News & Updates

As of November 30, 2016 Express Entry Draw

BC PNP Program Changes

*NEW* Program Changes Effective July 2, 2015 BC PNP has introduced an online application process and electronic payment system. All new Skills Immigration applications and Entrepreneur Immigration registrations must be submitted via BC PNP Online. SKILLS IMMIGRATION: Health Care Professionals, Northeast Pilot Project and all Express Entry BC applications may now be submitted through BC […]

Updates on the Quebec Investor Class

Quebec PNP office (MICC) has announced that Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP) will be reopen on August 31, 2015.  MICC will receive a maximum of 1,750 applications- 1,200 application from China for a selection certificate under the Investor Program from August 31, 2015 and January 31, 2016.   Changes All applications must be submitted to Quebec Immigration in Montreal.  The office […]

BC PNP Update News

Effective immediately, the B.C. government is implementing a 90-day pause on new applications to most categories of the BC Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). The BC PNP will begin accepting new applications in July 2015 with an improved application process and updated program criteria. Those who applied to the BC PNP on or before March 31, […]

First round of Express Entry candidates invited to fill labour market needs and contribute to Canada’s economic growth

First round of Express Entry candidates invited to fill labour market needs and contribute to Canada’s economic growth February 2, 2015 — Ottawa — Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today announced that the first round of top-ranked candidates from Canada’s Express Entry system is already helping to fill demonstrated and verifiable gaps in Canada’s […]

Moratorium on the Food Services Sector’s access to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Jason Kenney, Minster of Employment and Social Development announced on April 24, 2014 that there is an immediate moratorium on the Food Services Sector’s access to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) will not process any new or pending Labor Market Opinion (LMO) applications related to the Food Services Sector. […]

Upcoming changes to Federal Skilled Worker and Canadian Experience Class

Today, The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration announced  that the following measures will take place effective May 1, 2014.   Canadian Experience Class This program is for people who already have skilled work experience in Canada and want to immigrate permanently. Overall cap of 8,000 applications Sub-caps of 200 applications each for any NOC B occupation […]

Quebec Investor Class for 2014

“Great News for Quebec Investors!” Quebec PNP office (MICC) has announced that a maximum of 1,750 applications for a selection certificate under the Investor Program will be accepted between September 8 and 19, 2014.  Same as the last year, MICC will receive up to 1,200 application per country.  If, after this period, the maximum number of 1750 applications has […]

“Express Entry” for Qualified Economic Immigrants

Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today announced that Canada’s active recruitment model for economic immigration will officially be called “Express Entry.” Set to launch in January 2015, “Express Entry” is a major step forward in the transformation of Canada’s immigration system into one that is fast, flexible and focused on meeting Canada’s economic […]

Vancouver Christmas Market

Christmas Market

Vancouver Christmas Market: a holiday shopping, eating, and family experience modelled after the traditional German christmas markets in Europe.

Inside Vancouver: Gastown

Gastown

Inside Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Gastown

Recent Changes to Canadian Experience Class

Hello Everyone: Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has recently announced that between Nov. 9, 2013 and Oct. 31, 2014, a maximum of 12,000 applications under Canadian Experience Class will be accepted.  In addition to that, there will be sub-caps of 200 applications for each NOC Skill Level B occupation.  This means that applicants who have work experience […]

CIC has announced a new list of eligible occupations for Federal Skilled Worker

0211 Engineering managers 1112 Financial and investment analysts 2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers 2131 Civil engineers 2132 Mechanical engineers 2134 Chemical engineers 2143 Mining engineers 2144 Geological engineers 2145 Petroleum engineers 2146 Aerospace engineers 2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers/designers) 2154 Land surveyors 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers 2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics […]

Federal Skilled Trade Program

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    Federal Skilled Trades program has been implemented to help ensure that Canada’s immigration system works for employers in need of skilled trade persons. This program is for people who want to become permanent residents based on being qualified in a skill trade. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will accept no more than 3,000 complete […]

