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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 info@akcanada.com 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 info@akcanada.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.

Express Entry to Launch on January 1, 2015

December 4, 2014

EXPRESS ENTRY

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has implemented a new method of processing candidates for Immigration to Canada in the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class, the Canadian Experience Class and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program called “Express Entry”, which will take effect on January 1, 2015. The Express Entry system involves two (2) steps:

Step 1 – Completion of Online Express Entry Profile

Candidates will complete an Online Express Entry profile. This is a secure form that gathers information about their:

  • skills,
  • work experience,
  • language ability,
  • education, and
  • other details that will help Citizenship and Immigration Canada assess their eligibility.

Those who meet Citizenship and Immigration Canada’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:

  • skills,
  • 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
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada 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 Citizenship and Immigration Canada 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.

    Citizenship and Immigration Canada 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.

    HOW ABRAMS & KROCHAK CAN HELP YOU – OUR SERVICES

    To have your eligibility to immigrate to Canada under the Express Entry system assessed by Abrams & Krochak, please visit http://www.akcanada.com/assessment1.cfm.  You will receive your assessment within one (1) business day.

    If you become a client of Abrams & Krochak, the law firm can help you at both Step 1 and Step 2 of the Application process.

    Step 1 – Requirements to Complete Online Express Entry Profile and Abrams & Krochak’s Assistance

    (i) You must undergo formal language testing by a language testing agency designated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and achieve minimum scores mandated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

    Abrams & Krochak will provide you with detailed information regarding which agencies are authorized to test your language abilities; where their offices are located; what fees are involved; which test dates are available; what scores are required; and where to send the test results.

    (ii) You must have your educational credentials assessed against Canadian standards by an agency designated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

    Abrams & Krochak will provide you with detailed information regarding which agencies are authorized to assess your educational credentials; where their offices are located; what supporting documentation is required; what fees are involved; and where to send the assessment results.

    (iii) You must ensure that your work experience is in accordance with Canada’s National Occupational Classification system, Skill Types 0, A or B.

    Abrams & Krochak will review your employment history and work with you to ensure that your stated work experience is in accordance with Canada’s National Occupational Classification system, Skill Types 0, A or B. Abrams & Krochak will do so by providing you with Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s job definition for your stated occupation(s) and reviewing the associated job duties and responsibilities with you to ensure that they apply to you.

    (iv) You must ensure that the information you provide in your Online Express Entry Profile is accurate.

    Abrams & Krochak will review your supporting documentation, pertaining to such things as your education and work experience, and cross-reference the information in your documents to the information that you provide in your Online Express Entry Profile to ensure that the information provided to Citizenship and Immigration Canada in the Online Express Entry Profile is accurate.

    THIS SERVICE IS EXTEREMELY IMPORTANT! IF CANDIDATES MISREPRESENT THEIR QUALIFICATIONS TO CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION CANADA (WHETHER DELIBERATELY OR INADVERTENTLY), THEY RUN THE RISK OF BEING FOUND INADMISSIBLE FOR MISREPRESENTATION AND BARRED FOR FIVE (5) YEARS FROM APPLYING FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCE.

    Step 2 – Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence and Abrams & Krochak’s Assistance

    If you receive an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence, Abrams & Krochak will assist you, further, by providing you with the following additional services:

    • Preparation and computer generation of any Application forms required for electronic transmission to you for your review and approval prior to our submission of them to Citizenship and Immigration Canada officials;
    • Organization, review and analysis of your documentation to be filed with Citizenship and Immigration Canada officials in support of your Application for Permanent Residence in Canada;
    • Drafting of detailed written, legal arguments for electronic transmission to you for your review and approval prior to our submission of them to Citizenship and Immigration Canada officials in support of your Application for Permanent Residence in Canada (where necessary);
    • Provision of Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s definition(s) of your stated occupation(s) to assist you with the procurement of letters of reference in support of your Application for Permanent Residence in Canada as required by Citizenship and Immigration Canada officials;
    • Review and critique of your draft letters of reference;
    • Regular monitoring of the status of your file and follow up, when necessary, with Citizenship and Immigration Canada officials regarding the status of your Application for Permanent Residence in Canada;
    • Regular monitoring of the status of your file and follow up, when necessary, with other concerned departments of the Government of Canada (i.e. Immigration Health Services/Case Management Branch-Immigration Headquarters) regarding the status of your Application for Permanent Residence in Canada;
    • Assistance and advice in preparation for your interview with visa officials (should an interview be necessary) by providing you with sample interview questions for your responses and Abrams & Krochak’s subsequent review and analysis;
    • Assistance to procure employment in Canada;
    • Assistance to find accommodation and schooling for your children (if applicable) upon your arrival in Canada; and
    • Assistance with applying for health care and social insurance upon your arrival in Canada.

