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Options for Immigration to Canada

(Below is a transcription of this video)

Hi. My name is Michael Niren. I’m founder of visaplace.com, an immigration
lawyer. Today I’m going to talk to you just in general terms about Canada
immigration or immigrating to Canada.

Exploring the Options for Immigration to Canada

As many of you may know, there are
many different routes to get permanent residence:

The Provincial Nominee Program

For example, there’s the federal skilled worker category. There’s the
family class where you’re sponsored by a relative. There’s the business
route where you can potentially invest in a province and apply under the
Provincial Nominee Program. There’s also applying for a temporary resident
visa where you can ultimately apply for permanent resident down the road.

There’s many, many different options. These days Canadian immigration law
is very complex. The good news is that there are so many different ways to
potentially qualify or get qualified for Canadian immigration. In the past
there weren’t as many options. Now with the provincial programs we have
many provinces in Canada and each province, or most of the provinces, have
their own Provincial Nominee Program.

Federal Programs Offering Permanent Residence

In addition, we have the federal program which offers different options as
well. The trick to qualifying, to getting permanent residence is to
understand what each person’s case is all about. That’s the challenge. I
recommend a detailed consultation to find out what your situation is, what
are your credentials, what are your goals, what are your timelines, and
what is the best route to go to get your permanent residence?

Let Us Discuss Your Options for Immigration to Canada

That’s the first step. Once we map out a plan, then we can execute it. We
can follow it and get you to where you want to go. Our goal as immigration
lawyers is to, first and foremost, understand what your needs are and
understand your situation. Then we can take it from there. If you’re
interested in Canadian immigration, feel free to contact us or go on our
website at www.visaplace.com. We’ll be more than happy to discuss your

There’s an online assessment that we have on our website that’s really good
because what you do is you fill out some forms and answer some questions,
and that enables us to really understand your situation even before we talk
to you. This way we can map out a plan for you and get you to Canada.

Thank you, and have a great day.

Contact our experienced team today, and let us help you gain permanent residence in Canada.

Published on: August 20th, 2014Published by: Michael Niren

New Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Progam in the Works

Earlier in the year, Canada’s immigration minister, Chris Alexander announced the promise of an ‘immigration investor venture capital pilot’ scheme. Since then, the world has been waiting with baited breath.

However, Canada’s immigrant investor program is ‘troubled’ due to problems with past similar programs.

The New Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Progam

The Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Progam should allow foreign nationals to apply for and acquire Canadian permanent residence visas. Obviously, on the condition that they start up their own businesses in Canada.

Apparently, under the latest plan, applicants will have to invest over twice the amount of the previous immigrant investor program (IIP). The investment will also have to take place over a longer period than the last program.

Selling Citizenship

Just last week, Justice Mary Gleason of the Federal Court of Canada quotes the old truism: “Asking for something does not create a right to it.”

There was an outcry in February when Alexander announced the closure of the IIP, with around 25,000 outstanding applications.

Taking families into account, it’s estimated that around 65,000 people lost their chance of Canadian citizenship.

New Immigrant Investor Program

The formal announcement is expected to be made later in the year, along with full details of the scheme, which is expected this fall. However, we do have some details right now, revealed by Alexander, himself:

  • The minimum required investment will be higher than the IIP, which was CAN$800,000. Now, they’ll have to fork out over twice as much.
  • IIP applicants had to make their investment over a period of five years. The duration will definitely be longer this time around, although exact details aren’t clear at the moment.
  • The investment must be genuine, not reliant on a loan. Applicants must provide a “larger investment in an at-risk project focused on the start-up side of the venture capital spectrum.”
  • Residency and language requirements are not expected to be particularly stringent. According to Alexander: “We respect the fact that not everyone starts from the same point of departure and we give a lot of English second-language support to those who don’t have a very high level when they arrive.”
  • The first version of the plan will likely mean applicants will have to invest in a venture capital fund. These would be managed by Canadian venture capitalists.
  • Initially, investors won’t have a say about which schemes their investment is applied to. The investments will be put into a single find. But when the pilot later becomes a program, immigrants can provide feedback and advice.

What do you think of the proposed new immigrant investor program so far? Let us know in the comments.

Are You Interested in Applying for the New Immigrant Investor Program?

VisaPlace only works with qualified immigration lawyers who can help you pursue your immigration goals. If you are interested in applying for the new Immigrant Investor Program, contact us to book a consultation.

