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Federal Skilled Worker Visa Canada
Canada, the maple leaf country is one of the highly developed countries in the world. The stable economy of the country depends upon its abundant natural resources and upon trade with United States. The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) selects eligible candidates on the basis of their ability to succeed economically in Canada. This popular program follows a selection system that evaluates the skills of an individual which are in accordance with the needs of the Canadian labor market. The total of 100 points is available to applicants with points awarded for official language ability, age, education, work experience, employment already arranged in Canada and adaptability. The current pass mark is 67.
The immigration authorities at Canada have proposed some changes in FWSP which were announced in December 2012. These improvements will come into effect from May, 2013.
The intake of most of the new FSWP applications has been paused since July 1, 2012, except for those with a qualifying job offer and those who applying under the PhD stream. This pause will be lifted and will be re-established on May 4, 2013.
All individuals considering applying on or after May 4 should keep in mind that if their application will not be processed if it does not meet the following requirements:
They have at least one year of continuous work experience in one of the 24 eligible occupations; They have a qualifying offer of arranged employment; or They are eligible to apply through the PhD stream. If an applicant meets at least one of following requirement, they must also meet the minimum threshold for language and obtain an educational credential assessment.
Eligible Occupation List
The eligible occupations stream will have a total cap of 5,000 new applications and sub-caps of 300 applications in each of the 24 occupations on the list.
Eligible occupations (with their corresponding 2011 National Occupation Classification Code):
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
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 sonographers3217 Cardiology technicians and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c. (not elsewhere classified)
Minimum Language Threshold:
All prospective applicants to the FSWP should meet the new minimum language threshold: Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB 7) or Niveaux de comptence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) 7 in all four skills (listening, speaking and writing). An applicant must take a third-party language test from an organization designated by the minister and submit their test report along with their application to IRCC.
Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)
An FSWP applicant must score at least 4L on the CELPIP-General test in each of the four skills to meet the minimum language threshold.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
An FSWP applicant must score at least 6.0 on IELTS General Training test in each of the four skills to meet the minimum language threshold of CLB 7.
Test devaluation de francais(TEF)
An FSWP applicant must score at least 206 in reading, 248 in listening and 309 in both speaking and writing on the TEF to meet the minimum language threshold of NCLC 7.
Earlier, employers used to apply for an Arranged Employment Opinion (AEO) when they wished to hire a foreign national on a permanent, full-time basis and support their employees application for permanent residence through the FSWP. IRCC will not accept AEOs in support of an FSWP application from May 4, 2013. Instead, most offers of arranged employment will require a Labour Market Impact Assessment.
Educational Credential Assessment (ECA):
Another important change that takes effect on May 4, 2013, is the introduction of the education credential assessment (ECA). Applicants may start the process of getting an ECA before May 4 if they are planning to submit a foreign education credential. Applicants who have Canadian educational credentials do not need to get an ECA, unless they are also submitting a foreign educational credential in support of their application.
Four organizations have been designated by IRCC to provide ECA reports for purposes of immigrating to Canada under the FSWP application. The designated organizations are:
Comparative Education Service: University of Toronto School of Continuing studies;
International Credential Assessment Service of Canada;
World Education Services; and
Medical Council of Canada
IRCC will only accept ECA reports issued after the date the organization was designated by IRCC to provide ECA reports for immigration purposes (i.e. April 17, 2013).
The above changes put forward by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada suggests that the selection system under the Federal Skilled Worker Program is going to be precise and less cumbersome for the worthy applicants. Also, it will fill in the void of less competent work force the Canadian economy has witnessed in the labor market in past few years. So, gear up for your lifelong objective of immigrating to Canada and make it simpler with Visas Simply.
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