Changes Announced in Federal Skilled Worker Program
CIC has announced changes in Federal skilled Worker Program
The changes pertaining to Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) has been announced. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has assured that the changes will help the department to work with a more competent approach while selecting skilled workers. Along with the department the workers will also be benefited as it would help them to be a part of labor market immediately after they come here, unlike before when they had to wait for even years to find a job. The final changes will be published sometime later this year.
Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney says, “Adopting the new proposed criteria will prove to be beneficial for both the skilled workers and the Canadian economy.”
He also said that Federal Skilled Worker program is the “largest economy program of Canada.”
He adds, “Changes we are making is based one large body of data and evidence we have accumulated over the years.”
He assures that the changes are made keeping the skills and qualifications which are needed for the growth of the nation and success of skilled immigrants.
The Department has done its proper homework before making any changes and even proposing them. Meetings were organized with major stakeholders to receive feedback, opinions and suggestions from them. In fact online sessions were also organized to get a real picture of the on-going process of immigration.
Out of these meetings the conclusion drawn was that the language proficiency should be given more importance than any other aspect. The department suggest that an immigrant with better knowledge of any of the two official languages either English or French would be a better candidate for getting job. This would settle him down faster than a non-proficient one and also help the nation to grow its economy.
The conclusion is also to give preference to Canadian work experience to the same from any other country.
Young people would be preferred in compared to the older ones. This is done to ensure that the young immigrants coming here will be able to stay and work for a longer period than the older ones. Again this would benefit the nation’s productivity and the immigrant both.
The Department has also emphasized upon verifying the degrees and credentials of a person against Canadian standard.
These efforts will bring win-win situation to both the immigrants and the country.