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Skilled Workers

List of 24 Priority Occupations for Canadian Federal Skilled Worker Program Released. The Eligible Occupations List


Note: As of July 1, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has temporarily stopped accepting applications for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). This temporary pause does not apply to those with a qualifying job offer or applying under the PhD stream. We will likely start accepting applications again when the revised FSWP selection criteria take effect. Proposed FSWP changes should come into force in 2013.


The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) selects immigrants based on their ability to succeed economically in Canada. It measures applicants using a selection grid worth up to 100 points. The current pass mark is 67. Each applicant is awarded points for official language ability, age, education, work experience, employment already arranged in Canada, and adaptability (such as previous work experience or education acquired in Canada).

Skilled workers are selected to become permanent residents according to the following criteria :

Language: Requiring a minimum level of language proficiency (28 points max.)

Age: More emphasis on younger workers (12 points max.)

Education: New Educational Credential Assessment (25 points max.)

Work Experience: Redirecting points to other factors (15 points max.)

Arranged Employment: Streamlining the process and reducing the potential for fraudulent job offers (10 points max.)

Adaptability: Changes to reflect factors that help promote integration (10 points max.)

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The Canada-Quebec agreement, allows to Quebec to establish its own requirements for immigration and select immigrants who will adapt well to the lifestyle in this province.



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