Many Canadian would-be immigrants around the world have been delighted to learn that after a four-month hiatus last week, Express Entry invitations are once again being issued under the popular Federal Labor Program. qualified.
In recent months, marked by a global pandemic, the federal government has implemented restrictive policies in several areas of its operations, with immigration being one of the most affected.
One of the consequences of this is that the federal government has slowed down, and in some cases halted, the immigration and admission processes for a number of immigration programs.
Between March and last week, for example, only applicants from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) were invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada through the Express Entry system.
Now that the measures are lifted across Canada, the federal government has once again begun inviting applicants to all programs managed through its flagship application management system, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP).
The FSWP is one of four programs managed under Express Entry and the one that accounts for almost half of the total number of invitations issued through the system each year.
In fact, according to the Express Entry 2019 year-end report, FSWP applicants represented the largest proportion of all individuals granted permanent residence (both principal applicants and accompanying spouses and dependents) with 58,173 admissions out of a total of 109,595.
Importance of FSWP for Canada Immigration
When it was created in the late 19th century, the Canadian immigration system was largely confined to admitting “white” Americans and Europeans.
The first regulatory changes aimed at addressing this problem and overturning the most overtly discriminatory aspects of Canadian immigration policy were introduced in Canada in 1962.
Another significant change in Canadian immigration took place in 1967 when the world’s first point system was introduced to rank potential immigrants based on factors such as job skills, educational attainment, and skills. linguistic. At the time, priority was given to anglophones and francophones of working age with family ties to Canada.
The points system made it possible to target potential immigrants whose characteristics coincided with new national economic needs and interests.
However, it was not until ten years later, with the introduction of the Immigration Act of 1976, that Canada officially became a destination for migrants from around the world. Indeed, the new law focused on three main admission criteria: an assessment of candidates based on points for professional qualifications, education, and language skills rather than ethnic origin or nationality. The 1976 legislation was also designed to place more emphasis on family reunification and humanitarian considerations, cultural objectives, and diversity rather than on Canada’s economic interests.
From the mid-1990s, skilled workers began to represent the majority of immigrants to Canada. Canada now welcomes some 60% of its immigrants each year in the economic class. This is because Canada needs more skilled workers to support its economy given its aging population and low birth rate.
Today, FSWP continues to be viewed as one of the most effective and transparent approaches to select economically successful immigrants in Canada.
How to apply under FSWP?
To be eligible for the FSWP, potential immigrants must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Minimum of one year of work experience in a skilled occupation categorized under NOC Skill level 0, A or B.
- Must have validated language proficiency to CLB level 7 in either English or French language in all four abilities (Reading, Speaking, Listening, and Writing).
- Have a Canadian educational credential or foreign credential and ECA – Educational Credential Assessment report.
Applicants are assessed on the basis of a single point grid which takes into account factors such as age, education, professional experience, reserved employment, language skills, and adaptability.
The highest-ranked applicants in the Express Entry pool receive invitations to apply for permanent residence in Canada.
Fortunately, since last week, the FSWP candidates are again the happy recipients of these invitations. Please feel free to go ahead and submit an Express Entry profile if you meet the FSWP requirements.