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Archive for: November, 2012

Designation-Washing in Relocation

November 27, 2012 I am all for ongoing education in the workplace. In particular, for the relocation industry, I feel it is doubly important, as one can’t really go to a University or College specializing in relocation. However, let’s not be too easily fooled about the merits of relocation designations for those in some quadrants…

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Canada, India Sign Totalization Agreement

November 21, 2012: The media often look at Canadian trade missions for big announcements of trade deals.  Those in relocation, however, know how important it is for governments to sign more totalization agreements between different countries.  Earlier this month, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, witnessed the signing of the…

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Canadian Housing Resales Stable in 2013, Housing Starts Moderating

November 15, 2012: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) announced that activity in existing home market expected to stabilize, causing house price growth to fall in line with or slightly below inflation. Housing Starts are also expected to moderate in the last quarter of 2012 and going into 2013. Existing home sales are expected to…

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Belgium Begins Accepting EU Blue Card Applications

November 6, 2012: Introduced on September 10, Belgium is now accepting applications for its version of the EU Blue Card. The Blue Card is intended to allow highly skilled non-EU nationals to live and work in Belgium, and ultimately acquire long term EU residence rights. Akin to other iterations of the EU Blue Card, to…

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Innovation? What Innovation?

November 2, 2012 I recently came back from the Worldwide ERC conference in Washington, DC and while there, I had the good fortune to give a number of clients a sneak peek at a new web application we have developed. There was a lot of excitement about it. I was very pleased. I was even…

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CIC Announces Changes to Qualifications for Canadian Permanent Residence Application for Skilled Workers

November 1, 2012: Earlier in September, the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada had proposed legislative regulations that will allow Easier access to the Canada Experience Class (CEC); Changes to selection criteria for the Foreign Skilled Worker (FSW) Class; The creation of the new visa category for Foreign Skilled Trades Class (FSTC); and The creation…

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