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Old Jan 12th 2013, 9:47 pm
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Hi All,

My first post, so please be gentle with me.

My wife and I have been discussing moving to Toronto since Christmas and I have started to do my research.

I think the application route we will take, is the professional skilled worker.

From what I understand, we must meet a minimum points requirement to move through the process?

Have the points system changed for 2013, and what is the best online tool to look at our suitability.

We both have 10+ years work experience and university degrees (wife - LLB & LPC-legal and I have BA Hons - Marketing & Business)

The only thing we cannot find, are jobs where salaries are indicated?

I'm sure we will have many more questions.
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PS we have both been to Toronto - GTA 5 times in the last 4 years.
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Old Jan 12th 2013, 10:33 pm
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Hi, and welcome to BE.

Yes, the points test is changing, see here for more info - http://gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2012/2.../reg2-eng.html So when you apply in May, this is the new score that will be applied.

For salaries you can look at any Canadian job site such as Monster, or try here - http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca/wag...ortOption=wage

HTH, good luck.

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Old Jan 12th 2013, 11:11 pm
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Another good one to try is indeed.ca http://www.indeed.com/salary/Canada.html

A salary indicator and indeed is good to review jobs are avaiable in your field and the area your looking at
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Sorry for the silly question. Does this mean I have to submit my paperwork to London in May ?

I did not realise that there was a deadline every year??

Please could someone clarify please.
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Originally Posted by Iceboy
Sorry for the silly question. Does this mean I have to submit my paperwork to London in May ?

I did not realise that there was a deadline every year??

Please could someone clarify please.
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As places will be limited you will need to get your paperwork in for the re-opening of the FSW visa stream on May 4th and your paperwork needs to go to Sydney in Canada not London.

Also bear in mind you will need to get your credentials checked, get police certificates, references from employers, sit the IELTS and fill in a whole host of forms. So if you are realistically considering a move to Canada you need to start researching and gathering your paperwork asap.

A good start is to check out the wiki, browse the forum and after all that if you have more questions then post a question and the forum members will be more than happy to help

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Old Jan 13th 2013, 8:02 am
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Thanks Mikeypm.

I had better get my act together. It was just, a friend told me that the paperwork gets submitted to Canadian Embassy in London or something similar.

Would anyone recommend an agency that can help and take the stress out of it?

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Originally Posted by Iceboy
Sorry for the silly question. Does this mean I have to submit my paperwork to London in May ?

I did not realise that there was a deadline every year??

Please could someone clarify please.
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Yes, as said above the program opens on 4th May. In the past there has been a quota but also a list of eligible occupations (only 29 - http://britishexpats.com/wiki/THE_LIST-Canada) so the quota took a while to fill as so few people were eligible to apply.

However, this years it's expected that there won't be an occupation list, meaning that pretty much anybody will be able to apply and those places (it's not been confirmed yet how many) will go incredibly quickly.

If you're serious about applying then start gathering your paperwork (book your IELTS as a priority as there is usually a couple of months wait for an exam slot) ready to apply on 4th May.

HTH.

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Originally Posted by Iceboy
Thanks Mikeypm.

I had better get my act together. It was just, a friend told me that the paperwork gets submitted to Canadian Embassy in London or something similar.

Would anyone recommend an agency that can help and take the stress out of it?

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Your friend was wrong, probably just out of date as applications to London stopped a few years ago. London will still be your visa office, but you must send it to Nova Scotia where it will be checked to make sure you're eligible, then once you've passed that first screening, they'll forward it to London for processing.

If you really need a consultant (most on the forum don't) then you can search for recently recommended ones. I'd suggest you download the application pack so you can understand the process and forms, and then see how you feel.

HTH.
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Your friend was wrong, probably just out of date as applications to London stopped a few years ago. London will still be your visa office, but you must send it to Nova Scotia where it will be checked to make sure you're eligible, then once you've passed that first screening, they'll forward it to London for processing.

If you really need a consultant (most on the forum don't) then you can search for recently recommended ones. I'd suggest you download the application pack so you can understand the process and forms, and then see how you feel.

HTH.
As christmassompa said most people do not use a consultant, I would say a consultant is more for peace of mind then anything. If you get stuck on any of the forms their will be plenty on the forum whom have filled the same form and can offer advice. In the big scheme of things its an expensive business when you start doing IELTS, police certificates, then if your application goes through application fees, medical fees, shipping goods out etc. It will all mount up and then if you add a consultant its more cost, but its your choice and what you feel comfortable with. As christmasoompa suggested print off the forms and see what you think?

Best get your thinking cap on though as you will need to confirm your address and travel for at least ten years or upto the age of 18 whatever comes first.

I have had about 16 addresses and my girlfriend about the same, addd to that myself and my girlfriend have frequently travelled means there will be some additional sheets with the application
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We used a consultant (based in Canada). They have done a great job. If you still feel you need one, send me a PM and I'll supply their information.

Would we use a consultant again? No... but we are more familiar with the paperwork/process now and this Forum, so would do it on a self application basis.

The process may initially seem daunting but, as mentioned above, if you are stumped with completing a particular form either the information is in the Canada Wiki, has been previously asked and can be searched for within the forum or, failing that, ask and people will help.

Good luck!

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Old Jan 23rd 2013, 9:57 pm
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Hi
Am I right in thinking that there is only one intake to Canada a year through the swilled workers route. I will be looking for work as a LD nurse and my hubby is a roofer. Although I will be trying to find emplyment as the main earner my hubby will work. Would we both need to take the IELTS test?

I was also thinking of finding a job before I apply, am I doing this the wrong way???

Iceboy, how are you getting on with paperwork?

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Originally Posted by Mikeypm
As places will be limited you will need to get your paperwork in for the re-opening of the FSW visa stream on May 4th and your paperwork needs to go to Sydney in Canada not London.

Also bear in mind you will need to get your credentials checked, get police certificates, references from employers, sit the IELTS and fill in a whole host of forms. So if you are realistically considering a move to Canada you need to start researching and gathering your paperwork asap.

A good start is to check out the wiki, browse the forum and after all that if you have more questions then post a question and the forum members will be more than happy to help
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