List of Federal Skilled Worker Program Released

List of Priority Occupations and Organizations Designated to Conduct Educational Credential Assessments for Federal Skilled Worker Program Released

The list of 24 occupations that are eligible under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) when it re-opens on May 4, 2013 was released today.

  • 0211 Engineering managers

  • 1112 Financial and investment analysts

  • 2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers

  • 2131 Civil engineers

  • 2132 Mechanical engineers

  • 2134 Chemical engineers

  • 2143 Mining engineers

  • 2144 Geological engineers

  • 2145 Petroleum engineers

  • 2146 Aerospace engineers

  • 2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers/designers)

  • 2154 Land surveyors

  • 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers

  • 2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics

  • 2263 Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety

  • 3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists

  • 3142 Physiotherapists

  • 3143 Occupational Therapists

  • 3211 Medical laboratory technologists

  • 3212 Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants

  • 3214 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists

  • 3215 Medical radiation technologists

  • 3216 Medical sonographers

  • 3217 Cardiology technicians and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c. (not elsewhere classified)

In addition, four organizations have been designated to provide the 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 labour force more quickly when they arrive.

The government’s focus remains on jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity,” said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Kenney. “Under the new Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canada will be able to attract the skilled immigrants our economy requires, who are the most likely to succeed and contribute their full skill set to the Canadian economy.

With the re-opening date approaching, future applicants should be aware of several key elements that will have an effect on the application process:

  • A new eligible occupations list, with a total of 24 occupations;

  • An overall cap of 5,000 new applications for all eligible occupations, including a sub-cap of 300 new applications for each eligible occupation;

  • Four organizations have been designated to conduct educational credential assessments (mandatory for applicants submitting foreign educational credentials); and

  • 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.

As a result of the actions taken by the Government to deal with the massive backlogs and unacceptably long wait times, FSW applications will be processed in approximately one year,” said Minister Kenney. “We will not be able to remain competitive and attract the skilled immigrants we need if we allow backlogs and wait times to grow again. That’s why we are capping application intake and focusing on specific occupations that are experiencing labour shortages in Canada. This will also help us transition nicely into the just-in-time immigration system of the future.

Applications under the new FSWP will be accepted starting May 4, 2013. Until then, however, the FSWP application process does not change – only individuals with qualifying job offers or those applying under the PhD stream are eligible for processing.

All applicants who are considering applying on or after May 4 are invited to consult the Backgrounder. It outlines some of the steps that can be taken now to prepare and includes the eligible occupations list and the organizations designated to conduct educational credential assessments.

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