Finally, Minister Jason Kenney announced today the new FSW program that has been on hold for so many months.
Let’s take a quick look at these news…
This is also what was announced:
- Minimum official language thresholds and increased points for official language proficiency, making language the most important factor in the selection process;
- Increased emphasis on younger immigrants, who are more likely to acquire valuable Canadian experience, are better positioned to adapt to changing labour market conditions, and who will spend a greater number of years contributing to Canada’s economy;
- Introduction of the Educational Credential Assessment (ECA), so that education points awarded reflect the foreign credential’s true value in Canada;
- Changes to the arranged employment process, allowing employers to hire applicants quickly, if there is a demonstrated need in the Canadian labour market; and
- Additional adaptability points for spousal language ability and Canadian work experience.
There are two new steps to the new selection system. First, applicants will have to demonstrate that they meet the minimum language threshold, which is level 7 of the Canadian Language Benchmark assessment system. Applicants will be able to get a language assessment from existing agencies designated by the Minister and listed on the CIC website
Second, applicants will have their education credentials assessed prior to arriving in Canada. A list of assessment organizations designated by the Minister will be made available early in the New Year.
…new applications under the FSWP will be processed in a few months, rather than a few years. In order to ensure fast processing times and to avoid backlogs, the new FSWP will accept a fixed number of applications each year
In the medium term, the Government is also moving forward to develop and implement an Expression of Interest (EOI) model, which will provide employers with access to a pool of skilled workers.
Are news good? Well, at least we have a better idea on what they want. But yes, we still have many questions that we hope can be answered soon:
- How is the pints grid going to be and when is it going to be released?
- What are the agencies for language assessment?
- How is this ECA going to work and how much is it going to cost?
- How is this new employment process going to work?
So far, all I can tell you is: start working in your English and if you are 35+ you may want to start researching on other immigration paths (there are 65+ immigration programs in Canada… there has to be one for you!)
I’m trying to arrange a chat with a Certified Immigration Consultant on this and other changes announced lately… Do you have any question you would like to be answered?