New eligibility criteria now applies to all applicants who wish to apply under this category and will affect you if you applied on or after February 27, 2008. If you applied before February 27, 2008, your application will be processed under the rules that were in effect at that time.
How do these changes affect New Applicants?
To be eligible for processing you must meet one of the following criteria:
1. Be a Foreign National living legally in Canada for one year as a temporary Foreign Worker or an International Student, OR
2. Have an Offer of Arranged Employment, (AEO), OR
3. Be a Skilled Worker who has at least one year of experience in the last 10 years in one or more of 38 occupations in high demand in Canada. (Occupation List Below)
Why were these changes made?
These measures were put in place to reduce the backlog of applications in the system and to speed up the processing times of immigration applications.
The Minister of Immigration states that new federal skilled worker applicants, including those with arranged employment are expected to receive a decision within six to twelve months compared with up to six years under the old system.
What happens if I do not qualify under the New Rules?
There are many alternative ways to immigrate to Canada if you don't meet the criteria to apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Program. Canada Welcomes You will work with you to find the right option for you.under another category.
Other Options to Fast Track to Canada
You can receive priority processing if you come to Canada legally on a Work Permit or Study Permit OR apply to immigrate under the new Canada Experience Class or through one of the Provinces under the Provincial Nomination Program.
Learn more about these options by clicking on the links above and throughout our website.
If you want our assessment of where you qualify under these many categories then please send your questions using the free Assessment Form or the Contact Form. We are here to take the confuson out of the process and will give you our honest opinion of your chances of success.
Qualified Occuptions listed in alphabetical order:
Accommodation Service Managers - 0632
Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists - 3141
Chefs - 6241
College and Other Vocational Instructors- 4131
Construction Managers - 0711
Contractors and Supervisors, Pipefitting Trades - 7213
Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades - 7215
Contractors and Supervisors, Heavy Construction Equipment Crews - 7217
Computer and Information Systems Managers - 0213
Cooks - 6242
Crane Operators - 7371
Drillers and Blasters - Surface Mining, Quarrying and Construction - 7372
Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System) - 7241
Financial Auditors and Accountants - 1111
Financial Managers - 0111
Geologists, Geochemists and Geophysicists - 2113
Geological Engineers -2144
General Practitioners and Family Physicians - 3112
Head Nurses and Supervisors - 3151
Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics - 7312
Industrial Electricians - 7242
Licensed Practical Nurses -3233
Managers in Health Care - 0311
Medical Radiation Technologists - 3215
Mining Engineers - 2143
Occupational Therapists - 3143
Petroleum Engineers -2145
Physiotherapists - 3142
Plumbers - 7251
Registered Nurses - 3152
Restaurant and Food Service Managers - 0631
Supervisors, Petroleum, Gas and Chemical Processing and Utilities - 9212
Specialist Physicians - 3111
Steamfitters, Pipefitters and Sprinkler System Installers - 7252
Supervisors, Mining and Quarrying - 8221
Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Service - 8222
University Professors - 4121
Welders and Related Machine Operators - 7265
If your occupation is on the new Occupation List, please contact us immediately and we will advise you how to apply under the New Federal Skilled Worker Category. We will provide you with a free assessment and give you other options if you are not eligible.