My journey as an IT specialist from Dubai to Canada


My journey as an IT professional from Lucknow to Calgary

My name is Avinash Gowda, and I am an IT specialist; and this is the story of my journey from Dubai to Canada.

I always wanted to migrate to another country, and Canada was on the top of my list. But first, let me share with you the details of my education and early employment years.

As soon as I finished my bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, I got a job in a small IT firm in my hometown, Bengaluru. I worked in this firm for three years.

During my two years as an IT professional at my first firm, I tried to learn as much as I could. In the interim, I obtained a Cisco program certificate.

 I wanted to try for overseas jobs and so began my job hunt for the same. I ended up getting a job in the IT department at a multinational firm in Dubai.

I was working here for five years when the bug to migrate to another country took over. Canada again popped up in my mind, and I was keen to get permanent residency in Canada.

The correct information is important

While I continued to work in Dubai, I kept an eye on what was going on in Canada’s immigration system. Believe me when I say that the more you know about yourself, the better. You will make fewer mistakes while applying for a visa and immigration if you thoroughly understand the process.

I would read everything about Express Entry, the latest immigration news, new announcements from Canada Immigration, and provincial draws. After some time, I felt confident that I had a decent understanding of how to migrate to Canada. But, to be honest, I was not sure enough to apply on my own.

As a preliminary step, I had checked the eligibility points calculator to check whether I was eligible to apply for any of Canada’s immigration programs. I ensured that I had the required 67 points to be eligible.

Check your eligibility

I was planning to apply as a skilled foreign worker through the Federal Skilled Worker Program, one of the programs available in the Express Entry system.

Express Entry

Among the various immigration programs, the Express Entry system is the most popular.

This immigration program was started in 2015 for managing the applications under its Economic Class immigration programs.

The Express Entry program has streamlined the immigration process and made it more transparent. Key details of the program are:

  • The program has no cap on applicants and is open throughout the year.
  • The program applies to the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class Immigration Program
  • To apply for this program, you must first submit an Expression of Interest.
  • Your application will be graded and placed in a pool of applicants.
  • Applicants with the top scores receive invitations to apply for PR or ITAs.
  • The yearly immigration levels or immigration targets define the number of ITAs that can be issued each year.

To be eligible for the Express Entry draw, Canada’s most popular immigration program, you must have the required points under the Comprehensive Ranking System or CRS. A CRS score of 1200 points is assigned to candidates in the Express Entry pool. Your CRS score is determined by factors such as age, work experience, adaptability, and so on. Each Express Entry draw will have a different CRS score.

Migrating to Canada as a temporary worker

A recent Canadian immigrant advised coming to Canada as a temporary worker and then changing to permanent status. I was more perplexed than ever at this point. On the one hand, I considered the FSWP since I was a skilled foreign worker. Then there was the possibility of migrating as a temporary worker.

Choosing Y-Axis

I decided to approach an immigration consultant and opted for Y-Axis. I was impressed by their experience and reputation and the positive feedback they received from their customers.

At Y-Axis Dubai, I spoke with a counselor 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.

My consultant suggested that I get an international resume done if I want to search for a job in Canada.

I hired a Y-Axis professional to help me with my international resume. This CV was now complete. Again, I enlisted the help of the gentlemen at Y-Axis to get my CV out to the right individuals on LinkedIn. You will be more visible to foreign employers than ever before if you have a CV that stands out from the crowd.

Finding a job in Canada 

I emailed my resume to about 20 different companies. The government of Canada’s official employment website was really helpful. They detail the work description, the responsibilities expected in that position, the estimated remuneration nationally and in each of the specific ten provinces, job trends, prospects, etc.

It is much easier to come up with a doable road map for Canada immigration for IT specialists, in my instance, if I have a fairly clear concept of what to expect working in the same position within Canada at different places. I finally found a job as an IT specialist in Canada.

Finding a place in the Express Entry Pool

Anyway, by this time, my application had been accepted into the Express Entry pool. I would apply through the FSWP because I would be ineligible for the other two Express Entry programs, and the FSTP was out for me because I had no trading experience.

Similarly, the CEC option required Canadian work experience, which I lacked. CEC assists temporary workers who have been in Canada for an extended period. All I had to do now was wait for my invitation from Canada’s federal government, given that my profile had been accepted into the Express Entry pool.

Waiting for an invitation

This is most likely the longest of them all. That of waiting for a formal invitation from Canada before submitting a completed application for permanent residency in Canada.

After a few months of waiting, I was fortunate enough to receive an ITA from IRCC. I then submitted my application for permanent residence in Canada. I had gathered all of my papers and was almost ready to submit my application by that time. I was waiting for the call to come to Canada.

Landing in Canada

I am still getting used to my new surroundings. A unique career opportunity has presented itself. This is a new country. I’ve made some new buddies. However, I believe that settling in Canada is the most straightforward option for a migrant. There is no barrier in terms of language. The locals are pretty friendly. The nicest part is that there are a lot of Indians in Canada! In the few days that I have been here, I have met so many new friends. Many of them are Indians themselves. In Canada, it certainly seems like home.

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