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Canadian Temporary Foreign Worker Program Changes
Changes to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to allow employers to recruit foreign workers on a temporary basis, came into force on April 30, 2015.

The median hourly wages per occupation and region chart to determine which jobs are “high-wage” or “low-wage”, has been updated. Changes to the median wage table will affect the wage-stream of future LMIA applications, as well as threshold used to determine eligibility for 10-day expedited processing.

Employers in ... Read More
Immigrants to U.S. From China Top Those From Mexico
When it comes to sending immigrants to the U.S., China and India have taken the lead.
China was the country of origin for 147,000 recent U.S. immigrants in 2013, while Mexico sent just 125,000, according to a Census Bureau study by researcher Eric Jensen and others. India, with 129,000 immigrants, also topped Mexico, though the two countries’ results weren’t statistically different from each other.
For the study, presented last week at the Population Association of America conference ... Read More
Canadian Immigrant Concerns Addressed In Federal Budget
Some concerns among newcomers to Canada were addressed in the government of Canada’s annual budgetrecently.

Pilot loan program made permanent

A pilot program launched three years ago to help internationally-trained individuals get their skills up to Canadian standards by providing small loans will now become permanent. The issue of foreign credential recognition as one of the most persistent and prominent barriers to the economic success of skilled immigrants to Canada.

The Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) Loans Pilot ... Read More
emporary foreign workers bilked by immigration consultants as deadline looms
By Kelsey Johnson
Two days before an April 1st deadline imposed under changes to the government’s temporary foreign worker program, some foreign workers who have to go back to their home countries are doing so with empty pockets because of unscrupulous immigration consultants, iPolitics has learned.
iPolitics has confirmed nine cases in Alberta and Southwestern Ontario in which registered immigration consultants, or individuals claiming to be immigration consultants, have charged thousands of dollars to temporary foreign workers ... Read More
Express entry and the perils of misrepresentation
By Catherine Sas, Q.C.

Canada's new immigrant selection system for economic immigrants, Express Entry came into effect on January 1, 2015 and has dramatically changed our immigration program. What used to be an immigrant driven self selection model is now a government driven selection model.

The government will only choose the very best applicants and offer them an "invitation to apply" - an ITA.

The higher the score an applicant receives on the ranking of their ... Read More
Immigration Canada invites applications without job offer
Immigration Canada has issued invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence to candidates who do not have a qualifying job offer from a Canadian employer or a provincial nomination.

Once an invitation to apply has been issued to a candidate, he or she has 60 days to file a complete application and all supporting documents. No extensions are granted. Candidates who have been issued an invitation to apply are encouraged to submit their complete applications in ... Read More
Australia Announces Changes to Its Skilled Visa Programme

MELBOURNE: Australia on Wednesday announced changes to its skilled visa programme to ensure that the scheme was not misused and utilised for addressing skill shortages which cannot be met within the country.

The government will act on recommendations of a recent independent review of the 457 visa programme to strengthen integrity and ensure that Australian workers have priority and support of employers, the Ministry of Immigration and Border Protection said in a statement.

The panel was ... Read More
Scam promising jobs in Canada
The Philippine government has warned would-be overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), particularly those in the health profession, about a scam offering non-existent jobs in a facility in Ontario.
According to the Philippine Consulate General in Toronto, which issued the warning, the scam is targeting nurses and others in health-oriented professions in the Philippines by offering them jobs as caregivers at Ian Anderson House, an in-resident cancer hospice in Oakville, Ontario.
The Consulate General said it received a ... Read More
European Youth to get more Canadian opportunities
The 2015 application cycle for the International Experience Canada (IEC) program will begin in earnest this month, with young citizens from 32 countries (no South Asian or African countries are in this list) that have a bilateral youth mobility arrangement with Canada having the opportunity to live and work in Canada across three categories: Working Holiday, Young Professionals, and International Co-op.

Depending on the applicant’s country of citizenship, age and the IEC category to which he ... Read More
Increase In Invitations, Decrease In Points Required for immigration
CIC has issued 1,187 invitations to apply for Canadian immigration those with 735 or more points

By the end of February, (CIC) has issued 1,187 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence to candidates in the Express Entry pool with 735 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

Draws from the Express Entry pool have selected candidates eligible for any of the federal economic immigration programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and Federal Skilled Trades ... Read More
Why some immigrant communities are more prominent in Canadian politics
By Richard M. Landau
Why is it that some new Canadian communities appear to achieve prominence, stature and wealth in the fabric of the national community – more readily than others?
Research indicates that how well immigrant communities grow and emerge is dependent upon a variety of factors, including: higher education levels, a willingness to patronize/economically support their own communities and the length of time or number of generations which a group has been in Canada.

