Arranged Employment Opinions – Crackdown by Canadian Immigration Department

By Author: Admin | August 16, 2010

Canada’s visa offices around the world are cracking down on the point given to candidates for immigration to Canada under the federal  skilled worker program. The AEOs – arranged employment opinions  are essential for applicants for immigration to Canada who either are short on the required 67 points, and/or do not possess work experience in one of the 29 occupations announced by the immigration department on June 26 2010.

The crackdown is happening in a few ways.  For example, some Canadian visa offices are contacting the employer offering the job, inquiring about the nature of the employer’s place of work (e.g. number of employees, how the employer recruited the would-be immigrant, and what the would-be immigrant would be doing).  If the visa officer is of the view that the company would not need the employee then the visa office can refuse to count the 15 points that normally arise from arranged employment, thus refusing the immigration application.

A newer tactic is the visa office following up with the immigrant shortly  after they have become an landed immigrant in Canada to inquire if  they are indeed working at the job offered in the AEO.  If the immigrant is not working under the auspices of the AEO, then misrepresentation can be alleged by the immigration department, leading to deportation proceedings.

It is rumoured that Service Canada (or HRSDC) is going to actively look into the issue of follow-up of AEOs after an immigrant is landed in Canada.  This makes sense, given that Service Canada is better placed than visa offices  to make such inquiries on employers who have obtained AEOs.  There is a credible rumour that Canada’s immigration department is is refusing all permanent resident  applications which include AEOs obtained by one Canadian law firm in particular, because CIC believes that the AEOs will not result in real employment in Canada.  CIC has also reportedly said that it is contacting all employers used by the law firm to assist in AEOs.

I periodically receive email inquiries by foreigners who seek immigration to Canada, but want me to obtain the job offer for them (I’m sure this blog post will generate even more). As I am not a job placement agency (but rather, a Canadian Immigration Law firm), I instruct them to look at the Canadian government job bank  to see if they can secure a job offer (although I  know the prospects of  getting a job offer this way is not likely).

The resulting efforts by the immigration department will inevitably lead to some changes in the law, such as cancelling the 15 points that result from the AEO, or an additional stipulation that the immigrant must work in accordance with the AEO sought by the Canadian employer for a year or two (which is the condition imposed by the Australian immigration authorities).


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