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Will Canada's New Minister Win the Immigration Battlefield?

The last federal elections showed more Canadians - and the immigrant communities will vote Liberal Party Candidates. Will the new Conservative Immigration Minister win hearts, minds and votes?

Crispin ArandaAugust 1, 2013

Will Canada's New Minister Win the Immigration Battlefield?

Canadian Residency FSW Update – August 2, 2013

Three months after announcing the availability of 5,000 permanent residency visas thru the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program only 389 applications have been received and considered complete.

Will the new Immigration Minister win the immigration battle, appeasing the Conservative Party while appealing to the Liberals?

Hon. Chris Alexander – the new Canadian Immigration Minister became the first resident Canadian Ambassador in Kabul, Afghanistan In August 2003. relieving resident chargé d'affaires a.i. Keith Fountain. From 2005 until mid-2009, he served as one of two deputy special representatives of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

The FSW program resumed on May 4, 2013 after being suspended. It will end on April 30, 2014, (unless otherwise stated by the new Minister) cap reached or not.  There is a limit of 300 per occupations.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced that due to the large number of applications received, the agency cannot check that each one is complete on the same day it gets to the office. The number of applications received and considered complete  are updated at least once a week. However, it should only be considered as 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.

The official announcement by Citizenship and Immigration Canada is being re-posted here for the benefit of our Friends and the Migration Publi.

Total received toward the overall cap: 389

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

Number of complete applications countedFootnote 1

0211   Engineering managers


1112   Financial and investment analysts


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 


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.

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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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