Toronto fourth-most livable city in the world, Economist says
August 18, 2016
The City of Toronto is fourth on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual list of most “liveable” cities once again in 2016, a spot it has held each year since 2009.
The list analyzes five different categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure, ranking 140 cities across the world each year.
Toronto is behind top cities Melbourne, Vienna, and Vancouver.
Toronto received perfect scores on stability, healthcare and education, but lags behind the leaders in infrastructure and culture and environment.
In fact, Toronto had the poorest infrastructure score of any city in the top 10 list.
Rounding out the list below Toronto is Calgary in fifth, Adelaide, Perth, Auckland, Helsinki, and Hamburg.
Six of the top ten cities are located in Canada and Australia. The report’s authors say that is partly attributed to both countries’ low population density.
Ontario Civic Holiday
August 1, 2016
Abrams & Krochak would like to remind its clients that Monday, August 1, 2016 is a Civic Holiday in the Province of Ontario and offices, including our own, are closed. Our office will reopen for business, as usual, on Tuesday, August 2, 2016. If you have sent an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, regarding your file at Abrams & Krochak, you will receive a response to your e-mail according to the order in which it was received by our firm. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Canada Dominates World’s Most Livable Cities in 2015
August 18, 2015
Each year, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) publishes a list of the top cities in the world in which to live.
This year’s list was just published and 3/5 of the top cities were in Canada: #3-Vancouver, #4-Toronto, #5-Calgary.
According to the EIU, these cities have “relatively few challenges to living standards,” and enjoy a good infrastructure, healthcare system and a low murder rate.
Toronto named best place to live by The Economist
January 30, 2015
Reproduced from the Toronto Star
Toronto has been ranked the best place to live in a recent report on urban safety published by the Economist.
It may not boast a winning hockey team, but Toronto topped a list of 50 cities all measured based on their placement in the Safe Cities Index as well as livability rankings, and three national indexes, including the Democracy Index, Business Environment Rankings and Global Food Security Index.
“Toronto is a consistent performer across the five other indexes, putting it top overall,” the report read. Toronto’s worst performance was in the cost of living category.
Montreal, the only other Canadian city on the list, earned a second-place ranking in the shortlist of 25 cities.
The overall ranking was published in Safe Cities Index report from the Economist Intelligence Unit, which assessed cities around the world based on digital and health security as well as infrastructural and personal safety.
Tokyo, which the report cites as the world’s most populous city, topped the overall safety ranking, having performed “most strongly in the digital security category,” according to the report.
Toronto earned eighth place in the Safe Cities Index. Montreal was 14th, while Jakarta ranked at the bottom of the list.
The report also concluded European cities struggle with digital security more than cities studied in the United States.
Stockholm, San Francisco, Zurich and Washington D.C. also ranked highly in the overall, best place to live shortlist.
Possibly Increasing Your Chances With Express Entry-For Clients of Abrams & Krochak
January 5, 2015
We are writing for three (3) reasons: firstly, to wish you and your loved ones a very Happy New Year; (ii) secondly, to thank you for your patronage in the past; and (iii) lastly, and most importantly, to provide you with valuable information, regarding Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s new Express Entry system, which could prove beneficial to you.
I. YOUR APPLICATION UNDER THE OLD SYSTEM
As you are aware, Abrams & Krochak filed your Federal Skilled Worker Application for Permanent Residence with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) officials BEFORE January 1, 2015. For so long as you have been/are issued a file number by CIC for that Application, your Application will be processed under the OLD system.
II. A POSSIBLE NEW APPLICATION UNDER EXPRESS ENTRY
Even though you have already applied for Permanent Residence in Canada under the OLD system, CIC gives you the option of availing yourself of the new Express Entry system, too, and creating an Express Entry Online Profile, not only for yourself, but also for your spouse/partner (if applicable), if he/she is qualified to be a Federal Skilled Worker principal applicant. In doing so, you are increasing your chances of success, so to speak, because even though you already have an Application in process under the OLD system, CIC might select you OR your spouse/partner from the pool of Express Entry candidates and invite you/him/her to submit another Application for Permanent Residence in Canada. If you/he/she are/is invited to apply, CIC promises processing times of SIX (6) MONTHS OR LESS.
III. COSTS INVOLVED
If you would like Abrams & Krochak to assist you to create an Express Entry Online Profile, we would charge you an additional payment of 495 CAD per profile (i.e. if you only want an Express Entry Online Profile for yourself, we would charge you 495 CAD; if you want an Express Entry Online Profile for both you AND your spouse/partner, we would charge you 990 CAD (495 CAD x 2). There would be no additional legal fees, other than whatever legal fees are outstanding as per your signed Agreement with Abrams & Krochak. That is to say, if you have already made two (2) payments of legal fees to Abrams & Krochak under your Agreement and you or your spouse/partner are/is invited to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada under Express Entry, you would proceed to make your third payment of legal fees and so on. Likewise, if you have already made three (3) payments of legal fees to Abrams & Krochak under your Agreement and you or your spouse/partner are/is invited to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada under Express Entry, you would proceed to make your final payment of legal fees.
