Vancouver Immigration Advisors: How Immigration is Fuelling Population Growth in Canada

As an Immigration Advisor in Vancouver,  the team members at Racer Immigration understand that immigration is an important factor fuelling healthy population growth in Canada. While immigration is occasionally contested or questioned, a new report from Statistics Canada highlights just how important immigration remains to population growth in Canada.

The report shows that immigration remains the key part of Canada’s population growth, and resulted in an increase of 321,065 new immigrants in 2018. By the start of 2019, Canada’s population reached 37,314,442, fuelled in part by a record increase of new immigrants in the fourth quarter of 2018.

In the year 2018, Canada’s population increased by over half a million, and immigration accounted for over 80% of that growth.

The Government of Canada introduced its Express Entry selection system in 2015. Through the program, the federal government selects candidates who can make-up for shortages in the labour market as well as skilled professionals and invites them to apply for permanent residence in Canada.

Thanks to the monumental success of the Express Entry program, Canada issued a record-breaking 89,800 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence to eligible candidates through the Express Entry system in 2018.

“It is evident that the Canadian government is taking measures to attract and retain the best and the brightest to the country,” says Attorney David Cohen at the Campbell Cohen Law Firm in Montreal. “It is also important to note the role that immigration plays in growing Canada’s population and populating various regions across our beautiful and vast country.”

Learn more about living and working in Canada. To meet with an Immigration Advisor in Vancouver, contact Racer Immigration at (778) 688-4848 or visit https://racerimmigration.com/. We’re happy to consult and meet with all types of people who are looking to immigrate to Canada.

Vancouver Immigration Consultants: Pilot Will Provide Foreign Agri-Food Workers with Pathway to Canadian Permanent Residence

As a firm of Canadian immigration consultants in Vancouver, the team at Racer Immigration knows that many of the people who come to Canada looking for work are also interested in pathways to permanent residence. This month, we’re happy to share news about a new three-year immigration pilot program, designed to support the growth of Canada’s agri-food sector.

In its 2019 budget, the Government of Canada stated: “To help the agri-food sector meet Canada’s ambitious export targets and attract and retain needed labour, the federal government will launch a three-year immigration pilot to bring in full time, non-seasonal agricultural workers that will include a pathway to permanent residency.”

This ambitious pilot program is supported by the Canadian Meat Council (CMC), which has been requesting 2,750 immigration spots to fill meat packers, meat processors and equipment supplier positions. Many of these positions have been long overlooked by Canadian workers, although these jobs are part of an important process to meet a growing demand for food made and manufactured in Canada.

According to Industry Canada’s Agri-Food Economic Strategy Table 2018 report, there is a great need to address in terms of labour shortages in the agriculture sector, and utilizing Canada’s permanent immigration and temporary foreign worker programs will help attract skilled workers across various skill levels.

Although details of the pilot program have yet to be fleshed out and delivered by the federal government’s immigration division, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), this program could represent an excellent opportunity for people who want to work and live in Canada.

Racer Immigration Consultants in Vancouver can provide advice about permanent residency and other possible options. Visit the Canadian Immigration Consultants of Racer Immigration at https://racerimmigration.com/ or schedule a consultation at  (778) 688-4848 to learn more.

Securing Credible Reference Letters for Economic Immigration

As an Immigration Consultant in Vancouver, Racer Immigration knows that most economic immigration programs require applicants to have qualifying work experience. As proof, applicants are required to provide references letters from employers. But how immigration officers view such letters and determine eligibility requirements is an important step that requires serious consideration.

When determining if the experience listed on a reference letter qualifies, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada uses the National Occupational Classification system (NOC).

For example, federal skilled workers need to have at least one year of full-time experience in their primary occupation (or the equivalent of part-time) in the last ten years before they apply. In the Canadian experience class, they need to have at least one year of full-time experience in one or more occupations listed on the NOC website in the three years before they applied for permanent residence.

According to the Federal Court of Canada, Canadian immigration law “does not mandate a microscopic analysis of an applicant’s experience according to the exact terminology of the titles or duties listed in the NOC.”

When compiling reference letters from employers, it’s important to remember the following:

  • Reference letters should clearly state all duties, as this is how occupations are assessed.
  • Applicants should provide a copy of the NOC to their employers since the website contains duties/tasks/skiils some employers might not think to mention.
  • It is important that employers should not copy/paste from the NOC website, as this leads to credibility concerns.

No one should fail their immigration application because of an insufficient reference letter. As an Immigration Consultant in Vancouver, Racer Immigration is happy to advise those undertaking the process.

To learn more about different  economic immigration programs and their requirements, contact Racer Immigration at (778) 688-4848 or visit https://racerimmigration.com/.

Preapproved Permanent Residency for Caregivers in Canada 

As a Canadian immigration consultant in Vancouver, Racer Immigration knows how important it is for families to stay together. For foreign Caregivers hoping to come to Canada, securing clearance for their families used to take a long time. However, the Government of Canada has announced a pilot program intended to expedite the process.

