THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT WANTS 400,000 IMMIGRANTS EACH YEAR! IT WANTS 700,000 AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. That is the good news. The bad news is that the Immigration Department is always under-funded and it usually does not reach its annual target. Understaffing also means most applications for Canadian permanent residency take a long time
Why emigrate to Canada? Canada was the last major country to enter the 2008 recession and is the first nation to exit it. While other Western nations are raising taxes to cover their economic stimulus expenditures, Canada is at the lowest level of federal taxes (individual and corporate) since 1960. Some US corporations are establishing operations here. (My father has 40 years of award-winning industrial development expertise and can asssist.) We have free health care and lower pharmaceutical prices than in the USA. Excellent universities and colleges, including the University of Waterloo (about an hour West of Toronto) where the Blackberry was developed. Another reason: Many of my US clients (and some from the UK or other Commonwealth countries) have been living here illegally for many years and now want to regularize their status by being sponsored by their Canadian spouses.
AMERICAN PARENTS – Protect your children from gun massacres, get free health care, good public schools, multiculturalism. Move to Canada - gun control, better economy, 15% corporate tax rates. Email immigration lawyer/sociology PhD email@example.com for lengthy questionnaire. Fill it out, send $150 for analysis as to best methods of gaining Cdn residency. ($150 credit if you later hire me.) 90% of Canadians live an hour from the US border. You get to keep your US citizenship. There is a Canada-US tax treaty (prevents double taxation) and a Canada-US treaty on social security. Click here to skip down to read "16 reasons to move to Canada".
IMMIGRATION QUESTIONNAIRE: For the convenience of US clients we have a US mailing address so you do not need to worry about extra postage to Canada or about converting US checks or cash into Canadian money. If you are living outside Canada and YOU ARE SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING MOVING TO CANADA, OR COMING TO WORK OR STUDY IN CANADA, mail a Bank or US Post Office Money Order or check for US$150 (made out to J.R. Montgomery) to apt. 2, 8918 Fisk Road, AKRON NY 14001 and we will mail or Email you a screening Questionnaire. Fill out this form and mail or fax it back. Within a month Dr. Montgomery will study it and decide which category of immigration is best for you and what chance of success you have, and he will contact you and provide you with his Opinion. If you hire Dr. Montgomery for an immigration application, the $150 will be credited to your account.
This questionnaire and fee process is necessary for four reasons:
1) Otherwise Dr. Montgomery spends most of his time giving out free information by phone and e-mail.
2) He cannot give proper and useful advice without knowing a lot about you. (Immigration is a complex area of law which changes frequently; so beware of anyone offering fast, simple answers.)
3) Another reason we must charge for this is that the form costs money to print and mail out, and takes Dr. Montgomery a few hours to study your information, check the latest regulations and policies and form an Opinion.
4) Another very important reason we charge for the form to be analysed and an Opinion made is to keep the information in the questionnaire confidential. For the information to be protected from government eyes by lawyer-client privilege, the lawyer has to be retained by the client, meaning the client must have paid the lawyer some money. You will find that there are many very personal questions on the Questionnaire about you and any relatives in Canada which you would not want anyone else to see. In order to legally prevent the government from looking at these (in the rare case where it wanted to) Dr. Montgomery needs to show that you paid some money and that there was a lawyer-client relationship, which is then considered "privileged", meaning he cannot be forced to disclose what was in the questionnaire, even to a judge or the police or the tax department. Keep this in mind for other websites where the lawyer offers to give a free Opinion on your questionnaire which is sent over the internet. If that lawyer's office is ever raided by the police or immigration officials, they could confiscate your questionnaire and it might be hard for the lawyer to say it was privileged when he/she could not prove any retainer. (Consultants have no lawyer-client privilege so anything you say to them or send to them can be used by the Immigration Dept., the Justice Dept., the police etc.)
RECENT CHANGES TO CANADA IMMIGRATION PROGRAMS
No HRSDC (Services Canada) Labour Market Opinion confirmation is required.
In order to manage intake, avoid backlogs and ensure fast processing times, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will only accept a maximum of 3,000 applications in 2013.
Within the 3,000 cap, no more than 100 new applications for each job under Group A below will be considered for processing. There is no sub-cap for jobs under Group B.
