Monthly Archives: February 2014

Let’s all help fellow Brit Jamie find a job!

"Help, I'm trapped in this bubble and it's really funny! Plus I need a job, please."

“Help, I’m trapped in this bubble and it’s really funny! Plus I need a job, please,” says Jamie

As mentioned on our Jobs page, we like to help fellow Brits in Toronto find work and jobs. You just need to send some details and a link to some more information — as much as you’re comfortable sharing online — and we’ll put it out there in the hope that the British ex-pat community can keep their ears open for you.

Jamie is a clever man. Even though he’s not arriving in Toronto until the end of June, he’s started doing his job research … which is how he ended up on Brits in Toronto. Here’s some information Jamie told us:

“I came across your page today and found it a great source of information towards Toronto, some of which I hadn’t read elsewhere. [Thanks mate! BIT.] The past few months I’ve been going through the process of saving up and applying for my working visa in order to head to Canada this summer, and in December I finally received my approval and 12-month work permit/holiday confirmation.

“I fly out in June directly to Toronto, so I’ve been looking into potential jobs (part-time or full-time) but it’s always difficult to get an idea without actually being ‘there’ and getting the opportunity to get out and speak to potential employers face-to-face.

“I’d be looking for any type of work really, I’m a fast learner (I know everyone says that but I do believe it!) and would just appreciate any advice you might be able to give me, or if you know of any opportunities out there for someone like me, for when I arrive.”

Jamie adds that he’s open to most types of work, but has a lot of retail experience. If any fellow Brits in Toronto — or even Canadian employers! — want to connect with Jamie, his e-mail is jam_joe AT

Best of luck, mate!


Canadian immigrant questions 101

That's why they call it a "pass"port

That’s why they call it a “pass”port

The Brits in Toronto team had some basic questions about using a Canadian immigration lawyer and reached out via Twitter to Supervising Attorney Marisa Feil at Foreign Worker Canada for some quick answers. (Disclaimer.)

What are the pros of using an immigration lawyer?

Choosing the right representative for your Canadian visa application is serious business. FWCanada will ensure that your application receives impeccable attention to detail. Our mission is to provide high quality legal services, in a transparent and efficient manner.

Unfortunately, fraudulent and ineffective practice exists in most industries and Canadian immigration is no exception. Only lawyers who are members in good standing of a Canadian bar association, or members of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants are legally authorized to represent clients for the purposes of Canadian immigration.

Lawyers can answer your questions, ensure all of the required documents are included and advocate on your behalf if something happens to your case.

Realistically, what are the costs involved and are there programs or subsidies to help with this?

It really depends on the lawyer that you choose to retain — fees can be all over the board. To my knowledge, there would not be any programs or subsidies unless the applicant qualifies for legal aid.

What are the top three mistakes immigrants make in their application process that they should avoid?

1) Using old forms: if your forms are out of date, your application will be returned. 2) Not presenting your case in the most favorable light; there is a difference in presenting a reference letter stating you were employed for a period of time and a letter that lists all of your duties and a detailed explanation of your responsibilities. 3) Thinking you can get away with not providing a document that is on the list of required documents.

Do you have any tips to speed up the immigration process?

Documents, documents, documents — the more clear an application is to the officer assessing the application, the better it goes. The more the officer has to dig for information, the more likely it is to take a long time.

Are immigrants to Toronto getting a fair chance to improve their life, for example, job opportunities?

It has been reported that these days most immigrants are locating in Western Canada and that there are a lot of opportunities for those looking to settle in Toronto because the large volume of workers that used to settle in Toronto are moving west.

Thank you, Marisa!

New Canadian Media — The Pulse Of Immigrant Canada

Just a tiny part of the whole website

Just a tiny part of the whole website. There’s more

Just a quick note that New Canadian Media launched its website this week. From its press release:

“Targeted at all Canadians, delivers news and views about the one-fifth of Canadians who are newcomers, covering issues and themes that are of particular relevance to this growing segment of the population. The site also features aggregated content produced by Canada’s multicultural media, to represent more fully ‘the pulse of immigrant Canada.'”

The publisher is George Abraham and you can read more of his thoughts here. Or connect via LinkedIn.

Brits in Toronto wishes them all the best in reporting what matters to new Canadian immigrants!