Canada Seeks to Attract Technology Professionals

Canada Seeks to Attract Technology Professionals


It is no secret that Canada is a global leader in science and technology. The country produces industry leaders in a number of technology sectors, but one thing is needed to ensure that the industry continues to thrive – an influx of skilled technology professionals.

The Information Technology Association of Canada sums up this need in a recent report:

“For knowledge-based industries, access to a rich and diverse talent pool is as vital as a sustainable supply of trees is to forestry. Finding these people is a chronic and growing challenge due to the coming demographic crunch and an increasing labour market imbalance. Our industry currently runs at virtually full employment, and [it is anticipated] that we will be dealing with 106,000 unfilled jobs over the next four years.”

In order to fill job vacancies in upcoming years, qualified immigrants and temporary workers will be needed across Canada. Thankfully for both the country and for foreign workers, Canada has created a number of programs to facilitate the entry of these much-needed professionals.

The Canadian Technology Sector

A recent assessment by the Council of Canadian Academies shows that technology industries as a whole have remained strong throughout Canada. This is particularly true for the following areas:

Natural Resources

Information and Communications Technology

Health & Related Life Sciences and Technologies

Environmental Technologies

The Council also pinpointed geographic areas that are experiencing a surge of science and technology production. The most productive provinces in this field are Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, and Alberta.

Of course, certain cities have become specialized in specific technological niches. For example, Montreal is considered one of the world’s top cities for the video game industry. In 2011 alone, the industry in Montreal experienced a growth of 21%, a total of approximately 8,000 new jobs. 2012 was forecasted to create approximately 9,000 more new jobs.

Options for Technology Professionals

Individuals with professional experience in the tech sector have several options to come to Canada. These options will vary depending on the person’s field of activity, personal profile, and immigration goals. Here are a few examples of programs that tech professionals have often applied to with success:

Permanent Residency Options

The Quebec Skilled Worker Program

Applicants with experience in a targeted field of study/area of training may be eligible to apply. Several of these targeted fields fall into the realm of technology.

The Federal Skilled Worker Class (new regulations to become effective on January 1, 2013)

Applicants with work experience in any skilled occupation, for the purposes of Canadian immigration, may be eligible to apply. This includes the majority of computer, engineering, and other technical professions.

Temporary Work Permit Options

Quebec Facilitated Labour Market Opinion (LMO) Process

Applicants who fall into a range of fields including information technology, engineering, and health scientists are targeted by this program

Quebec employers will be able to receive an LMO, a crucial step in hiring a foreign worker, without having to fulfill standard local recruitment requirements

Temporary Work Permit

Any skilled worker with an LMO-based job offer from a Canadian employer may be eligible to apply for a Temporary Work Permit

NAFTA Professionals

US citizens can take advantage of this program to receive a Temporary Work Permit without the need to secure an LMO

Professionals must have experience in a targeted field such as Graphic Designer or Computer Systems Analyst

Regardless of the path pursued, individuals with skills in a field such as the tech sector can rest assured that they will be entering a strong marketplace that is in need of their unique skill set.


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How do I bring my spouse to live in the United States?

This information is for U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who wish to bring a spouse to live permanently in the U.S.

Definition of a Spouse

Before you file any documents, it is helpful to understand that “spouse” means lawful husband or wife. In order to successfully petition for an immigrant visa for your spouse, your relationship with your spouse must be established and your spouse must be admissible to the United States under the immigration law.


Overview of Immigration Process

A legal immigrant (or “lawful permanent resident”) is a foreign national who has been granted the privilege of living and working permanently in the United States. There is a three step process for your spouse to become a legal immigrant:

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (U.S.C.I.S.) must approve an immigrant visa petition that you file for your spouse. The State Department visa bulletin must show that a spouse immigrant visa is available to your spouse, based on the date you filed the immigrant visa application. If your spouse is legally inside the U.S. when your visa petition is approved and when an immigrant visa number (if required) becomes available, he or she may apply to adjust his or her status to that of a lawful permanent resident.

Information for Citizens

If you are a U.S. citizen, your spouse is considered an immediate relative and is immediately eligible for an immigrant visa if your petition is approved. Generally, if your spouse is in the U.S. (through a lawful admission or parole) at the time you file the Petition for Alien Relative, your spouse may file an Application to Adjust Status at the same time. If he or she is outside the U.S., your spouse will need to go to the nearest U.S. consulate to apply for an immigrant visa.


Conditional Residence

If you have been married less than two years when your spouse is granted lawful permanent resident status, your spouse will receive permanent resident status on a conditional basis. You and your spouse must apply together to remove the conditions on residence. Please note – you must apply to remove conditional status within 90 days before the 2 year anniversary of the award date of your spouse’s conditional legal permanent resident status. If you fail to file during this time, your spouse will be considered out of status as of the 2 year anniversary, and may be subject to removal from the U.S.

