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Misconceptions and Truths about LMIA
To get a job in Canada, to acquire permanent residency in Canada, or to live in Canada, you must obtain a work permit that allows you to legally get a job and work in Canada. In some cases, you may need to get the Laboratory Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) approved to get a work permit. A brief description of LMIA is that Canadian employers are required to hire foreigners other than Canadian citizens and permanent residents and to obtain permission from Service Canada (LMIA) to support work permit or permanent residency, which is called the Labor Administration's approval process. In order to obtain LMIA approval, you must first show that your Canadian employer tried to hire Canadian citizens and permanent residents first, and you can apply after at least 28 days of job openings. When you apply, you can apply by preparing the application form and financial evidence documents. After the application, Service Canada (Labor Office) receives a request for review of the application from the employer, and if there is no problem after the review, you may receive an approval latter via email. LMIA procedures vary depending on time, but recently, it takes about 2-3 months from advertising to approval. In the process of proceeding with LMIA, there are times when misunderstanding causes the process to go wrong, and one of the most common misunderstandings is whether the company needs to operate for at least a year to proceed with LMIA. First of all, LMIA doesn't have to be operated for more than a year. Of course, if you have more than one year of operation, you can apply for LMIA for PR, which is a little faster, and you can apply for a two-year work limit. However, you can apply for LMIA even if you don't have one year's operation, and the difference is that you usually get a one-year work permit or you may have some delays in the procedure. Other parts are similar to those that have been operating for more than one year, so companies that are less than one year old are eligible for LMIA. Another misunderstanding is that LMIA must be approved. As LMIA receives approval after the review with Service Canada, if the review is not carried out properly at this time, it may not be approved. Of course, LMIA approval is not difficult if the review is completed with proper documentation and thorough preparation, and most LMIA cases are actually approved. However, occasionally, if the application is faulty or insufficient, if the company is unable to prove its financial situation, if there is not enough effort to save Canadian citizens and permanent residents, or if the review with Service Canada differs from the content of the application, it may be rejected. Therefore, applying for LMIA does not necessarily give 100% approval, but if you prepare thoroughly and proceed, you can get approval in most cases. Finally, it's a misunderstanding about whether you can work as soon as you get LMIA approval. As described above, LMIA may hire foreign workers and provide work permit or permanent residency support to Canadian employers in Service Canada. This latter is a required document when applying for a work permit, but just because LMIA has been approved, you can't just work with it. In order for the applicant to work in Canada, the work permit approved by the Canadian Immigration Service must be approved before starting work. In other words, you cannot work only with LMIA approval, but you can work only after you get your work permit approved. Of course, this part can vary from case to case. As in today's text, we must proceed without any misunderstanding before proceeding with LMIA. Especially recently, there are frequent updates about LMIA, so if we are proceeding with LMIA or if we are planning to proceed with LMIA, we must make sure to find out in advance. According to LMIA trends, the procedure period is fast and the approval rate is very high, so I hope you don't miss this time and get good results.
How's the Canada Work permit going? Let me tell you the approval rate and how to proceed.
Since the Fendemics crisis caused by COVID-19 in March, many temporary policies have been announced on immigration to Canada, and there have been many changes in the duration of formalities, methods of progress, and approval of work permit applications. Some of these were officially announced by the CIC Immigration Bureau, but there were many unofficial changes that caused a lot of concern and curiosity for work permit applicants. The three most frequently asked questions for Work Permit applicants were how they could get work permit after COVID-19, how long it would take, and whether work permit approval continued. First of all, to explain how you can get a work permit, you need to check which country you currently live in. The reason is that the application methods vary depending on whether you are currently in Korea or what status you are in Canada. If you previously lived in Canada regardless of your status in Canada, you could visit the U.S. border, most of which is adjacent to Canada called Flagpole, by land, and be screened for work permit and receive work permit documents or apply online in Canada. But now that the Canadian-US border is closed, you can't go straight to the same Flagpole as before, and you can apply online. Or, if you were living in Korea, you can enter Canada right after receiving the Canada Entry Permit called ETA, and you can get work permit examination and approval documents at the airport at the same time, or you can enter Canada after applying online, but now you must get approval online. As the work permit was not available directly at the Flagpole or airport, and screening was only available online, so it took a long time to process. It takes about 150 days to apply for work permit in