From Foreign Worker to Full-Fledged Canadian

As a Canadian immigration firm in Vancouver, it’s no secret that foreign workers fill many important gaps when it comes to shortages in Canada’s labour and skills market. The length of stay often varies according to the job contract, but a number of workers do seek opportunities to extend their stay and immigrate to Canada as Permanent Residents.

For those who are interested, Racer Immigration found a 2018 study by Statistics Canada that examines the time that temporary foreign workers tend to remain in the country as well as their transition to permanent resident status.

According to the study, the number of temporary workers rose in Canada from 52,000 to 310,000 between 1996 and 2015. This includes people coming to Canada through various programs, such as the Temporary Foreign Worker Program or International Mobility Program.

The study analyzed temporary foreign workers between the ages of 18 and 64 at the time of their arrival and received their work permit between 1990 and 2009. These individuals were followed for between 5 and 15 years after their admission. It was found that almost 90% of temporary foreign workers who were still in Canada after 10 years had managed to obtain permanent resident status.

For those seeking permanent residence in Canada, foreign workers’ programs can be a good start. Racer Immigration provides expert consulting and advice for people around the world. Contact (778) 688-4848 to learn more.

Canada Increases Opportunities for Parents and Grandparents in 2019

Racer Immigration has good news for those hoping to reunite with their parents and grandparents in Canada. As of July 28th, 2018, the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship has increased the cap on the number of sponsorship applications for parents and grandparents from 10,000 to 17,000.

As a full-service immigration company in Vancouver, Racer immigration knows that many people who move to Canada do so with the hopes of someday bringing their families with them. Sponsorship applications continue to be one of the most popular immigration programs in Canada.

The program was so popular that between 2012 and 2013 new applications had to be stopped in order to allow Canadian immigration officers to deal with the backlog. And when the program reopened, the government imposed an annual cap of 5,000 applications.

Over time the process changed and evolved. In January of 2017, an online lottery system was introduced where 10,000 lucky Canadian citizens and permanent residents were selected at random for an invitation from IRCC to file their sponsorship applications, rather than the previous “first come first served” basis.

But the lottery system was designed based on assumptions that every person who entered the lottery would meet the eligibility requirements and would be able to make a complete application within the allotted time. In reality, many sponsors who received invitations did not meet the minimum requirements and many more who received invitations never went on to make complete their applications, and so a further call for applications was made.

With the annual cap of 10,000 applications a year being increased to 17,000, Canadian families have better odds than ever to sponsor their parents and grandparents for Canadian permanent resident status.

Racer Immigration happy to help those who want to know more about sponsorship or finding other ways to bring their parents and grandparents to Canada. Contact Racer Immigration at (778) 688-4848 to learn more.

Conservatives Discuss Ending Birth Tourism

As a team of Canadian Immigration Consultants, Racer Immigration in Vancouver strives to stay on top of all issues related to Canadian citizenship. In recent years, immigration rights have become a hotly contested topic. At the moment, the Canadian Conservative Party, led by Andrew Scheer, is calling for an end of birthright citizenship, arguing it has encouraged “birth tourism.”

What makes this so controversial is the claim that the practice has been abused and taken advantage of. “Birth tourism” is when pregnant, non-Canadian women fly to Canada in order to give birth and secure citizenship for their babies. When those children become adults, they can sponsor their parents to immigrate to Canada.

This is seen by some as a loophole that needs to be closed, as it allows them to receive Canada’s benefits without going through the same channels other immigrants must. MP Joe Peschisolido says the practice is very costly for taxpayers, “since it can be used to gain access to Canada’s publicly subsidized post-secondary education system and to take advantage of Canada’s public healthcare system and generous social security programs, all without having to contribute much to the funding of these systems and programs.”

Immigration lawyer Michael Niren called birthright citizenship a “non-issue.” According to Statistics Canada, only 313 babies were born to non-Canadian mothers in 2016. That number has gone down significantly since 2012 when Statistics Canada reported that 699 babies were born to non-Canadian mothers.

“There are problems with immigration in Canada, but birth tourism is not one. It is a politicized concept,” he said. “Conservatives are trying to energize their base.”

When immigrating to another country, it’s important to stay on top of evolving laws that could impact an applicant’s process and rights. The team at Racer Immigration is pleased to provide timely consulting and advice for people hoping to immigrate to Canada. Contact (778) 688-4848 to learn more.

Newfoundland Introduces New Immigration Options for Entrepreneurs

The team members at Racer Immigration always keep an open mind when it comes to finding places for prospective immigrants moving to Canada. As a full-service immigration company, they know that opportunities can come from unlikely places. For example, beautiful Newfoundland is currently offering opportunities to budding entrepreneurs.

