HOW AND ABOUT: Canada, the new Promised Land for skilled migrants

By Diana Pantoja

Perhaps living underground for four months during a cold winter in Toronto is not your favourite plan for next year. However, Canada is profiling itself as an adventurous country for migrants and refugees. Below is the why and the how you can join the Canadian economical revolution.

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Why?
The new liberal administration has proposed a heavily criticised budget of overspending with the objective of growing the Canadian middle class, a move that pretends to revive the sluggish Canadian economy, and enrich/diversify the country. Beyond that, the government’s aim is to rebrand the country as a land of progress, “of growth and not austerity.” Consequentially, their budget for 2016 includes measurements aimed at growing the economy and the middle class through having a more welcoming attitude towards immigrants than the one employed by previous administrations in the last 10 years.

Canada is looking forward to attract skilled migrants. The country’s current administration strongly believes that immigrants serve as the cornerstone for sustainable economic growth: immigrants bring diversity to the human capital with new skills, innovative demand and supply to the market. Moreover, it is key to highlight that immigrants possess an undeniable determination to pursue a better life than the one they left behind.

As part of this mindset, Trudeau’s government decided to make significant investments in the immigration and integration realms of policy by:

  • Nearly doubling the budget for family class immigration processing. This is in order to restore processing times to the levels achieved before the Harper decade.
  • Family reunification: Doubling the number of new applications allowed each year, for parents and grandparents, from 5,000 to 10,000.
  • Sponsorship by relatives: Providing greater access to applicants with Canadian siblings by granting additional points under the Express Entry system. They will also conduct a review of the program, ensuring that processing times are efficient.
  • Family reunification: Restoring the maximum age for dependents to 22 instead of 19 years old, allowing Canadians – often live-in caregivers – to bring their children to Canada. In addition, Canada is granting immediate permanent residency to new spouses entering Canada, rather than imposing a two-year conditional status which puts spouses – often women – in a position of extreme vulnerability.

According to the blog Relativity OnLine, which specialises in promoting global citizenship, other specific direct migration changes are:

  • Lift the visa requirements for Mexicans traveling to Canada.
  • Eliminate the $1000 Labour Market Impact Assessment fee for families seeking caregivers to assist family members with physical or mental disabilities.
  • Restore free access to healthcare for refugee/asylum seekers who are waiting on an official decision from the government.
  • Pledge to make it easier for international students to achieve Canadian Citizenship.
  • Restore the Canadian Citizenship residency time credit for international students in Canada.

As a direct effect, during the short period that Trudeau’s administration has been in office, Canada’s stance towards immigrants has shifted. In fact, Canada is becoming a country in which immigrants are truly welcome to restore their dignity, build a meaningful life and be part of a progressive and inclusive society.

On the contrary, the United States of America, the European Union, and other first world countries, seem to be going the other way: closing their doors for immigrants and refugees, whether they are skilled or not. This presents Canada as a more interesting country to migrate to. This spur of attention was also evidenced by the many Americans suffering from “super Tuesday’s blues” searched online on “how to immigrate to Canada”, making it a trending online topic.

Canadian Express Entry Immigration System
The circumstances have thus brought some attention to the Canadian Express Entry Immigration System, which includes the Federal Skilled Worker Programme created on January 1st of 2015 by the Government of Canada. In this programme, skilled migrants with a career in one of the nearly 350 professions that have high demand in the country, are offered the possibility to, with a simplified process, apply for permanent residency. This even includes people working in various cultural sectors!

Bear in mind that the Express Entry Immigration system goes beyond offering skilled migrants a fair chance of entering the country; it also offers a visa for investors and entrepreneurs, traders and, even more surprisingly, to immigrants who are interested in receiving a permanent residency and who could be sponsored by family members who are already residing in Canada.

HOW AND ABOUT:
Let’s say that you have come to believe that Canada is the epitome of heaven on earth and that you decide that you want to move to the land of endless possibilities, then we encourage you to consider the following.

