Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Immigration Corner | I Want My Mom To Visit


Dear Ms Powell,
My mom is in Jamaica and she is healthy and strong. I want her to come and spend some time with me in Canada as I'm scheduled to have a baby soon.
She says she doesn't want me to file for her as she doesn't want to live here, but that she would come and spend a year with me to help my husband and I with our new baby.
Is there a way to apply for her to stay longer than six months? Would I need to apply for a work permit for her?
- I.B.
Dear I.B.,
It is not uncommon for parents and grandparents to visit their family members and spend an extended period of time, especially to assist with the birth of a child, celebrate marriage, assist with a loved one who is ill or help a bereaved family member.
Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is the department of government that handles these applications. As long as you are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada, you may apply for a 'supervisa' for your parents and/or grandparents to visit for a period in excess of six months at a time. Your application could be successful if both you (the sponsor) and your mother (the applicant) are able to satisfy the requirements.
Under this programme, the applicant will be expected to be coming to Canada only as a visitor and not work without a valid work permit during the time that they are visiting. If your mother would like to work and receive compensation as a nanny with you or to accept work from a third party, she will need to apply for a work permit and satisfy the work permit requirements.
A supervisa does not grant you permission to work in Canada. A separate application would need to be made for a work permit or an application for permanent residence under the Parent and Grandparent Programme, which is different from the supervisa application.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

 The application process for a supervisa is similar to that for a regular temporary resident or visitor's visa, except that there are a few additional requirements.
These are:
1. Provide proof of Canadian medical insurance that is valid for a minimum of one year with a minimum coverage of CDN$100,000. The medical insurance should cover health care, hospitalisation and expenses associated with emergency return to her country, if necessary;
2. Do an upfront medical check with an approved medical doctor, who will send the report directly to the Visa Application Centre (VAC). This medical includes, but is not limited to, checking of blood pressure and various blood tests;
3. Provide a recent police record to ensure that there are no security concerns;
4. IRCC will also check their own system to ensure that your mother is not deemed ineligible due to past breeches of IRCC rules;
5. Present her biometric information, which means attending the VAC to deliver her fingerprints and photograph;
6. Well drafted invitation which provides proof of your ability to support your mother and provide accommodations;
7. Pay the required fees and provide other supporting documents.
Your mother will need to first establish that she is a genuine visitor and that she will be providing emotional and physical support for you and your family. This is different from coming to Canada as an employee and working for monetary value equivalent to that which you would normally pay a nurse, nanny or caregiver. She will also need to show strong ties to her home country that would warrant her voluntary return at the end of the time granted.
Essentially, her ties to Jamaica will need to be greater than her ties to Canada. Such ties could include a job, from which she is taking a valid leave or leave of absence; ownership of property, savings, investments, motor vehicle, community involvement, and other dependents or family members.

SPONSOR'S CRITERIA

 You, as the sponsor, will also need to satisfy the immigration officer that you have the means and ability to accommodate your mom for an extended period of time. You will need to submit a job letter and notice of assessments/tax returns statements.
If you are living alone, you will need to show a minimum income of approximately CDN$25,000; a family of two, income of CDN$31,000; or a family of three, income of approximately CDN$38,000. These figures change on an annually, so you should always check the IRCC's website for the updated information.
These documents should be submitted with the completed application forms and the required fee.
You should note that there is a limit to the number of supervisa applications that are accepted annually, so you will need to check if they are accepting applications at the time that you plan to apply. The application process can take up to two months, so you should plan for that.
If your mother is planning to go to Canada as an employee, she must apply for a work permit. This would require you to have a labour market impact assessment report. For more information, you should consult with an immigration lawyer directly.
- Deidre S. Powell is a lawyer, mediator and notary public in Jamaica and Canada. Submit your questions and comments to info@deidrepowell.com. Subject line: Immigration. Visit her website or call 613-695-8777 for more information about her services.
Published in the Jamaica Gleaner: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20160823/immigration-corner-i-want-my-mom-visit

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Seeking A New Life - Provincial Nominee Programme - Canada