Published on: August 17th, 2014Published by: Michael Niren

Live-in Caregiver Program May Face Overhaul

As reported by TheStar.com -  Employment Minister Jason Kenney criticized the LCP (Live-in Caregiver Program) as being “out of control” and having “mutated” into a program of family reunification, in meetings with the media to discuss Ottawa’s planned reforms to the temporary foreign workers program.

Live-in Caregiver Program Changes Sparks Concern

This has prompted outrage in some quarters as well as fear that the path of permanent residency through LCP may be coming to a close. “This is a defining issue for the Filipino Canadian community,” said Chris Sorio of Migrante Canada.

The Live-in Caregiver Program grants permanent status after the caregiver meets the two-year full-time live-in employment requirement, and allows their spouses and children to join them at that point – a key incentive for caregivers to choose to work in Canada despite the family separation of up to four years or more.

“This is something very close to our hearts. It is worrying us because we feel this could be a smoke-screen for changes that are coming to the LCP program. Our concern is they are going to further restrict family reunification under the program.” Chris Sorio continued.

Live-in Caregiver Program Falls Under Re-Assessment

At a closed to the media consultation in Vancouver, Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said “the government intends to “modernize” the program and asked participants what they thought of the “automatic permanent residency” afforded to caregivers under the LCP”.

What Is the Fate of the Live-in Caregiver Program?

Given Canada’s shortage of childcare spaces and growing need for elder care, it seems unlikely to Kenney will abolish the program. However; his allegations about abuse of the program sound similar to claims he made about other immigration and refugee programs before major overhauls were introduced.

Critics of the government’s approach warn that the growing Filipino Canadian vote could also be at stake in next year’s federal election if the government removes access to immigration from the LCP — 90% of those participating are from the Philippines.

We will report more on this and other related immigration stories as the information becomes available.

Are You Interested the Live-in Caregiver Program?

The VisaPlace Group of Lawyers (VPGs) and their staff are all independent, licensed practitioners who understand how important it is for to you to achieve your immigration goals and have been trained to follow best practices and procedures to maximize your chances of success! If you are interested in immigrating to Canada through the Live-in Caregiver Program, we may be able to help. Contact us to book a consultation.

Published on: August 16th, 2014Published by: Michael Niren

International Students May Get Permanent Residence in Nova Scotia

(Below is a transcription of this video)

Hi. My name is Michael Niren, immigration lawyer, and founder of
Visaplace.com. Good new coming out of Nova Scotia. The announcement is
that international students will have the option of potentially applying
for permanent residence after they graduate there.

International Students Seeking Permanent Residence in Nova Scotia

So if you’re on a student visa and you’re studying in Nova Scotia, and you
graduate and you happen to have a job offer, there’s a potential
possibility that you could apply for permanent residence to Canada.

Now, I don’t know all the details yet. I’m assuming they will be
forthcoming by the government. Most likely you have to have a job offer
within your field, within a certain period of time after graduation, and if
you do, and you’ve graduated and you’re on a student visa, you could
potentially be eligible for permanent residence.
This is great news for Nova Scotia international students.

Are You An International Student Interested In Settling in Nova Scotia?

I’ll keep you updated if I learn more, when I learn more, but for now, have
a great day, and we’ll speak to you soon.

Contact our experienced team today, and let us help you turn you international student status in permanent residence in Nova Scotia.

Published on: August 11th, 2014Published by: Michael Niren

Immigrant Investor Program Cancelled in 2014

(Below is a transcription of this video)

Hi. A lot of controversy over the immigrant investor program and the
federal government’s cancellation of the program in 2014. The immigration
investor program is for high net worth individuals who have a net worth of
a minimum of 1.6 million and are willing to invest in an approved Canadian
investment fund in the amount of 800,000. These individuals bring a
tremendous amount of value and wealth to the country.

Understanding the Immigrant Investor Program Cancellation

However, the federal government believes that tax dollars generated from
these investors do not justify continuing the program. That’s their main
argument. I think it’s a poor argument. These individuals do bring
tremendous value to Canada. Their children go to school here and become
productive members of society. A country like Canada needs and should be
attracting wealthy applicants. In my opinion, this is another misstep by
the government in shutting down this program.

