Canada Immigration – BC

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IMMIGRATE TO BRITISH COLUMBIA

British Columbia has world class cities, mountains, ocean, rivers, lakes and rainforest. The temperature is warmer than other parts of Canada with mild, rainy weather in both summer and winter along the coast and generally warmer but snowy winters inland. The population is ethnically diverse, the cost of living is on the higher end, and a wide range of employment opportunities exist, including high tech, film industry, insurance, finance, mining, and forestry.

BRITISH COLUMBIA PROVINCIAL NOMINEE PROGRAM

The BC PNP is for foreign nationals who wish to establish themselves in British Columbia. You may qualify to immigrate to BC on the basis of:

  • A job offer with a BC based business, or
  • Completing advanced studies in BC, or
  • Investing in a business opportunity within BC.

PROGRAM DETAILS

1. Skills Immigration

The general process to apply for Permanent Residence under the Skills Immigration stream is as follows:

  1. Obtain a job offer in BC
  2. Create a an online profile with BC PNP & register for the program (not required for Health Care professional or International Post-Graduate)
  3. Receive an invitation to apply based upon your score with BC PNP (not required for Health Care professional or International Post-Graduate)
  4. Submit your BC PNP application online
  5. Receive a BC Provincial Nomination Certificate
  6. Apply for Permanent Residence to IRCC with a paper application

There are 5 categories of application under the Skills Immigration stream:

1. Skilled Worker

  • You have a job offer in BC in NOC 0, A or B (no LMIA required)
  • Min 2 years of work experience in same position
  • Must meet min income requirements
  • Job offer in NOC B requires min CLB 4 on a valid language test

2. Health Care Professional

  • You have a job offer with a public health authority in BC as a physician, nurse, or other health professional such as lab tech, radiation tech, sonographer, pharmacist, occupational therapist, midwife or physiotherapist (no LMIA required)
  • You have a min 2 years of work experience in same position
  • You meet min income requirements

3. International Graduate

  • You have graduated from a public Canadian University or College within the past 3 years, min 8 month program
  • You have a job offer in BC for a position that normally requires post-secondary education (no LMIA required)
  • You meet min income requirements
  • Job offer in NOC B requires min CLB 4 on language test results

4. International Post-Graduate

  • You have achieved a Masters degree or PhD in natural, applied or health sciences from a BC University within the past 3 years
  • You don’t require a job offer

5. Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

  • You are currently working in BC in an eligible occupation in the tourism/hospitality, long-haul trucking or food processing industry, OR
  • You are currently working in the Northeast Development Region in any NOC C or D occupation, except live in caregivers
  • You have a job offer from an eligible BC employer (new LMIA not required)
  • You have been working full time for at least 9 consecutive months before applying, with the BC Employer who has made you the job offer
  • Long haul truck drivers require a min of 2 years previous work experience + 9 months with BC employer
  • You meet min income requirements
  • You have completed education that is equivalent to a Canadian High School Diploma
  • You scored a min CLB 4 on a valid language test

In some situations, you may find that you could qualify under both the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC streams. To help you determine your best pathway, below is a summary of the major differences between the two categories:

SKILLS IMMIGRATION

    • Combination of online and paper application process: first BC PNP Issues a nomination
      certificate based on their online process, then a federal paper application is made
      using the nomination certificate
    • Slower overall processing time until Permanent Residence is achieved
    • Eligible occupations in NOC 0, A, B, C or D
    • Previous work experience is not required in all categories
    • Application fee: CAD $700

EXPRESS ENTRY BC

    • Online application process
    • Faster overall processing time
    • Only for occupations in NOC 0, A or B (skilled positions)
    • Requires applicant to meet criteria for entry into Express Entry pool
    • Application fee: CAD $700

 

 

 

 

2. Express Entry BC

The Express Entry BC program is connected with IRCC’s Express Entry system, and enables qualified individuals to gain the additional 600 CRS points for a Provincial Nomination if they are chosen by the BC PNP.

You must first qualify to submit a profile under Express Entry, which means you meet the minimum criteria for one of the 3 qualifying federal programs – the Federal Skilled Worker ProgramThe Federal Skilled Trades Program, or the Canadian Experience Class.

