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How to Get a Job in Canada from India

(Guest Post): CV 

Last Updated: 17th February, 2019

How to Get a Job in Canada

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There are three ways to secure a Job in Canada from India. Two of them work easily.

OPTION 1: The luckiest and riskiest way – Your company in India transfers you on a special project.

At the company I currently work at, our IT division is outsourced to HCL. Project Managers and IT engineers from Bangalore and Noida are currently based out of our Brampton office. They were hired as “temporary foreign workers” from Canada’s International Mobility Program for a couple of years. After 1-2 years of experience, they may be eligible for permanent residency from one of the following programs:

Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program – “I have 1 year of full time work experience in Canada, in a job that is classified in the Canadian National Occupation Classification (NOC).”

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) – “I have 2 years of full time work experience in Canada, in a job that is NOC classified, and the company loves me so much that they are willing to nominate me to apply for permanent residency.

The reason this is a risky choice is because you are not in control. Ultimately, you’re relying on the good will of your company and its success to dictate if you stay in Canada or pack up back to India.

There are many major Indian companies that have presence in Canada – HCL, Tata Consultancy Services, ICICI Bank and other companies that have a large presence in India such as Sun Life and Accenture.

With Justin Trudeau and Narendra Modi aimed at getting “warmth” between the two countries according to HindustanTimes, we hope to see more Indian businesses flourishing in Canada in the future. Brampton, the city our very own Russel Peters grew up in, currently has a large Indian immigrant base, and its economy is on the rise.

What this means for you? If you currently work for a company in India that has presence in Canada, start speaking to your management or your counterparts in the Canadian branch to let them know you’re interested. I recently spoke to a family friend of mine, Matthew. He works at JP Morgan. He told me he let his company know a year in advance he was moving to Canada, and when the opportunity came up, JP Morgan Canada welcomed him. Take this approach only if you are sure that this announcement will not hurt you in any way in your current job – not all bosses are supportive!

OPTION 2: The reliable way – Apply for permanent residency and network network network!

When you’re a permanent resident (PR) in Canada you don’t have to worry about the deadline of a work permit expiry date. The less stress during a job search, the better.

If you apply for a permanent residency using the methods that other people have mentioned, you can do a “short landing.”

To be eligible for Canadian citizenship, you have to live in Canada as a PR for 4 out of 6 years. (Bill C-6 received Royal Assent on Jun 19 2017, which will change that to 3 out of 5 years. Yay!)

What is a short landing? People who have permanent residency approved will land in Canada for the first time, get their landing papers stamped which will officially make them a permanent resident, and immediately go back to India for up to another 2 years. Then they come back to Canada and don’t move for the next 4 years, so they can be eligible for citizenship.

If you choose to do this, don’t let those 2 years go to waste. Network with Canadians and build relationships as early as possible.

Use those two years you have left to find the right Canadians in your professional industry and start networking with them.

If you short land you have up to two years, use them wisely. Save money and network!

OPTION 3: The useless, time wasting way – Apply for jobs online at Monster, Workopolis, Indeed, LinkedIn etc.

Imagine you are a HR hiring manager working for Tata Consultancy Services in Delhi. You have a job available and you receive 20 resumes. 19 are from HR professionals with great experience and fit the requirements, and they all live in Delhi. One is from a HR professional with great experience and fits the requirements, and she lives in Canada. Would you hire the Canadian?

Please don’t waste your time applying for jobs on the online boards. Your resume is either not being looked at all, or is being tossed aside. Unless your skills on paper are so rare and exceptional and no one else living in Canada applying for the same job has it, you have no chance of securing a job in Canada this way.

When I was job interviewing, one question that was always asked at the interview “Are you legally allowed to work in Canada?” The answer is “Yes” only if:

  1. You are a citizen
  2. You are a permanent resident
  3. You have an open work permit

If you are living in India, you are neither of these things. You are legally not allowed to work in Canada!

There is only one use for the job boards online. You can review the job descriptions of what is being asked in your line of work, and notice if there are any gaps that you can fill from now till you land. If you’re planning to get into project management for example, and you’re seeing “PMP is an asset”, get it done now while you have the comfort and support of your home base.

Another use for the online job descriptions is if you’re in a regulated field. If you’re in the engineering, medical, teaching, accounting, HR field and some others, prepare to go back to school. Colleges and universities generally host these programs. Whether you can do them online while you are in India, I do not know. You will have to contact the respective training institute to find out.

So instead of wasting time apply for jobs online, use that time to do something more productive.

My personal advice, (this won’t be easy to hear), change careers and start working in a fast track high demand occupation. Assuming you meet all the other criteria, you need 1 year of experience in this occupation to be eligible for PR.

This of course is no easy task, because it means quitting your current job and doing something that may be different field altogether.

However, there are 357 fields listed. You must have some transferable skills that will allow you to move jobs into one of these categories.

I have ready that in a life time of a 40 year career, people will change fields at least 4 times. This is a good opportunity to make that happen.

It all depends on how badly you want to migrate to Canada and take the risk to make this sacrifice in India.

So what’s the best choice?

