SKILLED WORKER IMMIGRATION OPTIONS
If you wish to immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker there are two options. There is the Federal Skilled Worker program and the Provincial (Immigration) Nominee Program (PNP). Most provinces including British Columbia have a PNP for skilled workers.
Under the Federal Skilled Worker Program an applicant must obtain 67 points to pass. The points are awarded under the categories of: education; English or French language ability; work experience; age; arranged employment; and adaptability. Generally an applicant will pass if the applicant has: university degree; four years work experience in a skilled occupation; young or middle aged; and speaks English fluently. There will be additional marks available for: college or university educated spouse; work visa; French language ability; relative in Canada; education or work experience in Canada. It generally takes approximately 22 months to 36 months to get most Federal Skilled Worker cases processed.
Under the British Columbia PNP and other PNP programs there is a program available for skilled workers. The BC PNP Strategic Occupations covers skilled workers. The key requirement is you must first have a job offer from a BC employer. There is no specific job list. The province has a set of areas of job priorities it requires to be filled. Currently the areas are: high tech; bio-tech; aerospace; health services including nurses; university and college professors; and skilled trades. In additional there is more flexibility if the employer is located outside of Vancouver or Victoria or there is an international trade aspect.
The big advantage of BC PNP is twofold: skilled workers can pass under BC PNP who would not pass under the Federal program; and BC PNP has much faster processing time of 6 and 1/2 months to 8 months compared to the Federal program 22 to 36 months.
BC PNP has been very successful with 80% more skilled worker applications than last year. The BC Government wishes to emphasize BC PNP and increase the number of applicants processed. Now is a good time to submit a BC PNP application.
The Federal government has a huge backlog of Federal Skilled Worker applications. There are approximately enough cases to last for four years. Previously the point total to pass was reduced from 75 points to 67 points in order to build up inventory. There is now too much inventory. In the near future it should be anticipated that the point total will be raised from 67 to cut off the number of new cases coming into the system. Also there may be years in which the government meets its targets before the year is over.
If you are thinking of applying under the Federal Skilled Worker category it is suggested you do this as soon as possible before the pass mark is raised or formal quotas are implemented.
Brian Edward Tadayoshi Tsuji
Canadian Immigration Lawyer
2800 Park Place
666 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6C 2Z7
Tel:(604) 643-6496 Fax:(604) 605-3596