Examples of who would qualify with a pass mark of 67:
MINISTER ADJUSTS SKILLED WORKER PASSMARK AND PROPOSES CHANGES FOR ECONOMIC
CLASS IMMIGRATION APPLICANTS AFFECTED BY IRPA TRANSITIONAL RULES
OTTAWA, September 18, 2003 -- The Honourable Denis Coderre, Minister of
Citizenship and Immigration Canada, today announced an important decision
and recommendation pertaining to the Immigration and Refugee Protection
Act (IRPA). The Minister announced an adjustment to the pass mark for federal
skilled worker applicants. Also, today he proposed new measures for assessing
certain economic class applicants who applied under the former Immigration
Act but were affected by transitional measures following implementation
of IRPA on June 28, 2002.
The Minister's move to adjust the pass mark is a response to Canada's need
for skilled workers. Effective immediately, all new skilled worker applicants
and those currently in the system who have not yet received a selection
decision, will be assessed with a pass mark of 67. (Since the implementation
of IRPA and until today, the pass mark was 75.)
"An important objective of IRPA was to create a system that is flexible,"
said the Minister. "Today's changes to IRPA reflect this flexibility
and our ongoing commitment to listen to the views of all stakeholders.
We are responding to current circumstances in a way that continues to encourage
skilled immigration within the confines of existing resources and a balanced
Additionally, the Minister is proposing to amend the IRP transition regulations
to allow for all skilled worker and business immigration applicants who
applied before January 01, 2002 to be assessed under the selection
criteria of the former Immigration Act. Applicants who do not qualify under
the former Act would then be assessed under the current IRPA.
"The government's clear intention has always been to treat applicants
fairly," explained the Minister. "That is why we introduced and
then extended transition measures. The court has suggested that more is
required of the government. I have listened to that message. That is why
I am proposing these changes today."
The Minister plans to consult his Cabinet colleagues on the proposed regulatory
amendments at the first available opportunity. The new pass mark takes
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