New way to Canada for skilled workers opens
CALGARY - The newest way to enter Canada is now open as Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) began accepting applications under the Federal Skilled Trades Program.
Up to 3,000 applications will be accepted from specific trades currently experiencing shortages in Canada. These include welders, electricians, plumbers, and a number of positions in construction, oil and gas industries among others.
A complete list can be seen on the CIC website including the requirements to qualify under the program.
The new Skilled Trades Program is just the beginning of many other changes expected in Canada's immigration policy this year.
Changes to the Federal Skilled Worker and Canadian Experience Class programs are also coming which is why a free information seminar was held in Calgary to help kababayans in the city.
“Basically yung pinasok nilang mga changes dyan napapahirapan tayo pero nakakapag-adjust tayo. Hindi naman nagde-discriminate sa atin. Magko-comply tayo dyan, kaya naman nating mag comply,” said Consul General Jose Empeso.
Topping their concerns are the language requirements, the length of a skilled workers experience, and the changes in the point system, among others.
“Based sa mga comments na natanggap ko, most of their concerns are ano ang effect ng bagong policy sa kanila,” said Immigration Consultant Jon Salvador.