Group A includes 17 jobs with a moderate labour market need. Group B includes 26 in-demand jobs. In total, 43 jobs will be eligible to apply under the Federal Skilled Trades program in 2013.
The specific 4 digit codes from the 2011 version of the NOC are provided below as they must be included in the application. Part of the lawyer's job is to carefully study the person's job history and skills and compare to the various NOC codes to pick the right classification. It cannot be changed once chosen, so several hours are usually devoted to this.
Group A Jobs with sub-caps of 100 applications each
NOC code # 7202 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations 7204 Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades 7205 Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers 7271 Carpenters 7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades 7302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews 8211 Supervisors, logging and forestry 8221 Supervisors, mining and quarrying 8222 Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling services 8241 Logging machinery operators 8252 Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers 9211 Supervisors, mineral and metal processing 9212 Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities 9214 Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing 9231 Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing 9241 Power engineers and power systems operators 9243 Water and waste treatment plant operators
Group B no sub-caps
NOC code # 7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors 7233 Sheet metal workers 7235 Structural metal and plate work fabricators and fitters 7236 Ironworkers 7237 Welders and related machine operators 7241 Electricians (except industrial and power system) 7242 Industrial electricians 7243 Power system electricians 7244 Electrical power line and cable workers 7245 Telecommunications line and cable workers 7246 Telecommunications installation and repair workers 7251 Plumbers 7252 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers 7253 Gas fitters 7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics 7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics 7313 Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics 7314 Railway carmen/women 7315 Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors 7318 Elevator constructors and mechanics 7371 Crane operators 7372 Drillers and blasters - surface, mining, quarrying and construction 7373 Water well drillers 8231 Underground production and development miners 8232 Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers 9232 Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators
Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) applications are assessed for eligibility according to the criteria set out below.Basic eligibility
For your application to be eligible for processing, you must:
If your application is eligible for processing, it will then be assessed against minimum requirements.
Your work experience must be:
Six selection factors
If you meet the above minimum requirements, your application will be processed according to the six selection factors in the skilled worker points grid, which are:
To see if you qualify, take the self-assessment test. This will help you know if you should apply.Proof of funds
You must also show that you have enough money to support yourself and your dependants after you arrive in Canada. If you are not sure if you should apply as a skilled worker, try the Come to Canada Wizard to get an idea of whether your application would be eligible for processing.Inadmissibility
Some people are inadmissible—they are not allowed to come to Canada. Several things can make you inadmissible, including involvement in criminal activity, in human rights violations or in organized crime.
You can also be inadmissible for security, health or financial reasons. Find out more about inadmissibility.
For skilled workers interested in emigrating to the province of Ontario (where
my office is), and employers who are in a hurry to get skilled workers, there
is a new program that makes the process much faster. Like other provinces, Ontario
now has a PNP (provincial nominee program) although in Ontario it is still a
pilot program which applies to only 20 occupations in five areas (education,
medical/health, construction and manufacturing) and a set number of workers each year. (most recently, 1000 per annum) Even
though this new program is to help employers get the workers they need fast,
this program gives the worker permanent residence status in Canada, not just work permits
like the federal programs described elsewhere in this site. Jobs must be in NOC level 0, A, or B. (Not level C.) The Ontario government
application fee of $2000 (for jobs in the Greater Toronto Area; $1500 elsewhere in Ontario and for PhD students) can be paid by the employer or the employee. ($3,500 for the Investor category.) Once Opportunities Ontario nominates an individual, that nominee then applies to CIC for permanent resident status. Regular CIC application fees apply. Currently these are $550 per adult and $150 per person under aged 22. If you are successful there is also a $490 per adult "Right of Permanent Residence" fee.
For the most information on the new Ontario PNP go to this website As that site warns at Info for workers :
"Please note that the Pilot PNP is employer driven. This means that you can only apply if your employer is pre-screened, the position is approved, and your employer provides you with a nominee application package from the Pilot PNP. The Pilot PNP has two Categories: Employer Category and Multinational Investor Category."
