Federal Skilled Worker Program

Changes to Definition of Dependent Child – Age Increase to 22 Years Old

November 8, 2017

By: Law Office of Jeff Jiehui Li As of October 24, 2017, the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) increased the age limit under the definition of a “dependent child”. Individuals under the age of 22 years old now qualify as dependent children upon submission of an application for permanent residence, provided that…

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IRCC made changes to the Express Entry System

September 7, 2017

By: Law Office of Jeff Jiehui Li As of June 6, 2017, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) made a few changes to the Express Entry program. More Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points are awarded for candidates with strong French language skills with additional points for those who have siblings in Canada. Applicants under the…

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Immigrating to Canada: Where to start?

September 14, 2015

by Mary L. Zhang, Law Office of Jeff Jiehui Li Dreaming of immigrating to Canada? Confused about when and where to start? What about the minimum requirements? Who should be the principal applicant? These may be some of the few questions going through the minds of Canadian aspirants. Even though Canada whole heartedly welcomes people…

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Bridging Open Work Permits for Certain Federal Economic Class Applicants

December 17, 2012

On December 15, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada issued Operational Bulletin 485. The title above and the contents below are self-explanatory. Summary Effective December 15, 2012,qualifying foreign nationals currently in Canada who have submitted an application for permanent residence (PR) under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)…

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2013: Federal Skilled Worker Program quota reduced; CEC quota increased

November 5, 2012

On November 2, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced the target quota for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is between 53,500 to 55,300 for 2013. In the past years, Canada accepted on average 100,000 immigrants under the FSWP each year. The 2013 target quota represented a major reduction of the FSWP program. On…

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CIC unveiled revised Federal Skilled Worker Program

August 18, 2012

On August 17, 2012, the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced the proposed regulatory changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), as well as to the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program, in Canada Gazette.  The CIC summarized the proposed changed in its press release below. The public, including any interested persons and organizations, may…

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Would-be immigrants poised to hear about application backlog

July 30, 2012

[Toronto Star Reports] Dong Wang has waited almost six years for his immigration dream to be fulfilled. This week, he and 900 other applicants will find out from a Canadian court if their long wait has been in vain. The 33-year-old native of the Chinese city of Dalian applied to immigrate to Canada in 2006.…

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Federal skilled worker and federal investor programs put on hold, again

June 28, 2012

There has been rumour circulating that the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and the Federal Investor Program will be paused. Today the rumour was confirmed. Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, announced today in Calgary that the two programs will be put on a temporary hold, until probably early next year. But who knows…

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Immigration Lawyer wins battle against CIC over processing delay and application wipe-out

June 18, 2012

OK, this is not a case that goes directly against the recent Bill C-38, which, if passed, will allow Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to wipe out all Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) applications submitted before February 27, 2008. However, according to Toronto immigration Lawyer Jeff Li, the winning of this legal battle may stop CIC…

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Toronto Star: Immigration applicants upset at Ottawa’s plan to wipe out backlog

April 23, 2012


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