The Canadian Government is calling on all eligible foreign
workers wishing to immigrate to Canada to act fast on completing
their permanent residence applications because over the next year
there are limits on the number of applications Citizenship and
Immigration Canada (CIC) will consider for the various economic
classes that do not require arranged employment.
From May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015, CIC will consider a maximum
25,500 applications under the Federal Skilled Worker Class
5,000 applications under the Federal Skilled Trades Class
8,000 applications under the Canadian Experience Class
The above noted economic classes for permanent residence
applications have their own sub-caps as well which are further
dissected below. And for further clarity, these caps do not affect
applications received before May 1, 2014.
Federal Skilled Worker sub-cap
Within the overall cap of 25,500 applications, 500 applications
will be considered in the PhD student/graduate stream. Furthermore,
a maximum of 1,000 FSW applications for each of the 50 eligible
occupations will be considered for processing. The complete list of
eligible FSW occupations can be found on the CIC website.
A limit has not been set on the number of FSW applications with
offers of arranged employment from a Canadian employer.
Federal Skilled Trades sub-cap
Within the overall 5,000 FST cap, a maximum of 100 complete FST
applications for each of the 90 eligible skilled trade occupations
will be considered for processing. Caps will apply regardless of
there being an offer of employment or a certificate of
qualification from a provincial or territorial apprenticeship
authority. The 90 eligible FST occupations are restricted to the
following groups listed in the 2011 version of the National
industrial, electrical and construction trades;
maintenance and equipment operation trades;
supervisors and technical occupations in natural resources,
agriculture and related production;
processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central
chefs and cooks; and
butchers and bakers.
Canadian Experience Class sub-cap
Within the overall 8,000 CEC cap, there is a maximum of 200 CEC
applications for each eligible occupation that is considered more
technical or skilled in nature. There is no sub-cap on CEC
applications for occupations in managerial or professional
occupations, but these occupations are still subject to the overall
cap of 8,000 new complete applications. Furthermore, there are 6
occupations that are ineligible for processing under this
Hold continues for Entrepreneurs and Investors
The moratorium on the receipt of new applications under the
Federal Investor and Federal Entrepreneur Classes remains in
The purpose of these new caps is to help address key labour
market pressures faced by the Canadian economy while enabling CIC
to alleviate some of the backlog and prepare for the introduction
of a more efficient application management system. It is advisable
that eligible foreign workers not postpone their ambitions to
immigrate to Canada.
The foregoing provides only an overview and does not
constitute legal advice. Readers are cautioned against making any
decisions based on this material alone. Rather, specific legal
advice should be obtained.
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