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Changes Coming to Spousal Sponsorships!

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Jason Kenney has been busy announcing all kinds of changes to Canada’s immigration system, but one of the most significant changes on the way involves spousal sponsorships under the Family Class.

Under the present system, a spouse who is sponsored to immigrate to Canada becomes a permanent resident as soon as they arrive here. Under the proposed changes, there would be a two-year waiting period for permanent residence so that if the couple splits up before the two years are up, the sponsored spouse is not granted permanent residence and will have to leave the country.

With all of the publicity surrounding marriages of convenience, where the one partner or the other goes through with the marriage only to get immigration status in Canada and bails out at the first possible opportunity, this new measure has received quite a bit of popular support.

There is concern among women’s shelters and other NGOs that spouses will feel compelled to stay in abusive or other unhealthy marriages until they qualify for permanent residence and it remains to be seen whether there will be any special provisions to protect vulnerable spouses.

What do you think of Kenney’s latest move? Do you support conditional permanent residence for spouses or do you think it puts too many vulnerable people at risk?

BC PNP Gets a Vote of Confidence from the Federal Government

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As we’ve previously noted in this blog, the federal government has been trying to shift the skilled worker category increasingly onto the provinces. There is some sound logic behind this move, as a person has to be already working in Canada in order to qualify as a provincial nominee. It is much easier to become successfully established in Canada if you’re already part of the labour force. Today’s announcement from the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration confirms the trend.

The Government of Canada will continue to provide British Columbia with a record amount of space in the country’s immigration program in 2012, James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announced today on behalf of Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism.

In 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) plans to welcome 42,000 to 45,000 people under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), including nominees themselves, their spouses and dependants. CIC is on track to welcome a record number of provincial nominees this year and could set another milestone in 2012 if provinces submit enough nominations early on to fill their allotted space in the program. BC’s proportion of nominations was 17 percent this year. The PNP allotments for 2012 are still being finalized and will be released later.

British Columbia’s PNP has jumped more than eight-fold, from approximately 600 people admitted in 2004 to 4,900 people in 2010. Provincial nominees accounted for 16 percent of economic class admissions and 11 percent of total immigration to BC in 2010.

“The Government of Canada recognizes the valuable contributions of immigrants to British Columbia’s communities and economy,” said Minister Moore. “We are committed to working with provinces and territories to meet local labour market needs.” Today, the PNP has become the second largest source of economic immigration to Canada.

PCIC’s Immigration Blog – Insights into the World of Canadian Immigration

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These are heady times for immigration consultants in Canada with the passage of Bill C-35 increasing consumer protection by making it illegal for anyone to be paid for giving immigration advice unless they are a Quebec notary, a member of a Canadian bar association, or a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC), a designation that can be used only by members in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).

ICCRC was designated by Jason Kenney, Minister of Immigration, as the regulator of immigration consultants on June 30, 2011, marking the end of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants’ (CSIC) role as regulator.

There were many in the immigrant consulting community who considered CSIC’s run as the regulator of immigration consultants as a reign of terror. Some likened it to the North Korean regime of Kim Jong Il or the reign of Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife in Romania – the domain of an ego maniacal, power hungry despot whose only priority was self aggrandizement and self enrichment.
We at Premier Canadian Immigration Co-op (PCIC) would not stoop to such characterisations, but we are happy to give ICCRC the opportunity to move the profession forward.

Premier Canadian Immigration Co-op (PCIC) is unlike any other immigration consulting firm in Canada because we chose to incorporate on the co-op model – based on the values of cooperation, collegiality, mutual assistance, and inclusiveness. We know that if you come to us for assistance with your immigration file, you will find those values reflected in our approach to your case and in our treatment of you as a client. You will find that you have engaged a team who will pool its resources, knowledge, experience, and expertise to give you the best representation possible.

The whole PCIC team is looking forward to making a difference in your life and we hope you will put your faith in us and give us that opportunity.

PCIC – We Know What You Need.