Thursday, April 19, 2012

Proposed Changes on Canada FSW points system - what you should do

For some time now, Canada has been using points system to determine an applicants chances of qualifying in their FSW Points system(clicking on this link will show you current points system).

A year ago, Citizenship and Immigration Canada Proposed Changes to Canada's FSW Points System. There is a great chance that changes in the Points System will be implemented early 2013, when the Ministerial Instruction 5, or new changes on the regulation will be put in place.

So what are the proposed changes to Canada's FSW Points System?

Since February 2008, when Canada introduced the changes in the Federal Skilled Worker Program - FSW, skilled or trades Workers such as Welders, Plumbers, Electricians, Pipe fitters, Cooks and the like are having a difficult time qualifying because the current points system placed great emphasis on an applicants college education and high English test result (IELTS) requirement.

The proposed changes on the FSW Points system, now aims to correct this by adjusting certain criteria to give consideration on Skilled workers.

1. Requiring a minimum level of language proficiency
The maximum points awarded for proficiency in the first official language may be increased from 16 to 20 points, and a more flexible IELTS requirement may be introduced, based on the applicants occupational skill level. 

In a nutshell, it will give Tradespeople a better chance to meet the requirement.

Do to the current rule that IELTS test is a must, getting better scores in the English exam that gauges your skill in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening English will improve your chances in passing the assessment. 

The goodnews is, IELTS content is everyday ordinary English, meaning the more you practice it the better your results will get.

To read more about IELTS please click on the following link:


2. Placing greater emphasis on younger workers

A maximum of 10 points is awarded to applicants within the 21-49 years old - bracket, in the current points system. The proposal is to award a maximum of 12 points until age 35, with diminishing points awarded until age 49. No age points would be awarded after age 50.

3. Making the program more accessible to skilled tradespeople

Other than changes in the IELTS, reducing the number of years of education required to claim points for a trade or other non-university credential would help trades or skilled people. This proposed change would help improve access for skilled tradespeople, technicians and apprentices who did not finish Bachelors Degree courses in college. There are many skilled and experienced Filipino welders but won't qualify under the current points system due to Education factor. Not many welders, if not most, have a University degree.

4. Redirecting points from work experience to other Criteria's

The present criteria awards a total of 21 points for Work experience, the proposal is to set it to 15.

5. Reducing the potential for fraudulent job offers

The proposed changes will put emphasis in finding out if a Job offer is real or not and might require employers to sign a document attesting their intention to hire the immigrant. They could also include restrictions for employers who don’t comply with this intention.

I just would like to stress that these are proposals based on the previous publications of the Canadian Government. 

Knowing them now will help you get ready for your time when your time to apply comes.

The current program on the FSW requires applicants to submit the full application package or the complete set of documents at the begging of the application. It also puts a restriction on the time an applicant can send an application, and a quota on the number of applicants who can apply. Moreover, there is a list of eligible occupations who can apply.

Which means that only those ready at the time their occupations are called in the priority list will have the chance of getting a permanent residents Visa. The game plan is to be ready at all times. The documentary requirements for almost all of the Permanent Residents Visa programs for Canada is almost the same. Being ready all the time or completing the application requirements, means you are making yourself eligible to apply for the different programs of Canada like the Federal Skilled Workers Class, Provincial Nominee Program, Arranged Employment offer and others.

At present, the least that you can do is to complete the documents required of you to apply as most of this programs has almost the same set of requirements, that is why if you complete them ahead of time you are making yourself eligible to apply. 

Not starting on your application plan for Canada would on the other hand mean, that you will miss out every time there is a program applicable to you because you did not plan your application properly.

When and if they are offered they may come and go very fast, as they say opportunities knocks but only once, don't let this happen to you.

Act now, and make sure that you do not keep on missing the chance to get a Permanent Residents Visa. Start with your application right now!

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Canada Immigration old process FSW Applications - learning your options

The news coming from the Canadian government that the Canada Immigration old process FSW Applications filed before February 27, 2008 will be returned is very disappointing for everybody.

