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Canada recognizes dual citizenship

Handing passport

“Here you go, mate”

CIC News is reporting that Canada is moving closer to bringing new measures into law that would allow immigrants to apply for Canadian citizenship earlier and more easily than is currently the case.

Canada also recognizes dual citizenship so you can still keep your British connections and enjoy a new life as a Brit in Toronto.

There are some changes coming July 1, 2016 to the Canadian Citizenship Act, one being, “A reduction in the amount of time permanent residents have to live in Canada in order to become eligible to apply for citizenship, from four out of six years to three out of five years.

“Further, certain applicants who spent time in Canada on temporary status would be able to count a portion of this time towards the three-year requirement.”

Read the full article.

Before you arrive in Canada

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“Weeeeeee! I love my commute to work now! Weeeeeee!”

Here’s a handy video from Citizenship and Immigration Canada aimed at yet-to-arrive immigrants that gives valuable tips to ease the process of settling down in Canada.

Being equipped with English or French language skills, carrying education, marriage, adoption and other documents, inquiring to check whether one’s profession is regulated or not, getting international education and experience assessed to check if it meets Canadian standards and taking steps to build Canadian qualifications are included.

Enjoy!

Citizenship rules change June 11, 2015

Chris Alexander, Citizenship and Immigration Minister

Chris Alexander, Citizenship and Immigration Minister

“A final suite of reforms to strengthen and modernize Canada’s citizenship laws will be fully in force as of June 11, 2015. The changes — part of a package of measures approved by Parliament last year — ensure new citizens can fully and quickly participate in Canada’s economy and Canadian society.

“The first set of provisions that came into force last summer to strengthen Canadian citizenship and speed up application processing times are already paying off. New citizenship applications are being finalized in a year or less, and it is expected that the backlog of older files will have been eliminated by the end of this fiscal year. Individuals who submitted a citizenship application before April 1, 2015 will have a decision by March 31, 2016.

“Among the many benefits of the government’s citizenship reforms, the new provisions will deter citizens of convenience — those who become citizens for the sake of having a Canadian passport to return to Canada to access taxpayer-funded benefits that come with citizenship status, without having any attachment to Canada, or contributing to the economy.”

Full story.

New expedited work permit applications for spousal sponsorship applicants

If they weren't just characters in an absolutely hilarious '70s TV sitcom, George could have sponsored Mildred ... or vice versa

If they weren’t just characters in an absolutely hilarious ’70s British TV sitcom, George could have sponsored Mildred … or vice versa. But we’ll never know. Shame

Spotted a bit of positive news on the website of an immigration law firm.

Snip:

“The Government of Canada has announced that, effective immediately, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will expedite the issuing open work permits to applicants for permanent residence in the Spouses or Common-Law Partners in Canada class (SCLPC).

“The SCLPC permits Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor a spouse or common-law partner to come to Canada.

“This change means that the spouses and common-law partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents will now benefit from expedited access to open work permits while their applications for permanent residency are being processed.

“This represents a substantial shift from the previous practice of holding work permits until an approval-in-principle had been obtained on the application for permanent residency.”

Full story here.

Canada gets ready to launch Express Entry

"OK, here we go. Two words. First word: fast. Yes! Second word: to go in. Yes! Well done, Peter!"

“OK, here we go. Two words. First word: fast. Yes! Second word: to go in. Yes! Well done, Peter!”

Important press release today …

Snip:

“Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today confirmed it’s one month and counting until Express Entry launches a new phase of active immigration recruitment to meet economic and labour market needs. Potential candidates can create their profile on January 1, 2015, with the first Invitations to Apply issued within weeks.

“Express Entry will help select skilled immigrants based on their skills and experience. Those with valid job offers or provincial/territorial nominations will be picked first. Details published today in the Canada Gazette explain how candidates will be ranked and selected, based on these factors that research shows are linked to success in the Canadian economy.

“Research shows these criteria will help ensure newcomers participate more fully in the Canada’s economy and integrate more quickly into Canadian society.

“In-demand immigrants’ applications will be processed in six months or less.”

Full press release here.

Ontario introduces legislation to maximize benefits of immigration

Disembodied hands making connections far above a map of the Earth

Disembodied hands making connections far above a map of the Earth

A little snippet of news the Brits in Toronto crew stumbled upon today …

“Ontario is reintroducing its first-ever Immigration Act that would, if passed, assist the province in working with Ottawa to maximize the economic benefits of immigration.

“Immigrants help grow a stronger economy by leveraging their networks and forging new global connections that will keep Ontario competitive in international markets.

“The province will also redesign the Provincial Nominee Program to respond to expected increases in the federal government’s allocation of economic immigrants.

“Maximizing Ontario’s immigration programs is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.”

Full article here.

Canadian immigration laws to re-unite families

It's too late for Steptoe's son to bring him to Canada ... but not for your family members!

It’s too late for Steptoe’s son to bring him to Canada … but maybe not for your family members!

Wouldn’t it be great to be reunited with your parents and grandparents in Canada? Well, according to an article on Workpermit.com that may be easier in 2015.

But demand may be very high …

Snip:

“The Canadian Parent and Grandparent (PGP) sponsorship program is likely to reopen for new applicants in January 2015.

“The program allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents and grandparents to come and live in Canada; demand for these visas is very high. This year the visa quota was reached within the first month of the start of the new visa allocation period. It is expected that the situation will be similar in 2015.

