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How to go around the “No Canadian experience and without a work permit” I

As the post title, my intention will be to provide you information related to  how to go around the ‘no Canadian experience and without a work permit” Part I,  in your search of “How to Live and work in Canada. I’ve been living here since 2001 and a lot of things have changed. However, I think that I can help you go through your dream of living in Canada and working as an immigrant.

My dream started back in 2000 when I finished my undergraduate degree and when I was looking for universities to a Master’s degree abroad. That’s how everything starts.

If you have the same dream, or if you’re also want to live and work in Canada here read on.

In order for Foreign Trained Professionals to get jobs in Canada, the first step is that they need to have qualifications and licenciature  aproved or  their Foreign Qualifications   Evaluated and Recognized in Canada  by one of the 34 Canadian regulatory professional career  bodies.

Second step is  to register in their field association. Third step is  to register in  Co-op universities programs,  where a Foreign National, worker or professional  is able to  upgrade  language or  career skills.

As Foreign National, worker or professional take advantage of work-study field  or  internships placements, because they will give  you the so called  “Canadian experience”  and through it you could get a legal Canadian  work permit.  Hineni Media  listings shows all the employers that participate in Co-Op work-study programs. Hineni Media  listing provides all the essential information such as application deadlines, compensation, perks, selectivity and more.. 

A Canadian work permit is a temporary resident visa issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to grant permission to foreign workers seeking to engage in employment in Canada. It most commonly has maximum validity of up to one year, although work permits can be issued for up to three years in some cases. We’ll talk about that in  the  part II of “‘No Canadian experience and without a work permit “.

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How do I find a sponsored job in Canada?

Many people around the world are trying to find the answer to the question: “How do I find a sponsored job in Canada?”.

