Fahad Arain (32), originally from Pakistan and now a permanent resident of Canada, shares his story of coming to Canada.
He was a carpenter in his country and by the time he decided to consider Canada as his future home, he had already had seven-year work experience in his trade.
“I was so excited that I’m going to Canada and was confident it wouldn’t be a problem to go as a skilled worker because in my country I took education in English”.
In fact, English is a second and official language in Pakistan and in every school, college, and workplace people use English. More than that, students are even required to take an English Language test (IELTS or CLBA) before starting a course.
“I wanted to go as a skilled worker, so I began looking for immigration agencies to help me through the process. I found one and I was told they would find a Canadian employer for me to apply for a Federal Skilled Worker Program. Honestly, I didn’t think it would be a problem considering my profile”.
Fahad also tried to find a job in Canada on his own by applying online, but all his attempts didn’t bring any results.
Most employers don’t bother themselves because of LMIA – a document a Canadian employer should present, proving that before hiring a foreign worker he couldn’t fill the position with a Canadian resident.
“After 7 months the company got in touch with me and informed that unfortunately, they couldn’t proceed with my application anymore. What a frustration wasted money and time… I remember sharing this bad experience in an online chat room and one of the guys told me about his friend who was processing documents for immigration through Solid Visa and that she was very satisfied with their service so far. After a while, I decided to contact Solid Visa agents and see what these folks had to offer. In a day or two, I got a call from one of the visa consultants and they told me given my professional occupation, I was eligible to apply to for the Occupation In-Demand stream”.
International Skilled Worker: Occupation In-Demand doesn’t require a job offer from a Canadian employer, but an applicant must be a skilled worker in the occupation listed. As of April 1, 2018, all applications to the Occupations In-Demand Sub-Category must include an Educational Credential Assessment.
“I wanted to choose British Columbia, but Solid Visa advised to choose a smaller province to increase my chances. After all, once a person becomes a permanent resident in Canada, he can choose to move to any province he wants. They got my education and work experience assessed by ECA (Education Credential Assessment) in order to get a letter of approval from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC)”.
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Additional requirements include a minimum score on the SINP point assessment grid, proof of language proficiency, works experience – at least one year, and proof of sufficient funds.
“I didn’t have any problems with passing the English exam. In fact, I scored 7 under the Canadian Language Benchmark. Solid Visa agents told me that preparation of documents would take about 6 months and they were right. After we had all our documents ready, I submitted an Expression of Interest (EOI) and then all I needed – just to wait”.
The processing time of Occupation In-Demand usually takes about one year. To ensure faster processing, it is key that candidates submit accurate documents.
“I cannot express how happy I was when I had received an invitation to complete my application. Finally, I was selected as a candidate for a permanent residence. When I moved to Saskatchewan (in 2017), I just had to write an exam in the province. Currently, I work as a framer carpenter in Pilot Butte and make about $22 per hour. I work on-call as well and often travel to Regina which is just 14 km from my town. Many people ask me how is my life here and I want to say that I feel like I have never left my home country. Everyone is friendly here, kind and helping each other. It is a peaceful country, and it was the best decision in my life – to move to Canada. Of course, I want to thank Solid Visa for their professional assistance, I wouldn’t have made it without them. Although I had advantages, such as speaking English fluently and quite an extensive work experience in the required trade, I still had to wait a few months to prepare all necessary documents (assessment certificate, etc.) You know, patience makes perfect and I guess, in my case, it became a key to successful immigration to Canada”.
Saskatchewan is situated in the prairie region of Canada. It borders with Alberta to the west, Manitoba to the east, Northwest Territories to the north and the US states of Montana and North Dakota to the south. Saskatchewan is considered a “sunniest” province with a population of over 1.1 million and Regina, the capital city. The province intends to reach about 10,000 newcomers each year.
Recently the province of Saskatchewan has issued 596 Invitations to Apply for a Canadian PR in the Express Entry system and Occupation In-Demand stream of the 2019 year.