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Abrupt Changes to the Canadian Experience Class Announced

On November 8, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced changes to the Canadian Experience Class. Effective the next day, Citizenship and Immigration Canada imposed an annual cap on the number of applications accepted under the Canadian Experience Class. Between November 9, 2013 and October 31, 2014, the annual cap is set at 12,000 with sub-caps of 200 for…

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Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program Announced

The government announced new changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program yesterday. These changes are designed to ensure employers put more effort into recruiting and training Canadians to fill available positions. The proposed changes are as follows: effective immediately, require employers to pay temporary foreign workers at the prevailing wage by removing the existing wage flexibility; effective immediately, temporarily suspend the Accelerated…

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About a month ago we reported on this blog that more changes to Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) are expected during Aril 2013. Those changes have now been announced. Canada’s FSWP selects immigrants based on their ability to succeed economically in Canada. After meeting eligibility requirements, applicants are assessed against selection criteria, also known as the “points grid.” There…

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Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker Program will accept applications again from May 4, 2013

Since July 1, 2012 Citizenship and Immigration Canada has not accepted applications for permanent residence in Canada pursuant the Federal Skilled Worker Program, except for those from certain PhD students and those supported by a qualifying job offer. Recently, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration announced a number of significant changes to the Canadian Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). It…

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