Changes to Canada's Skilled
Minister of Immigration has released his draft amendments to Canada's
Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program (the "points system").
He says that
in the past there has been a mismatch between what kinds of immigrants
Canada receives and what kinds of immigrants Canada needs, which is
evident in the fact that too many new immigrants do not find work that
matches their experience and too many employers cannot find appropriate
that, in particular, these new rules will do a better job of identifying
immigrants who can settle successfully in Canada.
regulations will change the way the points are distributed between
different skills and experiences. Language skills (English or French) were
previously worth up to 16 points out of 100. Under the proposed system
language skills will be worth up to 24 points out of 100. This reflects
the government's belief that better language skills are essential to
successful establishment in Canada.
government also believes that age upon arrival is a significant settlement
factor and so has increased the maximum points for age from 10 to 12, but
will only award full points to applicants 35 years old and younger (down
from 50 years old).
points awarded for work experience will fall from 21 points to 15 points.
points awarded for education will remain the same: 25 points. However,
there will be a new agency that will assess the value of the foreign
education against Canadian standards.
Canadian government approved job offer ("arranged employment")
will continue to earn a candidate up to 10 points.
will get up to 10 points for "adaptability" depending upon the
quality of the spouse's English or French language skills, the level of
the spouse's education, whether or not the candidate has a Canadian
government approved job offer; and whether or not the candidate or spouse
has Canadian education, Canadian work experience, or family in Canada.
mark continues to be 67 points.
be a limit on how many skilled workers will be accepted each year, meaning
that every year there will be a race among hopeful applicants to see who
can get their applications filed before the category is closed.
also be supports in place to make it easier for Canadian employers to
understand the credentials individual immigrants bring with them to
Canada, which in turn should make it easier for new immigrants to find
newsletters I will introduce you to the new Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC)
and the changes to the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
James is an immigration lawyer with over 24 years of experience firstname.lastname@example.org