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Federal Skilled Worker Program Update

January, 2014

The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Program remains open until April 30th, 2014. As the date for final submission of applications draws closer, CIC News checks in to see where the program currently stands, and what this means for prospective applicants.

Many Occupations Remain Open

At present, 15 of the 24 eligible occupations remain open to submissions. Many of these professions are in popular fields such as engineering and healthcare.

Within the engineering field, applications in the following occupations are still being accepted:

  • Chemical engineers
  • Mining engineers
  • Geological engineers
  • Petroleum engineers
  • Aerospace engineers

Within the healthcare field, applications in the following occupations are still being accepted:

  • Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistance
  • Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologist
  • Medical radiation technologists
  • Medical sonographers
  • Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists

Also open are the following occupations:

  • Geoscientists and oceanographers
  • Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  • Land surveyors

Most of these fields are not only open, but appear to be far from exceeding their individual intake caps of 300 applicants.

The FSW Program Today

The current program is accepting a maximum of 5,000 applications for review. Applications will only be received from applicants with experience in one of 24 eligible occupations. A maximum of 300 applications will be accepted per occupation.

In addition, applicants must meet the following criteria in order to be accepted for review:

  • Have at least one year of continuous full-time paid work experience in an eligible occupation in the last ten years;
  • Pass a minimum threshold of language ability in either English or French; and
  • Meet or exceed a minimum points threshold based on factors such as education, age, language skills, work experience, and adaptability

The Canadian Government has stated that it intends to process new applicants to the program within 12 months.

Advice for Prospective Applicants

The government has given no word on what the FSW program will look like after April 30th, 2014. However, we do know that Canada is preparing to transition to an entirely new economic immigration system, known as the Expression of Interest (EOI) system, by 2015.

“With so much about the future unclear, applicants who think they are eligible to submit today would be well advised to do so,” said Attorney David Cohen. “With a little more than three months left until the end of April, an organized applicant could certainly prepare and submit under the current eligibility requirements.”

With over 60 Canadian immigration programs to choose from, the FSW Program is by no means the only option for skilled workers.

“If you do not see your occupation on the list, remember that this is just one of many programs that may be available to you,” said Attorney David Cohen. “Applicants should keep an open mind and look at all the immigration options available to them. They may be surprised to find out what program fits their goals and experience the best.”

To find out if you are eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, or any of over 60 Canadian immigration programs, please fill out a free online assessment.

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Ralph January 29, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Dear Sir,
I am extremely concerned with your advices regarding the FSW program. I am planning to apply after May 4th, 2014 under the PhD stream that lies within the FSW program. Do you foresee any possibility that this PhD stream may close as well?


stella Nduka January 29, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Sir ,am suggesting if the immigration could be considering the over all point and not basing on required score for each eg listening ,writing, speaking and reading .,If the needed over all sore is 7.0 ,once you get it you should be considered. There by setting others at least 5.0.
most of the time particular one will be very difficult example listening as per say .people should be considered as many are very much interested to apply for skilled worker programme .People could still improve their listening while working there.
thanks Stella

belinda thaddeus January 29, 2014 at 3:00 pm

canada is taking a bost step to eradicate poverty in the world

Walid January 30, 2014 at 7:10 am

Dear Sir,
Under the Newsletter received yesterday and specifically under the’Federal Skilled Worker Program Update’ January 14, it was mentioned under The FSW Program Today that ”
The Canadian Government has stated that it intends to process new applicants to the program within 12 months”.
I would appreciate if you can kindly clarify whether this 12 months period is calculated from the date of receiving the application or from April 301th 2014 (closing date of receiving applications) for FSWP.
Your prompt feedback on the above would be highly appreciated.
Best regards,

marlon samuels February 4, 2014 at 3:53 pm

are media works such as television producers, camera men video editors, and broadcasters accepted in canada ?

Shikha February 5, 2014 at 10:47 am

Please confirm if there would be FSW 2014? would HR be one of the NOC?

sandeep March 5, 2014 at 10:27 am

Please confirm if there would be FSW 2014? would Telecom be one of the NOC?

pheerunggee salim March 6, 2014 at 8:02 am

Can you please tell me why EILTS and TEF exam is compulsory for immigration to Canada ?
I am a Mauritian born in Mauritius …I do speak french and english ……so Why should I take the exam ?

Namitha Vasanth Kumar March 7, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Please confirm if there would be FSW 2014? would Financial Analyst or Fund Accountant be one of the NOC?


AWODUN AMOS GBADEGESIN March 9, 2014 at 10:31 am

Dear sir,
please sir ,i will love to know if FSWP Will be contnue after aprill 30,2014,and beyound.thanks.i will be looking forward for your reply.

Nisha Sharma March 19, 2014 at 9:14 am

Dear Sir, Hello
Kindly confirm if FSWP is going to be open again in 2014.


jintoo john April 22, 2014 at 8:22 am

kindly confirm if FSW will open after 30th april 2014

Ruti April 23, 2014 at 4:59 am

fsw will open after 30/04/2014–3212

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