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Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Beware of fake cheques (and other types of fraud)!

If you receive payments by cheque (or some money orders), the money is not immediately in your account. Students have been cheated in the past by people who send cheques where the money never arrives. Usually, these ‘scams’ involve an overpayment where the scammer expects you to transfer money back to them. If you are asked to return extra funds, or transfer money as part of a ‘secret shopper’ job, be suspicious. At minimum, you should speak to your bank and find out when they can guarantee that the money is in your account. If you have been a victim of fraud like this, we invite you to talk to our Advisers. You can also report it to the Kingston Police and the Canadian Anti-Fraud...

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Posted by on May 19, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Express Entry information from Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Update – April 2017: Please note that these responses are from a workshop held by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (now Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) officials in early 2015. While some responses and links are still valid, you should review current information available through IRCC. Those that attended the workshop during the winter term with representatives of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to learn about the Express Entry application management system for Canadian permanent residency applications got some general information about the process but also had some questions that CIC officials needed to take some time to answer.  This post includes the answers that they sent us. As a post-doctorate fellow, am I awarded points for a contract job offer? In order to be awarded points, the job offer must be permanent, non -seasonal, and supported by an LMIA. Source: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/offer.asp and http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/mi/express-entry.asp. However, an individual may get points for work experience in Canada. Source: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/helpcentre/answer.asp?q=855&t=6.   Does part-time work outside of school hours count toward the CEC? Self-employment...

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Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in News | 0 comments

QUIC and Queen’s will be closed on July 1

QUIC and Queen’s will be closed on July 1

  Tuesday July 1, 2014 is Canada Day.  Queen’s University and QUIC will be closed for the national holiday and will re-open on Wednesday, July 2. If you’re in Kingston, think about joining the celebrations in town. If you’re elsewhere, consider joining one of the celebrations taking place around the world. (There’s even an early celebration this weekend at the Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, England!) Wherever you are and however you celebrate it, Happy Canada Day to...

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Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in News | 2 comments

Changes to immigration regulations coming June 1 (Updated)

Changes to immigration regulations coming June 1 (Updated)

  Updated on May 14, 29 and June 1: Added and clarified further details. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is making changes to the immigration rules that apply to students.  The changes will come into are now in effect on June 1, 2014. We are still trying to clarify details of some of the changes but the main points are: Related to study Students will be required to remain enroled to maintain their student status in Canada (this should still allow for part-time status and academic leaves). CIC will monitor this by requiring schools to report twice a year on student registration status.  They may also ask students directly for verification of enrolment. Study permits applied for after June 1 will be considered to expire 90 days following the completion of the program, even if the expiry date on the permit is later than that date. For those that want to remain in Canada, an application for a Post-Graduation Work Permit, a study permit, or a visitor record must be...

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Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Tax season is here!

Tax season is here!

Taxes don’t usually bring a smile to people’s faces, but Canada’s income tax system (and our income tax workshops for international members of the Queen’s community) can be very beneficial. First of all, taxes are used to fund many familiar services and systems, like education, health care, and infrastructure like roads. Secondly, the income tax system isn’t only used to collect money.  It is also used to distribute money to those with low incomes.  Few, if any, students earn enough employment income during their studies that they are expected to pay income taxes.  Instead, they will often qualify to get money back from the Canadian government (usually a few hundred dollars per year).  That benefit alone makes filing your tax forms worthwhile, but that’s the small benefit to filing.  Those who will stay in Canada and work following graduation will aim to find personally and financially fulfilling jobs.  The tax system lets students claim their tuition (and a set amount for each month they are a student) as a...

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