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Indians Working for Free in Vancouver for Better Resume

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Indians Working for Free in Vancouver for Better Resume

Many immigrants in Vancouver are volunteering in work placements through a program started by South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, which is funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. These new immigrants want Canadian volunteer experience so that it adds value to their resume and help them find a good job in the near future. Many immigrants are also working for free at for-profit organizations like Subway, where they work as sandwich artists and pharmacy assistants at Medicine Shoppe franchises.

Labor lawyers feel that the program is perfect for newcomers as they are by Employment Standards Act and even if they are doing it for free, they are given minimum salary and other protections.

More than 27 immigrants participated in the program in 2016 and 2017, and the placement is for 40 to 100 hours long. Susanna Quail, the Vancouver-based lawyer, said that any work done by an employee is employed. If someone’s making sandwiches at Subway, then you have to pay them. Sunny Sanan, a Subway franchise owner, feels that it is a good program. Vancouver has an unemployment rate of below five percent, making it very difficult to find good employees. David Lee, manager, Medicine Shoppe franchise hired a few volunteer pharmacy assistants through the program but didn’t know about the Employment Standards while associating with it.

Not an employment program

Lee said he likes the idea of showing immigrants how things operate in Canada. Eric Lau was hired around six years ago to head the South Vancouver Neighbourhood House program. He said that the essence is to help new immigrants who don’t have any Canadian work experience. Lau warned that it isn’t an employment program but a part of Settlement and Integration program and is about giving them the opportunity to succeed. The Canadian labor market is strict about Canadian work experience and prefers hiring those who are integrated into the system. The volunteer program is an opportunity for them to get valuable experience.

Canadian Govt Rejecting Refugee Claims

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The Canadian government will be rejecting more refugee claim applications due to increased illegal crossings. According to Reuters, Canada brought down asylum claim approval rate from 53 percent in 2017 to 40 percent in the first quarter of 2018. Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board reported that no claims were approved in the first quarter of 2017. The board said that they have no plans to handle the increased crossings. Trudeau administration is clear that their first priority is safety and security of Canadians and integrity of the Canadian immigration system.

Asylum seekers are crossing the US – Canada border started rising from January 2017 and reached its maximum during the summers. The year was dominated by Haitians crossing the border as Trump canceled their temporary protected status, on the other hand, 2018 is dominated by Nigerians, who are misusing the US tourist visa to enter Canada. More than 7,600 Nigerians crossed the US – Canada border already between January and April 2018. It is only adding additional pressure on Canada’s backlogged asylum claim system.

It even prompted Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s immigration minister, to visit Nigeria to talk with the Nigerian government and US representatives to bring down illegal immigration levels. He made sure the message was clear and encouraged them to come to Canada legally for studying or through the Express Entry system. On the other hand, Canadian immigration senior officials talked with their US counterparts to tight tourist visa rules for Nigerian applicants. After the discussion, tourist visas issued to Nigerians came down by 10 percent.

Success rates

A representative of the Immigration and Refugee Board said that they’ve sped up the approval processing, but there are too many cases to go through. However, approval rates for Haitians and Nigerians are too low. Haitians have a nine percent approval rate, and Nigerians have a 33.5 percent approval rate, which is far below the average 40 percent.

Toronto Came Forward to Build Temporary Residence for Asylum Seekers

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Toronto is Canada’s largest city and most populated by immigrants and going through a major illegal immigration crisis. That hasn’t stopped the local government from building a temporary residence for asylum seekers so that who come to the city during the summers. It is definitely a rare move for a city which is swamped with a crisis. Apart from building refugee shelter, college dorms will accommodate around 800 asylum seekers in the summers. This plan will only work until August because colleges will start in September and it will start getting colder, so they’ll have to think of a new plan, and there isn’t much time to come up with one.

After Donald Trump became the US president, more than 27,000 illegal immigrants crossed the US – Canada border in that most of them were Haitians, Salvadorans, and Hondurans, whose temporary protected status was canceled by the president of US. Francisco Rico, co-director, FCJ Refugee Centre, Toronto, said that influx of asylum seekers had put excessive pressure on Canada’s backlogged refugee seeking system. He called the temporary residence a bandage, and it doesn’t help for the long term but gives them some months to come up with a solid plan. According to a bilateral agreement with the United States, Canada is supposed to turn away illegal immigrants, but that rule no more stands true with Canadian government’s values.

