Ontario Provincial Nominee Program : International Student Category

Have you completed at least half of your studies in Canada, and have graduated or will soon be graduating from an eligible publicly funded Canadian college or university?  If yes, you may be qualified to become a permanent resident of Canada.

In order to apply, students must: 

  • Have completed a minimum of a two-year diploma or degree program, while studying on a full-time basis. One-year post-graduate degree programs and certificate programs, which require a previous degree or diploma (which may have been obtained abroad), are also eligible.
  • Have a job offer in a managerial, professional or skilled trades occupation (NOC 0, A or B). The job offer does not have to be related to the field of study.
  • Have a job offer that is permanent and full-time and meets the entry level wage for the occupation, rather than the prevailing wage required for applicants in the General Category.
  • Apply within two years of the date on which they received their degree or diploma, or in the alternative, during the last semester of completing their degree or diploma (in which case they will have to provide transcripts which indicate that they will be graduating at the end of the semester).
  • Have legal status, if the prospective international student nominee is in Canada.
  • Have received their employer’s approval letter, Joint Verification form signed by their prospective employer, and Pre-screen Position form.

International students do not need to have any previous work experience. Eligible international students may apply for an approved position from within Canada or from overseas.

However, international students subsidized through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) grants or home country scholarship with return obligations will not be eligible for Opportunities Ontario unless such obligations have been fulfilled. (Source: http://www.ontarioimmigration.ca/en/pnp)

For more information or free assessment of your qualifications, call us at Phone No. 905­564-­99-31 or email us at info@icaninc.ca.

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The Provincial Nominee Program

Becoming a permanent resident through the Provincial Nominee Program process

Do you know that you can become a permanent resident of Canada through a process called Provincial Nominee Program?

The Provincial Governments of the following Canadian provinces have an agreement with the Federal Government of Canada that allows them to nominate immigrants (“nominees”) who wish to settle in that province. 

  • Alberta
  • Manitoba
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Ontario
  • Saskatchewan
  • British Columbia
  • New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Yukon
  • Northwest Territories

To become a permanent resident in Canada as a provincial nominee, one must go through with the following steps; 

  1. Apply to the province where you wish to settle and complete its provincial nomination process. The province will consider your application based on its immigration needs and your genuine intention to settle there.
  2. After you have been nominated by a province or territory, you have to make a separate application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for permanent residence. A CIC officer will then assess your application based on Canadian immigration regulations including the requirement that you pass medical examination, and security and criminal checks.

Persons who want to immigrate to Canada under the Provincial Nominee Program are assessed based on their skills, education and work experience needed to make an immediate economic contribution to the province or territory that will nominate them.  Once nominated, they are considered ready to establish themselves successfully as permanent residents in Canada.

(Source: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp)

Consult with us and take our free assessment to check if you are qualified to become a provincial nominee, including our detailed discussion of the information and required forms needed to apply as a provincial nominee.  For more details, call us at Phone No. 905­564-­99-31 or email us at info@icaninc.ca.

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Labour Market Opinion: Basics & Updates

Are you a Canadian resident or company wishing to hire temporary foreign worker?  Or are you an individual interested in working in Canada?  Do note that the process of applying for Labour Market Opinion has changed.

In most cases, employers who wish to hire temporary foreign workers must first apply to for a Labour Market Opinion. The opinion assesses the impact the foreign worker would have on Canada’s labour market or, in other words, how the offer of employment would likely affect Canadian jobs.

An employer needs a positive Labour Market Opinion to hire a temporary foreign worker. The foreign worker needs a copy of the positive Labour Market Opinion in order to apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada for a work permit.

With the exception of Live-in Caregiver Program, effective March 25, 2011 all labour market opinion (LMO) application can only be submitted by mail or fax to the appropriate Service Canada Centre (until a new secure online Web system is installed in June 2011) using the new LMO application forms specific to each stream under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

Completed LMO applications received by Service Canada by March 31, 2011, will be processed in accordance with the standard Program requirements. As of April 1, 2011, any LMO request received must be made using the new LMO application forms and will be processed in accordance with the new amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.

