Federal Skilled Worker Program to Re-Open May 4, 2013

We’ve been posting quite a bit about how the Federal Skilled Worker Program has been temporarily halted while the government makes some changes to make the program more tuned-in to the Canadian economy and lower application processing times, which were exceeding several years.

Now, the government of Canada has officially announced the program will be re-opening on May 4th, 2013, and has also announced what those changes will be. 

What are the changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Program?

The Federal Skilled Worker Program currently operates by awarding applicants with a series of “points” for their education level, language abilities, work experience and more. Some of the most significant changes the Canadian government is making in relation to these points is that more points will now be given for stronger language skills, Canadian work experience and those who are younger in age.

Language abilities will be the most important thing for applicants, with a new minimum language ability threshold having been set and points will now be awarded for applicants whose spouses have proficiency in English or French.

In addition, the government has created a program called the Educational Credential Assessment program, which will help them compare foreign credentials to Canadian ones more accurately.

Do you want to apply for the Federal Skilled Worker Program? It is a highly competitive program and there is likely to be a huge flood of applicants once the program re-opens. Do yourself a favour, and talk to a licensed immigration lawyer first. We can help you figure out your eligibility as well as help you prepare your application and avoid mistakes that could cause your application to be delayed or denied.

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