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  • Spice up your Halloween Holiday   Winter is coming… Well, at least in the northern hemisphere it is. The beautiful orange, yellow, red and brown leaves have fallen on the ground and colour is quickly fading from the Canadian countryside. Fortunately the winter season won’t kick off with dull greys! As the leaves are wilting, Jack-o’-lantern like Halloween pumpkins is popping up everywhere. So whether you are a visitor from abroad, or a Canadian resident, here are some tips to help you acclimatise to winter. Hop over to the nearest Starbucks to get

  • Express Entry Draw for October 18th, 2017 On October 18th, 2017 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada handed out 2,757 Invitations to Apply through the Express Entry system. The minimum score to be selected from the Express Entry pool of candidates for this round was 436. The previous Express Entry draws for 2017 have been as follows: January 4th, 2017 – 2,902 invitations – Minimum score of 468 January 11th, 2017 – 3,334 invitations – Minimum score of 459 January 25th, 2017 – 3,508 invitations – Minimum score of 453 February 8th, 2017

  • Montgomery’s Fish and Chips is a must see, or a must taste, for anybody visiting Vancouver. Whether you are a tourist or just a local looking for a sunny day out in the city, this little shop needs to be on your to-do list. Montgomery's Fish and Chips are ideally situated in the popular Lonsday Quay Market in North Vancouver. They have been around for as long as many locals can remember. You can find them in far south end of the food court section of the market. There is an

  • On October 4th, 2017 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada handed out 2,801 Invitations to Apply through the Express Entry system. The minimum score to be selected from the Express Entry pool of candidates for this round was 438. The previous Express Entry draws for 2017 have been as follows: January 4th, 2017 – 2,902 invitations – Minimum score of 468 January 11th, 2017 – 3,334 invitations – Minimum score of 459 January 25th, 2017 – 3,508 invitations – Minimum score of 453 February 8th, 2017 – 3,664 invitations – Minimum score

  • Please be advised that Canada Abroad does NOT have an office in Cape Town. Canada Abroad only has an office in Fourways, Johannesburg. It has come to our attention that another company in Cape Town that offers immigration services to Canada is purposely leading individuals to believe that they are our Cape Town branch and are affiliated with Canada Abroad. This is not the case. Our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, Deanne Acres-Lans is also not affiliated with any other immigration company in South Africa. If any company other than Canada Abroad is

  • Quebec City. The Cultural Capital of Canada! Each year, thousands of tourists travelling to Canada will pass through this hub. The beautiful French-Canadian City of Quebec was founded on the 3rd of July 1608, as a French city, which is why it can feel like a country all on its own. The allure must lie with the culture and linguistic appeal, but you will soon find there is more to the city than meets the eye. Quebec City is more of your cosmopolitan place to visit as opposed to the

  • Express Entry Draw for September 20th, 2017 On September 20th, 2017 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada handed out 2,2871 Invitations to Apply through the Express Entry system. The minimum score for this round was 433, which is lower than the last draw done earlier this month. The previous Express Entry draws for 2017 have been as follows: January 4th, 2017 – 2,902 invitations – Minimum score of 468 January 11th, 2017 – 3,334 invitations – Minimum score of 459 January 25th, 2017 – 3,508 invitations – Minimum score of 453 February 8th,

  • On September 6th, 2017 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada handed out 2,772 Invitation to Apply through the Express Entry system. The minimum score for this round of Express Entry was 435. The previous Express Entry draws for 2017 have been as follows: January 4th, 2017 – 2,902 invitations – Minimum score of 468 January 11th, 2017 – 3,334 invitations – Minimum score of 459 January 25th, 2017 – 3,508 invitations – Minimum score of 453 February 8th, 2017 – 3,664 invitations – Minimum score of 447 February 22nd, 2017 – 3,611

  • Life Is A Highway When You Are Living In Canada. So take to these open roads! Winding roads, lush forests and snow-capped mountains, Canada has some of the most unbelievable landscapes in the world. Adventuring out when you first immigrate to Canada is a must. As the second biggest country in the world, there is a lot to see but luckily you will have plenty of time. A road trip is just one of the ways that you can enjoy a real life adventure, whether you have just moved to Canada or

  • On August 9th, 2017 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada handed out 2,991 Invitation to Apply through the Express Entry system. The minimum score for this round was 433. The previous draws for 2017 have been as follows: January 4th, 2017 – 2,902 invitations – Minimum score of 468 January 11th, 2017 – 3,334 invitations – Minimum score of 459 January 25th, 2017 – 3,508 invitations – Minimum score of 453 February 8th, 2017 – 3,664 invitations – Minimum score of 447 February 22nd, 2017 – 3,611 invitations – Minimum score of 441 March 1st, 2017 – 3,884

  • On August 2nd, 2017 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada handed out 3,264 Invitation to Apply through the Express Entry system. The minimum score for this round was 441. The previous draws for 2017 have been as follows: January 4th, 2017 – 2,902 invitations – Minimum score of 468 January 11th, 2017 – 3,334 invitations – Minimum score of 459 January 25th, 2017 – 3,508 invitations – Minimum score of 453 February 8th, 2017 – 3,664 invitations – Minimum score of 447 February 22nd, 2017 – 3,611 invitations – Minimum score of 441 March 1st, 2017 – 3,884

  • Saskatchewan has made changes to their International Skilled Worker – Occupations In-Demand Sub-Category. They have increased the number of occupations which are on the In-Demand list, which means that more people will now be able to apply under this program. The requirements of this program are as follows: You must score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the point assessment grid. You must have a minimum language score of a CLB 4 You must have completed post-secondary education, training or apprenticeship equivalent that is comparable to the Canadian

  • When you immigrate to Canada, you will have more than enough time to go on sightseeing adventures.   Currently, the Express Entry Program remains one of the better to go with when you are looking to immigrate. But regardless of which visa program gets you to Canada, you will want to see these places! With all that gorgeous scenery, along with a rich and vibrant history, there is really no surprise that Canada has more than its share of alluring towns. It is difficult to pick out which towns are more beautiful than

  • On July 25th, 2017, Ontario placed a hold on their popular Human Capital Priorities Stream. On a post on their website, Ontario stated that the hold on theHuman Capital Priorities Stream was due to a recent surge in applications. They stated that "the stream has reached its current registration limit and no additional registrations for this stream can be accepted at this time. The program will also place a hold on sending any additional Notifications of Interest for the Human Capital Priorities stream. Please note, if you have already registered for

  • Wish I was exaggerating when I say that the amount of people seeking to move to Canada from South African has sky rocketed this year, but it has. With this increased interest in immigration to Canada and several other countries, the amount of immigration scams occurring in South Africa has also increased. When looking to move to Canada from South Africa, or any other country for that matter, it is important to do your homework and ensure that you are using someone reputable and that you are obtaining the correct

  • There are various ways to move and immigrate to Canada from South Africa. Some of these include:·      Studying in Canada·      Working in Canada ·      Opening a business in Canada ·      Being transferred by your current company to a Canadian branch ·      Having enough qualified work experience to apply for Permanent Residency without a job offer ·      Having previous Canadian Work Experience and applying for Permanent Residency without a job offer ·      Having qualifying relatives in Canada who are citizens or permanent residents Each Canadian immigration program or stream has its own set of requirements. You want

  • Many South Africans think that it is impossible to immigrate to Canada from South Africa, or that it is too expensive or time consuming. The truth is it is cheaper to immigrate to Canada than other countries such as Australia, and with the new Express Entry system applications can be fully completed in as little as eight months. In order to immigrate to Canada you need to qualify for one of the open immigration programs. These are broken up into Provincial and Federal Programs. For the Federal Programs you would need to

  • Check out these 7 amazing places to visit and things to do in Canada during the summer months It’s summer in Canada, so we are sharing some of the amazing places you can go and the exciting things you can do during a Canadian summer! Visit Glacier National Park Regardless of the time of year you visit Glacier National Park, you will be in for a visual treat. This is one of those places in Canada that is spectacular all year round. Explore the forests of towering trees, hike along Canada’s first

  • Starting January 1, 2014 only those who are 18 or under will be considered to be an accompanying dependent on any Canadian immigration appication. This is a reduction in age from the current age of 22. There will be an exception however for those over 18 who are dependent on their parents financially due to a mental or physical disability. This is important to keep in mind when thinking of lodging an application where your children may be turning 19 before the application can be submitted.

