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?
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?
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.
AOR stands for Acknowledgment of Receipt. This means that the application for Permanent Residency in Canada has been successfully inspected for completeness 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.
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.
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.
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.