(Română) EXCEPTAREA ANGAJATORILOR DE LA CERINTA PUBLICITATII PENTRU RECRUTAREA FRANCOFONILOR CE SE STABILESC IN AFARA QUEBECULUI

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(Română) (Français) Nouvelle Liste du traitement simplifié

De la part du Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion :

Bonjour,

C’est avec plaisir que je vous transmets la version 2016 de la Liste des professions admissibles au traitement simplifié utilisée dans le cadre du Programme des travailleurs étrangers temporaires. Prenez note que cette liste est entrée en vigueur hier.

Vous noterez qu’une période transitoire de 30 jours, soit du 24 février au 24 mars 2016, est accordée aux employeurs ou à leurs représentants pour permettre l’examen de leur demande selon l’ancienne liste.

Sachez que, le Ministère exigera que la travailleuse ou le travailleur étranger temporaire qui vient occuper un emploi inclus dans cette liste possède au moins une formation générale sanctionnant un diplôme d’études secondaires (DES) ou son équivalent. De plus, lorsqu’un diplôme de niveau supérieur au diplôme d’études secondaires est habituellement exigé selon la Classification nationale des professions 2006, le Ministère exigera le diplôme, afin de s’assurer que le candidat réponde aux conditions du poste.

À noter également que la liste concerne l’embauche de travailleurs et de travailleuses et non les propriétaires d’entreprise.

Pour obtenir plus de renseignements : http://www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/fr/employeurs/embaucher-temporaire/recrutement-haut-salaire/liste-professions/index.html

Ghislain Beaudin, Directeur

Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion

Direction de l’authentification, de l’évaluation professionnelle et de la révision administrative

Notre commentaire : c’est vraiment une très belle nouvelle, surtout parce que la nouvelle liste, beaucoup plus riche que celles des années passées, va permettre aux bénéficiaires de demander la résidence permanente (dans la catégorie PEQ) après seulement une année de travail au Canada , et cella sans se fier des limitations imposées par Mon projet Québec : pas de déclaration d’intention, pas de nombre maximal de demandes et pas d’attente prolongée.

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(Română) QUEBEC: O MASURA CU PROFUNDE REVERBERATII

QUEBEC: O MASURA CU PROFUNDE REVERBERATII

Recrutarea specialiștilor străini de care au nevoie angajatorii canadieni a devenit un adevărat coșmar de când fostul guvern conservator, sub pretext ca protejează piața canadiana a muncii (dar cu scopul vădit de a câștiga capital electoral, ceea ce nu prea s-a întâmplat) au introdus dispoziții draconice care obligă încă firmele canadiene sa producă dovezi multiple că au depus eforturi serioase pentru a angaja canadieni pe posturile respective. Chiar și atunci când se fac asemenea dovezi, Guvernul refuza în mod frecvent cererile depuse de angajatori, motivând ca in zona respectiva nu ar fi de fapt penurie de forță de muncă.

In aceste condiții ar fi o adevărată mană cerească pentru angajatori să li se spună că nu trebuie să depună asemenea eforturi, că nu trebuie să pună anunțuri și să facă nici un fel de publicitate, deoarece autoritățile știu că pentru ocupația respectivă se resimte realmente o lipsă de specialiști canadieni.

Este exact ce s-a întâmplat pe 24 februarie 2016, dar numai în beneficiul angajatorilor din Quebec. Într-adevăr, autoritățile federale, de acord cu cele din Quebec, au acceptat ca nu mai puțin de 53 de ocupații sa fie incluse într-o listă specială care scutește pe angajatorul doritor să recruteze un străin, de obligația acelei publicități și elimină posibilitatea pentru guvern de a obiecta cum că sunt destui canadieni gata sa ocupe acel post. Asemenea liste au existat și în anii trecuți, deși cu mult mai puține ocupații. Ceea ce este nou acum, este șansa pe care o oferă candidaților la emigrare în Canada de a beneficia de o cale sigură și rapidă pentru satisfacerea acestui deziderat, în condițiile în care li se restrânge treptat însăși dreptul de a depune dosarul, care drept depinde acum de hotărârea autorităților.