Most people should fall in the Option 2 category but they make the mistake of relying on Option 3. The reason I stress on networking is because in Canada, it’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know. There are 300K immigrants per year + 1 million college students + 6.5% unemployment rate in Canada – lots of competition! The job is awarded to the person the hiring manager trusts, and trust is most likely given to the person they know first hand.

Networking is not just a one time activity, it’s a way of life. Regardless of which choice you pick, get into this habit while in India, while you still have time before the big move, so you can leverage this network after you land.

When I moved to Canada, I got three job offers in two weeks using a targeted job search strategy that I researched for a year before landing in Canada.

Good Luck to you! I hope you secure your new Canadian job as quickly as I did, and then you can bring your parents or grand parents over on the Super Visa program.

(P.S. José Bautista is the Sachin Tendulkar of baseball. Learn the sport, it’s a good ice breaker in networking conversations. “Let’s Go Blue Jays!”)

Bonus Tip for Indians

A study I have uncovered shows that Indian names work against job seekers in Canada.

According to the study called “Why do some employers prefer to interview Mathew, but not Samir?” employers are 40% more likely to interview candidates with English sounding names.

I’m not saying you should change your name, because it is a core part of your identity. But I thought it is important to raise this issue. Chinese job seekers face the same problem.

A response from the study indicates that when employer’s see a non-English name, they subconsciously assume there will be a language and communication barrier. Abbreviating your name, or shortening it (“Dev” instead of “Devindra”) is also another possible suggestion.

Cultural differences

In Canada, more importance is placed on experience and accomplishments. Not on education.

It doesn’t matter if you have a bachelors or masters or PHD. Recruiters firstly have no idea about the education system in India. Even if you state your WES equivalency, it’s not about your education, it’s about whether you have done the same job before.

In your resume, it is very important to highlight your accomplishments and support it with numbers.

For example, if you are an IT engineer, just listing “I resolved general IT problems for the staff” is not enough. State an accomplishment – “I resolved IT problems for the staff and reduced the incident count by 15% per year.”

Also in Canada, people are specialized. If your resume promotes you as a jack of all trades, it will not win any hearts of the recruiters.

For example, if you are a civil engineer and your resume states you can build and fix anything, it’s not specific enough. Look at this link to see the various job titles for civil engineers. Likewise, you can Google “Job Titles for xxxx job in Canada”

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Detailed Step-by-Step CIC Express Entry Instructions – 2019 (Infographics)

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Last Updated: 17th July, 2019

Thank you all for the overwhelming response on the blog post Canada Immigration Express-Entry – The Golden-Mail

As a number of subscribers have requested a detailed post on a step-by-step instruction on how to apply for Express Entry process (in order), our team have compiled the below:

CANADA PR STEP BY STEP PROCESS 2019 (Infographics)

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Below are the steps listed in more detail:

How to apply for CIC Express Entry

1) Determine your eligibility by doing this CIC quiz:

http://www.cic.gc.ca/ctc-vac/ee-start.asp

2) Get your language test(s) done. 

You must get at least CLB 7 in each of the four sections for the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) or Canadian Experience Class (CEC) streams. But getting CLB 10 gives you maximum points for language.

How does CLB match back to the language tests? To know more, check the below: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/tools/language/charts.asp

You can book your IELTS examinations from British Council: https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/book

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3) Get your qualifications assessed by doing an Education Credential Assessment.

Details here –> http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/assessment.asp

You can get your Education Credentials Evaluated from WES: https://www.wes.org/ca/

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A WES sample report for ECA evaluation for Immigration is attached below:

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4) Determine the code that best applies to you on the National Occupation Classification (NOC) list

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/noc.asp

The occupation must be NOC 0, A, or B for FSW or CEC.

5) When you have those in hand you create your express entry profile. http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/profile.asp

and

Register for the Job Bank

http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home-eng.do?lang=eng

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You’ll be given points based on your age, education, number of years work experience, and language skills. The points system is detailed here –>

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/express-entry/grid-crs.asp

You’ll be in a pool with thousands of other applicants

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/pool.asp

Of course, the more points you have the better. The max is 1200, with 600 of those points coming from your ability to snag a PNP or a job offer with a very hard to get Labour Market Impact Assessment http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/work/employers/lmo-basics.asp

For CEC applicants, the max is 600 but someone who has no work experience in Canada who is only eligible for FSW can only get up to 520 points.

6) Finally, wait for your invitation to apply (ITA).

But in the interim you will need to do the following:

a) Have your application fee (C$550 each for principal applicant and spouse) and right of permanent resident fee (C$490 each for principal applicant and spouse) ready
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/fees/fees.asp

b) Identify how you will provide proof of funds 

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/funds.asp

c) Check out what is required for the Police Clearance  Certificates 

http://www.cic.gc.ca/English/information/security/police-cert/index.asp

d) Find out how long it takes to get a date for the Medical Exam. http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/medical/medexams-perm.asp

e) Contact previous and current employers about them providing Job letters. You must have at least 12 months of full-time, or an equal amount in part-time, skilled work experience. Full-time work means at least 30 hours of paid work per week. Work experience while you were a full-time student does not count.

f) Research Cities in the province(s) where you want to live.

