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Language proficiency, younger age a plus for Pinoys seeking jobs in Canada

Language proficiency and a younger age will give added advantage to Filipinos seeking a job in Canada as the Canadian government implements a new selection system for its Federal Skill Worker Program.

Citing a report from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said Canadian Minister for Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney announced last Dec. 19 the new selection system.

In a report, Philippine Ambassador to Canada Leslie Gatan said the new criteria include:· Minimum official language thresholds and increased points for official language proficiency, making language the most important factor in the selection process;

· Increased emphasis on younger immigrants, who are more likely to acquire valuable Canadian experience; are better positioned to adapt to changing labour market conditions; and who will spend a greater number of years contributing to Canada’s economy;

· Introduction of the Educational Credential Assessment (ECA), so that education points awarded reflect the foreign credential’s true value in Canada;

· Changes to the arranged employment process, allowing employers to hire applicants quickly, if there is a demonstrated need in the Canadian labour market; and· Additional adaptability points for spousal language ability and Canadian work experience.

The report said applicants have to meet level 7 of the Canadian Language Benchmark assessment system from agencies published in the pages of Canada Immigration and Citizenship.

They also have to have their education credentials assessed before leaving the Philippines to provide applicants a view of how their education backgrounds compare to the standards in Canada.Gatan said changes will take effect in May 4, with the screening process taking just a few months instead of a few years.

The report said a fixed number of applicants will be accepted every year.

Jovan Cerda

January 17, 2013

http://www.philstar.com/breaking-news/2013/01/17/898045/language-proficiency-younger-age-plus-pinoys-seeking-jobs-canada

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