Vom reveni cu detalii, dar reproducem mai jos de pe acum această listă, pentru a vă da posibilitatea, dacă sunteți angajator să profitați de ea, iar dacă vreți să ajutați un cunoscut cu asemenea ocupație să-i cautați un angajator din Quebec.

Liste des professions admissibles au traitement simplifié, en vigueur à compter du 24 février 2016 (établie par Emploi-Québec en collaboration avec le Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion)

 0611 Directeurs/directrices du marketing, des ventes et de la publicité
1111 Vérificateurs/vérificatrices et comptables
1121 Spécialistes des ressources humaines
1222 Secrétaires de direction (uniquement cette appellation)
1223 Agents/agentes du personnel et recruteurs/recruteuses
1225 Agents/agentes aux achats
1231 Techniciens/techniciennes en comptabilité (uniquement cette appellation)
1241 Secrétaires (sauf domaine juridique et médical)
1243 Secrétaires médicaux/secrétaires médicales
2131 Ingénieurs civils/ingénieures civiles
2132 Ingénieurs mécaniciens/ingénieures mécaniciennes
2146 Ingénieurs/ingénieures en aérospatiale
2171 Analystes et consultants/consultantes en informatique
2173 Ingénieurs/ingénieures et concepteurs/conceptrices en logiciel
2174 Programmeurs/programmeuses et développeurs/développeuses en médias interactifs
2175 Développeurs/développeuses de sites Web (uniquement cette appellation)
2231 Technologues et techniciens/techniciennes en génie civil
2232 Technologues et techniciens/techniciennes en génie mécanique
2233 Technologues et techniciens/techniciennes en génie industriel et en génie de fabrication
2234 Estimateurs/estimatrices en construction
2241 Technologues et techniciens/techniciennes en génie électronique et électrique
2253 Technologues et techniciens/techniciennes en dessin
2281 Techniciens/techniciennes de réseau informatique
2282 Agents/agentes de soutien aux utilisateurs
2283 Testeurs/testeuses de jeux vidéo (uniquement cette appellation)
3111 Médecins spécialistes
3112 Omnipraticiens/omnipraticiennes et médecins en médecine familiale
3131 Pharmaciens/pharmaciennes
3141 Audiologistes et orthophonistes
3142 Physiothérapeutes
3143
Ergothérapeutes
3152 Infirmiers autorisés/infirmières autorisées
3214 Inhalothérapeuthes, perfusionnistes cardiovasculaires et technologues cardiopulmonaires
3215 Technologues en radiation médicale
3222 Hygiénistes et thérapeutes dentaires
3233 Infirmiers auxiliaires//infirmières auxiliaires
4131 Enseignants/enseignantes au niveau collégial (uniquement cette appellation)
4152 Travailleurs sociaux/travailleuses sociales
4212 Travailleurs/travailleuses des services communautaires et sociaux
4214 Éducateurs/éducatrices de la petite enfance (uniquement cette appellation)
4215 Éducateurs spécialisés/Éducatrices spécialisées
5131 Producteur/productrice, directeur technique, créatif et artistique /directrice technique, créative et artistique, et gestionnaire de projets – effets visuels et jeu vidéo (uniquement ces appellations)
5241 Designers graphiques et illustrateurs/illustratrices
6221 Spécialistes des ventes techniques – commerce de gros
6231 Agents/agentes et courtiers/courtières d’assurance
6241 Chefs de cuisine (uniquement cette appellation)
6242 Cuisiniers/cuisinières
6251 Bouchers/bouchères, coupeurs/coupeuses de viandes et poissonniers/poissonnières – commerce de gros et de détail
7231 Machinistes et vérificateurs/vérificatrices d’usinage et d’outillage
7246 Techniciens/techniciennes en installation et en réparation – télécommunications (uniquement cette appellation)
7311 Mécaniciens/mécaniciennes de chantier et mécaniciens industriels/mécaniciennes industrielles (sauf textile)
7312 Mécaniciens/mécaniciennes d’équipement lourd
7321 Mécaniciens/mécaniciennes techniques et réparateurs/réparatrices de véhicules automobiles, de camions et d’autobus
7333 Électromécaniciens/électromécaniciennes