The general process to apply for Permanent Residence under Express Entry BC is as follows:

  1. Submit an Express Entry Profile
  2. Obtain a job offer in BC
  3. Create an online profile with BC PNP & register for the program
  4. Receive an invitation to apply based upon your score with BC PNP
  5. Submit your BC PNP application online
  6. Receive a BC Provincial Nomination in your Express Entry profile
  7. Receive an invitation to apply for Permanent Residence through your Express Entry profile
  8. Apply for Permanent Residence through Express Entry

All applicants must:

  • Be qualified to perform the duties encompassed by their job offer,
  • Meet minimum income requirements depending on family size, and
  • Meet minimum language requirements

There are 4 categories of application under the EE BC stream:

Skilled Worker

  • You have a job offer in BC in NOC 0, A or B (no LMIA required)

Health Care Professional

  • You have a job offer in BC as a physician, nurse, or other health professional such as lab tech, radiation tech, sonographer, pharmacist, midwife, occupational therapist or physiotherapist
  • You can apply directly to BC PNP, no invitation is required

International Graduate

  • You have graduated from a Canadian University or College within the past 3 years
  • You have a job offer in BC

International Post-Graduate

  • You have achieved a Masters degree or PhD in natural, applied or health sciences from a BC University within the past 3 years
  • You don’t require a job offer
  • You can apply directly to the BC PNP, no invitation is required

In some situations, you may find that you could qualify under both the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC streams. To help you determine your best pathway, below is a summary of the major differences between the two categories:

SKILLS IMMIGRATION

    • Combination of online and paper application process: first BC PNP Issues a nomination
      certificate based on their online process, then a federal paper application is made
      using the nomination certificate
    • Slower overall processing time until Permanent Residence is achieved
    • Eligible occupations in NOC 0, A, B, C or D
    • Previous work experience is not required in all categories
    • Application fee: CAD $700

EXPRESS ENTRY BC

    • Online application process
    • Faster overall processing time
    • Only for occupations in NOC 0, A or B (skilled positions)
    • Requires applicant to meet criteria for entry into Express Entry pool
    • Application fee: CAD $700

 

 

 

3. Entrepreneur Immigration

This stream is for business people with significant financial resources who want to operate a business in British Columbia.

To qualify you need at a minimum:

  • Personal net worth CAD $600,000
  • Previous business management experience: 3+ years as an active business owner-manager; or 4+ years as a senior manager; or a combination of at least 1 year as an owner and at least 2 years as a senior manager
  • Min education requires a post-secondary credential or 3 years out of past 5 years as active business owner

And you must be willing/able to do the following:

  • Establish a new business or purchase an existing business in BC (min 33 1/3 % ownership)
  • Invest at least CAD $200,000 into the business
  • Actively manage the business while living in BC
  • Create at least one new full-time job for a Canadian resident

Application fees: CAD $300 registration, $3500 application fee, $1000 for each key staff application

Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot

The Regional Pilot stream is for experienced business people who would like to start a new business in a smaller community in BC (population less than 75,000).  Both the net worth and required investment are lower than the regular Entrepreneur stream.

To qualify you need at a minimum:

  • personal net worth CAD $300,000
  • community sponsorship – you must visit the community in BC where you plan to start your business and secure their recommendation of your plan
  • min CLB 4 on official language test
  • previous business management experience: 3+ years as an active business owner-manager; or 4+ years as a senior manager; or a combination of at least 1 year as an owner and at least 2 years as a senior manager
  • min education requires a post-secondary credential or 3 years out of past 5 years as active business owner (100% owner)

And you must be willing/able to do the following:

  • establish a new business in a BC community with fewer than 75,000 people (min 51 % ownership)
  • invest at least CAD $100,000 into the business
  • actively manage the business while living in the community
  • create at least one new full-time job for a Canadian resident

Application fees: CAD $300 registration, $3500 application fee, $1000 for each key staff application

 

4. Tech Pilot

The BC Tech pilot is not a separate BC PNP stream – applicants need to apply to BC PNP under one of the existing categories detailed above. However, if you have a job offer in BC that is for one of the 29 identified tech occupations, then you qualify for expedited processing under the Tech Pilot

Min one-year job offer needed

Weekly invitations to apply, faster processing

Application fee: CAD $700

Documents Required for Europe Visa

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Schengen Visa Application Requirements for Bangladesh

When applying for a visa to Europe you will have to submit some required documents as part of the Schengen visa application process.

The Schengen States have created a list of the required documents for each purpose of entry in this territory, and these requirements are approximately the same for stay in each of them.