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How to get a job in Canada for Immigrants and Newcomers

Last Updated: 12th February, 2019
Are you new to Canada, or thinking of immigrating here for a job? You need to know how to get a job in Canada. Also you should know that employers here might ask if you have “Canadian Work Experience.”
This may sound like an odd question. There you are, coming from outside our country. You may have years of work experience and proper credentials from your homeland. Yet that may not be enough to convince Canadian employers of your worth.
So what is “Canadian Experience” and how can you get it (or get around it)? Read on for more.

What Do Employers Mean By “Canadian Experience?”

According to Jeffrey Lee, Employment Specialist /Practicum Coordinator at CDI College in Burnaby, British Columbia, “Employers look for Canadian workplace experience so that employees are familiar with workplace culture, social cues, and expectations.”
Since different cultures may have different ways of handling situations, “newcomers with ‘Canadian workplace experience’ are seen as being more capable of getting along with the workgroup,” adds Lee. He also notes that having your professional credentials and education authenticated here is important too.
There are other aspects to Canadian experience as well. Peter Dudka, Acting Program Manager, Transition to Employment Programs at Polycultural Immigrant & Community Services in Toronto, Ontario, points out that employers favour the following:
– Fluent English or French, depending on what province you are in. This is crucial. Accent is not an issue, but clear expression of ideas and understanding local terminology are what matter
– Local certification. Not necessarily a two year diploma or a Bachelor’s degree, but even the shortest course here that is relevant to the job will help you stand out from other job seekers
– Narrow specialization. Many newcomers instead offer (in resumes or during job interviews) wide experience and education, from which it is difficult to extract whether they can do that particular job or not.
Dudka adds to this list “the art of selling yourself, which is foreign to many newcomers in Canada. It is related to the previous point: you need to be able to clearly highlight your strengths in one particular field.”

How To Get “Canadian Experience”

No Canadian experience, no job. No job, no Canadian experience. It’s a conundrum that many thousands of newcomers face each year. Fortunately there are ways to overcome this obstacle.
Jeffrey Lee, who has helped internationally-trained professionals find employment, offers advice. “Many recent immigrants can start by volunteering with various charitable organizations, offering their expertise for a variety of projects.”
As well, Lee recommends attending a professional mentoring group where skilled immigrants are paired with local professional peers, to talk about how to prepare for entry into their desired occupation.  One such program in B.C. is from MOSAIC. He also suggests volunteering at businesses related to your profession, if they are open to this.
Peter Dudka suggests connecting with local agencies in Canada that offer free employment assistance to immigrants. “Through our agency, for example,” says Dudka, “we offer advanced English classes, work placements in Canadian companies, interview preparation courses and networking events with local employers.
If you happen to live in Quebec, you can get Canadian experience working in something called a Practice Firm. These are specially made businesses that only interact with one another. No actual money or salaries are involved. Practice Firms are training facilities that let you do specific jobs as if for real. There are 30 of these Firms in Quebec, and one in Ontario. A  list of these is available at the Canadian Practice Firms Network (CPFN).

Taking A Lower Level Job To Get “Canadian Experience”

To get your start in Canada, you may want to consider taking a lower level job here than you are used to. It could be quicker for you to get initial employment that pays less. While it may be a step down, it translates into Canadian experience. The truth is that this is a common approach for a good percentage of newcomers.

However be careful not to get stuck in a menial job that is hard to move upward from. It would be smart to consult directly with one of those local newcomer agencies mentioned above. They can advise you personally based on your circumstances and needs. Meanwhile, read Monster.ca articles on Working for Less: When It’s OK to Take a Pay Cut, and Should I Apply To A Job If I’m Overqualified?.

More About “Canadian Experience”

According to Jeffrey Lee, some industries such as IT (Information Technology, e.g. computing, software, telecommunications) may be less strict about where your experience is gained. Therefore this field might be easier to penetrate in Canada. At present, European-trained engineers may also have an easier time to get their credentials acknowledged than ones trained in Asia or the Middle East.
Other skilled immigrants can benefit from a program offered by the not-for-profit Allies, says Peter Dudka. Allies has created a National Mentoring Initiative in various cities across Canada. Mentoring offers a connection between a skilled immigrant and an established Canadian professional in the same or related occupation. It’s a way of helping skilled newcomers integrate into the workforce faster.

Working in this great country can be marvelous. There are all sorts of challenges and rewards for immigrants.

Getting your start here can be difficult, no doubt. It will make things easier if you’re prepared when the interviewer asks: “Tell us about your Canadian experience.”

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Fall Tune-Up Sporting Clays Fun Shoot, Steak Supper & Auction

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The Saskatoon Gun Club is open to the general public on Tuesday & Thursday evenings 6pm to dusk & Sundays noon – 4pm.

Event Details:

This is a Rain/Shine Event.
Prepare yourself for the fall hunting season or to have some recreational fun by shooting either 100 or 200 Targets on SASKATCHEWAN’S LARGEST sporting clays course.With 16 stations and 33 machines there will be various target presentations for all shooting abilities. Targets include, quartering in, quartering out, crossers, teal verticals, loopers, crossers, rabbits, overhead & high crossers from the towers and of course the favorite poison bird.

