New Skilled Worker Point System For Canadian Permanent Residence in 2013

The Federal Skilled Worker Program allows workers from around the world to immigrate to Canada as permanent residents. This is a great opportunity, and as a result has made this program extremely popular. However, the popularity of the program resulted in a very large backlog of immigration applications that were taking almost 10 years to process in some cases. Because of this, the government decided to legislate away the applications that were filed before 2008, as well as stop taking new applications while they re-vamped the program. 

The program is expected to re-open early next year, but there will be some changes to the program, including how the point system works and a new stream added.

Changes to the Skilled Worker Points

Right now, people who apply to immigrate to Canada under the Skilled Worker Problem use their own personal credentials to qualify. These credentials include their work experience in Canada and abroad, their proficiency in English or French or their education level. The applicants are given “points” for each qualifying criteria, and a certain number of points achieved means they qualify for the program. However, changes to the program are expected to result in more emphasis on different categories, including work experience in Canada, the age of the applicant and their language proficiency. Their spouse’s language proficiency and ability to adapt to a Canadian labour market will also be considered.

The government will also be creating a separate stream for skilled trades within the Federal Skilled Worker Program, as there is a shortage of skilled labourers in Canada.

The government has only hinted at these changes thus far, and has not accounted which specific changes will be made. However, their announcement is expected very soon – along with the reopening of the program.

If you want to immigrate to Canada under the Skilled Worker Program, contact us as soon as possible.

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