LGBTQ2 Immigration: Rainbow Refugee Assistance Partnership


The ongoing support for LGBTQ2 communities from Canadian Government is known around the world. However, today the Government of Canada announced even broader assistance by establishing the Rainbow Refugee Assistance Partnership.

This program will support more Canadians in privately sponsoring LGBTQ2 refugees who are facing violence and persecution in their countries. It was established in cooperation with the Rainbow Refugee Society to help strengthen collaboration between LGBTQ2 related organizations and the refugee settlement communities in Canada.

“LGBTQ2 refugees have faced unimaginable circumstances just for being who they are. Canada will protect them and help keep them safe. The LGBTQ2 community has been steadfast in their mission in raising awareness of the unique needs of LGBTQ2 refugees among Canadians and helping these most vulnerable people feel safe...” – The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship.

We, at AnyVisa are fully committed to help all people without discrimination and we are proud to acknowledge the fact that we have multiple clients from LGBTQ2 community in Western Canada over the past 10 years. If you are interested in assisting the LGBTQ2 community members overseas to resettle in Canada, feel free to contact us for a private consultation.

Tech workers have more reasons to look for jobs in Canada

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Since US immigration becomes more difficult, foreign tech workers are turning to Canada. The absence of growth in foreign tech job interest in the US is related to stricter immigration procedures — including those for high-skilled tech workers, H-1B visa holders.

Meanwhile, jobs in Canada are having a higher rate of such interest from foreign tech professionals, because the Canadian immigration system is not only very welcoming but it also provides a practically immediate transition to Permanent Residency.

For example, such program as The BC PNP Tech Pilot has been extended until June 2020. Since the demand for talent in B.C.’s tech sector is increasing very fast, the pilot extension took place in order “to provide B.C. tech employers with the continued ability to recruit and retain international talent.”

Foreign tech workers can definitely consider Canada an employment option since the Tech Pilot is providing a fast-tracked, permanent immigration pathway for them.

If you are a tech professional and would like to work in Canada, there is another option for you such as Global Talent stream. The details of that program we mentioned in our previous blog posts, but you can always find the information on our dedicated Global Talent Stream page.

For your personal Pre-Assessment, feel free to send your request by submitting the form. We are also happy to provide you with our initial consultation should you have any questions or concerns about Canadian immigration, jobs in Canada and other visa inquiries.

Express Entry points dramatically increased

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The Express Entry System creates a pool of candidates for immigration to Canada. It is an electronic application management system, which covers Canada’s key economic immigration programs. All-programs draws under the Express Entry system and is typically held every two weeks.

The most recent Express Entry draw was held on May 29th, 2019. However, lots of candidates, who thought they could apply for Permanent Residency through the Express Entry system, now have to postpone their process, since the minimum CRS score was 470.

However, we encourage those candidates not to give up, even if this new Express Entry draw has exceeded their points. The minimum CRS score is constantly changing, and most likely it will go down eventually giving more chances for Express Entry candidates to apply for Permanent Residency as soon as possible.

There is always a possibility to improve your Express Entry points through various options:

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How to apply for Global Talent Stream

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On May 20th, 2019, the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that his Government is supporting the Global Talent Stream through attracting tech professionals to Canada.

During the interview, he said that Canada “needs to stay open” to bring international talents, and the creation of the Global Talent Stream was a good help for Canadian employers since under this program foreign workers in specific occupations may obtain work permits within two weeks, just as little as that!

“This is a good place to set down roots, this is a good place to build a company, this is a good place to build a future,” - he said, - “We’ve got socio-economic, fiscal, banking and legal stability that is world class, and we’re a country that does so in two languages.”

The process of an application under the Global Talent Stream starts with finding a Canadian employer who is willing to hire a foreign worker. Then, in order to apply for two-week processing, a worker needs to submit the complete application from outside of Canada. The full process of how to apply for Global Talent Stream you may see on the designated page.

If you want to get more details and see if you have chances to apply under the GTS, don’t hesitate to send us your request. We will be happy to provide you with our Free Assessment.

QIIP Requirements for Immigration to Canada

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What an international investor needs to do to meet the minimum QIIP requirements for fast immigration.

“Citizenship by Investment” is a common practice in many countries, including Canada, the USA, the United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Portugal, and many others.

Business Immigration has been a subject of interest for years, and the Government of Canada and Quebec are running one of the longest and most successful immigration programs for investors in the World - The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program, or QIIP.

This program is for investors who want to eliminate the stress of doing business in a new environment. In addition, among the QIIP requirements, there are no language or age restrictions. Here are the basic QIIP requirements that investors need to meet in order to qualify for this program:

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Attention, Cuba! Changes to IRCC services in Havana

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Visa to Canada for Cubanos is still available, even though Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) reduced its programs and services in Havana, Cuba.

