Canada Seeks for new professionals

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If there are rumours about recession in Brazil, Canada, in the other hand, has a great economic moment, all Canadian provinces bring good employment perspectives for Brazilians.

 

Quebec, region of French language, which is the largest in the country, is promoting a “hunt” to qualified professionals. The greatest demand is aimed at those working in the areas of information technology, engineering, accounting / financial audit, management and marketing.

 

Therefore, in March, the office Ministry of Immigration will be visiting several cities in Brazil to deliver free information talks about province’s immigration program.

 

Lectures will be placed in Recife (PE), João Pessoa (PB), Natal (RN), São Paulo (SP), Campinas (SP), Belo Horizonte (MG) and Curitiba (PR). This is part of the international Quebec’s immigration program.

 

The meetings will clarify about life in Quebec, immigration procedures, employment prospects, cultural characteristics and values of Quebec society.

IELTS

 IELTS 01

IN IELTS THERE ARE THREE PARTS FOR SPEAKING

Speaking part 1

In part 1 of the Speaking test the examiner will introduce him or herself and ask general questions on familiar topics.

The examiner will ask you to confirm your identity.

He or she will then ask general questions on familiar topics such as home, family, work, studies and interests. Part 1 of the test will last 4-5 minutes.

How to practice

You will need a study partner to practise the Speaking test.

Ask your study partner to interview you using the questions below. Record yourself if you can

Speaking test part 1: questions

Let’s talk about your home town or village:

  • what kind of place is it?
  • what’s the most interesting part of your town/village?
  • what kind of jobs do the people in your town/village do?
  • would you say it’s a good place to live? (why?)

Let’s move on to talk about accommodation:

  • tell me about the kind of accommodation you live in?
  • how long have you lived there?
  • what do you like about living there?
  • what sort of accommodation would you most like to live in?

Transcript

Examiner: Now, in this first part, I’d like to ask you some more questions about yourself, OK?

Let’s talk about your home town or village. What kind of place is it?

Candidate: It’s quite a small village, about 20km from Zurich. And it’s very quiet. And we have only little … two little shops because most of the people work in Zurich or are orientated to the city.

Examiner: What’s the most interesting part of this place … village?

Candidate: On the top of a hill we have a little castle which is very old and quite well known in Switzerland.

Examiner: What kind of jobs do people in the village do?

Candidate: We have some farmers in the village as well as people who work in Zurich as bankers or journalists or there are also teachers and some doctors, some medicines.

Examiner: Would you say it’s a good place to live?

Candidate: Yes. Although it is very quiet, it is … people are friendly and I would say it is a good place to live there, yes.

Examiner: Let’s move on to talk about accommodation. Tell me about the kind of accommodation you live in …

Speaking part 2

In the IELTS speaking part 2 test you will be given a task card on a particular topic, and this will include key points that you should talk about.

This section of the Speaking test gives you the opportunity to speak for longer on a topic.

You will be given one minute to prepare to talk about the topic on the task card.  A pencil and paper will be provided for you to make notes.

You will have to talk for 1-2 minutes, and then the examiner will ask you one or two questions on the same topic. Part 2 takes 3-4 minutes in total.

How to practise

Ask your study partner to listen while you speak about the task card topic. You should talk for 1-2 minutes.

Your study partner should then ask you one or two questions on the same topic using the rounding off questions.

Record yourself if you can.

Speaking test part 2: candidate task card

Describe something you own which is very important to you.

You should say:

  • where you got it from
  • how long you have had it
  • what you use it for; and
  • explain why it is important to you.

You will have to talk about the topic for 1 to 2 minutes.

You have one minute to think about what you’re going to say.

You can make some notes to help you if you wish.

Rounding off questions

Tell me

  • is it valuable in terms of money?
  • would it be easy to replace?

Transcript

Examiner: Alright? Remember you have one to two minutes for this, so don’t worry if I stop you. I’ll tell you when the time is up.

Candidate: OK

Examiner: Can you start speaking now, please?

Candidate: Yes. One of the most important things I have is my piano because I like playing the piano. I got it from my parents to my twelve birthday, so I have it for about nine years, and the reason why it is so important for me is that I can go into another world when I’m playing piano. I can forget what’s around me and what … I can forget my problems and this is sometimes quite good for a few minutes. Or I can play to relax or just, yes to … to relax and to think of something completely different.

