Federal Skilled Worker Program to Relaunch in May
By A Correspondent
Federal skilled workers can start applying to Canada again this May. The federal skilled worker program (FSWP) will re-open on May 4, 2013, under the newly devised selection system.
“The government’s number one priority remains jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity,” says Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. “The new federal skilled worker program criteria will ensure Canada is selecting the skilled immigrants our economy needs, who are the most likely to succeed and fully realize their potential in Canada.”
The new selection criteria focus on language proficiency and youth as two of the most important factors in the economic success of immigrants.
In terms of language proficiency, applicants will have to demonstrate that they meet the minimum language threshold, which is level 7 of the Canadian Language Benchmark assessment system. Applicants will be able to get a language assessment from existing agencies designated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
There are also additional adaptability points for spousal language ability and Canadian work experience.
Applicants will also have their education credentials assessed prior to arriving in Canada. A list of assessment organizations designated by CIC will be made available early in the New Year. The assessment of foreign educational credentials will provide prospective newcomers with a more realistic understanding of how their credentials compare to education standards in Canada. It will also give them the opportunity to upgrade their education prior to coming to Canada if they choose.
It is important to note that these changes will not apply to people who have applied to the FSWP prior to May 4, 2013, with a qualifying arranged job offer or under the PhD stream.
In order to ensure fast processing times and to avoid backlogs, the new FSWP will accept a fixed number of applications each year.