Hana

Finding work in Canada from South Africa

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Hana

Good day everyone

I need some guidance and advice please. My husband and I desperately want to immigrate to Canada. However we cannot do Express entry because we do not have sufficient points. My husband has over 15 years experience in IT support roles. We were advised by immigration agent here in South Africa that our only option would be for him to get a job in Canada and then get a work permit. This has been almost impossible to do as you can imagine because employers require people with rights to work in Canada before even considering you. It's hard to find out which employers actually employ people from other countries and give LMIA's. Or even which recruiters assist foreign workers to find employment there. Can anyone please advise us on what we can possibly do or who to contact?

Thank you in advance.

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M-N
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Hi there.  I managed to get an offer in Canada while in SA.  Yes, it's true alot of companies are reluctant to go through the process, however if you are a specialist in your field or can market yourself as a necessary assets they'll take the chance.  I'm in the IT field toovbut I worked for a very specialized software company and the work I did was very particular to the product, the company I'm working for works with the same software so it was a great match for us.  We applied directly with the employer from their website and I sold myself in my cover letter mentioning that I would be willing to relocate.  

I always say, you won't know if you don't try.  :) 

Good luck. 

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Nelline

Unless you have rare / specialized skills etc a job offer will  be hard to find. Not impossible, as @M-N said, but hard. We came over on WP's in 2013 because my husband's skills were specialized and fairly rare. In 2015 we became PR.
People who even have PR approved are finding it hard to get jobs from SA.  Not impossible, but hard.
My suggestion is, research the various PNP routes and also look at the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project.
 

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Hana

Thank you both for your replies. @M-N would it be ok for me to email you directly to ask you a few questions? Please forward me your email address if so. 

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Lappies

I also found it very difficult to get any job offers while I was still in South Africa/Namibia. I'm an electronic engineer and I've applied for numerous jobs all over Canada and hardly heard back from any of them. I eventually got in with EE(just made the cut off) and got a job after my 2nd interview and probably 40 job applications on numerous sites. I moved here without a job and then only started applying. So from my experience it's quite difficult to get in like that, but not impossible from other stories that I've heard. I have friends and family in SA and Namibia who also wants to come over, so if anyone else have more info regarding this please help all of us. Thanks so much.

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Jules

The reason Canadian employers are seldom interested in hiring foreigners living outside Canada is all based on supply and demand. Most job postings attract a lot of highly qualified applicants already here in Canada. So there’s no reason for the employer to consider externals.  

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JanSalJanNat

We came with PR but we really struggled to find jobs from SA.  The company I worked for in SA is an international company with a branch in Montreal & they didn't even want to offer me a job until I landed in Canada, I had 2 interviews with them from SA and once I was here I had various interviews for them to determine where I will fit in.  Luckily they offered me a position.  We settled in Montreal and my husband got a job the same day I started my job.  The flip side is, my sister and brother in law signed their contracts literally a few days before they left SA so there is hope.  You will have to look at all the different PNPs, apply for jobs like crazy and somewhere something may happen.

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