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Government of Canada has made many changes over this past year to fasten and simplify the spousal sponsorship process for Canadians and permanent residents.   This past Valentine's Day, our Honourable Canada's Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen stated that 80% of spousal sponsorship backlog has been cleared, as promised in December 2016.   He mentioned that a year ago there were about 75,000 individuals waiting for a decision in their spousal sponsorship application. However, as of December 31, 2017 that number has decreased to 15,000 people.   Furthermore a new update has been made in regards of the sponsorship guide and checklist. Now the applicants are required to submit their Schedule A – Background/Declaration (IMM 5669) form and police certificates as part of the initial paper application package. It is believed that this change will assist in processing the applications efficiently.   Prior to December 2016 the typical processing time for sponsorship applications was about 26 months, but in the year of 2017 this has been reduced to 12 months. Family reunification is now considered as an immigration priority and IRCC is looking forward to welcome 66,000 spouses and dependants in 2018.   Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents may sponsor their Spouses, Common-Law Partners and Conjugal Partners, to join them in Canada. This applies equally to same-sex relationships, as it does heterosexual ones.   Here’s what you need to know:
  • Sponsor: a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is 18 years of age or older. He/she is responsible for the financial support of the family member being sponsored.
  • Common Law Partner: defines as someone with whom a sponsor has cohabited in a conjugal relationship for at least one year.
  • Conjugal Partner: recognized under Canadian law; this is more subjective and requires a greater degree of proof. It’s a committed relationship that is at least one-year old, and is long-distance. The partner has resided outside of Canada, due to an impediment to marriage or residency together.
  • Spouses: a partner with whom the sponsor is legally married to.
  • Undertaking: the sponsor must promise to give financial support to the basic needs of the member being sponsored, so that he or she will not require social assistance. It is the sponsor’s responsibility to support the applicant for the length of the undertaking period even if the situation changes. The length is 3 years from the day the spouse, common-law or conjugal partner becomes a permanent resident.
  In addition to being a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of at least 18 years of age, a sponsor must NOT:
  • Be in receipt of social assistance (other than for a disability).
  • Be bankrupt.
  • Be in prison, convicted of a violent or sexual crime, or subject to a removal order.
  • Have previously sponsored a spouse or partner within the last 3 years.
  • Have previously been sponsored themselves as a spouse or partner within the last 5 years.
  • Have failed to pay an immigration loan, or a performance bond or family support payments.
  • Have failed to undertake a previously sponsored relative who received social assistance.
  Processing times:
  • Overseas applicants may be able to come and go as a visitorto Canada freely while the application is in process.
  • In-Canada applicants are entitled to apply for an open work permit while their application is in process, but are required to remain in Canada during this period.
  • In the event the application fails, overseas applicants have appeal rightsthat those applying from Inside Canada do not.
  Are you eligible to sponsor?   How to apply? From inside or outside of Canada? Spousal sponsorship offers two ways: Overseas Sponsorship or In-Canada Sponsorship. If your spouse or partner lives outside of Canada, you would apply from outside the country. If your spouse or partner is already living in Canada, the choice of which type of application to make is yours. In this situation both the Overseas and the In-Canada option have benefits and drawbacks which should be considered in detail.   Contact us today to discuss your eligibility for spousal sponsorship. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form online and our staff will happily get in contact with you. Email: info@mcisfirm.com Canada +1 (604) 468 5747 Vancouver Office (Head Office): 211- 3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4 Vancouver Downtown Office: 1300, 1500 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6G 2Z6 (by appointment only) Mailing Address: P.O. Box 41177 Shaughnessy St, Port Coquitlam, V3C5Z9  

Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

Most employers need an authorization from the Employment and Social Development Canada before they can hire a temporary worker. If you are an employer who is struggling to find a Canadian worker to the job, you might qualify to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

With a positive LMIA, the employer will be able to hire a qualified foreign worker to the job. A confirmation letter will be sent to the temporary worker and the foreign worker will be able to apply for a work permit and even have the permanent residence application supported under the Express Entry system.

To be eligible and to qualify for this program, an employer must prove that the foreign worker will fill labour and skills shortages, transfer his / her skills and knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and create jobs for Canadians. Employers must conduct recruitment efforts to hire Canadians before offering a job to the foreign worker.

There are several steps in order to apply for a LMIA application: Step 1: Determine the prevailing wage of the offered position; Step 2: Post job ads for a minimum of 4 consecutive weeks within the three months prior to submitting the LMIA application; Step 3: Gather the required documents; Step 4: Fill out the required forms. Step 5: Send a completed and signed an application to the Service Canada Centre responsible for processing the type of application. We at MCIS provide all assistance to the employer in order to apply for an LMIA. We also provide assistance to the prospective foreign worker by applying for a work permit when a positive LMIA is issued and assessing the eligibility under the Express Entry stream. Contact us today to know more about the LMIA procedures.

Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564

Toll-Free Number: 1-844-624 7669 (MCIS-NOW)

Vancouver Office Address: 211-3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4

Toronto Office Address: 6 Birchbank Road, Brampton, Ontario L6T 1L7 (by appointment only)

Breaking: Bill C6 to amend the Citizenship Act has been passed by the Senate. The long waited for bill C 6 to amend Canada’s Citizenship Act was passed by the Senate with amendments today, May 3rd, 2017. The controversial bill C24 introduced and passed by the previous conservative government that had made applying for citizenship harder for immigrants is to be mostly repealed by the new bill-C6, which is now awaiting royal assent. C-6 facilitates the path that for permanent residents in becoming Canadian Citizens. The time spent in Canada for Permanent Residents before becoming eligible for citizenship will change from four out of six years to three out five years. Also, applicants who spent time in Canada on temporary status e.g.  work permit/study permit will have the ability to use a certain percentage of this time and add it to the three-year requirement. Furthermore, a very controversial part of the bill C24--which is now the law in place--requiring applicants to sign a letter of intent to live permanently in Canada after becoming a citizen will also be lifted. Additionally, the age requirement for language proficiency is to be in increased and facilitated. Among the other changes in the billed is that persons who have their citizenship revoked due to fraud or misrepresentation will have the right to appeal the decision in Federal Court. This change strips the government of a unilateral power that it had gained in revoking citizenships since C24 had passed.

Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564
Toll-Free Number: 1-844-624 7669 (MCIS-NOW)
Vancouver Office (Head Office): 211- 3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4
Vancouver Downtown Office: 1300, 1500 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6G 2Z6 (by appointment only)
Toronto Office: 6 Birchbank Road, Brampton, Ontario L6T 1L7 ( by appointment only) 
Positive Changes to  the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) for Express Entry Immigration System Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has brought about new changes to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) for its Express Entry immigration selection system. The changes, which were expected for some time, will have a major effect  skilled on the candidate for the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class, and the Canadian Experience Class. The new instructions on Express Entry, which were published in the government of Canada’s official Gazette, come into force on November 19, 2016. The main changes to job offers are: A qualifying job offer is now worth 200 points if the offer is in an occupation contained in a Major Group 00 of the National Occupational Classification (senior managerial level position). These occupations are:
  • 0011 Legislators
  • 0012 Senior government managers and officials
  • 0013 Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services
  • 0014 Senior managers – health, education, social and community services and membership organizations
  • 0015 Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c.
  • 0016 Senior managers – construction, transportation, production and utilities
A qualifying job offer is now worth 50 points if the offer is any another qualifying offer of arranged employment. Previously, LMIA job offers had 600 points under the CRS. As of November 19, the applicant with a job offer can be awarded 50 or 200 points  even without a LMIA Canadian Studies
  1. 0 points, if the foreign national has a secondary school educational credential;
  2. 15 points, if the foreign national has an eligible credential from a one-year or two-year post-secondary program; and
  3. 30 points, if the foreign national has either:
  4. an eligible credential from a post-secondary program of three years or more,
  5. an eligible credential from a university-level program at the master’s level or at the level of an entry-to-practice professional degree for an occupation listed in the National Occupational Classification matrix at Skill Level A for which licensing by a provincial regulatory body is required, or
  6. an eligible credential from a university-level program at the doctoral level.
  7. studied in Canada at a Canadian educational institution;
  8. was enrolled in full-time study or training for at least eight months; and
  9. was physically present in Canada for at least eight months.
Points are only assigned for Canadian study experience if, for the purpose of obtaining the credential, the foreign national: These changes are part of the Federal Government's efforts in attracting more international students and in facilitating the path to Permanent Residence for applicants with Canadian work and/or study Experience.

Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564
Toll-Free Number: 1-844-624 7669 (MCIS-NOW)
Vancouver Office Address: 211-3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4
Toronto Office Address: 6 Birchbank Road, Brampton, Ontario L6T 1L7 (by appointment only)

New Criteria for Urgent Processing of PR Cards

The permanent resident card is the official proof that an individual is a permanent resident of Canada. Residents use this card to enter and stay in Canada when returning from another country.

Usually, the estimated processing time for a permanent resident card is 41 days for a new card or 63 days for a renewal or replacement. However, in certain urgent situations, eligible individuals may have his/her application accelerated for a card. In fact, the government of Canada has made public its criteria for the urgent processing of permanent residence cards.

In order to qualify for faster processing of PR card, applicants must show that they need their card immediately (within the next three months) for one of the following reasons:

  • for travel due to their own serious illness or serious illness or death of a family member; or
  • to attain employment or to travel due to employment requirements or opportunity.

Applications that are qualified for immediate processing and include all required documents are placed into the urgent processing stream; meanwhile those that do not meet the criteria are retained into the regular processing stream. 

Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564
Toll-Free Number: 1-844-624 7669 (MCIS-NOW)
Vancouver Office Address: 211-3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4
Toronto Office Address: 6 Birchbank Road, Brampton, Ontario L6T 1L7 (by appointment only)

New public policy to allow some international graduates to re-submit their applications for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)

PGWP allows students who have graduated from a recognized Canadian institution to gain Canadian work experience. This work permit may be issued for up to three years, depending on the length of the study program, and enables the holder to work anywhere in Canada for any employer.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada has brought forward a new public policy to allow some international graduates to re-submit their applications for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) that had been refused previously.

These graduates may be eligible to re-submit if:

  • the application for the PGWP was refused between September 1, 2014 and March 15, 2016;
  • the reason for the refusal was because the applicant completed the majority of the coursework by distance learning; and
  • the completion of the applicant’s program of study, including transfer credits, was not considered before the application was refused on the grounds that the majority of coursework was by distance learning.

In addition, this policy also includes how foreign nationals that meet the above criteria may also be considered for restoration of temporary status. The requirement to restore temporary resident status within 90 days of losing it is waived. If an eligible foreign national in Canada is without status and is past their 90-days restoration period, he or she may still apply for an open work permit under this public policy, if they meet these criteria. 

According to an Operational Bulletin published by the government of Canada on October 17, 2016, ‘The public policy waives the requirement that an application to restore temporary resident status be made within 90 days of losing temporary resident status. Therefore, if an eligible foreign national in Canada is without status and is past their 90-day restoration period, they may still apply for an open work permit under the public policy.’

Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564
Toll-Free Number: 1-844-624 7669 (MCIS-NOW)
Vancouver Office Address: 211-3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4
Toronto Office Address: 6 Birchbank Road, Brampton, Ontario L6T 1L7 (by appointment only)

Small Canadian Cities Eager to Attract More Newcomers

Canada desires more immigrants, relatively because of the aging population, so it needs more young individuals to keep up the economy. In fact, the government wants the number of immigrants evenly across the country.

In 2015, more than three-quarters of new immigrants settled in 7 cities: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Winnipeg.

However, the government of Canada is looking forward to change that and provinces are supporting this change.

“Of the larger provinces, in 2015 new immigrants generally settled in urban areas:

  • In British Columbia, 88.6% of immigrants settled in Vancouver, Victoria, or Abbotsford-Mission.
  • In Alberta, 84.8% of immigrants settled in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, or Lethbridge.
  • In Saskatchewan, 67.3% of immigrants settled in Regina or Saskatoon.
  • In Manitoba, 83.2% of immigrants settled in Winnipeg.
  • In Ontario, 94.2% of immigrants settled in Toronto, Ottawa-Gatineau, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, or Windsor.
  • In Quebec, 91.6% of immigrants settled in Montreal, Quebec City, or Trois-Rivières.”

The Federal and Provincial governments consider that these patterns of settlement are the reason for the increase the prices of properties, for demographic challenges and for unsatisfied labour market needs.