In this article, you can find a checklist of the generally required documents to obtain a Schengen Visa, as well as the specific required documents for each visa type. In addition, you will also find a short brief for each requirement and their specifications.

What Documents are Required when Applying for a Schengen Visa?

The following list of documents are required for any short-term Schengen visa application:

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed.
  • Two recently taken photos must be attached. Both photos must be taken within the last three months, according to the visa photo requirements.
  • A valid passport. Not older than 10 years and it should valid for at least three more months beyond the date you plan to leave Schengen area. Older passports with visas on them (if you have any).
  • Round trip reservation or itinerary. It must include dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from the Schengen area. You can use the visa consultation services like this one. These guys can handle most of your visa requirements such as flight itineraries, hotel reservations along with free consultation over email.
  • Travel insurance policy. A document that proves you have travel health insurance for the whole Schengen territory, with a minimum coverage of 30,000 euros in case of any medical emergency as illnesses, accidents and even repatriation in case of death. The Insurance policy can easily be purchased online from AXA Schengen or Europ Assistance.
  • Proof of accommodation. A document that shows where you will be accommodated throughout your stay in Schengen. This can be one of the following:
    • A hotel/hostel booking.
    • A rental agreement.
    • A letter of invitation from a host at whose house you will be staying.
  • Proof of financial means. Evidence that you have enough money to support yourself financially throughout your stay in the Schengen. This can be one of the following:
    • Bank account statement – that shows you have enough money in your account for the trip. The statement shall be no older than 3 months.
    • Sponsorship Letter – by another person that confirms they will be financially supporting your trip to the Schengen. In order for this letter to be valid, it must be accompanied by a bank statement of the sponsor, no older than three months.
    • A combination of your bank account statement and a letter of sponsorship.
  • Proof of paid visa fee. €60 for adults and €35 for children from 6 to 12 years old.

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Along with the aforementioned generally required documents, Schengen embassies around the world require some specific documents from the visa candidates depending on their employment status as well as several additional documents depending upon the type of Schengen visa applied for.

Schengen Visa Requirements According to Applicant’s Employment Status

Specific required documents, based on visa applicant’s employment status are as following:

  • For employees:
    • Employment contract.
    • Current bank statement of the latest 6 months.
    • Leave permission from the employer.
    • Income Tax Return (ITR) form or Certificate of Income Tax deducted at the source of salary.
  • For the self-employed:
    • A copy of your business license.
    • Company bank statement of the latest 6 months.
    • Income Tax Return (ITR).
  • For students:
  • For retirees:
    • Pension statement of the latest 6 months.
  • If unemployed and married to an EU citizen:
    • Confirmation of Employment letter, no older than three months, from their spouse’s employer stating the position held within the company as well as the starting date.
    • Spouse’s valid passport.
    • An official marriage certificate.

What Documents are Required for Schengen Visa for Minors?

The parents / legal guardians of minors applying for a Schengen visa, must submit some extra documents for the underage applicant:

  • The minor’s birth certificate.
  • Application form signed by both parents.
  • Family court order – in cases where only one parent has full custody over the child.
  • Certified copies of ID / passport of both parents.
  • A notarized parental authorization signed by both parents / guardians if the minor will be travelling alone.

Specific Documents Required According to Schengen Visa Type

Apart from all the aforementioned documents, depending on the Schengen visa type you are applying for, several additional documents should be submitted as well.

Below you will find the information about all the additional documents needed for any type of Schengen visa separately.

Documents Required when Applying for an Airport Transit Visa

The additional required documents to obtain a Schengen Airport transit visa are:

  • A valid visa (if needed) for the final country one is travelling to
  • The flight ticket for the final country you are travelling to

Documents Required when Applying for a Visa to Visit Relatives or Friends

The additional required documents to obtain a Schengen visa to visit relatives / friends are:

  • Affidavit of Support. In case one does not have a bank account or does not own enough funds to be taking care of their expenses during this travel, one must ask the visiting friends or relatives to sign an “official affidavit of support” at the corresponding office in his/her place of residence. Make sure you carry the original document when applying for the visa.
  • Travel Itinerary. The applicant’s description of their trip, the purpose of travelling, the time frame and all the personal date written down in a letter.
  • Means of Subsistence. If the applicant declares that he/she will be covering all the travel expenses, proof of one’s financial status is requested otherwise if the relative/friend is to cover the applicant’s expenses, a formal document issued by the competent authorities to a resident of a Schengen country (the friend/relative in this case) is to be submitted.
  • Letter of Invitation. By the relative/friend residing in a Schengen country. If the applicant will be covering the expenses on his/her own, the relatives/friend’s name, address and the copy of their passport will suffice. In case that the friend/relative is not a citizen of this Schengen country, the copy of the residency permit will also be required.