 

Location:

Saskatoon Gun Club Take Hwy#5 east of Saskatoon to Old 27 road, turn north till gun club road, turn east to gun club Detailed directions/map www.saskatoongunclub.com
Shoot Details:
100 targets Sat AM*(optional) 9:00am registration 9:30am shooting begins $ 20
100 targets Sat PM 1:30pm registration 2:00pm shooting begins $ 80
*only available to shooters registered for the evening shoot. 

Tickets: online @ Eventbrite.ca

Website

www.saskatoongunclub.com

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Canada PPR – Easy Step by Step Process – Express Entry

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Ever wondered how to apply for Canada PR? This article lists all the important information including latest changes in Canadian Immigration.

Express Entry was launched by the Canadian government in 2015 to make it easier for skilled workers to obtain legal permanent residency status. The Express Entry system takes place online, allowing candidates to fill out profiles with their language skills, age, job experience, education, transferable skills, spousal qualifications, and more. The profiles are assigned points, and then matched with high-demand labour fields. Applicants with the highest scores are invited to apply for the Canadian permanent residence visa. The visa will be processed in six months, which is much faster than other immigration routes.

Step 1: Find out if you’re eligible

There are two ways to find out if you’re eligible for a program that is part of Express Entry:

Step 2 – Online Profile

Applicants must begin online, where they create a profile. Once you have registered your online profile, you will be registered with the Job Match account. This is a job bank that helps employers connect with prospective applicants. You can begin searching for a job right away.

Step 3 – Document Checklist

In order to properly score your application, the system will need relevant documentation. To that end, the system will generate a personal document checklist. Mandatory documents at this stage include birth certificates, marriage and divorce certificates, evidence of common law marriage, adoption and custody records, job offer letters, proof of educational credentials such as a CV or resume, proof of work experience, digital photos, and proof of funds. Some people will also be asked to provide medical exam or other special documents. You will also need to send your Educational Credential Assessment, or ECA, along with language test results, to the CIC.

Step 4 – Scoring

The Express Entry tool will rank you with the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which is a points-based system that will give you a numerical score. The CIC will invite applicants with the highest scores in the pool to apply for permanent residency.

There are no minimum points required for Express Entry. However, CRS scoring is transparent. A person will receive points for the following factors:

  • Age: the maximum score is 110 points if the applicant is between 20 and 29 years’ old
  • Education level: the maximum score is up to 150 points for a PhD
  • Language proficiency: up to 160 points for proficiency in English and French
  • Canadian work experience: the maximum score is 80 points for people with five years of experience
  • Skill transferability: the maximum score is 100 points
  • Education of spouse/partner: up to 10 points
  • Language proficiency of spouse/partner: up to 20 points
  • An additional 600 points are available if a person is nominated through the Canada Provincial Nominee Program after receiving a job offer or graduating from a post-secondary institution in Canada.
  • Siblings: in 2017, CRS was changed to award up to 15 points if you have at least one sibling living in Canada.

Step 5 – Invitation to Apply

If your score was high enough to be selected from the applicant pool, you will receive an invitation to apply (ITA). Within 90 days of notification you must submit a completed electronic application for permanent residence. Most complete applications can be completed in six months or less.

Remaining in the Pool or Reapplying

If you are not invited to submit an application for permanent residence, you can still remain in the pool for up to 12 months, as long as you continue to meet the criteria for at least one of the federal immigration programs. If your situation changes or you acquire new skills, you should update your profile.

If the CIC does not invite you to apply for permanent residence within this timeframe, you can start over with a new profile. Assuming you continue to meet the criteria, you will be re-entered into the pool, where you can try your luck again.

Questions?

Please comment below and we will be happy to assist!

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Best Book to Understand the 2008 Financial Crisis – After 10 years

Ever wondered what caused the Banking Crisis in 2008?

Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System — and Themselves

In one of the most gripping financial narratives in decades, Andrew Ross Sorkin – a New York Times columnist and one of the country’s most respected financial reporters-delivers the first definitive blow-by-blow account of the economic crisis that brought the world to the brink.

Through unprecedented access to the players involved, he re-creates all the drama and turmoil of these turbulent days, revealing never-before-disclosed details and recounting how, motivated as often by ego and greed as by fear and self-preservation, the most powerful men and women in finance and politics decided the fate of the world’s economy.

  • Named a Best Book of the Year by:The Economist, The Financial Times, Business Week
  • Winner of the Gerald Loeb Award for Best Business Book
  • Too Big To Fail is too good to put down. . . . It is the story of the actors in the most extraordinary financial spectacle in 80 years, and it is told brilliantly.” —The Economist
  • “Vigorously reported, superbly organized . . . For those of us who didn’t pursue MBAs—and have the penny-ante salaries to prove it—Sorkin’s book offers a clear, cogent explanation of what happened and why it matters.” —Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune
  • “Sorkin’s prodigious reporting and lively writing put the reader in the room for some of the biggest-dollar conference calls in history. It’s an entertaining, brisk book.” Paul M. Barrett, The New York Times Book Review
  • “Sorkin’s densely detailed and astonishing narrative of the epic financial crisis of 2008 is an extraordinary achievement that will be hard to surpass as the definitive account.” —John Gapper, Financial Times

Top Customer Reviews:

“Too Big to Fail” is an altogether excellent book by financial journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin. It’s a compelling narrative that tells the story of how the nation’s largest and most prestigious financial institutions came to the brink of collapse – and almost took the entire economy with them – in the great economic crisis of 2008.

