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BC PNP Income Thresholds Update

As a reflection of 2012 data published by Statistics Canada, the BC PNP office has recently updated income thresholds for provincial nominee applications in British Columbia. The BC PNP applications received on or before Oct 4, 2013 are going to be assessed per the antecedently published income threshold figures. Applications received after Oct 4, 2013 are going to be assessed per the present income threshold figures taken from Statistics Canada’s 2012 Low income Cut-Offs.

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Schools in Canada are helping international students feel more at home

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Thousands of international students arrive to Canada each year with hopes of broadening their education and also making new local friends. International students may have a thriving education but making new Canadian friends can be a bit of a challenge.

According to a report by the Canadian Bureau for International Education the majority of foreign students say they have very few or no Canadian friends. The students want to learn more about Canadian culture and the local way of life but it may be easier to turn to school friends who speak the same language and or are international students too.

Many international students say that making local friends helps them succeed while they are studying. The University of British Columbia assists international students by providing them with a program which makes it easier for the students to make local friends and helps ease the students into their new academic life.

The University of British Columbia (UBC) provides a “Community Program”. This program is designed to help international students to become a part of the local student community. UBC provides the following tips for international students wanting to be a part of the local student scene here in Vancouver:

  •  Join a student club or peer program
  • Sign up for an intramural sports team
  • Become a volunteer
  • Join a community group

Vancouver is a diverse city with people arriving to British Columbia from around the world. International students enjoy making friends with people from their home country through local cultural groups and organizations in the city. Many of the bigger cultural groups and communities have their own cultural or faith centres. These centres are the perfect place to make new friends.

Canadian students are friendly and like to make new friends. Most local students are eager to learn about other cultures and countries. But it takes two people to be friends, international students are encouraged to reach out to Canadian students and start a conversation.

If you are an international student and thinking about working in Canada, these skills will also help you feel better and happier in the workplace too. Below are five tips for international students to build a circle of local friends and have a full social life.

  • Make friends with a wide variety of people. Try speaking with classmates in different courses. Venture off campus and attend events that interest you.
  • Don’t be embarrassed about being different. Canada is a country made of people from around the world, chances are your new local friend may have another friend from the same country.
  • Speak slowly, and ask people to repeat. Make eye contact and laugh out loud, being friendly and outgoing will make it easier for people to talk to you. Be yourself and share your interests and likes with your new Canadian friends.
  • Don’t stay in too close contact with home. It actually helps to venture out a bit on your own, spend more time making local friends than you do speaking with people back home. This will help you learn more about the local culture and enjoy your time in Vancouver.
  • Pursue your interests. If you like a certain sport or hobby, try to find groups that share the same interests, this is a great way to make local friends. Be the first person to say hello in the group.

If you are an international student try not to spend too much time with people who speak the same language. Break from the group and start a conversation with a student who sits next to you in class.

There are so many opportunities in Canada and if you are living on campus or plan to work in British Columbia all of these tips will help you start your new life and enjoy your social time that much more!

 

Written by Sacha DeVoretz, blog contributor to Bell Alliance Global Immigration Services Inc.

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投资移民以外的企业家和投资人在加拿大的新机遇

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企业家和投资人士在考虑移民加拿大时,通常会选择加拿大联邦和省提名投资移民。随着年初联邦移民的废除,外籍企业家和投资人的移民选择似乎更加狭窄。本文将向您介绍传统投资移民项目以外的针对企业家、投资人的移民、投资机会,使得商务人士能够在后投资移民时代,继续通过自己所长来到加拿大工作或是永久居住。

我们向您介绍三种不同的,为企业家和投资人设计的移民方式:公司内部人员调动项目;公司内部人员调动-海外扩张项目;以及通过在加拿大学习,毕业后获得工作签证(陪同家属也可获得工作签证)。

公司内部人员调动项目(Intra-Company Transferee)

企业所在国家与加拿大签署过国际协议,如北美自由贸易协定;或是WTO成员国,均有资格申请公司内部调动,该企业必须实际存在、运营,并且在国际层面开展业务;并与加拿大本土机构、子/母公司、合作/分支公司拥有实际工作互动关系。符合以上条件的企业,能够将本公司部分职员(高管人员、执行官或专业知识职位)调至加拿大关联公司进行短期工作(Work Temporarily)

作为一名调派员工,你可以立刻申请加拿大工作签证,而无需等待雇主获得积极的劳动市场意见(LMO)。一般情况下,加拿大雇主如果希望雇佣外籍职工,需要先向加拿大政府部门申请并获得一份劳动市场意见,这一过程可能需要几周甚至几个月的时间,而雇主并不一定能够获得积极的(Positive)劳动市场意见。

作为一名调派员工,高管人员和执行官等职务将获得时效长达5年的工作签证,而专业知识职务将获得时效长达7年的工作签证。

在加拿大技术行业工作的同时,通过公司内部调派来到加拿大工作的人士将有资格通过联邦技术人员和专家移民项目,加拿大经验类移民项目,或是省提名移民项目移民加拿大。

公司内部人员调动-海外扩张 (Intra-Company Transferee Start-up)

海外企业可以通过这一项目在加拿大进行企业扩张。这些海外企业可以调派本部行政、高管人员,或是专业知识职务人员来到加拿大,帮助建立、扩展该企业在加拿大的分部。

这以项目要求海外企业证明自身具备海外扩张的发展实力,并能够在加拿大建立运营。证明文件包括企业扩张的融资方式/经济支持、加拿大扩展商业计划书、符合条件的调派人员的个人简历,以及供企业在加拿大扩展的实际地理位置、必备物品的购买/租赁等证明文件。