The Canadian weather

Canadian weather is know to be harsh, and by harsh we mean arctic. I have come to love snow, but clearly many people don’t. Now, let’s consider that you don’t care about the lack of sun or that, like me, you love snow and winter sports. Say you adore being indoors, because it means that you get to be more productive at work, and that you enjoy staying home the whole weekend curled up in the sofa with your cat, drinking hot coco and staring out the window. Then,  and only then, the next logical step is to check…

How good is your English?

You will be required to be certified and have either the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program General Test (CELPIP-G) or the CELPIP-General LS (listening and speaking).  You can also have a french language proof of proficiency, like the Test d’Évaluation de Français (TEF), the Test d’Évaluation du Français adapté au Québec (TEFAQ) or TEF pour la naturalisation. Either way, your level of English or French is important, so if you are really set on going: a good place to start is taking lessons aimed at those proficiency tests.

Profession

The next step is to check if your profession is one of the 347 allowed to apply for a express visa (you can find the list at the end of this post).

Count your migration points

There are certain requirements you have to fulfil if you want to become a Canadian resident. Under the new rules, qualified applicants are assessed against six factors to determine their eligibility for immigration to Canada. Applicants must obtain a total of 67 points out of a possible 100 in order to qualify. The selection factors are:

  1. Education
  2. Language
  3. Employment experience
  4. Age
  5. Arranged employment
  6. Adaptability

Your financial resources

If you have a family sponsor in Canada you score extra points. However, you must also have enough money on your account to sustain yourself (also known as settlement funding).

ONLINE RESOURCES

To see all the list of requirements and you want to know more about the scoring system go to http://www.immigration.ca/index.php/en/who-qualifies-for-canadian-immigration-under-the-skilled-worker-program

To see if you qualify for any of the different types of express visas, you can do an assessment for free here: http://www.immigration.ca/en/free-immigration-evaluation.html.

If everything checks out, you can go to http://pwp.vpl.ca/siic/. The Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre is an online and in-person resource centre that helps newcomers find the information they need to get a job or explore new career transitions. All of their services and resources are free of charge and are created by staff at Vancouver Public Library (VPL). Moreover, you can find out how your occupation is practiced in Canada. The guides also include information on the steps that you can take to find a job that matches your skill-set, and your academic and professional experience and objectives.

All the official information for skilled immigrants and fast-track high demand occupations is available at http://www.immigration.ca/en/fast-track-high-demand-occupations.html

We hope that this post was helpful and we thank you for reading this post, if you have any question about it, we at Honuguava, would be delighted to help. You can email us at: honuguava@gmail.com

LIST OF PROFESSIONS THAT HAVE RIGHTS TO EXPRESS ENTRY VISA IN CANADA

If you have any of the next occupations, you could enter in Canada and help grow the Canadian economy:

