Patrick Arsenault, Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) works with foreign nationals and permanent residents to address immigration-related legal issues and concerns.
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Hiring a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) is not mandatory, but it comes with many important benefits. Below are listed 5 reasons to consider hiring a RCIC:
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If you think you have what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur in Canada, you may want to first hire a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant and Career Strategist to guide you through the various steps from approaching designated angel investor groups to making sure you have the correct financial documentation and health checks in place. This immigration pathway is brand new and extremely competitive. The slightest mistake could cause money and jeopardize your financing and immigration process.
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In 2018, U.S. News and World Report ranked Canada first in the world for quality of life, followed by Scandinavian countries and Australia in fifth position. The United States ranked in 17th place. This was Canada's second year in a row as the country with the best quality of life according to the popular ranking.
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Many international students believe that applying for a study permit is a straightforward process. While it has been simplified in previous years, I continue to see several students having to delay their studies by a semester or arrive several days or weeks in the semester because their study permit application was declined or delayed.
In 2017, 39% of all study permit applications were declined across the board. The data shows that although some factors can influence the likelihood of an application to go through such as the country of origin or the destination province, there are high risks of denial in all cases.
On October 2, 2018, processing times for Canadian study permits were between 6 and 14 weeks depending on the country of origin. For many that means that an initial refusal means that a student may have to way an extra three months to try a second time, which could mean wasting an entire semester.
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Canada welcomes immigrants, but it also put policies in place to ensure that Canadian citizens and permanent residents are prioritize when new job opportunities are created. The main way to do that is to require employers to provide a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) when they hire foreign nationals. This process can be cumbersome and act as a roadblock as employers may not be willing to consider any extra step. This can be frustrating for foreign nationals that hope to be considered for job opportunities in Canada.
Fortunately, Canada also recognizes that it needs to attract the best talent in the world in order to thrive. To do so, it is willing to lift the LMIA in some situations. While there are other ways to go around this requirement, here are 3 examples to consider
French-speaking or bilingual workers outside Quebec
Since June 2016, employers that hire foreign nationals that are French speakers are no longer required to get a LMIA for jobs located outside of the province of Quebec. The employer is responsible for a $230 employer compliance fee to be able to submit an offer of employment. Once accepted, the foreign national will receive a temporary work permit and can work with a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant to gain a permanent immigration status in Canada.
Working holiday visa
Although this sounds more like a tourist visa than a work visa, this scheme allows foreign nationals of 32 different countries to come to work in Canada for up to two years on an open work permit. That means that the work permit is not tied to a specific employer, location, or province. Individuals that obtain an open work permit are hence free to live and work anywhere in Canada and employers do not need to get a LMIA. In fact, they don't have to do anything related to immigration. To them, there is virtually no difference between hiring someone on a working holiday visa or a Canadian citizen. They may not even know that you are a foreigner if you don't tell them. One limiting criterion is that there is an age bracket for participants, usually 18-30 or 18-35.
Once you are legally working in Canada, there are ways to apply for permanent residency and settle in Canada. That is something a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant can assist with.
Postgraduate work permit
One of the most common ways to circumvent the LMIA process is to study in Canada and obtain a three year postgraduate open work permit upon completion of the program. This is a popular option, because it allows foreigners to gain Canadian credentials, start to build a network in Canada, use college or university resources and services such as a career centre. Most importantly, many international students qualify for an open work permit when they graduate, which allows them compete on the same level as everyone for jobs.
Labour market impact assessments aim to protect the Canadian job market and ensure a healthy workforce. However, there are cases when Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada recognizes that it can be beneficial for the Canadian society and workforce to waive that requirement. This post presents three of the most typical routes used by immigrants to gain employment in Canada without going through the LMIA process. If you would have been having difficulty finding a job in Canada, you may want to neet with a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant to discuss various options.
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Canadian society has changed tremendously in the past 50 years. From a relatively homogeneous population, Canada grew to become to most diverse G7 country. It is also the only Western country to be one of the world's top 20 most diverse countries. That is particularly true in Canada's most populous province: Ontario. Actually, Statistics Canada revealed that in June 2018, over 30% of the Ontario labour force was made of immigrants. Ontario is the first province to achieve such results. It comes to no surprise that Toronto is actually considered to be the most multicultural city in the world with over half of its population being immigrants.
To complement the federal immigration programs, the province continually updates 10 different provincial nominee program streams.
Ontario has been so successful at attracting and retaining immigrants, because it is an open and diverse society, it cherry picks immigrants that are a good fit for the province through elaborate provincial nominee program streams, and a dynamic economy has allowed the province to maintain an unemployment rate that is lower than the Canadian average for the past 3 years.
There are many benefits in choosing to immigrate to Ontario, but it is also extremely competitive. It is important to stay on top of things and be aware of the many changes that could facilitate your process. For example, the provincial government surprised everyone in March 2018 by lowering the selection criteria for French-speaking skilled workers and individuals with a job offer. Working with a Regulated Immigration Consultant can allow you to react quickly to policy changes and put all chances on your side.
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Newfoundland and Labrador has developed The Way Forward on Immigration, a manifesto that will guide its action between 2018 and 2022 to secure: population growth, economic growth, increased diversity, and increased number of highly skilled residents.
One of the province's main strategies highlighted in the report is to focus on attracting international students that are likely to remain in the province upon graduation. It aims to attract and retain some of the brightest and the province is willing to help by:
Currently, less than 1% of all immigrants between the ages of 15 and 24 years old live in Newfoundland and Labrador. While this provinces holds great (untapped) potential for skilled immigrants or immigrants that are looking to update their skills, it can be an uncharted territory at times. Employers and organizations may not be familiar with immigration policies and be reluctant to hire foreigners, at first. Hiring a Regulated Immigration Consultant to prepare an immigration memorandum to provide to employers and work with them locally could be a game-changer.
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Justin Trudeau's election in 2015 was a breath of fresh air for many Canadians. Quickly, he was able to get things moving and he has delivered on many of his immigration related promises. His leadership had strong and immediate impacts on the Canadian immigration systems. Some his accomplishments include:
A few quotes from Trudeau