Mark first contacted me in 2010 because he was interested in a better life in Canada. Since Mark had an impressive career history as a nurse, I suggested that he apply under the Quebec Skilled Worker (QSW) program, a program that has brought so many nurses, like Mark, to Canada.
We recently interviewed Mark to discuss his experience as a Filipino nurse going through the Canadian Immigration process that I would like to share with you.
What influenced you to become a nurse?
“I wanted to be a doctor since I was a kid. Most of my friends wanted to study nursing so I told myself I’d study nursing too. I wanted to study medicine soon after I graduated anyway so I thought of giving nursing a shot. Those were the days when I still have a juvenile way of weighing things over. I passed the nursing exam and started working. Right then and there I realized that being a nurse is a very rewarding career. I also found out that there are many different fields of nursing, so I was content with my nursing career that I totally forgot about going back to study medicine. I must admit, I’m no good in studying, too.”
Mark immigrated under the QSW program and landed in Quebec but eventually decided on Newfoundland, a Province of Canada. It is important to note that when you apply under the QSW program you should show intention to reside in the province of Quebec, but as a permanent resident your freedom to live and work ANYWHERE in Canada is protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
We asked Mark – “what made you decide to move from an urban centre like Montreal to Newfoundland, a beautiful, but rural part of the country?”
“I tried applying for jobs online (while I was still in the Philippines, waiting for my visa) and fortunately I received an e-mail back for a job interview if I can make it to Newfoundland so that made me decide even more to move here. Newfoundland is also a very nice place. Despite its not so big population, the province itself has lots to offer for a nature person like me. I do have plans to move out to another province next year for my future career plans.”
Unfortunately for Mark, when he first sought immigration to Canada he was the victim of an unscrupulous consultant. Given my 15 years working in immigration, I know very well that there are some individuals out there, consultants and attorneys alike, who take advantage of hard working people like you. They make promises they can’t keep, take your hard earned money and run.
Our firm recognizes that unfortunate fact and we strongly believe that your trust is a valuable commodity. We also recognize that your trust must be earned. For these reasons I travel abroad, with my experienced team, to different locations around the world to host free Canadian Immigration seminars tailored for nursing professionals. You get to meet us, we get to meet you and we can start to build the trust that is essential to a successful attorney-client relationship.
But I was curious what made Mark decide to take the leap of faith to become one of our many successful Canadim Nurses?
“I was randomly browsing the web when I landed Mr. Dery’s website, Canadim. As someone who has dealt with and been victimized by immigration fraudsters and crooks in the past, I had my doubts initially. But in contrary to my past experiences, Atty. Renaud Dery proved me wrong. He is a highly respected and dependable immigration attorney. I would not think twice on referring my friends to him if they had any concerns or if they need assistance with any immigration processes. In fact I sought his help again for my wife’s dependent visa, whose process is ongoing at the moment. “
I get a lot of questions from potential clients about what documents are required by the immigration authorities and are they difficult to gather. So I asked Mark “were the documents required by Immigration Quebec difficult to obtain?”
“Gathering the documents for my immigration wasn’t difficult at all. If I had any difficulty or needed any clarifications, I sought help with Canadim. Everything is pretty straight forward, and the documents they are requesting were readily available on my end. I do believe the same goes for everybody.”
One requirement that can take longer is French language proficiency. I realize that many of you reading this probably have little or no experience in French. I should mention that an applicant does not necessarily require French to qualify but it can strengthen your application by offsetting points lost for age (over 35) or if you do not have 4 years of paid nursing experience. I thought it was important for you to hear from someone like Mark, with no experience in French, if he enjoyed learning French?
“French is a really an interesting language. I’d like to learn it more intensively someday. It is easy and has a lot of similarities with the English language. Pronunciations have some differences but it is really easy to learn. I enrolled in a French school designed for travelers and workers who wants to go in a French-speaking country. The course was only for 2 hours once a week for a total of 3 months. I had to study in between my once a week sessions and I borrowed French audio books from the library to supplement my learning. I do have to mention Quebec is a nice place too! I’ve dropped by Montreal to meet and personally thank Canadim when I first set foot in Canada and I fell in love with the city. I would like to come back and meet the Canadim team again, this time, with my wife when she comes over.. :)”
Perhaps because I was too young to remember, I always wonder what is going through the mind of someone who is about to board the plane to start their new life in Canada.
“You’ve checked in at the airport, you have your Canadian Permanent Residence Visa stamped in your passport – what’s going through your mind when you’re waiting to board the airplane to start your new life in Canada?”
“’This is it! New Life, New Career, New Challenges, New Friends!’ It was the first time that I really felt secure. Although I did not have a fixed job at that time (only an invitation for a job interview), and did I know what my accommodations would look like, I felt really confident that everything would come into place. I was quite anxious because I did not have any family members with me here in Canada but I do have friends who were really accommodating.”
Stay tuned for part II of our interview with Mark where we will talk about Mark’s Quebec Selection Interview, how nurses are treated differently in Canada than the Philippines and his experiences and advice for anyone considering becoming a certified RN in Canada!
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