As of October 2014, one of the Profession “computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)” has reached its maximum allowed application limit for the program. No more applications will be selected. Are you one of the effected individual ? What can you do ?
There is still hope for you. Here are some of the possibilities.
- Wait until 2015:
As of January 1, 2015, Canada will move to a immigration selection system called
‘Express Entry’, in which the federal
government/provincial governments, as well as Canadian employers, will
be able to select potential immigrants from a pool of candidates who have
shown an interest in immigrating to Canada and who meet the
eligibility criteria for at least one of Canada’s economic immigration programs.
There is no guarantee however that you will be selected.
- Provincial Nomination Program:
To apply under “Provincial Nominee Program”, you must be nominated by a
specific Canadian province or territory, then apply to Citizenship and
Immigration Canada (CIC) to become a permanent resident of Canada.
For this you should be willing to settle in the specific province/territory. Each Canadian province (except for Quebec, which has a different selection system), has its own unique PNP. Requirements and rules of these programs are according to the labor market of each province.
- Other Spouse might be eligible under different profession of FSWP:
You might be able to still apply to a FSWP for your spouse. It will automatically include other spouse and children and you can immigrate as Family.
- Experience in another occupation:
You might have a previous experience in another field that is included in the other 49 Profession in the Program. The catch is the experience has to be within last 10 years.
- Overlapping descriptions of professions under the FSWP:
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) gives description of main duties and sample occupation titles for each eligible FSWP occupation. In some cases, these duties and titles overlap across different National Occupation Classification (NOC) codes. For example, consider the capped out category , Computer programmers and interactive media developers. An applicant who was eligible under this profession might also be eligible as an Information systems analyst or consultant (NOC 2171), Database analyst or data administrator (NOC 2172), or Software engineer/designer (2173). These three occupations have not yet capped out.
- A Valid job offer from Canadian Employer:
And last but not least, If you have valid job offer from a Canadian Employer then the cap set our for your profession doesn’t apply.