Additional Information Background

An immigrant is a foreign national who has been granted the privilege of living and working permanently in the United States. You must go through a multi step process to become an immigrant. In most cases, the U.S.C.I.S. must first approve an immigrant petition for you, usually filed by an employer or relative. Then, an immigrant visa number must be available to you, even if you are already in the United States. After that, if you are already in the United States, you may apply to adjust to permanent resident status (If you are outside the United States, you will be notified to go to the local U.S. consulate to complete the processing for an immigrant visa.)

Conditional Greencard

Please note your permanent residence status will be conditional if it is based on a marriage that was less than two years old on the day you were given permanent residence.

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How do I sponsor a spouse, common-law or conjugal partner, or dependent child living outside of Canada?

You may be eligible to sponsor a spouse or a common-law or conjugal partner or dependent children living outside of Canada if:

  • the person you want to sponsor is a member of the family class; if he or she is not, you will be found not to be a sponsor,
  • you are 18 years of age or older,
  • you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident,
  • you reside in Canada,

Note: Canadian citizens not residing in Canada may sponsor their spouse, common-law or conjugal partner and/or dependent children who have no dependent children of their own. They must satisfy immigration officials that they will reside in Canada at the time their sponsored spouse, common law or conjugal partner and/or children become permanent residents of Canada. Canadians traveling abroad as tourists are not considered to be residing outside Canada.

Sponsors must provide evidence that they will reside in Canada at the time their sponsored spouse, common-law or conjugal partner and/or children become permanent residents of Canada. Evidence that they will reside in Canada may include one or more of the following:

    • letter from an employer;
    • letter of acceptance to a Canadian educational institution;
    • proof of having rented/bought a dwelling in Canada;
    • reasonable plans for re-establishing in Canada or severing ties to the other country.
  • you sign an undertaking promising to provide for the basic requirements of the person being sponsored and, if applicable, his or her dependent children, and
  • you and the person being sponsored sign an agreement that confirms that each of you understands your mutual obligations and responsibilities.

You must agree to sign an “Undertaking to Assist a Member of the Family Class” with the Government of Canada. The purpose of this agreement is to ensure that the sponsored family members do not become dependent on financial assistance from the government.

You must provide financial support for the relatives or family members you are sponsoring depending on their age and relationship to you. If you are sponsoring:

  • your spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner: you must provide financial support for three years from the date that person became a permanent resident;
  • your, or your spouse’s, common-law or conjugal partner’s dependent child who is less than 22 years of age: you must provide financial support for 10 years from the date that person became a permanent resident or until the child turns 25 years of age, whichever comes first;
  • your, or your spouse’s, common-law or conjugal partner’s dependent child who is 22 years of age or older: you must provide financial support for three years from the date that person became a permanent resident.

What is a Common-Law and Conjugal Partner?

You can sponsor a person as your common-law partner if:

  • that person is of the opposite or same sex,
  • you and that other person have cohabited in a conjugal relationship for a period of at least one year, and
  • your relationship with that person is continuing, even though you are temporarily living apart.

According to the application, the Conjugal category is intended for partners of Canadian sponsors who would ordinarily apply as:

  • common-law partners but cannot meet the definition, that is were not able to live together continuously for one year with their sponsor, or
  • spouses, but marriage to their sponsor is usually not an available option to them, usually because of marital status or sexual orientation, combined with an immigration barrier (for example, rules preventing partner and sponsor of long stays in one another’s countries).

There is no provision for fiancé(e)s in Canada’s immigration legislation. If you are the fiancé(e) of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you must marry before the immigration process takes place. Conjugal partners are not fiancé(e)s and are not fiancé(e)-like (that is, intending to live together and begin a conjugal relationship).

If this process is successful an immigrant visa will be approved. A Right of Permanent Residence Fee must be paid for every person 19 years of age or older for the visa to be issued. The sponsored person must come to Canada before the visa expires.

If a family class application is refused, you have the right to appeal. All immigration appeals are handled by the Immigration Appeal Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB).

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President Obama Speech about 2013 Immigration Plan

President Obama Speech about 2013 Immigration Plan

I’m here because most Americans agree that it’s time to fix a system that’s been broken for way too long. I’m here because business leaders, faith leaders, labor leaders, law enforcement, and leaders from both parties are coming together to say now is the time to find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as the land of opportunity. Now is the time to do this so we can strengthen our economy and strengthen our country’s future.

