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Immigration to Canada as an IT Professional

(Below is a transcription of this video)

Hi my name is Michael Niren. I am an immigration lawyer and founder of
VisaPlace.com. This is a message for IT Professionals. If you are an IT
Professional and you are interested in immigration to Canada, it’s never
been a better time, especially if you are interested in immigrating to
Ontario, which is Canada’s most populated province.

How to Immigrate to Canada as an IT Professional

There is a contract or an agreement between the Canadian government and
Ontario to help IT Professionals and other Professionals get licensed
easier. The challenge is always being two things, getting qualified for
immigration and going through the immigration process. But once you get
here, once you arrive in Canada, it’s often very difficult to get the
licensing necessary to have the right to practice your profession.

So in Ontario, and other provinces as well, there are moving towards making
things easier for professionals such as IT Professional and other
Professionals, to get licensing, so you can actually practice in the area
you are experience in and education in, rather than a low-skilled job or
another type of job.

Benefits of Immigration to Canada as an IT Professional

So this is really, really good news. We are looking forward to it. We
process lot of IT professionals in our practice and I am really happy to
tell our clients that not only we can get you in Canada but once you get
here, you shouldn’t have too much difficulty in getting licensed.

Are You Interested in Immigrating to Canada?

So if you have any question or need help for immigration to Canada as an IT
Professional or in any field, give us a call or send us an email or go to
our website www.VisaPlace.com.

Contact our experienced team today, and let us help you with your Skilled Worker application.

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

Immigration to Canada for US Citizens

(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 reach out to our American friends, many of whom
are interested in immigrating to Canada. The Canadian economy has done very
well and withstood the downturn since 2008, and we are still going strong,
and a lot of Americans are thinking about coming to Canada as immigrants.
And we process a lot of cases for Americans.

Benefits of Immigration to Canada for US Citizens

Some applicants are for skilled workers, some are for family sponsorships,
others are more temporary, for work permits or study permits. There’s
different ways to get immigration to Canada. There’s a NAFTA agreement
between our countries which makes things easier at the boarder, so that
always helps, and we have very, very good Canadian Embassies in the United
States which process cases relatively quickly.

I mean, of course these applications do not get finalized overnight.
Thousands and thousands of applicants are processed through the system, so
you have to be patient. The key to success for any visa application is
preparation. You have to prepare your case very, very well. You have to put
together all of your documentation and answer the questions properly.
That’s why we’re here, we specialize in immigration to Canada. We do a lot
of American cases, and that’s why it’s very important to prepare in
advance.

Are You Interested in Immigrating to Canada From the US?

So, if you are an American, or even a green card holder in the United
States, and are interested in coming to Canada, we welcome you to our
website at www.VisaPlace.com and we’ll be more than happy to talk to you to
help you with your plans for moving to our great country. Thank you and
have a great day.

Contact our experienced team today, and let us help you with your Canadian immigration.

Published on: April 5th, 2014Published by: Michael Niren

Immigration to Canada from the Philippines

(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 message for Filipino nationals, people who live in
the Philippines, who are interested in immigration to Canada.

Benefits for Immigrating to Canada from the Philippines

The Philippines is one of the major immigration sources for Canada. In
fact, I believe it’s the number one source for immigrants coming to Canada.
I’ve got to confirm that, but if it’s not number one, it’s certainly number
two.

We, at our law firm, handle a lot of Filipino cases for permanent
residents, for Canadian permanent residents. We do a lot of federal skilled
worker cases. Live-in caregiver cases is a major, major way that Filipinos
come to Canada to work in Canada for families who need assistance with
their children or their elderly relatives.

There’s other ways that Filipinos come to Canada. Study permits and work
permits. Sometimes they reside in other countries, like Hong Kong or Saudi
Arabia, and they apply for Canadian immigration from those countries. Most
of Filipinos do apply through the Canadian embassy in Manila, directly in
the Philippines.

Possible Challenges of Immigration

It’s a challenging process to get Canadian status, to get Canadian
permanent residents, for Filipino nationals, because Filipinos need visas
to come to Canada. They can’t just come to Canada like Americans or
individuals from the United Kingdom to visit without visas. They need
visas.

And often, it’s very hard to get visas, because immigration officers
believe that if a Filipino gets a visa, that individual will not return
back to Canada. There is a bias against Filipino cases, generally speaking,
I have encountered. So you have to make a very strong case if you’re going
to succeed at getting a visa for Canada, or immigration to Canada, if
you’re a Filipino national.

Now, there’s a lot of Filipinos living in Canada already, in Toronto
especially. It’s a huge… we have a huge Filipino population, and it’s
great. They contribute tremendously to our culture and our economy. So many
relatives of those individuals overseas are looking forward to be united
with their relatives here in Canada.

