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Immigration news round-up – October 2015

This month, Australia has recently launched a work and holiday arrangement with the People’s Republic of China and a new online visa label system. In Canada, there’s a mixed bag of news – from holds on some visa schemes to increased thresholds for other schemes. With all these changes, you could benefit from some Canadian visa advice – see who can help.

Plus in New Zealand there’s great news for overseas agricultural workers seeking seasonal work, plus some handy information about what you can and can’t bring into the country.

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Australia

Work and Holiday arrangement with the People’s Republic of China now live

As of 21 September 2015, up to 5,000 educated young Chinese nationals per year will be able to take advantage of the Work and Holiday visa arrangement between Australia and the People’s Republic of China.

The visa allows young Chinese nationals to have an extended holiday of up to 12 months in Australia, where they can undertake short-term work or study.

If you’re a Chinese national visit the Australian Embassy Beijing website to see if you’re eligible. Or find out more about Australia’s working holiday visa scheme.

Electronic visa record replaces passport labels

Traditionally when you received your Australian visa, a label was fixed into your passport. However, from 1 September 2015, you’re no longer able to request and pay for a visa label.

Instead, you access your visa record through the free Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) service. When you scan your passport at the airport, it’s linked automatically to this service and will let passport officials know your visa status.

This change reflects the Australian Government’s agenda to make their services more accessible and convenient to their clients through the provision of secure online services. VEVO is also efficient, reliable and provides real-time information about your visa.

This demonstrates Australia’s commitment to a overhauled, more streamlined and efficient visa system. More information is available at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

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Canada

Fast track your move to Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia, on Canada’s east coast, has just announced they will be able to fast track another 300 migrant workers who qualify under the express entry visa scheme that’s aimed at skilled workers.

It also means that Nova Scotia can nominate a total of 1,350 immigrants in 2015 under their provincial nominee program – almost double the previously allowed 700.

Nova Scotia remains a popular choice for skilled workers. In 2014, 2,670 newcomers settled in Nova Scotia – more people than have ever arrived in the past 10 years. Nova Scotia clearly offers a lot to would-be Canadians too – Statistics Canada show a retention rate of 71 per cent for immigrants that landed in Nova Scotia between 2007 and 2011.

If you’d like to take advantage of this fast track entry to Nova Scotia, take a look at some job opportunities – having a Canadian job offer may help your visa application. Or find out more about Nova Scotia’s nominee program.

Alberta and British Columbia release updates to their Provincial Nominee Programs

Canadian provinces manage their own visa schemes, called Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP). They all have their own rules, requirements and application thresholds. Alberta and British Columbia have both released updates to their programs:

Alberta

Due to a 10,000-application backlog, no new applications will be accepted to the Alberta Immigration Nominee Program until January 2016. However, if you’re interested in moving to Alberta, you can still apply through Canada’s express entry visa scheme.

British Columbia

Applications to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) Skills Immigration stream and Express Entry stream have been put on hold until early 2016, due to application thresholds being met.

However, the Health Care Professional, Northeast Pilot Project and Entrepreneur Immigration streams will continue to accept applications.

Find out more about the BCPNP.

Skill shortages felt across Canada

A new survey by CareerBuilder.ca shows the impact of skill shortages on Canadian businesses:

  • 29% of survey respondents (almost three in 10 employers) have jobs that have been unfilled for 12 weeks or longer.
  • Three quarters of those respondents say this has negatively impacted upon their companies.
  • 31% of respondents said that un-fillable job openings lead to work not getting done – with 22% saying their companies are losing revenue.

With Canadian businesses feeling the pinch of a lack of skilled workers, this may be good news for skilled workers wanting to move to Canada – watch this space.

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New Zealand

Overseas agricultural contractors able to work easier in NZ

By 1 June 2016, seasonal workers from overseas could find it easier to temporarily work and live in New Zealand. A new visa deal means that rural contractors can more simply bring in overseas workers to help them over the busy summer harvest season.

Rural Contractors New Zealand (RCNZ) president Steve Levet estimates that the industry requires around 900 seasonal staff from overseas each year. In New Zealand there is a shortage of suitably skilled operators able to handle highly sophisticated machinery – so they look overseas for the skills they need.

These overseas workers – traditionally from Ireland and England – have good mechanical skills and are already up and running, meaning they don’t require extensive training.

About the new scheme

With a less rigorous process than what currently has to be followed, under the new scheme RCNZ would apply for Approval in Principle on behalf of all its members.

Then their members can apply online for a visa for the person they’re recruiting without having to meet any of the current requirements, which include having to advertise and going through Work and Income New Zealand first.

No further details are available at this stage – we’ll keep you updated. If you’re not already on our New Zealand mailing list, sign up [Link to: NZ newsletter sign up] and you’ll be the first to know.

Arriving in New Zealand – What you need to know

Whether you’re just visiting or are coming to New Zealand permanently, there are things you need to know.

For starters, do you need a visa? If you’re going on holiday, you might not – see if you need a visitor’s visa.  If you’d like to work and live in New Zealand, you will – read more about NZ visas.

What you can’t bring in to NZ

Pretty standard stuff, but this list includes:

  • Hazardous materials.
  • Endangered species (without a permit).
  • Weapons (without a permit).
  • Objectionable publications, including videos and digital images, or
  • Controlled drugs.

What you have to declare

New Zealand has very strict biosecurity rules – not surprisingly as any rogue flora or fauna can wreck havoc on its unique ecosystem. This means you have to declare the following items when you arrive:

  • Food of any kind – this even includes any food, especially fruit, you might have picked up on the plane or coming through duty free.
  • Plants or parts of plants (alive or dead).
  • Animals (alive or dead) or their products.
  • Equipment used with animals.
  • Camping gear, golf clubs and used bicycles – even muddy walking boots.
  • Biological specimens.

Anything you declare will be examined to check it’s ok to bring into NZ. This may include it being cleaned or treated before being allowed in.

The fines for not declaring any of the above are very high – and not worth the risk.

For more information about what you can (and can’t) bring in New Zealand, visit the New Zealand Government website.

Migration to New Zealand reaching its peak

New Zealand has always been a popular choice for skilled international workers but now, finally, the figures seem to be nearing their peak. A recent report by Westpac, a NZ bank, shows that migration to NZ is slowing.

One reason that could be behind this is the approval process for a resident visa, which favours applicants who have a job offer in New Zealand. Another is that NZ’s residence approval targets remain at 45,000 – 50,000 a year, which simply has not kept up with the demand.

Finally, Westpac estimated that Auckland (prime location of choice for most migrant workers) is not keeping up with the housing demand, which is under pressure from both migrant arrival and natural occupant increase.

So, if you’re thinking of coming to New Zealand, make sure you consider other parts of the country before you make the move.  It’s not impossible to get your metaphorical foot in the door in Auckland, but making sure you’ve ticked key boxes (like getting a job prior) will help you get ahead.

The Best 3 Ways to Move to Canada

You’ve imagined tellng your current boss that you’re leaving for Canada. You’ve researched where you want to live. You’ve started the job search. But you’re still not sure how to actually make the move from the computer screen to Canada.

Sound familiar?

We’ve compiled our top three ways to make your move to Canada a reality this year.

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Work in an in-demand industry, and land a job before you go

An obvious start, but make sure you’ve researched what jobs are actually in demand in Canada. You’ll get extra points on your visa application if you have a qualifying job offer from a Canadian employer.

We’ve compiled a post about Canada’s latest skill shortages – check it out to see if your occupation is needed in Canada.

If your occupation is on there, start your job search. You can try Working In Canada’s job board which is frequently updated.

If your occupation isn’t on the list, there are other visa options available to you – see ‘Get clued up on Canadian visas’ below.

Meet Canadian employers face-to-face

Or, even better than a job board, you could visit the Working International Expo. This October we’re coming to London and Dublin (our boutique, Canada-only show) with Canadian employers recruiting for a range of job skills and industries.  Attending an expo is a great way to meet these Canadian employers face to face. You’ll get the opportunity to sell your skills and experience and you may even interview while you’re there.

consider a move outside the big cities

Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver are really popular with would-be Canadians, so think about making the move to some of the smaller provinces. The provinces experience critical skill shortages (meaning they’re more likely to look internationally for the skills they need) but still offer the incredible lifestyle and landscape of Canada’s major cities (arguably more so, as they’re less populated).

Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) operates currently in these provinces:

  • Alberta
  • Manitoba
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Yukon
  • British Columbia
  • New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia
  • Saskatchewan
  • Ontario

PNP applications are given preference over other skilled visa applications (like the Federal Skilled Worker stream) by Citizenship & Immigration Canada, as they look to find the skills the provinces really need.