Alberta Pilot Project for highly skilled foreign workers

  News Release — Canada-Alberta pilot project expanded to include more occupations   Ottawa, July 16, 2012 — Alberta employers looking to hire highly skilled foreign workers in certain in-demand occupations will benefit thanks to the expansion of a Temporary Foreign Worker pilot project, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney and Alberta Minister of […]

Federal Skilled Worker and Investor Class programs won’t be reopened until 2013

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney yesterday announced the latest step in re-designing Canada’s economic immigration system. Effective July 1st, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will place a temporary pause on new applications to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and federal Immigrant Investor Program (IIP). “We have been making lots of changes to […]

Immigration Case study Two: The Case of the Frustrated Businessman

Mr. G came to us because he was attempting to start a retail skincare business in a mall location on Vancouver Island. He had signed a lease and was getting organized to move forward, but he was running into a major stumbling block with Canadian Immigration. This is not an uncommon problem. Foreign investors, in […]

A true Imin Consulting Case!

People frequently think that all we do is basic application work and sometimes that is the case (pun intended).  But!  What really gets us excited is actual toe-to-toe contests with Canadian Immigration.  The people at the CIC are very knowledgeable and competent individuals but have you ever seen the IRPA manual?  This is one incredibly […]

Start-Up Visa for immigrant entrepreneurs

News Release – Minister Kenney launches consultations for a new “start-up visa” for immigrant entrepreneurs Toronto, April 18, 2012 — Recognizing the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship as a driver of the Canadian economy, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney launched consultations today on whether to create a new and specialized program to attract immigrant […]

Proposed Changes on Canadian Experience Class

News Release – Minister Kenney Announces Proposed Plan to Expedite Skilled Workers’ Transition from Temporary to Permanent Residence Winnipeg, April 16, 2012 — To meet Canada’s labour market needs more quickly, highly-skilled temporary foreign workers could soon transition to permanent residence faster than before, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.“Thousands of highly-skilled foreign […]

Come to Canada Wizard

News Release – Come to Canada Wizard reaches one million visits Ottawa, April 13, 2012 — The Come to Canada Wizard, which helps people determine if they are eligible to live, work or study in Canada, has recorded one million visits since it was launched on August 5, 2011. “This online tool allows prospective immigrants to assess […]

Economic value of provincial immigration programs

  News Release – Minister Kenney strengthens economic value of provincial immigration programs Saskatoon, April 11, 2012 — Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney today announced changes to strengthen provincial immigration programs. Starting July 1, 2012, most Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) applicants for semi- and low-skilled professions will have to undergo mandatory language testing of […]

CIC’s Intention to Create a New Skilled Trades Program

News Release – Citizenship and Immigration Canada Announces its Intention to Create a New Skilled Trades Program Calgary, April 10, 2012 — To fill Canada’s growing labour shortages in construction, natural resources and similar industries, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced plans today to make it easier for skilled tradespersons to immigrate to Canada.The announcement […]

Proposed Change on Federal Skilled Worker

News Release – Government of Canada transforms economic immigration program Ottawa, March 30, 2012 — To create a fast and flexible immigration system that creates jobs and promotes Canada’s long term prosperity, the Government of Canada will eliminate the backlog in the main federal economic immigration program. “The Federal Skilled Worker Program backlog is a major […]

Proposed way to assess foreign education credentials

  News Release – Minister Kenney proposes to assess foreign education credentials before skilled workers arrive Ottawa, March 28, 2012 – Canada is proposing a major change to how foreign skilled workers’ education credentials are assessed, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today. The proposed new requirement would mean that applicants wanting to immigrate […]

Conditional Permanent Residence?

News Release – Conditional permanent residence proposed to deter marriages of convenience Ottawa, March 9, 2012 — Today, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney announced measures to further strengthen the Government of Canada’s ability to crack down on marriage fraud. Under the new proposal, now open for further public input, a spouse or partner […]

Number of accepted immigrants in 2011

News Release – Canada continued to welcome a high number of immigrants in 2011 Ottawa, March 2, 2012 — Canada continued to welcome a high number of immigrants in 2011, according to preliminary data released by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) today. Canada welcomed 248,660 permanent residents in 2011, well within the Government’s planning range of 240,000 to […]

Professionals Out-Tradesmen In…..Canadian Immigration 2015?

