Mar 08 2017

Hello after a long while :)

Hello all,

Hope you are all well. I have received so many comments and emails meanwhile on why this blog is still up and running while there seems to be no new posts or help coming in.

This blog was first created to be a documentation of our immigration journey to Canada. And there have never been any kind of monetary or service goals associated with it, although I tried to help numerous readers with their everyday questions on their Canadian Immigration journey. After a while, the queries started to eat time so much that I decided to not respond to the repetitive questions. At one point, after the immigration program was revamped and the scenarios changed, I decided not to follow the system and keep updating this blog on changes and happenings, as that was not the goal of the blog from the start.

Now why it is still open, is on the request of those readers, who are still finding information and experiences documented here of immense help to their Canadian Journey. So, I decided to keep it open. I also see the readers are discussing their experiences and offering advice through this blog(through comments), so I wouldn’t want to close this platform for them to discuss.

Thank you and I hope you all succeed in your journey 🙂

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Jul 18 2012

Ontario Public Service Internship Program for Internationally Trained Engineers

I came to know that there will be new OPS Internship opportunities posted online around July 6.  Please see the information below and Memo to OBTP Participants 6 July 2012

If you are an internationally trained engineer who has, or is eligible for, a provisional licence from Professional Engineers Ontario (if you have passed the Professional Practice Exam and met all other technical and educational requirements for licensing except for the 12-months of Canadian experience) please review program information on the Youth and New Professionals Secretariat web site at and consider applying to positions that match your education and experience.

Internship positions will be posted at this site on or about July 6, 2012, and will be posted for a period of three weeks. Internships are 12 to 15 months long, and will provide the experience required to qualify for licensure.

Please contact the below if you are qualified and plan to apply to one of these positions.  If there is a need they would try to host an information session about applying for work in the OPS.

You are qualified if you:

·        Have satisfied PEO’s academic requirements for licensure


·        Have passed PEO’s Professional Practice Exam PPE


·        The only remaining requirement is 12 months of Canadian experience

Access Centre for Regulated Employment (ACRE)

171 Queens Ave, Suite 320, London ON N6A 5J7

Tel:519.858.2348 | Fax: 519.858.5431 |

For Internationally Trained Individuals in Southwestern Ontario | Join us on Facebook


UPDATE: The opportunities are posted and additional info.


The OPS Internship Program for Internationally Trained Engineers (ITEs) provides paid work placements of 12 to 15 months in duration. The internship experience is designed to give the relevant Canadian work experience required for licensing by Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), the licensing body for engineers in Ontario, so interns can meet licence requirements and join Ontario’s labour market.

Available positions are posted in the Internship Assignments section below. All 2012 positions are 12 months in duration and have an annual minimum salary of $60,682. Applicants should have, or be eligible for, their provisional licence from PEO. Your application should include your resume and cover letter along with a copy of your provisional licence or letter from PEO stating your eligibility for a provisional licence. The closing date for all positions is July 26, 2012. Please see the relevant job ad for instructions on where to send your application.


Internationally trained engineers who apply for ITE positions must have been screened through Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) to ascertain that they qualify by satisfying technical/educational requirements for licensing except for the 12-months of Canadian experience.  Candidates should provide documentation from PEO with their applications that demonstrate they have:

  • Satisfied PEO’s academic and technical requirements for licensing except for the minimum 12 months of verifiable and acceptable engineering experience in a                             Canadian jurisdiction, under the supervision of a professional engineer licensed in the jurisdiction in which the work was undertaken.
  • Demonstrated to PEO’s satisfaction at least 36 months of acceptable and verifiable engineering experience.
  • Passed PEO’s Professional Practice Examination.

In addition, candidates must:

  • Be eligible for work and licensing in Canada.
  • Have language skills adequate for the workplace.

To find out more about engineering in Ontario, visit the PEO website.

Internship Assignments

The OPS employs engineers in a range of disciplines, including:

  • Chemical
  • Civil
  • Electrical
  • Environmental
  • Mechanical

Candidates will be hired for positions that are compatible with their academic discipline, so they may meet PEO’s licence requirements and become licensed engineers at the end of the internship period. Please note that it is the responsibility of the applicant to demonstrate that the engineering experience requirements as outlined in PEO’s Guide to the Required Experience for Licensing as a Professional Engineer in Ontario have been met to the satisfaction of the association.

