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Travelling To Canada During The Pandemic

Dear Miss Powell, M y sister is s ick in Ontario and she is be gging me to visit her. I already have a valid visa, so I am not worried about that. I’m just so confused about what to do during this pandemic, as the policies seems to be changing all the time. I want to be there for my sister. However, I’m not sure I can deal with the added stress. Do you think it’s safe to travel at this time? What are the things I need to do to have a safe trip? – W.P. Dear W.P., Travelling during the pandemic is not for the faint at heart. Apart from the standard requirement of wearing a mask while travelling, you must take note of the new travel restrictions, which will require some planning and preparation. If you are travelling to Canada, you should be aware that there are new COVID-19 restrictions that you must adhere to. I will outline below the steps to follow to ensure that your travel experience is a little less stressful. PRE-DEPARTURE You must first check if you are authorised to enter Canada
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Join Deidre Powell, Immigration Lawyer in Canada for an online session where she will highlight what it takes to come up with a vision  for 2021.  What is takes to come to Canada and achieve your dreams.   You will be guided and given a chance to and come up with a Word of the Year for yourself and share it with others. It is a time to set your intentions and have a plan of action. Join on us on  Saturday,  January 9, 2021 between 10am-12pm EST to meet people, get creative and set some GOALS for 2021. Registration is Required Register for January 9, 2021 session HERE Technical Requirements:  Please ensure that you have the latest version of  Zoom.    This online program will be hosted on Zoom, a video conferencing software that is free for participants and easy to use on a variety of devices. A computer, tablet or smartphone will work for this event. You will need reliable internet connection and sound capabilities. .  Note: The link to join the  video meeting will be emailed to all

STEM Jobs Are In Demand In Canada

Dear Miss Powell, Happy holidays! I am in sixth form doing mostly science subjects and hoping to go to university next year. I am not sure what to study, but I’m doing some research about studying in Canada and came across your name, so I decided to write you. What are the kinds of jobs that are in demand since COVID? Are science jobs in demand? I know the prospects here are not so great, so I am looking for options in Canada as I would like to eventually live there. Hope that you will respond to me. Thank you. –A.Y. FIND OUT IF YOU QUALIFY. CLICK HERE TO SIGNUP Dear A.Y., I like that you are doing research while in high school. It is always good to have a plan for your future. Canada, like the rest of the world, has been severely hit by the pandemic, economically. Approximately three million jobs have been lost, and employers struggle to find innovative ways to continue with business. The Innovation Economy Council published a recent article entitled Magnetic North: How Canada Holds

A Time Of Reflection

  Dear Miss Powell, I’ve been chasing this dream of going to Canada for years and can’t seem to make any headway. You’ve been writing articles for years and I’ve been reading them and even doing my research online, but I can’t seem to make any headway. I’m at the point of giving up now. Do you think it make sense to continue into the new year with chasing this dream? – B.B. Dear B.B., Your question has come at an appropriate time, as many of us are reflecting on the past year and making plans for the next. Moving to Canada needs not be an elusive dream. Like any major change, it takes careful planning. It is not an overnight process. It requires acquiring sound advice and the gathering of the appropriate documents to chart your way to success. As you plan for next year, I strongly recommend that you seek the advice of a legitimate immigration lawyer to listen to you as you provide details such as your current background, family, education, skills, work experience and resources. These

Immigration Corner | How To Apply For A Work Permit As A Visitor In Canada

  Dear Miss Powell, I read one of your articles where you said that a visitor can get a work permit. I came to Canada to visit my sick mother; now she has recovered nicely, but I don’t want to leave her alone. I am a practical nurse and so I was looking online to see how I can convert my visitor’s visa to a work visa, but can’t see where to download the forms or where to send in an application. Can you guide me, please? – A.I. Dear A.I., There is a temporary policy in place where visitors can apply to extend their stay in Canada as workers. This policy is applicable to persons who have entered Canada before August 24, 2020, maintained your legal status, and can satisfy the criteria to received work permit. This new policy is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In my last article on this topic, I highlighted the requirements and qualifying factors. The key requirement is that an applicant would need to be prepared to include proof of a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), or LMIA-e