Get clued up on Canadian visas

There are multiple visa options into Canada for skilled workers, entrepreneurs, business owners, students, family members, and more.

The best way to understand the different routes into Canada and the options available to you is to get specialist visa advice.  At the Working International Expo, we’ve got Canadian visa experts (like Brazolot Migration Group) on hand to guide you through your different options and the visa process.

You can also explore Citizenship & Immigration Canada’s website to determine your eligibility.

Show your commitment

Canadian employers want to see an understanding about what relocating to Canada will really mean to you – and they want to see your commitment to making your new life work.

Have you ever visited Canada?  Do you have family in Canada?  Will you be bringing all your family with you to Canada? Or will all of your family be back home? How will you adjust to your new life?  Are you in it for the long haul or will you turn around and head back home after only a few months?

Consider the above questions and be sure that a move to Canada is right for you.

…It is? Great, going to the Working International Expo is a good way to show your commitment and enthusiasm. You can research all your visa options, meet potential employers and sort your move – from arranging professional movers to opening a bank account.

Make the move to Canada this October

You can arrange your move to Canada this October without leaving the UK or Ireland. The Working International Expo is coming to London, Dublin (our boutique, one-day expo featuring Canadian employers only), and Manchester, starting in a fortnight!

See you there!

Aurora Borealis, Canada

The Best 3 Ways to Move to Australia

It’s already September – not too much time left in 2015 to make your goal of moving to Australia a reality.  Luckily we’re on hand with our top three tips to get you off your couch and onto that plane to Australia this year.  Yep, this year.  Really.

Sort a job before you land

For your best chance at an Australian visa, it’ll help to work in an industry that desperately needs your skills and experience. We’ve recently done a round-up of the occupations in demand in Australia – check out the list to see if your occupation is on it.

If it is, start searching for your new job in Australia. Working In Australia’s job board is updated regularly with opportunities across Australia in a variety of industries.

However, if your occupation isn’t on the list, there are still other visa options open to you – see ‘Understand your Australian visa options’ below.

Meet Australian employers in the UK

Even better than looking online for your job in Australia is meeting Australian employers on your home turf in the UK.  You can do that this October as the Working International Expo is returning to London and Manchester.

The expos have a fantastic range of Australian employers, across a range of industries. This October we have upmarket retail giant David Jones exhibiting with us, looking for top UK Buyers. Also exhibiting are Retail FM, looking for Maintenance and Refrigeration Engineers. In Healthcare we have four organisations attending the expo, looking to lure doctors, nurses, and other Healthcare professionals to a job in the lucky country.

You’ll also have a chance to learn what it’s really like to live and work in Australia – face-to-face.

Think Beyond Sydney and Melbourne

Sydney and Melbourne are consistently found in the world’s most liveable cities surveys – but the rest of Australia has a lot to offer too.  Competing against the big city lights, certain areas in Australia are desperately in need of skilled workers and they’re attractive options too.

Secure employment, progressive career opportunities, enviable lifestyles without the big city bustle, and incredible scenery can all be found outside Australia’s major centres.  Even better – there’s a visa programme dedicated to regional centres, called the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme.

It’s not a points-based visa scheme which may mean you find it easier to meet the criteria. Applying for this scheme means you cannot move to:

  • The Gold Coast
  • Brisbane
  • Newcastle
  • Sydney
  • Wollongong
  • Melbourne

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Understand your Australian visa options

There’s a wide range of visa options available in Australia for business owners, family members, students, skilled workers and more.

The best way to understand the Australian visa process and the different options available to you is to get expert visa advice.  At the Working International Expo in London and Manchester, you can meet Australian visa specialists like Migration Planners face to face.  You’ll be able to understand the visa requirements and which visa may be right for you.

The Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection has a helpful visa finder tool, too.

Prove your commitment

Australian employers want to know that you’re really committed to taking the big step of moving, living and working in Australia.

Have you visited Australia?  Are you planning to?  Do you have family or friends there?  Are you going to bring all your family with you, or are they staying behind?  How will you cope thousands of kms from home?  Will you arrive only to leave a few months later?

Think carefully about all of the above questions.  If you’re still keen, then great.

One way to show your commitment is to attend the Working International Expo.  All in one place you’ll find answers to all of your questions, and Aussies to grill about what it’s really like to live and work in Australia.

Make the move to Australia this October

From London and Manchester, you can get all you need to make the move to Australia – find a job, sort your visa and make all your moving arrangements, from finding movers to opening your bank account.

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Join us in London or Manchester – we’ve got special discounted Early Bird tickets still available for the Manchester event, but only until this Friday (25 September 2015), so get in quick.

See you there!

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The 3 Best Ways to Move to New Zealand

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Exciting career opportunities.  Jaw-droppingly beautiful scenery.  The All Blacks.  Hobbiton.  There are hundreds of reasons why you should move to New Zealand…

…but what about how to move to New Zealand?  We’ve put together our top three ways to help you make the move.

1.  Be in demand in New Zealand

Firstly, do your research to understand if your unique skills and experience are needed in New Zealand. The more in demand you are, the more likely it is you’ll get a visa.

Thankfully we’ve done all the hard work and recently produced an article about the latest skill shortages in New Zealand. Take a look to see if you’re needed…

You are?  Brilliant, get started with your job search today. Working In New Zealand’s online jobs board is regularly updated with jobs across New Zealand in a variety of industries.

If your occupation isn’t listed – and you don’t fancy retraining – there are other visa options available. See ‘Discover your New Zealand visa options’ below.

Meet New Zealand employers face to face

Searching for jobs online is convenient, but nothing beats meeting potential employers face to face.  You can do just that this October at the Working International Expo in London and Manchester.  Enjoy face to face time, get all your questions answered, and even interview with employers while you’re there.  Immigration New Zealand will be on hand too, with plenty of useful information about New Zealand jobs and visas.

2.  There’s more to New Zealand than Auckland

Even Prime Minister John Key recognises it – that’s why he’s announced new visa schemes that’ll give you more points if you work in one of the regions, rather than Auckland.

From November 2015, skilled migrants will have bonus points trebled if they apply for residence with a job offer not from Auckland.  If you’re starting a business in the regions, you’ll have your Entrepreneur Work Visa points doubled.

If you’re willing to live and work outside Auckand for at least 12 months, it could be easier and quicker for you to move to New Zealand.  There isn’t any more information available yet, but sign up to our newsletter and we’ll let you know when more information is released.

Discover your New Zealand visa options

Skilled workers, students, family members, entrepreneurs – there are multiple visa options for New Zealand.  To find out what’s right for you, it’s best to get expert visa advice from licensed immigration advisers.

This October you can meet the real experts – Immigration New Zealand. They’ll be in London and Manchester.  Migration Planners, experts in New Zealand migration and visas, will also be there.

3.  Prove your commitment

Kiwi employers want to be sure that you understand the implications of leaving your life behind and starting again in New Zealand – and that you’re committed to this.

Have you ever visited New Zealand?  Do you have friends or family there?  Are you planning to visit?  Have you spoken to anyone who’s already made the move?  How will you cope thousands of miles (or kilometers) from home?  Will you land and start to settle in, only to go back a few months later?

If you still think the move is for you, great. Going along to the Working International Expo is one way to show your commitment. You can chat to Kiwis face to face, and understand what it’s really like to live and work in New Zealand.

Make the move to New Zealand this October

At the Working International Expo, you can get all your questions answered under one roof. Meet Kiwi employers, find a job, sort your visa and arrange your move – from professional movers to opening your bank account.

We’re heading to London and Manchester, and tickets are flying out the door.  Get in quick – we’ll see you there!

Wairoa, New Zealand

Canada’s Express Entry System – Part 2

The second article in a series of three on Canada’s Express Entry system, written by Miho and Matthew of Canada Immigration Partners (Vancouver).

Express Entry – Reviewing The Scoring System

In the second part of our three-part series on Canada’s new Express Entry system, we look at what you need to succeed. We examine the Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) system and discuss the advantages of a validated Canadian job offer showing you how you can be ranked at the top of the pile.

Also in this part we provide analysis on the draws thus far and our opinions on how low we could see the Express Entry cut off score go in 2015.

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Why Express Entry?

The purpose of Express Entry is to select immigrants who demonstrate desirable characteristics such as language, recognized credentials and specific skills sets, which are known to be beneficial for the settlement and integration of new immigrants and for effective contribution to the Canadian economy. As a result of Express Entry’s active selection, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is able to control applications for permanent residency allowing for faster processing times. CIC claims that 80% of applications will be processed in six months or less. 

