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Proposed Changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Programs

Posted on 26 Apr'11 in Canada and US Immigration, Working in Canada

The government of Canada has been announcing proposed changes to the selection system for the Federal Skilled Worker Programs. The proposed changes will likely come into effect in the near future.

The proposed changes are based on a recent evaluation of the Federal Skilled Worker Program. Two significant changes announced that could have a negative impact on many future applicants for Canadian permanent residence, are the points awarded for levels of language proficiency and for the applicant’s age.

Over the years, the language proficiency requirements have been consistently raised. It appears to be easier for those with higher language proficiency to settle in Canada and quickly find gainful employment.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) would also like to place a greater emphasis on younger applicants. The proposal in this regard is to award applicants up to age 35 a maximum of 12 points. This would result in more mature applicants losing points for each year above age 35. Under the current system, applicants are awarded a maximum of 10 points up to age 49. In other words, under the proposed changes, if you are over the age of 35, the chances of being accepted for permanent residence in Canada will be more difficult or even impossible.
CIC is also proposing to reduce the number of points awarded for work experience from 21 to 15. In a system where every point counts and can determine whether the application will be approved or denied, the proposed changes will affect many applicants.

On a positive note, as Canada is experiencing shortages of workers in skilled trades, there may be a change in the points awarded for the credentials of skilled tradespeople.
Although changes to the selection system may be good for Canada, these types of changes may negative impact some applicants seeking to immigrate to Canada. If you have been contemplating applying for Canadian permanent residence and you would like to know your options, contact Mann Law at (905) 565-5770 or you may email us at: immigration@mannlaw.ca

Disclaimer: The above article is not a legal opinion as every case is different and is only for general awareness. Please contact us for specific questions and legal advise.

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Disclaimer: The above article is not a legal opinion as every case is different and is only for general awareness. Please contact us for specific questions and legal advise.