On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Eastern Canada time, Minister Alexander announced 50 new occupations and caps in 2014-2015 for the popular Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program.

In addition, the Canadian government announced two more permanent residency programs - for those with skilled crafts and at least one year work experience in Canada.

The three programs, FSW,the Federal Skilled Trade and Canadian Experience program go into effect on May 1, 2014.

25,000 FSW Residency Places

Effective May 1, 2014, the FSW will be accepting an overall total of 25,000 new applications. Applicants must have at least one year of work experience in one of 50 eligible occupations. A maximum of 1,000 applications will be accepted per eligible occupation.  Since English proficiency is a key and crucial component, applicants whose occupations are on the list should start preparing for the IELTS exam or review now.

The eligible occupations include many widely practiced professions. They are as follows:

1.            Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services (NOC 0013)

2.            Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c. (0015)

3.            Financial managers (0111)

4.            Human resources managers (0112)

5.            Purchasing managers (0113)

6.            Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers (0121)

7.            Managers in health care (0311)

8.            Construction managers (0711)

9.            Home building and renovation managers (0712)

10.          Managers in natural resources production and fishing (0811)

11.          Manufacturing managers (0911)

12.          Financial auditors and accountants (1111)

13.          Financial and investment analysts (1112)

14.          Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers (1113)

15.          Other financial officers (1114)

16.          Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations (1123)

17.          Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers (1212)

18.          Property administrators (1224)

19.          Geoscientists and oceanographers (2113)

20.          Civil engineers (2131)

21.          Mechanical engineers (2132)

22.          Electrical and electronics engineers (2133)

23.          Petroleum engineers (2145)

24.          Information systems analysts and consultants (2171)

25.          Database analysts and data administrators (2172)

26.          Software engineers and designers (2173)

27.          Computer programmers and interactive media developers (2174)

28.          Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians (2232)

29.          Construction estimators (2234)

30.          Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (2241)

31.          Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics (2243)

32.          Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety (2263)

33.          Computer network technicians (2281)

34.          Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors (3011)

35.          Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (3012)

36.          Specialist physicians (3111)

37.          General practitioners and family physicians (3112)

38.          Dietitians and nutritionists (3132)

39.          Audiologists and speech-language pathologists (3141)

40.          Physiotherapists (3142)

41.          Occupational therapists (3143)

42.          Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists (3214)

43.          Medical radiation technologists (3215)

44.          Medical sonographers (3216)

45.          Licensed practical nurses (3233)

46.          Paramedical occupations (3234)

47.          University professors and lecturers (4011)

48.          Psychologists (4151)

49.          Early childhood educators and assistants (4214)

50.          Translators, terminologists and interpreters (5125)

Until further notice, the Canadian government would assess FSW applicants according to the same criteria as 2013.  The minimum points is likely to be 67 based on an applicant's  education, language skills, work experience, age, and adaptability to Canada.

In addition, the FSW program offers 500 residency places for PhD holders and individuals who have received eligible job offers from Canadian employers. Applicants who hold valid job offers are not subject the current and new annual and per occupation quota.

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