To qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, applicants must have at least one year of paid work experience in one of the 29 eligible occupations or have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer. Last month, CIC announced that the list of 29 eligible occupations would remain the same until June 30, 2012; however, fewer applications would be accepted for processing.
From July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012, only 500 applications will be accepted for processing per occupation and only 10,000 applications will be considered in total. Applicants who have a validated job offer from a Canadian employer will not be affected by the caps.
One of the most popular occupations, Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management (NOC 1122) has already reached 52 applications with Registered Nurses (NOC 3152) following close behind. These occupations and many others are expected to fill up very quickly. You can verify how many applications have been accepted so far by clicking here.
Those who are considering applying through the Federal Skilled Worker Program are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.
Complete our free Canadian immigration assessment form to find out if you qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker Program.