Examiner: Thank you. Would it be easy to replace this, this piano?

Candidate: Yes, I think it wouldn’t be that big problem but I like my piano as it is because I have it from my parents, it’s some kind unique for me.

Speaking part 3

In part 3 of the Speaking test the examiner will ask further questions which are connected to the topics  discussed in part 2.

This part of the test is designed to give you the opportunity to talk about more abstract issues and ideas. It is a two-way discussion with the examiner, and will last 4-5 minutes.

How to practise

Ask your study partner to prompt your practice test discussion using the questions below. Try to speak as naturally and fluently as possible.

Record your discussion if you can.

Let’s consider first of all how people’s values have changed.

  • What kind of things give status to people in your country?
  • Have things changed since your parents’ time?

Finally, let’s talk about the role of advertising.

  • Do you think advertising influences what people buy?

Listen to the audio:

 

Left click on the link to listen now (the audio player will open in a new tab) or right click and select ‘Save Link As’ to download the file to your computer and listen later.

 

·         Advice

·         Transcript

You have now completed all three parts of the practice Speaking test.

How did you do?

Listen to your recording of your own practice test.

Which part of the test do you think you did best in? Are there any areas where you think that you need to do better?

Think about how you can improve your own Speaking test performance.

Review the examples

Go back through the test and listen to the recordings and read the audio transcripts for each part.

These are designed to give you an understanding of the format of the test. They do not represent a candidate at a particular level of competency.

Do you think that this candidate performed well?

Transcript

Examiner: We’ve been talking about things we own. I’d like to discuss with you one or two more general questions relating to this topic. First, let’s consider values and the way they can change. In Switzerland, what kind of possessions do you think give status to people?

Candidate: The first thing which comes in my mind is the car. Yes, because lots of people like to have posh cars or expensive cars to show their status, their place in the society.

Examiner: Is that a new development?

Candidate: No, I think it isn’t.

Examiner: People have thought like that for quite a long time?

Candidate: Yes. Another thing is probably the clothing. It starts already when you are young. When the children go to school they want to have posh labels on their jumpers or good shoes.

Examiner: What do you think of this way of thinking, that I need to have a car or certain clothes to show my status?

Candidate: Probably it’s sometimes a replacement for something you don’t have, so if your wife has left you or your girlfriend, you just buy some new, I don’t know, new watches or new clothes to make you satisfied again.

Examiner: You don’t think of it as a healthy way of thinking?

Candidate: It’s probably not honest to yourself. You can understand what I mean?

Examiner: Yes. And do you think this will change? In the future, will cars and designer clothes be status symbols in the same way?

Candidate: I’m sure that clothes will be … that the thing with the clothes will be the same. I’m not so sure about the cars because cars cause lots of environmental problems and probably in some years, a few years, this will change because it’s not reasonable to drive a car anymore.

Examiner: Can you tell me a little bit more about that?

You can read the transcript of the audio to check any words that you did not understand.

Do you think that this candidate performed well?

Think about how you can improve your own Speaking test.

Transcript

Examiner: We’ve been talking about things we own. I’d like to discuss with you one or two more general questions relating to this topic. First, let’s consider values and the way they can change. In Switzerland, what kind of possessions do you think give status to people?

Candidate: The first thing which comes in my mind is the car. Yes, because lots of people like to have posh cars or expensive cars to show their status, their place in the society.

Examiner: Is that a new development?

Candidate: No, I think it isn’t.

Examiner: People have thought like that for quite a long time?

Candidate: Yes. Another thing is probably the clothing. It starts already when you are young. When the children go to school they want to have posh labels on their jumpers or good shoes.

Examiner: What do you think of this way of thinking, that I need to have a car or certain clothes to show my status?

Candidate: Probably it’s sometimes a replacement for something you don’t have, so if your wife has left you or your girlfriend, you just buy some new, I don’t know, new watches or new clothes to make you satisfied again.

Examiner: You don’t think of it as a healthy way of thinking?

Candidate: It’s probably not honest to yourself. You can understand what I mean?

Examiner: Yes. And do you think this will change? In the future, will cars and designer clothes be status symbols in the same way?

