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Regulated Canada immigration consultants must be registered with the ICCRC if they wish to provide paid immigration consultancy services.

Why You Need a Canada Immigration Consultant

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Prospective immigrants from all over the world choose Canada as their destination. This country offers ample education and work opportunities for people of all backgrounds. If you are considering applying for temporary immigration or Canadian permanent residence, you should reach out to a qualified Canada PR consultant for their services.

Why You Need a Canada Immigration Consultant

If you have never used an immigration consultant before, you may be wondering about the benefits of using their services. Some reasons to use Canada visa consultants include:

Getting Your Application Done as Quickly as Possible

The Canadian immigration process can be quite lengthy. Applicants must fill out a number of application forms, gather documents, undergo examinations, and then wait for Canadian immigration services to provide feedback on their application. Keeping track of all these items can be tricky, especially when you may have other obligations to focus on.

A qualified Canada immigration consultant can offer their guidance and help you complete your application as quickly as possible. They can inform you about which documents you should prioritize and when to start gathering each one.

Helping You Complete Your Application Correctly

Canadian immigration services are incredibly thorough at assessing each prospective immigration applicant. Their permanent residency application requires you to fill out forms with multiple sections in detail. You will need to fill out each section correctly to maximize the chances of your application being approved. However, you may have difficulty understanding what information to include.

The best Canada immigration consultants understand the ins and outs of the immigration application process and can guide you in filling out each section correctly. This is of vital importance as including incorrect or misleading information on your application may get you rejected or even barred from applying again for a period.

Insurance Against Financial Damages

Members of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) also possess insurance for errors and omission. This protects immigration applicants from the consequences of application mistakes that result in financial damage. Such an arrangement helps protect both clients and the consultant in the event of a mistake.

Getting Assistance from an Ethical and Professional Expert

All members of the ICCRC are subject to the Code of Ethical Conduct that sets special procedures for them to follow. This code consists of strict rules regarding service quality, ethics, professionalism, and confidentiality. Any consultant that breaches these rules is dealt with by the ICCRC and faces severe consequences.

So if your Canadian immigration consultant is registered with the ICCRC, they have plenty of reasons to offer you high-quality and reliable services.

How to Choose a Reliable Canada Immigration Consultant?

If you are interested in using services from a Canadian immigration consultant, you should remember to choose the right person for the job. There are plenty of Canada PR consultants practicing in the country. However, finding the right one for your needs requires a bit of searching.

You should use the following steps to assess an immigration consultant before using their services.

Check If They Have an RCIC Number

As mentioned earlier, consultants registered with the ICCRC must offer high-quality services while following strict rules laid down by the council. You can check to see if your consultant is registered with the council by checking their unique registration number on the ICCRC website.

If you cannot find the consultant on the site using the number they provided, you should avoid using their services as they may be a fake consultant posing as legitimate.

Check If They Are In Good Standing

Immigration consultants registered with the ICCRC must maintain their service quality and follow their practices to the T if they wish to remain in good standing with the council. A consultant that hasn’t paid their fees or has failed to renew their registration will no longer be in good standing. This means they are no longer legally allowed to offer paid immigration services and should be avoided.

If you intend to use a consultant to represent you on your application, you will need to supply their name and registration number with your application. The Canadian Government will then check their credentials and verify whether they are in good standing.

Check If They Work for a Trustworthy Immigration Agency

An immigration consultant may claim to work for more than one immigration agency. This isn’t out of the ordinary. However, it would help if you verified that each agency they work for is trustworthy. You can accomplish this by looking up reviews specifically for each agency and learn if their past customers have had positive or negative experiences with them. You should also verify if the consultant works for this agency by calling them and asking.

After reading the above list, you will know there are many ways to choose a reliable Canadian immigration consultant to help you with your application. You should vet each consultant thoroughly if you wish to receive the best possible services from a professional.

Why Choose Elaar Immigration Consulting?

