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Canada job proposals for new immigrants

Canada is coming up with a project to help newcomers in the nation find jobs in accordance with their skill-sets and experience.

The aim of this project is to formulate innovative ideas to provide a platform for skilled immigrants and SMEs in Canada since this could result in providing jobs for skilled immigrants and provide manpower for SMEs.

What are Canada job proposals for skilled newcomers—Following are the eight job proposals for enabling newcomers possessing skills get jobs in Canada—

• Online database of pre-screened immigrants—This program is aimed to provide pre-screened skilled immigrants to SMBs at any time and from any place. Any employer in Canada will be facilitated with qualified candidates for meeting industry-specific needs.

• Single platform for recruitment and hiring of candidates for support services—It is a one-stop shop for the company having job opening and the potential employee in need of work in Canada.

• Online HR resources—This program by Canada will help provide SMBs with all the related HR information from any location.

• Orientation and wage subsidies—By providing provincial or national wage subsidies to skilled newcomers in Canada, the program will act as a stimulus for SMBs to hire jobseekers from anywhere, especially those who are reluctant to provide training and orientation to a newly hired employee.

• Marketing and communication program—Since, strong and effective communications are the very basis for bringing potential employees and employers looking for jobseekers, hence all the above programs need to be supported with communication and marketing.

• Education and information by financial institutes—The aim of this program is to provide information with regard to the potential jobseekers possessing skills to SMBs when the latter are planning extension of their business. The program will provide guidelines on recruitment, integration as well as retaining skillful immigrants.

Vital hiring practices—After hiring any skilled immigrant in Canada, the next job on hand for the employer is to introduce the new employee to the culture of the new workplace. This can go a long way in increasing productivity levels of the company or the business and help in retention rate of employees.
 

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Canada tackles marriage fraud

02 November 2011
http://www.workpermit.com/news/2011-11-02/canada-tackles-marriage-fraud.htm

Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced this week Canada's plans to target marriage fraud among immigrants.

According to newly released documents, Canada's border agency has opened more than three dozen criminal investigations related to marriage fraud in the last few years.

"The most effective tool is to stop fraudulent marriages from being approved in the first place because they are so hard to deal with once the person is admitted into Canada. We will continue to be very vigilant. It's difficult, we want to let the legitimate married couples in but keep the fake ones out and that's what our officers are trained to do," said Kenney.

According to Kenney some overseas spouses have married Canadians simply to gain immigration benefits to Canada. Once in Canada some foreign spouses leave their Canadian spouse. There have even been cases of mistreatment of Canadian spouses by overseas spouses.

According to the government, new laws to curb immigration through fraudulent marriages will go into effect next year. The new regulation will impose a two year period of conditional residency on foreign sponsored spouse. Spouses who have emigrated to Canada will not be able to themselves sponsor an overseas spouse for five years.

"If you come in as a sponsored spouse and become a permanent resident and then divorce your Canadian husband or wife, you will not be able to turn around and sponsor someone from overseas," Kenney said.

It is believed that a large number of these 'fake' spousal sponsorship visa applications come from China and India. Recently, a large number of applications from China were rejected.

"Canadians were being paid up to $60,000 by criminal organizations, to sponsor Chinese citizens they had never met and we started interviewing these applicants and we found out they knew nothing about the spouse and they had no consistent story or proof of relationship," said Kenney.

While it is common in South Asian countries for marriages to be arranged by families and a couple may not know very much about each other until after the marriage, Kenney noted that officials are specially trained to make an assessment of such situations.

"We know that in many cultures and religions it's conventional to have an arranged marriage, and our officers approve bona fide arranged marriages all the time. But if it looks like the marriage was not arranged for family, for the purpose of living together, then we will reject the application. So the test is whether the marriage is legitimate or whether it is just done for immigration purposes," he said.
 

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Canada tackles marriage fraud

02 November 2011
http://www.workpermit.com/news/2011-11-02/canada-tackles-marriage-fraud.htm

Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced this week Canada's plans to target marriage fraud among immigrants.

According to newly released documents, Canada's border agency has opened more than three dozen criminal investigations related to marriage fraud in the last few years.

"The most effective tool is to stop fraudulent marriages from being approved in the first place because they are so hard to deal with once the person is admitted into Canada. We will continue to be very vigilant. It's difficult, we want to let the legitimate married couples in but keep the fake ones out and that's what our officers are trained to do," said Kenney.

