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David Manicom clarifies future of Canadian skilled worker immigration

In response to questions asked by Allen & Hodgman attorney Bruce Allen at the Canadian Bar Association 2014 Immigration Law Conference, being held May 8-9 in Calgary, Alberta, the future of Canadian skilled worker immigration began to take shape. David Manicom, Director General of the Immigration Policy Branch of the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, stated the following: As of January 1, 2015, individuals will no longer be able to file applications directly for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, or Canadian Experience Class. As of January 1, 2015, a new system will go into effect where…

Nova Scotia closes Regional Labour Market Demand Stream

On April 28, 2014, the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration announced that it had received enough applications to reach the program cap. The program will open again on January 1, 2015. We would encourage persons with an interest in this program to plan a trip to Nova Scotia to learn more about the province, and to file new applications as soon as the program re-opens next year. In the meantime, the Canadian federal government has re-opened the Federal Skilled Worker program effective May 1, 2014. Up to 25,000 applications will be accepted without job offers in 50 listed occupations. All…

Canada announces new skilled worker occupations for 2014

On April 24, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada issued a press release stating that the federal skilled worker program would be re-opened on May 1, 2014. The announcement included a list of 50 occupations. Applicants with one year of experience in one of these occupations may be eligible to apply without a job offer. Applicants may intend to live anywhere in Canada other than Quebec. For persons with no job offer, there will be a cap of 1,000 applications in each eligible category. There will be an overall cap of 25,000. Both numbers represent a large increase from last year….

Canada Eliminates Investor Classes

On Friday February 14th, Canada announced that both the Federal Investor and Federal Entrepreneur immigration classes would be eliminated, effective immediately. In addition, most if not all pending applications will be cancelled, and the filing fees refunded. The Quebec investor program remains in place, as do several provincial investor programs.

Canada Places New Limits on Canadian Experience Class

In a startling announcement made November 8, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced strict new limits on the Canadian Experience Class, which up until now had been the favorite program of the current Conservative Party government. The Canadian experience class allows persons to apply for permanent residence after working for one year in Canada in certain skilled occupations. The new restrictions went into effect immediately, applying to cases filed on or after November 9, 2013. The restrictions are as follows: There will now be an annual cap of 12,000 total applications. There had previously been no cap. The first cap…