Besides, I'm already settled in Canada. I've started on a new career in the oil and gas industry and am still in the process of trying to see if I can get a residency positions (so that door is not entirely closed to me in Canada still).
So there's still quite a bit ahead of me in Canada. It's an adventure. If I wasn't doing well in Canada, unhappy and struggling etc then yeah maybe I'd look into NZ a bit more. But otherwise, no point looking back. Objectively I view Canada as a very blessed country with all kinds of resources (water, energy, food, space, minerals etc). Arguably unsurpassed in the world.
Perhaps they had relatives or friends there?
Alberta and Sasketchawan are the boom provinces now. That's where the jobs are and that's where Canadians themselves are moving to for jobs. If you want jobs, move to the provinces with strong economies, low unemployment and good job creation. These things can change with time and circumstance. Now it's Alberta another time perhaps it might be Vancouver. But you will have to compete with the many hungry and hardworking Asians there as well.
The other factor is of course the type of job one is seeking. It will be harder to look for senior positions which require experience. Perhaps easier for entry level type jobs but the pay is low.(entry level jobs are also tough to get, don't think it is easy!)
I thought about this before and figured I have to start somewhere anyway. Even if the pay is low, it is still money which helps offset the drain on the savings (which has to be factored for when planning to move). Also being in the workforce may open new doors (which happened for me). Another thing is staying at home, waiting for replies to all the applications sent out, waiting and seeing the savings grow smaller each month.....that is torture. Quickly grab a job if you get offered one (and that's a big if itself), start working and earning some money, and keep looking. With perseverance and determination and a bit a of luck, things will be better every year.
Just my two cents.
Last edited by nayr69sg; 08-06-2012 at 03:08 AM.
We did hear about Calgary but I think it is saturated now?
My PR stauts is gonna expire soon, any idea how or can I get extension?
For PR renewal you need to meet the 730 days residency in Canada requirement over the 5 years you had your PR.
Most of the info you need is on the internet actually. You just need to google it. The toughest part is knowing what you want to search for.
I just got back from meeting the Alberta Minister for Human Services who notarized all 40 copies of documents I needed to apply for my medical program. No charge. I wonder whether Singapore MPs provide notary public services for free in Singapore?
Hey, nayr69sg, I really admire your tenacity and perseverance.
I think a lot of Singaporeans come in and expect that their Singapore credentials and experience will be accepted. Being an immigrant is tough, but it makes one hardier.
With regard to the PR card, what a lot of people don't know is that you don't lose your PR status until a determination has been made by CIC. And the time period of reckoning for your PR card renewal is 5 years counting back from the time they process your PR card renewal.
As an example, if you became a PR on 1 June 2007, and your PR card expires 1 June 2012, you should ideally satisfy the 2-year residency by 1 June 2012 and renew your PR card.
However, if you did not satisfy the 2-year residency by 1 June 2012, you can possibly enter Canada on 1 May 2012, wait until you have satisfied the 2-year residency, and then apply to renew your PR card, even way after 1 June 2012. Just because your PR card expired on 1 June 2012 does not mean you have lost your PR status.
You may be interested in reading these:
Coming to Canada 1 month before your PR expires, and not being able to renew it till 2 years later may present some challenges when trying to explain your expired PR status as still valid (when you haven't even applied to renew it). Some employers ask for it, some don't.
Bearing in mind that the PR is for 5 years each time, there seems little point in trying some strange way to renew it for the next 5 years only to go through the same worry process for the next renewal. Might as well stay for 3 years then apply for citizenship (heard it takes about a year to get it from application?).
But if the situation is such that one has come and then given up and returned to Singapore, I think might as well let it lapse. Having the PR doesn't do anything for you actually. It is just a door which you can open, but if the door doesn't lead to somewhere you can live, it is really a moot point.
This is a new scheme called PGWP and CEC. PGWP is Post Graduate Work Permit. Finish 2 academic years and they will give you up to a 3 year work permit. Work for 1 year with 37.5h per week for 52 weeks in type 0, A or B NOC classifications, you are qualified for CEC, Canadian Experience Class migration. Submit, wait up to 14 months for approval. You can apply for the whole family.
