NEWSLETTER No. 16 - September 2008

Canada Immigration and ResidencyCANADA –  NEW “CANADA EXPERIENCE CLASS”

The Canadian government have now launched a new route to securing Canadian permanent residence through what is termed the “Canada Experience Class”.

This new category allows foreign workers and students in Canada to obtain permanent residence. As a foreign worker, you need to have obtained at least 2 years of skilled work experience in Canada.

If you have graduated from a Canadian university or other post-secondary institution, then you only require 1 year of skilled work experience in Canada, to apply for permanent residence.

The application can be made while the applicant is still in Canada or within 1 year of leaving your employment in Canada.

This new category is part of a range of changes likely to take place over the next 12 months to prioritise workers to meet with Canada’s skilled labour shortages. This includes the current consultation process to amend the criteria for selecting applicants under the Skilled Worker points test category. 

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Over the last few months many of our applicants have been successfully passing their Practical Assessments for trade occupations, to migrate to Australia.

This is a relatively new process affecting UK applicants who work in the following trades;

General Electrician, General Plumber, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic, Motor Mechanic, Bricklayer, Carpenter and Joiner, Electrical Powerline Tradesperson, Cable Jointer

The practical assessments are held at designated test centres in London, Glasgow and Accrington (Lancashire). It involves a full one day assessment of necessary skills relevant to the applicant’s trade. Many applicants need to arrange an overnight stay as the assessments start at 8 a.m. 

Despite some initial misgivings, feedback so far from our applicants has been largely positive; with many feeling it has been a beneficial process and a fair assessment. Most applicants feel that the assessment has been relevant to their trade and did not assess them on anything other than what they would routinely be expected to do in their trade. 

The assessments are a pre-requisite to apply for Australian residence. If you work in any of the above occupations, then please contact us for more information on the opportunities Australia has and the process to secure permanent residence. 

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Previous Newsletters on migration issues:
Newsletter 1 - January 2007
  Newsletter 2 - March 2007
  Newsletter 3 - April 2007
  Newsletter 4 - May 2007
  Newsletter 5 - May 2007 - In Focus: Australia
  Newsletter 6 - June 2007
  Newsletter 7 - July 2007
  Newsletter 8 - August 2007
  Newsletter 9 - October 2007
  Newsletter 10 - November 2007
  Newsletter 11 - December 2007
  Newsletter 12 - February 2008
  Newsletter 13 - March 2008
  Newsletter 14 - June 2008

  Newsletter 15 - July 2008

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Tel. +44 (0) 1223 830 916

Many of you may have seen and heard the new government TV and Radio advertising campaign to promote the launch of the next stage of the new Points Based System (PBS).

The next stage – known as Tier 2, is due to be launched in November and will largely replace the current work permit scheme. The new category differs from the work permit scheme in that it requires employers to register in advance on the new Register of Sponsors.

However, so far the number of employers who have applied to register is very low. By August, only 350 applications had been received. It is believed the Home Office are very concerned at the lack of applications to register, and therefore have decided to launch their TV and Radio advertising campaign. 

It should be noted that the new Tier 2 visa will still contain many of the current general criteria for issuance of a work permit. There will still be a shortage occupation list and approval can still be issued for other skilled positions, where the employer has met the Resident Labour Market Test (proof of advertising / recruitment to fill the position).

The main difference is the requirement for employers to be registered in advance on the new Register of Sponsors.

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Canada Immigration and ResidencyCANADA – TRUCKDRIVERS

We previously mentioned in our newsletter, how we were assisting Canadian Trucking firms to recruit experienced Truckdrivers.

We are pleased to advise that Federal government approvals have been issued for the first Truckdrivers. The first group are making the move to Nova Scotia in October / November to start employment, with many more set to follow throughout 2009. This programme will ultimately lead to Canadian permanent residence. 

If you have a full HGV licence and 5 years experience, then this may be the opportunity for you.

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We hope that this newsletter has been informative for you.  However, remember everyone's circumstances are different so if you or a friend or family member want to check your eligibility to emigrate then either

1) complete the Online Assessment form on our website or
2) give us a call on (+44)  (0) 20 8365 3380

We would love to hear from you!

Tim McMahon
Commonwealth Immigration

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