Candidate: I’m sure that clothes will be … that the thing with the clothes will be the same. I’m not so sure about the cars because cars cause lots of environmental problems and probably in some years, a few years, this will change because it’s not reasonable to drive a car anymore.

Examiner: Can you tell me a little bit more about that?

 

What Is A Canadian Permanent Resident Visa?

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What does it mean to have permanent residence in Canada? Immigration to Canada is, and has always been, a changing process. With over 60 Canadian immigration programs that lead to permanent residence in Canada, it is understandable that a degree of confusion arises from time to time. New programs open, old programs close, criteria for existing programs are modified, and definitions change. Some newcomers to Canada who have successfully attained permanent residence status remain unsure about precisely what it is. This article will deal with some common questions surrounding permanent residence in Canada.

 

Who is a permanent resident of Canada?

A permanent resident is someone who has been issued a permanent resident visa by the Canadian government and has landed in Canada, but is not a Canadian citizen. Permanent residents are citizens of other countries. A person in Canada temporarily, such as a student, foreign worker or visitor, is not a permanent resident.

 

What rights does Canadian permanent residence confer on the holder?

Permanent residents of Canada have the right to:

– Get most social benefits that Canadian citizens receive, including health care coverage;

– Live, work or study anywhere in Canada;

– Apply for Canadian citizenship after spending a certain amount of time as a permanent resident in Canada;

– Protection under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

 

What are a Canadian permanent resident’s responsibilities while in Canada?

Permanent residents of Canada are required to respect all Canadian laws at the federal, provincial and municipal levels. A conviction for a serious criminal offence may result in the loss of permanent resident status.

 

Does Canadian permanent residence need to be renewed, and if so, when and how?

Once a permanent resident visa is granted and the holder lands in Canada as a permanent resident, that status does not have to be renewed. It remains indefinitely unless the holder applies for and is granted Canadian citizenship or the holder loses his or her permanent resident status.

An individual may lose permanent resident status for failure to meet the residency obligation. That obligation requires a permanent resident to accumulate 730 residency days in each five-year period. Residency days may be accumulated inside or outside Canada. To accumulate residency days while outside Canada, a permanent resident must be:

– with an accompanying Canadian citizen who is their spouse or common-law partner or, in the case of a child, their parent;

– employed on a full-time basis by a Canadian business or in the federal public administration or the public service of a province; or

– accompanying a permanent resident who is his or her spouse or common-law partner or, in the case of a child, his or her parent and who is employed on a full-time basis by a Canadian business or in the federal public administration or the public service of a province.

 

What is a Permanent Resident Card?

Do not confuse a permanent resident card with permanent resident status. The card is a piece of plastic that contains biometric data. The acquisition of a PR card is voluntary. It is, however, required in the absence of a travel document to board a common carrier (such as an airplane) to Canada if an individual is not a Canadian citizen and not a citizen of a country that requires a temporary resident visa to visit Canada. So, while it is not obligatory for a permanent resident to carry a PR card, it certainly is convenient.

 

Is permanent residence the same as a Green Card in the United States?

Perhaps because of the size and scale of Canada’s neighbour to the south, the United States, the term “Canada Green Card” is a term that has been used figuratively to describe permanent residence in Canada. This is because individuals who have been given the right to live and work in the United States used to be given an actual green card that confirmed their status.

In reality, there is no such thing as a ‘Canada Green Card’, and distinctions between the American and Canadian systems of permanent immigration should be highlighted.

“A United States green card grants the holder permission to enter and live in the United States. In contrast, Canadian Permanent Resident status grants an individual the right to enter and live in Canada. This reveals a fundamental contrast in philosophy. True, both privileges and rights have limits, and both may be revoked under certain circumstances, but that is not to say that they confer equal status. Permanent residence in Canada is a legal entitlement, inherent to its holder. A simple example demonstrates this point. Permanent Residents of the United States must, in theory, be in possession of their U.S green cards at all times and must be prepared to show them to U.S. authorities upon request.  Permanent Residents of Canada have no such obligation.”

 

How does an individual become a permanent resident of Canada in the first place?

Canada is a vast, multicultural nation with changing immigration goals, and there are many ways in which a foreign person may become a permanent resident of Canada.

– There are various family sponsorship programs, whereby a Canadian permanent resident can sponsor his or her spouse or close family members.

