Canada Super Visa

Canada Super Visa: IRCC Increased Minimum Income Requirement

IRCC updated minimum necessary income requirement for Canada super visa. There has been around 2.7% increase as compared to previous income requirement. Sponsoring children or grandchildren need to meet this requirement for applying super visa to invite their parents or grandparents to stay with them in Canada for up to 5 years.

This new income requirement is effective from January 1 to December 31, 2022. Below are the new income requirements:

Size of Family UnitMinimum necessary gross income
1 person (your child or grandchild)$26,620
2 persons$33,140
3 persons$40,742
4 persons$49,466
5 persons$56,104
6 persons$63,276
7 persons$70,448
More than 7 persons, for each additional person, add$7,172

Canada Super Visa Income Requirement 2022

What is a Super Visa? 

A super visa is a temporary visa that permits parents and grandparents to live with their families in Canada. In addition, it enables multiple entries valid for ten years. Therefore, parents and grandparents who qualify for the super visa can stay in Canada for five years without renewing their status.

The distinctive element of a super visa is that it allows holders to remain in Canada for five years on each entrance. Conversely, 10-year multiple-entry visitor visas only provide a six-month status for each entry.

Super visa is great alternative to parents and grandparents program (PGP) which only invite limited numbers for permanent residency.

Source: IRCC

  • Know How Abused Spouses/Partners In Canada Can Get Help

    To maintain your status in Canada, you don’t have to continue being in an abusive relationship. However, if you leave the abusive person, they might threaten to deport you or take your children away. Nevertheless, abused spouses and partners can obtain help in Canada regardless of their status. 

    There used to be a restriction on some sponsored wives or partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Previously, sponsored spouses or partners were required to live with the sponsor to maintain permanent resident status. However, that condition no longer exists, and your status no longer depends on you living with your sponsor.

    If you are a victim of abuse, below is how to obtain assistance and options to maintain your immigration status in Canada. 

    Learn how abused spouses or partners can obtain assistance 

    Some organizations can provide you with assistance or helpful information, and they also keep their services private. As a victim of abuse, you experience the following: 

    • Feeling very isolated in Canada.
    • Your abuser may mislead you about your legal status in Canada.
    • You may find it difficult to communicate with others.
    • Might be concerned about your own and your children’s safety.
    • Could struggle to converse in English or French.
    •  Maybe you are perplexed about your legal rights in Canada

    It is important to remember that you are entitled to ask for assistance, and nothing is shameful about it. 

    Options to maintain, retain or keep your immigration status in Canada

    There are choices available to you if you are a victim of family violence but are reluctant to leave your abusive partner for fear of losing your immigration status in Canada.

    • If you are legally admitted temporarily to Canada, you could be eligible to:
      • Renew or extend your status 
    • If your temporary visa has expired, you may be able to:
      • Restore your status
      • Apply for a temporary permit to stay in Canada
    • There are various immigration options accessible in Canada, such as applying for permanent residence on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

    What exactly constitutes abuse or neglect?

    Abuse is defined as behaviour that terrorizes, isolates, or controls another person. It could be in the form of actions or words. Abuse can occur as a pattern or as a single episode.

    Neglect is the failure to provide care, which can result in serious harm. It can include not giving food, clothing, medical treatment, shelter, and other potentially harmful behaviour.

    Abuse and neglect can take many forms. You may be subjected to more than one type of abuse as a victim.

    The abuser could be your spouse, ex-spouse, partner or ex-partner, or another family member or acquaintance. Moreover, it could be a male or female, a family member of your spouse or partner. 

    Abuse and neglect types 

    Physical abuse

    Contact that intimidates or injures is an example of physical abuse. It can include the following: 

    • Pushing or hitting 
    • burning or pinching
    • Punching or slapping 
    • Stabbing or cutting 
    • Kicking 

    Sexual abuse

    Any unwanted sexual contact or activity is considered sexual abuse. Even if you are in a relationship with your abuser, this is a crime in Canada. For instance, if someone:

    • touches you or engages in sexual activity without your permission
    • continues to engage in sexual activity after being asked to stop
    • makes you perform dangerous or humiliating sexual acts

    Emotional or psychological abuse

    Some examples of emotional or psychological abuse are:

    • To insult, humiliate or yell 
    • Threaten or harass 
    • disrespect, intimate, name-call 
    • Constant criticism or blame 
    • Break your things
    • hurt or threaten family, friends or pets  
    • Isolate you or keep you away from seeing your family or friends 
    • threaten to hurt or take away your children 

    Controlling actions or behaviour 

    Controlling actions that restrict your freedom, like:

    • Keeping your passport, ID, or other crucial documents hidden
    • preventing you from leaving your home and keeping you there
    • constantly examining and keeping an eye on your phone and internet usage
    • restricting you from seeing your relatives and friends

    Neglects examples 

    When a family member obligated to take care of you neglects to meet your fundamental needs, this is considered abuse. It might entail not:

    • Giving enough warm clothing or food,
    • Providing enough medical attention, and 
    • Taking enough medication to stop physical harm

    Forced marriage

    Forced marriage occurs when at least one of the parties to the marriage does not voluntarily give their consent, unlike arranged marriages, which occur with both parties consent. 

