Canada Skilled Worker Program announces occupations list
A notice posted on the website of Citizenship and Immigration
Canada on April 18, 2013 announced the
occupations list for the
skilled worker class. This list applies only to persons who do not
have approved job offers. Persons with job offers can apply in any
skilled occupation. The notice also identified the organizations
that will evaluate non-Canadian academic credentials.
The notice also stated that each occupation on the list will be
capped at 300 "complete" applications, and the list as a whole will
be capped at 5,000 applications.
The skilled worker program reopened on May 4, 2013
for persons without job offers.
The program remains open to persons with approved job
offers, and to candidates with Canadian PhDs. Regardless of your
category, all applicants must reach the pass mark of 67 points based
on the new point system. This system awards points for education,
language ability in English or French, work experience, arranged
employment, age, and several additional adaptability factors
including a relative in Canada, Canadian work experience or
education, and the language ability of the spouse of the principal
As of mid-August, none of the occupation categories had yet
received 300 applications, although several categories, including
computer programmer and financial analysts, are very close to
meeting the quota. It may seem surprising that these common
categories have not been filled. The explanation is the great
difficulty in preparing and submitting a "complete" application. The
difficulties include the following:
- All points for language ability are based on taking an
approved language test. There are no exceptions, regardless of
your place of birth or language of education.
- All points for education based on a non-Canadian degree must
be based on an evaluation by an evaluation agency approved by the
Canadian government. In all cases school transcripts must be sent
directly from the college or university to the evaluation agency.
- All work experience must be confirmed by detailed and specific
letters from your current and former employers.
- The application form includes a seven page document
It is difficult or impossible for individuals to prepare these
applications without professional guidance. Our firm is now
accepting cases from persons with proven work experience in one of
the listed occupations, and who appear clearly capable of reaching
the 67 point pass mark. In the event your application cannot be
filed or is rejected because the quotas have been reached for the
current year, we will agree to refile your case next year when the
quotas are reset, providing your occupation is still on the list.
Please send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. Please
include an explanation of your current situation and an up to date