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Q & A: Visitor Visa Refusal

Q. Can refusal of PRP (permanent resident application) cause refusal of student authorization? I applied for PRP back in 1995/96. I was refused the PRP only because I did not have enough experience in the job category I applied for. Now, I got admission to Ph.D. program in Canadian Univ., and am granted financial support […]

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Pilot Project Extended

Indications at present are that the Pilot Project for Software Professionals has been extended until March of 1998. This project, aimed at countering a perceived shortage of skilled computer professionals in Canada, removes the requirements of validation of job offers in order to obtain employment authorizations for certain computer software related professions. Additional information can […]

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Importing a Vehicle into Canada

The Motor Vehicle Safety Act (MVSA) and Regulations require that all Vehicles imported into Canada comply with the Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS) in effect on the date the vehicle was manufactured. The requirements apply to the following vehicle classes if, when imported, they are less than fifteen (15) years old and to all […]

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LUCIENNE ROBILLARD ANNOUNCES HIGHER IMMIGRATION LEVELS FOR 1998

OTTAWA, October 23, 1997 — Lucienne Robillard, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and M.P. for Westmount/Ville-Marie, today tabled in the House of Commons the 1998 Immigration Plan, entitled A Stronger Canada. The Immigration Plan for 1998 sets 200,000 – 225,000 as the overall range of immigrants and refugees which is 5,000 higher than the levels […]

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Q & A: CCPE Accreditation with Canadian Accreditation

Q. As an engineer, do I need a CCPE assessment even if I have obtained a post-graduate degree (Masters level) at a Canadian university? Answer: CCPE assessment is largely based on undergraduate education, as well as postgraduate studies. As such, where such an education took place outside of Canada, or possibly the USA, it may […]

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Q & A: Trial Sponsorship?

Q. I have heard that one way of getting him here is through an engagement sponsorship in which we would have 90 days to decided to get married if not he would have to return to Cuba. The only concern I have is what if we don’t decide to get married within the 90 days […]

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Q & A: NOC Employment Requirements

Q. I´ve been working as software developer in a big corporation for one and a half years. But I do not have much educational background, as I learned everything most of what I know by myself. Will it be completely impossible for me to apply for immigration due to lack of educational references ? My […]

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UK Police Clearances

Although most of the information contained in such Histories is retrievable from the national police database in the U.K., there is no information on the national database that predates 1981, and there are some localities with stand-alone systems that do not contribute to the national system at all. Moreover, for reasons of sheer volume, London […]

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Medical Testing may Become Stricter

As early as next January, immigrants applying to Canada will undergo stricter medical tests for infectious diseases, and the tests will be tailored to their country of origin. Health Canada and Immigration Canada are planning an overhaul of their antiquated testing system, and will apply the two medical clauses in the Immigration Act more aggressively. […]

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Q & A: Buffalo Backlogs

Q. After submitting my application to the Buffalo IAPC three months ago, I have not received any notice from them. Is this normal? Answer: The backlogs created around May 1, as a result of the changes in the Regulations at that time, are most likely responsible for the delays that you are experiencing at this […]

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Q & A: Common Law Marriage

Q. I’m hoping someone will be able to answer this question for me. I’ve been dating my girlfriend for the past 2 1/2 years, and we’ve been living together in the US for the last 9 months while I’ve been down here on contract. However, I’m going to be returning to Canada in the very […]

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Q & A: Employment Authorizations

Q. Is it true if you have a Irish passport or a European country in “common market” that you don’t need an employment authorization? Answer: No, employment authorizations are required by any individual other than a Canadian citizen or permanent resident in order to work in Canada. Certain countries may enjoy somewhat relaxed requirements for […]

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Q & A: Negative CCPE Assessment

Q. I received my qualification assessment result from CCPE yesterday. The results is different from what I applied. As I worked as a geological engineer in the field for more than 10 years responsible for the mineral exploration, how can they assessed me as a geologist? Is there any influence for my application to Canada […]

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Q & A: Inclusion of Parent as Accompanying Dependent

Q. Hello, I’d like to accompany my mother to Canada. There surely is no place for ‘parent’ in IMM008; Can I register her as my dependent? I have read a couple of articles on sponsoring parent, after landing. But in my case, I cannot get a permit for migration *unless* the whole household, including my […]

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Letter to Representatives from Bonn, Germany

Dear Madam/Sir, It has been several months since you received our last “Bonn Immigration Service Standards” report which was for the second quarter of 1997. I have not produced one for the third quarter as new developments made our projection of processing times too uncertain to be useful. This interim message is to provide you […]

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Message from Hong Kong regarding Processing Times

“For both new applications and those transferred from offices in the US, the time to interview is roughly the same. Applicants will be advised of their interview time and date approximately six months following initial assessment of the application and initial assessment generally takes four months from the date of receipt of a perfected application. […]

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Q & A: Amending an Application Following Submission

Q. My Permanent Residence was approved recently and I will be getting married before I land in Canada. What procedure(s) must I follow for my spouse to come to Canada with me? Answer: At such time as you marry, you must advise the visa office of such, and return the landing documents for modification. You […]

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Province Wants More Choice of Immigrants

Quebec- The Quebec government plans to increase the percentage of immigrants it selects in a move designed to increase the number of French-speaking newcomers to the province. Speaking to reporters, Immigration Minister Andre Boisclair said Quebec wants the number of immigrants selected by provincial officials – as opposed to Ottawa – to increase from the […]

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Labour Market Shortages in Software Development in Canada

Canadian industry has indicated it is facing a shortage of software development workers which is hurting its competitiveness. These labour market shortages are specific to certain skill sets that cannot be found within the current Canadian labour market. Industry also claims that its ability to attract foreign workers to staff these positions on a temporary […]

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Amendment to Immigration Regulations, 1978 Implemented

As scheduled, the amendments to the Immigration Regulations were implemented as per the proposals tabled by the Minister on March 15 of this year. This amendment, which was prefaced with the claim that it was only “technical in nature,” had the main effect of shifting from the Canadian Classification and Dictionary of Occupations (CCDO) to […]

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Q & A: RRP Validity

Q. I’m a landed immigrant and work in US. My RRP is valid until Feb.1998. Right now I’m facing an urgent personal stuff and had to have a short trip to Canada. My question are 1: When I use my PR visa and RRP to enter the Port, will the customer void my RRP? Answer: […]

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Q & A: “Research Assistant” Experience

Q. Can anybody tell me what the definition of a research assistant is and would my years as a postgraduate researcher working towards a PhD count as work experience? Answer: Research assistant is no longer contained on the General Occupations List. Work experience gained during positions of research during post-graduate research has been repeatedly been […]

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