PSW Opportunities

Pathways for caregivers and support workers

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aregivers and support workers are in demand in Canada. If you are an international student, and you have completed your studies at a recognized, designated learning institution, the information on this web site may open an opportunity for you. If you are outside Canada and have relevant experience and education, you need to read this page. If you graduated within the past five years, and are a Hong Kong resident, there is a clear pathway to permanent residency in Canada for you.

How caregivers and support workers benefit

  • International students who have completed their studies at a recognized, designated learning institution, may apply for, and may be granted, a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) to work in Canada. You need to be clear on what full-time means, and how to qualify for Express Entry to Canada;
  • PSW students and caregivers whose post-graduation work permits average between one and two years, can benefit from new policies which lengthen the duration that they can legally accumulate Canadian work experience toward the Canadian Experience Class pathway to permanent residence;
  • Support workers and caregivers who are temporary residents in Canada (i.e. visitors) and are still in Canada under the temporary public policies enabling them to remain in Canada during the pandemic, and who wish to work as PSWs, now have a new two-step process to follow;
  • Hong Kong residents who are recent graduates have, as of February 8, 2021, an opportunity to obtain open work permits for up to three years under a new public policy from the Government of Canada;
  • Support workers and caregivers who succeed in obtaining a LMIA-based work permit under the new conditions, after working for 24 months at a minimum of 30 hours per week, may be eligible to apply for permanent residence for him or herself and their immediate family;
  • Foreign nationals not in Canada, and trained and experienced support workers, caregivers or nurses working anywhere in the world, can access the new pilot program, if they are offered a job by a Canadian employer.

If you fall under at least one of the scenarios above, click or tap here for more information about the new opportunities to enable Personal Support Workers to qualify for Express Entry to Canada under recently-changed Canadian government programs and rules.

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COVID-19 Update

April Update: Canada and COVID-19

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anadian borders remain soon open to most travelers who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Since March 16 of 2020, Canada’s borders have been closed to all but deemed-essential travelers in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Such “essential services”, are individuals who, by definition of their occupation, provide services that both countries have come to rely on, are exempted from the ban. These include diplomats and  airline crew members. As well, the European Union has included Canada (but not the USA) in its recently-announced ‘bubble’ of countries whose inbound and outbound flights can connect with the EU.

  • Since April 18, 2020, the U.S. – Canada border has been, and remains, closed;
  • The U.S. has suspended all immigration to the United States;
  • Spouses and common-law partners and their dependents can be sponsored by their Canadian family members through the normal sponsorship program. Canada is encouraging these sponsorship applications, and have even deployed additional staff to assess submissions in the quickest possible times;
  • Exceptions to travel restrictions are considered and granted for extended family members with the submission of an IMM006 form and supporting documents. This form requires signatures from both parties and a Notary Public, Solicitor/Lawyer or a Commissioner to witness. Turnaround time is within 14 days. Please contact us if you require assistance in getting this form completed and submitted.

COVID vaccination pace picks up

Canada’s summer 2020 efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus were encouraging, but the autumn and winter resurgence of COVID-19 was severe in Canada, just as it is throughout the world. Canadian provinces struggled with sharp increase in cases of COVID-19 throughout the winter. The spread of the virus in seniors residences and long-term care facilities is easing as seniors in Canada received the highest priority for vaccination. The more-communicable COVID-19 variants remain a concern, even as about one in four Canadians are now vaccinated. Most communities retain restrictions on businesses that bring people together indoors.

  • Atlantic Canada’s four provinces: Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick maintain a low incidence of both new COVID-19 cases and deaths. However, the COVID variants have caused cases to spike in all four provincs throughout the winter of 2021. The Atlantic provinces remain cautious about admitting outsiders – even other Canadians – and require stringent quarantines;
  • The rate of new cases and deaths in Ontario and Quebec has risen sharply since the summer of 2020. In Ontario, the majority of cases remain focused in the Toronto area, Ottawa, Peel Region and other areas north and west of Toronto;
  • The four western Canadian provinces continue to grapple with high volumes of COVID-19 cases.

