Wednesday, December 24, 2008
For each and every reader who is on the same unpredictable journey to a new life in Canada, God bless you and grant you patience and favor in your application. I hope you will include my situation in your prayers as well. This is a season of miracles after all - but it's important to ask God for the things we most desire and include him, recognizing He is in charge.
In this season of miracles, I'm believing in one for me and one for you too.
Merry Christmas to all!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
On November 29th, the Harper government unveiled it's first attempt to solve the immigration backlog in it's focus on the skilled worker class. The solution? A list of preferred professions. If you are applying to Canada in the SW class and don't have one of these jobs in your professional background, the Harper government wont even look at your application.
Did you make the cut?
- Financial Managers
- Computer and Information Systems Managers
- Managers in Health Care
- Restaurant and Food Service Managers
- Accommodation Service Managers
- Construction Managers
- Financial Auditors and Accountants
- Geologists, Geochemists and Geophysicists
- Mining Engineers
- Geological Engineers
- Petroleum Engineers
- Specialist Physicians
- General Practitioners and Family Physicians
- Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists
- Occupational Therapists
- Head Nurses and Supervisors
- Registered Nurses
- Medical Radiation Technologists
- Licensed Practical Nurses
- University Professors
- 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)
- Industrial Electricians
- Steamfitters, Pipefitters and Sprinkler System Installers
- Welders and Related Machine Operators
- Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
- Crane Operators
- 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
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Positive immigration reform? It may be closer than you think.
Saturday, December 06, 2008
On the positive side, Harper's minority government wont have the opportunity to do more damage to the current immigration policies than he has done already. You could imagine that with the economy in trouble as it is across Canada that immigrants would be an easy target, and the reduction of numbers allowed in, barriers to entry, pace of the application process could all be easy targets.
Also on the positive side: the attempt to form a coalition government (even though it was done as the result of a hissy-fit by Dion and Layton) is a clear indicator that Harper's days in power are numbered (around 42, I believe). One way or another, he's going to lose most, if not all the power he currently wields. Chances are that his poor record on immigration management and poor policy choices in this area will get the attention of some opposition Ministers - and perhaps enough to reverse the course that has led to policies ripe with opportunity for abuse without checks and balances.