Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Why so much money? - News - Jamaica Gleaner - Tuesday | September 9, 2014

Why so much money? - News - Jamaica Gleaner - Tuesday | September 9, 2014

Dear Ms. Powell,
Iam currently working as an accountant and I am very much interested in migrating to Canada.  I started looking into it and I’m overwhelmed with the number of things they need and the amount of money I need to have in my bank account. Why would they want so much money? If I had that amount of money in my bank account I wouldn’t want to leave Jamaica!  Anyway, my mother keeps telling me that I will have a better life there and she would give me the money, if we can’t get around it.  I was talking with some friends who said that I shouldn’t worry too much about it now, as I can apply next year.  Most of them said they are waiting until then to submit their application, as they are saving up.  Is this true?
Should I just wait until next year? Will the programme be available next year? Is there any way around the money part?
S.T.
Good day S.T.,
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has been accepting applications under the Federal Skilled Worker Programme (FSWP) since May 1, 2014.  They will be accepting a total of 25,000applications from around the world.  CIC will continue to accept applications until the cap is reached.  Applications will be accepted from individuals who can establish that they have a minimum of 67 points based on age, education, work experience, language, adaptability, settlement funds or valid job offer. 
Thereis a list of eligible occupations that can be found on my website at www.deidrepowell.com .  For each occupation, a maximum of 1,000 applications will be accepted.   Accountant is a popular occupation and therefore if you qualify and have the minimum savings required, I would strongly recommend that you seize the opportunity and apply sooner than later.
Settlement Funds
If you do not have a valid job offer from an authorized Canadian Employer, you will need to show proof of savings/ investment. CIC requires that you prove that you have the means to settle in Canada without requiring the assistance of the government. Therefore, you will need to prove that you have funds that are “available, transferrable and not committed to other debts or obligations”.   You will not need to give the funds to CIC.
However, you will need proof that you will have those funds in order to successfully relocate and settle in Canada. The proof that you will need to submit is a letter from your financial institution.  You should bear in mind that it may take some time for you to establish yourself in Canada and therefore it is important that you have at least the minimum amount required, so that you can be independent when you arrive.
So no, there is no way around the money part. The settlement funds requirement is in place to ensure you are able to take care of yourself, in the first few months when you get here, until you can get a job and become integrated into the Canadian Society. Trust me; you will need it! (Especially if you do not have the support of relatives in Canada).
The amount of settlement funds required is based on the number of persons in your family. The following chart may be used as a guide:


Number of Persons in Family
(Including spouse & children
under 19 years)

Funds Required (CAD$)

(approximately)

1

$12,000

2

$15,000

3

$18,100

4

$22,000

5

$25,000

6

$29,000

7
or more

$32,000
Last chance
This year is the last time individuals will be able to submit an application under the FSWP and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program in its current format. In 2015, CIC will be transitioning to a new immigration selection system known as ‘Express Entry’.
Under this new system, if you do not have a valid job offer and you are interested in coming to Canada as an economic immigrant, you must first complete an online
Express Entry profile. If you meet the criteria of one of the federal economic immigration programs, you will be placed in the job bank/ pool for possible selection.   You will be matched with employers and jobs in Canada based on your skills, knowledge and experience.

Employers will have the opportunity to review the pool of express entry applicants and select qualified candidates.  This means that individuals that are placed in the pool will be assessed against others within the pool, and be ranked based on your ability to succeed and make a valuable contribution in Canada.

Only the highest-ranked candidates, and those with valid job offers or provincial/territorial nominations, will be invited to apply for permanent residence. Those candidates will then be given an “Invitation to Apply(ITA).

Once candidates receive an ITA, they will have 60 days to apply for permanent residence under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class (CEC) or a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). It is expected that this application will take less than a year to process.

Should you wait for the Express Entry Programme in 2015? It is entirely up to you!  It is a new programme and we currently do not have all the information about it, yet.   However, my father used say, “don’t give away surety, for “unsurety”!  Bird in hand principle!

To find out if you are eligible for the current FSWP, CEC, PNP or any other immigration programs, contact an immigration lawyer to provide you with personalized service.

Deidre S. Powell is a lawyer, mediator, and notary public who is a member of the Jamaican and Ontario, Canada bars, with main office located in Ottawa, Ontario. Her areas of practice are in immigration, real estate, personal injury, commercial, family, wills and estates. She is on the roster of mediators for Ottawa, Toronto and the Dispute Resolution Foundation of Jamaica. Submit your questions and comments to: Email: info@deidrepowell.com Subject line: Immigration.  Find her on Facebook and Twitter. Tel: 613-695-8777.



Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Canada university dreams

Dear Ms Powell,
I am 40 years old and would like to attend university in Canada. I also have a 19-year-old son who I would like to take with me. Can you tell me if they would give me a visa for both of us to go? I really want to upgrade myself and set a good example for my son, but I do not want to leave him when I go to study. Can I work when I get there? How do I proceed?
- BT

Dear BT,

First of all, I have to say I am very proud of you. In the modern economy, learning is a lifelong process and Canada has very favourable programmes for adult education. Adults can apply to attend colleges or universities as mature students, and applications to schools by mature students are evaluated differently from applicants who have just finished high school.

Many schools in Canada recognise that mature students have life experiences that younger students may not have, such as work experience, experience as a parent or independent learning. Therefore, schools consider this experience and any academic credentials you have when you apply for admission.

Your first step would be to contact the individual college or university directly to find out about their mature student admissions programme and submit an application. You must ensure that the school is a Designated Learning Institution (DLI), a complete list is on Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website. Once you have your letter of acceptance, then you may apply for a study permit.

The next step will be to ensure that you are eligible and admissible before you actually submit your application for a Canadian study permit and a temporary resident visa. You will need to prove that you:
1. Have the required amount for tuition and living expenses;
2. Are able to present a clean police certificate;
3. Are in good health and passed the medical examination; and
4. Intend to return to your country at the end of your study.

Once you receive your study permit for full-time study, you will be permitted to work a maximum of 20 hours per week. You do not need to apply for a separate work permit.

Children/ Dependent
You indicated that your son is 19 years old. CIC changed the definition of a child/ dependent. Previously, as long as your child was in full-time school and under 22, he would qualify as a dependent and be included as part of your application. However, under the new rules which came into effect on August 1, 2014, the only way your son would be considered to be a dependent is if he has a physical or mental condition and has always been dependent on you.

If your son does not have a mental or physical disability, he will be treated as a young adult. He will need to apply for his own study permit and temporary resident visa on his own merits. His first step would be to also get a letter of acceptance from a designated school as well. He should also be prepared to provide his official school records/ transcripts, his immunisation records, and medical and police report. You may, however, include your financial records as part of his application.

Once again, congratulations on your brave move! I'm proud of you. If you feel overwhelmed by the process, consult an immigration lawyer to guide you.

Deidre S. Powell is a lawyer, mediator, and notary public who is a member of the Jamaican and Ontario, Canada bars, with main office located in Ottawa, Ontario. Her areas of practice are in immigration, personal injury, commercial, family, and administration of estates. Visit her website at www.deidrepowell.com Submit your questions and comments to: Email: info@deidrepowell.com. Subject line: Immigration. Tel: 613-695-8777. Find her on Facebook: jamaicanlawyer.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Immigration Corner: Do I qualify for migration to Canada? - News - Jamaica Gleaner - Tuesday | August 26, 2014

Immigration Corner: Do I qualify for migration to Canada? - News - Jamaica Gleaner - Tuesday | August 26, 2014

I have been working on an ambulance for the past five years. My friends said they heard that I can move to Canada if I sponsor myself to go there. I checked out the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website, but I'm confused and I'm not sure if I qualify. I was also wondering what the salary range is for paramedics in Canada.