CIC does not charge you to create an Express Entry Online Profile. If you decide to create an Express Entry Online Profile and you are invited by CIC to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada, however, new Government of Canada processing fees and Right of Permanent Residence fees would apply (in addition to those already remitted with your previous Application under the OLD system).
IV. HOW DOES EXPRESS ENTRY WORK
The Express Entry system involves two (2) steps:
Step 1 – Completion of Online Express Entry Profile
Abrams & Krochak will complete an Online Express Entry profile on behalf of interested clients. This is a secure form that gathers information about their:
- work experience,
- language ability,
- education, and
- other details that will help CIC assess their eligibility.
Those who meet CIC’s criteria will be accepted into a pool of candidates.
Anyone who does not already have a job offer supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) (if needed) or a nomination from a province or territory, must register with Employment and Social Development Canada’s (ESDC) Job Bank. Job Bank will eventually help connect Express Entry candidates with eligible employers in Canada.
Candidates are also encouraged to promote themselves to employers in other ways, such as using job boards, recruiters etc.
In most cases when there is a job being offered to a candidate, employers will need an LMIA from ESDC. The LMIA process ensures employers have made an effort to hire Canadians for available jobs. There will be no LMIA government fee for Permanent Resident Applications.
Step 2 – Highest Ranking Candidates in the Pool Will Be Invited to Apply for Permanent Residence
Candidates will be ranked against others in the pool using a point-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The CRS will assess the profile information candidates submit, including:
- work experience,
- language ability,
- education and other factors.
A candidate can get additional points for:
- a job offer supported by an LMIA, or
- a nomination by a province or territory
CIC will choose candidates from the pool through regular “draws”, choosing a pre-determined number of candidates with the highest scores from the pool and inviting them to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada.
Draws will be made from the Express Entry pool on a regular basis. Every draw will have a set of instructions the electronic system will use to draw candidates from the pool. These instructions will be posted on the CIC website before each draw.
These instructions will include:
- the date of the next draw,
- the number of candidates that will get an Invitation To Apply, and
- if it applies, which specific Immigration program(s) will be included in the draw.
If the instructions do not specify which Immigration program the candidates must be eligible for, the draw will be based on the CRS score.
If someone is invited to apply, they will have sixty (60) days to submit an online Application for Permanent Residence.
CIC will process the majority of complete Applications (meaning those with all the necessary supporting documents) in six (6) months or less.
Candidates can stay in the pool for up to twelve (12) months. If they do not get an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence within twelve (12) months of submitting an Express Entry profile, they may submit a new profile. If they still meet the criteria, they can re-enter the pool. This will prevent backlogs and ensure quick processing times.
V. HOW TO PROCEED
If you are interested in creating an Express Entry Online Profile with Abrams & Krochak assistance or, if you have any question regarding this e-mail or Express Entry, in general, please send an e-mail to email@example.com and we will respond to you with further instructions/information.
Creating Your Express Entry Online Profile-For Clients of Abrams & Krochak
January 5, 2015
This posting will provide you with a roadmap as to how we will be proceeding with your proposed Canadian Immigration plans under the new Express Entry Processing System.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING E-MAIL CAREFULLY! ACTION IS REQUIRED ON YOUR PART REGARDLESS OF WHERE YOU ARE IN TERMS OF PROCESSING.
A. YOUR RETAINER AGREEMENT WITH ABRAMS & KROCHAK
Abrams & Krochak has revised its Retainer Agreement to correlate with the milestones associated with the Express Entry system. If you wish to proceed with your proposed Canadian Immigration plans with Abrams & Krochak’s assistance, we require you to sign and date a new Retainer Agreement, which can be accessed by clicking on the following link: http://www.akcanada.com/resources/ind_contract_2.pdf, regardless of whether or not you have already sent a previously signed and dated Retainer Agreement. The signed and dated Retainer Agreement MUST be returned to our office by either scanning it and e-mailing it to or faxing it to +1-416-482-0647. We will NOT resume working on your file until this document is in our possession.
Under the new Retainer Agreement, legal fees of 1,980 CAD remain the same; however, the schedule/timing of payments has changed. Now:
- 495 CAD is payable now in order for us to be able to commence work on your file by sending you our firm’s preliminary package, which contains all of the necessary documents, instructions and information so as to enable you to complete your Online Express Entry Profile;
- 495 CAD is payable once you have been invited to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada by Citizenship and Immigration Canada;
- 495 CAD is payable upon acknowledgment of receipt of your complete Application for Permanent Residence from Citizenship and Immigration Canada; and
- 495 CAD is payable at the time that Citizenship and Immigration Canada notifies Abrams & Krochak and/or you that an interview appears not to be necessary in your case/an interview appears to be necessary in your case and/or at time of issuance of Immigration Medical Examination Forms (whichever event is earlier).
