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Migrating from Dubai to Canada as a chef

A Chefs inspiring Journey from India to Canada amidst the pandemic

 

A Chefs inspiring Journey from India to Canada amidst the pandemic

My name is Aniketh and I am a chef by profession. This is the story of my journey from Dubai to Canada. I would like to share my journey of securing permanent residency in Canada and the challenges and triumphs I encountered in the process.

 Cooking has always interested me. From my childhood, I was always fascinated by cooking and saw it as a creative process.  I loved the idea of mixing certain ingredients, processing them and then cooking them to create a dish that everyone will relish. I was always trying out new dishes at home ever since I was allowed to cook with fire.

Initial journey

In pursuit of my dream to become a chef, I joined a culinary course after completing my school. Cooking was not just a hobby for me, I wanted to make it my profession. A career as a chef was exciting to me.

Culinary arts provide a plethora of intriguing employment options. As a chef, you can create menus to suit changing tastes and dietary preferences, maintain food quality standards, and keep track of inventory. This is the job for you if you have an adventurous mindset, enjoy cooking, and are creative.

The food certification sector has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. Consumers are growing more cognizant of food safety requirements, as well as nutritional and organic consumption.

Key stakeholders are adopting new mandates in the aftermath of rigorous laws and regulations imposed by governments around the world.  The hospitality industry continues to grow every year and so will the demand for chefs. As a chef your options range from working in cruise ships to being a personal chef at private homes. You must know how to work under pressure, and must be ready to be on your feet for long hours.

Career dream

After obtaining my degree, my professional journey began as a junior chef in a leading hotel chain in India. I climbed up the corporate ladder and started preparing for additional certifications like Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and Certified Culinary Administrator.

I also started a food blog. All these efforts were geared towards my ultimate aim of becoming a pastry chef.

My destination-Canada

My dream would not be realized unless I gained international exposure. I started looking for jobs abroad and with my experience was able to land a job as a senior chef in a reputed hotel in Dubai. The work experience in Dubai opened my eyes to the variety of cuisines in the world and helped me gain exposure. I was also training to become a pastry chef on the side.

After working for three years in Dubai, I was keen to migrate to a country where I could hone my skills as a pastry chef and also get a better pay and quality of life. While researching my options, Canada seemed the best bet.

On a global scale, I aspired to master pastry making as well as ace restaurant management and people management abilities.

I discovered that a cuisine’s genesis occurs in North America or Europe, where it is available in its purest form, rather than in India or Dubai.

Canada provided me with favourable conditions in which to test my new radical views. Canada has an unrivalled level of exposure and dynamism. In addition, the country is known for maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

In today’s online world everything can be found out instantly. As a result, learning about the application procedure, job options, and so on was not difficult for me. Nonetheless, I had a lot of questions, and I wanted to be comprehensive in my approach.

Choosing Y-Axis

I decided to approach an immigration consultant and opted for Y-Axis. I was impressed not only by their experience and reputation, but also by the positive feedback they received from their customers.

At Y-Axis Dubai, I spoke with a counsellor about my desire to immigrate to Canada, my family background, work experience, work interests, skills, and certifications, and so on.

I talked about my career choices in Canada, as well as my immigration options.

The counsellor advised me to apply for a Canada PR under the Express Entry program or the Provincial Nominee Program.

Canada immigration programs including the Express Entry program work on a points-based system. An applicant must score a minimum number of points to meet the eligibility criteria. The applicants score points on factors such as age, language, education and work experience.

Here are the points you can earn for meeting the eligibility requirements based on the following criteria:

  • Age: You can score the maximum points if you are between 18-35 years. Those above this age will score lesser points.
  • Education: Your minimum educational qualification must be equal to the higher secondary education level in Canada.
  • Work experience: To score the minimum points you should have at least one year of work experience. More years of work experience will help you gain more points.
  • Language ability: You must have at least 6 bands in your IELTS equivalent to CLB 7 to be eligible to apply. Higher scores mean more points.
  • Adaptability: You gain ten points on the adaptability factor if your family members or close relatives are living in Canada and will be able to support you when you move in there.
  • Arranged employment: A valid job offer from a Canadian employer entitles you for ten points.