According to Kenney some overseas spouses have married Canadians simply to gain immigration benefits to Canada. Once in Canada some foreign spouses leave their Canadian spouse. There have even been cases of mistreatment of Canadian spouses by overseas spouses.

According to the government, new laws to curb immigration through fraudulent marriages will go into effect next year. The new regulation will impose a two year period of conditional residency on foreign sponsored spouse. Spouses who have emigrated to Canada will not be able to themselves sponsor an overseas spouse for five years.

"If you come in as a sponsored spouse and become a permanent resident and then divorce your Canadian husband or wife, you will not be able to turn around and sponsor someone from overseas," Kenney said.

It is believed that a large number of these 'fake' spousal sponsorship visa applications come from China and India. Recently, a large number of applications from China were rejected.

"Canadians were being paid up to $60,000 by criminal organizations, to sponsor Chinese citizens they had never met and we started interviewing these applicants and we found out they knew nothing about the spouse and they had no consistent story or proof of relationship," said Kenney.

While it is common in South Asian countries for marriages to be arranged by families and a couple may not know very much about each other until after the marriage, Kenney noted that officials are specially trained to make an assessment of such situations.

"We know that in many cultures and religions it's conventional to have an arranged marriage, and our officers approve bona fide arranged marriages all the time. But if it looks like the marriage was not arranged for family, for the purpose of living together, then we will reject the application. So the test is whether the marriage is legitimate or whether it is just done for immigration purposes," he said.
 

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New survey reveals attitudes of Canadians towards immigration

Canada, 15th November: A latest survey by Canada government has revealed interesting attitued of Canadians towards Canada immigration.

As per the survey by Ekos Research and Associates, these new trends will help in redesigning the Canada immigration laws.

The Government-commissioned survey maitains that the enthusiasm of Canadians for allowing more immigrants certainly has some limits.

The survey also cautioned that Canadians are quite less likely to feel that Canada immigration upholds and strengthens culture of Canadians than they were almost a decade ago. Around 36 percent of Canadians survey respondents said they feel immigration does increase rate of joblessness among Canadians.

Around 48 percent of Canadians considered immigration bad for their neighborhood. Around 54 percent of Canadians stated that present number of immigrants moving to Canada is absolutely appropriate.

Meanwhile, 23 percent stated they feel allowing immigrants from various cultures will make Canada culture more strong.

Nonetheless, the survey reinstated the fact that majorty of Canadians(nearly 71 percent) do consider immigration in the positive spirit barring a few giving conflicted views on Canada immigration.

Last week, the Canadian immigration minister Jason Kenney had stated about the decision of Canadian government for maintaining the previous year’s levels of immigration in Canada. This statement was a reflection of the government survey on attitudes of Canadians towards immigration. Last year, Canada had maintained the immigration limit between 240,000 and 265,000.

Speaking about the survey findings, Kenney asserted that Canadians are quite supportive of immigration while adding that they(Canadians) do not want to have any more increases in the annual Canada immigration levels.

Kenney stressed on the role on immigrants in Canada in the coming times especially when the native labor pool declines.


The report by the Ekos Research and Associates was delivered in April this year but was made public only recently.

The research was based on interviews of 1,530 adults including 300 new Canadians conducted through telephone.

The report reiterated that the Canadians’ views favor effect of immigration in Canada on the national economy rather than the immigration’s impact on Canadian culture.

The survey reveals that when asked about religious deiversity and immigration, Canadians expressed high insecurity levels on Canadian culture.
 

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Federal program vital in attracting skilled immigrants to Canada


Canada, 22nd November: Canada immigration minister Jason Kenney has applauded the significance of federal program for attracting skilled immigrants into the nation.


He says the nation has no plans to shelve this program for the time being keeping in view the success of provincial program in getting the immigrants settled throughout Canada.

Expansion of PNP successful—He said that the expansion of Provincial Nominee Program by the government of Canada has resulted in shifting the immigration trend west from Ontario. Now, more and more immigrants coming to Canada are choosing to shift to western provinces of Canada.

Around ten years ago, a common trend among immigrants coming to Canada was to choose Toronto or Ontario.

