Canada announces open work permits for candidates approved under Interim Pathway for Caregivers

March 23rd, 2019 by admin

Open work permits also available to applicant’s family members living in Canada

Applicants approved for Canadian permanent residence under Interim Pathway for Caregivers can now apply for an open work permit.

Under an Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) program update issued on March 21, Interim Pathway for Caregivers candidates can now submit an open work permit application along with their application for permanent residence.

However, IRCC states that processing of the open work permit application will only commence once applicants pass IRCC’s eligibility test for the pathway.

To be eligible for an open work permit under Interim Pathway for Caregivers, the applicant must:

  • Be present in Canada at the time of application and intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec;
  • be one of the following at the time of application:
  • authorized to work in Canada with a work permit other than a Live-in Caregiver Program work permit; or
  • authorized to work without a work permit in case they have applied for a renewal of a work permit other than a Live-in Caregiver Program work permit; or
  • eligible for restoration of status, have applied for restoration and have held a work permit other than a Live-in Caregiver Program work permit as his/her most recent work permit.
  • be the primary applicant on permanent residence application under the Interim Pathway for Caregivers; and
  • have received a positive eligibility assessment of their paper application for permanent residence, or APR, under the Interim Pathway for Caregivers.

Open work permit for spouses, common-law partners and dependents

Open work permits are also available to eligible Interim Pathway applicants’ family members. However, family members need to be residing in Canada and in status, on implied status or be eligible for restoration of status.

While submitting their application, applicants and their family members are still need to pay the work permit processing fee of $155, nevertheless, they are exempt from the requirement to pay the open work permit holder fee of $100.

Canada opened the temporary program on March 4 to in-home temporary foreign worker caregivers who came to work in Canada under the Caring for Children or Caring for People programs after November 30, 2014.

The pathway will remain open for applications until June 4, 2019.

How to Immigrate to Canada as a Nanny?

December 17th, 2018 by admin

Canada is one of the most sought-after destinations for migrants all around the world. The country offers attractive opportunities for those who plan to live and work here using a work visa.

Moving and working as a nanny in Canada is becoming increasingly popular, and is an excellent life choice for many people. However, there are certain requirements that applicants have to fulfill for the same.

Here’s what you need to know in order to move Canada as a nanny.

  • Two Ways to Become a Nanny

The requirements for a foreign nanny working in Canada mainly depend on the program you apply under. While a number of applications might still be processed through the Live-In Caregiver Program, the late-2014 reforms reported by Canada Immigration News have made applying as a temporary foreign worker a viable option.

For Live-in Caregivers (LIC)

A live-in Caregiver is a person (nanny) who offers continuous full time unsupervised care for children, persons with disabilities, or the elderly in a single private household.

Those applicants, who are already part of the Live-in Caregiver Program (LIC), can keep on working as a nanny under this program. They will require a new work permit, but the other requirements as laid out by Citizenship and Immigration Canada remain the same. As per these requirements,

  • applicant must have an education equivalent to a Canadian secondary school diploma
  • he/she should have a minimum of either of the following: six months of full-time classroom training in care-giving, or a year of work experience as a caregiver or in a related job within the last three years (including at least six months of ongoing work with one employer)
  • applicant must be able to speak, read, and understand one of Canada’s official languages (English or French)
  • applicant must possess medical, security, and criminal clearances
  • applicant must have a signed written employment contract from a Canadian employer

For Temporary Foreign Workers

Candidates need to meet the following requirements if they apply as a temporary foreign worker:

  • offer care for a minimum of 30 hours per week
  • work in the private household of the cared-for individual(s)
  • fulfill the requirements outlined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

Live-in caregivers have also need to meet the general requirements for obtaining a work permit, which include speaking and understanding one of Canada’s official languages, having adequate money to support any family members they bring to Canada, no criminal record, and give proof that they will leave Canada when their work permit expires.

Additionally, according to the National Occupation Classification for babysitters, nannies, and parents’ helpers, applicants might need to have some or all of the following qualifications:

  • completed secondary school education
  • completed a training program in childcare or a associated field
  • have experience in childcare/household management
  • have an ability to perform the work required
  • have first aid certification and undertaken CPR training

Labour Market Impact Assessments

In order to come and work in Canada as a nanny, your employer will need an LMIA to prove that a foreign worker is needed to fill the position as no qualified Canadian worker is available for the same.

