Hey everyone. This is my first time here and my first time posting so please bear with me on this one. I have recently been entertaining the thought of applying to Canada on a Immigrant Visa. I have asked around and have attended a seminar in the past month from an Immigration Assistance Agency--Pinoy Care to be more specific. But going through some of the threads here, it seems as though there has been a lot of problems posted in relation to that Agency. I don't know how authentic they are in the Immigration Business because it has only been a year or two since they started operating here in Dagupan.
The truth of the matter is, I am having a real hard time deciding whether I should go with an Agency or not. The thing is, when I inquired whether or not I qualify for the Skilled Worker Program they told me I did but when I did my self assessment (point system based on the criteria I found in CIC) it seemed as though I don't.
So I'm totally lost. Do I qualify or not?? And how will I know if I do qualify once i decide to apply for the visa myself? I don't want to start the application process without any actual confirmation that I do qualify otherwise I'll just get my application turned down.
Here's how I got to my conclusion about not really reaching the 67pt. quota: (If I got anything wrong, please do help me..XD)
I'm a Registered Nurse, graduate of BSN march of 2009, took the board Nov of same year.
Education :22 pts (Based on what the Agency told me I qualified for)
Age: 10 pts (I'm 23 y/o)
Work Experience: 17 pts?
(This is another part I'm puzzled with..I have been working as a Community Health Nurse for 1 yr, full time giving me the least score of 15. According to the Agency the 3 yrs <1 yr full time & 2 yrs on call basis> that I have been a Volunteer Member of the Philippine Red Cross qualifies given that it is an NGO and doesn't really give salaries. Given that it overlapped with my 1 year community Nursing job, I could roughly get around 3 yrs. work experience...around 19 pts. But I'm really not sure if the Canadian Embassy would honor my Red Cross Certification. Plus I have 3 months paid Hospital work and 6 mos Volunteer Hospital work, both of which also overlapped with my Red Cross Volunteer Work. In all, I actually don't know how many points I can get for my Work Experience. So please enlighten me..XD)
Language: 14 ( I haven't actually taken my exam so I'm assuming I can at least get 14 for that one)
Adaptability: -- (No Immediate relatives and is still single, plus no work waiting for me there)
Total: 61-65 pts still 2 points short of the minimun 67 pts
Please someone tell me, based on my qualifications, do I even qualify? If I do, there's a very big possibility I'd go with processing the application myself..any views or advise?
Big thanks to anyone who can help..XD