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Questions on new system for independents

Questions on new system for independents

Old Jan 20th 2002, 8:48 am
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R. Petrov
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Hello -

Could somebody advise me on how the following work under the new system. I would
especially appreciate Mr. Andrew Miller's comments.

1. How is the working experience counted: as of the time when the application is
filed, or as of the time when the application is being considered (or the
candidate interviewed), or as of the expected time of landing in Canada?

2. I understand that multiple occupations may count towards the years of work
experience. Could half-time work also be counted for a portion of that time, for
example teaching/research done while doing a degree?

3. What is the role of the interview now? Previously, some points were allocated for
the interview, that doesn't seem to be the case any more. Is the purpose of it now
to verify the facts in the application? If the application itself contains
sufficient backing materials, can one expect that the interview will be waived?

Thanks,

R. Petrov

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Old Jan 20th 2002, 9:29 am
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1. All facts, including work experience are assessed as they are at the time of
application submission.

2. It is not clear yet how part-time work experience will be converted into full-time
work equivalent, but one can assume that we will have to use 37.5 hours as a full
time work week. Regulations clearly state that you cannot count overtime or
multiple jobs in the same time period as longer work experience than such period,
but it is not really defined there how to count part-time work. Logic dictates to
just divide the total number of hours worked by 37.5 to get the number of weeks
representing equivalent of full time work, but we need to wait for Immigration
Manual to be sure that it will be like that.

3. The role of the interview will remain the same, except awarding points for
personal suitability. Verification of documents, clarification of facts,
assessment of language skills if no formal assessment is provided, etc. are just
few things to be checked at the interview, as they are under the old rules. But it
seems that new rules are designed to process most applications without the
interview if possible. So, interviews will be just exceptions, not the rule.

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