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The latest immigration and visa news for the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and select European countries - straight from the leading immigrant advocates in the Philippines.

Residency Pathways for Skilled Workers in British Columbia

Learn the different categories and the requirements that apply to all categories as well as the minimum income requirements based on family composition - and more.

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Study, work and be nominated for Residency

Manitoba has three pathways for international students to apply for permanent residency through the province's nomination program.

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How to earn points for Manitoba Nomination

Manitoba offers a pathway to residency for Skilled Workers outside Canada, such as Overseas Filipino Workers in the Middle East, Asia or Africa. Check how many points you can earn.

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How to apply for residency as Skilled Worker through Saskatchewan

You might have read or heard about Saskatchewan - from students and workers who are the preferred candidates for residency. If you';re abroad, how can you apply competitively?

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Why Saskatchewan is the One: Canada's Provincial Nomination Programs

It took Saskatchewan 22 years to get its nomination program going. Now it has overtaken other provinces in attracting immigrants, even competing with the bigger ones.

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How to be nominated as Skilled Migrant in British Columbia

Once you have selected which Skilled Immigration program in BC offers the best chance of nomination, learn the application process. Good luck.

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British Columbia Provincial Nomination 2020

Still the Super.Natural British Columbia. One of three provinces with the most number of immigrants. Have a taste of what British Columbia has to offer.

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How to apply for nomination - Alberta Opportunity Stream

Opportunities have expiration dates. Changes to Alberta's Nomination Program are expected to come from 2020 to 2022. If you're ready now, don't wait till it's too late.

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Alberta Opportunity Stream 2020

Responding to the province and foreign workers concern, Alberta has introduced the Alberta Opportunities Stream, replacing several previous programs. Check how you can meet the eligibility requirements.

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Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program 2020

Canada's fourth largest province have streamlined its nomination program, making it more responsive to intending immigrants. Are you one of them this year?

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Express Entry Draw 2020 - Immigrant Visa Center

This article lists the Express Entry CRS Cut-off Points for 2020. We will update it continuously with each new draw.

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Canada Express Entry: An Overview

The Express Entry is an integrated, online management system for processing applications of skilled workers for Canadian permanent residence.

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Proof of Funds–Canada Skilled Immigrants Express Entry

If you intend to apply for skilled immigration to Canada, you have to demonstrate that you and your accompanying family members have sufficient money to settle in the country without having to resort to using public funds.

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Monitoring the 2019 Express Entry Rounds of Invitation CRS Points Cut-off

Check the cut-off CRS points for every draw from September 2018 to the present and read tips on how you may improve your chance of being invited to apply for permanent residency under Canada's Express Entry system.

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A Second Look at the Express Entry System

Are you still choosing between a skilled immigrant and international student application to Canada? We've revisited the Federal Skilled Worker and Canada's international student programs with two case studies for your review.

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International Nurse Registration in Canada's Provinces July 2019

There is a uniformity in how the Nursing regulatory authorities in Canada - whether Colleges of Associations - require internationally educated nurses to apply for and be licensed in the province of intended practice. And Philippine NCLEX takers for Canada shows a higher passing rate,.

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500,000 plus job vacancies in Canada unfilled as of June 2019

Statistics Canada reported the more than half a million job vacancies for the first quarter of June 2019. Check what and where the available jobs are.

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In-demand occupations in Saskatchewan as of May 1, 2019

If your occupation is on this most current list, find out how you may facilitate your permanent residency application in Canada through Saskatchewan's Nomination Program.

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Obligations of a visa holder

Being issued a visa is not the end but the beginning of an intended journey to the country of destination such as the United States. Know your obligations at a port of entry and even after being allowed into the country.

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Check your score as Skilled Worker in Australia, Canada, New Zealand

The migration landscape of these countries are changing: doors open and close depending on the federal, state, regional or provincial needs. Take a quick self-assessment.

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How to check your eligibility to migrate as a Skilled Worker

Now you can compare the criteria of the five countries with permanent migration programs and check which country fits your skills or conversely which skills are needed in the country you intend to migrate.

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December 30, 2018

How to Qualify Under the Express Entry System: Monitoring the 2018 CRS Cut-off

Add to your CRS points to be one of thousands of candidates invited to apply for permanent residency and be among the million immigrants under Canada's Immigration Plan for 2018-2020.