Your first point of consideration for Express Entry will be whether or not you qualify under a Federal Immigration category. If yes, then your next step is to assess if you have a competitive CRS score, the optimization of your CRS score and whether you have a Canadian job offer. This could mean the difference of being selected and not being selected.

Your “core human capital” score is calculated based on your age, education, language and work experience. The maximum score for this section is 600 points.

You can double your score if you have a ‘validated job offer’ in the form of a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or Provincial Nomination (PN), giving you an additional 600 points. The former means a Province has nominated you because of the skills you can bring to Canada, and the latter means that your new Canadian employer has proven that there is a genuine labour shortage and that a Canadian citizen cannot be found to fill the position.

In theory, with a validated job offer, the maximum anyone can receive is 1200 points with a perfect CRS score. To-date, the lowest score required to receive an Invitation to Apply has been 453 points out of a possible 1200 points.

Reviewing The Requirements

You will need to provide information about your marital status (single, married or common-law) as well as any dependents you might have (children). You will also be asked about your education and work experience as well as your language skills. Canada has two official languages: English and French, so speaking one or both of these will give you a higher score. 

When it comes to immigration, one of the Government’s main concerns is to ensure that its citizens are not losing employment opportunities to foreign workers. By having a LMIA or Provincial Nomination with your application you are showing the need for your immigration, as it will benefit the Canadian economy.

The Lower the Score, the Higher the Invitations

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has set the 2015 target for economic class immigration at 185,000 applicants. Accounting for family members, a conservative estimate is that 90,000 to 100,000 people will need to receive an Invitation To Apply in 2015 in order for the Federal Government to reach its targets. This means as the year progresses and they still have tens of thousands of invitations to submit, the cut off score must decrease in order to allow for these invitations to be processed.  

This is what we have been seeing month-over-month. At the beginning of the program, the cut off CRS was over 900 points, yet less than 800 invitations were sent out. And the more draws they went through, the lower the score (on average). We have also seen that as the score decreased (as low as 453 points), more invitations were submitted (over 1600).

What Does This Mean For New Applications?

It means as we near the fall and winter, we are likely to continue to see the CRS decrease as an overall trend, though by smaller increments and we may even see the CRS go below 400. As a result, we will likely see the number of invitations continue to increase, enabling the government to meet their annual quota.  

Although the CRS score requirement is trending down, you still need to ensure you have the highest score possible. Because this is a ‘pool’ system, like a lottery, you still want to make sure you have a high score, as you don’t know what the cut off score will be.

Remember To Be Honest!

The Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) is there to rank all the different applicants based on several criteria. The higher your score the better your chances of receiving an ‘Invitation To Apply’ for residency in Canada.

If you receive an ‘Invitation To Apply’, then it is your duty to submit proof of all the information you’ve claimed on your online application, as well as other documentation. Should it become evident that you have embellished or misrepresented your skills, experience or education you could receive a 5 year ban from applying to be a permanent resident in Canada. But be warned, the reality is once the government knows you’ve misrepresented yourself, it is very difficult to have a successful application.

So, the most important thing to take away is that your Express Entry online application needs to be entirely truthful and accurate otherwise you will come into some issues down the road.

Do I Qualify?

In the last six months we have received inquiries from people around the world wondering if they have what it takes to submit an Express Entry online application. The reality is Express Entry is not for everyone. There is a way to determine if you are eligible for Express Entry and if it’s an option for you, or if you should pursue other immigration avenues.

You can take our free online assessment to determine if your score will place you high enough in the pool of applicants, or if you should consider other options. Alternatively, you can always call us to schedule a one-on-one consultation and either Miho or Matthew of Canada Immigration Partners can assess your eligibility for Express Entry and immigration to Canada.

 

More Information / Contact

Click here to see how Miho and Matthew of Canada Immigration Partners can help you.

– Written by Miho and Matthew of Canada Immigration Partners, for the Working In Blog

Canada’s Skills Shortage List – the Eligible Occupations (listed 1-347)

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As at today’s date (19 August 2015), there are 347 jobs on Canada’s Skills Shortage list.  You will need to be skilled in your chosen area in order to apply via Express Entry, to obtain a visa to live and work in the country (your skill levels will be assessed later in this process).

