Wondering if you can help me. My SC application was sent in and I had 16 points on the suitability assessment template. I heard back from the Ministry that my application was denied because apparently my Service Provider should have scored me 0 in occupational skills (originally it was a 2), meaning now I'm 2 points shy of the minimum suitability.
I do have a B.A. Degree but my work experience for the past 4 years was administrative assistance. So, their argument is that I have enough skills being an admin assistant to find another job being an admin assistant. I applied to many and they were included in my job search forms, and still I was not successful in getting a job. The other component of that section is that there are few job opportunities for sustainable employment. Their argument here was that there are many admin assistant job postings...
Now, I can come up with several reasons as to why I find this highly unreasonable but wanted your feedback. Depending on your response, I suppose my questions might be:
1. Do you think it's fair I am being rejected for my Service Provider scoring it incorrectly? Ultimately would it be the Ministry held responsible for communicating correct procedures to their employees? The entire time my Service Provider and I believed my score should be 16 and I'm not sure I would have even attempted the application had we not been certain (to her knowledge) it would be 16.
2. Based on my situation as well as my experiences jumping through the SC hoops and runarounds, is there good reason to appeal the decision?
3. Are you able to explain how an appeal process typically works? I asked over the phone when I was initially declined, but the consultant refused to answer my questions and was, to be honest, quite rude in dismissing me. All I got was that I had to wait for a rejection letter in the mail and that letter explains the process (mentioning also that the letter could take a month to be delivered to me).
4. I guess similar to the appeal questions, I understand that there are sometimes exceptional circumstances for those who score 15 or less and are still able to be approved. I read a previous thread of yours which did mention how because someone with a BA degree scored higher in that section, but because BAs are generalized and not vocational it was not held against them. Do you remember these details and would you think I'd fall under that category too? What might be some other examples of exceptional circumstances?
Sorry for the lengthy questions! I appreciate any input you're able to provide.