As of July 1, 2011, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has announced that it is now accepting applications for permanent residence under the Federal Skilled Worker category in accordance with new restrictions, including a new cap on the number of applications it will accept each year and the announcement of this year’s list of restricted occupations.
New Cap for Federal Skilled Worker Applications
In an effort to reduce backlog and increase processing times in 2010, Citizenship and Immigration Canada implemented a cap in the number of applications it would process each year under the Federal Skilled worker category. Specifically, CIC accepted a maximum of 20,000 complete applications under the Federal Skilled Worker category, and no more than 1,000 applications under each occupation for the period from June 26, 2010 to June 30, 2011.
Effective July 1, 2011, this cap has changed. Now, a maximum of federal skilled worker applications will be considered for processing in the next 12 month-period. Within this cap, a maximum of only Federal Skilled Worker applications per eligible occupation will be considered for processing.
No change has been made to Federal Skilled worker applications with an offer of arranged employment, where there is no cap.
List of Restricted Occupations
In addition to introducing a new cap, CIC also released this year’s list of restricted occupations. All federal skilled worker applicants who do not have a valid job offer in Canada must show, in addition to meeting the minimum points criteria, that they have at least one year of recent work experience in one of the following 29 occupations, which have been recognized to be “in-demand” in Canada:
0631 Restaurant and Food Service Managers
0811 Primary Production Managers (Except Agriculture)
1122 Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management
1233 Insurance Adjusters and Claims Examiners
2121 Biologists and Related Scientists
3111 Specialist Physicians
3112 General Practitioners and Family Physicians
3152 Registered Nurses
3215 Medical Radiation Technologists
3222 Dental Hygienists & Dental Therapists
3233 Licensed Practical Nurses
4152 Social Workers
7215 Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades
7216 Contractors and Supervisors, Mechanic Trades
7241 Electricians (Except Industrial & Power System)
7242 Industrial Electricians
7265 Welders & Related Machine Operators
7312 Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
7371 Crane Operators
7372 Drillers & Blasters – Surface Mining, Quarrying & Construction
8222 Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Service