The recently announced changes to Canadian immigration have
altered the way workers in several occupations can go about
immigrating to Canada. These changes are of special importance for
cooks, inside and outside of Canada, looking to work temporarily or
obtain Permanent Residency (PR) in Canada.
Currently Unable to Apply Under the Canadian Experience
The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) allows an individual to
obtain Canadian PR if they have worked in Canada for ONE year out
of the last three. After working, adapting and contributing to the
Canadian work force, the individual can be particularly beneficial
to Canadian society. The latest changes have declared that several
occupations that were previously commonly applied for under the CEC
are no longer eligible; cooks (6322) are one of them.
New Immigration Option for Cooks: Federal Skilled Trades
In the same day, cooks received some good news when they were
added as an eligible occupation for application under the Federal
Skilled Trades (FST) Program. This program will allow individuals
under this occupation to become permanent residents if they have a
Canadian job offer. The FST program will now serve as the
alternative method of acquiring permanent Canadian residency for
cooks. As of May 1st, 2014, the FST Program will be accepting a
maximum of 5,000 applications for review.
Also, Changes to Temporary Foreign Worker
While these programs have altered the method of receiving
permanent residency in Canada, new policy changes have been made to
the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, limiting immigration
possibilities in all realms for those in the food service sector.
These changes affect occupations that under the list of
0600—0699 and any 6000+ occupations, encompassing Restaurant
Managers, Cooks, and Chefs.
Employment minister, Jason Kenney tweeted out to his followers
about the new changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program
stating: "We have placed a moratorium on Temporary Foreign
Worker Program applications in the food-service industry, pending
our ongoing policy review".
While these changes also affect a wider degree of occupations in
the food industry, it will certainly have repercussions on cooks
looking to immigrate to Canada.
It is uncertain when the programs will fill or how long these
measures will be in effect for. For cooks, these changes bring both
the good news and bad news.
-New Permanent Residency Option (the FST program) for Cooks with
a job offer.
-Still not eligible for CEC
-Temporary Foreign Worker program moratorium
Cooks with Canadian job offers are encouraged to explore their
Canadian permanent residency options as soon as possible before
caps or limits are reached or additional changes occur.
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