Newcomers to fill one-third of B.C. job openings by 2020 Feds looking to change immigration rules BY TARA CARMAN, VANCOUVER SUN FEBRUARY 2, 2012 Provincial data hints at an extreme labout shortage could hit B.C. within the next decade. Photograph by: Stock photo, Thinkstock A substantial labour shortage is likely to hinder economic growth in B.C., unless […]

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Merry Christmas from beautiful Vancouver!

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Living Standards growing at a faster pace in Canada than the US!

Canada’s living standards are improving faster compared to the United States, according to report that analyzes 15 years of economic data. The report, released Wednesday by Statistics Canada, evaluates labour productivity, real gross domestic product per capita and real gross national income per capita from the first quarter of 1997 to the first quarter of […]

Attend our FREE seminar! We will help your family re-union!

Helping your parents come to Canada is now easier. Find out how! On December 1st, 2011, Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced a new Temporary Resident Visa category for parents or grandparents of Canadian citizens/ Permanent Residents. Its name is Super Visa and as of December 1st, 2011, you may be eligible to apply for this […]

Operational Bulletin – November 15, 2011

  Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletins: Operational Bulletin 299b – Return of incomplete Permanent Resident Card Applications

Operational Bulletin – November 14, 2011

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletins: Operational Bulletin 348 – Elimination of Counterfoils for Approved Permanent Residence Applicants from Visa-Exempt Countries

Operational Bulletin November 10, 2011

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletin: Operational Bulletin 358 – Confirmation of Permanent Residence Document Amendments

Operational Bulletin – November 4, 2011

Operational Bulletin 351 – Fourth Set of Ministerial Instructions: New PhD Eligibility Stream under the Federal Skilled Worker Program

Operational Bulletin – November 4, 2011

Operational Bulletin 350 – Fourth Set of Ministerial Instructions: Temporary Pause on Family Class Sponsorship Applications for Parents and Grandparents

Operational Bulletin – November 2, 2011

Operational Bulletin 354 – Photo/Data Error Correction for the Confirmation of Permanent Resident Document Fellows are encouraged to review these announcement carefully.

Operational Bulletin – November 7, 2011

Operational Bulletin 353 – Change in Procedures for Processing Family Class Parent and Grandparent Applications Fellows are encouraged to review this announcement carefully.

Operational Bulletin – November 8, 2011

Operational Bulletin 300b – Return of Incomplete Citizenship Proof and Grant Applications Fellows are encouraged to review this announcement carefully.

CIC to expand Canadian Experience Class for students in 2012

OTTAWA — A government program that expedites applications for permanent residency for temporary foreign workers and international students is poised to expand next year. According to government sources, Citizenship and Immigration is set to welcome 7,000 people through the Canada Experience Class in 2012 — the largest influx since the Conservatives launched the program in […]

Operational Bulletin – October 7, 2011

      Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletins: Operational Bulletin 349 – Special Events – Visa Fee Exempt Special Events: October and November 2011

Operational Bulletin – October 7, 2011

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletins: Operational Bulletin 347 – Repeal of the Source Country Class of Humanitarian-protected Persons Abroad

CIC-Operational Bulletin – September 30, 2011

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletin: Operational Bulletin 225-D (modified) – Modified processing instructions for Information Technology work permit applications (software pilot) for British Columbia and Quebec

CIC Operational Bulletin September 19, 2011

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletin: Operational Bulletin 346 – Temporary Foreign Worker Program—Intra-company transferees—Recaptured time

CIC Operational Bulletin – September 15, 2011

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletin: Operational Bulletin 339 – Change to the Custodianship Requirement for Minor Students

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CIC Operational Bulletin – September 6, 2011

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletin: Operational Bulletin 345 – Partial Reinstatement of Haiti Special Measures for Work Permits Fellows are encouraged to review this announcement carefully.