  • Ensure you have your language scores and credential assessment (if required for your program) ready when applying Ensure all information you enter into your profile is correct Ensure you can support all information on your application with the required documents Ensure you can access all require documents within a 60 day window Ensure you have enough money to pay for your application within the 60 day window Ensure you have a valid LMIA (if required by your program) from your employer Be open to living in all provinces to

  • When considering if you qualify for Express Entry it is important to ensure the following: 1) You qualify under one of the four immigration programs used by Express Entry Federal Skilled Worker Federal Skilled Trades Canadian Experience Class Provincial Nominee 2) You will be able to afford your application and the Canadian government fees 3) You will be able to meet the required amount of settlement funds for your family size (if required) 4) You will be able to achieve the require language scores for your immigration program 5) You will be able to obtain

  • Are you under 35? Your ideal age would be under 35, but you can earn points up until the age of 44 Do you have any higher education? You would ideally have one year of post secondary education or more (more than high school Diploma alone) Are you fluent in English? You would ideally be highly proficient in English (reading/writing/speaking/listening) Do you have any work experience? You would ideally have more than three years of full time work experience in a qualifying occupation Do you meet the criteria for one

  • If you are in Express Entry and worried about your current Comprehensive Ranking System Score, then applying for a Provincial Nomination may be something you are interested in. While not everyone is eligible to apply for a Provincial Nomination, why not explore your options below to see if you are? We have broken down the requirements by Province and have set them out in basic requirements. Some require a job offer, a family member living in that province, a specific score, or that you have work experience in a specific

  • On October 5th, 2016 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada did their 21st draw of 2016 under Express Entry and handed out 1,288 Invitations to Apply to immigrate to Canada. The minimum score for this round was 483. This is the lowest score selected since July 13th, 2016. It is is expected that the score will remain high until October of 2016, at which time they are expected to drop even lower.  The reason for this expected drop is that there are still paper based applications being processed at the Canadian embassies for the same programs which utilise

  • Today's draw under the Express Entry system saw those with a score of 423 or above selected for the second time in the history of the Express Entry system.  On May 4th, 2017 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada handed out 3,796 Invitation to Apply. The minimum score for this round was 423.    The Draws for 2017 have been as follows: January 4th, 2017 – 2,902 invitations – Minimum score of 468 January 11th, 2017 – 3,334 invitations – Minimum score of 459 January 25th, 2017 – 3,508 invitations – Minimum score of 453 February 8th, 2017 –

  • The Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry program will be re-opening in the coming weeks and will only be accepting 250 applications under Category B in the first round. The program will open and close throughout the year to ensure speedy processing of applications. Applications will now be submitted online only. The Program will be accepting two types of applications as outlined below: Category A: To apply under Category A, you must: have a full-time permanent skilled job offer from a Nova Scotia employer; have 1 year of skilled work experience related to the

  • Todays draw under the Express Entry system saw those with a score of 415 or above selected for the first time in the history of the Express Entry system.  This means that for some who have been waiting in the Express Entry Pool for two years are now finally able to be selected from the Express Entry Pool of candidates. The scores have dropped almost every week in 2017 and the number of Invitations to Apply have increased with each draw. On April 19th, 2017 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada handed out 3,796 invitations Invitation to

  • Yesterday’s draw under the Express Entry system saw those with a score of 423 or above selected for the first time in the history of the Express Entry system.  This means that for some who have been waiting in the Express Entry Pool for two years are now finally able to be selected from the Express Entry Pool of candidates. The scores have dropped almost every week in 2017 and the number of Invitations to Apply have increased with each draw. On April 12th, 2017 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada handed out 3,923 Invitation

  • The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program will resume issuing Notifications of Interest to applicants who qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream effective this week. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program encourages applicants to create a new profile in the Express Entry system to ensure their profiles can be identified during its search of the Express Entry pool for qualified candidates. Prospective applicants who meet the criteria of the Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream and are identified in the Express Entry pool will be sent a Notification of Interest. Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital

  • Today’s draw under the Express Entry system saw those with a score of 431 or above selected for the first time in the history of the Express Entry system.  This means that for some who have been waiting in the Express Entry Pool for two years are now finally able to be selected from the Express Entry Pool of candidates. The scores have dropped almost every week in 2017 and the number of Invitations to Apply have increased with each draw. Today, April 5th, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada handed out 3,753

  • Today's draw under the Express Entry system saw those with a score under 450 selected for the first time in the history of the Express Entry system.  This means that for some who have been waiting in the Express Entry Pool for two years are now finally able to be selected from the Express Entry Pool of candidates. The scores have dropped every week in 2017 and the number of Invitations to Apply have increased with each draw. Today, February 8th, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada handed out 3,664 Invitation to Apply

  • We just received a new Canadian immigration scam . This one again is directed to those seeking to obtain a work permit in Canada. The company name being used this time is Jim Pattison Group. The e-mail you will receive from them is below. The company has acknowledged the scam on their website and has the following statement posted on their site:   *We have been the subject of attempted employment scams via online and email recruitment. Please note that we only send email from @jp-group.com addresses. Beyond a resume, we will never ask for any

  • Recently, rumours have been circulating about a Canadian Visa Lottery Program similar to the American "Green Card Lottery." The rumour states that individuals from sixteen countries will be eligible to apply to the lottery program. Below is an example of a notification being sent out to individuals. Please be advised that this program does not exist at this time and you are encouraged to not engage with anyone trying to convince you of the programs existence or offering to assist you with an application for a fee. BREAKING NEWS Canada Announce Visa

  • The first draw under the Express Entry system for 2017 took place on January 4th, 2017. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada handed out 2,902 Invitation to Apply which makes this the largest draw in the history of the Express Entry system. The minimum score for this round was 468. This is the lowest score selected since April 20th, 2016.  As per Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Supplementary Information 2017 – Immigration Levels Plan, Canada is looking to welcome an estimated 124,700 new immigrants to Canada under the Immigration Programs which use the Express Entry System in 2017.  The Draws

  • Whether you agree with this post title or not, there’s no arguing that Canada is one of the most beautiful countries in the world which is why so many people are applying to immigrate there. Here at Canada Abroad, we offer regulated Canadian immigration consulting, and thought it might be a fun idea to show prospective immigrants some of the country's finest photos on the net showcasing the beauty of their soon to be new home and the skills of Nikon photographers on Canadian soil. Take a look at these Nikon snapped photos

  • On November 30th, 2016 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada did their 25th draw of 2016 under Express Entry. This draw was exclusively for those who were Provincial Nominees. Anyone else in the Express Entry Pool, regardless of their score was not eligible for selection in this draw.  Only 559 invitations to apply were handed out in this draw.  This is an interesting draw due to the changes made to the Express Entry Scoring System which took place on November 19th, 2016. Due to this draw, it appears as though the government wanted to clear those with

  • On November 16th, 2016 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada did their 24th draw of 2016 under Express Entry. This was the largest draw in the history of the Express Entry system with 2,427 Invitations to Apply to immigrate to Canada handed out.The minimum score for this round was 470, down 2 points from last week. This is the lowest score selected since April of this year. This is in line with the governments statement that they would be increasing the number of Invitations to Apply handed out each draw to between 2,000 and 2,500 invitations per