    Forced marriages occur when individuals are coerced to marry, usually by family members, using threats, physical assault, or emotional manipulation.

    How to get help? 

    You can use one or all of the following to obtain help.

    • In an emergency, dial 9-1-1 or your local police.
    • For information on your citizenship or immigration status, contact our Client Support Centre at 1-888-242-2100.
      • Select the option for victims of abuse and forced marriage to speak with an agent directly.
      • They will inform you of your choices. It includes a fee-free permit designed for victims of domestic violence who need to flee their abusive husbands or partner.
      • To find community, social, and health services, dial 2-1-1.
      • Find more resources to help you deal with abuse and violence.
      • Locate a women’s shelter if you are a woman fleeing violence.
      • If you are a young person in need of support, call the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 or go to their website to speak with counsellors anonymously.

  • Sponsoring Relatives To Canada: Here’s All You Need To Know

    Canadian citizens, permanent residents or registered Indians under the Canadian Indian Act can sponsor certain relatives to immigrate to Canada under the Family Class. However, you must be 18 or older to sponsor a relative. 

    In this article, you can learn the following: 

    • Eligibility requirements to sponsor a relative 
    • Who can sponsor a relative? 
    • Responsibilities of a sponsor 
    • Who is ineligible to sponsor a relative? 
    • How to apply? 

    Eligibility requirements to sponsor a relative 

    It is important to understand that to sponsor a relative to come to Canada as a permanent resident, you must agree to the following:

    • Provide your relative financial support when they arrive 
    • Be capable of providing for your basic needs and those of your relative, including:
      • shelter 
      • Clothing 
      • Food 
    • Ensure that your relative does not require any social assistance. 

    Who can sponsor a relative? 

    To sponsor a relative, you must be 18 years of age or older and be a:

    • Canadian citizen, or 
    • Permanent resident, or 
    • a person registered as an Indian in Canada under the Canadian Indian Act

    To sponsor eligible relatives, you must live in Canada unless you:

    • Are a Canadian citizen living abroad, and 
    • Have plans to return to Canada when your relative immigrates, and 
    • You are sponsoring one of the following
      • Spouse, or 
      • A conjugal or common-law partner, or 
      • Your dependent children who have no dependent children 

    If you live in Quebec, you must also meet Quebec’s requirements for sponsorship after IRCC approves you. It involves signing an undertaking with the province, which is a contract that legally binds your sponsorship. 

    Responsibilities of a sponsor 

    To sponsor a relative to become a Canadian permanent resident, you must:

    • Meet the income requirements 
    • Agree in writing to provide financial support to your relative and any other qualified relatives accompanying them:
      • Beginning with the date they are granted permanent residency
      • For up to 20 years, depending on your relative’s age and how you are related 

    The person you are sponsoring must sign an agreement to make the necessary effort to support themselves. It includes sponsored dependent children who are 18 years old or older. Dependent children under the age of 19 are exempt from signing this agreement.

    Who is ineligible to sponsor a relative? 

    You will not be able to sponsor your relative if the following applies to you: 

    • Are currently in prison 
    • have missed paying alimony or child support
    • have declared bankruptcy and have not yet been released
    • received social assistance for reasons other than a disability
    • failed to repay an immigration loan, made late or missed payments
    • Previously sponsored another relative and failed to meet the terms of the sponsorship agreement. Or were convicted of violent crimes or any offence against a relative or any sexual offence, depending on case details such as:
      • the offence type 
      • the duration of the office 
      • Whether a record suspension (previously known as “pardons” in Canada) was granted 

    Other factors not on this list may prevent you from sponsoring a relative.

    Who can you sponsor? 

    Under extremely rare circumstances, you can sponsor a relative such as a brother, sister, aunt, or uncle. Depending on your circumstances, there are two alternatives for who you can sponsor.

    Sponsoring orphaned brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces or grandchild

    You can only sponsor an orphaned sibling, sister, nephew, niece, or grandchild, provided they match all of the following criteria:

    • They are blood-related or related by adoption 
    • Both parents, mother and father, have passed away 
    • They are below the age of 18
    • Are single, unmarried or not in a conjugal or common-law relationship 

    You are not permitted to sponsor your sibling, niece, nephew, or grandchild if:

    • They still have one living parent.
    • Nobody is aware of where their parents are
    • Parents abandoned them
    • While one or both of their parents are living, someone other than their parents is caring for them
    • Their parent is in prison or detained

    Sponsoring other relatives 

    If you meet the following criteria, you may sponsor one blood or adopted relative of any age. Provided that the person sponsor does not have a surviving family that you could sponsor in their place, such as a:

    • spouse, common-law or conjugal partner
    • daughter or son 
    • parent or grandparent 
    • orphaned brother or sister, or
      • nephew or niece, or 
      • grandchild
    • The prospective sponsor has no relatives, neither an aunt nor an uncle nor any of the relatives mentioned above, who are:
      • Permanent resident of Canada
      • Canadian citizen
      • Indian Act-registered person

    Remember that you must include any dependant children or spouses travelling to Canada with the relative you want to sponsor on the same sponsorship application.