Educational Attainment

There ... Read More
Immigration Express entry is not easy entry
By Catherine Sas
On January 1, 2015 Canada's immigration program was dramatically and fundamentally changed.
Overnight our immigration program morphed from an applicant driven model, to a government selection driven model.
Up until December 31, 2014 an applicant could apply to immigrate to Canada, knowing that so long as they met the selection criteria for a specific category of permanent residence, their application would be processed.
That all changed with the arrival of 2015 and Express Entry. Now an ... Read More
Cash for citizenship aimed to boost Canadian economy
Canada will accept 500 immigrant applications from millionaires and their families who can invest at least $2 million in the country.
But only 60 of the 500 applications, which must be filed by Feb. 11, will be approved.
The new Venture Capital program replaces an old one critics dubbed the “cash for citizenship” program because it was found to be riddled by fraud, local media reported.
The idea is to lure international investors whose investments will boost the ... Read More
Invitations To Apply For Canadian Immigration Issued t0 779
These 779 candidates have two months to submit a complete application for permanent residence

This is the first draw from the Express Entry pool.

The System Works
This draw indicates that the new Express Entry system is working and that submitting a profile can truly lead to permanent residence.
Canada has prudently kept the first draw quite small. This is the first real test subjects for the system and help the government spot and fix potential glitches ... Read More
KV Shamsudheen
I had a chance to attend the present Pravasi Bharath Divas (PBD), to commemorate the centenary of Mahatma Gandhi's return from South Africa to India for the freedom struggle.

When Shri Atal Bihari Vajpai started the initiative, there was a specific goal to bring the Indian diaspora who are spread to all corners of the world and to introduce India to them. He expected the diaspora to have close relations with their ... Read More
Recruiting In-Demand, Skilled Immigrants to Canada
Express Entry will contribute to Canada’s economic growth and international competitiveness

January 1, 2015 — Ottawa — Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today celebrated the successful launch of Express Entry – a highly anticipated new application management system designed to get people with the skills to succeed in Canada’s economy here faster than ever.

Starting today, skilled workers who want to apply to Canada’s key economic immigration programs are able to create an online ... Read More
Immigration changes to watch for in 2015
CALGARY (Reuters)

For good or bad, the nature of immigration in Canada has changed under the Conservatives.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper confirmed that when he spoke about the changes to immigration brought in under his watch during a candid response in New York earlier this year.

"We have been quite systematically re-orienting our immigration over the last several years to make it more focused on economic needs and focused on more long-term labour market needs," Harper told ... Read More
Parent and Grandparent program re-opening January 2, 2015
December 19, 2014 — Ottawa — Today, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced that the parent and grandparent program (PGP) will re-open on January 2, 2015.

Alexander highlighted the success of the PGP, stating that Canada has welcomed more than 70,000 parents and grandparents since 2012. This number represents the highest level of parent and grandparent admissions in nearly two decades. Thanks to the government’s Action Plan for Faster Family Reunification, the backlog ... Read More
Liberal MPs Oppose Conservative Cuts to Refugee Benefits
Scarborough – Liberal MPs Arnold Chan (Scarborough-Agincourt), John McCallum (Markham-Unionville) and John McKay (Scarborough-Guildwood) hosted a successful roundtable on November 15 where concerns were expressed regarding the Conservative plan to limit refugee claimants’ access to social assistance.

Originally first brought forth as a private member’s bill by Conservative MP Corneliu Chisu (Pickering-Scarborough East), the government has expedited this concerning piece of legislation by burying it in the latest omnibus budget act – Bill C-43. ... Read More
Only 49 spots left in the Skilled workerr category in Canada
Canada will move to a new expression of interest immigration selection system called ‘Express Entry’, in which the federal government and provincial governments, as well as Canadian employers, will be able to select potential immigrants from a pool of candidates who have declared an expression of interest in immigrating to Canada and who meet the eligibility criteria for at least one of Canada’s economic immigration programs.
... Read More
Canada fast-tracks citizenship for Canadian Armed Forces members
October 14, 2014 — Halifax, NS — Thanks to the government’s recent changes to the Citizenship Act, Canada has now welcomed two new citizens under the recently-launched fast-track provision for members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), announced Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today.