    We invite all clients to meet with us, personally, at our offices in Toronto after their arrival in Canada so as to enable us to help ensure that their move to this country is problem-free.

    If you are not nominated to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada under the Express Entry system OR if your educational/professional credentials are not favourably assessed by the Canadian foreign credentials assessment agency, Abrams & Krochak will work with you to explore other options to make your proposed Canadian Immigration plans a success (i.e. Arranged Employment/Provincial Nominee Programs/Temporary Visas (i.e. Work Permits/Study Permits), etc.).

    DEADLINE FOR FILING FEDERAL SKILLED WORKER APPLICATIONS

    November 28, 2014

    Citizenship and Immigration Canada has just amended its website and has confirmed that, in order for a Federal Skilled Worker Application to be assessed under CURRENT eligibility and selection criteria (i.e. May 1, 2014 General Occupations (Demand) List and 67 point pass mark), the Application MUST be received by Citizenship and Immigration Canada BEFORE January 1, 2015.

    What does this mean?
    (a) Existing Clients of Abrams & Krochak
    If you are a Federal Skilled Worker Program client of Abrams & Krochak who has not yet filed his/her Application for Permanent Residence in Canada but wishes to be assessed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada under the CURRENT Federal Skilled Worker eligibility/selection criteria (i.e. May 1, 2014 General Occupations (Demand) List and 67 point pass mark), your COMPLETE Application package (including forms/supporting documents/IELTS scores/Educational Credentials Assessment/Government fees) MUST be received by Abrams & Krochak NO LATER THAN December 15, 2014.  Otherwise, you run the risk that your Application will not be filed before January 1, 2015 and you will be subject to the new Express Entry processing system.
    If your COMPLETE Application package arrives at Abrams & Krochak’s office AFTER December 15, 2014, we cannot guarantee that your Application will be filed with Citizenship and Immigration Canada prior to January 1, 2015.  However, should clients wish to pay a 400 CAD priority processing fee to Abrams & Krochak, our staff will work over the Christmas holidays to ensure that your Application is filed prior to January 1, 2015.
    Any questions should be sent, via e-mail, to info@akcanada.com.

    (b) Potential Clients of Abrams & Krochak

    If you have had your eligibility to immigrate to Canada in the Federal Skilled Worker Class favourably assessed by Abrams & Krochak PRIOR TO November 28, 2014 and wish to become a client of the firm, but have not yet retained/engaged Abrams & Krochak’s services, Abrams & Krochak will NOT be able to file your Application under the current Federal Skilled Worker Program (i.e. May 1, 2014 General Occupations (Demand) List and 67 point pass mark), should you subsequently become a client of the firm.  Your Application will be subject to the new Express Entry system to take effect on January 1, 2015 and you should send an e-mail to askus@akcanada.com, with the request for a reassessment of your Immigration eligibility under the Express Entry system.
    WHAT IS EXPRESS ENTRY?

    The Express Entry system will take effect on January 1, 2015 and involves two (2) steps:Step 1

    Potential candidates will complete an online Express Entry profile where they will provide information about their skills, work experience, language ability, education, and other details. Those who meet the criteria of one of the federal economic Immigration programs (i.e. Federal Skilled Worker) subject to Express Entry will be placed in a pool of candidates.
    Candidates will be ranked against others in the pool. Only the highest-ranked candidates (those deemed to have the best chances for economic success), and those with qualifying offers of arranged employment or provincial/territorial nominations, will be invited to apply for Permanent Residence.
    If a candidate does not already have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer or a provincial/territorial nomination, he or she must register with the Government of Canada’s Job Bank which will connect him or her with eligible Canadian employers.
    Where applicable, employers will be required to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment from Employment and Social Development Canada. There will be no government fee for Labour Market Impact Assessments for Permanent Residence Applications under the Express Entry system.
    Completing an online Express Entry profile does not guarantee that a candidate will receive an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence.