Good Places in cities near Vancouver

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One of the really great things about Vancouver is it’s proximity to other great cities. Within a couple of hundred miles radius, there are Seattle and Portland. Both cities are different from Vancouver and different from each other. A weekend excursion to each is worth the time spent driving. Seattle, our closest American neighbour to […]

CIC Operational Bulletin August 19, 2011

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletin: Operational Bulletin 340 – Mandatory Referral to Canadian Public Health Authorities for Complex Pulmonary Tuberculosis-Inactive and other Non-infectious Communicable Diseases Cases

Tacos Coreanos?

Había escuchado combinaciones extrañas de comida, pero nunca me hubiera imaginado que alguna vez la cocina mexicana y la coreana se pudieran combinar, no es una mezcla muy común y mucho menos si tomamos en cuenta que ni en Corea ni México saben que existe; los orígenes del “taco coreano” fueron en el sur de […]

CIC Operational Bulletin August 17, 2011

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletin: Operational Bulletin 341 – Procedures for Requesting Police Certificates from Non-Singapore Citizens

CIC Operational Bulletin August 15, 2011

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletin: Operational Bulletin 337 – Pilot Program for Spouses/Common-law partners and Working-Age Dependent Children of select Temporary Foreign Workers Destined to British Columbia

CIC Operational Bulletin August 12, 2011

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletin: Operational Bulletin 342 – Implementation of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement

It’s a Fiesta!

Happy Clients

We had a celebratory lunch with one of our Investor clients, Frederico and Rosy. They are a delightful Mexican couple from Monterrey, Mexico who are about to become Canada’s newest residents. We just received word from Canadian Immigration that they should make their investment and send their passport so that they and their family can […]

CIC Operational Bulletin August 8, 2011

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletin: Operational Bulletin 341 –Procedures for Requesting Police Certificates from Non-Singapore Citizens

Vancouver Life- Marche St. George

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Sunday was one of those absolutely spectacular days in Vancouver that makes you completely forget about how rainy things were this past spring and our summer-less June. The sky was a deep aquamarine. The air was crisp and the temperature was a delightful 21C/72F. I decided that this was a day to travel by local […]

MX in Vancouver

Me quedo otro rato o me regreso?  Después de quedarme sorprendido por la magnitud de las olimpiadas y haber disfrutado de mis primeros meses en Vancouver, llegó el momento de ir pensando en mi regreso, originalmente tenía pensado hacer mis prácticas profesionales de febrero a mayo y regresarme a la universidad en verano, durante días […]

CIC Operational Bulletin July 19, 2011

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletin: Operational Bulletin 324 –instructions to officers on adding a co-signer to a family class sponsorship undertaking

A true sign that summer has arrived….lunch at the Food Truck!

Professor Won knows a good sandwich.....

The Immigration Conundrum…Minister Kenney says we need more but….

We can’t afford the immigrants we need, Kenney says. Applicants with desirable skills at front of the line BY ALTHIA RAJ, POSTMEDIA NEWS JULY 20, 2011 Canada needs more immigrants to sustain economic growth, but the Conservative government won’t significantly increase immigration because Canadians don’t want too many newcomers and the federal government can’t afford […]

CIC Operational Bulletin July 18, 2011

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletins: Operational Bulletin 323 –Overseas Selection and Processing of Refugees: Recommendations from the Privately Sponsored Refugee Quality Assurance Report Operational Bulletin 325 –New Sponsorship Form: IMM 1344 Operational Bulletin 326 –New Form for Permanent Residence Applications Operational Bulletin 327 –Automated Correspondence in the Global Case […]

CIC Operational Bulletin July 13, 2011

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletin: Operational Bulletin 321 –Procedures for the assessment of study permit applications from students destined to suspended or closed private career colleges in Ontario and British Columbia

A Consultants worse nightmare!

