September 9, 2008

Medical, Financial, and Information Technology (IT) Related Occupations may be prioritized

The Immigration Mininster, Hon. Dianne Finley, once noted that Canada as a whole is facing shortages in the medical, financial, and IT sectors. It is of course, logical to speculate that occupations under these categorizies may be included on the list of immigration priorities.

The following are occupations under financial sector

Financial Auditors and Accountants
Financial and Investment Analysts
Securities Agents, Investment Dealers and Brokers
Loan Officers
Insurance Adjusters and Claims Examiners
Insurance Underwriters

The following are occupations under medical sector

Specialist Physicians
General Practitioners and Family Physicians
Other Professional Occupations in Health Diagnosing and Treating
Dietitians and Nutritionists
Therapy and Assessment Professionals
Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
Occupational Therapists
Other Professional Occupations in Therapy and Assessment
Head Nurses and Supervisors
Registered Nurses
Medical Technologists and Technicians
Medical Laboratory Technologists and Pathologists' Assistants
Medical Laboratory Technicians
Veterinary and Animal Health Technologists and Technicians
Respiratory Therapists, Clinical Perfusionists and Cardiopulmonary Technologists
Medical Radiation Technologists
Medical Sonographers
Cardiology Technologists
Electroencephalographic and Other Diagnostic Technologists, n.e.c.
Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists
Dental Technologists, Technicians and Laboratory Bench Workers
Midwives and Practitioners of Natural Healing
Licensed Practical Nurses
Ambulance Attendants and Other Paramedical Occupations

The following are occupations under IT Sector

Information Systems Analysts and Consultants
Database Analysts and Data Administrators
Software Engineers and Designers
Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers
Web Designers and Developers
Computer Network Technicians
User Support Technicians
Systems Testing Technicians

IF your occupation is not included on the list, this doesn't mean that you will no longer have the chance to live and work in Canada. There are alternative application process. It is also not prudent to wait first for the list of priorities before filing your application. Always remember these two things: Immigration Quota and First-in-First-out policy.