Oh CANADA! Essential facts about Visiting, Studying, Working, & applying for Permanent Residence.
For More Information and Applications <ul><li>Visit  www.buffalo.gc.ca </li></ul>
Working in Canada International Students and Spouses
Open Post-Graduation Work Permits  <ul><li>International students may obtain an open work permit, with no restriction on t...
Open Post-Graduation Work Permits <ul><li>Requirements: </li></ul><ul><li>➢ Must have studied full-time for the 8 months p...
Open Post-Graduation Work Permits <ul><ul><li>If the program of study is less than 2 years but at least 8 months, the vali...
Work Permits for Spouses <ul><ul><li>Spouses/Common-law (including same-sex) Partners of persons on Study and Work Permits...
Work Permits for Spouses <ul><li>Spouses may obtain work permits for employment in the general labour market as long as: <...
Application Categories <ul><li>Economic Class </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Skilled Workers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Canada Expe...
Canadian Experience Class (CEC) <ul><li>The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) became effective  September 17, 2008.  </li></...
Two Streams Available <ul><li>Temporary Foreign Worker Stream </li></ul><ul><li>Post-Graduation Stream </li></ul>
Temporary Foreign Worker Stream <ul><li>Must have 2 years of full-time equivalent work experience at the National Occupati...
National Occupation Classification (NOC) www23.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca <ul><li>The NOC is a classification system for jobs in the ...
Post-Graduation Stream <ul><li>Completed a required program of study in Canada and obtained a Canadian education credentia...
How Applications are Assessed <ul><li>Status  </li></ul><ul><li>English or French language proficiency  </li></ul><ul><li>...
Status <ul><li>*  Must have had temporary resident status during the period of work which qualifies for CEC, as well as du...
Language Assessment <ul><li>Provide evidence that their proficiency in English or French has been assessed by a designated...
Language Test Results (IELTS) <ul><li>For applicants with work experience in NOC skill level O or A: must meet Benchmark (...
Language Assessment <ul><li>One type of evidence: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Language Testing  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I...
Other Evidence of Language Ability <ul><li>Written narrative explaining any language training and how English or French is...
Interactive Tool: Am I Eligible?
Application Kit <ul><li>Download the kit at   www.buffalo.gc.ca : </li></ul>
Who is Eligible to Apply <ul><li>In order for your application  to be eligible for processing, you must either: </li></ul>...
What is the difference between Arranged Employment Offer and Arranged Employment Opinion? <ul><li>Arranged Employment Offe...
Where to Apply <ul><li>As of April 1, 2009, the Centralized Intake Office (CIO) in Sydney, Nova Scotia is the intake point...
How Applications are Assessed <ul><li>Applications “deemed eligible” for processing must meet the minimum requirements and...
Minimum Requirements: Work Experience <ul><li>For AEO and Temporary Workers/Students: </li></ul><ul><li>Must have been: </...
Minimum Requirements <ul><li>If an applicant does not meet the Ministerial Instruction, there will be no further assessmen...
Skilled Worker Selection Factors          Factor Points 1 Age 10 2 Education 25 3 Language proficiency 24 4 Work experienc...
Selection Factors: Age Age Points 21 to 49 10 20 or 50 8 19 or 51 6 18 or 52 4 17 or 53 2 16 or 54 0
Selection Factors: Education <ul><li>Points awarded are determined by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nature of the educational cre...
Selection Factors: Education Credential Points Secondary School 5 12 Years + 1 Year Cred. 12 13 Years + 1 Year Cred. 15 14...
Selection Factors: Language <ul><li>Points awarded for level of proficiency (high, moderate, basic, or none) </li></ul><ul...
Selection Factors: Language *  Maximum 2 points 1 st  Official Read Write Listen Speak High 4 4 4 4 Moderate 2 2 2 2 Basic...
Selection Factors: Experience for AEO and Temporary Worker/Student <ul><li>Proof of the AEO (if applicable) </li></ul><ul>...