Desigur, existența acestui avantaj hotărâtor nu scutește pe angajator de pregătirea cu grijă a celor trei dosare succesive care conduc în final la obținerea permisului de lucru pentru specialistul străin, ceea ce scoate in evidență importanta unei asistente profesionale calificate, pentru a nu rata o asemenea ocazie din pricina unor scăpări pe care orice ne specialist le poate comite indiferent cât de atent a citit informațiile publicate de guvernele respective. Nu trebuie de asemenea pierdut din vedere că titularul unui asemenea permis de lucru poate cere rezidența permanentă canadiană după primul an de activitate (prin categoria Programme de l’Expérience Québécoise-PEQ), ceea ce constituie o perspectiva de care puțini doritori de emigrare dispun în prezent, mai ales de când s-au înăsprit condițiile de selecție a imigranților economici în general, și a celor din categoria „travailleurs qualifiés” în special. Un beneficiar al acestui PEQ nu este limitat de vreun plafon de dosare, poate să-și înregistreze cererea oricând (de îndată ce a îndeplinit condiția de mai sus și a dat un test de franceza) și-și va vedea certificatul de selecție în cutia postala la numai câteva săptămâni.

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(Română) 29 OCTOMBRIE 2015: SE REIA INREGISTRAREA CERERILOR DE EMIGRARE IN QUEBEC.

10 NOIEMBRIE 2015 – ACTUALIZARE: MIDI a comunicat astazi ca plafonul de 3500 de dosare a fost deja atins. Aceasta insemna practic ca cine nu a avut un reprezentant IN INTERIORUL CANADEI, nu a apucat probabil sa-si vada dosarul inregistrat. Este bine de avut in vedere pentru seria urmatoare (si ultima) de dosare ce vor fi acceptate incepand din luna ianuarie. Probabil ca plafonul ramas de 2800 de dosare se va completa si mai repede, deci este esential ca sa nu se comita nici o eroare la itroducerea formularelor si documentatiei suport prin noul portal ce se va inaugura tot atunci.

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THE COMING INTO FORCE OF EXPRESS ENTRY

HOT NEWS:

The new Express Entry system has been in operation since  January 1, 2015.  Until now, most  Invitations to Apply (ITA) have been issued for candidates with validated job offers and provincial nominations, but the trend seem to be towards accepting more and more candidates that obtain a number of points under 600, which means that they do not have validated job offers or provincial nominations; however, to reach scores close to 600 they must display high level of education and high proficiency in one or both Canadian official languages.

According to the current instructions, the determination as to whether a foreign national who is included in the express entry pool of candidates occupies the rank required in order to be issued an ITA will be made using the total number of points assigned to  him/her based on the information provided in their “expression of interest” and using the Comprehensive Ranking System that consists of the following components:

(a) core human capital factors;

(b) accompanying spouse or common-law partner factors;

(c) skill transferability factors; and

(d) factors relating to a provincial nomination or a qualifying offer of arranged employment.

The core human capital factors are the following:

(1) age;

(2) level of education;

(3) official language proficiency; and

(4) Canadian work experience.

The skill transferability factors are the following:

(1) level of education (again);

(2) foreign work experience; and

(3) Canadian certificate of qualification in a trade occupation.

The total number of points that may be assigned under the Comprehensive Ranking System is 1200 points, allocated as follows:

(a) for a foreign national who has no accompanying spouse or common-law partner

(i) a maximum of 500 points for the core human capital factors,

(ii) a maximum of 100 points for skill transferability factors, and

(iii) a maximum of 600 points for either a provincial nomination or a qualifying offer of arranged employment; and

(b) for a foreign national who has an accompanying spouse or common-law partner

(i) a maximum of 460 points for the core human capital factors,

(ii) a maximum of 40 points for accompanying spouse or common-law partner factors,

(iii) a maximum of 100 points for skill transferability factors, and

(iv) a maximum of 600 points for either a provincial nomination or a qualifying offer of arranged employment.