Think about it – we define ourselves as a nation of immigrants. That’s who we are – in our bones. The promise we see in those who come here from every corner of the globe, that’s always been one of our greatest strengths. It keeps our workforce young. It keeps our country on the cutting edge. And it’s helped build the greatest economic engine the world has ever known.

After all, immigrants helped start businesses like Google and Yahoo!. They created entire new industries that, in turn, created new jobs and new prosperity for our citizens. In recent years, one in four high-tech startups in America were founded by immigrants. One in four new small business owners were immigrants, including right here in Nevada – folks who came here seeking opportunity and now want to share that opportunity with other Americans.

But we all know that today, we have an immigration system that’s out of date and badly broken; a system that’s holding us back instead of helping us grow our economy and strengthen our middle class.

Right now, we have 11 million undocumented immigrants in America; 11 million men and women from all over the world who live their lives in the shadows. Yes, they broke the rules. They crossed the border illegally. Maybe they overstayed their visas. Those are facts. Nobody disputes them.  But these 11 million men and women are now here. Many of them have been here for years. And the overwhelming majority of these individuals aren’t looking for any trouble. They’re contributing members of the community. They’re looking out for their families. They’re looking out for their neighbors. They’re woven into the fabric of our lives.

Every day, like the rest of us, they go out and try to earn a living. Often they do that in a shadow economy – a place where employers may offer them less than the minimum wage or make them work overtime without extra pay. And when that happens, it’s not just bad for them, it’s bad for the entire economy. Because all the businesses that are trying to do the right thing – that are hiring people legally, paying a decent wage, following the rules – they’re the ones who suffer. They’ve got to compete against companies that are breaking the rules. And the wages and working conditions of American workers are threatened, too.

So if we’re truly committed to strengthening our middle class and providing more ladders of opportunity to those who are willing to work hard to make it into the middle class, we’ve got to fix the system.

We have to make sure that every business and every worker in America is playing by the same set of rules. We have to bring this shadow economy into the light so that everybody is held accountable – businesses for who they hire, and immigrants for getting on the right side of the law. That’s common sense. And that’s why we need comprehensive immigration reform.

There’s another economic reason why we need reform.  It’s not just about the folks who come here illegally and have the effect they have on our economy. It’s also about the folks who try to come here legally but have a hard time doing so, and the effect that has on our economy.

Right now, there are brilliant students from all over the world sitting in classrooms at our top universities. They’re earning degrees in the fields of the future, like engineering and computer science. But once they finish school, once they earn that diploma, there’s a good chance they’ll have to leave our country. Think about that.

Intel was started with the help of an immigrant who studied here and then stayed here. Instagram was started with the help of an immigrant who studied here and then stayed here. Right now in one of those classrooms, there’s a student wrestling with how to turn their big idea – their Intel or Instagram – into a big business.  We’re giving them all the skills they need to figure that out, but then we’re going to turn around and tell them to start that business and create those jobs in China or India or Mexico or someplace else? That’s not how you grow new industries in America. That’s how you give new industries to our competitors. That’s why we need comprehensive immigration reform.

Now, during my first term, we took steps to try and patch up some of the worst cracks in the system.

First, we strengthened security at the borders so that we could finally stem the tide of illegal immigrants. We put more boots on the ground on the southern border than at any time in our history. And today, illegal crossings are down nearly 80 percent from their peak in 2000.

Second, we focused our enforcement efforts on criminals who are here illegally and who endanger our communities. And today, deportations of criminals is at its highest level ever.

And third, we took up the cause of the DREAMers – the young people who were brought to this country as children, young people who have grown up here, built their lives here, have futures here. We said that if you’re able to meet some basic criteria like pursuing an education, then we’ll consider offering you the chance to come out of the shadows so that you can live here and work here legally, so that you can finally have the dignity of knowing you belong.

But because this change isn’t permanent, we need Congress to act – and not just on the DREAM Act. We need Congress to act on a comprehensive approach that finally deals with the 11 million undocumented immigrants who are in the country right now. That’s what we need.

Now, the good news is that for the first time in many years, Republicans and Democrats seem ready to tackle this problem together. Members of both parties, in both chambers, are actively working on a solution. Yesterday, a bipartisan group of senators announced their principles for comprehensive immigration reform, which are very much in line with the principles I’ve proposed and campaigned on for the last few years. So at this moment, it looks like there’s a genuine desire to get this done soon, and that’s very encouraging.

But this time, action must follow. We can’t allow immigration reform to get bogged down in an endless debate. We’ve been debating this a very long time. So it’s not as if we don’t know technically what needs to get done. As a consequence, to help move this process along, today I’m laying out my ideas for immigration reform. And my hope is that this provides some key markers to members of Congress as they craft a bill, because the ideas I’m proposing have traditionally been supported by both Democrats like Ted Kennedy and Republicans like President George W. Bush. You don’t get that matchup very often. So we know where the consensus should be.