Because you have already paid the initial payment of 495 CAD to Abrams & Krochak, you can strike a line through Section II, 1(a) of the Retainer Agreement (followed by your initials), which reads:
(a) Upon signing of this Agreement, the client shall make an initial payment of 495 CAD
If you have already made a second payment of 495 CAD to Abrams & Krochak, you can also strike a line through Section II, 1(b) of the Retainer Agreement (followed by your initials), which reads:
(b) Upon receipt by the client or Abrams & Krochak of an invitation from Citizenship
and Immigration Canada to the client to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada,
the client shall make a further payment of 495 CAD
The previous Retainer Agreement that you signed with Abrams & Krochak IS NO LONGER VALID and is being replaced and SUPERCEDED by the new Retainer Agreement as described, above. Furthermore, the Money-Back Guarantee offered in our previous Retainer Agreement NO LONGER APPLIES.
Under the current Retainer Agreement, additional legal fees are only payable if you are invited by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada. If you are invited to apply and do not succeed, your Application would only fail for (i) reasons for criminal/medical inadmissibility; (ii) misrepresentation or fraud; (iii) failure to follow instructions of Citizenship and Immigration Canada and/or Abrams & Krochak, all factors over which Abrams & Krochak has no control and, therefore, cannot offer a guarantee.
If you are NOT invited to apply, after twelve (12) months, you have the option of renewing your candidacy for Permanent Residence in Canada as part of the Express Entry Pool; however, no additional legal fees are payable to Abrams & Krochak, other than your first or (in some cases) second payment of legal fees which you will have already paid.
B. CREATING AN EXPRESS ENTRY ONLINE PROFILE FOR YOUR SPOUSE/COMMON-LAW PARTNER/SAME-SEX PARTNER
Under the Express Entry processing system, candidates have the ability to create an Express Entry Online Profile not only for themselves but for their accompanying spouse/common-law partner/same-sex partner, too, if that spouse/partner could also qualify as a principal applicant in a Federal Skilled Worker Class Application for Permanent Residence in Canada. In doing so, candidates increase their chances of being invited to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada (i.e. Citizenship and Immigration Canada can invite EITHER spouse/partner to apply).
If you are certain that your spouse/common-law partner/same-sex partner could qualify as a Federal Skilled Worker Class principal applicant and you would like Abrams & Krochak to create an Express Entry Online Profile for him/her, additional legal fees of 495 CAD would apply. If either of you are invited to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada, our Retainer Agreement would cover the individual who is invited.
If you are not certain whether your spouse/common-law partner/same-sex partner could qualify as a Federal Skilled Worker Class principal applicant, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with a request that we assess your spouse/partner as a possible principal applicant for the Federal Skilled Worker Class.
C. CREATING YOUR EXPRESS ENTRY ONLINE PROFILE AND APPLICATION FORMS
For most of you, when you retained our services and received our Preliminary Package, we sent you Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Application forms in PDF format. The information requested in these forms is needed by Abrams & Krochak to create your Express Entry Online Profile. Please read the following scenarios, carefully, and follow the instructions as per the scenario that applies to you.
(a) For those who already received computer generated Application forms from Abrams & Krochak
If you already been sent your computer generated Application forms by Abrams & Krochak, when you return your new signed and dated Retainer Agreement to our office, please confirm that the information as contained in your computer generated forms remains the same and that there are no changes and/or updates in information of which the firm should be made aware. We will send you an e-mail with further information/instructions upon receipt of your confirmation.
(b) For those who have sent draft Application forms to Abrams & Krochak for review but have not yet received finalized computer generated Application forms from Abrams & Krochak
When you return your new signed and dated Retainer Agreement to our office, please provide us with the information that was previously requested by our law firm to finalize your forms as this information will be needed to create your Express Entry Online Profile.
(c) For those that never sent draft Application forms to Abrams & Krochak for review
When you return your new signed and dated Retainer Agreement to our office, please send your completed Application forms as per the instructions that were provided to you in your preliminary package.
(d) For those that never received blank Application forms with their Preliminary Package
If you never received blank Application forms with your Preliminary Package, when you return your new signed and dated Retainer Agreement to our office, please include a request for blank Application forms to fill out.
If you have any questions regarding this e-mail, please send an e-mail to email@example.com. Given the volume of clients of our firm affected by the new Express Entry system, please allow us some time to reply to your correspondence. You will receive a reply according to the order in which your e-mail was received.
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT UNDER THE NEW EXPRESS ENTRY SYSTEM, THERE IS NO QUOTA AND NO DEADLINE FOR APPLYING. THEREFORE, YOUR PATIENCE IS MOST SINCERELY APPRECIATED.