Consequently, in the beginning of this year, as part of Atlantic Growth Strategy, the Atlantic Provinces introduced a “new pilot program”. This is to ensure that more immigrants come and settle through the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

Another notable example is the efforts put forwards by a small city in Manitoba, Morden, to welcome more immigrants to live there.  The Morden Community Driven Immigration Initiative (MCDII) has been successful by encouraging more immigrants to come to Pembina Valley community for good quality of life and for jobs.

The criteria for selecting potential individuals under this initiative are different than what issued by the federal government. The MCDII supports individuals with community connections, and other candidates who are not eligible for other federal programs, have potential to be accepted by MCDII under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).

Therefore, Atlantic Provinces and Morden city set forward initiatives to be followed by other provinces and communities, cities and towns, to welcome more immigrants to satisfy labour market needs and improve Canada’s demography.

Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564
Toll-Free Number: 1-844-624 7669 (MCIS-NOW)
Vancouver Office Address: 211-3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4
Toronto Office Address: 6 Birchbank Road, Brampton, Ontario L6T 1L7 (by appointment only)

Changes to Canada’s immigration policy that benefit international students and their families

International students are recognized to be the most favourable group of immigrants (age, skills, ability to communicate in English and French). Hence, to support them the express entry is planning to assign more points for them and to facilitate the procedure to become permanent residents. In addition, the current government is looking forward “to issue up to 20,000 visas in the parent and grandparents sponsorship applications”. Moreover, recently it was mentioned that there is room for more improvements, like allowing more immigrants, faster handling in the family reunification program and increase in funding for resettlement programs.

However as big cities are becoming overpopulated of new immigrants, the government has been working to welcome future new immigrants in other provinces. To ensure this happens, the government is making sure that communities and companies across Canada are welcoming and responsive towards the immigrants. As one of the advancement, the government is looking forward to introduce a faster system to accredit foreign degrees in the Atlantic side of Canada.

Consequently, the Refugees and Citizenship Minister, John McCallum, mentioned that Canada is a nation founded and will be maintained by immigrants, especially at this moment as the number of the elderly individuals is increasing. He also revealed that during his travel throughout Canada, people have expressed to him that very soon but not far in future [“we need more immigrants”.] the need of immigrants will increase.

Retrieved from: Brampton Guardian

Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564
Toll-Free Number: 1-844-624 7669 (MCIS-NOW)
Vancouver Office Address: 211-3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4
Toronto Office Address: 6 Birchbank Road, Brampton, Ontario L6T 1L7 (by appointment only)

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We really appreciate your help through this process.
 
Regards,
 
S.
 

Salam Hadi and the staff at MCIS, my wife and I  would like to extend our deepest appreciation and gratitude for everything you have done on our behalf. Without you, there would be no us. Khaily mersy.
S.F.
 
Dear Mr. Mansouri,
I would like to thank you and your team for all your effort and hard work you allocated into me and my wife's case. I am extremely happy that what you did paid off.
 
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H.F
 
 
Dear Mr.Hadi Mansouri 
Good Day
Thank you for all your knowledge and attention.
We have always been so glad that we had you as our consultant.
It finally happened, thank God, thanks to the Universe, thank you, thanks life.
my husband and I are the happiest ever.
See you in Canada.
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I just want to thank you for your professionalism and dedication. I really appreciate the effort you put through to make this happen.
Sincerely Yours,
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Dear Team,
Finally, my PR card has arrived, I appreciate your attention and effort.
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Thank you very much for your perseverance which you have done within this period.What makes us successful is your policy and we really appreciate it.
We hope, we can use your advice and experience for next parts of this program.
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We truly appreciate all your knowledge and attention.
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My wife and I are very happy with your professional service. 

you and your office were in touch with us in a timely manner.and we hope that you would accept our application for permanent residency as well.

and we hope that you would accept our application for permanent residency as well.

Thank you very much 

H. F.

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Thank you very much for helping me like a brother.

I hope that one day I could do the same for you.

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Hello Mr. Mansouri,

I received my visa today, I would like to thank you for all your help and efforts.

Thank you so much,

N.F.

Hello,

I hope you are doing well, and I really appreciate your unlimited help and efforts.

You have assisted me beyond my expectations. God bless you.

F.M. & H. M.

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Thank you very much for all your coordination and following up.

It was my honour for knowing you.  I will be sure to introduce you to all my friends and family as a remarkable immigration consultant.

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I would like to say thank you for your terrific work in helping me fill out my visa application for my mother. Your services were prompt and professional and I couldn't have asked for more.

F. G.

All of our family is thankful to Mr. Mansouri for his dedication and hard work. He never gave up on my grandfather's application and finally got him here to Canada to live with us. 

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Dear Mr. Mansouri,

I wanted to express my gratitude for your efforts and dedication for my brother's application. I am grateful to you and your team that took all the stress and restored everything out for us. Your faith, knowledge, and determination were something that solves our worries. I will contact you soon to start his family application. :) 

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I appreciate your dedication, attention, professionalism, and commitment and would certainly recommend your firm to my family and friends.

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Hi Mr. Mansouri,

I reviewed the application and was very satisfied with it all, thank you for being honest with us from the beginning and advising us in the right path. If only we had, had you earlier I know my husband would have had his permanent residence a long time ago.

Thank you for your time and effort and great work on all this. 

N & L. W.T

After so many refusal decisions on my mom's application, MCIS finally managed to get her case approved and help reunite our family. We are really grateful. God bless.

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Hi,  I am pleased with the service that I received. They were very responsive and addressed my requests and questions respectfully. They also were very positive throughout the process.

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Mr. Mansouri did the best job I could ever expect. He represented me very professionally and kept me informed about my cases at all times. He is a dedicated advocate who does what he does with passion and commitment and that is why I believe he is so successful.

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Group of Five – Sponsorship for Refugees

A ‘Group of Five’ is a type of private refugee sponsoring program. Under the Group of Five, five Canadian citizens or permanent residents get together to sponsor a refugee and their dependents to Canada. 

To be eligible as a refugee or refugee family for this sponsorship program, the person(s) must have left their country of origin, meet the refugee definition, must be able to settle in Canada. There is a requirement for documentation, proving refugee status, to be granted from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) or from the state where they are currently living. Since September 19th, 2015, Canada has temporarily exempted Iraqis and Syrians from the requirement to show documentation of their status.

More than five people can be involved in the group, however five members are responsible for the required forms, and minimum three members are responsible for the financial aspect of the sponsorship. These individuals must understand that they will be responsible for the refugee family and their costs of living for up to 12 months once they arrive toCanada or until the sponsored refugees become self-sufficient. Under this sponsorship program, the group commits to supporting the sponsored refugee(s) emotionally, financially, and with settlement support for the duration of the sponsorship period.  

Potential sponsors must meet the eligibility criteria in order to be considered as a member of a Group of Five, which includes: They must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident, they must be 18 years of age or older, have no criminal record, financial means and resides in the community where the refugee will settle. If an individual applies to be a member, they cannot be subject to any removal order, in default of any court-ordered payments, or have been convicted of a serious offense either in or outside of Canada.

Sponsors are assessed to ensure they have the financial means to support a refugee for the 12 months during the sponsorship. They must submit T4 forms and all other proof of income they can, to ensure acceptance for the program. Sponsors must also meet the scale of the requirement for financial backing. For example, a family of four requires a minimum of $25,000.00CAD or more. Sponsors must also have a detailed plan for the settled family, including where the money will be distributed, educational programs and schools for children, clothing, food and start-up costs.

Once an application is received and assessed by a Canadian visa officer, an interview may take place. During this interview, the officer judges the eligibility of the applicant and their family and compares with the information provided on the original forms. This interview is the determining factor if the application is approved or denied.

Typically, if the applicant and their family are approved, they will be informed at the end of the interview, then scheduled for security and medical screening. If all the conditions for acceptance are met, the Citizenship and Immigration Canada will issue visas for the refugee and their family.

Finally, upon arriving in Canada, the refugees become permanent residents. The sponsors are responsible for meeting the new family at the airport, transportation and helping them find a place to live. Sponsors are also responsible for assisting the children into school, teaching the family their new community, obtaining IDs and managing all the other basics of their new life in Canada.

Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564
Toll-Free Number: 1-844-624 7669 (MCIS-NOW)
Vancouver Office Address: 211-3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4
Toronto Office Address: 6 Birchbank Road, Brampton, Ontario L6T 1L7 (by appointment only)

 

Common Mistakes for Self Reps on their Immigration applications

An applicant can fill, file and submit the application themselves and send it to CIC, however, without having a professional review it for mistakes could cause unnecessary delays in processing and even a denied application. Below are a few of the most common examples in which an application could be delayed or declined.

Using the incorrect versions of the forms

All of the CIC’s application forms are available on their website. These forms are updated often and without warning, sometimes they are updated numerous times within a year. If a form is submitted using an older version of the form, the CIC could mark the application as incomplete and return it without processing and ask for it to be resubmitted using the correct forms, which can account for additional months being added to the application results.

Another common mistake made with regard to forms is incorrect signatures. Not signing in the correct location or forgetting to add a signature may result in the entire application being returned

Leaving questions blank and/or answering questions incorrectly

The top overlooked mistake when applying to the CIC is leaving questions blank. It is extremely important to answer all questions in full, even writing “Not Applicable” if a question does not relate to your situation. When an officer is reviewing your application, and there are blank questions, it can be seen as suspicious. 

Immigration forms can be very complex and it is important to read all the instructions carefully; it is common that the same information to be asked in several places.

Asking for assistance if an applicant does not understand what a question is asking, is also a common mistake. Applicants mistakenly answer a question with irrelevant information.

Incomplete supporting documents

Each immigration program and visa office have its own list of required documents to be provided with an application. Some ask for original documents and others ask for notorized or photocopies. By not submitting the correct format of the document, it can result in processing delays.

The CIC can return an application if enough of the documents are not included.  For example; if you are sponsoring a spouse to come to Canada, and do not include photos, emails, letters, or any proof of the relationship, the CIC could refuse the application because of lack of proof that the relationship is real.

Some documents that are requested, may not always be listed clearly. For example; all visa offices ask for Proof of Identity, more often a Birth Certificate. Depending on the country of origin, an applicant or sponsored person may not have been issued a birth certificate. Knowing which alternative documents to provide can be confusing.

If the application asks for documentation, it is very important that as much information is provided as possible.  Even so, the application checklist provides you with the basic requirements, things you cannot apply without. As professionals, we make sure the file is backed up by concrete evidence by providing more documents than required on the checklist. Items an individual not in the Immigration field would typically not think of including. Similarly, all government processing fees must be correct or the application may be returned.

Fingerprints and Medical Examination

There is a list of doctors in Canada, and designated doctors in other countries around the world, who are allowed to conduct medical tests to the standard of Canadian Immigration. The applicant must see one of these designated doctors in order for their tests to be allowed on the application. It is a common mistake that some applicants make, where they do not go to one of the listed doctors  and their application rejected.

Submitting Applications under incorrect categories

When submitting an application, it is best to be correct in under which category you will be applying for. This mistake is seen often, and with it comes returned applications. For example: if an applicant is sponsoring their spouse to be a permanent resident, that is a category of the Family Class and should not be filed under any other category.  

If an application is under the correct category, there can still be distinguishing factors that are overlooked. Another example would be; an application for the Federal Skilled Worker Program. A very important requirement is the National Occupational Classification (NOC) code. Understanding which NOC code is suitable for an applications work experience is not always simple. Some codes are very similar as the job duties listed can overlap.

Notably, knowing which visa office is responsible for the processing of an application is very important. An application can be returned if it was submitted to the wrong visa office.

Submitting an application for Canadian immigration can be complicated. Above are the top five mistakes commonly made. There are others which could result in the processing time to be delayed, an application returned and even a refusal of an application. These mistakes can be avoided by using a trusted and experienced representative to assist you with your immigration process.

Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

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Sponsorship of Parents and grandparents

The Parent and Grandparent Permanent Resident Visa is an application available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents that allow the applicants to sponsor their parents or grandparents to come to Canada. Those who are successful under this sponsorship program will receive Canadian permanent residence with Canadian Citizenship available to apply for after residing in Canada for a certain period of time and subject to meeting the other Citizenship criteria.