    Step 2

    Candidates will receive an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence if they rank among the top in the pool, based on their skills and experience. Candidates who have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer (subject to the Labour Market Impact Assessment process in place at that time) or have been nominated by a province or territory will be given high scores in the ranking system.
    Candidates will have sixty (60) days to submit an electronic Application for Permanent Residence through one of the following programs:
    Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP);
    Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP);
    Canadian Experience Class (CEC); or,
    A portion of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada will process the majority of complete Applications (i.e. Applications including all the necessary supporting documents) within six (6) months or less.
    Candidates in the Express Entry pool who do not receive an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence after twelve (12) months may resubmit their profile and re-enter the pool if they still meet the criteria. This provision will prevent backlogs and ensure quick processing times.

    New Federal Skilled Worker General Occupations (Demand) List and Quotas

    April 23, 2014

    On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced new eligibility criteria for the Federal Skilled Worker Class. A maximum of twenty-five thousand (25,000) Federal Skilled Worker Applications will be considered for processing from May 1, 2014 until April 30, 2015. Within the twenty-five thousand (25,000) cap, a maximum of one thousand (1,000) Federal Skilled Worker Applications per eligible occupation (any one (1) of the fifty (50) occupations that appears on Canada’s General Occupations (Demand) List) will be considered for processing from May 1, 2014 until April 30, 2015.

    In addition to meeting or surpassing a sixty-seven (67) point pass mark, in order for an individual to be eligible to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada in the Federal Skilled Worker Class, he/she must either:

    • have an offer of Arranged Employment in Canada in:

    (a) a management occupation; or

    (b) a professional occupation; or

    (c) a technical, skilled trade or paraprofessional occupation, OR

    • be a skilled worker who has at least one (1) year of paid full-time experience or two (2) years of continuous paid half-time experience in one (1) or more of the following fifty (50) occupations, whose quota has not yet been filled, within the past ten (10) years.

    Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services (0013)

    Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c. (0015)

    Financial managers (0111)

    Human resources managers (0112)

    Purchasing managers (0113)

    Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers (0121)

    Managers in health care (0311)

    Construction managers (0711)

    Home building and renovation managers (0712)

    Managers in natural resources production and fishing (0811)

    Manufacturing managers (0911)

    Financial auditors and accountants (1111)

    Financial and investment analysts (1112)

    Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers (1113)

    Other financial officers (1114)

    Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations (1123)

    Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers (1212)

    Property administrators (1224)

    Geoscientists and oceanographers (2113)

    Civil engineers (2131)

    Mechanical engineers (2132)

    Electrical and electronics engineers (2133)

    Petroleum engineers (2145)

    Information systems analysts and consultants (2171)

    Database analysts and data administrators (2172)

    Software engineers and designers (2173)

    Computer programmers and interactive media developers (2174)

    Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians (2232)

    Construction estimators (2234)

    Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (2241)

    Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics (2243)

    Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety (2263)

    Computer network technicians (2281)

    Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors (3011)

    Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (3012)

    Specialist physicians (3111)

    General practitioners and family physicians (3112)

    Dietitians and nutritionists (3132)

    Audiologists and speech-language pathologists (3141)

    Physiotherapists (3142)

    Occupational therapists (3143)

    Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists (3214)

    Medical radiation technologists (3215)

    Medical sonographers (3216)

    Licensed practical nurses (3233)

    Paramedical occupations (3234)

    University professors and lecturers (4011)

    Psychologists (4151)

    Early childhood educators and assistants (4214)

    Translators, terminologists and interpreters (5125)

    WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

    a. Existing Clients of Abrams & Krochak

    (i) Application already filed

    If you are already a client of Abrams & Krochak and your Application for Permanent Residence in Canada was filed with and accepted for processing by Citizenship and Immigration Canada BEFORE May 1, 2014, the new quotas do NOT apply to you.

    (ii) Application not yet filed

    If you are already a client of Abrams & Krochak and your Application for Permanent Residence in Canada has not yet been filed with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, we will be sending you an e-mail shortly to advise you as to your eligibility based on the information that we have on file for you. Please ensure to check your Junk Mail folder as well as your Inbox for our e-mail over the coming days.

    b. Non-Clients of Abrams & Krochak

    (i) Eligibility already assessed

    If you had your eligibility to immigrate to Canada in the Federal Skilled Worker Class already favourably assessed by Abrams & Krochak prior to April 23, 2014 and wish to have your eligibility reassessed, please send an e-mail to askus@akcanada.com with your request. You will receive your reassessment within one (1) business day.

