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16-Feb-02, 03:37 PM (EST)
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"Current employment diff from Intended Occupation"
   I had applied to CHC, HongKong, in Jan2000 with the Intended occupation of "Industrial and Manufacturing Engineer", as I am a Production Engineer with 4 almost 4 years of experience at the time of application.

Later in December 2000 I changed my job to work in a company which develops software for the manufacturing Industry.In my present position, I still use my previous knowledge, but to develop and to test the software code.

I wrote a letter to the CHC informing them about the change in the job. Looking at the processing standards at HongKong,I believe that the Interview call will come by March2003. This means that I will have more than 2 years of work experience in my new job.

How will this change in job affect my chances of getting a positive response at the time of Interview. Is job change considered an objectinable or a favourable action which opens up the options of working in canada under different skill sets.

Also one more point. My application for assessment by CCPE(Canadian Council for Professional Engineers) was rejected on the grounds that my college of Engineering was not recognized by them(although the University which awarded the degree is recognized by CCPE).

Anticipating your reply and acknowledging the efforts you put in answering these numerous postings.



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21-Mar-02, 11:22 AM (EST)
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1. "RE: Current employment"
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   Response to Point #1:

Sometimes an applicant will change career focuses or career fields, thereby making his/her current occupation different from the listed "intended occupation". If that happens, under the current system, then an immigration officer can question how the person has been able to maintain his/her skills in the intended occupation, while working in a new field.

In such a case it would be best if the applicant could provide some kind of evidence of maintenance of skills. This can be accomplished in some cases by demonstrating professional memberships, additional studies, or in some cases volunteer work. Or sometimes the new field is related, in some way, to the previous career field, and thus allows for a maintenance of skills.

However, the current system will likely no longer be in effect on June 28, 2002, for most applicants. The new system is much more flexible in allowing for changes in career fields. And thus, such a change would likely no longer be an issue under the new system, in June.

Response to Point #2:

Under the current system, refusal by the CCPE will usually mean that the applicant can not list an engineering field as his/her intended occupation in Canada, and must thus list the intended occupation as being in a field that is categorized as "technologist" or "technician" rather than engineer. Such occupations must usually be approved by the CCTT (Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists.)

However, refusal by the CCPE may become less relevant under the new system of immigration, due to be implemented on June 28, 2002, depending upon the circumstances or nature of the application.

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