    How to apply? 

    With the new digitalization, all applications must be submitted online beginning September 23, 2022. Below are the steps to apply to sponsor a relative online: 

    Step 1 – Apply to Sponsor a relative

    • Use your checklist to ensure you have all the necessary forms and documentation.
    • Along with your online application, upload the checklist.

    Your visa office can also need more paperwork.

    • Determine which visa office serves your region.
    • See the list of nations and the offices that serve them if you’re unsure which one to use
    • Your online application should also include supplementary documents and directions from the visa office.

    For the Sponsor

    The forms below must be downloaded and filled out by the sponsor. They also need to be digitally signed along with the person being sponsored. These include:

    The applicant you are sponsoring has to:

    • Update their online application by uploading them.
    • All applications, including those of any additional family members, must be signed electronically.

    Step 2-The sponsored person’s next steps (or if under 18, their guardian or you on their behalf) will be as follows: 

    Fill out these digital forms online

    • Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008) 
    • Schedule A – Background/Declaration (IMM 5669) 
    • Additional Family Information (IMM 5406)

    The person filling out the forms must also upload the forms that the sponsor has completed `and signed.

    Step 3-Steps for Applications using an Immigration Representative

    If you want to appoint someone to represent on your behalf:

    You can receive guidance and assistance with your application from an immigration representative (an immigration consultant or attorney) for a fee. But they can’t:

    • Create an account on the portal in your name
    • Sign the application electronically using your account and password to access the portal.

    A representative can submit forms through their own account and contact us on your behalf. They can: 

    • assist you in creating the documents you must upload and provide form-related information
    • answer form questions

    Additionally, you must type your name yourself after reading the declaration. It will be the legal prerequisite for your application to be regarded as “signed” under Canadian immigration law.

    Application Photograph Requirement

    • For each person on your application, you need one photo.
    • Use the online application’s instructions to scan and upload the photo’s two sides.

    Step 4- Online fee payment

    Pay the application fee depending on the relative you will be sponsoring. These include:

    • Child sponsorship: from $150
    • Adult sponsorship: from $1,080

    Step 5-Online Application form submission

    Ensure the following before submitting the application:

    • Respond to all questions
    • Sign your application electronically (type your full name exactly as given in your passport)
    • Include your receipt 
    • Upload the supporting documentation 

    Source: IRCC

  • Inland Vs Outland Canada Spousal Sponsorship Applications!

    Inland Vs Outland Canada Spousal Sponsorship: When applying for spousal sponsorship, you have two options: either as an in-land or outland. Both application types have different processing times and requirements to maintain. 

    One frequently asked question is whether you should apply as an inland or outland applicant for spousal sponsorship. The answer depends on your situation and needs. For example, it is best to submit your application as an outland applicant if you need to travel or be outside Canada. 

    However, if you prefer to work and remain inside Canada, the most suitable option is to apply as an inland spousal applicant. 

    Often, most people want to take both options: to work in Canada and depart when needed. However, leaving Canada while your application is processing comes with several risks that can lead to application refusal or denied entry at the border. 

    Hence, inland applicants are strongly advised to remain in Canada while their application is processing. The main reason is that if you depart Canada, you may not be allowed to re-enter. 

    Why should inland spousal sponsorship applicants not depart the country?  

    Considering that you enter Canada as a visitor, having family or spouse inside Canada sometimes serves as a disadvantage because, as a visitor, your stay in the country is limited to 6 months (if extension is not applied or status is changed). 

    Furthermore, when the border official is aware that your spouse or common-law partner is in Canada, it becomes harder, not easier, to enter. It may seem contradictory, but keep in mind that you are asking to enter as a guest at the port of entry, which means you are only visiting for a limited time and will return home after that. 

    If you have established your home with your spouse or common-law partner, you are not truly a genuine guest who intends to return home outside of Canada, and a border officer may reject your admission.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Class Sponsorships in Canada

    Can you depart Canada in case of an emergency? 

    If an emergency requires you to leave Canada, get in touch with a licensed immigration practitioner (consultant or lawyer) before you leave. It would help if you honestly weighed the importance of being allowed to travel against the risk you are taking with your application. 

    Nevertheless, there is documentation that you may prepare in advance that may help you at the port of entry upon your return.

    What to do if you have already left Canada and were denied entry?

    Unfortunately, you will need to start your sponsorship application again if you cannot return to Canada, this time with an outland spousal sponsorship application. 

    To begin a new application as an outland applicant, you must first withdraw your current ongoing application. Moreover, the $550 application fee may not be refundable if your application is already processed.

    You may be eligible for a refund if your application is not yet processed, but it is not guaranteed, and the refund process can take months. 