 DK
Dear DK,

In Canada, the field of paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and emergency medical services is growing in popularity and Citizenship and Immigration Canada ( CIC)  has included paramedic occupations as one of the professions that may apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Programme. That programme is often called locally, the "professional self-sponsorship programme". 
Paramedic jobs include workers who administer pre-hospital emergency medical care to patients with injuries or medical illnesses and transport them to hospitals or other medical facilities for further medical care. They are employed by private ambulance services, hospitals, fire departments and government departments.
There are various levels of paramedic occupations. They are:
Primary Care Paramedic (PCP),
Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP), and
Critical Care Paramedic (CCP).
To apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Programme(FSWP) as a paramedic you must be a graduate of a recognised college, university, hospital-based or other recognised paramedical or emergency medical technology program. Those operating emergency vehicles will also need to have the appropriate class of drivers' licence.
Paramedics are persons fully trained and qualified to do jobs such as:
  • Patient assessment;
  • Immobilisation and traction;
  • Oxygen administration via various methods;
  • Basic airway management;
  • Trauma care, including basic wound care; and
  • Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.
Paramedics jobs include the following; flight paramedics, ambulance attendant, emergency medical assistant, ambulance technician, EMA (emergency medical attendant), medical assistant (paramedic),medical technician, paramedic worker, ambulance services, ambulance driver, advanced life support coordinator and other specialised positions.
Although salaries fluctuate, jobs in the field often start at around CAD$50,000 per year. Graduates of specialty programs, like advanced care paramedic, have an average starting salary of CAD$73,000. With experience, demonstration of skill and competence, your salary would, no doubt, increase.
In order to meet the FSWP requirement, you must be able to get at least 67 points based on factors such as; education, age, language skills, work experience and adaptability.
You will need to have at least one year of continuous full-time paid work experience in an eligible occupation in the last 10 years. You will need to provide proof of the requisite funds based on the number of persons in your family. Most importantly, you will need to have your educational credentials assessed to ensure that it is equivalent to the Canadian educational standards.
Immigration application procedure can be complicated and time consuming. The Federal Skilled Worker Programme is subject to a cap. That is, there is a limit to the number of applications that they will be accepting. Therefore, if you are serious about applying under this programme, then I suggest that you act immediately, as time is of the essence.

Deidre S. Powell is a lawyer, mediator, and notary public who is a member of the Jamaican and Ontario, Canada bars, with main office located in Ottawa, Ontario. Her areas of practice are in immigration, personal injury, commercial, family, and administration of estates. Submit your questions and comments to: Email: info@deidrepowell.com. Subject line: Immigration. Tel: 613-695-8777.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Is he forever inadmissible?

Good day Ms. Powell, 

My husband was ordered to leave Canada.  Is he now considered “inadmissible”? Does that mean that he cannot apply again?
M.R.

Dear M.R.

Anyone who is the subject of a removal order will need to deal with this issue before reapplying for any form of visas or permit to re-enter Canada.  That however does not mean that your husband can never return to Canada if he is the subject of what is called a removal order.  His ability to return to Canada will depend on the reason he was required to leave and how soon after the order he actually left the country.  The solution may be to make and application for an Authorization to Return to Canada (“ARC”) before he is able to re-enter Canada.

Types of Removal Orders
There are three different types of removal orders and depending on which one he was a subject to, he may not be required to apply for an ARN.

Departure order: A departure order requires that a person leave Canada within 30 days after the order becomes enforceable. If your husband left within the 30 days, then he may reapply for a visa without applying for an ARC.  Of course he will need to satisfy the visa officer that he has strong ties to his home country, is gainfully employed and demonstrate that he will not over stay again.  

Exclusion order: A person who has been removed as a result of an exclusion order cannot return to Canada for one year after the date of removal, unless he has received a written consent of the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). The CBSA is responsible for removing people from Canada who have been issued a removal order.  

If your husband has a Certificate of Departure and 12 months have passed since the order, he does not need to apply for an ARN.  If, however, the period of time is less than 12 months, he will need to apply for an ARC.

Deportation order: This is the most serious of the removal orders.  If a person has been removed from Canada as a result of a deportation order, he is permanently barred from returning to Canada. Usually such an order is for serious violations or criminal activities and so he would be deemed “criminally inadmissible”.

Reasons for inadmissibility
Individuals may be deemed inadmissible under nine different categories. They are: (1) security (2) human or international rights violations (3) organized criminality (4) serious criminality (5) health (6) financial reasons (7) misrepresentation (8) non-compliance and (9) as a result of an inadmissible family member.

All three removal orders require an individual to confirm his or her departure from Canada with the CBSA. A departure order automatically becomes a deportation order when someone who has been issued a departure order does not leave Canada within the time stipulated or if he leaves without confirming his departure with the CBSA. Departure and exclusion orders are usually issued for less serious violations.

Important information
There is no absolute guarantee that once he applies for the ARC that he will be automatically granted the authorization to return. He needs to bear in mind that he will need to convince a visa officer that he will not make the same mistakes again.  

Some of the things the officer will consider are:
  •   The reasons for the removal order;
  • Whether or not there is a possibility that he will repeat the behaviour that caused the order to be issued;
  •   The length of time that has passed since the order was issued;
  •   Current situation, including social, economic and emotional ties to his home country;
  •   Reasons for wanting to return to Canada;
  • Ability to afford the trip and expenses while in Canada.
The processing fee for ARC is $400 CAD.

