The New Federal Skilled Worker Class

When the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) reopens on January 1st, 2013, it will include a number of significant changes to ensure that immigrants who come through the FSWC will be better prepared to find work and settle into Canadian society.

Why Was the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) changed?

In 2010, a review of the FSWC found that 22% of immigrants were not satisfied with their jobs in Canada. The CIC launched an extensive probe into why such a large proportion of immigrants were not satisfied with their jobs in Canada, and developed a new set of immigration criteria to overcome the major challenges that were discovered.

The major challenges with the Federal Skilled Worker Class program that were identified, included better assessing language proficiency and educational credentials, re-evaluating Canadian and foreign work experience, and focusing on younger workers with essential skills.

What are the Changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Class?

The changes to the FSWC program, intended to improve new immigrants’ potential to succeed in Canada include:

  • Highlighting strong language ability as a key selection factor, including spousal language ability;
  • A shift toward younger immigrants who have a longer time horizon to get Canadian work experience and add more long-term value to the workforce;
  • A stronger emphasis on Canadian work experience, including spouse;
  • Simplifying and speeding up the employment process for employers seeking skilled immigrants to fill roles;
  • Introducing a mandatory educational credential assessment to ensure that employers understand and recognize the applicability of an immigrants credentials

What Does This Mean For FSWP Applicants?

The biggest implication of the changes to the FSWP and the approaching new structure is that you should not delay in applying if you meet the criteria. The FSWP has been one of the most popular routes for new immigrants to apply for Permanent Residency in Canada and there is likely to be a cap on the number of applications accepted.
Canada Citizenship Lawyer is here to help you ensure that your application is properly completed in a timely manner and to give you the best chance possible of success. Please contact us to schedule a consultation today.