– Individuals who have work or study experience in Canada may be eligible to apply for permanent residence under the Canadian Experience Class.

– Foreign skilled workers may be eligible to apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Program. (Note: This program is changing soon).

– Tradespersons may be eligible to apply under the Federal Skilled Trades Program.

– The provinces of Canada are able to nominate new permanent residents under the Provincial Nominee Programs.

– Certain individuals who fulfil specific criteria may be eligible to land in Canada as permanent residents under the business and investor programs.

– The province of Quebec chooses newcomers under its skilled worker and Quebec experience programs. Successful applicants go on to attain Canadian permanent residence.

– Refugees accepted and approved by the government of Canada attain permanent residence.

Welcome to Canada

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Congratulations! You have taken a big step. Moving to a new country takes courage. It also creates exciting opportunities and new beginnings. Taking the time to learn what to expect – and what is expected of you – will help you succeed. This guide tells you a little about what it is like to live in Canada. It also lets you know who can help if you need more information. We hope it will help you adapt to your new life. Be assured that those who already live in Canada add their wishes for your happiness and success in your new country.

 

Your first year in Canada will be emotional and full of change. You may be looking for a place to live, a job, and schools for your children. You will probably make many new friends. Some of them will know how it feels to move to a new community or new country.

 

Regardless of your situation, being a newcomer may mean giving up some familiar things for a new way of life. As a result, you may feel anxious or afraid, especially during the first few days and weeks. Almost all newcomers experience these emotions as they settle in. Feeling at home in a new country takes time.

 

The best way to adjust to your new community is to become involved! Do not hesitate to speak English or French, even if you make mistakes. Understanding and speaking one of Canada’s official languages will help you adapt more easily. As you talk with the people you meet, you will feel more in control of your new life. Use each day as an opportunity to learn. Ask questions whenever you need to. Most people are pleased to help. Canadians believe in the spirit of community. No matter which city or town you choose to live in, you will find people who can help you adapt to your new life, and fit into Canadian society.

 

In the weeks, months and years ahead, you will have many opportunities to participate fully in Canadian life. Take them. You and your family can grow together, side by side with other Canadians, and make a better life for everyone. This is your new home. Welcome to Canada!

 

This web page is devoted to helping new Canadian immigrants integrate into the new Canadian way of life. As a newcomer to Canada, adjusting to a new country, culture, people, weather and a new way of life brings about various challenges. However, when you are aware of what to expect, it becomes a little easier to begin the transition process.

EB-5 Petition

EB-5 Visa

Evidence to be submitted with the EB-5 Petition

 

What evidence do you need for the EB-5 Visa?

Question: I have the $1,000,000 to invest in the EBp-5 Visa, but I don’t know exactly what evidence is needed. Can you describe?

Answer: There are many requirements needed to show and provide evidence.

 

Question: What about the actual business or the commercial enterprise?

Answer: First, you have to show that it is a valid commercial enterprise. To qualify for EB-5 classification, an investor must show that an investment has been made in a qualified commercial enterprise. The applicant should include: An organizational document for the new enterprise, including articles of incorporation, certificates of merger and consolidation, or partnership agreements; A business license or authorization to transact business in a state or city, if applicable; and for investments in an existing business, proof that the required amount of capital was transferred to the business after November 29, 1990, and that the investment has increased the net worth or number of employees by 40 percent or more.

 

Question: What about the capitalization or investment?

Answer: You must show different items regarding the actual investment itself. The EB-5 Petition must be accompanied by evidence that you have placed the required amount of capital “at risk.” A mere intention to invest will not demonstrate that the petitioner is actively in the process of investing. The investor must show actual commitment of the required amount of capital. Such evidence may include: Bank statements showing deposits in the U.S. account of the enterprise; Evidence of assets purchased for use in the enterprise; Evidence of property transferred from abroad; Evidence of funds invested in the enterprise in exchange for stock, except for stock redeemable at the holder’s request; Evidence of debts secured by the investor’s assets and for which the investor is personally and primarily liable.

Simply putting the $1,000,000 into an account will not suffice.

 

Question: Is there anything else I must show with the funds invested?

