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CIC announces temporary pause on most federal skilled worker applications and all federal immigrant investor applications

https://www.mmce.org/en/2011/11/more-federal-skilled-workers-for-canada-in-2012/

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On June 29, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) published Operational Bulletin 438 (OB 438), which provides guidance on the recently issued Ministerial Instructions that came into force on July 1, 2012.

OB 438 states that a temporary pause has been placed on new applications filed under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), excluding applications received under the PhD eligibility stream and those with a qualifying offer of arranged employment. The effective date of the temporary pause was July 1, 2012. As of that date, the only FSWP applications that will be accepted are those filed by:

  1. Skilled workers with a valid offer of arranged employment;
  2. International students enrolled in a PhD program at a provincially or territorially recognized private or public post-secondary educational institution in Canada who:
    • Have completed at least two years of study towards a PhD
    • Are in good academic standing at the time they apply
    • Are not recipients of an award requiring them to return to their home country to apply their knowledge and skills

    OR:

    International students who graduated from a PhD program at a provincially or territorially recognized private or public post-secondary educational institution in Canada who:

    • Graduated no more than 12 months before the date their application is received
    • Did not receive an award which required them to return to their home country to apply their knowledge and skills (or did, but have satisfied the terms of the award)

A maximum of 1,000 applications from the PhD eligibility stream will be considered for processing each year. Applications will be considered in the order they are received.

The first cap year for the PhD stream began on November 5, 2011, and will end on October 31, 2012. Unless otherwise indicated in a future ministerial instruction, the cap will be automatically reset on November 1, 2012.

According to OB 438, a temporary pause has also been placed on new applications filed under the federal Immigrant Investor Program (IIP). Effective July 1, 2012, no new IIP applications will be accepted by CIC. There are no exceptions.

Henry Chang
Blaney McMurtry LLP

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Henry J. Chang

Corporate immigration lawyer at Blaney McMurtry LLP
Henry J. Chang is a partner in the business immigration group of Blaney McMurtry LLP. A recognized authority in the field of United States and Canadian immigration law, Mr. Chang lectures extensively on the subject in both the United States and Canada. His written works have appeared in numerous nationally and internationally recognized legal publications, including Immigration Law and Procedure, which has been cited in over 300 federal court decisions. Read more
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