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IRCC intends to implement the Study Direct Stream (SDS) in both India and Vietnam (similar to what is already in place in China and the Philippines) on Feb 01, 2018. The IELTS requirement in India is likely to be raised from an overall score of 6.0 (with no band less than 5.5) to an overall score of 6.0. (with no band less than 6.0.). With momentum for studying in Canada very high in India, it is expected that student numbers will continue to expand. When implemented, SDS will replace SPP in India. Students will be required to purchase a GIC ($10,000) and provide proof of tuition payment for the first year. Online applications will also be accepted.

However the colleges maybe seeking an extension to this start date of 1st Feb , so watch this space for more info !

?Students are advised not to panic, but seek visa guidance (if required), from Canadian Government Authorized Consultants who are ICCRC members. Do not get fooled with wrong information by unauthorized consultants.

Almost all international students in Canada want to get settled in the country after they graduate, but only a few manage to do so. The Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador has come up with an update which will enable the international graduates of Memorial University and the College of the North Atlantic to live, work and settle easily in the province.

Now, the graduates of these institutions who are working in a field which is not related to their study can apply for provincial nomination as long as they secure an indeterminate job offer for a full-time position in this province.

This change to the field of study requirement only applies to MUN and CNA graduates and it will help the international students to integrate and establish professional networks in the province. This amendment to the International Graduate Category has given an opportunity to all the graduates who are not working in the field related to their study to become permanent residents of Canada. Whereas, International graduates of other provinces and territories in Canada will continue to be required to have a job offer in their field of study, in order to be eligible under the International Graduate category.

Source: http://www.nlpnp.ca/international_graduate.html http://www.canadastudynews.com/2017/12/21/newfoundland-gives-select-international-graduates-easier-access-to-immigration/

2017 Fraud Prevention Month Campaign Targets Audiences in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia

The Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) is launching a worldwide multilingual campaign to encourage the public to take extra measures to ensure that individuals offering immigration and citizenship assistance are authorized. March is Fraud Prevention Month in Canada, and 2017 marks ICCRC's fourth consecutive annual campaign.

"Our 2017 theme is 'Not Licensed? Not Legal!' and this year we are truly going global," said Lawrence Barker, Acting President and CEO of ICCRC. "In addition to reaching out to our audiences across Canada, our messages will be viewed by millions in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Punjabi and Mandarin throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia."

ICCRC is the national regulatory body that governs Canadian Immigration and citizenship consultants as well as international student advisors. A member of Canada's Fraud Prevention Forum, the Council joins the federal Competition Bureau and hundreds of businesses and organizations to warn consumers of fraud. ICCRC recommends that people who seek immigration or citizenship advice visit the "Find an immigration Professional" page on its website (www.iccrc-crcic.ca) to determine whether an immigration consultant is a lawful practitioner. Anyone not authorized should be reported to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Border Watch Toll-Free Line at 1-888-502-9060.

Federal law requires anyone providing Canadian Immigration or citizenship advice for a fee or other consideration must be a member in good standing of a provisional or territorial law society (a lawyer or an authorized paralegal in Ontario), the Chambre des notaries du Quebec, or ICCRC. Anyone providing any immigration or citizenship services, who are not a member of one of these organizations, is acting in contravention of the law and should be reported. Punishment can include a fine of up to $100,000 and/or imprisonment up to two years.

ICCRC's daily Fraud Prevention Month campaign messages can be followed on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedln and a www.immigrationfraud.ca.

Under the new regulations, all international students with a Canadian study permit will now be automatically authorised "to work off-campus for up to 20 hours per week during the academic session and full-time during scheduled breaks without the need to apply for a separate work permit."

Co-op placements will be similarly affected under the revised regulations. Whereas any international student could have applied for a co-op work permit previously if a co-op placement was an integral aspect of their programme of study, the new regulations stipulate "only international students who are pursuing studies at a secondary school or at a designated institution may apply for a co-op work permit."

As per current policies of the Government of Canada , it is illegal for individuals and companies to consult on any immigration and visa related manner unless one is certified and approved . Dealing with matters relating to immigration/visas etc by unauthorized /crooked /ghost consultants may lead to legal action punishable by fines and jail terms. Canadian Government spends millions of dollars on reaching out to potential applicants on matters regarding choosing consultants.Authorised consultants should be members of bodies like ICCRC or Canadian Bar Societies .
Numerous cases are reported every year with visa refusals based on non genuine documents like fake educational documents, IELTS scores, fraudulent financial papers, and/or experience letters. Please do not be gullible and get yourself entangled with agents who promise all this. The Canadian High Commission makes a thorough check on all documents and the likelihood of fraud documents getting through are highly unlikely . If caught with fraud documents, a student risks the chance of not only visa refusal but a BAN for visa application for a specific period of time. Always use genuine documents.
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