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Top 10 Occupations that will get you a Canadian Work Visa

Ever wondered what which jobs are most likely to get you a Canadian Visa?  IT specialists? Auditors? Software Engineers? Well wonder no more!  Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently released fresh new statistics painting a full picture of exactly what successful Canadian Work Visa applicants looked like in 2017.


According to the results candidates in Express Entry’s Federal Skilled Worker Class and Canadian Experience Class benefited the most from recent entry requirement changes.  The changes focussed mainly on how points were awarded to applicants in these two categories.

The IRCC report, released this week, pointed out that more Invitations to Apply (ITAs) were issued to candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Program rose from 8,332 in 2016 to 41,364 in 2017 while invitations issued to Canadian Experience Class candidates rose from 15,102 in 2016 to 35,020 in 2017.

Federal Skilled Workers were also the beneficiaries of faster processing times. In 2017, 80% of Federal Skilled Worker Applications were finalized in 4 months or less, down from 6 months or less in 2016.

Candidates in the Express Entry pool had the best chance of receiving an ITA with 86,023 being issued in 2017.  The 2017 numbers were almost three times more than the total number of ITA’s issued in the two years leading up to 2017.

“The Express Entry pool is now the main source of permanent residence applications for the economic immigration category of IRCC’s multi-year immigration levels plan,” Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada says in the report.


“In 2017, 86,022 invitations were sent, 109,497 applications were received, 93,596 visas were issued and 65,401 permanent residents and their families were admitted into Canada.”

While the 2017 results were the highest ever reported, the immigration levels plans for 2018, 2019 and 2020 call for increases in the number of admissions through Express Entry.

Top 10 Occupations                                                                                        Number of ITA’s issued in 2017

Information Systems Analysts and Consultants                                  5214

Software Engineers                                                                                        4,782

Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers         3,479    

Financial Auditors and Accountants                                                         2,386

Administrative assistants                                                                              1,969

Professional Occupations in Advertising, Marketing, and PR         1,884

University Professionals and Lecturers                                                   1,830    

Financial and Investment Analysts                                                           1,783

Professional occupations in business management consulting    1,621    

Advertising, marketing and public relations managers                     1,497

The Top 10 occupations totalled a 31%-representation of all ITA’s issued

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