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May 1st 2014 - NEW Federal Skilled Worker program opens - see here.

What is THE LIST?

  • Skilled Worker applicants must show evidence of at least one year's continuous experience under one or more of the following National Occupational Classification categories.

Effective May 1, 2014 *No longer in effect*

  • No longer in effect* - please see Express Entry

Federal Skilled Workers

Overall cap of 25,000 applications in eligible occupations stream

Cap of 500 applications for PhD eligibility stream

No limit on applicants who have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer

Sub-caps of 1,000 applications for each of the 50 eligible occupations below (their 2011 National Occupational Classification (NOC) code is included in brackets):

Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services (0013)

Senior managers - trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c. (0015)

Financial managers (0111)

Human resources managers (0112)

Purchasing managers (0113)

Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers (0121)

Managers in health care (0311)

Construction managers (0711)

Home building and renovation managers (0712)

Managers in natural resources production and fishing (0811)

Manufacturing managers (0911)

Financial auditors and accountants (1111)

Financial and investment analysts (1112)

Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers (1113)

Other financial officers (1114)

Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations (1123)

Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers (1212)

Property administrators (1224)

Geoscientists and oceanographers (2113)

Civil engineers (2131)

Mechanical engineers (2132)

Electrical and electronics engineers (2133)

Petroleum engineers (2145)

Information systems analysts and consultants (2171)

Database analysts and data administrators (2172)

Software engineers and designers (2173)

Computer programmers and interactive media developers (2174)

Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians (2232)

Construction estimators (2234)

Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (2241)

Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics (2243)

Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety (2263)

Computer network technicians (2281)

Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors (3011)

Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (3012)

Specialist physicians (3111)

General practitioners and family physicians (3112)

Dietitians and nutritionists (3132)

Audiologists and speech-language pathologists (3141)

Physiotherapists (3142)

Occupational therapists (3143)

Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists (3214)

Medical radiation technologists (3215)

Medical sonographers (3216)

Licensed practical nurses (3233)

Paramedical occupations (3234)

University professors and lecturers (4011)

Psychologists (4151)

Early childhood educators and assistants (4214)

Translators, terminologists and interpreters (5125)

Federal Skilled Trades Program:

This program is for people who want to become permanent residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade.

Overall cap of 5,000 applications

All 90 skilled trades from the following NOC Skill Level B groups are eligible (with sub-caps of 100 applications each):

Major Group 72: Industrial, electrical and construction trades;

Major Group 73: Maintenance and equipment operation trades;

Major Group 82: Supervisors and technical occupations in national resources, agriculture and related production;

Major Group 92: Processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators;

Minor Group 632: chefs and cooks;

Minor Group 633: butchers and bakers.

Canadian Experience Class:

This program is for people who already have skilled work experience in Canada and want to immigrate permanently.

Overall cap of 8,000 applications

Sub-caps of 200 applications each for any NOC B occupation

Six ineligible occupations: administrative officers (NOC code 1221), administrative assistants (1241), accounting technicians/bookkeepers (1311), cooks (6322), food service supervisors (6311), and retail sales supervisors (6211).

Why does THE LIST matter?

  • If applicants belong to occupations that are on that list, their permanent residence (PR) applications will not need to be backed up by pre-arranged employment, and their applications will be accepted (if everything else -- police checks, proof of funds, medicals, etc. -- is in order).

  • If an applicant's occupation is not on the Minister's list of occupations in extreme demand, or if the applicant does not have pre-arranged employment, the application will be rejected.

  • Note that this is true, regardless of what you scored on the points test.

  • Visa officers will weed through all PR applications, and reject the ones from applicants whose occupations are not on THE LIST, as it's come to be known on the British Expats Forum.