The phone rings in the middle of the night……it’s a client…..you haven’t heard from them in a couple of years…..you assume everything is okay but the client is calling from the Immigration Detention Center. He has been detained and is being held for staying in Canada illegally! He’s desperate for your help. How can this […]

Updated Immigration Regulation

Dear Imin Clients: This is Daniel Won at Imin Consulting. On June 24th, 2011, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced new guideline in regard to updated Immigration Regulations, which will come into force on July 1st, 2011. There was no huge change except for the Business Immigration Categories. Please let me explain the changes […]

개정이민법 안내

안녕하세요, (주) 법률법인 아이민 고객 여러분. 다니엘 입니다. 오늘 이렇게 뉴스레터를 발송하는 이유는 7월 1일부터 시행되는 개정이민법을 안내해드리기 위함입니다. 작년과는 달리 비지니스 카테고리를 제외한 나머지 이민 프로그램은 큰 변경사항이 없으며, 프로그램 별로 상세히 설명드리도록 하겠습니다. 1. 연방 전문인력이민 (Federal Skilled Worker) 2010년도에 발표된 29개 직업군은 변경사항이 없으나, 각 직업군에 부여된 Cap 의 수는 1000 -> […]

Actualización en regulaciones migratorias

Estimados clientes de Imin: Les escribe Daniel Won para Imin Consulting. El 24 junio del 2011, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) ha anunciado nuevas disposiciones con respecto a las actualizaciones en regulaciones migratorias las cuales entrarán en vigor el 1 de julio del 2011. No hubo grandes cambios a excepción de la clasificación de migración […]

A brief Canadian History lesson

Many of us (including myself) are immigrants and we all love the fact that July 1st is a legal holiday in Canada, appropriately named Canada Day but as immigrants do we really know the history of Canada Day (unarguably Canada’s most important holiday)? Here is my brief history of Canada. Before July 1, 1867, Canada […]

CIC Operational Bulletin June 27, 2011

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletins: Operational Bulletin 318 –Updated Ministerial Instructions: New Cap on Federal Skilled Worker Applications Operational Bulletin 319 –Updated Ministerial Instructions: Temporary Moratorium on Federal Entrepreneur Class Applications Operational Bulletin 320 –Updated Ministerial Instructions: Centralized intake of applications under the federal Immigrant Investor Program

Meet Imin Consulting employee, Anne

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Meet Anne….hi Anne……Anne is our receptionist. Anne has worked at Imin Consulting Canada for almost 9 months. Anne has a diploma in Animation from the Vancouver Film School. Anne is always upbeat and friendly. She’s a great asset to our company. Next time you call into Imin in the afternoon you will probably be speaking […]

Very Interesting article by an undocumented alien in the U.S. who also happens to be a reporter for the NY Times

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At Imin, we “Hablamos Espanol”

Meet Jose

Say “Hola” to Jose! Jose is our new Mexican intern. Who has come to us from our friend and client, Naoko at GEOS Language Academy. Jose will be assisting us by sending spanish translated content to our sister site “Imin Consulting Mexico”. Already Jose has been busy with our new Imin Consulting Mexico Facebook site. […]

CIC Operational Bulletin June 17, 2011

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletin and Manual Update: Operational Bulletin 293 – Visa requirement for holders of passports issued by the United Kingdom to British subjects which contain the observation that the holder has the right of abode in the United Kingdom OP 6 – Federal Skilled Workers

Thank You Steve and Samantha!

We wanted to give a shout out to Steve Rio and Samantha Langdorf at Briteweb for their re-design on our new web page. Our goal was to integrate our web page and our social media sites and Steve and Samantha gave us that and more…..and they came in at budget! I would recommend them highly […]

CIC Operational Bulletin June 15, 2011

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletin: Operational Bulletin 313 –Instructions on the entry of foreign airline personnel in response to the strike by certain Air Canada employees (Modified)

Say it ain’t so……..

People in Vancouver are genuinely sad this morning

From the news reports, one might believe that Vancouver was full of Hooligans and poor sports.  It’s just not true.  Of course, it was sad to see our hockey team lose but honestly, we  lost to a better team.  It happens.  It’s a game.  We got over it. Unfortunately, a few individuals came to downtown […]

Mx In Vancouver

  Las olimpiadas de invierno… donde está la nieve? Y de donde salió tanta gente???  Despues de 2 semanas en Vancouver aun no sentía que me estaba adaptando, llovía casi todos los días y aun hacia mucho frio, algo así como 3 grados a medio día; llegue un sábado y el lunes ya estaba en […]

MX In Vancouver

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Si me hubieran dicho hace un año y 5 meses que hoy iba a estar emocionadísimo por un juego de hockey probablemente hubiera pensado que era un sueño, como Mexicano estaba acostumbrado a el futbol, beisbol y futbol americano, nunca me imaginé que un juego en donde 10 jugadores en patines se pelean por un […]

More Hockey Pandemonium

Hockey hysteria continues! We received this video from one of our associates, Ali who recorded the pandemonium from his condo balconyVancouver craziness after Vancouver scored in the first 11 seconds of overtime to clutch game 2 and move to Boston with a 2-0 lead in games. As you can see and hear even better, downtown […]

Go Cannucks!