The demand for this program is extremely high, in 2016 alone over 14,000 applications were received by the CIC in the first 4 days alone. In response, the Liberal government has increased the application intake cap from 5,000 to 10,000 annually. Due to the limited quota, it is important to prepare  the application in advance of January of the following year. The window to submit an application starts January 3rdof each year and stays open until the cap is reached. Only applications that are complete will count towards this quota. It is in the best interest of the application to be completed correctly and in full, and submitted as soon as available.

The Canadian family member who will be sponsoring their parent or grandparent, must four requirements, with Quebec requiring additional undertakings.

-         Sponsor must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;

-         Sponsor must be 18 years of age or older;

-         Sponsor must exceed the minimum necessary income. Either single or with a spouse income combined;

-         The sponsor must sign an undertaking to repay any provincial social assistance benefits paid to the sponsor and accompanying family member(s), if any, for a period of 20 years.

-         Other case-by-case criteria may apply

The sponsor must show their minimum necessary income (MNI) for the past three consecutive years, in order to be eligible to be a sponsor.  Below are the monetary requirements as set out for this sponsorship.  Sponsors living in Quebec must meet different MNI requirements.

Size of Family Unit

MNI 2014

MNI 2013

MNI 2012

MNI 2011

MNI 2010

2 persons

$38,272

$37,705

$36,637

$35,976

$35,881

3 persons

$47,051

$46,354

$45,040

$44,229

$44,113

4 persons

$57,125

$56,280

$54,685

$53,699

$53,557

5 persons

$64,791

$63,833

$62,023

$60,905

$60,745

6 persons

$73,072

$71,991

$69,950

$68,689

$68,509

7 persons

$81,355

$80,153

$77,879

$76,475

$76,275

Each additional person

$8,271

$8,148

$7,929

$7,786

$7,766

If an individual sponsor does not meet the requirements set out above, his or her spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner may be able to act as a co-signer. This is allowable only if the co-signer meets the sponsorship requirements and, their combined incomes meets or exceeds the minimum necessary income.

The previous application cycles for the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship program have shown that individuals and families who prepare in advance, are more likely to be reunited in Canada more quickly and efficiently than others who do not.

The parent and grandparent sponsorship program can still see further changes coming, it is encouraged that sponsors and potential sponsored relatives get a head start on preparing for 2017 applications. There is a limited number of 10,000 applications and space fills up fast.

To find out if you or your family members are eligible for the Parent and Grandparent Program based on the eligibility criteria for the most recent application cycle, please fill out a free online assessment  or Contact us today.

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Has your application to come to Canada ever been refused?

Here are some situations where you might want to consider requesting a detailed file report:

  • You want to know the status of your application, and what has happened with it so far
  • You have applied to Canada for something before, but you do not remember what information you gave in that application
  • You application status has been in process for a long time and you have no news on your file
  • You want to know the results of an immigration medical test
  • You have been invited for a visa interview
  • You want to know what you said to an immigration officer during an interview
  • Your visa application has been denied and you want to know why
  • You want to understand the processing steps of your application
  • You want to apply for a Canadian visa for a second time
  • You were removed (deported) from Canada or you are facing a removal order and you would like to know your options

At MCIS, legal and Immigration Services, we deal with clients from a great variety of countries, on a daily basis, whose application has been refused before coming to us.  

The majority of times, the applicant has been refused time and time again, and the reasons are somewhat difficult to understand. Since Canada and the United States of America share information regarding an immigration application of a person with each other, there is a possibility that any problems in a person's Canadian application can affect an American application--and vice versa. Having been refused to either of these two countries can negatively affect the opportunity to enter the other.

We receive clients that tell us about unauthorized representatives--Crooked Consultants-- who charge a significant fee amount.  Some of these people do not have the legal legitimacy, licensing or education, therefore, due to their lack of experience and professionalism; also with providing misleading and at times untrue information in the applications, they cause the immigration officer to come to the conclusion that the applicant is lying or misrepresenting themselves about a certain fact. This can lead to the applicant to being refused, and could possibly lead to being banned from Canada for up to five years or even longer.

Often times, when a Temporary Resident Visa application, such as work permits, study permits, visitor visa, or Permanent Resident Visa  applications, such as humanitarian and compassionate applications is refused, the applicant receives a refusal letter from the embassy. This letter indicates the officer’s reasons for refusal. However, usually, this letter does not provide all the in-depth information about the reasoning and facts as to why the application was refused. When a Canadian immigration Officer is assessing an application, they might consult with other bodies of the government and inquire about the applicant. Examples of these bodies include Canada Border Services Agency, other Canadian Embassies around the world, Immigration and Refugee Board as well as other countries’ embassies and their border agencies.  The results and effects of these activities can be found in the officer's inter-organizational notes.

At MCIS Legal and Immigration Services--with our hands-on experience and proper education--we have the possibility of requesting these inter-organizational notes and documents. Most times they are received in the form of complicated and abbreviated codes. When we receive these discoveries from the organizations like Boarder Services and Canadian Immigration, we assess the files, interpret the coding and try to make sense of the specific reasons behind the applicant's refusal. These discoveries can be in the form of paper, electronic files, sound files, or any other formats depending on the classifications.

Without being informed of the issues and problems in your previous applications, it is not advisable to create a new application. Occasionally, it can lead to worsening the situation. Having dealt with hundreds of clients from over 25 countries around the world, we at MCIS Legal Immigrations Services are confident that we can provide you with professional services.

If you or one of your relatives have been refused for your Canadian visa and you are interested in identifying the hidden issues, and attempting to solve them and, obtaining your Canadian visa lawfully and legally, contact us today.

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Bill C-6

The Act to amend the Citizenship Act has been heard for the third time on May 17, 2016.  This is great news those waiting for citizenship. There have been several topics about what changes the Liberal government should make to the Citizenship Act, mostly repealing some or even all of the changes that were implemented by the previous bill (Bill C-24). Minister John McCallum, the Minister of Immigration, had to say about the bill C-6

“In sum, we disagree with the Conservative government's legislation based on two general principles. First, a Canadian is a Canadian. All Canadians are equal. We must not have two classes of citizens. Second, we want to welcome newcomers as Canadians, and we do not want the conditions for becoming Canadian to be too rigid or too difficult.”

Now that Minister McCallum has formally tabled Bill C-6 (An Act to Amend the Citizenship Act), the proposed revisions are very specific.

A summary of what is to be expected from this amended was listed, from Parliament is as follows:

This enactment amends the Citizenship Act to, among other things,

(a) remove the grounds for the revocation of Canadian citizenship that relate to national security;

(b) remove the requirement that an applicant intend, if granted citizenship, to continue to reside in Canada;

(c)reduce the number of days during which a person must have been physically present in Canada before applying for citizenship and provide that, in the calculation of the length of physical presence, the number of days during which the person was physically present in Canada before becoming a permanent resident may be taken into account;

(d) limit the requirement to demonstrate knowledge of Canada and of one of its official languages to applicants between the ages of 18 and 54; and

(e) authorize the Minister to seize any document that he or she has reasonable grounds to believe was fraudulently or improperly obtained or used or could be fraudulently or improperly used.

It also makes consequential amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

This will speed up the waiting period of those awaiting citizenship. To date, this particular bill has been heard three times, each time gaining an increase in votes. March 21, 2016, recorded votes from the House of Commons received 226 Yeas – 90 Nays out of a total of 316.The most recent sitting, on May 17, 2016, had received 218 Yeas – 88 Nays out of a total of 306. 

This amended bill intends to decrease the requirements for residency to gain citizenship, to 3 out of 5 years as well as allowing for previous days spent in Canada prior to permanent residence to also be included as one day counts as half-day (up to a maximum of one year).  The previous requirement of Bill C-24 of 183 days in Canada each calendar year is no longer a requirement. Bill C-6 also identifies to revert back to before Bill C-24 was implemented by returning to the original age range for knowledge and language testing to 18-54.

Bill C-6 has completed its third reading in the House of Commons May 17, 2016, and will likely take effect in the near future. 

 

For additional reference: 

 

https://openparliament.ca/bills/42-1/C-6/

 

http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&DocId=8124600&Col=1

 

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New Update on Spousal/Common-Law Sponsorship: Processing Times now Less Than 12 Months for Many Applicant

Canada Immigration Newsletter announced on its website that the government of Canada revealed that processing times have significantly been reduced in many cases for the Outland Spousal/Common-Law Sponsorship Canadian immigration program.

After 2015, the way in which processing times were listed for the Outland Spousal/Common-Law Sponsorship Canadian immigration programs changed. Before until that change, application processing times for this program were listed by visa office. Now, processing times are listed by individual countries where the application is being made.

This new modification helps couples to make better decisions on deciding which program is more suitable for their situation: Inland Sponsorship or Outland Sponsorship.

In many cases, this change also allows sponsored persons to obtain Canadian permanent residence status sooner. As we all know, this factor will come as a great relief to many Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and their foreign spouses and common-law partners who wish to be reunited in Canada as quickly as possible.

The time it takes to make the initial assessment of the sponsor, for certain countries are now less than one year. Countries that gain to benefit from this change include France, Australia, Spain, Tunisia, Belgium, Algeria, Morocco, New Zealand, Peru, Brazil, Iran, Israel, Portugal, Poland, Taiwan, Trinidad & Tobago, Ukraine, and Switzerland.

For many other countries, the processing time is around one year or slightly longer.

The new Liberal government of Canada announced in its Immigration Levels Plan in March of this year that it intends to increase the number of new permanent residents who arrive in Canada through the Family Class category, including spouses and common-law partners. This factor may also have the effect of further reducing application processing times.

Fall in love and come to Canada: Spousal / Common-law Partner Sponsorship Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents 18 years or older may sponsor their SpousesCommon-Law Partners and Conjugal Partners, to join them in Canada. This applies equally to same-sex relationships, as it does heterosexual ones. Recent changes have resulted in quicker processing times for spousal sponsorships, falling by more than half, from 26 months previously to just 12 months today. Here’s what you need to know:
  • Common Law Partner:  The law defines it as someone with whom a sponsor has cohabited in a conjugal relationship for at least one year.
  • Conjugal Partner: Also recognized under Canadian law. This is more subjective and requires a greater degree of proof. It’s a committed relationship that is at least one-year old, and is long-distance. The partner has resided outside Canada, due to an impediment to marriage or residency together.  
  • Spouses: A Legal marriage.Sponsors undertake to provide for their spouses’ basic needs for a period of three years after the spouse enters Canada as a permanent resident. This effectively is a guarantee that they will not require social assistance (welfare). If the couple break up during this period, the sponsor is required to reimburse the government for any social welfare payments issued to the claimant.
    • Be in receipt of Social assistance (other than for a disability)
    • Be bankrupt
    • Be in Prison, convicted of a violent or sexual crime, or subject to a removal order
    • Have previously sponsored a spouse or partner within the last 3 years
    • Have previously been sponsored themselves as a spouse or partner within the last 5 years
  • Processing times tend to be shorter with Overseas applications.
  • Overseas applicants may be able to come and go as a visitor to Canada freely while the application is in process.
  • In Canada applicants are entitled to apply for an open work permit while their application is in process, but are required to remain in Canada during this period.
  • In the event the application fails, Overseas applicants have appeal rights that those applying from Inside Canada do not.
Are you eligible to sponsor? In addition to being a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of at least 18 years of age, a sponsor must NOT: Sponsor’s commitment: How to apply? From inside or outside Canada? When it comes to spousal sponsorship there are two ways to apply; an Overseas Sponsorship or an In Canada sponsorship. If your spouse or partner lives outside of Canada, you would apply from outside the country. You can apply to a Canadian visa office in the country where the partner/spouse has been living for at least the past year, or to one in the country of their citizenship. If your spouse or partner is already living in Canada, the choice of which type of application to make is yours. In this situation both the Overseas application and the In Canada option have benefits and drawbacks which should be considered: Contact us today to discuss your eligibility for spousal sponsorship. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form online and our staff will happily get in contact with you. Email: info@mcisfirm.com Canada +1 (604) 468 5747 Vancouver Office (Head Office): 211- 3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4 Vancouver Downtown Office: 1300, 1500 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6G 2Z6 (by appointment only) Mailing Address: P.O. Box 41177 Shaughnessy St, Port Coquitlam, V3C5Z9

Why should I retain the services of a professional for my relatives' Temporary Resident Visa (Visit Visa)?