You can search for immigration consultants across Canada, but you won’t find any that offer the high-quality, reliable services we provide at Elaar Immigration Consulting.

An immigration consultant can help you fill out your application correctly.

We are led by Keshav Sharma, who is a regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant with a thorough understanding of Canadian immigration. He possesses extensive experience with immigration as well as business management. Please set up a meeting with our immigration experts to learn more.

90,000 Temporary Workers to Gain Canadian Permanent Residency Under A New Public Policy

90,000 Temporary Workers to Gain Canadian Permanent Residency Under A New Public Policy

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When the Canadian economy ground to a halt during the Covid pandemic, essential workers in areas such as health, trucking, retail, and agriculture continued to work tirelessly to help their communities.

Recognizing that many of these essential service positions were occupied by temporary workers and international graduates, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) initiated an immigration pathway that will allow more than 90,000 foreign nationals already living in the country to gain Canadian permanent residency.

In addition to validating the essential service these foreign nationals provided, this initiative will also get Canada closer to reaching its goal of welcoming 400,000 newcomers this year. Immigration slowed significantly during the pandemic, and now it’s time to catch up. Canada’s population is rapidly ageing; without sufficient immigration maintaining public services and filling employment vacancies will become increasingly difficult.

Who Can Apply Under This Permanent Resident Pathway?

As of May 6, 2021, IRCC will open applications for Canadian permanent residency from temporary workers and international graduates already living in Canada.

There will be two application streams for temporary workers with experience in:

  • 40 healthcare-related professions including registered nurses, dentists, and pharmacists (20,000 applicants)
  • 95 selected essential services, including cashiers, courier service drivers, plumbers, agricultural workers, and cleaners (30,000 applicants)

And one stream for:

  • international graduates (40,000) who have graduated from a qualifying 8 months or more program within the last four years (before 2017) and be currently living and working in Canada

The program will be accepting applications until November 5, 2021, or until 90,000 applicants are received, which comes first. As an incentive for promoting the French language in Canada, an additional three streams have been opened without limits for bilingual (English/French) and French-speaking foreign nationals.

Eligibility Requirements

Interested temporary workers must have 1-year of Canadian work experience in one of the eligible categories. They must also:

  • Be employed in one of the qualifying categories at the time the application is submitted.
  • Possess language benchmark skill level 4 in either official language across all four language abilities (reading, writing, listening, speaking)
  • Be currently living in Canada with a valid temporary resident status (or the ability to restore their status)
  • Intend to live in Canada (outside Quebec)

How to apply

Applications for this immigration pathway must be submitted online. The applicant must demonstrate that they are residing and physically present in Canada at the time of application. Candidates must also not be inadmissible to Canada.

If you require assistance in navigating the application process for this limited program before the deadline for submission, the immigration consultants at Elaar Immigration can help. This is an unprecedented opportunity for temporary workers and international graduates to gain permanent residency, one that should not be missed.

This new public policy goes into effect on May 6th, 2021

Pathway to Permanent Residency for Foreign Workers in Canada

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Foreign nationals who wished to settle in Canada have many different programs they can apply under the Express Entry PR programs offered a straightforward pathway towards permanent residency for many foreign nationals residing in Canada. However, the Government of Canada faced many immigration hurdles during the 2020 pandemic. 

These hurdles forced the Government to temporarily close the border and delayed permanent residence applications for thousands of applicants. This temporary measure was initially implemented for safety reasons. However, the Government still recognizes the immense contributions foreign workers provide to the Canadian economy.

Foreign workers provide Canadian businesses with access to a larger pool of skilled workers and stimulate demand for goods and services. It is widely believed that immigrants are a net positive for Canada and its economy. Therefore, the Government has chosen to introduce a new public policy to help workers and international graduates in Canada.

Let’s examine the requirements for this new program.

General Requirements

To apply for permanent residency under this public policy, applicants must meet specific requirements outlined by Canada’s Government.

