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Breaking News: Federal Skilled Worker Details Revealed Today

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On April 18, 2013, Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced final details about Federal Skilled Worker Program, scheduled to begin accepting applications on May 4, 2013.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be considered for processing, eligible applicants must meet one the following eligibility criteria:

  • Have at least one year of continuous, full-time (or equivalent) paid work experience in the past decade in one of the 24 eligible occupations and attain at least 67 points based on Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC) immigration selection factors; or
  • Qualify for Arranged Employment with a Labour Market Opinion and a full-time permanent job offer from a Canadian employer; or
  • Have completed a PhD in Canada, or have completed two years of study in Canada towards a PhD, in both cases at a recognized institution.

All applicants applying under the Federal Skilled Worker Program will also be required to undergo language testing in order to demonstrate their ability in English and French and have their foreign educational credentials assessed for equivalency against Canadian standards.

Designated Educational Credential Assessment Organizations

On April 17, 2013, four organizations have been designated by Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney to conduct the educational credential assessments. The designated organizations are:

Applicants who have completed their studies in Canada will not be required to undergo an educational credential assessment, unless they are also including a foreign credential in support of their application. In addition, any educational credential assessment report issued after April 17, 2013, will be valid for immigration purposes for a period of five years from the date that it was issued by a designated organization.

Program Caps and Limitations

With respect to the 24 eligible occupations, the government has placed an overall cap/limit of 5,000 applications that will be accepted for processing. Within the 5,000 limit, a maximum of 300 applications will be accepted for processing per eligible occupation.

For applicants under the PhD stream, the government will accept a total of 1,000 applications from May 4, 2013 to April 30, 2014.

The authority for the changes, known as Ministerial Instructions, allows the government to keep the intake of applications for economic immigration in line with the number and types of jobs available in Canada, as well as reduce application backlogs and processing times.

Attorney David Cohen encourages applicants to submit their applications as soon as possible, “There is no time to waste if a potential applicant wants any chance of having their Federal Skilled Worker application accepted for assessment”.

Attorney Cohen went on to explain that these new rules favor the fastest and most organized applicants. “The reality of these new rules is that an applicant has only one try to get his or her application accepted. If an application has even a tiny error, it risks being returned without processing, and by the time that error is corrected, the odds of the occupation category being closed are that much greater.”

Today’s announcement, including the eligible occupation list of 24 occupations, should not discourage potential immigrations from considering Canada as a destination. Attorney Cohen encourages potential immigrants: “Remember that there are over 60 immigration programs across Canada from which to choose. If the Federal Skilled Worker program is no longer an option, I’ll advise my clients to explore other alternatives.”

Find out if you qualify for Canadian Permanent Residency by completing a Canadian immigration assessment form.



86 thoughts on “Breaking News: Federal Skilled Worker Details Revealed Today

  1. YaFang Liu

    I really need someone to help me answer my questions.
    I will really appreciate it!!!
    I recently graduated from BYU-Hawaii.
    I came back to Taiwan a few months ago.
    However, I really don’t wanna stay here.
    I wanna go to Canada.
    I wonder if I work as a kindergarten teacher for a year in Taiwan, and then apply for skilled worker. Will that work?
    Because it’s working experiences in Taiwan, not in Canada, and I wonder if they will ask me for a province teaching licence in order to apply for skilled worker under early childhood education?
    Or I should just go to study an early childhood education program for about 1 and half years, and then get the work permit for one and half years, and after working 1 year in Canada, I can apply skilled worker?

    Please help me!!
    Please give me suggestions 🙂

    Best Regards,

  2. zubair

    Hi. I m from Pakistan and fsw 2014 applicant. PER received on 26/03/2015. Now application is in process with visa office probably in London VO. I listen london takes long time to process application. Is it true?Will u please tell me how much time they take for processing? When I will receive medical request. Your reply is awaited. Regards…Zubair

  3. Catherine Black

    Great Article and thanks for the update! This helped me to better understand the process and requirements for my visa application. I just arrived in Canada last month and I must say it is beautiful here.

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  5. Jason A.Robinson

    Thanks for the updates regarding Federal Skilled Workers in Canada. My friend just got his immigration papers cleared and is all excited to start off with his new life in Canada.

  6. Jacquelyn fajardo

    I just want to ask if cook is still a skilled work in canada. Thank!

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