Canada Pauses Federal Skilled Worker & Investor Class
Canadian immigration minister, Jason Kenney, announced latest updates on restructuring economic immigration plans. After reaching application cap of 10,000 on 8th May 2012, Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) applicants were waiting for 1st of July 2012 so they may submit application for next year consideration but as per new announcement, from 1st July 2012 there will be a temporary pause on new applications under FSW and investor immigration class.
We have been making lots of changes to our economic immigration system, said Minister Kenney. We will take the next six months to do a lot of the heavy lifting to get us closer to a fast and flexible immigration system.
New immigration policy is expected to be released in January 2013. During this time, CIC will make important decisions and amendments in Federal Skilled Worker Program and Federal Immigrant Investor Program (IIP). CIC announces that they want to make their immigration system more flexible, fast and job oriented before accepting new applications for next interim. Expected changes in coming months include;
- Removing back-log of long-awaiting FSW applications
- Introducing new Federal Skilled Trade Program for technically skilled people
- Restructuring & introducing new Federal Skilled Worker Program
- Improving Canadian experience class
- Introducing new application management system to ensure jobs for new immigrants
- Changing investor immigration class to get attractive investments into Canadian economy
These new changes are only for Federal Skilled Trade Program and Investor immigration class. These have no effect on applicants with job offer from Canadian employers and those who are applying under PhD eligibility stream. Minister Jason Kenney states that this temporary pause will allow CIC to work on new immigration system which will ensure fast and job oriented Canadian immigration. CIC has paused accepting only new applications under FSW and IIP, he further added; and all existing applications will be processed as per their criteria.