Provinces & Territories of Canada
Dear Ms Powell,
I am a professional in Jamaica. I'm turning 30 next month and need to get out of Jamaica and start a new life. I have been working hard and saving. I've even sold my car and taking the bus, as I want the change badly. I heard you speak in Jamaica and I made detailed notes of what you said I need to do. I did the language exam and I have an educational assessment report. My Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores are not very high, but I heard that if a province nominates me that my score could increase dramatically. How do I go about getting a provincial nominee? It doesn't matter to me which province. Which province has the fewest immigrants? I would apply to that province as I just need a new life for myself and my son, outside of Jamaica. How long would this take? The sooner, the better.
- Anonymous
 Dear Anonymous,
Canada has 10 provinces and three territories that you can explore for opportunities. The latest statistics show that in 2014 Canada welcomed approximately 260,000 immigrants; with Nunavut, Yukon and the Northwest Territories receiving the least number of immigrants. I must caution you that those are the coldest areas with unusual weather patterns, long days and nights. New Foundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Manitoba also showed low immigrant intake and the weather in these provinces is not so extreme.
Most, but not all provinces/ territories have the provincial nominee programme (PNP) and each has its own rules and regulations. The key to note is that the rules are subject to change at any time and the application process varies. Some applications may be made electronically and others are paper-based.
The following provinces have the programme and details are outlined on their websites: Alberta, British, Manitoba, New, Newfoundland, Territories, Nova, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, Yukon.
You should note that the PNP is designed to assist employers who are having difficulty recruiting certain qualified, skilled workers to fill certain approved positions. The website will outline the list of occupations that the provinces are looking for at this time. You will also find out if they are accepting applications now or when they will resume accepting applications.
 PROVINCE-SPECIFIC APPLICATIONS
All applications must be sent directly to the province that you are interested in, detailing your qualifications, along with information which demonstrates that you intend to settle and be productive in the province of choice.
The province will review your application to ensure that you satisfy certain criteria as outlined on their website. If you qualify under their programme, you will be provided with a Provincial Nominee Certificate.
Once you have been nominated by a province or territory you will need the Provincial Nomination Certificate to submit via the express entry system. This is the process established by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for application for permanent resident status. This is another step and you will need the following:
1. A letter from all your past employers showing details of your work experience;
2. Proof of finances, and be able to demonstrate that you have enough money to establish yourself in the particular province;
3. A medical test;
4. A criminal record report from all countries that you have resided for six months or more.
5. Any other document that is requested by IRCC.
6. Processing fee.
If you have satisfied all the above, submitted all the required documents, passed your medical and security tests, your application is usually processed within six months and you and applicable family members could be in Canada in less than a year.
On a different note; you sound as if you are running from something in Jamaica. I urge you to deal with the issues before your departure, as you may put a physical distance between you and the problem, but remain emotionally tied to whatever you are running away from. Consider talking to a professional to ensure that you are able to make a clean break, if you are granted permanent residence in Canada.
Deidre S. Powell is a lawyer, mediator and notary public who is a member of the Jamaican and Ontario, Canada bars, with main office located in Ottawa, Ontario. Her areas of practice are in Immigration, Personal Injury, Family and Administration of Estates and Commercial Law. She is on the roster of Mediators for Ottawa, Toronto and the Dispute Resolution Foundation of Jamaica. Email:info@deidrepowell.com. Subject line: Immigration
Published in the Jamaica Gleaner: http://jamaicagleaner.com/article/news/20160809/seeking-new-life

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Immigration Corner | Thinking Of Canada/ Family Sponsorship

Dear Miss Powell,
My sister is a Canadian citizen and she would like to sponsor me and my 13-year-old brother to go to Canada to live. How can she sponsor us? I'm working, but my little brother is in high school.
- A.M.
 Dear A.M.,
A Canadian citizen or permanent resident can sponsor her siblings to become permanent residents of Canada if all the parties are able to satisfy certain requirements as outlined under the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection Act ( IRPA).
Your sister will first need to ensure that she qualifies to be a sponsor. She cannot be receiving social assistance, be in prison, or bankrupt. She must be able to satisfy other requirements depending on the details of your application.
In the case of your 13-year-old brother, there is a special provision made for persons who are orphans, single, and under the age of 18. So if both of your parents are deceased and your brother is dependent on your sister for support, she can make a special application to sponsor your brother.

