January 23, 2012
NEWSLETTER

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FEDERAL IMMIGRATION : CENTRALIZED INTAKE OF APPLICATIONS FOR THE CANADIAN EXPERIENCE CLASS

All Canadian Experience Class (CEC) applications must be submitted to the Centralized Intake Office (CIO) in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Therefore, centralization of intake for CEC applications will add to the business lines already centralized at the CIO: Federal Skilled Workers (November 2008), Federal Immigrant Investors (July 2011), Provincial Nominee and Quebec Skilled Workers (December 2011).

Operational Bulletin 368 - December 30, 2011

SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN

Further to the amendments of November 21, 2011 to the Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has issued an Operational Bulletin 378 dated January 20, 2012, in regards to the sanctions against Iran and its exceptions.

For clarification or interpretation on the Regulation, please contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade:

Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
Economic Law Section (JLHB)
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1A 0G2
e-mail: sanctions@international.gc.ca

We are in the midst of waiting for directives of the MICC. As soon as an official notice is issued we will advise you.

QUEBEC IMMIGRATION - NOMINATION OF THE NEW BIQ HONG KONG DIRECTOR

We are very happy to announce that Mr. Younes Mihoubi has been nominated as the New Hong Kong Director. He will replace Ms. Joane Boyer as of April 2, 2012.

We would like to give him a Big Welcome.

RENEWING OF AN EXPIRED SELECTION CERTIFICATE

Further to the amendments to Regulation respecting the selection of foreign nationals of April 1, 2011, that removed the requirement that a foreigner national had to submit their Permanent Residency application within twelve months of the issuance of their CSQ. The Regulation at section 15 indicates that "(t) he selection certificate issued following the acceptance of the application is valid for 3 years from the date of its issue. Where a new selection certificate is issued immediately following the expiry of the previous selection certificate, it is valid for 12 months, if the conditions in effect at the time of the issue of the previous selection certificate continue to be met."

The MICC issued a directive on December 9, 2011 clarifiying the following:

  • That the requirement to submit your permanent residency application does not apply to foreign nationals who received their CSQ under the Business category that issued a CSQ as of April 1, 2010;
  • For the CSQs that were issued prior to April 1, 2010, the foreign national was required to submit his/her permanent residency application within twelve months of its issuance. Unless the request is made by a Canadian Visa office requesting the issuance of a new CSQ with  proof that the initial application was made within the twelve months of issuance by the foreign national.

Click here for the Directive in French.

SKILLED WORKER SUBCATEGORY - MANDATORY USE OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TESTS
As of December 6, 2011, all new candidates from the skilled worker subcategory who wish to obtain points in the selection grid for their French proficiency (applicants and spouses) and English proficiency (applicants only) must enclose with their immigration application attestations of results recognized by the Ministère. Children accompanying their parents are exempt from this new requirement.

In addition to optimizing the Ministère's selection practices, standardized tests ensure that the evaluation of candidates for their French and English proficiency is accurate, consistent and fair.

As of December 6, 2011, the results of language competency tests recognized by the Ministère are the only language proficiency evaluation tool used for immigration candidates who submit an Application for Selection Certificate. Candidates who do not wish to submit an attestation of results recognized by the Ministère must specify this in the Application for Selection Certificate by marking the appropriate box on the form. They will not obtain any points for the language proficiency criterion.

For more information on this subject or to obtain a list of accredited centres for language competency tests recognized by the Ministère, please consult the Permanent workers - Proficiency in French or English section.
INCREASE IN FEES LEVIED BY THE MICC

As of January 1, 2012, all fees levied by the MICC will be increased1. Please consult the table below for the new fee schedule.

 

Increase in fees levied by the MICC

 
Until
December
31st 2011
As of
January
1st2012
 Permanent immigration
 Application for a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ - selection certificate)
Businesspeople
C$3899
C$4003
Entrepreneur and self-employed worker
C$962
C$988
Skilled worker
C$395
C$406
Each family member accopmanying the principal applicant
C$152
C$156
Employer requesting validation of permanent employment
C$177
C$182
Application for a sponsorship undertaking
 Principal sponsored person
C$253
C$260
Each family member accompanying the principal sponsored person
C$101
C$104 
 Temporary immigration
Application for a Certificat d'acceptation du Québec
(CAQ - certificate of acceptance)
 
Temporary worker
C$177
C$182
Employer posting a temporary employment offer
*Except for a temporary employment offer for seasonal agricultural work
C$177
C$182
Foreign student
C$101
C$104 
Person on a temporary stay for medical treatment
C$101
C$104
Consultant en immigration
Application for recognition of an immigration consultant
C$1000
$1032
Comparative evaluation for studies done outside Québec
* Translation fees may be added; these fees vary depending on the complexity and the quantity of the documents that must be translated.
C$106
$109
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