Previously, Caregivers coming to Canada had to work for a period of time before they could even think about bringing their families over. This meant spouses and children were often separated, which placed considerable strain on family relationships.

The new Caregiver pilot program, announced on February 23rd, will allow overseas workers to bring family members with them to Canada with pre-approved Permanent Residency.

Eligibility for Permanent Residency will be determined before applicants arrive in Canada. They will be given a new, occupation-specific Work Permit that allows for changing employers without applying for a new Work Permit.

The pilot program will run for five years, and allow Caregivers to bring their spouses, common-law partners and dependent children. Spouses and partners will be issued Open Work Permits, allowing them to work for any Canadian employer. Children will be issued Study Permits, so they can register for school. Caregivers already living in Canada are also welcome also apply.

As a full service immigration and business consulting firm, the consultants at  Racer Immigration assess the best possible way for client to immigrate to Canada. Services also include assisting in the application processing and overcoming difficulties if challenges arise. For employers, Racer Immigration can assist in processing of the LMIA and searching for foreign skilled workers, especially in the manufacturing sector.

For those curious about Canada’s new Caregiver pilot program, the consultants at Racer Immigration consultants in Vancouver are pleased to provide guidance and advice. To learn more, visit https://racerimmigration.com/ or contact (778) 688-4848.

News from Racer Immigration Consultants in Vancouver: New Pilot Project Aims to Boost Rural Communities 

Racer Immigration has learned about a new five-year economic immigration pilot plan aimed at the Western Canadian provinces, rural and northern Ontario communities, and the northern territories. As an immigration consultancy in Vancouver, this is a great opportunity with a lot of  potential for  skilled foreign workers.

The pilot project, Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program, builds on the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program introduced in 2017 and fills the same need by facilitating permanent residence for foreign workers of various skill levels. Locations include Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.

Eligible communities can be a city with a population of less than 50,000 or one that’s 75km from the core of a metropolitan area of 100,000 or more. Cities of up to 200,000 people can also qualify if they are considered remote.

Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, said about the program: “By creating an immigration pilot aimed at rural and northern communities, we’re looking to ensure that the benefits of immigration are shared across the country,”

Interested communities need to work with a local economic development organization to show that they meet the pilot’s eligibility criteria and demonstrate how immigration will promote local economic development priorities. Communities that wish to apply need to submit an application by March 1, 2019, and those selected to participate in the pilot will be announced in the spring.

More information can be found on IRCC’s website.

Racer Immigration Consultants in Vancouver are ready to advise those interested in making Canada a permanent home. For more information, contact (778) 688-4848 or visit https://racerimmigration.com/.

Racer Immigration Consultants in Vancouver: Introducing the Super Visa

As a firm of Canadian immigration consultants in Vancouver, the team at Racer Immigration stays on top of the latest immigration and visa-related developments. For those looking to get parents or grandparents into Canada for extended periods, the Super Visa is an option to note.

With limited applications available, it can be hard for children to bring their parents or grandparents into the country. Out of 100,000 applications made to acquire the required form for the Parents and Grandparents Program, less than a third get through.

As an alternative to stay connected during the long process, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has indicated that those unable to submit an Interest to Sponsor form could still try to bring parents and grandparents to Canada using a Super Visa

The Super Visa is valid for up to 10 years and allows eligible parents and grandparents to visit their family for up to two years at a time. This is ideal for relatives living in countries that require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) for entry into Canada because they will then be able to travel freely between Canada and their country of residence without having to re-apply for a TRV after six months.

The Super Visa is available year-round and has a lower income requirement than Canada’s Parents and Grandparents Program, and most applications are processed within a few weeks.

To apply for a Super Visa, a parent or grandparent must:

  • Have a signed letter from a child or grandchild who invites them to Canada that includes:
    • a promise of financial support for the duration of their visit
    • the list and number of people in the household of this person
    • a copy of this person’s Canadian citizenship or permanent resident document
  • Have medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company that:
    • is valid for at least one year from the date of entry
    • provides at least $100,000 for minimum coverage
    • have proof that the medical insurance has been paid (quotes aren’t accepted)
  • The recipient must also:
  • be allowed to enter Canada
  • take an immigration medical exam

Please note that Super Visa applicants must be visitors who intend to leave at the end of their visit.

For those hoping to secure immigration status for parents or grandparents, please contact Racer immigration consultants in Vancouver at (778) 688-4848 to learn more.

Nova Scotia Welcomes Record Number of Immigrants 


As  Canadian immigration consultants in Vancouver, the team at Racer Immigration is pleased to report that Nova Scotia approved a record number of immigration applications in 2018, and is on track to welcome more new permanent residents than ever before.

Nova Scotia’s Office of Immigration reported that a total of 5,225 newcomers settled in the province between January 1 and October 31, 2018, and that has most likely surpassed 2016’s record of 5,485 landings by the end of the year. In addition, the province accepted 2,272 applications through its immigration programs this year.

