Thursday, April 24, 2014

New caps for Federal Skilled Worker | Applications to be accepted starting May 1, 2014

New caps for Federal Skilled Worker | Applications to be accepted starting May 1, 2014

A new set Ministerial Instructions will be released by Citizenship and Immigration Canada on April 26, 2014.  These new instructions will be about the processing of applications to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). New applications will be accepted starting May 1, 2014.

The following occupations will be eligible under the New Federal Skilled Workers Program:

  1. Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services (0013)
  2. Senior managers - trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c. (0015)
  3. Financial managers (0111)
  4. Human resources managers (0112)
  5. Purchasing managers (0113)
  6. Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers (0121)
  7. Managers in health care (0311)
  8. Construction managers (0711)
  9. Home building and renovation managers (0712)
  10. Managers in natural resources production and fishing (0811)
  11. Manufacturing managers (0911)
  12. Financial auditors and accountants (1111)
  13. Financial and investment analysts (1112)
  14. Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers (1113)
  15. Other financial officers (1114)
  16. Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations (1123)
  17. Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers (1212)
  18. Property administrators (1224)
  19. Geoscientists and oceanographers (2113)
  20. Civil engineers (2131)
  21. Mechanical engineers (2132)
  22. Electrical and electronics engineers (2133)
  23. Petroleum engineers (2145)
  24. Information systems analysts and consultants (2171)
  25. Database analysts and data administrators (2172)
  26. Software engineers and designers (2173)
  27. Computer programmers and interactive media developers (2174)
  28. Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians (2232)
  29. Construction estimators (2234)
  30. Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (2241)
  31. Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics (2243)
  32. Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety (2263)
  33. Computer network technicians (2281)
  34. Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors (3011)
  35. Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (3012)
  36. Specialist physicians (3111)
  37. General practitioners and family physicians (3112)
  38. Dietitians and nutritionists (3132)
  39. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists (3141)
  40. Physiotherapists (3142)
  41. Occupational therapists (3143)
  42. Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists (3214)
  43. Medical radiation technologists (3215)
  44. Medical sonographers (3216)
  45. Licensed practical nurses (3233)
  46. Paramedical occupations (3234)
  47. University professors and lecturers (4011)
  48. Psychologists (4151)
  49. Early childhood educators and assistants (4214)
  50. Translators, terminologists and interpreters (5125)
If you have at least one year experience in any of the listed occupations,  and you are between 21-40 years old, you may be eligible!  

Get ready now!  

A maximum of 1,000 applications will be accepted per occupations until December 31, 2014 or when the 25,000 over all cap is reached, whichever comes faster, and will be processed under the current system (points-based criteria).  Starting January 2015, Express Entry System will be implemented.  

If you are interested, send resume to

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Offering "Express Entry" to Qualified Economic Immigrants in January 2015 | Expression of Interest System

It's confirmed! Citizenship and Immigration Canada is set to launch Express Entry system in January 2015.  

Express Entry

Express Entry system is what was referred to before as Expression of Interest system, announced more than a year ago.  

EOI works in two steps.  Prospective immigrants would indicate their interest in coming to Canada by providing information electronically about their skills, work experience and other attributes. Individuals who meet certain eligibility criteria will have their “expressions of interest” placed in a pool and ranked against others already in the pool. CIC would only invite the best candidates, including those with in-demand skills or with job offers, to apply for a visa. Expressions of interest that are not chosen after a period of time may be removed from the pool. As a result, application backlogs would not accumulate and processing times will be kept to a minimum. []
Express Entry will be open to skilled immigrants and allow the government to select the best candidates who are most likely to succeed in Canada, rather than those who happen to be first in line. It will also prevent backlogs and allow Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to better coordinate application volume with the annual immigration levels plan, according to CIC's news release today.

Those chosen will be processed within six months or less! If this will be the case, this is express indeed!  Express Entry system will be offered in  four key economic streams: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, and a portion of the PNP.   [Source:]

Express Entry system is not a replacement for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), which will end this April 30, 2014.  But will Citizenship and Immigration Canada announce a new list of in-demand occupations and accept applications under FSWP between May 1, 2014 up to December 31, 2014?. Probably not. But when they do, it probably would be just an extension of the current list of 24 in-demand occupations and may just accept a max of 100 applications per occupation and a maximum of 5,000 applications only.  This is of course just a wild guess. But let's see. :-)

Monday, April 07, 2014

Don't be a victim of a disappearing act: Choose your immigration representative carefully

Here's a reminder from Citizenship and Immigration Canada regarding immigration representatives.

We at Proactive Immigration Advisers Corp (PIA Corp) are sharing this video prepared by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, as we are supporting this battle against immigration fraud.

To determine if the consultant you are dealing with is authorized representative, verify with ICCRC.  If they are not listed, they are not authorized.  Canadian Immigration Lawyers are also authorized representatives but they are not required to be registered with ICCRC. If the representative claims to be a lawyer, verify with Federation of Law Societies of Canada.

However, not all ICCRC Members and Canadian Immigration Lawyers are authorized to represent you for Quebec Immigration Applications.  Ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés Culturelles (MICC) deals only with Authorized Quebec Immigration Representatives.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Your First Two Weeks in Canada - A Guide from Citizenship and Immigration Canada

This video was prepared by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.  We are just sharing it for the benefit of those moving to Canada.  It will help you get ready for your new life in Canada. It will explain some of the things you should do during your first two weeks in Canada to help make the transition easier.

Watching this video will give you an idea about things to do upon arrival at the airport, finding support at an immigrant serving organizations, getting government documents, opening a bank account, etc.