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New Federal Skilled Worker Program to accept applications beginning May 4, 2013

Ottawa, December 19, 2012 — The new selection system for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) will take effect on May 4, 2013 at which time the program will re-open for applications, Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.

“The government’s number one priority remains jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity,” said Minister Kenney. “The new Federal Skilled Worker Program criteria will ensure Canada is selecting the skilled immigrants our economy needs, who are the most likely to succeed and fully realize their potential in Canada.”

The improvements to the FSWP points grid are based on a large body of research which has consistently shown that language proficiency and youth are two of the most important factors in the economic success of immigrants.

The final changes to the FSWP selection criteria include:

  • Minimum official language thresholds and increased points for official language proficiency, making language the most important factor in the selection process;
  • Increased emphasis on younger immigrants, who are more likely to acquire valuable Canadian experience, are better positioned to adapt to changing labour market conditions, and who will spend a greater number of years contributing to Canada’s economy;
  • Introduction of the Educational Credential Assessment (ECA), so that education points awarded reflect the foreign credential’s true value in Canada;
  • Changes to the arranged employment process, allowing employers to hire applicants quickly, if there is a demonstrated need in the Canadian labour market; and
  • Additional adaptability points for spousal language ability and Canadian work experience.

“For too long, too many immigrants to Canada have experienced underemployement and unemployment, and this has been detrimental to these newcomers and to the Canadian economy,” said Minister Kenney. “Our transformational changes to the FSWP will help ensure that skilled newcomers are able to contribute their skills fully to the economy as soon as possible. This is good for newcomers, good for the economy, and good for all Canadians.”

There are two new steps to the new selection system. First, applicants will have to demonstrate that they meet the minimum language threshold, which is level 7 of the Canadian Language Benchmark assessment system. Applicants will be able to get a language assessment from existing agencies designated by the Minister and listed on the CIC website.

Second, applicants will have their education credentials assessed prior to arriving in Canada. A list of assessment organizations designated by the Minister will be made available early in the New Year. The assessment of foreign educational credentials will provide prospective newcomers with a more realistic understanding of how their credentials compare to education standards in Canada. It will also give them the opportunity to upgrade their education prior to coming to Canada if they choose.

It is important to note that these changes will not apply to people who have applied to the FSWP prior to May 4, 2013 with a qualifying arranged job offer or under the Ph.D. stream.

As recently announced, due to the actions taken over the past months, new applications under the FSWP will be processed in a few months, rather than a few years. In order to ensure fast processing times and to avoid backlogs, the new FSWP will accept a fixed number of applications each year.

In the medium term, the Government is also moving forward to develop and implement an Expression of Interest (EOI) model, which will provide employers with access to a pool of skilled workers.

Are you a foreign doctor or engineer driving taxis in US or Canada?

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Immigrant dreamers are sometimes faced with hard truth.
You once used to be this big shot doctor or engineer in your home country, just to migrate to Canada or US, and find that your skills are not transferable.

It is often likely to get into a taxis/cab and while one talk to foreign drivers, you are faced with un- answered question why such a qualified person is driving taxis/cab.

However, it seem times are changing and Canada is considering of reviewing its immigration policies come May, 2013.

There is hope for those in US or Canada, once the Canadian policy of recognizing foreign skills passes, if you are in US then you can apply to Canada and migrate there.

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Foreign Doctors and Engineers, Finally there is hope in Canada

Written By: admin - Jan• 11•13

New immigration points system will favour younger workers, language skills

Stephanie Levitz, Canadian Press | Dec 19, 2012 10:49 AM ET | Last Updated:Dec 19, 2012 7:00 PM ET
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Adrian Wyld / CP filesImmigration Minister Jason Kenney is set to unveil the details of the new system today.
The federal government will relaunch its largest immigration program in May with a new focus on making sure foreign engineers and doctors aren’t stuck driving taxis for a living when they come to Canada, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced Wednesday.

The Federal Skilled Worker Program was frozen in June pending changes to the points grid used to select newcomers.

