Category Archives: Skilled Workers

Ontario Wants Faster Approval of Skilled Immigrants

“Immigration Minister Chris Alexander is set to launch the brand new “Expression of Interest” processing system (EOI) in early 2015 to replace the decades-old “first-in, first-out” mechanism for the federal skilled workers program.

Although Alexander says the system could shorten processing time down to six months, the report points out that comparable systems, such as Australia’s, take as little as 58 days to bring in skilled immigrants.

Ottawa’s new skilled immigrant selection system must process applicants within two months if Canada hopes to outbid other countries in attracting the world’s best and brightest, warns a new report by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

Immigration Minister Chris Alexander is set to launch the brand new “Expression of Interest” processing system (EOI) in early 2015 to replace the decades-old “first-in, first-out” mechanism for the federal skilled workers program.”

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To read more about the proposed EOI system, click here.


Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker Category to Accept Applications Starting January 2, 2014

ImageGood news to many skilled workers whose professions are not included in the Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP) list of eligible occupations!!! The Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker Category which took effect on December 2, 2013 is giving priority to applicants with experience in one of TWO HUNDRED OCCUPATIONS!

A sample of the listed occupations are:

  • Managers (all)
  • Accountant and Auditors
  • Banking Managers
  • Administrative Officers
  • Financial Analysts
  • Secretaries
  • Engineers
  • Chemists
  • Architects
  • Land Surveyors
  • Mathematicians
  • Technicians and Technologists (all)
  • Estimators
  • Physicians
  • Dentists
  • Dieticians
  • Physiotherapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Optometrists
  • Veterinarians
  • Nurses
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Opticians
  • Midwives
  • Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Teachers and instructors
  • Social workers
  • Librarians
  • Insurance Agents
  • Supervisors and Contractors
  • Plumbers
  • Electricians
  • Carpenters

To find out more about this promising program, click here.


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The Canadian Age Structure: 1921 – 2011

As the population grows older and older with every passing decade, the need for more caregivers to take care of the ageing, and the need for professionals, skilled workers, and skilled tradespeople to take the place of retirees continue to grow. Immigration continues to be an integral factor in Canada’s economy and statistics affirms this fact.

Watch this interesting age distribution chart‘s transition over the last 90 years.



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Why Choose ALBERTA?

Do you have family members, relatives, friends working/living in Alberta, Canada? Are you qualified to apply for immigration under any of Canada’s economic immigrants’ options (FSWP, FSTPPNP)? Are you thinking of settling in Alberta too when you immigrate to Canada? Aside from Alberta’s stable economy and low taxes, why should you choose Alberta?

Canada’s 4th largest province not only has its economic advantages, but also boasts of a diverse landscape of natural beauty that will surely make every traveler and nature lover stay and never want to leave.  Alberta is famous for its wide open spaces, rolling prairies, lush forests and majestic mountains. Its dramatic landscape, with 600 lakes, 245 rivers and more than 2,300 hours of annual sunshine, makes Alberta the ultimate year-round playground.

Residents of Alberta enjoy some of the most spectacular natural landscapes in North America, including:

  • desert badlands with more dinosaur fossils than any other place on earth
  • the world’s only boreal forest songbird observatories
  • the largest collection of Aboriginal rock art on the North American Plains
  • awe-inspiring glaciers and towering mountains.

Alberta is home to 530 parks and protected areas – including 70 provincial parks, five National Parks and five UNESCO World Heritage Sites – more than any other province.

Its parklands provide a broad range of recreation opportunities, from highly developed campgrounds and beach areas to remote backcountry areas. (Lifted from

Click here to see more of beautiful Alberta.

And if you are a photo-enthusiast and an Instagram user/fan, click on the photo collage below to follow 7 of the world’s best Instagram users on an adventure to uncover the natural beauty of ALBERTA and the Canadian Rockies with their mobile phones.





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Making Immigration Work for Immigrants and Canadians

“Immigration is an integral part of Canada’s economic success. We want to remain highly competitive and attract the world’s best and brightest to Canada. As such, it is essential that our immigration system function in a highly efficient and effective manner. It must employ fair rules, ensure their consistent application, enhance economic prosperity and job growth, and offer newcomers the best possible chance of success in Canada. That is the reason for our transformational changes – we are creating a faster fairer and more flexible immigration system that will benefit immigrants and Canadians alike.”


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Federal Skilled Worker Backlog Elimination

“Eliminating the bulk of this longstanding backlog of FSWP applications will allow the Department to focus resources on facilitating the arrival of skilled immigrants who apply under the current eligibility criteria and who meet Canada’s current labour market shortages.”

Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2012 proposed to terminate applications and return fees paid by certain Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) applicants who applied prior to February 27, 2008. This proposal was introduced in Parliament under Bill C-38 the Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act, which has become law. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has terminated Federal Skilled Worker files if applicants: applied before February 27, 2008, and did not have a decision made by an immigration officer based on FSW program selection criteria before March 29, 2012.

CIC expects this will affect around 280,000 people including dependents. CIC will return fees paid to the Department, without interest, for applications that are eliminated under the provisions in Bill C-38.

