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Immigrating to Canada to work

Since you´re some kind of web-ubiquitous-mentors, I would like to ask for some advice.
The thing is that I’m Mexican. I´ve spent some time (6 years) in advertising (TBWA, Leo Burnett, among local others) and I have acquired some awards in the way.
Unfortunately, I find it hard to make a living in Mexico City. And I want to go to Canada. So, the reason I’m contacting you now is to see if you have any idea of how difficult would it be to find a decent job there. I know that you’re not immigration officers, but maybe sometime you’ve hired some foreigner sun of a bitch -just like me- and you know the procedure.

intro Immigrating to Canada to workWe have hired Americans and the Costa Rican who created ihaveanidea. Nancy came to Canada from Baltimore herself. It’s tough to get a job here, for anyone from anywhere these days. But if you have determination, and a great book—anything is possible. When Nancy came here she did a self-promotion piece she hand delivered to 11 agencies she liked. She also got a headhunter. The planets aligned and she had a good job within two months of first deciding she was determined to move to Toronto. Many people told her in the beginning how hard, if not impossible, it would be. So, you know, whatever.

Get your book in front of people, through a headhunter or not. For you, initially sending it through email may be easiest (now think of the best subject title ever for your email so they’ll open it). If you’re really great, someone is bound to figure out the immigration angle. There are ways. Nancy hired an immigration lawyer and the agency didn’t have to deal with that expense. The agency that wants you ends up sponsoring you (they have a bunch of things to write and swear to), and you get a work permit for a year. During that year you can’t work for anyone else. You can apply for landed immigrant status once you’re here, which usually takes many months to go through, but once you have that you have all the rights of a citizen except for voting. You also can’t leave the country for more than 6 months, or you lose your status. Eventually Nancy got her citizenship.

Go for it.

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'Jancy' is Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk, Co-Founders of Swim, a unique “creative leadership training lab for advertising creatives and marketers.” Prior to Swim, Jancy was globally renowned as the Co-Chief Creative Officers of Ogilvy & Mather Toronto, a position they held for thirteen of the twenty years they were a creative duo at the agency. Over the years they've racked up Cannes Lions, Clios, One Show pencils and CA credits, and have lead their shop to two Cannes Lions Grand Prix and a Grand Clio. They've judged CA, Cannes, D&AD, the One Show, the Clios and other prestigious award shows. Creativity named them two of the top 50 creative people of 2008. Known for their outspoken, no-bullshit style and a passion for mentoring juniors, they're ready to give you advice if you're ready to take it.

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