How to Exit the Philippine Immigration Successfully without OEC?

A lot of Filipinos are going overseas to work or immigrate in hopes that they will find greener pastures in other countries. With that, as a rule of the Philippine government, all Filipinos exiting the country for work will have to present an OEC or Overseas Employment Certifcate. This OEC is secured when processed by a duly licensed POEA recruitment agency. But, what about those people who are immigrating to Canada, how will they secure an OEC if they are not processed by a recruitment agency as they are applying for an immigrant status?

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These have been a problem by a lot of Filipinos  immigrating to Canada. With Canada being open for immigrants, and several immigration programs being open for people like Express Entry, Provincial Nomination Program and the most recent Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, exiting the Philippines without an OEC is a big challenge and a question for most of them. Do Filipinos immigrating to Canada need an OEC? What will they answer to the Immigration Officers when they ask for it?

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I recently moved to Canada under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program. When I left the Philippines, I only have my work visa stamped on my passport while my Permanent Resident application is still on process. When I exited the country, I was initially asked for my OEC. Obviously, I had nothing to present. I explained to the officer politely that I am immigrating to Canada and I am awaiting for the approval of my Permanent Residence. I also showed proper documents that I am under AIPP such as the LMIA-exemption letter from the Canada Embassy. I also presented them my Acknowledge of Receipt for my Canada PR application. And I am so thankful that I exited the immigration smoothly without being questioned. I know that my experience is not always how things end up for people like me. When you have been asked and the officer was not fully satisfied or not fully aware of the program, you may move to another officer. Just always make sure that you have the proper supporting documents that your application for PR status is already on process. Not all Immigration officers are 100% knowledgeable of our immigration programs. But one thing is for sure, one of them knows about it. Other immigration officers ask their fellow officers about the program when they encounter people exiting under these circumstances. One thing is very important, when the officer ask you, be firm and confident. Because when you get nervous and panicked, the officer might think that your motive for leaving the Philippines is bad or that you are lying of what you are telling them.

Best of luck to those fellow Filipinos leaving the Philippines to move here in Canada. I wish you all the best and I hope this post will be helpful to you.

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What is AOR and how to make sure that you will get AOR when applying for Canada immigration?

AOR stands for Acknowledgment of Receipt. This means that the application for Permanent Residency in Canada has been successfully inspected for completenessAOR by the designated immigration office handling a person’s application. AOR is a very crucial step of the PR application. This is the initial step to ensure that your application will go through the proper process and without receiving this, an applicant may not feel confident that his application is already starting. Usually, it takes a month or two before the immigration office sends an applicant an email informing them of the AOR. If an applicant does not receive this during this time, there is a possibility that his application is being returned for incompleteness and that needs to be redone and resubmitted. Failure to getting AOR will definitely delay the PR application process.
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There are different ways to ensure that you will get an AOR after you apply for Canada PR. I know that people think that filling out so many forms and signing each of them are very exhausting. Not being careful in checking and looking into them closer might cause delay. A single signature that is missed in the application form will cause the application to be returned to the applicant which also will not get you an AOR. During the application process, it is very important to refer to the document checklist closely. This will ensure that the application package is complete as all the required documents are listed here and you may tick them accordingly when you accomplished filling them out. Also, ensure that all forms that need signature are supplied accordingly. In the forms, there are sections which may not be applicable to the applicant, however, this does not mean that the applicant should leave it blank. Instead, writing “Not Applicable” is required to inform that the officer that this section does not apply to the applicant. Leaving it blank will also cause not getting an AOR and getting the application returned to the applicant.

Not getting an AOR might be a very stressful situation to be. Obviously, waiting for something that you are not sure if will come or not, is something we do not want to be. Spend more time checking that your application is complete and properly organized. This might take more mitues or an hour of your time. But this is nothing compared to the length of time that you would spend waiting for an AOR if your application is incomplete. Also, this will definitely cause delay on your PR application. We should not rush things to happen, especially if this is something very important to you.

Canada Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program: Designated Employers in PEI

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Since the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program was launched in 2017, a lot of immigrants have already started taking jobs in the Atlantic Provinces of Canada. Despite AIPP being the newest program to invite immigrants to Canada, it easily became known to a lot of people due to it low qualifications compared to other programs.As time goes by, people become more and more interested to know which employers can hire under this program. With that, they can reduce the time and effort in sending their applications to all possible companies in the Atlantic region. Newfoundland and Labrador is the first among the four Atlantic provinces to release a list of its designated employers. And as time goes by, more info becomes more available to the public. And recently, Prince Edward Island followed.

For all the people who wish to know about these designated employers in PEI, feel free to check this link PEI Designated Employers under AIPP.

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Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program: Designated Employers in NL, Canada

Since the program started in 2017, a lot of people have started wondering what are the companies designated under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program. Recently, the list of these employers came out available to the public. This allows those people who would want to immigrate to Canada send their direct application to them and be able to process Permanent Residency within a period of six months as average. At the moment, only the companies in Newfoundland and Labrador has become available.

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AIPP List of Employers

With this, more people would have a better chance of sending their applications to these employers and be able to fulfill their dream to live in Canada.

Best of luck to all!

My AIPP Application Timeline: Passport Request Received

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Hey there… I would like to share how happy I am as right now I already received my passport request for my PR application. I sent my passport yesterday to Ottawa for visa stamping. And as I know that there are a lot of you wanting to ask for the timeline of my application. I would like to share it now with you.

September 2017 (last week) – I attended the orientation with my immigration consultant in the Philippines.

October 2017 (second week) –  I hired the services of my immigration consultant

November 1, 2017 – I was interviewed via skype by my current employer here in Canada

November 13, 2017 – I received an email from the employer that my application was successful. Requirements such as ECA, IELTS and 2 reference letters were asked from me.

November 14, 2017 – I submitted asked documents since I already have them readily available.

November 30. 2017 – I received an email from my employer with the following attachments that needed to fill out: Designation letter, Offer of Employment to a Foreign National, Endorsement Application. These documents were also the once I submitted to obtain a settlement plan.

December 5, 2017 – I received my settlement plan from YMCA. The same day I emailed it to my employer.

January 2, 2018 – I received my AIPP endorsement from the province which allows me to start sending my PR and WP application. During this period, my police certificates from all the countries I worked before were not yet complete (UAE, Singapore, Oman, Philippines and Papua New Guinea). It took a month for me to secure all these clearances.

February 5, 2018 – My Work permit application was sent to VFS Makati, Philippines. The same day, my PR application was mailed via DHL to Sydney, Nova Scotia.

February 7, 2018 – I received my medical request.

February 12, 2018 – I did my medical in a designated panel doctor in Papua New Guinea.

March 9. 2018 – I received an email from CIC that my PR application was received on February 12, 2018 (AOR)

March 27, 2018 – My work permit was approved.

September 16, 2018 – I received the email of Passport Request for my PR application.

September 18, 2018 – I mailed my passport to Ottawa via Canada Post, expected date of delivery is September 21.

Now I would be waiting for my passport so I can schedule my exit and entry to Canada in order to be considered a Permanent Resident.

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I would like to thank this opportunity to thank my consultant E-Square Management Consultancy. You helped me fulfill my Canadian Dream. Now my dream is a reality because of you.

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