STUDY PERMIT
It appears that you are over 18 years old and, therefore, the rules are different. The only way your sister can sponsor you is if she is single and has no other relative living in Canada. That is, your sister will need to prove that she does not have children, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, or nephews in Canada.
If you and your brother do not qualify under the above, then your other options would be to apply for a study permit. This may be an expensive route as your brother will need to pay tuition as an international student and meet the financial requirements.
If you have a minimum of one year's work experience in a trade or as a professional, you may not need your sister to sponsor you as you could apply under the Federal Skilled Trades or Federal Skilled Worker category via the Express Entry System. I have written several articles about this topic, which can be found online.
You should also note that you will be required to undergo criminal and medical checks before your application is approved.
The answer above is based on the limited information that you have provided. Therefore, I recommend that you consult with an immigration lawyer who will be able to guide you based on the details of your case.
Published in the Jamaica Gleaner: http://www.jamaicagleaner.com/article/news/20160726/immigration-corner-thinking-canada

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

I Have A Child With A Canadian Resident - Canada Immigration

Deidre Powell - Immigration Lawyer

Dear Ms. Powell,
I met a man on the beach a few years ago who said he was a Canadian citizen.
I took him home with me, where he spent the rest of his vacation with me. I showed him all of Jamaica and we had a wonderful time. After he left, I realised that I was pregnant. I told him about the child and he sends money every now and again. Can he sponsor our daughter to be a citizen? I asked him to sponsor her and he said he can't. What would prevent him from making the application? What can I do to make sure my child has a good life? She looks so much like him. I think she would have better opportunities in Canada. What can I do?
- A.W.
Dear A.W. ,
Only citizens and permanent residents of Canada over the age of 18 are permitted to sponsor family members to Canada. Family members, under Canadian laws, include dependent children under the age of 19 years old. The definition of who is deemed to be a child was changed in August 1, 2014, from the previous limit of 22 years. Canadian citizens and permanent residents can also sponsor other family members, such as spouses, common-law or conjugal partners, parents and other relatives, if they can satisfy certain requirements.
In order for your daughter's father to sponsor her, he would have to meet certain specified requirements such as:
1. Ability to provide for her financially.
2. Provide a police certificate.
3. Be in good health.
4. Be willing to sign a commitment agreement stating that he will provide support for her and not cause her to seek financial support from the government.
5. Other requirements based on the details of your case.
There are certain factors which could make him ineligible. You will need to ask him these questions:
1. Is he, in fact, a citizen or permanent residence of Canada?
2. Can he provide you with a copy of his birth certificate, citizenship card, citizenship certificate or permanent resident card?
3. Has he or someone he sponsored breached the terms of a previous sponsorship?
4. Has he failed to provide financial support in accordance with a court order?
5. Has he received social assistance for reasons other than disability?
6. Has he committed a criminal offence of a sexual nature, or involving violence against a family member?
7. Has he defaulted on an immigration loan?
8. Is he now in prison?
9. Has he declared bankruptcy?
Children Of Canadian Citizens
If your child's father was a Canadian citizen before the birth of your child, then he may have the option of not just sponsoring your child, but he can make an application for your child to become a permanent resident or citizen, based on how he got his citizenship and the date when your child was born.
The Canadian laws and immigration system are constantly changing; however, a key fact to note is that if your child was born before April 17, 2009, then your child is deemed to be a Canadian citizen at birth and you will only need to submit all the relevant documents in order for the child to receive Canadian citizenship.
For children born after April 17, 2009, the rules are different. A child born outside of Canada, whose parent is a Canadian citizen, does not automatically become a citizen unless the parent was employed by certain Canadian government departments.
There could be several factors that affect whether or not your child's father can sponsor or apply for your daughter to become a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. I strongly recommend that you both consult with a Canadian immigration lawyer to guide you.
 Published in the Jamaican Gleaner: http://jamaicagleaner.com/article/news/20160712/immigration-corner-i-have-child-canadian-resident
Deidre S. Powell is a Lawyer, Mediator and Notary Public who is a member of the Jamaican and Ontario, Canada bars, with main office located in Ottawa, Ontario. Her areas of practice are in Immigration, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Commercial, Family and Administration of Estates. She is on the roster of Mediators for Ottawa, Toronto and the Dispute Resolution Foundation of Jamaica. Email: info@deidrepowell.com. Subject line: Immigration Find her on Facebook: jamaicanlawyer.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Immigration Corner | How Do I Sponsor Myself To Go To Canada?

