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He/She Who Hesitates is Lost

June 28th, 2010

The “lost” in this proverb, which dates back to England of the early 1700’s, does not mean “unable to find one’s way home”. Rather, the saying signifies that if you react too slowly to situations, especially urgent ones, you will generally “lose” a good opportunity. More about this a little later.

Earlier this month Canadians were busy congratulating themselves over the results of a survey which covered 18,000 people in 24 countries. The question put to these individuals was simple: “If you were presented with the opportunity of moving to Canada, would you?” Overwhelmingly, the respondents answered in the affirmative – including 77 percent of those canvassed in China and 68 percent from India. Seventy-two percent believed that Canada is welcoming to immigrants. Heck, even 30 percent of Americans would choose Canada, if they could.

On the heels of this glowing report, what did the Canadian government do? Well, this past weekend the Minister of Immigration issued instructions to his Department to 1) declare a moratorium on new applications under the Federal Immigrant Investor Program and 2) limit the number of Federal Skilled Worker applications, without an accompanying job offer, to 20,000 for the next 12 months. Moreover, to be eligible as a skilled worker without a Canadian job offer, the principal applicant must have worked for at least one year in the past 10 in one of only 29 listed occupations that are considered “open” for Canadian immigration purposes. To top it off, no more than 1,000 applications will be considered under any one occupation – first come, first served.

This brings me back to the title of this blog. To the existing requirements under the Federal Skilled Worker Category, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has added one more – be quick with your application, or risk losing your opportunity of qualifying for a permanent resident visa under this category.

The good news is that some of the provinces, and especially the province of Quebec, still believe in the human capital model, in which one’s total background is given greater importance than their experience in a particular occupation. All it may take is a willingness to learn a little French.



 
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29 Responses to “He/She Who Hesitates is Lost”

  • On June 29th, 2010, Anonymous said ...

    “All it may take is a willingness to learn a little French” I am feeling a Rosetta Stone moment coming on!! just how much french is enough

  • On June 29th, 2010, High said ...

    That is why when Canada opened it’s door for College Instructors like me, I didn’t waste a single time filing my application. In May of this year, I and my family were granted immigrant visa status. Thank God and thank you to Canada for this once in a lifetime opportunity. I just feel sad that some friends who postponed their application and hesitated are not anymore included in the now 29 in demand occupation list. The cliche` that says, “Opportunity knocks only once” holds true. I hope this may have served a lesson to those who always procrastinate.

  • On June 29th, 2010, EUE said ...

    phew! Thank God I didn”t hesitate in filling my application through David Cohen. I just got my Visa last month. My friend who introduced me to the program but hesitated almost had a heart attack when I broke the news to him. Attorney David you are deadpan right… He/She who hesitates…

  • On June 29th, 2010, Michael said ...

    David,
    you are so right, it is like the old saying procastination is the theft of time. I belive that opportuniyies lost is not always regained. My job title is now gone; but I was earlier than the deadline. Thanks David for your persuasion. Michael

  • On June 29th, 2010, jovy said ...

    May GOD be my way to be able to work in Canada,for me and my family future..

  • On June 29th, 2010, Bakarh said ...

    Dear David,
    It is good to learn from you every month on the development of Canadian immigration rules and regulations . Just a question of 29 listed occupations do they reflect to respective NOCs . As for example, does NOC 0122 fall under one of the listed occcupations e.g. 1122 ?
    Thank you for your kind comment

  • On June 29th, 2010, Anonymous said ...

    AM SORRY FOR MYSELF. I DELAYED AND MY OCCUPATION HAS BEEN REMOVED. MAY BE I SHOULD JUST FIND SOLACE IN MY COUNTRY

  • On June 29th, 2010, Sarat said ...

    You sure have a point here David. It holds true for all your applicants. They must initiate their application now. It may be a Now or Never kind of a situation. There is now a cap of a 1000 in each of the 29 NOCs. Moreover, there is an overall cap of 20000 across the 29 NOCs. No doubt, you have done very well on your part by keeping your applicants informed of the changes and the limitations in the opportunities.

    It is sincerely advised to all the immigration aspirants, YOU MUST INITIATE THE APPLICATION NOW!!

  • On June 30th, 2010, Mir said ...

    I started my process last year after hesitation of about 6 months but lucky enough to complete the process last month and got my Visas … Thanks Attorney Cohen for my successful case handling.

  • On June 30th, 2010, Anonymous said ...

    i thank you for your information, it will make us to be fast about our application, but is the 1,000 for each visa offices or for the cic

  • On July 1st, 2010, Muhammad Akram said ...

    Good informations for millions of peoples

  • On July 1st, 2010, Ali said ...