According to Sorkin, the financial downturn that occurred in the summer of 2008 was actually years in the making. Many of the nation’s greatest investment banks, along with their commercial bank counterparts, had been busily dealing in high-risk subprime mortgages for years. As long as demand for housing remained high, so did housing prices; however, when massive numbers of people began defaulting on mortgages they could no longer afford, the housing market suddenly crashed, credit froze up, and banks began to fail…

…Thus begins the story of America’s economic meltdown in the late summer and early autumn of 2008. With the collapse of the housing markets, many of America’s oldest and greatest investment banks – among them Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, and Morgan Stanley – also find themselves threatened by total failure. So do commercial banks like Citigroup, Wachovia, and Bank of America; insurance companies like AIG; and the two government sponsored mortgage guarantors (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac). Now, U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, New York Federal Reserve Bank President Timothy Geithner, Congress, and other government regulators must find a way to save these financial institutions from ruin. If they don’t, America faces the very real possibility that its entire economic system may collapse.

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2019 General Election Opinion Poll

How do Indians feel about the upcoming 2019 General Election

Mega Times Group poll:

71.9% of Indians say they will vote for Narendra Modi as Prime Minister again in 2019

India Today Mood of the Nation Poll:

Why 2019 general elections could be a clash of coalitions. In 2019, it’s personality versus arithmetic.

  • Narendra Modi will win 2019 elections as there is no alternative. Really?
  • Ageing population may hurt BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
  • BJP will fall short of majority if elections are held today, reveals survey.
  • Will Demonetization impact BJP in 2019 elections?
  • What will happen if BJP doesn’t win?

PM Modi believes his government has done a lot for the middle class; here’s why

“The middle class is the only section in the society that bothers about the poorest section and wants maximum benefits to be given to such people. So as a country, it is our not only our responsibility but it is the national duty to uplift the middle class,” says the PM.

The prime minister also said that his government’s policies had benefited the middle class. He explained: “Let’s take inflation. You know what it was then….check newspaper cuttings of reports before 2014, you will come to know that we have brought down inflation from 18 per cent to 2-3 per cent. If there’s any section that has benefitted the most from this, is middle class.”

Total Votes : 41,143,115*

*(Last Updated: 25th February, 2019)

Vote, your opinion matters…

Will NDA Win 2019 General Elections?

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Saskatchewan PNP (SINP) – Newcomers Guide 2019

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Last Updated: 20th February, 2019


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Hey Guys, welcome to Saskatchewan. If you have landed here as part of the Saskatchewan SINP programme, you will find below a detailed list of priority tasks that need to be completed within the first 5-10 days after landing in Saskatchewan.

I can assure you that this will help in your smooth settlement in the new province.

So, good luck to you and while completing the below tasks, I would also suggest you to appraise yourself on the Process of Getting a Job in Canada.
There’s also a nice article written specifically for Indians who wish to secure a Job in Canada from their home country.

1. CoPR

– Make sure that your CoPR is signed / stamped by Canada Border Services Agency. There have been instances in the past when immigrants have reported that their CoPR do not have the Date/Signature.

2. SIN

– Apply for SIN either from the Port of Entry (Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal) or from Saskatchewan.

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Regina Office:

Alvin Hamilton Building
1783 Hamilton Street
Regina, Saskatchewan

Saskatoon Office:

Market Mall, Unit 120
2325 Preston Avenue South
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/tbsc-fsco/sc-dsp.jsp?rc=4318&lang=eng

Hours of service: Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Documents Required: Passport , CoPR (SIN is required for everyone in your family, including infants)

Cost: Zero

Duration for applying: 15 to 30 minutes

Once you have a SIN, you will be able to apply for a Mobile Connection, Open a Bank Account and apply for employment.

Please note that your SIN is confidential, so make sure you do not share it with anyone unless required.

3. Apply for a mobile phone connection

The best mobile networks are:

Bell, Rogers, Telus, Koodo, SaskTel, Virgin Mobile, Fido

You can buy a plan from $48 – $55 monthly, which may include the below:

Data included 2GB

Anytime local minutes Unlimited

Unlimited text

Canada-wide calling

Call waiting and 3-Way Calling

Voicemail & Call Display

4. Rental Agreement

Take the Rental Agreement (on your name and include all the family members), it can be used as address proof for Health Card / Bank / SGI…etc.
Documents Required – Passport , COPR for Digital key
Cost:- Depends on your comfort (Ex:- 1050 monthly rent..means you have to pay one month advance + 1050 = 2100, few will request for 1575 in first month and 1575 for second month..after that 1050 only… )
Note:- Some times Rental could be Monthly or 6 months or 1 year..this depends on House Owner (my advise for newcomers is to better have a Month’s or 6 Month’s rental, which is safe)
Duration for applying :- 30 to 60 minutes

5. Bank Account

Documents Required – Passport / COPR / SGI ID Card / Rental agreement (Address proof is must)
Duration for applying :- 60 to 75 minutes
Note:– My advise would be, if you are married , better take a Joint account (both will get different Debit cards and different Credit cards..For Credit cards ask one for Master and the other for Visa)
(I strongly recommend to have a discussion with banker every 6 months {if you are earning or not, some hidden charges will deduct from your account}, they will advise for benefits and try to avoid the bank monthly / yearly charges.)

