Applicants for Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship May Have Second Chance

Applicants for Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship May Have Second Chance

Applicants for Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship May Have Second Chance

Applicants for Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship May Have Second Chance

At the recent Canadian Bar Association (Immigration Section) conference, a representative of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) stated that the department may conduct a further invitation round to invite more individuals to submit an application for the sponsorship of parents and grandparents to immigrate to Canada through the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP). If IRCC decides to conduct a second draw, it may occur in the coming months.

In January 2017, IRCC implemented a new approach to receiving applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents wishing to sponsor their parents or grandparents to come to Canada. An Interest to Sponsor form was introduced, allowing individuals to indicate their interest in sponsoring their parents and grandparents, and enter for a chance to be randomly selected to apply.

Individuals who submitted a form online between January 3 and February 2 entered a pool of candidates. On April 25, IRCC announced it had randomly selected 10,000 potential sponsors from this pool of approximately 95,000 individuals, and invited them to submit a sponsorship application. Invited individuals have 90 days from the receipt of the invitation to submit a complete application.

The IRCC representative confirmed that as of Thursday, June 8, only 700 applications had been received from invited possible sponsors, of which 15 percent were incomplete.

“If the department does not receive the 10,000 new applications within the stipulated timeframe, additional persons will be invited to apply a randomised list of Interest to Sponsor submissions,” another IRCC spokesperson said. “If we don’t receive complete applications we will go back and draw from that existing list.”

Previously, IRCC had clarified that those individuals who did not receive an invitation on the first occasion would have the option to indicate their interest in applying again in 2018. However, these individuals may now have renewed hope as IRCC has stated it will invite more sponsors from the existing pool of those who had already submitted an Interest to Sponsor form between January 3 and February 2, if it is determined that further places are available for the 2017 target.

“Probably in August or September we’ll take a tally and see how many more spaces are left in the 10,000 cap, and there’ll be another round of people invited to apply,” the IRCC representative said.

The PGP — a history

Prior to 2017, paper-based applications to the PGP were received on a first-come, first served basis during dedicated intake periods. IRCC noted that stakeholders raised concerns about the fairness of this approach, as many individuals reported paying large amounts of money to couriers in an attempt to get their application to the front of the line for the program. In response, IRCC introduced the randomised selection intake management process and the Interest to Sponsor form.

In addition to improving the impartiality of the application process, IRCC has had considerable success in clearing a backlog of sponsorship applications dating back to 2011. According to the June 2016 ‘Lexbase’ compilation of Canadian immigration information, as of May 9, 2017, the backlog of applications for parent and grandparent sponsorship was approximately 29,600 individuals, down from more than 165,000 individuals in 2011.

In November 2011, IRCC — then under the name Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) — put a pause on applications for parent and grandparent sponsorship, in order to manage the backlog. One month later, in December 2011, the Super Visa was introduced. This multiple-entry visitor visa provides a way for parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to reside in Canada for up to two years on the initial entry to Canada and is valid for 10 years.

The PGP was reopened in 2014 with a cap of 5,000 applications. To reflect their key commitment to family reunification, the Liberal government raised the intake cap in 2016 to 10,000 applications. It is expected that this target will result in around 17,000 sponsored persons, as up to two people may be sponsored in the application.

IRCC has a target to welcome 20,000 parents and grandparents as new permanent residents in 2017. As the target for 2017 is 10,000 applications, there are spaces remaining in order to allow IRCC to continue to clear the backlog of applications from previous years.

“Individuals looking to bring their loved ones to Canada are likely to be extremely encouraged by this news,” says Attorney David Cohen. “While the randomised selection system may be frustrating to those who were not initially invited to submit an application, it appears these individuals will now have another chance at reuniting their families.

“I congratulate IRCC on their adaptability and reaction to this frankly surprising result of 700 applications received so far. I would encourage all eligible individuals who have submitted an Interest to Sponsor form to begin preparing their applications without delay, in order to ensure they have a complete application-ready if a future draw occurs.”