Answer: You must show the legal origins of the capital. The regulations require filing the following types of documentation, as applicable, to establish that capital used in the new enterprise was acquired by legitimate means. Foreign business registration records; Personal and business tax returns, or other tax returns of any kind filed anywhere in the world within the previous five years; Documents identifying any other source of money; or Certified copies of all pending governmental civil or criminal actions and proceedings, or any private civil actions involving money judgments against the investor within the past 15 years.

 

Question: What about the employment creation requirement?

Answer: To show that a new commercial enterprise will create at least 10 full-time positions for qualified employees, the petition must be accompanied by: Photocopies of relevant tax records, I-9 forms, or similar documents for 10 qualifying employees; or a comprehensive business plan showing the need for at least 10 qualifying employees, and when the employees will be hired. The plan should include a description of the business; the business’s objectives; a market analysis, including names of competing businesses and their relative strengths and weaknesses; a comparison of the competition’s products and pricing structures; a description of the target market and prospective customers; a description of any manufacturing or production processes, materials required, and supply sources; details of any contracts executed; marketing.

 

Question: How about my abilities to run the company?

Answer: You must show that you have managerial capacity to run the company. An EB-5 immigrant must be involved in the management of a new commercial enterprise to qualify for a visa. The petitioner must be involved in the day-to-day managerial control of the enterprise, or manage it through policy formulation.

 

 

Life in Canada, Home of the World’s Most Affluent Middle Class

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The Canadian middle class may now be the world’s richest, but it has its anxieties, too.

Members of the middle class in Canada worry about whether they can afford college for their children and whether their children will find jobs afterward. Housing costs are a major concern, as are everyday costs for transportation and mobile phone plans. Middle-class Canadians worry about inequality.

Yet many also believe that they are better off than their American counterparts.

We reported last week that median income in Canada appears to have surpassed median income in the United States, based on more than three decades of international income surveys analyzed by LIS, a research group, and by The Upshot. As recently as 2000, median income in the United States was significantly higher. The data also show that lower-income families in Canada and much of northern Europe now make more than their American counterparts.

The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that honor, and many Americans are dissatisfied with the state of the country. “Things are pretty flat,” said Kathy Washburn of Mt. Vernon, Iowa. “You have mostly lower level and high and not a lot in between”. Losing the Lead: The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest APRIL 22, 2014

To get a sense for how these trends are affecting Canadians, we set out to interview members of the middle class. Most, of course, have no firsthand way of comparing their experiences with American ones, and they were quick to acknowledge as much. Yet in a globalized world, people do know about more than just their own neighborhood.

Moreover, interviews suggest that many members of the Canadian middle class prefer the situation on their side of the border.

“When you have a family to raise and you are middle class, you are on a treadmill,” said Deborrah Mustachi, a 52-year-old educational assistant for the Catholic school board in Markham, a Toronto suburb. “It’s very difficult to save when you have to live for today.”

Yet, Ms. Mustachi added, “I think people in the U.S. seem to struggle more.”

Canadians have little doubt that they face less financial stress about medical costs than Americans. Many also credit their labor unions for the size of their paychecks; union membership rates are higher in Canada. Canadians also know that the American housing bubble and bust were more severe than their version.

“We got to keep our houses,” said Gregory Thomas, 39, an actor and house painter who lives with his wife and two young children in Toronto. “As an outsider, it seems like the aspirational section of the middle class — those who are constantly trying to get a little bit higher — they really got decimated in the States.”

Mr. Thomas added: “We read about Arizona, Florida, Colorado, and these places where housing prices just tanked. That didn’t happen here.”

It’s possible that Canadian home prices may have some declines ahead of them, which could reverse the relative positions of the middle class. However, many of the other forces that have caused Canadian middle-class incomes to grow more quickly are less ephemeral. Young Canadian adults, for example, are now more educated than their American peers.

Beyond obvious economic issues like education and housing, Canadians also notice cultural differences that seem to affect living standards.

“Our family values are huge,” said Ms. Mustachi, who has three grown children with her husband, William, 60, a millwork department manager at a Lowes outlet. “From what I see on TV, I don’t get a sense of that in the States.”

She acknowledged that her impression might stem from the shows she watched, including “Judge Judy,” but she is right that family structure in the two countries is different. About 68 percent of American children live with two parents; about 80 percent of Canadian children do.

