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CANADA: Certain New Canadian Permanent Residence Application Categories Now Open

Foreign workers seeking to apply for permanent residence in Canada may now do so based on three new categories. Some of these permanent residence categories have caps and restricted occupations, such as the new Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Skilled Worker Class. For example, the Federal Skilled Trades Class only accepts up to 100 applicants within certain types of occupations. Most of the new permanent residence categories have already opened and are accepting applications, except for the skilled worker class, which cannot be filed before May 4, 2013. The lead time to prepare an application for government filing is approximately two to three months. It is recommended that clients wishing to file applications for permanent residence under these new or existing permanent residence categories start the application preparation process now, and conduct their language tests and obtain documentation in support of their credentials assessments and/or certificates of accreditation early in the process.

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