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US Citizenship Path….There is hope for 11 million illegal immigrants

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Obama White House to Push for Comprehensive Immigration Plan

By Lisa Lerer - Jan 13, 2013 4:56 PM ET

President Barack Obama plans to push for a comprehensive immigration plan that includes a legislative solution to issues such as undocumented immigrants, according to administration officials.

“It’s an economic imperative,” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said today on CBS’s “Face the Nation” program. “If we bring these people, 11 million people, from out of the dark and into the light, it’s about a $1.5 trillion impact to the U.S. economy.”

Enlarge imageU.S. President Barack Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference in the East Room of the White House on Nov. 14, 2012. Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

Enlarge imageObama White House to Push for Comprehensive Immigration Plan

Obama won 71 percent of Latino voters in the 2012 election, a victory that left Republicans willing to take up the immigration issue as a way to change their image with the fast-growing demographic group. Photographer: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

While no final decision has been made about when the Democratic White House’s proposal will be formally introduced, administration officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, said they will oppose efforts by Republicans to break immigration legislation into smaller bills.

In his first news conference after winning re-election, Obama promised to begin working on a major immigration bill soon after the formal start of his second term.

“I am very confident that we can get immigration reform done,” the president told reporters on Nov. 14. “My expectation is that we get a bill introduced and we begin the process in Congress very soon after my inauguration.”

Citizenship Path

Even as much of Washington has focused on fiscal issues and curbing gun control, the administration has been working on a plan for several months. Their proposal will include a path to citizenship for the country’s 11 million undocumented immigrants, according to officials — an idea opposed as amnesty by Republican critics.

Separately from the White House, a bipartisan group of senators, headed by Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York and Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina have been working on a parallel bill.

Obama won 71 percent of Latino voters in the 2012 election, a victory that left Republicans willing to take up the immigration issue as a way to change their image with the fast- growing demographic group. National exit polls showed that 10 percent of the electorate was Latino, compared with 9 percent four years ago and 8 percent in 2004.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press” today, said theRepublican Party needs to “take a very hard look at itself and understand that the country has changed” demographically.

“If the Republican Party does not change along with that demographic, they are going to be in trouble,” the retired general, himself a Republican, said on CBS.

‘Comprehensive Approach’

House Speaker John Boehner said in a Nov. 8 interview with ABC News that “a comprehensive approach is long overdue, and I’m confident that the president, myself, others, can find the common ground to take care of this issue once and for all.”

Immigrant-owned businesses employ one in 10 U.S. workers in private companies and contribute more than $775 billion of revenue to the nation’s economy, according to the Partnership for a New American Economy. The businesses generate about $125 billion in payroll, the nonpartisan advocacy group of 450 mayors and business leaders said in a report last August.

The report, written by Robert Fairlie, an economics professor at the University of California,Santa Cruz, analyzed U.S. Census data, including national population and business- owner surveys, to conclude that immigrants, who account for 12.9 percent of the population, started 28 percent of all new U.S. businesses in 2011. In 1996, immigrants founded 15 percent of all new businesses, the report said.

Formation Rate

Immigrants are more than twice as likely to start a business as the native-born, according to the report. In 2011, the immigrant business-formation rate was 550 new businesses per month for every 100,000 immigrants, while the native-born rate was 270 for every 100,000, according to the report.

The group’s founders are News Corp. (NWSA) Chief Executive Officer Rupert Murdoch and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The mayor is founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP.

The U.S. spent $18 billion on immigration enforcement last year, more than all other major federal criminal law enforcement agencies combined, according to a Jan. 7 report by the nonpartisan Washington-based Migration Policy Institute.

To contact the reporter on this story: Lisa Lerer in Washington at llerer@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steven Komarow at skomarow1@bloomberg.net

320,000 skilled construction workers needed in Canada

Written By: admin - Jan• 11•13

Want to live and work in Canada?

Then you dream might just come true with the new policy.

Are you looking to immigrate but don’t know where? Time to say Canada here I come…..

Canada might be the place for you if you have the needed skills. All you need to do is to get an employer in Canada who accept to offer you a job.

Then use the job offer as evidence of getting the required Canada immigration paper.

