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If you missed out applying under the federal skilled worker program last year because your occupation reached its cap, there’s good news. CIC just announced a new list of occupations for applicants beginning May 1, 2014.  The overall cap is set at 25,000 applications for the next 12 months.  There are sub-caps of 1,000 for…

As you may know, the Federal Skilled Worker Program has been suspended since July 1, 2012 (except for arranged employment applications and those under the PhD. class).  Today, CIC announced that the program will commence on May 4, 2013. It is still a points system, and 67 points (out of a possible 100) is still required in order to…

The Federal Skilled Worker Program was suspended in July of 2012.  It will re-open on May 4 of this year, with new rules, new occupations and new quotas as compared to the old program. If you are a skilled worker with a mix of higher education, a trade, and work experience, then this program will…

Without much warning, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration announced that the Federal Skilled Worker Program is now suspended until at least January 2013. If you are not familiar with the program, it allows individuals with a certain set of skills and a certain level of education to apply for Canadian permanent residence directly without…

Many of you may be wondering about the status of the recent lawsuit that went to Federal Court regarding skilled workers.  In particular, this action was attempting to stop the government from eliminated 280,000 skilled worker applications that are already underway. As you may know from reading this blog, the federal government felt it had…

These last few months have seen more changes to the immigration system than have occured in the last few years. If you’ve been reading this blog, you’ll know that changes are contemplated to the system whereby only widowed parents may be sponsored, investment amounts will increase for the investment category, and employers will play a…

As you may know, in order to apply as a federal skilled worker, one option open to applicants is to qualify under one of the 29 listed occupations. Those occupations were “re-set” on July 1, 2011.  This means that the limits for applications for each occupation were set to zero.  In essence, this means that…

As you may know, to apply for permanent residence as a federal skilled worker, you need experience in a specifically listed occupation (or have an arranged offer of employment with a Canadian employer). Click here to view the list of occupations and their descriptions. As of June 30, the quotas for each occupation have been…