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February 2011 Visa Bulletin

Friday, February 4, 2011

February 2011 Visa Bulletin: Time is of essence.

As of January 31, 2011, the Centralized Intake Office (CIO) has already received and accepted 7,156 applications of the 20,000 cap considered for processing under Federal Skilled Worker program. Within the 20,000 cap, a maximum of 1,000 applications per eligible occupation will be accepted between June 26, 2010 and June 30, 2011. The cap for Registered Nurses and Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management has been reached already. The next three occupations nearing the 1,000 cap are Pharmacists (736), Dentists (507) and Restaurant Managers (480). The updated list is available at

If your occupation is included in the current priority list but your application is not yet filed, you only have until June 2010, or until the 1,000 cap has been reached, to send your application. The sooner, the better. Please get in touch with your assigned Consultant and work out a time line to get your application filed. If you haven't written the IELTS Exam yet, you have to arranged your schedule NOW! And make sure you're taking the IELTS General Training option. If you submit IELTS Academic option, your application may be returned unprocessed.

Be ready to enter when the door opens!

The new list of priority occupation may be made available on July 2011. If your occupation is not included in the 29 in-demand occupations, your chance be coming soon. Let's target to get your application ready on or before the end of April 2011. With the current policy regarding cap in the applications to be received by Centralized Intake Office, it is important that you position yourself as early as now.

Here's what you need to do:

1. Log on to Using this portal, you can update your information, monitor your application status, payments, etc. This is also where you will fill up the application forms. We made it easier for you to accomplish all the forms required by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. If you don't have your username and password yet, please get in touch with your assigned Consultant.

2. Draft your job description for all work experiences within the last ten years and send the same to your assigned JD reviewer. To expedite the review process, let me guide you in doing your job description. Email me to set an appointment. If you are currently abroad or lives in the province, you may contact me using our web call facility. You can call us for FREE as long you have Internet Connection.

3. Submit the following basic requirements. CIO requires original or certified true copies, but for the meantime, you may submit a clear copy of the following documents:

- NSO Authenticated birth certificates of all family members
- NSO Authenticated marriage Certificate/Proof of common-law partnership
- NSO Authenticated CENOMAR/Advisory on Marriage
- College/University Diploma and TOR (principal applicant and spouse)
- Copy of passport (all family members)
- Proof of relationship in Canada, if applicable
- Employment Certificates/Other proof of employemnt (all employers within the last ten years, for the principal applicant only)

You must submit the above documents only when you are done completing your application forms using our client's online portal, We will not accept incomplete submission of documents.

4. Prepare for your IELTS Examination. If we are targeting to file your application by July 2011, you must schedule your exam on or before April 2011. Take advantage of our FREE IELTS simulation test and evaluation. Get in touch with your assigned Consultant for schedule.

With the current policy regarding cap in the applications to be received by Centralized Intake Office, it is important that you position yourself as early as now.

Medical Technologist, Get Ready!

Medical Laboratory Technologists wasn't included in the first two Ministerial Instructions identifying the in-demand occupations. There is a great chance that Medical Laboratory Technologists (NOC 3211) could be next!

Check Refund from CIO

If you are still waiting for a check refund from CIO and the processing period they promised has already lapsed, chances are your check was lost in transit. You will need to sign UNDERTAKING AND INDEMNITY form to get another check. This UNDERTAKING AND INDEMNITY will be coming from CIO. Please get in touch with your assigned Consultant and check if you the said form is now available.

Visa Processing Status Monitor

For applications filed before February 27, 2008, The Canadian Visa Office in Manila is yet to finish NOv 2004 applications.

For applications filed after February 27, 2008, processing period is still 6-12 months from the time the Visa Office acknowledged receipt of your file. It now takes about 4-5 months for CIO to complete the assessment and forward a case to the Visa Office. Upon receipt of notice from CIO, it takes about 2-3 months for Canadian Visa Office in Manila to send an Application Number (File Number). You will receive this notice via email.

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