|Priority Occupation List|
On November 28, 2008, Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism Canada Minister Jason Kenney announced the new instructions for the processing of all Federal Skilled Worker applications received since February 27, 2008.
Priority Occupation List was introduced mainly to reduce the processing time frame leading towards faster Immigration and seeks to shrink immigration application processing times to 6 to 12 months.
Under the Immigration Minister's new instructions, Canadian Immigration Visa Officers reviewing Federal Skilled Worker applications will process those from candidates who:
The list of 38 qualifying occupations was compiled based on consultations with provincial and territorial business and labour stakeholders. They have been identified as the most in-demand occupations in Canada.
Qualifying Occupations for Federal Skilled Worker applications (listed by National Occupational Classification (NOC) categories)
Those Federal Skilled Worker applicants (submitted on or after February 27, 2008) do not have experience in a listed occupation, will have their applications returned and their processing fees refunded (unless the Minister has otherwise instructed that applications be retained). Federal Skilled Worker applications submitted before February 27, 2008 will be processed based on previous assessment criteria and processing times.
The changes to the Federal Skilled Worker category will not affect any other classes of Canadian immigration.
For those applicants who have their files returned, there are several other categories under which they may qualify for Canadian immigration. The Provincial Nomination Programs (PNP) for one, is an attractive fast-track option.
Please note that changes have also been made regarding the submission process for Federal Skilled Worker applications.