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Latest Changes in the Canadian immigration law in “Federal Skilled Workers” June 2010

Under the new changes in Canadian immigration law, Federal Skilled Worker applications are assessed for eligibility according to the eligibility criteria listed below.

Under these new rules eligible applicants are able to achieve Canadian Permanent Residence in a short time period between 6 to 12 months.

These criteria affect applicants only if they applied on or after June 26, 2010. If applicants applied before June 26, 2010, their application will be processed according to the rules that were in effect at that time. 

NOT all occupations are eligible to apply under the new law. Only 29 occupations are accepted.

Note: If you are applying under one of the 29 eligible occupations, as of June 26, 2010, a maximum of 20,000 Federal Skilled Worker applications will be considered for processing in the following 12 months. Within the 20,000 cap, a maximum of 1,000 Federal Skilled Worker applications per eligible occupation will be considered for processing each year.
 
These limits do not apply to applications with an offer of arranged employment.

The list of these occupations released by Citizenship and Immigration Canada is as follow:

1. Restaurant and Food Service Managers
2. Primary Production Managers (Except Agriculture)
3. Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management
4. Insurance Adjusters and Claims Examiners
5. Biologists and Related Scientists
6. Architects
7. Specialist Physicians
8. General Practitioners and Family Physicians
9. Dentists
10. Pharmacists
11. Physiotherapists
12. Registered Nurses
13. Medical Radiation Technologists
14. Dental Hygienists & Dental Therapists
15. Licensed Practical Nurses
16. Psychologists
17. Social Workers
18. Chefs
19. Cooks
20. Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades
21. Contractors and Supervisors, Mechanic Trades
22. Electricians (Except Industrial & Power System)
23. Industrial Electricians
24. Plumbers
25. Welders & Related Machine Operators
26. Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
27. Crane Operators
28. Drillers & Blasters - Surface Mining, Quarrying & Construction
29. Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Service

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