I just wanted to post a quick update on the Federal Skilled Worker Program.
As you may know, the skilled worker program is currently suspended, set to open May 4th of this year. The new rules have not yet been released, although some information has been released as I’ve reported in an earlier blog.
Recently, the Hon. Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, tweeted that the new skilled worker program will definitely have the following elements:
1. Limited to certain occupations – just like the previous program, there will be list of qualifying occupations. If you don’t have experience and training in one of those occupations, your won’t be able to apply.
Though we don’t know the list of occupations yet, you can bet that skilled trades will be on there, as Canada is seeing shortages of various trades. You may also see truck drivers and occupations related to oil and gas production, but we’ll have to wait until April to see the list.
2. Numerical cap on applications – again, just like the previous program, there will be a numerical cap on applications, which means once a set number of people apply for the program, it will be closed for the year.
This means that it’s important to take as many steps as you can now if you plan to apply, in order to get your application into the queue before the applicant cap is reached.
I’ll be providing further updates to this program as they become available.