Promdis: Back to the Provinces

Promdi is used to describe a person who grew up in the rural forests and had moved to the urban jungle Metro Manila.

From a global perspective, people from the rural areas (also called developing economies) transferring to the metropolitan enclaves - especially countries with permanent migration programs led by the United States, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand – could also be viewed as a Promdi phenomenon.

But this type of Promdi migration is usually not jeered at. 

On the contrary, millions aspire to become Promdis in this category, with California, New York, Toronto, Vancouver, Sydney, London and Auckland as the preferred destinations.

The Fav-5 however, have fine-tuned their Promdi programs offering incentives to direct migrants to the provinces as part of their own development plans.

For example in Australia, bonus points are given to migrants who choose to settle in areas other the major metropolitan centers.

New South Wales (NSW) with Sydney as its capital is the poster city of Australia, home to the iconic Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.  As of March 2014, the estimated population of NSW was 7.5 million, making it Australia's most populous state. And, almost two-thirds of the state's population, 4.67 million, lives in the Greater Sydney area.

The Australian government, therefore, allows migrants to settle outside the Greater Sydney Area, giving bonus points for those who will settle in specified or designated areas defined by post codes.

Applicants through the Skilled Migration program need a minimum of 60 points to qualify for permanent residency.  Being selected or nominated by a State or Territory earns the applicant 5 points.  For those selecting to reside in regional areas 10 bonus points are awarded.

NSW Post areas eligible for bonus points are  2311-2312, 2328-2333, 2336-2490, 2535-2551, 2575-2739, 2787-2898 (anywhere except Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong)

Queensland also designates the postcode areas 4019-4028, 4037-4050, 4079-4100, 4114, 4118, 4124-4150, 4158-4168, 4180-4899 for migrants to settle except the Brisbane metropolitan area. Brisbane is the capital of Queensland.

Essentially, the migrants are being rewarded for going to the “provinces,” to decongest the urban centers.

The Canadian government works with its provinces to enable each province to get its share of preferred immigrants.  Without these federal-provincial agreements, most Promdis will gravitate to Toronto, Ontario, Vancouver, British Columbia and Winnipeg, Manitoba.  “Province” is the territorial  - not geographical – description of Canada’s political jurisdiction.

Each of the ten Canadian provinces has its own program of selecting or nominating an immigrant, a selection process that is separate from the migration program of the federal government.

Nova Scotia currently has the most options for permanent residency through the province’s nomination program:

(1) The Skilled Worker stream – for foreign workers currently in and international students who recently graduated in a recognized Canadian educational institution whose skills are in limited supply in Nova Scotia.

(2) The Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry selects highly skilled individuals who wish to live in the Province of Nova Scotia permanently and who have at least one year of experience working in Nova Scotia in a high skilled occupation. This stream is limited to 750 applications.

(3) The Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry selects highly skilled individuals who wish to live in the Province of Nova Scotia permanently and either have a permanent full-time job offer from a Nova Scotia employer or have a reasonable ability to attach quickly to Nova Scotia’s labor market.

 

(4) The Family Business Worker stream helps employers hire qualified close relatives - Son or daughter; Brother or sister; Niece or nephew (children of brothers or sisters); Uncle or aunt (parent’s brothers or sisters) and Grandchild.

Shortage Occupations in Nova Scotia

Under the Nova Scotia Demand category, applicants whose occupations are on the 29 listed categories may apply for nomination even without a job offer.  The list includes Financial Auditors and Accountants; Financial & Investment Analysts; Human Resource Professionals; Purchasing Agents & Officers; Geoscientists and Oceanographers; Engineers (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Electronic, Industrial and Manufacturing, Computer); Information System Analysts &Consultants; Database Analysts and Data Administrators; Software Engineers; Computer Programmers & Interactive Media Developers; Web Designers & Developers; Technicians and Technologists (Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronics, Drafting); Engineering Inspectors & Regulatory Officers; User Support Technicians; RNs, PTs, OTs, MedTechs; LPNs, Psychologists, Family, Marriage and other Related Counselors and Financial Sales Representatives.

Applicants must provide evidence of English language proficiency (IELTS) and evaluation of their academic credentials.

Those who are nominated and admitted as permanent resident through a provincial nomination program must stay in the province  that nominated him or her for at least two years before being able to live and work elsewhere in Canada.

Just a reminder: a Canadian province is a territorial not geographical description. Each province in Canada also has major cities.  Toronto and Ottawa (capital of Ontario) are metropolitan and cosmopolitan cities.  Toronto is the New York of Canada.  Vancouver, the capital of the province of British Columbia is the California of Canada.

Promdi Pinoy to the province in Canada is a great choice. But like most opportunities, the provincial nomination to Nova Scotia has limited duration.

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