United Nations has consistently voted Canada the Number 1 country in the world
to live in for quality of life and prosperity.
And even better – Canada admits hundreds of thousands of immigrants every
year and this trend is expected to continue for decades ahead.
Skilled Worker - There are many different routes to securing permanent
residence in Canada. One of the most popular is the Skilled Worker category.
This operates on the basis of a detailed Points test, where you must score
sufficient points in various criteria to be successful. You must also have
experience in an occupation on the Canadian National Occupational List.
Commonwealth Immigration provide a detailed assessment of your eligibility to
pass the points test.
Recently, many Canadian Provinces have started to develop alternative ways of
securing permanent residency through what are termed Provincial Nominee
Programs – PNPs. These Programs allow applicants with skills in demand
in certain Provinces to be nominated for residence by the Provincial
government. This is a much faster route to securing either a work permit or
permanent residence. We can work with a prospective employer in Canada to
process your paperwork.
Investors - Another route to achieving permanent residence is through
the Investor category. Through a suitable, guaranteed investment in the
Canadian economy, investor immigrants become eligible for permanent residence
and, eventually, Canadian citizenship. Applicants need to have a total net
worth of CDN$800,000 and some business management experience.
Commonwealth Immigration have recently developed a partnership agreement
with a leading international banking corporation. This provides for a service
whereby applicants can receive financing for most of the required investment
amount. This then frees up their capital to purchase a home or a business when
they arrive in Canada, while complying fully with Canadian government
regulations. Please contact us for details of this excellent facility.
For further information on migration to Canada, please call us
on (+44) (0) 20 8365 3380 or complete an Online Assessment
form on our website www.commonwealthimmigration.com.
USEFUL LINKS - CANADA FACTS &
(external links with general information on
Canada - from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- The World Factbook: Canada
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IMMIGRATION NEWS - CANADA
(as published in our newsletters)
– MORE TRUCKDRIVERS NEEDED
September 2010 - The Trucking companies that we deal with in
Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, Canada are still looking to
take on more Truckdrivers. They are looking to sponsor
applicants for work visas and then permanent residence
through the Provincial Nomination Program.
The employer is looking for Truckdrivers who have the UK
Class 1 licence (or other European equivalent) with at least
3 years experience.
If you are interested, then please email us and we will send
you an application form with information.
– IMPORTANT CHANGES FOR SKILLED WORKERS AND INVESTORS
July 2010 - The Canada government has now announced some
changes in processing for federal skilled worker applicants.
The new rules mean that applicants must either have a job
offer, or they must have experience in one of 29 in-demand
occupations. This is a new list of occupations which is a
shortened version of the previous list.
For those applying under the occupation list, the government
will limit the number of applications considered for
processing to 20,000 per year. Furthermore, within the
20,000 limit, a maximum of 1,000 applications per occupation
will be considered. The limit does not apply to applicants
with a job offer or those who have already applied.
In addition, all federal skilled worker and Canadian
Experience Class applicants must submit the results of an
independent language test before they will be considered.
Previously, applicants had the option of proving their
language ability via a written submission. Citizenship and
Immigration Canada now only accepts designated third-party
language tests as proof of language ability – no
Also, the rules for those applying for Canadian residency
through the Investor category are set to get tighter.
The proposed changes will require new investors to have a
personal net worth of CDN$1.6M, up from CDN$800,000, and
make an investment of CDN$800,000, up from CDN$400,000.
Until the new investor rules are implemented, Canada will
stop accepting new applications in this category.
This is of course a significant change and the lack of any
advance warning makes it difficult for applicants to plan
– CONSULTATION ON IMMIGRATION
March 2010 - The Canadian government has recently launched a
consultation on their immigration programme.
The official announcement seems to indicate that this may
result in changes to allow more occupations to be included
in the Federal Skilled Worker category.
This would be a welcome move, allowing more applicants to
apply directly for permanent residency without having to
apply through employer sponsorship or Provincial Nomination
The consultation runs until April 16th, after which we hope
that a new more flexible system of entry will be introduced.
– 2010 IMMIGRATION TARGET AND NOVA SCOTIA CHANGES
December 2009 - The Canadian government has decided to
maintain a similar annual immigration target in 2010. The
overall target will be between 240,000 and 265,000 new
Unlike other countries which are reducing their immigrant
intake, Canada still wants to attract the right migrants for
long term economic needs.
The government’s Annual Report identifies that the
provinces, through their Provincial Nominee Programs, will
have an increased impact on the number of economic
immigrants arriving in Canada.
One province that wants to increase its share of immigrants
is Nova Scotia. Around 2600 new immigrants arrived in Nova
Scotia in 2008 and the province’s Minister for
Immigration, Ramona Jennex thinks this is far too low.
The province aims to double the number of immigrants that
settle in Nova Scotia and they hope to have a new strategy
ready in the next few months to achieve this goal. The
Minister stated that Nova Scotia's immigration advisory
panel is currently working on recommendations and that she
wants to implement the new strategy as soon as possible.
Watch this space for more information.
– FOCUS ON ALBERTA
April 2009 - The Province of Alberta is increasingly
becoming one of the most popular destinations for migrants
The 2 main cities of Calgary and Edmonton are home to the
majority of the 3.5 million people who live in Alberta. The
population growth last year was twice the Canadian average
– largely due to immigration.
Much of the growth in the Alberta economy comes from its
huge exports of oil and gas. Other important sectors include
forestry, tourism and information technology. The
unemployment rate is the lowest in Canada.
The Government of Alberta are allowed to nominate applicants
directly through the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program
(AINP). This allows applications through many different
categories such as for Skilled Workers, International
Graduates, Semi-Skilled Workers, Self-Employed Farmers and
the Family Stream for those who have a relative living in
The AINP is an excellent route to gain entry to Canada’s
fastest growing economy with categories to suit many
different types of applicants.
If you wish to be considered for immigration to Alberta
either through the Federal Skilled Worker or the Alberta
Immigrant Nominee Program, then please complete an Online
Assessment form on our website.
– PROVINCIAL NOMINEE PROGRAMS AND OTHER OPTIONS
February 2009 - We are now increasingly assisting applicants
through Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs. This is a
consequence of the recent changes to the list of occupations
that are eligible for processing under the Federal Skilled
Most provinces in Canada have an agreement with the
Government of Canada that allows them to nominate immigrants
who wish to settle in that province. The selection process
varies from province to province. Each province selects
immigrants who can fill its needs – normally through
labour market shortages.
For instance, the government of Nova Scotia is keen to
attract people to the province with work experience in
Aerospace and Health Care.
However, in addition the government of British Columbia has
a further need for selected occupations in
Tourism/Hospitality and Food Processing.
A select number of province’s have ‘family
connections’ streams of their respective Nominee Programs.
Specifically, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Prince
Edward Island and Newfoundland allow permanent residents
and citizens of the province to sponsor foreign family
members to come to the province where their Canadian
relative lives. There are differences in each program so
contact us for province specific details.
If you wish to be considered for immigration to Canada
either through the Federal Skilled Worker or a Provincial
Nominee Program, then please complete an Online Assessment
form on our website.
Also, for students who wish to have opportunities to settle
in Canada, contact us today for information on how studying
in Canada can make students eligible for a number of
permanent residency options.
We hope that these news have been informative for you. However, remember
everyone's circumstances are different so if you or a friend or family member
want to check your eligibility to emigrate then either
1) complete the Online
Assessment Form on our website or
2) give us a call on
+44 (0) 1223 830 916
We would love to hear from you!