Crazy Cannuck Fans

  For those of you in non “Hockey” venues, Vancouver is in the best of seven series against the fabled Boston Bruins. It is new against old, progressive against traditional, west against east. This is the World Series of Hockey. We are down to the two best teams and Vancouver is one of them. There […]

CIC Operational Bulletin May 31, 2011

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletin: Operational Bulletin 310 –Changes to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada’s Labour Market Opinion Confirmation Letters Operational Bulletin 279-B –Alberta Pilot for Occupation Specific Work Permits

CIC Operational Bulletin May 24, 2011

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletin: Operational Bulletin 308 –Closure of the visa section of the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei, Taiwan

Vancouver is crazy for Hockey!

Of course, everyone knows that the National Sport of Canada is Hockey but for those of you who don’t live in Vancouver, I thought I would share with you a bit of Vancouver’s excitement last night over qualifying for the Stanley Cup Finals. Granville Street is one of the main streets in downtown (Imin is […]

Early Morning View from Burrard Bridge

Took this Panorama on an early Morning walk to work crossing the Burrard Bridge. Spring is definitely here! The water is clam and as you can see, everything is green. The air smelled of fresh cut grass. Hard on my allergies but the clean air is a welcome relief after a long winter.

La Taqueria

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Yes…..Vancouver is about half as far from Mexico as it is from Asia.  You would think that given the shorter distance you might find more Mexican restaurants than Asian but not even close.  Vancouver is a veritable bee hive of Asian restaurants…chinese, japanese, korean, filipino….you name it and there are dozens upon dozens of Asian […]

Whose PR visa has arrived at our office?

We have good news for one of our clients, Ms. HY Choi. Her Permanent Resident Visa has been issued and placed in her passport. Congratulations! Her case was the BC PNP Skilled Workers stream and we got the PNP approval in April 2010.

CIC Operational Bulletin May 11, 2011

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletin: Operational Bulletin 225-C –Modified processing instructions for Information Technology work permit applications (software pilot) for British Columbia and Quebec

Planning to study in Canada?

Third video clip of Daniel’s online lecture on Canadian Immigration…

Dinner with Grace

Saturday Night Daniel Won and I had dinner with one of our clients, Grace Alvarez. Grace successfully immigrated to Canada from the United States in July of 2010. She is a ” speech therapist” who quickly found a position in Vancouver. She has been amazed at how much easier it has been to get support […]

CIC Operational Bulletin May 6, 2011

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletins: Operational Bulletin 297 –Update of the Transit Without Visa Program (TWOV) Operational Bulletin 305 –Processing Appeal Allowed Cases Pilot at Case Processing Pilot-Ottawa Operational Bulletin 223-B –Expansion of the China Transit Trial Operational Bulletin 283 –Special Events – Visa Fee Exempt: May and June […]

Will the recent election be good for Canadian Immigration?

These are strictly my own observations but they are based on facts… Fact #1 The Harper government actively recruited support from Immigrant populations which had previously been more aligned with the Liberals Fact #2 A record number of new MPs were Immigrants (especially Chinese) who vigorously ran with the support of their immigrant constituents…..as members […]

CIC Operational Bulletin May 2, 2011

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletin and Manual Update: Operational Bulletin 303 –Fishing (or Hunting) Outfitters—Additional Guidance for Officers Processing Entries into Canada of Foreign Outfitters

CIC Operational Bulletin April 18, 2011

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletin and Manual Update: Operational Bulletin 290 – Amendment to procedures related to the handling of the Single Journey Document for Resettlement to Canada (IMM 5485) IP 5 – Immigrant Applications in Canada made on Humanitarian or Compassionate Grounds

Ever wonder how our CEO, Daniel Won spends his weekends?