As part of Citizenship Week, Minister Alexander attended a citizenship ceremony today to welcome 50 new citizens and recognized the contributions of Lieutenant Commander Michael Cornish, who received fast-tracked ... Read More
Kenny Overhauls Temporary Foreign Worker Program
Minister Kenny announced a significant overhaul of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). It includes a general restructuring of the program as well as several important changes to various work permit application procedures.

The announcements come after months of controversy surrounding the TFWP. In particular, detractors have characterized the program as a pathway for large numbers of low-skilled, low-paid workers to enter Canada and take jobs from otherwise qualified Canadians.

Scandals have also highlighted employer abuse ... Read More
India’s potential lures a new generation home
By Vikram Barhat

An estimated 300,000 ethnic Indians living abroad are expected to return to India between 2011 and 2015, according to a report by Kelly Services India, a recruitment consultancy.

“Anecdotal data and interviews with HR execs reveal that what was once a trickle has become a flood [with] more than 100,000 likely returning home every year,” said Vivek Wadhwa, a Stanford University fellow, Singularity University vice president and the author of The Immigrant Exodus: Why ... Read More
Rising wait times for immigration
John MacCallum MP
Since I was appointed by Justin Trudeau to serve at the Liberal Citizenship and Immigration critic I have had a number of exchanges with the government regarding the ballooning wait times for immigration and citizenship services – all under this Prime Minister’s watch.

The government’s illogical excuse is always the same – that they are cleaning up the Liberal’s mess.

Never mind that the Conservatives have been in power for eight long years.

Never ... Read More
Immigration Minister Fails to Answer Liberal Questions on Citizenship Funding
OTTAWA – Immigration Minister Chris Alexander failed to explain why he was unable to deliver on the Conservative Government’s 2013 Budget Commitment to adequately fund citizenship application processing when questioned by Liberal Citizenship Critic John McCallum at committee yesterday.

“The 2013 budget couldn’t have been clearer,” said Mr. McCallum. “There was a promise to spend $20 million more on citizenship processing in 2013-2014 and recently released documents confirm that the government actually managed to spend less ... Read More
Bringing Entertainers to Canada
Canada welcomes thousands of entertainers through its borders. Even if just for one day, all temporary foreign workers must receive a Canadian work permit or formal permission to work without a work permit.

Entertainers coming to Canada should know a few important factors:

1. Obtaining Work Authorization in Canada

Individuals can work in Canada without a work permit when Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) determines that their work does not amount to entry into the Canadian labour ... Read More
First of all anyone is going to read this article must understand why we have a legal system. The legal system is to protect an innocent person and to punish the culprit. The legal system is set to educate the good and bad about the moral in a society to have trouble, terrorism, danger free society to live with happy environment. This is the purpose of legal system in a society. When they claim a ... Read More
Immigration minister addresses community and industry leaders
Ottawa, November 21, 2013 — Building on the momentum of the launch of Canada’s Start-Up Visa (SUV) Program earlier this year, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander spoke to members of Canada’s startup community and industry leaders today as part of Startup Canada Day on the Hill.

“Innovation and entrepreneurship drives economic growth and helps to secure future prosperity for all Canadians,” said Alexander. “Immigration is vital to innovation and to meeting Canada’s economic ... Read More
Alberta offers greater opportunities for immigration applicants
Alberta has announced a number of changes to its immigration program to help make immigration to the province more accessible.
The immigrants, though not forced, are expected to then settle in the province to bolster the economy and enrich local communities.
The program could be employer-driven including strategic recruitment, family class or self employed.
The program allowed temporary food service workers already in Alberta on a work permit to become permanent residents. They should be Food ... Read More
Britain confirms 3000-pound cash bond scheme for high-risk visitor visa
The proposed plan, which classifies India as a "high-risk" country despite the so-called special relationship and "strategic partnership" between India and the UK.

Britain's Home Office on Monday confirmed that it will demand a 3,000-pound refundable bond for visas for "high-risk" visitors from six former colonies in Africa and Asia. Though a spokesperson refused to name the list of countries, it is believed Nigeria, Ghana, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will be affected.

