Canada to entertain only 5000 applications under Skilled Worker Programme

Canada has re-opened the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) allowing people enlisted in 24 occupations’ list released today.

In a press statement issued here today, Col BS Sandhu, CMD, World Wide Immigration Consultancy Services (WWICS) said the Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Kenney made thisannouncement today under which the maple country will start taking applications from the enlisted people from May 4 onwards.

The Canadian government’s focus is on specific occupations, which are experiencing labor shortages in Canada, to boost its economy. The country is now looking for immigrants who come skilled and can gelwith the work culture of country as soon as they arrive.

“Overall 5000 applications will only be entertained which trickles down to 300 application in each of the 24 occupations on the list. With the immigration procedure opening form May 4 onwards, the aspiring immigrants should be ready with their documents and be aware of the criterion that they have to fulfill,” Col Sandhu said.

Elaborating on the newly released list he added that four organizations have been designated to conduct educational credential assessments (ECA), which is mandatory for applicants submitting foreign educational credentials.

“Applicants must show proof that they meet the minimum threshold of Canadian Language Benchmark 7 in all four language skill areas: speaking, reading, writing and oral comprehension,” he said. In orderto avoid last minute hassle and be ahead of others, the aspiring applicants should prepare their documentation on these guidelines, he added.

The four organizations given ECA task include Comparative Education Service: University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, International Credential Assessment Service of Canada, World EducationServices and Medical Council of Canada. These have been designated to provide now-required independent third party assessments of foreign educational credentials for applicants who studied outside of Canada.

“These assessments, which must be completed before an application is submitted, are aimed at helping newcomers through the FSWP to get off to a better start and into the Canadian labor force more quickly when they arrive. The ECA process will help determine if the foreign educational credential is authentic and equivalent to a completed credential in Canada,” he said. Aspiring applicants must start processof getting an ECA before May 4 if they are planning to submit a foreign educational credential.

Giving details of the minimum language threshold Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7, Col Sandhu said a prospective applicant must take a third-party language test from Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Test d’évaluation de français (TEF), the organizations designated by Minister and submit their test report along with their application to CIC.

Language test results will be accepted by CIC for two years from the date that they were issued by the designated organization.

Eligible occupations list:

Engineering managers, financial and investment analysts, geoscientists and oceanographers, civil engineers, mechanical engineers, chemical engineers, mining engineers, geological engineers, petroleumengineers, aerospace engineers, computer engineers (except software engineers/designers), land surveyors, computer programmers and interactive media developers,  industrial instrument technicians and mechanics, inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety,  audiologists and speech-language pathologists, physiotherapists,  occupational therapists, medicallaboratory technologists, medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants, respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists, medical radiation technologists, medical sonographers, cardiology technicians and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c. (not elsewhere classified).

April, 19 2013



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