However, due to concerted efforts of Canada government, immigration patterns have changed quite a lot as only around 42 percent of immigrants immigrated to Ontario last year. On the other hand, immigration to Western Canada has gone up considerably with more and more immigrants moving to Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Good job prospects allure immigrants to Western Canada—Immigrants are flocking west because the western economy is booming. No wonder, a large chunk of immigrants are finding good jobs in Western Canada, asserts Nick Noorani, an immigration expert based in British Columbia(B.C.). And this sheer change in immigration patterns is due to provincial nominee program.

PNP allows selection of immigrants in accordance with the skills in high demand in the concerned province and one of the main aim of a provincial nominee program is to provide employment to the immigrants at the earliest, adds Noorani.

In fact, it is being witnessed that a large number of immigrants coming to Western Canada have an offer of job in their hand even before arriving here, informs Noorani.

And this is quite good since it is reducing the rate of joblessness among newcomers coming to Canada, he maintains.

Communities benefiting by provincial system—Increased number of immigrants coming to Western provinces of Canada have provided a big boost to the real estate.

More immigrants are getting interested in owning a home in Canada and the ratio of immigrants showing interest in buying homes in Canada is higher than Canadian-born people, Noorani adds.

Seeing the positive results of provincial program, the government of Canada must work towards reducing waiting times for Canada immigration.
 

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With a looming shortage of professionals, Canada’s engineering fraternity is formulating ways to fill the gaps

by Jim Bentein

As the Alberta economy shifts into semi-boom mode again, thanks to accelerated oilsands development and unconventional oil and gas expansion, there will have to be more engineers to design the plants and the infrastructure needed to accommodate that growth-and that worries executives with the provincial association that represents engineers.

"Alberta´s situation is more acute than any other province in Canada," says Len Shrimpton, chief executive officer of the Edmonton-based Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA), the body responsible for licensing all engineers in the province and for providing ongoing training, as well as working with government, industry and educators to promote the profession. "The expectation is we could be several thousand engineers short in five to 10 years."

Shrimpton spends much of his time now focusing on workforce issues at APEGGA, since it is viewed as one of that association´s major concerns going forward.

"There are about 200,000 engineers and geoscientists in Canada," he says. "Alberta is the most engineering-intensive economy in the country, with 60,000 professional engineers, 45,000 of them practicing the profession. We expect 15,000 of those engineers to retire in the next five to 10 years. In addition, we expect there to be a growth in the demand for engineers because of energy-industry expansion."

The shortage of engineers is likely to even be more acute than in most energy industry-related jobs tracked by the Calgary-based Petroleum Human Resources Council of Canada (PHRCC), a federal government and industry-funded body that tracks labour demand in the sector, he suggested.

The PHRCC predicts that those same factors-the aging of the Canadian population and the subsequent retirements of skilled workers and professionals, as well as expansion of the oilsands industry and other segments-will lead to a serious shortage of workers in the next decade and beyond.

In its study The Decade Ahead, the council forecasts a shortage of about 131,000 workers in the next 10 years in the energy industry, which now employs about 172,000 people in Canada.

The council tracks 36 occupations in its ongoing work, which leads to the annual report, which includes several engineering occupations, including automation engineers, chemical and process engineers, cost engineers, geotechnical engineers, mechanical engineers, pipeline engineers, petroleum engineers, geochemists and others.

"The oil and gas industry dominates the engineering profession in Alberta," says Shrimpton. "Often civil, mechanical and electrical engineers end up being hired by oil and gas companies and converted to petroleum engineers."

Alberta, along with the rest of the country, has never been able to provide enough engineers domestically, but that gap has historically been filled by recruitment of engineers from other countries.

Until perhaps 15 or 20 years ago, many of those professionals came from Europe. However, European countries, all faced with an aging demographic, have shortages themselves now.

Recruitment then shifted to Asia, with many engineers coming from China and India. But that will also be a problem in the future, says Shrimpton.

"The Alberta government is forecasting that in 10 years China will be in the same boat we are in now," he says.

Shrimpton says that 20 years ago, when he first joined APEGGA, about one-third of the province´s engineers came from within the province; one-third came from other provinces and one-third from outside of Canada.

"Now 40 per cent of our engineers come from overseas," he says.

APEGGA gives certification to an average of 6,000 engineers a year, with about 1,500 of those coming from within the province.

Reliability on immigration from other provinces is unlikely to be a good strategy.

