Tuesday, July 8, 2014



Pinky A. Amador

After more than a year of hiatus, I find myself being drawn once again to write my thoughts in this so called journal of my free thinking mind to share with you, my dear friends and allies.We are all connected, as I reached you in different cities, countries and continents via the world wide web. 

Personal life interfered, hence my silence. Nevertheless, I feel that my elusive Muse is back and hopefully will stay so I can put words into keyboard, let the mouse of my computer move in a frenzy of studied interpretation of day to day life  and unto your reading pleasure. 

Get ready to be updated in recent immigration issues here in Canada and other stories of value for filipinos living here, in our country and the world. 

Monday, April 29, 2013


Migrating to another country is scary and daunting. The more information you have, the better are your chances to succeed faster in assimilating in the culture, environment and the different social norms. Below are two videos that Immigration Canada prepared for immigrants, as a guide to help them in their preparation to moving here.



All information are practical and easy enought to follow. As an immigrant myself, I know first hand that following the guides in the videos are important. You who are planning to migrate or are leaving for Canada are lucky that these videos were prepared, it is a valuable tool. Good luck.

Thursday, April 18, 2013


The list of 24 occupations that are eligible under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) when it re-opens on May 4, 2013 was released today.
In addition, four organizations have been designated to provide the now-required independent third party assessments of foreign educational credentials for applicants who studied outside of Canada. These assessments, which must be completed before an application is submitted, are aimed at helping newcomers through the FSWP to get off to a better start and into the Canadian labour force more quickly when they arrive. The government’s focus remain on jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity,” said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Kenney. Under the new Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canada will be able to attract the skilled immigrants our economy requires, who are the most likely to succeed and contribute their full skill set to the Canadian economy.
With the re-opening date approaching, future applicants should be aware of several key elements that will have an effect on the application process:

  • A new eligible occupations list, with a total of 24 occupations;
  • An overall cap of 5,000 new applications for all eligible occupations, including a sub-cap of 300 new applications for each eligible occupation;
  • Four organizations have been designated to conduct educational credential assessments (mandatory for applicants submitting foreign educational credentials); and
Applicants must show proof that they meet the minimum threshold of Canadian Language Benchmark 7 in all four language skill areas: speaking, reading, writing and oral comprehension.

As a result of the actions taken by the Government to deal with the massive backlogs and unacceptably long wait times, FSW applications will be processed in approximately one year,” said Minister Kenney. “We will not be able to remain competitive and attract the skilled immigrants we need if we allow backlogs and wait times to grow again. That’s why we are capping application intake and focusing on specific occupations that are experiencing labour shortages in Canada. This will also help us transition nicely into the just-in-time immigration system of the future
Applications under the new FSWP will be accepted starting May 4, 2013. Until then, however, the FSWP application process does not change – only individuals with qualifying job offers or those applying under the PhD stream are eligible for processing.
Information for applicants to the new Federal Skilled Worker Program
The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) selects immigrants based on their ability to succeed economically in Canada. After meeting eligibility requirements, applicants are assessed against selection criteria, also known as the “points grid.” There are 100 points available to applicants, with points awarded for official language abilities, age, education, work experience, employment already arranged in Canada, and adaptability. The current pass mark is 67.
After a thorough review of relevant research, an extensive program evaluation, stakeholder and public consultations, research and study of best practices in other immigrant-receiving countries, improvements to the FSWP were announced in December 2012. These improvements will come into force on May 4, 2013.
A pause on the intake of most new FSWP applications has been in place since July 1, 2012, except for those with a qualifying job offer and those who applying under the PhD stream. The pause will be lifted and an eligible occupations stream re-established on May 4, 2013.
While Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will not be accepting applications for the 24 eligible occupations until May 4, 2013, there are some new requirements that applicants can start preparing for, such as language tests and foreign educational credential assessments. The complete application process, featuring the new selection criteria, will be available on CIC’s website by May 4, 2013.
All individuals who are considering applying on or after May 4 should be aware that if their application does not meet the new criteria, it will not be processed. A prospective applicant should ensure they meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • They have at least one year of continuous work experience in one of the 24 eligible occupations;
  • They have a qualifying offer of arranged employment (*note changes to the arranged employment process were previously published in this web notice); or
  • They are eligible to apply through the PhD stream.
If prospective applicants are confident that they meet at least one of the above requirements, they must also meet the minimum language threshold and obtain an educational credential assessment (if submitting a foreign educational credential).
Eligible Occupations List
The eligible occupations stream will have an overall cap of 5,000 new applications and sub-caps of 300 applications in each of the 24 occupations on the list.

