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January 2010 Visa Bulletin

Sunday, January 3, 2010

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.”

Happy New Year Everyone! Let us all welcome the year 2010 with open mind and positivity! Here's January 2010 Visa Bulletin

Changes in the Immigration Regulations Coming Soon?

Last month, the Canadian Visa Office in Manila sent a letter to applicants who are classified under the list of 38 High Demand Occupations and whose applications were filed applications prior to Feb 27, 2008 cut off. These are the applicants who filed using the simplified application process.

Basically, the letter informs them that they may be eligible under the new Federal Skilled Worker program and that they are being advised to withdraw their applications within 45 days to be entitled to refund of filing fee and to refile their application under the new regulations. This is if they want an expedited process.

There's nothing unusual in the said letter. What is interesting in that letter is their mention of the possible changes in the list of high demand occupations.

The letter urges those whose occupations are included in the current list of high demand occupations to send a new application as soon as possible, as the list of 38 high demand occupations is subject to review and change.

Let's get your application filed!

If you're included in the list of high demand occupations, it is to your advantage if you get your applications filed soon! Immigration rules change and it may be happening soon. The longer you delay your decision to apply, the more you are risking your eligibility.

Why is your application not yet filed? Should there be concerns that we should be aware of, please let us know. Email us!

Not Eligible under the Nov 28 Ministerial Instructions

More and more application whose applications were filed after Feb 27, 2008 and who are not included in the list of high demand occupations are now receiving a negative assessment from Centralized Intake Office (CIO). The filing fee they paid are being refunded.

If you are one of them, please bear in mind that it isn't the end for your chance to live and work in Canada yet. We will refile your application again if the circumstances become favorable to you. While waiting for these changes to occur, we strongly suggest that you get yourself prepared.

1.Take an IELTS review. We provide free IELTS simulation test and evaluation. Remember that IELTS examination is now mandatory.

2.Maximize the use of Internet and get in touch with your friends and relatives in Canada. They may be able to help find an employer or help you through Provincial Nominee Program. Here's how to find jobs in Canada.

Update on Caregiver Program

Improvements on Canada's Live-in Caregiver program has been proposed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and will soon be implemented. These improvements are of significant importance to Filipino caregivers in Canada who fought for it. A law seeking to improve the condition of caregivers in Canada was in fact named after a Filipina caregiver, Juana Tejada.

Beware of Illegal Recruiters

The victory of Marivic Perlas Rivera, a Filipina Caregiver, over a court battle against Winlorfely Caregiver Providers, a recruitment agency who promised her a job but wasn't able to provide her a legitimate employment upon landing in Canada, may serve as a warning to other unscrupulous recruiters.

Winter Olympics

If you're planning of getting a 2010 Winter Olympics package thinking that it will guarantee a visa approval, that may be a big mistake. If the reason why you're planning to get 2010 Winter Olympics package is to guarantee visa approval so that you will be able to work there without a valid work permit, forget about it.

Here's a guide on Canadian Tourist Visa Application.

Visa Bulletin is a monthly newsletter being sent to GatewayToCanada.Com clients.

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