Federal Skilled Worker program update: Less than 100 spots remain for NOC #3111 applicants

June 9, 2011

The federal skilled worker program was substantially changed on June 26, 2010 (see my previous blog).

For the year between June 26, 2010 and June 30, 2011, the cap on the total number of the skilled worker applications is 20,000. In addition, for each eligible occupation, a maximum of 1,000 applications will be considered for processing within this same time frame.

As of June 8, 2011, CIC has received a total of 13,143 skilled worker applications. Several occupation categories have reached the cap, and applicants of these occupations have to wait until July 2011 to apply.

Applications with Arranged Employment, however, are not subject to these caps and may still apply under the federal skilled worker program.

As of June 8, 2011, a breakdown of the number of applications received for each occupation is as follows:

Eligible Occupation
(by National Occupational Classification [NOC] code)

Number of Complete Applications Received*

0631 Restaurant and Food Service Managers 1,000
(Cap reached)**
0811 Primary Production Managers (except Agriculture) 167
1122 Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management 1,000
(Cap reached)**
1233 Insurance Adjusters and Claims Examiners 409
2121 Biologists and Related Scientists 1,000
(Cap reached)**
2151 Architects 931
3111 Specialist Physicians 902
3112 General Practitioners and Family Physicians 968
3113 Dentists 1,000
(Cap reached)**
3131 Pharmacists 1,000
(Cap reached)**
3142 Physiotherapists 359
3152 Registered Nurses 1,000
(Cap reached)**
3215 Medical Radiation Technologists 67
3222 Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists 42
3233 Licensed Practical Nurses 454
4151 Psychologists 194
4152 Social Workers 715
6241 Chefs 164
6242 Cooks 337
7215 Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades 186
7216 Contractors and Supervisors, Mechanic Trades 414
7241 Electricians (except Industrial and Power System) 225
7242 Industrial Electricians 238
7251 Plumbers 64
7265 Welders and Related Machine Operators 82
7312 Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics 58
7371 Crane Operators 11
7372 Drillers and Blasters – Surface Mining, Quarrying and Construction 28
8222 Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Service 128

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