(Source: http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca)

If you are intending to hire a foreign worker or you are an individual interested in working in Canada, we can help you apply using the correct and prescribed LMO application forms; for more details, call us at Phone No. 905­564-­99-31 or email us at info@icaninc.ca.

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For Investors, Entrepreneurs and Self‑employed persons

Application for permanent residence by Investors, entrepreneurs and selfemployed persons

Are you a successful businessman who seeks new opportunities and challenges by starting a business in Canada while permanently settling in Canada?

If yes, you and your family members maybe qualified to become permanent residents of Canada under the following Canadian visas; 

  1. Investor Visa
  2. Entrepreneur Visa; or
  3. Self‑employed Visa

This program for Investors, Entrepreneurs and Selfemployed persons seeks to attract experienced business persons who will own and actively manage businesses in Canada that contribute to the economy and create jobs.  Particularly; 

Investor

To be eligible under the Investor Program, you must have at least two years of business experience, net worth of at least C$1,600,000 that was legally obtained, and be willing and able to make an investment of C$800,000 in Canada, among others. 

Entrepreneur

To be eligible under the Entrepreneur Program, you must show that you have business experience and have a minimum net worth of C$300,000 that was obtained legally, among others.

Self-employed persons

Self-Employed Persons are required to have relevant experience that will make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada, or experience in farm management and the intention and ability to purchase and manage a farm in Canada, among others.

(Source: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp)   

The opportunity to immigrate to Canada while actively managing your own Canadian business is a welcome news for business-minded people. 

You may be qualified to apply for this type of application for permanent residence to Canada.  For free, no-cost, worry-free assessment of your qualifications, call us at Phone No. 905­564-­99-31 or email us at info@icaninc.ca.  You may also send your contact details in our email and we will contact you immediately.

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Temporary Resident Permit Holder Class

Application for permanent residence – TRP holder 

Are you in Canada on a valid Temporary Resident Permit and have lived continuously in Canada as TRP holder for at least three or five years?

If yes, you may be qualified to apply for permanent resident status from within Canada under the permit holder class.  Note that a temporary resident visa, a work permit or a study permit is not a temporary resident permit (formerly called a Minister’s Permit).

You may be qualified to apply for a permanent residence under the permit holder class if you meet the following criteria:

  1. If you were deemed inadmissible to Canada on health grounds
  • You have a valid temporary resident permit.
  • You have resided continuously in Canada as a permit holder for at least three years.
  • You continue to be medically inadmissible for the medical reasons that existed when your permit was issued; and
  • you are not inadmissible for any other medical reason, including an undisclosed medical reason.

OR

  • You are inadmissible for having come to Canada with a family member who is inadmissible on health grounds (see section family members for definition).
  • You or your family members have not, since the issue of your temporary resident permit(s), become inadmissible on any other grounds.

2.  If you were deemed inadmissible to Canada on any other grounds

  • You have a valid temporary resident permit.
  • You have resided continuously in Canada as a permit holder for at least five years.
  • You continue to be inadmissible for the grounds that existed when your permit was issued.
  • You or your family members have not, since the issue of your temporary resident permit(s), become inadmissible on any other grounds.

(Source: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp)

 If you are currently in Canada on a valid Temporary Resident Permit, you may be qualified to apply for this class of Canada permanent resident visa.  For more information or free assessment of your qualifications, call us at Phone No. 905­564-­99-31 or email us at info@icaninc.ca.

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Canadian Experience Class

Application for permanent residence — Canadian Experience Class

Do you know that Canada is accepting applications for permanent residence from temporary workers and graduates with Canadian credentials who are already in Canada? 