6. Transit/Bus Pass

Documents required – Passport / COPR
Cost :-

  1. 92 (monthly unlimited rides) + 5 (First time Card charges) = 97$ (Expiry – 30 days)
  2. You can opt 10 rides with 29$ (no expiry)
  3. You can opt 20 rides with 58$ (no expiry)
    Rules :- If your kid is more than 5 years, need to take bus ticket(Cost – 2.75$) , Adults ticket cost would be – 3.25. (enough Coins should be carry , otherwise you can not travel in Transit)
    (Please do not go for full monthly pass in the winter , if you are a newcomer, you can not explore much, so dont waste money)
    Transit System: http://www.regina.ca/
    Duration for applying :- 5 minutes

7. Health Card

(Visit E-Health office at Downtown Regina / or you can apply online)
Documents Required – Passport / COPR / SGI ID Card / Rental agreement (Address proof is must) – For everyone
Duration for applying :- 15 to 30 minutes

(Visit E-Health office at Downtown)
Health Service Saskatchewan: https://www.ehealthsask.ca
List of doctors who accept new patients can be found here: http://www.rqhealth.ca/

8. Visit Open Door

Register for school admission / Resume & Cover letter / Few Trainings / Child benefit forms)
Duration for applying :- 15 to 30 minutes (for schools we need to visit RODS , minimum 3 times – First time for appointment , Second time for Test for 5+ years and Third time for school visit)

9. SGI Card

(This is Saskatchewan Identity Card and not a Driving License)
Documents Required – Passport / COPR / SGI ID Card / Rental Agreement (Address proof is must) (no need to go to SGI office , any ISSUER will do ..Verify in google maps for nearby ISSUER)
Cost :- 15$
Note:- If you are going to take Driving license exam & road test with in one month means do not apply for SGI card. (SGI Card is very basic and address proof card)

10. Driving License

Documents Required – Passport / COPR / SGI ID Card / Rental Agreement (Address proof is must)
Cost :- 25$ (Eye test + Computer exam with multiple options) + 55$ for Road test.
If you need the driver’s license, here is where you can start: https://www.sgi.sk.ca/

Saskatchewan is home to clean air, pure water, light traffic and most of all, friendly people. It’s a place where people treat one another like a family. 

Please comment and share if you like this article and feel free to add in case I have missed out any point.

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Canada Immigration – Express Entry – The Golden Mail

(Last Updated: 10th March, 2019)

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1. Stages from eAOR to PPR in Express Entry for PR in Canada

2. How to find the stages in Express Entry Online Application

3. Landing Documents

4. Notable Job Markets in Canada

5. Mistakes to avoid so that Canada PR Application is not Rejected

6. Newcomer’s Guide 2019

7. How to secure a Job in Canada from your Home Country

1. Stages from eAOR to PPR in Express Entry

Congratulations on filing your Express Entry application!!! It’s time now to track your CIC application status and understand the various stages from eAOR to PPR. 

The next step is the long wait to finally receive your PPR. As per CIC Website, the current Processing Time is 6 months.

However, these days due to the number of applications, many of them are being processed within the 7th month mark.

Average time to a PPR based on the stream

So, good luck to you and while awaiting, I would suggest to appraise yourself on the Process of Getting a Job in Canada.
There’s also a nice article written specifically for Indians who wish to secure a Job in Canada from their home country.

While I completely understand that it’s a daunting task of waiting impatiently for your PR, so why not utilize this time and be prepared for the upcoming challenges, like landing procedures, finding a Job without Canadian Experience and settlement services in your dream country.

Anyways, first let’s talk about the various stages from eAOR to PPR in Express Entry for PR in Canada. Although timelines may vary based on Country and Stream, below is a basic summary:

1. eAOR

– Electronic Acknowledgement of Receipt- A letter saying that your application is submitted with the application number mentioned;

2. Medicals Passed

– Medicals Pass and file is initially opened to check for R10 satisfaction at the CIO (Central Intake Office);

3. BG IP (1)

– Background Check In Progress for the 1st time – This usually happens on the same day your Medicals are Passed. At this stage, immigration officials check for all documents and also whether the applicant is missing any documents. They do not scrutinize the documents at this stage, except for Police Clearance Certificate. Additional documents like Schedule A, Travel History, Family Info, Proof of Something, etc.) may be requested at this stage.

4. BG NA – Not Applicable

– This usually happens between 1-3 months from eAOR. This is when applicants’ first phase of A11.1, Eligibility and Documents are checked by the CIO. At this stage, the agent checks the following:

  • if the points match are above the round’s ITA points,
  • eligibility under the stream is met,
  • points are claimed genuinely and if there are no irregularities in the documents or work experience, NOC, etc.

After this, the application is sent to the Local Visa Office (LVO) for finalization and second checks.