Now, of course, there will be rigorous debate about many of the details, and every stakeholder should engage in real give and take in the process. But it’s important for us to recognize that the foundation for bipartisan action is already in place. And if Congress is unable to move forward in a timely fashion, I will send up a bill based on my proposal and insist that they vote on it right away.

So the principles are pretty straightforward. There are a lot of details behind it. We’re going to hand out a bunch of paper so that everybody will know exactly what we’re talking about. But the principles are pretty straightforward.

First, I believe we need to stay focused on enforcement. That means continuing to strengthen security at our borders. It means cracking down more forcefully on businesses that knowingly hire undocumented workers. To be fair, most businesses want to do the right thing, but a lot of them have a hard time figuring out who’s here legally, who’s not. So we need to implement a national system that allows businesses to quickly and accurately verify someone’s employment status. And if they still knowingly hire undocumented workers, then we need to ramp up the penalties.

Second, we have to deal with the 11 million individuals who are here illegally. We all agree that these men and women should have to earn their way to citizenship. But for comprehensive immigration reform to work, it must be clear from the outset that there is a pathway to citizenship.

We’ve got to lay out a path – a process that includes passing a background check, paying taxes, paying a penalty, learning English, and then going to the back of the line, behind all the folks who are trying to come here legally. That’s only fair, right?

So that means it won’t be a quick process but it will be a fair process. And it will lift these individuals out of the shadows and give them a chance to earn their way to a green card and eventually to citizenship.

And the third principle is we’ve got to bring our legal immigration system into the 21st century because it no longer reflects the realities of our time. For example, if you are a citizen, you shouldn’t have to wait years before your family is able to join you in America. You shouldn’t have to wait years.

If you’re a foreign student who wants to pursue a career in science or technology, or a foreign entrepreneur who wants to start a business with the backing of American investors, we should help you do that here. Because if you succeed, you’ll create American businesses and American jobs. You’ll help us grow our economy. You’ll help us strengthen our middle class.

So that’s what comprehensive immigration reform looks like: smarter enforcement; a pathway to earned citizenship; improvements in the legal immigration system so that we continue to be a magnet for the best and the brightest all around the world. It’s pretty straightforward.

The question now is simple: Do we have the resolve as a people, as a country, as a government to finally put this issue behind us? I believe that we do. I believe that we do. I believe we are finally at a moment where comprehensive immigration reform is within our grasp.

But I promise you this: The closer we get, the more emotional this debate is going to become. Immigration has always been an issue that enflames passions. That’s not surprising. There are few things that are more important to us as a society than who gets to come here and call our country home; who gets the privilege of becoming a citizen of the United States of America. That’s a big deal.

When we talk about that in the abstract, it’s easy sometimes for the discussion to take on a feeling of “us” versus “them.” And when that happens, a lot of folks forget that most of “us” used to be “them.” We forget that.

It’s really important for us to remember our history. Unless you’re one of the first Americans, a Native American, you came from someplace else. Somebody brought you.

Ken Salazar, he’s of Mexican American descent, but he points that his family has been living where he lives for 400 years, so he didn’t immigrate anywhere.

The Irish who left behind a land of famine. The Germans who fled persecution. The Scandinavians who arrived eager to pioneer out west. The Polish. The Russians. The Italians. The Chinese. The Japanese. The West Indians. The huddled masses who came through Ellis Island on one coast and Angel Island on the other. All those folks, before they were “us,” they were “them.”

And when each new wave of immigrants arrived, they faced resistance from those who were already here. They faced hardship. They faced racism. They faced ridicule. But over time, as they went about their daily lives, as they earned a living, as they raised a family, as they built a community, as their kids went to school here, they did their part to build a nation.

They were the Einsteins and the Carnegies. But they were also the millions of women and men whose names history may not remember, but whose actions helped make us who we are; who built this country hand by hand, brick by brick. They all came here knowing that what makes somebody an American is not just blood or birth, but allegiance to our founding principles and the faith in the idea that anyone from anywhere can write the next great chapter of our story.

And that’s still true today. Just ask Alan Aleman. Alan is here this afternoon – where is Alan? He’s around here -there he is right here. Alan was born in Mexico. He was brought to this country by his parents when he was a child.  Growing up, Alan went to an American school, pledged allegiance to the American flag, felt American in every way – and he was, except for one: on paper.

In high school, Alan watched his friends come of age – driving around town with their new licenses, earning some extra cash from their summer jobs at the mall. He knew he couldn’t do those things. But it didn’t matter that much. What mattered to Alan was earning an education so that he could live up to his God-given potential.