For info on the Investor category visit: here
One big advantage of the Opportunities Ontario PNP is that employers are not required to obtain an HRSDC Labour Market Opinion (LMO confirmation) for the particular job vacancy they hope to fill. However, employers must meet the criteria of Opportunities Ontario and obtain approval for position(s) they intend to fill through the pre-screen application process. (This is similar to the process required to apply for an HRSDC LMO confirmation but not as strict.)
Another plus is that workers or PhD students already in Canada can apply from within Canada providing they are here legally and are not "out of status" or facing a deportation order.
This is for people already in Canada on work or student permits and who want to become Permanent Residenets.
You must meet these minimum requirements to apply for permanent residence under the CEC. You must:
According to the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC), skilled work experience means:
Your application will be assessed on two requirements if you apply as a temporary foreign worker:
If you apply as a graduate of a Canadian post-secondary educational institution with Canadian work experience, it will be assessed using the above requirements, as well as:
Why choose Dr. Montgomery for IMMIGRATION help when there are many other people in Canada offering immigration services?
Mr. Montgomery is a Canadian lawyer and a former Immigration Officer and a former Refugee Officer, and he still has several friends and former colleagues who work for Immigration (CIC), for the Immigration & Refugee Board (IRB), and for Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). Most lawyers never worked for these government departments, and most consultants who used to work for the Immigration Department are not lawyers. Actually there are only a handful of people in Canada who are lawyers and who used to work for Immigration, and Randal is the one with by far the most recent government employment. (He quit in 2002.) Most Canadian immigration lawyers do not have an office in the USA, but Dr. Montgomery has an office and residence in the US as well as an office in Toronto (where 60% of immigrants to Canada end up). Mr. Montgomery has a very high reputation for the quality of his work and for integrity (honesty). In the early 1970's he was a research associate on contracts with the Hospital for Sick Children and the Clarke Institute and in the late 1970's with the Alberta Solicitor General. From 1981- 84 he was a Senior Research Officer for the Alberta government and from 2001 - 2002 he worked as a Senior Statistician for the New Zealand Courts Dept. He has a Ph.D. (Nov. 1992) in sociology-demography from a respected university, taught courses at eight colleges or universities in Canada (and one in New Zealand) and published in academic journals (including International Migration and International Migration Review), all of which attests to his intellectual abilities, willingness to work hard, and give attention to detail. He wrote a 950 page book in 1999 called Refugee Determination in Canada which was very well received by law libraries and other immigration lawyers who bought the book or CD version.
To see what Dr. Montgomery charges for various immigration services, including one hour consultations, press the "Fees" maple leaf button.
Shown below are Dr. Montgomery's pass cards from his former government jobs with secrecy clearances.
To make an exploratory visit to Canada, you do not need a visitor visa if you are a citizen of the USA or Mexico or certain other countries. Otherwise you need a "temporary resident visa". The list of countries from which you need a visa to visit (or work or study) in Canada is at VISA LIST . While Americans do not need a visa or passport to come to Canada, US-Canada border crossings are stricter since "9-11" and Americans must have a passport (apply at most US Post Offices, cost $67) to visit Canada. A passport will be required as of mid 2009. Also see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page of this website (bottom button on left) for information on various immigration problems often encountered.
FOR PERSONS WHO ARE NOT IN THE USA, or ARE IN USA
WITHOUT PERMANENT STATUS:
(If you have legal status in the USA scroll down past this paragraph for 16 reasons why you should move to Canada)
Dr. Montgomery has done many cases from Albania, Bangladesh, Pakistan, the Punjab, China, Philipinnes, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Vietnam, Libya, Yemen, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Nigeria, Russia, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Guyana, Mexico, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Nigeria, Sudan etc. FOR THOSE READERS WHO ARE IN THE USA BUT DO NOT HAVE PERMANENT RESIDENCE THERE, A CONSULTATION WILL HELP ASSESS WHETHER YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO MAKE A REFUGEE CLAIM IN CANADA. SINCE THE END OF 2004, YOU CANNOT CROSS OVER A LAND BORDER (OR BRIDGE) TO CANADA AND MAKE A REFUGEE CLAIM IF YOU HAVE BEEN STAYING IN THE US (although there are several exceptions to this). WITHOUT LEGAL STATUS IN THE USA YOU WILL PROBABLY NOT BE ALLOWED ON ANY SHIP OR AIRPLANE GOING TO CANADA (FROM THE USA). IT MAY BE YOU SHOULD INSTEAD RETURN TO YOUR HOME COUNTRY AND APPLY FOR CANADIAN RESIDENCE FROM THERE (e.g. as a Skilled Worker, Entrepreneur, Family or Spousal Sponsoree, Self-Employed, Nannie.)
