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.
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
- 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.
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
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.
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/.
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.
As a Vancouver immigration agency, Racer Immigration provides full-service immigration and business consulting, assessing the best possible ways for clients to immigrate to Canada. However, what do you do after you arrive? From securing a job to setting up a bank account, the Government of Canada offers resources that identify many excellent services available to new Canadians. Some of these include:
- locating for a job (for example, nearby multicultural centres, immigrant services, or local libraries)
- getting a language assessment or registering for English/French classes (such as local ESL schools)
- finding a place to live
- assistance for filling out forms and applications (immigrant service centres)
- Sign up kids for school (district contact information)
- learning about community services (multicultural centres)
The Government of Canada’s website offers a handy search engine to seek out these services based on an address or postal code, and filter by the services required. From there people can contact the service provider directly. For those who are currently outside of Canada, they can look for available Pre-Arrival Services using a similar search engine.
The immigration consultants at Racer Immigration provide the information necessary to help new Canadians get a head start. For more information, call (778) 688-4848.
As a firm that provides Immigration Consulting Services in Vancouver, the team at Racer Immigration warns that one of the biggest mistakes prospective Canadians can make is waiting until their application has been refused to seek out professional help.
Navigating a refusal is always more work as it requires understanding the reason for refusal and answering these concerns when reapplying. Moreover, it’s important to realize that multiple attempts made in a short period can reduce the chances of getting to yes.
While it’s always best to work with a skilled Canadian immigration consultant or lawyer from the start, steps can be taken if an application is refused.
When someone receives a general refusal, and they do not understand the concerns of the visa officer, they should hold off on submitting another application. It’s vital to obtain the notes of the officer who refused the application and prepare a thoughtful answer in subsequent forms. To get these notes, an applicant must request the Global Case Management System or “GCMS” notes in their file. These will provide insight into the immigration officer’s concerns.
Reapplying is an opportunity to provide more information and strengthen your application. The new application should be consistent with the old one, but remember that the case will likely be looked at by a different officer—and it should stand on its own.
A reputable Canadian immigration consultant can investigate a rejection and explain your case in detail. To learn more about working with Racer Immigration, please call (778) 688-4848.
The Canadian government recently announced the 100th Express Entry draw, inviting 400 candidates from the Federal Skilled Trades program to immigrate to Canada with their families. As a Vancouver-based immigration firm, the team at Racer Immigration is always on the lookout for exciting opportunities for people hoping to immigrate to Canada.
Express Entry isn’t a program, but a system meant to manage the intake and processing of applications within three existing programs: Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Federal Skilled Trades (FST). Since Canadian immigration prioritizes skilled workers, the vast majority of skilled worker immigrants come through the Express Entry system.
Canada once used a first-come-first-served basis for processing applications. This resulted in slow processing times and huge backlogs. It could take some applicants years of waiting for their status to be processed. Express Entry was meant to fix these problems and streamline the process.
Express Entry uses an electronic system to manage applications, and a points-based system to accept applications, allowing applications to be processed in a matter of months. An applicant creates an Express Entry profile and is assigned a Comprehensive Ranking System score (CRS). Every two weeks, an Express Entry draw is held, giving a number of people with the highest CRS scores an Invitation to Apply (ITA). The number of ITAs has increased from 31,000 in 2015 to 86,000 in 2017, and that number will most likely be topped in 2018. It should be noted that an ITA is issued to the principal applicant, but also applies to their spouse and dependent children.
Today, Express Entry is an incredibly effective system. The process was a bit slower in its first two years of operation due to the previous backlog, but in recent years 80% of the applications are processed within 4-6 months.
For those who want to learn more about Express Entry immigration to Canada, Racer Immigration is ready to help. Call (778) 688-4848 to learn more.
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.
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.
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.