The province recently announced two new immigration categories for entrepreneurs.

Graduates of Memorial University and College of the North Atlantic with a Post-Graduation Work Permit can apply for the International Graduate Entrepreneur Category.

The International Entrepreneur Category, on the other hand, is aimed at foreign nationals who want to “create, join, or take over” a business in Newfoundland and Labrador. Those accepted through this category would receive a Temporary Work Permit to establish and operate their business.

Applicants to either category will have to own and actively operate their business in the province for at least one year before they can apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

To be eligible, a Graduate Entrepreneur will have to have completed at least a 2-year program and have a Canadian Language Benchmark of 7 in English or French, as well as one year’s experience in managing and owning a business.

An International Entrepreneur, on the other hand, will need a CLB of 5, $600,000 in net business and personal assets, $200,000 ready to invest in a new or existing business, and at least two years’ experience managing and owning a business (or more than five years’ experience in a senior business management role).

Racer Immigration is more than happy to help guide applicants through the process. If you’re intrigued with the idea of gaining entry to Canada by starting or running a business, contact Racer Immigration at (778) 688-4848.

Vancouver Ranks 15th Best City for Canadian Immigrants

As a group of Canadian Immigration Consultants in Vancouver, the team members at Racer Immigration know there are many great places to live across Canada. Recently, an online survey announced the best cities in the country for immigration—and Vancouver ranked at number 15.

At the top of the list was Oakville, Ontario, ahead of other Ontario cities such as Ottawa and Toronto. While Vancouver ranked 15th overall, it is still one of the top places to live worldwide due to “trong economy, ease of commuting and — of course — great weather.”

The online magazine moneysense.ca recently conducted a survey to find the best cities for immigration in Canada, and came up with a list of 415 locations, and ranked them based on 10 categories: Wealth and economy, affordability, population growth, taxes, commute, crime, weather, access to health care, amenities, and culture.

“A liveable city should be prosperous, but affordable. Safe, yet easy to get around. And it should have the type of weather that draws you outdoors,” the survey reads. “We award points to cities with a large percentage of the population speaking languages other than English and French and increase the importance of a low unemployment rate, affordable rents and access to an airport.”

In the case of Oakville, the survey points out that the percentage of visible minorities has increased from 18 percent to 31 percent over the last ten years and about 30 percent of residents speak a language other than English or French.

No matter where you wish to settle in Canada, Racer Immigration can provide expert consulting and advice for people around the world. Contact (778) 688-4848 to learn more.

Vancouver Immigrations Advisors Provide a Path for Skilled Workers

As a full-service immigration company, the team members at Racer Immigration understand that skilled workers are high on the list when it comes to prioritizing entry for new Canadians. But for those looking for information on how to come to Canada as a skilled worker, there are some guidelines and tips right here.

The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program is specifically for people who are selected because of their work experience and skills.

To apply, an applicant needs to be eligible to work in Canada or have a pending job offer. Otherwise, interested applicants will need to acquire at least a year’s worth of relevant work experience. Other requirements include meeting minimum language and education levels—and the capacity to be financially self-sufficient

The applicant’s relevant work experience has to have been paid, full-time (30 hours a week) or the equivalent hours in part-time, and has to have occurred during the last ten years. But remember, these limits do not apply if the applicant already has a permanent job offer.

Anyone who is eligible to apply for the Federal Skilled Worker program can submit their profile to Express Entry, which is the online application system for economic immigration categories, such as the FSW.

Those who want to learn more about the  Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program should contact Racer Immigration at (778) 688-4848.

New Immigration Possibilities for French Speaking Immigrants

Racer Immigration knows that immigrating can be a frustrating process, and navigating the ins and outs can be time-consuming. As Canadian Immigration Consultants, Racer Immigration has learned that Canada is taking steps to increase francophone immigration, which will come as welcome news for prospective French-speaking immigrants.

This Canada-Ontario collaboration will focus on three annexes: the French-speaking immigrants, international students, and partnerships with municipal governments, all as part of the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement (COIA).

In the case of French-speaking immigrants, COIA will set out to help identify opportunities for allowing more French-speaking immigrants into Ontario to reach their immigration targets.

By partnering with Municipalities through COIA, they will be able to focus on issues related to public interests regarding immigration, both in attracting and retaining them, as well as their integration into the community.

Working with international students is also a key focus, especially in their transition from post-graduation employment into permanent residency.