FOR PERSONS WHO ARE US CITIZENS OR PERMANENT RESIDENTS:
16 REASONS TO MOVE TO CANADA. US citizens and Green Card holders should consider emigrating to Canada if they are worried about:
1) Medical Expenses
- Have you seen Michael Moore's movie "Sicko"? What he shows there
is true except that there are waiting times of up to several hours for urgent medical treament in the large cities, and you may need to wait weeks or months for special medical tests. (In his movie he picked a medium sized city, probably on a slow day.). Doctors and hospitals and ambulances and most doctor-ordered medical
tests are free in Canada, no matter how sick you are or for how long, no matter
how many times you attend a clinic or MD's office. Whether you need cancer treament
or a new kidney, or surgery (not counting cosmetic surgery or other unnecessary operations or unnecessary tests) it costs you nothing for medical services - nurses,
hospital bed, treatment, tests, surgery, blood, medicine used during hospital stay,etc. (If you are not a permanent resident of
Canada, these services are restricted to urgent needs.) Many old people get
new knees and hips for free, and free cataract surgery. You don't need private insurance. Private insurance
is, however, available at low rates to cover a private hospital
room with a TV, elective (non-essential or cosmetic) surgery, eyeglasses, dentist'
services, pharmaceutical (prescribed) drugs, physio-therapy / massage, psychologists,
etc. Pharmaceutical drugs are not free, but tend to be much cheaper than in
HOWEVER if you are already ill or diseased, you may not be allowed to get Canadian residency, so you should apply NOW, BEFORE you get a disease, illness or handicap which will render you inadmissable to Canada on medical grounds. Think ahead for your children. Think of yourself - you may be fine now but what about 20 years from now? You could be diagnosed with prostate or skin cancer tomorrow - we never know what horrible fate awaits us. Consider this like health insurance. You need not even spend much time in Canada. Once you get Canadian residency you need only spend two of the next five years in Canada; then you can apply for Canadian citizenship. (You only need to be in Canada 3 of the preceding 4 years to qualify.) Once you are a citizen you need not spend any time in Canada.
2) Gun Violence - Handguns are illegal in Canada so although the young gangsters in big city ghettoes have them, the national rates of attempted and actual homicides from firearms are much lower than the USA. Sadly, we do get the occasional incident of someone "going postal" or a gang shootout in a public place. However, it is nowhere as common as in the US. Generally, except for a few areas of Toronto, Vancouver or Montreal it is pretty safe to walk anywhere in any Canadian city at night. Of course one can be attacked anywhere in the world at any time, but in Canada one is far more likely to be in a car accident or to get cancer than to be a victim of violent crime. If you are worried about crime and pollution and looking to raise a family consider the many medium and smaller cities of population 50,000 to 500,000. Shootings are rare in these smaller municipalities.
3) Weather - About 90% of Canadians live within an hour's drive of the US border, so forget about Arctic experiences unless you want to. Alaska is further North than all but one Canadian terriotory (and that one only has 20,000 people). The summer temperatures in Ontario (where 25% of Canadians live) are often 80 - 110 degrees farenheit (30 - 40 centigrade) so forget about Canada being cold and snowy all the time. Air conditioning is a necessity. While some parts of Canada do experience a lot of snow during winter, it usually only snows a few times a year in Toronto, Ontario and most of that melts in a day or two; and in Vancouver B.C. (only a couple hours drive from Seattle) it rains all winter. Look at a map and you will see that southern Ontario is about the same latitude as the California - Oregon border, and well below the 49th parallel of latitude. In other words many US states are further North than where a large percent of Canadians live, and many Americans suffer worse winters than many Canadians.