Check your eligibility here

Based on the advice of my Y-Axis counsellor, I decided to apply under the Provincial Nominee Program since there was a huge demand for chefs in New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba are looking for qualified culinary experts who want to live and work in Canada.

While filing the application in the Express Entry pool applicants can opt for the province that has the candidate’s occupation along with an Expression of Interest. An Expression of Interest (EOI) is the first step for candidates interested in becoming permanent residents in the chosen province. It is a pre-application process which allows candidates to fill in an online application to indicate their interest in applying to that Province and demonstrate their qualifications. The information required is based on the province’s criteria and is used to assess the candidate’s eligibility and determine whether the candidate’s details can be entered into the International Skilled Worker EOI system.

Candidates with attributes aligned to the needs of the opted province’s labor market condition and immigration objectives are selected and given Invitation to Apply or ITA.

 An important point to remember is that once you receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from Canada Immigration, you have only 60 days to file an application.

So, get your chef skills assessment done beforehand. This doubles as your red seal qualification meaning you are eligible to work as a chef in Canada from day one.

Apart from this, a provincial nomination adds 600 points to your CRS score which will improve your eligibility to enter an Express Entry draw.

I also began my job search in Canada and secured a job as a pastry chef in Manitoba. My dream was finally becoming true.

 Journey to Canada

I moved to Canada once my PR visa was approved. I started on my new career journey with a lot of expectations and hopes and was confident that I will not be disappointed.

My journey as a journalist from Dubai to Canada

A Journalists Diary India to Canada amidst the Pandemic

 

A Journalists Diary India to Canada amidst the Pandemic

My name is Rohan and I have always wanted to be a journalist. This is what I remember saying even the first time when asked about my career choice when I was in school.

I pursued the relevant degree to fulfil my career dreams and soon found myself working in a leading media and television company in Mumbai.

I enjoyed doing my job. I loved the challenges that came with being a news reporter. I worked in this company for five years and was steadily climbing the corporate ladder.

After five years, I thought it was time to look for a change and started searching for a job both in India and abroad. This is when I got a job offer from a media firm in Dubai. The job was exciting and the pay was attractive. I decided to take it up and move to Dubai.

After three years of working in Dubai, I decided to seek an overseas job in a country where I could get permanent residency and Canada was on my mind.

Choosing an immigration consultant

I decided to approach an immigration consultant for this and zeroed in on Y-Axis. I was not only impressed with their experience and reputation but also the good reviews they got from their customers.

I talked to a counsellor at Y-Axis Dubai and described my desire to migrate to Canada, my family background, work experience, my work interests, skills, and certifications, etc.

I discussed about my options in Canada and the immigration options available to me.

Options in Canada

 A journalism career is so competitive, so graduates often pursue careers in adjacent disciplines such as advertising or public relations. Journalists in Canada are better paid than those in the United Kingdom, Europe, and Asia.

Journalists are in high demand across Canada, which is fortunate. It is possible to obtain a permanent residency visa in Canada with or without a job offer.

Journalists who can write on scientific or technical subjects or who have already written about them have an advantage in the job market.

The list of designations that a journalist can apply for in Canada are:

  • Book reviewer
  • Broadcast journalist
  • Columnist
  • Correspondent
  • Cyberjournalist
  • Investigative reporter
  • Journalist
  • Television news anchorperson
  • Announcers and Other Broadcasters
  • Authors and Writers
  • Editors
  • Photojournalists

Do thorough research on the  scope for journalists before you apply. The best job opportunties in Canada are in Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island regions in British Columbia.

I found a job in  British Columbia.

Immigration programs for journalists

Journalists looking to migrate to Canada can do so through the Express Entry program or the Provincial Nominee program.

I chose the Express Entry program on advice from my Y-Axis counsellor because this program is specially curated for professionals immigrating for work. The program is known to be streamlined and transparent. Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Traders Program, and Canadian Experience Class are the programs covered under Express Entry. This program is open throughout the year and there isn’t a cap on number of applicants

Canada immigration programs including the Express Entry program work on a points-based system. An applicant must score a minimum number of points to meet the eligibility criteria. The applicants score points on factors such as age, language, education and work experience.

