I heard that Canada has changed the requirements for professionals who want to move to Canada. Why have they made this change and what are the changes that we can expect? How does this affect the point system?
and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced that as of July 1, 2012 they
have put a temporary pause on accepting applications under the Federal
Skilled Worker programme. This does not affect persons qualifying under
the PhD programme and those who have arranged employment in Canada. CIC
has chosen to put a pause on these applications to ensure that they are
able to adequately manage the files that they have already received and
to re-evaluate their point system to "ensure that immigration works for
Canada's economy and that there are greater opportunities to be realised
by immigrants ... " (Jason Kenny, minister of citizenship, immigration
In the August 2012 Gazette, CIC stated that
the changes will be made to the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) and
Canadian Experience Class (CEC). They will also create a new category
called the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) to facilitate immigration
of certain skilled trade persons to Canada.
Some of the changes
under the proposed new regulation affect the points awarded to
individuals based on foreign work experience, education, language, age.
CIC describes it as a rebalancing of the point system, to pay attention
to the needs of the Canadian economy and to facilitate the integration
of immigrants into the Canadian society.
CIC noted that Canadian
employers pay little attention to work experience gained abroad so the
economic success of immigrants has not been consistent with their
previous projections. Consequently, under the new system, the maximum
points that will be given under this category will be reduced to 15.
immigrants are viewed more favourably under the new system. That is,
those between 18-35 can get up to a maximum of 12 points, while
applicants 47 years and older will not receive points under these
criteria. Under the old system, applicants between 21 and 49 years were
given the maximum points.
Assessment of foreign credentials will
be done by professional bodies that are qualified to assess foreign
credentials prior to application. Professionals such as lawyers,
doctors, accountants, engineers and other regulated professionals will
need to submit proof of their qualifications to the designated
professional body, for that governing body to evaluate whether the
individuals' foreign credential is the equivalent to the Canadian
requirements to practise in that field.
To find out more about how
the new changes affect your personal eligibility and the steps to have
your qualifications recognised in Canada, contact an immigration lawyer
for an assessment of your qualifications and to assist you with your
Deidre S. Powell is a lawyer, mediator and notary
public who is a member of the Jamaican and Ontario, Canada bars, with
main office located in Ottawa, Ontario. Her areas of practice are in
immigration, commercial, real estate, personal injury, family and
administration of estates. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line:
Immigration, or tel: 613.695.8777
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