Transcend Announces Details of the Proposed Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Class for Immigration to Canada

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Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced the proposed 3-pronged approach to select the Skilled Worker immigrants for Canada. The changes include amendments to the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and introduction of a new Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC).

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The proposed changes also include changes to the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and introduce a new Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC).

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Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced the regulations amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) in a bid to modernise Canada's flagship Immigration selection program - the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC). The proposed changes also include changes to the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and introduce a new Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC).

The regulations are not final but proposed, and may be revised before implementation in January, 2013, based on public consultations.

The revisions are broadly in line with this author's previous note on this topic in early July, 2012.
"Though the details are still being worked out, this author believes that the new FSW program is likely to favour immigrants, who are younger, have Canadian work experience and better language skills. In addition to the selection criteria, the new program may also have revised pre-requisites for application or the supporting documents."

The new Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) will require the applicants to be assessed against the revised selection grid that gives more weight to proficiency in one of the two Canada's official languages (English or French), and prefers younger applicants, while giving lower weight to work experience outside of Canada. The Applicants will be required to meet the minimum language benchmark and have their educational credentials evaluated, before applying.

The new FSWC selection grid is as follows:

(Attachment: Table 1.pdf)

The revised grid hides some other underlying modifications as well. For instance, the points allocated for Adaptability are now distributed based on partially modified underlying factors. These include higher points for Applicant's previous work experience in Canada and points allocated for spouse's proven language abilities (rather than highest education).

The 2nd prong of the change includes revision to the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) in terms of the minimum work experience requirements (12 months instead of 24) and streamlined language requirements.

The 3rd proposed change is introduction of the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC).

The new FSTC would be open to skilled tradespersons with experience in the occupational areas like Industrial, Electrical and Construction Trades; Maintenance and Equipment Operation Trades; Supervisors and Technical Occupations in Natural Resources, Agriculture and Related Production; Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities Supervisors and Central Control Operators; as well as Chefs and Cooks, and Bakers and Butchers.

Applicants to the proposed program would be required to meet four minimum requirements that include ability to work in one of the trades (Job offer or assessed qualifications); Proficiency in official languages; Previous work experience in the selected trades; and meet the employment requirements of the selected trade.

The above announcements are likely to be implemented in early January, 2013.

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.

Contact Information:
Deepak Kohli
Transcend Consultants
35 - 173 Advance Blvd.
Brampton Ontario CANADA
Twitter: @transcendc

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