Canada, and about 100 days to apply in Korea. However, because the Canadian Immigration Service lists the average length of time, approval can be made as early as two to three weeks, or longer than ten months. Similar cases may have different time spans, which may be caused by slight differences in each case, or by different examiners to review documents from different perspectives. The work permit approval rate is also changing due to this kind of situation. Previously, when I received work permit directly from Flagpole or the airport, I was able to prove that I could submit related documents, career certificates, academic certificates, or certificates, and interviewed the examiner to do what I had been offered, and if not enough, I could explain it on the spot, so the approval rate was very high. However, as online applications have cut off communication and have been reviewed only with documents, some applications have been rejected even though they have applied with sufficient documents, and others have received different results despite having the same company, position, and experience as well. Of course, if you receive such an unreasonable result, you can ask the Immigration Bureau for a second trial, but if you do not apply for a second trial and wait for the result to come out again, or if the examiner does not reverse the result, you will have to reapply. If you look around these days, you can feel that the work permit approval rate itself is lower than before COVID-19 and you can often see errors when documents are approved. There may be many reasons like this, but it seems that there are internal difficulties because COVID-19 is a trend to reduce the number of people entering foreign countries or the Immigration Bureau has not experienced such a pendemic situation. It would be best if you could apply for and get an approval quickly, but after applying for a work permit, it might be different from the existing method of application, and it may take a long time to wait. In this case, you should check the situation periodically to see if there are additional document requests or updates, and if you receive results that are different from the ones you want, there may be other ways, such as applying for a retrial or re-application, so don't be frustrated and find a way to solve them. Not only Canada but also the whole world is experiencing a difficult time and it is the first time for everyone to experience it, so we have to wait for this to be resolved as soon as possible, but we hope that you don't give up and bear with it to achieve your desired goal.
How can we proceed with LMIA in Alberta, where we declared a halt to LMIA due to the Corona incident?
On October 26, Alberta announced that it would actively provide jobs to citizens living in the unemployed state of Alberta by limiting the number of jobs and occupations for foreign workers except Canadian citizens and permanent residents. According to the announcement, the policy will take effect on November 1 and will provide more than 1,350 jobs to citizens and permanent residents living in Alberta instead of foreign workers by adding jobs limited to the "Republic to process list," or the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Restricted jobs will affect 475 jobs in areas such as accommodation and food services, retail, transportation, construction, professional and technical services, and the Alberta state government has already agreed to talk to the Canadian federal government. However, certain professions in agriculture and nursing are excluded, which are few professional occupations that cannot be filled by Alberta residents alone. Regarding these restricted jobs and those excluded from the restrictions, the ministry said it would monitor them quarterly and adjust them as the economic situation improves. According to today's announcement, LMIA was unlikely for the time being in Alberta, and applicants who were hosting or preparing to proceed with the LMIA in Alberta had no choice but to wait impatiently for the details to be announced on November 1. On Monday, November 2nd, the details were announced and this announcement was positive about the progress of LMIA, unlike the announcement on October 26th, so many applicants who were preparing for LMIA and work permit were able to relax their worries. According to details released on November 1, only 27 jobs are available for LMIA, excluding previously announced accommodation and food services, retail, transportation, construction, professional and technical services. But we've also announced that there are a few other things that we're exempt from, and that's where Permanent Residence or Dual Intent LMIA goes. To be exact, it is announced that if you apply for LMIA for the purpose of supporting permanent residency, it will proceed even if it is not the 27 possible professions marked by Alberta state. In other words, if a company that supports LMIA is able to support Permanent Residence or Dual Intent LMIA, it will be exempted from this restriction and will be able to proceed with LMIA as before. For companies that have operated for more than a year and have no financial problems, we can continue with this approach because of the availability of Permanent Residence or Dual Intent LMIA. Contrary to these concerns, Alberta suggests a way to keep LMIA going, so most applicants can go as it is and get permanent residency. In addition, the recent announcement by the Canadian federal government to accommodate more than 400,000 immigrants a week shows a positive message that the threshold for permanent residency in Canada may be slightly lower in the future. With the recent COVID-19 change not only the Canadian federal government but also the state government's immigration policy, we hope that this positive announcement will serve as an opportunity to acquire permanent residency.
