Class Action Lawsuit Launched Over the Termination of 300,000 Skilled Worker Applications

21st May 2012 Comments Off on Class Action Lawsuit Launched Over the Termination of 300,000 Skilled Worker Applications

Waldman & Associates and Larlee Rosenberg have launched a class action lawsuit against the Government of Canada’s proposed legislation terminated all Federal Skilled Worker Program applications made prior to February 27, 2008 that are still being processed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Numerous media outlets have reported on both the devastating impact the change has had on individuals, as well as the class action lawsuit, including:

Lawyers Challenge Ottawa’s Move to Erase Immigration Backlog

Would be Immigrants Take Ottawa to Court Over Cancelled Applications

Immigration Changes Leave Chinese Woman’s Dreams Dashed

Our press release states:

If you applied to immigrate to Canada through the Federal Skilled Worker Program and have had your application terminated please contact us.

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Determining Education Points Under the Federal Skilled Worker Program [Updated]

22nd Feb 2011 Comments Off on Determining Education Points Under the Federal Skilled Worker Program [Updated]

Discussing issues that arise under the calculation of points under the Federal Skilled Workers Program

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Federal Skilled Worker Applications Cap

25th Jun 2010 Comments Off on Federal Skilled Worker Applications Cap

In this first of several changes to Canadian immigration law today, the government has introduced a cap on the number of Federal Skilled Worker applications that will be considered for processing each year.

20,000 applications will be considered each year for people that do not have an offer of employment.

Within the 20,000 cap, a maximum of 1,000 Federal Skilled Worker applications per National Occupational Classification Code will be considered each year.

The NOC eligibility list is also changing. The number of occupations eligible for the federal skilled worker program has been reduced from 38 to 29. Removed occupations include mangers in finance, health care and construction, computer and information systems, university professors, and vocational instructors. Being added to the list are the following occupations: psychologists, social workers, dental hygienists, pharmacists, dentists, architects, biologists, insurance adjusters, claims examiners, primary industry production managers, and professions in business services and management.

In calculating the caps, applications will be considered on the date which they are received.

Requests made on the basis of Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds that accompany a Federal Skilled Worker application not identified for processing will not be processed.

The first year will begin on June 26, 2010, and end on June 30, 2011.

The Official Gazette detailing the new rules can be found here.

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