Prospective applicants for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) are now facing two challenges in their application.
On one hand, December 31 deadline is nearing and time is running out.
On the other hand, it seems that the occupations in the list of FSWP are already reaching their cap one by one.
After the reported first occupation to cap out, two more have followed recently, bringing the total number of open occupations down to 47.
And, there is a possibility that one or more of these occupations will cap out anytime soon.
This sudden surge in applications causing quota to be reached all of a sudden can be attributed to the upcoming deadline and the fact that the current FSWP will end permanently on December 31, to be replaced by the new Express Entry system.
This new system will bring about a huge change in the immigration process in Canada, and it’s likely that the position of those who are strongly qualified to apply in the current FSWP will greatly change when the new system is in place.
A Look at the Old FSWP
The current FSWP has a list of 50 occupations, each with a limit of 1000 applications. Once this limit is reached, the application will close.
Right now, the three occupations that have already reached the cap and are already closed are the following:
⧫ Financial and investment analysts (NOC 1112)
⧫ Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)
⧫ Computer programmer and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
Any one of the other occupations might close soon, so applicants are encouraged to submit their application documents as soon as possible.
The main requirement for applicants in this program is at least one year of experience in the chosen occupation, followed by the required educational level and knowledge of English or French language.
A Look at the New Express Entry System
One of the biggest changes in this new system is the absence of a list of occupations.
Individuals who are interested to apply only need to express intent, and then they will be included in a pool with everyone else who expressed the same intent.
From this pool, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Provincial Nominee Programs and Canadian employers will choose who they want to invite based on what they need.
The applicants will have no say as to where they could apply – they can only wait and hope that they will be chosen.