Issue with Nigerians

At the same time, the federal government is starting to reject a higher number of asylum claims from Nigerians who enter Canada by crossing the US – Canada border. Already 7,600 Nigerians have crossed the border between January and March 2018. These Nigerians apply for a US travel visa, and when they get it, they travel to the United States, roam for a few days and then walk their way into Canada. To dissolve the issue, Ahmed Hussen, Canadian immigration minister, had to travel Nigeria.

Canada Tops The List The Global War For High Talent

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is helping the country tremendously. It is a two-year program launched by Canada to help companies to find talent that want to expand quickly. Through this program, Canadian companies have been able to find 1,600 employees from around the world. And it has only been two and a half months since the program started.

The program’s Global Skills Strategy reduces the amount of time it takes to clear a work permit application. The decision is made within two weeks rather than a month. It takes only half the amount of time than it usually needed. Navdeep Bains, minister of innovation, science and economic development, the tech sector has given a positive feedback. In these two and a half months, around 2000 people applied, out of which 1,600 already got the work permit. This means that the work is being done at a fast rate.

Canada wasn’t a first choice for many employees. They wanted to go to the US but looking at the political climate there, they chose Canada. Petra Axolotl, a former Twitter employee, moved to Canada from Singapore using this program. She didn’t want to move to Canada but she had to because Singapore didn’t identify her same sex partner.

Source: Muslim Link

Trump is having a strong effect on everyone

Petra Axolotl had planned to move to the US after staying in Singapore for a while. But looking at the political condition she chose Canada. She said that Canada’s new program only took 10 days to approve her visa. It was very easy as well. Petra Axolotl is a data scientist and is currently working with a small tech company Platterz. She has already received the permanent resident status.

Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Immigration Minister, and Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, have always emphasized on immigration bringing them growth and prosperity.

Infants Of Expats To Get On-Arrival Visa In Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia relaxed its visa laws for newborn children of its foreign residents. According to the new visa law, newborns of expats do not need a visa from their home country to enter Saudi Arabia. The news was announced by General Directorate of Passports on October 21, 2017.

The General Directorate said that a visa will be issued for the baby upon entry in Saudi Arabia. The newborn should have an independent passport of its home country. His parents should be residing in Saudi Arabia. The child’s mother should be dependent on the father. A visa will be given upon arrival only if the infant satisfies all these criteria. This law applies to expats of any country living in the Kingdom.

Mom Junction

Good news for travelers

Any traveler coming to Saudi Arabia and have a cute little baby with them can take a relaxing breath. If you are a family traveling to Saudi Arabia, your infant will get a visa on arrival at the airport. Many people are confused about the procedure being difficult. It really isn’t.

Saudi Arabia demands the baby to be at least six months old, have an insurance card, polio vaccination certificate (if from India), child’s photo, original & copy of parent’s Iqama, original and copy of all passports, and one Iqama form for the baby. Officials charge SAR 20 to fill out the form.

You will also need to present the baby’s original birth certificate and a copy and get it attested by Saudi Arabia officials. You will have to translate it into Arabic and give a copy to the Directorate. You need to make a deposit of SAR 2000 as dependent entry visa fees collection. At the airport, go to the General Directorate of Passports’ office and get the Iqama issued.

The officials at the airport are friendly and will take you through the process quickly.

Cheaper fees and Better Jobs for International Students in Canada

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Cheaper Tuition fees and Better Jobs for International Students in CanadaThe major reasons why students from across the globe are moving to Canada for pursuing studies are the cheaper tuition fees, a faster visa process and most importantly better post-graduation job opportunities.

However students are facing several problem as they are unaware of Canadian norms. According to many students, cultural awareness sessions are highly beneficial and also by providing a senior student guide has been proven to be beneficial.