Candidates who do not benefit of  such a job offer must register with the Job Bank of the Department of Employment and Social Development not later than 30 days after the day on which they submit their expression of interest, which can only be made using the Internet.  If a foreign national is unable to submit an expression of interest by means of the electronic system because of a physical or mental disability, it may be submitted by another means made available by the Department of Citizenship and Immigration for that purpose that would enable the foreign national to submit the expression of interest, including a paper form.

The allocation of points is designed in such a way as to allow for combinations between various core human capital factors and skill transferability factors.  Thus, the Ministerial Instructions indicate the number of points a candidate deserves for a combination of level of education (skill transferability factors) and official language proficiency (core human capital factor), then for a combination of level of education and Canadian work experience, for a combination of foreign work experience and official language proficiency, for a combination of Canadian work experience and foreign work experience, and so on.

It deserves to be noted that the Express Entry system does not replace the “traditional” immigration programs, such as Federal Skilled Workers, Canadian Experience Class and Federal Skilled Trades. To be included in the Express Entry pool, candidates must first qualify for one of these programs.  For instance, federal skilled workers must demonstrate a level of language skills equal or higher that the level 7 of the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB).

As regards the number of points necessary for a candidate to be issued an Invitation to Apply, it l fluctuates from a draw to another based essentially on  the number of candidates available in the pool.  So, the sooner you enter the pool, the higher your chances to get an ITA.

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FOR A BETTER WAY OF PROVIDING SERVICE: A TIMELY AND PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION OF YOUR “EXPRESS ENTRY” PROFILE

FOR A BETTER WAY OF PROVIDING SERVICE: A TIMELY AND PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION OF YOUR “EXPRESS ENTRY” PROFILE

January 1, 2015 is rapidly approaching and, with it, the coming into force of a completely different way of processing applications under four of the current selection programs for economic immigrants: FSW (Federal Skilled Workers), FST (Federal Skilled Trades), CEC (Canadian Experience Class) and PNP (Provincial Nominee Programs). What follows concerns in particular the FSW program, still the most popular among the candidates, but contains the general principles for the whole selection process that will change the face of the Canadian immigration for years to come.

The main elements of the new system can be found directly in the CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) website by clicking here. We present you below with  some hot news shared by CIC representatives present at the CAPIC National Conference on 7 and 8 November 2014.

1) Starting with January 1, 2015 any candidate will be able to enter his/her personal information in a CIC database from which a so-called “Express Entry Profile” will be created for them. With this operation one has not achieved anything yet. It follows a waiting period  at the end of which he/she will receive or not  an invitation to submit the application itself (ITA: Invitation to Apply), depending on:
a) How skillful the candidate was to enter information into the database so as to arouse the interest of CIC;  of tremendous importance will be the optimal choice of the intended occupation and of the destination in Canada (in tune with the dynamics of the local labor market).
b) How many are her/his competitors at the time when  CIC proceeds to the selection, because there will be annual quotas of cases to be accepted and specific quotas for each draw (see below).
c) Whether or not the candidate benefits  of a job offer validated  by  ESDC (Employment and Social Development Canada); CIC is however aware that only a small fraction of the candidates will be able to secure such offers, so the selection will be mainly operated based on conditions “a”  and “b” above. Nonetheless, candidates are encouraged to register with Job Bank, the official site of ESDC  in the hope that they will stirr the interest of a potential employer.
2) Before issuing an ITA, CIC will conduct a preliminary selection of those enrolled, after which it  will create a “pool”  of potential candidates that will include those who, based on their own statements, appear to meet the requirements of age, education, professional experience and languages skills to be announced. In order to be become a member of the “pool”, a candidate must also prove that he/she has already satisfied two important conditions: it has successfully passed a language test and has obtained an educational credential assessment  (ECA) from a Canadian institution accredited by the CIC. So, before having the slightest idea about what will happen next, the candidate is expected to incur considerable expenses solely in order to participate in pre-selection.
3) Having established the “pool” (that is periodically refreshed based on new entries in the database and updates made by those already in), CIC will proceed to periodic “draws”   (following criteria not disclosed to the public) that nominate those who are retained for further processing. This is not a lottery such as in USA; only those candidates are retained who have been placed at the top of the pyramid, i.e. those whom CIC considers to be most likely to quickly integrate into the labor market and, in general, to establish themselves successfully in Canada. Although the order of entry in the database does not matter (this is actually the most spectacular innovation of the new system: it has abandoned the principle of “first come, first served”), it is obvious that the fewer the number of those enrolled prior to the draw, the greater the chances of being closer to the top.
4) Those selected at each drawing receive invitations to submit the application (ITA) and have a maximum of 60 days at their disposal to do so. If they fail, they are eliminated. Once the application has been filed  (provided it is complete, otherwise the candidate is  eliminated too), CIC promises that immigrant visas will be issued within six months.
5) Those who have not received an ITA within one year will be deleted from the database, but are free to try again next year, and so on …