与一般的公司内部人员调动项目一样,来到加拿大工作的调派人员将有资格通过联邦技术人员和专家移民项目,加拿大经验类移民项目,或是省提名移民项目移民加拿大。

学生签证-毕业生工作签证和-陪同家属工作签证

在加拿大学习的同时,留学生和陪同家属(配偶)将有资格申请获得工作签证,并有机会在未来获得永久居民身份。

作为一名外籍学生,你可以在学习的同时,在校园内外做兼职并获得加拿大工作经验,其中也包括建立自己的企业。在毕业后,符合条件的留学生将有机会获得开放工作签证,得到工作签证后,你将可以继续在加拿大建立自己的企业。

陪同家属同样有机会获得工作签证,并在加拿大工作。通过留学来到加拿大的方法很适合夫妻共同来到加拿大,比如一方可以通过陪同家属工作签证在加拿大开展商业,而另一方则可以在加拿大累积学习经历;最终,夫妻双方均能获得工作签证,更有助于将来申请移民加拿大。

加拿大政府只对指定学校和教育机构签发毕业生开放工作签证,今年六月起,这一名单将有所更新,目前您可以参考加拿大公民与移民部官网给出的列表:http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/institutions/participants.asp

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Canadian Work Opportunities for Mexican and American Nationals through NAFTA

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The North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Canada, United States (US) and Mexico liberalizes and protects trade among these three countries. In meeting the trade objectives, NAFTA allows for the temporary entry of selected professionals and investors of American, Mexican and Canadian citizenship to work and engage in business across borders more freely than workers from other countries. It is a reciprocal agreement, and thus allows Mexican and US citizens to work in Canada and for Canadians to work in Mexico and the US.

If you are from Mexico or the US and have an interest in working, trading or investing in Canada, you may qualify under NAFTANAFTA for temporary entry or a temporary work permit. NAFTA provides great opportunities for Mexican and US professionals to temporarily work or do business in Canada with ease. It is important to understand each category and the requirements before assuming you qualify. What is outlined here is only a brief overview of the program. For more information, visitwww.cic.gc.ca or contact your local Canadian consulate or embassy.

NAFTA is open to professionals that fall under four categories:

  • Intra-company transferees
  • Professionals
  • Business visitors
  • Investors and traders

Intra-Company Transferees (ICT)

This category is quite common between the US and Canada, especially among major American companies that have subsidiaries or branches in Canada. As an intra-company transferee, you can apply for a work permit without a Labour Market Opinion (LMO). In most cases when a Canadian company wants to hire a foreign national, it must apply for an LMO from Service Canada and demonstrate it cannot find a permanent resident or Canadian for the position. Service Canada then issues a positive LMO, which is submitted along with a work permit application by the foreign national. This can take weeks or months to obtain and a positive LMO is not guaranteed.

In addition, as an ICT, a work permit can be valid for up to 5 years for executives and senior managers, or 7 years for specialized knowledge workers. To qualify, the core requirements are:

  • Employment with US or Mexican company that has a branch, subsidiary, parent or affiliate company in Canada,
  • Work for at least 1 year of the last 3 years with the foreign company,
  • Maintain an executive or senior management position, or be considered a specialized knowledge worker with essential and unique skills,
  • Hold an offer for a position with the Canadian branch, subsidiary, parent or affiliate similar to the role in the related foreign company.

Canadian companies can be start-ups or expansions of a foreign company. These foreign companies send a senior or skilled person to help establish or expand the Canadian branch or subsidiary.

Professionals

Professionals are those that have pre-arranged employment with a Canadian company and are in one of the 60 occupations listed under the NAFTA agreement, which includes accountants, architects, land surveyors, many science-related professions, and even post-secondary instructors. They do not require an LMO, but a work permit along with proof of education and experience in that field.

For a list of NAFTA professionals, visit the NAFTA Secretariat website.

Business Visitors

Business visitors come to Canada to conduct business with an international scope, involving activities like research and design, distribution, marketing and sales. Their business is predominantly outside of Canada and they have no intention to enter the Canadian labour market. As a result, they do not have to obtain a work permit, however they do need to declare their status as a business visitor upon entering Canada.

Traders 

Traders can apply for a temporary work permit and work in Canada to facilitate the trade of goods and services between Canada and their home country. The initial work permit is granted for up to one year, but can be extended for a duration of two years.

Traders must be employed by a Mexican or US company in an executive or supervisor role, or have essential skills. Over 50% of total volume of trade by the company must be between Canada and the US or Mexico. Furthermore, the trading must be considered substantial. ‘Substantial Trade’ is determined by the volume and monetary value of the trade.

Investors 

Investors can apply for a temporary work permit to come to Canada and invest, develop and direct an enterprise. The person seeking entry should usually be in an executive or supervisory role with the foreign company. While there here is no minimum dollar amount to invest, the investment must be considered  substantial. To determine if an investment is substantial, officers are directed to conduct a ‘proportionality test’, which is based on the amount invested vs. the total value of the company or the amount deemed necessary to establish the type of business. For example, an investment of $50,000 for a small business with few operating costs may be deemed substantial; or a $1 million investment for a plant valued at $8 million may qualify.

Like the trader category, the initial work permit is granted for up to one year, but can be extended for a duration of two years.

The advantages of working under NAFTA are:

  • Many professional workers are exempt from needing a LMO.
  • Business visitors are not required to apply for a work permit.
  • It allows for quick processing of professionals and intra-company transferees who need a work permit, since applicants can apply and be issued a work permit by an immigration officer at the Canadian border upon entering the count

 

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