This is the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) visa available for two kinds of applicants only;

1.        Temporary foreign workers;

2.        Foreign graduates with a Canadian educational credential.

The general qualifications for both CEC applicants are as follows; 

  • temporary resident status during their qualifying period of work experience and any period of full-time study or training in Canada,
  • work experience in occupations that meet the minimum requirements for workers with Skill Type 0, or Skill Level A or B of the National Occupation Classification (NOC),
  • must have the qualifying work and study experience needed at the time the application is made,
  • knowledge of English or French (speaking, reading, listening and writing),
  • not engaged in work or attended school without authorization,
  • not remained in Canada after the time authorized to do so has expired,
  • not been found inadmissible to Canada on grounds such as health or security.

Specifically;

1.        The Temporary Foreign Worker applicant must have 24 months of work experience within the last 36 months.

You must have obtained the equivalent of 24 months of full-time or full-time equivalent (one week is 37.5 hours of work) Canadian skilled work experience at NOC Skill Type 0, or Skill Level A or B. This work experience must have been acquired in Canada (within 36 months preceding the date the application is made*).

You do not have to be employed at the time of the application.

Note: Any periods of self-employment or unauthorized work cannot be included when calculating the period of work experience. You must have temporary resident status during the period of work experience.

2.        The Foreign Graduates must have 12 months of qualifying work experience within the last 24 months and graduated from a recognized post-secondary educational institution and obtained the necessary Canadian educational credential.

You must have obtained the equivalent of 12 months of full-time or full-time equivalent (37.5 hours a week) Canadian skilled work experience at NOC Skill Type 0, or Skill Levels A or B. This work experience must have been acquired in Canada (within the 24 months preceding the date the application is made*).

You do not have to be in employed at the time of the application.

Note: The experience must be acquired after you have completed the required study and obtained a Canadian credential (work performed under the Off-Campus Work Permit Program or co-op work terms do not count).

You must have studied in a program of study or training with a full-time duration of at least 16 months (i.e. two academic years of at least 8 months excluding scheduled breaks, such as summer holidays, in the calculation). The definition of full-time studies is left to individual post-secondary institutions. Full-time studies could also include any period of training in the workplace that forms part of the course of study.

You must have completed this program by studying full-time in Canada for at least 16 months and obtained: 

  • A diploma, degree, trade or apprenticeship credential from a public, provincially recognized Canadian university, community college, CEGEP, or trade/technical school, or
  • A diploma or trade or apprenticeship credential from a private Quebec post-secondary institution that operates under the same rules and regulations as public institutions, and receives at least 50 percent of its financing for its overall operations from government grants, subsidies or other assistance — at this time only private CEGEPs qualify, or
  • A degree from a Canadian private provincially recognized post-secondary institution.

Note: You must have studied in a Canadian institution located in Canada. Distance learning, including online programs, does not qualify.

Exception: If the duration of your program of study in Canada is less than 16 months but one academic year (eight months of study or more), you are only eligible for CEC if your credential is for a graduate program (e.g. Masters) and you have also attained a previous qualifying post-secondary educational credential (length of study of 8 months or more) in Canada within the two years preceding the completion of your graduate program.

Note: You must have temporary resident status during the period of full-time study or training.

(Source: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp)

If you are currently a temporary worker in Canada or a graduate from Canada, you maybe qualified to apply for this kind of visa. 

For more information or free assessment of your qualifications, call us at Phone No. 905­564-­99-31 or email us at info@icaninc.ca.

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Ontario Provincial Nominee Program: International Masters Graduate Stream

If you are a graduate or will soon be graduating from a Masters program from one of Ontario’s publicly funded universities, you may be able to apply to Opportunities Ontario for nomination as a permanent resident, under the International Student Category’s Masters Graduate Stream. Opportunities Ontario will target 1,000 nominations.

Unlike the Federal Skilled Worker Class – Category 2 applications, Ontario’s Masters Graduate students do not require a job offer.