Eligibility requirements

Individuals wishing to sponsor their parent/s or grandparent/s must meet certain eligibility requirements. The sponsor and the sponsored relatives sign an agreement to state that the sponsor commits to supporting the relative financially, and the sponsored person commits to making every effort to support themselves. In addition, PGP sponsors must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • Be 18 years of age or older;

Meet the minimum necessary income level for a certain period —for three consecutive years for sponsors residing in a Canadian province and territory other than Quebec, and one year for sponsors residing in Quebec;

If the sponsor is married or in a common-law relationship, the income of both persons may be included); and,

Sign an undertaking to repay any provincial social assistance benefits (if any) paid to the sponsored relative(s) for a certain period — 20 years for sponsors residing in a Canadian province and territory other than Quebec, and 10 years for sponsors residing in Quebec.

At this time, it remains unknown whether these criteria will remain the same for the next application cycle.

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Higher skills and regional focus positive

Higher skills and regional focus positive

Higher skills and regional focus positive

Higher skills and regional focus positive

Business NZ says Labour’s immigration policy has a positive focus on high skills and regional concerns, but the overall tightening of migrant numbers could be difficult for business.

Work proposes to fix attitudes criteria, put more thought on ability needs in the locales, and all the more effectively implement the Labor Market Test for work visas.

Business Chief Executive Kirk Hope says these approaches would help bring higher-gifted vagrants here, convey specialists to the areas, and guarantee managers are not abusing the Labor Market Test.

“It would be especially valuable to get the locals’ expertise needs more thoroughly spoken to in the word related deficiencies rundown, to have visas issued for work in particular districts, and to include local organisations and business associations in those choices. For territorial financial development, organisations depend on a blend of attitudes – some given by vagrants – and it is essential to give local economies the most obvious opportunity with regards to achievement,” Mr Hope said.

Be that as it may, he said on top of confinements as of late forced by Government (limiting low-gifted specialists to 3-year visas, confining talented laborer visas to those procuring more than $49,000 a year, and expanding the focuses required for talented vagrants to get residency), Labor’s proposed limitations could make it harder for organizations to fill occupations.

“Bosses are thinking that it’s difficult to fill positions in cordiality, IT, agriculture, development and different parts. The more confinements that are set on lower-gifted vagrants coming here, the harder it will be for the economy to develop.”

Mr Trust said Labor’s approach in the development business was certain.

“Having the capacity to enlist a gifted tradesperson on a 3-year work visa without Labor Market test, the length of they are paid over $20 a hour and the length of a New Zealand disciple is gone up against for each abroad laborer employed – this is a helpful approach for the development business where there is a basic deficiency of aptitudes.”

Work’s approach concentrates on the quantity of understudies coming to New Zealand – fixing understudy visa applications for lower-level courses, evaluating the capacity for abroad understudies to work while here with the exception of where the work is endorsed as a feature of the review, and prohibiting work visas for abroad understudies who have finished review here in the event that they don’t as of now have an occupation.

Kirk Hope said this was legitimate approach as global understudies make up an extensive piece of general applications for residency. In any case, he said the strategy would need to be executed with care, as fare instruction was a vital income worker for New Zealand.

“Private Training Enterprises offering lower-level courses and schools and universities and nearby groups facilitating worldwide understudies in all parts of New Zealand could be essentially affected by this approach.”

Mr Trust said Labor’s arrangement ought to be supplemented by strategies to enhance the quality and responsiveness of preparing, professions counsel and data, and how bosses utilise attitude in the working environment to lift efficiency.

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Eligibility Criteria for Employment Insurance in Canada for Immigrants

Eligibility Criteria for Employment Insurance in Canada for Immigrants

Eligibility Criteria for Employment Insurance in Canada for Immigrants

Eligibility Criteria for Employment Insurance in Canada for Immigrants

Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada are entitled to the benefits of Employment Insurance in Canada. There are various types of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits and are made available to people who are willing to work, but because of external factors, are not able to do so.