In a ... Read More
Canada to resettle 1,300 Syrian refugees by end of 2014
Edmonton, July 3, 2013 — Canada has made an initial commitment to resettle up to 1,300 Syrian refugees this year and next Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.
... Read More
Special measures for those affected by the flooding in Alberta
Calgary, July 2, 2013 — Fees are being waived and status will be automatically extended or restored for those temporary and permanent residents affected by the massive flooding in Alberta, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.

Special procedures have been put in place to help those temporary and permanent residents in Alberta who, because of the flood, need to apply for urgent immigration documents, extend their work or study permits, or ... Read More
A Bill Allowing More Foreign Workers Stirs a Tech Debate

SAN FRANCISCO — As the Senate voted on a landmarkimmigration bill that would let Silicon Valley companies import more foreign engineers, some Americans remain locked in a deeply emotional argument over whether outsiders are taking jobs away from people like Joey Doernberg.
Mr. Doernberg worked in chip design, before that industry shrank, and then for a solar energy company, before that industry shrank, and has been unemployed since the middle of last year. By ... Read More
Canada citizenship test guide now available as an audio eBook
Ottawa, June 28, 2013 — Starting today, the popular citizenship study guide, Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship, is available as an integrated audio eBook download, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney announced today.

“I’m pleased to launch the audio eBook version of Discover Canada just in time for Canada Day,” said Minister Kenney. “This is yet another way those studying for the citizenship test can learn about Canada’s history, values, ... Read More
Improving the Citizenship Application Process
Ottawa, June 3, 2013 — Citizenship applicants who fail their first citizenship test will now have the opportunity to rewrite the test rather than wait for an appointment with a citizenship judge, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.

“The Government of Canada remains committed to maintaining Canada’s tradition of high numbers of permanent residents taking up full citizenship, and this is one of many recent improvements that have been made to the ... Read More
Minister Kenney Commends RCMP on Immigration Fraud Charges Laid
Ottawa, May 23, 2013 — The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, made the following statement today upon learning that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Immigration and Passport Special Investigation Section has laid charges against a suspected “ghost” immigration consultant and his accomplice for defrauding nearly 400 people from China (www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/qc/nouv-news/com-rel/2013/05/130522-eng.htm):

“I commend the RCMP for their thorough investigation in this case. Crooked immigration consultants pose a danger not only to their ... Read More
US senators approve 5,000 visas for Tibet refugees

Washington, May 21:

US lawmakers debating a landmark immigration bill today approved the provision of 5,000 visas to Tibetan refugees to enter the US over the next three years.

Citing “terrible” and increasing oppression by Chinese authorities against Tibetans, Senator Dianne Feinstein offered the matter as an amendment to the vast legislation aimed at fixing the US immigration system.

Feinstein said the measure, approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee by voice vote, would ease conditions for ... Read More
Minister Kenney issues statement on Mahmoud Mohammad Issa Mohammad
Ottawa, May 13, 2012 – The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, today issued the following statement regarding the removal over the weekend of Mahmoud Mohammad Issa Mohammad:

“Mr. Mohammad entered Canada in 1987 and was first found to be inadmissible to Canada on the basis of misrepresentation and subsequently found to be ineligible to make a refugee claim because he had been a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of ... Read More
Action Plan for Faster Family Reunification on track to cut backlog in half
New Parent and Grandparent program re-opens January 2, 2014

Mississauga, May 10, 2013 – Citizenship and Immigration Canada will re-open the Parent and Grandparent (PGP) program for new applications on January 2, 2014, by which time the backlog and wait times in the program are expected to have been cut in half.

“The Action Plan for Faster Family Reunification is on track to meet the goals of cutting in half the backlog and wait times in the ... Read More
Latest Product From Tech Firms: An Immigration Bill

WASHINGTON — The television advertisement that hit the airwaves in Florida last month featured the Republican Party’s rising star, Senator Marco Rubio, boasting about his get-tough plan for border security.
But most who watched the commercial, sponsored by a new group that calls itself Americans for a Conservative Direction, may be surprised to learn who bankrolled it:senior executives from Silicon Valley, like Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn, ... Read More
Western makes a bold 'brain gain' investment
London, Canada – Western University is investing in a ‘brain gain’ initiative to attract and secure elite academic talent, allocating up to $30 million to a pair of new strategic programs that will recruit and support the very best students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers from around the world.

