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What It’s Like to Live in Saskatchewan as a Newcomer

By Rachel BarrickJuly 9, 2018
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Saskatchewan has been called the “land of the living skies” for its beautiful sunrises and colorful skies, and is known for its lakes and natural beauty. What you may not know, however, is what a diverse, lively, and unique place to live it really is. From a vibrant arts and culture scene, to its many provincial […]

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Supreme Court Upholds Travel Ban: What it Means and What to Do if You’re Affected

By Rachel BarrickJune 29, 2018
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Over the past year, various versions of a travel ban on certain countries have been proposed. The first two versions were turned down, however, after months of deliberation the US Supreme Court has voted to uphold the ban as an acceptable exercise of executive power, with a few minor changes. Resulting in a 5-4 vote, […]

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Alberta for New Immigrants: Moving to Alberta

By Rachel BarrickDecember 19, 2019

What It’s Like to Live in Alberta as a Newcomer The province of Alberta has a little bit of everything: from mountains and lakes, to arts and culture. The two largest cities in the province are Calgary and Edmonton, however Alberta is filled with smaller cities and towns each with something special to offer. Throughout […]

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Manitoba for Immigrants: Live Like a Local

By Rachel BarrickDecember 11, 2019

What It’s Like to Live in Manitoba as a Newcomer Located in the heart of Canada between Ontario and Saskatchewan, Manitoba is one of the three prairie provinces. The landscape of Manitoba varies from lakes and rivers, to mountains, forests, and prairies. It holds a great deal of protected wilderness with over 80 provincial parks, […]

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How to Choose a NOC Code for Canadian Immigration 2020

By Rachel BarrickDecember 22, 2019
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What is the NOC and NOC Code in Canada? If you are applying to work in Canada on either a temporary or permanent basis, you will be required to identify an NOC code as part of your immigration application. The NOC code is a unique four digit code assigned by the National Occupational Classification (NOC) […]

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Manitoba Business Investor Stream: 2020 Update

By Rachel BarrickDecember 22, 2019
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What is the Manitoba Business Investor Stream? The Manitoba Business Investor Stream was introduced in 2015 as a means to stimulate the Manitoba economy and bring in qualified applicants from abroad. Part of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), it seeks out individuals whose business experience and investment capabilities will have a high chance of success […]

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Victoria Day Canada 2018

By Rachel BarrickMay 21, 2018
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What is Victoria Day? Every year on the last Monday before May 25th, all of Canada takes off work and school to celebrate the birthday of Queen Victoria of England. Born May 24, 1819, Queen Victoria was the longest reigning monarch of England until the current Queen Elizabeth II. Though nowadays Victoria Day unofficially marks […]

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Secrets to Getting a US Visitor Visa

By Rachel BarrickDecember 19, 2019
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What is a US Visitor Visa? If you are planning on traveling to the United States for business, tourism, vacation, or visit, you may need to apply for a visitor visa. This visa will allow you to temporarily visit the United States, and comes in the form of a B-1, B-2, or B-1/B-2 combination visa. […]

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Tips for a US Embassy or Consulate Visit

By Rachel BarrickJuly 30, 2019
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How to Prepare for Your Embassy or Consulate Visit Whether you are a US citizen or a non-US citizen visiting a US embassy or consulate, there are quite a few ways you can prepare yourself to have an easy experience. This involves understanding the type of behavior expected, what you should and should not bring […]

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What is the U Nonimmigrant Visa for Victims of Crime?

By Rachel BarrickFebruary 20, 2018
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Oftentimes, immigrants in the United States illegally avoid contacting law enforcement officials out of fear they will be deported. This holds true even in cases where the illegal immigrant is the victim of a serious crime, such as domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, etc. The U nonimmigrant visa exists to protect these individuals, allowing […]

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Canada Immigration 2017: Year In Review

By Rachel BarrickDecember 19, 2019

Over the past year, Canada has seen an increase in immigration that will grow even more in 2018. Express Entry has continued to serve as a pathway to permanent residence, and immigration programs have evolved, many to ease to immigration process. See all the ways in which Canadian immigration has changed and been impacted in […]

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US Immigration 2017: Year in Review

By Rachel BarrickJanuary 4, 2018
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Visas and Immigration System Over the past year, the Trump administration has called for a reduction in legal immigration to the US, arguing that immigrants “take away American jobs.” To do so, he has put extreme visa vetting initiatives into place, proposed the RAISE Act, and called forth certain visas for reductions. However, with a […]

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Trump’s Proposal Could Impact Spouses of H-1B Holders

By Rachel BarrickDecember 19, 2017
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This past week, the Trump administration proposed the revocation of a rule that allowed the spouses of immigrant workers to work while in the US. This rule was initiated in 2015 under the Obama administration, and it provided that the spouses of H-1B, high skilled, visa holders could work in the US on their H-4 […]

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Reasons to Consider the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program 2020

By Rachel BarrickDecember 22, 2019
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While those interested in immigrating to Canada most commonly choose Montreal, Toronto, or Vancouver as a final destination, they often don’t consider the vast opportunity that exists in other parts of the country. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program seeks to draw skilled immigrants to the Atlantic provinces of Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and […]

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What Decisions Were Made in Canada’s 2018 Immigration Plan

By Rachel BarrickJanuary 24, 2020

We recently wrote about the arguments surrounding Canada’s 2018 potential immigration plan. On November 1st, Canada announced its finalized plan, and it has been deemed the “most ambitious plan” in recent history by Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen. One of the reasons it is so ambitious is because it not only set a target number of […]