An update on FSW and Citizenship   2 comments

Hi all,

Sorry for a long period of inactivity I have been pretty busy. I have started replying to some of your comments again – I will try to do this where I can but please appreciate there are too many comments for me to be able to respond to everything.


Don’t forget your can check here for a list of the how many applications have been received for each NOC category. This fiscal year CIC are accepting a total of 25,000 applications across 50 NOC categories, with a subcap of 1000 applications per category.

So far less than 10,000 applications have been received, and only 4 NOC categories are full, so there is still plenty of opportunity to apply. If you are interested in Canada immigration why not check it out and see if you have eligible experience?



Please note a few months ago CIC changed the rules on applying for Canadian citizenship. Formerly you had to reside in Canada for 3 years during a 4 year period. That has now changed and now you need to be in Canadian 4 years in a 6 year period, and also be present in Canada for at least 6 months for each of those years.

However, the good news is that the application process has been streamlined, and rather than requiring a Citizenship judge to preside over the application, this can now be finalised by a CIC officer. This will make the process significantly faster.

So in other words – it will now take longer before you can apply for citizenship, but the application will be processed faster once you do, so it kind of evens out!


Best wishes and good luck to all of you,



Posted December 2, 2014 by Wayne in Uncategorized

Polite request regarding taking content   3 comments

Hi all,

Sorry I haven’t posted here in the last month or two.

I am going to go around all the articles on the site and try to update them as time allows to reflect the very latest information and processes.

In the meantime though I have found posts on forums and articles on other people’s blogs where they have just wholesale taken the content from my articles without linking to this blog or crediting me as the source.

Not only is this practice very bad manners and discourteous, but without linking to this source blog, people will be reading old static content and will not see any updates I make to the articles here.

Please, if you are going to alert people to the content on this blog (and of course there is nothing wrong with that!) then the best thing to do is provide a link to the relevant page here.

If you must take the entire article AT LEAST have the courtesy to credit where you got the article from.


Posted September 4, 2013 by Wayne in Uncategorized

May 4th be with you!!   2 comments

So the FSWP (Federal Skilled Worker Program) gates have finally opened again on May 4th 2013 after new applications (for those without a job offer) were frozen for almost a year.

In order to apply (without a job offer) you need to have skills in one of the 24 in demand occupations, for which CIC are only accepting a maximum of 300 in each category. A total of 5000 applications will be accepted altogether. As usual, these caps do not apply for those applying with a job offer, but please note that AOE (Arranged Employment Offer) is no longer accepted, and that in order to apply with a job offer this will need to have a valid LMO (Labour Market Opinion) and TWP (Temporary Work Permit).

The occupations, and a running tally of opened applications for each NOC which should be updated approximately once per week can be found here:

At applicants are pooling together to share their timelines and to have an idea which NOCs are the most popular, how long things are taking to process etc.

You can view the spreadsheet here:

Also the thread for this is here, and if you are interested then reply to the thread to have your details added:

Looks like NOCs 2174, 2147 and 1112 will be filled very quickly.

Best of luck!

Posted May 10, 2013 by Wayne in Uncategorized

Breaking news!! 4th May NOC list published today   1 comment

Well with only just over 2 weeks until the FSW “gates” open again, CIC have finally published the in-demand list of eligible occupations.
Please note if you intend to apply, as well as the usual supporting documentation you’re going to have to get your non-Canadian credentials recognised.

There’s going to be quite a headless chicken rush since there’s a maximum cap of 5000 with only 300 for each occupation.

Please also note that many of the pages on this site relate to the June 2010 (MI2) process, and so the process has been updated considerably since then. I am leaving those old pages up because there is still some relevant information on there, but always fully check through the forms and requirements on the CIC web site before you make any application.

Best of luck!

0211 Engineering managers
1112 Financial and investment analysts
2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers
2131 Civil engineers
2132 Mechanical engineers
2134 Chemical engineers
2143 Mining engineers
2144 Geological engineers
2145 Petroleum engineers
2146 Aerospace engineers
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers/designers)
2154 Land surveyors
2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
2263 Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
3142 Physiotherapists
3143 Occupational Therapists
3211 Medical laboratory technologists
3212 Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
3214 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
3215 Medical radiation technologists
3216 Medical sonographers
3217 Cardiology technicians and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c. (not elsewhere classified)

Posted April 18, 2013 by Wayne in Uncategorized

FSWP to open May 2013   6 comments

I’ve been in the UK for 2 weeks and got back last night, and have not had chance to check CIC whilst I was away. I thought I’d post this here though in case anyone had missed it:

FSWP applications will open on 4th May 2013.

May 4th be with you !:)

Posted January 2, 2013 by Wayne in Uncategorized

EOI maybe late 2014. Limited FSW to reopen 1st quarter 2013   2 comments

Basically the EOI system looks like it will not be in place until late 2014/early 2015.

In the meantime a very limited FSW is expected.

In a series of tweets on November 4th, Kenney also described when and in what form the revamped FSW program will be launched.

He posted that the final details for the relaunched program would be released in the “1st half of 2013″ and that there would only be “a very limited number of new applications” accepted in 2013, to help CIC “asses [sic] the new grid & educational evaluation”.

Posted November 19, 2012 by Wayne in Uncategorized

Update on EOI system   Leave a comment

From CIC site a few days ago:

Toronto, November 16, 2012 — Federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) immigration ministers pledged today to create a fast and flexible immigration system designed to advance Canada’s economic growth and competitiveness, and respond to regional labour market needs.

