Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker Program Reopens For 2014

The Federal Skilled Worker program is Canada’s most popular immigration program. Thousands of individuals apply to this program every year. And while many are accepted, there are still a great number who were either late or were not qualified. For those who have not been accepted previously and are waiting for the reopening of the program, the wait will soon be over.

Starting May 1, 2014, the program has reopened and has started to accept applicants again. The announcement, made last April 23, revealed some changes to the program. These changes primarily involve the occupations included and the intake cap for each occupation.

There are new occupations that made it to the list, and each occupation has a maximum of 1000 slots. Below is a complete list of the 50 occupations included in the program:

• Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services (0015)
• Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations (1123)
• Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services (0013)
• Financial managers (0111)
• Financial auditors and accountants (1111)
• Financial and investment analysts (1112)
• Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers (1113)
• Other financial officers (1114)
• Human resources managers (0112)
• Purchasing managers (0113)
• Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers (0121)
• Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers (1212)
• Property administrators (1224)
• Managers in health care (0311)
• Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety (2263)
• Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors (3011)
• Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (3012)
• Specialist physicians (3111)
• General practitioners and family physicians (3112)
• Dietitians and nutritionists (3132)
• Audiologists and speech-language pathologists (3141)
• Physiotherapists (3142)
• Occupational therapists (3143)
• Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists (3214)
• Medical radiation technologists (3215)
• Medical sonographers (3216)
• Licensed practical nurses (3233)
• Paramedical occupations (3234)
• Psychologists (4151)
• Managers in natural resources production and fishing (0811)
• Construction managers (0711)
• Home building and renovation managers (0712)
• Construction estimators (2234)
• Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (2241)
• Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics (2243)
• Geoscientists and oceanographers (2113)
• Civil engineers (2131)
• Mechanical engineers (2132)
• Electrical and electronics engineers (2133)
• Petroleum engineers (2145)
• Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians (2232)
• Information systems analysts and consultants (2171)
• Database analysts and data administrators (2172)
• Software engineers and designers (2173)
• Computer programmers and interactive media developers (2174)
• Computer network technicians (2281)
• University professors and lecturers (4011)
• Early childhood educators and assistants (4214)
• Translators, terminologists and interpreters (5125)

The requirements will still be similar with those announced last year. Assessment will be on a points grid system based on several factors such as the applicant’s age, education and work experience, language competency (English or French), and ability to adapt to Canada.

Foreign Skilled Worker – PhD Stream

One of the additional streams in the FSW Program caters to PhD holders and those who have job offers from employers in Canada. The program will be accepting up to 500 PhD applicants without job offer. Those who have a valid offer will not be subject to this cap.

Changes in the Federal Skilled Trades Program

The FST program caters to applicants with experience in a skilled trade. Together with the implementation of the changes in the FSW in May 1, the FST program has also opened and started to accept applicants – up to 5000 applications. The occupations included in the program are those trades under NOC B level (around 90 occupations all in all), with each occupation having an intake cap of 100 applications.

The occupations included are in the following field:

• Supervisors and technical occupations in national resources, agriculture and related production
• Processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators
• Industrial, electrical and construction trades
• Maintenance and equipment operation trades
• Chefs, cooks, butchers and bakers

Changes in the Canadian Experience Class

This program caters to individuals who have already worked in Canada for a certain length of time, in an occupation that is considered skilled. This includes all skilled occupations, with only six exemptions. The program has now started accepting applications, with a total cap of 8000. For occupations that fall under NOC B level, however, there is a cap of 100 applications PER occupation.

The skilled occupations not included in the program are as follow:

• Cooks
• Food service supervisors
• Accounting technicians/bookkeepers
• Administrative officers
• Administrative assistants
• Retail sales supervisors

Applicants planning to apply in any of the programs mentioned above can now start doing so. The FSW, in particular, has a higher intake cap, so the opportunity is even greater for those who have been trying to get approval during the past years. It is expected for the number of applications to increase fast, so everyone is advised to apply as early as possible.

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