  1. 0011 Legislators
  2. 0012 Senior government managers and officials
  3. 0013 Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services
  4. 0014 Senior managers – health, education, social and community services and membership organizations
  5. 0015 Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c.
  6. 0016 Senior managers – construction, transportation, production and utilities
  7. 0111 Financial managers
  8. 0112 Human resources managers
  9. 0113 Purchasing managers
  10. 0114 Other administrative services managers
  11. 0121 Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers
  12. 0122 Banking, credit and other investment managers
  13. 0124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
  14. 0125 Other business services managers
  15. 0131 Telecommunication carriers managers
  16. 0132 Postal and courier services managers
  17. 0211 Engineering managers
  18. 0212 Architecture and science managers
  19. 0213 Computer and information systems managers
  20. 0311 Managers in health care
  21. 0411 Government managers – health and social policy development and program administration
  22. 0412 Government managers – economic analysis, policy development and program administration
  23. 0413 Government managers – education policy development and program administration
  24. 0414 Other managers in public administration
  25. 0421 Administrators – post-secondary education and vocational training
  26. 0422 School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education
  27. 0423 Managers in social, community and correctional services
  28. 0431 Commissioned police officers
  29. 0432 Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers
  30. 0433 Commissioned officers of the Canadian Forces
  31. 0511 Library, archive, museum and art gallery managers
  32. 0512 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
  33. 0513 Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors
  34. 0601 Corporate sales managers
  35. 0621 Retail and wholesale trade managers
  36. 0631 Restaurant and food service managers
  37. 0632 Accommodation service managers
  38. 0651 Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c.
  39. 0711 Construction managers
  40. 0712 Home building and renovation managers
  41. 0714 Facility operation and maintenance managers
  42. 0731 Managers in transportation
  43. 0811 Managers in natural resources production and fishing
  44. 0821 Managers in agriculture
  45. 0822 Managers in horticulture
  46. 0823 Managers in aquaculture
  47. 0911 Manufacturing managers
  48. 0912 Utilities managers
  49. 1111 Financial auditors and accountants
  50. 1112 Financial and investment analysts
  51. 1113 Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers
  52. 1114 Other financial officers
  53. 1121 Human resources professionals
  54. 1122 Professional occupations in business management consulting
  55. 1123 Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
  56. 1211 Supervisors, general office and administrative support workers
  57. 1212 Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers
  58. 1213 Supervisors, library, correspondence and related information workers
  59. 1214 Supervisors, mail and message distribution occupations
  60. 1215 Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations
  61. 1221 Administrative officers
  62. 1222 Executive assistants
  63. 1223 Human resources and recruitment officers
  64. 1224 Property administrators
  65. 1225 Purchasing agents and officers
  66. 1226 Conference and event planners
  67. 1227 Court officers and justices of the peace
  68. 1228 Employment insurance, immigration, border services and revenue officers
  69. 1241 Administrative assistants
  70. 1242 Legal administrative assistants
  71. 1243 Medical administrative assistants
  72. 1251 Court reporters, medical transcriptionists and related occupations
  73. 1252 Health information management occupations
  74. 1253 Records management technicians
  75. 1254 Statistical officers and related research support occupations
  76. 1311 Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
  77. 1312 Insurance adjusters and claims examiners
  78. 1313 Insurance underwriters
  79. 1314 Assessors, valuators and appraisers
  80. 1315 Customs, ship and other brokers
  81. 2111 Physicists and astronomers
  82. 2112 Chemists
  83. 2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers
  84. 2114 Meteorologists and climatologists
  85. 2115 Other professional occupations in physical sciences
  86. 2121 Biologists and related scientists
  87. 2122 Forestry professionals
  88. 2123 Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists
  89. 2131 Civil engineers
  90. 2132 Mechanical engineers
  91. 2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
  92. 2134 Chemical engineers
  93. 2141 Industrial and manufacturing engineers
  94. 2142 Metallurgical and materials engineers
  95. 2143 Mining engineers
  96. 2144 Geological engineers
  97. 2145 Petroleum engineers
  98. 2146 Aerospace engineers
  99. 2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
  100. 2148 Other professional engineers, n.e.c.
  101. 2151 Architects
  102. 2152 Landscape architects
  103. 2153 Urban and land use planners
  104. 2154 Land surveyors
  105. 2161 Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
  106. 2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
  107. 2172 Database analysts and data administrators
  108. 2173 Software engineers and designers
  109. 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  110. 2175 Web designers and developers
  111. 2211 Chemical technologists and technicians
  112. 2212 Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
  113. 2221 Biological technologists and technicians
  114. 2222 Agricultural and fish products inspectors
  115. 2223 Forestry technologists and technicians
  116. 2224 Conservation and fishery officers
  117. 2225 Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists
  118. 2231 Civil engineering technologists and technicians
  119. 2232 Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
  120. 2233 Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
  121. 2234 Construction estimators
  122. 2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  123. 2242 Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
  124. 2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  125. 2244 Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors
  126. 2251 Architectural technologists and technicians
  127. 2252 Industrial designers
  128. 2253 Drafting technologists and technicians
  129. 2254 Land survey technologists and technicians
  130. 2255 Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology
  131. 2261 Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians
  132. 2262 Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers
  133. 2263 Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
  134. 2264 Construction inspectors
  135. 2271 Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors
  136. 2272 Air traffic controllers and related occupations
  137. 2273 Deck officers, water transport
  138. 2274 Engineer officers, water transport
  139. 2275 Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators
  140. 2281 Computer network technicians
  141. 2282 User support technicians
  142. 2283 Information systems testing technicians
  143. 3011 Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
  144. 3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
  145. 3111 Specialist physicians
  146. 3112 General practitioners and family physicians
  147. 3113 Dentists
  148. 3114 Veterinarians
  149. 3121 Optometrists
  150. 3122 Chiropractors
  151. 3124 Allied primary health practitioners
  152. 3125 Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
  153. 3131 Pharmacists
  154. 3132 Dietitians and nutritionists
  155. 3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
  156. 3142 Physiotherapists
  157. 3143 Occupational therapists
  158. 3144 Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
  159. 3211 Medical laboratory technologists
  160. 3212 Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
  161. 3213 Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians
  162. 3214 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
  163. 3215 Medical radiation technologists
  164. 3216 Medical sonographers
  165. 3217 Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c.
  166. 3219 Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
  167. 3221 Denturists
  168. 3222 Dental hygienists and dental therapists
  169. 3223 Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants
  170. 3231 Opticians
  171. 3232 Practitioners of natural healing
  172. 3233 Licensed practical nurses
  173. 3234 Paramedical occupations
  174. 3236 Massage therapists
  175. 3237 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
  176. 4011 University professors and lecturers
  177. 4012 Post-secondary teaching and research assistants
  178. 4021 College and other vocational instructors
  179. 4031 Secondary school teachers
  180. 4032 Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
  181. 4033 Educational counsellors
  182. 4111 Judges
  183. 4112 Lawyers and Quebec notaries
  184. 4151 Psychologists
  185. 4152 Social workers
  186. 4153 Family, marriage and other related counsellors
  187. 4154 Professional occupations in religion
  188. 4155 Probation and parole officers and related occupations
  189. 4156 Employment counsellors
  190. 4161 Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers
  191. 4162 Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts
  192. 4163 Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants
  193. 4164 Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers
  194. 4165 Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers
  195. 4166 Education policy researchers, consultants and program officers
  196. 4167 Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers
  197. 4168 Program officers unique to government
  198. 4169 Other professional occupations in social science, n.e.c.
  199. 4211 Paralegal and related occupations
  200. 4212 Social and community service workers
  201. 4214 Early childhood educators and assistants
  202. 4215 Instructors of persons with disabilities
  203. 4216 Other instructors
  204. 4217 Other religious occupations
  205. 4311 Police officers (except commissioned)
  206. 4312 Firefighters
  207. 4313 Non-commissioned ranks of the Canadian Forces
  208. 5111 Librarians
  209. 5112 Conservators and curators
  210. 5113 Archivists
  211. 5121 Authors and writers
  212. 5122 Editors
  213. 5123 Journalists
  214. 5125 Translators, terminologists and interpreters
  215. 5131 Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
  216. 5132 Conductors, composers and arrangers
  217. 5133 Musicians and singers
  218. 5134 Dancers
  219. 5135 Actors and comedians
  220. 5136 Painters, sculptors and other visual artists
  221. 5211 Library and public archive technicians
  222. 5212 Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries
  223. 5221 Photographers
  224. 5222 Film and video camera operators
  225. 5223 Graphic arts technicians
  226. 5224 Broadcast technicians
  227. 5225 Audio and video recording technicians
  228. 5226 Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
  229. 5227 Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
  230. 5231 Announcers and other broadcasters
  231. 5232 Other performers, n.e.c.
  232. 5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
  233. 5242 Interior designers and interior decorators
  234. 5243 Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers
  235. 5244 Artisans and craftspersons
  236. 5245 Patternmakers – textile, leather and fur products
  237. 5251 Athletes
  238. 5252 Coaches
  239. 5253 Sports officials and referees
  240. 5254 Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness
  241. 6211 Retail sales supervisors
  242. 6221 Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade
  243. 6222 Retail and wholesale buyers
  244. 6231 Insurance agents and brokers
  245. 6232 Real estate agents and salespersons
  246. 6235 Financial sales representatives
  247. 6311 Food service supervisors
  248. 6312 Executive housekeepers
  249. 6313 Accommodation, travel, tourism and related services supervisors
  250. 6314 Customer and information services supervisors
  251. 6315 Cleaning supervisors
  252. 6316 Other services supervisors
  253. 6321 Chefs
  254. 6322 Cooks
  255. 6331 Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale
  256. 6332 Bakers
  257. 6341 Hairstylists and barbers
  258. 6342 Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners
  259. 6343 Shoe repairers and shoemakers
  260. 6344 Jewellers, jewellery and watch repairers and related occupations
  261. 6345 Upholsterers
  262. 6346 Funeral directors and embalmers
  263. 7201 Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
  264. 7202 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
  265. 7203 Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades
  266. 7204 Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
  267. 7205 Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
  268. 7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
  269. 7232 Tool and die makers
  270. 7233 Sheet metal workers
  271. 7234 Boilermakers
  272. 7235 Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
  273. 7236 Ironworkers
  274. 7237 Welders and related machine operators
  275. 7241 Electricians (except industrial and power system)
  276. 7242 Industrial electricians
  277. 7243 Power system electricians
  278. 7244 Electrical power line and cable workers
  279. 7245 Telecommunications line and cable workers
  280. 7246 Telecommunications installation and repair workers
  281. 7247 Cable television service and maintenance technicians
  282. 7251 Plumbers
  283. 7252 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
  284. 7253 Gas fitters
  285. 7271 Carpenters
  286. 7272 Cabinetmakers
  287. 7281 Bricklayers
  288. 7282 Concrete finishers
  289. 7283 Tile setters
  290. 7284 Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
  291. 7291 Roofers and shinglers
  292. 7292 Glaziers
  293. 7293 Insulators
  294. 7294 Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
  295. 7295 Floor covering installers
  296. 7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
  297. 7302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
  298. 7303 Supervisors, printing and related occupations
  299. 7304 Supervisors, railway transport operations
  300. 7305 Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators
  301. 7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
  302. 7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
  303. 7313 Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
  304. 7314 Railway Carmen/women
  305. 7315 Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
  306. 7316 Machine fitters
  307. 7318 Elevator constructors and mechanics
  308. 7321 Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
  309. 7322 Motor vehicle body repairers
  310. 7331 Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics
  311. 7332 Appliance servicers and repairers
  312. 7333 Electrical mechanics
  313. 7334 Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
  314. 7335 Other small engine and small equipment repairers
  315. 7361 Railway and yard locomotive engineers
  316. 7362 Railway conductors and brakemen/women
  317. 7371 Crane operators
  318. 7372 Drillers and blasters – surface mining, quarrying and construction
  319. 7373 Water well drillers
  320. 7381 Printing press operators
  321. 7384 Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c.
  322. 8211 Supervisors, logging and forestry
  323. 8221 Supervisors, mining and quarrying
  324. 8222 Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services
  325. 8231 Underground production and development miners
  326. 8232 Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
  327. 8241 Logging machinery operators
  328. 8252 Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers8255 Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services
  329. 8261 Fishing masters and officers
  330. 8262 Fishermen/women
  331. 9211 Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
  332. 9212 Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
  333. 9213 Supervisors, food, beverage and associated products processing
  334. 9214 Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
  335. 9215 Supervisors, forest products processing
  336. 9217 Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing
  337. 9221 Supervisors, motor vehicle assembling
  338. 9222 Supervisors, electronics manufacturing
  339. 9223 Supervisors, electrical products manufacturing
  340. 9224 Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing
  341. 9226 Supervisors, other mechanical and metal products manufacturing
  342. 9227 Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly
  343. 9231 Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing
  344. 9232 Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators
  345. 9235 Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators
  346. 9241 Power engineers and power systems operators
  347. 9243 Water and waste treatment plant operators

What jobs are on the New Zealand Skills Shortage List?

