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February 22, 2006 1:25 PM Subscribe
On my sister's behalf: What is the best chance for my husband (and therefore me) to immigrate to B.C.? He is 53 (not good according to the Canadian point system), and has a great offer of work from a friend in Victoria who is a designer/builder of homes. My husband would be hired as a foreman, as he's a highly skilled and experienced carpenter, and is capable of managing and training crews. His formal education doesn't go beyond high school, his English language skills are good (but not his French), he has no criminal record, and he's in very good health.
posted by bricoleur to law & government (19 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We have a corporation, for tax purposes, through which he's been paid for the last several years, but haven't had any employees, and we don't have the $100,000+ I'm told we would need to enter as an entrepreneur.
Our options seem to be: a) to apply as a Skilled Worker to Canada, with an offer of employment, although even with the offer in hand, he wouldn't do that well with the point system assessment; b) to apply as a Provincial Nominee, to B.C., as I'm told (by some) that there is a shortage of highly-skilled carpenters in B.C.; or c) to apply somehow under the umbrella of the corporation—setting up a satellite office in Victoria, or something in conjunction with our friend's business. Can anyone tell us which approach is more likely to be successful, if any? Or, is there an approach that we don't know about yet? And, what are the odds of being accepted?
In any case, any thoughts on whether it is beneficial or detrimental to one's case to hire a lawyer to help with the application process?