  • On November 19th, 2016 the following changes will be made to the Express Entry scoring system. These changes have been outlined in the Canada Gazette Part Ⅰ, November 12, 2016, Vol. 150, No. 46. The following changes will come into effect on November 19th, 2016 and will effect everyone who is currently in the Express Entry Pool or will be entering the Express Entry Pool. These changes will not effect those who have already been issued with an Invitation to Apply or who have already submitted their full Permanent Residency Application. We

  • Since the outcome of the American election on November 8th, many people have been asking, "are Americans really moving to Canada?" and "how will this effect me and my application?" The answer is, they're not moving yet, and it wont effect applications from anywhere else in the world. Yes, it is true that the Canadian Government's Immigration website did crash and has continued to be slow due to the increased interest. However, this does not mean that they are actually applying or being accepted. They are just researching. Many Americans may be interested in

  • On November 2nd, 2016 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada did their 23rd draw of 2016 under Express Entry. This was the largest draw in the history of the Express Entry system with 2,080 Invitations to Apply to immigrate to Canada handed out. The minimum score for this round was 472, down 3 points from last week. This is the lowest score that has been selected since April of this year. This is in line with the governments statement that they would be increasing the number of Invitations to Apply handed out each draw to between 2,000 and 2,500

  • [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] How Does it Feel to Live in Canada? Here are 8 Heartfelt Answers to This Question   I’ve heard about it, heard all the stats, and the benefits of immigrating to Canada, but I want to know what it feels like to live there – Anonymous. A Quora question illuminated the most important question many potential immigrants to Canada are asking, and that is: How does it feel to live in Canada?  Quora is a "

  • On October 19th, 2016 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada did their 22nd draw of 2016 under Express Entry. The second draw to occur in two consecutive weeks. A first since January of this year. This was the largest draw in the history of the Express Entry system with 1,804 Invitations to Apply to immigrate to Canada handed out. The minimum score for this round was 475, down 9 points from last week. This is the lowest score that has been selected since April of this year. This is in line with the governments statement that they

  • On October 12th, 2016 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada did their 21st draw of 2016 under Express Entry after taking a break last week and handed out 1,518 Invitations to Apply to immigrate to Canada. The minimum score for this round was 484. It is is expected that the score will remain high until October of 2016, at which time they are expected to drop even lower.  The reason for this expected drop is that there are still paper based applications being processed at the Canadian embassies for the same programs which utilise the Express Entry System.

  • When looking to immigrate to Canada from South Africa, or any other country for that matter, it is important to do your homework and ensure that you are using someone reputable and that you are obtaining the correct advice and information, otherwise you could be wasting not only your time but also your money. One of the major factors to watch out for when selecting an immigration company / representative to assist you in immigrating to Canada from South Africa is to ensure that the company  or representative is legally authorised to give

  • One of the questions we receive the most often is, "how can I work in Canada?" For those looking to work in Canada, New Zealand and Australia, the basic requirements to obtain a Work Permit are set out below:   In order to work in Canada the basic requirements for obtaining a work permit are as follows: You need to obtain a job offer from a Canadian employer; In most cases the employer needs to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (this is the approval number that allows a Canadian employer to employ

  • I wish I were exaggerating when I say that the amount of people seeking to move to Canada from South African has sky rocketed this year, but it has. With this increased interest in immigration to Canada and several other countries, the amount of immigration scams occurring in South Africa has also increased. When looking to move to Canada from South Africa, or any other country for that matter, it is important to do your homework and ensure that you are using someone reputable and that you are obtaining the correct

  • The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned - Maya Angelou You may not be looking to immigrate to Canada, but these pictures of the best and most beautiful towns in Canada will definitely make you think again. [ttshare]For those searching for a place they can call home in a new country, this is great to get a feel for where you may decide to live.[/ttshare] Here are the best towns in Canada in no particular order. 11. Banff

  • Lately there has been an increase in the amount of immigration scams relating specifically to working abroad. These scams target those looking to work and move to Canada, Australia and New Zealand and numerous other countries around the world. In order to protect yourself from these scams it is important to first know the basic requirements of working abroad so you can easily spot a scam based on the offer itself. In this article we are going to focus on Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In order to work in Canada the basic requirements

  • On September 21st, 2016 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada did their 20th draw of 2016 under Express Entry and handed out 1,288 Invitations to Apply to immigrate to Canada. The minimum score for this round was 483. This is the lowest score selected since July 13th, 2016. It is is expected that the score will remain high until October of 2016, at which time they are expected to drop even lower.  The reason for this expected drop is that there are still paper based applications being processed at the Canadian embassies for the same programs which

  • Effective November 10th, 2016, certain travellers will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter Canada. The eTA would need to be applied for before boarding your flight to Canada. You can apply online at a fee of $7 Canadian per eTA. You will need access to your passport, a credit card (Visa and Mastercard only), an e-mail address and the internet. The government has stated that eTA applicants should receive an e-mail confirmation of the outcome of their application within minutes of applying. They have even stated on their website that should

  • On September 7th, 2016 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada did their 19th draw of 2016 under Express Entry and handed out 1,000 Invitations to Apply to immigrate to Canada. The minimum score for this round was 491. It is is expected that the score will remain high until October of 2016, at which time they are expected to drop.  The reason for this expected drop is that there are still paper based applications being processed at the Canadian embassies for the same programs which utilise the Express Entry System. Once those applications have been processed, the

  • Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program Closes in less then 48 Hours On August 30th, 2016,  the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program announced on their website that they have re-opened the Occupations in Demand Sub – Category. The program is now closed again. This Provincial Program is for those who are already in the Express Entry Pool and meet the following criteria:  Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program point assessment grid Have a valid language test result Have completed post-secondary education, training or apprenticeship that’s comparable to the Canadian

  • On August 30th, 2016,  the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program announced on their website that they have re-opened the Occupations in Demand Sub - Category. This Provincial Program is for those who are already in the Express Entry Pool and meet the following criteria:  Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program point assessment grid Have a valid language test result Have completed post-secondary education, training or apprenticeship that’s comparable to the Canadian education system of at least one year in length Have at least one of

  • We at Canada Abroad previously posted the below article on August 31st, 2015 due to the volume of calls we receive due to the confusion between our company's name and another company's name.  We are not affiliated in any way with Canada AbOARd. Please note they have also recently changed their name to "It's Canada Time" but continue to operate both websites. Please read the full post below to learn the difference between the two companies.   Canada Abroad vs. Canada Aboard – Who is the real deal? At first glance, you may not even notice the

  • On August 24th, 2016 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada did their 18th draw of 2016 under Express Entry and handed out 750 Invitations to Apply to immigrate to Canada. The minimum score for this round was 538. It is is expected that the score will remain high until October of 2016, at which time they are expected to drop.  The reason for this expected drop is that there are still paper based applications being processed at the Canadian embassies for the same programs which utilise the Express Entry System. Once those applications have been processed, the

  • The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program has launched its online system for those wanting to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Ontario Entrepreneur Stream. Ontario announced their Entrepreneurial Stream late last year but have not yet selected any applicants to date. Ontario has announced it will be doing its first draw of Entrepreneurs based on their Expressions of Interest before the end of August based on applications received before 11:59 PM EDT on August 28th, 2016. They have stated that draws will then take place throughout the year. Like the Express Entry System,  Expressions

  • On August 10th, 2016 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada did their 17th draw of 2016 under Express Entry and handed out 754 Invitations to Apply to immigrate to Canada. The minimum score for this round was 490. It is is expected that the score will remain high until October of 2016, at which time they are expected to drop.  The reason for this expected drop is that there are still paper based applications being processed at the Canadian embassies for the same programs which utilise the Express Entry System. Once those applications have been processed, the Express

  • [four_fifth last="yes" spacing="yes" background_color="" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" background_position="left top" border_size="0px" border_color="" border_style="" padding="" class="" id=""][fusion_text] 112 Reasons to Move to Canada Change your holiday destination into your new home Moving to a different country is not always the easiest decision to make. However, certain countries are definitely worth your while to consider. One of those countries is Canada. Let’s have a look at some of the exciting adventures you can have when moving to Canada as well as some of the benefits and attractions. So what are the top reasons to move to Canada?

