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
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
49. Early childhood educators and assistants
50. Translators, terminologists and interpreters
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