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October 10, 2018

How to get a genuine job offer and stay - in Canada

Before you send payment to a job offer you received by email from a "Canadian employer" know the steps to determine if this is a scam, or genuine employment.

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September 22, 2018

Saskatchewan Occupations in Demand September 2018

Unlike the previous lists, candidates whose occupations are considered in demand in Saskatchewan now will be selected based on points scored, instead of first come-first served.

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September 11, 2018

How to improve your CRS Score in Canada's Express Entry for 2019

Unless the Canadian government fine tunes Express Entry this year, here are the tips you need to improve your ranking in Canada's Skilled Migrant selection system.

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August 4, 2018

17,000 visas for Parents, Grandparents to Canada

It's best not only to find out you (as sponsor) meet the minimum income requirements (updated table included below) and that your parent/ grandparent would pass the medical, criminal and other admissibility tests.

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Updated June 7, 2018. Originally posted on June 4, 2018.

Lowest and Latest Express Entry CRS Cut-Off both occurred in May

The results of the May 30 Express Entry draw focused on Provincial Nominees and Skilled Trades applicants.

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May 1, 2018

Work to Residency Pathways for Foreign Students in Canada and the U.S.

Study your options because while you wait, you add years to your age which reduces the points and preference to pursue permanent work and residency.

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April 8, 2018

Millions of grads. No jobs for grabs.

April this year (2018) the first batch of graduates of the Philippines' K to 12 program - theoretically work and world-ready - will be scanning the Want-Ads. Are there enough jobs at home or overseas?

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March 27, 2018

How to be invited to apply for Permanent Residency to Canada through Express Entry

Compare your age, education, qualifications, English proficiency, work experience and marital status to an applicant who could be issued an invitation to apply for permanent residency.

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March 7, 2018

Workers Canada want locally and from overseas

A Canadian employer is required to hire locally and only when there are no available Canadians or residents for the job could they recruit from overseas. The top 10 in-demand occupations locally and 11 occupations from overseas are shown here.

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February 11, 2018

Which Canadian provinces are actively recruiting immigrants?

Discover which Canadian provinces are aggressively competing for applicants to nominate as permanent residents.

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February 9, 2018

Why Study in Canada: 4 Top Reasons

With affordable tuition fees, quality education, post-study work options and world renowned institutions, Canada is a leading destination for international students aspiring to study overseas.

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December 31, 2017

Canada Parent and Grandparent Program Reopens in 2018

As a parting Christmas gift to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents, IRCC will be accepting 10,000 parent/grandparent sponsorship applications in 2018 .

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Updated November 10, 2017. Originally posted on November 2, 2017.

Guide to Practicing as RN in Canada

Want to save time checking out the specific and latest information on how to practice - and subsequently become a permanent resident - in Canada? Have a pleasurable and rewarding reading.

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November 10, 2017

Recent Changes to Express Entry

Good French skills and having siblings get you extra points and now, tie-breaker for candidates with the same score.

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July 5, 2017

Ontario Wants ICT Professionals, Workers for Permanent Residency

Ontario has released the list of occupations in the ICT field - professionals and skilled workers who get best chance of being selected from the Express Entry Candidate Pool.

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July 4, 2017

How to get a work permit as a Caregiver in Canada

Canada's Live-in Caregiver is Dead. (Program has been discontinued). Long live Caregivers! Check out the answers to the frequently asked questions about the Live-in Caregiver Program and what replaced this work to migrant category.

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July 3, 2017

Language Requirements for Canada Temporary Visa and Permanent Residence Requirements

Check the equivalent scores for the various official English exams recognized by the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada - shared with the immigrant community as part of Immigrant Visa Center Inc. advocacy.

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June 30, 2017

How to Process your Canada Study Permit in 30 days

Before you dive into the migration waters, check which stream you need to choose. In the case of students it is the Study Direct Stream. Find the whys and how.

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June 13, 2017

Express Entry and the Comprehensive Ranking System

Applicants using the Express Entry system will be awarded points based on age, work experience, education, language test and family members who are Canadian Citizens and permanent residents.