The government is making this process of legalizing your stay in Canada easy.

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Want to live and stay in Canada:Skilled trades stream targets 3,000 foreign workers in 2013

Written By: admin - Jan• 11•13

Skilled trades stream targets 3,000 foreign workers in 2013

Immigrants in skilled trades to face easier path into Canada under rules announced Monday

By Louise Elliott, CBC News

Posted: Dec 10, 2012 5:02 AM ET

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has unveiled details of a new program intended to speed the arrival to Canada of foreign tradespeople whose skills are in demand.

New Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has unveiled details of a new program intended to speed the arrival to Canada of foreign tradespeople whose skills are in demand.

Kenney said the Skilled Trades Stream will help address serious labour shortages in some regions of the country, including remote regions such as Northern Ontario, and will help grow the economy.

“This is about having an immigration system that works for Canada, works for our economy, works for newcomers [and] fuels our long-term growth and prosperity,” Kenney said in making the announcement Monday in Mississauga, Ont.

“For too long, Canada’s immigration system has not been open to these in-demand skilled workers. These changes are long overdue and will help us move to a fast and flexible immigration system that works for Canada’s economy,” Kenney said in a statement accompanying his announcement.

‘It was easier under the points system to get in if you had a post-doctorate degree in ancient Greek pottery as opposed to somebody who has 20 years experience as a welder or an electrician.’—Michael Atkinson, president of the Canadian Construction Association

The department will begin accepting applications for the new program on Jan. 2, 2013, but will accept just 3,000 applications in the program’s first year to keep processing times to a minimum, the statement said.

Applicants to the skilled trades program will not have to meet the criteria of the points system used for the rest of the federal skilled worker category.

Instead, the new program will give weight to applicants who:

  • Have a job offer in Canada.
  • Have basic proficiency in French or English, but not at the level required by the skilled worker points system.
  • Can prove they have recently worked in the trade and have a minimum of two years’ experience.
  • Can show their occupation falls within the federal trade classification system.

The federal government will consult with the provinces to come up with a list of jobs where there are vacancies before January. The list is expected to include such trades as pipe-fitters, mechanics, transportation jobs and electricians.

“These changes are a great step in the right direction,” said Michael Atkinson, president of the Canadian Construction Association.

Atkinson argues it’s one of several necessary fixes to an immigration points system that has placed too much emphasis on white collar jobs.

“It was easier under the points system to get in if you had a post-doctorate degree in ancient Greek pottery as opposed to somebody who has 20 years experience as a welder or an electrician. So that was a problem.”

But immigration lawyer Lorne Waldman said Monday that unless the government significantly reduces the language requirement for the skilled trades program, there will still be a major barrier to workers under the new program.

“Unless they make the (language) requirements very rudimentary it won’t meet the objective,” he said.

Waldman added his firm has many clients who are working in Canada on temporary visas but who simply can’t meet the government’s threshold for language in either the Federal Skilled Worker category or in the Canada Experience Class.

Kenney has emphasized the new program will have a lower language threshold but it is not yet clear what the test will be.

Less reliance on temporary labour

Atkinson argues that more tradespeople coming into the permanent immigration stream will reduce the country’s reliance on temporary labour.

Meanwhile, changes to Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker Program are expected to give younger, English and French speakers with Canadian experience a boost.

Take our quiz to see if you would stand a chance to come to Canada under the proposed changes.

“The more the skilled worker program begins to become responsive to the needs of industry and employers going forward, the less reliance there would be on the temporary foreign worker program.”

The need for skilled tradespeople is particularly acute in Alberta.

It’s estimated the province will need 115,000 additional workers in skilled trades over the next 10 years.

Jeanette Sutherland, manager of workforce and productivity at Calgary Economic Development, says the present system has inhibited growth across the western energy, construction, manufacturing and hospitality sectors.

“Under the current federal skilled worker program there’s not enough openings,” she said.

“There’s quite a process employers have to go through to make sure they match Alberta certification and credentialling standards… This is really going to add to our benefit.”

