With Employment and Social Development Canada reviewing the
Temporary Foreign Worker Program as it relates to the employment of
lower-skilled foreign workers in Canada, many employers find
themselves scrambling to develop long-term plans to retain current
employees or hire new ones. On April 26, 2014, Citizenship
and Immigration Canada announced the introduction of a new category
for permanent residence in Canada that may answer the calls of some
Canadian businesses for another option.
The Federal Skilled Trades Class (FST Class) will be available
as of May 1, 2014 to applicants who are experienced in one of the
90 eligible skilled trade occupations, including those categorized
Under the current instructions, a maximum of 5,000 new
applications will be accepted under the FST Class between May 1,
2014 and April 30, 2015. Within the 5,000 cap, a maximum of
100 applications from each of the eligible occupations will be
processed. Unlike the Federal Skilled Worker Program, there
is no exemption from these caps for those who have pre-arranged
employment in Canada.
In order to be eligible to apply under this category, applicants
must demonstrate that they have at least 24 months of full-time (or
equivalent part-time) experience in the five year period preceding
their application. Applicants must also demonstrate language
proficiency in either English or French.
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October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
October 19th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 22nd round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 45th overall, inviting 1804 applicants for permanent residence, the largest number ever. The lowest CRS score was 475, a decline from the previous draw.
September 21st, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 20th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 43rd overall, inviting 1288 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 483.
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