Employment Requirements

As a foreign national applying under this policy, you must possess a minimum of 1 year of work experience in a full-time occupation or a minimum of 1,560 hours of part-time work experience. This work experience must be obtained in an approved occupation within the three years preceding your permanent residence application.

There are two possible streams to follow for your work experience requirements.

  • Stream A: You must acquire one year of work experience through one or more occupations listed under Annex A. This experience can’t be combined with experience from Annex B occupations.
  • Stream B: You must acquire one year of work experience through one or more occupations listed under Annex B or a combination of experience in occupations under Annex A and Annex B.

Applicants must also presently be employed inside Canada when they apply for their permanent residency. This could be any occupation as long as it meets the guidelines for work under subsection 73(2) of the Regulations. You cannot be self-employed during this time unless you are working as a doctor with a fee-for-service setting under the Canadian health authority.

Language Requirements

  • Foreign nationals must also meet certain language requirements. This includes achieving the language proficiency benchmark 4 in either English or French in the four language skill areas as mentioned under the Canadian Language Benchmark or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens.
  • Your evaluation or test results must also be less than two years old when you applied for permanent residency.

Residence Status Requirements

  • To be eligible under this new public policy, applicants must also be residing inside Canada and a valid temporary resident status when their permanent residency application is received.
  • If you have lost your temporary resident status, you may still be able to apply if you are eligible to restore your status.
  • Applicants must also intend to reside in any Canadian province or territory outside of Quebec.

Why Choose Elaar immigration Consulting

As you can see, applicants must meet several requirements to be eligible for this new public policy. This public policy will go into effect on May 6th, 2021, and it will run until November 6th, 2021, or until the Government receives 20,000 applications under Stream A and 30,000 applications under Stream B.

If you wish to get started with your permanent residency application under this new public policy as soon as possible, you should get in touch with a trustworthy immigration consultant. Vancouver and other cities have many immigration consultancy agencies to choose from. However, you can’t go wrong by choosing Elaar Immigration Consulting. We have assisted numerous applicants with their permanent residency applications and are up to date with the Government of Canada’s latest public policies for immigration.

This new public policy offers a permanent residency pathway for international graduates.

Temporary Public Policy 2021: International Graduate Requirements

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Canada values international graduates who study at its educational institutions. After all, these international graduates go onto becoming skilled labour who contribute to its economy.

A significant percentage of international graduates apply for Canadian permanent residency after completing their studies and working in the country for a few years. They apply through the Canada Visa Express Entry system after meeting its requirements and typically receive permanent resident status within a year or two of applying. However, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted permanent residency applications for thousands of international graduates in 2020.

These disruptions can be attributed to the temporary border closures the Government was forced to make during the height of the pandemic. This left many applicants in the dark regarding their application status and forced some to leave the country when their temporary resident status expired.

The Government of Canada acknowledges the difficulties these international graduates faced in the past year and are introducing a new public policy to help them achieve permanent residency status.

This new public policy goes into effect on May 6th, 2021, and will run until November 5th, 2021, or until the Government receives 40,000 applications.

Public Policy Requirements for International Graduates

International graduates who wish to apply under this permanent residency public policy will need to meet certain requirements laid out by the Canadian Government. This includes:

Education Requirements

Applicants must have completed a study program at a Designated Learning Institution in Canada that is defined under Section 211.1 of the Regulations. This program should have been completed before applying for permanent residence and should not be before January 2017.

The education institution must be:

  • A public post-secondary institution. This could be either a college, a university, or a trade or technical school.
  • A private post-secondary institution within Quebec which operates under the exact same rules as a public institution in the province.
  • A private or public post-secondary education institution inside Quebec offers programs that are 900 hours or longer in length. These programs must lead to an attestation of vocational specialization or a diploma of vocational studies.
  • A private Canadian institution that is authorized to give degrees under provincial law.

