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October's Immigration Update: A Recap of the Month's Key Changes and Videos

Updated: Dec 27, 2023


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Hello Dreamer,


Can you believe it's already November!? Where did the year go?


This time of the year is a crucial point for Canadian Immigration for two main reasons:

  1. As the year draws to a close, the Immigration Minister traditionally outlines the forthcoming strategy for immigration, detailing the updated targets for welcoming new permanent residents to Canada, as well as any changes to the immigration system. This annual announcement is a roadmap that highlights future changes and opportunities for those aspiring to make Canada their new home.

  2. As the start of a new year approaches, we edge nearer not only to new beginnings but also to the resetting of immigration quotas—a pivotal moment for aspiring newcomers to Canada. Consider this: On January 1, 2023, the intake quota for the Caregiver Program was reached on the very first day! This instance underscores the fierce competition and the pressing importance of this period. It's a critical window for preparation, allowing you to position yourself advantageously within your chosen immigration pathway. Ensuring you're ready to apply as soon as the quotas open can be the deciding factor in successfully embarking on your Canadian journey.

Given these two facts, here is what I am going to cover in this blog post to help set you up for success:


Here is the convenient read-along for this blog post



Discover Your Canadian Dreamer Profile: Tailored Guidance for Your Journey


Before we dive into the latest developments in Canadian immigration, I have a question for you...


I know some of you have shared where you are on your journeys before, but if there have been any changes or new developments, let's get an update.


What type of Canadian "Dreamer" are you?


  • Are you an Explorer - sitting in your home country trying to find the best way to move to Canada? or,

  • Are you an Initiative Taker who has started the process somehow? So you have either applied to school, or for a visa, or figured out some way to get yourself to Canada. And, have your pursuits been fruitful, or has your application been rejected? or,

  • Are you already in Canada as an International Student or Worker working towards Canadian Permanent Residency? or,

  • Are you a landed and settled Permanent Resident on the road to Canadian Citizenship?

  • Or, have you given up on your dreams of moving to Canada because it did not feel feasible, it was too expensive, or it was just too difficult?

Understanding where you stand on your journey to Canada is crucial, especially as we prepare for the new year and the latest immigration announcements. This information allows me to offer advice and resources specifically tailored to your current situation and needs. Whether you’re just starting to explore the possibility, actively working towards it, facing setbacks, or already building a life in Canada, recognizing your ‘avatar’ helps me curate content that is most relevant and beneficial for you. It is also about ensuring that with the upcoming changes in immigration policies, you have the insight and guidance necessary to understand how these changes apply to you. This isn’t just about moving to a new country, it's about navigating a life-changing adventure with clarity and support. So, let’s find out:


Can you let me know below?


What type of Canadian "Dreamer" are you?

  • Explorer

  • Initiative Taker - Rejected

  • Initiative Taker - Mover

  • International Student


Now that you’ve reflected on your current stage in the immigration process, it's time to look ahead at what the new year has in store for Canadian immigration.


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Last week, I posted a video highlighting some of the main immigration changes. Watching it will equip you with a better understanding of the recent updates and how they might impact your journey to Canada. Here is the video below:



Now that you've caught up with the latest immigration updates, let's integrate this information with your identified 'avatar' to create a personalized package of guidance. This tailor-made approach is designed to help you progress smoothly on your path to Canada, ensuring that you have all the necessary tools and insights at your disposal to advance your journey.


A Package of Guidance Right on YouTube


Click on your avatar link below to jump to the section that is just for you:


If you had given up, you wouldn't have read this far into the blog post. Let's consider you an Explorer who needs a little encouragement and support.


Explorers

So, you are poking around to see which immigration option or pathway is right for you. Here are your three main options and the videos I posted in October that are just for you based on these options:




After exploring these options, here are some encouraging stories of Immigrants who were just like you, an Explorer, found my YouTube channel, and made their way to Canada.



Navigating through the plethora of Canadian immigration options can sometimes feel like a complex maze. As an Explorer, you might find the wealth of information daunting. That's why I've distilled everything into digestible segments, ensuring you get just what you need to take the next step. Each video, each guide, is a stepping stone designed to inform without overwhelming.


However, if you're seeking a more hands-on approach to unpack all this information, my club offers live coaching calls and orientation sessions that could be the compass you need on your immigration journey. In these sessions, we'll take each piece of the puzzle and help you fit it into the grander picture of your Canadian dream. Join us, and let's turn the complex into the achievable, ensuring your path forward is as clear and as direct as it can be. To sign up for our live coaching calls today and make your Canadian aspirations a reality, one confident step at a time, click the button below:


Initiative Takers

Rejected?


If your immigration application is rejected, don't worry. My first attempt to migrate to Canada was denied, and I found myself in the "rejected" phase. After that experience, I immediately sought professional help. I didn't want to waste any more time or money trying to do it on my own again.



I strongly recommend getting the help of an Immigration Consultant to help you move out of this phase.


If you find yourself at a standstill in your immigration journey, it might be time to revisit the starting point and reassume the role of an "explorer." Going back to the basics can often provide new perspectives and unearth opportunities you may have previously overlooked, especially since the quotas will reset. Click here to go back to the "Explorer" phase.


Mover


If your pursuits have been successful, congratulations! You are one step closer to your Canadian Immigration goals! Now, you need to prepare for your life in Canada:



Additionally, based on the immigration route you took to get to Canada, you will need to know what the rest of your immigration journey will look like.


