Friday, Apr 29,2016
Applications we will accept – Federal skilled workers

As of May 1, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will only consider federal skilled worker (FSW) applications from people who have:

  • at least one year of continuous and paid (full-time or an equal amount in part-time) work experience in a single occupation,
  • within the last 10 years,
  • at skill type 0, or skill levels A or B of the 2011 edition of the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC), and who are:
    1. in one of the 50 eligible occupations, and whose application is received under the occupation’s sub-cap and overall FSW cap, or
    2. with a valid offer of arranged employmentor
    3. who are applying under the PhD stream (see below) until the PhD cap of 500 applications is reached.

All applicants must also:

Applications per eligible occupation:

As of May 1, 2014, there is an overall cap of 25,500 for new federal skilled worker applications. This includes a cap of 500 applications from PhD students. There are also sub-caps of 1,000 for each of the 50 eligible occupations. The caps do not affect people with a valid job offer. These are the last applications we will accept under the current system before Express Entry launches in January 2015.

Note: Due to the large number of applications we get, we cannot check that each one is complete on the same day it gets to the office. The numbers on this page are updated at least once a week, but are only a guide. There is no guarantee that an application sent in now will fall within the cap by the time it gets to the Centralized Intake Office.

Total received toward the overall cap: 157 of 25,000

Eligible occupation
(by National Occupational Classification [NOC] code)
Number of complete applications counted towards the 1,000 sub-cap Footnote1
0013  Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services 1
0015  Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c.
0111  Financial managers 6
0112  Human resources managers
0113  Purchasing managers 3
0121  Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers
0311  Managers in health care
0711  Construction managers
0712  Home building and renovation managers
0811  Managers in natural resources production and fishing
0911  Manufacturing managers
1111  Financial auditors and accountants 6
1112  Financial and investment analysts 43
1113  Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers
1114  Other financial officers 1
1123  Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations 1
1212  Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers
1224  Property administrators
2113  Geoscientists and oceanographers 1
2131  Civil engineers 5
2132  Mechanical engineers 8
2133  Electrical and electronics engineers 5
2145  Petroleum engineers
2171  Information systems analysts and consultants 5
2172  Database analysts and data administrators
2173  Software engineers and designers 20
2174  Computer programmers and interactive media developers 39
2232  Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
2234  Construction estimators 1
2241  Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2243  Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics 2
2263  Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
2281  Computer network technicians 5
3011  Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
3012  Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses 1
3111  Specialist physicians
3112  General practitioners and family physicians
3132  Dietitians and nutritionists
3141  Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
3142  Physiotherapists 2
3143  Occupational Therapists 1
3214  Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
3215  Medical Radiation Technologists
3216  Medical Sonographers
3233  Licensed practical nurses
3234  Paramedical occupations
4011  University professors and lecturers 1
4151  Psychologists
4214  Early childhood educators and assistants
5125  Translators, terminologists and interpreters

Applications in the PhD stream:

CIC will accept 500 applications for processing per year under the PhD stream. To apply under this stream, you must have either

  • finished at least two years of study in Canada towards a PhD, or
  • graduated from a Canadian PhD program in the 12 months before we get your application.

Find out more about eligibility for this category.

The new PhD cap year began on May 1, 2014. These are the last applications we will accept under the current system before Express Entry launches in January 2015.

Applications received toward the overall cap: 17 of 500 (as of June 6, 2014).


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