When Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada (CIMC) Minister Jason Kenney announced the details of the new Action Plan for Faster Immigration, which set new regulations for the Federal Skilled Worker program of Canadian immigration, the focus turned to a list of 38 qualifying occupations that determine a potential applicant’s eligibility to apply to immigrate under this program. However, there are two other ways to qualify as a Federal Skilled Worker that are not related to the 38 occupations at all.
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There is often confusion about whether or not an individual is eligible to apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, because their job title might differ from those listed in the announced 38 qualifying occupations. Job titles for a particular occupation can vary across different countries, different industries and even different employers, but the duties performed in the occupation are more important than the job title when it comes to determining eligibility. This month’s edition of our Newsletter highlights two of the 38 qualifying occupations—University Professors, and College and Other Vocational Instructors. A closer look at each occupation shows that there are more eligible applicants than the job titles initially suggest.
University Professors—according to its National Occupation Classification description, the everyday duties for this occupation include teaching one or more university subjects to undergraduate and graduate students, preparing and delivering lectures to students, conducting laboratory sessions or discussion groups, and preparing, administering and grading examinations, laboratory assignments and reports. Possible other duties include serving on faculty committees dealing with such matters as curriculum planning and degree requirements, and performing a variety of administrative duties.
While the above duties apply to university professors and department chairs, they may, depending on the circumstances, also apply to assistant or associate professors, visiting professors and university lecturers as well. All these job titles may be eligible under the Federal Skilled Worker category.
College and other Vocational Instructors—the National Occupation Classification defines College and Other Vocational Instructors as instructors who teach academic, vocational, technical and applied art subjects both in colleges and at the college level. Everyday duties include teaching students using a systematic plan of lectures, demonstrations, discussion groups, laboratory work, shop sessions, seminars, case studies, field assignments and independent or group projects. In addition, College and other Vocational Instructors develop curricula and courses, prepare, administer and mark student tests and papers, advise students on program curricula and career decisions, and provide individualized tutorial/remedial instructions, among other duties.
At first glance, this occupation seems to describe a narrow group of instructors at non-university post-secondary institutions, but other occupations may also fit the profile.
For example, an instructor that teaches English as a second language to adults may qualify under this occupation. In addition, an instructor who teaches students how to drive commercial vehicles may also qualify. Other potential applicants that may be considered under this occupation are company trainers and community-based trainers.
It is crucial for all potential immigrants to compare their job descriptions and duties to those of the 38 qualifying occupations—they might discover they qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker program even if their job titles say they don’t.
Find out if you qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker or any other Canadian immigration program.
Since 2001, the Yukon Territory has been the only Canadian Territory to have an immigrant Nominee Program in place. However, the Yukon now has company. On August 5, 2009, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada (CIMC) Minister Jason Kenney, along with his Territorial counterparts, announced the new Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP). This fast-track Canadian immigration program will enable the Northwest Territories to fulfill their labour market and community needs by welcoming more immigrants to settle and work in its principal city, Yellowknife and other areas of the Territories.
Applicants can qualify under two employer-driven categories: the Skilled Worker stream and the Critical Impact Worker stream, or under two business categories: the Entrepreneur and the Self-Employed.
Skilled Workers– Under this stream, an individual can be nominated by a Northwest Territories employer who is unable to fill a vacancy with a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident. The applicant must have a full-time, permanent job offer in a Skilled, Professional or Managerial occupation, as defined in the National Occupation Classification (NOC).The applicant must also have the necessary education and training required for the position, be able to communicate in the language of the workplace, and be accepted by the territorial body governing their profession or trade, if applicable.
Critical Impact Workers– Like the Skilled Worker stream, an applicant under the Critical Impact Worker stream requires a permanent, full-time job offer from a Northwest Territories employer who has been unable to hire a Canadian citizen or permanent resident for the position. However, this job offer must be in a semi-skilled hospitality or service industry position. Applicants under this stream must have worked in the Northwest Territories on a Temporary Work Permit in that same position for at least six months. They must be able to communicate in the language of the workplace, and have the necessary work experience for the job.
Applicants under both the Skilled Worker and the Critical Impact Worker streams cannot be refugee claimants. It is important to note that employers who wish to nominate individuals under the NTNP must demonstrate that the remuneration and working conditions of the employment they are offering correspond to local and national standards.
Entrepreneur Business-Individuals who wish to start or purchase a new or existing Northwest Territories business can immigrate under this category. They must meet a personal net worth requirement and invest a minimum amount in their planned business. This amount varies depending on whether the planned business is located in Yellowknife or elsewhere in the Northwest Territories.
Self-Employed Business– Under this category, an applicant must demonstrate that they have a profession or occupation that has been listed as a skill shortage in the Northwest Territories. They must have the necessary education and training for this profession as well as satisfy the requirements of the territorial body that governs their occupation. Applicants must submit a detailed business plan for the business or practice, and show awareness of the social, economic and environmental conditions of the Northwest Territories.
Under both of the Business categories, applicants must be able to communicate in one of the official languages of the Northwest Territories.
Upon receiving a Nomination Certificate from the Northwest Territories, nominees must submit their application to federal immigration authorities for approval and issuance of Permanent Resident visas. However, applicants with Nomination Certificates are processed on a priority basis at the federal level, ensuring that they receive their visas as quickly as possible.
This week, Nova Scotia announced that a new stream is being added to its Provincial Nomination Program (PNP), known as the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). Under the NSNP Non-Dependent Children of Nova Scotia Nominees stream, non-dependent children of people previously nominated by the province will be able to apply for fast-track Canadian immigration.
The goal of this new stream is to attract the non-dependent children of previous Nova Scotia nominees, to help the province fulfill its demographic and labour market needs.
“With an aging and declining population, we are committed to attracting even more immigrants to Nova Scotia. This new option is an important first step,” said Nova Scotia Immigration Minister Ramona Jannex.
Non-dependent children of Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents may qualify to immigrate if their parents immigrated to Canada under the NSNP, have resided in Nova Scotia for at least three months, and still reside in the province.
“This is a stream that opens up [an] avenue for families to reunite here in Nova Scotia and stay in Nova Scotia,” Jannex said.
Applicants must show the intention to permanently settle in Nova Scotia, and demonstrate that they will be able to integrate into the province’s labour market and economy. They must have been named on their parents’ Canadian immigration applications, and fulfill certain age, language, education and training requirements.
As well, applicants must either have a minimum of one year of full-time work experience in their field of studies within the last five years, or demonstrate that they have employment prospects in Nova Scotia.
Successful applicants will receive a Nomination Certificate from Nova Scotia, and must then submit their application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for federal approval of their application. CIC fast-tracks the processing of applications from provincial nominees.
“The pot calling the kettle black” is an expression, which refers to criticism that could equally apply to the critic. Interestingly, similar idioms can be found in more than 30 languages, across as many cultures and so we can assume that this particular human disposition is universal in nature. It most certainly applies to the people pulling the levers at Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).