Selection Factors: Experience for 38 NOC Occupations <ul><li>One year’s work experience in one of the 38 occupations </li>...
Selection Factors: Experience <ul><li>Points only awarded for paid experience </li></ul><ul><li>Must be continuous work </...
Selection Factors:  Arranged Employment <ul><ul><li>☞ 10 points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>☞ Full time, indeterminate Job ...
Selection Factors: Adaptability <ul><li>MAXIMUM 10 Points </li></ul><ul><li>Education of accompanying spouse / partner </l...
Selection Factors: Adaptability <ul><li>Previous work in Canada </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>5 points if Applicant or spouse/...
Inadmissibility <ul><li>Criminal </li></ul><ul><li>Medical </li></ul><ul><li>Misrepresentation </li></ul>
Fees <ul><li>Application Fee:  ( Canadian/US dollars ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Principal applicant   $550  /  $465   </li></...
How Long Does it Take? <ul><li>AEO and Temporary Worker/Student applications are submitted to CPC-Sydney </li></ul><ul><li...
How Long Does it Take? <ul><li>Processing begins once visa office determines R11 is met </li></ul><ul><li>Routine applicat...
<ul><li>www.cic.gc.ca </li></ul><ul><ul><li>General information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Application Kits </li></ul></ul...
Other Useful Websites <ul><li>Service Canada </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.servicecanada.gc.ca </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NOC </li...
Questions? <ul><li>Canadian Consulate General </li></ul><ul><li>Buffalo, New York </li></ul><ul><li>www.buffalo.gc.ca </li...
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  1. 1. Oh CANADA! Essential facts about Visiting, Studying, Working, & applying for Permanent Residence.
  2. 2. For More Information and Applications <ul><li>Visit www.buffalo.gc.ca </li></ul>
  3. 3. Working in Canada International Students and Spouses
  4. 4. Open Post-Graduation Work Permits <ul><li>International students may obtain an open work permit, with no restriction on the type of employment and no requirement for a job offer. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition, the duration of the work permit has been extended to three years across the country. </li></ul><ul><li>A minimum of one year work experience in managerial, professional or technical positions (i.e. at level O, A or B under the National Occupational Classification/NOC system) will be necessary to apply to stay permanently through the Canadian Experience Class. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Open Post-Graduation Work Permits <ul><li>Requirements: </li></ul><ul><li>➢ Must have studied full-time for the 8 months preceding the completion of their program of studies and have graduated from a degree-granting institution; </li></ul><ul><li>➢ Must apply within 90 days of receiving written confirmation that they have met the requirements of the academic program; </li></ul><ul><li>➢ Must have completed and passed the program of study & received notification that they are eligible to obtain their degree, diploma or certificate; </li></ul><ul><li>➢ Must have a valid study permit when they apply for the work permit. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Open Post-Graduation Work Permits <ul><ul><li>If the program of study is less than 2 years but at least 8 months, the validity of the work permit will not be longer than the period of study. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Available only once </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For graduates of a 2-yr program (or longer), eligible for full 3-year Open Post-Grad Work Permit. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Work Permits for Spouses <ul><ul><li>Spouses/Common-law (including same-sex) Partners of persons on Study and Work Permits may qualify to obtain OPEN Work Permits </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Work Permits for Spouses <ul><li>Spouses may obtain work permits for employment in the general labour market as long as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The foreign student is the holder of a study permit & attending a full-time post-secondary degree or diploma granting institution; or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>After graduation, the foreign student has a valid work permit valid for at least 6 months for a qualifying job </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May work in general labour market. Positions in medical or childcare require medical examination. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Application Categories <ul><li>Economic Class </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Skilled Workers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Canada Experience Class (CEC Class) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Investors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-Employed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Family Class </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spouses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grandparents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Others </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Humanitarian Class </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Refugees </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Canadian Experience Class (CEC) <ul><li>The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) became effective September 17, 2008. </li></ul><ul><li>This is a prescribed class of persons who may become permanent residents on the basis of their Canadian experience. </li></ul><ul><li>They must intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec and must have maintained temporary resident status during their qualifying period of work experience as well as during any period of full-time study or training in Canada. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Two Streams Available <ul><li>Temporary Foreign Worker Stream </li></ul><ul><li>Post-Graduation Stream </li></ul>
  12. 12. Temporary Foreign Worker Stream <ul><li>Must have 2 years of full-time equivalent work experience at the National Occupation Code (NOC) O, A or B level (managerial, professional or skilled and technical) acquired in Canada within the three years preceding the date application is made </li></ul>
  13. 13. National Occupation Classification (NOC) www23.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca <ul><li>The NOC is a classification system for jobs in the Canadian economy. It describes duties, skills, talents and work settings for occupations. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Post-Graduation Stream <ul><li>Completed a required program of study in Canada and obtained a Canadian education credential (i.e. degree, diploma or certificate) </li></ul><ul><li>Been enrolled full-time in the program of study or training for 2 yrs </li></ul><ul><li>Acquired one full-time equivalent, work experience at the NOC O, A or B level in Canada, within the 2 yrs preceding the date the application is made </li></ul>
  15. 15. How Applications are Assessed <ul><li>Status </li></ul><ul><li>English or French language proficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Work experience for Temporary Foreign Worker Stream or Post-Graduation Stream </li></ul><ul><li>Education requirement, for Post-Graduation Stream only </li></ul>
  16. 16. Status <ul><li>* Must have had temporary resident status during the period of work which qualifies for CEC, as well as during any period of full-time studies or training </li></ul>
  17. 17. Language Assessment <ul><li>Provide evidence that their proficiency in English or French has been assessed by a designated language testing agency for their abilities to speak, listen, read and write; or </li></ul><ul><li>Must submit evidence of their proficiency in English or French </li></ul>
  18. 18. Language Test Results (IELTS) <ul><li>For applicants with work experience in NOC skill level O or A: must meet Benchmark (IELTS equivalent) skill level 7 or higher in all levels </li></ul><ul><li>For applicants with work experience in NOC skill level B: must meet Benchmark (IELTS equivalent) skill level 5 or higher in all levels </li></ul>
  19. 19. Language Assessment <ul><li>One type of evidence: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Language Testing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>IELTS International English Language Testing System </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.ielts.org </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>TEF – Test d’Evaluation de Francais </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.fda.ccip.fr/ </li></ul></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Other Evidence of Language Ability <ul><li>Written narrative explaining any language training and how English or French is used in day to day life; </li></ul><ul><li>Certificates or transcripts to prove training; </li></ul><ul><li>Letters from employers or instructors supporting language ability; </li></ul><ul><li>Any documentary evidence that will help in the assessment of English or French proficiency. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Interactive Tool: Am I Eligible?