Backlash to the Immigrant Investor Program Cancellation

The other concern is our reputation as a fair, immigrant-friendly country.
There are 19,000 applicants in the queue right now who’ve been notified or
who will be notified that their applications are now canceled. There are a
lot of threats of litigation going on in terms of these applicants not
being fairly treated. Canada’s reputation as a country that treats
immigrants fairly is being questioned.

Are You Interested in Becoming an Immigrant Investor in Canada?

On those two fronts, I think the government, once again, made an error in
how they’re treating current applicants and canceling the program
altogether. I’ll keep you posted on any developments.

In the meantime, have a great day, and take care.

Contact our experienced team today, and let us help you with your business and investor immigration matters.

Published on: August 9th, 2014Published by: Michael Niren

Expanding Your Business Into Canada Visa

(Below is a transcription of this video)

Hello. My name is Michael Niren, I’m an immigration lawyer and founder of
visaplace.com. This is a video for those who are interested in getting a
work visa to Canada and who have a business overseas in their home country.

Benefits to Expanding Your Business Into Canada

One great way of getting a work visa for Canada is to consider expanding
your business into Canada from what you have overseas. So, depending upon
the kind of business you have, you may be eligible for what we call an
Intra-Company Transfer. So, the idea is that if you are an owner of a
business or you are a high-level manager or you have specialized skills,
you could be transferred into a start-up business in Canada that you wish
to expand you overseas business. So this way, on that basis you can
potentially get a work permit.

The processing time is not too long, generally. It could be just a few
months. We have to show, when we do these cases, that you have a viable,
real business over in your home country and that you have plans to expand
it in the United States. On that basis, you could apply for a work visa. If
you are married, your spouse could also get one, and your children, if you
have children, could potentially go to school in Canada on the basis of
your work visa. It’s a really, really good way of getting a work permit,
and you don’t need a job offer, of course, because it’s you who’s going to
be expanding your own business or your company’s business, if you are an
employee of a business overseas.

Criteria for Expanding Your Business Into Canada

So it’s an option that is becoming more and more popular. There are
restrictions. There are criteria that have to be met and followed. The way
we handle these cases is that we look at our client’s business in depth and
their circumstances in order to make sure that if we handle their case, we
can succeed. So the first step is to really take a detailed look at your
business and your situation, and then we can take it from there.

Are You Interested in Expanding Your Business Into Canada?

So this is just a message for anyone who owns a business or works in a
business and there is an option of expanding it into Canada. And this way,
of course, you don’t need a job offer, so we find this as a very, very good
avenue to get to Canada and to work in Canada. Of course, there are options
for permanent residence as well, on the basis of those work permits that
you get proof for. So that’s also something to consider. So hopefully, this
gave you some hope and some ideas about coming to Canada. Thank you, and
have a great day.

Contact our experienced team today, and let us help you expand your business into Canada.


Published on: July 16th, 2014Published by: Michael Niren

4 Year Temporary Foreign Workers Cap Reached on April 1

(Below is a transcription of this video)

Hi, this is Michael Niren, an immigration lawyer and founder of
VisaPlace.com. It’s important to note that April 1st 2015, the four-year
temporary foreign worker cap will be reached.

Understanding the 4 Year Temporary Foreign Workers Cap

So, those who received work permits before or on April 1st, 2011 will be subject to the four-year
subject to the cap. Now, there are some exceptions. For example, managers
and professionals, and certain occupations or individuals applying for work
permits under NAFTA may not be subject to the cap.

But generally speaking, temporary foreign workers are subject to a full-
year cap. So what has to be done for these applicants is they have to plan

Alternatives to Avoid the 4 Year Temporary Foreign Workers Cap

Consider applying for permanent residence, as soon as possible, in
order to maintain your status in Canada. It’s very important that the four-
year cap be realized by applicants. Sometimes, you can forget that you can
extend your work permit, if it’s subject to a cap.

Are You Interested in Becoming a Permanent Resident of Canada?

If you need more information about this please contact us or go to our website at
www.VisaPlace.com. Thanks and have a great day.

Contact our experienced team today, and let us help you with your Canadian permanent residence application.

Published on: June 14th, 2014Published by: Michael Niren

Canada’s Reputation for Immigrant Investors is Being Tarnished

As reported by Yahoo Canada News on Thursday June 5, 2014 – “Angry millionaires suing over Canadian citizenship another symptom of ailing immigration system, critics claim”.