  • On July 21st, 2016,  the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program announced on their website that they had re-opened the International Skilled Worker – Saskatchewan Express Entry category. On July 22nd, 2016, the program had closed again to all applications. The International Skilled Worker – Occupations In-Demand sub-category also remains closed at this time. This Provincial Program is for those who are already in the Express Entry Pool and meet the following criteria:  Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program point assessment grid Have a valid language test result Have

  • On July 21st, 2016,  the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program announced on their website that they had re-opened the International Skilled Worker – Saskatchewan Express Entry category. On July 22nd, 2016, the program had closed again to all applications. The International Skilled Worker – Occupations In-Demand sub-category also remains closed at this time. This Provincial Program is for those who are already in the Express Entry Pool and meet the following criteria:  Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program point assessment grid Have a valid language test result Have

  • On July 21st, 2016,  the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program announced on their website that they have re-opened the International Skilled Worker – Saskatchewan Express Entry category. This Provincial Program is for those who are already in the Express Entry Pool and meet the following criteria:  Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program point assessment grid Have a valid language test result Have completed post-secondary education, training or apprenticeship that’s comparable to the Canadian education system of at least one year in length Have at least one

  • Immigrating to Canada With Express Entry Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (formerly know as Citizenship and Immigration Canada) has been giving presentations recently to potential immigrants regarding the Express Entry System. One of these presentations was taped by a member of the audience and can be viewed at the link below. Recently, at a Newcomers to Canada Fair held in Edmonton, Alberta held on May 7th, 2016, a representative of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada stated that the Express Entry score will potentially drop below 400 points in September or October of

  • On April 20th, 2016 Citizenship and Immigration Canada did their 9th draw of 2016 under Express Entry and handed out 1,018 Invitations to Apply to immigrate to Canada. The minimum score for this round was 468. This means that of those selected, the person with the lowest score did not have a job offer or a Provincial nomination. To date all of the draws done for 2016 have not required a job offer or Provincial Nomination. However, due to the lack of transparency from the government we do not know how many of the 1,018 people who received invitations did

  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), formerly known as Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has released a detailed report of the Express Entry System as of January 3rd, 2016. It has given valuable insight into a number of details that were previously unknown for most people applying to, or already in, the Express Entry Pool. As of January 3rd, 2016, 31,063 invitations to apply had been handed out to applicants in the Express Entry Pool. From these invitations to apply, 21,562 applicants submitted their full Permanent Residency application. Of these 21,562 applications, 37,424 individuals

  • How to Immigrate to Canada from the United States in Ten Simple Steps. Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably been enduring the rollercoaster ride that is the US Presidential Race. With Trump conquering State after State, many Americans are starting to worry about the future of their country. It has even driven some Americans to start looking to the North for a new home and native land. While Canada and America have been neighbours for years, the two countries are quite different. Below we will discuss the top ten

  • If you are applying as a Skilled Immigrant to Canada under the Express Entry System, and are required to show settlement funds, the required amount of settlement funds have now increased from 2015 to the amounts listed below as updated on the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada website: Number of Family Members Funds Required (in Canadian dollars) 1 $12,164 2 $15,143 3 $18,617 4 $22,603 5 $25,636 6 $28,913 7 or more $32,191

  • After twelve months of the Express Entry system, many are still unable to figure out the full process, documents required, eligibility criteria and how a Provincial Nomination works. We have therefore put together this simplified guide to Express Entry to assist those still struggling to understand how the program works and if they qualify. We have also added in some answers to our most frequently asked questions. Please keep in mind this a simplified guide so not every detail is going to be listed. If you would like to take a full

  • As of December 17th, 2015 at 4:30 PM local time, Nova Scotia has put a temporary halt on the acceptance of new applications under the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry program. This is to allow their office to process their current backlog. Applications are currently taking 9 months to process. They will lift the halt in 2016. Also, The Family Business Worker Stream is being discontinued as of December 31, 2015.

  • On December 4th, 2015 Citizenship and Immigration Canada did their 22nd draw under Express Entry and handed out 1,451 Invitations to Apply to immigrate to Canada. Many people have asked what they mean by “draw”. They simply use that term for when they select individuals from the Express Entry Pool based on their Comprehensive Ranking System Score. You can read more about that process here: The minimum score for this round was 461, a decrease from the last draw. This means that of those selected, the person with the lowest score did not have

  • On November 27th, 2015 Citizenship and Immigration Canada did their 21st draw under Express Entry and handed out 1,559 Invitations to Apply to immigrate to Canada. Many people have asked what they mean by “draw”. They simply use that term for when they select individuals from the Express Entry Pool based on their Comprehensive Ranking System Score. You can read more about that process here: The minimum score for this round was 472, a decrease from the last draw. This means that of those selected, the person with the lowest score did not

  • You may be in the Express Entry Pool, but do you know all of the facts about those in the Pool with you? CIC has released valuable information about those in the Express Entry Pool as of July, 2015. At that time there were only 41,218 active applicants in the Pool for consideration. This was the number of all active applicants from around the world. As of that date 112,701 people had created Express Entry Profiles. Of those 112,701 profiles 48,723 were rejected from the system as ineligible, 4,302 were pending and

  • With the end of the year fast approaching many applicant in the Express Entry Pool are starting to panic based on the latest Express Entry Draw. Luckily, there has been some positive feedback from CIC recently that re-iterates that there are positive changes to come in 2016 for those in the Express Entry Pool. As this was the first year of the Express Entry system, there were some hiccups with the online system which has caused issues for applicants such as profiles disappearing, incorrect scores being assigned and so forth.

  • Are you in the Express Entry Pool and looking to improve your Comprehensive Ranking System Score? Then applying for a Provincial Nomination from Nova Scotia could be an option for you! Nova Scotia offers several different programs depending on your background and skills. There is an option for those with a job offer from an employer in Nova Scotia, those who have previously worked in Nova Scotia and one for those who are in Express Entry and have work experience in an occupation on their skills list. For those of you in Express

  • On November 13th, 2015 Citizenship and Immigration Canada did their 20th draw under Express Entry and handed out 1,506 Invitations to Apply to immigrate to Canada. Many people have asked what they mean by “draw”. They simply use that term for when they select individuals from the Express Entry Pool based on their Comprehensive Ranking System Score. You can read more about that process here: The minimum score for this round was 484. This means that all of those selected, the person with the lowest score did not have a job offer or

  • For those looking to immigrating to Canada there are various business options available depending on the type of business you would like to open and the amount of money you have to invest in a business. For some who are looking to move to Canada, the entrepreneurial programs are not an options for various reasons such as lack of funding, lack of management experience or simply not wanting to meet the demands of the program. For those who are looking to move to Canada under a program other than an entrepreneurial program

  • This week we have received several calls about Trans Global Migration operating out of Rivonia, South Africa. The company's website states they do immigration applications to Canada. They do not advertise that they work with any authorized representatives of any kind. When asked who their representative was and they stated telephonically that "they do not use a Canadian or any representative at all. They would only consult such a person if they would need to appeal a case if someone was not accepted." As per the law anyone who gives Canadian Immigration advise for a

