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New List of 29 Eligible Occupations for Expedite processing:

Under changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, federal skilled worker applications are assessed for eligibility according to the criteria listed below. Note: This does not apply to applicants intending to live in the province of Quebec.

These criteria affect you only if you applied on or after July 1, 2011. If your application was received before July 1, 2011, it will be processed according to the rules that were in effect at that time.

Note: If you are applying under one of the 29 eligible occupations, as of July 1, 2011, a maximum of 10,000 Federal Skilled Worker applications will be considered for processing in the following 12 months. Within the 10,000 cap, a maximum of 500 Federal Skilled Worker applications per eligible occupation will be considered for processing each year.

These limits do not apply to applications with an offer of arranged employment (AEO)

Is my application eligible for processing?

For your application to be eligible for processing, you must include the results of your official language proficiency test, and either:

  • have a valid offer of arranged employment, OR

  • be a skilled worker who has had one year of continuous full-time or equivalent part-time paid work experience in at least one of the following eligible occupations within the last ten years:

  • 0631 Restaurant and Food Service Managers
    0811 Primary Production Managers (Except Agriculture)
    1122 Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management
    1233 Insurance Adjusters and Claims Examiners
    2121 Biologists and Related Scientists
    2151 Architects
    3111 Specialist Physicians
    3112 General Practitioners and Family Physicians
    3113 Dentists
    3131 Pharmacists
    3142 Physiotherapists
    3152 Registered Nurses
    3215 Medical Radiation Technologists
    3222 Dental Hygienists & Dental Therapists
    3233 Licensed Practical Nurses
    4151 Psychologists
    4152 Social Workers
    6241 Chefs
    6242 Cooks
    7215 Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades
    7216 Contractors and Supervisors, Mechanic Trades
    7241 Electricians (Except Industrial & Power System)
    7242 Industrial Electricians
    7251 Plumbers
    7265 Welders & Related Machine Operators
    7312 Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
    7371 Crane Operators
    7372 Drillers & Blasters - Surface Mining, Quarrying & Construction
    8222 Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Service

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