Check the Globe and Mail web site for up-to-date graphs and case numbers in Canada and the provinces and territories.

Public, sporting, business, conference and entertainment events all remain cancelled. Canadians can shop if they wear masks and maintain social distance. Gatherings of many types, including church services, are suspended, or must operate at reduced capacity with masks and social distance. Most such gatherings are again virtual. Nearly all retail establishments require shoppers, clients and patrons to use hand sanitizers and wear masks as they re-open, or remain open. Masks are now mandatory throughout Quebec outside the home environment.

What does this mean to me?

All travelers, including Canadians returning from abroad, must self-isolate for at least 14 days once back in Canada. The European Union had re-opened, with its defined safe ‘bubble’ including Canada. Europe has again restricted travel as the continent grapples with its own strong second wave of the corona virus.

If you are working with us on applying for any type of visa or sponsorship, Upper Canada Immigration will continue to work on your case without interruption. If you have been granted a TRV (visitor visa) you will not be able to come to Canada as a visitor until the ban has been lifted.

If you have been granted a permanent residence visa and have not booked your ticket to “land” in Canada, please delay your arrival in Canada to a time when you know things are closer to normal. There are only four international airports open for international flights: Pearson International in Toronto; Pierre Elliot Trudeau International in Montreal; Vancouver International and Calgary International. The line-ups and testing upon arrival are long and rigorous. As noted above, every international traveler, Canadian or not, must quarantine for at least two weeks.

Who cannot board Canada-bound flights

Canada’s Ministry of Transportation issued an Interim Order on who can and cannot board flights bound for Canada. The rules clarify how to deal with significant risk, direct or indirect to aviation safety or to the safety of the public:

  • Persons who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents may not board an airline flight to come to Canada. This includes stateless persons;
  • Every air carrier must conduct, at the boarding gate, a health check of every person prior to their boarding an aircraft for a flight to Canada;
  • Results of Covid-19 tests (negative) taken within three days must be presented by all passengers;
  • Air carriers may not allow persons to board if they exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 in their answers to questions, or in the air carrier’s observation. Passengers will be refused permission to board Canada-bound aircraft if they say they have COVID-19, do not have a negative Covid-19 test result to show, or if they refuse to answer pertinent questions.

After landing in Canada

  • Passengers disembarking at any one of the four airports (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver or Edmonton) where international flights are allowed to land, must be prepared to submit to another COVID-19 test and quarantine for about three days during which time their test results will be available;
  • Passengers must deposit $2,000 toward these quarantine costs. That sum has been estimated as the cost for one person to quarantine for the required time, which will be determined by the results of their  Covid-19 test;
  • Passengers will be quarantined in a designated hotel, and not in their homes or their relatives’ homes;
  • Provinces have differing rules relating to inter-provincial travel. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with those rules that pertain to your particular set of circumstances. Atlantic Canada, for example, is especially strict.

When COVID-19 ends

In Canada, there is cause for hope that the difficult COVID-19 pandemic will end. COVID-19 vaccination is underway, and moving at the pace of vaccine supply, which is finally accelerating.

Canada is on track to look for as many as one million new immigrants to the country in the next three years. We continue to work from home, and use WhatsApp, Zoom and other technology to meet virtually with clients. If you’re thinking about Canada, get the process started early. Now is the time! Some of our clients have already got their coveted Invitation to Apply during the COVID-19 period.

If you’re serious about coming to Canada, tell us about yourself by filling out this secure form. Let’s see if there is a viable pathway for you to continue life in Canada.

Hong Kong

A reputable path to Canada

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re you feeling afraid and insecure about your future in Hong Kong? Like very many Canadians, I am deeply and profoundly disturbed by the insecurity now so prevalent in Hong Kong. My spouse and I have vacationed in Hong Kong, and love its energy, vibrancy and friendly, hard-working people. Maybe you are among those looking to explore an immigration pathway to Canada. At Upper Canada Immigration Consultants, we may be able to help you to chart a course to a new life in a safe, democratic and welcoming country. Take a deep breath and don’t panic.

