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New Ministerial Instruction - Skilled Worker Immigration to Canada

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Federal Skilled Worker class

If you are a skilled worker or professional, you may be eligible to immigrate to Canada in the Federal Skilled Worker class. Your initial application will be submitted to the Centralized Intake Office in Canada to ascertain your eligibility for further processing. If you receive a favorable eligibility review, your full application will be processed at a Canadian visa office abroad.

 Federal Skilled Worker applications

Cap on the number of applications to be processed per year (July 1, 2011 - June 31, 2012)

 A maximum of 10 000 Federal Skilled Worker applications, without an offer of arranged employment, will be considered for processing each year.

Within the 10 000 cap, a maximum of 500 Federal Skilled Worker applications per National Occupation Classification (NOC) code will be considered for processing each year.

In calculating the caps, applications will be considered in order of the date they are received. Applications received on the same date will be considered for processing having regard to routine office procedures.

For the unique purpose of calculating the caps, the cap year will begin on July 1, 2011 and end on June 30, 2012, unless otherwise indicated in a future Ministerial Instruction. Subsequent years will be calculated from July 1st to June 30th, unless otherwise indicated in a future Ministerial Instruction.

Instructions for processing Federal Skilled Worker applications:

Federal Skilled Worker applications  received by the Centralized Intake Office in Sydney on or after July 1, 2011, accompanied by the results of the principal applicant’s English or French language proficiency assessment, not exceeding the identified caps and that meet either of the following criteria shall be placed into processing:

1. Applications submitted with an Arranged Employment Offer (AEO) consistent with requirements of subsection 82(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.


2. Applications from skilled workers with evidence of experience in the last 10 years under one or more of the following National Occupation Classification (NOC) codes:

  • 0631 Restaurant and Food Service Managers
  • 0811 Primary Production Managers (Except Agriculture)
  • 1122 Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management
  • 1233 Insurance Adjusters and Claims Examiners
  • 2121 Biologists and Related Scientists
  • 2151 Architects
  • 3111 Specialist Physicians
  • 3112 General Practitioners and Family Physicians
  • 3113 Dentists
  • 3131 Pharmacists
  • 3142 Physiotherapists
  • 3152 Registered Nurses
  • 3215 Medical Radiation Technologists
  • 3222 Dental Hygienists & Dental Therapists
  • 3233 Licensed Practical Nurses
  • 4151 Psychologists
  • 4152 Social Workers
  • 6241 Chefs
  • 6242 Cooks
  • 7215 Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades
  • 7216 Contractors and Supervisors, Mechanic Trades
  • 7241 Electricians (Except Industrial & Power System)
  • 7242 Industrial Electricians
  • 7251 Plumbers
  • 7265 Welders & Related Machine Operators
  • 7312 Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
  • 7371 Crane Operators
  • 7372 Drillers & Blasters — Surface Mining, Quarrying & Construction
  • 8222 Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Service