If you're actively on your journey and looking for clarity on what comes next, our exclusive club is your next milestone. With live, interactive coaching calls and orientation sessions, we'll guide you through the complexities of each subsequent phase. Our expert-led discussions are designed to illuminate your next steps and optimize your strategy, propelling you toward your goal with certainty. Ready to navigate the rest of your journey with confidence? Click below to join our community and harness the collective knowledge and support that can make the difference in your Canadian adventure.


International Student


International Students are near and dear to me since this is how my journey started. For months, I had been promising to give my audience my entire 5-year journey "From Foreign Student to Canadian Citizen." This promise led to my first book being published in August of 2022. Students, though you are already in Canada, this book is everything you need to know to bridge the gap between your student status and your Canadian permanent residency and/or Canadian passport.


It is available in several formats for your convenience:


Here's the latest video, where I shared the final chapter of the book. It covers 19 steps from being a student to becoming a citizen, and also includes a free PDF download:


There is also an extensive playlist just for international students with new videos added weekly:


Work Permit Holders


I consider this to be the point before permanent residency. I am guessing you are doing what it takes to accumulate express entry points? Or are you worried about not having enough points? Or are you pursuing another immigration pathway?


Your options for immigrating to Canada are many, but time may be running out to explore them. To give yourself the best chance, it's important to know where you stand in terms of your express entry points. If you are close to the required points and have more time to accumulate them, then you may be in good standing. However, Immigration Minister Marc Miller recently made a critical announcement that going to school in Canada or having a work permit does not guarantee permanent residency. This has always been the case, and the number of international students and PGWP holders compared to the immigration quota for each year means that not everyone will receive permanent residency. So, what can you do?


Firstly, see where you stand and get in the pools as early as possible, whether it's the express entry pool or the Atlantic Immigration Program queue. It's important to note that the immigration quotas reset on January 1st, so time is of the essence. To help you prepare, we've compiled some of the latest videos for you to watch.



I strongly recommend getting the help of an Immigration Consultant if you are worried about your points or the pathway is not very clear to you:


Settled Permanent Residents


My guidance to you today are questions that I think you may be asking yourself or that I would suggest you ask yourself:

  • Now that the immigration processes are mostly over, and you finally got what you came for, is all that you had hoped for and more?

  • Are you silently feeling unfulfilled, but you think you can't voice that without sounding ungrateful?

  • Did your career goals take a "back-burner position" while you pursued your immigration goals?

  • Like the flock of immigrations that are now leaving Canada, or are considering it, do you feel that way too? I once left Canada; I will share that story soon. Make sure you are subscribed to my YouTube channel to stay tuned.


If you answered yes to any of these questions, please connect with me via email - astoldbycanadianimmigrants@gmail.com. I too had answered positively to many of these questions when I reached the PR milestone. I had chosen to remain silent and grateful as I kept working towards my goal. However, I received a series of wake-up calls that brought me back to consciousness and intentionality.


I'm excited to soon offer content that draws from my own journey, designed to realign you with your aspirations and introduce alternative earning strategies for a richer, more satisfying life. Stay tuned for the reveal—I'm looking forward to guiding you through these transformative insights.


The Time Ninjas - Day Light Savings Time Change


I wanted to take a quick minute to update you on the recent time change. We've turned our clocks back one hour, a practice known as 'falling back' for daylight saving time. As a result, our local time is now aligned with Jamaica, and for some, this change may mean we're an additional hour apart from other time zones. It also means that it gets dark as early as 4 pm now, which is a little melancholic, but we shall overcome. We always do.





Wrapping It Up


As we wrap up this comprehensive guide, I want to leave you with a sense of preparedness and optimism. The journey of immigration is as diverse as the individuals undertaking it, and with the array of pathways and strategies laid out in this blog post, your Canadian dream is within reach. As the cold sets in and the days grow shorter, let it be a metaphor for the challenges that may seem to dim your hopes. Just as we adjust to the new times and find joy in the cozy evenings, adapt to the obstacles of immigration with resilience and determination.


Remember, each step you take, whether you're just beginning to explore your options or you're navigating the final stages towards permanent residency or citizenship, is a step closer to your goal. The Time Ninjas may have shifted the clock, but your timeline to success is still in your hands. Stay informed, stay inspired, and most importantly, stay in motion. Canada's welcoming spirit remains constant through every season and time change.


As the year's end approaches, it’s a powerful time to reflect and plan. Make use of the insights and resources provided here, engage with our community, and take bold steps towards your aspirations. If you're standing still in the dark, unsure of your next move, remember that even the longest journey starts with a single step.


Dare to Dream, Make a Plan, Take That Leap.


Your Canadian story is waiting to be written, and we are here to help you craft it, one successful chapter at a time.


If you're seeking a more hands-on approach to unpack all this information, my club offers live coaching calls and orientation sessions that could be the compass you need on your immigration journey. In these sessions, we'll take each piece of the puzzle and help you fit it into the grander picture of your Canadian dream. Join us, and let's turn the complex into the achievable, ensuring your path forward is as clear and as direct as it can be. To sign up for our live coaching calls today and make your Canadian aspirations a reality, one confident step at a time, click the button below:


Keep the Faith,

Kristina

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