In order to apply to Opportunities Ontario as an international Masters graduate in Ontario, students must:

  • Intend to live and work in Ontario.
  • Have graduated from an existing Masters program at an eligible publicly funded university in Ontario.
  • Have completed a minimum of one academic year degree program, while studying on a full-time basis.
  • Apply within two years of the date on which their Masters degree was granted, or in the alternative, during the last semester of completing their degree.
  • Currently be residing in Ontario.
  • Have legal status in Canada (i.e. study permit, work permit, temporary resident visa)
  • Demonstrate high official language proficiency (For English language proficiency – IELTS – General test with a minimum score of 7 or higher) (For French language proficiency – TEF – with a minimum score of 5 or higher).
  • Demonstrate a minimum level of savings/income to support themselves and their dependants.
  • Demonstrate at least one year of residence in Ontario in the past two years.

However, international students subsidized through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) grants or home country scholarship with return obligations will not be eligible for Opportunities Ontario unless such obligations have been fulfilled. (Source: http://www.ontarioimmigration.ca/en/pnp)

For more information or free assessment of your qualifications, call us at Phone No. 905­564-­99-31 or email us at info@icaninc.ca.

The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)

 The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)

 A resident of Ontario must have a health card to show that he or she is entitled to health care services paid for by OHIP.  The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care pays for a wide range of services, however, it does not pay for services that are not medically necessary, such as cosmetic surgery.

Most of your Ontario health benefits are covered across Canada.  The province or territory you are visiting will usually bill the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care directly for hospital and physician services.  In Quebec, you may have to pay for physician services and then submit your receipt to your local ministry office for payment.

Ontario residents are eligible for provincially funded health coverage (OHIP).  Generally, to be eligible for Ontario health coverage you must: 

  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or among one of the newcomer to Canada groups who are eligible for OHIP as set out in Ontario’s Health Insurance Act ; and
  • be physically present in Ontario for 153 days in any 12-month period; and
  • be physically present in Ontario for at least 153 days of the first 183 days immediately after establishing residency in the province; and
  • make your primary place of residence in Ontario.

OHIP coverage normally becomes effective three months after the date you establish residency in Ontario. The ministry strongly encourages new and returning residents to purchase private health insurance in case you become ill during the OHIP waiting period. (See: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/ohip/)

 

3-months waiting times for newcomer to Ontario

Generally speaking, if you are a newcomer to Ontario, or a former resident returning here to live after being out of the country for more than seven months, the waiting period begins on the date you establish or re-establish residence in Ontario.  You may also be required to be present in Ontario for 153 days of the first 183 days immediately following the date residence is established in Ontario (you cannot be absent for more than 30 days during the first 6 months of residence).

If you are an eligible resident moving to Ontario from another part of Canada, the health insurance of your former province/territory may cover you during the waiting period for OHIP coverage.

If you are not covered by another province/territory, it is important to buy private health insurance to cover you until your Ontario health insurance coverage becomes effective.  (See: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/ohip/ohipfaq_dt.aspx#Q1)  

If you do not have OHIP coverage

Certain groups are exempt from the three-month waiting period; contact INFOline at 1 800 268-1154 or visit your local ServiceOntario – Health Card Services – OHIP office to find out if you may be exempt from the 3-month waiting period.

Because of the 3-month waiting period, many new immigrants are forced to pay for health care out-of-pocket, in some cases incurring great financial debt at a time when they are trying to establish a new life for themselves and their family in Ontario. Others delay seeking necessary medical care, resulting in the need for much more serious and costly treatment in the future.

A Coalition, Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services (website: http://www.cleonet.ca/news_organizations/3023) has launched a postcard campaign to urge Ontario MPPs and the Premier to eliminate the three-month wait.  For RSVP, enquiry, or getting postcards, email: righttohealthcarecoalition@gmail.com

Also, if you do not have OHIP coverage, you cannot be turned away from any hospital’s emergency department.  Some health care agencies in Ontario will provide health care even if you are not covered by OHIP, for more inquiry you may call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-000. 

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Federal Skilled Worker Class: CATEGORY 1

In general, applications for permanent residence under the Federal Skilled Worker Class can be submitted by foreign nationals who are skilled workers and professionals.  Skilled workers will be selected as permanent residents based on their education, work experience, knowledge of English and/or French, and other criteria that will show to help them become economically established in Canada.

