Federal Skilled Worker Occupation List Released

Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced 24 occupations that will eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) today released the list of 24 occupations that will be eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) when it launches next month on May 4th.

Furthermore, four organizations designated to provide Educational Credential Assessments (ECAs) for applicants who studied outside of Canada.

The eligible occupations are:

  • Engineering managers
  • Financial and investment analysts
  • Geoscientists and oceanographers
  • Civil engineers
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Chemical engineers
  • Mining engineers
  • Geological engineers
  • Petroleum engineers
  • Aerospace engineers
  • Computer engineers (except software engineers/designers)
  • Land surveyors
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  • Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
  • Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Medical laboratory technologists
  • Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
  • Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
  • Medical radiation technologists
  • Medical sonographers
  • Cardiology technicians and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c. (not elsewhere classified)

The organizations designated to provide ECAs are:

  • Comparative Education Service: University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies
  • International Credential Assessment Service of Canada
  • World Education Services
  • Medical Council of Canada

Moreover, CIC announced a 5,000 cap for new FSWP applications, and a sub-cap of 300 applications for each eligible occupation.

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said the new applications would take one year to process:

“As a result of the actions taken by the Government to deal with the massive backlogs and unacceptably long wait times, FSW applications will be processed in approximately one year.”

“We will not be able to remain competitive and attract the skilled immigrants we need if we allow backlogs and wait times to grow again. That’s why we are capping application intake and focusing on specific occupations that are experiencing labour shortages in Canada. This will also help us transition nicely into the just-in-time immigration system of the future,” Kenney added.

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11 comments

  • I am supprised that Registrated Nurse occupation is not on the list. As far as I know there is a lack of it and it is expected that even more will be needed in future…
    However since “1225(noc code) Purchasing agents and officers” is not stated on eligible occupations list I will have to say goodbay to my Canadian dream before it even begun….No other way for me but to continue persuit for happines locally…

    I wish all the best to other ones lucky enough being on the list!

    Cheers from Serbia and good luck !

  • I am ding marketing in insurance..am I eligible for Canada immigration

  • Nice. I wana ask u how much tym it wl take wen we submit our documents for assesment. Nd documents submitn in what form

  • I had requested for the credential evaluation from Wes this January and got evaluation done. Do I need to re-evaluate again before applying?

  • hi i completed Bachelor of Science with specialization Chemistry and working as a Chemist. so can I eligible for Chemical Engineer.

  • as a professional in employment field, I wonder whether a list of potential employers would be released for these professions.
    I have already several unemployed clients in those professions, but there are no jobs available!
    There MUST be some guidance on the path of those specialists to professional employment in Canada, otherwise, they would end up driving taxis.

  • Hi sir/mam! i’m working as a live in caregiver in Alberta, Ca and going to apply for open work permit and residency this October 2013. I’m registered nurse and midwife back home. I’m confused and need some adviced, that’s why i decide to write a comment on this site. Am i illegible to take IELTS? since i’m still a temporary foreign worker and waiting for the right time to apply for open and residency. i’m planning to take IELTS for assessment in CARNA in 2014. I don’t want to waste time so i’m planning my futures ahead. I’m single and 26 y/o. I want to contribute my skills in any Institutions here in Alberta and i want to get my mom to be here with me since i’m living away from them. Hopefully you could consider a Registered Nurse in FSWP too. It might be a big help for me and everyone. Thank you for you time, help and consideration. God bless and have a good day.=)

  • awais gillani

    I am doing PhD in Mass Communication from China.For around 5 years I have been worked as Producer Programs for Pakistan Television. I have done MA English, MSc Mass Communication and MPhil American Studies. Am I eligible for Canadian Immigration? please guide, what is PhD stream?

  • Dear Sir/Mam,

    Is this occupation list will be valid in 2014-15.

  • If I am refused visa in one occupation category and I am qualify for another category can I still apply. If yes do. I need to submit a new documentation. What do I need to do. I need. Information.

  • Someone with experience in occupational health and safety in the oil industry as inspection in conduction project is that person qualify to apply for the inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational safety job category

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