The Canadian middle class also seems to have an accurate impression of the differences between the rich in the two countries: The American rich still have a big lead over the Canadian rich, as the LIS income surveys and other data show.

“If you have money in the United States, you’re probably better off,” said Kyle McGreal, 35, a general grocery warehouse worker who lives with his wife and two children in Caledonia, Ontario. “But a lot of Americans are struggling.”

On the other hand, as Mr. Thomas said, Americans “may get more on their plate when they go to Denny’s, but they don’t have more when they go home.”

New Immigration system will select candidates online

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The Canadian Immigration revealed more details of the new Immigration system, “Express Entry”, which came into force in early 2015.

 

To expedite the process, the selection of candidates will be made over the Internet: the person concerned will have to fill an online form stating your skill with English and / or French, level and educational profile, work experience, among other details.

 

All applications will be in a database and then profiles will be selected according to the greatest potential of immigration. Those chosen in this first ‘online screen’ will win the right to file application in one of the three following types of Federal immigration: 1) Federal Skilled Worker (Skilled Worker), 2) Federal Skilled Trade (Technical Worker), 3) Canadian Experience Class.

 

The main objective of the new process, as its name indicates, will be to create a faster and more efficient immigration system, reducing years of processing time to just months (there are currently taking processes about 2 years!).

 

Another purpose of the “Express Entry” is to select applicants who can more easily fill vacancies in high demand and that they can better meet the specific needs of each Canadian province of labor market.

 

From a structural point of view, the new Immigration system (which copies the model already successfully practiced in Australia) will become more competitive candidate selection. Certainly will come out ahead the candidate with training and work experience that is in high demand in Canada and / or also the one who already have a job offer from a Canadian company.

 

Patrocínio de Pais e Avos

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O Programa de imigração canadense de Patrocínio de Pais e Avós (PGP), imensamente popular, foi reaberto em 2015. Este programa familiar permite que os cidadãos canadenses e residentes permanentes possam trazer seus pais e avós para o Canadá como residentes permanentes canadenses.

O limite de 5.000 vagas abertas para os candidatos aceites do mais recente programada do PGP, foi atingido em apenas três semanas.

Pelo fato de as vagas terem sido preenchidas em um curto período de tempo, e que muitas famílias não conseguiram se cadastrar em tempo existe uma expectativa que o PGP reabrira em breve. Portanto, todas as famílias interessadas no programa do PGP devem maximizar suas chances e apresentar um pedido antes quo o novo programa atinja seu limite. Os documentos devem estar prontos antes mesmo da abertura do novo ciclo do programa do PGP.

As aplicações bem sucedidas irão receber o status de residente permanente canadense, posteriormente, serão capazes de aplicar para a cidadania canadense, cumprindo todas as obrigações de residência. Para ser elegível para patrocínio PGP, as partes devem satisfazer os seguintes requisitos:

– Ser cidadão canadense ou residente permanente;

– Ter 18 anos de idade ou mais;

– Estar dentro do nível mínimo de renda necessário para este programa comprado pela Secretaria da Receita Federal do Canadá (CRA). Os responsáveis devem demonstrar que atendem ao nível mínimo de renda necessária por três anos consecutivos. Se for casado ou em um relacionamento de comunhão estável, a renda de ambas as pessoas pode ser incluída;

O patrocinador deve assinar um compromisso e reembolsar quaisquer benefícios provinciais de assistência social requeridos pelo aplicante e patrocinador da sua família acompanhante.

Outra opção para os cidadãos canadenses e residentes permanentes, que desejem trazer seus pais e / ou avós para o Canadá continua sendo o Super Visa. Este visto não é um programa para a residência permanente, mas permite que os pais e avós venham para o Canadá como visitantes de longo prazo. Os candidatos aprovados receberão entradas múltiplas vistos de visitantes que são válidos por até 10 anos. Ao contrário de vistos para visitas de padrão, que deve ser renovado a cada seis meses, o Super Visa permanece válido por dois anos de cada vez.

Parent And Grandparent Program

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The hugely popular Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) for Canadian immigration reopened in 2015. This family sponsorship program allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to bring their foreign parents and grandparents to Canada as Canadian permanent residents.

There was a cap of 5,000 applicants accepted for processing under the most recent PGP application cycle, which opened in January, 2015. This allocation was reached in just three weeks, and the program has since been closed.