Finding a Canadian employer to sponsor you can be the most difficult part in immigration to Canada. Most people search for a sponsor by applying to adverts on job search websites or in newspapers, but did you know that only an estimated 30% of all jobs are advertised here? There are theories that around 70% of all jobs in Canada are found in the ‘hidden job market’, meaning they are not advertised through the usual media channels.
This article will give you a plan, using several steps, of how to tap into the hidden job market in Canada, and to help to make your dream of emigrating to Canada become a reality.
1. Research.
You will not often find Canadian employers advertising that they are looking for someone to sponsor from overseas. The main reason being, if there is someone with the required skill set in Canada, it is easier for the Canadian employer to offer a job to someone who is already established in Canada and can start work immediately – in comparison with employing a foreign national and going through the sponsorship process, the cost involved and the time delay for the sponsored individual to commence employment in Canada.
The vast majority of  Hineni Media  efforts are spent researching and updating jobs so that our subscribers find the best Canadian employers and places to work.
and that way can have access to virtually every job opening out there. All openings are kept current. Content is King. We are a research-driven organization whose primary aim is to locate as many job opportunities as possible for our members. We organize the products of our research and eliminate a good portion of the cumbersome process of finding a job. Not only do we locate jobs not listed anywhere else but we do so on such a massive scale that it would be impossible for any individual to even come close to duplicating our research efforts.   We work hard for you and provide our members with the advantage of having a personal army of researchers tirelessly locating new and exciting job opportunities. We offer an exclusive, members-only subscription to weed out stray job searchers.
You are also unlikely to find a Canadian employer to sponsor you through the use of a recruitment agency,unless that recruitment agency specifically mentions in their job advertisement that the Canadian employer is willing to sponsor the right candidate. Through our listings you can search out companies in Canada whom you would like to work for. In general, larger companies in Canada are more likely to sponsor people from overseas than the smaller companies (due to budgets and business scope), however you should not strike out the smaller companies, as some are still willing to sponsor the right person.  Hineni Media provides a list of Canadian employers willing to get you a work permit for certain fields . We publish helpful material on Minority, career development and placement.
If you don’t want to save time, and get convenience, through a Canadian Employers  for international professionals database, you can also research the Yahoo Companies Directory to find companies in Canadian to approach for sponsorship on your own.   Contact these companies that interest you, sending them your resume / CV and enquire as to whether they have any opportunities available. Many of the larger companies tend to have a “Careers” section on their website, where they enable job seekers to search for their current vacancies, and also to submit their resume and cover letter into their database. This way, if they do not have a current vacancy that is suitable to your experience, they can call upon their database when a position does become available, and contact you.
2. Global Companies
Search out global companies who are based in both your home country and in Canada, and find out whether they offer transfer opportunities – quite often global companies do. Even though it might mean working in your home country for a period of time before an opportunity arises in Canada, it is worth it in the long run, if it means you can immigrate to Canada through that company. Global organisations also tend to look impressive on your CV / resume.
3. Keep a Record
Keep a list of the companies that interest you, and contact them all. I recommend phoning to speak to the manager of the department you would like to work in. If that fails, speak with the Human Resources department. Find out whether they are a company who are willing to sponsor someone from another country with the right skillset. Find out how often they destroy applications /resumes / CVs as well – most companies in Canada hang on to applications for 3-6 months, so to be safe, you should follow up your applications every three months. Keep a record of all of the dates you apply for jobs and speak with the company, for ease of keeping on top of your Canada job applications.
4. Plan a Trip to Canada
Once you have quite a healthy list of companies you would like to work for (no list is too long), and have applied and spoken to all of them, you should plan a trip to Canada where you can meet with each of the employers. If you are unable to set an appointment with every employer, make a plan to visit the company anyway, dropping off your updated resume, and try to get in front of either the department manager, or a Human Resources Manager.
Through making this vital connection with the Canadian employers, you reach them on a personal level, and if they like you, they are more inclined to consider sponsorship than if they had not met you at all. We can help you with Travel and Tours to Canada 
5. Volunteer Work Experience
If you are able to, when you visit Canada, try to line up some volunteering work with some organisations in Canada. Companies that are most likely to accept volunteers are charitable and non-profit organisations. Approach them and set it up before arriving in Canada so you can build it into your plan for your trip to Canada. Also ensure that you are volunteering in the area of your profession. It will be to your advantage if you have experience working in Canada when you are looking for a sponsor, even if it is volunteer employment. Volunteer placement info here.
6. Build your Networks
Use social media, join industry groups, make friends in all the right places and put yourself out there. Use your networks and use other people’s networks – especially if you already know people in Canada. The more you put yourself out there, the more success you will have in finding a Canadian employer who is willing to sponsor you. If you think of it this way: most people have at least 100 people in their networks. Therefore if each of those 100 people also have 100 people in their networks, you potentially have access to a network of 1000 people! The more people you are connected to, the more likely you are to find someone who has connections in Canada.
Make everyone that you know, aware of your search for sponsored employment in Canada, and ask them to reach out to anyone that they know, who may be able to help.   You should also try and be wise when building your networks and be selective with you you are connecting with. It would be wise, for example, to strive to make as many connections with Canadian as possible, especially if they are working in the profession of your choice.
7. Study in Canada
Are there any courses or further education in Canada in your industry you can enroll in? If you can get a student visa and go to Canada to study, you are normally entitled to a certain amount of hours per week that you can work. This is an awesome opportunity for you to network, get your foot in the door and gain valuable Canadian experience and qualifications. Quite often, foreign nationals who study in Canada, are able to stay on in Canada afterward, by transferring their visa status and/or through finding sponsored employment in Canada. There is certainly an advantage for applying for jobs when you are already in Canada, as you are immediately available for job interviews. Again – it is making that personal connection with Canadian employers. Our affiliated English School can help you with that . Contact us for details.
8. Successful Self-Marketing
Prepare your marketing materials for success. Buy research to ensure that you will be competitive in the Canadian job market – that means ensuring your resume / CV is in a successful Canadian format, and ensuring you have a high-impact cover letter that will entice the Canada employer to review your resume / CV.
If you are serious about increasing your chances of finding an employer sponsor in Canada, you should consider having your resume professionally rewritten specifically for the Canadian job market. Contracting us for Canadian professional to rewrite your resume to a successful Canada CV template, means that you will be in the hands of a specialist who works on a daily basis with foreign nationals, assisting them to find employment in Canada.
In Summary
Remember: an estimated 70% of jobs in Canada are not advertised, and are found in the Canadian ‘hidden job market’. It is essential to your success that you access this enormous resource of job opportunities in Canada.
By following the steps above, and consistently working towards your goal on a long-term basis through thorough research, keeping track of your applications, utilising the hidden job market, building your networks, ensuring your marketing materials are of high quality and competitive in the Canadian job market, planning a trip to Canada, considering volunteer work in Canada and/or furthering your studies in Canada; you are guaranteed to increase your likelihood of finding a sponsored job in Canada.
Marisol Diaz – Settlement & Integration Resources Publisher
Cross Cultural Consultancy Services
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How to Find Jobs in Canada

