The Canadian government’s Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), one of the most popular paths to permanent Canadian residency, began a new application period on May 1, 2014 with larger application caps and the addition of new eligible occupations.
The FSWP is one of Canada’s primary means of providing immigration opportunities to skilled overseas workers. As discussed in greater detail here, applicants who have at least one year of work experience in one of 50 different occupations may apply to participate in the FSWP. Applications are assessed on a points grid that takes into account factors such as education, language skills, work experience, age, and adaptability to Canada. All applicants must meet minimum language requirements in either English or French.
Whereas the cap on applications for the application period that ended on April 30, 2014 was 5,000, the cap for the new period has been greatly expanded and now stands at 25,000. Additionally, the number of eligible occupations has expanded from 24 to 50.
However, it is important to note that while the overall cap has expanded significantly, a maximum of 1,000 applications will be accepted for each eligible occupation
The FSWP is also available to individuals who have received eligible job offers from Canadian employers as well as certain PhD candidates and graduates. There is no cap on applicants who have a qualifying job offer, but there is a 500 application cap on those seeking eligibility on the basis of their PhD.
The FSWP plays an important role in providing Canadian employers with the skilled workers that they need and helping to maintain the nation’s economic health at the same it provides a pathway for skilled workers in other nations to start a new life here. If you are a candidate for employment in Canada under the FSWP, Toronto immigration lawyer Larry Butkowsky can answer any questions you may have about how to proceed.