    Remember that applying again comes with a new set of updated forms, proof of support with a more current date, and sometimes new police clearances. 

    Nevertheless, it is important to note that numerous applicants for inland sponsorship do arrive and depart successfully. Every time they leave the country, though, they run the possibility of having their application for permanent residence delayed or denied if they can’t get back into Canada immediately.

     In addition, living together while the application was being processed is one of the requirements for approval of an inland sponsorship, so even if you are permitted to enter Canada again, a prolonged absence from the country can still present issues.

    Can you change your application from inland to outland or vice versa? 

    No, even though the application materials will be identical, an inland sponsorship has a different legal structure and procedure than an outland sponsorship. 

    Even separate IRCC offices handle the processing of the applications. You cannot request that an application be changed to a different stream once filed under one stream. Withdrawing your spousal sponsorship and submitting a fresh application would be the option if you discover that you must switch categories for some reason.

    For more details on spousal sponsorship, refer to official IRCC page.

  • Recommendations To Improve Canada Immigration Made By CIMM

    The Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration (CIMM) released a report, Promoting Fairness in Canada Immigration Decisions, where the Committee investigated visa outcomes in the immigration system. Upon examination, they found the system systematically and unjustifiably disfavours particular groups based on race and country of origin.

    As a result, the Committee makes wide-ranging suggestions to improve the immigration system, which consistently disadvantages some groups depending on race and country of origin.

    After hearing from several immigration advocates, lawyers, and settlement agency staff, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration decided to examine the immigration system. 

    CIMM’s Key recommendations for the immigration system 

    IRCC will share their response to the CIMM report and recommendations in a few months. Meanwhile, below are the key recommendations:

    • Visa officers should record applicant interviews to prevent miscommunication.
    • Ottawa should expand the extraordinary measures already available to Ukrainians, such as the provision allowing for the sponsorship of extended family members to people from other nations and regions experiencing humanitarian crises.
    • The Canadian government should establish a separate monitoring body responsible for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), whose mandate should include dealing with racism and complaints concerning the agency. 
    • Immediate implementation of an Anti-Racism Quality Assurance process for decisions made by visa officers to investigate the impact of individual bias and systemic racism on decisions and refusal rates at visa offices
    • Requesting that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) dedicate more resources to process caregiver permanent residency applications from all streams faster. 

    As per IRCC, they train all officers to assess all applications equally and use the same criteria regardless of their country of origin. With the upcoming reports, they are looking to examine the impact on racialized applicants and minority community members. 

    CIMM highlights longer wait times in application processing 

    According to the Committee’s information, waiting for durations for various refugee groups may differ depending on shifting government priorities and quotas.

    A non-denominational charitable group called Remember Ministries’ executive director, Jennifer Miedema informed the Committee that fund allocation tells you where priorities are placed or who are the favoured demographics.

    Miedema says that “the uneven distribution of delays equals the uneven distribution of suffering,” adding that even holding out hope for final resettlement could be harmful over a prolonged period of waiting and delay.

    Further, she explains the impact on refugees, as their hopes are raised when they submit their applications, but they need to wait for a year or two without any response. As a result, it has a heavy impact on their mental health. 

    According to the Parliamentary Committee, the government should raise the overall number of refugees it welcomes to Canada during a crisis rather than backtrack on or delay receiving those whose applications are currently on hold. 

    They also want a complete racial equity assessment of Canada’s immigration and refugee system and to allocate more resources to process and give priority to privately sponsored refugees. 

    An increasing number of federal appeals 

    The number of people requesting federal appeals to become new Canadians has increased seven times in the last three years. 

    The court system is becoming overburdened with these judicial requests to contest allegedly unjust decisions made by visa officers and procedural delays. These applications are a judicial remedy in the immigration context that compels the IRCC to carry out a public legal obligation owed to an applicant.

    The recording of candidate interviews has been recommended as a potential solution to help with court-ordered redeterminations of unsuccessful applications. According to Vancouver-based immigration lawyer Victor Ing, IRCC needs to be more transparent and honest with clients to avoid more mandamus applications.

    Next, the Committee highlighted the increased wait times in the caregiver program. 

    The caregiver Program has the longest wait times

    The Live-in Caregiver Program saw some of the longest wait times before and after the pandemic. For example, the average time to process caregiver visas in 2020 was about 57 months and two days. While in 2021, the wait time was 68 months plus one day to process applications. 

    As a result, 15,621 applications were pending or anticipated to be pending in the Home Child-Care Provider Pilot backlog as of December 31, 2021. In addition, there were 1,639 more applications in the Live-in Care Program’s database.

    Arlene Ruiz, a licensed and regulated immigration consultant and a recruiter from Alexene Immigration & Employment Services, informed the Committee that many caregivers are from the Philippines. For them, the delays in application processing cause breakdowns in their marriages and children growing out of their dependent status. 

    Immigration attorney Steven Meurrens also mentions that the IRCC lacks transparency, which adds to the problem. For example, the processing times mentioned on IRCC are inaccurate. Further, the Access to Information Act shows that there have been no caregiver files processed since 2019.

