Express Entry for Economic Immigrants to launch in January 2015

Posted by Immi Sikand|Global Immigration
Apr 14

On April 8, 2014, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander announced that the new model for recruiting skilled economic immigrants to Canada, “Express Entry”  is scheduled to launch in January 2015.

Formerly referred to as the “Expression of Interest” model, Express Entry will be open to applicants who have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer or have been nominated by a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).  Under the Express Entry model, applicants will then be invited to apply for permanent residence by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and, according to CIC, can expect processing times of six months or less under the new model.   CIC, along with provincial and territorial governments, will hold information sessions for employers to provide more information about the program in the coming months.   Updates will be provided as they become available.

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Expiry of the BC pilot project for working-age dependent children of Temporary Foreign Workers

Posted by Vian Sulevani|Canada Immigration
Apr 14

The pilot project for working-age dependents of temporary foreign workers destined to work in British Columbia has expired on February 14, 2014.  The pilot project allowed for the issuance of open work permits to working-age dependents (between 18–22) of most skilled temporary workers employed in B.C.

The pilot project was originally launched on August 15, 2011, under article 7.1 of the Temporary Foreign Worker Annex to the Canada-British Columbia Immigration Agreement.  At this time there is no sign that this pilot project will be extended again.  A similar pilot project continues to remain in effect in Ontario until July 31, 2014.

For more information on this or any other Canadian or US immigration/citizenship matter, please contact PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP – Immigration Lawyers at 1-800-993-9971 or

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New Measures for Quebec’s Economic Immigration Programs

Posted by Nina Modi|Global Immigration
Apr 14

In a Ministerial Decision published by the Quebec Gazette in March 2014, it was announced that the Government of Quebec has introduced a number of measures for its economic immigration programs. They are as follows:

Skilled Worker – Between 01 April 2014 and 31 March 2015, a quota of 6,500 applications will be accepted for review by the Quebec Skilled Worker Program. Quota does not apply to applicants in the Quebec Experience Class (workers or students) or those individuals with a validated job offer.

Investors – A maximum of 1,750 applications under the Quebec Investor Program between September 8-19, 2014, and if it is not filled during that time, then again between December 1-12, 2014.  There will be a quota of 1,200 applications per country.  These restrictions do not apply to candidates who scored intermediary-advanced on their French language examination.

Entrepreneurs and Self-Employed Persons – The Government of Quebec will accept a maximum of 500 applications under this category.

To learn if you are eligible for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program, please feel free to contact our firm.

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End of Investor and Entrepreneur Programs

Posted by Nina Modi|Canada Immigration
Mar 14

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) terminated the federal Immigrant Investor Program (IIP) and Federal Entrepreneur (EN) Program in February 2014.  CIC claims that this will pave the way for new pilot programs which will hopefully meet Canada’s labour market and economic needs.

The IIP has been temporarily on hold since July 2012, while the EN Program has been on hold since July 2011. The current programs have an inventory of more than 65,000 persons with an approximate processing time of over six years. CICwill be eliminating the large and longstanding backlog by returning applications and refunding previously-paid fees to all applicants.

In place of the IIP and EN programs, CIC plans on introducing new pilot programs.  One such example is the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Fund pilot project, which will require immigrants to make a significant investment in the Canadian economy.  CIC will also conduct consultations regarding a potential Business Skills pilot program. More details about these programs will be shared in the upcoming months.

In addition, CIC introduced in April 2013 the Start-Up Visa program, which grants permanent residency to immigrant entrepreneurs while assisting them to become established in Canada.

For further details and updates regarding this and eligibility requirements for applying for Canadian permanent residence, contact PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP.

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More Options for Citizenship Applicants from Ontario

Feb 14

As of January 30, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will now accept certificates from individuals who complete Ontario’s provincial language training program as proof of language ability for the purpose of applying for citizenship.  The acceptance of this language training program is intended to facilitate access to citizenship for Ontario applicants.

Applicants for citizenship must provide evidence of language ability from CIC’s list of acceptable evidence, which includes results from third party tests, academic certificates, and certificates from government-funded language training programs. Ontario’s provincial Adult Non-Credit Language Training Program will now be accepted as proof that citizenship applicants meet language knowledge requirements.

We anticipate more announcements in the coming months regarding programs in other provinces.

For more information on this or any other Canadian or US immigration/citizenship matter, please contact PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP – Immigration Lawyers at 1-800-993-9971 or

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Do you need an Immigration Medical Exam?

Posted by Vian Sulevani|Canada Immigration
Jan 14

Most temporary residents do not realize that they may be required to undergo an immigration medical exam prior to their entry to Canada.  Under Canada’s immigration law, you must have a medical exam if you want to come to Canada for more than six months AND you have lived or travelled for six consecutive months in a country or territory on the designated countries list, in the one year immediately before the date you want to enter Canada.  This applies even if you are a citizen of a country that does not need a visa to enter Canada or require an immigration medical exam.  The list of designated countries is updated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and should be reviewed prior to making any travel arragnements.  The immigration medical exam cannot be performed by your own doctor, it can only be performed by a panel physician.

Immigration medical exams are also required for individuals coming to Canada to work in an occupation that brings them into close contact with people.  This will apply to workers in the health sciences field, clinical laboratory workers, doctors, nurses, medical students admitted to Canada to attend university, domestic caregivers, nannies, and teachers.

The medical exam can add on additional processing time, so it is essential to determine whether an immigration medical exam will be required prior to your travels to Canada.

For more information on this or any other Canadian or US immigration matters, please contact PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP – Immigration Lawyers at 1-800-993-9971 or

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