Canada to reopen Federal Skilled Worker Programme in May

Published:  26 Mar at 6 PM
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After its closure for a year, Canadian Immigration’s Federal Skilled Worker Programme (FSWP) is due to reopen on 4 May.

Announcements as to priority occupations, listings of designated assessment organisations and caps on applicant numbers are expected during April. Popular occupation caps are expected to be filled within days of their opening.

The list of priority occupations is an essential guide for those looking to emigrate to Canada, as it displays jobs in sectors for which there is demand as a result of a national skills shortage. The FSWP is only open to those with qualifications for jobs on the list, and a cap indicated exactly how many applications will be accepted for each skill.

Canada’s immigration website gives few clues at present as to the exact content of the list, but notes that analysis of the country’s labour market has given strong indications as to which trades and professions are needed. Sectors such as heathcare, mining, business services and manufacturing are the likely winners out of the 25 professions selected.

Over the past year, eligibility requirements have undergone some changes and now include intermediate French or English language proficiency and at least one year’s full-time paid employment in the field over the last 10 years. The reworked points system is based on education, adaptability, work experience and age as well as language, with a minimum score of 67 points necessary to be admitted.

Any foreign credentials must be authenticated and assessed, and will have an equivalent Canadian value allocated. Applicants are invited to begin the paperwork necessary as soon as possible, as the list is likely to be oversubscribed.
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