4) Marijuana Laws - Cannabis is legally available for approved medical purposes, and penalties for simple possession (non-medical) tend to be less than in the USA (jail time for a first offence is unheard of but it is still a crime). I do not use or advocate cannabis and I think inhaling any form of smoke is carcinogenic so this information is only put here as information. I hope that if you emigrate to Canada you will respect all the laws. If you are convicted of a crime in Canada and serve six months in jail or serve less (or no) time but are convicted of an offence the possible penalty for which is listed as ten years or more imprisonment you will likely have your permanent residence revoked by an Immigration Officer and there is no appeal.
5) Taxes -Despite popular perceptions taxes (personal and business) are not that much higher in Canada than other major Western nations. Business income taxes are 15% and incentives are about the same. A very large proportion of Fords, GMs and Chryslers are made in Canada for sale in the US. Canada also has two large Toyota plants. Canada (including the provinces) does have a combined 13% sales tax (HST) applicable to most things. There is no FCC-type tax on telephone use. Canadian personal federal income tax rates are very similar to the US and the provincial (like state) income tax varies a lot from province to province (just as it does from state to state). Gasoline and car insurance is slightly more expensive in most parts of Canada than in the USA. As of Jan. 2013 the Canadian dollar is worth about the same as the US, usually a bit more.
6) Politics: Republicans, right wing Christian evangelical agenda, bombing/invading other countries - Canada has not attacked any foreign countries since it helped the allies win WWII and helped the UN in Korea. Canada has a tiny military which is used only for peace-keeping missions or to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan. If you are a Democrat you will like the federal Liberal party, which usually wins the national elections, and even the current Conservative Party of Canada (of which I am a member) is not as right wing as the Republicans. Canada has a "Bible Belt" and many evangelicals but - so far at least - they only have political influence in Southern Alberta.
7) Gay/lesbian discrimination - Homosexuals are free to marry anywhere in Canada, (but churches cannot be forced to marry homosexuals if the church refuses). Like San Francisco, Vancouver is full of gays, and Toronto also has a large gay village and a big 'Gay Pride' parade. It is not uncommon for the mayor and police chief to march in the parade. Thousands of homosexual couples (mostly from the USA) come to Toronto to marry. Companies offer full services and this is a new industry.
8) Intolerance of minorities - Canada (mainly Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal) has huge cultural diversity and tolerance of all races and religions. In Toronto whites are now the minority and English is not the native language of most people. There are over 80 mosques in the Greater Toronto area, and many Hindu temples. There are a huge number of Chinese in Toronto and Vancouver, and many Sikhs in areas adjacent to Vancouver and Toronto. There is a Little India in Toronto where you can get diarrahea from eating in a restaurant just like in India. So you can "travel the world" without leaving Toronto or Vancouver. (restaurants, music, clothing, festivals)
9) Travel to Europe without leaving North America - Immigrants aside, being in Montreal or Quebec City is like being in France, always an exciting experience. French-Canadians have a different culture than the rest of Canada, and are so proud of it you can be fined if your business signs are not in French. Indeed about half of Quebec residents want to separate from Canada, as they feel they are a distinct society. Ladies will find the fashions are in advance of the rest of Canada. Quebec produces many of its own television shows and movies (all in French of course). When in the province of Quebec, plan on staying up late partying, drinking lots of wine (with great cheeses), and eating gourmet French cooking. Even the cafeteria in the Montreal train station (under Place Ville Marie) offers much better food than one can find in many Ontario restaurants. Quebec City and Montreal are quite different so plan to visit both. The maritimes provinces (East coast) have their own special charms (Nova Scotians are especially friendly) and Newfoundlanders (who only joined Canada in 1947) still have their Irish accents. On the West coast Vancouver is a sister city to Seattle, both having spectacular views of the port and mountains. Of course the Rockie Mountains dwarf the Alps of Europe and Canada's prairies with endless wheat fields are like those of Russia and the Ukraine.
10) University Tuition - Although Americans are considered foreigners even the foreign student fees are much less than at American colleges and universities. Of course if you become a Canadian citizen you only pay the low Canadian tuition.
