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Getting a Job Sponsored Visa to Canada or Finding a Job once there (I)

Having chosen to do what is known as skilled migration, a friend enlisted an immigration agent to submit  his visa application. In enlisting the help of an agent only to advise him and submit  his application for a visa, he did a very independent move. The process cost 3000$CA and took  close to four years and once he got here the real work of finding a job started.

For many, like himself, three years can be a long wait particularly as you don’t know if your application is going to be successful or not. The alternative to this  is a job sponsorship visa. This is by far the quickest way as the process can take as little as 9 weeks and having a job to come to solves all the waiting and job hunting stress.

Whilst based in the DR he tried to get directly sponsored by an Marketing technology company, (my friend’s profession), but in his experience they weren’t in themselves very forthcoming. Since living here he have found that most companies outsource their overseas recruitment.

There is a skills shortage here, particularly but by no means only, in the medical or health profession, information technology and trades. Listed on the official  Occupations in Demand are, to give a sample, Anesthetists, Nurses, Civil Engineers, Dentists, Hospital Pharmacists, Health Technologies, Medical Laboratory, Technologies, Audiologist, Radiography, Rehabilitation Medicine,Radiation Therapy and Nuclear Medicine TechnologiesPersonal and home care aides,  OT, Computer software engineers, systems software, Network and computer systems administrators, Brick layers, Plumbers, Welders, Plasters ……the list goes on. (for a copy contact details are given below).

With trades there is a huge shortage of apprentices and little home trained skilled workers growing up in the trade profession due to the way the training is organized. So if you are exceptionally skilled but 45 or over this is a good visa option in Canada. You could come and train tradespeople. There may be some options available to you under the  Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) Scheme. What happens here is that with the help of a specialist migration company ( email me I know  a reputable one: email: e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and our database you could be matched up with an employer who is seeking to recruit someone with your type of skills (trade). The employer may well be able to sponsor you to migrate.

Skills assessment forms and sponsorship assessment forms do tend to frighten people off as for all visa types but selection is based on experience or qualifications or a mixture of both depending on the nature of the job. It is possible to cross over on several categories and produce a mixture of supportive application evidence. For example, a plumber by trade may currently be working in another job but can apply using all his experience. In a portfolio demonstrating ability, evidence can range from customer recommendations, to photos of jobs done, as well as written references, depending on the nature of the employer/industry you are hoping to be sponsored by.

As with all visa types ask for advice and keep an open mind. Give as much information about the nature of your experience, background and knowledge of your skills as well as qualifications. Formal qualifications aren’t the only way for all professions.

Talking to an Immigration Agent, it is clear that companies struggle to get themselves ready to sponsor people, even though they desperately need to bring in skilled workers. To sponsor someone companies need to: offer a good salary, provide a moving package, write a good solid contract with a job outline and description, they have to prove their commitment to training existing Canadian residents, produce various information about themselves as an organization and be of a certain size in number. For many this has been hard work in the past but is now becoming essential and an easier process.

Looking for Work Once Here
One of the problems independent or sponsored by relatives new immigrants encounter is finding work once here. I picked up a job teaching (the field of work I’ve been in for 3 years apart from my consulting) in an non profit institution, without too much trouble. It does on average however, take up to six months to get a first job here.

To avoid too much disappointment it is worth enlisting with a honest Employer’s database  and  as many recruitment agents as possible, as well as checking job ads in the papers. For searching for general work Job Network is the government agency for job searching and there is the weekly newspapers advertising jobs ( . The best website we’ve found for professional, trade and general local jobs list is Hineni Database  and Seek www. For a list of  recruitment agencies:

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 “Getting a Job Sponsored Visa to Canada or Finding a Job once there   ” PART II



Marisol Diaz  is  an experienced workshop presenter, specialized information publisher, and  a SOHO specialist. She also  has been writing on Canada settlement and  immigration law since 2006. contact her @ You can improve your Canada job search through the Canadian database  for Int’l Employers  here ,  an informational services run by Hineni Media. 

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Getting a Job Sponsored Visa to Canada or Finding a Job once there (II)

Getting the Job
Having overseas work experience recognized by local employers can be difficult at start.  Something I myself realized is that there are different ways to build a career, some countries enable you to specialize in job function and expect more general experience in terms of industry knowledge. For example, an IT project Manager in Europe can work for a Digital T.V company, then consultant for a Government Agency and then work in telecommunications. Transferable skills are software engineering, architecture, methodology and project management skills. Here in Ontario however, it was deemed important to be specialized in job function and industry e.g. an IT manager in the Mining Sector or telecommunications. This is worth being aware of but don’t be put off — sell yourself on your ability to adapt.

It is important to present a competitive and update  C.V (resume) and take on tips about how to prepare for a job interview/ ways to best present yourself. The style and expectations here could be different to where you are from. I’ve post tips about job interview. Be willing to answer questions that may hint at your lack of local business/industry knowledge. A US  Financial Insurance Analysist found himself hearing, “You don’t know our local customers, area and business.” This was frustrating as in his work history he had regularly worked with “international/unknown” customers overseas and in off shore operations. Again, emphasis your adaptability and demonstrated experience of working with unknown/new customers.

Another typical problem is that recruiters for Canadian companies don’t necessarily know the companies you’ve worked for in your home country, even if they are big names. These obstacles can be overcome and responded to assertively in the interview or if feeling deflated, with a follow-up email.

There is a very exact and proper way of writing a local C.V (resume)  suited to catch the eye of  Canadian recruitment staff. It tends to be detailed with key words, positions and responsibilities and any budgets you’ve been responsible for. Middle and senior management in many sectors are very involved with budgets and finance.

Since even locally most companies now outsource their recruitment to agencies and work on contract and subcontract basis. The best way to approach independent job hunting is to register with an Employer’s Database and/or  meet as many recruitment agents in your field of work as possible (they don’t charge you a fee). Get help with tailoring your C.V. (resume).   The best way to do this is to find a local recruitment agency who is specialized in helping new immigrants or specialized in your field and will take the time to help you.

It’s normal to have several interviews both with the recruitment agency and the company that is hiring. My friend took a job on a short contact to get his foot in the door. The first step was a step down the career ladder but once he had more local knowledge, confidence and ability to build a network within his industry he quickly got back to where he was.

Qualifications recognition
It is worth for some professionals to have qualifications formally recognised/translated into the Canadian equivalent. It can improve your chances of working in the profession in which you are qualified e.g. teaching, nursing, electrics, engineering, IT.  There is not  Free Government Assessment of Qualifications, but this site is worth checking:

If you have trade qualifications in engineering, construction, metalwork, electrical or catering, the Trades Recognition Canada for Overseas provides this service. Trades & Apprentice   Recognition Canada, World Education Services   provides a  service for assessment of all overseas professional and technical qualifications — their website is worth a visit.

Settling In & Networking
With one at least  one Canadian born outside of  Canada, there’s a lot of people here who have done the big move or are currently in same boat doing the same journey. This makes getting started easier and building a network simpler. In addition,  there is continual positive propaganda to encourage multiculturalism and acceptance of new comers into Canadian Society.

For more information about Job sponsorship opportunities and list of skills in demand:  or email   
©Marisol Diaz