News from Racer Immigration Consultants in Vancouver: Province issues new funding to support local businesses international recruitment

Racer Immigration, a company of Canadian Immigration consultants, focus on helping people to find the best pathways to reach their permanent residence in Canada. We also know the struggle that Canadian businesses are facing nowadays with the shortage of skilled workers in their companies.

To deal with the scenario of labour shortages, for example, Quebec government issued new funding method to support businesses recruit temporary foreign workers. This action from the government brings another good opportunity for immigrants to settle in Canada. According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), nowadays, Quebec is facing the highest job vacancy rates among Canada’s provinces.

Therefore, the Government of Quebec will fund around $21 million to support businesses in their recruitment process and integration of temporary foreign workers into their companies. With this help, the Government is estimating to support almost 2,000 Quebec businesses in their international recruitment efforts.

As part of this initiative, the funding will also support two programs in the province dedicated to working with temporary foreign workers to help them to integrate into Quebec’s labour market. The referred programs are PRIME – Programme d’aide à l’intégration des immigrants et des minorités visibles and IPOP – Programme d’intégration en employ de personnes fomées à l’étranger référées par un odre professionnel.

There is an estimate provided by the Quebec province’s chambers of commerce federation that says that the province needs about 60,000 immigrants per year to support the local economy to grow and to reduce the businesses labour shortages.

Although details of this funding have yet to be fleshed out to start to work for the businesses recruitment, this funding could represent an excellent opportunity for those people who want to work and live in Canada.

At Racer Immigration Consultants in Vancouver, our team is well prepared to provide advice about permanent residency and other possible options to you settle your life for a long term in Canada. Visit the Canadian Immigration Consultants of Racer Immigration at https://racerimmigration.com or book a consultation in person with us at (778) 688-4848 to learn more.

Canadian Business Association requires solutions to address labour shortages through immigration programs

Only in the second quarter of 2019, 429,000 jobs went unfulfilled in Canada. Racer Immigration, a Canadian Immigration Consultants in Vancouver, has learned that these vacancy work opportunities hold the country’s development and businesses to strive with the skilled labour shortage.

British Columbia and Quebec are the provinces with the highest vacancy rates in the private sector corresponding to 3.9 percent. To get a better understanding, Quebec had 116,000 jobs positions unfilled and British Columbia 74,700, according to the report of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

When it comes to industry, the shortages are higher in the personal services industry, construction industry, hospitality sector, followed by agriculture, enterprise management, professional services, and health services around the country.

To tackle this issue, the Canadian government holds several immigration programs to help connect employers and businesses with highly skilled workers looking to immigrate to Canada. As a team of Immigration Consultants in Vancouver, the team at Racer Immigration is well prepared to advise those people who wish to work and stay in Canada through one of the immigration programs supported by Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) such as:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Canadian Federal Skilled Trades Class
  • Canadian Experience Class

There are also different provincial nominee programs developed for each province to support employers to find skilled workers to join their businesses and grow the economy.

Another part of the process of hiring international talents required is the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). This is a document that employers in Canada need to provide in order to demonstrate that the business has a need for a foreign worker to fill the job position that no qualified Canadians were passed up in favor of a foreign worker.

It might be daunting the process to find a program that supports your pathway as a worker to a permanent residence. The team at Racer Immigration Consultants in Vancouver know the difficult and is more than happy to advise you about the best possibilities. To learn more, visit our website https://racerimmigration.com or contact our team to book a meeting at (778) 688-4848.

More than 500,000 jobs unfilled across Canada, according to Statistics Canada

The number of job vacancies in Canada increased in the first three months of 2019, accordingly to Statistics Canada. The institution said that almost 80% of the openings jobs were for permanent positions. As an Immigration Advisor in Vancouver, the team members at Racer Immigration comprehend that immigration is a crucial factor to support healthy economic growth in Canada. As a business in Vancouver, we can help you fill those job positions with immigration workers.  

The report states that in the first quarter of 2019, job vacancies reached more than 500,000, an increase of more than 40,000 opened positions over the same period in 2018. One of the reasons that employers are facing labor shortages is the country’s aging population.

In order to tackle this challenge, the federal government made the decision to support programs regarding immigration in Canada to raise immigration levels over the next three years. The government believes that this strategy might be the key component to growth the country, by having the majority of newcomers expected through economic-class immigration programs.

According to Statistics Canada, almost half of the stunning job vacancies were spread across three main sectors:  

  • Health care and Social assistance Manufacturing and Accommodation Food Services 
  • Manufacturing and Accommodation 
  • Food Services

For instance, Ontario suffered from the greatest increases in the health care and social assistance, retail trade, professional, scientific and technical services, and accommodation and food services sectors.   

Suffering the same job shortage issue, British Columbia had 9,300 job vacancies arisen by the growth in transportation and warehousing and scientific and technical services. 

Statistics Canada report held that almost 80% of job vacancies in the referred period were for permanent positions, which means jobs that are expected to last as long as the employee wants it. According to the institution, permanent employment “is often associated with higher wages, more benefits, and training offer by the employer than temporary employment”. 

Learn more about hiring immigration workers for your business. Racer Immigration Consultants in Vancouver can provide immigration worker advise. Contact our team at (778) 688-4848 or visit https://racerimmigration.com to schedule an appointment.

Vancouver Immigration Consultants share Canada’s New Caregiver Immigration Pilots

As a company of Canadian Immigration Consultants in Vancouver, the team at Racer Immigration understands that many of the people who come to Canada looking for job opportunities are also considering knowing and learning about pathways to get the permanent residence. This month, our team are happy to share with you great news for caregivers.   

Canada is accepting applications to its 2 new caregiver immigration pilot programs: 

  • the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and,
  • Home Support Worker Pilot. 

Both pilot programs provide eligible caregivers a pathway to permanent residence after they have acquired two years of Canadian work experience.

According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) news, these two new pilots programs intend to provide work permits to caregivers who meet some criteria, such as:

  • To prove Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 5 in English or French;  
  • One year of Canadian post-secondary education or the foreign equivalent;
  • To be admissible to Canada;
  • To have a job offer in Canada. 

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) said the new pilots will provide “a clear transition from temporary to permanent status” for those people who work as caregivers and their families.   

Other updates that these new pilots are bringing include changes in the work permits, allowing caregivers to have occupation-specific work permit instead of employer-specific work permit which giving them the flexibility to change employers; the family members of the caregiver employee will be entitled to open work permits and/or study permits.

Racer Immigration knows that all this information can be quite confusing and overwhelming. As an Immigration Advisor in Vancouver, our team of experts can help you understand all these possibilities. Racer Immigration is happy to advise those intending or undertaking this caregiver immigration process.     

To learn more about these new pilots programs and other immigration programs and their requirements, contact  Racer Immigration Consultants in Vancouver at (778) 688-4848 or visit https://racerimmigration.com to schedule an appointment.

Settling Together: Free Newcomer Services Offered by the Canadian Government

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.

Navigating Refusals—Advice from Canadian Immigration Consultants

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 History of Express Entry to Canada

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.

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.