Work Permit

In celebration of the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver and Whistler in 2010 qualified applicants can work and become Canadian immigrants faster than ever before. The BC Government is issuing work permits for select service and hospitality industry positions in British Columbia until 2010.

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Use Profesional Employment based that target, match and connect you directly with: 1) Work hiring managers and sponsor firms (the companies that hire the most foreign  workers and apply for  most work visas) 2) employment-based visa sponsorship jobs (the jobs that are available and offered for foreign nationals) Beat your competition to the jobs that are available for work visa sponsorship, targeted and proactive resume (CV) submissions to work sponsoring companies – to get considered for work sponsorship jobs first, before companies need to advertise them and your competition dramatically increases – start here employment

Hineni Media saves you months of your time and effort trying to continually research, find and manually apply to the companies that currently sponsor work visas – and – months of your time and effort having to continually search, find and individually apply to the jobs that are currently available for work sponsorship. * every year, up to 80% of all work visa  jobs and sponsorship positions are filled by proactive resume (CV) submissions/applications and connecting directly with work sponsor companies – to find and secure work  jobs, before companies need to advertise them on the open market.

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Canadian Living : Life : Work & Challanges

Immigration from your home birth country isn’t exactly easy. There are many challenges, both where you are and in the destination country, which can prevent you from getting where you want to be. Unless you understand the complexities and difficulties that lie ahead, it’s easy to be discouraged. Knowing what to expect, though, helps you prepare to handle the issues if they do arise. Immigration from thrid world country to first or developed nation a  isn’t exactly easy. There are many challenges, both where you are and in the destination country (Canada), which can prevent you from getting where you want to be. Unless you understand the complexities and difficulties that lie ahead, it’s easy to be discouraged. Knowing what to expect, though, helps you prepare to handle the issues if they do arise.
The first hurdle to jump in the immigration from your nation is meeting the requirements. If you want to immigrate to Canada, for example, you have to fall into one of a number of accepted categories, including areas such as employment, marriage and relatives.

Employment-based immigration can be challenging because of the specific requirements. Priority is given to immigrants of extraordinary ability, those highly qualified in academics or research, or those involved in multinational executive positions.  Most people don’t meet those requirements, though, so other categories become the available options. However, as you go further down the list of possible categories without fitting in one of them, the less likely it is that you will be allowed to immigrate. 

You can also immigrate from your country  based on family preference. However, waiting times for this type of arrangement can be very challenging. For example, brothers or sisters of Canadian citizens who want to immigrate to Canada  are currently on a 2 to 4 -year waiting list. 

Even marriage doesn’t guarantee immigration acceptance. Depending on where you married and how long you’ve been married, it can take several years to receive permission to immigrate. If the marriage took place in Dominican Republic, for example, the spouse must wait in Dominican Republic until a Residence card is granted.
The wait can be quite a strain, especially for a new marriage.

