Agreed Wayne, now my gut feeling says, yes, the 2226
is the overall number of applications that are complete and eligible for processing, ready to be sent to VO. They have only indicated that as of Oct 19, these are the number of applications counted towards the CAP out of the whole lot of applications received by them. And yes, may be they have not yet reviewed the eligibility for the applications received in Sept and Oct.
There is a possibility that the CAP might be full, but they are unaware of it until they complete the 1st and second stages of reviews. I'm guessing CIO will have received at least a 10000 applications during Sept and Oct.
Long story short "The Fingers cant be opened yet
Well we all seem quite divided in opinion on this one, don't we?
Given that the completeness check is done very quickly (usually CC/BD cashed within a few days of the application arriving) I cannot believe that they have only RECEIVED 2226 applications which passed the completeness check. All of September and most of October would therefore be included in this total.
1) 2226 with eligibility review complete sounds to me a lot more realistic, since most of September and all of October would yet to be figured into this total.
2) Counting an application towards the cap before the eligibility review is complete is madness IMO, since an ineligibile application can be taking up a place and stopping an ELIGIBLE person emigrating to Canada. It's ludicrous!
3) The main area of their web site concerning Federal Skilled Workers specifically says "considered for processing".http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/apply-who.asp
Note: If you are applying under one of the 29 eligible occupations, as of June 26, 2010, a maximum of 20,000 Federal Skilled Worker applications will be considered for processing in the following 12 months. Within the 20,000 cap, a maximum of 1,000 Federal Skilled Worker applications per eligible occupation will be considered for processing each year.
These limits do not apply to applications with an offer of arranged employment.
And "considered for processing" is mentioned again in the FAQ for skilled workers:http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/faq/immigrate/skilled/changes-fsw-faq05.asp
What is meant by a cap? Does that limit refer to the total number of applications received or the total number of applications processed, or the total number of applications that are successful?
The cap is a limit on the number of complete applications considered for processing. In this case, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will only consider a maximum of 20,000 complete applications under the occupation list. There is no limit to the number of applicants with a job offer. Within the 20,000 cap, a maximum of 1,000 federal skilled worker applications per occupation will be considered for processing each year.
An application cannot be considered for processing until it has had its first eligibility review, since processing is done by the visa office, not by CIC.
But basically I think people are barking up the wrong tree thinking that CIC have only received 2226 complete applications, they simply abbreviated "complete applications considered for processing" to "complete applications" when they put up this recent list IMO (it does confuse things, I realise).
Sorry for arguing this one to death! I'll shut up now