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April 18, 2017

Proposed Challenge to Canadian Government for Caregivers Applying for Permanent Residency

If you - or someone you know - is a Caregiver in Canada who could be, or had been affected by this, you may contact Atty. Tim Leahy directly before the deadline. You can know more about Atty. Tim Leahy and cases he had handled at http://www.unfaircic.com/issues1.html

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March 24, 2017

How to Immigrate to Canada, Updated

8 steps to qualify for immigration to Canada through Express Entry.

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March 24, 2017

7 Steps to Get a Study Visa to Canada

Two visas in one! Student visa for the principal applicant and work permit for the spouse or partner. Yes, that is a benefit for student visa applicants with partners or spouse. Details, below.

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Top Migration Destinations for 2017

2016 was not migrant-friendly. Fear of immigrants occupying space and taking away jobs from a host country's citizens and legal residents saw migration in the spotlight- then turning into a bulls-eye. So, where to migrate in 2017 temporary or otherwise?

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2017 Filipino RN Guide to Registration in British Columbia

 We are providing consolidated information on applying for registration with the College of Registered Nurses in British Columbia) as a public service to our readers, viewers and friends – and as part of our advocacy to provide the latest and more information from the official source with least time involved.

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December 11, 2016

Canada Needs Global Skills to be Global Leader

OFWs are considered de-facto global talents, desired by employers worldwide. While millions are mired or stranded in the Middle East, the best in their trades while enduring the worst of work conditions and human rights violations, Canada wants them.

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Updated December 5, 2016. Originally posted on November 17, 2016.

Changes to the Express Entry Selection System starting Nov. 19, 2016

Official government announcement by the Canadian government published in the Canada Gazette

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Updated October 26, 2016. Originally posted on October 19, 2016.

Still, 8 Great Tips for Visa Approval

With 10 to 12 million Filipinos overseas – half of them as permanent residents – it’s no wonder there are tens of thousands of tourist, work, student and immigrant visas. Why are there many refused admission at ports of entry even as they hold valid visas?

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Updated October 26, 2016. Originally posted on October 25, 2016.

Golden Opportunity in Saskatchewan for less than 700

The key is getting your documents and application ready soonest - before the nomination rainbow disappears.

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October 26, 2016

Lost in migration choices? Newfoundland it!

It took 8,000 years before the Vikings of Europe landed in Newfoundland. Today, Newfoundland Labrador is cherishing the old and welcoming the new, especially young immigrants of working age who could keep social services flowing.

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Updated October 26, 2016. Originally posted on October 24, 2016.

Ontario: Open Opportunities

Ontario has created a province-specific migration stream designed to target individuals in Canada's Express Entry selection system including a selection stream that does not require a job offer. Submit your profile. Blow your horn.

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Updated October 26, 2016. Originally posted on October 6, 2016.

Saskatchewan Nomination Program Oct. 2016 Update

If you are just getting ready to submit your application (without a prior review of what occupations would be in demand in Saskatchewan and how to qualify) the program has closed. The good news? It will open again.

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October 6, 2016

90,000 Job Openings in Saskatchewan till 2019

423 occupations. Check what's available in Saskatchewan. From a total of 423 occupations, 79 have good prospects, 303 with fair (balanced or average) and 41 with limited job prospects based on current and anticipated economic conditions.

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Updated September 7, 2016. Originally posted on September 5, 2016.

Home. Work. - in a global setting.

Starting a new chapter in one's life as a Working-Student Mom in Manitoba is not as hard as it seems, especially when your spouse - in fact, the whole family's with you in this journey.

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August 28, 2016

Canada Needs 359,375 Transport and IT Workers. Are you qualified?

Employers or agents must meet Canada's LMIA requirements and comply with POEA procedures if recruiting Filipino workers.

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Updated August 21, 2016. Originally posted on August 20, 2016.

Premiers' Call to Keep Atlantic Canada Alive Before the Sun Sets

More people are dying than being born in three of four provinces but in the push to attract immigrants to Atlantic Canada, the region’s governments must assure those who are left behind that migrants are not taking away their jobs.

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August 20, 2016

Express Entry Application System: Updated After November 2016 Changes

Not a program but a system, Express Entry has made applying as an immigrant under an economic immigration program more systematic and faster - and now after November 19, 2016, more competitive and open to overseas applicants.

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Updated August 4, 2016. Originally posted on August 1, 2016.