I am in Toronto. Working as a network security analyst.
Beaver is correct. As long as you can get into Canada before your PR card is expired, you still can renew your PR card after staying
in Canada for 2 years.
At some stage one has to bite the bullet, take the plunge, whatever you want to call it, and move to Canada.
Whether you go the very moment you have your PR, or the very last day before the PR lapses, you will have to make the move work.
Bearing in mind that it's not like you get the PR the next day after you submit the application, the planning should be done by the time you are 1 or 2 years into the 5 year PR term.
Huh. Hackers working for SG government?
When I was thinking of getting into Canada with the least risk, I took the study route. I know many will not want to try this. Instead of waiting for 4 to 5 years for PR to get approved or even completely demolished (Please see recent news on CIC asking applicants to do it again).
1. You need to have some cash. I am 42 when I arrived. I should have some money stashed. You should too and not waste on too fancy cars in Singapore.
2. Applied for a diploma course of 2 academic years. Look under CIC for getting a PGWP which is an open permit. Toronto wasn't chosen because it was not that expensive compared to Vancouver.
3. Jan 2010, I left my wife and 3 kids. Came to Toronto to study. My wife still have a good career and income. It is best that the retrenched person (me) undertake this project.
4. I did return Singapore during the semester breaks. Besides seeing the kids, I need to get my dick serviced by my wife.
5. I graduated in May 2011. Applied for PGWP and was given in Oct 2011. Seeing that it was late in the year to get a job, I returned to Singapore to see the family.
6. Returned to Toronto in Feb 2012. Got a job in April 2012. I didn't care what I got as long as I am in Type 0, A or B to fulfill my obligations to get a PR.
7. So the plan is to apply for PR for the whole family under CEC by the end of April 2013. I will decide should I stay in the present company because 1 visit to Chilliwack, BC, I was sold. Like nayr69sg, Toronto is too Singapore.
8. I plan to use cash to go down to NY state to buy my Audi Q7 TDi. For those near the US border and want to buy cheaper Benz, Audi etc, buy from the US, you only pay HST/GST at the border. No duty because of NAFTA. Search Google on importing car from US. You can save 20K CAD.
9. With the Q7, I and my wife will make our way from Toronto to Vancouver on a road trip trans-continent via TransCanadaOne Highway. We will not cheat, we will not cross the US border to shorten the trip. See the country as it is in summer 2013.
10. I plan to start my own business when I am in Chilliwack, employ my wife to get the tax beneifits and "milk money" from the government. My wife would have gotten a "spousal work permit" while we wait for up to 14 months for the PR status. My WP is up to Oct 2014. The kids will get "open study permit" because they are below 18.
Notes. It is painfully lonely sometimes. I do this for my children who will benefit from our sacrifice. But the separation strengthen our bonds. I do not recommend anyone to undergo a project like this unless you have the mental fortitude.
I did exactly what Charlie posted. http://www.sammyboy.com/showthread.p...11#post1083211
Just that I was in this a lot earlier. Just that I am an old student.
Regulation 183 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations states:
Extension of period authorized for stay
(5) If a temporary resident has applied for an extension of the period authorized for their stay and a decision is not made on the application by the end of the period authorized for their stay, the period is extended until
(a) the day on which a decision is made, if the application is refused; or
(b) the end of the new period authorized for their stay, if the application is allowed.
Continuation of status and conditions
(6) If the period authorized for the stay of a temporary resident is extended by operation of paragraph (5)(a) or extended under paragraph (5)(b), the temporary resident retains their status, subject to any other conditions imposed, during the extended period.
I am 36 and I intend to follow this CEC route cos it's recently announced that pre 26 Feb 2008 FSW applications will be void. Yes, I applied in Aug 2007 when my occupation was still on the list. Now i am not qualified. 5 years wait wasted.
I am thinking of taking a 2 yr dip course in edmonton's NAIT and to take the CEC route toward migration.
Do you think it's possible to have my wife and child accompany me when i am a student there? If i have enough finance to support them? Have you seen cases like this?
I just hope that upon completion of the 2 yr diploma, they won't scrap the CEC scheme.
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