Aquil Khan immigrated to Canada from Pakistan in April 2005 armed with 10 years of professional experience as a business intelligence (BI) analyst. Just last month, he started a new job at a Toronto-based firm to work on a large BI development project for one of the company’s major clients.

But the journey leading up to this new position was anything but smooth, according to Khan.

“I stayed at home for four-and-a-half months trying to look for a job in [IT],” Khan said. He was sending out about 10 applications per day and posting his r