December 30, 2012

December 2012 Visa Bulletin - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Canadian Immigration Consultancy wishes you a Christmas full of love and happiness and a New Year full of chances and satisfactions. May we all live the life we have always wanted! 

The New FSW Program
It's official, the new Federal Skilled Worker Program will take effect on May 4, 2013. For those not yet ready, you have ample time to make the necessary preparations. Early 2013, a list of assessment organizations designated by the Immigration Minister to the Education Credentials Assessment (ECA) will be made available. This is required in filing an application for permanent residence in Canada under the new Federal Skilled Worker Program. 

By now, you must have a certified true copies of your college diploma and transcript of records. Certified true copies of High School diploma and Form 137 may or may not be required but it is best if you have it ready as well. 

The education credentials assessment fee may be between $300-$500. Processing period may be about 2-3 months, just in time for the May 4, 2012 start of new FSW program. Time is of essence, don't waste it.

Federal Skilled Trade Class
Starting January 2, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will start accepting application for permanent residence under the Federal Skilled Trade Class. This program is applicable to the following trades:
  • Industrial, Electrical and Construction Trades;
  • Maintenance and Equipment Operation Trades;
  • Supervisors and Technical Occupations in Natural Resources,
  • Agriculture and Related Production;
  • Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities Supervisors and Central Control Operators;
  • Chefs and Cooks
  • Bakers and Butchers.
To be eligible, you must have at least 2 year related work experience and preferrably with a formal training. You must also have a job offer or Certificate of Qualification from the Province.

Open Work Permit for FSW Backlog Reduction Pilot Applicant
If you are one of those invited to apply under Federal Skilled Workers (FSW) Program Backlog Reduction Pilot program and got a positive assessment from the province, you can now enter Canada earlier with an Open Work Permit. This means you can work in Canada while waiting for your permanent residence status!

Update on Pre-February 27, 2008 Applications
This coming January 2013, there will be a hearing at Federal Court where Justice Rennie is expected to make a ruling on the legality of s. 87.4 of Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. It's the amendment that resulted in the termination of FSW applications filed before February 27, 2008 and thus, wiping out of Canada's immigration backlogs. 

If the Federal Court ruled that s. 87.4 is illegal, those affected files will be re-opened. Otherwise, those affected must fill out the IMM 741 Form (Processing Fee Return Form).
For Canadian Immigration Consultancy clients, here's the address to use if your prefer that the refund check be delivered to our office:

c/o John Weisdorf
21st Floor Washington Tower
Asiaworld, Pacific Aveenu
Paranaque City 1700

You may send the accomplished form via email to using the email subject as :"Return of Processing Fee, Right of Permanent Residence Fee or Right of Landing Fee". Please copy for monitoring purposes.