At present this is being passed through parliament and many are complaining about the legality of this move.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) claims that it has the power to put this in place, whether this is legal or not will sure be a subject for debate.

Although I must say that the more important question now is, What are the options or remedy for those who will be affected with said change?

You may refer to the Questions and answers page presented by the Citizenship and Immigration Canada Website: Click on this link to answer Canada Immigration old process FSW Applications concerns

Who would be affected if CIC removes the FSW backlog?

Under the proposed changes, CIC would close, return and refund Canada Immigration old process FSW Applications if they:

* applied before February 27, 2008, and
* have not had a decision made by an immigration officer based on selection criteria by March 29, 2012. (information on selection criteria is in this link)

Citizenship and Immigration Canada mentioned that they expect this would affect around 280,000 people including dependents.

If the proposed law is passed, CIC would begin to return the full amount of fees paid by affected FSW applicants.


At Canadian Immigration Consultancy we understand that it will not be easy to accept this move by the Canadian Government more so if you have waited for almost 8 years only to be told that your application will no longer be processed.

It really is not fair, we are with you with this sentiments, that is why even if they do return your application, we will not stop in our cause to help you reach your plans to immigrate to Canada by coming up with a program on how you can continue to avail of our services even if your application is returned.

I'm still interested to live and work in Canada, what should I do?

The process has gotten more difficult. But for something as valuable as an immigrant visa to Canada, it is still worth it. For those with the skills, education and English ability there is no investment that is going to yield a higher return on investment than an immigrant visa to Canada. The investment is small, the risk is low, compared to the benefits an immigrant visa will bring to those so fortunate enough to get an immigrant visa to Canada. Take charge and pursue your goals, “Get Ready”.

Option No. 1: Submit a new application under the new Federal Skilled Workers program

The Canadian government is taking a bold step in clearing their backlog of immigration cases. The Canadian government feels they must be able to change more quickly to the needs of employers. It means anyone interested in immigrating to Canada in the future must be “Ready at All Times” to file their application when their occupation opens or when they get selected by a Canadian employer for a job.

Another Ministerial Instruction on the Federal Skilled Workers application is expected to issued this coming July 1, 2012.

If your occupation is included in the new priority list, you will have a very short window of opportunity to be able to take advantage of this opportunity. Preparation starts now. Consider taking the IELTS Exam; get your documents ready; get your credentials assessed if your occupation is regulated in Canada. In other words, be ready to enter the door when it opens this July 2012!

Option No. 2: Provincial Nominee Program

Use your network of relatives and friends to help you find employers in Canada or to provide Provincial Nominee support.

Ask around and find out where your friends and relatives are. Manitoba for example offers a very easy Nominee program in Canada. To read more about the Provincial Nominee program of Canada click on the following link:

Provincial Nominee Program Summary

Option No. 3: Student Visa

This option is for those who no longer have the ideal age to submit a new application. If you have children in university or newly graduated, another path is for them to take advanced educational courses in Canada. Doing so will give your children the opportunity of working in Canada and then converting their visas to an immigrant visas. Even though the Canadian government is slowing down the reunion of parents, they are offering the super visa that will allow parents to go to Canada and live with their children.

Moreover, if you have children who already has 4 years Work experience they may already have the opportunity to apply for the Current FSW program of Canada.

This is unfair, I want justice! I want my voice to be heard!

In the past, there was the Grandfather clause which means every time there are changes in Canada's immigration regulations, an applicant who applied ahead of said change will no longer be affected. But this time, the Immigration Minister seems to be capitalizing on Bill C-50 which gave him the power to decide which application shall be process quickly, put on hold, or worst, to be returned unprocessed.

However, there are those who argue that the power given to the Immigration Minister was limited only to applications filed after Feb 27, 2008 and that returning the applications filed before the said that is unconstitutional.

A class-action suit may soon be initiated if they wipe out the backlog this way. Subscribe here via Email to get updates.

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