Eligible occupations (with their corresponding 2011 National Occupation Classification code):

  • 0211 Engineering managers
  • 1112 Financial and investment analysts
  • 2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers
  • 2131 Civil engineers
  • 2132 Mechanical engineers
  • 2134 Chemical engineers
  • 2143 Mining engineers
  • 2144 Geological engineers
  • 2145 Petroleum engineers
  • 2146 Aerospace engineers
  • 2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers/designers)
  • 2154 Land surveyors
  • 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • 2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  • 2263 Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
  • 3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
  • 3142 Physiotherapists
  • 3143 Occupational Therapists
  • 3211 Medical laboratory technologists
  • 3212 Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants
  • 3214 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
  • 3215 Medical radiation technologists
  • 3216 Medical sonographers
  • 3217 Cardiology technicians and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c. (not elsewhere classified)

Minimum Language threshold

All prospective applicants to the FSWP should first determine whether they meet the new minimum language threshold: Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) 7 in all four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). To prove language proficiency, a prospective applicant must take a third-party language test from an organization designated by the Minister and submit their test report along with their application to CIC.
Language test results will be accepted by CIC for two years from the date that they were issued by the designated organization.
CIC-designated language testing organizations include: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and Test d’évaluation de français (TEF).
Third-party language tests are scored differently by each of the three organizations. Here are the scores on each of the tests that correspond to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) 7 or higher:


Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)
An FSWP applicant must score at least 4L on the CELPIP-General test in each of the four skills to meet the minimum language threshold.
A score of 4L on the CELPIP-General test corresponds to CLB 7. A score of 4H corresponds to CLB 8, and a score of 5 or higher corresponds to CLB 9 or higher.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
An FSWP applicant must score at least 6.0 on the IELTS General Training test in each of the four skills to meet the minimum language threshold of CLB 7.


Test d’évaluation de français (TEF)
An FSWP applicant must score at least 206 in reading, 248 in listening, and 309 in both speaking and writing on the TEF to meet the minimum language threshold of NCLC 7.

Arranged Employment

Previously, employers have applied for an Arranged Employment Opinion (AEO) from Human Resources Skills Development Canada when they wished to hire a foreign national on a permanent, full-time basis and support their employee’s application for permanent residence through the FSWP.
Starting on May 4, 2013, CIC will no longer accept AEOs in support of an FSWP application. Instead, most offers of arranged employment will require a Labour Market Opinion.

Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)

Another important change that takes effect on May 4, 2013, is the introduction of the educational credential assessment (ECA). Prospective applicants may start the process of getting an ECA before May 4 if they are planning to submit a foreign educational credential. However, applicants should keep in mind the other program eligibility requirements listed above, i.e. whether they have a qualifying offer of arranged employment or are applying under the PhD stream or eligible occupations stream; and if they meet the minimum language threshold through a designated third-party test. Applicants who have Canadian educational credentials do not need to get an ECA, unless they are also submitting a foreign educational credential in support of their application.
The ECA process will help determine if the foreign educational credential is authentic and equivalent to a completed credential in Canada. For prospective applicants, the ECA can provide a realistic understanding of how their foreign educational credentials are likely to be recognized in Canada.
As of April 17, 2013, four organizations have been designated by the Minister to provide ECA reports for purposes of immigrating to Canada under the FSWP. Additional organizations may be designated by CIC in the future. The designated organizations are:

