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New Federal Skilled Worker Class Eligibility Criteria Announced

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

On Thursday, April 18, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada made a major announcement, concerning the Federal Skilled Worker Class.

Once again, there will be a General Occupations (Demand) List for the Federal Skilled Worker Class; however, the jobs on the List, the number of jobs on the List, the overall quota for the category and the quota per job on the List WILL change.

To be eligible to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada in the Federal Skilled Worker Class, an applicant must:

score at least 6.0 in each of Listening/Reading/Writing/Speaking on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam, AND

have his/her foreign educational credentials favourably assessed by one (1) of four (4) designated Canadian assessment agencies; AND

have a valid offer of arranged employment, OR

have one (1) year of continuous full-time paid work experience or two (2) years of continuous half-time paid work experience in at least one (1) of the following twenty-four (24) occupations:

0211 Engineering managers

1112 Financial and investment analysts

2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers

2131 Civil engineers

2132 Mechanical engineers

2134 Chemical engineers

2143 Mining engineers

2144 Geological engineers

2145 Petroleum engineers

2146 Aerospace engineers

2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers/designers)

2154 Land surveyors

2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers

2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics

2263 Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety

3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists

3142 Physiotherapists

3143 Occupational Therapists

3211 Medical laboratory technologists

3212 Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants

3214 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists

3215 Medical radiation technologists

3216 Medical sonographers

3217 Cardiology technicians and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c. (not elsewhere classified)

A maximum of five thousand (5,000) Federal Skilled Worker applications will be considered for processing between May 4, 2013 and April 30, 2014. Within the five thousand (5,000) cap, a maximum of three hundred (300) Federal Skilled Worker Applications per eligible occupation (any one (1) of the twenty-four (24) occupations that appears on Canada’s General Occupations (Demand) List) will be considered for processing between May 4, 2013 and April 30, 2014.

2. What does this mean?

a. Existing Clients of Abrams & Krochak

(i) Application already filed

If you are already a client of Abrams & Krochak and your Application for Permanent Residence in Canada was filed with and accepted for processing by Citizenship and Immigration Canada BEFORE May 4, 2013, the new quotas do NOT apply to you.

(ii) Application not yet filed

If you are already a client of Abrams & Krochak and your Application for Permanent Residence in Canada has not yet been filed with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, we will be sending you an e-mail shortly to advise you as to your eligibility based on the information that we have on file for you. Please ensure to check your Junk Mail folder as well as your Inbox for our e-mail over the coming days.

b. Non-Clients of Abrams & Krochak

(i) Eligibility already assessed

If you had your eligibility to immigrate to Canada in the Federal Skilled Worker Class already favourably assessed by Abrams & Krochak prior to April 19, 2013 and wish to have your eligibility reassessed, please send an e-mail to askus@akcanada.com with your request. You will receive your reassessment within one (1) business day.

If you had your eligibility to immigrate to Canada in the Federal Skilled Worker Class already favourably reassessed by Abrams & Krochak OR you are certain that you meet the eligibility requirements and you wish to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada as a Skilled Worker with our assistance, it is IMPERATIVE that you retain/engage our services AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE so that we can file your Application for Permanent Residence before the quota for your particular occupation and/or the quota for the Federal Skilled Worker Class is/are reached. Otherwise, you may have to wait until next year’s List is announced; however, should you do so, you run the risk that your particular occupation might no longer appear on that List or that selection criteria will have changed, thereby rendering you ineligible to immigrate to Canada as a Skilled Worker. If you no longer have instructions on how to retain/engage Abrams & Krochak’s services, please visit http://www.akcanada.com/resources/ind.cfm.

(ii) Eligibility not yet assessed

If you are interested in immigrating to Canada as a skilled worker but you have not yet had your eligibility to do so assessed by Abrams & Krochak, we invite you to complete our Free Online Assessment Questionnaire at http://www.abramsandkrochak.com/skilled-worker. You will receive your assessment within one (1) business day.

A New Year; A New Beginning in Canada‏

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Best wishes to you and your loved ones for a very Happy New Year!

