The New Job Categories For Skilled Worker Applications

According to the Minister’s Instruction issued on November 28th, 2008, all Federal Skilled Worker applications received after February 27th, 2008 must have one of the following criteria to get processed:

1. An application must have an arranged employment point under the six-factor point-assessment or Labour Market Opinion work permit;

2. An applicant must have a valid work permit and working in Canada currently and would be at the time of completing the application;

3. An application has a nominee certificate from a provincial government under a Provincial Nominee program; or

4. If an applicant is not in Canada and not in the above three categories, then the applicant must have a professional among new 38 job categories as follows:

0111: Financial Managers
0213: Computer and Information Systems Managers
0311: Managers in Health Care
0631: Restaurant and Food Service Managers
0632: Accommodation Service Managers
0711: Construction Managers
1111: Financial Auditors and Accountants
2113: Geologists, Geochemists and Geophysicists
2143: Mining Engineers
2144: Geological Engineers
2145: Petroleum Engineers
3111: Specialist Physicians
3112: General Practitioners and Family Physicians
3141: Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists
3143: Occupational Therapists
3142: Physiotherapists
3151: Head Nurses and Supervisors
3152: Registered Nurses
3215: Medical Radiation Technologists
3233: Licensed Practical Nurses
4121: University Professors
4131: College and Other Vocational Instructors
6241: Chefs
6242: Cooks
7213: Contractors and Supervisors, Pipefitting Trades
7215: Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades
7217: Contractors and Supervisors, Heavy Construction Equipment Crews
7241: Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System)
7242: Industrial Electricians
7251: Plumbers
7252: Steamfitters, Pipe fitters and Sprinkler System Installers
7265: Welders and Related Machine Operators
7312: Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
7371: Crane Operators
7372: Drillers and Blasters – Surface Mining, Quarrying and Construction
8221: Supervisors, Mining and Quarrying
8222: Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Service
9212: Supervisors, Petroleum, Gas and Chemical Processing and Utilities
NOTE: the occupations above are all Skill Type 0 (managerial occupations) or Skill Level A (professional occupations) or B (technical occupations and skilled trades) on the Canadian National Occupational Classification list.

If an application is received after February 27th, 2008, and does not fall under the above categories, then the application will be returned back to the applicant without any processing and the application fee (or processing fee) will be returned.
Currently, there are 925,000 applications pending in total and 600,000 of them are under the Federal Skilled Worker Class. It is estimated that it will take five to six years for these applications to be processed. The moment the ministerial instruction came with the new categories, the visa offices all over the world sent a letter to everybody in the queue saying, “Are you still interested in coming? If not, we will close your file.”

These applicants will need to seek advice from an experienced immigration lawyer who is current with the changing landscape of immigration law and is on top of the changes that are coming in the months ahead. A qualified immigration lawyer can help them find other options to speed up their application to Canada.

If you, or someone you care about, is dealing with immigration law issues in the Kitchener, Ontario Region, contact Jennifer Roggemann Law Office for a consultation.

This information is taken from an interview from December 10, 2008 interview with Jennifer Roggemann, Immigration Lawyer with Jennifer Roggemann Law Office, a Kitchener Ontario Canada Immigration Law Firm. This article is provided as an information service only and should not be used as legal advice. Laws vary by jurisdiction so please consult with an appropriate legal professional if you are looking for help with a specific situation.