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Col B S Sandhu (Retd.),
chairman & MD, WWICS (WorldWide Immigration Consultancy
Services) tells feBT why so many Indians are immigrating to
Why is Canada such an attractive
destination for immigration?
Mainly because of the high quality of life and huge earning
potential. Canada is a country of immense natural beauty and
unlimited opportunities. The country maintains a minimal unemployment
rate which has never crossed eight per cent in a decade (Source:
Does the Canadian government give
preference to people with any particular skills or qualification?
Yes, the CIC (Canadian Immigration Canada) and HRDC (Human
Resource Development Canada) regularly conduct surveys and
come up with a list of occupations of skill shortages. Their
latest preferred occupation list includes professionals of
information technology, finance management, marketing, engineering,
human resource, law, education, medical and paramedical field,
health related occupations, hospitality, real estate, mass
media etc. For businessmen aspiring to settle abroad, CIC
gives business visas to those having experience in operating,
directing and investing in a business in their home country.
What are the duration, paper work
and expense involved to immigrate to Canada?
The visa processing usually takes between nine months to two
years till you finally get your landing papers. The paper
work is cumbersome and essentially requires expertise involving
the experience in handling all visa correspondence with the
Canadian High Commission. As far as the expenses are concerned,
there are two types of fees charged by the Canadian Immigration
Authorities the Visa Processing Fee and
the Right of Landing Fee. The Visa Processing
Fee for the applicant is CDN$1050 while the Right
of Permanent Residence Fee is CDN$ 975. Besides this
the applicant should have some settlement funds for his sustenance
after landing in Canada.
Which Canadian cities do Indian
immigrants normally settle in? Why?
In a survey of 130 cities, London based company, Economist
Intelligence Unit, ranked Toronto, Vancouver, Melbourne, Sydney
and Brisbane among the top 10 cities in the world to live.
The title of number one best city in the world was split between
two cities - Vancouver, Canada and Melbourne, Australia. Toronto,
Canada ranked in third place.
What are the business opportunities
for Indian immigrants?
Canada was adjudged as the best business destination as compared
to USA and Europe (KPMG report - Competitive Alternative
published in 2002). The country offers excellent economic
fundamentals, easy access to market, a cost-competitive business
environment and a superb place to live in. It gives business
access to over 400 million consumers of NAFTA where the total
worth of the NAFTA economy is US$ 14.11 trillion. Banks offer
loans and mortgages at around five per cent and the most attractive
factor is its business accessibility in USA which is the largest
trading partner of Canada. But professional guidance in setting
up a business, preparation of business plan for submission
to the immigration authorities, arranging finances and getting
tie-ups is required. Here I would like to mention that in
our last one decade of service to the people, WWICS has become
the world leader in providing integrated resettlement solutions
with a track record of having settled thousands of people
who wished to relocate to greener pastures. WWICS offers a
vast gamut of services and brings you resettlement solutions
that unite the forces by our focused expertise and technology,
resettlement solutions that go beyond your imagination, resettlement
solutions that lead to brilliant strategy and integrated execution.