Alberta seeking skilled workers

Sutherland believes the new program will be geared toward the kinds of jobs that Alberta desperately needs to fill, jobs that almost never got filled through the old system: “Pipefitters, welders, a lot of those skilled trades positions that are significantly in demand.”

Sutherland expressed hope the government will expand the number of places in the skilled trades program in the coming years.

And she said she hopes the new program will significantly shorten the wait time for employers who often need workers quickly to complete time-sensitive projects.

Atkinson noted that changes to the immigration system need to be combined with efforts to improve the training and apprenticeship programs available to Canadian workers.

But domestic sources won’t be enough, he said, as by 2020 Canada will need an additional 320,000 skilled construction workers.

“Only about half of those are going to come from domestic sources,” he said. “So not that immigration is the total answer to our future labour challenges. It’s an important part.”

Atkinson added that the recently announced plan to create an “expression of interest” system online that would allow prospective skilled workers to register and have their accreditation approved in advance will also move the system in the right direction for tradespeople.

International Students dream to study abroad….Be aware of fake recruiters

Written By: admin - Jan• 11•13

Are you a prospective international student with a dream of studying abroad?
It is such a great dream and most of international student are so filled with passion of making their dreams come true.
In the process of finding ways to get placed, recruited or accepted in foreign universities, international students contact placing agencies or consultants who promise to get them a school, visa and so forth.

International student be aware that there are scam artist out there, and some consultant are not legitimate.
Do thorough research on a consultant before entrusting your dream to them.

For instance in Canada there are consultant who are not legitimate. Click here

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International Students be aware of fake recruiters.

Written By: admin - Jan• 11•13

International students easy prey for immigration recruiters

Government trying to crack down on ‘ghost consultants’

By Fabiola Carletti and Janet Davison, CBC News

Posted: Dec 11, 2012 5:02 AM ET

Vipul Patel thought that coming from India to study in Canada would be a good way to gain a foothold in a country he hopes will become his permanent home.

But nearly a year after making the move, the 23-year-old is frustrated, confused and not sure who to believe in the sometimes murky — and costly — world where ghost consultants mingle with legitimate agents wanting to help foreign students come to Canada.

“It’s very hard for me to trust anyone,” says Patel.

Patel’s suspicions developed after he turned to Edu Edge, a Toronto-based consulting firm that, with the help of a sub-agent, was promoting “study and immigrate” packages to students in India.

Edu Edge isn’t licensed to provide immigration consulting services, but its president, Naveen Kolan, says the firm hires such services as needed by seeking out Quebec lawyers who can offer them.

The company also hires subagents and in this case, the agent may have overstated what it was able to deliver, Kolan says. Edu Edge has told the subagent to take down the online ads in question.

Complained to regulator

In his complaint to the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council, the federal regulator launched last year by the federal government to crack down on unauthorized immigration representatives, Patel said he was made false promises about immigration timelines and the need for French to study and work in Quebec.

Patel wanted to enrol in an accounting course offered by the Lester B. Pearson School Board, the largest English-language school board in Quebec.

Who is an authorized representative?

Since the passage of Bill C-35 — formerly called the Cracking Down on Crooked Consultants Act — it has been illegal for unauthorized representatives to charge fees for immigration services. Those who are authorized representatives must be in good standing and must be registered under one of three groups:

  • Members of the new Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).
  • Lawyers with a provincial or territorial law society.
  • Notaries who are members of theChambre des notaires du Québec.

For more information, read the ICCRC’s bulletin for education agents and institutions.

His complaint alleges he was given “false advertisement on Facebook” promising that students could get permanent residency in 24 months and that no French would be required for residency in Quebec, misconceptions that Patel says were verbally reinforced.

“French is compulsory in Quebec. You need French in order to apply for [Quebec's skilled worker program,]” says Johnny Purohit, president of the Montreal-based registered consulting firm CIS Experts, who helped Patel file his complaint.

“Vipul was led to believe that he would get a three-year work permit if he studied in Quebec for two years, which is misleading — and it played a big role in his decision to come to Quebec to study here.”

At Edu Edge, Kolan says the company advised its subagent to remove the ads “right away” after questions regarding them were brought to the company’s attention.

