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Proposed changes in Canada Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW) for 2013 announced

Canada immigration announced that there will be changes in the Canadian Federal Worker Program starting early 2013. These changes were made with the purpose of increasing the chances of getting better skilled workers. To quote Jason Kensy, Canada's Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister "The Federal Skilled Worker Program is Canada's largest economic immigration programme, the changes we are making to update the selection criteria are based on a large body of data and evidence we've accumulated over the years showing what skills and qualifications are most likely to lead to success for skilled immigrants."

The proposed changes are as follows:

  1. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) proposes to increase the importance of the official language, hence assigning more points to it.
  2. Giving more importance to younger immigrants.
  3. More value to Canadian work experience as compared to foreign work experience.
  4. Points awarded for spousal language ability and Canadian experience.
  5. Simplifying the arranged employment process.
  6. Giving importance to adaptability.
  7. Change in education points and assessment of foreign educational credential.