News! Federal Skilled Worker Program

As of May 4, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has started accepting applications for the new Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and there’s great news about the speed of the revamped program.


New applications are being processed in approximately one year! There is an urgency to apply, however, as there will be a limited number of applications taken each year.


What are the changes to the FSWP?


The changes made to the program have the purpose of supporting growth in the Canadian economy as well as the success of new in their transition to Canada.


Education Credentials Assessed


Among these changes is the introduction of the Educational Credential Assessment, so that foreign credentials are evaluated based on their true value in Canada. Newcomers can use this information to make an informed decision before immigrating.


Wait Times Reduced


To eliminate lengthy wait times, there is now a list of occupations with a set number of applications that will be accepted each year.


How to Qualify for the FSWP?


One way to qualify is to have at least one year of continuous full-time or equivalent paid work experience in the past 10 years in one of the following 24 qualifying occupations.


The qualifying occupations are listed by NOC (National Occupational Classification) and are based on the main duties performed. This list of open occupations was updated to reflect ministerial instructions issued on April 18th, 2013.


0211- Engineering Managers
1112 – Financial and Investment Analysts
2113 – Geoscientists and Oceanographers
2131 – Civil Engineers
2132 – Mechanical Engineers
2134 – Chemical Engineers
2143 – Mining Engineers
2144 – Geological Engineers
2145 – Petroleum Engineers
2146 – Aerospace Engineers
2147 – Computer Engineers (except Software Engineers/Designers)
2154 – Land Surveyors
2174 – Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers
2243 – Industrial Instrument Technicians and Mechanics
2263 – Inspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety
3141 – Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
3142 – Physiotherapists
3143 – Occupational Therapists
3211 – Medical laboratory Technologists
3212 – Medical laboratory Technicians and Pathologists’ Assistants
3214 – Respiratory Therapists, Clinical Perfusionists and Cardiopulmonary Technologists
3215 – Medical Radiation Technologists
3216 – Medical Sonographers
3217 – Cardiology Technicians and Electrophysiological Diagnostic Technologists, (not elsewhere classified)


Are There Other Ways to Qualify for the FSWP?


Besides having the one year of experience in one of the above occupations, there are a few other ways to qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker Program.


• qualifying for Arranged Employment with a Labour Market Opinion;
• completing a PhD from a recognized institution in Canada;
• completing 2 years of study at a recognized institution in Canada towards a PhD


In addition to the above four ways to qualify for the FSWP, as with other methods of immigration to Canada, applicants must also meet the following requirements:


• proof of sufficient funds for settlement in Canada; and
• pass a minimum threshold of language ability for one of Canada’s two official languages (English/French)
• attain at least 67 points based on Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC) immigration selection factors.
• satisfy Canadian health and security/criminality requirements.


Canadian Citizenship Lawyer is your Federal Skilled Worker Immigration expert in Nanaimo BC!

Canadian Citizenship Lawyer is here to guide you through the FSWP application process. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to learn how our lawyers can assist with your application today.