  • This week we have received several calls about a company called "Migrate Worldwide" operating out of Cape Town, South Africa. The company advertises immigration assistance to several countries including Canada. Based on the information we received we investigated their claim that they work with authorized representatives via BDO Canada Immigration Services. We contacted BDO Canada Immigration Services Canada to confirm this information. Below is the response we received from one of BDO's actual Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants: --- Forwarded message --- From:  Buksner, Doreen <dbuksner@bdo.ca> Date:  02 October 2015 7:14:53 PM Subject:  RE: FW: Authorized Representative We were working with them

  • When looking to immigrate to Canada as a Tradesperson you need to ensure that you will be able to meet all of the requirements of the Federal Skilled Trades program.   The main requirements to immigrate to Canada as a member of the Federal Skilled Trades Program are as follows: At least two years of work experience in a skilled trade in the past 5 years and; Have a job offer from a Canadian employer of at least one year OR a Canadian skilled trade certificate or qualification High enough score on

  • Last week Saskatchewan announced they had opened an additional 1,000 spots under the International Skilled Workers - Occupations In-Demand Program. Those 1,000 spots have now been filled and the program has closed once again. The only remaining open program for international workers for Saskatchewan is the International Skilled Workers - Employment Offer sub category. There are currently 3,849 spots left under this program. The main requirement for this program is that you have the following An offer of permanent, full-time employment in Saskatchewan either in an occupation in the National Occupational Classification(NOC) Matrix level "A", "B"

  • When looking at the topic of immigration to Canada many peoples’ main concern is whether or not they can bring their pets along with them. For many people, pets are a member of the family and the idea of having to move to Canada without them is unbearable. Luckily Canada is pet friendly and you can bring pets with you when you move to Canada. Of course this would be dependent on the type of pet that you are looking to bring in with you. Cats and dogs are allowed to accompany you

  • Saskatchewan has re-opened their International Skilled Worker – Occupations In-Demand Sub-Category to accept an additional 1,000 applications. The requirements of this program are as follows: You must score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the point assessment grid. You must have a minimum language score of  a CLB 4 You must have completed post-secondary education, training or apprenticeship equivalent that is comparable to the Canadian education system of at least one year in length that has resulted in a diploma, a certificate or degree. You must have at least one

  • One of the hottest topics lately for those looking to immigrate to Canada under the Express Entry Program is the topic of what Citizenship and Immigration Canada means by “professional degree needed to practise in a licensed profession”. Many immigration companies out there are giving individuals looking to immigrate to Canada false information in regards to what and will not be considered a “professional degree” for the purpose of obtaining points on the Comprehensive Ranking System. Their main motivation is likely to bring up a prospective client’s score so that they

  • When looking into immigration to Canada it is important to ensure you not only meet all of the requirements of the Immigration program you wish to apply for, but also that you meet all of the entry requirements of Canada itself. When seeking to immigrate to Canada you need to ensure that you are not inadmissible for any reason. The list of issues that could make you inadmissible to Canada are as follows: You are a security risk to Canada You have committed human or international rights violations, You have been convicted of a

  • On September 18th, 2015 Citizenship and Immigration Canada did their 17th draw under Express Entry and handed out 1,545 Invitations to Apply to immigrate to Canada. This has been the lowest score selected this year which is great news as the score continues to move down. Many people have asked what they mean by “draw”. They simply use that term for when they select individuals from the Express Entry Pool based on their Comprehensive Ranking System Score. You can read more about that process here: The minimum score for this round was 450

  • On September 8th, 2015 Citizenship and Immigration Canada did their 16th draw under Express Entry and handed out 1,517 Invitations to Apply to immigrate to Canada. This has been the first draw to occur mid week and not on a Friday. Many people have asked what they mean by “draw”. They simply use that term for when they select individuals from the Express Entry Pool based on their Comprehensive Ranking System Score. You can read more about that process here: The minimum score for this round was 459. This means those selected did

  • Recently we have been receiving numerous complaints about Canada Aboard from individuals in South Africa after they read our News24 article on how to avoid immigration scams. Also, obviously the names are similar so some people tend to confuse us, please do not make that mistake. Below is one such communication that a woman had with them that they wanted shared with the public as a warning. Another man even sent us a recording of the conversation he had with this same Danielle Parker that caused him concern. We are not making

  • When submitting a Canadian Immigration application you may have various options on how to submit your application. For Visit, Work and Study permits you can apply online or through a Visa Application Centre. For Family Class applications you would submit your paper based application to the appropriate Centralized Intake Office in Canada and then they would forward it to the Canadian Embassy / High Commission selected. Depending on how you choose to submit your application, your application may be considered to be Citizenship and Immigration Canada's "lowest processing priority" and you could "expect

  • At first glance, you may not even notice the difference, but there is one. Canada Abroad is owned and operated by Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, Deanne Acres. The company is based in South Africa and is fully registered in South Africa. We do not have registrations in any off shore countries of anywhere else. Deanne herself has been registered with the Immigration Consultant of Canada Regulatory Council since 2013, which can be verified with the ICCRC and on their website by searching by name of location (South Africa). http://secure.iccrc-crcic.ca/search-new/EN When dealing with Canada Abroad

  • Many people who are seeking to immigrate to Canada from South Africa, or any other country in the world, may not be aware that a medical condition could make them and their family members inadmissible to Canada. "Inadmissible" means that the applicant and their accompanying family members would not be allowed entry into Canada. Someone can be inadmissible to Canada for many reasons which include the following: They are a security risk to Canada They have committed human or international rights violations, They have been convicted of a crime, or they have committed an

  • When thinking of immigrating to Canada many people have a lot of questions relating to different aspects of the process.     Immigrating to Canada is not an easy decision and is not one that should be entered into lightly. You need to evaluate your own personal situation and decide if immigrating to Canada would be the correct choice for you and your family.   The first thing to consider is whether or not you would be eligible to apply. Many people go ahead and complete language tests, medical examinations, police clearances and credential assessments

  • On August 21st, 2015 Citizenship and Immigration Canada did their 15th draw under Express Entry and handed out 1,523 Invitations to Apply to immigrate to Canada. Many people have asked what they mean by “draw”. They simply use that term for when they select individuals from the Express Entry Pool based on their Comprehensive Ranking System Score. You can read more about that process here: The minimum score for selection in round 13 decreased from round 14! The minimum score for this round was 456 down from 471. This means those selected did not have a job offer

  • We just received a new Canadian immigration scam . This one again is directed to those seeking to obtain a work permit in Canada. The company name being used this time is Titan Diamond Drilling Ltd Canada. The e-mail you will receive from them is below. The e-mail address is steven@titandiamonddrilling.890m.com. The tip off here that it is not legitimate is the .890m.com which would not appear on a company e-mail address. The attachment they will send you refers to what they call a "Canadian Immigration Entrance Clearance Certificate (CIECC) from the

  • The most common question we get asked on a daily basis is "Do I need a job offer to Immigrate to Canada?"  The short answer is no; jobs are not actually a mandatory requirement for all immigration programs.   Here is a very simplified breakdown for the most commonly used program - the Federal Skilled Worker Program: Qualify as a Federal Skilled Worker - https://www.canadaabroad.com/what-is-the-federal-skilled-worker-points-system/  Obtain your required documents - https://www.canadaabroad.com/express-entry-simplified/  Enter the Express Entry Pool and get assigned a Comprehensive Ranking System Score  Get selected based on score alone (job offer not mandatory but does increase

  • I wish I were exaggerating when I say that the amount of people seeking to move to Canada from South African has skyrocketed this year, but it has. With this increased interest in moving to Canada from South Africa the amount of immigration scams occurring in South Africa has also increased. When looking to move to Canada from South Africa, or any other country for that matter, it is important to do your homework and ensure that you are using someone reputable and that you are obtaining the correct advice and

