Monday, April 22, 2013

Foreign Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) required for Skilled Worker Immigration to Canada

As per the new rules for Skilled Immigration to Canada, Educational Credential is a must. This new rules are in place from May, 2013.

These Educational Credentials must be done by one of the four designated organizations.

If you want to apply for Immigration to Canada as a Skilled worker, you must complete the process. Below I have added the organizations along with there links. Just click on them to go to their website.

Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) organizations and their links

  1. Comparative Education Service: University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies
  2. International Credential Assessment Service of Canada
  3. World Education Services
  4. Medical Council of Canada
Go to the corresponding website and follow their instructions.

The last one is for International medical graduates (IMGs). Though they are not in the occupation list, it is provided for the ones who are already in Canada.

Hope you find your Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) done within a very short time and may submit your application for Skilled Worker Immigration Visa in your occupation before reaching the CAP.


Canada Immigration as Skilled Worker, May 2013 update: New Occupation list

Skilled Worker Immigration is just about to start from May, 2013. According to CIC website, there is significant change in the procedure, which includes a new eligible occupation list.

There is a cap for each occupation which is 300 and a grand cap of 5000 application. That means they will accept a total of 5000 application adding application of all the occupation. In the same time there will be no more than 300 application in a single occupation. 

No doubt, there is major change in the list. The medicine men are removed from the list. Instead technical hands in the area such as medical technologist, sonologist are included in the list. The list is as follows (number in the left hand side is the NOC code of 2011 for that occupation):

New eligible occupation list for Skilled Worker Immigration to Canada:

    0211 Engineering managers
    1112 Financial and investment analysts
    2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers
    2131 Civil engineers
    2132 Mechanical engineers
    2134 Chemical engineers
    2143 Mining engineers
    2144 Geological engineers
    2145 Petroleum engineers
    2146 Aerospace engineers
    2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers/designers)
    2154 Land surveyors
    2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
    2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
    2263 Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
    3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
    3142 Physiotherapists
    3143 Occupational Therapists
    3211 Medical laboratory technologists
    3212 Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants
    3214 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
    3215 Medical radiation technologists
    3216 Medical sonographers
    3217 Cardiology technicians and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c. (not elsewhere classified)

New rule for Canada Skilled Worker immigration, May 2013: Bad news for doctors (medical graduates)

Canada Skilled Worker immigration is just about to start at 4th May, 2013.

However, those doctors/ physicians all around the world, who were waiting for the moment, it is a big disappointment. Canada is not going to take Physicians as Skilled Worker Immigrants to their country.

Canada Immigration has published the list of occupations who will get the chance to submit their application, starting from 4 May, 2013. Unfortunately both General Practitioner are Specialist Physicians has lost their space in the list.

To see the list click here.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Federal Internship for Newcomers Program: An opportunity?

The Government of Canada announced has a Federal Internship for Newcomers program. It is designed to assist newcomers gain Canadian work experience. This program will allow immigrants to Canada to have the opportunity to get some temporary work experience in fields they are qualified.
Immigrants of Federal skilled worker category have a good chance of using this program and enrich their CV in Canada.

In addition to gaining work experience, you will be able to:
   - learn about Canadian workplace culture
   - understand hiring processes
   - network with members of the public service and private sector
   - attend orientation sessions or training

I think many of the IMGs, specially who are experienced for years, may also have performed administrative functions as well. Some IMGs may have experience is clinic management, some other may have experience in laboratory management. Working in the area of quality assurance in healthcare may also be an area of expertise. I think if you are one of those, then you can give Federal Internship for Newcomers program a try. 

Who is eligible

The following person will be eligible for apply:
  • be a permanent resident or a Canadian citizen in Canada less than 10 years
  • have the necessary language abilities in English (minimum Canadian Language Benchmark of 6-8) or French (minimum Niveaux de comp├ętence linguistique canadiens benchmark of 6-8)
  • have a post-secondary degree (with the exception of administrative positions where it is an asset)
  • be registered and successfully undergo mandatory screening for employment readiness by one of the program’s identified immigrant-serving organizations
  • either
    • live or work in Ottawa/Gatineau (or within a 125 kilometre radius), Toronto (or within a 125 kilometre radius), the Vancouver Area or Victoria (or within a 75 kilometre radius) (Note: In the future, additional locations may be added)
    • be a graduate of the World University Service of Canada’s Student Refugee Program

Past participants of the program can also reapply to the program once.

Other information

For more information go to CIC website of click here.

This could be a useful tool for federal skilled worker to  start career in Canada.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Canada skilled worker program about to restart on May, 2013

According to CIC, they are going to restart immigration process for skilled worker on May, 2013.

Some changes of rule are expected in the requirements in the new Canada skilled worker program which is about to be employed from May, 2013.

New list of occupation list for immigration will be in place for restarted process for skilled worker. 

For expected changes in rule please click here.