  1. 0011 Legislators
  2. 0012 Senior government managers and officials
  3. 0013 Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services
  4. 0014 Senior managers – health, education, social and community services and membership organizations
  5. 0015 Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c.
  6. 0016 Senior managers – construction, transportation, production and utilities
  7. 0111 Financial managers
  8. 0112 Human resources managers
  9. 0113 Purchasing managers
  10. 0114 Other administrative services managers
  11. 0121 Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers
  12. 0122 Banking, credit and other investment managers
  13. 0124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
  14. 0125 Other business services managers
  15. 0131 Telecommunication carriers managers
  16. 0132 Postal and courier services managers
  17. 0211 Engineering managers
  18. 0212 Architecture and science managers
  19. 0213 Computer and information systems managers
  20. 0311 Managers in health care
  21. 0411 Government managers – health and social policy development and program administration
  22. 0412 Government managers – economic analysis, policy development and program administration
  23. 0413 Government managers – education policy development and program administration
  24. 0414 Other managers in public administration
  25. 0421 Administrators – post-secondary education and vocational training
  26. 0422 School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education
  27. 0423 Managers in social, community and correctional services
  28. 0431 Commissioned police officers
  29. 0432 Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers
  30. 0433 Commissioned officers of the Canadian Forces
  31. 0511 Library, archive, museum and art gallery managers
  32. 0512 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
  33. 0513 Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors
  34. 0601 Corporate sales managers
  35. 0621 Retail and wholesale trade managers
  36. 0631 Restaurant and food service managers
  37. 0632 Accommodation service managers
  38. 0651 Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c.
  39. 0711 Construction managers
  40. 0712 Home building and renovation managers
  41. 0714 Facility operation and maintenance managers
  42. 0731 Managers in transportation
  43. 0811 Managers in natural resources production and fishing
  44. 0821 Managers in agriculture
  45. 0822 Managers in horticulture
  46. 0823 Managers in aquaculture
  47. 0911 Manufacturing managers
  48. 0912 Utilities managers
  49. 1111 Financial auditors and accountants
  50. 1112 Financial and investment analysts
  51. 1113 Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers
  52. 1114 Other financial officers
  53. 1121 Human resources professionals
  54. 1122 Professional occupations in business management consulting
  55. 1123 Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
  56. 1211 Supervisors, general office and administrative support workers
  57. 1212 Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers
  58. 1213 Supervisors, library, correspondence and related information workers
  59. 1214 Supervisors, mail and message distribution occupations
  60. 1215 Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations
  61. 1221 Administrative officers
  62. 1222 Executive assistants
  63. 1223 Human resources and recruitment officers
  64. 1224 Property administrators
  65. 1225 Purchasing agents and officers
  66. 1226 Conference and event planners
  67. 1227 Court officers and justices of the peace
  68. 1228 Employment insurance, immigration, border services and revenue officers
  69. 1241 Administrative assistants
  70. 1242 Legal administrative assistants
  71. 1243 Medical administrative assistants
  72. 1251 Court reporters, medical transcriptionists and related occupations
  73. 1252 Health information management occupations
  74. 1253 Records management technicians
  75. 1254 Statistical officers and related research support occupations
  76. 1311 Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
  77. 1312 Insurance adjusters and claims examiners
  78. 1313 Insurance underwriters
  79. 1314 Assessors, valuators and appraisers
  80. 1315 Customs, ship and other brokers
  81. 2111 Physicists and astronomers
  82. 2112 Chemists
  83. 2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers
  84. 2114 Meteorologists and climatologists
  85. 2115 Other professional occupations in physical sciences
  86. 2121 Biologists and related scientists
  87. 2122 Forestry professionals
  88. 2123 Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists
  89. 2131 Civil engineers
  90. 2132 Mechanical engineers
  91. 2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
  92. 2134 Chemical engineers
  93. 2141 Industrial and manufacturing engineers
  94. 2142 Metallurgical and materials engineers
  95. 2143 Mining engineers
  96. 2144 Geological engineers
  97. 2145 Petroleum engineers
  98. 2146 Aerospace engineers
  99. 2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
  100. 2148 Other professional engineers, n.e.c.
  101. 2151 Architects
  102. 2152 Landscape architects
  103. 2153 Urban and land use planners
  104. 2154 Land surveyors
  105. 2161 Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
  106. 2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
  107. 2172 Database analysts and data administrators
  108. 2173 Software engineers and designers
  109. 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  110. 2175 Web designers and developers
  111. 2211 Chemical technologists and technicians
  112. 2212 Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
  113. 2221 Biological technologists and technicians
  114. 2222 Agricultural and fish products inspectors
