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Posted on April 21 2022

A CA’s successful journey from Hobart to Nova Scotia in Canada

By Editor
Updated June 07 2023

I am a chartered accountant who has always wanted to travel abroad and settle there. Canada happened to be my overseas work destination by chance.

Exploring countries to work overseas

I had always dreamt of going abroad. After my cousin settled in Canada with his family, I also wanted to migrate there with him. Before that, I got my personalized country assessment done for various countries I had shortlisted. At each place, I had heard something new. Some suggested I try for the UK.

I, however, had a lousy time with many of my immigration applications being rejected. I finally relocated to Hobart in Australia. But I wasn’t happy there.

Y-Axis comes to rescue

In Australia, a colleague of mine, also from India, suggested Y-Axis. Heeding his advice, I contacted Y-Axis. I felt an immense sense of relief. I had a free counseling session, and they addressed all my doubts. One of the consultants told me that I should migrate to Canada as a CA as it had more openings than other countries. In fact, some of its provinces had a higher demand.

Researching is necessary for immigration 

I began researching. I discovered that the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) provides three-year employment prospects that give an idea of how likely one can find a job in any occupation in Canada.

Available jobs in Canada are classified and listed in a complete National Occupational Classification (NOC) code, where 500 different occupations in Canada are listed.

I discovered that the best chances of landing a job as a CA in Canada were in its provinces, including New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Northwest Territories, etc.

Shifting from British Colombia to Nova Scotia 

My cousin had migrated to British Colombia (BC) with his wife. Since they were both software engineers, they found it comfortable there.

For a Chartered Accountant like me, there were more opportunities in Nova Scotia. After living there for a few years, I could relocate to another place. I found out that I was allowed to work in the US even with a permanent residence visa in Canada. I had to concentrate on Nova Scotia for now. If I wanted to switch to the US, I could later on, if circumstances were such.

Prepare a professional resume   

Y-Axis wanted me to make my resume more professional in keeping with international standards. I let them prepare one that was of global standards containing keywords that most recruiters globally lookout for.

Additionally, they prepared my LinkedIn profile to attract professionals in my industry.

Preparing profile for Nova Scotia I completed making my online Expression of Interest (EoI) profile for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) of Nova Scotia. Although I wanted to apply through the Labour Market Priorities (LMP) stream of Nova Scotia, I couldn’t do so. For all the PNP programs of different Canadian provinces, Nova Scotia too only allowed those candidates to apply who had initially been shortlisted by the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP).

After preparing my EOI, I had to wait for the NS NP to issue a Letter of Interest, indicating that I could then apply under it for the LMP. Around five provincial draws were held by Nova Scotia in 2021 under the PNP program. Though I submitted my EOI in April, I only got my invitation in December 2021, as that was the only general draw held by Nova Scotia in 2021.

The delay helped me 

It was propitious that my invitation was delayed. During that time, I had time to search for a permanent job in Canada. I attended online calls through Zoom and MS- Teams.

I also completed my educational credential assessment (ECA) and other formalities. I was all prepared with my documentation as well. Consultants of Y-Axis would keep abreast with the latest PNP draws.

Received my invitation 

I finally got my invitation from Nova Scotia PNP in December. I also intend to take my parents along with me to Canada after I settle down. Canadian PNP offers 80 immigration pathways, with each of them leading to Canadian permanent residence. Under each PNP pathway, a specific class of immigrants is targeted, like business persons, international students, talented workers, etc.

The PNP also has several streams that are linked to Express Entry. When you receive a nomination for PNP, it assures an invitation to apply (ITA) from IRCC.

There are several other pathways to gain permanent residence visas in Canada, such as Express Entry, Canadian Experience Class, and Quebec Selected Workers Program.

Need assistance to work in Canada? Talk to Y-Axis, the leading overseas career consultant in Australia.

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