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Special to the Filipino Reporter

It was only a few months ago that the Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker Category was announced and listed 200 occupations in demand in Canada that did not require a job offer to qualify.

Unfortunately, that program was restricted to only 250 applicants and it is now closed.

However, Canada Immigration has just announced a new program that is effective March 2014 and which does not appear to have a designated quota.

It should be noted that the government reserves the right to close the program at any time and without notice.

Under the new program applicants must be willing to relocate to Canada and become permanent residents.

THE PROGRAM IS NOT FOR EMPLOYMENT.

THE PROGRAM IS NOT A RECRUITMENT FOR JOBS AND IS FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO IMMIGRATE TO CANADA ONLY.

The program requirements are:

1. Applicant must be between the ages of 21 and 55.

2. Applicants do not require an offer of employment or job offer.

3. Applicants must have completed high school and obtained a certificate or degree of at least one year after high school.

4. Applicants do not require to have a relative living in Canada.

5. Applicants must have “medium” proficiency in the English language. Applicants do not need to be fluent in English or French

6. Applicants are able to include their spouse, partner and dependent

7. Must have a minimum of two years of work experience in the last five years to apply. The work experience must be in one of the following 25 occupations:

* Systems Testing Technicians

* Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists & Technicians

* Registered Nurses

* Head Nurses and Supervisors

* Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians

* Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians

* Managers in Health Care

* Computer Engineers

* Licensed Practical Nurses

* Electrical and Electronics Engineers

* Mechanical Engineers

* User Support Technicians

* Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers

* Specialist Physicians

* General Practitioners and Family Physicians

* Financial Auditors and Accountants

* Software Engineers and Designers

* Medical Laboratory Technologists and Pathologists’ Assistants

* Insurance Adjusters and Claims Examiners

* Information Systems Analysts and Consultants

* Welders

* Machinists

* Industrial Electricians

* Steamfitters/Pipefitters

* Sheet Metal Workers

The program is underway with intake to commence immediately.

PLEASE KEEP THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT POINTS IN MIND:

1. Applicants seeking to relocate to Canada for a job placement should not apply.

2. Applicants who do not fulfill ALL the above requirements should not apply.

3. Due to volume of applicants, phone calls are not entertained.

4. Only qualified applicants will receive feedback.

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Atty. Henry Moyal is a certified and licensed immigration lawyer in Toronto, Ontario.

The above article is general advice only and is not intended to act as a legal document.

For a free assessment visit www.moyal.com

Send questions to him by e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call toll-free at: 1-888-847-2078.

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