  115. 2223 Forestry technologists and technicians
  116. 2224 Conservation and fishery officers
  117. 2225 Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists
  118. 2231 Civil engineering technologists and technicians
  119. 2232 Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
  120. 2233 Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
  121. 2234 Construction estimators
  122. 2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  123. 2242 Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
  124. 2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  125. 2244 Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors
  126. 2251 Architectural technologists and technicians
  127. 2252 Industrial designers
  128. 2253 Drafting technologists and technicians
  129. 2254 Land survey technologists and technicians
  130. 2255 Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology
  131. 2261 Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians
  132. 2262 Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers
  133. 2263 Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
  134. 2264 Construction inspectors
  135. 2271 Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors
  136. 2272 Air traffic controllers and related occupations
  137. 2273 Deck officers, water transport
  138. 2274 Engineer officers, water transport
  139. 2275 Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators
  140. 2281 Computer network technicians
  141. 2282 User support technicians
  142. 2283 Information systems testing technicians
  143. 3011 Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
  144. 3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
  145. 3111 Specialist physicians
  146. 3112 General practitioners and family physicians
  147. 3113 Dentists
  148. 3114 Veterinarians
  149. 3121 Optometrists
  150. 3122 Chiropractors
  151. 3124 Allied primary health practitioners
  152. 3125 Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
  153. 3131 Pharmacists
  154. 3132 Dietitians and nutritionists
  155. 3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
  156. 3142 Physiotherapists
  157. 3143 Occupational therapists
  158. 3144 Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
  159. 3211 Medical laboratory technologists
  160. 3212 Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
  161. 3213 Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians
  162. 3214 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
  163. 3215 Medical radiation technologists
  164. 3216 Medical sonographers
  165. 3217 Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c.
  166. 3219 Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
  167. 3221 Denturists
  168. 3222 Dental hygienists and dental therapists
  169. 3223 Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants
  170. 3231 Opticians
  171. 3232 Practitioners of natural healing
  172. 3233 Licensed practical nurses
  173. 3234 Paramedical occupations
  174. 3236 Massage therapists
  175. 3237 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
  176. 4011 University professors and lecturers
  177. 4012 Post-secondary teaching and research assistants
  178. 4021 College and other vocational instructors
  179. 4031 Secondary school teachers
  180. 4032 Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
  181. 4033 Educational counsellors
  182. 4111 Judges
  183. 4112 Lawyers and Quebec notaries
  184. 4151 Psychologists
  185. 4152 Social workers
  186. 4153 Family, marriage and other related counsellors
  187. 4154 Professional occupations in religion
  188. 4155 Probation and parole officers and related occupations
  189. 4156 Employment counsellors
  190. 4161 Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers
  191. 4162 Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts
  192. 4163 Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants
  193. 4164 Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers
  194. 4165 Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers
  195. 4166 Education policy researchers, consultants and program officers
  196. 4167 Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers
  197. 4168 Program officers unique to government
  198. 4169 Other professional occupations in social science, n.e.c.
  199. 4211 Paralegal and related occupations
  200. 4212 Social and community service workers
  201. 4214 Early childhood educators and assistants
  202. 4215 Instructors of persons with disabilities
  203. 4216 Other instructors
  204. 4217 Other religious occupations
  205. 4311 Police officers (except commissioned)
  206. 4312 Firefighters
  207. 4313 Non-commissioned ranks of the Canadian Forces
  208. 5111 Librarians
  209. 5112 Conservators and curators
  210. 5113 Archivists
  211. 5121 Authors and writers
  212. 5122 Editors
  213. 5123 Journalists
  214. 5125 Translators, terminologists and interpreters
  215. 5131 Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
  216. 5132 Conductors, composers and arrangers
  217. 5133 Musicians and singers
  218. 5134 Dancers
  219. 5135 Actors and comedians
  220. 5136 Painters, sculptors and other visual artists
  221. 5211 Library and public archive technicians
  222. 5212 Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries
  223. 5221 Photographers
  224. 5222 Film and video camera operators
  225. 5223 Graphic arts technicians
  226. 5224 Broadcast technicians
  227. 5225 Audio and video recording technicians
  228. 5226 Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
  229. 5227 Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
  230. 5231 Announcers and other broadcasters
  231. 5232 Other performers, n.e.c.
  232. 5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
  233. 5242 Interior designers and interior decorators