TN Visa Frequently Asked Questions

December 17th, 2018 by admin

Applying for a TN visa can be quite confusing for a lot of people, especially those who do not know much about it. Here, we have listed the most frequently asked questions about TN visas for both Canadians and Mexicans and provided the answers to the same:

Q: What does TN stand for?

A:  The TN Visa is a perfect visa option for those Canadian or Mexican citizens who want to work in the United States. TN stands for Trade National Visa and the TN Visa was established as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between United States, Canada and Mexico.

Q: How long can one stay on a TN visa?

A:  As per current U.S. laws and regulations, Mexican and Canadian citizens can stay in the U.S. on TN status for periods up to three years. Moreover, TN workers can extend their stays for an indefinite period, in three-year increments, so long as they satisfy the requirements under the TN program.

Q: Can one apply for a TN visa from the USA?

A: If you are a Mexican citizen, then you need to obtain a visa to enter the United States as a TN nonimmigrant. You can apply for a TN visa directly at a U.S. embassy or consulate in Mexico.

Q: Can I get a green card with a TN visa?

You can be denied a TN visa or lose your TN status, if immigration authorities discover that your actual intention is to apply for a green card. Obtaining a green card and permanent residence is not a viable option if you are a Mexican citizen with TN status.

Q: How often does a TN visa need to be renewed?

A: The TN visa can be renewed without any limit. Visa holder can renew his/her TN status up to six (6) months before it expires and as often as every year. The TN visa is valid for up to three (3) years and can be renewed for an unlimited amount of times, however, the approval of the renewals is not guaranteed.

Q: What are the requirements to apply for a TN visa?

A: There are two different types of TN status, a TN-1 for Canadian professionals while a TN-2 for Mexican professionals. However, there are slight differences between the requirements for each TN category. The main difference is that a Mexican citizen has to obtain a TN visa stamp from a U.S. consulate before they can enter the United States while on the other hand, Canadian professionals can apply for their visa stamp directly at the border. However, Mexican citizens do not need to file a petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before seeking their visa at a consulate.

Q: What is the processing time to get a TN visa?

A: Initial applications for TN Visa status are processed at participating U.S. Ports of Entry and if presented appropriately can be approved immediately. However, when applying by mail with USCIS applications can take around 15 days with premium processing while up to few months with standard processing.

Q: Can a spouse of a TN Nonimmigrant work on a TN visa?

A: Dependents of a TN Nonimmigrant including his/her spouse and children under the age of 21 may be eligible for TD nonimmigrant status. However, they are not permitted to work while in the United States, but they are allowed to study.

Q: Can I transfer a TN visa?

A: if a TN visa worker is transferred to another location by the same U.S. employer to perform the same services, he/she is not required to file a new application for TN status. In simple words, if the TN worker is transferred to a branch or other office of the same employer, a new application for TN status is not required to be filed.

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The US H-1B visa

November 28th, 2018 by admin

What is the US H-1B visa category?

The H-1B is a non-immigrant visa category, which allows US companies and employers to petition for highly educated foreign professionals to work in “specialty occupations” such as in IT, finance, architecture, accounting, engineering, science, mathematics, medicine, etc.

Generally, the initial duration of an H-1B visa grant is three years, which can be extended for a maximum of six years.

The H-1B program is quite good option for those Mexican and Canadian nationals who want to seek employment in the United States. They are also generally allowed to leave and return to the U.S. as they like, so long as their H-1B status remains valid.

H-1B Visa cap

H-1B visas are subject to an annual visa cap each fiscal year. Current immigration law on the H1-B visa has an annual numerical limit cap of 65,000 each financial year. US employers can start applying for the H-1B visa six months before the actual start date of the visa.

Eligibility: specialty occupation

The US H1-B visa aims to attract foreign staff in specialty occupations. To qualify as a specialty occupation, the job must meet one of the following criteria:

  • The position must have a minimum entry requirement of a Bachelor’s or higher degree or equivalent
  • The degree requirement for the job is common to the industry or the job is so complex or unique that it can be performed only by an individual with a degree.
  • The employer normally requires a degree or its equivalent for the position.
  • The nature of the specific duties is so specialized and complex that the knowledge required to perform the duties is usually associated with the attainment of a bachelor’s or higher degree.