He’s not just an Immigration Professional but he’s an avid Golfer with an almost perfect swing.CEO’s Weekend

Where is the friendliest place? Not Disneyland…

The World’s Friendliest Countries By Beth Greenfield of Forbes.com They say you can never go home again–and you may not want to after relocating to Canada, Bermuda or South Africa. These are the countries where it’s easiest to befriend locals, learn the language, fit into the new culture and integrate into the community, according to […]

CIC Operational Bulletin April 14, 2011

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletins: Operational Bulletin 287 –Processing of Work Permit Applications for Temporary Foreign Workers in Quebec Operational Bulletin 295 –Change in Procedures for Processing Quebec Family Class Applications Operational Bulletin 296 –Operational instructions related to the participation of members of the Canadian Forces and veterans at […]

Vancouver at Night

Check out this cool video shot at night in Vancouver…..it is entitled Ode to Vancouver and was used as the opening for a CBC broadcast that was on location for 3 days in Vancouver. It’s short but definitely has the feel of night time in downtown Vancouver. Please click on the You Tube link and […]

New case approvals like spring flowers!

Dear readers, After having a productive trip to Monterrey, I am getting excited about offering our professional immigration services to the new Mexican market. In the meantime, I would like to introduce new case approval during my absence, and it is my great pleasure to share my clients’ new case approvals on my blog. First […]

CIC Operational Bulletin April 13, 2011

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletins: Operational Bulletin 298 – Foreign Freelance Race Jockeys Operational Bulletin 302 – Regulatory Change: Certificat de sélection du Québec Validity for Economic Class Applicants Selected by Québec

“Fellow immigration practitioners, Be Prepared!”

Dear Readers, I would like to tell you about my client’s recent work permit application approval at the port of entry at the Vancouver Airport. Unfortunately, my client had to wait at the immigration (CBSA) office about 5 hours since the CBSA officer did not have a in-depth knowledge or understanding of the Immigration Regulations. […]

CIC Operational Bulletin April 12, 2011

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletin: Operational Bulletin 260-B –Revised Salaries for Information Technology Workers Under the Software Development Pilot Destined to British Columbia or Quebec

CIC Operational Bulletin April 5, 2011

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletins: Operational Bulletin 225-B –Modified processing instructions for Information Technology work permit applications (software pilot) received prior to October 1, 2010

CIC Operational Bulletins April 1, 2011

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletins: Operational Bulletin 279 –Alberta Pilot for Occupation Specific Work Permits Operational Bulletin 275-C –Temporary Foreign Worker Program – Operational Instructions for the Implementation of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulatory Amendments

Even CIC occasionally makes mistakes!

Good Morning Canadians (or soon to be Canadians), We have exciting news today! After submitting a federal PR application to the Buffalo Visa Office based on a PNP approval, we received a request for our client’s original passport. Finally! (The waits for approvals seem to be getting longer and longer…..such is CIC’s work load). The […]

Guess what percentage of the Vancouver population speaks English as a 2nd Language?

52% of Vancouver-ites are not native English speakers…an amazing Immigration statistic! Viva la difference!

In-Canada Sponsorship 1st 2011 Approval!

Dear Readers, Today I received another approval for a spousal sponsorship application, which was filed within Canada. His application was filed in May 2010, and it took us about 9 months for the initial approval, so now he can apply for an open work permit or study permit while waiting for the final approval. Mr. […]

Great Vietnamese food at a place with a Cambodian Name, Phnom Pehn

If you live in Vancouver or if you are planning a visit and love Vietnamese food, you have to make a trip to Phnom Pehn. This restaurant, like many great food stops, has a very unassuming exterior as soon as you walk through the door you realize something is different here. For one thing, from […]

Guess who’s # 1?

The highly respect economic journal released it’s list of the 10 most livable cities in the world using these criteria: 1. Availability of basic community needs (building, water supply, electricity, etc.) 2. Availability of public facilities (parks, sidewalks, houses of worship, etc.) 3. Availability of facilities to support the economic sector, social, political, and cultural […]

You can’t get a Visa at the bank….

