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Foreign Service Development Program (FSDP)

Reference number: IMC21J-019448-000097
Selection process number: 2021-IMC-EA-36485
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada - International Network
International, Ottawa (Ontario)
$72,292 to $91,472

For further information on the organization, please visit Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Closing date: 4 August 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.

📌 As this is an inventory, applications will be accepted on an on-going basis until the closing date. Random selection(s) of candidates will occur continuously while the inventory is active.

》》Why join IRCC?

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada facilitates the arrival of immigrants, provides protection to refugees, and offers programming to help newcomers settle in Canada. Our programs help meet our country’s needs. Our work helps Canada become more economically, socially, and culturally prosperous. Why work with us? We’re a department focused on people. Every day our work affects lives across the world. We collaborate with Canadian citizens, sponsors, employers, and educators to help welcome hundreds of thousands of newcomers each year.

Our strength is the diversity of our people and the ideas they generate. Our core values include treating all people with respect, dignity and fairness, with engagement and inclusion being the building blocks of a healthy workplace. You have the opportunity to build a career in the public service by tapping into networks, on-the-job training, mentoring programs, job mobility, and other career development tools.

Apply to this inventory and be a part of the IRCC Team!

Please check the following links to learn more about IRCC’s commitment to anti-racism:
🔗 https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/mandate/anti-racism.html
🎥 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WL8n2gZYREs

》》What will you be doing?

Foreign Service Officers have a long tradition of service to Canada. Migration Officers have been working abroad since the mid-19th century.
Since that time, the society and economy of Canada have radically changed. Globalization is now a reality, bringing with it an unprecedented movement of people.

Today, the work of Migration Foreign Service Officers is more diversified and challenging than ever. Migration Foreign Service Officers continue to work in complex, high volume, fast-paced environments where the core of work is rendering decisions on temporary resident, permanent resident, and refugee applications.

Officers need to acquire in-depth knowledge of complex legislation and demonstrate the skills and leadership competencies required for representing Canada’s interests abroad.

A Migration Foreign Service Officer spends approximately two-thirds of their career overseas delivering IRCC’s migration program and participating in application processing, risk assessment, engagement, and migration diplomacy activities. The majority of assignments are in overseas locations where day-to-day life can be very different - and often more challenging - than in Canada (such as in the Philippines, India, Turkey, Senegal, Mexico and China). Migration Foreign Service Officer positions are fully rotational, meaning that officers are required to change assignments every 2-4 years at the employer’s discretion. It is important to take these factors into consideration as Migration Foreign Service Officer careers are both rewarding and challenging.

To learn more about our immigration programs and how you will be helping IRCC shape Canada’s future, please visit the link below:
🔗 https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada.html

》》How to apply?

① For tips on how to apply, check out this video:
🎥 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GW7P3g9hhIl

② If you think that you meet the essential qualifications listed below, apply, add your resume, complete the Test of Reasoning Unsupervised Internet Test (UIT) and respond to the screening questions.

》》 Next steps?

Once management determines that you have the education and the experience criteria required for this job opportunity, you will be contacted with respect to the next steps of the assessment.

🙌 You passed all the assessments! Hurray! What happens next?

Your name will be added to a list of qualified candidates (what we call a "pool"). This list will be shared with the hiring manager who may contact you if they are interested in your application.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)


ED.1 Bachelor’s degree from a recognized post-secondary institution.*

*A "recognized post-secondary institution" is a public or private institution that has been given authority to grant degrees, diplomas, and other credentials by a public or private act of a provincial/territorial legislature or through a government-mandated quality assurance mechanism. For greater certainty, also included are institutions authorized to grant specific academic credentials for specific academic programs.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized post-secondary institution at the time of application.

Candidates with foreign credentials will be required to show proof of Canadian equivalency.

Degree equivalency


EX1. Experience working effectively with others to achieve a common goal.
EX2. Experience providing service OR support to others under challenging circumstances.

✹ EX1, EX2 may have been acquired through volunteer work, paid work, or a combination thereof.

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)


OR1. Able and willing to work overtime, as required.
OR2. Able to apply for a diplomatic passport (as the primary applicant and not as a member of the immediate family of a person to whom a diplomatic passport has been issued ).
🔗 https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/canadian-passports/official-travel/special-diplomatic-adults/apply-how.html

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

Bilingual - Imperative (CCC/CCC)
🚩 Candidates must meet all essential qualifications including the official language CCC/CCC proficiency requirements in both official languages in order to be appointed to the Foreign Service Development Program (FSDP).

🔰 Selected candidates who meet the essential qualifications, except the official language proficiency requirements, may be hired on an "ab initio" status, meaning the candidate is not an employee under the Public Service Employment Act.

"Ab initio" hires will undergo full-time paid language training for a maximum of 2,270 hours. They will be eligible to be appointed to the Foreign Service Development Program (FSDP) ONLY if they successfully complete their language training (i.e. if they obtain the required level (CCC/CCC) on their official language tests). If they are not successful, they will not be retained and will therefore be eliminated from this process.

⚠️ If you have limited or no prior knowledge of your second official language, please select ‘beginner’ on your application when prompted to indicate your level of proficiency. The system will not allow you to submit your application to this process if you select "none".

Information on language requirements


C1. Judgement/Analytical Thinking **
C2. Self-awareness
C3. Cooperation and Collaboration
C4. Cross-Cultural Sensitivity
C5. Adaptability & Flexibility
C6. Dependability
C7. Values & Ethics
C8. Effective Interactive Communication (Oral & Written)

** Test of Reasoning Unsupervised Internet Test (UIT) will be used as first step in a two-step assessment process to assess the Analytical Thinking competency.

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)


★★★The responses to the asset qualifications are limited to “YES” or “NO” ★★★
You will be required to provide further information at a later date in order to assess any one or more of the asset(s) selected by the hiring manager(s) that will be relevant to the position being staffed.


AEX1. Experience working OR studying abroad.
AEX2. Experience volunteering in a diverse environment.
AEX3. Proficiency in a foreign language relevant to the IRCC mandate.
AEX4. Experience writing detailed reports in a work environment.
AEX5. Experience preparing AND delivering presentations to the public.
AEX6. Experience using social media within a professional context.
AEX7. Experience in conducting big data analysis.

Conditions of employment

COE1. Top Secret Security Clearance.
COE2. Rotationality – Able and willing to be posted abroad and/or in Canada at any time and at the request of the employer.
COE3. Able and willing to travel.


PSEE - Test of Reasoning UIT

Applicants must complete the Public Service Entrance Exam: Test of Reasoning Unsupervised Internet Test (UIT) as part of the screening for this selection process. This test assesses reasoning and problem solving ability. You will have 90 minutes to complete the test. You must complete the test before you submit your application for this position.

For more information, please consult: Public Service Entrance Exam - Test of Reasoning Unsupervised Internet Test

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity


Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

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