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Canadian Federal Skilled Worker Program

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Question; I’m an electrician from Ireland. My family and I would like to immigrate to Canada. What do I need to know? You should take a look at the Federal Skilled Trades Program.

Understanding the Federal Skilled Worker Program

This is a new immigration category designed for skilled tradespeople who want to become Canadian permanent residents. The Canadian government recently developed this new category to address regional labor shortages.

Who Qualifies for the Federal Skilled Worker Program?

Tradespeople with secure job offers in Canada, or who are certified in one of the select trade occupations, qualify to obtain permanent residency through this program in any Canadian province, except Quebec. Electricians fall under the NOC category group. An experienced immigration lawyer can take a thorough look at your case, and help you to determine if you are eligible for the program and what will be needed to present a strong application. We can help. Visit us at VisaPlace.com to find out if you are eligible.

Do You Wish to Apply for the Federal Skilled Worker 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 applying for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, contact us to book a consultation.

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

Applying for a PR Card Renewal

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Hi. This is Michael Niren. I’m an immigration lawyer and founder of visaplace.com. Today I’m going to talk to you about PR card renewals. We handle a lot of PR card renewal applications and, generally speaking, in order to qualify for a PR card renewal, you have to remain in Canada for two years in the last five years of obtaining a PR card.

Understanding the PR Card

When permanent residents come to Canada they are typically issued a PR card, which is valid for five years. In order to renew it, you have to show physical residency in Canada for two out of those five years. Of course, there are exceptions to that rule. For example, if you are married to a Canadian citizen and you are traveling abroad, those days could count toward your residency if you are accompanying your spouse, but these are for permanent residents.

The other thing you should know is that PR cards are for travel. So, technically speaking, you could be a permanent resident and remain in Canada indefinitely without a PR card. But for those who need to travel, and most of us do, you need a permanent resident card to return to Canada as a permanent resident.

Applying for an Expedited PR card

Now, there are situations where you may need an urgent PR card. For example, if you have an emergency, a family emergency, or you have to leave right away and you don’t have a PR card, there are situations where you could be outside of Canada and then apply for a travel document from your local embassy in order to get back to Canada, even if you don’t have a PR card.

Another situation is that even if you don’t meet the residency requirements or the exceptions, you still could potentially get a PR card if you can show that your absence beyond those two years is justified or there is special circumstances. We call those humanitarian PR card applications or PR card renewals. We do a lot of those. So, if you are abroad for a lengthy period of time and you don’t meet the exceptions, you still could potentially get a PR card, but it is more difficult, of course, and it’s lengthy in terms of the process.

Are You Interested in Obtaining a PR Card?

So, if you have any other questions about PR cards, feel free to go to our website at www.visaplace.com or give us a call and we’ll be happy to help. Thank you and have a great day.

Contact our experienced team today, and let us help you with your PR Card application.

Published on: September 25th, 2014Published by: Michael Niren

Small Canadian Towns Hope to Replace City Migrators With New Immigrants


Although Canadian cities are booming, it is coming at a price, with small Canadian towns getting the bad end of the bargain. In fact, many small towns and rural counties are looking towards the promise of immigrants in order to boost their local economy and breathe life back into their communities.

Small Canadian Towns Plan to Attract New Immigrants

A census from 2011 showed that 35 per cent of the Canadian population now resides in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal – and a large portion of that number is due to immigration. Now smaller towns and counties are hopeful that newcomers will also bring a much-needed boost to their local communities, too.

More Opportunities for Immigrants

One of these counties is Simcoe County in Ontario, which has used federal funding to develop a website aimed at immigrants who are either already living in the area, or who are interested in making the move north of Toronto in order to take advantage of great benefits such as cheaper property, more job opportunities, or opportunities for new business and entrepreneurship.

Sandra Lee, project manager of Simcoe’s local immigration partnership, said: “Overall immigration is important. By 2031, the natural increase in Simcoe County is only 44 residents.”

Lee recently participated in a panel at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario‘s annual conference, sharing insight in various methods that have worked – and some that haven’t – in her area. Immigration is being seen as the key to some of rural Canada’s existing demographic challenges, which is why financial emphasis is being placed upon such panels by the provincial rural affairs ministry.

Per year, Simcoe welcomes around 650 ‘direct landing’ immigrants – those who relocate directly to Ontario county from their homeland. To gain perspective, a total of 51 per cent of those living in Toronto were born outside of Canada, and around 74 per cent of Canada’s new immigrants choose to reside in big cities.

However, according to Lee, an increasing number of those who choose to settle in big cities end up moving to more rural areas because of cheaper properties and land.

A Win-win Situation

Rural areas have already begun to see the benefits that immigrants can bring, with the population of new immigrants starting to move further out. In turn, many small communities are embracing the diversity that new immigrants can bring – it’s a win-win situation.

One example of this is Peel Region; Mississauga was no stranger to new Canadian immigrants, but over the past two decades Brampton (a town further north) has also experienced a growth spurt because of an influx of new Canadians, who are now beginning to spread even further out.

Alberta is one urban municipality looking towards new immigrants to fill current gaps migrants have left when relocating to the big cities. A provincial government report backing immigration was recently released stating that without new residents, Alberta’s economic growth could in fact be “seriously hampered.”

However, with the previous successes in the west, locals are hopeful that immigrants are the answer.

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

Options for Immigration to Canada

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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