    Following this month’s announcement by the federal Minister of Immigration, Sean Fraser, that Canada aims to settle 500,000 new immigrants by 2025, a new report by the Parliament has been released.

    The announcement comes after a record-breaking year for immigration to Canada in 2021, when more than 405,000 people arrived. The nation is also dealing with an unprecedented backlog of visa applications, with 2.2 million being processed by IRCC as of this month.

    Source: CIMM Report

  • Canada Common-law Sponsorship – Errors You Need To Avoid

    Legal proof of a common-law relationship is more challenging to establish than legal proof of marriage. With a common-law relationship, you only have a collection of various pieces of evidence that, when taken together, form a picture of a committed relationship between two people.

    Therefore, the burden of proof falls heavily on a common-law applicant. If you are a potential common law sponsorship applicant, here are 4 common errors you can avoid in your application. 

    Error 1: Not meeting the common-law definition before applying

    Before submitting your application, you must confirm that you meet the IRCC’s common law definition. It requires you to have lived together continuously for at least a year to qualify for a common-law relationship

    Cohabitation, or living together, implies that you have lived at the same address as your partner for at least one year. If your partner is away to visit their family or due to any occasion, you should wait to apply until you have lived together continuously for 12 months.

    If you have not lived with your partner for 12 continuous months, you do not meet the definition of a common-law relationship

     However, if you and your partner were both travelling to visit relatives for an occasion, your continuous time together would make you eligible for common-law. This is because you do not need to be inside Canada, but you need to be together. 

    Whether you can have time apart under the common-law standards always comes up. But, in most cases, obtaining common-law status can proceed during relatively brief and temporary absences. The general guideline is that if you want to become common-law partners, you shouldn’t be separated for more than two weeks. 

    Additionally, it doesn’t matter if you are currently living together or not, provided you have lived together for at least 12 continuous months and can prove it. You are regarded as common law as long as your relationship endures.

    Another important aspect to remember is that you must have met the cohabitation requirements the day you sign your forms or apply together. Your application may be refused if you do not meet the eligibility requirements. 

    Error 2: Failing to provide evidence of a 12-month cohabitation

     Living together for at least a year is the main factor that distinguishes a common-law from other types of relationships. Therefore, you must include supporting documentation with your application demonstrating that you both resided at the same place for a minimum of a year. 

    Some of the acceptable proofs include the following:

    • Shared lease with both applicants’ names 
    • Receiving mail at the same address 
    • Your bank statements with the same address 
    • Shared bills 
    • Or any other evidence demonstrating your cohabitation 

    If you have relocated more than once in the past year, you should provide documentation connecting the two to each residence you have occupied.

    Error 3: No Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Status 

    A Statutory Declaration of Common-Law status, Form IMM 5409, is a specific form used to disclose the details of a common-law relationship for immigration. 

    You must submit this form with your applications if you are in a common-law relationship. Ensure that you fill out the form correctly and include it in all your applications. 

    Error 4: Not keeping copies of your IRCC application 

    When you apply for common-law sponsorship application, ensure that you keep copies of the entire filing. It is important because if IRCC requests more information, you may need to refer to the information you have already submitted. 

    To avoid sending the same evidence, ensure that you keep copies of your filing and gather and document sufficient evidence of your relationship. Additionally, keeping file copies can help you identify if a specific area lacks evidence. 

    Additionally, there is a chance that the officer may overlook your application. You must always be able to demonstrate what you sent and when it was received.

  • New Immigration Plan Can Help With Alberta Labour Shortage

    As Canada intends to significantly increase the number of immigrants annually, groups in Alberta believe it will benefit businesses facing labour shortages. The immigration levels plan, which immigration minister Sean Fraser unveiled on November 1, 2022, calls for a massive influx of immigrants to enter the country: 465,000 in 2023, rising to 500,000 in 2025.

    Government has a strong focus on admitting people based on their employment qualifications or experience. Alberta-based organizations want the government to ease limitations on immigrants choosing lower-paying positions and to support organizations that assist newcomers’ resettlement in ensuring that the new Canadians can genuinely help with the labour shortage.

    Calgary Chamber of Commerce Report on Immigration 

    The Calgary Chamber of Commerce released a report outlining the crucial role immigration plays in easing labour shortages. 

    President and CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Deborah Yedlin, explained that whether you work in the service industry, technology, energy, or the healthcare industry, everyone is searching for that last unit of labour. Immigration has become important to address the talent shortage that every business faces across the country.

    Regarding the latest immigration levels plan, Yedlin accepts the new plan but suggests expanding the options to low-wage workers rather than solely focusing on highly skilled, technically trained experts. 

    According to Yedlin, there is a bit of a catch-22 with programs like the Alberta Opportunity Stream since you require prior work experience and language proficiency, which limits the pool of immigrants who can apply.

    She explains that the government needs to figure out how to ensure that the ability to come and work is offered as an opportunity for a broader proportion of the immigrant population than it already is, including low-wage workers.

