Canada Changes Point System for Federal Skilled Workers
to the federal skilled worker program ("FSWP") have been
in effect since
The new system includes the
- More points - up to 24 - for language proficiency in one of
the official languages, i.e., English or French. As is the case at
present, all points for language must be based on an approved
language test, even if English or French is your native language.
- A new minimum language proficiency threshold which must be met
regardless of the number of total points.
- Fewer points (maximum of 4) for a second official language.
- Fewer points for work experience outside of Canada (maximum 15
points for 6 years).
- More points for work inside of Canada (10 extra points for one
- Points for age reduced at an earlier age, more emphasis on
younger workers (12 points if age 18-35, then reduced by 1 point
for each year over 35).
- No points for partner's education, but points added for
partner's language ability and Canadian work experience or
- All points for education based on credentials obtained outside
of Canada must be supported by an evaluation performed by an
agency designated by the Canadian government.
The pass mark remains at 67.
At the present time, the following
persons can apply as skilled workers:
- Persons with "arranged employment."
- Persons in the "PhD" stream (completed at least two years
towards a PhD at a University in Canada)
- Persons with one year of continuous experience in one of
twenty-four listed occupations.
The "occupations list" is subject to a quota of 5000
applications in total, and 300 applications in each occupation.
Our law firm is now accepting cases based on the occupations list.
for more information on the occupations list.
complete new regulation can be found on the CIC website.