Among all of the Immigration Classes that I deal with as a Legal Practitioner, Temporary Resident Visas (Work Permit, Study Permit, Visit Visa etc.) is one of the interesting areas. Because all of the forms and the documents checklist for Temporary Resident Visa applications are available on Citizenship and Immigration Canada's website, some people are of the opinion that paying a consultant to prepare a visa application is absurd. Well, that isn't the case. 

I have had clients whose applications were refused multiple times before they came to me for help. Often the reasons for refusal given by the immigration officer are "I am not satisfied that you will leave Canada by the end of your stay" or "you are Inadmissible to Canada". Immigration is a very complex area of Law, and like other areas of Law, it needs to be taken very seriously and left to the experts to deal with it. 

In most cases, my prospective client believes that they have no chance of applying again. Because most refusal letters end with the officer indicating that the applicant can apply again if their circumstances change, and nothing has changed in their circumstances since their last refusal. Well, I sometimes disagree. A client's situation does not necessarily need to have changed. Sometimes the change required is a change in the way you put your application together, and how you write your legal documents including the invitation letter, letters of support, letters of explanation, etc. In most cases, I find myself dealing with an application that was drafted very poorly, either by a non-authorized consultant or a "do-it-yourself person" who thought they could do it all by themselves just because their friend applied for a visa for someone and was lucky enough to be successful. Often, people underestimate the differences in their situation and the situation of the person they know who was approved without a consultant. 

No matter how many times legal professionals remind the public that it is a bad idea to handle your own legal matters when you do not have the proper training and education, and that you cannot compare someone else's application with your situation, there will always be someone who thinks they can do it themselves instead of paying a legal practitioner. 

Now, there is no rule that says you can't apply for something on your own. You can even represent yourself before the Supreme Court. But the question you need to ask when considering representing yourself is not "Can I do it?" The question you really need to ask is "Is it worth it?" Most of the time, the answer is no. Isn't it true that each of us has a job we were educated and trained for? If you needed surgery you would not do it yourself. Unless you have the medical training necessary, you do not know for sure that you won't make things worse. Legal matters require just as much specialized knowledge as medical matters.

Just yesterday, I was dealing with a Temporary Visa case that had been refused twice. As I started preparing the file, I immediately noticed three big mistakes in the previous applications that could have easily distracted the officer from the true facts of the case. I also noticed that the crooked consultant who had worked with the clients before had charged them an unfair amount of money for his services, and was refusing to provide me with a copy of the forms and letters that he had made on the client's behalf. Because of this, I had to send a request to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada to obtain the client's files. This was so that I could see what has been submitted in their application, and what the reasons for refusal were. After enormous efforts and unnecessary time, we were able to identify the errors and shortcomings. 

Ultimately, we did secure the visa for our client and she came to Canada to be with her daughter for her graduation ceremony. However, it would have been better for everyone if she had retained a real professional from the start. She would have paid less, waited less for her application to be processed, and gone through a less stressful situation. 

Remember, when we, the professionals, put an application together, it typically contains many more documents that what you see on the checklist. The checklist provides you with the basic requirements, the things you cannot apply without. We make sure the file is backed up by concrete evidence and convincing legal reasoning. Despite our hard work, and expert knowledge, we sometimes receive refusal decisions on our clients' files, as there is no guaranteed outcome in any legal matter. However, it is much better to leave your matter to someone who is not only educated and experienced in the field, but also carries the proper licenses and liability insurance. This way you know in case of an error or an omission, you are protected. 

 Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564
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Liberal government program to scrap two-tier citizenship

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Minister John McCallum mentioned that he'll soon cancel the government's ability to strip people of Canadian citizenship; however, he didn’t indicate any specific date. The former Conservative government passed Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act. This act allows citizenship to be revoked if a Canadian born in another country is convicted of terrorism. McCallum said that terrorists with Canadian citizenship should be sent to jail.

John McCallum also said that he won't wait for a legal challenge to wind its way through the courts before eliminating two-tier citizenship. In August, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association and Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers filed documents in court, alleging that the provision is unconstitutional. "Bill C-24 is anti-immigrant, anti-Canadian, and antidemocratic," BCCLA executive director said in a news release last summer. "It undermines—quite literally—what it means to be Canadian."

Even though this decision may face an opposition from conservatives, John McCallum is certain eliminating two-tier citizenship. It seems we should expect more changes from the new liberal government in the future. 

Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564
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Citizenship and Immigration Canada set to reopen Parent and Grandparent Program for 2016

The Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) for Canadian immigration is set to reopen in January 2016. This immensely popular program allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents or grandparents to become permanent residents. The program had an application cap of 5,000 applicants in 2014 and in 2015. In both years the cap was reached in a matter of days. Many people are looking forward to this program for 2016. Since the competition has been so tight in previous years, it is important for new applicants to have their applications completed before January so that they can be submitted as soon as the program opens. In past years, many of those applicants who prepared their documents even a couple of days after the program opened missed their opportunity due to a large number of applicants.

The eligibility requirements for parents or grandparent applicants for the new 2016 program has not yet been released. It is not yet known whether Citizenship and Immigration Canada will be making any changes to the requirements. At the moment, the key requirements are for the Canadian sponsors, who must meet the following requirements:

  • be at least 18 years of age or older,
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident,
  • exceed the minimum necessary income requirement for the program by submitting notices of assessment given by the Canadian Revenue Agency in support of their sponsorship,
  • promise to provide financial support for the sponsored relative for a time frame of three to ten years.

The sponsored party must also sign a sponsorship agreement that commits them to make every effort to support themselves.

Another popular program for Canadians to bring their parents and grandparents to Canada is Super Visa. This program allows parents and grandparents to come to Canada as "Long term visitors" with a multi-entry visa valid up to 10 years.

Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for this class of visa. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564
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Please fill-out the evaluation form that applies to your situation and class you are looking for. Choose the best form from above options. Are you interested in Canada but you don’t know the best way for you to come here? That’s okay. There are many different ways to come to Canada and it can be confusing. If you are trying to figure out which of our free evaluations applies to your situation, start by sending us a message through the form below. Please include a brief description of your situation and your desired visa category. We will contact you as soon as possible for a free assessment. 

Why should I retain the services of a professional for my relatives' Temporary Resident Visa (Visit Visa)?

Among all of the Immigration Classes that I deal with as a Legal Practitioner, Temporary Resident Visas (Work Permit, Study Permit, Visit Visa etc.) is one of the interesting areas. Read More

 

Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564
Toll-Free Number: 1-844-624 7669 (MCIS-NOW)
Vancouver Office Address: 211-3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4
Toronto Office Address: 6 Birchbank Road, Brampton, Ontario L6T 1L7 (by appointment only)

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For a limited time, MCIS has reduced its family sponsorship Retainer fees by %35. 

Fall in love and come to Canada: Spousal / Common-law Partner Sponsorship Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents 18 years or older may sponsor their Spouses, Common-Law Partners and Conjugal Partners, to join them in Canada. This applies equally to same-sex relationships, as it does heterosexual ones. Recent changes have resulted in quicker processing times for spousal sponsorships, falling by more than half, from 26 months previously to just 12 months today. Here’s what you need to know:
  • Common Law Partner:  The law defines it as someone with whom a sponsor has cohabited in a conjugal relationship for at least one year.
  • Conjugal Partner: Also recognized under Canadian law. This is more subjective and requires a greater degree of proof. It’s a committed relationship that is at least one-year old, and is long-distance. The partner has resided outside Canada, due to an impediment to marriage or residency together.  
  • Spouses: A Legal marriage.Sponsors undertake to provide for their spouses’ basic needs for a period of three years after the spouse enters Canada as a permanent resident. This effectively is a guarantee that they will not require social assistance (welfare). If the couple break up during this period, the sponsor is required to reimburse the government for any social welfare payments issued to the claimant.
    • Be in receipt of Social assistance (other than for a disability)
    • Be bankrupt
    • Be in Prison, convicted of a violent or sexual crime, or subject to a removal order
    • Have previously sponsored a spouse or partner within the last 3 years
    • Have previously been sponsored themselves as a spouse or partner within the last 5 years
  • Processing times tend to be shorter with Overseas applications.
  • Overseas applicants may be able to come and go as a visitor to Canada freely while the application is in process.
  • In Canada applicants are entitled to apply for an open work permit while their application is in process, but are required to remain in Canada during this period.
  • In the event the application fails, Overseas applicants have appeal rights that those applying from Inside Canada do not.
Are you eligible to sponsor? In addition to being a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of at least 18 years of age, a sponsor must NOT: Sponsor’s commitment: How to apply? From inside or outside Canada?   When it comes to spousal sponsorship there are two ways to apply; an Overseas Sponsorship or an In Canada sponsorship. If your spouse or partner lives outside of Canada, you would apply from outside the country. You can apply to a Canadian visa office in the country where the partner/spouse has been living for at least the past year, or to one in the country of their citizenship. If your spouse or partner is already living in Canada, the choice of which type of application to make is yours. In this situation both the Overseas application and the In Canada option have benefits and drawbacks which should be considered: Contact us today to discuss your eligibility for spousal sponsorship. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form online and our staff will happily get in contact with you. Email: info@mcisfirm.com Canada +1 (604) 468 5747 Vancouver Office (Head Office): 211- 3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4 Vancouver Downtown Office: 1300, 1500 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6G 2Z6 (by appointment only) Mailing Address: P.O. Box 41177 Shaughnessy St, Port Coquitlam, V3C5Z9
Fall in love and come to Canada: Spousal / Common-law Partner Sponsorship Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents 18 years or older may sponsor their SpousesCommon-Law Partners and Conjugal Partners, to join them in Canada. This applies equally to same-sex relationships, as it does heterosexual ones. Recent changes have resulted in quicker processing times for spousal sponsorships, falling by more than half, from 26 months previously to just 12 months today. Here’s what you need to know:
  • Common Law Partner:  The law defines it as someone with whom a sponsor has cohabited in a conjugal relationship for at least one year.
  • Conjugal Partner: Also recognized under Canadian law. This is more subjective and requires a greater degree of proof. It’s a committed relationship that is at least one-year old, and is long-distance. The partner has resided outside Canada, due to an impediment to marriage or residency together.  
  • Spouses: A Legal marriage.Sponsors undertake to provide for their spouses’ basic needs for a period of three years after the spouse enters Canada as a permanent resident. This effectively is a guarantee that they will not require social assistance (welfare). If the couple break up during this period, the sponsor is required to reimburse the government for any social welfare payments issued to the claimant.
    • Be in receipt of Social assistance (other than for a disability)
    • Be bankrupt
    • Be in Prison, convicted of a violent or sexual crime, or subject to a removal order
    • Have previously sponsored a spouse or partner within the last 3 years
    • Have previously been sponsored themselves as a spouse or partner within the last 5 years
  • Processing times tend to be shorter with Overseas applications.
  • Overseas applicants may be able to come and go as a visitor to Canada freely while the application is in process.
  • In Canada applicants are entitled to apply for an open work permit while their application is in process, but are required to remain in Canada during this period.
  • In the event the application fails, Overseas applicants have appeal rights that those applying from Inside Canada do not.
Are you eligible to sponsor? In addition to being a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of at least 18 years of age, a sponsor must NOT: Sponsor’s commitment: How to apply? From inside or outside Canada? When it comes to spousal sponsorship there are two ways to apply; an Overseas Sponsorship or an In Canada sponsorship. If your spouse or partner lives outside of Canada, you would apply from outside the country. You can apply to a Canadian visa office in the country where the partner/spouse has been living for at least the past year, or to one in the country of their citizenship. If your spouse or partner is already living in Canada, the choice of which type of application to make is yours. In this situation both the Overseas application and the In Canada option have benefits and drawbacks which should be considered: Contact us today to discuss your eligibility for spousal sponsorship. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form online and our staff will happily get in contact with you. Email: info@mcisfirm.com Canada +1 (604) 468 5747 Vancouver Office (Head Office): 211- 3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4 Vancouver Downtown Office: 1300, 1500 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6G 2Z6 (by appointment only) Mailing Address: P.O. Box 41177 Shaughnessy St, Port Coquitlam, V3C5Z9

Visitor Visa

At MCIS, we can help you and your family through the process of visiting Canada. We will provide you with all the information and assistance required to have a convenient and fun visit to Canada. Click here to fill out a free evaluation form. 

