Good day. I'd like to ask for advice on what route my wife and I should take on going to British Columbia.
I looked at the CIC website and found three ways for us to go there.
1) Temporary work permit
2) Permanent resident as a skilled worker
3) Provincial nominee of BC under Strategic Occupations
I just passed the Philippine board exam for nurses. I have ZERO work experience. I have a job offer as a paid staff nurse at a secondary hospital here in the Philippines. My wife has been working for 1 year. Her profession is under Skill Level B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
I took the self-assessment test and found we earn enough points to qualify as a skilled worker.
My aunt lives in British Columbia. She is willing to help us out, let us stay with her, help us look for jobs.
My wife and I have relatives willing to lend money for proof of funds, payable in 3 years.
What route do you think we should take? Advice will be greatly appreciated.
Feb 17, '10
Have you read any of the threads in the Canadian Forum? There are hiring freezes in many provinces including BC. Experienced nurses are having a hard time finding jobs and many new locally produced new grads haven't found work. Employing IENs isn't a priority.
Feb 17, '10
Although jobs may be hard at the moment if you qualify for PR then I would take the extra time and go that route, currently I think it takes 12-24 months but current processing times will be on the Philippine Canadian website
Feb 17, '10
Yes I've been reading the threads.
Thanks for the advice Silverdragon102
Feb 18, '10
The funds for skilled worker immigration have to be your own savings you cannot borrow it! Check the CIC site please. It's the whole point that you can exist the first months on your own, what are you doing if you don't find a job fast enough (what is likely with that little experience you both have)? BC is in the cities expensive to live.
Feb 19, '10
Your plans, including borrowing money, sound similar to others I know who migrated to Canada, maybe that is supposed to be a secret, I don't know, but it seems reasonable to me that someone from a lower income country would not have the savings without the help of their family. As silverdragon said it could take awhile for your paperwork to be processed and if you add the processing of your CRNBC application and possible upgrading of your nursing education, it may be 3 years of longer before you are eligible to work in BC. In Canada, employers are unlikely to hire a nurse who graduated three years ago and never worked, so hopefully, you will find work and gain nursing experience before you come to Canada.
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