It therefore follows that any error or omission (hard to avoid given of the complexity of the new system) may, in each of the above steps, be conducive to failure, with the prospect at all attractive for an (obstinate) candidate of  returning each year with the hope that this time it is going to end well. The alternative is clear: seek professional assistance; hire an authorized representative. Before you make up your mind, consider the fundamental mutation that the new procedures have brought into the way the selection operates. Indeed, until now the major candidates’ concern was to make sure that they meet the selection criteria (known to all), that they get the points needed in order to reach the pass-mark, and that their occupation is on the list posted by CIC.  From 1 January 2015 there will be NO list of occupations (the only condition: the occupation must belong to one of the first three levels of NOCNational Occupational Classification), but meeting the selection criteria will not provide any guarantee that the person concerned will receive the actual invitation to submit the application (ITA). The real challenge consists in eliminating the competition and ensuring a position as  near as possible to the top of the pyramid! This, until the moment the candidate receives the ITA; then, he or she must make sure that the actual application is filed within the sixty-day deadline and that it contains no discrepancies whatsoever when assessed against the  candidate’s “Express Entry Profile” created at the very beginning of the process.  Such discrepancies, even minor, will result in thwarting all the efforts made by the candidate until that moment.

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APPLYING UNDER THE FEDERAL SKILLED TRADES PROGRAM

APPLYING UNDER THE FEDERAL SKILLED TRADES PROGRAM

The Federal Skilled Trades Program is for people who want to become permanent residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade.

To be eligible, a candidate must:

  • plan to live outside the province of Quebec (the province of Quebec chooses its own skilled workers)
  • meet the required levels in English or French for each language ability (speaking, reading, writing, and listening),
  • have at least two years of full-time work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work experience) in a skilled trade within the five years before he/she applies,
  • meet all job requirements for that skilled trade as set out in the National Occupational Classification (NOC), and
  • have an offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least one year or a certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a provincial or territorial body.

To avoid backlogs and ensure fast processing times, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will accept no more than 5,000 complete federal skilled trade applications for processing as of May 1, 2014. These are the last applications CIC will accept under the current system before Express Entry launches in January 2015.

Within the 5,000 cap, no more than 100 new applications for each job will be considered for processing.

In total, 90 jobs will be eligible to apply under the Federal Skilled Trades program this year. The specific codes from the 2011 version of the NOC are provided below as the applicants must include these in their application forms.

The caps apply whether or not people have a qualifying offer of employment or a certificate of qualification from a provincial or territorial apprenticeship authority.

Applications will be processed in the order CIC receives them.

