Mudanças no processo “Skilled Worker”

Pessoal,

Li a notícia abaixo e achei super importante postar aqui no blog. Quem quiser pode acessar direto no link: http://www.cicnews.com/2011/02/expected-federal-skilled-worker-program-02826.html

O Ministério da Imigração do Canadá está propondo uma série de mudanças no sistema de pontuação do processo “Skilled Worker” e a mais importante é com relação à idade.

Dêem uma lida com calma e quem ainda não assina a newsletter, seria bom fazê-lo, pois esse site tem sempre informações relevantes e importantes.

Beijos,

Andrea

Changes Expected to the Federal Skilled Worker Program

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) recently announced they are consulting with relevant stakeholders about changing various aspects of the Federal Skilled Worker Program. CIC is considering changing the number of points awarded in three of the six selection factors. CIC is also proposing changes to educational requirements and stricter rules for assessing the validity of Canadian job offers. According to CIC, these suggested changes are meant to reflect the current needs of the Canadian economy and enable immigrants to better integrate into the Canadian economy.

Points Changes in Selection Factors

Applicants will still be required to attain at least 67 points out of 100, in addition to meeting eligibility requirements, in order to qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker Program. CIC is proposing to change the maximum number of points applicants can receive in the following three selection factors: language, age, and work experience. Currently, applicants can receive a maximum of 24 points for their first and second official Canadian language, a maximum of 10 points for age if an applicant is between the ages of 21 and 49, and a maximum of 21 points for paid skilled work experience within the past 10 years.

i. Language

One proposed change would increase the number of points applicants can receive for a first official Canadian language (English or French) to 20 points, rather than the current 16. CIC is also considering establishing minimum language requirements for certain occupational skill levels. A higher minimum language requirement would be required for applicants with work experience in professional occupations, such as doctors, nurses, and engineers. Applicants with work experience in skilled trades would have a lower minimum language requirement.

ii. Age

CIC is proposing to increase the number of points in the age factor from 10 to a maximum of 12 points. Rather than maximum points being awarded until age 49, the suggested change will only allow applicants to gain maximum age points until the age of 35.

iii. Work Experience

CIC is proposing to lower the maximum points for work experience from 21 to 15 points and increase the years of experience required to obtain maximum points. CIC has noted that foreign work experience is not a strong indicator of success in the Canadian labour market and the additional points would be more beneficial in the language and age factor.

Other proposed changes

In order to make the Federal Skilled Worker Program more accessible to applicants with trade skills, CIC is proposing to reduce the number of years associated with education for those with a trade or non-university certificate. Currently, applicants who have a one year trade diploma must have also completed 13 years of full-time education in order to claim maximum points for that diploma under the education factor. Applicants who have a two year trade diploma must have completed 14 years and those with a three year trade diploma must have completed 15 years of education. If the proposed change is accepted, applicants with trade diplomas would be able to claim maximum points for their education with fewer years of full-time education.

CIC is also considering requiring applicants to prove their credentials are recognized by the appropriate Canadian authorities if their profession is regulated in Canada. For example, engineering is a regulated profession in Canada. Under the proposed change, any applicant who has work experience as an engineer would be required to have their credentials recognized by a Canadian professional licensing body before they submit their application for Canadian permanent residency.

Finally, CIC is proposing to establish clearer regulations for assessing employers and assessing whether a job offer is genuine. The Arranged Employment factor is an important aspect of the Federal Skilled Worker Program and CIC has noted that applicants who have Arranged Employment fare better upon arrival in Canada compared to those who do not have Arranged Employment. There have been numerous cases of fraudulent job offers from employers looking to exploit immigrants for money. With clearer guidelines for assessing job offers and employers, CIC is hoping to deter potential fraud.

Attorney David Cohen warns of a potential challenge with the proposed changes, “CIC will not be giving advanced warning of when these proposed changes will come into effect. If these changes are made to the program, applicants who are over the age of 35 and have lower language proficiency levels could have difficulties qualifying for the Federal Skilled Worker Program. If you qualify now for immigration under the current Federal Skilled Worker Program, you should submit your application as soon as possible as you may not qualify once the changes have been implemented.”

While CIC has not announced when they expect to change the Federal Skilled worker Program, Canadavisa.com and CICNews.com will report on any information as soon as it is revealed.

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Dica anti-estresse

Uma das coisas que eu e o Edu fizemos bem antes do programado foi vender o carro. Tínhamos pensado em vendê-lo só mais pra perto da  hora de partir em definitivo, mas alguns fatores nos forçaram a tomar essa decisão antecipada: 

 

  • Não usamos quase o carro durante a semana (eu vou pro trabalho a pé e o Edu, de metrô);
  • Não temos vaga na escritura do apartamento, então estávamos gastando uma grana para alugar uma vaga no prédio;
  • Os gastos mensais com o carro – seguro, gasolina, IPVA (mais o aluguel da garagem) poderiam ser transformados em ganhos, se colocássemos na poupança.