Multiple-Entry Visitor Visa Application Package for Close Family members of Canadian Residents:

If you live in Canada and you would like to invite your family or close relatives to visit you in Canada: At MCIS, we provide applicants with a full-service visa application package. You will be represented by our ICCRC member who is also a Licensee of the Law Society of Upper Canada and a Commissioner of Oaths. 

Our services include: -advice on which document to gather and how to translate them -help with drafting the invitation letter -help with drafting the letter of explanation -filling all the necessary forms and gathering all the documents -creating the applicant's online profile inside our Authorized  Representative's CIC portal which is exclusive to CIC partner ID holders as Authorized Representatives. (this online portal will help us create and submit your application online without the need for you to spend extra time in front of your computer dealing with an individual account. In this new system, we will be fully responsible for any errors or omission made in your application from our side. -submission of the application  -all the correspondence with CIC and other relevant authorities on your behalf -Representing you from the beginning until the final decision "terms and conditions apply".

Visa applications are complicated and having expert help can sometimes mean the difference between an approval and a refusal. We will make sure that we have everything you need for your application, and that it is accurate and organized. We also make sure to include any additional documents or evidence that are not required for the application, but that can improve your chances of approval. We make sure that all of your forms are filled out correctly. In addition, we may draft the Representative Submission letter and we will help you with your invitation and explanation letters. We well take care of all the correspondence with the Canadian government through our Authorized Representative Portal, which is exclusive to CIC partners. We take care of all the details and give you peace of mind.

Before applying for a visitor visa, there are some details you should know about Temporary Resident Visas and visiting Canada.

Who are Visitors?

Visitors are persons who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, and are legally authorized to enter Canada. Their reasons for coming to Canada may be to visit Canada on holiday (vacation), visit family, or conduct business in Canada. Visitors are restricted to a specific length of stay and are subject to various conditions.

What is a Temporary Resident Visa?

A Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) is an official document issued by a Canadian visa office that is placed in your passport to show that you have met the requirements for admission to Canada as a temporary resident. There are different types of Temporary Resident Visas depending on why you want to be in Canada. If you are coming as a visitor, there is a Single Entry Visa or a Multiple Entry Visa (link to page). You might also be coming to Canada as a student or a worker.

Do I need a Visa to visit Canada?

Some people need a visa to visit Canada, while others do not. This will depend on their country of citizenship. The Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (SOR/2002-227) provide instructions on who is exempt from the need for a TRV as a visitor.

What are requirements I must meet for a Temporary Resident Visa?

You must show the immigration officer that you meet the requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and its Regulations. If you meet these requirements, you must show the officer that you will only be staying in Canada for a limited time.

You must also:

  • Ensure that it is clear to the officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your authorized stay,
  • Provide evidence that you are able to support yourself and whoever is traveling with you while you are in Canada,
  • Ensure that it is clear to the officer that you do not intend to work or study in Canada unless authorized to do so,
  • Prove that you are law-abiding and have no record of criminal activity,
  • Prove that you are not a risk to the security of Canada,
  • Provide any additional document requested by the officer to establish your admissibilityand
  • Prove that you are in good health (complete a medical examination if required).

Entry to Canada

Entry to Canada is a privilege, not a right! You must meet the necessary requirements and also meet the Admissibility criteria. We can help you through this process and apply for a Canadian visa for you and your family. If you provide us with your contact information, we will help you with the process of applying for a visa. Contact us or leave us your information and our staff will contact you as soon as possible.

Click here to fill out a free evaluation form. 

Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564
Toll-Free Number: 1-844-624 7669 (MCIS-NOW)
Vancouver Office (Head Office): 211- 3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4
Vancouver Downtown Office: 1300, 1500 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6G 2Z6 (by appointment only)
Toronto Office: 6 Birchbank Road, Brampton, Ontario L6T 1L7 ( by appointment only)
Refugee Sponsorship
Attention everyone! (Not only Those who live inside Canada, I mean everyone!)
 
I need help. 
I am starting a process of gathering a group to privately sponsor one or more Refugee families to come and settle in Canada. 
 
Please take a moment to read the following:
 
I am starting a Trust Account for raising the minimum amount to sponsor a family in need of immediate protection. 
 
We will also need to form groups of five. The group members must be above 18, residing in Canada as PRs or Citizens and some other conditions that I can provide upon request. 
 
We will chose our candidate refugees through the option of Visa office-referred program which means we will not nominate them ourselves. This means we expect the refugee to arrive in Canada in less than four months. 
 
If you live in Canada and you are interested, let me know so that you might be a part of the group so that you will be helping with other aspects of the undertaking too; emotional support, helping the new-comer settle in the community, helping their children with school enrolment etc.
 
If you do not love in Canada and/or for other reasons cannot be a part of the undertaking group of five, you can still contribute with your donations. This way we will be able to sponsor people much faster. 
 
The trust account that I will establish will be %100 dedicated to this matter. All of the money in the account will go ONLY to the sponsored refugee and their accompanied family members here in Canada. We will not spend a penny of the trust money on administrative costs etc. 
 
I have included a link for the complete guide on the sponsorship. Please note  that we are aiming for the G5 program.
 
I will personally be responsible for the legal and administrative. aspects. With no cost.        
                                                                                                                                               
Let me know who is interested by sending a email: 
 
 
Thank you all
Hadi Mansouri
 
Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564
Toll-Free Number: 1-844-624 7669 (MCIS-NOW)
Vancouver Office Address: 211-3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4
Toronto Office Address: 6 Birchbank Road, Brampton, Ontario L6T 1L7 (by appointment only)

***Special Offers***

In this section, you can find "limited time only" offers. these offers are vary due to; new immigration regulations, time sensetive applications, and applicants' needs. This special offer is:

Obtaining your CAIPS / GCMS or FOSS

Welcome to MCIS File Check system - if you would like to have an update in detail about your open application with the Citizenship and Immigration Canada, then the first step is to obtain your CAIPS / FOSS or GCMS notes and check the status of your application; be it work or study permit application, permanent residence application, family sponsorship etc. obtaining and understanding these files is essential. The following are some case when you should consider requesting a detailed report on your file: • You are curious as to what has happened so far on your application. • You applied for Canada before, but you do not remember what information was filled in your application. • Your application status has been in process for a long time and you have no news about your file.  • You are curious to know the results of your immigration medical tests. • You are invited for a VISA interview. • You would like to know what you said to the officer during your visa/immigration interviews. • Your Visa has been denied and Want to know the reasons. • You want to know about all processing steps of your application. • You want to apply for a Canadian visa for a second time. What Are 'CAIPS', 'FOSS' and 'GCMS' Files? CAIPS • CAIPS is an abbreviation for 'Computer assisted Immigration Processing System'. • It is a Computer System used by all Canadian Visa Offices/Consulates to process VISA applications. • It is a computerized record of all visa applications made by an applicant till date. • It contains various processing stages of your visa application and comments by various visa officers. • It also contains the transcripts of all your Canadian visa interviews in the past outside Canada. • It is being superseded by GCMS. FOSS • FOSS is an abbreviation for 'Field Operations Support System'. • FOSS is the computer system historically used by CIC offices within Canada and CBSA officers at all Canadian Port of Entries like Airports, Land Borders or Sea-Ports. • It is used to track all immigration-related information of an applicant. • It also contains all your past interviews or even casual conversation with CBSA officer/s at Canadian Port of Entries. • It is being superseded by GCMS. GCMS • GCMS is an abbreviation for 'Global Case Management System'. • It is a newer version of CAIPS and FOSS that CIC are rolling out across their offices. • It is a unique computerized immigration file system without a need of two different file systems for within Canada (FOSS) and Outside Canada (CAIPS). • Each Visa Applicant is allotted a unique Client ID which never changes irrespective of how many times or types of Canadian Visa one applies. • With GCMS and a Unique Client ID, immigration information, historic or current is available to CIC and CBSA anywhere in the world. At any stage of your application, you can simply contact us to request a full report on your file. Our services vary from simple file report request to explaining all the detail of your application for you. 

Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564
Toll-Free Number: 1-844-624 7669 (MCIS-NOW)
Vancouver Office Address: 211-3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4
Toronto Office Address: 6 Birchbank Road, Brampton, Ontario L6T 1L7 (by appointment only)

Manitoba to Increase Funding for Newcomers’ Professional Settlement

It is good news for those who are seeking to immigrate to Canada and especially the province of Manitoba that the government of Manitoba allocated $3 million CAD for the Manitoba Start Program. The government helps newcomers to find work in their professional field. Many newcomers have found it very difficult to find a job in their professional field even with a master’s degree of Doctoral degree. In 2015-16, the government of Manitoba will provide funding for Manitoba Start Program to fund the following:

•        Profession-specific resource guides to help newcomers navigate the licensing process in regulated professions;

•        A career development curriculum and training resources;

•        Referral and guidance services to newcomers on accessing financial supports such as microloans; and

•        Job-matching services to help newcomers work in their occupational area.

"Navigating the world of qualifications recognition can be complex," said Judith Hayes, executive director of Manitoba Start, which will provide career services to newcomers and connects them with businesses using a job-matching service.

It is anticipated that in following years more immigrants choose Manitoba as their new home.

Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564
Toll-Free Number: 1-844-624 7669 (MCIS-NOW)
Vancouver Office Address: 211-3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4
Toronto Office Address: 6 Birchbank Road, Brampton, Ontario L6T 1L7 (by appointment only)
Fall in love and come to Canada: Spousal / Common-law Partner Sponsorship Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents 18 years or older may sponsor their SpousesCommon-Law Partners and Conjugal Partners, to join them in Canada. This applies equally to same-sex relationships, as it does heterosexual ones. Recent changes have resulted in quicker processing times for spousal sponsorships, falling by more than half, from 26 months previously to just 12 months today. Here’s what you need to know:
  • Common Law Partner:  The law defines it as someone with whom a sponsor has cohabited in a conjugal relationship for at least one year.
  • Conjugal Partner: Also recognized under Canadian law. This is more subjective and requires a greater degree of proof. It’s a committed relationship that is at least one-year old, and is long-distance. The partner has resided outside Canada, due to an impediment to marriage or residency together.  
  • Spouses: A Legal marriage.Sponsors undertake to provide for their spouses’ basic needs for a period of three years after the spouse enters Canada as a permanent resident. This effectively is a guarantee that they will not require social assistance (welfare). If the couple break up during this period, the sponsor is required to reimburse the government for any social welfare payments issued to the claimant.
    • Be in receipt of Social assistance (other than for a disability)
    • Be bankrupt
    • Be in Prison, convicted of a violent or sexual crime, or subject to a removal order
    • Have previously sponsored a spouse or partner within the last 3 years
    • Have previously been sponsored themselves as a spouse or partner within the last 5 years
  • Processing times tend to be shorter with Overseas applications.
  • Overseas applicants may be able to come and go as a visitor to Canada freely while the application is in process.
  • In Canada applicants are entitled to apply for an open work permit while their application is in process, but are required to remain in Canada during this period.
  • In the event the application fails, Overseas applicants have appeal rights that those applying from Inside Canada do not.
Are you eligible to sponsor? In addition to being a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of at least 18 years of age, a sponsor must NOT: Sponsor’s commitment: How to apply? From inside or outside Canada? When it comes to spousal sponsorship there are two ways to apply; an Overseas Sponsorship or an In Canada sponsorship. If your spouse or partner lives outside of Canada, you would apply from outside the country. You can apply to a Canadian visa office in the country where the partner/spouse has been living for at least the past year, or to one in the country of their citizenship. If your spouse or partner is already living in Canada, the choice of which type of application to make is yours. In this situation both the Overseas application and the In Canada option have benefits and drawbacks which should be considered: Contact us today to discuss your eligibility for spousal sponsorship. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form online and our staff will happily get in contact with you. Email: info@mcisfirm.com Canada +1 (604) 468 5747 Vancouver Office (Head Office): 211- 3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4 Vancouver Downtown Office: 1300, 1500 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6G 2Z6 (by appointment only) Mailing Address: P.O. Box 41177 Shaughnessy St, Port Coquitlam, V3C5Z9

Obtaining your CAIPS / GCMS or FOSS

Welcome toMCIS File Check system - if you would like a detailed update on your open application with the Citizenship and Immigration Canada, then the first step is to obtain your CAIPS / FOSS or GCMS notes and check the status of your application. This applies to all types of applications, whether it is a work or study permit application, permanent residence application, family sponsorship etc. Obtaining and understanding these files is essential to figuring out your next steps.

