Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker Program at a glance

July 17, 2020

By CIC News |

The Federal Skilled Worker Program is Canada’s leading and most popular immigration program. It has come a long way since launching in 1967.

Many prospective Canadian immigration candidates around the world were excited to learn that, following a four-month hiatus, as of last week Express Entry invitations are once again being issued under the very popular Federal Skilled Worker Program.

In recent months, marked by a global pandemic, the federal government had implemented restrictive policies in several areas of its operations, with immigration being one of the most affected.

One of the consequences of this situation has been that the federal government has slowed down, and in some cases halted, immigration and admission processes for a number of immigration programs.

Between March and last week, for instance, only Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) applicants were invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada through the Express Entry system.

Now that measures are being lifted across Canada, the federal government has once again begun to invite candidates in all the programs managed through its flagship application management system, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP).

The FSWP is one of four programs managed under Express Entry and the one that accounts for nearly half of the total invitations that are issued through the system annually.

In fact, according to Express Entry’s 2019 year-end report, FSWP candidates accounted for the largest proportion of all those granted permanent residence (both principal applicants and accompanying spouses and dependants) with 58,173 admissions out of a total of 109,595.

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