The Western Clusters of Research Excellence program will provide up to $5 million over five years to support the establishment of up to four internationally prominent clusters of ... Read More
Ageing Germany woos Indian students, workers

Hyderabad: With its labour force likely to decline by 6.5 million people by 2025 because of its ageing population, Germany is looking to attract young students and skilled workforce from India.

German Ambassador to India Michael Steiner Friday said India and Germany can complement each other by exploiting their demographic advantages.

"In 2025, we will have minus 6.3 million workforce, not just engineers and doctors but also skilled workers because we are older society than, for example, ... Read More
List of Priority Occupations for Federal Skilled Worker Program Released
Ottawa, April 18, 2013 —The list of 24 occupations that are eligible under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) when it re-opens on May 4, 2013 was released today.

In addition, four organizations have been designated to provide the now-required independent third party assessments of foreign educational credentials for applicants who studied outside of Canada. These assessments, which must be completed before an application is submitted, are aimed at helping newcomers through the FSWP to ... Read More
Indian IT Firms Hit by Draft U.S. Immigration Law

BANGALORE—A draft U.S. immigration law aims to limit the number of workers that Indian outsourcing firms can send to the U.S., a move which is likely to drastically push up their operating costs.

The draft law, posted Wednesday on the website of U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, a Democrat lawmaker from New York who worked on the bill, seeks to deny new skilled worker, or H-1B, visas to firms with more than 75% ... Read More
Minister Kenney launches videos to help newcomers settle
Helping immigrants integrate and succeed

Ottawa, April 19, 2013 — New immigrants can now access two new videos at cic.gc.ca to help them navigate their way before and during their first weeks in Canada, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.

“By providing newcomers with practical advice and information before and as soon as they arrive, we can help them integrate more quickly into the Canadian economy and their new local community,” said Minister Kenney. ... Read More
Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism
speaks on immigration issues

At a news conference to announce that the immigration backlog been reduced by about 40%, paving the way for a faster and more effective immigration system in 2013 and beyond

''Thank you very much for coming to what I think is a very exciting announcement. I’m Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism. I have an exciting announcement today about enormous progress that we have made in reducing immigration backlogs in getting ... Read More
March is Fraud Prevention Month!
Ottawa, March 20, 2013 – Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney is advising Canadians and newcomers to inform themselves to avoid becoming victims of immigration fraud during Fraud Prevention Month.

“I have heard stories from victims across the country that have been left emotionally and financially devastated because of immigration fraud,” said Minister Kenney. “The best way to protect oneself is to become informed. I encourage Canadians, and especially newcomers, to visit the ... Read More
Immigration reporting scholarships available
The Changing Face of America: Inside the Latino Vote and Immigration Reform
Graduate School of Journalism, University of California at Berkeley
May 2-5, 2013

The UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism invites professional print, broadcast, and online journalists in the United States to apply to its third New York Times Institute on Immigration Reporting.

The 20 applicants selected as New York Times Fellows will learn about the new dynamics of America’s immigration debate and the country’s changing demographics. The ... Read More
Germany needs skilled workers from India: German ambassador

If India is to achieve inclusive economic success, it must build on i...

LUCKNOW: Inviting skilled workers from India, German ambassador Michael Steiner on Wednesday said over the years Germany has opened up for outsiders making it easier for Indians to work in the country.

"We need Indian students, we need skilled workers, we need Indian specialists to come to Germany to learn and also to work. It is much easier now," Steiner told while addressing ... Read More
US senators unveil immigration reform deal

Eight US lawmakers crossed party lines to unveil a plan today that would provide a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants currently living in the shadows in the United States.

“We recognise that our immigration system is broken,” the senators said in their bipartisan framework.

It promises a “tough but fair” path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, reform that would build the US economy, an “effective” employment verification system and an improved process to admit ... Read More
White House, senators starting push on immigration
WASHINGTON: The White House and a bipartisan group of senators will launch separate efforts next week to jumpstart negotiations to overhaul the immigration system, an issue that has languished in Washington for years.

Obama will start his second-term immigration push during a trip to Las Vegas on Tuesday. The Senate working group is aiming to outline its proposals at about the same time, according to a Senate aide.