Through these initiatives, the Governments of Canada and Ontario are demonstrating their commitment to ensuring that the economic, social and cultural benefits of immigration are maximized in the province.

Whether you wish to settle in BC, Ontario, or anywhere else in Canada, there are many paths and opportunities available. Racer Immigration provides expert consulting and advice for people around the world. Contact (778) 688-4848 to learn more.

Vancouver Immigrations Advisors Warn: Don’t Sign Away Your Chance

Racer Immigration has helped many people who have received bad advice in the past. As a full-service immigration company, there is sometimes the need to counsel clients who have put too much confidence in those willing to cut corners—often at the risk of success.

One of the most flagrant examples are immigration consultants who ask applicants to sign blank application forms. This is a clear warning sign of unprofessional behaviour at the very least. The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) requires an applicant to answer all questions truthfully—including the completion of the application forms and supporting documents.

If inaccurate information is provided, it won’t matter if it’s not the applicant’s fault, they will have been found to have misrepresented themselves, and that can result in a five-year ban from further applications. Any service provider willing to put an application at that kind of risk is not a reputable consultant.

Remember, as a legal process an immigration application is ultimately the responsibility of the applicant. An immigration service provider can guide you and help you, but they are not authorized to speak on your behalf.

Ignorance of the law is not an excuse, so make sure all the information provided is accurate, and double-check every bit of paperwork before signing it. If English or French is not your primary language, be sure to have someone qualified interpret all the forms. Ultimately, the responsibility falls to the applicant, but a qualified professional can make the job easier.

If you or someone you love is looking to make a home in Canada, contact Racer Immigration at (778) 688-4848.

Immigration Consultant Shares 4 Ways to Make Canada Your Home

As a team of Canadian Immigration Consultants in Vancouver, Racer Immigration knows that coming to a new country can be a complicated process. But for those hoping to make Canada a home, there are many excellent immigration programs. And some of the most popular are listed right here:

1) Express entry: Express Entry was introduced in 2015 by the Federal Government. It is currently an umbrella system that governs the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), as well as some Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

Applicants looking to apply using Express Entry have to submit an Expression of Interest to the government of Canada. If the minimum eligibility requirements are met, they will be invited to the Express Entry pool. They are given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, and every so often, Invitations to Apply (ITAs) are sent to the highest ranking individuals in the pool during an Express Entry draw.

2) Provincial Nominee Programs: Each province and territory has authority over its own immigration programs and policies, commonly known as Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Ideal candidates for PNP programs usually fall under one of these categories: having worked in or currently working in Canada, are currently in the Express Entry pool, have a connection to the province (either in studies, work experience or a job offer), or have a family member in the province in question.

3) Student Pathway: Being a student in Canada is excellent for those looking for permanent residence, due to the value placed on a Canadian education. If they currently qualify for an immigration program, being a student in Canada can increase their chances of being accepted. And if they don’t qualify normally, it can help make them eligible.

4) Canadian Family Sponsorship: Family reunification is one of the most common ways of obtaining permanent residence. A spouse or child who is a permanent Canadian resident or citizen is allowed to sponsor an application to move to Canada.

There are many paths that can lead to Canada. Contact Racer Immigration to learn more about the options available to you and your loved ones. Racer Immigration in Vancouver provides expert consulting and advice for people around the world. Contact (778) 688-4848 to learn more.

Vancouver Immigration Advisor Announces Relaxed Rules for Medical Conditions

As a team of  Vancouver immigration advisors, Racer Immigration knows that immigrating to Canada can be challenging, sometimes for reasons beyond an applicant’s control. Once upon a time, pre-existing medical issues were more or less automatic disqualification, but that’s about to change.

The Liberal government has announced that it will be loosening the rules that have made prospective immigrants inadmissible on medical grounds, although they are not removing the legislation entirely.  

These rules have been in place for more than forty years and have been called “way out of date” by Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, and are not in line with Canadian values or policies of inclusion for citizenship.

The revisions include not barring entry due to children with developmental delays, special education requirements or hearing/visual impairments. The current health-care cost threshold will be tripled. This should allow at least 75% of the thousand or so people previously rejected for entry on medical grounds.

While the eventual goal is to remove the medical inadmissibility policy entirely, it seems that won’t happen until more consultations have occurred. Though some have criticized  the changes as minor tweaks, it is still  a positive step towards fair inclusion.

Anyone considering immigration to Canada should consider working with an experienced Canadian immigration consultant. Policies are always changing, but an experienced consultant will be able to provide advice on how to strengthen an application and avoid major pitfalls.  Contact (778) 688-4848 to learn more.