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4,003 Permanent Visas to Canada Still Available - on Paper

The cap could be reached faster in the other occupations since those who have applied since May 2013 would have a headstart in getting IELTS scores and evaluation of credentials. Therefore, the key is to get these two essential requirements completed soonest.

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4,003 Permanent Visas to Canada Still Available - on Paper
Written by Crispin Aranda.
Posted on August 23, 2013

Three (3) months after the new permanent residency program under the Federal Skilled Worker class was announced the 300 cap per occupation for Financial Analysts and Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers has been reached.

Computer engineers (except software engineers/designers) is nearing the midway mark and should be capped soon.

The other Priority Occupations remain available. Since applications will not be considered and accepted as complete without proof of language proficiency (IELTS) and evidence of foreign qualifications assessed by the specific evaluating organization (World Education Services as the forerunner), those intending to submit their applications should ensure faster completion and compliance of these two essential requirements.

Otherwise, they may have to wait for the next round and hope that their occupation will still be on the list.

The breakdown of the all the occupations (a quota of 300 per occupation is set) is shown below. Acceptance of FSW applications for this year will end on April 30, 2014 or earlier, if the total allocation is met.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada notes that “due to the large number of applications (received, CIC)cannot check that each one is complete on the same day it gets to the office. The numbers on this page are updated at least once a week, but are only a guide. There is no guarantee that an application sent in now will fall within the cap by the time it gets to the Centralized Intake Office.

Total received toward the overall cap: 997 of 5,000.  The following is reproduced from the Citizenship and Immigration Canada for the benefit of our viewing public.


Eligible occupation
(by National Occupational Classification [NOC] code)

Number of complete applications counted towards the 300 sub-cap 

0211   Engineering managers


1112   Financial and investment analysts

300 (Cap reached)

2113   Geoscientists and oceanographers


2131   Civil engineers


2132   Mechanical engineers


2134   Chemical engineers


2143   Mining engineers


2145   Petroleum engineers


2144   Geological engineers


2146   Aerospace engineers


2147   Computer engineers (except software engineers/designers)


2154   Land surveyors


2174   Computer programmers and interactive media developers 

300 (Cap reached)

2243   Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics


2263   Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety


3141   Audiologists and speech-language pathologists


3142   Physiotherapists


3143   Occupational Therapists


3211   Medical laboratory technologists


3212   Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants


3214   Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists


3215   Medical Radiation Technologists


3216   Medical Sonographers


3217   Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists


Applications in the PhD stream:

CIC will accept 1,000 applications for processing per year under the PhD stream. To apply under this stream, you must have either

·         finished at least two years of study in Canada towards a PhD, or

·         graduated from a Canadian PhD program in the 12 months before we get your application.

The new PhD cap year began on May 4, 2013, and will end on April 30, 2014, unless otherwise stated by the Minister.

About the Author

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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