Following a two-day meeting, FPT Ministers committed to work together to develop and implement an Expression of Interest (EOI) model for Canada, similar to a model currently in place in New Zealand and Australia. EOI will help transform Canada’s immigration system into one that is more responsive to labour market demand, by providing opportunities for FPT governments and employers to access a pool of skilled workers.

“The federal government’s focus remains on economic growth and job creation, and immigration plays a key role in Canada’s long-term prosperity,” said federal Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. “Cooperation between federal, provincial and territorial governments is key to the success of Canada’s immigration system and securing better outcomes for newcomers.”

“Immigration is vital for economic growth and our system must be more competitive internationally,” said Stephen Khan, FPT Meeting Co-Chair and Alberta Minister of Enterprise and Advanced Education. “On behalf of the provinces and territories, we look forward to continuing our work with the Government of Canada to transform the immigration system, making it faster and more responsive to provincial/territorial needs.”Recognizing the importance of immigration to Canada’s long-term prosperity, FPT Ministers agreed that economic immigration programs must be focussed on delivering economic benefits to Canada, both in terms of meeting labour market needs and generating growth for the Canadian economy.

Ministers noted that the Provincial Nominee Program has helped to spread the benefits of economic immigration across the country, having grown almost seven-fold since 2004 and that provinces and territories are uniquely positioned to determine their regional labour market and skill needs. The Ministers are committed to continue strengthening the accountability and integrity of all federal, provincial and territorial economic immigration programs.

FPT Ministers committed to a three-year Action Plan to achieve their Joint Vision of an immigration system that attracts, welcomes and supports newcomers to join in building vibrant communities and a prosperous Canada. Given that immigration is a shared jurisdiction, the Ministers agreed to FPT roles, responsibilities and accountabilities to inform work under the Vision Action Plan.

Through the Action Plan, FPT Ministers affirm their commitment to the successful settlement and integration of newcomers across Canada. FPT partners will continue collaborating on a nationwide survey on settlement outcomes. They will also develop partnerships to guide ongoing efforts to help all immigrants participate in the Canadian economy and society to their full potential.

Under the Canada-Québec Accord relating to immigration and temporary admission of aliens, Québec fully assumes sole responsibility for establishing immigration levels, and for the selection, francization and integration of immigrants. In areas under its responsibility, Québec develops its policies and programs, legislates, regulates and sets its own standards.


Posted November 19, 2012 by Wayne in Uncategorized

Long time, no type   1 comment

Hi all,

Just to say I am glad everyone is still using this site as a resource, and a means to talk to each other.

I seldom get chance to get on here nowadays.

We still don’t know exactly what is happening with FSW1 next year. There have been talks of EOI (expression of interest) whereby once you apply your application goes into a pool, and it won’t be approved until an employer expresses and interest in you.

Quote from Jason Kenney:

” And finally, we intimated in the budget that we will be working towards something like a system based on what we call an ‘expression of interest,’ where applicants will eventually go into a large pool of qualified immigration applicants for Canada, giving us their consent to share their applications with employers and indeed provincial governments ,so that those employers can come into the pool of qualified immigrant applicants and do their international labour recruitment from within that pool. ”


It seems certain there won’t be a “list” as such, and if the EOI system is not in place by January there may just be a free-for-all set of applications, probably 10,000 or so, in which people will need to meet the 67 points BUT don’t need experience in a particular NOC. It also seems certain that there will be a minimum language score required.

That’s about it for the rumours so far – will post again when I have something more concrete.


Posted November 19, 2012 by Wayne in Uncategorized

BREAKING NEWS! FSW Cat 1 is paused from 1st July 2012   6 comments

As per the rumours in the Province yesterday, it is has been officially confirmed by Minister Kenney today. CIC are not accepting any applications from 1st July 2012 for Federal Skilled Worker at all, unless you have a job offer or a Canadian PhD.

Effectively job offer is the new Category 1 (FSW1) and PhD is the new Category 2 (FSW2).

This is due to be reviewed around January 2013.

The full announcement can be read here:

So winners and losers as usual. The big winners are currently applicants who applied after Feb 2008 and before July 2012 who should see a quicker turnaround of their applications with no new applications coming in.

The biggest losers of course will be those who were planning to apply this year. Regrettably those people will have to either get a job offer, or wait to see what is announced New Year 2013.


Posted June 28, 2012 by Wayne in Uncategorized

BREAKING NEWS: CIC scrapping the backlog is now looking like a reality!   2 comments

“Under proposed legislation, CIC will close the files of FSW applicants who applied before February 27, 2008, and for whom an immigration officer has not made a decision based on selection criteria by March 29, 2012. This is expected to affect around 280,000 applicants, including their dependants. CIC will begin the process of returning the full amount of fees paid to the Department by these affected FSW applicants. For those who have passed the selection criteria stage – approximately 20,000 people – CIC will continue processing their applications until they are approved for entry into Canada or not.”

This is no longer a rumour but is on the official CIC website.

This is at the very least extremely unfair on those applicants who have been waiting 4,5,6,7,8 years patiently to be fairly processed, and are now having that taken away from them.

This could also have very serious legal ramifications IMO if they don’t dot their i’s and cross their t’s when they legislate this!!


Posted March 30, 2012 by Wayne in Uncategorized