  • 6321 Chefs
  • 6322 Cooks
  • 6331 Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale
  • 6332 Bakers
  • 7201 Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
  • 7202 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
  • 7203 Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades
  • 7204 Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
  • 7205 Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
  • 7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
  • 7232 Tool and die makers
  • 7233 Sheet metal workers
  • 7234 Boilermakers
  • 7235 Structural metal and plate work fabricators and fitters
  • 7236 Ironworkers
  • 7237 Welders and related machine operators
  • 7241 Electricians (except industrial and power system)
  • 7242 Industrial electricians
  • 7243 Power system electricians
  • 7244 Electrical power line and cable workers
  • 7245 Telecommunications line and cable workers
  • 7246 Telecommunications installation and repair workers
  • 7247 Cable television service and maintenance technicians
  • 7251 Plumbers
  • 7252 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
  • 7253 Gas fitters
  • 7271 Carpenters
  • 7272 Cabinetmakers
  • 7281 Bricklayers
  • 7282 Concrete finishers
  • 7283 Tilesetters
  • 7284 Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
  • 7291 Roofers and shinglers
  • 7292 Glaziers
  • 7293 Insulators
  • 7294 Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
  • 7295 Floor covering installers
  • 7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
  • 7302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
  • 7303 Supervisors, printing and related occupations
  • 7304 Supervisors, railway transport operations
  • 7305 Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators
  • 7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
  • 7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
  • 7313 Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
  • 7314 Railway carmen/women
  • 7315 Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
  • 7316 Machine fitters
  • 7318 Elevator constructors and mechanics
  • 7321 Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
  • 7322 Motor vehicle body repairers
  • 7331 Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics
  • 7332 Appliance servicers and repairers
  • 7333 Electrical mechanics
  • 7334 Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
  • 7335 Other small engine and small equipment repairers
  • 7361 Railway and yard locomotive engineers
  • 7362 Railway conductors and brakemen/women
  • 7371 Crane operators
  • 7372 Drillers and blasters – surface, mining, quarrying and construction
  • 7373 Water well drillers
  • 7381 Printing press operators
  • 7384 Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c.
  • 8211 Supervisors, logging and forestry
  • 8221 Supervisors, mining and quarrying
  • 8222 Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling services
  • 8231 Underground production and development miners
  • 8232 Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
  • 8241 Logging machinery operators
  • 8252 Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
  • 8255 Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services
  • 8261 Fishing masters and officers
  • 8262 Fishermen/women
  • 9211 Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
  • 9212 Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
  • 9213 Supervisors, food, beverage and associated products processing
  • 9214 Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
  • 9215 Supervisors, forest products processing
  • 9217 Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing
  • 9221 Supervisors, motor vehicle assembling
  • 9222 Supervisors, electronics manufacturing
  • 9223 Supervisors, electrical products manufacturing
  • 9224 Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing
  • 9226 Supervisors, other mechanical and metal products manufacturing
  • 9227 Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly
  • 9231 Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing
  • 9232 Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators
  • 9235 Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators
  • 9241 Power engineers and power systems operators
  • 9243 Water and waste treatment plant operators
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NEW CAPS FOR FEDERAL SKILLED WORKER AND FEDERAL SKILLED TRADES PROGRAMS, AND CANADIAN EXPERIENCE CLASS

 NEW CAPS FOR FEDERAL SKILLED WORKER AND FEDERAL SKILLED TRADES PROGRAMS, AND CANADIAN EXPERIENCE CLASS

On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced new occupations and caps for the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Program . Additional important information has been announced for the Federal Skilled Trades (FST) Program and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Program. This is the last chance for candidates to file applications under the said programs. They will be all replaced as of January 1, 2015 by the new “Express Entry” program.

The new changes go into effect for all three programs on May 1, 2014 and will only operate for the next eight months.

Federal Skilled Worker

Effective May 1, 2014, the FSW will be accepting an overall total of 25,000 new applications. Applicants must have at least one year of work experience in one of the 50 eligible occupations occupations. A maximum of 1,000 applications will be accepted per eligible occupation. The FSW program is more open to applicants than it has been in the past few years. The cap has increased more than five times over, from just 5,000 last year; the number of eligible occupations has more than doubled, from just 24 last year to 50 as of May 1. This means that skilled workers who were not eligible for the program in previous years because of their professional experience may now be eligible to apply. Also, most of the candidates who were eligible under the old list but failed to file their applications prior to the cap being reached, are now in a position to re-apply immediately after May 1, 2014.

The eligible occupations are as follows:

