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Canada: New caps for Federal Skilled Worker & Federal Skilled Trades Programs and Canadian Experience Class

Posted on April  24 , 2014

Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has just announced new measures in their skilled worker immigration programs to prepare for next year’s launch of Express Entry, Canada’s new active recruitment model. (Refer to our previous news post for details).

From May 1, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will begin accepting applications under new caps for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

A new cap of 25,000 applications will provide the appropriate number of applications to support expected admissions in 2015. The list of eligible occupations will be more than doubled, from 24 to 50 occupations.

To support Canada’s need for skilled trades people, the FSTP cap will be increased to 5,000 applications. All 90 skilled trades designated under the program regulations will now be eligible for consideration, although sub-caps remain in order to ensure appropriate representation of occupations.

The CEC cap will be re-set at 8,000 applications, as of May 1, 2014, to cover the transition period leading up to Express Entry.

Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada newsroom.

For further information and to get on track with Canadian Migration, contact The Visa Centre. We work in collaboration with a Registered CIC Agent in Canada.