December 21, 2012

The New Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) will take effect on May 4, 2013

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) finally announced yesterday the exact date when the new Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) will take effect.

According to this news release, "the new selection system for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) will take effect on May 4, 2013 at which time the program will re-open for applications".

CIC also confirmed the final changes to the FSWP selection criteria include:

  • Minimum official language thresholds (CLB 7) and increased points for official language proficiency, making language the most important factor in the selection process;
  • Increased emphasis on younger immigrants, who are more likely to acquire valuable Canadian experience, are better positioned to adapt to changing labour market conditions, and who will spend a greater number of years contributing to Canada’s economy;
  • Introduction of the Educational Credential Assessment (ECA), so that education points awarded reflect the foreign credential’s true value in Canada;
  • Changes to the arranged employment process, allowing employers to hire applicants quickly, if there is a demonstrated need in the Canadian labour market; and
  • Additional adaptability points for spousal language ability and Canadian work experience.
A list of assessment organizations designated by the Minister to do the Education Credential Assessment will be made available early 2013.

Interested to live and work in Canada via Federal Skilled Worker Program?  Aside from IELTS and Education Credential Assessment, there are many other things that you must prepare to get ready.  Remember that the new FSWP will accept a fixed number of applications each year.

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