Many countries offer an immigration lottery. This is a method of randomly selecting applicants for immigration which is not quite working in Canada. Here again, though, difficulties arise. You must meet certain requirements to qualify for the lottery. Visas are also divided among regions based on how many immigrants already come from that region. This means that other areas of the world often take priority over your country in a lottery situation,most people inmmigrate from China, Paskintan and India.

Moving beyond legal issues, there are practical issues to consider when thinking of immigration from your country. Perhaps biggest among these is financial concern. Not only must you be able to afford physical travel to your destination country, you need to be able to support yourself while you go through the immigration process.

If you are immigrating because of employment, of course, you will have a source of income and that makes this part of the immigration situation easier. If you are immigrating for other reasons, there is no guarantee that a job awaits you when you arrive at your destination.

Finally, some destination countries aren’t especially welcoming to immigrants from underdevelop countries. So far Canada is not that bad but you may find that once you arrive where you want to be, you face discrimination. Choosing the right destination, such as the here in Canada, is therefore especially important.

While the list of challenges may be discouraging, don’t lose heart. These challenges are there for a reason, and even with all of these challenges to face, immigration from your country is a real possibility. Learn all that you can about the immigration process and policy and seek the help of immigration experts. With the right information and the right experts helping you, your chances of successfully immigrating from your country increase significantly.


Employment: foreign nationals in Canada

Be employed: foreign nationals in Canada

A new Home Office-backed website providing resources or materials about the rules for foreign nationals who want to work legally in the Canada has been live for a while.

The site will be a one-stop shop for foreign nationals and businesses who need to recruit them. It will set out the ways people can come to the Canada to work, including giving and publishing resources on applying for a work permit.

It will also give employers advice on preventing illegal work and reporting illegal workers. There is also clear and concise information available for legal representatives on immigration policy.     “Migrants make a significant economic contribution to Canada – they account for a per cent of the population but contribute 30 per cent of economy growing. It is in all Canadian goverment’s interests to harness the innovation, skills and productivity that new migrants can bring. Our Working in Canada website will help those who want to come and work here legally, as well as the employers who need them to fill jobs.

“As a key player in a global economy, we cannot afford to be anti-immigration, but we need a balanced approach – welcoming those who want to come here legally and contribute but cracking down on those who try to come illegally or try to abuse our asylum system.

“The Government will continue to encourage properly managed legal migration, whilst ensuring robust border controls and continuing to increase action to tackle illegal working.”


With unemployment at its highest point since the Great Depression, the need for career and job placement information within the community has vastly increased.  With this, comes a need for more resources; such as  Hineni Media Online Career Library.  I will try to offer you advice on other certain types of jobs or industries you can look into, and I’ll also try to answer any general questions you have on work-at-home offers you come across

Hineni Media Database  includes essential Canadian  industry information synthesized with specific, insider company reports which are of particular interest to students and professionals, normally available only by individual subscription. Hineni  empowers users with fresh, relevant knowledge about Canadian companies, careers and schools and provides the coherent context needed to identify valuable job and educational opportunities.

How  in Canada  can you  find job opportunities?

Networking:  Not for the shy or undermotivated. You need good interpersonal skills. It’s the number one method by which many graduates,undergraduate and university wide job seekers,  had found a job.

Advertised jobs

On-Campus Interviewing Programs,Online and print listings,  Career-field-focused job listing web sites, Career fairs / job fairs:
Lets employers find you. You apply for jobs that interest you but not every industry or type of job represented, on certain listings You need patience to navigate and read listings. As for the career fairs you need to make a good impression in person and look prepared. Do research as who will be in the fair in advance as you won’t be necessarily learning about every opportunity in each organization — you will be learning where the major hiring needs are.
Unadvertised jobs

Online databases, listings, career libraries:
Research sources that help you find potential employers. Very helpful if you are focusing on a particular industry. If you have no clue what type of industries you could work in, you’ll need to research and think about this. Because you’ll need to know the type of organizations with whom you could, or want to, work.
They can be helpful to find contacts for a geographically targeted job search. Specialty sites fill that niche.