Before you get too carried away switching your rugby allegiance to the All Blacks or starting to brush up on your Kiwi slang, it’s a good idea to see whether your skills are needed in New Zealand.

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Although having a job on one of New Zealand’s skill shortage lists isn’t a guarantee of a job or a visa, it can help make the job- and visa-getting experience a bit easier.

There are four skill shortage lists in New Zealand:

  1. Long Term Skill Shortage List
  2. Immediate Skill Shortage List
  3. Canterbury Skill Shortage List
  4. List of Skilled Occupations

Immigration New Zealand has a great tool – put in your occupation and see if it’s a skill in demand. Try the skill shortage list check.

The Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL)

The LTSSL shows the occupations that are in ongoing shortage throughout New Zealand, and the rest of the world.

If you get a job in an occupation that’s on the LTSSL, plus meet any extra requirements, you may be granted a work visa under the Work to Residence category.

That means you may be able to apply for residency in two years, as long as you meet the standard requirements and that your job has a base salary of at least NZ$55,000 per year.

See if your occupation is on the LTSSL.

Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL)

The ISSL has occupations where skilled workers are needed immediately in New Zealand and where there are no available New Zealand citizens or residents to take the jobs. This means the applications can be processed quicker.

If you’re offered a job on the ISSL, and meet the requirements, you may be granted an Essential Skills work visa. You can work in New Zealand temporarily but may not be able to apply for residency.

See if your occupation is on the ISSL.

Canterbury Skill Shortage List (CSSL)

Following the Christchurch 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, the CSSL lists the occupations in critical shortage in the Canterbury region. It has occupations on the Immediate and Long Term Skill Shortage Lists that are directly relevant to the Canterbury and Christchurch rebuild.

If your skills are on the CSSL and you have a job offer in Canterbury you may be granted an Essentials Skills work visa which allows you to work temporarily in New Zealand. However if your occupation is also on the LTSSL, then you may be able to apply for residency.

See if your occupation is on the CSSL.

List of Skilled Occupations

If your occupation is on this list, you’re able to apply for a resident visa under the Skilled Migrant  category. This points-based visa considers factors like your age, work experience, qualifications and job offer.

To apply for a Skilled Migrant visa, you must be under 55 years old, meet the skill level for your occupation and meet English language, health and character requirements.

See if your occupation is on the List of Skilled Occupations.

Where to Next?

If you’ve checked the lists and found your occupation, that’s a great first step. You can now:


Make sure you plan your move to New Zealand right the first time, and get the right visa to avoid unnecessary complications later on.  Best of luck!

Canada’s Express Entry Immigration System – Part 1

Following our blog last month, we received a number of queries on the new Express Entry system – a new immigration process which came into effect in Canada in January 2015.  Our partners in Vancouver, Miho and Matthew of Canada Immigration Partners, have written a step-by-step, three-part guide on how to use this new system, should you wish to apply for a Canadian visa.

Express Entry Overview

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Immigrating to Canada via Express Entry

The Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada has developed a new online application system, to assess those seeking permanent residence in Canada.

The system, which was launched in January 2015, is specifically designed to selectively control the flow of immigrants to Canada, providing faster processing times for those who qualify for an Invitation To Apply and responding to the needs of the Canadian labour market. 

Express Entry is best used by people with verifiable work experience, educational and professional credentials, as well as language proficiency (English and French) that will help them settle and contribute to Canada’s society and economy as a whole.  To qualify for Express Entry you must be eligible under at least one of three Federal Immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program or Canadian Experience Class.

There are Many Steps in the Process

The online application system is only the first step in the Express Entry process. Once your application is submitted, you will be entered into the pool of candidates. Your application will be scored and based on that score, the top candidates will be offered an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence. This can take up to 12 months to receive, if at all.  The second step can only be completed once you receive your invitation, and you have only 60 days (two months) to do so, or you forfeit the invitation. 

Your Express Entry application is valid for 12 months, and there is no limit as to the number of people who can submit an Express Entry application – but there is an annual limit to the number of people offered an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence.  For 2015, that number is set for 185,000 economic class immigrants and their families.  Once that number is reached, the quota will reset for 2016.  If you are not offered an invitation within 12 months, you will be invited to resubmit your Expression of Interest application again.

What Will the Express Entry Application Ask?

The application profile will require you to submit truthful and verifiable information about your employment skills, work experience, language ability, education, as well as any other details that may help the government assess your employability and your overall contribution to Canadian society.

Your profile will be scored against other candidates in the pool based on the Comprehensive Ranking System.  This system is designed to determine your eligibility based on your skills and experience as described above.  Those with the highest scores will be issued an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence first.

Can You Guarantee I Will Be Picked from the Pool?

 The truth is, no one can guarantee that you will be picked from the pool of candidates. But you can improve your chances by securing a validated Canadian job offer. These come in two forms:

(a) Nomination from a Province or Territory

(b) Labour Market Impact Assessment

If your application includes one of the above, you will automatically score 600 points out of a possible 1,200 points. But remember, education, work experience and languages also play a mandatory part in your score.

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Free Online Assessment

If you are unsure of how you would score, you can take a free online assessment to help guide you and to determine if Express Entry is right for you.

Please visit the CIP website to complete our short eligibility form. Please note: this is an initial assessment to see if you qualify for a Federal Immigration Program and Express Entry. A more detailed evaluation should be performed before submitting your official application to the government.

Important Note 

Submitting an online profile for Express Entry does not automatically qualify you to receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence in Canada. Once you submit your profile, and your profile is accepted into the pool of candidates, your profile will be ranked.

This is an ‘active selection’ system which means once you have been ranked amongst your peers, the Canadian Government will continue to select candidates on an ongoing basis.  This means you could wait up to 12 months before finding out if you have been selected to receive an Invitation to Apply.  However, you might not receive your Invitation to Apply, which means you will have to resubmit another Express Entry application.  If you do receive an invitation, this is just the first step and you must still meet all other requirements under Canada’s immigration law.

What Happens After I Receive An Invitation To Apply?

If you have received an Invitation to Apply, congratulations!  You are on your way to becoming a Canadian permanent resident. However, you’re not quite there yet.  Once you receive your invitation, you only have 60 days (2 months) to respond by completing an electronic application for permanent residence.

Because of this time constraint, it is very important that you start getting your response ready immediately, as many of the requirements can take several weeks to receive back (like a police check, for example).  The team at CIP Consulting has developed a process whereby 90% of your application is complete when you submit your Expression of Interest, which means you won’t have to stress about completing the electronic application.

Once your electronic application for permanent residence has been submitted, the department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada will try to process your application within six months or less.

Learn More About Express Entry

Applying for Canadian permanent residence is a time-consuming and challenging process.  If you would like to speak with an immigration expert, please contact Miho or Matthew of Canada Immigration Partners at 1.888.508.5308, or visit us online to learn more about how we can help you.

– Written by Miho and Matthew of Canada Immigration Partners, for the Working In Blog

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Seven things you’ll need when applying for an Australia, Canada or New Zealand visa

Australia, Canada and New Zealand have plenty of differences. From national pastimes (one loves cricket, another ice hockey) to national animals (one has moose and the other has kiwis). Or from temperature extremes (the bone chilling Canadian -63 degrees and the Australian sweltering 53 degrees) to local slang (don’t forget your bathers in Australia and to say “chur” in New Zealand).

But, when it comes to filling out your visa application, they do share some similarities.

Regardless of which country you want to move to – Australia, Canada or New Zealand – there are certain things you’ll need when it comes to applying for your visa:

  1. A valid passport

Let’s start with the obvious: you need to have a valid passport that’s not due to expire for at least six months.

You may be required to send your original passport with your application, or provide a certified copy. This means someone needs to witness your original documents and sign, stamp or endorse that the copies are true copies of the original documents. People who can certify copies must be authorised by law to take statutory declarations, like lawyers or court officials.

  1. Evidence of good character

Depending on the type of visa you are applying for, you may need to prove that you’re of good character. This may take the form of a list of questions that you need to tick ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to. These questions could include criminal convictions you may have or whether you’ve been involved in terrorist activities.

