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These rules have been in place for more than forty years and have been called “way out of date” by Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, and are not in line with Canadian values or policies of inclusion for citizenship.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

Canadian Immigration Consultants Discuss Age of Dependency

As Canadian Immigration Consultants, the team members at Racer Immigration understand that age is a major factor when applying for permanent residence, particularly if children are involved.

When the Conservative Government was in power in 2014, the age for dependent children was lowered to 18. However, the Liberal Government restored the age of dependency to 22 as of October 24, 2017. What this means is that children up to the age of 22 can once again be included in their parent’s applications for permanent residence in Canada.

This was one of the Liberal Government’s major campaign promises. Previously, children over 18 had to apply for permanent residence on their own merit. And the potential for being separated discouraged many families from considering a future in Canada.

In fact, the Regulatory Impact Assessment Statement (RIAS) noted that “when families are able to remain together as an economic household unit, their integration into Canada and their ability to work and contribute to their communities improves.”

The reasoning behind the rule reversal was that the Liberal Government felt that encouraging families to come to Canada would encourage the economic and social enhancement of many communities.

Increasing the age of dependency was welcome news for many immigrant families. Although the law sadly does not work retroactively, humanitarian and compassionate claims may offer some flexibility for family members who have been left behind.

If you’re part of a family who has adult children that were previously exempt from an application to come to Canada, contact Racer Immigration. As a team of certified immigration consultants, we believe in helping families stay together. Through expert consulting, we can make Canada a viable destination for people around the world. For more, contact Racer Immigration at (778) 688-4848.