Federal Skilled Worker Program Updated Occupation List For 2013

The wait is finally over for the new eligible occupations under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) that will be effective May 4, 2013.

New Requirements under the 2013 Federal Skilled Worker Program

While Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will not be accepting applications for the 24 eligible occupations until May 4, 2013, there are some new requirements that applicants can start preparing for, such as language tests and foreign educational credential assessments.

A prospective applicant should ensure they meet at least one of the following requirements:

 Federal Skilled Worker Program Updated Occupation List For 2013

  • They have at least one year of continuous work experience in one of the 24 eligible occupations;
  • They have a qualifying offer of arranged; or
  • They are eligible to apply through the PhD stream.

If prospective applicants are confident that they meet at least one of the above requirements, they must also meet the minimum language threshold and obtain an educational credential assessment (if submitting a foreign educational credential) as well as meet the minimium 67 points out of 100.

Eligible Occupations List

The eligible occupations stream will have an overall cap of 5,000 new applications and sub-caps of 300 applications in each of the 24 occupations on the list.

Eligible occupations (with their corresponding 2011 National Occupation Classification code):

  • 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, n.e.c. (not elsewhere classified)

Important factors for the Skilled Worker Program

  • CIC 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, CIC will only accept 300 in each priority occupation.
  • In the PhD stream, CIC will accept 1,000 applications from May 4, 2013 to April 30, 2014.
  • There is no cap on applications with a qualifying job offer.
  • As of May 4, applicants must use the new application kit and meet the new requirements in order to apply.
  • Applications received by CIC on or after May 4 that do NOT include the necessary Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) or do not meet the minimum language threshold requirements will be returned as incomplete.

Are You Interested in Applying to the Federal Skilled Worker Program?

Please contact us so we can assess your situation and see if you qualify under this route.


Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

  • Ram

    I am planning to apply under FSW,still i am process of getting my educational evaluations evaluated.How do i know that the count has reached 300 for the occupation i am intending to apply.I dont see any area showing the counts of applications reached in website.Thanks in Advance.

    • Hello Ram

      That is a good question. Usually CIC will post a memo that a particular occupation’s quota is met. I do not see any yet so you may want to apply as soon as possible.


  • Tania Castro

    Hello, I came to Canada under the live in caregiver program, then an employer offered me a skilled occupation in the NOC B
    I have submitted my application to CIC with an LMO approved as a dental laboratory technician, im waiting for immigration to grant me a wok permit. I have the ielts total score in 6.0 it was done in july 2011, I also have the assessment from IQAS which was done last month, I have a permanent job offer from my employer, do I still qualify even though I didn.t have 6.0 in every area which I was assessed (reading/listening/speaking/writing).

  • Dear Sir,

    I am IT Professional and working with AKDN ( Aga Khan University Since Last Five Year )
    i have two master digree one is master in computer science and i am working with the position of Programmer analyst , Please advise me for immigration becouse i just receved email from your side regrading new list and here IT and computer programmer are also eligible .


    Fayyaz Khan

  • Shiraz

    I have got qualification as engineer and experience as engineering manager (no engineering management degree) and my spouse has got experience as medical lab technologist whereas degree in haematology. I need your suggestion that who should be the principal applicant?
    Further need ur guidance as we ll have to appear for IELTS in may and the result will be disclosed till the end of May means we can submit our application in the 1st week of June. Is it still ok or you expect those 300 sub-cap to be filled before that?

  • Raj

    Can I submit application on May 4 with credentail assesments and other requested details but language score in Jun first week ? Next IELTS exam is scheduled on 25 May only.

    • Hi Raj

      That is a good question. I would have to look into this. Procedures for the FSW are always changing. Normally to be safe you should submit your IELTS score with your application but in the past we have done so after-the-fact without any issues.


  • Jennifer Dende

    Hi..I just read the new elligible occupation list for FSW category.I’am an RN from the Philippines and I’ve been here in Canada since 2009 working as a low skilled worker.But recently I got an LMO for Community and Social Service Worker(4212) and it is skilled.My prospective employer will support me in my Application for Permanent Residency through Arranged Employment.Will I qualify to apply for Federal Skilled Worker Program through that route?Since RN is not included in the recent eligible occupation list released by CIC?Thanks you so much..

    • Hello Jennifer

      Thank you for your question. You may indeed qualify under the new Federal Skilled Worker Program. I would suggest contacting us for a formal assessment to see what your options are. Also that you have a Canadian employer willing to sponsor you will help.

      Michael Niren

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