Last year, when Alan heard the news that we were going to offer a chance for folks like him to emerge from the shadows – even if it’s just for two years at a time – he was one of the first to sign up. And a few months ago he was one of the first people in Nevada to get approved. In that moment, Alan said, “I felt the fear vanish. I felt accepted.”

So today, Alan is in his second year at the College of Southern Nevada. Alan is studying to become a doctor.  He hopes to join the Air Force. He’s working hard every single day to build a better life for himself and his family. And all he wants is the opportunity to do his part to build a better America.

So in the coming weeks, as the idea of reform becomes more real and the debate becomes more heated, and there are folks who are trying to pull this thing apart, remember Alan and all those who share the same hopes and the same dreams. Remember that this is not just a debate about policy. It’s about people. It’s about men and women and young people who want nothing more than the chance to earn their way into the American story.

Throughout our history, that has only made our nation stronger. And it’s how we will make sure that this century is the same as the last: an American century welcoming of everybody who aspires to do something more, and who is willing to work hard to do it, and is willing to pledge that allegiance to our flag.

Até que ponto a reforma da Lei de Imigração é necessária?

Até que ponto a reforma da Lei de Imigração é necessária?



Alguns políticos canadenses e outras figuras públicas que dividem a mesma opinião do Ministro de Imigração Jason Kennedy são alvos de muitas críticas por suas idéias e esforços para resolver os problemas de imigração que a nação vêm sofrendo nos últimos anos.


Muitos canadenses concordam que a reforma na lei de imigração é necessária. O Canadá por muito tempo adotou a política de “portas abertas” para o pedido de refúgio o que beneficiou a vida de muitos. Mas isso gerou um problema, pois com o aumento de imigrantes no país gerou uma lista de espera muito longa.


Várias organizações como a Immigration Bar são conhecidas por lutar contra a reforma do projeto de imigração e extremos casos de abusos na lei vigente. Esses grupos estão fazendo o possível para acusar a parte consertiva do governo pela lentidão no proecsso de imigração. O Canadá está sentindo os mesmos problemas que os Estados Unidos estão sofrendo com uma inadequada reforma da lei de imigração.


A lei do estado do Arizona garante aos policiais o direito de requerir dos cidadãos, documentos que comprovem seus “status imigratório”, ou seja, eles exigem que a pessoa prove ser cidadã americana ou não. Também foi conferido aos policiais o poder de prender qualquer cidadão que eles desconfiem estar “ilegal” no país. Se essa pessoa cometeu qualquer ofensa pública, ela pode ser deportada dos Estados Unidos.


Essa lei está sendo encarada com caráter racista, vez que a maioria dos imigrantes irregulares no Arizona são mexicanos (em outras palavras os policiais estão lidando principalmente com Hispanos). A polícia, querendo ou não, tem focado sua ação contra a comunidade latina desse estado. Quase 2 milhões de hispanos, que vivem no Arizona, estão legais e em algum ponto de sua vida serão obrigados a provarem sua legalidade, enquanto as pessoas de outras etnias não terão de provar sua legalidade somente deverão apresentar a carteira de motorista (driver licence).


Essa lei de imigração do Arizona pode servir de exemplo para os canadenses, pois o mesmo pode acontecer com a futura reforma da lei de imigração se não for efetuada de forma concisa e ponderada.


Nós no Canadá podemos nos sentir com sorte por não termos nenhuma lei nesse sentido, onde há um preconceito quanto à etnia do cidadão e há um aumento no índice de crimes cometidos por determinados grupos ou facções. A maioria dos imigrantes que entram no Canadá estão com seus documentos em ordem e são benvindos ao país. Esses imigrantes são trabalhadores árduos, capazes de trazer novas idéias e inovações ao país.


A reforma da lei de imigração deve proteger as fronteiras do país agora, antes que o Canadá enfrente os mesmos problemas que estados como o do Arizona, Califórnia, Texas e outros deparam todos os dias.



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International Students Benefit from New Immigration Levels

International Students Benefit from New Immigration Levels

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) will play a prominent role in shaping immigration for 2013. The program, which was created to streamline Permanent Residency applications for workers and students already in Canada, is expected to issue 10,000 visas next year. This is an increase of 3,000-4,000 from last year’s immigration targets.

International students who have completed studies in Canada are well-placed to make an easy transition into the Canadian workforce. They have already assimilated into Canadian culture, speak French and/or English, and will possess educational credentials that will be recognized by Canadian employers. Because of these and other reasons, the CEC was created to help these valuable students remain in Canada, if they wish, after graduation.

