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List of Occupations for Federal Skilled Worker Program Now Released


The list of 24 occupations that are eligible under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) when it re-opens on May 4, 2013 has now been released.

In addition, four organizations have been designated to provide the now-required independent third party assessments of foreign educational credentials for applicants who studied outside of Canada. These assessments, which must be completed before an application is submitted, are aimed at helping newcomers through the FSWP to get off to a better start and into the Canadian labour force more quickly when they arrive.

“The government’s focus remains on jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity,” said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Kenney. “Under the new Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canada will be able to attract the skilled immigrants our economy requires, who are the most likely to succeed and contribute their full skill set to the Canadian economy.”

With the re-opening date approaching, future applicants should be aware of several key elements that will have an effect on the application process:

· A new eligible occupations list, with a total of 24 occupations;
· An overall cap of 5,000 new applications for all eligible occupations, including a sub-cap of 300 new applications for each eligible occupation;
· Four organizations have been designated to conduct educational credential assessments (mandatory for applicants submitting foreign educational credentials); and
· Applicants must show proof that they meet the minimum threshold of Canadian Language Benchmark 7 in all four language skill areas: speaking, reading, writing and oral comprehension.


“As a result of the actions taken by the Government to deal with the massive backlogs and unacceptably long wait times, FSW applications will be processed in approximately one year,” said Minister Kenney. “We will not be able to remain competitive and attract the skilled immigrants we need if we allow backlogs and wait times to grow again. That’s why we are capping application intake and focusing on specific occupations that are experiencing labour shortages in Canada. This will also help us transition nicely into the just-in-time immigration system of the future.”

Applications under the new FSWP will be accepted starting May 4, 2013. Until then, however, the FSWP application process does not change – only individuals with qualifying job offers or those applying under the PhD stream are eligible for processing.

All applicants who are considering applying on or after May 4 are invited to consult the Backgrounder. It outlines some of the steps that can be taken now to prepare and includes the eligible occupations list and the organizations designated to conduct educational credential assessments.

For more information on how to consult the Backgrounder please click HERE.

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2 Responses to “List of Occupations for Federal Skilled Worker Program Now Released”

  1. April 23, 2013 at 12:57 pm, prem kumar rai said:

    namaste i wann to go canada for working fswp ? do you have any suggetions plz reply for me.

  2. April 27, 2013 at 1:58 pm, editor said:

    The FSWP is generating a lot of interest and here’s the advice I give to all my clients before I take on their retainer to represent them on their application. Please review this information before you contact me to discuss your file/application/retainer.

    All applicants under the FSW category are required to prove language threshold requirements and also submit education credential assessments by a third party (such as WES).

    To prove language proficiency, a prospective applicant must take a third-party language test from an organization designated by the Minister and submit their test report along with their application to CIC.

    Also, you now need to get your education credentials certified by WES. You can review the process to get this done here:

    The program opens on May 4, 2013. According to the CIC website, they will accept 5,000 applications in total from May 4, 2013 to April 30, 2014, in the eligible occupations stream. Within the 5,000 applications, they will only accept 300 in each priority occupation.


    Salima Virani
    Barrister & Solicitor

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