Hello Everyone! Do you know what a visa is for? In order to enter Canada, to physically step on to Canadian soil, you have to have a permission from the Canadian government unless you are a Canadian Citizen. That permission is the VISA on your passport! Why are you coming to Canada? Are you planning […]

Welcome to Professor Won’s new video series on Immigration!

First video of Daniel’s Canadian Immigration lecture series!

Federal Skilled Worker- Final Approval!

Dear Readers, We have an exciting news.  Our client, Ms. SJ is finally submitting her original passport to get an immigration visa!  Congratulations! She filed her PR application through Federal Skilled Worker program in June 2009.  Unfortunately, the regulations related to the Federal Skilled Worker program have been changed several time, which delayed overall FSW application […]

Extension of Visitor Status

Yesterday, we received lots of approvals and medical exam requests.  One of them is the case I’m going to introduce you.  As you can see the title of this posting, this case is extension of visitor status.  We submitted the application on October 28, 2010 and it was approved on March 08, 2011.  It took […]

Another approval news here!

We received another approval for a Work Permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.  After receiving a positive LMO from Service Canada, the Work Permit application was submitted online on January 21, 2011 and it was approved on March 15, 2011.  We waited a bit less than 2 months, much faster than submitting by mailing. The […]

CIC Operational Bulletins March 18, 2011

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletin: Operational Bulletin 278 –Designated persons applying for a visa from Zimbabwe

CIC Operational Bulletins March 15, 2011

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has published the following Operational Bulletins: Operational Bulletin 244-B –Amendment to Operational Bulletin 244 Operational Bulletin 281 –Special Events—Visa Fee Exempt: March 2011

March 11th Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Like many of you, we at Imin Consulting are devastated and concerned about the destruction and loss of life created by the unprecedented earthquake in Japan. We have many dear and valued Japanese clients and personally feel for the loss experienced by them, their neighbors and their countrymen. We are enlightened by the stoicism and […]

A Vancouver tradition…

Even though Vancouver has a mild climate on those days when our sunshine is a bit more liquid. Vancouver-ites love their coffee drinks. Here Daniel and Hugh are enjoying their afternoon espresso at the Nespresso coffee bar across the street from our office.

Mexican-TRV Approval!

Good afternoon, bloggers! Today, we received another approval from the Canadian Visa Office in Mexico.  Congratulations, Mr. OGCR! It was not an easy case because not only his admission to Canada at the port of entry was refused for the first time, but also his TRV application for the second admission to Canada had been […]

Approval for Visitor Record Extension!

Our client, Mr. J H Choi’s application for Visitor Extension has been approved finally. Congratulations! We submitted his application on November 3rd, 2010 and it took 126 days to be approved.  How could it take longer than 4 months!?  It has been ridiculous since last summer, but what can we do?  Anyway, we appreciate Mr. Choi […]

PR Final Approval!

Mr. HIK’s PR application has been finally approved from the Seattle Visa Office.  His application was initially submitted to Buffalo visa office  in April 2010 right after BC PNP approval, but his file was transferred to Seattle Visa Office on Nov. 10, 2010, then finalized on March 2011 by submitting his passport.  His civil document […]

TRV-2nd Approval!

Ms. JMS submitted her TRV (Visitor’s Records) for the second time on Oct. 28, 2010 and it was approved on March 7, 2011.  Her extension reason was based on the common-law partnership in Canada, and it was not an issue to extend her visitor status.  Congratulation on your wedding in last months, and look forward […]

Medical Exam Inquiry

Ms. JIB’s initial PR application is approved and CIC Visa office in Buffalo requested to go through the medical exam.  Her application was submitted on Sep. 2010, after 6 months, medical was requested.  Once she goes through the medical exam, she will be requested to submit original passport to get a PR visa on the […]

PR Approval, Congratulations!

Ms. T.O. PR application has been finally approved in 10 months from the Buffalo Visa Office! Congratulations and let us know after you land as a permanent resident, we should celebrate together!  Daniel That’s what you’ve been waiting for!  

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