From now on at the Embassy of Canada in Havana, such services as visitor visas, study/work permits, or Permanent Residence interviews will no longer be offered.

At the same time, there are some services still available. The Canadian Embassy in Havana will keep accepting Canadian passport, citizenship certificate, and permanent resident travel document applications. Applicants may also apply for PR under economic and family class programs. If applicants need to give their biometrics, they will need to travel outside Cuba.

If you want to apply for a visitor visa to Canada, or Study Permit, or Work Permit, you can still do that – simply send your request on the designated page, or fill out the Free Assessment form right away. Our visa services are available for any type of temporary visa application or any other immigration issue.

Student Direct Stream: 20 days processing for Canadian Visa

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International students got a "green light" in Canada! The Canadian Government has moved to centralize submission for the expedited processing program that targets candidates applying from certain countries. Four countries were selected for fast visa processing: China, India, Philippines or Vietnam. The processing time for this visa is as fast as 20 days!

Chinese, Indian, Philippine or Vietnamese candidates, who want to study in Canada at a post-secondary designated learning institution, have to be qualified for the Student Direct Stream. As well as any other Canadian immigration program, Student Direct Stream has a list of requirements that each candidate has to meet. You can see the list of the Student Direct Stream requirements on our designated page.

This stream is a unique opportunity for those who qualify to get their visa to Canada fast. Enjoy the studentship in Canada and get a world-class education. First steps could be made right now: simply send your request to see if you are eligible to apply!

Global Skills Strategy as a right path to Permanent Residency

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According to the recent news, the regulations for H-1B visa holders in the United States are being tightened up by the Trump administration. Those tech professionals who are holding this type of visa are now considering moving to Canada under the Global Talent Stream as their best option. Nearly one-third of the H-1B visa holders moving to Canada are Indians.

The Global Skills Strategy Program was implemented in 2017 as a pilot project, and now it became permanent. According to a report called ‘Building a Nation of Innovators’ by the Canadian government, 40,833 jobs and 3,625 applications have been approved for high-skilled immigrants as of November 2018.

Canada is also attractive for highly-skilled professionals because of the great chance of potential citizenship in three years, whereas Indians have to wait as much as a decade for a green card in the US. “There is an increasing trend of tech talent movement to Canada as the immigration process is much more predictable there”, said Poorvi Chothani, managing partner, LawQuest.

Learn more about the Global Talent Stream, and send your inquiry via our free assessment form.

Ottawa has increased annual immigration targets


More and more immigration programs are being implemented in Canada in order to attract newcomers and immigrants. Ottawa has increased annual immigration targets, gradually moving up from 280,000 in 2016 to 350,000 by 2021.

In 2019 budget Ontario government announced that in scale of the OINP the province will create a new immigration stream for tech workers and a new immigration pilot initiative with the goal of attracting highly skilled immigrants to smaller communities around the province.

One of the upcoming directions would be the dedicated stream for tech workers. According to the 2019 budget, the government will create a “dedicated stream to help Ontario’s technology sector attract highly skilled employees.” However, so far there were no more details provided on this topic. ANYVISA will provide updates when they become available. So far what has been announced, this tech immigration stream would feed Ontario’s booming tech sector in Toronto, Ottawa, and Waterloo. In recent years those cities have been experiencing significant high-tech job growth.

The budget also says the government is aiming to implement an Immigration pilot for smaller communities. The goal is “to explore innovative approaches to bring highly skilled immigrants” to smaller communities around the province. The government said the pilot’s purpose will be to “spread the benefits of immigration to smaller communities.” Proposed pilot would encourage immigration to Northern Ontario.

Do not hesitate to contact ANYVISA for any details regarding the recent immigration updates, or proceed with our free pre-assessment form.

H-1B frustrations increased the interest in Canada’s immigration options

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With the rejection rate for H-1B visa applications in the United States, highly skilled foreign workers are turning to Canada in search of stability and new opportunities.

Recently American media has been publishing numerous articles and revealing cases about highly skilled foreign workers living in the U.S. who have already moved to Canada or are looking into their Canadian immigration options. Here are the most popular ones:

Express Entry

The skilled foreign workers like those who rely on the H-1B visa are highly prized by Canada’s federal and provincial governments. Express Entry is a points-based system that rewards education, English language proficiency and skilled work experience, among other factors. That actually makes many H-1B candidates well-positioned to pursue Canadian permanent residence as a result. Also, in order to be eligible for Canadian PR through Express Entry, a job offer from a Canadian employer is not required.

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