Here are some situations where you might want to consider requesting a detailed file report:

  • You want to know the status of your application, and what has happened with it so far
  • You have applied to Canada for something before, but you do not remember what information you gave in that application
  • You application status has been in process for a long time and you have no news on your file
  • You want to know the results of an immigration medical test
  • You have been invited for a visa interview
  • You want to know what you said to an immigration officer during an interview
  • Your visa application has been denied and you want to know why
  • You want to understand the processing steps of your application
  • You want to apply for a Canadian visa for a second time 

What Are 'CAIPS', 'FOSS' and 'GCMS' Files?

CAIPS CAIPS is an abbreviation for 'Computer assisted Immigration Processing System'. It is a Computer System used by all Canadian Visa Offices/Consulates to process VISA applications. It is a computerized record of all visa applications made by an applicant up to the current date. CAIPS contains information on the various processing stages of your visa application and comments by various visa officers. It also contains the transcripts of all your past Canadian visa interviews which took place outside of Canada. Currently, CAIPS is being replaced by GCMS.

FOSS FOSS is an abbreviation for 'Field Operations Support System'. It is the computer system historically used by CIC offices within Canada and CBSA officers at all Canadian Ports of Entry, such as airports, sea ports, and land border crossing stations. It is used to track all immigration-related information for an applicant. FOSS also contains all your past interviews and casual conversation with CBSA officers at Canadian Ports of Entry. FOSS is currently being replaced by GCMS.

GCMS GCMS is an abbreviation for 'Global Case Management System'. It is a newer version of CAIPS and FOSS that Citizenship and Immigration Canada is rolling out across their offices. GCMS is a unique integrated immigration file system which does not need two different systems for files within Canada (FOSS) and files outside of Canada (CAIPS). Each Visa Applicant is allotted a unique Client ID which never changes. No matter how many types of visa applications you make, and no matter how many times you apply, your Client ID will remain. Through GCMS and the Client ID, past and present immigration information is available to CIC and CBSA anywhere in the world.

 

At any stage of your application, you can contact us to request a full report on your file. Our services vary from simple file report request, to explaining all the details of your application for you. Please contact us to find out more about this services.

 

Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564

Toll-Free Number: 1-844-624 7669 (MCIS-NOW)

Vancouver Office Address: 211-3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4

Toronto Office Address: 6 Birchbank Road, Brampton, Ontario L6T 1L7 (by appointment only)

 

Canada Announces New Investor Program

Recently the governments of Canada and Quebec have both released information about upcoming investor programs. The main aim of these programs is to attract high-net-worth investors. Successful applicants, as well as their spouse or common-law partner and dependent children under the age of 19, will have a PR card and become permanent residents of Canada.

The aim of these programs, under its new Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program, is to give permanent resident status to around 50 high-net-worth immigrant investors, as well as their spouse or common-law partner and dependent children under the age of 19. This program is scheduled to begin accepting applications in late January, 2015, and aims to attract experienced millionaire investors who will contribute to economic growth and prosperity.

Potential eligible candidates must:

  • Demonstrate a legally obtained net worth of at least CAD $10 million derived from lawful, profit-making business activities, which will be verified by a designated due diligence service provider. The selected applicants need to provide a report from service providers.
  • Make a CAD $2 million non-guaranteed investment for 15 years into the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital fund. And these funds will be invested in innovative Canadian-based start-ups with high growth potential.
  • Provide a proof of  language proficiency in one of Canada’s official languages, either English or French; and
  • Submit education credentials: a Canadian post-secondary degree, diploma or certificate, or proof of a completed foreign education credential and an equivalency assessment from a designated organization.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), within the specified time period would accept a maximum of 500 applications for review. This specified period will be announced in January, 2015. Applications will be selected randomly for processing until approximately 50 approved applications are finalized. CIC aims to grant a decision on each application selected for processing within six months of receiving the complete applications. Applications that are not retained will be returned to the applicant.

Just fill our evaluation form or contact us and we will inform you about this program.

Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564

Toll-Free Number: 1-844-624 7669 (MCIS-NOW)

Vancouver Office Address: 211-3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4

Toronto Office Address: 6 Birchbank Road, Brampton, Ontario L6T 1L7 (by appointment only)

 

Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)

At MCIS, we can help you through the process of obtaining an Educational Credential Assessment. If you are applying for permanent residence through the Express Entry program you must get an ECA of your completed foreign educational credentials. This allows Citizenship and Immigration Canada to better asses your level of education and eligibility for the program. If the only education credentials you are submitting are Canadian, they do not need to be assessed. An ECA is mainly used to verify that your foreign degree, diploma, certificate (or other proof of your credential) is valid and equal to a completed credential in Canada.

You need this assessment if you are the principle applicant and you were educated outside of Canada. Your education must be assessed by an organization designated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564
Toll-Free Number: 1-844-624 7669 (MCIS-NOW)
Vancouver Office Address: 211-3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4
Toronto Office Address: 6 Birchbank Road, Brampton, Ontario L6T 1L7 (by appointment only)

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website such as: written format, pictures, videos, etc. is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter. Although efforts are made for accurate information, we make no guarantees that the information is up-to-date and/or perfectly accurate; they do not constitute legal advice or other professional advice and you may not rely on the contents of this website as such. Do not, under any circumstances, rely on this information as legal advice until you have retained our services and officially appointed us as your Immigration Consultant. Please be advised that there has been no relationship created in this webpage.  As a result we assume no liability - financial or otherwise. It is only after you have retained our services that we will be totally responsible for the advice we give to you and other forms of service performed by us. Any information sent to MCIS and /or its Agents and Employees by Internet e-mail or through the website is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis. Transmission of information from this Website does not create a Counsel-client relationship between you and Hadi Mansouri and/or MCIS, nor is it intended to do so. The transmission of the website, in part or in whole, and/or any communication with us via Internet e-mail through this site does not constitute or create a professional relationship between us and any recipients. 
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Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564
Toll-Free Number: 1-844-624 7669 (MCIS-NOW)
Vancouver Office Address: 211-3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4
Toronto Office Address: 6 Birchbank Road, Brampton, Ontario L6T 1L7 (by appointment only)

Loss of Permanent Resident Status

      Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (S.C. 2001, c. 27)

(4) A permanent resident may appeal to the Immigration Appeal Division against a decision made outside of Canada on the residency obligation under section 28.

If you have been informed that you have lost your Permanent Resident Status due to not having fulfilled your residency obligation, you might have a chance in Appeal. It can be a devastating situation, you are shocked and you start your research about the issue. You might go on asking friends or other people, or searching the internet for an answer. However, your time for an Appeal is limited and every hour counts for you.

It can be inside Canada at the time of renewing your PR card, while you are outside of Canada that the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration advises you that you have lost your status. Sometimes even if you have not fulfilled your residency obligation, but you had a legitimate reason for staying abroad, you might be able to file a Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds’ application. In other cases you might be able to ask for consideration of your children or other children directly affected by the decision. At other times maybe, the officer who made the decision has made an error that can be looked into.

Do not waste the time and seek help from a professional. At this stage a Lawyer, A licenced Paralegal or an RCIC whose qualification and credentials allow him to focus on Immigration Matters is the person to call.

Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564
Toll-Free Number: 1-844-624 7669 (MCIS-NOW)
Vancouver Office Address: 211-3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4
Toronto Office Address: 6 Birchbank Road, Brampton, Ontario L6T 1L7 (by appointment only)
Loss of Permanent Resident Status Removal Orders-Appeal and Stay of Removal

Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564
Toll-Free Number: 1-844-624 7669 (MCIS-NOW)
Vancouver Office Address: 211-3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4
Toronto Office Address: 6 Birchbank Road, Brampton, Ontario L6T 1L7 (by appointment only)

Removal Orders-Appeal and Stay of Removal

If a Permanent Resident or Foreign National is considered to be Inadmissible to Canada, a CIC or CBSA officer will prepare an Inadmissibility report. Eventually, the person will receive a Removal Order that requires the person to appear at a port of entry on a specified date, in order to confirm their departure from Canada and leave the country.

Removal Orders come in three different categories:

  1. Departure Order. This type of removal requires the person to leave the country, but does not necessarily affect their future trips to Canada.
  2. Exclusion Order. This type of Removal bans the person from reapplying or returning to Canada for duration of one year (two years in a Misrepresentation case).
  3. Deportation Order. Being the worst case scenario of Removal, this class bans the person from Canada for a life time.

Sometimes after presenting the person with the removal order, the CBSA or CIC officer(s) will determine that the person must be held in custody.  This is usually due to the person’s danger to the public, being a flight risk (meaning he will not return for removal or other examinations, and basically he will disappear) or other factors.

If ordered to be in custody, the person can have counsel in order to satisfy the Immigration Division that the reason for holding them in custody does not exist anymore and allow them to be released either permanently or temporarily. If you or one of your friends or family is held in Immigration Detention, you can contact us for representation and advice. As an RCIC, Mr. Mansouri is one of the recognized and licensed people who can defend the rights of a person subject to Immigration Custody and Removal order, and represent them in front of various relative Tribunals.

If you have received a Removal Order, contact us today before your appeal time elapses and keep in mind that you only have a limited time for appeal. As an RCIC, Mr. Mansouri is one of the recognized and licensed people who can defend your rights and represent you for your Appeal at the Immigration Appeal Division.

In case of an Appeal, usually the Removal Order will be stayed automatically. Stay means that the Removal Order has no effect until a decision is made on your Appeal.

Detention reviews and Appeals are highly sensitive matters, as a great stake is at risk and the results can change your life at times.


Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564
Toll-Free Number: 1-844-624 7669 (MCIS-NOW)
Vancouver Office Address: 211-3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4
Toronto Office Address: 6 Birchbank Road, Brampton, Ontario L6T 1L7 (by appointment only)

Admissibility

Any person seeking entry to Canada must be Admissible regardless of the class under which they are applying. Admissibility is very broad and has many different aspects. This makes it a challenging area to properly understand. There are various different things that can make you inadmissible. You can also be deemed inadmissible to Canada because you have family members who are inadmissible, even if they are not accompanying you to Canada. In many cases inadmissibility is can be easily resolved in accordance with the law. Sometimes an inadmissible person is only steps away from overcoming their inadmissibility, or from obtaining permission for entry to Canada despite the issue. At MCIS, we are here to help you with understanding the challenges of admissibility. 

When setting the criteria for admissibility, Canadian legislators had several objectives. They wanted to:

  • protect the health and safety of Canadians and to maintain the security of Canadian society;
  • promote international justice and security by fostering respect for human rights and by denying people who are criminals or a security risk access to
  • ensure that decisions made under immigration legislation are consistent with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, including its principles of equality and freedom from discrimination, and of the equality of English and French as the official languages of Canada.
  • Criminality
    • A foreign national or permanent resident can be deemed inadmissible to Canada if you have a criminal record. You might not be inadmissible if you have been convicted of something which is a crime in your home country, but is not considered a crime in Canada. There are also ways to be deemed “rehabilitated” which means that your criminal record does not count against you. Always speak to an immigration consultant to be sure of what applies in your situation.
  • Serious Criminality
    • A foreign national or permanent resident can be deemed inadmissible for serious criminality if they have been convicted of a crime with a prison sentence of ten years. As with criminality, there are some exceptions to this category. Always speak with an immigration consultant who can help you understand how the law applies to your situation.
  • Organized Criminality
    • A foreign national or permanent resident can be deemed inadmissible for being part of a criminal organization.
  • Canadian national security
    • A permanent resident or foreign national is inadmissible on security grounds if they are deemed to be a danger to the security of Canada. This can include engaging in acts of espionage or terrorism, or engaging in acts that could endanger Canadian people.
  • Human rights violations
    • A permanent resident or foreign national is inadmissible due to human rights violations if they have committed any human rights violations, or if they are a senior official of a government which engages in terrorism, systematic or gross human rights violations, or genocide. Canada defines these violations in the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act.
  • Health
    • A permanent resident or foreign national can be deemed inadmissible on health grounds if they are likely to be a danger to public health and safety, or if they might reasonably be expected to cause and excessive demand on Canadian health or social services.
  • Financial status
    • A foreign national is inadmissible for financial reasons if they are unable or unwilling to support themselves or anyone travelling with them, while they are in Canada.
  • Misrepresentation
    • Misrepresentation means giving false or misleading information, or withholding information which would be relevant to an immigration matter. A permanent resident or foreign national can be inadmissible for misrepresentation if they have done this directly, or indirectly. It is important to always be completely honest in immigration matters.
  • Non-compliance with Canadian immigration law
    • A permanent resident or foreign national can be deemed inadmissible if they do not comply with the requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
  • Inadmissible family members
    • It is possible for a person to be inadmissible because a member of their family is inadmissible. A foreign national may be deemed inadmissible if they are travelling with a family member who is admissible for one of the reasons listed above, or in some cases, even if the inadmissible family member is not travelling with them.