As of June 26, 2010, for an application for permanent residence under the Federal Skilled Worker Class to be eligible for processing, one must: 

  • include the results of your official language proficiency test; and
  • file his application under any of the following categories;
  1. Category 1 – This is a category for application filed under one of the 29 eligible occupations (the “Eligible Occupations”).  Between June 26, 2010, to June 30, 2011, a maximum of 20,000 complete Federal Skilled Worker applications will be considered for processing under in this category.  Within the 20,000 cap, a maximum of 1,000 Federal Skilled Worker applications per eligible occupation will be considered for processing within this same time frame; or
  2. Category 2 – the application is submitted with an Arranged Employment Offer consistent with requirements of subsection R82 (2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR).

Applications under any of the above categories must meet the following minimal requirements to apply as a skilled worker:

  • You must have at least one year of continuous full-time, paid work experience or the equivalent in part-time continuous employment
  • You must have had this experience within the last 10 years
  • Your work experience must be Skill Type 0 (managerial occupations) or Skill Level A (professional occupations) or B (technical occupations and skilled trades) on the Canadian National Occupation Classification (NOC)

If an application meets the above minimum requirements, the application will be processed according to the six selection factors in the skilled worker points grid, which are:

  1. Education
  2. Ability in English and/or French, Canada’s two official languages
  3. Work experience
  4. Age
  5. Whether or not the applicant has an arranged employment in Canada
  6. Adaptability

The applicant must also show that he has enough money to support himself and dependants after they arrive in Canada.

The CATEGORY 1 application

Between June 26, 2010, and June 30, 2011, a maximum of 20,000 complete Federal Skilled Worker applications will be considered for processing under this category.  Within the 20,000 cap, a maximum of 1,000 Federal Skilled Worker applications per eligible occupation will be considered for processing within this same time frame.

These 20,000 limits do not apply to applications filed under Category 2 (or those with an offer of arranged employment).

As of January 31, 2011, the applications received toward the overall cap are 7,156 of 20,000, as follows;

Eligible Occupation and its  NOC Code Number of Complete Applications Received*
0631 Restaurant and Food Service Managers 480
0811 Primary Production Managers (except Agriculture)  77
1122 Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management 1,000
(Cap reached)**
1233 Insurance Adjusters and Claims Examiners 151
2121 Biologists and Related Scientists 456
2151 Architects 429
3111 Specialist Physicians 359
3112 General Practitioners and Family Physicians 433
3113 Dentists 507
3131 Pharmacists 736
3142 Physiotherapists 171
3152 Registered Nurses 1,000
(Cap reached)**
3215 Medical Radiation Technologists 29
3222 Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists 13
3233 Licensed Practical Nurses 91
4151 Psychologists 97
4152 Social Workers 313
6241 Chefs 72
6242 Cooks 147
7215 Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades 69
7216 Contractors and Supervisors, Mechanic Trades 174
7241 Electricians (except Industrial and Power System) 97
7242 Industrial Electricians 107
7251 Plumbers 29
7265 Welders and Related Machine Operators 33
7312 Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics 28
7371 Crane Operators 2
7372 Drillers and Blasters – Surface Mining, Quarrying and Construction 9
8222 Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Service 47

 *This number of complete Federal Skilled Worker applications is approximate.

**Once the cap has been reached, the Government of Canada can no longer accept applications for an eligible occupation between June 26, 2010 and June 30, 2011 except when the applicant is applying under Category 2 or any other different Canada visa class.

(Source: http://www.cic.gc.ca/)

There are many ways to immigrate to Canada. If you don’t meet the criteria to apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Program-Category 1, you may qualify under Category 2 or under other Canada visa class. 

For more information, you may send us an email at info@icaninc.ca or you can try our online free assessment tool (http://www.icaninc.ca/free_assessment.htm) to get an idea under what Canada visa class your application may be eligible for processing.

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