  • With so many options available in the world, why are so many deciding to choose Canada as their new home? First of all, Canada is a multicultural society that accepts immigrants from all countries of all races, religions and sexes. Canada provides an accepting society for many coming from stricter countries where local laws restrict lifestyle and freedom. As of this year, it is estimated that for every 1,000 people in Canada, 5.66 of them are migrants. Unlike some countries, in Canada you can actually become a Permanent Resident and eventually a

  • Each year Canada releases their immigration plan outlining the amount of immigrants they will be welcoming for the upcoming year in each category. The immigration plan and levels are based on the Canadian government’s plan for economic growth and is put in place to address labour and skills shortages. The plan is also put in place to reunite families and reduce existing backlogs. On November 6 in 2014, Canada released their Immigration Levels Plan for 2015. For the year of 2015 Canada’s Immigration Plan consisted of 65% of economic immigration categories,

  • On July 17th, 2015 Citizenship and Immigration Canada did their 13th draw under Express Entry and handed out 1,516 Invitations to Apply. Many people have asked what they mean by “draw”. They simply use that term for when they select individuals from the Express Entry Pool based on their Comprehensive Ranking System Score. You can read more about that process here: The minimum score for selection in round 13 decreased yet again! The minimum score for this round was 451 down from last week’s 463. This means those selected did not have a job offer or

  • How to avoid Misrepresentation and its consequences. When making an application of any kind to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, you are required to answer all questions honestly and truthfully, to give true and correct information and to provide supporting documents that are genuine and also contains true and correct information. In other words – by not supplying truthful information, your application will be a misrepresentation of yourself. If you want to immigrate to Canada from South Africa and you provide any false or misleading information on your application you could be found

  • Another Draw of Express Entry: On July 10th, 2015 Citizenship and Immigration Canada did their 12th draw under Express Entry and handed out 1,516 Invitations to Apply. Many people have asked what they mean by “draw”. They simply use that term for when they select individuals from the Express Entry Pool based on their Comprehensive Ranking System Score. You can read more about that process here: The minimum score for selection in round 12 decreased. The minimum score for this round was 463 down from last week's 469. This means those selected did not

  • It’s only natural to want to Immigrate to Canada from South Africa With the current condition of South Africa’s government and the load shedding in progress, I’m convinced that many citizens have entertained the idea of Immigrating to Canada from South Africa. Even though Canada is much larger than South Africa, their population is only around 35 million compared to our impressive 54 million. Canadians have gained the reputation of being the friendliest people in the world; who doesn’t want to live in a country that smiles all the time? Let me

  • If you have been contacted by the following e-mail address - mccaingordondairyfarmersltd@gmail.com - with a job offer from Gordon /McCain Foods and Dairy and Farms Ltd please note that this is not a legitimate offer. They request money from you for a work permit and you never hear from them again. We contacted Gordon /McCain Foods and Dairy and Farms Ltd directly about this advertisement and they provided the following feedback: Dear Deanne, Thank you for your email. I can confirm this would appear to be a scam, and we would suggest that you use extreme caution

  • Did you know that July 1st is Canada Day? Canada officially became a country of its own on July 1, 1867. Today Canada consists of ten provinces and three territories with a total population of 35,344,962 people. Some other fun facts about Canada are: We have a Prime Minister not a President The real Winnie the Pooh is from Canada and was named after Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada holds the record for the most gold medals ever won at the Winter Olympics, since taking 14 Golds at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Canada has a

  • On June 26th, 2015 Citizenship and Immigration Canada did their 11th draw under Express Entry and handed out 1,575 Invitations to Apply. Many people have asked what they mean by “draw”. They simply use that term for when they select individuals from the Express Entry Pool based on their Comprehensive Ranking System Score. You can read more about that process here: The minimum score for selection in round 11 decreased. The minimum score for this round was 469 down from last weeks 482. This means those selected did not have a job offer

  • One of the questions we have been asked most frequently is “Can my family in Canada sponsor me and my family for immigration?”. Depending on your relationship you can be sponsored under the Family Class. In order to be eligible you need to have a Canadian sponsor living in Canada who is at least 18 years of age and is your: Spouse / Common-Law Partner / Conjugal Partner Parent (including adoptive parents) Child Grandchild Brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, or grandchildren who are orphaned, are under 18 and do not have a spouse or

  • When immigrating to Canada from South Africa under the Express Entry System, you can earn points for your highest level of completed education. In order to do so you need to obtain an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA). Where most people get confused is in assessing whether their qualification type is one that can actually be evaluated by one of the designated educational credential assessing institutions in Canada. World Education Services (WES) states on their website that they only evaluate formal academic qualifications awarded by recognized secondary and post-secondary institutions. They do not

  • Find out how the Federal Skilled Worker Points System can benefit you. In order to immigrate to Canada from South Africa as a Federal Skilled Worker, you need to meet all of the requirements of the program. The first requirement for the Federal Skilled Worker Points System is that you have a minimum of one year’s worth of experience in an occupation which classified as being O (Managerial Occupations), A (Occupations usually requiring university education) or B (Occupations usually requiring college education or apprenticeship training) Level. If you are not sure what your

  • On June 12th, 2015 Citizenship and Immigration Canada did their 10th draw under Express Entry and handed out 1,501 Invitations to Apply. Many people have asked what they mean by “draw”. They simply use that term for when they select individuals from the Express Entry Pool based on their Comprehensive Ranking System Score. You can read more about that process here: The minimum score for selection in round 10 decreased. The minimum score for this round was 482 down from last weeks 755. This means those selected did not have a job offer

  • There's an Immigration Consultant from Canada Abroad living in Gauteng Canada Abroad is a Canadian Immigration Consulting Company based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Please do not confuse us with another company who has almost copied our name and operates out of Canada. We have no relations or affiliation with them. We have the only Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) physically and permanently based in South Africa on staff. Her name is Deanne Acres and she is a Canadian Citizen currently living in South Africa. Deanne has over nine years of Canadian immigration experience

  • Ontario has announced two separate streams for those already in the Express Entry Pool. The first being the Opportunities Ontario: Human Capital Priorities Stream and the second being the Ontario Express Entry: French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream. Ontario will be allowed to issue 2,700 nominations to those already in Express Entry. Candidates will be selected based on their education, skilled work experience, language scores, and other adaptabulity factors which Ontario is looking for in an applicant. To be considered, you need to already be in the Express Entry Pool and need to have a

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada has announced their Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Class will open for applications on May 25th, 2015. Under the new processes, they will only be accepting 60 complete applications before December 30, 2015. Foreign Nationals who meet the following requirements are eligible to apply: They intend to reside in any province other than Quebec; They have a minimum net worth of $10 million Canadian Dollars They meet the required language proficiency and have taken one of the designated language tests  (CLB 4 level in listening, reading, writing and speaking) They either

  • May 20th, 2015 marked the first Express Entry draw that included provincial nominees from Manitoba. They handed out a total of 151 invitations to those with previous work experience in the province, and those without previous work experience in the province. Other provinces also currently have Express Entry Programs open for those already in the Express Entry Pool. Many of these provinces require some sort of previous work or study experience in the province, or a job offer from a local employer. Others, like Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are

  • Effective March 15, 2016, certain travellers will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter Canada. The eTA would need to be applied for before boarding your flight to Canada. You can apply online at a fee of $7 Canadian per eTA. You will need access to your passport, a credit card (Visa and Mastercard only), an e-mail address and the internet. The government has stated that eTA applicants should receive an e-mail confirmation of the outcome of their application within minutes of applying. They have even stated on their website that