Eligibility: employee qualifications

To qualify to accept a job offer in a specialty occupation, candidates must meet one of the following criteria:

  • He/she must have completed a bachelor’s or higher degree required by the specific specialty occupation from an accredited college or university in US
  • He/she should hold a foreign degree that is the equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s or higher degree in the specialty occupation
  • He/she must hold an unrestricted state license, registration, or certification which authorizes him/her to fully practice the specialty occupation and be engaged in that specialty in the state of intended employment.
  • He/she must have relevant education, training, or experience in the specialty that is equivalent to the completion of such a degree, and have recognition of expertise in the specialty through progressively responsible positions directly related to the specialty.

Family & Dependants

H-1B visa holders can also bring their immediate family members including their spouse and children (under 21 years of age) to the United States under the H-4 Visa category as dependents.

An H4 Visa holder is permitted to remain in the US as long as the H-1B visa holder’s visa permits. However, an H-4 visa holder is not eligible to work in the US, but they can attend school, obtain a driver’s license and open a bank account while in the US.

Benefits of H-1B visa

  • The first H-1B visa benefit is the broad requirements associated with qualifying for this visa. As various other working visas require the candidate to have a managerial position, a master’s degree, or an investment of thousands of dollars, the H-1B simply requires a bachelor’s degree and a job offer from a U.S. company for a specialty position.
  • Unlike many other work visa classifications, one of the major H-1B’s benefits is the fact that it is considered to be a “dual intent” visa, which enables candidates to pursue legal permanent residency while they are under H-1B nonimmigrant status.
  • Another benefit of the H-1B visa is the amount of time candidates are initially granted when they receive their visa. Unlike some of the other visas such as B-1 and J-1, the H-1B permits visa holders to stay for three years initially and can easily be extended.
  • In contrast to the rigid regulations surrounding some other work-related visas, the H-1B offers holders the ability to port their status from one employer to another during their stay.

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The US E2 Visa for Investors and Employees

November 28th, 2018 by admin

The E2 investor visa is a non-immigrant visa designed for foreign entrepreneurs of countries that have a Treaty of Trade and Commerce with the United States. E2 investor visa allows foreign investors to enter and work inside of the United States based on a substantial investment in a legitimate enterprise.

The E2 visa is generally issued for two or five year periods and can be renewed indefinitely as long as the business concerned is viable and generating “more than enough revenue” to support the investor’s family.

  • Privileges of obtaining E-2 visa

E-2 visa allows visa holder to:

  • Work legally in the company that is the investment vehicle in the United States.
  • Travel freely in and out of the United States
  • Stay in United Sates on a prolonged basis with unlimited two-year extensions as long as he/she maintains E-2 qualifications
  • Be accompanied by his/her dependents under 21, relatives and spouse. Applicant’s spouse might also work while in the U.S. while their dependents can attend U.S. schools, colleges, and universities as they do not have to apply for separate student visa.

However, E2 visa holder’s spouses and dependents do not need to be the same nationality as of the principle applicant.

  • Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply for E2, applicant needs to meet the following criteria:-

  1. The investor, either an individual, partnership or corporate entity, must be a citizen of a treaty country
  2. The applicant should have realistic plans to establish and fund the business
  3. In a business a minimum 50 % of the business must be owned by the persons with the treaty country’s nationality
  4. The investment must be sufficient to establish the successful operation of the business/company
  5. The investment used to qualify for an E2 visa must be a real operating enterprise, an active commercial or entrepreneurial undertaking and should eventually create employment for US citizens and residents of the US.
  6. Applicant must have control of funds. Loans taken with the assets of the investment enterprise are not entertained

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The E1 Visa for US

November 28th, 2018 by admin

The E1 visa is a non-immigrant visa that permits the entry of foreign nationals (including individuals and employees) of a treaty nation into the United States and carry out substantial international trade.

The definition of “trade” is not strict and includes commercial transactions in goods and trade in services and technology like banking, insurance, accounting, tourism, communications, transportation, data processing, advertising, design and engineering and other measurable services which can be traded.

