The government of Canada is rolling out some changes to the Federal Skilled Worker program, which uses a point system to determine how qualified applicants are to immigrate to Canada. Certain things will get an applicant more points, like being a university graduate as opposed to a high school graduate, and being able to speak and write fluent English or French as opposed to not being very fluent in any of the official languages.
New changes to the points system will mean that younger applicants will get more points than older applicants – currently, those who are under 49 years of age are prioritized in the system, but next year it will be under 35. Each year after 35, points will be taken away.
This will hurt many applicants from Britain and other countries that have many older, very highly-skilled workers who wish to bring their skills, experience and knowledge to Canada.
Our own immigration lawyer Michael Niren was quoted in the UK Telegraph about the changes:
“There are a lot of UK individuals over the age of 35, with many skills, who will be shut out,” he said.
These age rule changes are aggressive and will only lead to a lot of disappointed potential applicants. British nationals who apply to come to Canada under the Federal skilled worker program are generally older than applicants from other countries, about age 40 on average.
In addition to the point changes for age, point changes for fluency in English will give federal skilled workers from the UK a bit of a boost. But they will still lose points for age, despite their skills and experience.
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