  • On May 22nd, 2015 Citizenship and Immigration Canada did their 9th draw under Express Entry and handed out 1,361 Invitations to Apply. Many people have asked what they mean by “draw”. They simply use that term for when they select individuals from the Express Entry Pool based on their Comprehensive Ranking System Score. You can read more about that process here: http://www.slideshare.net/DeanneAcres/beginners-guide-to-canadian-express-entry The minimum score for selection in round 9 increased this time as opposed to the last few draws, where we saw a decrease. The minimum score for this round was 755. There is no need to panic

  • Canada Abroad can assist you to immigrate to Canada from South Africa   Immigration is becoming more and more popular among people all over the world. Canada Abroad has helped thousands of immigrants with applications to successfully immigrate to Canada. Whether it is a personal or professional choice, immigrating to another country is a decision that affects the rest of your life, so you need to be sure that you make the right choice. If you are thinking about immigrating but haven’t chosen a country yet, Canada is your best bet; according

  • Immigrate to Canada - Entrepreneur or Farmer opportunities When seeking to immigrate to Canada from South Africa there are various programs available depending on your education, work experience and entrepreneurial history. Canada divides their immigration programs into Federal programs and Provincial programs. Federal programs are run by the Canadian Federal Government and allow an individual and their accompanying dependents to live and work anywhere in Canada, with the exception of Quebec as they have their own immigration programs. Provincial programs are run by each province / territory individually and are tailored to their specific

  • When it comes to the Express entry system in Canada Immigration, the question we are asked most is “how can I improve my score?”. There are several ways that you can improve your score, but in some situations there is nothing you can do. For instance, you receive a score based on your age. Unfortunately you cannot change your age, so you will be stuck with this score. For some people their educational level is an issue. If you are almost finished a qualification, then your score will go up once that qualification

  • We have been surprised by the amount of people who are thinking of immigrating to Canada from South Africa who are unaware of who can assist them with their application. Citizenship and Immigration Canada states that only the following are legally allowed to asisst you with your application or on choosing an immigration program for a fee: Lawyers and paralegals who are members in good standing of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society (Does not include South African Lawyers or paralegals) Notaries who are members in good standing of the Chambre

  • On April 17th, 2015 Citizenship and Immigration Canada did their 8th draw under Express Entry and handed out 715 Invitations to Apply. For the fourth time in a row, Express Entry continued to select those without a job offer or a provincial nomination. The minimum score for selection in round 8 decreased this time as opposed to last weeks draw, where we saw a slight increase. The minimum score for this round was 453. The 8th draw results continue to be great news for those already in the pool, or getting ready to enter the pool

  • On April 10th, 2015 Citizenship and Immigration Canada did their 7th draw under Express Entry and handed out 925 Invitations to Apply. For the third time in a row, Express Entry continued to select those without a job offer or a provincial nomination. The minimum score for selection in round 7 however increased for the first time since the draws began. The minimum score for this round was 469, and increase of 16 points.   While this appears to be slight curve ball, it makes perfect sense considering that the Express Entry System accepts

  • Canada Abroad Canadian Immigration Consulting conducted a survey of fifty-five South Africans who were thinking about emigrating from South Africa. They were asked why they would like to emigrate and which country they would like to immigrate to. The respondents were given a list of choices of why they would like to emigrate. They could select as many reasons as they wished and could specify any additional reason that they wished. The number one reason that people wanted to emigrate from South Africa is that they feel the crime rate is too

  • Many individuals think that it is impossible to immigrate to Canada or that it is too expensive or time consuming. The truth is it is cheaper to immigrate to Canada than other countries such as Australia, and with the new Express Entry system applications can be fully completed in as little as eight months. In order to immigrate to Canada you need to qualify for one of the open immigration programs. These are broken up into Provincial and Federal Programs. For the Federal Programs you would need to see if you qualify under

  • On March 27th, 2015 Citizenship and Immigration Canada did their 6th draw under Express Entry. It was the biggest draw to date, with 1637 invitations given. While that was a key difference in this round, the most important difference was the score used for selection. For the second time in a seven day period, Express Entry continued to select those without a job offer or a provincial nomination. The minimum score for selection in round 6 dropped by 28 points to 453.  This is great news for those already in the pool, or getting ready

  • With the launch of Express entry on January 1st this year a lot of people were under the impression that anyone could submit an application under the new system in order to be considered for Canadian Permanent Residency. Unfortunately that is not the case.

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  • On March 20th, 2015 Citizenship and Immigration Canada did their 5th draw under Express Entry. It was the biggest draw to date, with 1620 invitations given. While that was a key difference in this round, the most important difference was the score used for selection. For the first time since Express Entry opened those without a job offer or a provincial nomination were selected from the Express Entry Pool. The minimum score for selection in round 5 was 481. This is a massive drop from the last minimum score required of 735. This

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  • With all of the current events going on in South Africa at the moment it seems like more and more people are talking about leaving for a new country and new opportunities. But why are people leaving? Most people say it is the crime, providing better opportunities for their children, having steady power or earning a stronger currency. But is immigration the right choice for everyone? Is the grass always greener in another country? Having immigrated to South Africa myself I can say that when looking at immigrating to another country it is important

  • Canada has several options available for those looking at starting a business in Canada or expanding an existing business into Canada. If you are looking to start a business in Canada and can get a Designated Organization approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to back your business plan you can apply for a Start Up Visa for Canada which will lead to you becoming an Immigrant Entrepreneur and Permanent Resident of Canada. If you have an Executive or Senior Manager who is looking to open a branch of an existing business in

  • In honour of Fraud Prevention Month, we would like to clarify a very important point at this time as a lot of consumers are getting confused and are contacting us with complaints. Our name is Canada Abroad. Our Regulated Canadian Immigration Practitioner is Deanne Acres. We are in no way affiliated with Canada Aboard. While their name appears to be the same it is spelled differently and we are in no way affiliated. you will see the ICCRC logo proudly displayed on our homepage. You will not find it on theirs. If you

  • Since January 1st, 2015 there have been two Express Entry draws and Citizenship and Immigration Canada hasn't had a lot to say about it's new system or the results. Here are a few things CIC hasn't openly told you: Roughly 10,000 people applied for the inaugural draw and only 3,000 were entered into the pool (http://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2015/02/13/critics-call-for-fine-tuning-of-federal-skilled-immigration-program.html) Of the 1,558 people who have received invitations as of February 7th, 2015, a large amount of them were given Innovations to Apply for programs they were not even eligible for Many applicants who applied under

  • Express Entry is a new electronic management system which Citizenship and Immigration Canada is now using to manage applications for Permanent Residency Express Entry only applies to the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, Provincial Nominee Program s and the Canadian Experience Class You must qualify in one of the above four categories to be entered into the pool There are a total of 122,000 available spots in the above four categories for 2015 You do not have to have a job offer to be entered into the Express Entry pool Roughly

  • New Ministerial Instructions were announced on December 1st, 2014 announcing changes in the way you will apply for the following applications: Federal Skilled Worker Class Federal Skilled Trades Class Canadian Experience Class Provincial Nominee Class As of January 1st, 2015 all applications will be applied for online unless you have a physical or mental disability, in which case you will be allowed to apply on paper. Once you put in your application you will be entered into the Express Entry Pool for up to one year. You will then have 30 days

  • If anyone contacts you posing as a representative/worker/agent of Canada Abroad other than Deanne Acres please do not communicate with them as we have had some individuals posing as members of our company and requesting money from people. They are calling from a Canadian phone number and taking people through our online assessment, then telling them that they qualify for immigration. They then request that money be sent to a Standard Bank account in South Africa. Please note we do not have a Canadian phone number or offices in Canada. We are

  • What is a Canadian Super Visa? It may have a slightly unusual name for a travel document but the visa is a step up from a normal visit visa. The Super Visa was introduced around the time Citizenship and Immigration Canada stopped accepting sponsorship applications for parents and grandparents to Canada. The visa was created as a way to maintain family reunification and allow Canadians to bring their parents or grandparents to Canada to visit for a longer period of time. Typically when entering Canada as a visitor you will be