  1. Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services (NOC 0013)
  2. Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c. (0015)
  3. Financial managers (0111)
  4. Human resources managers (0112)
  5. Purchasing managers (0113)
  6. Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers (0121)
  7. Managers in health care (0311)
  8. Construction managers (0711)
  9. Home building and renovation managers (0712)
  10. Managers in natural resources production and fishing (0811)
  11. Manufacturing managers (0911)
  12. Financial auditors and accountants (1111)
  13. Financial and investment analysts (1112)
  14. Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers (1113)
  15. Other financial officers (1114)
  16. Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations (1123)
  17. Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers (1212)
  18. Property administrators (1224)
  19. Geoscientists and oceanographers (2113)
  20. Civil engineers (2131)
  21. Mechanical engineers (2132)
  22. Electrical and electronics engineers (2133)
  23. Petroleum engineers (2145)
  24. Information systems analysts and consultants (2171)
  25. Database analysts and data administrators (2172)
  26. Software engineers and designers (2173)
  27. Computer programmers and interactive media developers (2174)
  28. Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians (2232)
  29. Construction estimators (2234)
  30. Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (2241)
  31. Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics (2243)
  32. Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety (2263)
  33. Computer network technicians (2281)
  34. Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors (3011)
  35. Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (3012)
  36. Specialist physicians (3111)
  37. General practitioners and family physicians (3112)
  38. Dietitians and nutritionists (3132)
  39. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists (3141)
  40. Physiotherapists (3142)
  41. Occupational therapists (3143)
  42. Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists (3214)
  43. Medical radiation technologists (3215)
  44. Medical sonographers (3216)
  45. Licensed practical nurses (3233)
  46. Paramedical occupations (3234)
  47. University professors and lecturers (4011)
  48. Psychologists (4151)
  49. Early childhood educators and assistants (4214)
  50. Translators, terminologists and interpreters (5125)

Applicants under the FSW program will be assessed according to the same criteria as in 2013. Applicants are assessed on a grid that takes into account factors such as education, language skills, work experience, age, and adaptability to Canada. All applicants must meet minimum language requirements in either English or French (i.e. CLB level 7); failing to do so, the respective candidate is not eligible, no matter how many points he/she deserves for the remaining factors.

In addition to skilled workers, the FSW program includes streams for PhD holders and individuals who have received eligible job offers from Canadian employers. A maximum of 500 PhD applicants will be accepted under the upcoming program. Applicants who hold valid job offers are not subject to any intake caps.

Federal Skilled Trades

The FST program is for applicants with experience in a skilled trade. As of May 1, the FST program will be accepting a maximum of 5,000 applications for review. All NOC B level trades (a total of 90 different occupations ) will be eligible for this program.

A maximum of 100 applications will be accepted under any single occupation. The 90 eligible occupations fall into the following general categories:

  • Major Group 72: Industrial, electrical and construction trades;
  • Major Group 73: Maintenance and equipment operation trades;
  • Major Group 82: Supervisors and technical occupations in national resources, agriculture and related production;
  • Major Group 92: Processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators;
  • Minor Group 632: chefs and cooks;
  • Minor Group 633: butchers and bakers

Canadian Experience Class

The CEC program was created for individuals who have already gained skilled work experience in Canada. As of May 1, the program will accept a maximum of 8,000 new applications. Any skilled occupation is eligible, however for NOC B level occupations a maximum of 100 applications will be accepted per occupation.

The following six occupations are still not eligible to apply under the CEC:

  • Administrative officers (NOC 1221)
  • Administrative assistants (1241)
  • Accounting technicians/bookkeepers (1311)
  • Cooks (6322)
  • Food service supervisors (6311)
  • Retail sales supervisors (6211)

The new Ministerial Instructions will also re-confirm the existing pause of applications to the federal Immigrant Investor and Entrepreneur Programs.

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Unauthorized Immigration consultants and their impact on the integrity of the Immigration System

Unauthorized Immigration consultants and their impact on the integrity of the Immigration System

 March is Fraud Prevention Month and this year Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has partnered with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC) to promote awareness of authorized immigration representatives and what services they can provide.

Unscrupulous and unauthorized representatives weaken Canada’s immigration system, cost taxpayers money, and slow down the processing of valid applications. Under Canadian law, only authorized immigration representatives can charge a fee to help someone apply for a visa to come to Canada. If a newcomer uses an unauthorized representative, their application may be refused and they could risk becoming victims of fraud.

