Applications we will accept – Federal skilled workers

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 employment, or
    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: 3,510 of 25,000

NOC Code Eligible occupation 
(by National Occupational Classification [NOC] code)
Number of complete applications counted towards the 1,000 sub-cap Footnote 1
0013 Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services 30
0015 Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c. 9
0111 Financial managers 93
0112 Human resources managers 27
0113 Purchasing managers 40
0121 Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers 17
0311 Managers in health care 11
0711 Construction managers 16
0712 Home building and renovation managers 3
0811 Managers in natural resources production and fishing 1
0911 Manufacturing managers 46
1111 Financial auditors and accountants 116
1112 Financial and investment analysts 595
1113 Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers -
1114 Other financial officers 43
1123 Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations 54
1212 Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers 32
1224 Property administrators 2
2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers 12
2131 Civil engineers 170
2132 Mechanical engineers 272
2133 Electrical and electronics engineers 138
2145 Petroleum engineers 5
2171 Information systems analysts and consultants 233
2172 Database analysts and data administrators 43
2173 Software engineers and designers 294
2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers  662
2232 Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians 4
2234 Construction estimators 2
2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians 16
2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics 8
2263 Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety 35
2281 Computer network technicians 177
3011 Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors 3
3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses 92
3111 Specialist physicians 5
3112 General practitioners and family physicians 3
3132 Dietitians and nutritionists 1
3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists 4
3142 Physiotherapists 130
3143 Occupational Therapists 2
3214 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists 1
3215 Medical Radiation Technologists 1
3216 Medical Sonographers 3
3233 Licensed practical nurses 4
3234 Paramedical occupations 0
4011 University professors and lecturers 45
4151 Psychologists 2
4214 Early childhood educators and assistants 3
5125 Translators, terminologists and interpreters 5

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: 58 of 500 (as of September 12, 2014).

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