1, 2012: Quebec immigration has increased its Skilled
Worker application fees for Principal Applicants
to $750CAD. Fees for dependents remain the same.
29, 2012: In Canada's new budget the Department of Finance revealed
that Canada Immigration is "proposing to return applications
and refund up to $130 million in fees paid by certain federal skilled
worker applicants who applied under previous criteria established
prior to February 27, 2008."
of January 1st 2012, all Canadian Experience Class applications
must be submitted directly to the Centralized Intake Office
(CIO) in Sydney, Nova Scotia. See: Canada
Quebec Immigration Application Fees (Jan 1, 2012)
New Parent and Grandparent Super Visa
(Dec. 1, 2011)
Rules for Live-in Caregivers
(Dec. 11, 2011)
New Generic Application Form for Canada
Rules for skilled workers (June
New Language Testing Rules (June
List of Occupations in Demand (June 26, 2011)
New Investor Requirements (June
Experience Program. If
you are a foreign student or a temporary worker in Quebec you can
benefit by an accelerated 60 day process on paper (no interview)
with a minimal knowledge of French.
Rules for Live-in Caregivers
(from CIC News Release Dec. 15, 2011)
Government of Canada has taken action to protect live-in caregivers
from abuse and exploitation with regulatory improvements implemented
in the Live-in Caregiver Program in 2010 and the Temporary Foreign
Worker Program in 2011. Changes include:
* allowing live-in caregivers to apply for permanent residence
after 3,900 work hours, rather than two years of work, to ensure
overtime is appropriately recognized;
* the elimination of the need for a second medical examination
when the caregiver applies for permanent residence;
increasing the amount of time a caregiver has to complete their
work obligations, from three years to four;
* the adoption of a standardized employment contract that ensures
both parties agree to the salary, hours of work, vacation time,
overtime, holidays, sick leave, and the terms of termination and
* defining the costs the employer is obliged to pay, including
the caregivers travel expenses in coming to Canada, medical
insurance, workplace safety insurance and third-party representative
For more information please see: Live
you know that Quebec
Immigration offers the ONLY truly open application process
for Skilled Workers immigrating to Canada?
To apply to any other part of Canada, except Quebec, you need
to be on the List of Occupations
in Demand. And this list is now closed until July 1,
apply to any province except Quebec under a PNP program you need
an employer to initiate the process on your behalf. Not for Quebec.
You do not need to be on any Occupation in Demand List
and you do not need a pre-arranged job offer.
Parent and Grandparent Super Visa
As of December 1, 2011, you may be eligible to apply for
the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa and enjoy visiting
your family in Canada for up to two years without the need
to renew your status.
As of July 18, 2011, applicants for Permanent Residence are asked
to complete the new Generic Application Form for Canada
(IMM 0008). Applicants are encouraged to complete the form electronically
and validate the information to generate 2D barcodes before printing.
To ensure you have the most recent application form, please use
the link to the application forms.