The government is seeking to make youth and language proficiency a bigger priority for both principal applicants and their spouses. Under the new system, the government will also award more points for Canadian work experience and would-be newcomers will have to have their education credentials assessed before arriving in Canada.

“The reforms we’re making are designed to dramatically improve the economic outcome of newcomers and to help Canada’s productivity as our workforce shrinks and our population ages,” Kenney said.

We want the engineers who we select to actually be able to work as engineers

“Rather than bringing engineers to Canada to drive cabs or doctors to be corner store clerks, we want the engineers who we select to actually be able to work as engineers and the doctors to be able to work as doctors.”

Citing studies that show newcomers tend to have higher unemployment and underemployment rates than the Canadian born population as well as lower average incomes, Kenney said the goal is to reverse the trend to the point that they are close if not in line with national figures.

Kenney said the credential assessment won’t guarantee foreign trained professionals a job in their field since “rigid” and “byzantine” regulatory agencies ultimately have the final say on licensing, but noted efforts are also underway to work with professional bodies to ensure foreigners can find out within a year whether they’ll be granted a license to practice. With respect to foreign doctors, he suggested the points grid will also factor in the availability of residency positions before granting permanent residency.

“This is about truth in advertising. This is what people have been asking us to do for a long time which is to be up front with folks,” he said. “If your level of education is not at or close to the Canadian standard, why would we invite you to come to Canada only to face unemployment or underemployment.”

Freezing the skilled worker program has also allowed the government to get a grip on about 100,000 remaining backlogged applications. It’s what was left after the government eliminated about 280,000 pre-2008 applications from skilled workers and their dependents in the last budget. The government is doing this by refunding $130 million in application fees, though the plan is being challenged in court.

That said, between the moratorium on new federal skilled worker applications and the budget decision to toss old applications, the government indicated last month that the remaining backlog would be eliminated by 2014, about three years ahead of schedule.

When the program relaunches May 4, 2013, it’s expected that new applications will be processed within months rather than years, Kenney said, adding he will also cap the number of applications the government will accept annually to avoid more backlogs in the future.

Frozen at the same time as the skilled worker program, the immigrant investor stream is also poised to relaunch in the first half of next year, Kenney told Postmedia News.

The cash-for-visa scheme which grants permanent residency to wealthy foreigners prepared to invest at least $800,000 into the Canadian economy is also being revamped. The stream is considered too attractive as comparable programs require a much larger investment and one that is permanent. Under the current rules, the $800,000 investment is more like a loan that must be repaid in five years.

The program, however, is also facing a massive backlog of about 25,000 applications — 86,000 if you include dependents — that could take 10 years to get through. Six Chinese investors who applied when the scheme required a mere $400,000 investment are now suing the government over lengthy processing delays.

They fear the government will eliminate the investor backlog in much the same way it did the skilled worker backlog and this week asked the Federal Court to pre-emptively bar the government from doing so pending the outcome of their court case.

Their lawyer Tim Leahy ultimately lost his bid for an injunction, but in an email noted he’s still not convinced the government won’t “abolish” the investor files.

Asked about his plans for the immigrant investor backlog Wednesday, Kenney didn’t rule out the notion entirely but suggested it’s not in the immediate cards.

“At this point, we’re not contemplating legislative measures to reduce the backlog in that stream,” he said, adding the changes will include raising the “price point,” making it a more “active” investment and requiring investors to assume some risk.

The government is also looking into the merits of asking would-be investors caught in the backlog if they would submit to the new rules and investment thresholds in exchange for having their applications fast-tracked. Kenney said that’s one way the government could reduce the backlog.

NDP immigration critic Jinny Sims said Kenney often makes “erratic” and “surprise” decisions and doesn’t believe anything, including doing away with investor backlog, is really “off the table.” She also slammed Kenney’s skilled worker announcement Wednesday, noting the new points grid was already unveiled in August. The only new thing, she argued, is the implementation date.

Detention Centres are not Holiday Camps (Avoid them if you can)

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Detained immigrants riot at removal centre


Up to 40 immigrant detainees rioted last week at Morton Hall in Swinderby, Lincolnshire, injuring five officers.