The Medical Council of Canada has been designated only for those principal applicants who intend to apply with specialist physician (2011 National Occupation Classification [NOC] code 3111) or general practitioner/family physician (2011 NOC code 3112) as their primary occupation in their FSWP application. Neither NOC code 3111 nor 3112 is on the eligible occupations list that takes effect on May 4, so this will only affect those applying under the PhD stream or with a qualifying job offer based on those NOC codes.
Applicants should contact the designated organizations directly for further information on their documentation requirements, processing times and fees.
CIC will only accept ECA reports issued after the date the organization was designated by CIC to provide ECA reports for immigration purposes (i.e. April 17, 2013). An ECA report will be valid for immigration purposes for 5 years from the date that it was issued by the designated organization.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Patricia's poems: MY GARDEN BECKONS

Pinky A. Amador
Sunlight slids willy nilly on leaves bathe in golden rays.
Branches of green sways back and forth, a musical medley on its way.
 Kaleidoscope of colors mingles, dotting branches and trunks where it lays.
Trees side by side, touching,  seemingly engross in each others embrace.
Come while away the seconds, the minutes, the hours. Hand in hand we go. 
Time will stop for us, the believers, the passionate, you, my boy beau.
Life is too short for worries, anger, regrets and madness woe.
Nobody is right or wrong, encompass silence and peace after all, we are no foe.
A poem about finding solace in a garden, a representation of various feelings wrecking havoc in our lives.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


Pinky A. Amador
Living abroad has its advantages and disadvantages. The most prevalent problem most of us encounter, is the feeling of loneliness, missing love ones,  those who were left behind (Philippines). Some also have to overcome stereotypical barriers and at times racial slur that hurts like the dickens. One has to develop a thick skin ( bawal ang balat sibuyas) so you can shrug and ignore people who for one reason or another decided that they need to make somebody feel bad simply because they themselves don't feel right.
In my personal experience, I find that feigning seems to take the sting of a nasty rebuff.  To stand your ground,  one don't need to fight head on, butting heads just makes any situation escalate into dangerous encounters. Jokes or making light of what is happening actually works best, or just simply walk away.
At the steps of the skytrain, a heavy set black man stopped me and began asking for money. He was menacingly blocking my path, so I pretended that I didn't speak english, "soli, soli, me dunna nu  spek englesh!",  while slowly back walking towards the bus loop where there were people around. My actions confused the man enough for me to make a much needed escape from a scary situation.
A know it all neighbor, keeps giving me unsolicited advise about everything under the Sun. Each time he starts with, "did you know that....", I know he will try to engage me in a lengthly discourse. To  circumvent his frame of mind, I say"really, am asian I didn't know that, okay bye" then I hurriedly leave.
An acquintance who is a know it all thinks he is always right and woe to the person who contradicts him. Knowing he is wrong most times, I simply say, "ah imagine that in Asia that's not how we do it, its just our asian way of doing things, you of course know more than I do."  
If you get into a situation that you need to distance yourself  right away simply say, "I dunno, am asian go figure, eh!" It always work.



Saturday, March 30, 2013

Patricia's Poems - A SUNRISE WALK

Pinky A. Amador
Fresh breath marries with the cold air to mist ones face.
Dewdrops translucent dots the sea of grass green maze.
Brown leaves still crunches when feet squeak and squashes.
Puddles of water welcomes boots made for splashes.
The trees sprouting Spring flowers, little by little, bud by bud.
Insects, bugs and butterflies knows it is now time to leave their hub.
The skies  indigo light slowly travels its streak changing various blue hue.
Willowy white clouds craddle  wayward stars too stubborn to say adieu.
Walking amidst God's wonders, I pause, reflect, then  I rejoice.
Peace and timelessness mingles with joy of the now and of what is to be.
A poem about finding oneself appreciating God's miracle of a Sunrise and that moment  when one realize everyones existence is precious.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Warning from Immigration Canada about Marriage fraud


A video from Immigration Canada warning the public that marriage scams are everywhere. Fraud are undertaken by unscrupulous individuals both foreign and local Canadians.