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Federal Skilled Worker Class

CIC Issues ministerial instructions relating to express entry

On December 1, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada published Ministerial Instructions relating to its proposed Express Entry System. Express Entry will come into effect on January 1, 2015, at 12:00 noon EST, and will apply to: (1) the Federal Skilled Worker class, (2) the Canadian Experience Class, (3) the Federal Skilled Trades Class, and (4) the Express Entry Stream of a Provincial Nominee Program.


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Citizenship and Immigration Canada proposes significant amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations

On August 18, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada published proposed regulatory amendments in the Canada Gazette, which will significantly alter the Federal Skilled Worker Class, create a new Federal Skilled Trades Class, and liberalize the Canadian Experience Class.


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Central intake office revises federal skilled worker document checklist

Following the issuance of revised Ministerial Instructions in June 2010, Citizenship and Immigration Canada also revised its IMM 5612 Document Checklist, which is used for the initial filing of Federal Skilled Worker applications with the Central Intake Office. The language proficiency assessment was an expected addition to IMM 5612. However, what was not expected is the requirement that applicants also submit all documents listed on the specific visa office document checklist applicable to the consular post where the application will be processed.


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Recent changes to Ontario’s provincial nominee program

During the past few months, the Province of Ontario has announced several changes to the International Student Category of Opportunities Ontario, its Provincial Nominee Program. Specifically, it has announced the creation of the International PhD Graduate Stream and the Pilot International Masters Graduate Stream.


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