Job advertisements for positions that have been designated bilingual will be provided in both English and French. Positions that are not designated bilingual are not translated and are displayed in English only on both the English and French versions of the website.

All 2012-2013 positions are 12 to 15 months in duration and have an annual minimum salary of $ 60,682. Applicants should have, or be eligible for, their Provisional Licence from PEO. Your application should include your resume and cover letter along with a copy of your provisional licence or letter from PEO stating your eligibility for a provisional licence. The closing date for all positions is Thursday, July 26, 2012. Applications received after that date will not be accepted. Please see the relevant job add for instructions on where to send your application.

Internationally Trained Engineer Developmental; Provincial Highways Management Division; Highways Standards Branch; Ministry of Transportation; Various Locations (7 positions).

Project Engineer Intern; Operations Division; Environmental Approvals Branch; Ministry of the Environment; Toronto (5 positions).

Project Engineer Intern; Operations Division; Environmental Approvals Access and Service Integration Branch; Ministry of the Environment, Toronto (1 position).

Project Engineer Intern – Occupational Health and Safety; Operations Division, Occupational Health and Safety Branch; Ministry of Labour; Toronto (2 positions)

Additional Information

To learn more about becoming a licensed engineer in Ontario, please contact Professional Engineers Ontario.

For additional information about the OPS Internship Program for Internationally Trained Engineers contact us by e-mail at or by post at:

Youth and New Professionals Secretariat, ITE Program

99 Wellesley St. West, Whitney block, 5th Floor, Room 5320

Toronto, ON M7A 1W4

Good luck!

Indira Prabhakaran.

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Jun 28 2012

Update for FSW in July 2012!

Much to the dissappointment of a lot of folks waiting to apply under the Federal Skilled Worker category, CIC has finally chopped down the options to apply for Permanent Residence under that category.

Only 2 category of FSW applications will be accepted by CIO for processing for ALL applications received on or after July 1 2012.

Category 1

You have an offer of arranged employment in Canada. The employment offer should:

  • be in writing,
  • be indeterminate in duration, and
  • meet the arranged employment described  in this guide.

Category 2

You are an international student currently enrolled in a doctoral (PhD) program, delivered by a recognized post-secondary educational institution located in Canada, and:

  • have completed at least two years towards the completion of your PhD,
  • are in good academic standing, and
  • are not a recipient of a Government of Canada award requiring you to return to your home country to apply your knowledge and skills,


you have completed a PhD program from a recognized post-secondary educational institution located in Canada no more than 12 months before your application is received by the Centralized Intake Office (CIO) and:

  • you have not received a Government of Canada award that requires you to return to your home country to apply your knowledge and skills; or
  • if you were a recipient of such an award, you have satisfied the terms/conditions of the award.

While this is bad news for those who were planning to apply this year, it could be good news for all those in the endless wait for processing of their applications already submitted.

Indira Prabhakaran.

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Jun 28 2012

Sweeping immigration changes to give new power to minister


Sweeping changes proposed in a new immigration bill would give new powers to the minister of immigration, including the ability to deny entry to visitors for public policy reasons and to override the rules to let otherwise inadmissible people come to Canada.

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney tabled legislation in the House Wednesday that would make it easier for the government to deport refugees, permanent residents and visitors for “serious criminality,” crimes where the punishment is six months or more in jail.

Kenney is selling the bill based on the changes proposed to allow automatic deportation for any non-Canadian sentenced to more than six months in jail.

“I think you can call them dangerous, you can call them serious, we don’t want them in Canada anymore, and that’s the bottom line,” Kenney told Chris Hall on CBC News Network’s Power & Politics.

“If you are a foreign national and you want the privilege of staying in Canada, don’t commit a serious crime.… I don’t think that’s too much to ask people.”

But there’s far more to the bill, including a measure that would allow the immigration minister to decide who can enter the country. One measure would give him the power to deny someone entry or temporary resident status for up to three years on the basis of public policy considerations.

Another measure would let him override the rules to allow entry to someone the minister wants to be allowed in. The example provided in a background document is for a head of state who satisfies the minister that the visit isn’t contrary to the national interest but who would otherwise not be allowed in.

“Sometimes we have foreigners who do not have a criminal conviction and are therefore not strictly inadmissible to Canada under our current law, but who, for example, may have a long track record of promoting violence or hatred against vulnerable groups,” Kenney said, giving the example of an imam who calls for the execution of gays and lesbians, justifies domestic abuse and makes anti-Semitic remarks.