Applicants should have been granted at least one of the following educational credentials after completing their study program from one of the above eligible institutions.

  • A degree for a program that is at least 8 months in duration. This could be an Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, or a Doctorate degree.
  • A degree, or diploma, or certificate issued after completing a study program of any duration, as long as it leads to a skilled trade occupation listed in Annex A.

For applicants with one or more diplomas, certificates, or attestations, the following requirements must be met:

  • The study program must be at least eight months in length for each diploma, certificate, or attestation. The combined length for these should be equal to a two-year or 16-month program.
  • For attestation of vocational specialization or a diploma of vocational studies, each program should be a minimum of 900 hours in length. The combined length for the program should be at least 1,800 hours.
  • Only credentials received from January 2017 onwards are eligible.
Applicants must also be authorized to study in Canada.

Employment Requirements

Applicants who wish to apply under this new public policy should also be employed within Canada and must possess valid work authorization such as a work permit. This status must be present when the applicant has applied for permanent residency.

Applicants cannot be self-employed unless working as medical doctors with a fee-for-service setting under the Canadian health authority.

Language Requirements

Applicants must also meet certain language requirements. This includes achieving the language proficiency benchmark 5 in either English or French in the four language skill areas as mentioned under the Canadian Language Benchmark or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens.

Applicants can demonstrate their English or French language skills by taking an evaluation such as a language test from an approved institute or organization that has been designated as such by the Minister. These evaluation or test results must also be less than two years old at the time of applying for permanent residency.

Residency Status Requirements

  • To be eligible under this new public policy, applicants must also be residing inside Canada along with a valid temporary resident status when their permanent residency application is received.
  • If you have lost your temporary resident status, you may still be able to apply if you are eligible to restore your status.
  • Applicants must also intend to reside in any Canadian province or territory outside of Quebec.

Permanent Residence Application Submission Requirements

All applicants must also have submitted a permanent residency application for this new public policy. This application should have been submitted using forms offered by the Government department implementing this new public policy. You must also meet all the eligibility requirements for your initial permanent residency application.

Why Choose Elaar Immigration Consulting

As you can see, this new public policy has many requirements for applicants to follow. If you wish to meet these requirements and get back on track with your permanent residency pathway, you should get in touch with a trustworthy immigration consultant. Surrey and surrounding areas have many immigration agencies, but few provide the excellent service quality we offer at Elaar Immigration Consulting.

Our team of consultants is led by Keshav Sharma, a regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant who possesses extensive immigration and business management experience. Start your journey towards permanent residency the right way with Elaar immigration Consulting.

Fake immigration consultants may charge clients only if their application is approved

How to Spot a Fake Immigration Lawyer or Consultant

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Anyone that wishes to immigrate to Canada will need to use the services of a Canada PR consultant. An immigrant consultant or lawyer is vital in choosing the right immigration pathway and assisting you with your application.

There are many options out there if you are seeking an immigration consultant. Surrey alone has numerous immigration consultants and agencies to choose from. However, some of these may be fake consultants posing as legitimate ones.

This guide will help you distinguish between a real immigration lawyer and a fake one. Let’s start by learning about the drawbacks of using a phony immigration consultant.

Why You Should Avoid Using a Fake Immigration Consultant

Placing your trust in a fake immigration consultant can have grave consequences. These “professionals” won’t be up to date with the latest immigration programs and are likely to botch your application. This could result in your Canadian immigration application being rejected. If your application is rejected, you may need to wait for several months before you are eligible to apply again.

In some cases, a bad application may even get you barred from applying for Canadian immigration.

Spotting a Fake Immigration Consultant

Fake immigration consultants use many tactics to pose as legitimate immigration consultants or lawyers. You should keep a lookout for certain red flags when choosing one of these professionals. This includes:

Their Title

Registered immigration consultants and lawyers in Canada must meet certain qualifications if they wish to refer to themselves as such. Consultants that do not meet these requirements aren’t legally permitted to use such titles.