Engineers Canada, the national body representing the 234,000 engineers in Canada, released a report in April that also warns that the impending retirements of thousands of engineers across the country will present a serious challenge. However, unlike APEGGA, it believes levels of current immigration and the graduation of engineers in Canadian universities will create a "balance" between supply and demand.

However, it also sees the supply tightening, especially in western Canada and especially among engineers employed in the oil and gas industry.

It also warns of "significant supply pressures" among engineers with more than 10 years of experience and supply pressures among those with over five years of experience.

To Shrimpton, the greatest challenge facing the profession is the loss of experienced engineers, familiar with the way of the the laws of the country and the way the profession functions in Canada.

For that reason, APEGGA is suggesting oil and gas companies and others that employ engineers consider such things as offering flexible work schedules and opportunities for experienced engineers to work from their homes or from winter escapes.

"We need to be concerned about transferring knowledge from experienced engineers to others entering the profession," he says, adding that APEGGA can play a role by offering seminars and other professional upgrading opportunities.

It also needs to strive to make APEGGA employees and the companies that employ engineers in the province more sensitive to the multicultural nature of many now in the profession in Canada.

"We´re working to make sure our website [www.apegga.com] and our literature are more immigrant-friendly, for example," Shrimpton says.

The organization is also working with engineering bodies in Asian countries, Latin America and elsewhere to try to establish international mobility agreements that will smooth the way for engineers from countries there to qualify more easily to obtain certification in Alberta. It has long had such an agreement with the United Kingdom.

In that regard, APEGGA has worked with the American Engineering Association, which has an examination it requires foreign-trained engineers to take to work in the United States.

"They have tens of thousands of people a month apply and they test all of them with the exam, so it only makes sense," Shrimpton says.

APEGGA also has a mentoring program, by which it matches newly arrived foreign-trained engineers with other foreign-trained engineers who have worked in Canada for a number of years.

The association has multi-pronged strategy for dealing with the impending shortage.

One aspect of that strategy is convincing the federal government to allow more foreign-trained engineers to emigrate to Canada. The government has a reasonably aggressive temporary foreign worker program, aimed mostly at filling unskilled worker positions and some trades positions, but APEGGA doesn´t believe its program to allow in permanent trained immigrants is adequate.

It also wants to see the Alberta government bump up funding for engineer training at the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary, the two post-secondary institutions in Alberta that train engineers.

"There are 7,000 undergraduates a year [in engineering programs] at the U of A [University of Alberta] and the U of C [University of Calgary]," Shrimpton says. "We want to see at least 2,000 more. If it did that, we would maintain the standard of having one-third of the engineers in the province trained here."

APEGGA also wants to see its 4,000 corporate members be more "flexible" in the way they employ women who are trained engineers, since many leave the profession after starting families because the companies they work for tend not to adjust their workloads to their new status as working mothers.

"About 20 per cent of engineering students at the undergraduate level are women, but as they progress only about 10-12 per cent stay in the field," he says.

The association also wants to attract more aboriginals to the professions and, in fact, has established an aboriginal affairs committee to aim at this goal.

It will be a significant challenge, Shrimpton says, since there are thought to be less than 100 aboriginal engineers in the whole country.

APEGGA also wants to have some of its staffers, as well as engineer members, speak to students in high schools and universities about the opportunities the profession affords.

"We´re starting to negotiate with the major school boards to get them to help us introduce our profession to their students," he says.

The association plans to upgrade its website so that it can be interactive, allowing students to surf it for more in-depth information.

"Most other associations like ours in Canada concentrate on the regulatory side," Shrimpton says. "We plan to be pro-active in dealing with the projected shortage of engineers."

One thing it will not do is "dumb down" the standards. It takes four years of university, followed by four years of work experience, to qualify as an engineer and Shrimpton believes APEGGA´s multi-pronged strategy will help deal with the shortage it sees.

Jim Smith, APEGGA´s president, is a retired engineer (he worked in the forestry sector) who is very concerned about the impending shortage, especially given the kind of economy Alberta and the rest of Canada has.

"We´re going to have a knowledge-based economy, but we´re not going to have the people to operate it," he says.

The great recession of 2008-2009 certainly didn´t help, since some young engineers who graduated then couldn´t find jobs.