A critical mistake many job-seekers make is not bothering to research potential employers, which is bad for several reasons. First, you should always research companies to help you decide if you even want to work at any of them; fit is such an important aspect of job enjoyment. Second, having information about the company can help you better prepare for the interview; the more you know about a company, the better you’ll understand all aspects of its operations. Third, you need to conduct some research on each company because you should expect the inevitable question from the interviewer: “What do you know about our company?” Sometimes it might be phrased as: “Why do you want to work for us?”

All job-seekers need to conduct research and develop critical information about each company — its products and services; key executives; new products, plants, or divisions; company culture; organizational structure; diversity and values; benefits; career paths; etc.

What’s the best source of company information? The company’s Website, of course! It’s absolutely amazing what you can find published on company Websites.

 Work-at-home jobs:
“Are there any legitimate work-at-home jobs for your field? if you are a registered nurse. Please investigated several advertisements. Some sites want money up front just to tell you where to look for a job. I would be very interested in any information or links that would assist me.  If you  have a background in management, med surgery, hospice and acute care. At this time, you coud  drive 40 km round-trip.”

OK, I can’t say this enough: Do not pay money up front to get a job. This is not how it works in the real world of employment. Requests for any money or personal information in e-mails or over the phone are scams, 99.9 percent of the time.
With a health care background, he says, she could get work answering medical questions from home via health help lines. Some insurance companies and nonprofits have these types of call centers, he says, including  Eli Lilly Canada Inc, Novopharm Limited, Bayer Inc’s Informed Health Line, the March of Dimes and the Arthritis Foundation.
In addition, a registered nurse could also look into coordinating home health care services, managing recruitment of nurses for medical facilities, writing training materials and protocols or developing safety compliance protocols.
The key is paring your expertise and skills with jobs that can be done from a home base, and then actively going out and finding companies that could be a fit. Please don’t wait for offers to show up in your e-mail box.

With the Hineni Database  members will possess all the tools necessary to prepare them for career success in Canada.  Additionally, the library will be provided with a one-stop shop for your career content.  Check out the demo link!

Source Hineni Media: Settlement & Integration Publications

I am a foreign national and want to work in Canada. What options do I have?

We have a nice publication “Working in Canada” by Hineni Media, which addresses most of the issues faced by foreign nationals working and residing in Canada, including samples of work permits, need to register with local authorities, solutions to handle customs issues and similar advice most helpful to foreign nationals in Canada.

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How to start an immigrant life in Canada

There important steps you need to take once you start living in Canada


Go to the nearest Social Security office and apply for a Social Security card. You will need to present your passport with the temporary green card stamp. The card will have your lifetime Social Security Number (SSN). Memorize this number because you will use it a lot for things like employment, a drivers license, paying taxes etc… Your card will arrive in a couple of of weeks.
Step 2 FIND A JOB.
Step 3 DRIVERS LICENSE (DL). Go to the nearest Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) office to obtain a drivers handbook, study it at home and if think you are ready, return to the DMV for the written exam. . Present your passport and a second form of identification (ex. birth certificate, SSN, etc…) to apply. There is also a fee you have to pay up front. Contact a driving school or study at home to prepare for the written test. You will first have to obtain a student permit by passing a written test. The student driver permit authorizes you to practice driving accompanied by a licensed driver. The next part is the actual road driving test. A DMV examiner will ride with you and grade your driving skills. If you pass, you will get your license in appropiate time. Check with your provincial DMV for more information.
Step 4 LEARN THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICE. While waiting or getting ready for your driving tests, your must learn the public transport service in your area. Bus or Train companies will mail you their bus schedules and maps upon request. Using public transport is a lot cheaper than owning a car. If you are job hunting, I suggest that you start looking for one close to bus or train stations.
Step 5 LIBRARY CARD. The library will have a lot of resources to help you started in your job hunting or research. A lot of companies post job requirements at libraries. Also check out posted resources for new immigrants, ex. free English or French as a Second Language (ESL) courses.  The library is also a great place to make new friends.
Step 6 CREDIT CARD. Credit is a big part of Canadian living. A good credit history will save you money in lower interests with important purchaces like a house or a car. As soon as you get a job, start applying for gas cards, department store cards or bank atm cards. Do not be discouraged if your application is denied. Put some time between applications because time at work is also a factor. Use your credit wisely. Credit card companies will give you a high credit limit to encourege you to spend and get into deep debt with them. Do not charge anything you cannot repay.
Step 7 CHECKING & SAVINGS ACCOUNT. Open checking and savings accounts with your nearest bank. Your checking account is for making payments, daily expenses, gas or entertainment. Religiously set aside an amount into your savings account to prepare for emergencies, for a down payment towards a car or home.
Important:  This information guide does not contain visa information. We recommend that you order one of our publishing material or  immigration guides listed for detailed Canada citizenship, PR Cards, self help immigration documents and Canada visa information.

