Canada lifts Visa requirement for Czech Citizens

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Citizenship and Immigration Canada Announced to lift visa requirement for the Czech Republic on November 14, 2013. Effective immediately, Visitors from Czech will no longer need to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa to visit Canada.

” Canada values strong ties with our European friends and after working with Czech officials for some time we are pleased to be able to extend visa-free travel for Czech citizens, this move is a testament to the strong relationship between Canada and the Czech Republic and reinforces our government’s commitment to facilitate legitimate trade and travel.” Said Chris Alexander, the minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

From now on, Czech Republic joins 50 other countries whose nationals are able to travel to Canada visa-free. Same with all other visa exempt nationals, Czech national can now visit Canada and stay for up to six months without a visa.

Click here to see the full list of countries and territories that are visa exempted.

Backgrounders:  News Release — Canada lifts visa requirement for the Czech Republic

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How Foreigners Can Find A Job In Canada

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How to find a job in Canada?

If you are outside of Canada and would like a job offer from a Canadian employer, here are the steps that you can take to help you land the job that much faster.

Credentials in Canada

First, it is important to understand that in Canada some occupations are regulated and other occupations are non-regulated.

Certain credentials acquired outside of Canada may not be recognized as equivalent to Canadian credentials. This can be because of relative differences between countries, particularly with the description of regulated occupations where health and safety are important.

Getting professional and educational credentials recognized in Canada can take time. So allow for this time before looking for work.

For more information on having your skills recognized visit: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca/content_pieces-eng.do?cid=223

Canadian Style Resume

Once you have confirmed whether or not your occupation is regulated or non-regulated, then you will want to prepare a Canadian style resume. A resume in Canada is very different from a CV in other countries.

Here are the top tips for preparing a Canadian style resume:

  • Keep it Short. In Canada, a resume is 1- 2 pages long.  Highlighting more of your work experience. Your education should only be a paragraph or two in length.
  • Change your resume for each job. When you apply to different jobs, change the keywords that are applicable for each job application. Adjust a few sentences to focus on certain skills and accomplishments.
  • Include Volunteer Work. Volunteer work is the perfect way to show employers the contribution and experience that you have completed.
  • Social media and Linkedin are very important. Linkedin is an online profile which also acts as a current resume. Make sure it is always up to date, has relevant references and you continue to network with others in your occupation in Canada.

For samples of Canadian style resumes visit:

http://career-advice.monster.ca/resumes-cover-letters/resume-samples/jobs.aspx

Jobs in Canada

Now that you have the perfect resume, it is time to start your job search. There is a popular belief that big cities will have the best job opportunities. If you are a foreign job seeker, the opposite is generally true.

You will probably have more success looking for a job outside of the big cities. In the larger cities there is a lot of competition for work, however in the remote communities there may be a greater need for workers. The employers in these out-of-the-way areas may be willing to provide job offers to people outside of Canada.

Here are a few job websites which could include employers who recruit outside of Canada:

If you do not see a job that you are interested in on these websites, you can also do a search on the internet for associations for your occupation in Canada.  These associations may have a ‘jobs  board’ on their website. These ‘jobs boards’ may have job postings for your occupation in different regions of Canada.

The key to finding a job in Canada is to identify employers who cannot find a local job applicant to fill the job. These employers who cannot find job applicants from their local community are more willing to provide a job offer to people outside of Canada.

Written by Sacha DeVoretz, blog contributor to Bell Alliance Global Immigration Services Inc.

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Changes to Canadian Experience Class 2014 | Canada Immigration Plan 2014

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Changes to Canadian Experience Class 2014

Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced several constructive changes to Canadian Experience Class. From November 9, 2013 to October 2014, CIC introduced a cap on application intake under this program. A maximum of 12,000 applications will be accepted for review. Despite the annual cap on applications, the department will admit approximately 15,000 individuals under the CEC in the year of 2014.

In addition,  CIC established a 200 applications sub-cup for each occupations under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) level B.  Please note that the NOC level 0 and A will not be sub-capped, but all of them are subjected to the overall cap of 12,000 applications.

This announcement is effective immediately. Citizenship and Immigration Canada Minister Chris Alexander pointed that the cap will help ensure the processing times remain short and prevent the application backlog from forming.

Furthermore,  the following 6 occupations will no longer qualify for Canadian Experience Class starting November 9, 2013.

  • Cooks (NOC 6322)
  • Food Service Supervisors (NOC 6311)
  • Administrative Officers (NOC 1221)
  • Administrative Assistants (NOC 1241)
  • Accounting Technicians and Bookkeepers (NOC 1311)
  • Retail Sales Supervisors (NOC 6211)

Citizenship and Immigration Canada will maintain the same language criteria for Canadian Experience Class in the coming year, which are Canadian Language Benchmark CLB7 for occupations under NOC Level 0 and Level A, and CLB 5 for occupations under NOC level B. However, all the applications will be verified upfront as for November 9, 2013.

For more information, please visit our Canadian Experience Class page, or  contact us .

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