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Hello, my name is Gabriel M. and I am the creator of http://www.canada42.com/. After several months of researching, I began my process of applying for the visa in 1998 and finally I immigrated to Canada in December 1999 from Colombia - South America.  I have an university degree as Mechanical  Engineer.

I will tell you some of the reasons that led me to take the decision to come to Canada. After more than 12 years of successful professional work in my country, I started to feel that it was the moment to go. I began to be worried by the idea of spending the following years of my life in that comfortable employee position, waiting perhaps for a pension (common thought in our companies), especially in government jobs. Each time I went to a social meeting celebrating a new retirement, the idea of leaving everything behind and search for a new life in a foreign country was more attractive and motivating. I convinced myself that life is too short to limit it to a series of repetitions in the same place, always with more or less the same people.

One day, I decided that I wanted to play the second term of my life game in a new stadium, in another country where I could find new experiences, another language, and other opportunities for my future and the future of my family. United States is the preferred destination country for immigrants from many countries. You surely know some friend or relative who has entered USA, as a tourist to Disneyland and then remain in this country as alien, with no legal immigration documents. But the sour reality is that more than 80% of people living in the USA with no identification documents, without visa, and working lots of hours with poor salaries and without hope of a stable future or of achieving a small part of the "American dream". Using legal ways, the possibilities of obtaining a Resident Visa in USA for engineers and technicians were very small (even more restricted after Sep-11-2001). I rejected that possibility, since I saw no sense in trying to live with my family in a country in which you are exploited and exposed to a constant and eternal discrimination.

Canada and Australia are the countries which offer the best opportunities for many engineers, technicians and skilled workers from all over the world to start a new life, and perhaps, the only ones that have an open and organized immigration system. Both countries are developed, stable and most important of all, they need skilled workers to maintain their industrial level.

After many, many hours of research, internet searching, and reading several books on this subject, I realized that Canada has always had the doors open, and they receive annually more than 250,000 immigrants from all over the world, with no distinction of nationality, race or religion. Canada is, with no doubt, the most multicultural country in the world. Many languages, religions and nationalities living in mutual harmony and respect, with no discrimination at all.

The more information I found, the more feasible I found the possibility of applying for Visa for my family and I, which would let me live and work in Canada. This possibility is the same YOU and your family may have right now.

The following are, in general, the requirements for obtaining a Permanent Resident Visa in Canada as Skilled Worker:

  • University or Technical Education (minimum 2 years after secondary school)
  • Age from 22 to 49 years.
  • Intermediate level (minimum) of English or French.
  • 1 year or more of working experience.
  • Economic resources to support yourself during 6 months.

In my case, to fulfill  the Canadian government requirements, technical or university education of more than 3 years, several years of working experience and an intermediate level of English wasn't trouble. So, gathering the documents and filling in the forms to obtain the visa were an easy and reachable task. I made by myself all the process of applying for a Permanent Resident Visa without paying expensive “consultants”.  It was not difficult to prepare the forms and to file the right support documents to be evaluated and approved. After 10 months of proceedings, we were called to inform us that we could claim our passports with our visas, without even having an interview.

The great problem I had from the beginning was not knowing anybody in Canada. Not a relative, not a friend, not even a friend of a friend. That was a big problem. Nobody to receive us at the airport, to recommend us a hotel or to tell us the basic things to start living in this new country in an adequate and decent way, and most important of all... economically acceptable. From my point of view, the landing in this country was the most difficult part within a project that I did not want to cancel at that moment. I didn’t want to go back, and to overcome that fears and the lack of help, I become obsessed for gathering any information about Toronto, the city of 5.000 km which I saw as the best opportunity, or perhaps, the one with less disadvantages, among the cities that we might find. Unfortunately, it was not easy to find at distance, help or detailed information which may be of help at our arriving.

We travelled to Canada with a stop in Miami, a couple of days before the new millennium. With four bags full of hopes and the pain of leaving behind a great part of ourselves, we embarked on an adventure of a lifetime.  Once in Canada, in Pearson Airport - Toronto, immediately, we felt in our bodies and bones the first mistake as immigrants me made (the first of a long chain),  When we got out of the airport to catch a taxi to go to any hotel, temperature was -16 C and it was just the second week of winter. To give you a cool idea, the temperature of your refrigerators is generally between -5 and -8 C.  It was not possible to survive in the snow with our tropical clothes, so once we where in the taxi; our first task was to buy adequate clothes, as Canadians use during the winter. (The beginning of our new life in Canada was similar to the beginning of "Terminators"  films, looking for  appropriated clothes for the new world).