Here are the points you can earn for meeting the eligibility requirements based on the following criteria:

  • Age: You can score the maximum points if you are between 18-35 years. Those above this age will score lesser points.
  • Education: Your minimum educational qualification must be equal to the higher secondary education level in Canada.
  • Work experience: To score the minimum points you should have at least one year of work experience. More years of work experience will help you gain more points.
  • Language ability: You must have at least 6 bands in your IELTS equivalent to CLB 7 to be eligible to apply. Higher scores mean more points.
  • Adaptability: You gain ten points on the adaptability factor if your family members or close relatives are living in Canada and will be able to support you when you move in there.
  • Arranged employment: A valid job offer from a Canadian employer entitles you for ten points.

Check your eligibility here

The CRS points scale has a maximum score of 1200 on which the candidate and their spouse (if any) are evaluated based on the following factors:

  • Human capital factors
  • Spouse or common-law partner factors
  • Skill transferability
  • Additional points

Application process

Step 1: Create your Express Entry profile

As a first step, you will have to create your online Express Entry profile. The profile should include details like age, work experience, education, language skills, etc. Based on these points your profile will be given a score

If you have the required score, you will be eligible for the immigration program.

Step 2: Complete your ECA

You should complete an Educational Credentials Assessment, or ECA, if you received your education outside of Canada. This is to demonstrate that your educational credentials are comparable to those granted by the Canadian educational system.

Step 3: Complete your language ability tests

You should take the English language competency examinations that are required. IELTS requires a minimum score of 8 bands. At the time of application, your test score should be less than two years old.

If you know French, you’ll get bonus points. You can take a French language test, such as the Test de assessment de Francians (TEF) to demonstrate your ability in the language.

 Step 4: Calculate your CRS score

The profiles in the Express Entry pool are ranked based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. Your profile gets included in the Express Entry pool if you have the required CRS score.

 Step 5: Get your Invitation to Apply (ITA)

If you have the required points, you will get an Invitation to Apply (ITA). The IRCC conducts a CRS draw on a regular basis where it identifies applicants with a high score and sends invitations to apply for permanent residency. You will have to apply within 60 days if you get such an invitation.

Step 6: Submit your application

The next step is to submit your application with all the required documents.  Make sure you provide only genuine documents. You will need to provide your biometrics along with your application fees.

Step 7: Attend the interview

Once your documents go through the mandatory examination, you will be asked to attend an interview at the Canadian embassy or consulate.

Step 8: Receive confirmation of PR visa

For PR applications under the Express Entry system, the average time taken to process you visa will be six months.  If your application is approved, you will receive a confirmation of permanent residence or COPR from the government. You must carry this with you when you arrive in Canada to claim your PR visa.

It’s important to note that you only have 60 days to make your application after receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from Canada Immigration.

As a result, get your skills evaluation done ahead of time. This also serves as your red seal certification, indicating that you are immediately qualified to work as a journalist in Canada.

Adjusting to the Canadian workplace

Multiculturalism and a cultural mosaic are important aspects of Canadian identity.

Soft skills are extremely important in light of the ethnocultural diversity. In comparison to technical skills, soft skills such as integrity, open-mindedness, patience, good attitude, time management, presentation skills, and leadership traits are valued more highly.

Networking can help you obtain a job and enhance your career.

My journey as a CA from Dubai to Canada

My story from Chennai to Nova Scotia in Canada as a Chartered Accountant

 

My story from Chennai to Nova Scotia in Canada as a Chartered Accountant

My name is Ramesh, I am a CA and this is the story of my migration to Canada. More specifically it is the story of my journey from Dubai to Canada.

I always wanted to work overseas and eventually migrate to another country. While considering my options, I decided that Canada would be the best choice.

While trying for Canada, I got a job offer in Dubai. I decide to take ii up to get international work experience.

The inspiration to move to Canada was from my best friend, who migrated there a few years back. He had taken the help of an immigration consultant to migrate to Canada.

Choosing Y-Axis

A colleague recommended Y-Axis. According to the Y-axis consultant, if I decided to move to Canada as a CA, there were some provinces with higher job possibilities for me than others. In general, CA jobs are in high demand across Canada. However, according to their local job marketplaces, some provinces have a higher demand. I conducted my own research and discovered that the best options for me as a CA seeking for work were in particular Canadian provinces such as Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories.

There was better scope for my profession in Nova Scotia.

