Canadian government adds 10 more jobs to skilled priority list

by Ray Clancy on August 4, 2014

Ten more occupations have been added to the priority list of skilled jobs in Canada, and overseas candidates will now have their applications fast tracked.

Skilled trades added to the list include electricians, carpenters, welders, heavy duty equipment technicians, heavy duty equipment operators, geo-scientists, audiologists, speech language pathologists, psychologists, lawyers and midwives.

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10 more jobs have been added to Canada’s skilled occupations list

The positions are available in most Canadian provinces and the faster processing of overseas qualification assessments should enable people to find jobs in their chosen field far more quickly than at present, due to visa application streamlining introduced by Canadian Immigration and Citizenship (CIC).

Citizenship and Immigration minister Chris Alexander and Employment and Social Development minister Jason Kenney said that applicants whose occupations are on the 24 strong priority list will now have their application processed within one year.

The move will also benefit employers, as they will be able to tap into skilled migrant workers already in residence rather than relying on temporary foreign workers. The changes are expected to make life easier for skilled immigrants attempting to find work in their new country as their overseas qualifications will be approved more quickly.

However, Canadian citizens applying to sponsor their foreign spouses face delays as a backlog of applications is resulting in wait times almost doubling.

At present, any foreign national spouse of a Canadian citizen can be sponsored as long as temporary residence has been permitted and the couple are already legal residents in the country. There’s also a provision that application can be made from the spouse’s home country, although this option may be toughened up in the near future.

The majority of couples apply from within Canada as they are able to stay together whilst the application is being processed. However, the government has now announced an 11-month processing period, almost double the previous six month wait, and those applying from outside the country face a two year wait

While they are waiting, spouses cannot legally work or receive government funded healthcare. Critics claim that a high number of couples are experiencing financial and emotional misery due to the increasing backlog of applications.

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