After buying some winter clothes in the first store we found downtown Toronto, we looked for shelter in a "cheap" hotel at china-town recommended by the taxi driver. Daily fee was "only" $120 US, were stayed for our first 15 days in Canada.  After certifying my wife and son’s visas with their presence in Canadian territory, I bought them the tickets to return to our country of origin, (it was high season, so I paid the double for the airplane tickets), while I settled in the city, got a job and began my life in the worst time to begin a life. Then, I began my integration process. I rented a room in a family house and moved to a nice neighbourhood in Toronto. I took a three month full time English course where I increased my level of English. I was lucky, because in the house I lived I found good and friendly people who guided and showed me the way I had to follow as a skilled worker (engineer) to learn and search a job in my area. By the fourth month, I found my first job in my area of expertise. My family returned 6 months later, and for the first two years, 2000 and 2001, we lived in Toronto. Since 2002 we are living in a small town just outside Toronto.

How much I would have paid for a guide to prevent me of many mistakes I have done in my process! Although I was rather lucky to find adequate people, I would have certainly saved hundreds of dollars if I would have been informed of the many obstacles found at your arrival to Canada.

From my own experience, and due to the lack of a clear guide to immigrants in Canada, I thought of doing something to help other people arriving daily as immigrants. To fill in the blank, I start researching the subject, analyzing situations and polls, consulting experts and most important of all, skilled workers who have achieved professional and working success in Canada.

 One of the greatest satisfactions I had in Canada is to have been able to help many people who have come after me with my advice and experience. I helped other families to apply for the Permanent Resident Visa, and then helped them in their "landing" in Canada without much trouble.  I have also helped many people with my information and advice, and indicated the best possible way in Canada for the not easy task of getting a job related with their profession and interests.  Getting a technical or professional job is not easy, but there is a process to follow in order to be competitive in the search of a good job, such as in the  presentation of resumes and presenting yourself well in interviews. Of course, to get an acceptable or good job depends on each person’s capacities, and on other external factors, which shall not be mentioned now. With a good guide and some time, most of the professionals and skilled workers can get an adequate job in 4 or 5 months. (You can get a non qualified job in a month or less).

Many educated people with strong desire to work (like you), can see their illusion of living in Canada frustrated simply by the fear of not having a relative or friend in this country to receive them at their arrival, to guide and help them at their start of their new life in this country.

But after some time, I realized that having relatives or friends in Canada is not enough in many cases. I also found many professionals living in Canada for 5 or more years in Canada who did not get working stability or simply who had already accepted to survive with low salary, in non qualified jobs. People talk about their experiences and their ways to face living in Canada (sometimes to survive). For example, if your friends or relatives have been working many years in Canada in construction or cleaning companies (some of them are very well paid), they will probably guide you towards that kind of business which are the ones that they know. There is nothing wrong in that, and people working in those businesses usually earn enough money (more in the construction business) to have a house, car and other comfort things usual in the Canadian society. Each person shall try to help you from their own perspective and experience.

The problem is that there are many possibilities that among your relatives or friends you will not find SKILLED WORKERS, with a clear idea and precise experience of the process to get a job in your area. Not all the immigrants to Canada are educated and with a profession. Some time ago, until the 90's, the immigrants to Canada did not need to have academic or professional requirements, unlike now. Besides, there always has been a continuous flow of refugees, who are helped by the government and have other integration conditions. The needs, expectations, desires and point of view are not the same between different immigrant’s categories in Canada (investors, entrepreneurs, professionals and technicians, refugees). The fact is that you, as a Skilled Worker, shall want to look for a job in your area of expertise, where you will be valued and paid accordingly to your education, knowledge and experience. You will then have to follow the adequate process to achieve your goal.

This book “Canada- Guide for Skilled Workers” is the result of 8 years of research and experience, both personal and of many other people.  Reading this book, you will be able to avoid many of the unpleasant mistakes and expensive actions immigrants almost always make. Remember, this book is based on real ideas and experiences of people just like you. To follow the same way already followed by others is less risky than walking through a complete unknown path.

Over my years in Canada, I proved myself that coming to this country, in our case, was an excellent decision. People do not necessarily leave their countries for the lack of security or employment or the bad economic situation. For many, a need of living other experiences and changing the future of their children and the direction of their lives is a motivator. It is not a surprise that among the 10 countries of origin of most of the immigrants in Canada, (apart from the Asian countries with large population like China (1) and India (2)), most are developed countries like USA (5), England (6), France (19). Immigrants from those countries are not economic refugees. This fact contradicts the myth that immigration is caused mainly for economic reason from poor countries. Personally, I am living in a small city where most of the immigrants are from Europe, mainly from the United Kingdom.

Time has passed and many skilled workers have come to Canada and established with our help and experience. Many of them encouraged me to write this book. We hope you will find our experience and information useful to make your own process of immigration.

We look forward to hearing from you and see you soon in Canada.

Sincerely,

Gabriel M.



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