There is emerging consensus on several key components, notably ... Read More
60 Indians committed suicide in Oman last year

The number of Indians who committed suicide in Oman went up in 2012, with as many as 60 such cases being reported from across the country, embassy officials have said. According to the embassy records, the number was 54 in 2011. "More than 550 Indians lost their lives in Oman last
year. Some deaths were attributed to suicides, road accidents, drowning and murder while others died of natural deaths," the embassy officials were quoted by Times ... Read More
Canada's Skilled Worker Program to Reopen May 2013
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced that the new selection system for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) will take effect on May 4th, 2013 when the program will begin accepting applications..
The Skilled Worker category of the FSWP has been frozen since mid-2012 .
The FSWP changes, as described by CIC, are as follows:
•Minimum official language thresholds and increased points for official language proficiency, making language the most important factor in the selection process;
•Increased emphasis ... Read More
Canada will take tradespeople as immigrants
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - A new immigration program to get skilled workers into Canada faster is to start on Jan. 2.

Jason Kenney, the Immigration Minister says the new rules will help address existing labour shortages.

The applicants need to have a job offer or be pre-qualified by a province or territory.

They will have to meet language requirements with a minimum of two years of work experience in a trade.

It will accept a maximum of 3,000 applications ... Read More
Now, get visa for Greece in 8 Indian cities
Greece opened centres in eight cities across the country, including Bangalore, for receiving applications and delivering visas to mainly Indian citizens through VFS Global outsourcing technology services firm.

The seven other cities are: Chandigarh, Chennai, Jalandhar, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Puducherry.

"Applicants seeking Schengen visa for travelling to Greece can also avail the service offered at our centres across the eight cities and need not visit the Greek embassy in New Delhi," VFS chief operating officer for ... Read More
Britain relaxes visa rules for Indian professionals
Britain Thursday relaxed immigration rules for foreign professionals, entering the country via the 'Intra-Company Transfer' (ICT) route.

According to the changes to immigration rules included in a statement in the House of Commons by Home secretary Theresa May, the length of stay for professionals entering the ICT category has been extended from five years to nine years.

The step has been taken in response to Indian and other foreign companies' concerns.

Home Office figures show the ICT route ... Read More
Indians in Bahrain asked to remain vigilant

Indian embassy in Bahrain has advised Indians in the country to remain vigilant in the wake of a series of IED explosions in the country.

"In view of recent incidents, the Embassy of India advises all Indian citizens to exercise utmost vigilance. In particular, Indian citizens are asked to avoid handling suspicious packages and report anything unusual to the authorities," an embassy statement said.

Meanwhile, the Indian man who was seriously injured when homemade IEDs went off ... Read More
Canadian Immigration levels for 2013 up to 265,000
Sam News

Ottawa is to maintain immigration levels stable between 240,000 and 265,000 for 2013.
The Conservatives admitted annually about 250,000 since they came to power in 2006..
In terms of the composition of newcomers the economic class has benefitted at the expense of family and refugee class immigrants. “Our government’s number one priority remains economic and job growth,” Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said in releasing his 2012 annual report recently.
“Newcomers bring their ... Read More
Conservatives putting heavy breaks on Live in Caregiver program
CIC stats show steep decline of the Foreign Caregiver program (LCP )

The Live in Caregiver program enables foreign nationals to work in Canada as live in caregivers aka live in nannies when
Canadian or Permanent Residents are not available to take such jobs.
One would assume that this is a growing and essential program with the rapidly aging population and to ease childcare challenges by Canadian families.
Needed improvements were implemented by Minister Jason Kenney ... Read More
Filipino senator
The reason why the Conservatives appointed a Filipino Senator is because they know they are loosing major support in the very large Filipino community across Canada.
Jason Kenney duped the entire community by making " improvements" to the important Live in Caregiver program in April 2010. ( Foreign Nanny program )
However, this was just a means to actually phase out the program, it seems Jason Kenney would rather prefer blond nannies with blue eyes.

The stats show ... Read More
Canadian immigration selection criteria to change
SAM News

The immigration selection criteria for the new immigrants to Canada will change from the beginning of 2013. Younger skilled workers between the age group of 18 to 35 will get the maximum 12 points for their age, and the points will decrease by 1 point for each additional year of age after 35. However, workers aged 47 or older would continue to be eligible for the program. The proficiency in first official language will ... Read More
Canadian immigration selection criteria to change
SAM News

The immigration selection criteria for the new immigrants to Canada will change from the beginning of 2013. Younger skilled workers between the age group of 18 to 35 will get the maximum 12 points for their age, and the points will decrease by 1 point for each additional year of age after 35. However, workers aged 47 or older would continue to be eligible for the program. The proficiency in first official language will ... Read More
30,000 illegal Indian immigrants to benefit from US policy
At least 30,000 Indians would be among the 1.76 million undocumented illegal immigrants who would benefit from US President Barack Obama's new policy to defer deportation of illegal immigrants for two years, a new study said.

