How will changes in the National Occupation Classification affect Canadian Immigration?

By Author: Admin | February 22, 2012

Toronto Immigration LawyersThere may be some concerns on the part of people who submitted their applications close to Nov. 5th. All application submitted before that date will be processed using the old job list as a basis. It is only the skilled worker program applications that are submitted after the Nov. 5th date that will be effected by the new job list. If you have recently applied or are considering filing an application, make sure that you check to see what skilled labor fields are now open.

This could be a very good change for immigration applications. It opens up some areas of work that were not previously considered. This provides chances for people with different job skills the opportunity to apply. Of course, it also removes some of the jobs that were previously on the list of jobs. This could prove to be a problem for some hopeful applicants who have been studying for specific job skills.

Applicants can reduce the chance of their applications being denied by consulting an immigration lawyer for help. Immigration lawyers stay up-to-date on all changes to immigration rules and regulations. Consulting a lawyer could save you both time and money when applying for immigration status under the skilled workers program.

In most cases skilled workers should still be able to find job classifications that they can apply under. Canada is merely streamlining their job openings to more closely follow the perceived needs of the work force. As with any country, the necessary skilled workers available to fill job openings fluctuate from year to year. In the case of Canada these job openings are only reviewed once every 5 years. In some cases this works in the favor of people hoping to apply under the skilled workers program.

5 years is generally enough time for a person to complete post-secondary education and submit their application. Canada is facing an aging work force, with many people due to retire in the near future. This is one of the considerations they look at when defining the skilled jobs that will need to be filled. In most cases the new list of jobs is making available jobs in fields that were previously closed for applicants. Providing a more extensive list of possible skill areas for applicants to apply under gives most applications a better chance of being accepted.

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