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Professional in Home Country but Unskilled Worker in Canada: Pity State of a Skilled Landed Immigrant

The Canadian immigration policy has many open doors through which a foreign National could become a permanent Canadian resident, and thereafter, hopefully become a citizen. One way of immigrating to Canada, is through the Federal skilled workers program (don’t mind the cancellation of about 280,000 applications recently by the Minister in charge), and skilled workers program by the Provinces under the Provincial nominee program (PNP).

Once the skilled worker scales through the hurdles and procures the Permanent resident visa for self and family members, preparation starts for the journey to become “economically established” in Canada. However, it has been noted that on arrival, the so-called ability as a professional from home, waiting for his skills to be utilized, become a mirage.

The professional association in Canada, almost all of them, and particularly in Medicine, Engineering, Accountancy, make it difficult for the foreign professional to be registered and thus practice his profession. There are shortages of Medical Doctors in Canada, the medical schools are few, and yet Medical Doctors who graduated from first world countries, practiced in both first and third world countries are refused Licenses which to practice.

The new professional immigrant, an Engineer, is forced to get a job as a waiter in an hotel, worker at the ticketing office of GO Station, as a means of paying his bills, before the exhaustion of the settlement funds he came with. If the CIC could have an arrangement with the PNP, without losing the power to make final decision as to granting of the required visas, shouldn’t the CIC do same with the professional bodies?
Let the prospective foreign skilled worker have his/ her foreign professional certificates assessed by the Canadian regulatory professional body, write any qualifying examinations before taking the flight to become a landed immigrant, and on landing able to secure a job in his profession and on the way to become “economically established”.
This will reduce the problem faced by professionals immigrating to Canada.

Anthony Fajobi
Immigration Program Student at Ashton College
under the tutelage of Jose Godoy Toku

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