Documents Required when Applying for a Tourist Visa

The additional required documents to obtain Schengen visa for tourism purposes are:

  • Bank statement. Preferably for the last 6 months.
  • Affidavit of Support. In case one does not have a bank account or does not own enough funds to be taking care of their expenses during this travel, one must ask the visiting friends or relatives to sign an “official affidavit of support” at the corresponding office in his/her place of residence. Make sure you carry the original document when applying for the visa.
  • Travel Itinerary. The applicant’s description of their trip, the purpose of travelling, the time frame and all the personal date written down in a letter, as well as hotel reservations or a formal invitation letter from a resident of a Schengen country.

Documents Required when Applying for a Business Visa

On the following link you can find the list of required documents to obtain a Business Schengen visa.

Documents Required when Applying for a Training Visa

The additional required documents to obtain a Schengen Training visa are:

  • Enrollment certificate. At an eligible institution for the courses one will be attending in the Schengen country.
  • No objection letter. NOC from the educational institution where the visa applicant is currently enrolled (if applicable)

Documents Required when Applying for a Medical Visa

The additional required documents to obtain a Schengen Medical visa are:

  • A letter from a doctor / clinic / hospital in the home country of the visa candidate, that he or she needs medical treatment.
  • Official confirmation of the treatment/appointment by the receiving medical institution (hospital/clinic) in EU.
  • Proof of financial means. Proof that the applicant has sufficient financial means to pay the medical expenses and other related expenses throughout their treatment. This can be one of the following:
    • Bank statements.
    • Letter of sponsorship + bank statements of the sponsor.
    • Proof of advance payments of the treatment + bank statement for other related expenses.
    • Verbal note from the Ministry of Health of applicant’s home country – which must declare the readiness of the relevant government of the applicant’s home country to cover his medical treatment costs (for covered medical treatment by the Government of the home country of the applicant).

Other Travel Purposes

If the purpose of your visa is different than any of those listed above, then you should collect the additional documents listed below, according to your purpose of traveling to Europe.

Documents Required when Travelling to Europe for the Purpose of Studying

The additional required documents to obtain a Schengen Student visa are:

  • Two application forms instead of one.
  • Letter of acceptance at an EU University/College/School.
  • Proof of financial means. Documents that show one is able to reside and financially maintain him / herself during their stay in the Schengen zone.

Documents Required when Travelling to Europe for the Purpose of Employment

The additional required documents to obtain a Schengen Working visa are:

  • Two application forms instead of one.
  • Employment contract. Contract between the applicant and the future employer residing in the Schengen territory.

Documents Required when Travelling for the Purpose of Joining a Spouse Residing in EU

The additional required documents to obtain a Schengen visa to join a Spouse residing in the EU are:

  • Two application forms instead of one.
  • The original certified copy of the marital certificate.
  • A copy of spouse’s passport, if he / she is an EU citizen. If the spouse is not an EU citizen, but only lives in a Schengen country the copy of his/her residency permit is to be submitted as well.

Documents Required when Travelling for the Purpose of Participating in Cultural, Sports or Religious events in Europe

The additional required documents to obtain a Schengen visa for Cultural, Sports or Religious events are:

  • Event Information. As i.e. invitation letters, entry tickets, enrollment conditions, detailed programme and other documents that present relevant information about the event.
  • Proof of previous performances. Participation in previous festivals and ceremonies (cultural, religious), sports competitions, winners certificates, proof of world/international ranking (sports).

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Poland Offers “Family 500+” Program for the Betterment for Foreigners

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Law and Justice ruling party in Poland has recently introduced the so called “500+” program in Poland. For every second and next child under eighteen years of age a family receives 500 PLN per month (approx. 110 EUR). At first glance, the extra cash may seem to be helpful for Polish families, but when you get a closer look, you will find out that the devil hides in the details. I think this money could be spent better: for professional activation and improving availability of kindergartens and nurseries.

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Visa-free travel:

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Barbados
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Fiji
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Grenada
Haiti
Indonesia
Jamaica
Lesotho
Micronesia
Saint Kitts and Nevis
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Madagascar
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Togo
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