An E1 visa may also cover immediate family including spouse and unmarried children under 21. The spouse of the visa holder is entitled to work, but children are not.

E1 Visa Requirements

  • The applicant must be a citizen of one of the treaty countries. However, this requirement does not apply to immediate family members.
  • The applicant must intend to engage in “substantial trade”, which is not strictly defined.
  • A minimum 50% of the volume of trade carried out need to be between the United States and the treaty country
  • The trade can be in the form of physical movement of goods like transportation, or non-physical services, including banking and insurance, technology, tourism, or journalism.
  • Applicant (employee) must be employed at supervisory or managerial role possessing highly specialized skills or knowledge essential to the efficient operation of the firm.
  • The applicant should provide evidence that they intend to return to their home country at the end of the visa period

E1 Visa Term

  1. Length of Stay 
  • Initially the E1 visa grants a stay of up to two years. However, provided the conditions are still met, the initial stay can be followed by extensions of up to two years. There is no limit to the number of extensions visa holder applies for.
  • The treaty trader or employee can travel out of the United States and can obtain an automatic 2-year extension upon re-admission.

However, the additional readmission extension is not granted to immediate family members of visa holders automatically, therefore, they should keep track of their length of stay and make sure to apply for extensions to remain in the United States lawfully at the appropriate time.

  1. Restriction on Employment

An E-1 trader or employee is only entitled to work in the activity for which they were approved for when the visa was issued. However, in case their employer has a parent company it might be possible for them to work for that organization.

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US TN-1 Visa for Canadians

November 19th, 2018 by admin

TN visa is a special non-immigrant status in the United States, Canada, and Mexico that offers expedited work authorization to citizens of these three countries.

The TN category offers Canadian professionals a fast track into the USA. Under this visa, a Canadian citizen can work in a professional occupation in the United States.

As a NAFTA professional, Canadian citizens do not need a visa. This is the reason that the term ‘TN Status’ is sometimes used instead of TN Visa.

  • Key features of TN-1 Visa
  • The TN-1 visa is granted for a specific employer. If needed for more than one employer, multiple TN-1 applications are need to be made. However, the visa is not designed for self employment, or to establish a personal business.
  • The TN Visa is initially granted for up to three years, but only for the specific employer for which it was originally requested as changing employers need to start from scratch with a new application.
  • The spouse and dependent children under the age of 21 of a TN professional can also apply for TD status (TD-1 for the family members of a Canadian citizen worker), which is granted for the same period of time as the principal TN professional holder. The spouse and dependent children of the applicant are not allowed to work, although they are permitted to attend school.
  • TN-1 Visa basic requirements

To be eligible for TN-1 visa, prospective Canadian applicants need to meet the following basic requirements:

  • Applicant must be a Canadian citizen
  • Applicants must have a US job offer in an eligible profession (qualifies under NAFTA) which requires someone with their professional skills
  • Applicant must fulfill the educational or qualification requirements for the job
  • Applicant must be qualified to work in this business activity
  • Applicant’s intention to stay should be temporary in nature.

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New Zealand Follows US & Australia – Plans Restrictions on Skilled Worker Visa

April 19th, 2017 by admin

What started out in one part of the globe has reached the other part of the globe. It was started out by US to put more restrictions on how immigration applications are scrutinized. Recently, Australia announced that it will make changes to its immigration policies. The latest addition to this list is New Zealand.

The government of New Zealand has announced that it is planning to tighten access to skilled work visas with the objective to help local people find jobs.

People who are employed in the seasonal work such as picking up fruits will get the length of their work visas reduced to the time period they are required in the country.

These planned changes will be taken with the purpose to keep a check on the high level of immigration that is happening in New Zealand. This issue has cropped up as housing shortages, overcrowding and road congestion has been observed in Auckland and other major cities in New Zealand.

According to the statistical department in New Zealand, more than 70,000 new immigrants have come to New Zealand in the last year alone. The majority of these people have settled down in Auckland, which is now home to more than 1.5 million people.