Before the creation of the CEC, international students who wished to remain in Canada permanently would have to undergo a lengthy application process. With an aging Canadian population and a labour market in dire need of talented, educated workers, it was of the essence that a way was found to retain graduates with the skills the country needs. The CEC has helped provide a way.

Since its inception, the CEC has issued over 20,000 visas to foreign students and workers in Canada. Admission has risen from about 2,500 in 2009 to more than 6,000 new Permanent Residents in 2011.

“We are working hard to attract and retain the best and brightest students from around the world,” said Immigration Minister Jason Kenney at a ceremony marking CEC’s 20,000th visa issuance. The recipient of that visa, a student named Guarav Gore, appeared to agree.

“As a student, I saw the wealth of opportunities that are available in Canada,” he said. “I felt welcome. I wanted to stay, pursue a career here, and contribute to the economy as well as the country. I was happy to discover that it was possible through the CEC and that I could use my skills immediately upon graduating.”

CEC Requirements

Applications to the Canadian Experience Class are relatively straightforward. Students who wish to apply must satisfy the following requirements, in addition to Federal health and security screenings:

They must successfully complete a program of study of at least two academic years at a Canadian post-secondary institution;

They must have obtained at least one year of skilled, professional, or technical work experience in Canada within 24 months of the application date (effective January 2nd 2013); and

They must meet or surpass Canadian Level Benchmark 5 (“initial intermediate”) or 7 (“adequate intermediate proficiency”) depending on the level of their job in Canada

Students who are living in Quebec may be eligible for the Quebec Experience Class, a similar but separate program. These students must fulfill slightly different requirements:

They must have obtained a degree or diploma from an educational institution recognized by the Quebec Ministry of Education;

They must have studied in Quebec for at least 1,800 hours (two years); and

They must show that they have successfully completed an intermediate level French course at a Quebec educational institution, if their studies were not completed in French.

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Vantagens de contratar um advogado

Serviços de advogado de imigração – Parte I


 Este artigo revisa várias opções de imigração, informando da forma mais rápida, fácil e barata todas as opções sem perder muito tempo, são formas de tirar vantagem de custo e benefío. Se você estiver com pressa para ir para os Estados Unidos ou Canadá você primeiro vai querer obter um visto de trabalho, não-imigrante, e aplicar posteriormente para o a residência permanente. Na verdade, a maioria das aplicações de emprego o que, realmente, se almeja é a residência permanente. Esta abordagem é feita em duas fases, uma para os Estados Unidos outra para o Canadá. Enquanto, este artigo é focado para profissionais e executivos em viagem a negócios na América do Norte ou do Sul, grande parte do que é apresentado neste artigoserve da mesma forma para profissionais e executivos de outras partes do mundo viajando para América do Norte. Para ter a certeza de como está seu status, você deve sempre consultar um advogado de imigração sobre suas circunstâncias específicas antes de viajar.

1. Visto de visitante – vistos mais rápidos e mais baratos. Breves visitas de até seis meses em qualquer tempo. Não é permitido trabalhar “Hands-on”.

Visto de visitante a negócios – são vistos mais rápidos e mais baratos. Quando sua intenção é apenas para “fazer negócios” nos Estados Unidos ou no Canadá, ou seja, você não pretende trabalhar “Hands-on”, sua melhor opção é um visto de visitante do negócio.

Como um visitante a negócios para os Estados Unidos ou Canadá, você pode assistir a reuniões, assinar contratos, inspecionar instalações, rever os orçamentos e demonstrações financeiras, assistir a conferências, participar como diretor em reuniões da diretoria corporativa, participar de feiras, fazer compras de bens e serviços e viajar livremente em todo o país, geralmente por até seis meses sem fazer qualquer aplicação nos consulados, basta apenas apresentar seu passaporte na fronteira quando viajar para os Estados Unidos ou Canadá.

Com esse visto voce pode fazer qualquer negociação, mas você não pode excutar trabalho laboral “Hands-on”. Assim, por exemplo, você não pode responder telefones, enviar cartas, fazer reclamações sobre clientes, vender no atacado e varejo, etc., como voce faria se fosse empregado de uma empresa.

2. Visto de trabalho de três anos (sob o NAFTA – acordo de livre comércio da América do Norte) – o segundo mais rápido, mais fácil e mais barato meio de se obter o visto para a América do Norte.

Se você é um profissional, como médicos, enfermeiros, professores etc, provavelmente, você se qualifica aqui.

Se você é um profissional ou um executivo e sua profissão está listado no acordo de livre comércio da Am’erica do Norte – NAFTA, contanto, que você tenha as credenciais exigidas pelo acordo para a profissão em questão, você pode obter um visto de trabalho imediato de três anos (renovável indefinidamente pelo período de um ano).

