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Canada to grant visa to 25,000 skilled workers.

Muscat: Canada has announced it will accept applications of 25,000 skilled workers under Federal Skilled Worker Programme (FSWP) in 2014. It was just 5,000 in 2013. The move follows the much awaited Priority Occupation List (POL) corresponding to the FSWP of Canada that was revealed recently by the citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC). It carries 50 occupations which are in high demand in Canada where a sub cap of 1,000 applications per occupation has been set. "The number of eligible occupations has more than doubled, from just 24 last year. Prospective immigrants can file their cases under this programme now," Deepak Kochhar, vice president, WWICS Group, a global consultancy which has offices in India, Middle East, Africa, Canada and Australia, said. Commenting upon the released FSWP details, Lt. Col. B. S. Sandhu (Retd.), CMD, WWICS, said, "After 2008, it is for the first time that such an extensive list has been laid down by the Canadian Immigration Authorities. This occupation list has been identified after scanning the massive shortage of professionals in the mentioned occupation areas and will assist Canada in its economic growth. This is probably the last time for individuals to file their immigration cases under the FSWP with the existing selection criteria as in the year 2015, the FSWP will convert into a new format of selecting applications known as Expression of Interest, popularly known as Express Entry." The FSWP selects willing immigrants with probability to succeed economically and survive in Canada. Ramesh Raja, an Indian expat who is planning to migrate to Canada, is excited about the FSWP. "This programme is the most popular route for aspirant immigrants to make a move to shift to Canada, so a lot of people in Muscat will be interested," he said. Recently, a high-powered team of WWICS also organised a seminar in Muscat to apprise the prospective immigrants about ethical and customised immigration options to various countries, including Canada. The seminar was attended by over 500 immigration aspirants and the experts provided customised solutions on various avenues of career opportunities and employment, attractive job offers for aspirants and spouses coupled with settlement options in Canada, Australia, the United States, the UK and Europe.

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Publication:Times of Oman (Muscat, Oman)
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:May 17, 2014
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