Individuals all around the world look to Canada's Federal
Skilled Worker Program in order to facilitate their immigration to
and settlement in Canada, but the restrictive occupation list for
the program can lead many people to the mistaken belief that they
do not qualify.
The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program is one of
Canada's most popular immigration programs, allowing for
foreign nationals to obtain permanent residence in Canada if they
meet a points threshold based on their education, language
proficiency, work experience, and other factors.
Despite being one of the most popular programs, it is
also one of the most restrictive, as applicants without a job offer
are only able to apply if they have at least one year of experience
in an occupation featured on the eligible occupations list.
The eligible occupation list changes with each year the
program is open, and only 50 occupations are eligible for the
program in 2014.
The inclusion of only 50 occupations inevitably means
that many interested individuals with impressive credentials do not
find their current occupation on the list, leading them to believe
that they are ineligible for the program.
In order to qualify for the FSW program, an individual
must have at least one year of continuous full time work experience
during the past ten years in one of the program's eligible
occupations. There is no requirement that the occupation a
person applies under is their current occupation, which allows for
individuals to apply under the NOC code of any occupation they have
held in the past 10 years.
This means that even individuals who do not find their
current occupation on the list can still qualify for the program.
For example, many managerial careers that presuppose prior
experience in a lower level occupation are excluded from the list,
while the lower level positions are included.
For example, IT Manager (NOC 0213) is an occupation
that was excluded from the 2014 eligible occupations list, but this
does not necessarily mean IT Managers cannot immigrate to Canada
under the FSW program. In order to become an IT Manager, it
is likely that the individual worked in other IT occupations
earlier in their career in order to advance to the managerial
position. As long as the experience in the other occupations was
gained in the past 10 years, that individual could use their prior
experience in the same field in an eligible occupation to qualify
for the Federal Skilled Worker program. Although IT Managers
are not on the eligible occupation list, a variety of other IT
occupations including Computer Network Technician (NOC 2281), a
Software Engineer or Designer (NOC 2173), Information Systems
Analyst or Consultant (NOC 2171), Database Analyst or Data
Administrator (2172), and Computer Programmer and Interactive Media
Developer (NOC 2174) are on the eligible occupation list. A current
IT manager with at least one year of experience in one of these
other eligible occupations in the IT industry can use that
experience to qualify for the FSW program without having to wait in
uncertainty for IT Managers to be recognized in future years of the
Similarly, Engineering Manager (NOC 0211) is another
occupation that is noticeably absent from the eligible occupations
list this year. Despite the managerial position being
ineligible, the FSW program currently has a number of other
engineering occupations on the eligible occupation lists. Most
managers have at least one year of experience in a lower level
occupation prior to becoming a manager, so an Engineering Manager
could use their prior experience as a Civil Engineer (NOC 2131),
Mechanical Engineer (2132), Electrical or Electronic Engineer (NOC
2133), Petroleum Engineer (2145), Mechanical Engineering
Technologist or Technician (NOC 2232) or Electrical and Electronics
Engineering Technologists and Technicians (NOC 2241) to qualify for
the FSW program.
Individuals interested in immigrating to Canada should
not be discouraged by the realization that their current occupation
is excluded from the eligible occupation list, but should instead
look to their resume to take advantage of their past work
experience, which may afford them the opportunity to immigrate to
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