Are You Interested in Immigration to Canada from the Philippines?

So if you are Filipino and you are interested in Canada immigration, feel
free to contact us or go to our website at www.VisaPlace.com. Thank you,
and have a great day.

Contact our experienced team today, and let us help you with your Canadian immigration.

Published on: April 4th, 2014Published by: Michael Niren

Immigration to Canada from the UK

(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 U.K. nationals, people from the United
Kingdom who are interested in immigration to Canada. The U.K. is a major
source of immigration for Canada. We have a long history together.

Benefits for Immigrating to Canada from the UK

Our two countries go very far back and I’m happy to report that many people
from the U.K. come to Canada to not only visit, work, or study, but also to
immigrate permanently. The good news for U.K. nationals is that if you do
come to Canada to visit you don’t need a visa.

Other countries do require a visa but from the U.K. you don’t. You can
arrive by plane and be admitted to Canada generally pretty easily. However
if you want to work, or study, or immigrate, you will need a special
permit, a special landed immigrant visa to qualify.

How We Can Help with Immigrating to Canada from the UK

So we handle a lot of U.K. applications for Canada and we’re looking
forward to continuing to help our U.K. friends come to Canada under the
various immigration categories. Some come as Federal Skilled Workers. They
have a lot of credentials. Most of them speak English very well so that
really, really helps. But there’s different ways of getting permanent
residence and temporary work visas and study visas to Canada for U.K.
nationals.

So if you are from the U.K. and you’re interested in Canada immigration,
come and give us a call. Go to our website at www.visaplace.com.

Contact our experienced team today, and let us help you with your Canadian immigration.

Published on: April 3rd, 2014Published by: Michael Niren

Federal Skilled Worker Program | 15 Occupations Left

(Below is a transcription of this video)

Hi, my name is Michael Niren. I’m an immigration lawyer and founder of
VisaPlace.com. Today I’m going to talk about the Federal Skilled Worker
Program.

Understanding the Federal Skilled Worker Program

Currently there are 24 occupations that are accepted under the Federal
Skilled Worker Program. However, every occupation has a certain cap, a
certain number that is accepted, that applications are accepted under. So
currently, there are only 15 left out of the 24. Some are under healthcare,
some are under engineering, and some other occupations. I’m not going to
list them there. You can go to our website at www.VisaPlace.com for more
information.

The point being, if you’re in an occupation that is no longer processed,
you’re going to have to wait for the following year to apply. So it’s very
important to look at the list, the occupation list. There’s 15 left. And if
you have an occupation under that category, there’s some in engineering, as
I said, some in healthcare and the sciences as well, it’s important to
consider applying if you qualify. Because otherwise, you may be out of luck
and you may have to wait an additional year to apply.

In addition to that, the occupation list can often change and you may find
your occupation completely off the list, and that has happened, so it’s
hard to plan for the future. And so I always tell our clients that if you
qualify now, that’s a window and I would go through that window if you
intend to immigrate to Canada.

Are You Interested in the Federal Skilled Worker Program?

So currently, as I mentioned, we have 15 occupations that are open. That
obviously will change. I’ll keep you updated as the year progresses, and I
wish you a great day. If you have to go and you need more information, go
to our website at www.VisaPlace.com

Contact our experienced team today, and let us help you apply for the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

 

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

What If My Spousal Sponsorship Is Refused?

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Hello, my name is Michael Niren. I’m an immigration lawyer and founder of
VisaPlace.com. What happens if your application for spousal sponsorship is
refused? It’s a very upsetting situation. Unfortunately, it happens quite
frequently where a Canadian citizen or permanent resident sponsors a spouse
from overseas and waits many, many months and is very excited to be
reunited with their spouse only to find out their application is refused.

Reasons Why Spousal Sponsorship Is Refused

One of the main reasons for refusal is that the Canadian government doesn’t
believe that the relationship is genuine and it’s only what we call a
marriage of convenience meaning that the government believes that the only
reason or the main reason you’re sponsoring this person is to bring them to
Canada. It’s not a genuine relationship and often, that is not the case,
but that’s how the government feels. Perhaps, the application wasn’t
prepared properly.

There could be a multitude of reasons why the application was refused.
However, if this happens to you, you do have options. You have appeal
rights and, generally speaking, you have 30 days to file an appeal to the
immigration adjudication division. That’s a special court. We call that the
IAD and it goes through an appeal process where you, as the sponsor, the
Canadian, can try to explain what the problem was, why you feel that the
application should be approved, and it’s a whole process that goes through
a tribunal.

Seeking the Proper Help After Your Spousal Sponsorship Is Refused

It’s very important to get legal representation to help you with these
cases and you have to act fast if you get a refusal letter. You have to
file a notice of appeal on time; otherwise your appeal rights could be
compromised.

