The Canadian Express Entry will replace the Federal Skilled Visa in less than 3 months

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As VisaFirst already informed you earlier, the Occupation list for the Canadian Federal Skilled visa has been updated on 1 May 2014. There has been a cap of 25,000 new applications set, including 500 applications from PhD students.

All 50 occupations on the list have been further restricted by a sub-cap of 1,000 places per occupation. Of course, this does not affect those visa candidates with a secured job offer from a Canadian employer.

Now, the first to reach the occupational quota are the Computer programmers and interactive media developers, NOC code 2174. No more new applications from this occupation will be accepted under the current Federal skilled worker program.

There is one more occupation that is near to reach the limit: Financial and investment analysts NOC code 1112.

Below the full list of occupations and the places already completed for each occupation:

NOC CodeEligible occupationNumber of places completed as per the 1,000 sub-cap
0013Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services45
0015Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c.15
0111Financial managers148
0112Human resources managers44
0113Purchasing managers64
0121Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers23
0311Managers in health care21
0711Construction managers24
0712Homebuilding and renovation managers4
0811Managers in natural resources production and fishing2
0911Manufacturing managers72
1111Financial auditors and accountants169
1112Financial and investment analysts741
1113Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers
1114Other financial officers63
1123Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations105
1212Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers52
1224Property administrators5
2113Geoscientists and oceanographers15
2131Civil engineers235
2132Mechanical engineers376
2133Electrical and electronics engineers216
2145Petroleum engineers18
2171Information systems analysts and consultants348
2172Database analysts and data administrators73
2173Software engineers and designers425
2174Computer programmers and interactive media developers1,000
2232Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians10
2234Construction estimators5
2241Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians27
2243Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics14
2263Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety67
2281Computer network technicians242
3011Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors6
3012Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses189
3111Specialist physicians9
3112General practitioners and family physicians11
3132Dietitians and nutritionists1
3141Audiologists and speech-language pathologists5
3143Occupational Therapists2
3214Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists2
3215Medical Radiation Technologists4
3216Medical Sonographers8
3233Licensed practical nurses12
3234Paramedical occupations2
4011University professors and lecturers86
4214Early childhood educators and assistants8
5125Translators, terminologists and interpreters14

It’s really important those of you who consider applying under the current scheme, whose occupation is on the list and the cap is not yet reached, to speed up lodging the application. You can contact VisaFirst for a free estimation on your eligibility and start the process immediately.

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What do I need to qualify?

The current pass mark is 67 points based on eligibility criteria. You’re given points for 6 components: your language skills in English and/or French, age, education, qualification, work experience, adaptability and job offer from a Canadian employer (if any).

  • You need to have at least 12 months work experience in one of the occupations on the demand list; or a job offer from a Canadian employer or be a PhD student in Canada.
  • You need to prove your language skills through a language test
  • You have to be qualified in your occupation and your foreign qualification should be assessed by Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)
  • You also need to prove you have sufficient funds to sustain yourself and your family members in Canada. The current amount needed for 1 person is CA$11,824. If you are 4 – you need to prove CA$21,971.

What you probably don’t know is that you still can proceed with your Federal skilled visa even if the cap was reached for your occupation, following one of the routes below:

  • You might still qualify if you have a job offer from a Canadian employer. It should be full-time employment. There’s no cap for applicants qualifying with a job offer.
  • If your tasks and job title overlap with other occupation or NOC code that is still eligible. For example, if you are a Computer programmer and the cap was reached for your occupation, you can still apply as an Information system analyst or consultant, Database analyst, Data administrator or Software designer.
  • You might still be eligible f you have at least one-year work experience in the past 10 years in an occupation on the list but this does not necessarily need to be your current or most recent job. So, if the cap is reached for your current occupation but you still can qualify for any of the remaining occupations on the list, go ahead and apply now.

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It’s less than three months now before the new “Express Entry” is launched at the beginning of 2015. This will be a new expression of the interest selection system,  giving the Federal government, provincial governments and employers the opportunity to select the applicants from a pool. We recommend you start preparing your paperwork and submitting your application now.

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