    Affordable housing to attract immigrants

    According to Randy Boissonault, a member of parliament for Edmonton Centre, Alberta’s lower cost of living can draw people.

    Since all of the communities in Alberta have done an excellent job of continuing to create housing, Edmonton and Calgary are at the top of the list for affordable housing nationwide, according to Boissonault.

    He anticipates that the hundreds of thousands of newcomers will be able to fill employment gaps in the IT industry.

    On meeting the Alberta Machine Institute in the heart of Edmonton, they told Boissonault that many of their partners are searching for computer scientists and mathematicians who can significantly advance the field of machine learning and artificial intelligence.

    The provincial government oversees a program whose objective is to hasten the processing of visas for foreign workers hired by IT firms in Alberta.

    Yedlin claimed that because Albertans frequently lack the qualifications required for a position, businesses are forced to rely heavily on immigration. She emphasizes the tech positions that have remained unfilled for a considerable time despite being advertised for months in Calgary. 

    Newcomer settlement organizations need more support.

    Rispah Tremblay, senior manager of settlement services at the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (EMCN), which assists newcomers in settling in the capital area, said the immigration levels plan presents some difficulties for other organizations.

    Such that with increasing numbers, newcomer settlement organizations need additional resources, explained Tremblay. 

    Tremblay says that EMCN would require additional funding to pay employees who handle cases, assist clients in finding housing, and teach languages.

    New immigrants might not be able to integrate into the Canadian workforce without the assistance of the staff members who assist newcomers with their settlement needs.

    There must be an additional help to settle and get the right training or support they need as soon as they get here, she said. It will allow them to integrate and start working immediately.

    Tremblay is also worried that the housing supply would start to run out with everyone migrating here. Although she hasn’t heard anything from the federal government on funding to support service expansion, she anticipates that discussions will begin in the spring.

  • New NOC Codes: Step-Wise Guide To Find Your NOC

    New NOC codes: On November 16, IRCC switches to the new 2021 National Occupational Classification (NOC) version in alignment with Employment and Social Development of Canada (ESDC). It implies that the NOC 2016 skill type and skill level framework (NOC 0, A, B, C, and D) will now be represented by new 6-category system representing the training, education, experience, and responsibilities (TEER) required to work in an occupation.

    As a result, the previous four-digit codes will become five digits under the new NOC 2021. It will also impact the eligibility criteria for all programs that use NOC. To prepare for these changes, you can learn the following in this article:

    Steps to find new NOC code 

    Step 1: Visit the National Occupational Classification (NOC) official website. 

    NOC 2021 and TEER

    Step 2: You can search by job title or NOC code on this page. If you want to search by job title, look for the “Version” section, then click on the box below it that says “NOC 2016 Version 1.3.” Then, it will open a drop-down menu and select the latest “NOC 2021 Version 1.3.”

    NOC 2021 and TEER

    Step 3: Once you select the new NOC 2021 version, enter your job title to find your NOC 2021 code and TEER category. 

    NOC 2021 and TEER

    Below is an example of a job titled Marketing Coordinator. You also view other matching job titles. 

    NOC 2021 and TEER

    Understanding New NOC categories

    All programs that previously used skill types or levels will now use NOC 2021 codes and TEER categories. 

    Most positions will remain in the TEER category, corresponding to the skill level in the table below. However, certain jobs may change to other TEER categories. The most significant change is the subdivision of Skill Level B jobs that will now become TEER 2 or TEER 3 jobs.

    The table below explains the distribution between skill types or levels and corresponding TEER categories. 

    NOC 2021 and TEER
    NOC 2021 and TEER

    Immigration Programs that new NOC will affect 

     Generally, all programs that have used NOC skill types or levels to invite applicants will be affected. Therefore, all the programs below will switch to using NOC 2021 codes and TEER levels. 

    Additionally, several occupations will become eligible and ineligible under specific programs due to the new NOC 2021 implementation. 

    Frequently Asked Questions regarding new TEER system

    Do you need to update your Express Entry profile as new NOC is implemented? 
    Suppose you are an Express Entry candidate who submitted your profile before November 16 but has not yet received an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Then, you must update your Express Entry profile with your new NOC 2021 code and TEER category. 

    If you receive an ITA before November 16, you can submit your Express Entry application using the NOC 2016 system. In addition, you can also refer to the NOC code mentioned on your ITA receipt and submit your application accordingly. However, there is no need for you to update to NOC 2021 if you received an ITA before November 16. 

    How will new NOC affect CRS scores? 
    The points distribution would be similar to what it has been with NOC 2016. Such as, so far, Express Entry applicants with arranged employment in Skill Levels 0, A and B have received 50 additional points. 

    With NOC 2021, applicants will receive 50 additional points for arranged employment provided their NOC is in TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3. 

    Similarly, you will continue to receive points for Canadian education. However, your work experience must be in occupations that are TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3. 

