Atlantic Immigration Pilot Programme

Dear Ms Powell,A friend told me about 'Atlantic Immigration' as a way to become a permanent resident of Canada. I've been reading up about the programme and it's so confusing. Can you please tell me how I can qualify under this programme?- KP Dear KP, Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), formerly Citizenship and Immigration (CIC), has recently introduced the Atlantic Immigration Pilot that is designed for skilled workers and international student graduates who want to permanently live in the provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. This is exciting news for individuals who have had training and at least one year's work experience as managers, supervisors and trade workers such as chefs, food servers, butchers and truck drivers in one of the Atlantic provinces. To qualify under these programmes, you first need to have the requisite work experience, a valid job offer, the minimum required education, an…

Immigration Corner | Will they take my money?

Immigration Corner | Will they take my money?
Dear Ms Powell, I recently got an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada. When I applied for express entry, I put in my application that I have CDN$20,000 to bring to Canada. This was based on the fact that I plan to sell my house after I get to Canada and check out the place. Now I have to provide proof of the cash and I don't have that amount of money in my bank account! I don't want to sell my assets yet, as I don't know what the future will bring. What if I go there and decide I don't want to live there? Is there a way around this? What will they do with the funds anyway? Will I need to present the funds when I am entering Canada? Can I borrow the money? - A.A. Dear A.A., When you submit an application under the express entry system, you are asked specific questions to determine your eligibility to come to Canada as an economic immigrant and to integrate into the Canadian society. Part of the evaluation…

Immigration Corner | Husband ordered to leave Canada

Immigration Corner | Husband ordered to leave Canada:

Dear Ms Powell,My husband was in Canada and was ordered to leave. He came back to Jamaica and we started a business and it is doing well. We want to visit Canada again, but I spoke with someone who said he and I may be considered inadmissible to Canada. Is this true? How do we get permission to visit Canada without any hassle?- TTDear TT,Individuals may be asked to leave Canada and therefore be deemed inadmissible for various reasons. The main categories of inadmissibility are security concerns, human or international rights violations, organised criminality, serious criminality, health, financial misrepresentation, noncompliance, and inadmissibility of a family member.Based on these rules, your husband's actions can have a negative impact on you, especially if you plan to travel to Canada at the same time.The steps will be based on the type of order and the reason the order was issued.A removal order does not automatically mean…

Immigration Corner | I want to adopt my niece

Dear Ms Powell,I am a Jamaican-born citizen of Canada. My sister died recently, leaving my niece. I would like to adopt my niece as currently, she is staying with a friend who I'm paying to keep her. Can you please guide me with the steps to adopt her and take her to Canada? How long would this take? Do I need a lawyer, or are there just online forms I can fill out? What documents will I need?- B.N. Dear B.N., I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your sister, and I commend you for taking steps to assist your niece. Inter-country adoption can sometimes be a challenging process as you will be required to work with government agencies in Canada and in Jamaica to get approved. While you do not need a lawyer to assist you in the process, I strongly recommend that you get one as the process is not a simple completion of online forms. As part of the application process, you will get an adoption order from the courts in Jamaica which state that you are the permanent parent of your niece. …

Immigration Corner | Am I eligible to Immigrate to Canada?

Find out if you are eligible by sending an email to or call 613.695.8777 to request a telephone consultation. You may also complete our online form.  Please attach your resume and we will respond to you to let you know if you are a strong candidate for Express Entry.

Immigration Corner | Am I eligible?:

Dear Ms Powell,

I am a professional with over five years' work experience, and I have been trying to get to Canada for the past three years. I spoke to an immigration consultant and he said I was eligible, however, when I submitted the application via the express entry portal, it said that I was not eligible to apply. I do not know who to believe right now and I am very frustrated. Why would my profile be ineligible when I am a professional?- E.M.Dear E.M.,The express entry system is designed to give individuals points based on work experience, education, language, age, and other factors. Once you have entered your information correctly, the system will calculate…

Immigration Corner | What's the fastest route to Canada?

Dear Ms. Powell,I got married to a Jamaican man over the Christmas holidays. What is the fastest route to get him to become a permanent resident of Canada? My husband is a professional and I heard that professionals can get permanent residence in six months.My neighbour said that her sponsorship application was submitted in 2013 and that she has not yet got through. She said that even though she submitted details of her relationship from the beginning, Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been asking for more proof, even though they are married. She is very stressed out by the process and I'm looking for the simplest route. She also said that there are new rules for sponsorship applications. I already completed the forms for sponsorship. I'm not sure if I should send them in or let my husband apply for express entry. What is the difference between the two processes and which is quicker?- W.J.Dear W.J.,Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced…

Immigration Corner | Afraid to go home

Immigration Corner | Afraid to go home:

Dear Ms Powell,I am a Jamaican attending school in Canada. I have a job for the summer and plan to take a quick trip to Jamaica before the summer is over. My concern is that my study permit says something about the fact that it does not authorise re-entry. It doesn't say anything about me not being able to work. My programme doesn't end until 2018. I'm worried that if I go back to Jamaica I won't be able to come back to finish my programme. I want to see my family, but I don't want to get stuck in Jamaica. Is there a way to check before I leave to make sure I don't have problems? - J.E. Dear J.E., There is a distinction between a study/work permit and a visa. A study permit without restrictions may authorise you to work within Canada on a part-time basis, up to a maximum of 20 hours, and on a full-time basis during breaks/holidays. You do not have to apply for a separate work permit, provided that there is no clear restric…