Canadian Immigration may change Skilled Worker points system

Proposed changes to the Skilled Worker points system

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney will be spending the next month looking for public input on the Canadian immigration points system for the Skilled Worker category.

According to Minister Kenney, the input will be used to make changes to the system that would make qualifying easier for everyone, especially youth and tradespeople.

The Canadian Immigration Points System

Immigrants need a specific number of points to qualify for the Skilled Worker category. Points are granted for a number of different qualifying factors. For example, some levels of education will provide a lot of points (such as a PhD or multiple bachelor’s degrees) while a secondary school diploma will count for zero points. Applicants need at least 67 points out of a possible 100 to be eligible.

While a tradesperson has valuable skills that are needed in Canada, they will generally lack enough points to qualify for immigration to Canada because of their lack of higher levels of education, such as a master’s degree or a PhD.

“A welder from Poland doesn’t need to have university-level French, but somebody expecting to work as a medical doctor does. Perhaps the points system should be more intelligent and flexible to correspond,” said Minister Kenney.

Other categories considered for the Skilled Worker category include English and French ability, work experience, age, having a job offer, previous work experience in Canada and proof of funds.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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