Immigration to Canada: New Regulations

Immigration to Canada: New Regulations 

Under changes to the Immigration Act which went into effect on November 28, 2008, a skilled worker is only eligible to qualify and apply if:

a)      you or your spouse/partner have at least one year of continuous full-time paid work experience or the equivalent in part-time continuous employment in the last 10 years in one or more of the occupations listed below:
*NOC (National Occupational Classification Numbers) 

NOC 0111: Financial Managers

NOC 0213: Computer and Information Systems Managers

NOC 0311: Managers in Health Care

NOC 0631: Restaurant and Food Service Managers

NOC 0632: Accommodation Service Managers

NOC 0711: Construction Managers

NOC 1111: Financial Auditors and Accountants

NOC 2113: Geologists, Geochemists and Geophysicists

NOC 2143: Mining Engineers

NOC 2144: Geological Engineers

NOC 2145: Petroleum Engineers

NOC 3111: Specialist Physicians

NOC 3112: General Practitioners and Family Physicians

NOC 3141: Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists

NOC 3143: Occupational Therapists

NOC 3142: Physiotherapists

NOC 3151: Head Nurses and Supervisors

NOC 3152: Registered Nurses

NOC 3215: Medical Radiation Technologists

NOC 3233: Licensed Practical Nurses

NOC 4121: University Professors

NOC 4131: College and Other Vocational Instructors

NOC 6241: Chefs

NOC 6242: Cooks

NOC 7213: Contractors and Supervisors, Pipefitting Trades

NOC 7215: Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades

NOC 7217: Contractors and Supervisors, Heavy Construction Equipment Crews

NOC 7241: Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System)

NOC 7242: Industrial Electricians

NOC 7251: Plumbers

NOC 7252: Steamfitters, Pipe fitters and Sprinkler System Installers

NOC 7265: Welders and Related Machine Operators

NOC 7312: Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics

NOC 7371: Crane Operators

NOC 7372: Drillers and Blasters – Surface Mining, Quarrying and Construction

NOC 8221: Supervisors, Mining and Quarrying

NOC 8222: Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Service

NOC 9212: Supervisors, Petroleum, Gas and Chemical Processing Utilities


b)      You or your spouse/partner have a total pass mark of 67 in the six selection factors in the skilled worker points grid.  The six selection factors are:

1)     your education

2)     your abilities in English and/or French

3)     your work experience

4)     your age

5)     whether you have arranged employment in Canada

6)     your adaptability
If you qualify and are eligible to apply as a skilled worker according to the above criteria, you, your spouse and dependent children will receive visas for Permanent Residence to Canada in 6 to 12 months irrespective of your country of residence or where your application is filed.  No offer of permanent employment is required.  This is a major acceleration of processing times for skilled worker applications filed at the present time compared to processing times of applications filed  before February 27, 2008 which are taking 2-6 years. 

Under present regulations new skilled worker applications are first filed and assessed at a Central Processing Centre in Canada.

Important:  This information guide does not contain visa information. We recommend that you order one of our publishing materials or  immigration guides listed for detailed Canada citizenship, PR Cards, self help immigration documents and Canada visa information.