As many as 40 detainees were involved in the incident at Morton Hall immigration removal centre in Swinderby, which saw one detainee taken to hospital and 12 others transferred to other centres.

A UK Border Agency (UKBA) spokesman said: “All our immigration removal centres are overseen by an independent monitoring board.

“Morton Hall is a safe place for detainees and staff. We will not tolerate any behaviour which might put anyone at risk of harm.”

Staff were injured in disturbances on 30 December, the UKBA said, while up to 50 detainees were also involved in a protest on Christmas Day, in which no one was injured.

The incidents were brought under control within an hour.

Morton Hall, a former women’s prison, was reopened as an immigration removal centre in 2011 after a £6m refit. It holds up to 392 foreign national offenders, failed asylum seekers and illegal immigrants.

The UKBA’s website states that inmates at the all-male centre have access to 24-hour medical services, a dentist, a “well-stocked” library with “a wide array of reading material in different languages as well as DVDs and CDs”.

There are also indoor badminton, soft tennis, volleyball and basketball courts.

In September last year, 18 asylum seekers went on hunger strike at Morton Hall because they did not want to be sent back to Afghanistan.

Immigration Adviser  Cynthia Barker’s firm has helped detainees secure a release. She said more students and overstayers are being detained.

“In one recent case a student visa holder was detained for 80 days after he was refused an extension.

“He was a polite young man who had never been in trouble with the law, was studying at University and had no need to work as he was fully supported by his family back home in Nigeria.

“We managed to rescue him minutes before his specially chartered ”deportation” plane was about to take off from Stanstead Airport only because he was in a relationship with an EEA national – even then the Home Office wanted to ignore this and remove him that night.”

Detention centres are not, as some suggest, holiday camps. The conditions experienced by detainees, which holds visa overstayers alongside convicted murders and rapists, are similar to those in prisons. Getting access to qualified legal advice to lodge an appeal or apply for bail is not always easy.

Immigration Matters has teamed up with a network of immigration law practitioners and Barristers to offer bail and appeal services for those who find themselves locked in detention centres.

You may be shocked to learn that people in Britain today can be detained indefinitely, pending deportation or appeals.

If you have been detained, need any immigration advice or are worried about the new immigration rules or need help with Sponsorship or Tier 2, Tier 4, applying for university if your college has closed down, Visa, ILR, Settlement, Citizenship, Dependant Visa or an appeal against a UK Border Agency or British Embassy refusal, or if you have been waiting for a reply from the Home Office for longer than a year, please email: or visit for free immigration news updates.

Are you a cook looking for work..Australia might to be your destination

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There is an increasing demand for chefs and cooks in Australia

According to Sally Neaustralia 2  There is an increasing demand for chefs and cooks in Australiaville, chief executive of the Restaurant and Catering Association of South Australia, there is a shortage of cooks across Australia. It is caused by restrictive immigration requirements and increased interest in various regional food styles. The shortage started when the federal government of Australia removed the cook profession from the skilled occupations list, which gave the right to people to come to work to Australia very easily. As a result of this, the only way for a company to hire a chef or a cook is through the temporary 457 visa which costs nearly 50 000 Australian dollars. In order the problem to be solved the Australian government needs to put the profession back to the skills-in-demand list and to reduce the language requirements since perfectly fluent English is not necessary condition for being a good cook or a chef.

A report from the association shows that its own research among members reveals that 7% of the industry is actively seeking a senior cook or chef and 5% are seeking a restaurant manager. The Australian Bureau of Statistics expects that the demand for chefs will grow with 14 % during the next five years. At the same time fewer Australians are being trained for the profession and the statistics shows that the number of local people enrolled inn hospitality certificate level courses is down with 5%

Therefore the Restaurant and Catering Association wants chefs to be put back on the skilled occupations list and the English language requirement to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. The reason for this is that if a specialized Chinese cook is working in a Chinese kitchens the level of English he or she speaks will not be crucial for the effectiveness of his/her work.

By Deyan, Visa First (Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your Australian Visa fast and hassle-free today.)