When determining whether a person is admissible or not, Canadian officers make decisions by referencing the inadmissibility provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. This law lists the things that make a person inadmissible to Canada, as well as any exceptions.

Part 1, Division 4 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act lays out the categories that make a person inadmissible. Canada Border Service Agency officer and CIC officers make distinctions based these categories of inadmissibility.

There are several different categories for inadmissibility:

As mentioned above, there are exemptions to some categories of admissibility, depending on your circumstances. If you have any questions about your admissibility or that of a family member, Contact us for assistance and advice. We will do our best to provide you with adequate and accurate advice for your situation. Contact us today to discuss your admissibility issue and let the experts help you.


Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

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Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564
Toll-Free Number: 1-844-624 7669 (MCIS-NOW)
Vancouver Office Address: 211-3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4
Toronto Office Address: 6 Birchbank Road, Brampton, Ontario L6T 1L7 (by appointment only)

Express Entry

The Express Entry system was introduced in January 2015. It is designed to streamline the process of applying for permanent residence through certain programs. Canada is looking for high levels of immigration to meet current and future labor market needs. The Express Entry program is designed to ensure Canada’s economic growth and long-term prosperity. Express Entry allows the Canadian government to actively recruit, assess, and select skilled immigrants through the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. Each of these programs has a set of criteria which a potential immigrant must meet in order to be eligible for the program. Provinces and territories are also able to recruit candidates from the Express Entry system through the Provincial Nominee Program.

Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) tool: skilled immigrants (Express Entry)

The Express Entry system is divided into two steps:

Step 1) Creating an online personal profile

The first thing that an applicant must do is complete an online profile. This profile and provides information about the applicant that is uses to assess whether or not the applicant is eligible for one of the Express Entry programs. Much of this information is the same as what you would provide in your CV. Providing more accurate and detailed information improves your chances of selection. Your profile provides information about your work experiences, your skills, your education, your level of fluency in Canada’s official languages (French and English), and any other relevant factors. Once your profile is completed, if you meet the criteria for one of the programs, your profile will be officially added to a pool of candidates. Once your name is in the pool of candidates, you wait for selection.

Most applicants must register with the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) Job Bank. This Job Bank is designed to connect candidates with eligible employers in Canada. If you have an offer of employment supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), or a nomination from a province or territory, you do not need to register with the job bank.

It is very important to make sure that your profile is created correctly and that it shows your skills and qualifications in a way that enhances your chance of being selected and receiving a job offer. This is part of what we will do as your consultant.

It is also very important for you to continue to search for employment using other systems and tools. If you find a prospective employer who needs and LMIA from ESDC, we will gather the documents and draft the forms required to facilitate the process. We will also provide you and the employer with any services and representation necessary.

  

Step 2) Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence

Once your profile is in the pool, it will be ranked using a point-based system call the Comprehensive Ranking System. This system assigns a point value to each of the categories found in your profile. For example, having a valid job offer is worth a certain number of points. Your work experience, education level, whether or not you have a job offer, and whether or not you have a provincial nomination are all factors that are considered. The government of Canada uses the point system to select which candidates they will invite to apply for permanent residence.

If you are invited to apply, you have 60 to make your application. This is another area where we do our best to assist you. We help you gather any documents and draft any forms required for your application. Once you have applied, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) then processes your application. Generally speaking, CIC processes most applications within six months.

  

Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564
Toll-Free Number: 1-844-624 7669 (MCIS-NOW)
Vancouver Office Address: 211-3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4
Toronto Office Address: 6 Birchbank Road, Brampton, Ontario L6T 1L7 (by appointment only)

Immigration policy needs to change to attract candidates: lawyer

An immigration lawyer in Halifax says she’s working with plenty of people who want to make the province their home, but the province needs to change its immigration policy to get them here.

Sara and Tor Stavnes live in Texas, but have been trying to move to Nova Scotia.

“We're at the point where we decided that we can move my trade from Houston, Texas up here to Nova Scotia and live a better, calmer, you know, less fast-paced life," said Sara.

She works as a sushi chef and Tor works in the oil and gas industry. They bought property in West Pubnico and have already made friends in the community.

Immigration lawyer Elizabeth Wozniak says the province wants to retain immigrants and the Stavnes are ideal candidates.

“They are really committed to living here and they obviously have demonstrated that by purchasing property and coming here several times a year,” she said. 

But without a job lined up, Wozniak says clients like the Stavnes have a hard time getting nominated.

Last March, a new stream of immigration opened for six weeks.

Applicants just needed the right set of skills and education the province was looking for.

Close to 4,500 people applied, but the province is only accepting 150 of them.

The province says it was popular. Wozniak says it was too open.

“Hindsight is always 20/20. They cast the net too wide," she said.

The Stavnes are still hopeful, but their lawyer is urging caution.

"I don't think they have any hope of getting nominated under that stream this year,” she said.

The province is opening a new immigration program in January. 

The Stavnes say they’ll apply.

According to Ray Ivany's economic development report the number of people admitted annually — about 2,300 — should be tripled. CBC News

   


Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

 
Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564
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Vancouver Office Address: 211-3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4
Toronto Office Address: 6 Birchbank Road, Brampton, Ontario L6T 1L7 (by appointment only)
 

B.C. food prices expected to rise dramatically

An extended drought in California is at the root of warnings that B.C. is about to face skyrocketing produce prices.

A report released Friday predicts the price of fruits and vegetables could rise as much as 34 per cent in the next year, hitting the pocketbooks of British Columbians hard.

Wake up Call: California Drought and B.C.'s Food Security was commissioned by Vancity credit union and looks at the effects of a persistent drought in California over the past three years with, the report says, the past 30 months being the driest on record.

The impact will be felt keenly in B.C., because of the province's over reliance on imported food, with a concomitant reduction in crops produced here. Vegetable crops in B.C. have, the report says, dropped by 20.4 per cent since 1991.British Columbians could be paying $7 a pound for broccoli in five years, a new report warns.

"The trend in two important staple vegetable crops, broccoli and lettuce, showed decrease in production of 52 per cent in the case of broccoli and 34 per cent in the case of lettuce between 1996 and 2011," the report notes.

"In 2010, 67 per cent of B.C. vegetable imports came from the U.S., over half of which is produced in California."

Prices for broccoli and lettuce are predicted to jump by 22 per cent and 34 per cent respectively this year.

"If these trends continue," the report says, "paying $7 for a crown of broccoli or $3.50 for a head of lettuce could be a reality in the next five years." CBC News

 

Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564
Toll-Free Number: 1-844-624 7669 (MCIS-NOW)
Vancouver Office Address: 211-3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4
Toronto Office Address: 6 Birchbank Road, Brampton, Ontario L6T 1L7 (by appointment only)

Montreal welcomes more than 1900 new Canadians

October 3, 2014 — MONTREAL, QC — This week, Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Montreal office welcomed more than 1900 new Canadian citizens from approximately 115 countries at 16 ceremonies across the province. Over 700 of these citizens were sworn in at two large ceremonies held downtown today.

Ceremonies like these demonstrate how the government is working to make the citizenship program more efficient and helping more people realize their dream of becoming Canadian sooner. Recent changes to the Citizenship Act, which received Royal Assent on June 19, 2014, will allow for further improvements to the efficiency of the citizenship program. The new streamlined decision-making process and other changes to the Citizenship Act are expected to bring the processing time for citizenship applications down to under one year and reduce the citizenship application backlog by more than 80 percent by 2015-2016.

Quick facts

Since 2006, Canada has enjoyed the highest sustained levels of immigration in Canadian history–an average of one quarter million newcomers each year. Accordingly, the demand for citizenship has increased by 30 percent.

For a new Canadian, the citizenship ceremony marks their formal entry into Canadian society. A citizenship ceremony is a unique part of Canadian civic life. It is one of the few occasions where we formally reflect on the rights, responsibilities, privileges and benefits of being a Canadian citizen.

More than 150,000 new Canadians have been welcomed across Canada so far in 2014–more than double the number of new citizens compared to the same time period in 2013.

On June 19, 2014, Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, became law. The new provisions strengthen the integrity of the citizenship system and reduce processing times for citizenship applications. CIC News.

Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

 

Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564

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Vancouver Office Address: 211-3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4

Toronto Office Address: 6 Birchbank Road, Brampton, Ontario L6T 1L7 (by appointment only)

Celebrating Canadian Citizenship Citizenship Week 2014 runs October 13-19 October 10, 2014—Ottawa— Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander invites Canadians to take part in Citizenship Week 2014 activities happening in communities across Canada next week. Citizenship Week is an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the rights we enjoy, the values we share, and responsibilities that bind us together. It is also an ideal time for all Canadians to reaffirm their citizenship as a sign of their pride in the traditions, history and institutions that make Canada so strong, prosperous and free. Canada will welcome more than 5,000 new citizens at about 85 citizenship ceremonies across the country next week, includingthree enhanced citizenship ceremonies to be held in partnership with National Hockey League (NHL) teams, at the following NHL games: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings, Friday, October 17, Air Canada Centre, Toronto Edmonton Oilers vs. Vancouver Canucks, Friday, October 17, Rexall Place, Edmonton Vancouver Canucks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, Saturday, October 18, Rogers Arena, Vancouver Citizenship and Immigration Canada has also launched an online interactive map that will help individuals across Canada find a citizenship ceremony being held in their area throughout the week. Canadians are encouraged to use social media throughout Citizenship Week to share how they plan to celebrate their Canadian identity using the Twitter hashtag #CanadaProud. Quick facts Since 2006, Canada has enjoyed the highest sustained levels of immigration in Canadian history¾an average of 250,000 newcomers each year. Canada has one of the highest rates of naturalization in the world: over 85 percent of eligible permanent residents become Canadian citizens. Since 2006, Canada has welcomed more than 1.5 million new Canadians. The theme of Citizenship Week 2014 is Our Citizenship: #CanadaProud. On June 19, 2014, Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, became law. The new provisions strengthen the integrity of the citizenship system and reduce processing times for citizenship applications. CIC News

Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564
Toll-Free Number: 1-844-624 7669 (MCIS-NOW)
Vancouver Office Address: 211-3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4
Toronto Office Address: 6 Birchbank Road, Brampton, Ontario L6T 1L7 (by appointment only)

Seven Reasons People Get Refused For A Canadian Permanent Resident Visa

October, 2014

 
 
 
 