This blog is directed to the many individuals who contacted the law offices of Abrams & Krochak in 2010 or 2011 to explore the possibility of immigrating to Canada as a skilled worker with Abrams & Krochak’s assistance. If you have not already applied and are still considering migrating to Canada as a skilled worker and had your eligibility to do so favourably assessed by Abrams & Krochak, we STRONGLY suggest that you proceed NOW with your proposed Canadian Immigration plans. Otherwise, you might lose out on your one and only opportunity to create a new life and a bright future for yourself and your loved ones in this country.

Much is happening in Canada, right now, which could negatively affect your eligibility to immigrate:

1. Federal Skilled Worker Quotas

For the period of July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) imposed a quota of 20,000 new Federal Skilled Worker Applications with a maximum of 1,000 applicants in each of the 29 jobs that appeared on the General Occupations (Demand) List. For the period of July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012, CIC kept the same General Occupations (Demand) List of 29 jobs; however, it slashed the quotas in half. CIC imposed a new quota of only 10,000 new Federal Skilled Worker Applications with a maximum of 500 applicants in each of the 29 jobs that appeared on the General Occupations (Demand) List.

Who knows what quotas CIC will impose when it publishes the new General Occupations (Demand) List on July 1, 2012?

As of January 9, 2012, quotas for the July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012 time period were already filling fast. A total of 6,205 Federal Skilled Worker Applications out of a possible 10,000 had already been received by CIC and the quotas for the following jobs had already been filled:

0631 – Restaurant and Food Service Managers

1122 – Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management

2121 – Biologists and Related Scientists

3131 – Pharmacists

3152 – Registered Nurses

Furthermore, the quotas for the following jobs were very close to being filled:

3111 – Specialist Physicians

3112 – General Practitioners and Family Physicians

3113 – Dentists

2. Federal Skilled Worker Points System

CIC is proposing changes to the Federal Skilled Worker program to help Canada select immigrants who have the best chance of integrating and making a better contribution to the Canadian economy.

CIC is consulting with stakeholders and the public on the proposed changes. The input received through the consultation process will be taken into account in the development of new regulations, which could take effect as early as the late spring/summer of 2012!

What are some of the proposed changes?

introducing minimum official language thresholds and increasing points for language;

making changes to the assessment of education points to reflect a foreign educational credential’s value in Canada;

redistributing points for age to benefit younger immigrants who will be active members of the workforce for a longer timeframe;

reducing points for foreign work experience and increasing points for Canadian work experience;

increasing the integrity of and simplifying the process for the Arranged Employment factor; and

facilitating the immigration of skilled tradespersons through criteria that are more specific to those in the skilled trades.

3. Federal Skilled Worker General Occupations (Demand) List

In late June/early July 2012, CIC will be releasing a new General Occupations (Demand) List for the July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 period. There is a misconception on the part of many people that the List will be a repeat of this year’s List. To set the record straight, there is ABSOLUTELY NO GUARANTEE that the new List will remain the same as the old List and that the jobs that appear on the old List will also appear on the new List. If your job is currently in demand and on the List but disappears from the new List, you will lose the opportunity to migrate as a skilled worker unless you have Arranged Employment (which is difficult to obtain).

4. What Does This All Mean?

With so much uncertainty in the air as to what will happen with the Federal Skilled Worker Class (i.e. its quotas, the way points are assessed and which jobs will be in demand), one thing IS certain: NOW is the time to apply if you know you qualify and the quota for your occupation has not yet been filled.

To retain/engage Abrams & Krochak’s services, please follow the instructions that were previously provided to you by our firm.  If you have misplaced or deleted those instructions, please send us a message at http://www.akcanada.com/contact.cfm and we will be pleased to send you those instructions, via e-mail, again.

If you would like your eligibility to immigrate to Canada as a Federal Skilled Worker reassessed by Abrams & Krochak, please visit:

http://www.abramsandkrochak.com

It is a New Year and time for new beginnings. Start a new life for yourself and your loved ones in Canada while you still have the chance!