The Federal Skilled Worker Program is a Canadian scheme exclusively for skillful individuals with foreign work experience who desires to permanently immigrate to Canada.
The Federal Skilled Worker Program is one (1) of the three (3) Federal programs managed via the Canadian Express Entry.
See the list of Programs Under the Canadian Express Entry.
How the Federal Skilled Worker Program Works
There are minimum requirements for this program:
- Skilled work experience.
- Language ability (See the list of Official Canadian Languages).
All the requirements above must be met for you to be eligible for this program.
If you were able to meet the above requirements, then your application will be assessed based on:
- Work experience
- If you have a valid job offer
- French and/or English language skills
- Adaptability (how well you are likely to settle here)
The factors above are also part of the CRS (comprehensive ranking system) score is a 100 point grid used to evaluate your eligibility to be part of the Canadian Federal Skilled Worker Program. How well you do in each of the factors listed above determines the points you earn.
The pass mark is currently 67 points.
How the selection factor points are used
The selection factor points are used to assess your eligibility to be part of the Federal Skilled Worker Program.
As soon as you are in the Express Entry pool, different systems are used to rank your profile. The highest-ranking candidates in the pool will be selected and invited to apply for a Canadian permanent residence.
The Minimum Requirements
Skilled Work Experience
Skilled work experience simply means that you have either worked in one (1) of this National Occupational Classifications (NOC) job groups:
- Professional jobs (skill level A)
- Managerial jobs (skill type 0)
- Skilled trades and Technical jobs (skill level B)
You will prove that while discharging your duties in your primary occupation, you literally performed the duties laid out in the lead statement of your occupational description in the NOC. It includes all the important duties as well as the essential duties listed.
You Must Have Your Skilled Work Experience:
- Within the last 10 years.
- In the same nature of the job (Within the same NOC) as the job you desire to use for your immigration application (This is called your primary occupation).
- Receive payment from your job (You were paid commission or wages —unpaid internships or volunteer work don’t count).
- Have no less than 1 year of continuous work or work 30 hours per week total (1,560 hours)— There are a few different ways you can meet this:
- Full-time at 1 job: 30 hours per week for 1 year = 12 months full-time (1,560 hours).
- Equal amount in part-time work: for instance 15 hours per week for 1 year = 24 months full time (1,560 hours).
- You can take as many part-time jobs as you need to reach the requirement.
- Full-time in more than one (1) job: 30 hours per week for one year (12 months) at more than 1 job full-time (1,560 hours).
Part-Time Work Experience
Even with part-time work experience, your skilled work experience should be paid work which must include earned commission or paid wages. Unpaid internships or volunteer work is not counted.
You can engage in 15 hours per week part-time work or less, just as long as the total gives you 1,560 hours. You’re free to engage in more than one (1) part-time job to obtain the total hours you need to apply. Any extra hours of work above 30 hours per week are not counted.
Work Experience for Students
Your work experience gained while you were still a student (While studying) could still count towards your minimum requirements only if the work:
- Was continuous with no gaps in employment,
- Was earned commissions or paid by wages, and
- Meets all the other requirements of the Program
Should in case you schooled in Canada, then you must present a certificate, degree, or diploma from a Candian:
- Post-secondary institution or
- Secondary institution (high school).
If you didn’t school in Canada, you must have:
- a completed credential, and
- an ECA (Educational Credential Assessment) for immigration purposes and from a designated organization which shows that your education is equivalent to a complete certificate, degree or diploma from a Canadian:
- High School (Secondary Institution) or
- Post-Secondary Institution
Your Language Ability
Below are the things you must do:
- Take approved language tests in French or English for:
- Obtain a minimum score of CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) 7 in all 4 abilities.
- You will need to input the test results in your Express Entry profile.
Note that the language test is only valid for 24 months (2 years) after the date of the test result. Ensure your language test still remains valid on the day you apply for your Canadian permanent residence.
Proof of Funds
You will also need to prove that you have enough money for both you and your family (If any) to settle in Canada, except you:
You have to be admissible to Canada in order to be allowed to immigrate to Canada. Traditionally you will be inadmissible to Canada if you have a criminal record, case of drinking under influence of alcohol or drugs, and other serious criminality.
Check This: How to Travel to Canada with a Felony Conviction.
Places You Can Live in Canada
You can apply for any province except, Quebec province. This is because Quebec chooses its own skilled workers. If you intend to reside there, then you have to check out the requirement for Quebec’s skilled workers’ program.
The Next Steps
- Get all your documents ready.
- Submit your profile.