Thursday, December 20, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: Canada' Federal Skilled Worker will restart from May 4, 2013

The much awaited announcement is here. The new faster and more flexible selection system for the Federal Skilled Worker will re-open for applications on May 4, 2013 with significant improvements to the Federal Skill Worker Program points grid.

The final changes to the FSWP selection criteria will include the requirement of having minimum official language skills, increased emphasis on younger immigrants, introduction of the Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) and introduction of additional adaptability points for spousal language skills and Canadian work experience.

The Canadian Government is also in process of developing and implementing an Expression of Interest (EOI) model, which will provide employers with access to a pool of skilled workers.


As indicated above, there are two new steps introduced in processing.

  1. Demonstration of meeting the minimum language threshold at level 7 of the Canadian Language Benchmark assessment system
  2. Assessment of education credentials assessed prior to arriving in Canada. Canadian Government will be making an announcement regarding the organizations they intend to designated early in the New Year. 

It is expected that that the Government will accept a fixed number of applications each year. In view of the above-noted additional steps and the likelihood of imposition of fixed CAP on the number of applications to be accepted each year, it would be prudent to start taking steps to prepare your application right away. The processing, as advised by the Government is going to be reduced to few month. But given the high competition and popularity of the program, it would be necessary to submit the application as soon as the program commences.

A number of our clients have been waiting patiently for the restart of the Skilled Worker Program. A number of those are in fact ready to submit since last year. their applications in 2011. With today's announcement they have been given the opportunity to prepare their applications in advance which would ensure that the application is submitted before the quota is exhausted for the year 2013. We strongly suggest that those who are determined about immigrating to Canada as skilled workers to take the proactive route and start preparing their applications as soon as possible to be put in the processing queue and to enjoy the fastest processing ever as claimed by the Canadian government.

Being Authorized Canadian Immigration Advisers who are Members in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC), we would be pleased to being of assistance to interested applicants in their plans to submit their applications under the new FSWP. For a free and no obligation assessment of your eligibility by our immigration experts, please feel free to complete our online assessment form available on our website

Monday, December 10, 2012

CIC to Launch New Federal Skilled Trades Program (FST) in January 2013

Canada is creating a new program to fast track the admittance of foreign skilled tradespeople, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced Monday.

On Jan. 2, 2013 the new Federal Skilled Trades Program will begin accepting applications.

Eligible occupations will include electricians, welders, heavy-duty equipment mechanics, and pipefitters, among others.
The immigration minister said the measure will help Canada create a faster and more flexible immigration system.
Applicants under the new program will need to:
  • Have an offer of employment in Canada or a certificate of qualification from a province or territory to ensure that applicants are “job ready” upon arrival.
  • Meet a basic language requirement.
  • Have a minimum of two years of work experience as a skilled tradesperson, to ensure that the applicant has recent and relevant practice as a qualified journeyman.
  • Have the skills and experience that match those set out in the National Occupational Classification (NOC B) system, showing that they have performed the essential duties of the occupation.
In order to avoid backlogs, Citizenship and Immigration is limiting applications in the program’s first year to 3,000.

CIC is currently working with the provinces, territories and federal government partners on the list of skilled trades’ occupations that are experiencing acute labour shortages and which will qualify under the program. This list will be announced prior to the program opening in January.

Until now, skilled tradespeople generally applied through either the Canadian Experience Class, which welcomes those who studied in Canada or were already working here temporarily, or the Provincial Nominee Program, which allows provinces to select immigrants who meet local labour market needs.

In addition, Canada is also expected to launch a new Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) program in 2013.

For more information and to check your eligibility, please contact us via our website

Based in Toronto, Canada, Mr. Amir Ismail is an Authorized Canadian Immigration Adviser with several years of experience in immigration law at his disposal.