“Applicants are encouraged to begin preparations now, to ensure that applications are submitted on time and contain all the correct documentation. Sanwar Ali, of Workpermit.com says, ‘Because there are a limited number of visas available, it is very important that you have your application ready to submit as soon as the new visa allocation becomes available — this will give you the best chance of success. Although it is inevitable because of the limited number of visas available that many applicants will be disappointed.’

“Processing times can take years. In the meantime you may wish to apply for the Parent and Grandparent super visa, which allows entry to Canada for up to two years at a time. The visa is valid for up to 10 years.”

Full article here.

Say hello to Nick Noorani, founder of Canadian Immigrant magazine

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This man’s forgotten more about Canadian immigration than you’ve had Sunday roast dinners

This is our new feature where we say hello to someone who — although they may not be a Brit — has made an important contribution to the life of Brits in Toronto somehow.

Hello Nick Noorani!

You’re probably most well-known for starting Canadian Immigrant magazine. What made you realize there was an outlet for that kind of subject matter when you founded the magazine?

From the time I landed in 1998 (from Mumbai, India), I was intrigued with the lack of information for immigrants … and so was born Arrival Survival Canada — a handbook for immigrants written by an immigrant!

The idea for the magazine came to me in a 3:00 a.m. dream in March 2003. I wrote down the idea and later that year when I was laid off I started the magazine. By that time I had been in publishing for five years and with a background in advertising and marketing, I felt well equipped to start the magazine.

I did extensive research with immigrants and saw a very clear niche — a magazine for all immigrants — not any one ethnic group. Something that would reflect Canada!

The magazine went on to change the media landscape as well as the information and motivation that immigrants needed, but I felt more needed to be done in the pre-arrival area so in 2010 I left the magazine (that I had by then sold to the Toronto Star) and started www.prepareforcanada.com.

We conduct monthly webinars in various countries including the U.K.! Check us out!

A lot of highly skilled immigrants come to Canada and end up in survival jobs, doing security or driving taxis. What advice do you have that can enable them to realize their true potential?

For the love of God please do research your profession before you come here! Most immigrants search jobs before they come, not their profession, and then find that they have years of studying to do in order to get their degree recognized!

Secondly, be prepared to start one or two rungs lower. Remember it did take you years to reach where you are in your home country … it may just take a few in comparison.

And lastly, have a cheerful disposition and the challenges will seem easier to deal with!

If you could go back to 1998 when you immigrated to Canada and give yourself some advice about what to expect in the years ahead, what would it be?

Again, I would say the things I said before: research your profession, choose the location based on labour market information, be prepared to start one or two rungs below, be flexible and go out and make lots of friends!

What’s your thoughts on the new Express Entry system being introduced in January 2015?

Express Entry will move the process to a demand-based one rather than a supply-based one. When immigrants come to Canada with jobs in hand, the settlement process is much faster and everyone benefits.

Open question: this is your chance to share some wisdom on being a successful immigrant to Canada.

Get involved. This is now your country, and sitting on the sidelines will always make you feel a stranger who is, well, sitting on the sidelines! I volunteer, mentor and am involved on several boards where I continue to try and make a difference in my new adopted home!

Favourite pub in Toronto?

The Spotted Dick.

Excellent advice, Nick, and keep up the good work you do to help immigrants to Toronto/Canada!

Welcome to the Immigration Portal

Toronto is certainly home to a diverse range of photo shoot models

Toronto is certainly home to a diverse range of smiling photo shoot models

“Welcome to the Immigration Portal.” That sounds pretty cool.

Now try it in a Dalek voice: “WELCOME TO THE IMMIGRATION PORTAL! WELCOME TO THE IMMIGRATION PORTAL!” That sounds pretty bloody cool.

The Immigration Portal is a very useful website resource created by the City of Toronto to help those thinking of starting a new life here.

This page is particularly handy as it helps you to prepare BEFORE arriving, with relevant checklists, the applications and forms you need, how much it costs to live in Toronto and — of course, every Brit’s favourite small talk subject matter — the weather.

The Working in Toronto section contains links to job boards and also Enterprise Toronto for business development purposes.

For those who speak other languages — such as Welsh or Brummie — you can also get assistance here.

All in all, this is a great resource for Brits who have just arrived in Toronto and those who are planning the move. Take some time to read it and you’ll learn a lot!

After 40 years, Immigrant Settlement Program needs an overhaul

Time to change the system?

Time to change the system?

Interesting article in today’s Globe and Mail:

“Would-be immigrants to Canada continue to face a series of bureaucratic impediments that either delay their status or reduce the effectiveness of integration once they arrive here. Fixing these problems is long overdue.

“Last November, Immigration Minister Chris Alexander met with more than 400 people in Ottawa, mostly representatives of non-governmental organizations. These Service Provider Organizations contract with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to deliver settlement services to immigrants. He told them, ‘You tell us what we need to get it right.’

“In this spirit, there are several significant weaknesses in the system that need to be addressed.”

Full story.

Study underway to assess trade qualifications for Brits and Irish

A new international study that will help British- and Irish-trained tradespeople assess their skills against Canadian criteria is being supported by Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Tools of the trade

An interesting article today in HR Reporter:

“A new international study that will help British- and Irish-trained tradespeople assess their skills against Canadian criteria is being supported by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

“The project is a component of the CIC-funded Canadian Immigrant Integration Program, which provides newcomers with labour market information and helps them gain employment that reflects their skills, credentials and experience.”

Read the full article here.