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Dear Imin Clients:

This is Daniel Won at Imin Consulting.

On June 24th, 2011, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced new guideline in regard to updated Immigration Regulations, which will come into force on July 1st, 2011. There was no huge change except for the Business Immigration Categories. Please let me explain the changes program by program

1. Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)

Last year, CIC reduced the number of the eligible occupations for the Skilled Worker program from 38 to 29. According to the announced new guideline, the list of the 29 eligible occupations will remain the same for the coming 12 months. However, the cap limits have been decreased to 500 per each occupation, which was originally 1000. In addition, CIC will only process 10,000 FSW applications without an AEO for the next 12 months. After reaching the cap limits, CIC will not process any FSW application. As for the 29 eligible occupation, please refer to the below list

• 0631 Restaurant and Food Service Managers
• 0811 Primary Production Managers (Except Agriculture)
• 1122 Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management
• 1233 Insurance Adjusters and Claims Examiners
• 2121 Biologists and Related Scientists
• 2151 Architects
• 3111 Specialist Physicians
• 3112 General Practitioners and Family Physicians
• 3113 Dentists
• 3131 Pharmacists
• 3142 Physiotherapists
• 3152 Registered Nurses
• 3215 Medical Radiation Technologists
• 3222 Dental Hygienists & Dental Therapists
• 3233 Licensed Practical Nurses
• 4151 Psychologists
• 4152 Social Workers
• 6241 Chefs
• 6242 Cooks
• 7215 Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades
• 7216 Contractors and Supervisors, Mechanic Trades
• 7241 Electricians (Except Industrial & Power System)
• 7242 Industrial Electricians
• 7251 Plumbers
• 7265 Welders & Related Machine Operators
• 7312 Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
• 7371 Crane Operators
• 7372 Drillers & Blasters — Surface Mining, Quarrying & Construction
• 8222 Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Service

The AEO (Arranged Employment Offer) options will be still valid for the next 12 months. In order to qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker program under the AEO option, applicants must have a permanent, must be full-time job offer from a Canadian employer AND:

a. The job offer authorized by Service Canada, which is called Arranged Employment Opinion, OR
b. Applicants are currently working full-time for the employer who has offered the permanent employment

As you are aware, if you have applied for a Permanent Resident Visa under the b option, it is your responsibility to maintain your legal status while your FSW application is being processed by CIC. If you fail to meet the requirement, it may result in a refusal of your Permanent Resident Visa.

2. Federal Investor’s Class

Federal Investor applications received from July 1st, 2011 will be assessed pursuant to the current regulations. However, a maximum of 700 applications worldwide will only be considered for processing.

We are speculating that the 700 caps will be reached very quickly. If you are considering the Federal Investor Class as an option for you to immigrate to Canada, we strongly recommend that you finalize and submit your application as soon as possible. Should you have any questions about the program or seek professional legal advice, please contact our office (Tel: 604-904-2233, Email:

3. Federal Entrepreneur Class

No Federal Entrepreneur application will be accepted from July 1st, 2011 until CIC announces any further notice. Please ensure that your application is received by CIC before July 1st, 2011.

Applications under Provincial Nominee Programs, Canadian Experience Class, Sponsorship and other programs will be processed in accordance with the existing regulations.

We at Imin Consulting represent our clients’ cases with only the most current information from the Canadian governments. If there is any new update, we will swiftly notify you of that.

Please visit our website, or Facebook page, You will be able to find more valuable information.


Daniel Won
Managing Director

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