“We have no legal tool to keep him out right now because he hasn’t committed a crime in, say, Saudi Arabia. He might be committing hate crimes in Canada,” Kenney said.

“We would use it sparingly, probably only a handful of cases a year, really for those folks for which there is no other legal grounds to keep them out of the country.”

The proposed law would also take away humanitarian and compassionate grounds as factors in appealing a decision that someone is inadmissible to Canada and would mean the public safety minister would be able to consider only national security and public safety in deciding whether someone can become Canadian.

A spokesman for Kenney said there are 2,747 people with convictions appealing to the Immigration Appeal Division to be able to stay in Canada.

Other proposed changes under the act include:

A rule that would deny an appeal to those with foreign convictions for crimes that would carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in Canada.

A rule that would deny entry to Canada to those with a family member inadmissible for security and human rights reasons or organized crime connections, even if that family member isn’t travelling with them.

A five-year inadmissibility period for lying on immigration applications.

Mandatory CSIS interviews if requested.

Reporting conditions for those under deportation orders.

Automatic inadmissibility for non-Canadians and permanent residents for acts of espionage or acts against Canada’s interests.

Kenney suggested one of the reasons for the changes is that judges sometimes sentence people to two years less a day to allow them to keep their immigration appeals. The current law allows an appeal for those sentenced to less than two years.

“If you commit a serious crime in Canada, we are going to send you packing as quickly as we can,” Kenney said.

In their election campaign platform last year, the Conservatives promised to streamline deportations of “foreign criminals” from Canada.

“It often takes years to deport even dangerous foreign criminals from Canada. In some cases, foreign criminals and terrorists here have evaded removal from Canada for over a decade as they exploit endless appeals and loopholes. Canadians expect that foreign criminals will get due process before being removed, but not an endless abuse of our generosity,” campaign literature said.

Immigration lawyer Lorne Waldman criticized the decision to remove the right of appeal for people sentenced to more than six months in prison.

“[The change] means that there will be no review of all of the circumstances and how the deportation order might affect children or spouses, family, etc.,” Waldman said in an email to CBC News. “It means deportation regardless of how long the person is in Canada.”

“The whole point of the appeal and review [process] was to ensure that people who have committed minor offences and who have lived all their life here or who have children who will be affected, that these matters get considered so that there is a balancing done before the person is deported.”

Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae said Wednesday the government is trying to “change the channel” by introducing legislation a day before the House is expected to adjourn for the summer.

“The [Prime Minister’s Office] is troubled,” Rae told reporters on Parliament Hill.

“Every time they get into trouble with their agenda, they say let’s go back to law and order.… We’ll be studying it carefully but I think we have to understand the political game that’s being played here. You don’t bring in legislation at the very end of June with a view that this is something that you’re going to get done. It’s a view that you want to get some publicity and you want to get a headline.”

The legislation is the latest in a series of changes to Canada’s immigration and refugee system, including:

Bill C-31, which targets human smuggling and gives the immigration minister sole authority to decide which groups of refugee claimants are “mass arrivals.” The bill has passed the House of Commons and is being considered by the Senate.

Amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act contained in the omnibus budget bill, which passed the House this week, that will wipe out a backlog of 280,000 applications under the Federal Skilled Worker Program. Applications made before 2008 would be deleted and the application fee refunded.

A new policy that comes into effect June 30 will cut back on the services offered to refugees under the Interim Federal Health Program, which gives temporary health-care coverage to approximately 128,000 refugees.

A decision by Kenney last year to freeze applications from foreign parents and grandparents to join their children in Canada, while raising the annual number of applicants allowed in to the country, in a bid to clear a backlog of 180,000 applications. He also introduced a new “super-visa” that allows family members to visit Canada for up to 10 years provided they have a minimum annual income and arrange their own health insurance.

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Jun 19 2012

Sorry Folks!


Hi All 🙂

I know.. I know.. I received and am still receiving tons of messages, emails, comments about what the hell screwed this blog up recently.. I’m not sure yet, but I managed to do something and fixed it for now. There are some inconsistencies with the pictures but all the posts are up for now. I will do the patch work in a couple of days for the pictures and links.

Sorry I did not respond to the emails and messages regarding the screwed blog :(. I was stuck with some other stuff and so did not find enough time :(. I will try to be regular as much as I can.

Thanks for your love and patience :).

Indira Prabhakaran.





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