Canada Immigration Announces More than 1.23 million immigrants within 3 years from next year
This Friday, October 30, the Canadian Immigration Service made an official announcement on plans to accommodate immigrants for the next three years. The announcement says it plans to accommodate more than 400,000 new immigrants every year from 2021 to 2023. This number has a lot of meaning: First of all, the Canadian government has made an official announcement that it will accept the highest number of immigrants in 100 years, so it has never announced that it will accommodate more than 400,000 immigrants since 1913. In fact, according to the announcement made in March 2020, the company said it would accommodate about a million more people, but expected that it would be lowered due to COVID-19. However, the reason for the upward revision is the economic and financial impact of Canada due to aging and low birth rates. Canada has a large aging population of over 18% and over 65. It also has a low birth rate in the world with 1.47 births per woman. Therefore, Canada expects economic growth and future government spending to be difficult to support, and plans to support economic growth through the addition of additional labor force. In other words, by welcoming additional immigrants, we have no choice but to reinforce the workforce. The specific immigration acceptance plan from 2021 to 2023 will be selected through the following sections. 2021: Total Immigrant Acceptance Objective: 401,000 • Target acceptors through Express Entry or PNP, where empirical immigration is central: 153,600 to 208,500 • Target inmates through family-invited immigration: 76,000 to 105,000 • Target acceptors through the remaining immigration methods: 43,500 to 68,000. 2022: Total Immigrant Acceptance Objective: 411,000 • Target acceptors through Express Entry or PNP, where empirical immigration is central: 167,600 to 213,900 • Target inmates through family-invited immigration: 74,000 to 105,000 • Target inmates through the remaining immigration methods: 47,000 to 68,000. 2023: Total Immigrants Objective: 421,000 • Target acceptors through Express Entry or PNP, where empirical immigration is central: 173,500 to 217,500 • Target inmates through family-invited immigration: 74,000 to 106,000. • Target inmates through the remaining immigration methods: 49,000 to 70,500. As above, more than 60% of immigrants are accepted through the Economic Classes Express Entry and PNP and will increase every year. Since 1867, Canada has only had more than 300,000 immigrants a year, and the goal of accommodating more than 400,000 immigrants a year over the next three years is unusual. Despite the fandemics caused by COVID-19, Canada continues to open its doors to immigration, and until recently, applications for permanent residency have been selected and approved. Although some immigration is temporarily closed, Canada's future plans show a hopeful message that temporarily closed immigration can be reopened. If you are preparing to immigrate to Canada, I recommend you to prepare and proceed as you saw in this presentation.
State immigration program that you should know if you are worried about your English grades in Canada.
To obtain permanent residency in Canada, language proficiency tests are almost necessary. This language proficiency test can be submitted in English or French, and can be proved by IELTS-General or CELPIP-General in English, or by a test called TEF Canada or TCF Canada in French. Because each test has a different score system, you can check your score when applying for permanent residency through the standard table CLB as shown in the table below. Based on this CLB standard, you can calculate the permanent residency score by area. Depending on the program and job type, the English grades that must be met are different. For example, if you proceed with Express Entry, which is the most frequently applied federal immigration program, NOC B, a technical position, must be prepared up to CLB 5, a management position or a professional job, or CLB 7 to apply for permanent residency through Express Entry. This score must be above the base CLB for all scores in four areas other than the average score to meet the criteria. As shown in the table below, for IELTS, all four areas must have a score of 5 or more to exceed the CLB 5 reference point for applying for the NOC B job. If three of the four areas are CLB 7 or one area is CLB 4, the average will be CLB 5, but one area is not CLB 5, so you cannot apply for Express Entry. Previously, the Language Proficiency Test did not account for as much of the required, important, or significant of the score as it is now, but most of the recent methods of permanent residency have required submission or very high. As a result, applicants with poor language skills have a hard time applying for permanent residency and are looking for ways to maintain permanent residence rather than required language proficiency tests. Fortunately, there are some state immigration programs that still allow you to proceed with permanent residency without a language proficiency test, and I'll tell you what the pros and cons are. The first way to proceed with permanent residency without language proficiency testing is through BCPNP state immigration in BC. Language proficiency testing is not mandatory when permanent residency is carried out through BCPNP and permanent residency is carried out with administrative NOC 0 or professional NOC A. Therefore, applicants who have difficulty in making language proficiency grades can proceed with permanent residency through this method. This program has these advantages, but it also has some disadvantages. First of all, you may be asked to submit your language proficiency report next time based on the competence of the examiner, so you should make a language proficiency report within the time limit and submit it immediately. Or, BCPNP is a relative evaluation score system, and if you don't have a language ability score, you can get a lower score, so you have to cover these deficiencies with scores such as other careers, academic background, region, annual salary, and professions. For your information, language proficiency testing is essential when proceeding with NOC B, C, D, which includes technical jobs, etc. in BCPNP. The second way to proceed without language ability is to immigrate to the SINP state of SK Saskatchewan. Recently, Saskatchewan is a state that many applicants are interested in because English grades are not mandatory, and if you work with an employer for more than 6 months after receiving a work permit through LMIA, you can proceed with permanent residency without language proficiency. Other ways to apply without language ability score may include family invitation and immigration. In some states like this, permanent residency is still possible without language proficiency, but the latest trend shows that most permanent residency practices are changing to require language proficiency. Of course, it is a good way to acquire permanent residency regardless of your language ability grade, but I would recommend you to improve your English ability even after you acquire permanent residency because speaking English is important to live after adjusting to Canada.
