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In this issue
1. QIIP Upcoming Intake: Update

2. Changes to Definition of Dependent Children

3. BIQ Hong Kong: New Changes


RCI eNewsletter

1. QIIP Upcoming Intake: Update

Last June, the Quebec government announced in its 2014 annual Budget that MIDI (formerly known as MICC) will, for the following 2014 intake, attribute quotas of QIIP files to each authorized Financial Intermediary. This means that each Financial Intermediary will only be allowed to submit a limited number of QIIP files for the 2014 intake, thus also abolishing the need for a random lottery similar similar to the one held in 2013.
The Ministry (MIDI) has still not announced the quotas that will be attributed to each Financial Intermediary. Once this information is made available to us, we will ensure to transmit an update via our RCI eNewsletter system.
RCI is monitoring the situation very closely. Because of the expected pressure that will be put on the market to generate files of exceptional quality, our team is also preparing materials to assist our network of agents in assembling the best possible files. We will distribute them in due course, along with established procedures to ensure an orderly process for all.
In the meantime, RCI recommends to our network of agents to focus on recruiting candidates with very complete files and available documentation of exceptional quality and completeness. A thorough selection process will be developed to maximize chances of success.

2. Changes to Definition of Dependent Children

Amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations will come into force on August 1st, 2014. More explanations can be found at the following link.
The major elements of the Amendments are the following:
- The new definition of "dependent child" only includes children who are under 19 years of age and who are not emancipated (e.g. married or in a common-law union);
- The new definition removes the exception for children above 19 years of age who remain full-time students;
- The new definition maintains children over 19 years of age or more who are unable to be financially self-supporting due to a physical or mental condition;

What does this mean?

This means that the old defnintion of dependent children, which defined children under 22 years of age, will no longer be valid starting August 1st 2014. The full-time student exception for children above the "dependend child" cut-off date will also no longer exist.

If I have already submitted my file before August 1st 2014, will this change affect it?

NO, this change does not affect applications that have already been submitted. The cut-off date as to whether a file falls under the new definition for "dependent child" is determined by the date on which the file was initially submitted:

- Federal Application: Date on which the application was made
- Quebec Application: Date on which the CSQ application was made to Quebec authorities
- PNP Application: Date on which the application for nomination was made to the province.

3. BIQ Hong Kong: New Changes

As you know, the BIQ in Hong Kong has moved to a new adress on June 9, 2014. It is now located at the following address:

c/o Consulate General of Canada
7/F, 25 Westlands Road
Quarry Bay
Hong Kong, S.A.R.
P.R. China

We remind you that all correspondances destined to BIQ Hong Kong are to be sent to that adress, and not to the former adress in Central.

Furthermore, we remind you of the following points:

- The BIQ is now located in a area that is further away from Central. Ensure that you and your clients are located in a convenient area to reach the BIQ on time;

- In light of the security protocols in force at the new location, visitors are no longer allowed to enter in the BIQ work area with electronic devices (including cell phones, laptop computers, tablets, PDAs, iPods, iPads, iPhones, Blackberrys, MP3 players, Radio devices, etc.) Visitors are also not allowed to bring photographic equipment.

Security boxes will be provided by the security personnel to visitors who bring such equipment to the BIQ in order to store them safely during their stay in the work area.

As usual, please feel free to contact your local RCI Account Manager for any further questions and follow-up.

Best regards,
The RCI Team
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