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New rules for Canada's Parents and Grandparents Programme (PGP)

Dear Miss Powell, You said that the Parents and Grandparents Programme (PGP) usually opens on January 1, but I have tried to submit an application to sponsor my mother and I couldn't. Has the policy changed? Can I no longer sponsor my mother to live with me here in Canada? NN Dear NN, Recently, Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced a change in the parent and grandparent's programme (PGP.) This was the government's response to public concerns. This is also the reason for the delay in the opening of the programme, which is now scheduled for January 28, 2019. On that day, individuals who are interested in sponsoring their parents or grandparents will need to ensure that they are ready to submit their application and carefully follow the new rules. How To Apply? Step 1 : You will first have to ensure that you are eligible to sponsor your parent or grandparent. I have written several articles about this and so I will only emphasize on key factor.  You should be a…
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The best route to migrate to Canada

Dear Ms Powell, My mother lives in Canada and she would like to sponsor me. I am a 25-year-old single Jamaican teacher. Can my mother sponsor me? I have a friend whose mother sponsored her to go to the USA. She says that my mother should be able to sponsor me to go to Canada. Please tell me the best route to go to Canada. Thank you. AH Dear AH, Under the Canadian immigration laws, family sponsorship is generally limited to spouses, common-law partners and dependent children. This is different from the American system. A parent is permitted to sponsor an adult family member in a case where the parent is residing in Canada on her own and has no other living relative or family member residing in Canada. Also, there are some provinces that offer other options for relatives of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to bring their family members, and so I would suggest that you speak to an immigration lawyer to assess your particular situation in detail.
Possible Options If your mother is …

Student In Canada Wants Advice

Dear Ms Powell, I read your articles online all the time and I must say thank you for keeping us informed. I have tried to apply under the express entry system a number of times and I did not get through, so I applied to study in Canada. I have been here since September. I expect to complete my studies next summer and I'm doing some research to see what would be the next step to getting a permanent residence card as soon as possible. I would appreciate some advice. - KK Dear KK, I am glad you have been reading my articles as I try to help readers, locally and internationally, to stay informed about the Canadian immigration system, which actually changes on a regular basis. Thank you for providing a feedback. There are several pathways to permanent residence for international students in Canada. I would need to know more about you to provide you with options. The best pathway is usually based on your age, language ability, work experience, education and adaptability, among other factor…


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1. Are Less than 40 years old  ( or if between 40 -44 you must have two or more post secondary certificates) 
2. Have a University degree
3. Have savings over US$12,000
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Professional and Skilled People Needed in Canada - Here's how to Qualify

Published in the Jamaica Gleaner - December 11, 2018 Dear Ms Powell, I am interested in living in eitherManitoba or Saskatchewan as I have friends who have moved there. I have been a manager for the past six years, and I'm ready to make a change in my life and give Canada a try. What do you suggest for a professional like me who wants a better life for his family? How long will the process take? - A.S. FIND OUT IF YOU QUALIFY TO COME TO CANADA CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE OUR FREE ASSESSMENT FORM Dear A.S., Canada has a very generous immigration system, so managers and other professionals with a degree could qualify to come to Canada under the Federal Skilled Work Programme and the provincial nominee programmes (PNP) of several provinces. Each province has its own application portal, and the federal government of Canada has its own system for receiving applications from qualified individuals. The federal immigration system utilises the express entry system, which manages applications from in…

Immigration Corner | I Don't Want To Be Denied Again

Dear Miss Powell, I applied for a visitor's visa, but was refused one as they said I didn't have enough ties. What does that mean? I want to visit my family in December, but I don't want to be rejected again. Dan Dear Dan, When you apply for a temporary resident/visitor's visa, it is up to you to convince the immigration officer that you are not a flight risk and that you have intentions of returning to your home country at the end of the time granted for you to visit. To do so, you will need to establish that you have sufficient economic and social ties to your home country.  I will outline some tips on how to prevent your visa application from being denied by establishing economic and social ties to your home country. Economic Ties
There are several ways to establish economic ties. You should include as many of the following proofs with your application:
1. Stable, permanent job, preferably with the same employer for a minimum of one year. To prove that, you will need to su…

Manager wants to apply under express entry

FIND OUT IF YOU QUALIFY TO COME TO CANADA complete our free eligibility assessment. CLICK HERE. Dear Miss Powell, I am a manager at a hotel and I'm fluent in English, Spanish and French. I am interested in applying under the express entry programme to Canada, but I'm not sure if I would qualify. Can you please tell me how I can qualify to live in Canada? Is my occupation on the list that Canada wants? My husband is a chef at a hotel as well. Should we apply separately, or do we have to apply together? Is there a limit on the number of persons that are selected? Do we need a job offer first? We are looking forward to your response. Thanks for your help. - PP Dear PP, The express entry system is a tool utilised by Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to accept applications under programmes such as Federal Skilled Trade, the Federal Skilled Worker, the Provincial Nominee programme and the Canadian Experienced Class. Qualified individuals are accepted into a pool of candid…