 
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Every year, thousands of applicants for permanent residence in Canada have their applications refused for a multitude of reasons, many of which are entirely avoidable. These unfortunate situations typically result in much disappointment and distress for applicants and their families. Canada provides numerous immigration options for foreign nationals, but navigating the processes in place can sometimes be challenging. Here is a list of seven common reasons why people get refused for permanent residence in Canada, which should help anybody thinking of, or in the process of, immigrating to Canada. 1.       Misrepresentation Some cases of misrepresentation originate from the applicant either misreading a question on a form, omitting items of information from a form, or misunderstanding the instructions for completing a form. While the term ‘misrepresentation’ may seem to imply a deliberate attempt on the part of the applicant to conceal or distort certain information, this not always the case. Some instances of misrepresentation are accidental and preventable. The result of this transgression is not only that the application is refused, but also that the applicant may be banned from reapplying for two years (five years for Quebec applications). 2.       Health All applicants for permanent residence in Canada and their dependents are required to take a medical examination with a doctor recognised by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Certain health issues may result in refusal. Applicants for permanent residence who require medication for Diabetes or Hepatitis A, for example, could be deemed to be a potential burden on Canada’s universal healthcare system, and CIC reserves the right to refuse an otherwise eligible application for permanent residence on health grounds. There are, however, ways to overcome inadmissibility on health grounds. For example,  a report from a specialist on the condition could help an applicant’s case and help to avoid further medical examinations, delays and/or refusal. 3.       Criminality Criminal background checks from every country the applicant has resided in for six months or longer since he or she turned 18 years of age are mandatory. Canada understandably wants to ensure that immigrants to its communities do not have a criminal background that could potentially threaten the health and safety of other residents. If you don’t have any charges or convictions in your past, this stage is just about getting the paperwork done. If you do have a past criminal offence on your record, however, this could present issues during your application. A foreign national may be criminally inadmissible to Canada on the grounds of serious criminality. For an applicant with a past conviction on his or her record, learning more about criminal inadmissibility, as well as the difference between deemed rehabilitation and individual rehabilitation, is key. Consulting an immigration lawyer with experience in issues pertaining to criminal inadmissibility is always a good idea for such applicants. 4.       Missing a deadline Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) attempts to make the immigration process faster for applicants by imposing deadlines for the submission of certain forms and documents. Missing one of these deadlines, however, could result in an application being refused. Therefore, knowing how and when to obtain certain documents, and how and when to complete certain forms, is hugely important. Missing a deadline is usually avoidable, so being prepared and organised before and during the immigration process can make the difference between immigrating to Canada and having an application refused. While CIC will occasionally grant extensions, it is important to properly explain the grounds for extension and give reasons and/or supporting documents. 5.       Reconsiderations — CIC makes mistakes In most cases, CIC follows its own procedures and rules in a straightforward and consistent manner. Visa offices, however, are capable of errors and/or inconsistencies in their work. It is possible that they can misinterpret the law and refuse an application on unjustified grounds. Hiring the services of an immigration attorney can mitigate these factors. The attorney may be able to build a case based on established precedents similar or identical to the situation faced by an applicant who has had his or her application refused, and then represent the applicant in a case for reconsideration or appeals to the appropriate court. 6.       Failure to attach documents CIC provides a thorough but clear list of documents required of the applicant, as well as a tracking number, in order to bring an application to completion. It is up to the applicant to locate these documents and submit them to the correct CIC office with the tracking number. Failure to do so could result in the application being refused. 7.       Applying without knowing eligibility requirements Canada offers more than 60 immigration programs, each of which is unique. Depending on a number of factors, such as a person’s age, education, net worth, occupation and work experience, he or she may be eligible for one, more than one, or none of these programs. A superficial glance at the criteria for a given program might lead to an applicant believing that he or she is eligible, but it may be the case that he or she is not, in fact, eligible for that program. A detailed review of the application criteria against the applicant’s credentials is needed to assess eligibility for an immigration program. Some applicants see their applications refused because they are not eligible for the program for which they have applied, even though they may have been eligible for another Canadian immigration program. This situation is preventable if the applicant correctly determines his or her eligibility for Canadian immigration before making an application in the first place. Failure to do so is often a waste of time, energy and money for the applicant.CIC News  

Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

 
Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564
Toll-Free Number: 1-844-624 7669 (MCIS-NOW)
Vancouver Office Address: 211-3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4
Toronto Office Address: 6 Birchbank Road, Brampton, Ontario L6T 1L7 (by appointment only)

Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

Most employers need an authorization from the Employment and Social Development Canada before they can hire a temporary worker. If you are an employer who is struggling to find a Canadian worker to the job, you might qualify to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

With a positive LMIA, the employer will be able to hire a qualified foreign worker to the job. A confirmation letter will be sent to the temporary worker and the foreign worker will be able to apply for a work permit and even have the permanent residence application supported under the Express Entry system.

To be eligible and to qualify for this program, an employer must prove that the foreign worker will fill labour and skills shortages, transfer his / her skills and knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and create jobs for Canadians. Employers must conduct recruitment efforts to hire Canadians before offering a job to the foreign worker.

There are several steps in order to apply for a LMIA application: Step 1: Determine the prevailing wage of the offered position; Step 2: Post job ads for a minimum of 4 consecutive weeks within the three months prior to submitting the LMIA application; Step 3: Gather the required documents; Step 4: Fill out the required forms. Step 5: Send a completed and signed an application to the Service Canada Centre responsible for processing the type of application. We at MCIS provide all assistance to the employer in order to apply for an LMIA. We also provide assistance to the prospective foreign worker by applying for a work permit when a positive LMIA is issued and assessing the eligibility under the Express Entry stream. Contact us today to know more about the LMIA procedures.

However, there are cases in which the person may be exempt from the need for an LMIA:

Employers hiring foreign workers through the International Mobility Program do not need an LMIA. These people need a work permit but do not need an LMIA:

  • Workers covered under international agreements This group can include:
    • professionals,
    • traders,
    • Investors.
  • People taking part in exchange programs These programs can include:
    • youth exchange programs,
    • teacher exchange programs and
    • Other joint programs.
  • Spouses This group can include: Workers, their spouses/common-law partners or their dependents who are eligible for a work permit through a pilot project
    • spouses and common-law partners of certain foreign students who are studying full time (the spouse must not be enrolled in full-time studies) and
    • Spouses and common-law partners of certain skilled foreign workers. See Your Spouse Working in Canada.
  • Pilot projects are agreements between the Government of Canada and provincial/territorial governments. Find out if you are eligible to come to Canada through a pilot project.
  • Workers nominated by a province for permanent residence the person must have a job offer from an employer based in that province.
  • Entrepreneurs and workers transferred within a company this includes workers who will greatly benefit Canadians or permanent residents by working in Canada.
  • Academics This includes researchers, guest lecturers, visiting professors and others.
  • Co-op students These are international students studying in Canada and doing co-op work placements or internships as part of their study program.
  • Religious workers These are people doing charitable or religious work.
  • Others These are other people who need to support themselves while they are in Canada, such as those waiting on a refugee claim.

You can get a work permit for Canada for up to three years, during this time your eligible family members may be able to accompany you and even work and/or study in Canada. After a while you may be eligible to apply for permanent residence. You can obtain all the information about Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) by contacting us.

This is not an easy process, it needs skill and experience, and we will make it easy for you.

Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564
Toll-Free Number: 1-844-624 7669 (MCIS-NOW)
Vancouver Office Address: 211-3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4
Toronto Office Address: 6 Birchbank Road, Brampton, Ontario L6T 1L7 (by appointment only)

Working in Canada temporarily

There are many factors involved in getting a work permit in order to be eligible to work in Canada. You should have a good knowledge and experience about Canada and the process witch you are about to take.

At MCIS we provide you with the necessary advice and assistance in order to apply for this permit and the visa, as well as application for your family members' applicable work and/or study permits. You can fill out our free evaluation form and we will assess your eligibility for this class. Or you can contact us to discuss your case and your possible options.

Our office helps you to get a work permit through an easy and convenient way. You can contact us and we will provide you with our best service.

What you should know if you want to work in Canada

  • Your employer may need to get a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to hire you. This is a document from the Government of Canada that gives your employer permission to hire a foreign worker.
  • A work permit does not let you live in Canada permanently. To do so, you must qualify under an immigration category as a permanent resident. Your spouse or common-law partner and your dependent children may apply to come to Canada with you.

You must meet the requirements to:

  • enter the country,
  • stay in Canada and
  • get a work permit.
  • This means you may also need a visitor visa.
  • You also need to be Admissible to Canada

If your spouse wants to work in Canada

If you have a spouse or common-law partner who wants to work while in Canada, they must apply for their own work permit. Normally, they must meet the same rules as you do. This includes their employer getting an LMIA, if needed.

There are many factors involved in this process and you should have a good knowledge before applying. Provide us with your information and we help you through this process.

 

Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564
Toll-Free Number: 1-844-624 7669 (MCIS-NOW)
Vancouver Office Address: 211-3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4
Toronto Office Address: 6 Birchbank Road, Brampton, Ontario L6T 1L7 (by appointment only)

 

LIVE-IN CAREGIVER

At MCIS, we provide the necessary assistance to individuals who want to come to Canada as a live-in caregiver. This program allows families to hire a foreign caregiver to look after their loved ones. You can fill out our free evaluation form and we will assess your eligibility for this class.

There are some requirements that need to be met:

  • The caregiver should provide care on a full-time basis (minimum 30 hours per week) to children under the age of 18, to elderly persons of 65 years of age or more, or to persons with disabilities;
  • They should be able to work and live independently in the household where the care is being provided. An application under the Stream for Lower-skilled Occupations must be filed by the employer for the caregiver to reside outside of the said household; and
  • They need to meet the requirements set by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)/Service Canada for the LCP.
  • The caregiver must have the cualifying education or relevant experience in the field. 

The employers have to meet the requirements such as; the wages, working conditions and occupation, the advertisement and program requirements.

The employers should be aware of the responsibilities and the preliminary requirements of this program. This includes undertaking research to know if:

• Canadian citizens or permanent residents are currently available to perform caregiving duties;

• This program is the best option for the circumstances of a client, considering the employee will live in the household.

It is very important to keep in mind that the country of origin of the prospective live-in caregiver might have some certain legal requirements.

In order to be able to hire a live-in caregiver, there are some criteria that must be met by the employers.

• The employer should demonstrate a sufficient effort to hire a Canadian, a permanent resident or a foreign worker already in Canada;

• The employer should demonstrate the sufficient financial resource in order to effort a live-in caregiver.

• The employer needs to be able to provide a certain level of accommodation in their house in order to be able to hire a live-in caregiver.

• Provide an offer of employment for a care-giving position; and

• Submit the appropriate application for a Labor Market Opinion to HRSDC/Service Canada.

Before the prospective caregiver enters Canada, a Citizenship and Immigration Canada visa officer screens the caregiver's application. This is a list of conditions that must be met by the prospective caregiver;

• hold an equivalence of a Canadian secondary school degree.

• Have experience as a caregiver or fulfill a certain level of classroom training.

• Be able to speak, read and understand English or French.

• Medical, security and criminal clearances.

• Sign a written employment contract with a Canadian employer.

The LCP requirements such as; the paid benefits, job duties, hours of work, wages, accommodation arrangements, holiday and sick leave entitlements, and termination and resignation terms must be mentioned in the contract.

Eligible caregivers with appropriate experience gained in Canada, will be able to appy for Permanent Residence

If you are a Live-In Care Giver in Canada and you want to make changes to your situation e.g. your employer, your place of residence, sponsoring your family members to join you in Canada, are facing problems with the government, have fallen out of status, or any other Immigration-Related matter, we are here to help.

Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

Canada: +1 (604) 619- 8564
Toll-Free Number: 1-844-624 7669 (MCIS-NOW)
Vancouver Office Address: 211-3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4
Toronto Office Address: 6 Birchbank Road, Brampton, Ontario L6T 1L7 (by appointment only)

Super Visa

If you are a Canadian citizen or a Permanent Resident, your parents or grandparents can apply for a Super Visa to come to Canada. A Super Visa is multiple-entry visitor visa. It is valid for 10 years and allows the visa-holder to enter Canada multiple times over the ten years, and each visit can last for up to two years.

This class of visa was introduced to address a backlog of sponsorship applications for parents and grandparents. Many parents and grandparents coming to Canada to see their family do not intend to stay in Canada permanently, nor do they intend to work or study while they are here. Thus, a flexible, multiple-entry visa is a much better option for parents and grandparents who want to visit their children with some level of frequency, and with the ability to stay for longer periods of time each trip.

To apply for a parent and grandparent super visa, you must have a child or grandchild who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. You must also be allowed to enter Canada according to Canada’s laws. This is called being admissible. There are more conditions that you will have to meet. This is where we, at MCIS, can help you.

At MCIS, we provide you with the assistance gathering the documents and drafting the forms you need to apply for a Super Visa. The Visa officer assessing your application looks at things like your ties to your home country, why you are visiting your child or grandchild in Canada, your finances, your child or grandchild’s finances, you admissibility, your health conditions, whether or not you have health insurance in Canada, and other relevant factors. Having a knowledgeable consultant who can give you and your family members advice and assistance in this process can be very helpful.

We can help you make sure that you have the necessary forms, documents, and the government fees. We can help you prove that your child or grandchild in Canada meets the required minimum income. We can help your child or grandchild write a statement that says that they will be inviting you, and supporting you while you are here. You can enjoy a reunion with your family, and we can handle the rest.

The parent and grandparent Super Visa has conditions which can sometimes make you ineligible. For example, your child or grandchild in Canada must have a certain income level, and you must have Canadian health insurance. As the name implies, it is only available to parents and grandparents visiting their children or grandchildren in Canada. If you do not qualify for the Super Visa, you may qualify for a Multiple Entry Visitor Visa. Visit out Multiple Entry Visitor Visa page for more information.

Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

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