Apr 27 2012

Internationally Trained Engineers and Geoscientists

Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) is now accepting applications for the 2012 – 2014 PAIE Program for Internationally Trained Engineers and Geoscientists!
 PAIE is an innovative, employer-led training program that connects highly skilled Internationally Trained Engineers and Geoscientists with professional employment opportunities that help to fulfill the Canadian experience required for a professional license as a P.Eng. or P.Geo.

PAIE is developed by TRCA in collaboration with Professional Engineers Ontario, the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario, and Ryerson University.
Over 90% of PAIE graduates are working in their professional field, earning an average of $55,000 in their first year on the job!

Participation in the PAIE Program provides you with:
• Over 250 hours of targeted professional training valued at $20,000 per person that includes Technical Report Writing, Project Management, Canadian Legislation & Regulations, Current Industry Practices, Technical Software (ArcGIS, OTTHYMO, HEC-RAS, MS Project), Career Development Coaching, Field Excursions, etc.
• Access to paid, professional employment opportunities in TRCA’s vast employer network for P.Eng. or P.Geo. licensure
To apply and learn more visit www.trca.on.ca/paie. Please email cderiggs@trca.on.ca to register for one of their upcoming Information Sessions.


Indira Prabhakaran.


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Mar 31 2012

Government of Canada transforms economic immigration program!

Ottawa, March 30, 2012 — To create a fast and flexible immigration system that creates jobs and promotes Canada’s long term prosperity, the Government of Canada will eliminate the backlog in the main federal economic immigration program.

“The Federal Skilled Worker Program backlog is a major roadblock to Canada’s ability to respond to rapidly changing labour market needs,” said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. “Having to process applications that are as many as eight years out of date reduces our ability to focus on new applicants with skills and talents that our economy needs today.”

As announced in Economic Action Plan 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada is planning to refund fees and return stale applications from nearly all those applicants who applied under the dated criteria in existence before February 27, 2008.

CIC is transforming its suite of economic immigration programs to create a just-in-time system that recruits people with the right skills to meet Canada’s labour market needs, fast tracks their immigration, and gets them working in a period of months, not years. Eliminating the longstanding backlog of FSW applications will allow the Department to focus resources on facilitating the arrival of skilled immigrants who apply under the current eligibility criteria.

Under proposed legislation, CIC will close the files of FSW applicants who applied before February 27, 2008, and for whom an immigration officer has not made a decision based on selection criteria by March 29, 2012. This is expected to affect around 280,000 applicants, including their dependants. CIC will begin the process of returning the full amount of fees paid to the Department by these affected FSW applicants. For those who have passed the selection criteria stage – approximately 20,000 people – CIC will continue processing their applications until they are approved for entry into Canada or not.

Over the last decade, the number of FSW applications received has greatly exceeded the space available within the Immigration Levels Plan each year, resulting in long processing times and an increasing inventory. Under the 2008 Action Plan for Faster Immigration, CIC began to limit intake to priority occupations. The Department added caps to the number of new applications in 2010. As a result of these efforts, CIC has reduced the pre-2008 backlog by more than 50 percent, and the overall FSW inventory by over 25 percent. However, without further action, some FSW applicants might have to wait until 2017 for a decision.

“It’s unreasonable to keep applicants waiting for another five years,” said Minister Kenney. “It’s also a far cry from the nimble and responsive immigration system Canada needs to remain a destination of choice.”

This is quite depressing for those friends who have been waiting patiently for years and years with hope :(. They are moving in the right direction to reduce the backlogs, but at the cost of so many ‘would-have been Canadians’. I hope most of those unfortunate friends, who are still interested in immigrating, are eligible to reapply under current and future streams.

Indira Prabhakaran.

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Mar 30 2012

Sorry Readers…

Sorry Readers, Time to take my stand now!

I have quoted the same stuff so many times on posts and comments about the timelines and the repeated questions. I seriously think this blog is getting distracted from its original goal. The goal of this blog is to form a community and share experiences of us moving to a new place. Yes, we are making new friends here and sharing our experiences to help each other. But what is the use of the same questions and answers repeated over and over again everyday? The time I take to answer those queries could be used to share more new information rather than typing the same answers over and over again. So, I have decided NOT TO answer the queries that are targeting the below stuff.

1. What is the application process and what is the next step? – The answer is in the process page of the blog and you can search this blog with your keywords and see for yourself, how my previous answers to fellow queries relate to your situation. Search form is on the top right corner of this blog.

2. When will I get my medicals, how long will it take to go to In Process in ECAS etc.,? – The answer for this is already discussed in the timelines and note to readers posts.

3. How long will it take for the visas to be stamped? When will our passports be returned? Why are they taking so long to send the passports back? – The answer is 15 days to 6 months or even more and this is already discussed on too many occasions here.

4. Other queries that appear to be repetitive on this blog will not be answered. This applies to the emails I receive as well. So, if your query disappears and goes unanswered for a while, that means the answer was very much discussed on this blog already.

