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Federal Skilled Worker Program

CIC announces outstanding details of the Federal Skilled Worker Program

On December 19, 2012, Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced that the Federal Skilled Worker Program (“FSWP”) would once again begin accepting new applications on May 4, 2013. However, several key details of the FSWP were not announced at that time. Citizenship and Immigration Canada has now provided these last remaining details.

 

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RBC’s temporary foreign worker debacle

In the wake of the RBC’s temporary foreign worker debacle, and Prime Minister Harper’s temporary foreign worker program reform, what are the implications of outsourcing Canadian jobs in favour of temporary foreign workers? The implications for Canadian workers and recruitment are telling.

 

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Citizenship and Immigration Canada cautions against preparing Federal Skilled Worker Program applications until key details are announced

The Federal Skilled Worker Program will begin accepting applications as of May 4, 2013. However, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has recently reminded applicants who may be preparing to submit applications that it still expects to announce three important elements of the FSWP in April 2013, which will have a significant impact on who can apply under the program.

 

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New federal skilled worker program to begin accepting applications as of May 4, 2013

As previously reported, last year Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) imposed a “temporary pause” on the acceptance of new Federal Skilled Worker Program (“FSWP”) applications, which became effective on July 1, 2012. On December 19, 2012, Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced that the FSWP will once again begin accepting new applications on May 4, 2013.

 

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Open work permits will be issued to provincial nominees under the Federal Skilled Worker Backlog Reduction Pilot

When Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) announced that it was cancelling the backlog of Federal Skilled Worker (“FSW”) cases that were filed prior to 2008, several Provincial Nominee Programs (“PNPs”) began offering some of those applicants the opportunity to apply for a provincial nomination under CIC’s FSW Backlog Reduction Pilot (the “FSW Pilot”). As of November 5, 2012, eligible foreign nationals who have been nominated by a participating PNP under the FSW Pilot may now apply for one of 1,500 available province-specific open work permits; this will enable them to enter the labour market while their permanent residence cases are pending. Work permits issued under the FSW Pilot may be valid for a maximum of two years and cannot be extended.

 

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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/

On June 29, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada published Operational Bulletin 438, which states that a temporary pause has been placed on new applications filed under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, excluding applications received under the PhD eligibility stream and those with a qualifying offer of arranged employment. A temporary pause has also been placed on all new applications filed under the federal Immigrant Investor Program.

 

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Government of Canada will cancel federal skilled worker cases filed prior to 2008

Citizenship and Immigration Canada will close the files of federal skilled worker applicants who applied before February 27, 2008, and for whom an immigration officer has not already made a decision based on the applicable selection criteria by March 29, 2012. This proposed legislation is expected to affect about 280,000 applicants, including their dependants.

 

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Citizenship and Immigration Canada issues important Ministerial Instructions

On June 25, 2010, Citizenship and Immigration Canada published Ministerial Instructions and proposed regulations that significantly alter the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Immigrant Investor Program and Canadian Experience Class. An overview of the resulting changes, which became effective on June 26, 2010, is provided herein.

 

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