America has always dominated the market for foreign students but  Donald Trump’s victory  could make lives difficult in the country as an immigrant.However Canada has recently announced its tweak in its immigration system to help and boost economy and also declared sustained record immigration numbers. One of these policies will make it easier and simpler for international students to begin their working lives in Canada after they graduate.

Reportedly international students pay two to three times more tuition fees than Canadian students, making them the major contributors for the top universities across the country.It is estimated that the U.S. international student population is approximately worth $32 billion a year to the country’s economy. Most of the students are targetting top universities like Toronto and McGill.

International Graduates Under Express Entry

International students obtaining degrees and diplomas in Canada are now specifically awarded points. Students will get 30 extra points for completing a total three year post secondary, master’s, professional degree or doctorate, while those who complete post secondary diploma of at least one year can score 15 points. No points are awarded for a high school certificate acquired in the country.

However Canada’s provinces are already working upon the policies attracting international students to their universities, and on giving a warm welcome to international graduates through their immigration programs. It is also reported that the number of Canadian-born graduates who are dropping off from the college are increasing year after another.






PGP Applications Process to undergo changes in Canada

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Parents and Grandparents Program Applications Process is All Set to Change in CanadaParents and Grandparents Program (PGP) is all set to experience changes from 2017 cycle, as confirmed by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). According to these changes, now people are required to fill an online form depicting their interest in IRCC program for sponsoring parents or grandparents to live in Canada.

These online forms will be made available from January 3, 2017 on 12 pm EST to February 2, 2017 till 12pm EST. After this 30 days period, 10,000 forms will be selected randomly to submit further applications provided that these individuals should be the citizens or permanent residents of Canada. In case if more than one application is submitted, duplicate ones will be deleted from the record.

Chosen individuals would have to submit applications and required documents within 90 days from the invitation date. A complete guide will be made available on IRCC site from January 9, 2017. A notification will be provided by IRCC to all those who filled the online form no matter whether they are invited to send applications or not. Those 10,000 candidates who are selected only can submit further application and documents. Those who are not selected in the current cycle can try again in 2018.

In the earlier system, the applications for Parents and Grandparents Program were chosen on the basis of first come and first serve. But with the changes introduced in the system, IRCC believes that it will be a fairer decision this time to pick candidates for PGP.

John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship said that, they are making changes on the basis of past applicants experiences. Through these reformed policies, everyone will have equal and fair chance to file application to sponsor their parents or grandparents.

It is a matter of fact that the Canadian Government is aiming at 20,000 new permanent resident entries to Canada through Parents and Grandparents Program in 2017.

‘Four-in’, ‘Four-out’ Rule Removed by Canadian Government

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‘Four-in’, ‘Four-out’ Rule Removed by Canadian Government In a historic decision, the government of Canada has decided to remove the rule of four-in, four-out rule in order to aid the foreign workers in Canada. This decision was made effective immediately according to which the policy of limitation of working for only four years by foreign workers has been abolished.

The ‘Four-in’, ’Four-out’ rule was set up in April, 2011 according to which once a duration of four years  is completed for foreign workers, then certain candidates are not allowed to apply for another four years to live and work in Canada.

To aid the labor market requirements in Canada, Temporary Foreign Worker Program was launched. This program allows the industries and companies to pick the right candidates from across the globe to fill the positions in which native talent is not available. For a candidate to start working through TFWP, he/she must have a temporary work permit which should be supported by Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

There are certain individuals like workers in occupations like managing and professional departments, candidates employed in Canada through International agreements like Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program or NAFTA, and workers who were exempt from LMIA for some reasons are already exempted from the four-in, four-out rule.

According to John McCallum, Immigration Minister of Canada, this abolishment would help in removing the extra burden from applicants as well as the processing officers. It is a first step to bring suitable changes in the TFWP to aid the foreign workers as much as possible. On further he added that these are just the initial steps and more defined policies will soon be implemented.

More opportunities will be open for young people, people having disabilities, newcomers in Canada and other indigenous people. The percentage of low wage workers to be employed will be 20% for employers using TFWP before June 20, 2014 and 10% for employers using TFWP after this.

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