5. Of course, if the queries are not about the above stuff, it will be answered as soon as I can :).

I hope you understand my decision. Thank you all for your extended support all these days and I do look forward for your love and support in the future.

Together we can achieve More!

Indira Prabhakaran.

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Mar 30 2012

Minister Kenney proposes to assess foreign education credentials before skilled workers arrive

News Release – Minister Kenney proposes to assess foreign education credentials before skilled workers arrive.

Ottawa, March 28, 2012 – Canada is proposing a major change to how foreign skilled workers’ education credentials are assessed, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.

The proposed new requirement would mean that applicants wanting to immigrate as Federal Skilled Workers would have their foreign education credentials assessed and verified by designated organizations before they arrive in Canada.

“Our Government is building an immigration system that is focused on economic growth and ensuring that all Canadians, including immigrants, are able to contribute to their maximum capacity,” said Jason Kenney.  “By having their foreign education credentials assessed before their arrival to Canada, foreign skilled workers will have a better sense of how their credentials fit into the Canadian labour market and will be able to contribute their full skill set to the economy more quickly. This proposal is part of a broader package of transformational changes that will make Canada’s immigration policies work better for the Canadian economy.”

A pre-arrival assessment would let applicants know how their education credentials compare to Canadian credentials and it will give immigrants a sense of how Canadian employers are likely to value their education. This will also screen out people without proper education levels and is an important step in helping to address the problem of immigrants arriving and not being able to work in their field.

The assessment of international educational credentials would not mean that Federal Skilled Workers would automatically find employment in Canada commensurate with their skills nor would it guarantee that they would become licensed to practice in a regulated occupation. Applicants who intend to work in a regulated profession would likely need to have their qualifications assessed in greater depth for purposes of licensure by a regulatory body specific to their profession and intended province of work.

“Internationally trained workers make an important contribution to Canada’s job market and the economy,” added Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. “That’s why our Government is working in partnership to improve foreign credential recognition so that skilled newcomers can put their knowledge and skills to work sooner.”

Minister Kenney also used the occasion to release the 2011 Government of Canada Progress Report on Foreign Credential Recognition, Strengthening Canada’s Economy. The annual report, led by the Foreign Credentials Referral Office, highlights achievements made by Citizenship and Immigration Canada , Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, and Health Canada to help foreign trained individuals integrate into the Canadian workforce.

Highlights of the report include:

  • expansion of the Canadian Immigration Integration Program (CIIP), which is designed and managed by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges. CIIP currently offers pre-arrival orientation sessions in up to 25 countries, based on demand;
  • an innovative assessment and bridging program to help internationally educated nurses meet regulatory requirements for licensure across Canada; and
  • the launch of the International Qualifications Network Website for stakeholders to share information and best practices in credential assessment.

To read the Government of Canada 2011 Progress Report on Foreign Credential Recognition, Strengthening Canada’s Economy, go to: http://www.credentials.gc.ca/fcro/progress-report2011.asp


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Mar 20 2012

Foreign-educated accountants in Canada

Foreign-educated accountants seeking a Canadian qualification get free, self-assessment tool.

Foreign-educated accountants now have a free, online self-assessment tool that will give them a preliminary evaluation of their education, an important first step in becoming a Certified General Accountant (CGA).

The Accountants Coming to Canada website and self-assessment tool should make it easier for internationally educated accounting professionals and graduates to discover how to earn a Canadian accounting designation.

“This free, online self-assessment tool offers foreign-educated accountants and graduates a convenient way to learn if they’re entitled to any CGA program exemptions,” said Anthony Ariganello, President and CEO ofCGA-Canada.“It’s great for newcomers and prospective immigrants who want to learn how to make the most of their accounting skills and knowledge.”

“When you’ve earned your education and training outside of Canada, determining where you stand in those areas can be a challenge,” said Lyle Handfield, CGA-Canada’sVice-President,International and Corporate Affairs. “Accountants Coming to Canada will give newcomers a good sense of what it will take to become a CGA.”

Accountants Coming to Canada was developed by CGA-Canada with nearly $1 million in foreign credential recognition program funding from the federal government. While the tool already contains details of interest to members of two dozen professional bodies and over 100 post-secondary institutions,CGA-Canada will continue evaluating and adding many more foreign accounting programs over the next year.

About CGA-Canada

Founded in 1908, the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada serves 75,000 Certified General Accountants and students in Canada and more than 90 countries. Respected accounting and financial management professionals, CGAs work in industry, finance, government and public practice. CGA-Canada establishes the designation’s certification requirements and professional standards, offers professional development, conducts research and advocacy, and represents CGAs nationally and internationally.

For more information, please contact:

Taylore Ashlie
Director, Communications
Telephone: 604 605-5055
Cellular: 604 307-0212
Email: tashlie@cga-canada.org

Diana Sorace
Communications Advisor
Telephone: 604 694-6700
Cellular: 604 551-4487
Email: dsorace@cga-canada.org

More details @ www.cga-canada.org/


Indira Prabhakaran.

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