Engineer who migrated from Adelaide to Saskatchewan in Canada

An engineer who migrated from Adelaide to Saskatchewan (1)

My story began about 2-3 years ago. After completing my engineering in Adelaide, I was on the lookout for a good job opportunity where I could use my skills best.

That was when my Indian parents began telling me how the best possible future would be to get a job in the US where I could live close to my sister while learning and earning. While I did keep trying for the US, I kept an eye on Canadian immigration. I spoke to many friends and ex-colleagues who had gone abroad for greener pastures.

I also found out that people holding Canada PRs could work in the US. But when I began applying for jobs in the US, the US government began restricting immigration.

It was then I began searching for jobs in Canada. I tried many online portals and forums. I was surprised to see the online support that any aspiring immigrant could find.

Immigration to Canada is the fastest

Talking to many online, I found that Canada has probably the swiftest immigration processes for any country. The federal government of Canada takes about six months to process immigration applications through the Express Entry system. Three different programs come under Canada’s Express Entry.

Under them, FSWP, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, is the most popular one. It is for skilled workers. People from developing nations go through the FSWP to obtain Canada immigration through the Express Entry.

Opting for FSWP 

The FSWP also allows skilled migrant workers globally to take their families to Canada after getting permanent residence. Express Entry is easy to understand. The documentation is very simple. A job offer in Canada is not compulsory, but I’m not sure.

I got a job in Canada before beginning the processing of my Canadian permanent residence application. Finding a job online has become simpler. I started looking for profiles on portals. I landed one through the official job portal of the Canadian government, Jobs Bank. I pore over it to know more about the best provinces in Canada for a migrant engineer like me to settle in.

It is important to get it right the first time

I had to get it right the first time. So, I had to ensure that my Express Entry profile would be noticed by the Canadian government so that I could get an invitation.

I also had to ensure that I got the Express Entry’s IRCC invitation. I discovered that the best way to get an invitation from Canada was to apply for its permanent residence from a province that will back you.

As for me, it also had to be a province that provides engineers with the best job opportunities in Canada. Since I planned to be in close proximity to my sister in the US while I worked in Canada, I wanted to get a nomination from a province that was bordering the US.

Reasons for choosing Saskatchewan PNP

I zeroed in on Saskatchewan province as it shares a border with the US states of North Dakota and Montana. My sister lives in North Dakota.

I had to modify my Express Entry profile to indicate that I sought a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan. In the PNP, individuals can either mark a particular province or select ‘all’ provinces.

Though it had already been more than a month since I prepared my Express Entry profile, I edited it after considering the above factors. I also needed to inform the Saskatchewan government that I was considering relocating to their province by opting for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program’s [SINP] International Skilled Worker: Express Entry path.

I needed to register myself with the SINP and also had to know if I qualified for their eligibility requirements with the Expression of Interest [EOI] profile. An online EOI can be created free of cost.

The validity of the EOI I had created was one year. Thankfully, I managed to obtain the 60 points needed on the points grid for the SINP.

Helps to have a job offer

Though a job offer is not migrating to Canada, it helps if you have a genuine one in hand.

From the FSWP eligibility of 67 points for Express Entry to the ranking in the Express Entry pool based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score a candidate, a job offer increases your chances of obtaining a Canada PR Visa.

After submission of the EoI to the Saskatchewan PNP, I had to wait for an invitation to apply (ITA).

Intervention of Y-Axis 

After preparing the EOI profile myself, I contacted the Y-Axis office in Melbourne to aid me in submitting a completed application if I received an ITA.

I got my ITA in September 2021 from the SINP. My name was included in the 400 Express Entry candidates who had been invited on the appointed day. My occupation was classified under the NOCs for Mechanical Engineers.

Three hundred were also issued invitations from the SINP’s Occupations In-Demand category.

IRCC sent me an invitation for an Express Entry to be held in September last week of 2021. While waiting for my invitation from Saskatchewan, I was getting ready my documentation so that it could be completed and submitted promptly. I managed to submit my application within a week of receiving my SINP ITA! I also was able to secure 600 CRS points for a provincial nominee.

Conclusion

The minimum CRS score was around 470, and I had secured 800+ with my provincial nomination. This time too, I submitted my Canada PR application within a week. I received my Confirmation of Permanent Residence COPR from IRCC and was on my way to Canada within a few days.

If you want to ensure that the government of Canada notices you as a prospective immigrant, apply through PNP.

The other Canada PR pathways available include Express Entry and Quebec Selected Workers Program. If you want advice, seek help from Y-Axis, Australia’s leading migration consultant agency. Y-Axis covered me through it all.

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