You’ll normally also need to provide a recent police certificate that shows whether you’ve got a criminal record.  The police certificate should be less than six months old for NZ visas; less than twelve months old for Australia visas; and for Canada visas the police certificate requirement is dependent on the type of visa you are applying for.

You’ll need to allow time for this process – UK police certificates can take up to 10 working days and also incur costs that you’re responsible for covering.   In the UK, police certificates are handled by ACRO.

  1. Acceptable standard of health

You will need to prove that you have an acceptable standard of health – each country has different definitions of what this means.

Depending on which visa type you’re going for, you may also need to undertake medical tests. This is compulsory if you’re applying for permanent visas, but may also apply for some temporary visas too. These thorough medical checks may include:

  • X-rays
  • Full blood tests
  • Urine tests
  • Full family history

The medicals can only be performed by approved doctors, and when you provide results they should be as recent as possible. These tests can take time – not only in booking an appointment, but waiting for your results. They also cost money which you’ll need to pay.

  1. Recent passport photos

For New Zealand and Canada visas, you’ll need to supply some recent passport photos with your application. They’ll need to comply with certain regulations, like size, background colour, and what you’re allowed to wear or not.

They may also need to be signed as a true likeness by a witness.

Recent passport photos are not required for Australia visa applications.

  1. Specific policy requirements

There are plenty of different visa types for each country. However, regardless of the visa you apply for, there will be specific requirements you should be aware of. They could include having:

  • A valid job offer
  • Certain qualifications (which you’ll need to prove through university transcripts and school certificates)
  • A certain amount of savings
  • Key skills
  • Family or partner sponsorship
  1. Money for the fees

Whichever country and visa you apply for, there will be fees which you’ll need to pay. For an idea of costs, check out:

  1. Patience

Most of all, you’re going to need patience. Applying for a visa can be a lengthy, and at times frustrating, process.

Keep reminding yourself why you’re doing this and hang in there.

Where to go for help

To help you through the visa processes, there are plenty of places you can go.

Each country’s immigration website

Australia, Canada and New Zealand all have very comprehensive websites full of information about the different types of visas they offer, plus the processes involved:

Migration experts

There are many migration experts who can share their experience and expertise to help you get a visa. If you’re considering living and working in Australia or New Zealand, Migration Planners could help.

Additionally, as of June 2015, licensed immigration advisers in New Zealand can now apply online on your behalf for certain types of visas. Using an online system could help to speed up the visa process. It also means it’s one less thing for you to worry about as the experts will handle your application for you.

If you are considering moving to Canada and want expert migration advice, see our list of Canadian preferred partners on our website.

Are you thinking about making the move?

Share any concerns or questions you may have by commenting below – we’ll see if we can help.

Our Brand New Top 5 Reasons to Move to New Zealand

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Whangapoua Beach, Coromandel, New Zealand

After a quick break from blogging, it’s really good to be back.  We’re sure our blog will be just as informative, inspirational, and educational as it ever was!

To kick things off again, today we’re sharing our Top 5 Reasons to Move to New Zealand.  As the Working In office is in Auckland, New Zealand, it’s a location that we know pretty well.  It’s not a fluffy, feel-good Top 5 list (we’ll do one of those next week though!) – it’s a solid, sensible set of reasons to move here, that may influence you if you are seriously considering moving country.

  1. The New Zealand economy is strong post-recession, with solid domestic consumption demand coupled with low inflation, and a low unemployment rate of 5.7%.
  1. NZ has 10% more land mass than the UK – but the population hasn’t even hit 4.5 million yet. That’s a lot more space for you, and your children, to make the most of.
  1. In 2014, New Zealand was ranked by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the #1 place in the world to raise children. 
  1. NZ has one of the lowest personal tax rates in the world, with 70% of its residents on a 19.5% tax rate. Also, the GST is 15%, compared to 20% VAT in the UK, and 23% in Ireland.
  1. Kiwis are renowned for being laid back, chilled out people – which reflects the relaxed lifestyle people in New Zealand enjoy!

Just five reasons why we love living here!  We do hope to see you over here at some point soon.

All the Best,

Working In Team

Sources:  Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (New Zealand), Lonely Planet, Emigration Group (UK)

5 reasons to make the move now

If you subscribed to our email newsletter, chances are you’re seriously considering packing up your life and moving, working, living and playing in Australia, Canada or New Zealand.

But you haven’t done it quite yet.

So this month, we’re telling you why you need to make the move – now.

1. Winter is coming

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If you’re in the northern hemisphere, winter is coming. Unlike Game of Thrones, it doesn’t mean murder, mayhem and naughty stuff but, as a lot of Working Inners can attest to (being British expats ourselves), winter isn’t a desperately fun time. Short days, an abundance of darkness, and bad weather inevitably leads to a six-month long hibernation. Not fun. However over in Australia, Canada and New Zealand…

2. An enviable lifestyle

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As spring blooms in the southern hemisphere, its enviable lifestyle comes to the fore. Now, for the next six months, Aussies and Kiwis are making the most of the long, hot, sunny days – whether that’s surfing, hiking, BBQ-ing, beaching, ocean swimming… the list goes on. It may also be coming into winter in Canada, but Canada does winter really well. With its blankets of snow, it’s a winter wonderland – no more hopping on a plane to reach the slopes for skiing and snowboarding, it’s on your doorstep. If you’ve ever wanted the picture perfect Christmas day, now’s the time to get over to Canada.

3. The opportunities are booming

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New Zealand came through the global financial crisis pretty unscathed, reflected in its “rock star” economy. Now there are plenty of exciting opportunities abounding – from helping to rebuild Christchurch, to citywide rail electrification projects, and multi-million dollar infrastructure investment. Australia is continuing to climb out of its downturn and more and more jobs are coming to the market, while Canada’s economy remains strong and, more importantly, continues to grow.

4. Chart-topping success

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Every single year, scores of surveys are released – the world’s best cities, the happiest places to live, the world’s best countries… and every single year, Australia, Canada and New Zealand feature highly. This is especially true for Canada – it’s got one of the world’s best reputation’s internationally [see page 17] as a place to do business and live, with Australia and New Zealand not far behind. The countries’ cities rank highly for liveability (8 out of 10 cities in the 2014 Economist Intelligence Unit’s world’s most liveable cities were in Australia, Canada and New Zealand). All three countries feature highly in the latest world happiness report. Whereas British expats reckon they’re healthiest and wealthiest in… yep, you’ve guessed it. Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Go on, you deserve to be happy and wealthy too – make the move.

5. It’s never a good time

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So why move now, rather than next year or beyond? Because, frankly, it’s never a good time to move – you’ll always be waiting for your cousin’s wedding or for your little one to start school. Like having a baby, there is never an ideal time to move country.

So you might as well to do it now.

Convinced? Start searching for your new job and life in Australia, Canada or New Zealand.

Naturalised Canadian Citizenship Climbs To An All-Time High

Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, has announced that the country has welcomed its 100,000th citizen of 2014. This more than doubles the number of new citizens sworn into the Maple Nation than had been done by this time in 2013, adding further support to the claim that Canada is a firm favourite with skilled migrants looking to make their move.

Coming from over 200 countries, the 100,000 new citizens were interred at over 1,000 ceremonies taking place across Canada. This ceremony is the final step before becoming a bona-fide Canadian citizen.

To speed up the decision-making process with regards to citizenship, the Canadian Government is proposing changes in Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act. According to the Government of Canada website, it is hoped that these changes will bring the average processing time for citizenship application to under a year and that the current backlog will be reduced by more than 80 percent by 2015/16.

Indeed, since 2006, Canada has attained the highest sustained levels of immigration in the country’s history, averaging 250,000 new migrants each year. On top of this, more than 85% of those eligible permanent residents become citizens, and since 2006, Canada has welcomed almost 1.5 million happy new Canadians.

“Our Government is making significant improvements to the citizenship program, and this high number of new citizens admitted so far this year demonstrates that our changes are working. Canadian citizenship is a pledge of mutual responsibility and a shared commitment to our values rooted in our history. Our Government is proud to welcome the 100,000 new citizens who have joined the Canadian family so far in 2014, and we look forward to welcoming many more new Canadians in future citizenship ceremonies across our great nation.”

Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship And Immigration Minister

You can read more about attaining a Canadian visa via our website Workingin-canada.com, amongst a raft of other information, such as jobs lists, lifestyle opportunities and testimonials from ex-pats that have already moved.

Fight or flight: what to expect when you arrive in a new country

You’ve been excitedly planning your move for months but now you’ve landed and you’re not feeling so sure. Don’t worry – these feelings are absolutely normal and part of what’s known as the settlement curve.

