Visa Options

Old Oct 26th 2014, 3:09 am
  #1  
Forum Regular
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 66
El Supremo is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Visa Options

Hi,

I'm a 27 year old UK citizen and I plan on moving to Canada.

I'm a month or two away from qualifying as a solicitor and have 4 or so years' experience as a paralegal. My plan is to qualify and then make the move across the water.

I would prefer to live and work in Vancouver, Calgary or Toronto. Whether I work in law or outside of it I don't mind (I'm mindful of how difficult it is to re-qualify as a lawyer in Canada so may work as a paralegal, at least in the short term).

I undertsand that I would qualify for an IEC permit which would enable me to work for 12 months. I also understand that following 12 months of employment I would be eligible to apply for permanent residency via the Canada Experience Class visa and this would probably be my plan.

My questions are as follows:

1) assuming that I obtain an IEC permit can I visit Canada as a tourist, find work, and then re-enter using the IEC permit to work legally (thereby not wasting any of the 12 months permit looking for jobs)?

2) how long does the permanent residency application take? If it takes more than a few months would I be able to re-new my IEC permit at any time or would I have to wait until the exitsing one expires (if so, I'm assumg I would have to wait until the following round of applications which could leave me without a visa)?

3) would working as a paralegal qualify as eligible work for the purposes of the Canada Experience Class visa (the criteria isn't the clearest).

I'm sure I've forgotten to ask something but any help would be greatly appreciated - there's so much information on the internet about this it's all a bit bewildering.
El Supremo is offline  
Old Oct 26th 2014, 3:15 am
  #2  
SUPER MODERATOR
 
christmasoompa's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2007
Location: In a darkened room somewhere.............
Posts: 34,164
christmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Visa Options

Originally Posted by El Supremo
1) assuming that I obtain an IEC permit can I visit Canada as a tourist, find work, and then re-enter using the IEC permit to work legally (thereby not wasting any of the 12 months permit looking for jobs)?
Yes. If the CBSA officer allows you to (there have been instances where forum members haven't been allowed to do that).

Originally Posted by El Supremo
2) how long does the permanent residency application take? If it takes more than a few months
Currently at 13 months. Processing times: Permanent Residence — Economic classes But you're aware that the whole system is changing in January, to an Expression of Interest system, including the CEC?

Originally Posted by El Supremo
would I be able to re-new my IEC permit at any time or would I have to wait until the exitsing one expires (if so, I'm assumg I would have to wait until the following round of applications which could leave me without a visa)?
You can't renew it, no. So you'd have to get another one if you wanted to keep working, or look at other visa options such as your employer sponsoring you for PNP or LMIA.

Originally Posted by El Supremo
3) would working as a paralegal qualify as eligible work for the purposes of the Canada Experience Class visa (the criteria isn't the clearest).
The criteria tells you what skilled work experience means, you need to figure out which NOC Level the job comes under and see if it is classed as skilled. Determine your eligibility – Canadian Experience Class

HTH, good luck.
christmasoompa is offline  
Old Oct 26th 2014, 1:04 pm
  #3  
Forum Regular
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 66
El Supremo is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Visa Options

Originally Posted by christmasoompa
Yes. If the CBSA officer allows you to (there have been instances where forum members haven't been allowed to do that).



Currently at 13 months. Processing times: Permanent Residence — Economic classes But you're aware that the whole system is changing in January, to an Expression of Interest system, including the CEC?



You can't renew it, no. So you'd have to get another one if you wanted to keep working, or look at other visa options such as your employer sponsoring you for PNP or LMIA.



The criteria tells you what skilled work experience means, you need to figure out which NOC Level the job comes under and see if it is classed as skilled. Determine your eligibility – Canadian Experience Class

HTH, good luck.
Thanks for your help!

Regarding obtaining a second IEC permit I assume that I can make the application before the first expires but that it wouldn't be issued until the first permit expires?
El Supremo is offline  
Old Oct 26th 2014, 9:37 pm
  #4  
SUPER MODERATOR
 
christmasoompa's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2007
Location: In a darkened room somewhere.............
Posts: 34,164
christmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Visa Options

Originally Posted by El Supremo
Regarding obtaining a second IEC permit I assume that I can make the application before the first expires but that it wouldn't be issued until the first permit expires?
Exactly.

Good luck.
christmasoompa is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Contact Us - Manage Preferences - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Your Privacy Choices -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.