Federal Skilled Worker Program to Re-Open May 4, 2013

The Federal Skilled Worker Program will re-open on May 4th, 2013 according to a very recent announcement made by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The reason the program was closed at all was because the government wanted to eliminate a huge immigration application backlog that was causing applications to take years to be processed. In addition, the government wanted to make some changes to the program.

The changes have been made, and the backlog has been reduced. When the program re-opens, it’s expected that it will only take a few months at most for applications to be processed. But what are the new changes?

This program awards points to applicants for meeting certain criteria, like having a certain education level, being able to speak English or French or having work experience in an applicable field.

What are the changes to the Skilled Worker Program

The government has announced that language proficiency is the most important thing they’ll be looking at when it comes to Skilled Worker applicants, so more points will be given for language proficiency as well as to applicants whose spouses have language proficiency in English or French. In addition, more points will be allotted for Canadian work experience and to those applicants who are younger in age.

Applicants’ foreign credentials will also be better assessed in comparison to Canadian credentials thanks to a new Educational Credential Assessment Program.

If you are a skilled worker who wants to apply for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, speak to a licensed immigration lawyer as soon as possible – you’ll be glad you did! This program is bound to be flooded with applications once it re-opens, so you can give yourself an advantage by making sure that you are eligible for the program and that your application has been professionally prepared in advance. We can be contacted at the phone number above.

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