Express Entry – How to draft an employer reference letter that works!

What every immigration officer expects to see when they look at yours.

For those lucky enough to obtain an Invitation to Apply (ITA) under the new Express Entry regime, collecting those dreaded employer reference letters can be a royal pain. However, not every reference letter is accepted. So I’m going to explain exactly what you need to include in yours to ensure you get credit for your foreign […]

What to do when your Canadian visa application is rejected.

A step-by-step guide to requesting the visa officer's notes

If you are one of the unfortunate people that has just had their Canadian visa application refused, it can be one of the most frustrating experiences of your life. Travel plans are spoiled and the hopes of being reunited with distant friends and relatives are in serious jeopardy. [UPDATE: January 7, 2017] After reading this blog […]

PNP: Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program

Should I apply under Express Entry or wait for my AINP?

Question [Holthe Tilleman LLP website] I am an international graduate on a three year Post Graduate Work Permit.  My work permit is going to expire in April of 2016. I submitted my application through the AINP in February of 2014 as a food service supervisor, which is still in process.

Express Entry: Educational Credential Assessments

Does my spouse need to get his ECA so that we can get extra points for Express Entry?

Question [Holthe Tilleman LLP website]: I am going to apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Program of Express Entry, does my spouse need to get his Educational Credential Assessment too so that we can get extra points, or is there no need? Thank you in advance.

Express Entry: Employer Reference Letters

If my employer will not give me a reference letter for Express Entry, what should I do?

Question [Holthe Tilleman LLP website]: My employment reference letter states my hierarchical designation as General Manager but does not detail my duties or role. I do not wish to inform my employer about my intention to immigrate, and asking any such letter now may create difficulty for me.

Express Entry – Essential Tips to Getting Out of the Pool Safely

Express Entry is now live .

Express Entry is now live . My first experience accessing the representatives portal was actually very positive. I must admit that I was a little nervous with what to expect given CICs past track record rolling out electronic filing systems. In the past, it seemed as if CIC pushed for the release of the electronic filing […]

Episode 4: Express Entry – Crucial Facts for Canadian Employers and Prospective Immigrants

CIC’s Express Entry Program coming January 1, 2015

CIC’s Express Entry Program coming January 1, 2015 Crucial Facts for Canadian Employers and Prospective Immigrants [Tweet “Crucial Facts for Canadian Employers and Prospective Immigrants”] Listen to Mark Holthe’s Answer   Fact Sheet: Produced by the CBA’s National Immigration Section The Express Entry program is not simply a case management system. It imposes a new […]