Perhaps you have friends and relatives in Canada. Now is the time to get in touch with them, and start learning about possibilities for you to re-start your career. We can discuss how your friends and family can help you to network and get started on your job search and make plans. We are careful who we take on as clients. If your wish is to leave Hong Kong’s anxiety and uncertainty behind you and immigrate to Canada, we may be able to help you. Talk with us, and if you are a good candidate to come to Canada, we will assist you with your immigration matter, help you identify your best opportunity, and pursue your best options to come to Canada. We are located in Mississauga, Ontario, just west of Toronto.

Upper Canada Immigration Consulting is not a free service. We don’t accept as clients all the people who contact us. We are a firm of professional and regulated consultants. We charge for our services. If what you want is something free or cheap, you can stop reading here. Otherwise, click or tap here for more information about us on this web site. If you are qualified for Canadian immigration, serious about coming to Canada, and you want help with a quality application that will give you the best chance of success, we may be able to help you.

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Fake IELTS

The sheer gall of this fraud

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ometimes, you wouldn’t believe the brazen gall of a crooked scheme unless you read it yourself! One of our staff, on an e-mail account not associated with Upper Canada Immigration, received an e-mail solicitation just flat-out offering to sell anyone an IELTS certificate. Here was the e-mail title: High-quality Original IELTS certificate for sale.

You have to be kidding! A mail-order fake IELTS certificate is about as brazen a scam as we’ve yet seen. We have a page on this web site about common types of fraud that criminals worldwide try to perpetrate against people applying to be legitimate immigrants to Canada. As our web page states clearly, we as consultants provide advice to our clients on each and every document they will require, and then we check each and every document we submit on behalf of our clients. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) independently verifies each document in every application all over again.

Criminal offense

Uttering a forged document means altering or creating a document in order to commit fraud, without the knowledge of the proper authorizing party, in this case IELTS. Uttering a forged document is a criminal offence in Canada, illegal under Section 368 of the Criminal Code of Canada. The odds of a fake IELTS certificate working for you are zero! The chances of a fake IELTS certificate sinking your application are 100 percent. And you commit a crime in Canada if you try it.

Mail order IELTS certificates are a way to get the stupid, the dishonest and the gullible to part with their hard-earned money in return for nothing but a guarantee of failure.

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Health care workers

New policy: permanent residence for refugee claimants

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anada has announced new measures that allow refugee claimants working in the health-care sector and those who provide direct care to patients to apply for permanent residence. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will accept permanent residence applications from refugee claimants working in the health care sector, including the spouses and common-law spouses of those who had been working in the sector, but have unfortunately died from COVID-19. These individuals are refugee claimants who would have arrived in Canada before August 14, 2020 and have responded to the call for help in the health-care sector during the COVID-19 crisis. Two public policies offer the opportunity for permanent residence to health care workers: one for refugee claimants living inside Quebec; and the other for refugee claimants living elsewhere in Canada The program will run from December 14, 2020 to August 31, 2021.

These public policies also include refugee claimants studying in a post-secondary institution where either a paid or unpaid internship was an essential component of their study or vocational program. Such programs must be within one of the designated occupations. Likewise, an internship, paid or unpaid, and performed as a mandatory component to achieve professional designation must also have been from a designated occupation.

If you qualify, you need to get going with your application. Click or tap for more detail on our web site, or e-mail us. You can call by telephone or WhatsApp at: 647-988-3846.

The real deal

ICCRC consultants are the genuine article

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mmigration Consultants like me handle issues that change people’s lives. Helping people qualify to come to Canada, and settle here, is a service that is complex, difficult, takes continuous ongoing training on my part, and takes time. That makes it, by definition, expensive. My clients may do this process once in their lives. For most of them, our fees represent an amount of money they don’t hand out daily. We do this work all the time, do it well, and do it correctly.