Intranational student be able to enter Canada, as Study permit, From October 20th
The Canadian Immigration Service has notified Canadian students who were restricted from entering the country due to COVID-19 so that they can enter the country again from October 20. However, only students who have been approved to enter the school were allowed to enter the country. Certain approved school selection methods must first be forwarded to the Designated Learning Institute (DLI) to the Canadian State Government a detailed plan for the prevention of corona. The plan should inform international students of their health and travel requirements prior to arrival at school, and provide detailed instructions or support for the purchase of essentials such as food and medicine during isolation, as well as support for quarantine plans. Health and safety protocols should also be established in case international students become infected with the coronavirus. After submitting the plan to the state, the state will decide to allow students from the schools concerned to enter the country. You can check the list of schools that have been approved like this on the immigration website. Previously, only Study Permit holders who were approved before March 18 were allowed to enter the country, but from October 20th, they can enter the country regardless of when Study Permit was approved through the new bill. The Canadian Immigration Service said that even if you enter the country with the approval of Study Permit, you must have the necessary documents and must comply with them for entry purposes, namely for academic purposes. For example, if you enter the country through Study Permit approval, but actually for travel purposes, you can be denied entry. Also, immediate family members of international students also said that they can enter the country together if there is a reason to enter the country together. Everyone must go through a 14-day self-price period after entering the country, so they must also prepare plans for self-price upon arrival. As the Canadian government is gradually lifting the entry restrictions, it is expected that the entry restrictions will be eased a lot in the near future. Currently, it is not easy to meet the terms of entry to Canada, but as we announce a new policy every month, if you have any plans to enter Canada, you should listen to the news of immigration and check your conditions.
Apply for Canada Family sponsorship immigration right now.
It was announced that the process of permanent residency for parents and grandparents, which was expected to begin in the first half of 2020, will finally begin on Tuesday, October 13. As this progress will be carried out in a different way than last year's progress in 2019, we must be familiar with the conditions and methods in advance. The progress conditions have not changed much from the previous parent and grandparents invitation conditions. Sponsors must be 18 years of age or older with Canadian citizenship or permanent residency and must reside in Canada. And we need to meet the most important financial support conditions. For states other than Quebec, financial support conditions will be identified based on tax reports reported to the CRA over the last three years. The amount in the last three years' Notice of Assessment (NOA) confirms that parents and grandparents can apply for immigration. If Quebec supports you, you can check your financial statements for the last year. If you have a spouse or common-law partner, the amount listed in the Notice of Assessment can be calculated by the sum of the two, the criteria will vary depending on the current dependant family member, the parents invited, and grandparents. The exact families included are sponsors (self), spouses or common-law partners, dependents (singles under 22), spouses or common-law partners, and invitees (parent or grandparents). For example, if a married family of four (self, spouse, or two children) invites two parents, the condition must be verified based on the income of a total family of six. After confirming the terms, you should ensure that you meet the minimum income standard based on the number of families provided by the Immigration Bureau. As shown in the table below, for families of six people, the income of you and your spouse must meet all three-year incomes of $77, 095, $78,296 in 2019 and $62,814 in 2020. If the above conditions have been met, you should now check how to proceed. In 2019, parents and grandparents invited immigrants were given the opportunity to apply on a first-come, first-served basis, but in 2020, we reintroduced the random draw method in a way that was carried out in 2018. In other words, between October 13, 2020 and November 3, 2020, a brief application for invitation to parents and grandparents will be completed and submitted first. Once all applications have been submitted, the Immigration Bureau will select 10,000 applications as random and provide you with a chance to apply for permanent residency as of November 3. After being selected, you must submit the relevant documents within 60 days. The immigration office is marking the period of immigration between 20 and 24 months for parents, but it is expected that this covid-19 will cause a change. In 2018, when the selection was carried out in the same way, it was changed back to a first-come-first-served basis in 2019 out of concern that the selection probability was very low and the process might not proceed transparently, but in early 2020, it seems that too many applicants would be forced to do so in the same time slot. Considering that we gave this selection to 10,000 people, it is highly likely that we will not be selected, but we will select 30,000 people in 2021, so even if we miss this opportunity, we can proceed again next year and seize the opportunity.
