Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced that the new point based selection system for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) will take effect on May 1, 2014. At that time, the program will re-open for new applications.
There is an overall cap of 25,500 for new FSW applications. This includes a cap of 500 applications from PhD students. There are also sub-caps of 1,000 for each of the 50 eligible occupations. It is important to note that the FSWP continues to be open for individuals with a qualifying arranged job offer.
In order to qualify for a Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa, Federal Skilled Worker applicants must:
- Have at least one year of continuous full-time or equivalent paid work experience in the past 10 years in one of the 50 eligible occupations; 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; and
- Pass a minimum threshold of language ability for one of Canada’s two official languages.
In addition, FSW applicants must attain at least 67 points based on Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC) immigration selection factors.
In order to find out if you are eligible to apply under this category, please use our free online assessment form. To know more about Federal Skilled Worker program, please contact one of our offices.