Canada Immigration published their new proposed rules, which will dramatically change the way that Skilled Workers are assessed for Canada Immigration purposes. Some of the notable changes are:
1. AGE: Currently, immigrants get assessed 10 points if they are between the ages of 21 and 49; the new rules will give up to 12 points if you are between 21 and 35, and you lose one point per year so that by age 47, you get no points.
2. LANGUAGE: Currently, you get up to 16 points for high proficiency in the first official language (English or French) and up to 8 points for your proficiency in the second official language. Under the new rules, you would get up to 24 points for the first official language and 4 points for the second one. You would also need to meet a minimum language level to qualify at all.
3. WORK EXPERIENCE: Currently, you can get up to 21 points for 4 years or more of skilled work experience. Under the new rules, the maximum points you can get are 15 points for 6 or more years of skilled work experience.
4. EDUCATION: The maximum education points remain at 25 for a PhD, and are about the same for other qualifications.
5. ARRANGED EMPLOYMENT: The points remain the same at 10 points, though these would appear to be only for people in Canada with work permits and job offers more than 1 year in duration.
6. ADAPTABILITY: These remain at 10 points, though they appear to be easier to obtain.
Overall, the changes are designed to facilitate more “work ready” immigrants, and are anticipated to be in place by early next year.
The other day I received a phone call from a lady who was inquiring about our immigration firm, our lawyers, and consultants. Since it was a family sponsorship case I immediately reccomended Vivien Lee who specializes in sponsorship cases. She then proceeded to ask, “how old is she?” At first I was a little shocked. I even thought the question to be a little rude. “Excuse me,” I replied. I thought I heard wrong. In western culture, it is often thought of as impolite to inquire about a person’s age. Instead she said to me “Well, a person age tells a lot about how much expertise they have in their field.” To a certain extent I agree with that assumption. I replied that Vivien had been practicing immigration law for over twenty years. “Okay, good,” she replied.
Sometimes it’s important to know where a person has been before you can trust them. And you can’t really trust a company to handle your immigration case unless you know where we’ve come from. So here’s the story of our firm in a nutshell:
Lowe and Company was founded by lawyer Jeffrey Lowe, who started his practice not in immigration law, but in corporate and real estate law. During a vacation to hong Kong one year he was confronted by the devastation of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
Because people had lost all faith in their government, they longed to escape to a place like Canada where it seemed that all problems would dissappear for them. At first Jeffrey was hesitant to get into this field because there was a stereotype of immigration consultants as being unscrupulous and corrupt money mongers who didn’t care at all about their clients. It was then that his good friend and mentor convinced him that if he didn’t do it, “the Chinese people would be thrown to the wolves.” When he returned home to Canada, Jeffrey started Lowe & Company.
The team we have here has been helping a diverse group of people from many different countries find new homes in Canada for over 20 years. It’s important to all of us that you are taken care of, that your voice is heard, and that you get where you want to go. So send us an email or give us a call and we’ll tell you how we’re different.
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Previously, most of these overseas dentists would require extra training to meet Canadian standards of dental education before being permitted to write the qualifying exams. Introducing this program will fast-track many perfectly qualified dentists towards resuming their career in Canada.
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