A chave para esses vistos são trabalhos oferecidos por empregadores que procuram profissionais específicos. Isso é feito pelo uso de uma carta assinada originalmente para o feito, uma cópia de seu currículo e/ou outras credenciais que satisfaçam os requisitos do NAFTA, uma cidadania provando passaporte em um país afiliado ao NAFTA e o pagamento da devida taxa.


Para obter mais detalhes sobre estes vistos leia nosso artigo sobre canadenses e mexicanos NAFTA TN Professional trabalhadores e nossa lista de verificação para pedido de visto TN nos EUA. Lembre-se que os requisitos para estes vistos são praticamente os mesmos para os Estados Unidos ou Canadá. Assim, que o que valerpara os vistos americanos TN, basicamente, aplicam-se para o Canadá e até mesmo para o México para esse assunto.


Se você gostaria de ter uma avaliação preliminar do seu caso, entre em contato com Nelson Lisboa no escritório da Pace Law Firm, e-mail ou ligue para 647-789-1961 / 416-560-1464 (Toronto) e (11) 4040-4423 (Brasil). Representamos clientes em todo o Canadá e internacionalmente, Visite e clique em curtir na nossa página no Facebook


Até Breve.

Trabalhar no Canadá ou nos Estados Unidos???

Brasileiros-Americanos que queiram trabalhar no Canada


Eu sou um profissional residente nos Estados Unidos e pelo NAFTA posso trabalhar no Canadá?

Profissionais dos Estados Unidos podem trabalhar no Canadá nas seguintes condições:

  1. o requerente deve ser cidadão dos EUA;
  2. a profissão deve fazer parte da lista do NAFTA;
  3. deve existir uma posição no Canadá que necessite do profissional.


O requerente americano deve estar procurando um emprego em tempo integral ou meio período, já estabelecido, com um empregador canadense (verificar a documentação exigida). O auto-emprego não é permitido, o profissional norte-americano deve possuir as qualificações da profissão, em conformidade com requisitos de imigração existentes para a entrada temporária.



Pessoas que se qualificarem para a categoria de profissionais podem reuquerer uma autorização de trabalho em conformidade com o R204(a), T23. Os profissionais não estão sujeitos ao parecer do mercado de trabalho, mas devem possuir a autorização de trabalho (R204, T23).


O profissional deve apresentar as seguintes documentações:

  1. Prova da cidadania americana;
  2. Confirmação de emprego previamente acordada fornecido por um contrato assinado com uma empresa canadense, ou;
  3. Prova de uma oferta de emprego de um empregador canadense, ou;
  4. Uma carta do empregador canadense informando o nome do serviço e o nome da empresa canadense;
  5. O empregador proposto no Canadá;
  6. A profissão para a qual é pedida a entrada;
  7. Detalhes da posição (título, direitos, duração do emprego, formas de pagamento);
  8. Títulos ou credenciais necessárias para a posição, e;
  9. Prova de que a pessoa tem, pelo menos, o grau mínimo de educação e outros diplomas listados no apêndice 1603.D.1 (cópias do grau de instrução, diplomas, certificados profissionais, acreditação ou registro, etc).


Quanto tempo posso ficar?

As autorizações de trabalho podem ser concedidas por períodos de até três anos, geralmente é coferido por 1 ano com opção de renvação do visto de trabalho.


Extensão da estadia?

Extensões também podem ser emitidas por períodos de até três anos, sem limite no número de extensões, desde que a pessoa contine a cumprir os requisitos para a profissão. Os Oficiais de frotenira devem ficar satisfeitos com as informações fornecidas, o emprego deve ser “temporário” e o requerente não pode estar usando entrada NAFTA como um meio de contornar os procedimentos de imigração normal.


Advogado x Representante Legal

Usar Advogado ou Representante Legal para o pedido de imigração


Vamos falar hoje sobre os serviços que podem ou devem ser contratados para o pedido de imigração (que podem ser prestados por conselheiros, advogados, amigos e outros).


Devemos esclarecer que não é necessário a contratação de profissionais de imigração para o preenchimento e acompanhamento do pedido de residência permanente ou cidadania canadense, pois todos os serviços e formulários necessários são gratuitos e estão disponíveis online no site do governo canadense


Com ou sem representate legal seu pedido de imigração terá o mesmo valor perante às autoridades de imigração canadense. O governo canadesnse trata todos de forma igualitária, não importando se há ou não a presença de um representante legal.


Ninguém está obrigado a contratar os serviços de reprenstantes de imigração, está decisão é de foro pessoal. Existindo o interese por um representante de imigração, por favor tenha em mente que o Departamento de Cidadania e Imigração para o Canadá só reconhece representantes autorizados que pertençam à Ordem dos Advogados do Canada, à Instituição de Consultores de Imigração do Canadá ou à Câmara dos Notários do Quebec.


