Entries by Elizabeth Wozniak

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Refugees Welcome! (Now what?)

Immigration and refugee policy had been conspicuously absent from the Canadian campaign trail until last week when, on a day when many children were heading back to school, the body of 2-year-old Syrian Alan Kurdi washed up on a beach in Turkey. He had drowned with his mother and brother while trying to cross the […]

Nice place to visit and we really want to live here

Everyday, I help people who have fallen in love with Nova Scotia make it their permanent home. Often, they come as tourists, and eventually seasonal residents, and then want to make it official and finally immigrate. On a global level, the attraction of Nova Scotia can be summarized as (1) being safe and stable with […]

Gutted by Express Entry

If you stood on your porch at around 10pm last night, you may have heard the sound of collective hopes being crushed. Around that time last night, CIC issued its first set of Invitations to Apply in the new Express Entry Program. Only people with LMIA-based job offers AND points above 886 (out of 1200) […]

CIC service standards: the elves have left the building

There has been crazy stuff happening in Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) processing centres lately. And not crazy-good, crazy-incompetent. It’s way worse than usual. Inland applications have been sent overseas for processing. Overseas files have been sent through inland processing. Complete applications get sent back for being incomplete. Applications get refused because applicants did not […]

Miss Jackson if you’re NSDEE

The new Nova Scotia Demand Express Entry (NSDEE) is set to open the first week of January. We don’t know much about it yet, but from what we understand, the new stream will be a more focused version of the Nova Scotia Regional Labour Market Demand stream (RLMDS) which was open for 6 weeks earlier this […]

Getting Ready for Express Entry!

Our office is abuzz with interest and inquiries about the new immigration programs starting in January. There are still more questions than answers, but here is what we know as of now, and a few things that should help people who are considering applying in the new Express Entry Stream. Opening in January 2015, Express Entry is […]