When you arrive to a new country the first thing that hits you is that online searches no longer work the same way they did back home. Yes, you may have learned perfect English however something is lost in translation. Your vocabulary is skewed and keywords are – well – key. Here is an example we ran into when looking at the best site for professional immigrants arriving to Ontario – www.settlement.org
- Nobody outside Canada would ever have guessed that the keyword is “settlement”
- Our next hurdle was to understand if this umbrella organization was the de facto source of information for Ontario immigration
- Finally we took their copyright note seriously and asked Theresa Polyakov for permission to write this blog post which she kindly helped us organize
Here is the suggested content structure for professional immigrants:
This page nails down what’s regulated and what isn’t with all the related links you need to know. So you are a lawyer and had all the information already. What about a real estate agent? You will be surprised how these regulated professions really make integration somewhat of a Spartan Race if you don’t know your options. Now if you ever plan to leave Ontario and move to Alberta make sure you have that piece of the puzzle covered because the fine print isn’t the same from one province to another!
So you didn’t get the full details back home two years ago when you started the immigration process. After all in the papers Guy Laliberté – founder of Cirque du Soleil – profession is a clown; right. So now you find out that you have to study 2-3 years to get back on track because no FastPass is possible. The best answer to this is to validate if you can take an alternative job i.e. do paralegal work whilst studying law to become a lawyer again in Ontario. Some will even pass the New York State Bar exam! We must of course look a the broader picture of opportunities since some regulated professions can open doors for a new career path which is widely accepted in Canada compared to other countries.
Access To Professions And Trade Guide
This section of the site was more complex to find a FastPass that suited our lawyer. Suddenly we end up walking through each step of the immigration process with tons of information that may or may not be pertinent to our limited time in front of the screen. It felt like applying for a mortgage online without all the required documents handy. One keeps getting sidetracked by more content. Useful links is a dangerous habit also called the Hummingbird syndrome so we really preferred getting right to the golden nuggets like Speed Mentoring in a city near you.
Start A Business
Normally professional immigrants like plumbers, teachers, health specialists etc. won’t bite the bullet and bring their savings to start a new company in a new country. The bravest will be bold and defy any criticism from immigration officers and family back home to dream the North American Dream though. After all here is where terms like “Blue Ocean” and “Sky is the limit” were invented. To start a business is hard work for someone who lived their entire life in Ontario. Please make sure you can pay your Hydro bill for at least 18 months before going down the Entrepreneur path no matter what your read in this section of the site. You may become the next Allen Lau from wattpad after all!
The discussion forum lists 1781 members and topics range from how to apply for student grants to water quality in the province. Honestly community discussion boards that are moderated by the site owner is something of the past. Today professional immigrants just want to get onto a Facebook page and ask the question to the right person that will answer with the perfect advice before bedtime. One hour is asking for too much when you are a Mexican doctor trying to get back into the field in Ontario. It’s like going to a travel agency to buy a flight ticket from Toronto to Montreal really. Great advice. Great in person discussion. Great time waster for the globetrotter who knows where to find the best ticket online after reading Jessica Moorhouse awesome money saving blog! Oh, by the way she lives in Toronto; naturally.
We covered pretty much what was worth in an hours time of surfing this source of valuable information. How often does it get updated? Well, that is always a tricky question and unless you get direct access to a member of staff who knows; well you won’t really know what you don’t know. More importantly websites of this magnitude won’t always point you in the right direction since this goes back to the “keywords are key” discussion earlier.
Theresa never mentioned their world class résumé template which honestly is a copy of the version we have been optimizing for the past 15 years and is second to none to obtain a first interview. Most immigrants we mentored in the past landed a job in their field within 3 months using this résumé template. Get to work right now and create yours for free! Eh, this résumé will work anywhere in Canada by the way.
We want to thank Theresa and Settlement.org for helping you get the FastPass information you needed to be successful in Ontario.
Our blog post doesn’t necessarily represent the opinion of Settlement.org or it’s management. All images above are copyright material from http://www.settlement.org
Next week we will focus on British Columbia even if the cost of living there is too expensive for most Canadians.
We wish you nothing but success and look forward to your story!