the CanadaVisa Team - 19 December, 2012
The Skilled Worker category of the FSWP has been closed since mid-2012 so that necessary changes could be made to selection criteria. It is important to note that the FSWP continues to be open for individuals with a qualifying arranged job offer or who wish to apply under the Ph.D. stream.
The final changes, as described by CIC, are as follows:
These changes are part of CIC’s mission to transform Canada’s immigration system to one that is ‘faster and more flexible’. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has stated that “The government’s number one priority remains jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity. The new Federal Skilled Worker Program criteria will ensure Canada is selecting the skilled immigrants out economy needs, who are the most likely to succeed in Canada.”
These changes, along with efforts to streamline processing times, will result in FSWP applications being processed within months, as opposed to years. To assist in a speedy processing time, CIC has announced that the new FSWP will place a cap on the number of applications accepted for review each year. The exact number of applications to be accepted in 2013 has yet to be announced.