"When you have economic uncertainty, companies are reluctant to hire people and some of those people got turned off of the profession."

That´s short-sighted on the part of the corporate sector, since engineers like Smith, with decades of experience, are going to be few and far between in the next few years.

If Canadian-based employers aren´t willing to hire newly trained engineers and find creative ways to keep existing engineers, companies elsewhere are, Smith points out.

For instance, in May, recruiters from Australia were at job fairs in Calgary and Edmonton, trying to convince Canadian engineers to move to the land of sunshine and kangaroos.

The Opportunities Australia Expo attracted several hundred professionals. One of the recruiters said the country is currently 18,000 engineers short, and that shortage is only expected to grow in the next decade.

Robin Mann, an executive with Calgary-based AJM-Deloitte Petroleum Consultants and the president-elect of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG), says the shortage of geoscientists in Canada is even more acute than the shortage of engineers overall (geoscientists are also engineers).

"If the engineering profession is going to have a problem finding people, we are a multiple of that," he says, adding there are about 4,500 geoscientists in Canada "and probably half of them will retire in the next 10 years."

CSPG and the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG), two bodies with about 5,000 members overall (many geoscientists belong to both groups), work to increase the profile of the profession and to attract more young people into the field.

It isn´t easy.

"Part of the problem is that the geosciences aren´t as sexy as they used to be," Mann says. "The majority of the jobs in the field are in the oil and gas industry and in mining and they don´t have a stellar environmental reputation among young people."

Mann thinks this does a disservice to the profession, since both the oil and gas and mining sectors have made "huge strides" in improving their environmental performance.

In addition, the sector hasn´t recovered from the oil and gas (and mining) industry downturns of the 1980s and 1990s, when geoscientists were laid off in large numbers (some young people avoid it because they fear the same fate).

To counter the environmental reputation and fears about a repeat of past layoffs, the CSPG has a number of programs aimed at young people.

One is an annual field trip for 25-30 geophysics students from universities across Canada. The students spend two weeks in Calgary and are sent to various oil and gas industry head offices, as well as to the offices of the Geological Survey of Canada, to get a taste for the work involved in the energy industry.

Mann plans to spend next year concentrating on increasing the profile of the geosciences in Canada, with the aim of attracting more young people to the profession.

Mann agrees with APEGGA´s Smith that companies in the engineering field overall-and particularly those engaged in the geosciences-need to create a more flexible work environment.

AJM-Deloitte, which is involved in reserve and resource evaluations and acquisition and divestiture reports, has always let its professionals work from their homes, for instance, something he recommends others do, since that will likely allow them to retain older workers who might otherwise retire.

Mann says it´s not unusual for geoscientists in their 70s to still be working, but companies should recognize that more would do so if they could work from summer cottages or winter escapes.

AJM, which merged with giant international accounting firm Deloitte this past spring, will also now have the advantage of having access to geoscientists from outside of Canada, Mann says, since Deloitte has offices worldwide.

Today´s computer-based technology allows companies to transmit data from one country to another.

"We could end up with a geoscientist who lives in Mexico working on projects in Alberta," he says. "In today´s world, workers don´t all have to live in Calgary."
 

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Canada Super Visas will facilitate immigrants


Canada, 23rd November: The decision of Canadian government to introduce Canada Super Visas for parents and grandparents of immigrants in Canada is being welcomed by all.

It is being claimed as a best move for making lives easier for many immigrants in Canada.

Canada Super Visa—Canada Super Visa is a multiple entry visa having a validity of up to a period of ten years. As per the Canada immigration rules, a Canada super visa will facilitate family members of immigrants to stay in Canada for two years at a time.

The new Canada Super Visa will become effective from 1st December 2011 onwards. It will be issued to aspirants within a record average time of just eight weeks after the date of application.

This is a significant improvement over the usual processing time of as many as eight years for Canada visas. So, this means parents as well as grandparents of immigrants in Canada will now be able to reunify with their family members in a short span of two months only.

Canada super visas will make things easier for parents and grandparents—Considering current statistics, the number of parents and grandparents awaiting their turn to get Canada PR(permanent residency) is said to be 165,000.

The number of applicants under the category of parents and grandparents seeking Canada Permanent Residency is around 38,000 each year on an average.

