Is Canada a viable option for applicants struggling to get PR in Australia?
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Download the FREE SBS Radio App for a better listening experiencePunjabi 15 Sep 2018 - 5:24pm Is Canada a viable option for applicants struggling to get PR in Australia?
15 Sep 2018 - 12:31 PM UPDATED 15 Sep 2018 - 5:24 PM
If you are a skilled worker with the right experience, skills and background, you might be able to make Canada your permanent home through its Express Entry Program.
Like Australia, Canadaâs skilled migration program is also a points-based system which is designed to attract highly qualified and experienced professionals to best meet its skills needs.
Following the recent changes to Australiaâs visa system, there are many skilled migrants who are struggling to salvage their dream of becoming Australian permanent residents*.
Migration experts believe the âvisa changesâ have adversely affected the chances of these applicants in the skilled visa categories.
Many applicants who are struggling to meet the desired standards for PR in Australia now aim to move to Canada. But is Canada a viable option for these applicants?
To answer this question, we invited migration consultants Avtar Arora and Jujhar Bajwa who have expertise in migration law in Canada and Australia.
Jujhar Singh from Bajwa Immigration Consultants in Melbourne says many of his clients are worried due to these changes.
âThe visa sector has seen huge changes in the last two years. Some of our clients are now extremely distressed about their prospects in Australia and aim to apply for Canada in high hopes,â he told SBS Punjabi.
âWe've seen an impact due to the changes to the skilled occupation lists and state nomination criteria. Some applicants also had their hopes shattered due to the abolition of 457 visas and more recently, due to an increase in points threshold from 60 to 65 for skilled visas.â
Mr Bajwa suggested that Canadaâs skilled migration program is quite similar to Australia.
"There is not much difference in terms of the point system designed for various skill subsets, job experience and the English language capacity of the prospective applicant," he says.
"But there are certain occupations that are in high demand where applicants can or may benefit from Canadaâs Express Entry program.
"For an example, the transport industry is in a booming stage in Canada so potentially experienced truck drivers should explore this promising opportunity."Also Read Australian visas: Whatâs changing from July 1 The visa changes will affect prospective skilled migration visa applicants, businesses sponsoring skilled migrants, as well as all points-test based visa applications.
Vancouver-based migration consultant, Avtar Arora told SBS Punjabi that Canada offers Express Entry program for skilled immigrants who want to settle in Canada permanently and take part in its economy.
He advised that people should use the online tool Come to Canada to see if they meet the criteria to get into the Express Entry pool.
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