This announcement from New Zealand has come after a day an announcement was made by Australia that will give more importance to Australian workers and will replace the skilled 457 visas. Just a day before, Australian prime minister, Malcolm Trurnbull stated that, “ Australians must have priority for Australian jobs – so the government is planning to abolish the 457 class visas. This visa is used to bring temporary foreign workers into the country”.

The immigration minister of New Zealand, Michael Woodhouse used almost the same language when he announced the plans of the country on immigration. According to him, “The government has a Kiwis-first approach to immigration”.

“It is important that the immigration process of the country is bringing in right people who have the right skills to fill up genuine skill shortages. This will contribute in the growth and development of the economy” Woodhouse added.

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Donald Trump Wants Complete Review of High-skilled H-1B Immigration Visa

April 18th, 2017 by admin

US President Donald Trump, in all likelihood may direct a complete review of the high-skilled immigration visa program of the country. This new measure will be part of the actions that are taken by US to catch companies, including those in tech industry, that have employed foreign workers in place of Americans.

In the new executive order that is expected soon from Donald Trump, instructions will be given to the Department of Homeland Security that is responsible for the issuance of famous H-1B visa. The pattern in which this visa is being granted will be reviewed thoroughly.

The agency will also be directed to make changes in the visa process in such a way that the jobs do not go to foreign workers who are employed just because they are paid less as compared to their US counterparts.

The new executive order which will be issued with the objective of “buy American, hire American” will not make any changes in the day-to-day working of the agency.

The H-1B visa is being supported by numerous companies in the Silicon Valley. The new executive order will at least open up the program for a formal review. It is expected that the president will make the announcement for the change during his visit to Wisconsin tomorrow.

The latest move from US president Donald Trump may leave many companies in the tech industry wondering around. This will be the latest addition in the number of restrictions that are being imposed by the present administration to stop employment of high-skilled foreign workers.

Just around a month ago, the Donald Trump administration implemented the rule to put H-1B visa under greater scrutiny. It is expected that employers of H-1B visa will be checked to determine if they have evaded the good faith effort to hire workers in US.

According to officials at Department of Homeland Security, programmers who are applying for H-1B visa will have to justify that they are in fact doing complex, specialized jobs. These new rules will come down hard on Indian tech companies such as Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys.

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Canada Gives $119M Aid to African and Middle Eastern Countries Suffering from Food Crises

March 20th, 2017 by admin

Canada will give $119 million to help individuals in nations amidst nourishment emergencies.

Migration Minister Ahmed Hussen told journalists in Toronto on Friday that the cash will go toward those in Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen who are confronting outrageous sustenance instability.

“These 20 million individuals require compassionate help now,” he said at the Keele Street Community Hub. “We realize that Canadians care and need their legislature to react to the necessities of individuals in these locales.”

He said Canada will give $27 million to Nigeria, $21 million to Somalia, $37 million to South Sudan and $34 million to Yemen.

Starvation has as of now been pronounced in parts of South Sudan and sustenance emergencies are creating there, in northeastern Nigeria, and Yemen because of contentions and in Somalia because of dry spell.

Canada reacting to UN request

Canada’s commitment will be conveyed through United Nations offices and non-legislative compassionate associations. It will go toward the arrangement of nourishment, social insurance administrations, clean water and sanitation offices and to secure jobs.

Hussen said the Canadian government asks the power “players” in these nations to permit help to be conveyed.

Not long ago, the UN advanced for earnest guide, saying this is the “biggest philanthropic emergency” since the finish of the Second World War. It will take $4.4 billion in helpful guide by July to turn away catastrophe, the UN said then.

Hussen said these four nations have been distinguished as the most in need at this moment.

Most of the sustenance instability has been made by struggle and uprooting from strife zones, the clergyman said.

As indicated by Global Affairs Canada, around 8.5 million individuals in Nigeria need helpful help, with 5.1 million of them confronting extraordinary sustenance instability. Generally a large portion of the number of inhabitants in Somalia — more than six million individuals — need compassionate help.

In February, the UN proclaimed a starvation in parts of South Sudan, influencing an expected 100,000 individuals. Up to one million are at danger of starvation.

An expected 10.3 million Yemenis require prompt life-sparing help, as indicated by help associations

In 2016, Canada gave over $100 million in compassionate help to individuals in every one of the four nations.