  22. 22. Application Kit <ul><li>Download the kit at www.buffalo.gc.ca : </li></ul>
  23. 23. Who is Eligible to Apply <ul><li>In order for your application to be eligible for processing, you must either: </li></ul><ul><li>Have an offer of arranged employment (AEO), OR </li></ul><ul><li>Be a foreign national living legally in Canada for 1 year as a temporary foreign worker or an international student, OR </li></ul><ul><li>Be a skilled worker who has at least 1 year of experience in one or more of the National Occupation Classification (NOC) categories </li></ul>
  24. 24. What is the difference between Arranged Employment Offer and Arranged Employment Opinion? <ul><li>Arranged Employment Offer – currently working in Canada under a Work Permit, provide a photocopy of the permit and a letter from your employer confirming how much longer you will be employed. </li></ul><ul><li>Arranged Employment Opinion – have a permanent job offer confirmed by HRSDC, provide a photocopy of the HRSDC/Service Canada confirmation letter (Arranged Employment Opinion) which was sent to your employer. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Where to Apply <ul><li>As of April 1, 2009, the Centralized Intake Office (CIO) in Sydney, Nova Scotia is the intake point for ALL Federal Skilled Worker applications: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Experience in one of the 38 NOCs; </li></ul><ul><li>2. Arranged Employment Offer (AEO); </li></ul><ul><li>3. Temporary Foreign Worker / International Student in Canada. </li></ul><ul><li>As of Sept 8, 2009, FSW applicants can use the following payment options: </li></ul><ul><li>Credit card or certified Canadian cheque. </li></ul>
  26. 26. How Applications are Assessed <ul><li>Applications “deemed eligible” for processing must meet the minimum requirements and the passmark. </li></ul>
  27. 27. Minimum Requirements: Work Experience <ul><li>For AEO and Temporary Workers/Students: </li></ul><ul><li>Must have been: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Within 10 years before application </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continuous full-time or equivalent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paid </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>At NOC skill level: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ O” Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ A” Professional </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ B” Technical/Skilled Trades </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For occupations on the NOC list: </li></ul><ul><li>Must have been: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Within 10 years before application </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 yr continuous fulltime (or equivalent part-time) paid work experience in one NOC occupation. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Performed the actions described in the lead statement; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Performed substantial number of main duties of the occupation (described in NOC) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May have paid work experience in different NOC occupation(s) for possible additional points. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>*** Cannot make up 1-yr in a series of different occupations that total 1 year. </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. Minimum Requirements <ul><li>If an applicant does not meet the Ministerial Instruction, there will be no further assessment of the application and will receive a full refund. </li></ul><ul><li>If Ministerial Instructions are met, the application will be returned with a letter requesting the applicant to submit their application to Buffalo (or visa office servicing country). </li></ul>
  29. 29. Skilled Worker Selection Factors         Factor Points 1 Age 10 2 Education 25 3 Language proficiency 24 4 Work experience 21 5 Arranged employment 10 6 Adaptability 10 Potential maximum: 100 Minimum pass mark: 67
  30. 30. Selection Factors: Age Age Points 21 to 49 10 20 or 50 8 19 or 51 6 18 or 52 4 17 or 53 2 16 or 54 0
  31. 31. Selection Factors: Education <ul><li>Points awarded are determined by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nature of the educational credential (diploma, trade certificate, apprenticeship, university degree) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Length of program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Number of credentials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Total years of education </li></ul></ul>
  32. 32. Selection Factors: Education Credential Points Secondary School 5 12 Years + 1 Year Cred. 12 13 Years + 1 Year Cred. 15 14 Years + 2 Year Cred. 20 15 Years + 3 Year Cred. 22 17 Years + Grad. Cred. 25
  33. 33. Selection Factors: Language <ul><li>Points awarded for level of proficiency (high, moderate, basic, or none) </li></ul><ul><li>Canada’s two official languages: English and French </li></ul><ul><li>Assessed against the Canadian Language Benchmarks for Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking </li></ul><ul><li>Acceptable Language Testing: </li></ul><ul><li>IELTS - International English Language Testing System </li></ul><ul><li>www.ielts.org </li></ul><ul><li>CELPIP - Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program www.ares.ubc.ca/CELPIP </li></ul><ul><li>TEF – Test d’Evaluation de Francais </li></ul><ul><li>www.fda.ccip.fr </li></ul>
  34. 34. Selection Factors: Language * Maximum 2 points 1 st Official Read Write Listen Speak High 4 4 4 4 Moderate 2 2 2 2 Basic * 1 1 1 1 2 nd Official Read Write Listen Speak High 2 2 2 2 Moderate 2 2 2 2 Basic * 1 1 1 1
