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Old 01-06-2009, 07:21 PM
 
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Hi, I am planning on going to canada on a one year SWAP open work permit (Student Work Abroad Program). Can this open work permit be extended? If I wish to continue working for a particular employer do I need to apply for a new work permit before my SWAP permit expires? How many times can i extend my permit? Can I apply for the Provincial Nominee Program, Canadian Experience Class and/or the Skilled Worker program while I'm on this permit?

I greatly appreciate your help, I haven't found answers anywhere
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Old 01-08-2009, 10:35 PM
 
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If I were in your shoes, I'd consult the agency that issues the SWAP permit, since they would be the best source of the answers to your questions.
These governmental sources are also available:
Studying in Canada
and
Working temporarily in Canada
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Old 01-09-2009, 07:12 AM
 
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Hi, I am planning on going to canada on a one year SWAP open work permit (Student Work Abroad Program). Can this open work permit be extended? If I wish to continue working for a particular employer do I need to apply for a new work permit before my SWAP permit expires? How many times can i extend my permit? Can I apply for the Provincial Nominee Program, Canadian Experience Class and/or the Skilled Worker program while I'm on this permit?

I greatly appreciate your help, I haven't found answers anywhere
In addition to what Allforcats said, I would visit Canadian immigration site: Welcome to Citizenship and Immigration Canada You will find a lot of info here. Once you are in Canada on working permit visa, you can apply to immigrate to Canada in all three programs you mentioned: Skilled Worker class, as a Provincial Nominee and in the new Canadian Experience class. Not many visas are used in the Canadian Experience class so far, much less than what have been expected from the Canadian Government. Please note, however, that you are only eligible to apply in the Canadian experience class once you have at least 2 years of working experience in Canada. Here is the link: Canadian Experience Class: Who can apply In addition, processing times as a Provincial Nominee are much shorter than in the skilled worker class. The regulations for aplicants in the skilled worker class changed recently. Previously, you had to reach 67 points out of 100 in order to apply. Now, you can only aplly if your job/skills are in one of 38 areas. Here is the list of occupations: Instructions on which skilled worker applications are eligible for processing Now, in addition to having one of the 38 occupations from the list, you have also to reach 67 points out of 100 . Anyway, don't be discouraged by all this info. You have many options. Once you are in Canada, everything will be much simpler. Good luck!
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