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Old Jan 19th 2012, 7:39 pm
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Hi everyone - we're looking for a bit of advice.
We are in the early stages of looking into immigration to Canada (specifically Ontario) under the skilled workers visa.
Matt was a carpenter for over 10 years (although he is now studying at university) and we think we would be able to be approved on his carpentry skills...however, the 29 skilled jobs on the current list does include carpentry, although this is at a supervisor/business owner level.
In a previous job, Matt was a supervisor - however we have very little proof of this (nothing written on pay slips etc) and we were wondering what sort of proof the immigration office ask for to prove your skill. This is especially important as Matt left on relatively bad terms with this particular employer (went to work for the competition!) and we highly doubt they would be willing to write anything to support our statement that he was working at a supervisor level.
Any help or advice with this would be very much appreciated!
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Old Jan 19th 2012, 8:03 pm
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Originally Posted by jadeandmatt
Hi everyone - we're looking for a bit of advice.
We are in the early stages of looking into immigration to Canada (specifically Ontario) under the skilled workers visa.
Matt was a carpenter for over 10 years (although he is now studying at university) and we think we would be able to be approved on his carpentry skills...however, the 29 skilled jobs on the current list does include carpentry, although this is at a supervisor/business owner level.
In a previous job, Matt was a supervisor - however we have very little proof of this (nothing written on pay slips etc) and we were wondering what sort of proof the immigration office ask for to prove your skill. This is especially important as Matt left on relatively bad terms with this particular employer (went to work for the competition!) and we highly doubt they would be willing to write anything to support our statement that he was working at a supervisor level.
Any help or advice with this would be very much appreciated!
Thanks

Jade & Matt
Hi, and welcome to BE.

You are correct, to qualify as a FSW Matt must have worked as a supervisor, or owned his own carpentry business with employees. Unfortunately, he would have to back up his application with proof - if you look at the document checklist for FSW applications, it'll tell you exactly what is required, but it's things like an employment ref (outlining the duties he did), payslips, an employment contract (again, with duties), etc.

The main thing is that he'll have to prove he did most of the 'main duties' listed under the NOC code, otherwise his application will be rejected. Unfortunately, I can't think of any easy way to do that from what you've said, the only other possible option I can think of is references from clients together with any other proof (business card with his title on showing he was a supervisor/manager, notorised letters from the people he supervised, etc)?

Best of luck with it.
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From experience yes, you need proof otherwise you will be rejected. If you cannot get proof, an alternative might be to find a job first with an LMO/TWP thereby entering as a temporary resident, and applying for your PR later.
Once you have worked for a year you get extra points and after two years you can apply via the Canadian experience class.
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