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Federal Skilled Worker Program Begins in May

The new Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) was designed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to serve the needs of the country’s economy as it continues to grow and the services of certain professions become more and more in-demand.

The old FSWP program was halted in summer of 2012, but it will resume on May 4, 2013. Now applicants looking for positions in one of the 24 professions the program accepts can apply for immigration to Canada.

The new program was designed based on a significant amount of research “Which has consistently shown that language proficiency and youth are two of the most important factors in the economic success of immigrants,” According to a May 3 news release from CIC.

The CIC is headed by the Minister of Citizenship Immigration and Multiculturalism, the Honorable Jason Kenney, who is well known for the range of immigration reforms he has put in place during his tenure. He is also known for the steps taken by his department towards improving the integrity of the CIC and pursuing fraudulent grants of immigration benefits.

“The government’s number one priority remains jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity,” Minister Kenney is quoted as saying in the news release.

An Educational Credential Assessment has been implemented in the program to check if applicants actually have the necessary credentials to accept a Federal Skilled Worker Program job in Canada.

Each of the 24 professions available for application have a limited number of visas assigned to them. This means that only a certain amount of immigrants will be able to immigrate through a particular profession per year. This system is planned in such a way as to limit the actual back log in the immigration system.

Applications are expected to take approximately one year to be processed and the backlog is expected to be eliminated.

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