About the Initiative

The elimination of the FSWP backlog enables Canada to transition to an increasingly fast and flexible economic immigration system. In the future, the Government will explore with provinces, territories and employers approaches to developing a pool of skilled workers who are ready to begin employment in Canada. Legislative change was tabled through the Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act, which passed on June 29, 2012. This amendment to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act has terminated applications for applicants in who applied before February 27, 2008 and did not have a decision based on FSW program selection criteria before March 29, 2012.

CIC has set up a central task force based in Ottawa to handle the fee return process.

Who Will Benefit

This will open the door to “just in time” processing of applications, and to an immigration system that is more nimble and better able to respond to changing labour market needs. This change will benefit employers and provinces.  It will also have an impact on future immigration applicants who will have their applications processed in months instead of years.

Eliminating the bulk of this longstanding backlog of FSWP applications will allow the Department to focus resources on facilitating the arrival of skilled immigrants who apply under the current eligibility criteria and who meet Canada’s current labour market shortages. CIC expects the backlog elimination measure will affect around 280,000 people, including their dependants.

Initiative Update

This proposal was introduced in Parliament under Bill C-38, which has become law. CIC has terminated Federal Skilled Worker files if applicants: applied before February 27, 2008, and did not have a decision made by an immigration officer based on FSW program selection criteria before March 29, 2012.



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Elections and Employment

Today is national election day in the Philippines. It is with fervent hope that the Filipino people will make the right choices in voting for people whose priority is to serve the country. We fervently hope that the people who will win in the elections will hold true their promises to the people.

There are a host of issues in the country that our leaders need to address, and one of these is unemployment and the lack of job opportunities for Filipinos in their own homeland. Latest data from the National Statistics Office shows that about 7 percent of the 40 million labor force are unemployed, while about 20 percent are underemployed. This labor force continues to grow by an average 2 percent (per year). About 800,000 new jobs should be created just to sustain the same level (of employment).

For as long as our professionals and tradesmen do not have the economic freedom that they aspire for themselves and their loved ones, they will always look for opportunities overseas. As sad a reality as it may be, it is a relief to know that there are other countries whose doors are open to immigrants, like Canada. And it is encouraging to know that Canada’s immigration program supports family unity/reunification.

Explore our webpages to find out more about working in and immigrating to Canada. Contact AAMAC and find out how we can assist you.



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Canada’s Family Reunification Program

One of the reasons Canada stands out among the other countries that have opened their doors to immigrants from all over the world is this:

Canada has one of the most generous family reunification programs in the world. The United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand do not allow grandparents to be sponsored at all or only in very limited circumstances, and they have very restrictive criteria for the sponsorship of parents.

To ensure and expedite reunification among immigrant family members, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) came up with the following action plan.

CIC will re-open the Parent and Grandparent (PGP) program for new applications on January 2, 2014, by which time the backlog and wait times in the program are expected to have been cut in half.

“The Action Plan for Faster Family Reunification is on track to meet the goals of cutting in half the backlog and wait times in the Parent and Grandparent program,” said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. “It is very important that we continue to make progress and not return to the old broken system with wait times as long as a decade—that would be unfair to families.”

Phase II of the Action Plan for Faster Family Reunification will provide even faster processing times, reduce the backlog further, prevent future backlogs, ensure that families have the financial means to support those they sponsor, and protect the interests of taxpayers.

First – In 2012 and 2013, Canada will admit 50,000 parents and grandparents as permanent residents. This represents the highest level of parents and grandparents admitted in 20 years. In 2014, Canada will maintain high levels of admissions for parents and grandparents.

Second – The Super Visa will become permanent and will continue to provide flexibility for families who access the 10-year multiple-entry visa, allowing visa holders to remain in Canada up to two years at a time. Over 15,000 Super Visas have been issued since the program’s launch in December 2011 with approval rates averaging 86 percent.

Third – New qualifying criteria for permanent residency sponsorship of parents and grandparents will increase the financial responsibility of sponsors to ensure they have the means to support those they sponsor, while limiting the program’s cost to taxpayers and Canada’s strained health and social programs.

Fourth – 5,000 new sponsorship applications will be accepted in the program in 2014. By accepting 5,000 applications in 2014 while maintaining high levels, the government will be able to further reduce the remaining backlog so that families can be reunited more quickly.

“These new criteria ensure sponsored family members are well supported by their sponsors throughout their time in Canada,” said Minister Kenney. “The redesigned Parent and Grandparent program reunites families faster while respecting Canadian taxpayers and the limited resources for health and social programs.”

Source: CIC


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As you are all aware, the FSWP just reopened in May 4, 2013 and there are changes in the list of eligible occupations. Some of the occupations have been removed (such as Registered Nurses) and some were moved to the new Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) (such as welders, electricians, plumbers, etc.).

If your occupation is under the FSTP, we need you to resubmit your complete and updated resumé as well since a year had already gone by since FSWP was temporarily closed in July 2012.

There are also changes in the FSWP 100-point grid scoring system so we need to recalculate your points to determine your qualification and to advise you more accurately on the next steps to take if your score falls below the passing mark of 67.

Please include proof of your English proficiency results too if you were able to take the IELTS exam during this period.

You may send your resumé directly here on Facebook by personal message, or at NEW APPLICANTS who have not previously submitted their resumé to us may do the same.

We hope to hear from you all soon and hopefully forge a healthy partnership with you in fulfilling your dream to work and live in the beautiful Canada!


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