Prior to the last major change in legislation that took place in June of 2002, Canadian immigration applicants in the skilled worker category had an Education and Training Factor (ETF) and Occupational Demand with specific points for each of those two areas assigned to every profession. In that way, it was clear that immigrants to Canada with certain professions had an easier time in meeting the pass mark. With the proposed legislation, the Minister is really turning back the clock as she will be announcing a list of professions that will receive priority, resulting in the others having to wait longer in the line before they are processed. Since these changes only affect applications recently received, it will be some time before the current changes make a dent in the current Canadian Immigration applicant backlog, if at all.

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