Canada's Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Program/ Federal Immigrant Investor Program (FIIP) Paused Indefinitely - Transcend Consultants

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Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced a pause to new applications under the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program and Immigrant Investor Program (IIP) indefinitely. The intake of the new Applications under these programs was expected to re-open after the Canada Day holiday. Deepak Kohli of Transcend Consultants advises Immigration applicants to consider other immigration options.

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"This temporary pause on new Federal Skilled Worker applications will allow us to set the program on a new course as we intend to launch revised selection criteria soon.”
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Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced a pause to new applications under the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program and Immigrant Investor Program (IIP) indefinitely. The decision may come as a disappointment to many immigration aspirants, but other options to immigrate are available.

The intake of the new Applications under these programs was expected to re-open after the Canada Day holiday.

Popularly referred to as the 'Points system', the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program is the most popular Immigration program, as it selects qualified skilled applicants from across the world based on factors like their education, work experience, language proficiency, etc. Thus, the selection differs from programs that require support from either blood relatives ('Family sponsorship') or job offer letter from a Canadian business.

Consequent to changes introduced in 2008, the intake of FSW applications has been limited to a few occupations, tied to the past work experience of the Applicant. Further restrictions included capping the number of applications each year. Thus, starting July 2011, CIC accepted only 500 applications for each occupation on the list and overall 10,000 applications. While some occupations reached their cap as early as July last year, many others were open till April-May of this year, when the overall cap was reached. The cap was expected to be 're-set' in July and the intake re-opened then.

The Federal Immigrant Investor Program (FIIP) allows individuals with business management experience or senior executives with high net worth (at least CDN$1.6 million) to immigrate to Canada with their families. A cap of 700 applications was also introduced on this program in July last year, which was reportedly filled in 2 days.

According an announcement made on June 28th, the CIC has indicated that both programs are being modified and are likely to resume in January 2013.

“This temporary pause on new Federal Skilled Worker applications will allow us to set the program on a new course as we intend to launch revised selection criteria soon,” said Canada's Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.

Though the details are still being worked out, Deepak Kohli, MBA, RCIC, President & Principal Consultant of Brampton, Canada-based Transcend Consultants notes that previous announcements by CIC indicate that the new FSW program will likely 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.

There are a no. of programs that are open, and applicants meeting the criteria therein are welcome to check their eligibility with a Free Assessment.

For more information about the FSW or IIP, or about any Canadian immigration program, contact Deepak Kohli.

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.

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