Such behavior is also very damaging to the profession of regulated immigration consultants on multiple levels. On one level, unauthorized consultants, also known as ‘ghosts,’ are breaching the criminal code by practicing without a license. Despite the fact that they do not possess the necessary training, they provide services for a fee to individuals that seek advice on their immigration applications.   This in turn, affects the image of immigration consultants overall. When individuals encounter unqualified consultants that charge a fee for their services without being able to provide the adequate services, their opinion of all consultants alike, will be inadvertently affected by their personal experience. But most important of all, is the trust that is destroyed by such cases, trust that is lost from the immigration consultants’ profession, and that could be prevented from happening by impeding such cases from occurring.

This is why we encourage members of the public to report such individuals to CBSA or to file a complaint with ICCRC.

The Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC), an organization comprising the most active and best prepared authorized practitioners, has also joined the Government of Canada and the ICCRC in warning the public about the destructive effects the use of unauthorized representatives has on both the fate of the applicants and the integrity of the Canadian immigration system.

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NEW REGULATIONS FOR SPONSORS OF PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS

NEW REGULATIONS FOR SPONSORS OF PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS

Amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR), primarily pertaining to the sponsorship of parents and grandparents, received Governor in Council approval on December 12, 2013 and came into force on January 1, 2014.

Let us remind our readers that on November 5, 2011, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) issued a set of Ministerial Instructions (MI4), which introduced a temporary pause on new sponsorship applications for parents and grandparents for up to 24 months. This temporary pause was allegedly implemented as part of a broader strategy to address the large backlog and wait times in the parent and grandparent immigrant category.

Subsequently, on June 15, 2013, Ministerial Instructions (MI9) were issued to manage the processing of new applications to sponsor parents and grandparents as members of the family class. These MIs extended the temporary pause on the acceptance of new applications for the sponsorship of parents and grandparents until January 1, 2014, and established that, beginning on January 2, 2014, when the program reopens, a maximum of 5,000 new complete applications for the sponsorship of parents and grandparents will be accepted for processing each year.

The redesigned program also introduces more rigorous financial requirements for sponsors of parents and grandparents: the new regulations increase the financial responsibility placed on sponsors of parents and grandparents as well as the duration of the sponsorship undertaking; both the Minimum Necessary Income (MNI) and the period over which income is assessed have increased for sponsors of parents and grandparents.  Under the amended regulations, to be eligible, prospective sponsors of parents and grandparents must meet the following specific requirements:

  • They must demonstrate that for the three consecutive taxation years preceding the date of their application, their income, including the income of the co-signer, if applicable, is equal to or greater than the annual MNI plus 30% for each of the three years;
  • They must submit a Notice of Assessment (NOA) or an equivalent document (Option C print out) issued by the CRA to substantiate the amount of their income and their co-signer’s income, if applicable, for each of the three consecutive years preceding the date of their application (for example, in January 2014, applicants must submit the NOA or Option C print out for 2012, 2011 and 2010 taxation years). No other proof of income will be accepted;
  • The calculation of the sponsor’s total income will include the income of the co-signer, if applicable, and will be based on the amount recorded on the NOA or other document issued by the CRA (Option C print out) to the sponsor and to the co-signer, if applicable, less any amounts earned from the following sources:
    1. any provincial allowance received by the sponsor for a program of instruction or training;
    2. any social assistance received by the sponsor from a province;
    3. any financial assistance received by the sponsor from the Government of Canada under a resettlement assistance program;
    4. any amounts paid to the sponsor under the Employment Insurance Act, other than special benefits;
    5. any monthly guaranteed income supplement paid to the sponsor under the Old Age Security Act; and
    6. any Canada child tax benefit paid to the sponsor under the Income Tax Act.
  • The duration of the undertaking for the principal applicant and all accompanying dependents included on the application to sponsor a parent or grandparent is 20 years.

In addition, the new rules provide officers with the authority to request updated evidence of income from all sponsors who submit a sponsorship application for a member of the family class if more than 12 months have elapsed since the receipt of the sponsorship application (which is very likely to happen to the majority of the said applications).

Finally, it is important to be noted that, since there will be an annual cap on the acceptance of new sponsorship applications for parents and grandparents, CIC will only receive fees that are paid by certified cheque to the Receiver General for Canada or by credit card (valid for at least nine months). Fees that are paid in any other manner (for example, online payments, money orders), will not be accepted and the application will be returned to the sponsor, which will most certainly result in him/her failing to get hold of the cap.

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