About Employment Insurance in Canada

EI (Employment Insurance) is a facility that offers some timely benefits to the people of Canada, who do not have a job and it is not because of their incompetence or any fault, but due to external reasons such as mass layoffs, shortage of work, etc. These people have the capability and qualifications to work, but are not able to find any job.

All the Canadian can be benefited

One can apply for EI within four weeks of leaving the job. In fact, you can also apply for EI even before getting ROE (Record of Employment).

Eligibility Criteria for Employment Insurance

Here are the factors that will help you determine whether you are eligible for the Employment Insurance in Canada or not.

You may qualify for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits in Canada in case you

  • Had a job in an insurable profession
  • Are jobless and have no earnings for a minimum of seven days in last fifty-two weeks time
  • We’re not responsible for the job you lost, in any way
  • Have covered the number of working hours essential for the insurance since the beginning of your last employment Insurance claim or in last fifty-two weeks; whichever period is shorter
  • Are interested in working every day, and have the capability and qualification as well
  • Are continuously looking for an employment opportunity (you need to maintain the record of the jobs you applied for and employers you contacted)
  • If you had been working with an employer, who was related to you in any way, then also you are entitled to the benefits of EI.

Number of Insurable Employment Hours needed to be Eligible for EI

The total number of insurable employment hour you spent working in a job required to be qualified for the Employment Insurance (EI) is based on various conditions or situations. The benefits you are entitled to be evaluated depending on these number of insurable employment hours during your authorised period.

You are qualified to Employment Insurance (EI) while you have covered the number of working hours essential for the insurance since the beginning of your last employment Insurance claim or in last fifty-two weeks; whichever period is shorter, as explained earlier. However, an exception to this is:

  • In several cases, this 52 weeks time can be increased to 104 weeks in case you had neither received any employment insurance benefits in past nor worked in insurable employment.

On a general basis, you would require having 420-700 insurable employment hours during the mentioned period of unemployment to be eligible to get the EI regular benefits. For Example, if you are from Ontario or Alberta, then also same eligibility criteria for the number of insurable employment hours required to get EI is applicable.

In case you get a ‘notice of violation’ for earlier Employment Insurance in Canada benefit term, it will lead to extend the insurable hours needed.

It is essential to gather 600 insurable hours to be eligible for the EI benefits in situations such as maternity, compassionate care, sickness, parents of the critically ill child, etc.

Amount you can get through Employment Insurance in Canada

While most individuals get a 55% of the average insurable weekly payments at the most, and it comes out to be $543 per week on an average (as the highest yearly insurable income can be $51,300 as applicable from Jan 1, 2017, onwards), these are based on several other situations also.

Time frame required for receiving an EI

In case, you are eligible for the EI benefits, and have applied for the same along with all the necessary documents; you are entitled to receive the initial payment within 28 days of submitting the application.

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Time for a breather on immigration

Time for a breather on immigration

Time for a breather on immigration

Time for a breather on immigration

Labour will introduce moderate, sensible reforms to immigration to reduce the pressure on our cities, while ensuring we get the skilled workers our country needs, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.

“New Zealand is a country built on immigration. When new migrants come here, they enrich our country and make New Zealand a better place. We’ve always welcomed migrants to our country and will continue to do so.

“In recent years, our population has been growing rapidly as record numbers of migrants arrive here. National didn’t foresee this and hasn’t planned for the impact it’s having on our country. Since 2013, immigration has been more than four times what was forecast – 130,000 more people than expected have settled here, equivalent to the population of Tauranga.

“After nine years, National has failed to make the necessary investments in housing, infrastructure, and public services that are needed to cope with this rapid population growth. It’s contributed to the housing crisis, put pressure on hospitals and schools, and added to congestion on roads.