If your husband needs to make an application for ARC, apply for record suspension/ pardon, or apply for rehabilitation as result of an exclusion or deportation order, I strongly recommend that he consults with an immigration lawyer before approaching CIC. 


Deidre S. Powell is a lawyer, mediator, and notary public who is a member of the Jamaican and Ontario, Canada bars, with main office located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Her areas of practice are in immigration, personal injury, commercial, family, and administration of estates. She is on the roster of mediators for Ottawa, Toronto, and the Dispute Resolution Foundation of Jamaica.  Submit your questions and comments to: Email:info@deidrepowell.com. Subject line: Immigration. Find her on Facebook:jamaicanlawyer. Tel: 613-695-8777. 

Published in the Jamaican Gleaner - 18.8.2014
http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20140819/news/news3.html  

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Money spent and still no job - News - Jamaica Gleaner - Tuesday | August 12, 2014

Money spent and still no job - News - Jamaica Gleaner - Tuesday | August 12, 2014


Dear Miss Powell,
I travelled to Canada via a recruiter who promised to provide employment. I was charged CAD$3,000 prior to departing Jamaica for his efforts. To date, he has not provided any employment. He says I need an LMO. What is that? How can I acquire an LMO if I am offered employment? In addition, my visa will expire in July 2016. Can I file for an extension?
- WP
Dear WP,
I'm very concerned about your letter as I'm unclear about your status in Canada. I have many questions. Are you in Canada on a temporary resident visa? Study permit?  Work permit? How long have you been in Canada? The answers to these questions can affect the approach that you should take at this time.
I trust that you have not exceeded the time that you were granted to stay in Canada under a temporary resident visa/visitor's visa. Usually, the maximum amount of time that individuals are granted is six months at a time. In order to stay longer than the six months granted, you will need to apply for an extension of time and must provide a valid reason for your request. The application should only be made approximately 30 days before the time that you were told that you should leave Canada. Such an application can be done online via Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website : www.cic.gc.ca.
scammers
I will not elaborate on the issue that you have paid CAD$3,000 to someone and have yet to receive a job offer. I have written too many articles advising how to spot scammers and have warned readers not to give away your money to people who are not able to follow through on their promises. You may visit my blog, website www.deidrepowell.com, or The Gleaner's website to view past articles on how to spot scammers and what to do if you are scammed. That's all I will say on that issue.
LMO/ LMIA
You should note that in June 2014, the Canadian government revamped the temporary foreign worker programme, and so employers in Canada who wish to hire a temporary foreign worker, for most job categories, must now apply to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). This is a change of name from the old Labour Market Opinion (LMO), but the requirements are essentially the same. The fee is now CAD $1,000 and is payable by the employer.
ESDC will evaluate the impact that hiring you, a foreign worker, will have on the current  Canadian job market and whether there is a genuine shortage of persons in Canada who can fill the particular position. They will examine the prospective employer's application to see if there is a genuine need to hire you and to see if you are qualified and able to do the job that no other person in Canada can do. Once they make an assessment that there is a genuine need for your services, then they will issue a positive LMIA or a confirmation letter to the employer so that your prospective employer may hire you. You will then be able to apply for a valid work permit.
Your prospective employer will need to submit documents and proof of the following:
1. A genuine need to fill the position.
2. Means to hire someone at the standard rate for that particular job.
3. Demonstrate the efforts made to find someone within Canada to fill the position and failure to find a suitable person.
4. Suitability as an employer to ensure that the correct salary and work conditions are met. Also verification that they have not breached labour laws, rules, or regulations.
This type of investigation does take time, especially if your prospective employer is applying for the first time. If the employer has previously been approved, then the application may be processed in approximately two weeks. Once a confirmation letter has been granted, then you can use that letter to apply for a valid work permit. You should note that once you have been in Canada under a valid work permit for a number of years, this could also provide you with opportunities to become a permanent resident, and later, a citizen of Canada.
If you and your prospective employer need assistance with the application, I recommend that you contact an immigration lawyer to guide you with the process.
Deidre S. Powell is a lawyer, mediator, and notary public who is a member of the Jamaican and Ontario, Canada, bars, with office located in Ottawa, Ontario. Her areas of practice are in immigration, real estate, personal injury, family, commercial, and administration of estates. Submit your questions and comments to Email: info@deidrepowell.com Subject line: Immigration or Tel: 613.695.8777 Follow her on Facebook: jamaicanlawyer

