I am thinking about moving to NS, can you help me find a job?
We restrict our role being an immigration advisor which allows us to better focus and specialize in what we do the best. We do not connect job seekers to an employer in Nova Scotia or in Canada. The job search process is the responsibility of the applicant. It is illegal in most provinces in Canada to be charged for finding a job in relation to immigration. If you have paid someone (recruiter, agent or an employer) to find you employment in Canada, you should contact the Labour Standards division to file a complaint (902) 424-4311, email (LabourStandards@novascotia.ca) or report to the Canadian federal authority here.
I would like to learn more about AIPP (Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program), can I call you?
This is a very common question; unfortunately it is impossible to go over the details over the phone. However, if you wish to stay on budget and obtain free information, you should check out here. Alternatively, you can join us for our regular seminars which covers this topic. Check the next available seminar.
What if I have more questions after my consultation? Do I have to pay for another session?
Your consultation fee pays for the time you meet with the Authorized Representative (RCIC or Lawyer). You should come prepared. We recommend you list all your questions and familiarize yourself with the basic information about the programs/immigration streams. Our consultation is tailored to your specific situation and background. You can discuss your concerns or the challenges in during the session. You can send us with further questions within 24 hours of the consultation if new questions come up. A new booking is required after the 24 hours or a new area/subject comes up.
Can my friend or relatives accompany me during my consultation session?
We only allow relevant people to be in the meeting. Spouse, Common-Law Partner or employers are welcome to join the consultation. Parents and children under 12 are discouraged to come. If they do show up with you, we may ask them to ‘sit out’ during your meeting.
Can I work beyond my current expired work permit?
Yes, but only under a few strict conditions:
- only if you submit a complete application to the correct office BEFORE your work permit expires. All application submitted online will be issued a Confirmation of Receipt (IMM5739). If you used paper-based application, you should ensure the courier package is time-stamp (picked up) before the last day of your legal status expires;
- you had a work permit and you applied for a work permit extension. If your extension is for a Study Permit or a Visitor Record, the last day you are allowed to work is the date printed on your soon-to-expire work permit;
- you had an open work permit and you applied for an open work permit or a employer-specific work permit;
- you had an employer-specific work permit and your new application is for the same employer (no change of title, position, work location);
- you had a Study Permit and you have recently graduated and submitted a post-graduate work permit application. This situation may become complex depending on the conditions/stipulations on your Study Permit. If you are unsure, you may book a consultation to determine your eligibility. We do not answer scenario-based or hypothetical questions over the phone.
Regardless of your time zone, your application should be registered by midnight Eastern Standard Time (Ottawa time) on or before the expiry date to be on the safe side.
Can I change my job during the PR immigration process?
This question is very popular, unfortunately, there is no cookie-cutter answer to fit all scenarios. There are certain program/class which does not require the applicant to remain at the job during the immigration process. These often are high-caliber programs which the applicant already demonstrated their past work experience to meet the minimum requirement. If you are in doubt, you should not quit your job before speaking to a trained immigration professional.
Does my Express Entry CRS points increase if I become married or common-law?
The quick answer is No, it does not increase automatically without some extra work. In fact your organic scores will decrease when you are in a relationship. Your partner (spouse or common-law) must be willing to demonstrate that they possess desirable human capital such as proficiency in our official language, providing ECA transcripts or demonstrate relevant/skilled work experience in order for your organic scores increase.
Do you deal with a third-party agency, consultancy companies or education institutions?
We do not have any affiliated companies or associated agencies inside or outside Canada acting on our behalf. We do not solicit our business with any organizations or agencies outside Canada, especially in placement of employment. If you come across to another company claiming they are an associate or an agency of ICA, please let us know immediately.
How long does it take to prepare my file with your office and what’s the processing time like?
Our goal is to build an application within two weeks from receiving ‘complete’ information and document. We flag files which have temporary status expiring within 10 days with high urgency. High urgency file will also result a higher retainer fee. While our goal is to process all information and documents received within two weeks of receipt, there are times which external factors prevent us from meeting this target such as holidays, limited staffing level (sick days, vacations), incomplete information…etc.