The doors to Canada will be changing once again within the upcoming months, causing an urgency to apply for the Canadian skilled worker visa.
Last year, Ministerial Instructions published in the Canada Gazette on June 26th 2010 introduced substantial changes to the Canadian Federal Skilled Worker program. The Federal Skilled Workers Eligible occupation list was reduced from 38 to only 29 skilled occupations. This list is up for change; the first year began on June 26, 2010 and will end on June 30, 2011.
The beauty of being on the eligible list is that it allows an eligible person to apply for permanent residency without the need of a job offer.
The Canadian Government have set a maximum of 20,000 Federal Skilled Worker applications considered for processing each year. Within the 20,000 cap, there is a maximum of 1,000 applications per eligible occupation considered for processing each year
Samantha Skerrett a UK based Certified Canadian Immigration Consultant and Director for company Migrate Nu-Life, said that this is an opportunity for those who fall on the list and wish to pursue a life in Canada to act now.
“We have no idea how this list will change, be updated or the occupations that will may be removed this year. People who do not take this opportunity may find their occupation removed or the cap filled. The cap has already been filled for the Professional occupations in Business and Services to management and Registered Nurses, there are a few more occupations working their way to the cap.”
She said “Once an occupation cap is filled, many people will have to find a job offer first, which entails getting approval through Human Resources and Development Canada this can be very tough, employers are not always patient enough to go through this process”.
The Canadian government identifies the occupations required through analysis of updated labour market information and consultations with provinces, territories, stakeholders and the public.
They are looking for people with skilled work experience, good education including apprenticeships in the following occupations:
Publication of 29 in demand occupation list:
0631 Restaurant and Food Service Managers
0811 Primary Production Managers (Except Agriculture)
1122 Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management (Cap filled)
1233 Insurance Adjusters and Claims Examiners
2121 Biologists and Related Scientists
3111 Specialist Physicians
3112 General Practitioners and Family Physicians
3152 Registered Nurses (Cap filled)
3215 Medical Radiation Technologists
3222 Dental Hygienists & Dental Therapists
3233 Licensed Practical Nurses
4152 Social Workers
7215 Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades
7216 Contractors and Supervisors, Mechanic Trades
7241 Electricians (Except Industrial & Power System)
7242 Industrial Electricians
7265 Welders & Related Machine Operators
7312 Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
7371 Crane Operators
7372 Drillers & Blasters - Surface Mining, Quarrying & Construction
8222 Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Service
Skerrett also said that Citizenship Immigration Canada is currently proposing further changes to the selection system which is a point based system. These changes will not alter the selection criteria but would affect the number of points assigned to the criteria and the way they are assessed.
The following criteria are subject to change under these proposals:
• Requiring a minimum level of language proficiency
• Placing greater emphasis on younger workers
• Making the program more accessible to skilled tradespeople
• Redirecting points from work experience to other factors
• Reducing the potential for fraudulent job offers
For a free assessment to check your eligibility, points and other possible options contact: Migrate Nu-Life
Migrate Nu-life is a consultancy dealing with Canadian immigration and relocation matters. We offer a range of services for both individuals and families wanting to start a new Life in Canada. Samantha Skerrett is a Certified Canadian Immigration Consultant (CCIC), based in the United Kingdom, specifically trained in Canadian Law.
Further information please contact:
Samantha A. Skerrett CCIC, FCMI
Email: Samantha Skerrett
Tel: 0845 009 5154/ 0208 123 1597
Please note: Only Certified Canadian Immigration Consultants (regulated by the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants) and Canadian Lawyers (regulated by the Law Society) are authorized representatives recognized by the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Governments.
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