  • Below is the most recent update on the number of Canadian Federal Skilled Worker Applications that have been accepted for far for the 2014/2015 program: 0013 Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services = 3 0015 Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c. = 0 0111 Financial managers = 19 0112 Human resources managers = 3 0113 Purchasing managers = 3 0121 Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers = 1 0311 Managers in health care = 1 0711 Construction managers = 2 0712 Home building

  • With so many Canadian Immigration Consultants and Lawyers out there, how do you know that the information you are being given is correct? Some individuals approach one company and are told one thing and then they approach another company and are given a completely different response. How can this happen many people ask? The short answer is that immigration is a large field with many different options available to those that qualify. The tricky part can be determining if you do qualify for any of the open immigration programs. Some individuals or

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada has officially released updated numbers on the amount of applications which have been received successfully under the Federal Skilled Worker Program. To date only 157 out of the possible 25,000 eligible spots have been filled. So far the most popular occupation code by far is 1112- Financial and Investment Analysts. The list is as follows as per their official website: Eligible occupation  Number of complete applications counted towards the 1,000 sub-cap 0013  Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services 1 0015  Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c. – 0111  Financial managers 6 0112  Human resources

  • With the May 1st fast opening of the Federal Skilled Worker and Trades Programs approaching many agencies are in full on advertising blitz mode. Many are eager to sign clients immediately and use high pressure techniques or are willing to say anything to get you to sign. We highly recommend you always get at least two quotes from two different accredited companies, as well as assessments from both. If one company tells you that you absolutely qualify and the other says maybe or no, you need to start asking some questions

  • Canada Abroad is pleased to announce their new South African Agents based in Randburg, South Africa. Global Corporate Solutions, First Step Immigration and Visas Services and Mathomo Immigration are now legally recognized as agents of Deanne Acres, Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) and member in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). Global Corporate Solutions, First Step Immigration and Visas Services and Mathomo Immigration will now be able to offer their clients visa and immigration services to Canada. Deanne is the only ICCRC member permanently based in

  • Canadian Federal Skilled Worker Program Re-opening April 24, 2014 The popular Canadian Federal Skilled Worker Program will be re-opening as of May 1st, 2014. They will now be accepting applications under 50 different occupation codes, with a maximum of 25,000 applications being accepted, up from last years 5,000. There will now be a larger cap of 1,000 application per occupation, up from last years 300. The new occupation list is as follows:   Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services (0013) Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c. (0015) Financial managers

  • The popular Canadian Federal Skilled Trades Program will be re-opening as of May 1st, 2014. They will now be accepting applications under 90 different occupation codes, with a maximum of 5,000 applications being accepted. There will a cap of 100 application per occupation. The new occupation group list is as follows: Major Group 72: Industrial, electrical and construction trades; Major Group 73: Maintenance and equipment operation trades; Major Group 82: Supervisors and technical occupations in national resources, agriculture and related production; Major Group 92: Processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators; Minor Group

  • Are you interested in immigrating to Canada? Have you contacted an immigration company that tells you they can guarantee you a job in Canada and will assist with finding one for you and doing all of your necessary paper work? If so, are they demanding that pay a large sum of money upfront (R 30,000)? If so, you may want to do your homework on the company. Some companies are offering packages like this to clients and issuing them with a certificate made by the company saying that the client is

  • The top questions we receive every day are "How can I work in Canada?" and "How can I study in Canada?". Most people are not sure if they need a work or study permit before applying for jobs or schools or if they need a job offer or school acceptance letter in order to obtain their permit of choice. Here are the basics: 1) If you wish to work in Canada you require a job offer from a Canadian employer who is also willing to obtain a Labour Market Opinion for you and

  • The term CVAC is used to refer to a Canadian Visa Application Centre, which are becoming increasingly popular around the world. Applicants can submit certain types of immigration applications to these centres and can do biometrics upon submission of their application, if required, as well. CVACs charge a processing fee to use their facilities in addition to the existing government fees. The CVAC will review your documents upon submission and will ensure everything is in order before sending it to the Canadian embassy in charge of your application. CVACs are not

  • Choosing to use a representative is not a mandatory requirement of any Canadian immigration application. However, there are many benefits to hiring an authorized representative. Authorized representatives are trained in Canadian Immigration, attend mandatory yearly courses to keep up to date with the current changes, can act on your behalf with the Canadian government and can complete your application on your behalf , saving you time and energy. Authorized representatives are trained in completing all types of immigration applications and know all of the mandatory requirements as well as what goes into

  • When looking at immigrating to another country it is important to keep a few things in mind, such as: 1)    What are the official languages of that country? 2)    Is my language level enough to communicate in a working environment in that country? 3)    What are the cultural difference between that country and my current country? 4)    Are my skills in demand in that country? 5)    Is my resume formatted for that country? 6)    Can I afford the move? 7)    Do I have enough money to settle and become established? 8)    How will my family adapt? 9)    Can I

  • If you are applying for a Canadian work permit or are currently on a Canadian work permit there is an important time frame that you need to keep in mind. As of April 1, 2011 temporary foreign workers can only work in Canada for a cumulative duration of four years. What this means is that if you have worked for a total period of four years in Canada you will have to wait four years to apply for another work permit. Officers will also take this time period into consideration when

  • Did you know that starting today October 21st, 2013 Citizenship Week has officially begun in Canada? Citizenship Week will run from October 21st, 2013 to October 27th, 2013. There will be events across Canada which include Citizenship ceremonies and reaffirmation ceremonies. Also if you are in the area be sure to check out Niagara Falls and the CN Tower as they will be lit up in red and white for the celebration! If you would like to find out more about events in your area you can visit the Citizenship and Immigration

  • If you are a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident of Canada you are able to apply to sponsor your foreign national spouse, common law partner or conjugal partner to immigrate to Canada. This includes same-sex spouses and partners. The application is a two part process. First the sponsor is assessed to see if they meet the definition of a sponsor and then the foreign national is assessed to see if they meet the eligibility requirements. Currently the first phase of this process is taking twenty-seven days for those whose spouse

  • Many people ask us "what could make me inadmissible to Canada?". They believe that if they are married to a Canadian, have been accepted into a Canadian educational institution or have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer that they are automatically allowed into Canada. This is not the case. There are several things which could make you inadmissible to Canada. These include: 1) You have a criminal record 2) You have insufficient funds (you or your sponsor) 3) You have a serious medical condition 4) You pose a risk to Canadian security 5) You

  • Many people ask "what is a ghost consultant?" A ghost consultant is someone who charges a fee for immigration services which they are not authorized to charge a fee for. Many of these ghost consultants operate outside of the country they provide services to in order to avoid the laws of that country. Canada has made many changes to crack down on these types of consultants who are operating around the world for a variety of reasons. Several government agencies have received numerous complaints from individuals around the world about consultants

  • If you are paying someone to represent you in your Canadian immigration application you need to ensure that you have chosen someone who is authorized to deal with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Those people include: Lawyers and paralegals who are members in good standing of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society; Notaries who are members in good standing of the Chambre des notaires du Québec, and Immigration consultants who are members in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory

  • Immigration Consultants - We're not all bad Our regulated Canadian immigration consultant speaks out on the profession, its bad reputation, what it takes to become a regulated consultant and how to protect yourself against fraud and ghost consultants.

  • The Canadian Federal Skilled Worker program has become one of the more popular programs with foreign nationals seeking to immigrate to Canada. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) made drastic changes to the program earlier this year, which launched on May 4, 2013. CIC will be accepting 5,000 applications for processing up until April 30, 2014. There are currently twenty-four occupations which are eligible for the program. CIC will only be accepting 300 applications under each of these occupations. These caps do not however apply to those with a valid offer

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