No new applications without a job offer accepted
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Effective July 1, 2012, a temporary pause has been placed on new applications under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), excluding those applications received under the PhD eligibility stream and those with a qualifying offer of Arranged Employment (AE). A temporary pause has also been placed on new applications under the federal Immigrant Investor Program (IIP).
MI-5 came into force on July 1, 2012, and includes changes to the following immigration categories:
Federal Skilled Worker Class: A temporary pause on new applications in this class, except for those applications made under the PhD eligibility stream and those with qualifying offer of Arranged Employment.
Federal Immigrant Investor Class: A temporary pause on new applications in this class.
These temporary pauses in accepting new applications will remain in effect until otherwise indicated in a future Ministerial Instruction.
As per Instructions that came into force on July 1, 2011, a temporary pause remains in place for all new applications in the Federal Entrepreneur Class. A temporary pause also remains in place for all new sponsorship applications for parents and grandparents in the Family Class as per instructions that came into force on November 5, 2011.
The full MI-5 text is available at the Canada Gazette website.