Immigration Lawyer - Deidre Powell


Dear Ms. Powell,
I recently finished my degree at University of the West Indies (UWI) and job prospects here seem very slim. I would like to do the self sponsorship programme to become a citizen of Canada.
I have a half sister living there, plus my Dad said he would give me the funds. How do I sponsor myself? Do I need to have a job offer before I apply? How easy is it to get through? How long will it take? Thank you for taking the time to guide me as I see so many advertisements out there that I don't know who to trust and I don't want to get scammed.
B.L.
Dear B.L.
Canada has several immigration programmes under which you could apply to become a permanent resident, provided that you can meet the requirements.
The main programmes are the Federal Skilled Worker Programme, Federal Trades Programme, Canadian Experience Class and Provincial Nominee Programme. These programmes are accessible via the Express Entry System. It is a two-step process which involves, firstly, acceptance into the pool and, secondly, receiving an invitation to apply. Once you receive an invitation to apply, you could receive permanent residence within six months.
Immigration Lawyer
Express Entry System
The Express Entry system is a points-based, electronic system implemented in January 2015 by Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), formerly known as CIC. It is a system of managing prospective applicants under the above mentioned programmes, both in Canada and the rest of the world.
Although the system is promoted as not being occupation specific, thereby not having a specified list of occupations, the system is more challenging than the previous first come, first serve method. Under the express entry system all applicants are lumped into one pool for selection based on their Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS). That means an individual will be competing with individuals currently in Canada and those internationally.
Points under this system are allotted based on core human factors such as education, work experience, age, language. The number of points that you will be allotted is also affected on your marital status and the ability to combine points as a couple.
To exceed the 500 points threshold, international applicants will need to have Canadian work experience within the last three years, which qualifies them to be classified under the Canadian Experience Class and/ or receive a provincial nominee certificate from one of the Province and / or receive a legitimate job offer from an employer that can produce a Labour Market Impact Assessment Report (LMIA). With any of the above, the maximum points that an applicant can get is 1200 points. So far the lowest CRS that has received an invitation to apply for permanent residence, to date, is 450.
CAUTION - DON'T GET SCAMMED
You do not need to have a job offer in order to be accepted into the pool. The challenge is to score enough to receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence. This is where individuals could get scammed.
There are many individuals claiming that they can get you a job. However, the key question to ask them is whether or not the perspective employer has a LMIA report or if the particular job is LMIA exempt. There is a list of LMIA exempt occupations on the Canadian government's website. A quick Google search will reveal that information.
It is your duty to investigate whether or not the offer is legitimate. Furthermore, in most cases, employers pay their own recruiting agencies to find quality workers and you do not need to pay employment agencies to find work for you. Note also that once you have been accepted into the express entry pool, you will have access to the Canadian government's job bank which allows you to apply for legitimate jobs without fear of being scammed.
Do you need a representative?
You do not need to pay a representative to act on your behalf, if you are able to effectively navigate the system yourself. The key thing is to do it right the first time.
There are two types of representatives - compensated and uncompensated. A compensated representative must be authorised in order to assist you with your application. These representatives are limited to lawyers and paralegals who are members in good standing with a Canadian Provincial or Territorial Law Society. Also, immigration consultants who are members in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).
The individuals who are authorised to practice as a paid representative can easily be found on the various regulatory body websites. Do not be afraid to ask your paid representative for proof that they are authorised to represent you. IRCC will not accept your application or deal with the individual on your behalf, if the person is not authorised.
The key thing to note is that using a representative is a choice. That representative will guide you in the process and show you how to maximise your points. The representative also ensures that you escape some of the pitfalls of the system, based on his/her experience and knowledge.
How do you protect yourself from getting scammed? 
Do your own research and ask questions. Search the Gleaner website (  or this blog ) for previous articles on how to avoid being scammed. Discuss your concerns with your representative before making a decision. Do not blindly turn over your confidential documents and information to individuals that you have never seen or heard of before. Most importantly, check the Canadian government websites for information.
Basic information that you should know before you apply
Your goal is to maximise your points. Pay attention to the following:
1. Education: You will need to get an Educational Credential Assessment Report (ECA) of your university degree/ diploma/certificate if it is from a non-Canadian school.
2. Experience: You need a minimum of one year work experience in a job in certain specified trades, or at a supervisory, management or in certain professionals such as CEO, engineer, lawyer, and doctor. The key thing to check is if your occupation is listed under the category A, B, O. If you have three or more years full time or equivalent part time work experience in the particular job you will be able to get the maximum points under this category.
3. Language: You will need to sit the IELTS, General Training Examination. There is no way around this. To maximise your points, ensure that you get a minimum of eight in each category. Pay attention to your listening skills.
4. Age: Individuals between the age of 20 and 29 can get a maximum of 100/ 110 points. The number of points allotted will decrease as you get older. Individuals over 45 will not get any points under this category.
5. Settlement funds are required: You will need to provide proof of a minimum of CAD$12,162.00 (current figure) based on the number of individuals in your family.
Quebec is an option
You should note that the province of Quebec has its own electronic system for the Quebec Federal Skilled Worker programme (QSWP). This route has been very popular, as the minimum criteria for receiving a Certificat de selection (CSQ), is similar to an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence, and has a lower threshold. Key factors to note: there are no points for adaptability/ having relatives in Canada, there is an area of training list, you do not need to speak French, you do not need a job offer and applications should be submitted through the Mon project Quebec portal.
Deidre S. Powell is a lawyer, mediator, and notary public who is admitted to practise in Jamaica and Canada. Submit your questions and comments to info@deidrepowell.comFind her on Facebook: jamaicanlawyer.\ Call 613-695-8777 or 876-922-4092.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Immigration Corner | Haunted By Drunk-Driving Charge


