Dear Miss Powell,
I would like some advice from you on the best approach to take to emigrate to Canada. I have been looking into the possibility of doing so for some time now. My research has revealed that I would be qualified under the professional listing of College and other vocational instructor. I also discovered that to go this route I would have to secure employment in Canada, but this has proven to be a challenge so far. I had also looked at the possibility of entering as a student, but again that would mean finding funding, which is a challenge for me right now. Is it possible for you to offer some guidance to me as to where I possibly could find a job or a scholarship to assist with the process of emigrating to Canada?
Thanks for taking the time to respond. I am looking forward to hearing from you.
You seem to have done extensive research on ways to emigrate to Canada and your findings are correct. In order to make an application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to obtain a work permit, you would first need to have an offer of employment in Canada. Some commonly used search sites for employment in Canada are www.workopolis.com, www.jobbank.gc.ca and www.monster.ca. There are also registered and reputable employment agencies that can provide some guidance based on your work experience. Most agencies do not charge individuals a fee to accept their résumé, but charge the employer a fee to locate suitable workers. Do some research on the agencies or seek legal advice before submitting your documents to them if you have concerns.
You should also note that many companies and organisations will also post employment opportunities directly on their websites. Since you are qualified as a college instructor, you may wish to check the websites of the various Canadian colleges and universities for job postings and apply directly to them.
Please note that lawyers are not employment agencies and generally do not take on the role as such. However, from time to time, employers contact their lawyers to prepare employment contacts after they have found suitable employees and may instruct them to submit documents directly to the prospective employee on their behalf. You may consider consulting with a lawyer after you have received a job offer to review the job offer and employment contract, or to act on your behalf to prepare the necessary documentation for your application to CIC.
Regarding your question about student permit, you must be accepted to a Canadian college or university before you can submit an immigration application.
Since you have limited resources, you should consider contacting the financial aid office at the college or university you wish to attend and ask about available options. From time to time, the Canadian International Development Agency offers fellowships and scholarships. You may want to contact them to see if you qualify and make an application for funding.
You should also note that in some cases, individuals visiting Canada on a study permit are also permitted to hold work permits that allow them to work on or off campus. This depends on the college or university you attend and the programme you are completing. This particular work permit allows you to work up to 20 hours per week while studying. It is important to note that work permits for students do not guarantee that you will find employment. You will be responsible for finding your own job. Don't forget that with a study permit, your studies will be considered to be the main reason that you are in Canada and so you must maintain your full-time status as a student and you must continue to perform well academically.
Deidre S. Powell is a lawyer, mediator and notary public who is a member of the Jamaican and Ontario, Canada, bars, with main office located in Ottawa, Ontario. Her areas of practice are in immigration, real estate, personal injury, family and administration of estates. NB: The information herein does not create an attorney-client relationship and is for information purposes only. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject line: Immigration.