Express Entry: Over a YEAR LATER

Finishing the race to the finish line is like swimming against the tide for Filipino applicants seeking to become permanent residents to Canada. A preferred swimming lane is reserved for those already in Canada as students or workers.

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Updated July 13, 2016. Originally posted on July 6, 2016.

Canada's National Consultation on Immigration

Right on the heels of Brexit and the emergent call of Scotland, France and other EU member countries about remaining or breaking away from the European Union, Canada has initiated a nationwide consultation on how Canada's immigration program should define Canadian citizens and residents 150 years from now.

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Updated July 4, 2016. Originally posted on September 5, 2015.

The Key to Starting a Successful Nursing Practice in Canada

Now that NCLEX is the required licensure for international nurses - even those who have passed the US - NCLEX - what are the steps and requirements towards a successful career and migration pathway as an RN in Canada?

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Updated July 2, 2016. Originally posted on May 30, 2015.

An Overview of Canada's National Occupational Classification

The NOC is a system used by the Government of Canada to classify jobs (occupations).

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May 29, 2016

Saskatchewan’s Skilled Worker Express Entry Residency Option Still Open

Of the three provincial nomination programs of Saskatchewan only the The International Skilled Worker – Employment Offer sub-category is still accepting applications.

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May 29, 2016

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Updates for May 2016

Several Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program streams still on TEMPORARY PAUSE

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April 30, 2016

Help on the Way. Visa Questions Answered Live, On Air - DWIZ

So, it's the weekend and you have a visa or migration question. Get the specific and detailed answer you need - FREE. Just Pay attention.

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Updated April 17, 2016. Originally posted on April 12, 2016.

Tips to Get Genuine Job Offer in Canada

Despite the slowdown in the Chinese economy resulting in the decreased demand for oil, certain industries in Canada predicts increased hiring. All the links - from Employer's responsibility to the role of the Philippine government - are provided as part of our immigrant advocacy.

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Updated April 12, 2016. Originally posted on April 7, 2016.

10 Tips to Determine if US. Job Offer is Genuine

Beware of job offers through the internet. Do not get caught in the web of scams. U.S. employers intending to recruit foreign workers must comply with U.S. labor and immigration laws. A simple "job offer" direct to the applicant is not enough.

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March 23, 2016

U.S. New Rule Allows Longer Work Period for International Students

America is losing the battle for the hearts, minds and pockets of international students and the Department of Homeland Security has to move fast to save the sinking ship of the U.S. international education market.

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March 12, 2016

April's Full: U.S. and Canada Quotas

The first day of April is barely a month away, but don’t let the proximity fool you – if you are filing for a U.S. working visa (H-1B) or waiting for your immigrant visa schedule and interview. Beware of offers too good to be true. We have the official visa dates for April 2016, and even a look back from 10 years ago.

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March 11, 2016


Three months into the second year of Express Entry, the minimum points required to be invited to apply for permanent residency to Canada had been cut in half. But that’s not the whole story

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Updated March 9, 2016. Originally posted on March 7, 2016.

935,000 Job Openings in BC, Canada

Check them out. British Columbia’s Ministry of Finance issued a call for qualified applicants to fill in 935,000 job openings on its 10-year Labour Market Outlook 2014- to 2024.

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Updated February 16, 2016. Originally posted on February 1, 2016.

Engineer Your Career and Residency Worldwide

Opportunities for engineers around the world never die, they just deconstruct. If you're a recently-licensed engineer in search of the best career pathway, where do you start?

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Updated February 16, 2016. Originally posted on January 29, 2016.

Best Countries to Study Abroad for Filipinos

In 2015, international students contributed more than $30.5 billion to the U.S. economy, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce; a record $17.5 billion to the Australian economy for the 12 months to the end of March 2015; $8 to 10 billion to Canada and more billions of tuition fees to educational institutions in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. So, if you were to choose, what would be your reasons to spend your (or your parent’s) funds?

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Updated February 16, 2016. Originally posted on January 15, 2016.

Why Employers Cannot Fill Jobs for Skilled Workers

A recent report by Manpower Group (Talent Survey 2015) shows employers globally are experiencing difficulty in filling job vacancies despite the availability of skilled workers and professionals worldwide. Read the reasons why.

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Updated February 16, 2016. Originally posted on January 15, 2016.

