Canada Federal Skilled Worker Program
On May 1, 2014 Citizenship and Immigration Canada re-opened the federal skilled worker program. The program includes fifty different professions which are eligible under the program. Applicants who fall within one of the fifty professions can apply to immigrate to Canada without having a job offer. In addition to the requirement of falling within one of the fifty professions it is also necessary to accumulate
67 points which are allocated based on work experience, language, education, age, job offer, and adaptability.
The inclusion of fifty professions is the most that has been available under the skilled worker program in the last few years. There are, however, caps on each category and its very likely that the caps will be filled quickly so the window of opportunity for applying is probably fairly narrow.
A common reason for an unsuccessful application under the skilled worker program is not falling within the criteria of a particular profession that is being applied under. The underlying cause of this reason for failure is often not putting enough relevant information into the application.
When preparing an application it is essential to remember that the officer evaluating the application knows nothing about the applicant aside from what is included in the application. An applicant knows his or her experience but often falls into the trap of subconsciously presuming that the officer does as well. It is necessary to spell everything out from scratch, include all details, and methodically lay out your professional history in order to paint a comprehensive picture of your experience.
It’s very useful to start with the definition of each profession by looking at the Human Resources and Skills Develop Canada website. Go down the most detailed descriptions and think about how you can match elements within those descriptions with things you have done professionally in the past ten years. Once you have matched your experience with the required criteria make sure that your employers from the past ten years include similar wording to the wording of the criteria in their employer letters written in support of your application.
Other common errors include not filling out the applications properly. When, for example, listing chronological events then make sure not to leave temporal gaps between items. Before submitting an application go over it slowly multiple times to make sure there are no inconsistencies, spelling errors, misinformation, or any other errors.
The most popular categories which will likely include areas such as human resource managers and accountants will fill up quickly so if you are interested in applying then its best to do so quickly in order to capture the opportunity to start a new life in Canada.