5. BG IP (2)

– Back Ground Check In Progress for the 2nd time – This is the stage wherein the LVO opens the file and check’s your entire application and also confirms the notes and insights written by the CIO agent.

This usually happens after all the security, criminality and eligibility is passed and most likely around the 4-5 month mark from the e-AOR.

6. PPR

– Passport Request mail – Ready for Visa – This is the mail which every applicant anxiously waits for, and is often referred to as The Golden Email. This means that the officer is satisfied and has approved your application and has requested your passport (if needed) or photocopy of passport (if it is from visa-exempt country) along with 2 photos and annex A form to stamp the Immigrant Visa and Issue the CoPR – Confirmation of Permanent Residency (a letter serving proof that you are a PR). This letter is used for “landing” at the border and in officially becoming a Permanent Resident. This letter may later on be used for Citizenship Application (if applicable).

2. How to find the stages in Express Entry Online Application

Generally messages will be like below in IP1 status:
 
Example of application status in Express Entry Canada

Best Informative Article

Me and my husband, Rohit, also came as immigrants this year in May. We got guidance from this article and followed the suggested approach. We used to open LinkedIn in the morning, and sort jobs according to date and started applying like 20 or more jobs in a day, no matter if they matched 100 percent or 50 percent and got a number of interview calls by this approach.

Also the writer suggested to create an account in a site HIRED, which helped me appear for interviews. You just have to create a profile on this, and if they accept you, your profile will be online, so that different employers could see them and contact you for interviews. You don’t have to go and apply jobs on this site, instead employers approach you. You can try this as well. https://hired.com/x/3dgte

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About the Author

Hey, I’m Simi 

Author of StartBloggingOnline.com

Being an Immigrant myself, I’ve struggled a lot and finally managed to settle down and have a good life in Canada. There were several challenges to overcome, however I was fortunate enough to be helped by others. Now, I believe it’s my turn to help new immigrants in terms of Job Search, Career Counselling and Settlement concerns. I decided to pack all my knowledge and experiences in this tiny little article.

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3. What documents should I bring with me when landing in Canada as a New Immigrant?

When you come to Canada, you must show your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and Canadian immigrant visa to a Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) officer at the Port of Entry.

The IRCC officer will check that your documents have not expired. You cannot use expired documents. Canadian immigrant visas cannot be extended, so make sure you arrive in Canada before it expires.

You must bring a valid passport with you.

You need to have 2 copies of a detailed list of your belongings that you are bringing with you and their value in Canadian funds. You also need a list of the items that are arriving later and their value in Canadian funds.

You may be asked to show proof of funds. If you are carrying more than C$10,000, you must tell a border official.

What other documents should I bring with me?

Make sure that you have the following documents:

  • Birth certificate or adoption papers
  • Family records (such as, marriage certificate or divorce papers)
  • Medical records (such as immunization records)
  • Dental records
  • Official school records for children
  • Diplomas, degrees and transcripts
  • Academic credentials evaluation report (if you had your education assessed before coming to Canada)
  • Reference letters from previous and current employers
  • Professional or trade licences or qualification certificates
  • Up-to-date résumé or summary of work experience
  • Valid driver's licence or other identification documents
  • Vehicle registration documents (if you are importing a vehicle into Canada)

For More Information

Q: How to find my visa office?

Send E-mail to: CPC-CTD-Ottawa@cic.gc.ca Subject: E000xxxx - Visa Office Body of the mail:
Hello,
I am trying to find out in which Visa office my application is being processed?
Application number: E000xxxx Date of Birth: 19xx-xx-xx Last Name: xxx First Name: xxxx UCI: - Category of Immigration: Federal Skilled Worker

4. Notable JOB MARKETS in Canada:

Canada is a prosperous job market and suitable for shifting for professionals of different fields. The job avenues are based and allocated on the basis of qualifications and work experience. It is important that you dwell into research and basis ground work before applying for a job position so that employment can be achieved positively based on your credentials.

  • Job opportunities for Nurses: The job market for this profile is highly in demand in  Nova Scotia. 
  • Employment for Immigrant Dentist: It is a highly lucrative position in four provinces: – Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Manitoba.
  • Position for Chartered Accountants: The Job Market for this profile is highly in demand for provinces like British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.
  • Work availability for Software Engineers: The Job Market for this profile is highly in demand in Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Ontario.
  • Hiring for Doctors : Employment opportunities for Doctors are prolifically present in  Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Ontario.
  • Jobs for Immigrant lawyers: The Job market for this profile is highly in demand in Provinces like Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba. 
  • CANADA PR for Teachers: The Job Market for this profile is highly in demand in Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan. 
  • Commissioning of Architecture: Due to the favorable market opportunities  they are highly in demand in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. 
  • Listings for Web Developer: The Job Market for this profile is highly in demand in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Nova Scotia.

