At some point in time, you must apply what you have learned. You cannot just keep on learning.  You must also earn your keep. Otherwise we would only have doctors on OJT, pilots on training, and there will be no need for licensure boards.

But where do you practice your profession if there are simply too few or no jobs to choose from? If looking for jobs after getting down the commencement exercises stage seems to be an exercise in futility, try the world stage.

Consider studying abroad.  To paraphrase a late Chinese leader’s dictum: surround the country from the cities of the world.

Welcome Mat from All Countries

Europe and the United States have survived the recession, but job growth remains a touch-and-go situation. Countries of the European Union are still in a disarray on bailing out members in dire financial straits. Greece for example finds economic recovery without bail-out as its Achilles heel.  US politicians are threatening to reduce, if not entirely eliminate visa allocations because they believe America cannot go on accepting one million new immigrants and hundreds of thousands of foreign workers on H-1B and H-2B visas every year.

Immigrants and foreign workers – no matter how qualified – are considered competitors for existing employment opportunities.

Students on the other hand, are given the red carpet treatment because they bring billions in tuition fees that help the receiving country’s economy.  And the five countries with permanent migration programs have student to work to residency pathways.  Red carpet treatment for future green card holders.

From Student to Settlement.

Canada, for example, has the Canadian Experience Class migration program.  Foreign students who complete a two-year full time academic course can work for a year then become eligible to apply for permanent residency.  Vancouver Institute for Professional Management (VIPM) recently opened a Level 7 course on Healthcare Management, an ideal academic pathway for hundreds of thousands of nurses, therapists, pharmacists, dentists, X-ray and other healthcare technicians towards greener pasture with green cards.  And Canada offers the most affordable student to resident route.

Australia also offers residency through the Graduate Skilled Visa.  After completing a two year academic course, the graduate work for 18 months then become eligible for migration – independently or as sponsored by a specific State, Territory or Region.

New Zealand has the shortest route to residency from student status: upon completion of a one year Level 7 course, the graduate becomes eligible for permanent residency upon getting offer during the 1 year job search visa.  And students who are married or are in relationship (common-law, live-in partners, opposite or same sex) stand to benefit the most. The spouse or partner can work full time.

In all cases above (as well as in the US and the UK) genuine students have work rights – usually 20 hours per week during school days and 40 hours (full time) during vacation.  Schools in New Zealand and Canada for example have their placement units. Students are picked up from the airport, have free 2 week accommodation while undergoing orientation; free laptops, SIM cards and even scholarships for good students.  These are the icing on the cake, though. The grand prize is the eligibility to become a permanent resident after graduation.

As permanent residents, they are eligible to sponsor their parents, partners or dependent child.

For more information on the best course, most affordable country and shortest route to migration, call the Immigrant Visa Center at (02)m 634-8717 or send your complete and updated resume to immigrants@visacenter.org

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About the Author

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.


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