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Old Feb 10th 2009, 7:53 am
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Have had an offer of a job as a bricklayer in ontario. The lawyer im using has advised me that they cannot go ahead with getting the LMO as they had to contact the local bricklayers union and they replied that due to the economic situation they cannot give a positive concurrence with is needed, as many people are currenyly looking for jobs.

is there anyway around this? what other options are there...very distreesed!
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Have had an offer of a job as a bricklayer in ontario. The lawyer im using has advised me that they cannot go ahead with getting the LMO as they had to contact the local bricklayers union and they replied that due to the economic situation they cannot give a positive concurrence with is needed, as many people are currenyly looking for jobs.

is there anyway around this? what other options are there...very distreesed!
Hi,

Why did they need to contact the local union? That is something I have never heard of! The only place the LMO application needs to be sent is to HRSDC, and they are the only ones that can approve it or reject it.

But I guess with the current economic climate in Canada and the huge number of job losses, there must be plenty of Canadian brickies out of work? So perhaps that's why they had to check with the union? The only thing to possibly console you is that if the union have said no, it was very likely that the LMO wouldn't have been granted anyway as a Canadian could have been found to do the job.

I can't suggest anything I'm afraid other than to keep your chin up and get job hunting again. Best of luck.
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Hi 1984 Brit

My husband couldn't get an LMO for a job he was offered at the end of last year. It was quite a specialised role but think the current economic climate and being more strict with LMOs meant we couldn't get one.

We have actually applied for a BUNAC Work Canada visa (www.bunac.org/uk/workcanada) - it's only 12 months but at least if we get it, we can get out there soon. The company are hopefully going to hold a job open for my husband.

By the looks of your ID, you are under 30 which is the main stipulation for the BUNAC visa.

We also think we are eligible for PR under the new regs so have applied for that and if we get that, we could stay in Canada long term.

We were disappointed when LMO was refused but have found 2 options which we hope will give us the chance to get out to Canada (even if only for a year)

Hope this info helps!

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Thanks that looks intresting.

I am under 30 but have not been a student for a number of years so am wondering if I am elegible?

Also can you apply from within Canada?

any info would be great
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Hi

You don't need to be a student. There are also non-student BUNAC visas. My husband and I are both 29 so not been students for ages!

The first step is to reserve a place on the program. I think there are still spaces(there are only a certain number per year). It is about £200 to reserve a place and they will send you out a pack.

You need to get police checks from any country you have lived in, references and a few other things e.g. passport photos and fill in application. I have to have a medical as work as a teacher but you won't need one if you are a bricklayer.

Once you have your police checks and filled in forms, you send them back to BUNAC and they send onto the HIgh Commission and shoudl issue you a visa in about 6 weeks.

There could be problems if you have criminal convictions etc so read the terms and conditions. BUNAC visas are valid for 12months from date you enter the country and you can do any job and can do same job for whole 12 months.

Hope this helps- check out the website for more info
www.bunac.org/uk/workcanada

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Thanks lucy thats great news.

im in canada at the moment, just trying to find out if i can do it from here or have to return
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sorry forgot to answer that question.

They have recently changed the rules about being out of the country when applying for a BUNAC visa. See below


I am currently in Australia on the Working Holiday Maker’s visa can I apply?
So long as your habitual home is the UK which means you have not resided outside the UK for more than 4 consecutive years.

I think you can apply if you are in canada but you would need to check we BUNAC- give them a call tomorrow, they are always friendly and helpful.

You would need to leave Canada and re-enter to validate your visa if you are planning to stay in Canada for the application process.

Good luck with it all!
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thanks lucy, good luck also.
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Is it then possible to apply for PR as a skilled worker from inside Canada once you have the BUNAC visa?
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Yes you can but your profession needs to be on the list of 38 occupations
Check here:
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigra...structions.asp

There is some uncertainty whether you need an LMO for the option of PR with arranged employment. They ask for an AEO (Arranged Employment Offer) but this is usually when you apply outside Canada.

As my job is on the list of 38, we have applied for PR through my job as didn't want to risk having to get a positive LMO for my husband's job.

It's a bit of a minefield especially as the PR system only been in place since NOv 08.

Best to look through all the info on www.cic.gc.ca and see if you are eligible

Hope this is helpful

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Yes you can but your profession needs to be on the list of 38 occupations
Check here:
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigra...structions.asp

There is some uncertainty whether you need an LMO for the option of PR with arranged employment. They ask for an AEO (Arranged Employment Offer) but this is usually when you apply outside Canada.

As my job is on the list of 38, we have applied for PR through my job as didn't want to risk having to get a positive LMO for my husband's job.

It's a bit of a minefield especially as the PR system only been in place since NOv 08.

Best to look through all the info on www.cic.gc.ca and see if you are eligible

Hope this is helpful

Lucy
Just to add if you get a job early on and the company is willing to offer you a permanent position and then applies for an AEO for you, you can then submit a skilled worker application with arranged employment.

You have to do this quickly though as you don't want the BUNAC work permit to run out before PR comes through.
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