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46 Immigration


http://www5.hrsdc.gc.ca/NOC/English/NOC/2006/ Welcome.aspx. By doing this you will see job titles that are considered under this classification, main duties, employment requirement and any other information relating to the role.


During the last shake-up of the skilled worker category CIC introduced the Simplified application process whereby the applicant was only required to submit initial application paperwork and only submit supporting documentation when requested. This is no longer the case as all applicants will now have to complete the paperwork and send requested documents and fees upon initial application. CIC says that this will speed up the application process.


Language testing


Federal Skilled Worker applicants must also submit the results of an independent language test in order to be considered, regardless of their home country or native tongue. Previously, applicants also had the option of


proving their language ability via a written submission. The written submission was intended for people whose first language was English or French. However, non-native English and French speakers frequently used this option, making it difficult for visa officers to perform an accurate assessment of the applicant’s true language ability. As a result CIC now only accepts designated third-party language tests as proof of language ability. This means that even if you originate from an English or French speaking country or if you have only ever spoken English or French, you are still required to take the language test and submit the results with your application. These tests are available at a number of locations worldwide. Full details of the test and where it can be taken can be found at this website: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/ language-testing.asp


Immigrant Investor Program


Effective immediately CIC will not be accepting any new applications within the Investor Program. This is because new eligibility criteria are being proposed and until these are finalized no new applications will be considered. The proposed changes to the criteria will result in investors contributing even more the the Canadian economy and reflect the fact that this category of immigration has remained unchanged since 1999.


Once the changes have been approved and put into place it is expected that applications will once


again be accepted. Under the proposed changes investors would be


required to have a net worth of $1.6 million CND and make an investment of $800,000 CND. This is an increase from the previous levels of $800,000 net worth and $400,000 investment. Jason Kenney, Immigration Minister said “Canada needs investor immigrants. These changes are necessary to keep Canada’s program competitive with that of other countries, and keep pace with the changing economy.”


Canadian Experience Class


All new applicants under this category will be required to submit the results of an independent language test in order to be considered, regardless of their home country or native tongue. Full details can be found above in the Skilled Worker Category changes.


No other changes have been announced for this category of immigration.


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