The sponsorship application will process quickly! Marriage, Common low immigration will approve 6,000 applications every month this year!
Canada has a culture that places great importance on family unity, which is also seen in various government policies. Among them, the most obvious example is the immigration of spouses or de facto partners through immigration methods of immigration. If Canadian citizens or permanent residents are unable to live with their spouse or partner due to differences in their Canadian status, they may be eligible to live with them as invited immigrants if they meet the requirements requested by the Immigration Bureau. There are two main ways to apply if you are legally married to your spouse or have lived in the same place for more than a year. Unlike other experienced immigration methods, this method does not proceed through career, English, or academic scores, but submits various documents to prove that the relationship between the two is not false and that they are in love. Also, the approval rate is very high if only the documents submitted by the Canadian Immigration Bureau are properly prepared and applied. The Canadian Immigration Service has decided to proceed with immigration for a total of three months from October to December, inviting spouses or de facto marriage partners. In order to expedite the process, we increased the number of document reviewers by 66% compared to the existing examiners and decided to deliver 6,000 cases of document review every month. Through this, the government aims to determine about 50,000 applications for emigration this year for spouses and de facto marriage partners. In order to increase the efficiency of the work, the documents received will be digitized so that reviewers can handle cases quickly even when working from home. In addition, we had to finish the landing by visiting the place where the examiner booked us, but we have recently conducted a brief interview over the phone without reservation to announce the quick results. As mentioned above, the reason why the Immigration Bureau is proceeding with the application for spouses/participants as soon as possible is because it can't wait to see how many families are affected by COVID-19 and the covid-19s. Prior to COVID-19, the government had decided to complete the results of about 70,000 spouse/part-law partner applications every year from 2020 to 2022, with the total immigration completing about 341,000 applications. However, it seems that this year will be too much to reach the target that has already been set up, so we should pay attention to the future direction of the immigration bureau whether it will carry forward the target that it failed to fill again after the end of this covid-19 to another year. Still, the Canadian Immigration Service is gradually easing regulations due to covid-19 and the immigration office is proceeding with cases quickly, so it is likely that they will be discharged soon.
Is it possible to proceed with permanent residency without Biometric?
To prevent the spread of coronavirus, the Canadian Immigration Service continued to take special measures, including allowing an indefinite deadline for submissions if the biometric process could not be carried out immediately. The biggest reason for this action is that it is not known when many Biometric service branches in Canada and abroad will operate normally. The closure of these service branches and Visa Center has affected many permanent residency applicants. Previously, even if the applicant for permanent residency had previously conducted biometric, he had to do biometric again when applying for permanent residency. And because Canada couldn't finish Biometric, the number of applications for permanent residency was increasing. To solve this problem, on Tuesday, September 22nd, Canada did not allow additional biometrics to be re-examined when carrying out permanent residency when submitting applications for visitor permit, study permit, work permit, etc. within the last 10 years. Through this policy, the Canadian Immigration Service aims to alleviate further confusion by allowing permanent residency approval without biometric recognition in certain cases. This policy is effective as of September 22, 2020 and is valid indefinitely. Subject to this policy must meet two conditions: firstly, if a permanent resident has already been applied or is a new applicant; second, if an applicant has conducted biometric recognition within 10 years before submitting the application for permanent residence. If we did not receive Biometric before and are not included in the above policy, Service Canada in Canada will soon open and we will contact applicants who need Biometric sequentially. Applicants can receive a call from Service Canada and schedule the visit date before proceeding. As such, the Canadian Immigration Service is not just watching the immigration process being delayed by the Covid-19, but is trying to make it happen quickly by placing an exclusion target or changing regulations. Recently, not only permanent residency but also student permits and work permits have been delayed a lot, but we should check the updated parts quickly by looking at the new policies that we are announcing.
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