Submitted by: Natasha Grof
On June 26, 2010, updated Ministerial Instructions were introduced which effected applications for Permanent Residency under the Economic Class. Prior to June 26, 2010, applications under the Federal Skilled Worker Program may have qualified for processing if the applicant had completed one year continuous full time skilled work experience in Canada. Under the new Ministerial Instructions, Federal Skilled Worker applicants must now either have an arranged employment offer or the requisite skilled work experience in one of 29 approved occupations. Caps were also introduced on the number of applications considered for processing each year under the Federal Skilled Worker program. The 29 approved occupations are as follows:
Restaurant and Food Service Managers
Primary Production Managers (Except Agriculture)
Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management
Insurance Adjusters and Claims Examiners
Biologists and Related Scientists
General Practitioners and Family Physicians
Medical Radiation Technologists
Dental Hygienists & Dental Therapists
Licensed Practical Nurses
Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades
Contractors and Supervisors, Mechanic Trades
Electricians (Except Industrial & Power System)
Welders & Related Machine Operators
Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
Drillers & Blasters – Surface Mining, Quarrying & Construction
Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Service
In addition to the above, applications under the Federal Skilled Worker Program and the Canadian Experience Class must now be accompanied by language results from an approved language testing facility. This requirement is mandatory regardless of whether an applicants first language is English or French.
If you have approved language results and one year full time paid skilled work experience in of the 29 occupations or an arranged employment offer, your application will be processed in accordance with the following six selection factors:
Education Maximum 25 points
Proficiency in English and/or French Maximum 24 points
Experience Maximum 21 points
Age Maximum 10 points
Arranged employment in Canada Maximum 10 points
Adaptability Maximum 10 points
The current pass mark for points under the Federal Skilled Worker Program is 67. If you do not have at least 67 points, you likely do not qualify as a Federal Skilled Worker and should wait to apply under this program until you have the sufficient points.
If you do not have an arranged employment offer, you will need to demonstrate that you can financially support yourself and your dependents in Canada.
THIS ARTICLE IS FOR GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY AND IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE. Your legal needs are very specific and depend on the unique circumstances of your case. For legal advice, please contact a Canadian Immigration lawyer.
A Canadian Immigration lawyer can provide you with the legal advice you need to ensure that your application is complete and meets the minimum requirements for processing. Canadian Immigration lawyers are licensed to practice law in Canada and will provide you with legal advice on your immigration matters. Engaging a Canadian Immigration lawyer to assist you with your immigration matter can save you time and expense by ensuring that your immigration matter is handled correctly.
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