Taking the first step

My international résumé, created by Y-Axis, was the initial step in my Canada immigration procedure. Previously, I had only taken use of their free counselling services. They put out an excellent CV for me. I used to believe I had a strong resume. Then I discovered that there is such a thing as an international resume, which is written in accordance with global standards and keywords that most international employers seek.

I was pleased with the international resume prepared by Y-Axis for me. They also created a LinkedIn profile that would stand out from the crowd and get the greatest attention in my field. I was keen to get a job offer from Canada.

A job offer in Canada boosts your chances of acquiring a Canada PR Visa, from the 67-point FSWP qualifying for Express Entry to the ranking in the Express Entry pool based on the candidate’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

Check your eligibility to apply for Canada immigration

EOI for Nova Scotia

I considered applying under the Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities stream. However, I was unable to apply directly. Nova Scotia, like all other PNP programs sponsored by the several provinces in Canada, only allowed immigration candidates who had been shortlisted by the Nova Scotia Nominee Program, or NS NP, to apply.

 All I could do at the time was submit my expression of interest and wait for the NS NP to provide me a Letter of Interest, which would allow me to apply for the LMP under the NS NP.

The province held five provincial draws in 2020 under the PNP program. I had submitted my Expression of Interest as early as April but I got my invitation in December 2020.

In some ways, the fact that my invitation was delayed was a positive thing. I used that time to look for a permanent position as a CA in Canada. Anyway, now that I had a job and had completed my ECA and other requirements, I used the opportunity to prepare my decision-ready application. I couldn’t wait till I received an invitation since then everything would have to be done at once. I gathered all of my paperwork. My Y-Axis consultant would keep me informed on all of the most recent PNP draws.

Final steps

In December, I received my invitation from Nova Scotia PNP. In case anyone is curious, my profession as a Chartered Accountant is classified as “Financial auditors and accountants” under the National Occupational Classification NOC code 1111.

NOC 1111 covers more than 70 distinct vocations. I recommend reading the official NOC – 2016 Version 1.3 – which is issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Some of the job titles that come under NOC 1111 are – chartered accountant, accountant, certified general accountant, income tax consultant, tax expert, auditors supervisor,bankruptcy trustee,industrial auditor,cost accountant,departmental accountant, senior accounting analyst, public accountant, tax specialist, internal auditor,assistant controller etc.

Migrating from Dubai to Canada as an engineer

My story as an Engineer from Bangalore to Regina in Canada Saba Khan

 

My story as an Engineer from Bangalore to Regina in Canada Saba Khan

Like all engineers who pass out of premier engineering schools, I too dreamed of making a career in a field where I could put my engineering skills and education to good use.

My name is Anjana, and this is the story of my migration journey from Dubai to Canada. I completed my engineering degree in Civil Engineering form a premier engineering college in Bengaluru.

I got a job in a reputed construction firm in Bengaluru almost immediately after my graduation. After three years of working in that company, I decided to look for an overseas job. My original intention was to find a job in Canada and become a permanent resident there. I realized that I could have better chances of getting a permanent residence if I had more work experience. Luckily, I landed a job in a real estate development firm in Dubai. I was keen to take up this job because it would give me more exposure and help me enhance my skills. So, I moved to Dubai and decided to gain some more work experience.

After another four years of working in Dubai, I had done enough research on migrating abroad and decided to try for migration to Canada.

Looking for a job in Canada

 I started looking for work in Canada. I explored various internet portals and forums. There are numerous communities to choose from. I was astounded by the amount of internet assistance available to any immigrant, whether prospective, intending to immigrate, or already in the country.

 After speaking with a number of people online, I discovered that Canada has the shortest immigration process of any country. The federal government of Canada uses the Express Entry system to handle immigration applications and has a standard processing period of 6 months. Canada’s Express Entry consists of three distinct programs.

  • Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

The Canadian Experience Class or CEC is suitable for those who have previously lived in Canada.  The Federal Skilled Trades Program is for federal trained workers, is the best for immigration aspirants who are skilled in a specific trade.

The Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP) is the most popular of them all. This is only for professionals. However, the majority of immigration applicants uses the FSWP.

Using the FSWP route

I managed to find a job in Canada before I made my permanent residence application. I found a job through Jobs Bank, the official job portal of the Canadian government.