Edu Edge tries to give “fair and accurate” information about the accounting program and educational outcomes to students, Kolan said.

At the same time, he says, the company works with partners whose advertisements are “difficult for us to monitor” and who sometimes “resort to practices which are not standard practices.”

Open letter

The Lester B. Pearson School Board has been using Edu Edge to recruit students from India for specialized accounting courses that are only offered to students from that country.

“We wanted to break into the Indian market. We’d done our investigation and [Edu Edge] seemed to be very thorough,” says Carol Mastantuono, the board’s international studies co-ordinator.

The board has had a good partnership with Edu Edge, she says, and is looking at extending its agreement with the group.

Still, Mastantuono told CBC News she would discuss the Patel complaint with Edu Edge.

“If it’s proved that any company — and it’s not just Edu Edge — any company or any organization that we dealt with was proven to be not on the up an up or there would be problems or difficulties with them, then we would move towards, absolutely, you know, nullifying the contract. There’d be no question about that.”

The ICCRC wouldn’t comment on Patel’s complaint, which is still being reviewed, because of confidentiality rules. But it does acknowledge the difficulty international students can face, and has posted an open letter to Canadian colleges and universities on its website.

“We are asking Canadian educational institutions to protect international students by encouraging their recruiters to operate within Canadian laws,” the letter says.

“It has come to our attention that foreign students are often victims of abuse and improper advice. Either they are being coerced into purchasing airline tickets at a higher fee, or they are threatened and intimidated by agents, especially when the students ask for a refund when applications are refused.”

Fast-tracking students

The federal government has served notice it sees international students as an attractive immigration target.

In early November, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced plans to fast-track foreign students and have more admitted as immigrants each year under the Canadian Experience Class.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has announced plans to fast-track foreign students and have more admitted as immigrants each year under the Canadian Experience Class.Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has announced plans to fast-track foreign students and have more admitted as immigrants each year under the Canadian Experience Class.(Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)Kenney made his announcementflanked by young foreign university students, noting “these are the kind of bright young people we are trying to recruit.”

The government has also proposed changes to its International Student Program “in order to better protect international students and enhance Canada’s reputation as a destination of choice for their studies,” Citizenship and Immigration Canada said in an email.

More details on that are expected in the next few weeks. But in the meantime, not everyone is happy with the idea of promoting Canadian post-secondary education as an immigration tool.

Come for an education

Naomi Alboim, chair of the policy forum at the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., says international students should be coming here because they want an education, not necessarily because they see it as a quicker route to immigration.

“The transition from international student status to permanent resident status should be a byproduct of students choosing to remain and being eligible to remain as opposed to the primary intent for why they’re coming here as an international student.”

Alboim says she’s much more worried about students who are coming to vocational schools, language schools or other educational institutions, rather than international students attending Canadian universities.

Those students attending Canadian universities go through a screening process and receive an education that is generally very good, she says.

Whereas students at the other schools or institutions “may be exploited in the sense that they pay high fees but they’re not getting the education they need.

“Those are the kinds of institutions that tend to use third-party recruiters, that tend to in some cases promise the students the sky and can’t deliver.”

Not a packaged deal

Alboim says it’s to the federal government’s credit that it has proposed regulations that would require provinces to identify educational institutions that they think should be able to host international students.

As Brent Farrington, internal co-ordinator for the Canadian Federation of Students, says, more and more international students are running into trouble in Canada.

“It’s a growing issue, obviously, with the number of international students increasing in Canada,” he said.

Speaking generally about the subject, and not referring specifically to Edu Edge, Farrington said: “because the recruiters are paid essentially for fulfilling quotas, they make a lot of promises, many of which are not true, to the international students they’re recruiting.”

“That’s not to say that all recruiters are bad, but we’ve reached a level where the federal government is stepping in to adopt a law to require recruiters and agents to register with the government if they’re providing advice on Canadian immigration — and that includes work permits, study permits and paths to permanent residency.”

Farrington says recruiting agents who make promises that students will be able to immigrate into Canada once they have a degree “should receive hefty fines because that’s not true.”

“What we have is a situation in which international students have a great chance of being able to immigrate, but it’s certainly not a packaged deal,” he says.