As previously published here, the list of Canada's priority occupations eligible for priority processing as permanent residents will be out July 1, 2011. It is now available.
Also as Minister Jason Kenny announced a need to "keep putting reasonable limits on new applications, backlog and wait times will grow." In keeping with this Ministerial statement, Citienship and Immigration Canada said only 10,000 applications will be accepted and set a 500 limit per occupation. The good news are: 1) the priority list remains the same and 2) the eligibility criteria based on age, education, experience, English proficiency and adaptability points remain the same. And the passmark is still 67.
On June 2010, after identifying the occupations that fit Canada’s labour market needs, “the government released an updated list of 29 priority occupations and introduced a global cap of 20,000 for federal skilled workers, as well as a sub-cap of 1,000 under each occupation”
Until close to end of June this year, Citizenship and Immigration Canada” has received approximately 13,800 federal skilled worker applications under the priority occupations list”. The 20,000 quota was not reached.
Some observers note that the rationale for reducing the yearly quota of 20,000 does not tally with the fact that the 20,000 quota was not reached and therefore there should be no backlog. In fact in a number of occupations, approved applications never reached 100. The new list as published by Citizenship and Immigration Canada is shown below:
For your application to be eligible for processing, you must include the results of your official language proficiency test, and either:
These occupations belong to either Skill Type O (managerial occupations) or Skill Level A (professional occupations) or B (technical occupations and skilled trades) on Canada's National Occupational Classification (NOC) list.
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