In fact, there are six distinct stages most people go through as they settle in a new country – here’s what to expect over your first 18 months to two years.

The settlement curve

 

Diagram source: Immigration New Zealand Settlement Services.

Stage one: forethought

This stage is all about the excitement of planning with lots of positivity about your move to your new country. It’s important to have realistic expectations about your new home country, however, so now’s the time to look into jobs, get an idea of cost of living and research where you’re going to settle.

Stage two: fun

You’ve arrived and it’s brilliant fun. New people, new places and new experiences mean you’re feeling really positive about your new home.

Stage three: fright

Uh-oh. Something’s happened. It might be something major (a family member has fallen ill) or something small (you’re stuck in traffic for the fifth day in a row) – whatever it is, it’ll make you feel frustrated which in turn makes you feel unhappy.

Stage four: flight

Ok, something has happened – and you don’t have a strong network of friends or family to call on yet in your new home country. This is the point that you may decide to move on or return to your country of origin.

Stage five: fight

Time to embrace your inner Rocky. This is your turning point – you become realistic about what it’s like to live in your new country and make a conscious decision to stay and build your life here.

Stage six: fit

Welcome to everyday life. By this stage, your challenges are more about the usual day to day stuff people think about, rather than being about living in a new country. You’ve now decided to stay which helps you to feel like you ‘fit’ in. Congratulations – you’ve made it!

Dealing with the six stages

First off, remember that everyone who has ever been in your position will have experienced these emotions at some point. Understand that it’s completely normal and natural and try some of these tips to help you deal with your emotions:

  • Keep talking – to your other half, your family or your employer. Sharing your fears will help you deal with them.
  • Get out and about – the couch may be calling but that’s not going to help you feel more settled. Go for a walk, get some fresh air, make the most of that new lifestyle you were after. Remind yourself why you wanted to move.
  • Get involved – join your colleagues at the next social gathering, sign up to a gym, research local clubs – anything that gets you mingling with people and involved with your new life. Say yes to every offer that comes your way.
  • Research settlement services – there’s organisations dedicated to helping new migrants feel happy in their new homes. Check out Settlement Support New Zealand, find settlement services in Australia or search for immigration services in Canada.

Have you made the move? Did you experience a rollercoaster journey through the settlement curve? What helped you?

Have you got the Australian M factor?

The M factor Australia

So, you’ve given it some thought, had a chat with your nearest and dearest and watched enough episodes of Neighbours and Home & Away to have developed the required nasal twang to make you fit right into your new dream life in Australia.

Then you made the fatal error of starting the real research and, before you knew it, you were curled up in the fetal position in the front room, singing Swing Low Sweet Chariot and promising yourself you’d never stray again.

If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. The process of migrating is huge, not just from a legislative point of view, but also logistics, costs, and perhaps most importantly, the emotional strain that it induces. There are few things in life more unsettling than living with one foot in two continents – unable to move forward in your old life and unable to put roots down in your new destination. We call this the M factor – migration ready, move ready and mightily motivated. Yes, it’s tongue-in-cheek, sure, but stay with me – there are definitely parallels to the TV show with a similar name.

Firstly, the world is full of people who think they have the M factor. For example, there are those who go at it like the proverbial bull in a china shop and then pull up at the last minute. This is after investing a significant amount of money and realising that they actually don’t have that last piece of drive to leave behind all that is familiar and comfortable in return for an uncertain future in a foreign land full of strangers. They’re like the folk who get to the auditions, all bluster and confidence, and then freeze in the wings while waiting for their turn.

Then there are those who are pushed into it by others – their partners, friends or family, who tell them repeatedly that it’s the right thing to do. But deep inside, they know that they really don’t want it and end up miserable, trapped in living out someone else’s dream.

But then there are those who are so right, and so ready, and don’t even know it. Or maybe they do know it, but just don’t know what to do with it.

That’s where working with an expert comes in. Definitely less judgmental than those on that TV show, a Registered Migration Agent will offer you sound, honest feedback on what your options are and advice on the process. The good ones will make sure that they spend time with you, understanding what you hope to achieve, what your goals are, and what your timeline expectations are, and then will put a plan in place to help you achieve those.

In some cases, you may get answers that you don’t want – but those answers might stop you making an expensive and humbling mistake. In other cases, you may get information that you hadn’t considered that put a new spin on the direction you thought you wanted to take. But in all cases, you’ll come away from the experience wiser and more knowledgeable.

Don’t take a chance on missing out on a life that you’ve always dreamed of by trying to undertake something as legally complex and emotionally challenging as an international relocation on your own.

“I’m skilled and want to move country – what next?”

Plane flying over green grass against a blue backgroundHere, Caren, one of Working In’s migration consultants, recounts a real-life story as experienced by a colleague in the office as they planned their journey from the UK to New Zealand. See if you can use any of their helpful hints in planning your own move:

“We knew we wanted to move from the UK, but where to was the big question! So we decided to buy a round-the-world ticket and took ourselves off to Australia and New Zealand on a six-week ‘look-see’ holiday. This ticket allowed us to fly to several cities in both countries. We very quickly came to decide on New Zealand as we loved both the lifestyle it could offer us and the culture of the people. In fact, it felt very similar to what we were used to.

The first sign that we were really serious about this was when I walked into WH Smith and bought a book on New Zealand. After reading it cover to cover, we targeted a few areas that looked interesting.

Having done extensive homework prior to getting on the plane, we knew exactly what we wanted to see and check out for ourselves. We had shortlisted a few cities in New Zealand, and even done our homework with regards to the best schools and suburbs in those cities. This allowed us to drive past these schools and drive around these suburbs during our fleeting visit. We picked up as many real estate magazines as we could and soon the Property Press became the most read magazine in our house! We even went through a few open homes to get an understanding of what we could and couldn’t afford. When we visited a town/city on our shortlist, we made sure that we stayed for a few days, interacted with the locals and spent many hours picnicking at the local parks and beaches. This gave us a small taste of the culture and types of people in the town.

We were lucky enough to have friends in New Zealand who were able to give us their feelings and experiences about life in New Zealand. They also gave us an up to date household budget so that we could effectively compare it to how we lived at home. This gave us a good indication that our quality of life would significantly improve in New Zealand, as we would be in a position to afford a bigger home, live near good schools and have the means to enjoy life.

When we got back home, we had a renewed desire and determination to get our relocation underway. We put our house on the market, told our friends and family and started our immigration application process. We were lucky enough to have an occupation on the Long Term Skills Shortage List and could apply for residence without a job offer. Many friends thought that moving to a strange country on the other side of the world without a job offer was completely mad! But we never waivered from our plans and pushed on regardless.

We also spent a day in London at an expo called Opportunities New Zealand [what our early Opportunities Overseas Expos were called]. We were surprised by how many other people (like us) were on the same mission! This was an amazing experience as we managed to find a lot of information all under one roof.

I bought a book called ‘Where to Live in Auckland’ at the expo, which turned out to be one of the best buys regarding New Zealand. It became like my ‘New Zealand bible’ as it describes everything there is to know about each suburb, including who lives there, what schools are in the suburb, what the median price is for houses, what streets you want to avoid, etc. – invaluable if you are thinking of living in Auckland! If anything, the most we got out of our trip to London was that we were not alone on this quest to find a better life.”

Canada prepares to open its doors again

Brown moose against forest background

Could you meet the moose in Canada?

Earlier this year, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced a temporary pause to its Federal Skilled Worker program while they reviewed the selection criteria to ensure a faster, more efficient immigration system.

Since then, they’ve been busy running consultations with the public, businesses and local stakeholders to get their input into proposed changes.
Finally, on 17 August, Citizenship and Immigration Canada unveiled their proposed changes, designed to allow Canada to better select workers who can “hit the ground running” upon arrival.

So what’s changed?*

Applicants under the Federal Skilled Worker Program are assessed against a points grid which awards a maximum of 100 points. The pass mark is 67 points. The following changes to the points grid are proposed:

Language

Language is now the most important factor on the grid – the weight of the first official language would be significantly increased from 16 to 24 points while the weight of the second official language would be reduced from eight to four points.

Age

The proposal will favour younger applicants by awarding a maximum of 12 points (currently the maximum is 10 points) for applicants aged 18 to 35, but reducing one point for every year after 35.

Work experience

The total number of points for work experience will decrease from 21 to 15, yet to achieve full points for work experience, they’ve increased the years of experience required. Previously it was four years, it will now be six years.