    If you had your eligibility to immigrate to Canada in the Federal Skilled Worker Class already favourably reassessed by Abrams & Krochak OR you are certain that you meet the eligibility requirements and you wish to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada as a Skilled Worker with our assistance, it is IMPERATIVE that you retain/engage our services AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE so that we can file your Application for Permanent Residence before the quota for your particular occupation is reached OR the quota for ALL Federal Skilled Worker Applications is reached. Otherwise, you may have to wait until a new “Express Entry” Immigration system is implemented in January 2015, whereby individuals will only be able to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada if they express an interest in immigrating to Canada and are chosen by either the Federal Government or a Provincial/Territorial Government or by a prospective Canadian employer. If you no longer have instructions on how to retain/engage Abrams & Krochak’s services, please visit http://www.akcanada.com/resources/ind.cfm

    (ii) Eligibility not yet assessed

    If you are interested in immigrating to Canada as a skilled worker but you have not yet had your eligibility to do so assessed by Abrams & Krochak, we invite you to complete our Free Online Assessment Questionnaire at http://www.akcanada.com/assessment1.cfm You will receive your assessment within one (1) business day.

    New Federal Skilled Worker Class Eligibility Criteria Announced

    April 18, 2013

    On Thursday, April 18, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada made a major announcement, concerning the Federal Skilled Worker Class.

    Once again, there will be a General Occupations (Demand) List for the Federal Skilled Worker Class; however, the jobs on the List, the number of jobs on the List, the overall quota for the category and the quota per job on the List WILL change.

    To be eligible to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada in the Federal Skilled Worker Class, an applicant must:

    score at least 6.0 in each of Listening/Reading/Writing/Speaking on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam, AND

    have his/her foreign educational credentials favourably assessed by one (1) of four (4) designated Canadian assessment agencies; AND

    have a valid offer of arranged employment, OR

    have one (1) year of continuous full-time paid work experience or two (2) years of continuous half-time paid work experience in at least one (1) of the following twenty-four (24) occupations:

    0211 Engineering managers

    1112 Financial and investment analysts

    2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers

    2131 Civil engineers

    2132 Mechanical engineers

    2134 Chemical engineers

    2143 Mining engineers

    2144 Geological engineers

    2145 Petroleum engineers

    2146 Aerospace engineers

    2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers/designers)

    2154 Land surveyors

    2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers

    2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics

    2263 Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety

    3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists

    3142 Physiotherapists

    3143 Occupational Therapists

    3211 Medical laboratory technologists

    3212 Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants

    3214 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists

    3215 Medical radiation technologists

    3216 Medical sonographers

    3217 Cardiology technicians and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c. (not elsewhere classified)

    A maximum of five thousand (5,000) Federal Skilled Worker applications will be considered for processing between May 4, 2013 and April 30, 2014. Within the five thousand (5,000) cap, a maximum of three hundred (300) Federal Skilled Worker Applications per eligible occupation (any one (1) of the twenty-four (24) occupations that appears on Canada’s General Occupations (Demand) List) will be considered for processing between May 4, 2013 and April 30, 2014.

    2. What does this mean?

    a. Existing Clients of Abrams & Krochak

    (i) Application already filed

    If you are already a client of Abrams & Krochak and your Application for Permanent Residence in Canada was filed with and accepted for processing by Citizenship and Immigration Canada BEFORE May 4, 2013, the new quotas do NOT apply to you.

    (ii) Application not yet filed

    If you are already a client of Abrams & Krochak and your Application for Permanent Residence in Canada has not yet been filed with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, we will be sending you an e-mail shortly to advise you as to your eligibility based on the information that we have on file for you. Please ensure to check your Junk Mail folder as well as your Inbox for our e-mail over the coming days.

    b. Non-Clients of Abrams & Krochak

    (i) Eligibility already assessed

    If you had your eligibility to immigrate to Canada in the Federal Skilled Worker Class already favourably assessed by Abrams & Krochak prior to April 19, 2013 and wish to have your eligibility reassessed, please send an e-mail to askus@akcanada.com with your request. You will receive your reassessment within one (1) business day.

    If you had your eligibility to immigrate to Canada in the Federal Skilled Worker Class already favourably reassessed by Abrams & Krochak OR you are certain that you meet the eligibility requirements and you wish to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada as a Skilled Worker with our assistance, it is IMPERATIVE that you retain/engage our services AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE so that we can file your Application for Permanent Residence before the quota for your particular occupation and/or the quota for the Federal Skilled Worker Class is/are reached. Otherwise, you may have to wait until next year’s List is announced; however, should you do so, you run the risk that your particular occupation might no longer appear on that List or that selection criteria will have changed, thereby rendering you ineligible to immigrate to Canada as a Skilled Worker. If you no longer have instructions on how to retain/engage Abrams & Krochak’s services, please visit http://www.akcanada.com/resources/ind.cfm.