“Immigration needs to be sustainable. We’ve always sought to manage immigration to match our economic needs with our capacity to cope with population growth. We reviewed the system from top to bottom and found that several areas were being abused and not delivering the results Kiwis expect.

“National has taken its eye off the ball; Labour will get the balance right. It’s time for a fresh approach. Labour will make changes to immigration settings that will reduce net immigration by 20,000-30,000 a year.

“This will ease the pressures on New Zealand, and on Auckland, in particular. Without these changes, up to 10,000 more houses would be needed each year and up to 20,000 more cars would be on our roads each year.

“National’s policies have created a backdoor to residency via low-level study and low-skill work. These have had the perverse effect that a 23-year-old with a New Zealand Diploma and three years’ experience in retail can get more points towards residency than a 45-year-old Oncologist who wants to migrate here. A third of international students studying at PTEs say they plan to work or seek residency here after study.

“Closing off the ability to work during and after study for people who do low-level courses will stop backdoor immigration. We will end the culture of exploitation and corruption that’s grown up to prey on people using this route to come to New Zealand.

“Our changes will ensure New Zealand gets the skills it needs and we continue to grow the high-quality education sector.

“As part of this, we will better target skills shortages to regions. Improved regionalization of skills shortage lists and better enforcement of the Labour Market Test will make it easier for regions with genuine skills shortages to get the migrant workers they need.

“At the same, time Labour will make it easier for people with exceptional skills and talents to come to New Zealand with a new Exceptional Skills Visa. We’ll also create a Kiwi Build Visa specifically targeted at building trades people. The Kiwi Build Visa will allow building firms to bring in skilled workers as long as they also train the same number of New Zealanders and will be additional to construction work visas issued under existing rules.

“New Zealand is rightly proud of its immigrant communities and the contribution they make to our country. But we need to take a breather and get the balance right. Labour’s fresh approach will ensure the immigration system works for everyone,” says Andrew Little.

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Canada is the top-performing economy in the G7 nations

Canada is the top-performing economy in the G7 nations; the UK reaches the lowest slot

Canada is the top-performing economy in the G7 nations

Canada is the top-performing economy in the G7 nations

Canada has emerged as the top performing economy of the G7 nations after its excellent growth in the first quarter of 2017. On the other hand, the UK has reached the lowest position in the league of advanced G7 nations, as quoted by The Guardian.

Canada submitted its growth figures in the last and this has confirmed its top position while giving the last place to the UK as the nation performing the worst in this year. It also marks a crucial lowering of the economy of the UK that is already shadowed by the uncertain Brexit outcome.

The latest statistics for Canadian economy have revealed that its growth accentuated to 0.9% in the first three months of 2017 making it the top performer in the G7 league. The second position was secured by Germany with the growth of 0.6%, third position by Japan with 0.5% growth, fourth by France with 0.4% and fifth by the US with 0.3% growth. The lowest position is jointly occupied by Italy and the UK with just 0.2% growth.

Prices are witnessing a sharp rise in the UK after the Brexit referendum as the UK pound declined sharply after the vote decided to exit from the EU, increasing the cost of UK imports. Increasing inflation has severely affected the budget of households in the UK making a dent in the consumer spending, the chief driver of growth of UK economy.

Canada, on the other hand, had no such issues where the federal statistics agency revealed that the actual GDP increased at the rate of 3.7% annually for the first quarter of 2017. This was largely owing to the increase in household spending and inflows of investment in businesses.

The economy of Canada appears to be on a firm ground even for the second quarter of 2017 as the growth was increasing at an impressive rate better than estimated 0.5% in March that was owing to increases businesses activity in the retail trade and manufacturing sectors.

The growth of Canada’s economy has also been assisted by rebuilding of inventories by the businesses according to the economy experts. On the other hand consumer spending also increased, especially on vehicles. Salaries increased by 1% while compared with the earlier quarter and savings decreased to 4.3% from the previous 5.3%.

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