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CANADA: Federal Skilled Worker Program

On July 1, 2012, CIC also temporarily stopped accepting applications for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). This temporary pause did not apply to those with a qualifying job offer or applying under the PhD stream. CIC will likely start accepting applications again when the revised FSWP selection criteria take effect. Proposed FSWP changes should come into force in early 2013.

For an application to be eligible for processing under FSWP, the applicant must include the results of his or her official language proficiency test and must fall into one of these categories:

1.    Skilled workers with a valid offer of arranged employment; or

2.    International students enrolled in a PhD program at a provincially or territorially recognized private or public post-secondary educational institution in Canada who:

-    have completed at least two years of study toward a PhD

-    are in good academic standing at the time they apply

-    are not recipients of an award requiring them to return to their home country to apply their knowledge and skills, or

3.    International students who graduated from a PhD program at a provincially or territorially recognized private or public post-secondary educational institution in Canada who:

-    graduated no more than 12 months before the date their application is received

-    did not receive an award that required them to return to their home country to apply their knowledge and skills (or did, but have satisfied the terms of the award).

A maximum of 1,000 applications from this category will be considered for processing each year. This will not be included in the total for any other cap. Applications will be considered in order they are received. The first cap year for the PhD stream began on November 5, 2011.

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