    Now I am traing to submit my documents through David Cohen. I hope I will be success in this regards.

    Thanks

    Ali

  • On July 1st, 2010, Ziad Haddad said ...

    Yes that is true and well said.
    Not only an opportunity lost temporarily, but forever as I do not think future changes in the immigration system will bring back any already removed professions, and if this happens; other limitations and restrictions shall apply, and those who lost the opportunity “now” will have a smaller chance to successfully re-attempt to apply then. Naturally talking about the skilled workers category.
    The question is; how positively these new rules will affect older applicants waiting time? as theoretically; accepted application numbers are limited now and embassy immigration processing offices may now have less overload and may be able to process older applications faster. Would the 60 month waiting time “average” be reduced to few months? –In my part of the world at least.

  • On July 1st, 2010, Anonymous said ...

    Does that mean IT professionals will not be able to immigrate without a job offer, even if the primary holder has Masters and secondary has Bachelors ? Thats unfair.

  • On July 1st, 2010, @July 1st, Anonymous said ...

    No. You have to get a job as a welder first in order to become eligible for Canada. Let’s better take a look at the US H1-B Visa program. The US economy will start to emerge from recession and in the near future it will be a lot more easy to obtain a job offer in United States than in Canada.

  • On July 2nd, 2010, mavis said ...

    I’m totally agreed with Attorney Cohen, “Some of the provinces, and especially the province of Quebec, still believe in the HUMAN CAPITAL model, in which ONE’s TOTAL BACKGROUND is given GREATER IMPORTANCE than their experience in a particular occupation. My husband lived and studied in Canada over 10 years. He was graduated from one of the famous Canadian Universities in Ontario. Even though he is very familiar with Canada’s culture but unexpectedly, he cannot migrate to Canada. The only reason is his working experience not being included in the previous 38 occupation lists. Oh, sorry, now is 29 occupation lists. If the time can flow backwards, he went to another province like Quebec, Alberta, Prince Edward Island etc, or he either went to New Zealand or Australia (before Australian Government in order to prevent all people will change their migratory destination to Australia because of the NEW immigration policy of the Canadian Government, so that Australia also followed Canadian Government to amend their immigration policy), I think we will ever not encounter this misfortune.

  • On July 2nd, 2010, Anonymous said ...

    Dear David,
    Thank you for the updates it helps me a lot.

  • On July 4th, 2010, miro said ...

    Thank you for the updates

  • On July 6th, 2010, Kashif said ...

    Oh!
    I am an international student here :( …….. its not fair. Now what other options do i have?

  • On July 7th, 2010, sameer said ...

    i just had gone through this information .its really now or never option.must submit my documentation through david

  • On July 11th, 2010, Anonymous said ...

    whoa! just saw this message. hope i’m not late yet.

  • On July 16th, 2010, Blessed said ...

    Thanks Mr Cohen for keeping us abreast with the happenings in Ca. I filled in my application early this year. U motivated me… Pls keep up the good work.

  • On July 18th, 2010, Anonymous said ...

    The website shows occupations that have been added and those that remain on the list to make the 29. Is there a list for occupations that were removed? Thanks in advance

  • On July 20th, 2010, MBEYEAH DAVID said ...

    Hi David,
    Thanks for updating me on the immigration information to Canada,Quebec in particular.More grease to your elbow.

  • On August 27th, 2010, Colorado Immigration Law Firm said ...

    Thanks for the update. Therefore, strategic workers are particularly encouraged in that they help to sustain or create jobs for Quebec residents.

  • On September 2nd, 2010, ezzeddine said ...

    Thank you Mr.David for these updates.They help me a lot.My occupation as a teacher of english let me believe that my situation is a bit difficult,but may god help us to be in canada in the nearest time.

  • On November 21st, 2010, obafemi david said ...

    Infact this is wonderfull I’ve read it and am filling my self in canada, right now am starting.

  • On January 1st, 2011, Anonymous said ...

    If the cap has been reached for the current year (2010-2011) how do we go about applying for 2011 June ‘period’. 1000 applications are really going to fill up really fast,tips on how to get a head-start, Really curious about one question , tell me if Canada wants professional and other qualified professionals who would contribute to the economy – how come 250,000 immigrants are earmarked for 2011, but the professional are only limited to a ” TOTAL OF 20,000 ” Strange logic ……

  • On January 6th, 2011, Anonymous said ...

    I agree with all views expressed by your readers Mr. Cohen – as I’m also in a similar situation as they are, I cried when I was told I’m not qualified to enter Canada…mind you I am a holder of a masters degree with significant exeperience but my occupation is not on the list. I hope something is done to revise this soon

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