Andrea Seepersaud’s qualifications

  • Member: Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) #R515545;
  • Member: Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) #R19147;
  • License: Foreign Worker Recruiter and Immigration Services Act, Province of Saskatchewan #00581;
  • Commissioner: Affidavits and Oaths, Province of Ontario.

Sometimes, people ask if dealing with a licensed Canadian Immigration Consultant brings with it any form of success ‘guarantee.’ I answer that occasional question on this web site. Click or touch here. There are only about 4,600 licensed Canadian Immigration Consultants, as of the end of 2019. I am one of them. At Upper Canada Immigration Consultants, we stick to the law, treat our clients fairly, and deliver value for money to serious people.

Click or touch here for more information and FAQs about Upper Canada Immigration and Andrea Seepersaud.

Invitation to Apply

Your ITA starts a crucial clock ticking

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The coveted Invitation to Apply (ITA) expires within 90 days. If you get an ITA, you need to get moving on it right away.
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he coveted Invitation to Apply, or ITA, is a sought-after opportunity to come to Canada. All applicants want one. Fewer than one in four of all profiles in the Express Entry pool receive an ITA. Once you have an ITA, you have a use-it-or-lose-it  opportunity.

Immigration consultants have two big advantages over the do-it-yourself approach: A good consultant does this work frequently, and is fast and accurate, with a system for tracking what you need to make good your ITA on time and with precision. Not being you, the consultant isn’t as emotional or under the stress about the ITA as you are. That makes things go more quickly.

If you have received an Invitation to Apply, you need to take the next two months of your life very seriously. This is one of life’s use-it-or-lose-it opportunities. Click here for some vital information on turning your precious ITA into your opportunity to settle in Canada.

Avoid foreseeable mistakes

There are common mistakes people frequently make, realizing only too late that procrastination or taking the wrong advice may have either doomed their application, or left them no further ahead, but many thousands of Canadian dollars poorer. We have summarized some of the common mistakes on this page.

IRB phone fraud

Beware the IRB phone call fraud

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he fraudulent caller says that if you don’t pay up, somebody will show up at your home and arrest you. Relax. It is fraud. The criminal is the caller, who is committing a federal offense. In April 2019, the Toronto Star reported on a telephone scam aimed at newcomers to Canada living in Canada. The article quoted an Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) warning about telephone calls in which the caller claims to be a representative of the IRB. The person called is told (incorrectly) that he or she is under investigation, and owes money, typically $1,000. The caller’s phone number is ‘spoofed‘ to look as if the call is coming from a body such as the Immigration and Refugee Board, or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

In 2018, we alerted our web site viewers to another fraud: the so-called ‘Canadian immigration lottery.’  There is no such program. Click to read our post.

We are collecting the common immigration-related scams on a dedicated page on our web site. Click here to read it.

If you know of a type of fraud that we have not described here, do the following:

  • Report the fraud attempt to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501;
  • Advise us too. We will use any information that we can verify to assist folks trying to enter Canada legally.

Payments

Use of cash continues to decline

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anadians continue to increase their use of credit and debit cards to make both large and small payments, according to a 2019 study by the Bank of Canada. In the past ten years, cash transactions of all kinds have declined from more than half of all payments to just more than a third of all transactions.

The Bank of Canada is Canada’s central bank, and sole issuer of Canadian bank notes, The Bank of Canada surveys Canadians every four years to find out how the nation pays for things.

The declining use of cash is not unique to Canada. Other countries worldwide are also seeing a rise in the use of electronic means of making payments large and small. Cash, however, remains easy to use. Cash is seen as secure, and cash is nearly universally accepted in Canada. For small-value purchases like a cup of coffee or a snack, cash is a popular payment method. In general, worldwide, the lower the value of the transaction, the more likely the buyer and seller will exchange value with cash.

