Ciara Kenny

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Canada expands eligible occupations and trades for permanent residency

Nurses, accountants and financial managers to be eligible for Skilled Worker stream for first time

Tue, Apr 29, 2014, 13:06


In the lead up to Canada’s “Express Entry” programme, which opens next January, significant changes have been announced to three of the country’s permanent residency pathways which may offer Irish workers new options for moving to or staying in Canada.

The cap for the Federal Skilled Worker programme will increase five-fold this year, from 5,000 to 25,000. Applicants with a job offer can still qualify even if the quota has been filled. The number of eligible occupations under the programme will more than double, up from 24 last year to 50. New occupations on the list include nurses, doctors, financial managers, accountants, computer technicians and university lecturers. Click here for a full list of eligible occupations. (Note that some occupations have been removed however, including chemical engineers and cardiology technicians)

The list of eligible trades under the Federal Skilled Trades programme will be expanded from 43 to 90. Click here for a full list of eligible trades. The cap has been increased from 3,000 to 5,000 for this year.

The Canadian Experience Class, which offers permanent residency to workers who have at least 12 months’ skilled work experience in Canada, will have a cap of 8,000 this year beginning May 1st. (Note: an original cap of 12,000 for the year beginning November 2013 has been reset to 8,000).

The changes, which come into effect on May 1st, form part of the Department of Immigration’s new Express Entry initiative (previously known as Expression of Interest), which aims to “ensure a steady supply of skilled workers who are settling in Canada permanently and helping to supplement the Canadian workforce in areas where there are skills shortages”.