    (ii) Eligibility not yet assessed

    If you are interested in immigrating to Canada as a skilled worker but you have not yet had your eligibility to do so assessed by Abrams & Krochak, we invite you to complete our Free Online Assessment Questionnaire at http://www.abramsandkrochak.com/skilled-worker. You will receive your assessment within one (1) business day.

    A New Year; A New Beginning in Canada‏

    January 12, 2012

    Best wishes to you and your loved ones for a very Happy New Year!

    This blog is directed to the many individuals who contacted the law offices of Abrams & Krochak in 2010 or 2011 to explore the possibility of immigrating to Canada as a skilled worker with Abrams & Krochak’s assistance. If you have not already applied and are still considering migrating to Canada as a skilled worker and had your eligibility to do so favourably assessed by Abrams & Krochak, we STRONGLY suggest that you proceed NOW with your proposed Canadian Immigration plans. Otherwise, you might lose out on your one and only opportunity to create a new life and a bright future for yourself and your loved ones in this country.

    Much is happening in Canada, right now, which could negatively affect your eligibility to immigrate:

    1. Federal Skilled Worker Quotas

    For the period of July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) imposed a quota of 20,000 new Federal Skilled Worker Applications with a maximum of 1,000 applicants in each of the 29 jobs that appeared on the General Occupations (Demand) List. For the period of July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012, CIC kept the same General Occupations (Demand) List of 29 jobs; however, it slashed the quotas in half. CIC imposed a new quota of only 10,000 new Federal Skilled Worker Applications with a maximum of 500 applicants in each of the 29 jobs that appeared on the General Occupations (Demand) List.

    Who knows what quotas CIC will impose when it publishes the new General Occupations (Demand) List on July 1, 2012?

    As of January 9, 2012, quotas for the July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012 time period were already filling fast. A total of 6,205 Federal Skilled Worker Applications out of a possible 10,000 had already been received by CIC and the quotas for the following jobs had already been filled:

    0631 – Restaurant and Food Service Managers

    1122 – Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management

    2121 – Biologists and Related Scientists

    3131 – Pharmacists

    3152 – Registered Nurses

    Furthermore, the quotas for the following jobs were very close to being filled:

    3111 – Specialist Physicians

    3112 – General Practitioners and Family Physicians

    3113 – Dentists

    2. Federal Skilled Worker Points System

    CIC is proposing changes to the Federal Skilled Worker program to help Canada select immigrants who have the best chance of integrating and making a better contribution to the Canadian economy.

    CIC is consulting with stakeholders and the public on the proposed changes. The input received through the consultation process will be taken into account in the development of new regulations, which could take effect as early as the late spring/summer of 2012!

    What are some of the proposed changes?

    introducing minimum official language thresholds and increasing points for language;

    making changes to the assessment of education points to reflect a foreign educational credential’s value in Canada;

    redistributing points for age to benefit younger immigrants who will be active members of the workforce for a longer timeframe;

    reducing points for foreign work experience and increasing points for Canadian work experience;

    increasing the integrity of and simplifying the process for the Arranged Employment factor; and

    facilitating the immigration of skilled tradespersons through criteria that are more specific to those in the skilled trades.

    3. Federal Skilled Worker General Occupations (Demand) List

    In late June/early July 2012, CIC will be releasing a new General Occupations (Demand) List for the July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 period. There is a misconception on the part of many people that the List will be a repeat of this year’s List. To set the record straight, there is ABSOLUTELY NO GUARANTEE that the new List will remain the same as the old List and that the jobs that appear on the old List will also appear on the new List. If your job is currently in demand and on the List but disappears from the new List, you will lose the opportunity to migrate as a skilled worker unless you have Arranged Employment (which is difficult to obtain).

    4. What Does This All Mean?

    With so much uncertainty in the air as to what will happen with the Federal Skilled Worker Class (i.e. its quotas, the way points are assessed and which jobs will be in demand), one thing IS certain: NOW is the time to apply if you know you qualify and the quota for your occupation has not yet been filled.

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    If you would like your eligibility to immigrate to Canada as a Federal Skilled Worker reassessed by Abrams & Krochak, please visit:

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