FAQhttp://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/faq/immigrate/skilled/index.aspChanges to federal skilled worker programs as of July 1, 2012 Why are you putting a temporary pause on Federal Skilled Worker applications?
Why are you putting a temporary pause on Federal Skilled Worker applications?
CIC is implementing a temporary pause in order to draw down the FSWP inventory, helping to clear way for the introduction of a new application management system to support our “just in time” vision of immigration. The temporary will also enable the Department to concentrate efforts on bringing in an improved FSWP to select skilled workers who will be better positioned to succeed in the Canadian economy.
Application intake will likely be re-opened to coincide with the launch of the revised FSWP selection criteria and new Federal Skilled Trades Program. The proposed regulatory amendments will be pre-published in the Canada Gazette in the coming months and are expected to take effect by early 2013.
It is important to note that this temporary pause on new FSWP applications does not apply to candidates with qualifying offers of arranged employment or to those applying under the PhD eligibility stream. Will CIC continue to process existing Federal Skilled Worker applications in the inventory?
Will CIC continue to process existing Federal Skilled Worker applications in the inventory?
Yes, CIC will continue processing eligible Federal Skilled Worker applications received to date. What sort of changes can we expect in the new FSWP grid?
What sort of changes can we expect in the new FSWP grid?
Based on the FSWP program evaluation and stakeholder and online consultations in spring 2011, the FSW selection criteria will be modernized, with an updated distribution of points on the grid. The proposed changes are intended to better select skilled immigrants who will be able to contribute to the Canadian economy.
Proposed changes include:
• 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 by establishing a separate Federal Skilled Trades program using selection criteria that are more specific to those in the skilled trades. When will the revised FSWP be in place?
When will the revised FSWP be in place?
The full regulatory changes proposed to the Federal Skilled Worker selection criteria, the new Federal Skilled Trades class and the Canadian Experience class changes will be pre-published in the Canada Gazette in the coming months. Final publication is expected before the end of the year, with the new requirements taking effect in early 2013. The Department also expects to issue an updated occupation list at that time.
Greetings to all,
I am really sorry for the current situation, but don't lose hope people. You should consider something in mind, what does this decision mean!!!!!!!!
Is Canada not in need of SW, no the demand in the country keeps growing every day every minute.
Then why have they taken this decision, it's because the ministry is in a great mess, due to the backlogs of their inventory. This may reflect in the present government's downfall.
So they are taking all measures to help themself, it's the local politics of the country.
What you guys can do,
Think about the people who have applied before 2008 feb, they have waited for almost 6 to 8 years and today they are planning to return there file. This move is just initiated to kill the q.
Secondly think about people who are pre June 2010 applicant mi1, most of them have waited for more than 2 years still no medicals.
So it's wise for you guys to wait and get into a clear and swift immi system because this will avoid a lot of mental trauma which you guys will go through after you apply. Current system is uncertain and so called professional's in immi follow there intuition, there is a complete uncertainty in the process. If possible speak to the people who have applied in June 2010, you will understand it or visit the pre June forum link so you can see people crying out of agony.
What you can or should do now
I have been following this Canada immi for a very long time. Most of the changes which are made here are completely or partially borrowed from Australia immigration system.
So I will suggest you guys to go through the Australia website for eligibility criteria this will for sure help, tomorrow they are bringing in changes that is from 1 July 2012.
You guys should collect the documents required, prepare for ielts because it will have a major change.
Please don't pay to any consultant before you see the check list and if you're eligible to apply on that particular day of your visit to his or her office.
If anyone document is missing collect that and then proceed, I have seen people losing money to consultants and even to immigration office, because they will not be able to provide document at given specific time.
Hope this might help, it's based on my experience.
Last but not least, if you want to live, live in your home town, if you want to survive go ahead.