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.

Canadian Immigration Firm Shares Details of the AIPP

As a group of  Canadian Immigration Consultants, the team at Racer Immigration know there’s more than one way to immigrate to Canada.

Just because an application doesn’t meet the requirements of the Invitation to Apply (ITA), doesn’t mean the Canadian dream is dead. There are places and provinces that want and need new people—and they have instituted programs to get them. In this case, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) aims to make the Maritime provinces more attractive to prospective immigrants.

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) is a 3-year program aimed at bringing in as many as 7000 immigrants to Canada’s Maritime Provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador).

The program offers a number of advantages. For example, the required  employment skill level is lower. In this case, job training or a high school education is sufficient. Work experience is not a requirement either, so long as applicants complete a 2-year school program at a publically funded institution in Atlantic Canada.

The language requirement is also lower compared to ITA requirements.  Basic language requirements of CLB 4 in speaking, listening, reading, and writing are enough to meet application requirements.

Finally, AIPP aims to help newcomers with a unique plan designed to help them adapt to life in Canada. This include referrals to community resources, help in locating housing and transportation, and assistance in enrolling for essential public services (health cards, SIN numbers, child tax benefits).

As a full-service Canadian Immigration Firm, Racer Immigration offers consulting services to individuals who want to immigrate or bring family members to Canada.

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

Canada Still a Welcoming Place for Immigrants

Last year, the Liberal Government solidified Canada’s reputation as a country welcoming to immigrants. But while immigration remains an integral part of Canada’s future, there is still an official process that must be followed.

As Canadian Immigration Consultants, Racer Immigration helps prospective immigrants interested in becoming permanent residents navigate this process. Even if there are unusual circumstances or other problems that might interfere with an application, they can help you overcome them.

Last year, the government announced a three-year plan for increasing the number of permanent residents coming into the country, up to 340,000 a year by 2020. And it’s the highest the number has been in almost a century.

These increases are likely to continue long into the future, as Canada seeks to address the issues of an ageing population and decreased fertility, and support the economy better by responding to the country’s labour market needs.

Skilled workers who want to immigrate to Canada should find it easier to do so now, and those already here as temporary foreign workers or international students should also find it easier to apply for permanent residency. Given that a fifth of our population is composed of immigrants, its current strategy symbolizes the value and importance it places on immigration to give them an advantage in the economy.

This is a great time to apply for permanent residency, so contact Racer Immigration today. As a team of certified immigration consultants, Racer Immigration provides expert consulting and advice for people around the world. Contact (778) 688-4848 to learn more.