That’s because getting Canadian PR helps them visit their children living in Canada. Among them, majority were those who had earlier been robbed of meeting their children in Canada by denying them Canada visitor visas,

Canada immigration officials feared that if such applicants were granted Canada visitor visas, they may continue to stay in Canada even after their visas get expired due to attachment with their families in Canada.

However, for immigrants whose sole aim is to spend a quality time with their grandchildren and children in Canada, getting Canada PR was proving taxing since it involved travelling back and forth to Canada for maintaining their PR status. No wonder, this caused undue stress.

New Canada Super Visas are aimed to solve this problem of those wanting to go to Canada to be with their loved ones.
 

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Canada Super Visas will facilitate immigrants


Canada, 23rd November: The decision of Canadian government to introduce Canada Super Visas for parents and grandparents of immigrants in Canada is being welcomed by all.

It is being claimed as a best move for making lives easier for many immigrants in Canada.

Canada Super Visa—Canada Super Visa is a multiple entry visa having a validity of up to a period of ten years. As per the Canada immigration rules, a Canada super visa will facilitate family members of immigrants to stay in Canada for two years at a time.

The new Canada Super Visa will become effective from 1st December 2011 onwards. It will be issued to aspirants within a record average time of just eight weeks after the date of application.

This is a significant improvement over the usual processing time of as many as eight years for Canada visas. So, this means parents as well as grandparents of immigrants in Canada will now be able to reunify with their family members in a short span of two months only.

Canada super visas will make things easier for parents and grandparents—Considering current statistics, the number of parents and grandparents awaiting their turn to get Canada PR(permanent residency) is said to be 165,000.

The number of applicants under the category of parents and grandparents seeking Canada Permanent Residency is around 38,000 each year on an average.

That's because getting Canadian PR helps them visit their children living in Canada. Among them, majority were those who had earlier been robbed of meeting their children in Canada by denying them Canada visitor visas,

Canada immigration officials feared that if such applicants were granted Canada visitor visas, they may continue to stay in Canada even after their visas get expired due to attachment with their families in Canada.

However, for immigrants whose sole aim is to spend a quality time with their grandchildren and children in Canada, getting Canada PR was proving taxing since it involved travelling back and forth to Canada for maintaining their PR status. No wonder, this caused undue stress.

New Canada Super Visas are aimed to solve this problem of those wanting to go to Canada to be with their loved ones.
this is great. and this has already began, my mom just got her supervisa and its for 5 years. i guess its 5 years because her pasport is only valid for 5 years so they will not give ten years visa for a pasport expiring within 5 years.
 

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this is great. and this has already began, my mom just got her supervisa and its for 5 years. i guess its 5 years because her pasport is only valid for 5 years so they will not give ten years visa for a pasport expiring within 5 years.
strange!!! i heard they were going to start this super visa from dec 1st
 

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strange!!! i heard they were going to start this super visa from dec 1st
yap, it will expire one month before her pasport expires. and i wanna ask is there any country that issues pasport that is valid for ten years? coz in my country they only issue up to 5 years. if they are ready to issue ten year visa the you must have a pasport valid for ten years. or should we think that if i was given that visa then it is understood that it must be valid for ten years and i'l just have to renew my pasport and have it stamped by the cic for another 5 years without lodging a new application, could that be seniors?
 

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yap, it will expire one month before her pasport expires. and i wanna ask is there any country that issues pasport that is valid for ten years? coz in my country they only issue up to 5 years. if they are ready to issue ten year visa the you must have a pasport valid for ten years. or should we think that if i was given that visa then it is understood that it must be valid for ten years and i'l just have to renew my pasport and have it stamped by the cic for another 5 years without lodging a new application, could that be seniors?
but, Supervisa is supposed to be granted for 2 years at a time, not 5 or 10 years. you can extend supervisa's validity upto 10 years. this is what i read!
 

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but, Supervisa is supposed to be granted for 2 years at a time, not 5 or 10 years. you can extend supervisa's validity upto 10 years. this is what i read!
i guess you're right Doc, 10 years but 2 years at a time.but my mom got 5 years. Issued nov. 2011 expire on april 2016 which is one month before pasport expires. could i be wrong on this, this is all stamped in her pasport. you mean if its 2 years at a time, she must apply to extend her visa again after 2 years of stay? but it is already indicated in her pasport the expiry date of the visa which is 5 years from now. this is confusing ::)