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Hi there,
Last week I came to know that CIC will reopen the FSW program for majority of the professions. I have filed my immigration in 2007 when I was in London, UK (via Canada based consultant) and since than there was no progress except I got my file number.

So, I am wondering can I apply for FSW in the month of May 2013 by keeping in mind the fact that I have already filed my immigration in 2007? Or do I have to withdraw my previous application and file the new one?

Secondly, do you know the list of professions eligible to apply under new policy in May 2013? And how long CIC will take to process the application?

Thanks and have a nice day.


Hello Arsalan;

Thank you for your question.

CIC will start accepting applications under the re-designed FSW program in May, 2013. If you wish to apply under this program, you must complete the pre-requisites before applying. The assessment grid has been revamped under the new program. So, as a first step, you should check if you score enough points.

Secondly, you do not need to withdraw your earlier application for now.

As of now, there's no defined list of eligible occupations  officially announced by CIC. Also, as per CIC, the applications are likely to be processed in less than a year.

Should you want us to assist you with an Assessment of your profile, please email your complete resume to for a Free report.

Hope this is useful.

Thank you and Kind Regards

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I am a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC), practicing in Ontario for last 9 years. As a member in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) since its inception, I am committed to uphold the principles of integrity, knowledge and consumer protection. Our advice is based on sound legal provisions and practices, so that the client receives the best value for money. Our advice and assistance covers issues such as (a) permanent residence in Canada, (b) temporary residence (c) maintaining residency (d) reuniting family (e) Canadian citizenship (f) Immigration appeals, and more. We assist people from across the world in all Canadian Immigration matters (economic programs), including Federal Skilled Worker Program, Business Immigration, Work permits, Study permits, Family Class sponsorships, Appeals to the Immigration Appeals Division of IRB, etc. The intention of participating in this forum is to share my knowledge and views on Canadian immigration matters for general scenarios. The answers however, should not be considered as a legal advice, as that involves detailed information of various aspects of the immigrants' profile. People should contact me directly, should they wish to use to obtain a specific legal advice.


Since 2002, I have been working in the field of Canadian Immigration consulting. Prior to going into own practice in late 2003, I worked for an Immigration Consulting organisation in Toronto. My practice covers various areas of economic and family class immigration into Canada. Like I say to my prospective clients, just as there are thousands of ways to find god, there are a no. (over 50) ways to gain immigration to Canada. The trick is to find out the most suitable one for each client. Nevertheless, there are some programs that are more popular. We advise clients on these as well as find innovative immigration solutions for others. I have been an active volunteer with the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC), since its inception in 2005. After serving the Ontario Chapter for 5 years in Communications Committee, I joined the National Board in 2010. I served as the Director - Membership on the national Board of Directors of CAPIC for a year. I recently retired from the Board of Directors of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), the regulatory body for Canadian Immigration Consultants, after serving for 1 year.

Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC)

Immigration Practitioner Program (with High Honours) - 2003 - Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA; MBA - 1992 - M.S.University of Baroda, Baroda (India

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I have received various awards from the Immigration consultancy professional organizations, during my tenure.

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