Revised Federal Skilled Worker Program Open for Business Starting May 4, 2013

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (“FSWP”), on hold since July 1, 2012 (except for those applying under the Arranged Employment or PhD streams), will once again be accepting applications as of May 4, 2013. Changes to the Program will modify all three streams.

FSWP Streams

Three streams are available under the FSWP:

  1. Eligible Occupation Stream: Applicant has at least one year of continuous work experience in one of the 24 eligible occupations (see below)
  2. Arranged Employment Stream: Applicant has a qualifying offer of arranged employment with Labour Market Opinion, if applicable
  3. PhD Stream: Applicant has completed at least 2 years of study at a Canadian postsecondary institution towards a PhD or has graduated from a PhD program within 12 months of the date of application

Minimum Language Threshold

Starting May 4, 2013, all applicants are required to meet Canadian Language Benchmark level 7 in English or French as evidenced by language test results obtained from a designated third-party organization. Language test results may be submitted up to two years from the date of issuance.

Educational Credential Assessment

Applicants who wish to submit postsecondary education acquired outside of Canada in support of their application must have their education assessed by one of the four organizations designated by CIC. Assessments received from these designated organizations must be issued after April 17, 2013 and will be accepted up to five years after the date of issuance.

Eligible Occupations

Applicants may apply under the Eligible Occupation Stream if they have at least one year of continuous work experience in one of the occupations listed below:

  1. Engineering managers
  2. Financial and investment analysts
  3. Geoscientists and oceanographers
  4. Civil engineers
  5. Mechanical engineers
  6. Chemical engineers
  7. Mining engineers
  8. Geological engineers
  9. Petroleum engineers
  10. Aerospace engineers
  11. Computer engineers (except software engineers/designers)
  12. Land surveyors
  13. Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  14. Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  15. Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
  16. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
  17. Physiotherapists
  18. Occupational Therapists
  19. Medical laboratory technologists
  20. Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
  21. Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
  22. Medical radiation technologists
  23. Medical sonographers
  24. Cardiology technicians and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c. (not elsewhere classified)

Cap on Applications

From May 4, 2013 to April 30, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) will accept:

  • 5,000 applications submitted under the Eligible Occupations Stream, 300 applications per eligible occupation;
  • 1,000 applications submitted under the PhD Stream;
  • There is no cap on applications submitted under the Arranged Employment Stream.
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