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  1. 1558 ...I knew I could fly one of these..piece of cake.
  2. Panama J I always thought there was a certain amount of reciprocity (and not) between aviation license issuing states. Licenses that required a spin on the flight test for example could be converted, others could not. I used to hold two European PPLs and when I converted to Cdn, it was easier to use the UK license as the other one was not accepted. This was in the late 1900s...er..1980s. This may all have changed now. Your story is fascinating and I am sympathetic to the situation. I can imagine that living in your wife''s country is where you would like to be. Can you confirm then that a (I am guessing) Mexican national with a Mexican license can indeed convert to a Canadian license. Unfortunately I could never see Transport and/or Immigration cooperating on denying or granting a Mexican entry into Canada and/or a commercial pilot''s license, that would be even more complex a problem than this sentence is......... Are there still licenses that are not accepted in Canada (Transylvania, Timbuktu, NeverNeverLand etc..)
  3. Twotter I just read your post again and am wondering, since you started this...how do YOU feel about it?
  4. Visit any of the worldwide aviation sites and you will find a discussion on ''non-nationals taking our jobs'' or ''flagging out''. Aussies coming here, Brits going to New Zealand, Canadians going South, the Brits seem especially ticked off with all those Continentals and Yanks flocking to take their jobs. But there are still more threads on getting work overseas than ones like this. Granted, many expats are flying in countries where there is a shortage of nationals, but regarding the rest of the expats, the ''problem'' is worldwide and not specific to Canada. Pilots of all nationalities, more than any other professionals seem to migrate with ease. If a person achieves the right to live and work in any country, they have all the right in the world (!) to work there as a pilot if someone wants to and can legally hire them, no question. Immigration laws in Canada are, yes, different but not necessarily less stringent than in the UK, NZ or others. It still takes sometimes years to receive permanent resident status here. International reciprocity would be nice, but is impossible. To the best of my knowledge, residency is not granted to pilots based on profession anymore, although it surely was in the eighties. I have been a foreigner and a expat pilot in a few different countries (including Canada) and while I can somehow understand the frustration of being snubbed for the ''bloody foreigner'', I am tired of this foreigner bashing, anywhere. I was pissed off when they hired that idiot instead of me, though....but then again, idiot bashing is OK
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