CIC ANNOUNCEMENT: LIST OF PRIORITY OCCUPATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS DESIGNATED TO CONDUCT EDUCATIONAL CREDENTIAL ASSESSMENTS

CIC ANNOUNCEMENT: LIST OF PRIORITY OCCUPATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS DESIGNATED TO CONDUCT EDUCATIONAL CREDENTIAL ASSESSMENTS FOR FEDERAL SKILLED WORKERS

The list of 24 occupations that are eligible under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) when it re-opens on May 4, 2013 was released on April 18, 2013.  In addition, four organizations have been designated to provide the now-required independent third party assessments of foreign educational credentials for applicants who studied outside of Canada.

Future applicants should be aware of several key elements that will have an effect on the application process:

  • A new eligible occupations list, with a total of 24 occupations;
  • An overall cap of 5,000 new applications for all eligible occupations, including a sub-cap of 300 new applications for each eligible occupation;
  • Four organizations have been designated to conduct educational credential assessments (mandatory for applicants submitting foreign educational credentials); and
  • Applicants must show proof that they meet the minimum threshold of Canadian Language Benchmark 7 in all four language skill areas: speaking, reading, writing and oral comprehension

A prospective applicant should ensure they meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • They have at least one year of continuous work experience in one of the 24 eligible occupations;
  • They have a qualifying offer of arranged employment; or
  • They are eligible to apply through the PhD stream.

Another important change that takes effect on May 4, 2013, is the introduction of the educational credential assessment (ECA). The ECA process will help determine if the foreign educational credential is authentic and equivalent to a completed credential in Canada. For prospective applicants, the ECA can provide a realistic understanding of how their foreign educational credentials are likely to be recognized in Canada.

As of April 17, 2013, four organizations have been designated by the Minister to provide ECA reports for purposes of immigrating to Canada under the FSWP. Additional organizations may be designated by CIC in the future. The designated organizations are:

Since each designated organization follows its own procedural strategies (with different criteria, fees and processing times), it is of utmost importance for  candidates to secure adequate professional assistance from authorized representatives located in Canada, who can guide them in such a way as to ensure a rapid and positive evaluation, thereby making sure they do not miss the above-mentioned five-thousand cap.

Of course, in addition to the above requirements, the candidates must also meet the sixty-seven point passmark and demonstrate sufficient settlement funds.

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