No. 18 - December 2008
- NEW OCCUPATIONS LIST FOR MIGRATION
The Canadian government have announced changes to their selection system for
Federal Skilled Workers.
Following legislation passed earlier this year, the government have now issued
new instructions to determine whose applications are “eligible for
processing” under the new criteria.
In order to be eligible for processing you must either have;
1. An arranged offer of employment or
2. Lived in Canada for one year as a temporary foreign worker or student or
3. Have at least one years experience in an occupation on a new list.
The new list includes the following occupations;
Computer and Information Systems Managers
Managers in Health Care
Restaurant and Food Service Managers
Accommodation Service Managers
Financial Auditors and Accountants
Geologists, Geochemists and Geophysicists
General Practitioners and Family Physicians
Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists
Head Nurses and Supervisors
Medical Radiation Technologists
Licensed Practical Nurses
College and Other Vocational Instructors
Contractors and Supervisors, Pipefitting Trades
Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades
Contractors and Supervisors, Heavy Construction Equipment Crews
Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System)
Steamfitters, Pipe fitters and Sprinkler System Installers
Welders and Related Machine Operators
Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
Drillers and Blasters – Surface Mining, Quarrying and Construction
Supervisors, Mining and Quarrying
Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Service
Supervisors, Petroleum, Gas and Chemical Processing and Utilities
PLEASE NOTE – this new list does not apply to applications submitted before
February 27th 2008, or to Provincial Nomination applications or to Quebec
This new list sees Canada following the example of other countries such as
Australia in pinpointing more accurately the lists of occupations that are in
urgent demand across the country.
If you have qualifications and experience in any of these occupations, then
please contact us. Your skills are in strong demand in Canada and it is likely
that we can assist you with securing permanent residence faster under these
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KINGDOM – FIRST IDENTITY CARDS FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS ISSUED
The UK Home Office have started the process of issuing
Identity Cards for foreign nationals applying for visas in the
Initially, Identity Cards are being issued for applicants
applying for visa extensions as students or spouses /
partners. The aim is that within 3 years it will include all
The process involves applying for a visa extension in the
normal way, and then awaiting further instructions to attend
an appointment for fingerprinting and facial image scans.
These features are then incorporated into the new card.
Once the card is issued it is mandatory that the card and your
passport are presented to immigration upon returning to the
UK. Without the card, entry to the UK will be refused.
We will keep you updated on future developments of the card as
more and more visa categories will be included.
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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
16 - September 2008
17 - November 2008
- STUDY IN NOVA SCOTIA FOR 1 YEAR & BECOME A PERMANENT
RESIDENT OF CANADA
We have teamed up with our immigration associates in Canada
and Saint Mary’s University in Nova Scotia to offer an
exciting route to securing Canadian residency through study.
Saint Mary’s University (SMU) based in Halifax, Nova
Scotia is one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious
universities, founded in 1802.
By studying at SMU for a minimum of 1 year, graduates are
eligible to obtain a work permit, allowing them and their
spouse to work in Canada. Once working in Canada, there are
numerous avenues such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program,
the Canadian Experience Class and Provincial Nomination
Programs (PNP's) that can be taken to secure permanent
SMU has a wide range of courses at both the graduate and
postgraduate level covering Arts, Business, Languages, I.T.,
Science and Engineering.
We can assist with all of the following;
1. Applying for admission to SMU through our status as
2. Securing your student visa, your subsequent work permit
and Canadian permanent residence for you and your family
3. Assistance with accommodation, meet and greet service,
This route provides a highly valued Canadian qualification
at a recognised university and is a proven route to Canadian
It is also an excellent introduction to Canadian life in one
of Canada’s most cosmopolitan cities. Your spouse or
common law partner can also accompany you to Canada and they
are permitted to work as an accompanying family member. Your
children can also be included on your student visa.
If you are interested in studying at SMU and using this as a
pathway to securing Canadian residence, then please contact
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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
1) complete the Online
on our website www.commonwealthimmigration.com
2) give us a call on (+44) (0) 20 8365 3380
We would love to hear from you!
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