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On April 26, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will issue a new set of Ministerial Instructions to immigration officers regarding the processing of applications to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

The following are new caps on 3 economic classes, effective as of May 1, 2014. To read the full article, click here.

  1. Larger occupational pool for Skilled Worker class – 50 occupations (each class has 1,000 cap), but a max. cap of 500 applicants for Ph.D stream
  2. Increased cap from 3,000 applicants to 5,000 applicants
  3. CEC – reduced from 12,000 overall cap to 8,000 overall cap. The release does not say if this overall cap is for the whole year, but it appears from May 1 to October 31 2014. Six ineligible occupations remain.

If you have any individual questions or concerns, please contact our office for more customized consultation for your unique situation.  Please note that this posting is for general information only and is not to be considered binding or official legal counsel since situations will vary and can be complicated. The content in this post is current as of the day of entry. Due to the changing nature of Immigration law, the information in this entry may or may not still be applicable.

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