Do You Need Help with Spousal Sponsorship?

So, if you have a spousal sponsorship that was refused, if you’ve filed an
application that was refused, you can contact us. You can go to our website
at www.VisaPlace.com. We can take a look at your case and see if we can
help you. Again, it’s very important to act fast if you have a refusal.
Thank you, and I hope this information helped you and gave you hope in case
you’re one of those unfortunate people. Thank you and have a great day.

Contact our experienced team today, and let us help you with your spousal sponsorship.

Published on: March 2nd, 2014Published by: Michael Niren

Changes to Canadian Citizenship Laws

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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 the proposed changes
to Canadian citizenship law. The government is talking about a few changes
which are significant.

Important Changes to Canadian Citizenship Laws

One of the changes is that to qualify for citizenship, the period in which
you have to remain in Canada as a permanent resident may be extended beyond
what it currently is, which is three years of the last four years since
applying.

So there’s a possibility that, in order to qualify for Canadian citizenship
as a permanent resident, you may have to be in Canada four, fix, or even
six years, we don’t know exactly, because the bill hasn’t been passed yet.
But that is definitely on the books, and it may happen soon.

Another change is that, potentially, individuals who are foreigners, and
the mother gives birth to a child in Canada, that child may not be
automatically granted the citizenship. There is some controversy
surrounding expecting mothers who come to Canada and give birth to children
in Canada and they automatically get citizenship. That law may be changing.

Finally, for individuals who participate in the Canadian armed forces, they
may be eligible for fast-tracked citizenship. So there’s a lot of potential
changes that may be happening soon, in 2014, as soon as we find out the
details I will report back to you and let you know what they are.

Let Us Be You Canadian Citizenship Source

Currently, the law is the law, it hasn’t changed yet, but it will. So
hopefully we’ll get some more information. Thank you very much, and have a
great day.

Contact our experienced team today, and let us help you with your Permanent Residence matters.

Published on: February 19th, 2014Published by: Michael Niren

Applying for a PR Card Renewal

(Below is a transcription of this video)

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.

When permanent residents come to Canada, they are typically issued a PR
card, which are 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
towards your residency if you’re accompanying your spouse.

When Do I Need to Renew a Permanent Residence Card?

But these are for permanent residents, and the other thing you should know
is that PR cards are for travel. So technically speaking, that, 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.

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 are
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’s more
difficult of course, and it’s lengthy, in terms of the process. 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.

Do You Need Help with Renewing Your PR Card?

Like all legal immigration matters, the process for renewing a PR card can be complicated, and any errors on the application can mean a refusal.  Enlisting the help of a professional lawyer with experience in Canadian immigration matters can make the difference of whether you are successful with renewing your PR card or not.

Contact our experienced team today, and let us help you renew your PR card.

 

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

If I Marry A Canadian Can I Become A Citizen?

Marriage to a Canadian Citizen does not mean that you are automatically Canadian. You must first apply for Permanent Resident status through the sponsorship program. You must then apply for Canadian citizenship and meet the same requirements as any other person seeking Canadian Citizenship.

Applying For Canadian Citizenship

In order to apply for citizenship after you’ve become a permanent resident  you must;

  • Be a permanent resident
  • Have lived in Canada at least 1095 days in the four years before the date you sign your application
  • Have an adequate knowledge of either English or French
  • Know about Canada and the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship
  • Not be under removal order.
  • Attend the ceremony and take the oath of citizenship

How Niren & Associates Can Help

At Niren and Associates we deal with sponsorship applications on a daily basis, if you are looking to sponsor someone that is currently  either outside or inside the country do not hesitate to give us a call. One of our Immigration Intake Specialists will be more than happy to assist!

Published on: June 15th, 2013Published by: Michael Niren

Permanent Residence Card Replacement Or Renewal

You can apply for a new Permanent Residence Card if it’s been lost, stolen or has expired. Niren & Associates has extensive experience in all areas of immigration and we are definitely able to assist you with the renewal, or replacement of your PR card.

If your card has been stolen, lost or destroyed please call the CIC call center immediately in order to report this, 1-888-242-2100.

In order to replace a PR card you must follow the same steps as you would applying for a PR card. CIC will need the same documents and photographs; there is also a $50 dollar mandatory fee that goes along with this.  Please note that Canadian Immigration Canada will not send your new PR card to an address outside of Canada.  This is where we come in to play.

Current processing times for the Renewal or Replacement of a PR card are about 75 calendar days, if you happen to need your card urgently you will need to qualify for this;

  1. You must be travelling within the next three months.
  2. You are returning to Canada in a commercial vehicle.

If you are not in the Country or find yourself in a bind, contact us we will be more than happy to assess the situation and assist you with your matter!

Published on: April 28th, 2013Published by: Michael Niren

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