Caso haja a escolha de um advogado ou um conselheiro para a confecção do pedido de imigração, esse representante deve ser apontado na aplicação expressamente sob pena de invalidação do pedido de imigração, podendo somente ser apontado um representate para cada aplicação. Havendo o cancelamento dos serviços do representante de imigraço, deve-se informar o mais rápido possível o escritório do CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada – Cidadanie e Imigração Canadense).


Imigrar para o Canadá é uma ótima e excitante oportunidade para aqueles que buscam novos horizontes e desafios. Faça escolhas certas e não perca tempo e dinheiro.


Se você gostaria de ter uma avaliação preliminar do seu caso, entre em contato com Nelson Lisboa no escritório da Pace Law Firm, e-mail ou ligue para 647-789-1961 / 416-560-1464 (Toronto) e (11) 4040-4423 (Brasil). Representamos clientes em todo o Canadá e internacionalmente, Visite e clique em curtir na nossa página no Facebook


Até breve.


Nelson Lisboa


New citizenship study guide to help newcomers and Canadians better understand Canada

A new, more comprehensive study guide for Canadian citizenship was launched today by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.

Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship includes information on common values such as freedom, democracy, human rights, the rule of law and the equality of men and women. It promotes to immigrants and Canadian citizens alike a greater understanding of Canada’s history, values, symbols and important Canadian institutions, such as Parliament and the Crown. It also highlights the contribution of ethnic and cultural communities in shaping our Canadian identity and the sacrifices made by Canada’s veterans for our country.

People come from all over the world to seek Canadian citizenship. It is highly valued,” said Minister Kenney. “We expect people who want to become Canadians to have a good understanding of their rights and responsibilities, and the values and institutions that are rooted in Canada’s history. By strengthening the guide, we are increasing the value of Canadian citizenship.

In developing the study guide, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) consulted with a panel of prominent Canadians, including public figures, authors and historians. The new guide has also been reviewed by well–known organizations involved in citizenship promotion, such as the Historica–Dominion Institute, the Association of Francophone and Acadian Communities and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship.

Discover Canada should be in the hands of not only new Canadians, but every high school student in Canada,” said Marc Chalifoux, Executive Vice-President of the Historica-Dominion Institute. “All citizens, whether they were born in Canada or not, need to understand how the institutions of this country came to be. This guide tells them how.

These are the first substantive changes to the study guide since it was created in 1995.

It is not easy to capture Canada—its geography, its people, its society and its history—in a brief document, but this one does a fine job,” said Canadian historian Margaret MacMillan of Oxford University, author of the bestselling Paris 1919.

“At last, Canada has a guide for prospective citizens that is not an embarrassment,” said historian Jack Granatstein, author of Who Killed Canadian History?

Rudyard Griffiths, co-founder of the Dominion Institute and author of Who We Are: A Citizen’s Manifesto, said: “Finally we have a citizenship guide that provides newcomers with a comprehensive overview of the people, places, symbols and values that define our collective way of life. Two thumbs up!

One of the requirements of citizenship is to demonstrate an adequate knowledge of Canada, and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

Xavier Gélinas, a Quebec historian and curator at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, noted that the guide, in both text and powerful images, includes a focus on the bilingual and bicultural nature of Canada. “One example is the inset photograph of the Speaker’s chair in the Quebec National Assembly, featured on the cover. As a historian, I have rarely seen such a frank recognition of Quebec’s reality and distinctiveness in a document published by the Canadian government. It demonstrates federalism in words, deeds and images.”

Discover Canada introduces would–be Canadians to a nation of distinctive history, geography, character and traditions,” said Professor Randy Boyagoda, novelist and contributor to The Walrus magazine. “This guide cogently describes many of Canada’s strengths, not least of which are the rights and responsibilities of its citizens.

The new guide is a very positive step forward in providing more historical context than we’ve seen in previous editions, and presenting it in a way that helps readers to understand its relevance in shaping the way we are today,” said Deborah Morrison, President and CEO of Canada’s National Historic Society. “I hope you will encourage even greater distribution of the guide as I think it will be beneficial to all Canadians, the old and the new!

Citizenship applicants who are scheduled for a test or an interview before the end of February 2010 should read the old study guide, A Look at Canada, which will continue to be available on the CIC website. Those who take the test, or who have an interview in March 2010 or later, should study Discover Canada.

Cover of Discover CanadaDiscover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship can be downloaded or ordered from the CIC website.

Citizenship applicants can contact the CIC Call Centre if they have any questions.