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Immigration and Language Proficiency

February 7, 2008

Prior to June 2002, a Canadian immigration applicant’s language ability was assessed at an interview with a visa officer. Now under the current Regulations, an applicant for immigration to Canada can submit evidence of English language ability with results from the IELTS examination; and evidence of French language ability with results from the TEF examination. Often, clients choose to submit alternate evidence of their language ability, which our firm strongly discourages. If a visa officer at the Canadian Consulate cannot assign full marks for English or French based on the alternate evidence submitted, a request for IELTS or TEF will be made to give the Canadian immigration applicant the opportunity to submit the test results. However, other visa offices may render a decision based on the alternate evidence provided, without giving the opportunity to provide IELTS or TEF results, which could result in the refusal of the application. For this reason, Abrams & Krochak strongly advises its Canada immigration clients to submit IELTS or TEF results when required to do so and not to submit alternate evidence of language proficiency.

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Provincial Nominee Program vs Federal Applications

February 2, 2008

Submitting a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) application for permanent residence in Canada is certainly a faster way of obtaining one’s permanent resident status. We receive many inquiries from potential Canadian immigrants who are eligible to apply in the Federal program but who wish their applications fast tracked using a PNP. Unless an applicant meets the PNP requirements, however, it is recommended that the Federal application be submitted. Should a person applying for Canadian immigration who has submitted a federal application later meet the PNP requirements, it may be possible to apply the government fees previously paid for the federal application to the new PNP, provided that no assessment has yet occurred in the Federal application. By submitting the Federal application right away, a person seeking to become a Canadian immigrant has the security of knowing that his application is in process and that he or she will not be losing time by delaying filing the application , hoping to meet the PNP requirements in the future.

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Permanent Residence Immigration Interviews

January 28, 2008

While many of our clients applying for Canadian permanent residence in the skilled worker category are approved without the requirement of an interview, when interviews are scheduled, we prepare our clients for their interview. Prior to June 2002, language ability was assessed at the interview. Since June 2002, however, language ability is assessed primarily on the basis of IELTS or TEF results for English and French respectively. The function of the interview, therefore, is to examine any or all of the potential Canadian Immigrant’s education, employment history, relationships, or to screen for potential security issues. It is best to be prepared by having one’s original documents organized and readily accessible for the Canadian Immigration visa officer when required. At times, Canadian Immigration visa officers may appear unpleasant or aggressive in their questioning, however it is best to answer honestly, calmly and completely to all questions posed to have the best chance for success at the interview.

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Immigration Job Title Guidelines

January 21, 2008

A potential Canadian immigrant recently contacted me as she was completing Abrams & Krochak’s on line questionnaire. She was concerned that the job title she had in her country of citizenship may not correspond with the duties someone is expected to have performed for that occupation in Canada. Her concern, while ultimately unwarranted in her particular case, is a valid one. Just because a person is called an “engineer” for example, in his/her country, does not mean that he/she is performing the duties expected of an “engineer” in Canada in the eyes of Canadian Immigration authorities. A good resource to check the duties associated with particular job titles can be found at Human Resources and Social Development Canada on their National Occupational Classification page.

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Immigration Sponsorship and Children

January 17, 2008

A Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada may sponsor a spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner for immigration to Canada. After determining that the sponsor is eligible to sponsor, by examining the sponsor’s status in Canada, and his/her income, a Canadian immigration visa officer must evaluate whether the relationship is genuine. One of the best ways to determine this is if the couple who are considering immigration to Canada has conceived a child together. Recently, a client was asked to provide the Statement of Live Birth for the couple’s child that was born in Canada as evidence of the couple’s relationship. Any government document that confirms the names of both parents of the child should be tendered as evidence to establish that the relationship is in fact genuine.

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Clarifying Degree Requirements for Skilled Workers

January 12, 2008

There has been much confusion regarding the points allocated for a skilled worker applicant with an Associate’s Degree as opposed to a Bachelor’s Degree when applying for immigration to Canada. If the Associate’s Degree is issued by a community college which offers no higher level of degree in that discipline, then a two year Associate’s Degree will receive twenty points. If, however, the Associate’s Degree is issued by a university which offers a Bachelor’s Degree in the same discipline when another year or two of study is completed, then that Associate’s Degree is considered an incomplete degree by the Canadian Immigration process and will not receive twenty points.

Immigrating to Canada? Visit www.akcanada.com for more information or a free assessment.