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Older couple looking to move - challenging

Older couple looking to move - challenging

Old Jul 31st 2017, 8:03 am
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This is my first post so Hi everyone!

My wife and I live in the UK and have our hearts set on moving to Calgary, we are very early on in the immigration process and so far we have found it somewhat challenging to find a route to follow our dream. I hope we can find some advice and help here.

A little bit about us:
I'm 56 and my wife is 50, both of us are in good health and neither of us have a degree. I have worked in information security for the last 16 years with some senior positions within well known companies. My wife has also worked in the same industry as a consultant. We have also run our own consultancy company in the past. Information/cyber security is a growing sector and according to every industry report you see there is a global shortage of experienced and/or qualified practitioners.

Due to our age and lack of further education we are not scoring very highly on the points system. As far as we can see we may have some options open to us but I'd appreciate any feedback from the BE collective.

Option 1 - Get my CV out there and network like hell to try and find a company that will 'sponsor' me. We have a good friend in Calgary who also works in this field and will help with introductions.

Option 2 - Company transfer. The organisation I currently work for does have a presence in Toronto. The nature of my role means I could work remotely from Calgary but I'm unclear whether Immigration would approve this due to the fact that I am not in the office. My company does have a global presence and will assist employees in transferring if required.

Option 3 - We could start our own information security consultancy. However, to start a business it seems we would require the backing of an approved venture capital or business angel company. The minimum investments for those are $200k and $75k respectively. Due to the nature of the business we would not require capital investment but general business advice and mentoring would be useful and welcome. I've looked into the types of businesses they usually support and they tend to be tech orientated such as an app for a specific market sector which leads me to believe they probably would not support our business idea.

Option 4 - Retirement. We are fortunate enough that we could retire if we moved to Calgary. We would have cash assets of about $1.2m CAN from the sale of our house and savings etc. We anticipate we would spend about half this amount on a house. We are also both in receipt of pensions from our careers in the police and will be completely self-sufficient from a financial perspective. I cannot find anything on the immigration website relating to retirement, can anyone shed any light on this?

Thanks in advance and apologies for a lengthy first post!
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Old Jul 31st 2017, 12:21 pm
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Hello and welcome to BE!

Othes will be along to offer help, but from a quick glance I would suggest that an intra company transfer - provided you met the requirements - may well be the way to go. You could base yourself in Toronto initially whilst the process of PR is underway (provided you met the requirements) and then move to Calgary and work remotely once you have PR.

You can read a bit more about it here: Intra-Company Transfer-Canada : British Expat Wiki and hopefully EngineerAbroad or one of the other members who has gone down this route will be able to offer you advice.

Have you used the 'Come to Canada' wizard and then the CRS score, to see if you might qualify for Express Entry? Bear in mind that if you were successful in a company transfer, you could get additional points after working in Canada for a year and could potentially apply under Canadian Experience Class.

You could, of course, try coming over for a recce and see if there are any companies willing to sponsor you for an LMIA or possibly Provincial Nomination. As your profession is quite specialised, you may have some takers, you never know!

Edited to add, there is no 'retired' option, I'm afraid.

Best of luck!


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Thanks Siouxie, that's a great help.
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ohhhh, I am being named dropped already .

Intra-company transfers are a good way to go if you qualify. From what you say you would likely meet either the criteria for specialized knowledge or senior manager.
International Mobility Program: Canadian interests – Significant benefit – Intra-company transferees [R205(a)] (exemption code C12)

It should be noted that they are not permanent and you would still be in Canada as a TFW (usually on a 3 year work permit). This can act as a launch pad to PR but you will still need sufficient points to qualify. This could come either from additional Canadian work experience points or via your company doing a PR only LMIA request (they could also do this now to support your LMIA and lift your points). Employee work permits are typically tied to a single employer and location (although your company can request you be allowed to work at multiple locations).

In addition, for ICT SK category the rules state "ICT Specialized Knowledge workers must be clearly employed by, and under the direct and continuous supervision of, the host company" you may struggle to meet this requirement if you are working remotely. If you are interested in this route then may be worth considering living in GTO for at least 1 to 2 years to get PR and then move out West.

I would start by running hypothetical scenarios through the CRS points system and see if you would have enough points given a few years of Canadian experience or with an LMIA job offer.
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