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By Atty. Henry Moyal


As promised, the Federal Minister recently announced the basic framework and occupation list for new Federal Skilled Worker professional program. New applications cannot be submitted until May 4, 2013 but it is unlikely that many people will be able to file early as several hurdles were announced in order to prevent a rush of applications on that day. For starters, it is reported that there will be new application forms. As well, applicants must provide an educational credential assessment. Any assessment done before the announcement will not be accepted. While is seems that the Minister is giving a head start the most important factor will be that an applicant must have at least one year of work experience in an occupation in demand. As well, upon further research it is evident that the three main educational assessment companies will be deluged with application. Their respective websites says that it will take months to process an application. Therefore, it is almost impossible for anyone to file in May 2013. Further, the Minister has announced 24 occupations that will be accepted as of May 2013. The list will and does change periodically. For now, it
seems that the Minister is moving away from the medical field and concentrating on engineers and technicians. Engineers top the list. Nine out of the 24 occupations are different types of engineers (or 37.5% of the list). It is also important to keep in mind that there is an overall cap of 5000 new applications as of May 4, 2013. Let the race begin.

The complete list of the 24 occupations currently in demand are:

• Engineering managers
• Financial and investment analysts
• Geoscientists and oceanographers
• Civil engineers
• Mechanical engineers
• Chemical engineers
• Mining engineers
• Geological engineers
• Petroleum engineers
• Aerospace engineers
• Computer engineers
• Land surveyors
• Computer programmers
• Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
• Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
• Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
• Physiotherapists
• Occupational Therapists
• Medical laboratory technologists
• Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
• Respiratory therapists
• Medical radiation technologists
• Medical sonographers
•Cardiology technicians

Attorney Henry Moyal is a certified and licensed Canadian Immigration Lawyer in Toronto, Ontario. The above article is general advice only and is not intended to act as a legal document.Send questions to Attorney Henry Moyal by email or call 416 733 3193.