Canada continues expanding immigration opportunities for people with different skill levels. Recently, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Ahmed Hussen announced about plans to add 2,000 spaces within the Provincial Nominee Program.
The Government of Canada relies on its effective immigration system to boost Canada’s economy. This time, these additional places should contribute to the increase of good middle-class jobs that correspond to level skill C under the National Occupation Code.
Temporary foreign workers with intermediate skills in the occupation, such as primary and manufacturing industries, sales and services, as well as certain clerical and assistant categories will have more opportunities to proceed with a permanent residence.
What is NOC C level?
Each occupation in the Canadian system corresponds to a certain level – 0, A, B, C and D. So NOC C lists occupations that don’t require a post-secondary education diploma. Usually, a secondary school diploma or a specific training certificate should be enough to work in a semi-skilled profession. Example of semi-skilled professions under NOC C would be receptionists, airline ticket and service agents, pet groomers and animal care workers, shippers and receivers, dispatchers, transportation route and crew schedulers, dental assistants. The full list of occupations under the NOC C category can be found on Canada’s official immigration website.
If you come to Canada as a temporary worker and establish yourself well in the country, then you can have access to the economic immigration streams that the best fit for your qualification.
Other immigration programs will also avail of these additional places, which are Atlantic Immigration Pilot and the newly launched Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.
Ahmed Hussen said that Canada recognizes the need to provide opportunities for semi-skilled workers to transition to permanent residence and that these additional spaces would address just that.
This is a very positive initiative considering a fact that federal and provincial immigration programs usually consider applicants with a NOC level 0, A and B. This increase is part of a Multi-Year Immigration Plan under which Canada will embrace 350,000 new permanent residents by 2021. As for 2019, more than 60,000 newcomers are expected to come into the country through the PNP.
Earlier this month, the IRCC announced the launching of the Interim Pathway for Caregivers that will accept applications for permanent residence until June 4, 2019.
To come to Canada on a temporary work permit, you’ll need to get a job offer from a Canadian employer before you apply and your employer will have to apply for a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
However, there are immigration programs that don’t require a work permit. For example, Working Holiday Visa for young professionals. So if you are between the ages 18 and 45 and your country is eligible for this type of visa, you can get it pretty easily, as long as you don’t have any medical or criminal issues.
While generally, it’s hard to get a temporary work permit because of a job offer, the best solution for you will be immigration to Canada through the Express Entry system. Eligibility, in this case, assumes that you are a skilled professional or trade-person with some work experience. You don’t have to have a job offer to open a profile in the Express Entry.
If you obtain a study permit, then you should know that as a full-time international student at a post-secondary institution in Canada you can work on campus (part-time) without a need for a job offer. Some employment outside campus also allows work without a job offer.