11) Abortion - Unlike the USA there is no big debate or political issue. It is a private matter between a woman and her physician. Most doctors who perform abortions will do so if it is considered beneficial for the woman's health, and this includes the woman's mental health, emotional state and age. If the woman's MD is not co-operative or refuses for religious or personal reasons, the pregnant woman simply goes to another MD until she finds one willing to do the abortion. Abortion was taken out of the Criminal Code some years ago, and at least one doctor runs abortion clinics in different cities. This is provided as information only and does not necessarily reflect the author's personal views on abortion.
12) The Arts - Canada has produced literally hundreds of Hollywood stars, many musicians (Neil Young, the Guess Who, BTO, Joni Mitchell, The Band, Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, Avril Lavigne, Celine Dione, Shania Twayne, Blue Rodeo, Spirit of the West, Ashley MacIsaac, Bruce Cockburn) comedians (Dan Ackroyd, Jim Carey, John Candy, Dave Thomas, Eugene Levy, Martin Short, Mike Myers, Margaret O'hara, and William Shatner who in recent years has given up the starship Enterprise command to play comic roles). Graduates of Sheridan College and other schools using Alias/Wavefront animation software have done the special effects for countless Disney and other movies, and won Oscars for their work. Unlike the USA it is common to get government grants to support the arts, be it music, theatre, dance, cinema, sculpture etc. Of course you need not emigrate permanently to Canada to study at college or university- you apply for a student visa. If you just want to study English for awhile and enjoy some time in Canada instead of enrolling in a more expensive three year specialized program of studies with high admission standards, Dr. Montgomery is in contact with several colleges in the greater Toronto area to help you get your student visa.
13) Skiing/snowboarding, Fishing, Golfing - If you live in Vancouver or Calgary you can ski daily during winter or drive for an hour to some of the world's top ten slopes. Canada is well known as a fishing paradise, year round if one likes ice-fishing. Golfers can choose from several reasonably priced golf courses. The season is about 6 months in most of the country, 7 or 8 in British Columbia.
14) Daycare for children - The minority Liberal Party has been promising a national (free) daycare system for decades. (It has also been promising free pharamceuticals for just as long, with nothing ever being done about it, and lately it promised to legalize marijuana.) The current Conservative Party, as soon as it came into power, gave each family a tax credit of $2000 to use for child care as each saw fit.
5) Maternity leave and other workers' benefits - Canada is more generous than the US in these areas and employers are required by law to provide paid sick days, paid maternity or paternity leave, six months pay after layoff (in some provinces) etc. A higher percent of Canadian workers are unionized compared to the us, and this is why the greater benefits. Most workers get three weeks paid vacation. If you plan to start a business in Canada this could be considered a negative factor, but like the US, Canada also has a huge underground economy of illegal aliens who work for cash at below union rates. I oppose this as illegal, exploitation and destructive of unions, but I know some of my clients are richer than me and got that way in a few months instead of 30 years because they work 'under the table' and do not pay income tax or have any deductions from their income. Those in construction do especially well. Some have become employers themselves.
16) Public Education - Canada's public schools (elementary and secondary up to grade 12) are generally superior to US public schools and teachers belong to powerful unions and earn up to $90,000 salary for a 40 week year. The high salaries attract high quality applicants to Teachers Colleges. A country will prosper or perish on the quality of its public education. Short term savings by not paying teachers and not allocating enough public funds to the schools erode the intelligence of the nation in the long run. Under-paying teachers is a huge mistake in the USA. Schools in Canada are generally well maintained and funded and generally there is no need to pay for a private school to ensure your child gets a good education. So far no school in Canada has been forced into using metal detectors or hiring security guards.
Professionals will find that their US diplomas and degrees are usually considered equivalent to Canadian ones, but in some areas (law and medicine) Canadian examinations must be taken. (This is not required for nurses and teachers.) There is a movement underway to allow people who were trained outside of North America or the British commonwealth to have their diplomas and degrees accepted at par with Canadian ones, e.g. medical doctor, nursing, engineering, massage. If you are a skilled tradesman you may need to get the approval of the provincial licencing body to allow you to work in your trade in that province. Dr. Montgomery can ease the path for skilled workers by working with the employers, regulatory bodies, any unions as well as Canada Immigration and Human Resources & Skills Development Canada.
Anyone with US-Canada income tax problems (Canadians deemed to be US residents for tax purposes, Americans now living in Canada) please click here which takes you to that last part of the Income Tax Law page of this site.