 

Assim, em julho decidimos vender o carro. Nem foi tão fácil como esperávamos, pois o mercado de carros usados está mais aquecido para carros pequenos, econômicos e mais baratos. Como tínhamos um Focus 2003, que valia mais de R$ 20 mil reais, foi mais demorado do que pensamos. Mas conseguimos vendê-lo e, além da grana que estamos conseguindo guardar, veio um item de bônus: não temos mais aquel estresse de dirigir nessa cidade enloquecida que é o Rio de Janeiro!!

Agora só andamos a pé ou de táxi nos finais de semana e, quando precisamos usar carro pra facilitar a vida (no caso das compras de supermercado), pegamos o carro dos pais do Edu emprestado! Melhor que isso, só se chegasse logo o pedido dos exames médicos!!! : )

Sei que nem todo mundo pode abrir mão de ter carro, pois dependem dele para ir trabalhar, ou têm filhos pequenos, mas pra quem puder, eu recomendo. Não temos mais o estresse de ficar de olho no trânsito, de procurar vaga, de ficar preocupado se vão roubar ou danificar o carro! Com certeza nossa qualidade de vida melhorou bastante nesses últimos dois meses, apesar de estarmos bastante ansiosos com o andamento (ou não…) do processo de imigração. Ô coisinha demorada!!

Desculpem a falta de posts no blog. Não é nem que falte assunto, mas falta motivação! Prometo que vou me esforçar…

Beijos,

Andréa

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Telehealth Ontario

A Secretaria de Saúde de Ontario oferece um serviço de auxílio telefônico para emergências relacionadas à saúde. Ao ligar para o  número 1-866-797-0000 a pessoa tem acesso a um serviço telefônico confidencial e pode obter conselhos ou informação sobre assuntos de saúde.

Uma enfermeira formada fornece acesso rápido a dados importantes sobre sintomas de doenças e qual o melhor caminho a tomar: marcar consulta com um médico, dirigir-se a um serviço comunitário ou à emergência de um hospital. 

O serviço está disponível 24 horas por dia, todos os dias da semana.

O Telehealth Ontario está pronto a prestar esclarecimentos sobre dúvidas relacionadas à saúde, tais como:

  • Sintomas que possam exigir assistência médica
  • Doenças ou ferimentos
  • Doenças crônicas
  • Nutrição, vida saudável, saúde de jovens/adolescentes

Mais detalhes no link: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/program/telehealth/telehealth_mn.html

Bom final de semana para todos!

Andréa

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Só pra não sumir totalmente daqui…

Pessoal, só pra vocês não acharem que o blog tá abandonado, vou colocar um link interessante que vi no blog da Mariana sobre como escrever um cheque canadense…

http://bostonteachnet.org/wong/powerpoint1/sld001.htm

Beijos!

Andréa

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7 secrets

Os sete segredos para uma imigração bem-sucedida:

Success Secrets for Canadian Immigrants – Nick Noorani
1. English – Without learning the language, all your skills, education and experience are of no use! The HARDEST think is acknowledging that your language skills are not adequate. Once you do this – the next step is improving your skills. This is the very first step on your ladder of success!
2. Staying positive. I have seen the following scenario happen often: new immigrant meets with barriers in job finding and integration, and then sits with friends from the same ethnic community or other immigrants to moan about life in Canada. Before you know it, the negativity seeps into the newcomer’s outlook and that puts up personal barriers of pessimism that will paralyze your chance of success. If you don’t believe you’ll be able to succeed and overcome the challenges of being an immigrant, you will never really try. Avoid complaining and commiserating with other immigrants about discrimination you think you face. It’s not productive for your success. Know the other issues. Realize even though you’ve arrived in a booming job market you are competing with experienced skilled Canadians who’ve been down-sized, younger Canadians looking for their first job (with difficulty too) and others who are dissatisfied with their job. You are the sum total of the five closest people to you. Stay around positive people and you will be positive!
(As an aside – I have dreams that this site, like my magazine and book will enthuse immigrants on their journey. I want this site to give you your daily dose of positivity! Keep coming back)
3. Embracing Canada. Remember your dreams about coming to Canada? Well, they have come true. Now go out and enjoy all that is Canadian. Immigrants get onto a frenzy of activity the moment they land. From getting accomodation, arranging schoold, getting to know the grocery store nearby etc. Often, they forget to even explore the city and country that they have adopted! I often meet immigrants who have been here for a year and have not even seen Niagara falls or Stanley Park! YOU NEED TO FALL IN LOVE with Canada! You need to embrace its people and its beauty.
For if you don’t, you will forever be a visitor in the country you have adopted!
4. Plan B. Have a Plan B. Some people think that in order for immigrants to succeed, they need to start at the bottom. I do not agree with this, but believe you should have a Plan B for your life in Canada. Plan B means having flexibility in what you intend to do in Canada. That very flexibility changed me from an advertising professional to a publisher! I should add, however, that in order to have a Plan B, you must have a Plan A! What makes plan B even more of a challenge is that in order to have a Plan B, you must have a non-working plan A!
Plan B is creating a mindset that will allow us to accept alternatives that present themselves and sometimes are the highway to personal and financial success.
Most often, Plan B happens when plan A doesn’t work or fails. We then (because we humans don’t like change) flog Plan A to death hoping that a little more mouth to mouth resuscitation may help jumpstart the dead lifeless plan that we are so accustomed to!
The primary reason people lose their motivation to succeed is often because they do not link their efforts to a life goal. Without the advantage of a bigger picture they feel stalled and boxed in. You need to ask yourself “What do I want to accomplish with the talents and abilities that I possess that will give me a lasting sense of fulfillment.” The Apprentice – Donald Trump
5. Stay clear of ethnic silos. I do understand that moving to a new country can be very scary. A lot of immigrants tend to move into an ethnic community that matches their own background. While this may be comfortable, I personally believe your true growth in a new country will come from moving out of your comfort zone. When you have friends of all nationalities, you will learn a lot more. Usually, when your friends are from your own country, many of your discussions centre on the past and life “back home.” You need to look at the future and at Canada, your new home!
6. Take risks! Immigrants are natural risk takers and entrepreneurs. You have to be if you give up your security to move to the unknown in another country! Apply these risks to your new life. Learn a new trade. Play a new instrument or take up a sport you always wanted to!
7. Volunteer, Mentorship & Networking
• Volunteer. A great way to get your foot in the door is to volunteer your time. Many organizations such as non-profits rely on volunteers to do many different tasks. Call around and see what’s out there. Check out Volunteer Canada (www.volunteer.ca). This will give you an opportunity to meet people and start networking, as well as gain Canadian experience.
• Find a mentor. It’s important to find someone who can coach or mentor you and share information about your industry in Canada. Many professional associations offer this type of “buddy” program, where a seasoned member guides a junior member.
• Network. Be sure to conduct informational interviews with people in your field – this will give you a personal perspective and some new contacts. Join associations, attend events, meet new people. Introduce yourself and connect with people in your field and outside your ethnic community.

Boa sorte!

Andréa

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Declaração de saída definitiva (DSD)

Um assunto que tem preocupado bastante os futuros imigrantes – e até mesmo pessoas que já imigraram – é como fica a situação fiscal aqui no Brasil. Como havia muita informação divergente, a Camila, do blog Folha do Canadá, ligou para a Receita Federal (146) e fez o dever de casa: perguntou tudo o que é preciso saber sobre o assunto. Vejam abaixo.

1 – Quem tem que fazer a Declaração de Saída Definitiva do País?
A declaração é obrigatória para quem fica mais de 1 ano fora do país e pode ser feita a qualquer momento durante esse período.
Ou seja, nem tem que ter dúvida se vai ou não fazer a Declaração. Ela tem que ser feita.

2 – Ela cancela o CPF?
Não, o CPF permanece na mesma situação. Se está regular, permanece regular.

3 – Pode manter conta em banco brasileiro?
Sim, normalmente. Não precisa ser conta CC5.

4 – Faz a declaração de imposto de renda (IRPF) normalmente?
Sim, de todos os meses até a data de saída do país. Por exemplo, quem for em março de 2009, vai ter que fazer a declaração do ano de exercício de 2008 e os meses relativos ao exercício de 2009 (de janeiro a março). O IRPF deve ser apresentado antes da Declaração de Saída Definitiva.

5 – E como fica a restituição do imposto de renda?
A restituição, se houver, será creditada na conta que você indicar, normalmente. Caso você encerre suas contas bancárias, você deverá retirar o valor no Banco do Brasil.

6 – É legal a transferência entre bancos no valor de até R$ 10.000,00 mensais? É preciso declarar ou fazer alguma comunicação?
A transferência é regular, não há qualquer problema, nem é preciso fazer qualquer comunicação especial à Receita. É claro que você deverá declarar a existência desse valor no Canadá, quando chegar o momento de fazer a declaração de imposto de renda por lá.

Ou seja, o mais aconselhável é mesmo fazer a declaração de saída definitiva, para não ter problemas no futuro.

Abraços,

Andréa

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Comida brasileira em Toronto

Pra quem está com saudades daquela comidinha mineira, existe um restaurante brasileiro em Toronto especializado em comida brasileira, especialmente a que vem lá de Minas. É o Caju, do chef Mario Cassini.

No blog Taste T.O. tem uma crítica muito boa do restaurante. As fotos dão até água na boca…

Bom apetite!

Andréa

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