As for my CRS score, I was able to get a score of more than 450 points. I got a good number of points for my decent band score in the IELTS and 50 CRS points for my job offer.

As I was to go to Canada on my own, I could not claim points for the spouse for my Express Entry ranking. That meant I had to try and score the highest CRS points that I could manage. My English is decent enough and I was confident of getting a good Band score on my IELTS. So, I was hopeful of getting an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for my PR visa.

 Getting my ITA

 I discovered that the best way to get an ITA from the federal government of Canada is to acquire a provincial nomination.

My priority was a province that could get me the best job opportunities in Canada for an engineer. I found out that the best job opportunities are present in provinces such as Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. When creating my Express Entry profile, I marked the option of ‘all provinces.’ I was lucky to get a nomination from Nova Scotia province.

Job offer may be useful to get a PR visa

Although a job offer is not required for Canada immigration in general, having a genuine and verifiable job offer in Canada is extremely beneficial if you plan to immigrate there in the future.

A job offer in Canada boosts your chances of acquiring a Canada PR Visa, from the 67-point FSWP qualifying for Express Entry to the ranking in the Express Entry pool based on the candidate’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

Check your eligibility to apply for Canada immigration

You can always apply for a permanent residency visa in Canada first and then look for work after you land there.

Getting a PR visa

I was getting my documentation ready while waiting for my invitation from Nova Scotia. Within a week of receiving my invitation, I had filed my application!

I received a nomination. Being a provincial nominee, I received 600 CRS points. I received an invitation from IRCC to participate in the subsequent Express Entry draw on August 8, 2020.

I recall the minimum CRS cut-off being 471 at the time. My provincial nomination was in the CRS 800+ level.  I concluded that getting a provincial nomination is a surefire path to permanent residency in Canada.

Get the help of an immigration consultant

If you have any concerns about immigration, please seek professional help. You can always finish the procedure on your o own. In most cases, only a basic understanding of English is required.

Immigration consultants such as Y-Axis on the other hand, are aware of what can go wrong and at what point in the process. They are the most accurate assessors of the circumstance. A good consultant will inform you right away if your profile is suitable for immigration to Canada.

On your part, spend some time doing your own research. Always ask questions and make sure you understand the words. Immigration is both a financial and a time commitment. Take the right steps with professional advice.

Major job sectors opening vacancies, greater chances to work in Canada

Jobs in Nursing, Manufacturing, Hospitality and Retail in Big Demand after COVID-19

Jobs in Nursing, Manufacturing, Hospitality and Retail in Big Demand after COVID-19

Here’s news that must be music to the ears that heed for job opportunities in Canada. Currently, jobs in manufacturing, nursing, retail, and hospitality are available in large numbers and Canada is calling for skilled foreign workers to work in Canada in these job sectors!

Statistics Canada conducted a Labor Force Survey that issues report on the job vacancy rate. The job vacancy rate is the measure of the number of vacant job positions as a proportion of the total jobs in Canada. The job vacancy rate has reached a record high in the Q2 of 2021.

The expectation for Q3 as regards job vacancy rate is only going up.

Canada’s economic programs

The following economic programs offered under Canada immigration gives immigration candidates the opportunity to apply for Canada PR:

  • TFWP
  • CEC
  • SkilledWorker
  • Skilled Trade
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot

For instance, foreigners wanting to immigrate to Canada can attempt via the GTS of TFWP.

Job sectors and opportunities

The greatest demand that was recorded in Q2 was for nurses. Also, vacancies in the healthcare & social assistance sector by about 60% from Q2 of 2019 to Q2 of 2021. This is the largest jump seen in any job sector in Canada.

This increase led to the number of job vacancies in the healthcare sector touch 108,000. The demand for nurses increased by about 86%.

As the job vacancies in the healthcare sector are increasing, there is an increase in average salary also. The salaries of registered nurses/psychiatric nurses have gone up by about 6% when compared to Q2 of 2019.

In the construction industry where job vacancies increased around 46% compared to 2019, prospects have improved significantly.

Another job sector that’s showing great prospects with increased job vacancies is retail trades. The country is in great need of staff workers like clerks, shelf stockers, and order fillers in stores and renovation outlets.

In other hospitality establishments like hotels and restaurants, job vacancies have gone up by close to 15% when compared to 2019.

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