  234. 5243 Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers
  235. 5244 Artisans and craftspersons
  236. 5245 Patternmakers – textile, leather and fur products
  237. 5251 Athletes
  238. 5252 Coaches
  239. 5253 Sports officials and referees
  240. 5254 Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness
  241. 6211 Retail sales supervisors
  242. 6221 Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade
  243. 6222 Retail and wholesale buyers
  244. 6231 Insurance agents and brokers
  245. 6232 Real estate agents and salespersons
  246. 6235 Financial sales representatives
  247. 6311 Food service supervisors
  248. 6312 Executive housekeepers
  249. 6313 Accommodation, travel, tourism and related services supervisors
  250. 6314 Customer and information services supervisors
  251. 6315 Cleaning supervisors
  252. 6316 Other services supervisors
  253. 6321 Chefs
  254. 6322 Cooks
  255. 6331 Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale
  256. 6332 Bakers
  257. 6341 Hairstylists and barbers
  258. 6342 Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners
  259. 6343 Shoe repairers and shoemakers
  260. 6344 Jewellers, jewellery and watch repairers and related occupations
  261. 6345 Upholsterers
  262. 6346 Funeral directors and embalmers
  263. 7201 Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
  264. 7202 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
  265. 7203 Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades
  266. 7204 Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
  267. 7205 Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
  268. 7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
  269. 7232 Tool and die makers
  270. 7233 Sheet metal workers
  271. 7234 Boilermakers
  272. 7235 Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
  273. 7236 Ironworkers
  274. 7237 Welders and related machine operators
  275. 7241 Electricians (except industrial and power system)
  276. 7242 Industrial electricians
  277. 7243 Power system electricians
  278. 7244 Electrical power line and cable workers
  279. 7245 Telecommunications line and cable workers
  280. 7246 Telecommunications installation and repair workers
  281. 7247 Cable television service and maintenance technicians
  282. 7251 Plumbers
  283. 7252 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
  284. 7253 Gas fitters
  285. 7271 Carpenters
  286. 7272 Cabinetmakers
  287. 7281 Bricklayers
  288. 7282 Concrete finishers
  289. 7283 Tile setters
  290. 7284 Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
  291. 7291 Roofers and shinglers
  292. 7292 Glaziers
  293. 7293 Insulators
  294. 7294 Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
  295. 7295 Floor covering installers
  296. 7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
  297. 7302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
  298. 7303 Supervisors, printing and related occupations
  299. 7304 Supervisors, railway transport operations
  300. 7305 Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators
  301. 7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
  302. 7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
  303. 7313 Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
  304. 7314 Railway Carmen/women
  305. 7315 Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
  306. 7316 Machine fitters
  307. 7318 Elevator constructors and mechanics
  308. 7321 Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
  309. 7322 Motor vehicle body repairers
  310. 7331 Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics
  311. 7332 Appliance servicers and repairers
  312. 7333 Electrical mechanics
  313. 7334 Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
  314. 7335 Other small engine and small equipment repairers
  315. 7361 Railway and yard locomotive engineers
  316. 7362 Railway conductors and brakemen/women
  317. 7371 Crane operators
  318. 7372 Drillers and blasters – surface mining, quarrying and construction
  319. 7373 Water well drillers
  320. 7381 Printing press operators
  321. 7384 Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c.
  322. 8211 Supervisors, logging and forestry
  323. 8221 Supervisors, mining and quarrying
  324. 8222 Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services
  325. 8231 Underground production and development miners
  326. 8232 Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
  327. 8241 Logging machinery operators
  328. 8252 Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers8255 Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services
  329. 8261 Fishing masters and officers
  330. 8262 Fishermen/women
  331. 9211 Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
  332. 9212 Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
  333. 9213 Supervisors, food, beverage and associated products processing
  334. 9214 Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
  335. 9215 Supervisors, forest products processing
  336. 9217 Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing
  337. 9221 Supervisors, motor vehicle assembling
  338. 9222 Supervisors, electronics manufacturing
  339. 9223 Supervisors, electrical products manufacturing
  340. 9224 Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing
  341. 9226 Supervisors, other mechanical and metal products manufacturing
  342. 9227 Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly
  343. 9231 Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing
  344. 9232 Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators
  345. 9235 Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators
  346. 9241 Power engineers and power systems operators
  347. 9243 Water and waste treatment plant operators

 

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