Cap for the Federal Skilled Worker Program- Update

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As of May 4, 2013, 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 24 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 1,000 applications is reached.
All applicants must also:
  • meet the minimum language threshold (and submit approved language test results), and
  • submit a Canadian educational credential or foreign credential and an assessment of their foreign education from an approved agency, and
  • meet all requirements of the FSW Program.

Applications per eligible occupation:

The cap year began on May 4, 2013, and will end on April 30, 2014, unless otherwise stated by the Minister.Between May 4, 2013, and April 30, 2014, we will consider no more than 5,000 complete FSW applications for processing. Within the 5,000 cap, we will consider no more than 300 applications per eligible occupation for processing within this same time frame.

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: 1,392 of 5,000
Eligible occupation

(by National Occupational Classification [NOC] code)
Number of complete applications counted towards the 300 sub-cap 
0211   Engineering managers127
1112   Financial and investment analysts
300 (Cap reached)
2113   Geoscientists and oceanographers8
2131   Civil engineers78
2132   Mechanical engineers93
2134   Chemical engineers38
2143   Mining engineers1
2145   Petroleum engineers1
2144   Geological engineers11
2146   Aerospace engineers5
2147   Computer engineers (except software engineers/designers)179
2154   Land surveyors2
2174   Computer programmers and interactive media developers 
300 (Cap reached)
2243   Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics13
2263   Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety56
3141   Audiologists and speech-language pathologists2
3142   Physiotherapists68
3143   Occupational Therapists11
3211   Medical laboratory technologists65
3212   Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants15
3214   Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists2
3215   Medical Radiation Technologists12
3216   Medical Sonographers6
3217   Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists6

Applications in the PhD stream:

CIC will accept 1,000 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 4, 2013, and will end on April 30, 2014, unless otherwise stated by the Minister.


Footnote 1
The number of complete federal skilled worker applications received as of May 4, 2013 is an estimate.
Footnote 2
Once we reach the cap, we can only accept applications under this occupation from people with a valid job offer in place.
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