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Federal Skilled Worker Program Caps Being Hit For Certain Occupations

The Canadian government’s Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), which I discussed in this previous post, will be phased out at the end of 2014 and will be replaced by the Express Entry program. As part of the efforts to conclude the current FSWP, the cap on applications for the application period that began on May 1, 2014 was expanded from 5,000 to 25,000 and the number of eligible occupations was expanded from 24 to 50.

However, while the overall cap was expanded significantly, a maximum of 1,000 applications will be accepted for each eligible occupation. As the end of the year approaches, some of those occupations have met or are close to meeting the 1,000-application cap. Applications for computer programmers and interactive media developers will no longer be accepted, as that cap has been met. Additionally, financial and investment analysts are close to being capped out.

If you qualify for the FSWP and wish your submit your application to participate in the current FSWP, you should do so as soon as possible. Otherwise, you may have to wait until to 2015 to submit an “expression of interest” as part of the Express Entry program that will supersede the FSWP at the beginning of the year.

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.

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