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Subject: US EMS helicopter pilot to work in Canada
 
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05/21/2013 3:02 AM  
I'm a 3000+ hour EMS helicopter pilot, born in, a citizen of, and working in the US. I'd like to fly in Canada, however, specifically as an EMS helicopter pilot in Vancouver or Toronto.

My question is: how do I get to that point? I can keep track of and apply for HeliJet and Ornge job postings easily enough, but I don't have a Canadian work permit, visa, or citizenship, and neither company will sponsor those. I'm guessing, then, that getting that permit/visa will be the hardest part, but that raises some more questions to which I haven't been able to find the answers. Specifically, from what I'm seeing, a Canadian work permit is both easiest to get and helpful in getting a visa/citizenship. Is this actually the case? If so, how likely am I to actually get a work permit? (I also have a BS in aerospace engineering, and MS in computer science, with job experience in each, if that would make a successful work permit application more likely.)

Once I have a Canadian work permit, what is the process to obtain the pilot ratings needed for Canadian helicopter EMS? I have a US ATP/CFI/CFI-I Helicopter, and Private ASEL.

Any information, or links to same, would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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05/21/2013 5:11 PM  
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05/26/2013 9:00 AM  
First thing I would get before going through all the Canadian legal work permit hoops is a JAR license. That's going to be your most expensive and hardest thing to do.

Here's my reasoning:

If you start with the work permit issues you might be able (I don't know) get one however those have time limitations. So now you have a permit but you don't have the pilot certificates to apply for a job. Now while you get those your permit expires.

If you start by getting the pilot certificates now you can apply for a permit and maybe get it. Now say you can't get a permit to work in Canada then at least you now have a JAR pilot certificate and that will open doors to other jobs all over the world in some countries that don't accept the FAA certificate.

Carlos

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05/27/2013 4:22 PM  
Carlos:

I think you've given some very good advice. Thanks for your time!
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05/27/2013 4:37 PM  
My pleasure. I really don't think the immigration to Canada part is much of an issue because I know a couple of Colombian pilots who at least one of them was kicked out of the US and they are living in Canada and becoming citizens there even though they won't be able to fly there because they don't have JAR certificates.

I think your biggest hurdle will be the JAR certificates. Good luck !

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05/28/2013 6:42 PM  
I had reason to get a Canada commercial license nearly 20 years ago. Also an ATP with lots of hours. I had to go through the physical, written (full blown no BS), get some dual (I seem to recall it was a req'd min 5 hrs) and take a check ride. For the current info, check with Transport Canada. Then talk with some of the pilots up there to find out the latest. Like many of the ICAO countries I've flown in, you'll be type rated on your certificate depending on what you have flown regardless of weight or engines. When you get a lot of hours and local experience, you may get issued an unlimited license. Otherwise, you end up having to do a ride in each different make/model and that gets expen$ive. Transport Canada for info. As Carlos said, many countries don't like FAA certificates and was my reason to get one. I flew in a lot of countries that were not USA friendly. My info is obviously dated but feel free to email me with ?? Good luck with your venture. Rocky

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06/06/2013 10:42 AM  
I have a Co-worker that has 9000+ hrs his IFR and he has applied everywhere. ORNGE was the only one who got back to him. He is also a Canadian citizen so the chances of getting a work permit is slim in todays market. Unless you are a Kiwi or an Aussie they seem to hand them out like candy to them.
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06/06/2013 7:16 PM  
Posted By plumber on 06/06/2013 10:42 AM
Unless you are a Kiwi or an Aussie they seem to hand them out like candy to them.

I think it's because they all talk funny so they all understand each other easier

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