Canada’s Immigrant Investor Program in Moratorium

The root of this issue is Canada’s Immigrant Investor Program (IIP) which used to offer 2,500 visas a year to wealthy foreign nationals who invested $800,000 into the Canadian government coffers for a 5 year period.

Due to excessive backlogs in 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada instituted a moratorium on the program. In turn, the Tories cancelled the visa program all together, as part of 2014 budget, with the intention of throwing-out the 19,000 applications left in the queue.

Applicants Sue Due to Immigrant Investor Program Moratorium

1,469 of the applicants left in the queue are now asking the government to process their cases or to pay each of them $5 million in compensation. Many of these applicants being from China.

Toronto-based immigration lawyer Michael Niren states; “Canada’s reputation as an attractive destination for immigrants is being tarnished.”

Niren explains – “The world has regarded Canada as a country that is fair in terms of its administration of justice and the way they treat immigrants awaiting their cases. But the way this government has mismanaged immigration policy has no doubt raised questions about its ability to treat applicants fairly who deserve procedural fairness when submitting applications for immigration. They have been and continue to be let down by the government and even the courts.”

The complainants’ attorneys (Tim Leahy and Rocco Galati) argued; “the CIC failed to assess the files in the promised time frame, that the applicants’ rights were breached and that applicants were denied equal treatment under the law”, in a Toronto court on Wednesday.

Are You Interested in Coming to Canada as an Investor?

Although the Immigrant Investor Program is in moratorium that does not mean that all hope is lost for investors wishing to immigrate to Canada. There are still other visa streams, such as the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP), which welcomes investors and offers an opportunity for permanent residence in various provinces throughout Canada. If you are interested in finding out if you qualify we at VisaPlace.com would be happy to discuss your options with you. Contact us to book a consultation.




Published on: June 6th, 2014Published by: Michael Niren

Quebec Investor Program Re-opens for 2014

(Below is a transcription of this video)

Hi. This is Michael Niren, Immigration Lawyer and Founder of visaplace.com
. The Quebec Investor Program is being reopened. That’s great news. They’re
going to be taking applications in September of 2014. The criteria is that
you have to have a net worth of $1.6 million and invest $800,000 in a
government approved investment fund. There are other criteria, of course,
but that’s the basics.

The Benefits of the Quebec Investor Program

The investor program in the province of Quebec has
been one of the staples of Canadian immigration processing for many years
for investors and I’m happy to report that it’s being reopened. So any
individuals overseas who have a high net worth and who are interested in
permanent residence should consider the Quebec program.

Knowing If the Quebec Investor Program Is Right For You

Now, because the applications won’t be accepted until September, that
doesn’t mean we can’t start preparing because there’s a lot of paperwork
for investor cases and the sooner the better if you are interested.

Now the other thing is if you don’t qualify for the Quebec program there are many
other investor programs, provincial programs, that may be applicable as
well. British Columbia, Ontario, other provinces have investor programs
that could work. So just because the Quebec program may not be the most
appropriate for you, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get permanent
residence to Canada.

Are You Interested in Applying For the Quebec Investor Program?

So anyway, it’s good news to hear about the Quebec
program. I’m looking forward to helping people get through. If you liked
this video, click like and go to our website at www.visaplace.com. Thanks,
and have a great day.

Contact our experienced team today, and let us help you apply for the Quebec Investor Program.

Published on: May 31st, 2014Published by: Michael Niren

The Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program for 2014

(Below is a transcription of this video)

Hi, this is Michael Niren, I’m an immigration lawyer and founder of
VisaPlace.com. The Nova Scotia provincial nominee program is open. They are
accepting only 150 applicants. It’s an opportunity for individuals to
immigrate to Canada to the province of Nova Scotia. It’s a great program
however not many applicants will be accepted for this year.

Qualifying for the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program

If you think you qualify you can go to our website www.visaplace.com. We have some
information about it and would be happy to assess you to see if whether or
not you qualify.

Don’t despair if you don’t or if the cap has been reached because there
are other provincial programs as well as federal programs that could work
for you to get status in Canada. Don’t think that the Nova Scotia program
is the only viable program to get status in Canada. I do urge you though to
consider the Nova Scotia program. It may be in fact the way to go.

Are You Interested in the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program?

If you have any questions feel free to contact us. Go to our website,

Contact our experienced team today, and let us help you with assessing whether or not the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program is right for you.


Published on: May 29th, 2014Published by: Michael Niren

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