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Government to Introduce Pre-arrival Education Credential Assessments for Federal Skilled Workers

According to a recent Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) news release, the Government is proposing to change the way it assesses education credentials for Foreign Skilled Workers (FSW) by introducing pre-arrival assessments conducted by designated organizations.

Under the proposed new requirement, applicants who want to immigrate to Canada as Federal Skilled Workers would need to have their foreign education credentials assessed and verified by designated organizations before they arrive in Canada.

According to CIC’s news release, “[a] pre-arrival assessment would let applicants know how their education credentials compare to Canadian credentials and … will give immigrants a sense of how Canadian employers are likely to value their education.” The assessment would also serve to “screen out people without proper education levels” and, the Government hopes, help to “address the problem of immigrants arriving and not being able to work in their field.”

Applicants seeking to work in a regulated profession would still need to have their qualifications assessed in greater depth by the profession’s regulatory body in the intended province of work but, as explained by CIC Minister Kenney in a recent speech, applicants would “at least … know at the immigration stage whether or not they have a fair shot at getting to work in their licensed profession.”

For further information on Government’s proposed new pre-arrival education credentials assessment for FSW applicants, or with respect the FSW program generally, please contact the immigration law specialists at Green and Spiegel LLP.