Education

Education points will be awarded based on an assessment of foreign education credentials and what the Canadian equivalent would be. CIC will not accept credentials that don’t exist in Canada or ones that aren’t comparable to a completed Canadian credential. The maximum points available will remain at 25.

Adaptability

The proposal will change the adaptability criteria to emphasise factors that are shown to have positive impacts on an immigrant’s economic and social integration. This includes points being awarded for spousal language ability and previous Canadian work experience.

Next steps

Final publication of the new (and hopefully improved) Federal Skilled Worker Program is scheduled for late 2012 while the new FSWP points grid is due to take effect in January 2013. Applications are expected to be accepted again in early 2013. You can read the whole text of the proposed changes at the Canada Gazette.

*Bear in mind that this is just a proposal and may be still subject to change.

Top five tips to tailor your CV for Australia

Close up of a fountain pen nib against a white backgroundAs with any job search anywhere in the world, the vital thing is to write your CV in the style and format of the market you are applying to – not the market you’ve come from. Here are five things you need to watch out for:

1. Don’t forget your contact details

Name, phone number, postal and email address. You would be amazed how often these details are overlooked.

2. Keep it concise and to the point

Ask yourself – what do I do for a living? If you’re an engineer, for example, that should be the first thing on your CV. Aussies are a straightforward bunch and they like to know what you do and if you will be a good fit for the job they are advertising. A great way to construct your CV is to look at the advertisement and address some of its requirements up front. If they are looking for someone with a qualification and 5+ years experience, make sure your length of experience and qualification are on the first page of your CV and not buried further on.

3. Watch the length – about four pages is the norm

The broadly accepted UK standard is two pages, no more, while a typical South African CV can be anything up to 30 pages long and include a wealth of detailed information. The general rule down under is somewhere in between. Generally, we would not expect to see more than four pages, but as long as you are including concise and relevant information, it does not matter how long it is (within reason).

4. Keep it simple

Try and remember that while a flashing yellow border might be right up your alley, it may not be the personal preference of those reading your CV. Steer clear of fancy fonts and pictures (unless it is relevant to your application – all you aspiring models out there!).

5. Check the spelling and have a friend proofread it

Check, double check and then get someone else to check your spelling, punctuation and grammar. It can be very off-putting to read a CV with easily fixable spelling mistakes. Microsoft Word automatically picks up on spelling errors, which stand out like a beacon. Keeping your CV objective and relevant can be quite tricky. If you have someone able to give you honest, constructive feedback, use them. It is better to hear from a friend that something is not relevant or does not make sense than from a potential hiring manager.

Happy writing!

Work in New Zealand: five tips for successful job hunting

Hanna, our Visa Delivery Manager, relocated to New Zealand in 2008 and has had the privilege of working with numerous migrants who have made the journey down under – she loves making a positive difference to their experience. Here she shares her top tips for successful job hunting in New Zealand:

Pen on a help wanted ad in a newspaper

When sitting across the other side of the world with the ideology that you would like to work in New Zealand, how hard is it to get someone to take you seriously? How do you get yourself in front of the decision makers and how do you get over the initial issues of “no job, no visa, but no visa, no job”?

The New Zealand immigration process is such that many people require that elusive offer of skilled employment in order to make their dreams of relocating a reality. You’ve heard the success stories from others who have managed it all seemingly without stress or issue. You also have the skills and know that you would be an asset to a New Zealand employer. You’re able to jump on a plane and hit the ground running – so how do you get over the initial barriers?

1. Have a good CV.

A 12-page CV is daunting to anyone managing a recruitment process. Keep it to two pages and focus on your transferable skills, relevant qualifications and experience. Tailor your CV to the role you are applying for and be as specific as possible. Sell yourself.

2. Target your applications.

New Zealand is a small country with a natural propensity to rely on personal recommendations and word of mouth to get what you want. To fire your CV to all and sundry in the hope of getting someone, anyone, to respond favourably will not assist your chances of finding suitable work. It is likely to go to the same people more than once and this undermines how serious you are about your job search. Provide a covering letter which goes with your tailored CV, addressed to the person you know is managing the process. Be personally professional and stand out from the crowd.

3. Follow up.

You are on the other side of the world and in the same boat as many other hopeful migrants. When you fire off that CV and letter, keep track of the company, the contact name and the role you are applying for. Leave it a few days or until the closing date for applications has passed and then follow up with a phone call. Have they got your CV and covering letter? Do they have any questions you may be able to address? What is your availability for interview?

4. Be patient.

New Zealand is a laid back country and things tend to move at a slower pace than you may expect. But that’s why you want to live here, right? You may not get an immediate response to your enquiry, timeframes may be extended more than once and your messages may not be returned. Don’t make a pest of yourself but proactively stay on top of things and try to be patient.

5. Be prepared.

You may not get a lot of notice for an interview. Do your research into the role and the company, know what you are talking about geographically and give yourself the best chance of success. An interview is likely to be by phone or Skype and the timing may not be very appropriate, given the time difference. Be prepared to make allowances and understand if you aren’t being treated with special dispensation due to your location. If you want this to work then you have to be able to be flexible. Remind yourself of why you want to relocate and what New Zealand has on offer. What’s an 11pm phone call on a Sunday night, if it results in your ticket to a new life?

Remember, it’s never easy to find a new job in your home country so looking off-shore adds distance and a different culture to the challenges. Give yourself the best possible chance of being acknowledged. This is a marathon, not a sprint, and perseverance and a little smart thinking could be the winning approach.

In the news: Australia, New Zealand and Canada

Letters of the alphabet cut out and pinned to a notice boardHave a look at how Australia, New Zealand and Canada have been making the news this week:

Why highly educated immigrant parents choose Canada

For anyone thinking about a move overseas, you might consider the work opportunities or the lifestyle the country offers – this article from the Globe and Mail shows how some parents make the move based on the educational chances offered to their children. Not surprisingly, as this article explains:

“Immigrant students in this country [Canada] outperform their native-born peers.

They post stronger scores on standardized math and science tests and are more likely to go on to postsecondary education. The same does not hold true for immigrants to other countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom.”

Rebuilding Christchurch

More than a year on from the Christchurch earthquake, in which around 60% of the historic city centre was damaged, Christchurch is still working hard to rebuild – even as it’s been rocked by more than 11,200 aftershocks since the very first earthquake struck in September 2010. Watch Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee talk about the challenges of rebuilding Christchurch in the wake of criticism about the slow pace of recovery. See how Christchurch looked in February 2012 with this BBC News article.

Demand for skilled workers grows in Australia

The Clarius Skills Index, released on 3 September, shows that the demand for skilled workers has risen to its highest level in 12 months, with a shortage of 2,300 skilled positions. Additionally, “the index, based on 20 occupations representing 2.6 million skilled Australian workers, found nine occupations were in shortage – an increase from two in the previous quarter”. The most in demand workers were engineers. Read the full article on The Australian.

Flight attendants confess

Anyone considering the long flight across the world to Canada, New Zealand or Australia may be interested to hear flight attendants’ top tips to stop passengers annoying them.

In the news: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, migration & industry

Letters of the alphabet cut out and pinned to a notice boardHere’s what’s hit the news about Australia, New Zealand and Canada this week – including industry and migration updates.

Oil industry pay still rising worldwide

Data released by oilcareers.com and reported by Reuters show that “oil workers are enjoying strong growth in pay thanks in particular to a shortage of the most experienced engineers, a trend that shows no sign of easing.”

Headline stats include:

Average salaries by sector and region in oil and gas (in pounds sterling)

  • Australia 186,914
  • Canada 157,049
  • United States 125,722
  • Norway 103,665
  • Middle East 88,723
  • United Kingdom 78,288

Good times for all in boomtown Perth?

According to the BBC News, “Perth is Australia’s fastest-growing major city, in the state with the lowest unemployment. Average household income has risen 35% in five years.” But “though Perth is growing and getting richer, not everyone is earning a resources sector salary”. Read more about the two sides of the Perth story using the link above.

Canada celebrates its Come to Canada Wizard

Citizenship and Immigration Canada are celebrating – “One year after Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) launched the Come to Canada Wizard, the popularity of the Web tool continues to rise and is reaching new heights with over 1.6 million visits.” The website tool helps people determine if they’re eligible to live, work or study in Canada – find out more about it on CIC’s website.

Christchurch rebuild picks up pace

The latest data released by Statistics New Zealand shows that “building consents approved in Canterbury in the first half of 2012 valued almost the same as all consents issued last year”, highlighting how non-residential building activity is starting to grow in Christchurch. The New Zealand Herald has the full story.

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