    How can you prepare for new NOC? 
    To be prepared, you can be mindful of the new changes in the TEER lead statements and primary duties. Although most duties may be similar, your work experience letter must reflect the duties mentioned in your new NOC 2021 code and TEER category. 

    Moreover, you must continue to match the duties in your NOC 2021 occupation if you want to claim points for the skilled experience inside and outside Canada. 

  • Getting Married While Canada PR Application Is In Processing

    Often Canada immigration applications take months or for certain categories years to process. It may be common for people to experience changes in their lives as they wait. For example, getting married is one of the common changes an applicant experiences as they wait for their application to be processed. 

    Suppose you are someone whose family composition changed while your permanent residency application was in the process. In that case, you can learn how it will impact your application and the steps you should take. 

    It is important to remember that IRCC requires you to notify them of any changes to your application, including any information regarding dependant spouses. 

    In this article, you can learn:

    What to do if you get married after applying for Canada PR? 

    As mentioned earlier, you must inform IRCC of any changes in your family composition, such as getting married and having a spouse. However, you do have the option to either add your spouse as a dependent in your application. Or, apply for your spouse separately (this may require more paperwork). 

    Nevertheless, you must inform IRCC of the change in your marital status even if your spouse is not accompanying you to Canada.  

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    Adding your spouse before IRCC processes your application

    If your application is in the initial stage and is pending a decision, you can add your spouse. Depending on your application type, you may need to complete the following forms for your spouse.

    Forms to include

    Official documents to include

    • Marriage certificate (in English or French)
    • Updated birth registration or marriage ID (if applicable)
    • Any official document from the place of marriage 

    Other supporting documents to evidence a genuine relationship

    • Proof of shared finances such as joint bank accounts, shared bills, or investments 
    • Letters from friends and family 
    • Photographs of multiple occasions 
    • Evidence of cohabitation, like a shared lease 
    • Any other document proving your genuine relationship 

    To add your spouse, you may need to pay application fees for the following:

    • Sponsorship fee: $75
    • Processing fee: $570 
    • Biometrics fees: $85
    • Right to permanent resident fee: $515

    How to add your spouse after receiving an ITA? 

    If you received an Invitation to Apply and submitted your application, you could still add your new spouse to your application. First, inform IRCC about the recent change in your marital status. Then IRCC will send you a list of documents required to add your spouse to your application. 

    How to check your spouse’s immigration status after adding her to your application? 

    If you added your new spouse to your application and want to check if IRCC has processed your updated information, log in to your “My Account” and view details. 

    Once you open your account, check if your application lists any dependents. If you notice that no dependents are added to your account, IRCC has not yet processed your spouse’s information. 

    Additionally, spouses must be eligible for entry to Canada under existing immigration laws, which implies that they must satisfy the security, criminal, and medical requirements. They will be deemed inadmissible to Canada if they fail to meet any of these criteria, which will affect your PR application.

    Getting married after your PR application has been approved, but you are yet to enter Canada 

    If your PR application is approved, but you are outside Canada, ensure that you update your marital status before entering Canada. IRCC may reevaluate your application. However, failure to inform IRCC may be deemed a misrepresentation and can impact your PR and future applications. 

    Even if your spouse is not accompanying you to Canada, you must inform IRCC of your marital status change before landing in Canada. If you added your spouse, they might review your spouse’s medical and grounds of inadmissibility. 

    Alternatively, you can sponsor your spouse to bring you to Canada. However, there are different processes for outland and inland spousal application. 

  • Canada To Start Targeted Draws For Skilled Workers Next Year

    To address the severe labour shortages, Canada is prepared to begin targeted Express Entry draws for skilled workers as early as next year, according to Immigration Minister Sean Fraser.

    In an interview, the federal immigration minister told Reuters that Canada would begin conducting targeted draws for skilled immigrants next year. It would allow them to handpick candidates with the most in-demand skills for the areas of the country that need workers the most.

    Learn about the minister’s latest interview on targeted draws coming next year, IRCC focus and what we know so far.

    Conducting targeted draws in early 2023 

    The current Express Entry system ranks potential economic immigrants according to their language, education, experience and other skills. Those with the highest CRS scores receive an invitation to apply for permanent residency. 

    With the upcoming changes, Canada can select individuals with particular skills and abilities in specific professions. As well as consider those who plan to move to certain provinces. 

    We can do a targeted draw beginning in 2023. That will allow us to select workers by the sector that they work in and the part of Canada that they are going to

    This means we will be able to bring a greater focus to welcome more healthcare workers … in jurisdictions that will allow them to practice

    -said Immigration Minister Sean Fraser

    Focus on healthcare workers 

    The COVID-19 pandemic and a shortage of nurses are putting excessive stress on Canada’s healthcare system. As a result, many foreign-trained doctors and nurses do not wind up working in their sector. The country has also had difficulty licensing healthcare employees after they arrive.

    The healthcare system in Canada is the provinces’ responsibility. Immigration Minister Sean Fraser promised to work with provinces that make recognizing the foreign credentials of doctors and nurses simpler in an interview with Reuters. 

