Criteria meeting dilemma.... pls. help

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Subject: Criteria meeting dilemma.... pls. help
 
Would appreciate the reply to the following situation;

1. In order to apply under skilled worker PR program, should the university degree match with the current work experience (degree was a PhD in civil engineering; profession is computer programmer analyst).

2. Position of computer programmer is not one of the positions listed in the Ministerial Instructions list of CIC Canada; however, Detailed Occupational Structure on the NOC site includes the position as Computer Programmer and Interactive Media Developers (#2174); can the application be still filed with the computer programmer (current) profession?

3. One of my job experience letters (from over three years ago which was from Japan) mentioned my title as computer software engineer; however, job duties covered virtually the same things which are performed on current job as well; would there be a problem due to the fact that position was computer software engineer?

Thank you very much.


[31-03-2009,18:53]
[**.72.232.71]
Donib
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1. Not necessarily. What´s important is that the work experience (at least one year) must be in one of the 38 eligible skills listed in Part 1 of "Who Can Apply".

2. Even though Computer Programmer is on the NOC list, since it´s not on the list of 38 skills listed in Part 1 of "Who Can Apply", the application will not be accepted.

3. This isn´t really relevant, as computer software engineer is not one of the skill sets currently eligible.

Sorry for this negative news, but you could apply under one of the provincial nominee programs, come to Canada under a work permit, or get arranged employment, as alternatives.

[01-04-2009,00:16]
[**.47.171.122]
Richard
Thank You, but.... (in reply to: Criteria meeting dilemma.... pls. help)
Thank you very much Richard. But your answer leads me to another question -- whenever I apply for Canadian PR regardless of whether I go to Canada under provincial program or temporary worker, the same criteria would apply, right? Computer Programmer position, which is not eligible for PR now, would not be eligible for PR at that time when I need to apply for PR to switch from temporary status, right?
[01-04-2009,13:40]
[**.72.232.71]
Donib
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Donib,
If you apply for PR as a temporary worker (working in Canada for one year or more with a work permit) or have arranged employment, you only need to have one or more years experience from the skills listed in the NOC. Computer Programmer would then qualify.

You should take a close look at this, which describes the requirements exactly:

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/apply-who.asp

[01-04-2009,13:52]
[***.131.12.0]
Richard
Thank you, but.... (in reply to: Criteria meeting dilemma.... pls. help)
Richard, thank you again. So, only options left would be - getting the work permit or arranged employment as you suggested.

Both mean the same thing to me; because, both need job offer from a Canadian employer. Getting a job offer in Canada while currently working in USA is tough at this time around.

Any idea how to go about it the best? Thank you again.

[01-04-2009,14:21]
[**.72.232.71]
Donib
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Yes, there are a few ways to go about trying I think, Donib. But first I´d ask why look for employment in Canada if already in the U.S.? The job market is difficult everywhere because of worldwide economic problems, as I´m sure you know. Many here would agree that it´s always been difficult to land a job in Canada if living outside the country. You can see this job situation reflected in the restricted 38 skills ocupation list requiremnt that recently superceded the NOC, for all new PR applicants to Canada.

In addition, because the Canadian economy and job market is significantly smaller than the U.S., this has always made finding a job there especially challenging. So if you´re legal in the U.S., I´d say you´re chances for employment ijn your field are much better in the U.S. (unless it´s oil industry related, which is still hot in Canada). But then maybe there are other reasons (family, culture, politics, etc.) for wanting to make the move.

But if your still determined, there are job and skill specific websites to suggest, as well as applying with companies at their websites directly. Others may want to add their thoughts.

[01-04-2009,14:53]
[***.131.12.0]
Richard
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Thank you so much again, Richard. You got a good question - why go to Canada from USA? My current project would be over in a few months after which, given current job market situation, I am very likely not to get another one in time so that my H1B sponsor would likely discontinue my H1B or I´d have to go back home on my own.

You said there are some sites to suggest if I want to try for a job in Canada from here in the US. Would you make that suggestion please?

Other people, please put in your inputs also. Thank you.

[01-04-2009,19:13]
[**.72.232.71]
Donib
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Donib,
I was waiting for others to provide suggetions and input too. But the useful websites for IT jobs in Canada are monster.ca and workopolis.ca.

Yes, I understand now. If your H1B visa is going to expire, it makes sense to see what the options for Canada might be. Worth looking and trying, as you might find something at these sites that might be a perfect match for your skills.

[02-04-2009,14:56]
[***.132.11.77]
Richard
Thank you (in reply to: Criteria meeting dilemma.... pls. help)
Thank you Richard, for all your suggestions/ideas.
[03-04-2009,12:08]
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