Regulatory changes were announced today to the Federal Skilled Worker Program. These changes will allow Canada to better select skilled workers who can “hit the ground running” upon arrival.
The Federal Skilled Worker Program is Canada’s largest economic immigration program, said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. “The changes we are making to update the selection criteria are based on a large body of data and evidence we’ve accumulated over the years showing what skills and qualifications are most likely to lead to success for skilled immigrants.”
According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada the following changes are soon to made to the Federal Skilled Worker Program:
Also, one of the changes made to the Educational Credential Assessment will be that all FSWP applicants have their education abroad assessed against Canadian education standards by designated organizations. This proposed requirement will be mandatory in which CIC will then award points according to how an applicant’s foreign educational credential compares to a completed educational credential in Canada. Note: this will not guarantee that the applicant would become licensed to work in a regulated occupation.
“This is an important step we are taking to address the problem of immigrants arriving and not being able to work in their field,” stated Minister Kenney. “This new requirement will help potential newcomers make informed choices about immigration and Canadian career paths”, said said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.
Final publication is scheduled for late 2012 and the new FSWP points grid will likely take effect in January 2013.
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