Implications for immigrants to Canada

Cash, however, comes with some serious drawbacks. Using cash doesn’t build your credit rating, which you absolutely need to borrow money, qualify for a mortgage, or get a credit card. While cash itself is secure in that Canadians recognize the look and feel of Canadian currency, which is very difficult to counterfeit, carrying large amounts of cash has always been risky. Cash is not a good way for an employer to pay wages, or for an employee to be paid for work. Employers need to deduct income taxes; Canada Pension Plan contributions; health care premiums and other essentials ‘at source,’ which means you pay them as you go, rather than trying to find money you may have spent when you file your income taxes in Canada each spring.

Workers paid in cash may find out the hard way that they have no record if they need to claim workers’ compensation for a work-related injury.

Many of our clients prefer to pay us in cash. That’s fine. We accept cash. There is no advantage or drawback to you in paying us in cash. We also accept an e-transfer or a cheque.

Tips for good Canadian money management

In your country of origin:

  • Have a bank account. Use it, and deposit your cash in your bank account;
  • Build your credit history by showing that you can responsibly use a credit card, and pay the balance in full each month, or that you can manage a debit card;
  • You’ll need to show you have liquid assets (securities or cash) to come to Canada. Set up a savings account, separate from your chequing account, where you can save money.

Once you land in Canada:

  • Move your banking to Canada. Open a bank account with one of the major Canadian banks. Your employer should directly deposit your wages in your main chequing account;
  • Open a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA), and use this registered account to save and invest your money tax-free. You can withdraw and re-contribute the money you have in this account as your circumstances change over the years;
  • Open a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP), and make annual contributions of whatever you can. This account accumulates income tax-free until you use the funds, ideally after you have retired. Plan never to use this money during your working career;
  • Get and use either (or both of) a debit and a credit card for your purchases. You gain an expense record of what you spend money on, which helps you set and manage a personal budget;
  • Pay your income taxes every year. Filing your income tax return automatically makes you eligible for a wide variety of federal and provincial supports and programs.

Retain and file your financial records. Pay regular attention to how you and your household use money. Canadians generate a formidable trail of payments for the things you must purchase (rent or mortgage; utilities; taxes; transportation; food; clothing and so on) and the discretionary things you spend money on (entertainment, eating out, gifts; etc.). Financial success in a country like Canada is a matter of both increasing your income during your working career, and understanding and managing how you spend money. Keep score, have a plan, you’ll know whether you are winning or losing in the game of life in Canada.

Caribbean trip postponed

See you once travel is safe

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uring late winter or early spring, Upper Canada Immigration Consultants typically travels to  the Caribbean to meet with people who would like to come to Canada to live, work, study, visit or do business. Earlier this year, before the COVID-19 situation worsened, we decided to postpone that annual trip to later in the calendar. The global Coronavirus (COVID-19) issue was part of the reason when we made that decision in February. Many of you are contacting us directly as it is, and frankly, this has been a very busy winter season at Upper Canada Immigration Consultants. Remember that you do not have to meet us personally in order to retain our services to assist you. Use the phone, or WhatsApp, please.

If you’d like to work with us on an application, or find out if a visit or a move to Canada is feasible, then contacting us is simple. During this period when travel is perceived as risky, we can safely and securely connect  with you by WhatsApp. You and also  use  e-mail to contact us.

COVID-19 and client contact

During this challenging period when Canadians (and people everywhere) are trying to contain and reverse the Corona Virus. People are being asked to work from home wherever possible, and avoid traveling. We are doing the same, following guidelines about minimizing the chance of contacting the virus, or putting our clients at risk through direct meetings. Like most people in the world who can, we are working from home for the next few weeks at least. Consider calling and doing our business on the phone.

Much of our business is conducted on the web and the phone (or WhatsApp) as it is. In the coming weeks, keep doing business with us, and keep it on the phone, by e-mail and by WhatsApp. Expect that routine things will take longer, mail and packages may take longer to receive, and services that we are used to receiving quickly may take longer, perhaps much longer in the short term, or may be interrupted. Together, by being vigilant and careful, we will all get through the Corona Virus.