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Changes to immigrant investor programmes - News - Jamaica Gleaner - Tuesday | July 29, 2014



Changes to immigrant investor programmes - News - Jamaica Gleaner - Tuesday | July 29, 2014



Dear Ms Powell,
My husband submitted an application under the Federal Immigrant Investor Programme (IIP) three years ago, and we received a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) acknowledging receipt of our documents but have not heard anything else. I heard that CIC announced that all investor programmes would be cancelled and that they are refunding application fees. Why would they cancel the programme when it means more money could be invested in Canada? Will only the fees be returned? What about interest on the money we gave them and the other costs we incurred to deal with this application? Can I ask them to just transfer my application to the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Programme ? What's this new 'express entry'?
- WJ
Dear WJ,
You have asked a number of questions that touch on and concern both the Investor Programme and the Federal Skilled Worker Programme, so I will attempt to address each issue as comprehensively as possible.
CIC announced that the Federal Immigrant Investor Programme (IIP) would be abolished as research showed that the IIP and the Entrepreneur Programmes (EN) have created a class of immigrants that were not maintaining ties to Canada or making a positive economic contribution to the country. Their way of handling this dilemma was to institute new laws to deal with the backlog of applications and to institute more efficient immigration programmes, which they believe will be more beneficial to the country.
I will summarise the major changes below so that other readers can benefit from your question.
Canada Economic Action Plan
On June 19, 2014, the Economic Action Plan Act 2014 became law. The effect was that certain applications that have not yet been approved under the IIP and EN would be terminated or cancelled based on whether an applicant met the selection criteria before February 11, 2014. Selection will be based on the CIC processing system and is time based.
So fees paid to CIC in respect of the terminated IIP and EN applications will be returned to the person who paid them. Any investment that has been made in respect of a terminated IIP application will also be returned to the applicant.
This means that if a decision was made on your application before February 11, 2014, your application will not be affected and will continue to be processed. So even if you have not yet been asked to do a medical examination, your application is not affected by the legislation and you should be hearing from CIC soon.
If a selection decision was not made on your application before February 11, 2014, then your application is automatically terminated and CIC will contact you either directly, or through your representative, to return the processing fees and any investment that you may have made. You should note that the fees and investment will be returned without interest.
I know that many persons are concerned about the fees and costs associated with their application such as the financial audits, language test, bank charges, and representative fees; however, these fees will not be returned or reimbursed.
Is this the end of investment opportunities in Canada?
No. The government of Canada is still hoping to attract economic immigrants who are more likely to contribute positively to the Canadian economy and maintain ties to Canada through new pilot projects.
There is the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Fund pilot project. This project will require immigrants to make a "real and significant investment in the Canadian economy".
The government will be engaging in consultations to ensure that more appropriate programmes are implemented to achieve their goals. I will tell you more about this programme, hopefully, in another article or blog.
Express Entry
The other programme is set to launch in January 2015 and is called 'Express Entry'. It is viewed that this new Express Entry Programme will help Canadian employers to recruit the best candidates from around the world to foster productivity and growth in their businesses and ultimately, the Canadian economy. Individuals will be selected based on selection based on "the most likely to succeed in Canada" rather than based on the existing 'first come first serve/the first person in line' system.
Essentially, the express entry system is a recruitment model that may be viewed as a match-making service between 'highly skilled immigrants'; the provincial, territorial and federal governments; and others employers.
Transfer from Investor to Federal Skilled Worker Programme
You cannot have your fees or application transferred from one programme to the other. The application process and requirements are different. You will need to submit a different application under the Federal Skilled Worker Programme if this is the route you now wish to take. However, since your application was submitted three years ago, there is a strong possibility that an officer has made a decision on your case by now. You should contact the CIC's approved communications lines in your country to ascertain the status of your file and make a decision then.
You should note, however, that beginning in January 2015, CIC will be transitioning to the Express Entry system. Once this system is implemented, individuals will no longer be able to apply under the FSW programme. Instead, a prospective applicant will need to submit his or her intent to apply for immigration to an applicant pool. Then, the federal government and employers will all be able to select candidates from the larger pool and invite them to submit an immigration application. 
CIC will be accepting applications under the existing FSW programme until January 1, 2015, or until the overall cap of 25,000 is reached. While all occupations appear to currently be open, some popular fields will fill up very quickly. If you qualify under the FSWP, you should apply immediately as there is no guarantee that you will be selected or matched with a prospective employer under the new system. The concern is that many employers will be scrutinising the list and selecting the 'cream of the crop' to join their organisation, therefore, the selection process could be more subjective.
Deidre S. Powell is a lawyer, mediator, and notary public who is a member of the Jamaican and Ontario, Canada bars, with main office located in Ottawa, Ontario. Her areas of practice are in immigration, personal injury, commercial, family, and administration of estates. She is on the roster of mediators for Ottawa, Toronto, and the Dispute Resolution Foundation of Jamaica. Submit your questions and comments to: Email: info@deidrepowell.com. Subject line: Immigration. Facebook: jamaicanlawyer Tel: 613-695-8777.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Job opportunities in Canada - News - Jamaica Gleaner - Tuesday | July 15, 2014