Dear Ms Powell,
I was on vacation in the United States (US) and my family decided to visit our relatives in Toronto, Canada. I wasn't driving, but when I got to the border the immigration officer denied me entry. They said they have evidence of me driving under the influence in the US. I have a valid Canadian visitor's visa and a US visitor's visa. I used to go to school in the States and I was charged in the States for driving under the influence (DUI), but that was years ago. I can't believe they refused to allow me into the country when I have a valid visa. I was forced to leave the car and find a hotel to stay until my family returned. Can I appeal this? What can I do? I don't want this to happen to me again. This is totally embarrassing and I don't want this trouble again. The US did not prevent me from entering, so why is Canada penalising me for something that happened in the US years ago?
- Distressed
Dear Distressed,
Once someone has a criminal record or committed an offence anywhere in the world, the Canadian immigration authorities have the right to determine whether to allow you into their country. The type of offence does not matter. Canada takes driving under the influence very seriously. This applies to individuals with a US green card/ permanent residence status, visitors, students, workers and even individuals applying for permanent residence.
Individuals who have a criminal record of reckless/ careless driving, driving without due care and attention, DUI, driving while intoxicated or impaired (DWI) - which also includes effects of prescribed medications - to name a few, could be barred from entering Canada.
This policy is very strict and applies to everyone, even celebrities and heads of government. Once you are deemed inadmissible, you have to go through the standard procedures to obtain authorisation to return to Canada or an official waiver, as in the case of former US President George Bush, who had a drunken driving offence dating back to the 1970s.
Canada is even more vigilant since the agreement with the US which allows both countries to share data on individuals. This data-sharing initiative means that individuals who have committed a felony or misdemeanour in the US will most likely be stopped at the border, or on entering Canada, and scrutinised by an immigration officer to determine whether they should allow the individual to enter.
It does not matter that you were not the driver at the time and that you do not intend to drive in Canada. What guarantee does the Canadian government have? Their duty is to protect other Canadian citizens, residents and other visitors to Canada. That means not allowing someone with a criminal record from entering without first being admissible.
The procedure for dealing with this is not by way of an appeal. The correct procedure to follow will be based on factors such as the type of offence, the fine or sentence imposed, the severity of the offence and the number of years that have passed since paying the fine or serving the sentence.
It is best to consult with an immigration lawyer to help with determining the best way forward. Handling the situation incorrectly could lead to a delay or even compound the situation, possibly leading to a lifetime ban.
You should note that you could be deemed rehabilitated if more than 10 years have passed from the payment of a fine, or completion of the sentence. You could also apply for criminal rehabilitation if more than five years have passed since the completion of the latest sentence on your criminal record. You may also apply for an Authorisation to Return to Canada as a visitor. In many instances, if there is a compelling or urgent reason for you to visit Canada, an application can be made for a temporary resident permit at the port of entry. You will need to provide the necessary documents to convince the authorities to allow you into the country at that time. A green-card holder will also need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation along with the dealing with the inadmissibility issue as the rules have changed for green-card holders.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, a legal opinion from an accredited lawyer outlining the circumstances of your case and the legal basis upon which you should be authorised to enter Canada could be of significant help to you when you travel.
Do not despair. Based on the information that you have provided, it appears that you can overcome your inadmissibility by consulting with a lawyer and providing the details of the circumstances of your case along with supporting documents, such as a copy of your US criminal record and all communications received from the Canadian authorities. Your application could take anywhere from a few months to just over a year, based on the type of application made. Therefore, you should deal with the issue immediately or well in advance of your next visit to Canada.
Published in the Jamaica Gleaner: http://www.jamaicagleaner.com/article/news/20160628/immigration-corner-haunted-drunk-driving-charge
Deidre S. Powell is a lawyer, mediator and notary public who is admitted to practice in Jamaica and Ontario, Canada. Submit your questions and comments to info@deidrepowell.com or call 613.695.8777/ 876.922.4092. Find her on Facebook at: facebook.com/jamaicanlawyer.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Immigration Corner | I Want To Work In Canada


