October 23, 2014

Federal Skilled Worker Category: Be Aware of Caps

Posted by Legal Team - Bellissimo Law Group PC

The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) category allows applicants who have an arranged employment offer in Canada, experience in any of the 50 eligible occupations, or PhD students/graduates to apply for Canadian permanent residence.  Applicants in this category also have to show they have the ability to become economically established in Canada on a points based system (a minimum of 67 points needs to be met) as well as show sufficient settlement funds.

In May 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) announced they will only be accepting a total of 25,500 applications under this category, and more importantly each of the 50 eligible occupations would be further sub-capped at 1,000 applications (Note these caps do not affect people with valid Canadian job offers).

Currently, CIC’s website shows that only 5,223 of 25,000 applications have been received towards the overall cap to date, however some of the sub-caps have already been met or are approaching their limits.  As of last week, applications made by computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) will no longer be accepted under the current FSW category. Other occupation caps, including Financial and investment analysts (NOC 1112), are close to reaching their caps as well.

Current application figures for the FSW category can be found on CIC’s website here.

If the cap is met for your position, you may still be eligible under the FSW.  Eligibility can still be met if your job description overlaps any of the eligible occupations, you have previous work experience in another eligible occupation, your spouse/partner is eligible to apply, or have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer.

Given these are the last applications that Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) will be accepting under the current system before “Express Entry” is launched in January 2015, it is extremely important that eligible applicants apply under this program now, before caps are reached.

Please see our blog post here for more information on the express entry system.

Click here for more information of the Federal Skilled Worker program.