Instead, they may use terms such as “migration agent,” “migration consultant,” “immigration agent,” “immigration specialist,” or “immigration advisor.” Some even refer to themselves as “immigration professionals.”

These terms are meant to sound convincing, but you should avoid falling for them. A legitimate immigration consultant or lawyer will be a part of the Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) group or will use the title “Canadian Immigration Lawyer“. You should also note that Canadian paralegals are allowed to represent you at Immigration, Refugees, and Citizen Canada (IRCC) hearings, but they aren’t allowed to represent you on your immigration application.

Membership with ICCRC or Canadian Bar Association

As mentioned above, a legitimate immigration consultant will be registered with the CRCIC or the Canadian Bar Association. Before using services from any immigration consultant or lawyer, it is vital to check that they are indeed registered with the appropriate organization.

You can check if your immigration consultant is legitimate by visiting the CRCIC searching for them in their list of registered consultants.

Similarly, you can verify if your immigration lawyer is a legitimate lawyer by checking for their registration with the British Columbia Law Society.

Difficulty Reaching the Consultant or Lawyer After Paying

Many fake immigration consultants and lawyers typically run their operations for a short amount of time. This is because they understand their fraudulence will be uncovered soon. For this reason, it’s not uncommon for these “professionals” to cut off contact with their clients after receiving their payment.

If you are a prospective immigrant that finds themselves in such a situation, you will find it difficult to contact your lawyer or to follow up with them. These fake consultants and lawyers often omit key contact details such as phone numbers or email addresses when they are hired.

So if you intend to hire a legitimate lawyer or consultant, you should make sure they have provided you with their correct contact information or multiple ways to reach them.

Accepting Pay Only if Your Application Is Approved

Legitimate immigration consultants and lawyers will charge a fee for their services. However, you may come across certain professionals who state that they will charge you only if your application is approved. This can seem like an attractive offer as it would give the consultant an incentive to optimize your application. However, this “contingency billing” practice is a huge red flag and indicates that the consultant or lawyer is fake.

In fact, the ICCRC’s code of ethics explicitly forbids such practices. You should watch out for such practices when discussing fees with someone posing as an immigration consultant or lawyer.

Vague Contract With Unclear Terms

Fake immigration consultants and lawyers often try confusing clients using complicated jargon or vague terms. It would help if you looked through the professional’s contract or terms of service carefully before signing up for their services.

As a good rule of thumb, you ensure that they clearly outline their fees and when they must be paid. They should also include information about the full list of services they provide, as well as how to proceed if you have a dispute with your chosen representative.

You will also be asked to sign the contract at the end if it is legitimate. This is a key part of the consultant or lawyer hiring process, so you should be wary of any professional that does not ask you to sign.

Why Choose Elaar Immigration Consulting?

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to spot a fake immigration lawyer or immigration consultant. Vancouver is home to many immigration consultants and agencies, so you should vet each one thoroughly before signing on for their services.

Fake immigration lawyers may not ask you to sign a contract

If you require legitimate and trustworthy immigration consultant’s services, please contact Elaar Immigration Consulting. Our team is led by Keshav Sharma, a regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant with extensive immigration and business management experience. Start your immigration journey the right way with Elaar Immigration Consulting.

Entrepreneurs will need to put up a minimum eligible investment amount

What Are the Minimum Investment Requirements for BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration?

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Canada is possibly one of the best countries in the world for businesses. The country boasts an educated and skilled labor pool, relatively low business operation costs, competitive tax rates, and a diverse corporate landscape.

Any entrepreneur would be excited about the prospect of investing in and immigrating to Canada. This is made possible thanks to the B.C. Entrepreneur Program. This program is a special immigration stream that caters to entrepreneurs who plan to establish a new business or take over an existing British Columbia one.

