Brampton, Ontario (PRWEB) January 24, 2012
Canadian Government continues to accept applications under its popular Federal Skilled Worker program (FSWP) currently in 25 of the 29 occupations listed in current Ministerial Instructions. Quotas for some of the open occupations are filling up faster than others.
The Federal Skilled Worker program (FSWP) is the most popular Canadian immigration program since many years, as it provides permanent residence visas to skilled professionals from across the world, based on their skills in factors like education, occupation, language abilities, etc. The program is referred to as ‘Points system’ among many groups, as the selection is based on the points score in each of the 6 factors and their ability to achieve the minimum pass marks (points) – set at 67 out of possible 100.
Canada has been a popular destination for immigrants from all parts of the world, so much so that it receives many times more applications than it can process or accept in any year. Canada has accepted about 250 - 280,000 immigrants annually since past many years, and the backlog grew to over a million in 2008. The resulting backlog of applications led to increased processing time ranging from a few months to 7 years in some countries.
With a view to overcome the challenges posed by the increasing processing period, one of the new measures introduced by the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) in 2008 was Ministerial Instructions (MI). The MI, among other things limited the number of applications to be accepted for processing each year, by restricting the occupations eligible for processing. This meant that applicants with experience in a certain limited number of occupations were able to apply under the FSWP. Exemption was made for people already in Canada as Students or Workers and for applicants with Arranged Employment Opinion.
The first set of MI (MI-1) was introduced on November 28, 2008 (effective from February 27, 2008). The current set of MI (MI-3) introduced on July 1, 2011 carries substantial changes from MI-1, e.g. it allows only 29 occupations to apply under FSWP. Moreover, there are caps (quotas) for no. of applications to be accepted for processing overall (10,000) and in each occupation (500). It should be noted that the above applicants do have to score sufficient points to qualify.
Note: A subsequent MI-4 allowed international Ph.D. students to apply for permanent residence under FSWP, but left the other aspects of the FSWP unchanged.
It has been observed that some occupations fill up faster than others. As of January 16, 2012, caps were reached for 8 of the 29 occupations. This means that applicants in these occupations can no longer apply under the FSWP until the cap is re-set in July, 2012.
However, the other 21 occupations are open as of now. Some of them like Architects & Social Workers are likely to be the next, with almost 400 applications already accepted by CIC. Applicants in these occupations should act promptly to ensure a position in the processing lot for this year.
Some of the other open occupations include:
Managers: Oilfields, Gas fields, Mine/ Quarry, Forestry, Fishing operations, etc.
Healthcare Professionals: Physiotherapists, Psychologists, Radiation Technologists, Dental professionals, Practical Nurses, etc.
Others: Biologists, Cooks/ Chefs, Electricians, Carpenters, Plumbers, Welders, etc.
Aspiring immigration applicants in the above occupations should act immediately by assessing their prospects of qualifying. They can do so by submitting their information in the Free Online Assessment form. Transcend provides a written assessment report by email, usually within 2-3 working days.
Transcend Consultants is a full-service Canadian Immigration Consultancy firm, operating from Brampton, Ontario and serving clients globally. Their practice areas cover economic and family immigration programs, and focuses on immigration for business or investment purposes. Their principal consultant, Deepak Kohli, a management graduate with training and wide ranging experience in various Canadian immigration programs fuses his experience with a variety of industries for successful immigration outcomes.