When the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) reopens, it will include a number of important changes. The changes to the program are scheduled to come into force on January 1st, 2013. They were created so that immigrants who gain Permanent Residency through the FSWC will be better prepared to find work and settle into Canadian society.
In this article, CIC News explores the logic behind the new changes, as well as how the FSWC will help immigrants come to Canada with brighter futures than ever before.
The FSWC – What Needed to Change
In 2011, 37% of economic immigrants to Canada were admitted via the FSWC. This makes the FSWC the largest Canadian immigration program available today.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is committed to ensuring that FSWC immigrants, like all newcomers to Canada, are well prepared to thrive in their new home. However, a 2010 review of the FSWC discovered that 22% of immigrants were not satisfied with their jobs in Canada. To find out why this was the case, CIC conducted extensive research into why some immigrants were not succeeding in Canada, and how this could be solved.
CIC pinpointed a number of areas where the immigration process could be improved. These included better assessing language proficiency and educational credentials, re-evaluating Canadian and foreign work experience, and focusing on younger workers with essential skills. It was determined that the FSWC system needed revision to improve these areas and help applicants with the potential to make the most out of their immigration to Canada.
“Our government has a plan for a faster, more flexible, responsive, and secure immigration system that will better meet Canada’s economic needs while continuing to uphold our humanitarian commitments,” explained Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. “With our changes, immigrants will see their lives improve, and Canadians will see the economy grow”.
The Logic Behind Important Changes
Changes to the FSWC were made with the best interests of both immigrants and the Canadian economy in mind. Some of the changes that will most benefit immigrants in Canada are explained below:
Requiring a minimum level of language proficiency
Requiring a foreign credentials assessment
Placing a stronger emphasis on younger workers
These are just a few of the changes that will come into effect when the FSWC reopens. Future applicants who are accepted under the new system can look forward to greater opportunities for work and settlement in Canada.
“The FSWC is changing according to what we now know works best for immigrants and for Canada,” says Attorney David Cohen. “Potential applicants who think they would be a good fit are encouraged to apply sooner rather than later, as this new system is sure to be extremely popular and very likely will have a global cap on the number of applications accepted.”
Canadian immigration is designed to be a mutually beneficial arrangement whereby immigrants can transform their lives and the country can gain valuable new Canadian Permanent Residents. The changes to the new FSWC are crafted to ensure that both immigrants and Canadians continue to prosper from the immigration system.
To find out whether you may be eligible to apply to the revised FSWC, or one of over 60 Canadian immigration programs, please fill out a free online assessment.