New 2013 Federal Skilled Worker Class (Updated – April 18, 2013)

New 2013 Federal Skilled Worker Class (Updated – April 18, 2013)

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(On August 17, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) announced that it would be overhauling Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker Class (“FSWC”).  Numerous program announcements have been introduced since then.  Each time we have revised and updated this blog post.  The most recent update was on April 18, 2013.)

In brief, the FSWC will now focus on youth and language fluency.  It will also require foreigners to have their educational credentials assessed by designated agencies.  The Arranged Employment Opinion process is being abolished.  The program will continue to feature limits on the number of occupations which can apply, and there will be caps.

The revised program will begin accepting applications on May 4, 2013.

Eligible Occupations List

For those not applying under the Arranged Employment stream or the PhD Stream, applicants must have at least one year of continuous work experience in one of 24 occupations (the “Eligible Occupations Stream”).

The Eligible Occupations are:

  • 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,

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