    He continued by saying that the federal government would work with the provinces to establish a clearer pathway and move forward with targeted draws for the provinces that facilitate the transition.

    Further, he explained that he would focus only on provinces that make it simple for health professionals to verify their qualifications from abroad and begin practising as soon as they arrive. 

    “I’m not interested in conducting a targeted draw for healthcare workers that are going to come to Canada and not be permitted to practice their profession”

    – Said Fraser

    Targeted draws to invite the Federal High Skilled Class category

     The federal government increased its immigration targets this week, announcing a three-year goal of 1.45 million new permanent residents. The targeted draws will fall within Canada’s federal “high-skilled” category, representing about 21.1% of new arrivals during that time.

    Canada is experiencing a severe labour shortage. According to the most recent data on job openings, there were 1.0 million unemployed persons and 958,500 available positions in Canada in August.

    Business organizations have argued that the government should take stronger action on immigration to support businesses facing a historic labour shortage.

    As immigration numbers reach historic highs, concerns about where the newcomers will live are increasing. There is already a housing scarcity in Canada.

    According to Fraser, the government will emphasize bringing in trained labourers to help create new housing and choosing immigrants for places with the “absorptive capacity” to accept them.

    Increased focus on Economic class immigrants 

    More than 60% of all immigration to Canada is expected to be from the economic class this year.

    Canada is already on track to accept 279,292 new permanent residents through economic programs this year, which is about 2.6% or 7,267 new permanent residents more than Ottawa had hoped to achieve through the new immigration levels plan for the next year.

    President and CEO of the Business Council of Canada, Goldy Hyder, explains that economic-class permanent residents account for only 58.5 percent of overall admissions in the immigration levels plan announced by the federal government last week. 

    Of the 309,240 new permanent residents who entered Canada during the first eight months of this year, they arrived under the economic immigration programs making up 60.2% of the total.

    If the country adopted the target of 65% for economic immigration set by the Business Council of Canada, 302,250 new permanent residents would enter the country under economic programs out of the country’s total 465,000 in the following year.

    Economic immigration, according to the Business Council of Canada, is essential to expanding the Canadian economy.

    Every unfilled position represents one less person contributing to the economic prosperity of Canada and one less person paying taxes to maintain Canada’s social infrastructure, says Hyder.

  • IRCC Acknowledgment of Receipt (AOR) – All You Need To Know

    An official document known as an Acknowledgment of Receipt (AOR) proves that Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has received your immigration application. 

    IRCC issues an AOR document after you submit an application and the processing time officially begins from the date of AOR. The document’s importance varies based on the application filed and how it is submitted.

    This article delves into:

    When do you receive an AOR? 

    Depending on the kind of application, IRCC could release an AOR at different times. One such instance is the automated generation of an AOR for Express Entry, which often occurs minutes after the permanent residence application is filed. 

    Contrarily, the AOR for a citizenship or sponsorship application may take weeks or even months.

    What does receiving an AOR indicate? 

    The AOR is a receipt that confirms that IRCC received your application. However, the date of the AOR is important if the factors below apply to you. 

    The age of your dependent children: Only children who match the description of a dependent child may be added to your application. Except in certain circumstances, a dependent child must be unmarried and under 22. Your child must satisfy this requirement by the date IRCC receives your application, as stated on your AOR.

    Validity of your document: The validity of some documents, including police records, IELTS test scores, and ECA reports, is limited. Therefore, when your application is received, these documents must be current and valid on the date stated on the AOR. For this reason, ensure that you apply before your documents expire. 

    Does AOR indicate your application is complete? 

    Obtaining an AOR does not always imply that your application is completed or incomplete. It all depends on the kind of application you filed. For instance, IRCC automatically gives an AOR to Express Entry applicants, but they might reject the application if certain papers are missing.

    The IRCC has verified that the application is complete if you receive an AOR after filing a citizenship application.

    The difference in applying via paper or online 

    When IRCC receives your application, they send you a confirmation as an AOR. As a result, the AOR date for a paper-based application will be the day the IRCC mailroom receives your application package. 

    Once they begin processing your application, they will send the AOR. To monitor your application and get a confirmation when it arrives, it is crucial to utilize a courier service that demands a signature when delivering it.

    The AOR date for an electronic application submission usually coincides with the day you click the submit button. However, due to clerical errors or time zone variances, the date on your AOR may occasionally show to be one or two days later. It is a good idea to submit in advance because of this reason. 

    How soon after receiving AOR do you get decision?

    The IRCC may not have even begun processing your application when you get the AOR. Receiving an AOR does not essentially mean that IRCC has started processing your application.

    AOR is just an acknowledgement by IRCC that they have officially received your application. Therefore, the time it takes to receive PR after receiving your AOR may vary depending on the program you applied for.

    Certain applicants start comparing or expecting the decision on their application based on consensus mentioned over the various online forums after receiving the AOR. However, that is not the case. IRCC processing is random and certain applications may take longer than others.

    For more information, visit IRCC’s official page.