Thursday, September 23, 2010

FSW Applicants: Fist Steps - Are You Eligible Under the New Rules?

On June 26, 2010, Canada's immigration rules changed for applicants under the Federal Skilled Worker category.  Where there were 38 occupations that qualified for fast track processing, meaning 6-12 months to determine acceptance or rejection, these were trimmed down to 29 effective that date.

List of 29 Occupations for FSW:
The official list of 29 occupations and additional notes regarding qualification and eligibility can be found here.

Below is a quick listing :
0631 Restaurant and Food Service Managers
0811 Primary Production Managers (Except Agriculture)
1122 Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management
1233 Insurance Adjusters and Claims Examiners
2121 Biologists and Related Scientists
2151 Architects
3111 Specialist Physicians
3112 General Practitioners and Family Physicians
3113 Dentists
3131 Pharmacists
3142 Physiotherapists
3152 Registered Nurses
3215 Medical Radiation Technologists
3222 Dental Hygienists & Dental Therapists
3233 Licensed Practical Nurses
4151 Psychologists
4152 Social Workers
6241 Chefs
6242 Cooks
7215 Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades
7216 Contractors and Supervisors, Mechanic Trades
7241 Electricians (Except Industrial & Power System)
7242 Industrial Electricians
7251 Plumbers
7265 Welders & Related Machine Operators
7312 Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
7371 Crane Operators
7372 Drillers & Blasters - Surface Mining, Quarrying & Construction
8222 Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Service

General Information About Migrating to Canada
General information regarding migrating to Canada can be found on this site:
That site shows a lot of information about the different ways one can migrate to Canada.  So, remember, too that if your occupation does not appear in FSW list (above), then you might want to consider the other categories of applying to Canada.

Points System

Canada works on a points system in their eligibility process.  At the time of this writing you need to get 67 points out of a possible 100.  It's relatively easy to gauge if you have enough points.  Here's a website provided by CIC:

More in my next post.  See you soon!

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