“These numbers reflect the work we have done to attract international talent to our province,” Nova Scotia’s Immigration Minister said. “The success we are seeing will help increase access to important services, grow our population and strengthen our economy.”

The streams from which these candidates were chosen included those tied to Canada’s federal Express Entry system. Nova Scotia’s three Express Entry-linked streams—Nova Scotia Demand, Nova Scotia Experience and Labour Market Priorities—allow the province to invite eligible candidates to apply for permanent residence.

Immigration has been instrumental to Nova Scotia’s growth, which has been on an upward trend for the last three years

For those hoping to move to Nova Scotia, or elsewhere in Canada, Racer Immigration can provide advice about options and programs designed to bring different immigrants to Canada. Visit the Canadian Immigration Consultants of Racer Immigration at https://racerimmigration.com/ or contact (778) 688-4848 to learn more.

Family Reunification to Launch Late January

As a team of immigration consultants in Vancouver, Racer Immigration has some excellent news for those trying to reunite their families in Canada. The Government of Canada has announced that the parents and grandparents sponsorship program will reopen in late January 2019.

The Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP), allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor family members for Canadian permanent residence.

Up to 20,000 applications will be processed through the PGP in 2019. Invitations will be issued to the first 20,000 sponsors who submit an Interest to Sponsor form and meet the program’s requirements. This first-come, first-served approach replaces the randomized lottery process that IRCC introduced last year, which many criticized as unfair to those who had been waiting for years to sponsor their family members.

The decision to revert to a first-come, first-served approach was a result of “listening to stakeholders and clients” according to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and will hopefully streamline access to the program as well as improve client experience.

“Using this modified intake process will give the government more flexibility in the application process, ensuring that we receive as many applications as possible,” the IRCC said.

As a Canada Immigration Consultant, Racer Immigration is happy to advise those who wish to help their family members join them in Canada. Contact Racer Immigration at (778) 688-4848 to learn more, or visit https://racerimmigration.com/.

Manitoba Opens New Immigration Pathway

As a firm of registered immigration consultants in Vancouver, the team at Racer Immigration has exciting news for prospective Canadians. A new immigration pathway, the Career Employment Pathway, is now open to those who graduate from post-secondary institutions in Manitoba.

Candidates have to be living in Manitoba at the time they submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and have graduated from a full-time program of at least one year or two semesters in length. In addition,they must have a full-time job offer in a field that’s considered in demand in the province and is consistent with their education, or complete a bridging program and pass the initial stage of certification as determined by the regulatory body.

The Expression of Intent is not in itself an application, but a way for prospective immigrants to let the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) know they wish to be considered for permanent residence under one of the various immigration pathways. Other pathways include the International Student Entrepreneur Pathway and Graduate Internship Pathway, which were announced last November.

Candidates have to answer questions online regarding, among other things, their education, work experience, and language proficiency. These are then scored, and a number of the highest-scoring candidates are issued with Letters of Advice to Apply.

The MPNP says it may impose program or occupation-specific limits when issuing LAAs for the Career Employment Pathway, but by adding this new pathway, new options and opportunities have been provided to prospective immigrants.

As a group of Immigration Consultants in Vancouver, the team at Racer Immigration is happy to advise those who wish to work and stay in Canada after finishing their education. Contact Racer Immigration at (778) 688-4848 to learn more, or visit https://racerimmigration.com/.

Making Canada: How Immigration Made Canada one of the World’s Best Educated Countries

It’s no secret that some politicians have turned immigration into a wedge topic. But as a team of immigration advisors in Vancouver, Racer Immigration wanted to share some exciting statistics. A recent article in the Toronto Star credits immigrants with making Canada one of the best-educated countries in the world.

Many immigrants arrive with university degrees and come with high academic expectations for their children. An Immigration Department report, as noted in the Toronto Star, shows that over a third of the children of immigrants aged 25-35 held university degrees, while those born of Canadian parents were less than a quarter. Over half of the children immigrating from China and India graduated from university, while those from Western Europe ranged from 30%-37%.

Garnett Picot explained this as a natural progression of immigration standards. “The educational attainment of the parents’ matter; children with highly educated parents are more likely to be highly educated themselves. And immigrant parents in Canada tend to have higher levels of educational attainment than Canadian-born parents.” He went on to say that parents’ expectations for their children also have an impact on these high numbers, far more than something like family income.

OECD, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, has ranked Canada the second highest educated nation in the world in 2016, with over 60 percent of Canadians achieving a post-secondary education.

For those hoping to move or bring family members to Canada, Racer Immigration offers access to Vancouver Immigration Consultants who can provide advice and guidance about the options and programs available to people who want to call Canada home.

 Visit Racer Immigration at https://racerimmigration.com/ or contact (778) 688-4848 to learn more.