• Canada’s last call for immigrants


    Filipinos discovered Canada more than 400 years after the United States.

    Yet the Filipino Canadian community is now just second to the US in terms of permanent residents contributing to the country’s foreign exchange reserves, strengthening the peso, keeping the Philippine economy robust and saving the government from being called to task for failure to generate employment—a main factor pushing close to 5,000 Filipinos daily to seek employment overseas.

    There are an estimated 4 million Filipinos in the US in 2010 accumulated through the waves of migration: from the galleon trade Filipino seafarers, to the student pensionados during the Commonwealth period, the war veterans of World War II and the professionals before and after 1965.

    On the other hand, the Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines Neil Reeder expects Filipinos in Canada to reach the million mark by 2025. And Filipinos only started migrating to the other North American nation in significant numbers sometime in the 1930s, just a fraction over 70 years ago.

    With the flow of employment-based immigrants to the United States backlogged and the stream of Family-sponsored applicants stuck in the Visa Expressway, Canada is the most viable and welcoming destination for skilled workers, professionals and entrepreneurs.

    Priority Occupations: Canada Wants You
    Canada just recently published the last list of priority occupations before the country launches a new migration admission scheme, the Express Entry program. Under the current Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) those with at least one-year experience in any of the 50 occupations listed (see below) are eligible to apply for permanent residency if they get 67 points based on age, education, experience and English proficiency. No job offer required.

    Starting January 2015, those intending to migrate to Canada will be admitted based on factors and points assigned. However, selection and invitation shall be from applicants with the highest scores to the lowest—with 67 points expected to be the minimum.

    Like New Zealand’s Expression of Interest program, however, those meeting the minimum points only will see their applications languish and stagnate in the visa selection pool.

    The same is true with Australia.

    Applicants for Skilled Migration must submit their online expressions of interest to migrate through SkillSelect, provided they meet the 60 points minimum, including scores for English proficiency as well as a positive assessment from the occupation-specific organization authorized to evaluate their credentials.

    The UK has a Points-based system in place. The US is toying with the idea to select the occupations they need instead of getting low-skilled immigrants coming in through family migration.

    So, if your occupation is on Canada’s last list of priority occupations, and migrating to the country sharing border with the US is contemplated, get your complete applications submitted soonest. There is a quota of 1,000 per occupation, an overall cap of 25,000 worldwide.

    1. Senior managers—financial, communications and other business services

    2. Senior managers—trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c

    3. Financial manager

    4. Human resources managers

    5. Purchasing managers

    6. Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers

    7. Managers in health care

    8. Construction managers

    9. Home building and renovation managers

    10. Managers in natural resources production and fishing

    11. Manufacturing managers

    12. Financial auditors and accountants

    13. Financial and investment analysts

    14. Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers

    15. Other financial officers

    16. Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations

    17. Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers

    18. Property administrators

    19. Geoscientists and oceanographers

    20. Civil engineers

    21. Mechanical engineers

    22. Electrical and electronics engineers

    23. Petroleum engineers

    24. Information systems analysts and consultants

    25. Database analysts and data administrators

    26. Software engineers and designers

    27. Computer programmers and interactive media developers

    28. Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians

    29. Construction estimators

    30. Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians

    31. Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics

    32. Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety

    33. Computer network technicians

    34. Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors

    35. Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses

    36. Specialist physicians

    37. General practitioners and family physicians

    38. Dietitians and nutritionists

    39. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists

    40. Physiotherapists

    41. Occupational therapists

    42. Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists

    43.Medical radiation technologists

    44. Medical sonographers

    45. Licensed practical nurses

    46. Paramedical occupations

    47. University professors and lecturers

    48. Psychologists

    49. Early childhood educators and assistants

    50. Translators, terminologists and interpreters

    As a service to our readers, you may email your complete and updated resume to options@visacenter.org for a free assessment of your eligibility to apply and qualify.


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    1. Yes, Canada is a land of opportunity for those who are honest, hard worker, trustworthy, efficient, patient, and in general good persons.

      However, the Philippines should be EMBARRASSED of its reliance to OFW REMITTANCES. The OFW has moral obligations to financially support Canada. Not just TAKE, TAKE ABD TAKE!

      Do not be Ganid, GREEDY.

    2. good day ! Im a respiratory therapist here in the Philippines and i read in the news paper that your country is having a final call for aspiring immigrants in canada. i am working as an RT for 11 years . my duties are extracting arterial blood gas, P.F.T Pulmonary function test,O2 therapy etc. Im 38 years old, married and i have 3 children. i hope i can get the job and live in canada . and i have relatives in canada. im looking forward to this application and probably it can change my status in life.its hard to find a better job here in the philippines. thanks to you i have a chance to work in canada . more power and god bless.

    3. Mary Margareth Reyes on

      I am interested to apply in this matter, I want to know how can I process or get a job to go to Canada.

      Thank you very much.
      Hope to hear from you.

      Mary Margareth Reyes