  35. 35. Selection Factors: Experience for AEO and Temporary Worker/Student <ul><li>Proof of the AEO (if applicable) </li></ul><ul><li>Skill Type 0 or Skill Levels A or B in NOC matrix </li></ul><ul><li>Must have performed the actions in the lead statement of the occupation as set out in the NOC </li></ul><ul><li>Must have performed all the essential duties and at least a substantial number of the main duties </li></ul><ul><li>Proof of status, letter of employment, or enrollment letter </li></ul>
  36. 36. Selection Factors: Experience for 38 NOC Occupations <ul><li>One year’s work experience in one of the 38 occupations </li></ul><ul><li>(continuous, full-time, paid – within last 10 years) </li></ul><ul><li>Must have performed the actions in the lead statement of the occupation as set out in the NOC </li></ul><ul><li>Must have performed all the essential duties and at least a substantial number of the main duties </li></ul>
  37. 37. Selection Factors: Experience <ul><li>Points only awarded for paid experience </li></ul><ul><li>Must be continuous work </li></ul><ul><li>Can be in more than one occupation </li></ul>Years Points 1 15 2 17 3 19 4 21
  38. 38. Selection Factors: Arranged Employment <ul><ul><li>☞ 10 points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>☞ Full time, indeterminate Job Offer “confirmed” by Service Canada </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>☞ Currently working in Canada on work permit valid for at least next 12 months (includes Postgrad; Intracompany & NAFTA) </li></ul></ul>
  39. 39. Selection Factors: Adaptability <ul><li>MAXIMUM 10 Points </li></ul><ul><li>Education of accompanying spouse / partner </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3, 4 or 5 points depending upon spouse’s post-secondary educational attainment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Previous study in Canada </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>5 points if applicant or spouse/partner completed at least 2 year post-secondary program in Canada </li></ul></ul></ul>
  40. 40. Selection Factors: Adaptability <ul><li>Previous work in Canada </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>5 points if Applicant or spouse/partner have at least one year full time experience in Canada on work permit </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Arranged employment </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>5 points if applicant received points under the Arranged Employment factor </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Relatives in Canada </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>5 points if applicant or spouse/partner has a Canadian citizen or permanent resident relative (living in Canada) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  41. 41. Inadmissibility <ul><li>Criminal </li></ul><ul><li>Medical </li></ul><ul><li>Misrepresentation </li></ul>
  42. 42. Fees <ul><li>Application Fee: ( Canadian/US dollars ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Principal applicant $550 / $465 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spouse/Partner $550 / $465 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Child $150 / $130 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Right of Permanent Residence Fee: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Principal Applicant $490 / $415 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spouse/Partner $490 / $415 </li></ul></ul>
  43. 43. How Long Does it Take? <ul><li>AEO and Temporary Worker/Student applications are submitted to CPC-Sydney </li></ul><ul><li>Once “deemed eligible” must submit fully completed application to appropriate visa office within 120 days </li></ul><ul><li>Processing begins once completed application is received in Visa Office </li></ul>
  44. 44. How Long Does it Take? <ul><li>Processing begins once visa office determines R11 is met </li></ul><ul><li>Routine application may take up to 24 months </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting documents must be submitted </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Submission of complete application up front will reduce processing time! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medical examinations are required </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An interview may be required </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Police clearance certificates from all places of residence in the last ten years or since age 18 are required </li></ul></ul>
  45. 45. <ul><li>www.cic.gc.ca </li></ul><ul><ul><li>General information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Application Kits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fee Schedules </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CIC Publications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links to Related Sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Updates on Immigration Act </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.canadainternational.gc.ca </li></ul><ul><ul><li>General information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links to other resources </li></ul></ul>How Can I Get Canadian Immigration Information?
  46. 46. Other Useful Websites <ul><li>Service Canada </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.servicecanada.gc.ca </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NOC </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www23.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Buffalo Consulate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.buffalo.gc.ca </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Government of Canada </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.canada.gc.ca </li></ul></ul>http:
  47. 47. Questions? <ul><li>Canadian Consulate General </li></ul><ul><li>Buffalo, New York </li></ul><ul><li>www.buffalo.gc.ca </li></ul>

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