscientists and oceanographers
  • Civil engineers
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Chemical engineers
  • Mining engineers
  • Geological engineers
  • Petroleum engineers
  • Aerospace engineers
  • Computer engineers (except software engineers/designers)
  • Land surveyors
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  • Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
  • Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Medical laboratory technologists
  • Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants
  • Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
  • Medical radiation technologists
  • Medical sonographers
  • Cardiology technicians and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c. (not elsewhere classified)
If you would like to apply as a Federal Skilled Worker to Canada contact Toronto-based Authorized Canadian Immigration Practitioner, Amir Ismail  by submitting  your questions and comments via email to: or via Fax: 416.907.3338

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Presentation - Canada's New Federal Skilled Worker Program

Amir Ismail is a Toronto-based Authorized Canadian Immigration Advisor, a Member of ICCRC & CAPIC -

Monday, February 4, 2013

Public Notice: Clients of Unauthorized Agents

It has come to our attention that unfortunately few of the unauthorized immigration ghost agents in Pakistan are misguiding and misdirecting individuals who were, in past, dealing with another deceased unauthorized immigration agent (their partners/ex-employers) to our firm to create confusion and to fulfil their malign intent out of professional jealousy and rivalry. We wish to advise that Amir Ismail & Associates (AIA) is an independent legal entity with its partners, associates and principals properly authorized by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC), Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) that has no links, connections, business dealings/agency relationship with any unauthorized and unlicensed ghost agents, deceased or alive.

Being licensed immigration practitioners recognized by the Government of Canada we are not obliged to deal with any individual who deals or has dealt with an unauthorized agent in past, deceased or alive, and who has not signed our retainer agreement and the "Use of Representative Form" prescribed by the Government of Canada. However, any person who is interested in availing our services as Members in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) is welcome to do so by formally retaining our services by signing our Retainer Agreement as per the rules of the ICCRC and the official Use of Representative Form of the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Once we are formally retained, we would be pleased to represent their applications with the responsibility of maintaining their confidentiality as per the Professional Rules of Conduct that we are obliged to follow as Canadian citizens and Member of the ICCRC.

Any individual who hires or has hired the services of an unauthorized agent against fee in past do not in fact meet the definition of a "client" and the unauthorized agent would not be identified as "consultant" as per the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act of Canada (IRPA) and its Regulations (IRPR). While we are in the process of deciding the most appropriate course of action with the assistance of local and Canadian authorities to preclude such notorious elements from creating any further confusion so that they cease, refrain and abstain from misguiding consumers of immigration consulting services, we will, in the meantime, appreciate if you report to us any coercion by any unlicensed ghost agent against our firm to protect you from any damages and liabilities. You are also encouraged to contact us to learn about the procedure incidental to submitting a complaint in this regard to the relevant local and Canadian departments.

With this notification, Amir Ismail & Associates has absolved itself from any and all liabilities resulting from dealing with any unauthorized agent, deceased or alive.