Job opportunities in Canada - News - Jamaica Gleaner - Tuesday | July 15, 2014



Dear Ms Powell,
I've been reading about job opportunities in Canada and so I decided to write you to see if I stand a chance. I have a diploma from The Mico Teachers College and I have been working in a day care as I haven't been able to get a job as a teacher. I heard that I may be able to find work in Canada. Can you tell me how to apply?
- BT
Dear BT,
As a part of  Canada Immigration policy and economic action plan, the government reopened the Federal Skilled Worker Programme in May 2014 with a new list of eligible occupations. This list is based on research which reveals that Canada is experiencing a shortage of early childhood educators (ECEs) and early childhood assistants.
In order to qualify, you would need to have a minimum of one year of continuous, full-time (or an equal amount of part-time) paid relevant work experience within the past ten years as an early childhood educator or early childhood assistant. Then, you may be eligible to apply, under the Federal Skilled Worker Programme, for you and your immediate family to become permanent residents of Canada.
Eligible workers
ECEs are also known as pre-school teachers, childcare workers, day care workers, childcare practitioners, home childcare consultants, nursery school teachers, childcare assistant supervisors, day care supervisors, childcare coordinators.
You will need a letter from your employer confirming that you are working in a registered childcare centre, day care centre, early childhood school, kindergarten or an agency/school for exceptional children. The key is that you provide education or care for pre-teens or work in any other setting where early childhood education services are provided.
If you are applying as a supervisor or coordinator, you will need to have a minimum of two years working experience in the field.
Basic eligibility to become an early childhood educator or assistant in Canada
Completion of secondary school;
Experience in childcare;
Completion of an early childhood education assistant certificate programme or post-secondary courses in early childhood education may be required;
Licensing by a provincial or territorial association for early childhood educators (ECEs) may be required.
The key to remember is that even though the educational requirement may seem easy to meet, you will need to be able to get a minimum of 67 points in order to qualify under the Federal Skilled Worker Programme.
In your particular case, you indicate that you already have a diploma from Mico, so you should be able to reach the minimum requirement under the point system depending on other factors such as your age, whether or not you have other relatives here in Canada and language skills.
How do you apply?
You may visit the Citizenship and Immigration  Canada website and download the required forms, complete the forms accurately, attach the supporting documents, pay the required fee and submit your application. You will also need to pass the medical and security checks.
You should note that even though Jamaica is an English-speaking country, you will be required to prove your language skills by doing the required English exam. Your application will be returned if you do not send your English test results with your application.
Once your application is successful, you will be given a permanent resident card. This card is similar to the popular American green card. In essence, you would now be able to apply for a job to work anywhere in Canada, in an early childhood institution.
I must caution you that this is a time-sensitive application, as there is a cap on the number of applications that will be accepted. Also, when applying under the Federal Skilled Worker Programme, it is essential for you to pay attention to the finer details of your applications. Incomplete or incorrect applications may be returned or refused. With so many people around the world focused on this programme, it is important for prospective immigrants to act quickly and efficiently to secure a place in the queue. 
If you have issues or concerns about your eligibility or need help with your application, consult with immigration lawyer.
Deidre S. Powell is a lawyer, mediator, and notary public who is a member of the Jamaican and Ontario, Canada bars, with office located in Ottawa, Ontario. Her areas of practice are in immigration, personal injury, commercial, family, real estate and administration of estates. Submit your questions and comments to: Email:info@deidrepowell.com. Subject line: Immigration. Tel: 613-695-8777. Follow her on Facebook: jamaicanlawyer