Dear Ms Powell,
I would like an opportunity to visit Canada to work. I just want to get some experience of working in another country. Does Canada have programmes like that? I would just like to get some international work experience and get to know Canada. I could visit some of the universities to see if I would like to do further studies there.
- W.P.
 Dear W.P.,
Canada has a programme known as the International Experience Class (IEC), which allows young people from around the world, who qualify, to come to Canada to travel and work under one of three available programmes. The programmes are The International Co-op (internship); Young Professionals; and The Working Holiday programmes. Your eligibility for these programmes is based on your country of citizenship.
To qualify for an IEC work permit, your country of citizenship must have an agreement with Canada that allows you to apply for the work permit. If your country is not on the list, you will need to use one of the Recognised Organisations (RO) to assist you with your application.
There is no Caribbean country on the list of countries that are in agreement with Canada. So as a Jamaican, you will need to visit the website of one of the ROs to find out how to access the programme with their help.
There are currently 12 organisations on the list of ROs.
You will need to contact them to make an application to the ROs and to see if you will be granted a letter confirming that they will help you to plan your trip or to find work in Canada. Once you have this confirmation letter in hand, you may check to see if you are eligible to enter into the pool of candidates via the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.
Your first step would be to create a profile via the online portal, which is similar to the express entry portal, so that you can be admitted into the pool of IEC applicants. Once you enter the pool, your chances of receiving an invitation to apply for a work permit will be based on programme for which you are qualified. The most competitive is the working holiday programme. Therefore, you should try to get accepted under the Young Professionals and International Co-op (internship) category to increase your chances of receiving an invitation to apply for a work permit. You must wait for IRCC to grant you an invitation to apply for a work permit. You cannot apply for a work permit under this category without receiving an invitation to apply.
You will need the cooperation of the employer, who will be required to pay a fee within the specified time through the employer portal. Once your prospective employer has paid the fee, you should request the reference code in order to complete your application within the specified time.
Also required are medical and security checks. These reports must be uploaded along with other supporting documents to the IRCC portal. Fees associated with this application are C$150 (participation fee), plus C$100, which should be paid to IRCC via the online portal. You will need an international credit card to be able to make this payment.
This process could take approximately eight weeks to be completed. Therefore, university or college students between 18 and 35 years who are interested in this programme should contact an immigration lawyer, visit the IRCC website, or the website of one of the recognised organisations for additional information.
Deidre S. Powell is a lawyer, mediator, and notary public who is admitted to practise in Jamaica and Canada. Submit your questions and comments toinfo@deidrepowell.com. Find her on Facebook: jamaicanlawyer. Call 613-695-8777 or 876-922-4092.