No. 16 - September 2008
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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AUSTRALIA – PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT FOR TRADESPERSONS
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
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
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Previous Newsletters on migration
1 - January 2007
2 - March 2007
3 - April 2007
4 - May 2007
5 - May 2007 - In Focus: Australia
6 - June 2007
7 - July 2007
8 - August 2007
9 - October 2007
10 - November 2007
11 - December 2007
12 - February 2008
13 - March 2008
14 - June 2008
15 - July 2008