Federal Skilled Worker Applications now in demand
As per the Action Plan for Faster Immigration, visa officers are to process applications from those candidates who:
- Are in 38 high-demand occupations such as health, skilled trades, finance and resource extraction
– Examples of such occupations are Registered Nurses, General Practitioners/Family Physicians, Financial Managers, Computer and Information Systems Managers, Engineers, etc. *
- Have an offer of employment or have already been living legally in Canada for one year as a temporary foreign worker or international student.
New federal skilled worker applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria outlined above will not be processed and the application fee will be fully refunded. Those who are not eligible for the federal skilled worker category may qualify under another category, for example the Provincial Nominee Program, or as a temporary foreign worker.
*New federal skilled worker applicants, including those with arranged employment, are expected to receive decisions within six to 12 months as opposed to six years under the old system.