Given that allocation was snapped up in such a short duration space of time and that many prospective sponsors and their families have been waiting with anticipation for the PGP to reopen, it seems that demand will continue to outweigh supply if the government of Canada decides to implement a similar cap on the program for the next application cycle. Therefore, sponsors and sponsored parties may be able to maximize their chances of submitting an application before the 2015-2016 program fills by preparing their relevant documents and having them ready to submit by the opening date. Failure to prepare for the program in advance may result in applicants missing their opportunity to apply.

Successful parents and grandparents applying under this program will receive Canadian permanent resident status and be able to apply for Canadian Citizenship after fulfilling residence obligations. To be eligible for PGP sponsorship, the sponsor in Canada must meet the following requirements:

– Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident;

– Be 18 years of age or older;

– Exceed the minimum necessary income level for this program by submitting notices of assessment issued by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) in support of their sponsorship. Sponsors must also demonstrate they have met the minimum necessary income level for three consecutive years. If married or in a common-law relationship, the income of both persons can be included;

The sponsor must sign an undertaking to repay any provincial social assistance benefits paid to the sponsor and accompanying family member(s), if any, for a period of 20 years, if necessary. If the sponsor resides in Quebec, an additional ‘undertaking’ must be signed.

Another option for Canadian citizens and permanent residents hoping to bring their parents and/or grandparents to Canada continues to be the Super Visa. This visa is not a program for permanent residence, but allows parents and grandparents to come to Canada as long-term visitors. Successful applicants receive multiple-entry visitor visas that are valid for up to 10 years. Unlike standard visitor visas, which must be renewed every six months, a Super Visa remains valid for two years at a time.

 

O que é o Canada Express Entry?

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O projeto do Express Entry foi baseado em outros em vigor na Austrália e Nova Zelândia. O sistema do Canada Express Entry visa atender a potenciais candidatos em busca da imigração canadense que estão “manifestando seu interesse” em imigrar para o Canadá. Esse programa mudou a forma de gestão da imigração canadense.

O Express Entry se esforça para fazer o processo de imigração mais simples e rápido, todo o processo agora está sendo monitorado online. Não é um programa de imigração em si, mas um sistema utilizado pela Cidadania e Imigração do Canadá (CIC), que seleciona candidatos aptos a imigrarem para o Canadá. O governo federal e o provincial, bem como os empregadores canadenses, são capazes de selecionar os candidatos a partir da lista gerada pelo Express Entry. Nessa lista estão englobados os programas de:

– Federal Skilled Worker;

– Federal Skilled Trades;

– Canadian Experience Class.

 

Os candidatos selecionados são, receberão um convite para requererem a residência permanente no Canadá. Esses candidatos selecionados terão apenas 60 dias para apresentarem o pedido completo com todos os documentos obrigatórios. O CIC pretende processar os pedidos dentro de um prazo de seis meses.

 

Como os candidatos devem se preparar?

Em princípio, os prováveis candidatos devem verificar se estão aptos para imigrar. Apenas os indivíduos que são elegíveis conseguirão imigrar para o Canada utilizando um dos programas federais de imigração, valenmdo do Express Entry.

Se um candidato possui todos os requisitos de qualquer um dos programas oferecidos, ele ou ela deve criar um perfil no Express Entry, e ficar registrado no Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Os candidatos podem aumentar suas chances no sistema, melhorando sua classificação sob o CRS.

Se um candidato não não se qualifica para qualquer dos programas federais de imigração econômica, ele ou ela deve se esforçar melhorando os dados necessários: como atualizar a experiência de trabalho, conhecimento da língua inglesa ou francesa, certificados ou diplomas profissionais.

 

O ano da mudança

Em 2015, inúmeras pessoas do mundo inteiro adotaram como uma resolução de Ano Novo o interesse em imigrar para o Canadá. O Express Entry lançando pode ser a porta de entrada para os que estão se preparando e se valerão desse sistema para realizar o sonho de se tornar canadense.

O Canadá está buscando de um perfil de imigrante – aquela pessoa que é ativa e não passiva, aquele que está disposto a trabalhar para melhorar suas habilidades e conseguir um emprego qualificado. O sistema Express Entry qualificará o candidato correto para a requerer a residência permanente no Canadá.