5. Mistakes to avoid so that Canada PR is not rejected:

Some of the mistakes that a candidate makes while submitting their application for Canada PR are as follows:

  • Improper Signing of the documents – It is the most commonly occurring mistake in the application submission process. Candidates miss the places where signatures needed to be put. For example in case of Additional family application/form, a single page needs to be signed in 3 places. In most of the cases candidate signs in the bottom of the page and miss the other 2 places where signatures are also required, it depends whether the candidate is accompanied by a spouse or dependent child. Taking another example, there is a form where the signature is only required only in case if a translator is used and mostly candidates sign in that place also.
    These mistakes can get the candidate’s application returned and the candidate has to start all over again.
  • Incorrect fees paid – Every immigration program requires a certain amount of fees to be paid and each program have a different amount to be paid. This funds also need to be submitted via different modes of payment like demand draft, certified cheque etc as asked by the immigration program candidate have applied under. For example, if the Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF) fees is paid by bank draft to the foreign visa office then it will be returned back to the candidate and it will delay your application as the mode of fee payment for RPRF is to be paid online. Immigration office around the world can accept the fees in the local currency of the country candidate is residing in but for that candidate first have to check online and confirm the exchange rate for the currency there only. Candidate needs to be extra careful when paying the fees and the specific amount that has to be paid.
  • Photo Dimensions – Candidates needs to upload or submit their photo in exact dimensions as provided by the Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in their instructions for specific type of immigration application such as medical forms for PR applications etc. If candidate is not able to submit the application with the proper size of the photograph, then the application will be returned to the candidate.
  • Submitting only the documents mentioned on the IRCC checklist – Sometimes candidates need to provide some additional documents other than mentioned by the IRCC. For example, if the candidate is moving to Canada with their common-law partner, then they have to provide with an affidavit from their friends and family members attesting to their relationship and stating that it is exclusive, committed and marriage-like. The candidate has to provide with some additional documents it all depend on the type of case, but phone records, bank records, lease records, correspondence, text messages etc. can be a very big help in moving the candidate’s application forward.
  • Supplemental Forms – In cases of certain countries, the candidate needs to provide with some additional forms and information that is not mentioned/obvious on the initial immigration applicant forms. For example Residency Questionnaire for people living in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. And Work Experience Questionnaire required by people living in Islamabad, Pakistan. Candidate needs to make sure that they submit their application with these supplemental forms as submitting them without these can get the application rejected and returned.
  • Providing with missing or wrong information – If a candidate has submitted their application with improper information or missing information, the whole application can be rejected as the IRCC depends on the information provided for selecting the application for Canada PR. The main consequence for providing the wrong information is the exclusion from Canada for at least 2 years or more. If the candidate’s application is missing any information than IRCC needs to know the reason why the information is missing and when it will be provided. Failing to do the same will get the application returned to the candidate.
  • Illegible handwriting – All the applications can be filled online and with the help of Adobe Reader – that is free software. But mostly candidates prefer to fill the applications by hand and that is never advisable. Handwritten forms cannot be verified. Verified forms, using Adobe Reader, creates a series of barcodes that can easily be recorded by IRCC in their computer systems. The hand-written form will take time to process as it requires the tedious transfer of information thus delaying the whole process.
  • Cover Letter not provided – Cover letter can help the immigration officer to process your application with less time as it establishes who is applying for what, and the main reason why the applicant qualifies for immigration.
  • Waiting for the criminal record checks – Mostly the candidates wait for the criminal record check before submitting their application which is not advisable. If the candidate is not applying for Temporary Resident Permit or Criminal Rehabilitation – criminal record check is not required. Waiting for too long for the application submission in wait for the criminal record, may get the rules to change and suddenly the candidate can no longer qualify for programs like Federal Skilled Category etc.
  • Application Mailing – If the candidate is asked by the IRCC to mail the application to appropriate office for processing, then it is best to use registered mail or in some cases it is even better to use a courier service. Doing so helps the candidate to track the application and have proof that it has arrived at its destination.

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2 comments on “The Journey Begins… Landing in Canada as an Immigrant”

The Journey Begins… Landing in Canada as an Immigrant

Thanks for joining me!

First of all, congratulations !!!

It’s a bold decision that you have taken in shaping your career. Relocating to a new country takes courage and I’m sure that the fear of unknown must be haunting. Don’t worry as this happens to every new immigrant, including me when I landed here last year in October 2017.

Believe me, the doors of exciting opportunities and a beautiful future is what’s ahead of you. The purpose of this blog is to help you in your preparation to adapt to a new culture, environment and life style of your dream country.

You must start afresh with no inhibitions as this will facilitate acceptance and realization of your goals.

The first year in Canada is normally full of emotions due to a mix of success and disappointments. Just after you land, you maybe looking for:

(1) a place to rent out for living !

(2) a “survival” job till you land up in a job in your own field !

(3) school for your kid(s).

You may also face challenges in terms of your degree not being recognized, skills do not match up to Canadian standards and may have to brush up your communication skills, mainly English and/or French if you plan to work in Quebec. Perhaps you will have to accept your first job that is much below your expectations and you may feel really really frustrated. Combined with this, you will also feel homesick !

In my view these emotions are normal and even healthy if accepted as a challenge in the fulfillment of your bigger dreams.

In the weeks, months and years ahead, you will have ample opportunities to participate fully in Canadian life. Take them ! You and your family can grow together, side by side with other Canadians and make a better life for everyone. This is your new home.

Welcome to Canada and be part of the responsible community.