Using Current Population Survey data from the US Census Bureau, Migration Policy Institute (MPI) estimates that as many as 1.76 million people, under the age of 31, could be at risk of being deported in the future or who ... Read More
Canada Issues Record Number of Visitor Visas
Brampton-Springdale MP Parm Gill applauded a Customs and Immigration Canada report that Canada has issued a record number of visitor visas this year. Since January, Canada has issued 500,000 visitors visas; up from approximately 450,000 this same time last year.
“These visas provide the opportunity for people around the world to visit relatives who may have immigrated to Canada,” said Gill, “as well as the chance to take in all that our wonderful nation has to ... Read More
Essential resources for immigrating to Canada
This list of resources represents only a small collection of websites, groups and organizations dealing with immigration in Canada. Add to this list by submitting your suggestions at the bottom of this page.


Citizenship and Immigration Canada: The Government of Canada's online immigration portal with information on moving to Canada, applying for citizenship and multiculturalism.

The Maytree foundation: A Canadian charity focused on reducing poverty in Canada by offering training, networking and other resources.

Metropolis Canada: ... Read More
Is Canada’s brand strong enough to attract the immigrants it wants?
Erin Anderssen

For the past four months, she has worked as a research intern in Vancouver, beefing up her language skills and earning a gleaming reference from her employer. But will she be back?
Upon graduation, Ms. Cruz will decide between Mexico's two northern neighbours. “The United States feels like a land of opportunity,” she concedes, a place with better job prospects and bigger salaries. But Canada feels more like home: “The people are very ... Read More
A 29-year-old on the difficulties of landing a first job
Rob Carrick

I thought I'd thank you for digging into the issues facing Millennials (a term I abhor, but anyhow) as they finish school and enter the workforce. Perhaps that should read "enter the ranks of the unemployed," but for some incomprehensible reason, I'm still hopeful. Don't worry though, it's fading fast!

My story's about the same as most, but I'm hoping that it might shed some light on some other issues that we ... Read More
Does temporary foreign workers program create second class of labourers?

How a small Albertan town is helping foreign workers feel at home

It left her deflated and disillusioned. “My faith in this country has been badly shaken,” she says. “I have to remind myself: There are some good employers.”

For Ms. Byl, and many other critics, Canada’s growing numbers of temporary foreign workers have raised important questions about the kind of country we are becoming, and how a nation that has long welcomed ... Read More
Does temporary foreign workers program create second class of labourers?

Temporary foreign workers keep wages down for Canadians and multiculturalism is destroying Canadian cultural identity. —A reader responds to our immigration poll. Click here to vote

It left her deflated and disillusioned. “My faith in this country has been badly shaken,” she says. “I have to remind myself: There are some good employers.”

For Ms. Byl, and many other critics, Canada’s growing numbers of temporary foreign workers have raised important questions about ... Read More
An Indian ends life every sixth day in Oman

Dubai: In a worrying sign, an Indian living in Oman has been found to commit suicide every sixth day, owing to financial stress or personal issues, official data shows.

23 Indians had committed suicide in different parts of the Sultanate till mid-April this year. In January and February, eight Indians committed suicide in each month, while four ended their life in March. Three people had committed suicide till mid-April, Times of Oman reported, quoting ... Read More
Children of Immigrants in four European countries studied
This presentation discusses findings and comparative research possiblities with respect to “Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Survey in Four European Countries (CILS4EU)”. Children of immigrants and their majority peers at age 14, as well as their parents were interviewed in 2010 in four European countries: Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The youths’ sample was followed up between 2011 and 2012, and the intention is to extend it to seven waves of interviews, thus ... Read More
Alberta praises new foreign-worker rules

Canadian companies that want to bring in highly skilled foreign workers temporarily will be able to do so faster and pay them less under new federal immigration rules aimed at addressing the country’s persistent labour shortages.

In areas of the country that are booming economically – particularly Alberta – companies are complaining about the lack of skilled workers, a problem that Ottawa has identified as one of Canada’s biggest policy challenges. ... Read More

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