Maximize Your Options – Express Entry for International Graduates

The landscape for international students seeking to transition to permanent residence after graduation has changed considerably in the last 12 months. Gone are the days when an international graduate of a Canadian post-secondary institution could be assured of being able to apply for permanent residence on the strength of obtaining a post-graduate Work Permit, working in Canada for a year in a skilled position and…


Immigration Options for International Students Outside of BC

As I discussed in a previous article, the federal government and many of the provinces have, over the last several years, come to recognize that international students make great potential immigrants. As a result, various avenues have opened up to allow international students to work in Canada and convert their status to that of a permanent resident. In this article we will look at some of the options outside of…


Immigration Options for International Students

The federal government and many of the provinces have, over the last several years, come to recognize that international students make great potential immigrants.  As a result, various avenues have opened up to allow international students to work in Canada and convert their status to that of a permanent resident. International students, especially those that complete university and college programs in Canada, make…


Vancouver’s Diversity Advantage

Last month, the widely read British magazine The Economist named Vancouver the best city in the world to live based on its “livability index” survey. It was the fifth year in a row Vancouver finished in first place. The survey, conducted by the “Economist Intelligence Unit”, ranks cities around the world based on 40 individual factors in categories such as stability, health care, environment, education and…


The Advantages of Canadian Citizenship

Approximately 250,000 immigrants land in Canada each year. Most, although not all, of these new permanent residents come here intending to make Canada their new home. And in the years after landing, many immigrants apply to become Canadian citizens. Last year, the issue of dual citizenship became somewhat controversial in light of the Canadian government’s evacuation of some 15,000 Lebanese-Canadians from Lebanon…


Microsoft Announcement Highlights Benefits of Smart Immigration Policy

I must be getting pretty good at this column-writing stuff. Last month, I looked at the proposed U.S. immigration bill and compared some of its provisions to Canada’s existing immigration selection system. I closed the column by predicting that the U.S. bill would not likely become law any time soon – despite President Bush’s assertions to the contrary -- and by pointing out that this is actually good news for…


Americans Move Toward Points-based Selection System for Skilled Immigrants

In Canada we have been using a “points system” to select skilled immigrants for approximately four decades now. It has become the cornerstone of our immigration selection system and the basis for selecting almost half of all immigrants each year. Although it has been revised and amended from time to time, the principle remains the same: select immigrants based on their skills, work experience, education, language…


Foreign Credential Recognition Issue Proves Vexing for Federal Conservatives

One of the few immigration-related issues that the Conservatives focused on in their campaign platform in the last election was the issue of how to facilitate the process of recognizing the skills and credentials of skilled immigrants. During the election campaign of 2005/06, the Conservatives chided the Liberals for not doing enough on this issue and pledged to create an agency that would assess and recognize…


First Batch of Permanent Resident Cards Soon to Expire

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) recently posted a notice on its website (www.cic.gc.ca) reminding permanent residents who landed in July 2002 or shortly thereafter to begin the process of renewing their Permanent Resident (PR) cards. The PR card was introduced with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), which came into effect in late June 2002. Because PR cards are valid for 5 years, the first…


Declining Income of Skilled Immigrants: A Problem That Might Already Be Fixed

A recent study released by Statistics Canada, entitled “Chronic Low Income and Low-income Dynamics Among Recent Immigrants”, was well reported by the Canadian media and got the attention of several political commentators. What it found was that even though Canada adjusted its immigration selection system in 1993 to give greater emphasis to the educational attainment of skilled immigrants and altered the mix of…