Express Entry A Year After: An Insider's Job

The 25th Express Entry draw - and the previous 24 draws show that for those outside Canada getting invited to apply for permanent residency is a Mission Improbable.

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Updated February 16, 2016. Originally posted on January 14, 2016.

Top 10 Jobs Worldwide

Jobs that employers find hard to fill amidst the glut of skilled workers worldwide is a reminder of the Mariner's Rhyme - "Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink."

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Updated February 16, 2016. Originally posted on January 6, 2016.

Saskatchewan International Skilled Workers – Express Entry Reopens Yet Again!

It looks like people who currently have Express Entry applications to Saskatchewan didn't need to wait too long! Saskatchewan opened its Immigrant Nominee Program on January 5, 2016.

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Updated February 13, 2016. Originally posted on December 23, 2015.

Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program to reopen On January 18

Planning to apply to Quebec in 2016? You may need more than just a key to unlock the migration opportunity offered by that province.

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Updated February 13, 2016. Originally posted on December 18, 2015.

Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker Program: Get Ready for Next Year!

If you dilly-dallied on whether to apply for Canadian permanent residency through Saskatchewan's Express Entry program, you're just in time - for the next round of selection. Yes, this year's intake had been filled except for those with job offers.

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Updated February 13, 2016. Originally posted on December 17, 2015.

Healthy Future Within Grasp: Predicting and Protecting Your Child's Well-being

The Philippines is believed to have an oversupply of competent and licensed healthcare workers. Yet, the country does not have a working healthcare system that takes care of the citizen's wellness. Canada has - especially for the children.

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Updated February 13, 2016. Originally posted on December 1, 2015.

Is Canada Permanently One-Sided?

Unless you are in, you are out. Most of the candidates in the Express Entry Pool invited to apply for permanent residency were already in Canada.

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Updated February 13, 2016. Originally posted on November 8, 2015.

Will Express Entry Turn a New Leaf Under the Trudeau Government?

The 19th Express Entry draw raised the threshold from the lowest (450 during the 17th and 18th draw) to 489 in the latest selection.

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Updated February 13, 2016. Originally posted on November 2, 2015.

Quebec Skilled Worker Program Finally Opens on November 4, 2015

2 Filing Periods Starting November 4. Consider it a post-Halloween, pre-Thanksgiving treat from Quebec Immigration and Cultural Communities Minister Kathleen Weil.

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October 8, 2015

18th Express Entry Draw Retains Lowest Points to Qualify for Canadian PR

1,530 applicants issued invitations to apply. Most of them already in Canada as international students or foreign workers.

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September 30, 2015

2015 Quota for Saskatchewan Gone

6 Days after our posting, the 1,000 applicants in various occupations in demand had been reached. What can you do to be on the next round?

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September 24, 2015

Saskatchewan In-Demand Occupations

1,000 applications to be considered for nominations (for qualified candidates). But hurry! These slots usually get filled up fast especially for applicants who have already secured their language proficiency test and credential evaluation.

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September 23, 2015

How to Qualify for Saskatchewan's 1,000 In Demand Occupations

Today will be tomorrow's yesterday. Today will become history. Time will not wait. So will the 1,000 quota for Saskatchewan's Occupation in Demand leading to Permanent Residency for qualified applicants.

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September 23, 2015

Want to Get Away from Traffic, Tight Places and Limited Opportunities?

Saskatchewan is the place. Thousands of occupations in demand and opportunities to be in Canada's

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September 23, 2015

How Low Can You Go?

Limbo rock and roll comes to mind with Chubby Checker chuckling as candidates aim high to get the lowest threshold score for Canadian permanent residency.

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September 14, 2015

1,517 Canadian Residency Invitations Issued on 16th Draw

Did you make it to the 16th Express Entry Draw last September 8, 2015? If your answer is no, or not yet, find out when you could see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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August 22, 2015

How to Win a Draw: Canada's Residency Program

Seven months after introducing Express Entry - the new selection system for permanent residency – the Canadian government still needs 266,050 qualified applicants go to meet its high target immigration levels of 285,000 economic migrants for 2015.

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August 15, 2015

Canada Needs 182,000 IT Workers by 2019

Find out what occupations are in high-demand and the steps you can take to get that job offer.

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