On June 26, 2010 the criteria for Federal Skilled Worker Program have been changed. Namely, the list of professional occupations was changed. Some occupations were removed and some new occupations were added. Now, there are only 29 eligible occupations.
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
3111| Specialist Physicians
3112| General Practitioners and Family Physicians
3152| Registered Nurses
3215| Medical Radiation Technologists
3222| Dental Hygienists & Dental Therapists
3233| Licensed Practical Nurses
4152| Social Workers
7215| Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades
7216| Contractors and Supervisors, Mechanic Trades
(Except Industrial & Power System)
7242| Industrial Electricians
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 limits for number of considered applications were applied. As of June 26, 2010 a maximum of 20,000 Federal Skilled Worker applications will be considered for processing in the following 12 months. Within the 20,000 cap, a maximum of 1,000 Federal Skilled Worker applications per eligible occupations will be considered for processing each year.
But, these limits do not apply to applications with an offer of arranged employment.