This program can be broken down into two subcategories. These are:

  • Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category: This category is suited for entrepreneurs who wish to establish a brand new business or take over and develop an existing British Columbia business.
  • Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot: This category is suited for entrepreneurs who wish to participate in regional communities and establish brand new businesses that aid with their development.

Any entrepreneurs that wish to apply for either of the immigration categories above will need to meet certain requirements. One of these requirements is related to investments. Let’s examine each of these programs’ investment requirements and how you can become eligible for them.

Minimum Investment Requirements for Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category

When registering for business immigration to Canada, prospective entrepreneurs must provide information regarding their proposed investments for their business concepts.

Personal Investment Amount

Prospective entrepreneurs must make a qualifying personal investment of at least $200,000. This investment must be performed for the proposed business within 610 days of their arrival in British Columbia on their BC PNP work permit. This minimum personal investment amount must also be derived directly from your personal net worth. In addition to this, the investment can be directed to only one business location.

What Eligible Personal Investment Includes

Your eligible personal investment can be spent on a variety of things. This includes:

  • Purchasing new equipment
  • Improvements for leaseholds
  • Costs for marketing
  • Ordinary operating expenses, including rent, utilities, and wages
  • New inventory or startup inventory that is related to your business expansion plans
  • Cost of purchasing an existing business

You may be wondering what makes a proposed investment eligible. The BC PNP requires that these expenditures are essential for establishing or operating the business. Alternatively, they could be to purchase, improve, and run a pre-existing business. This also means your total personal investment amount could be different from your eligible personal investment amount.

Investments When You Are Purchasing an Existing Business

Under the BC PNP, an entrepreneur’s eligible investment can be used to purchase a business for a price up to $150,000.

You will need to commit to making an eligible investment of at least $50,000 for improving, upgrading, and/or expanding the business. Some additional terms to follow include:

  • That the investment is used to improve, upgrade, and/or expand the business through capital purchases, equipment, and job creation.
  • That the improvement or expansion doesn’t include ordinary operating expenses.
  • That establishing a new location won’t be considered an improvement or expansion.
  • That purchasing real estate does not count as an eligible investment for improving or expanding the business.

Investment When Purchasing a Business Vehicle

A vehicle’s purchase will be considered an eligible investment only if you can demonstrate the vehicle is essential for business operations. This investment can be for an amount up to $25,000.

Minimum Investment Requirements for Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot Category

Many of the Regional Pilot category’s investment requirements are different from that of the Base Pilot Category. For the Regional Pilot category, entrepreneurs must invest at least $100,000 in their proposed business within 610 days of their arrival in British Columbia on their B.C. PNP work permit. This investment amount must also be derived from their net worth.

What Eligible Personal Investment Includes

Your eligible personal investment in the Regional Pilot category can be spent on a variety of things. This includes:

  • Purchasing new equipment
  • Improvements for leaseholds
  • Costs for marketing
  • Ordinary operating expenses, including rent, utilities, and wages
  • New inventory or startup inventory that is related to your business expansion plans

As with the Base Category, entrepreneurs must prove that their proposed investment is on essential expenditures to establish and operate their new business.

Investment When Purchasing a Business Vehicle

As with the Base Category, a vehicle’s purchase will be considered an eligible investment only if the entrepreneur can demonstrate the vehicle is essential for business operations. This investment can be for an amount up to $25,000.

Why Choose Elaar Consulting

After reading this guide, it should be clear that entrepreneurs who wish to apply for Canada Business Immigration will need to invest a significant investment. However, once they meet the BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration requirements, they can look forward to conducting business in one of the greatest countries in the world.

If you require guidance with your BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration application as well as your investments, you should get in touch with Elaar Immigration Consulting. Our team of immigration consultants is led by Keshav Sharma, a regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant with extensive immigration and business management experience.

British Columbia is an attractive place for entrepreneurs to invest

We have helped numerous entrepreneurs from across the globe immigrate to Canada under the BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration program. Please set up a meeting with our special immigration experts to learn more about this program and how we can help you with it.

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