Occupations Published for Federal Skilled Trades Class

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With the new Federal Skilled Trades Class available as of January 2, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has listed the eligible Occupations in the Canada Gazette. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will accept up to 3,000 per processing year, with a cap of 100 applications for each occupation Group A and no cap for occupation Group B.

Group A — Occupations sub-capped at 100 applications per occupation

  • 7202 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
  • 7204 Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
  • 7205 Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
  • 7271 Carpenters
  • 7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
  • 7302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
  • 8211 Supervisors, logging and forestry
  • 8221 Supervisors, mining and quarrying
  • 8222 Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling services
  • 8241 Logging machinery operators
  • 8252 Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
  • 9211 Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
  • 9212 Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
  • 9214 Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
  • 9231 Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing
  • 9241 Power engineers and power systems operators
  • 9243 Water and waste treatment plant operators

Group B — Occupations for which there are no sub-caps

  • 7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
  • 7233 Sheet metal workers
  • 7235 Structural metal and plate work fabricators and fitters
  • 7236 Ironworkers
  • 7237 Welders and related machine operators
  • 7241 Electricians (except industrial and power system)
  • 7242 Industrial electricians
  • 7243 Power system electricians
  • 7244 Electrical power line and cable workers
  • 7245 Telecommunications line and cable workers
  • 7246 Telecommunications installation and repair workers
  • 7251 Plumbers
  • 7252 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
  • 7253 Gas fitters
  • 7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
  • 7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
  • 7313 Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
  • 7314 Railway carmen/women
  • 7315 Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
  • 7318 Elevator constructors and mechanics
  • 7371 Crane operators
  • 7372 Drillers and blasters — surface, mining, quarrying and construction
  • 7373 Water well drillers
  • 8231 Underground production and development miners
  • 8232 Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
  • 9232 Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators

To qualify, requirements include: 

– Meet minimum language threshold
– Evidence of 2 years of experience in field in the last 5 years
– Have a valid job offer from Canadian employer or Certificate of Qualification from Canadian trade authority

For more information, contact us.


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New Bridging Open Work Permit for Economic Class Permanent Resident Applicants

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Citizenship and Immigration Canada introduced a new work permit for foreigners with a permanent resident application in process, available immediately. The Bridging Open Work Permit enables certain economic class applicants to maintain their status and continue working in Canada while they await a final decision on their permanent residence application. Foreign nationals who have submitted an application for permanent residence under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) or the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) may be considered for an one-year open work permit. To be eligible for a bridging open work permit, the applicants must currently be in Canada on a valid work permit that is due to expire within 4 months and must have received confirmation from CIC that their permanent resident application is eligible under one of the four Economic Classes.

Visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada Operational Bulletin here.


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Federal Skilled Worker Program to Reopen May 2013

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On December 19th, Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced that the new Federal Skilled Worker Program will reopen in May 2013. This has been a much anticipated announcement. The changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Program include:

  • Emphasis on Language – Minimum official language thresholds and increased points for language ability
  • Emphasis on younger immigrants
  • Credential Assessments – Education will be assessed by independent body and points will be allocated accordingly
  • Changes to arrange employment offer
  • Adaptability points for spouse’s language ability and Canadian work experience

Since the aim of Citizenship and Immigration Canada is to create a faster and more flexible immigration system, applications submitted will be processed within months, not years. There will also be a fixed number of applications accepted to avoid backlogs.

The new process will be a two step process. First, applicants must show they meet the minimum language requirements. Second, applicants will have their education credentials assessed by an overseas assessment office designated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

For more information, visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2012/2012-12-19.asp





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Meet our Latin American Consultant: Immigrate to Canada / Inmigrar a Canadá

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We are excited to welcome our newest member to our team, Pablo Martinez, a regulated immigration consultant with years of experience helping his fellow Latinos move to Canada. Pablo is originally from Mexico and immigrated to Canada over 5 years ago. While working full-time as an Engineer in Vancouver, he devoted much of his free time helping friends, colleagues and family members to visit, study, work or move to Canada. It became a huge passion and he is now pursing this further by joining Bell Alliance Global as our Latin American Regional Manager.

Check out our latest video “Immigrate to Canada / Inmigrar a Canadá” and meet Pablo!

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