Saturday, February 16, 2013

New Immigration Criteria for the Canadian Skilled Worker Program

Language and youth are the top criteria in the brand-new selection procedure for the Canadian Federal Skilled Worker Program. 

New applications will be accepted by the New Federal Skilled Worker Program from May 4th, 2013 onwards. The selection procedure was paused in 2012 in order to redefine selection criteria on the basis of extensive research. According to the Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney, too many immigrants to Canadia were subject to underemployment and unemployment which led to negative consequences for themselves as well as the Canadian economy. The changes to the FSWP program were made in view of helping skilled immigrants to contribute more efficiently to the economy and to be less exposed to the risk of un- or underemployment.


The research showed that language is the most important success factors when determining the economic success of immigrants. Consequently, many points will be given to those applicants who are proficient in English or French (English is spoken by 56.9% of Canadians while French is spoken by 21.3% of Canadias, who mainly reside in Quebec). 
The minimum language threshold is level 7 of the Canadian Language Benchmark assessment system. Language tests can be taken from one of the following agencies:

Note: You must take the "CELPIP-G" test.
Priority is also given to younger immigrants who are generally more flexible and able to adapt to foreign labor market conditions and who will also contribute to the Canadian economy for more years. A relatively high educational level is furthermore required to earn sufficient points to be accepted as an immigrant. Credentials will be compared to those acquired at educational establishments in Canada. 

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