Federal Skilled Workers are persons with suitable education, work experience, age and language abilities under one of Canada’s official languages and who are selected under the Express Entry Immigration system to apply for permanent residence.Skilled workers are people who are chosen as permanent residents based on their ability to prosper in Canada.
To qualify for admission to the Express Entry Pool as a Federal Skilled Worker, applicants must meet the following conditions:
1. Eligibility category
Possess One year of continuous (full-time or an equal amount in part-time) paid work experience in a single occupation, within the last 10 years, in one of 347 eligible occupations listed under the National occupational classification system.
- Skilled position means a job which has the skill type O (Managerial Occupations), or skill level A (Professional Occupations) or B (Technical Occupations and Skilled Trades) within the meaning of Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC).
- One year of work experience is equal to 1560 hours of work in a year.
- All work experience must have been accumulated at the same job.
You must meet the following minimum language requirement.
IELTS Exam: 6 each in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking abilities.
CELPIP Exam: 7 each in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking abilities.
You must have a Canadian diploma, certificate or credential
a foreign education credential which has been assessed to show that it is equal to a complete Canadian secondary or post-secondary education credential.
If you meet the Basic Eligibility requirements above, your application will be processed based on the six selection factors below:
- Skills in English and/or French
- Work experience
- Arranged employment in Canada
- Adaptability (how well you are likely to settle here)
- Score sufficient points under the skilled worker point grid comprising of six selection factors.
- The current pass mark is 67 points;
(Canadian equivalence established by a designated third party)
Master’s or professional degree
Two or more post-secondary degrees, of which one is three years or longer
A three year or longer post-secondary degree
A two-year post-secondary diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship
A one-year post-secondary diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship
Secondary School Educational Credential
LANGUAGE (Abilities: Speak, Read, Write, Listen)
Very high proficiency (per ability) (CLB 9)
High proficiency (per ability) (CLB 8)
Intermediate proficiency (per ability) (CLB 7)*
*Minimum threshold required to apply
Basic or no proficiency
Basic proficiency or higher (per ability)
EXPERIENCE (NOC Skill Level O,A,B)
*Minimum threshold required to apply
Two to three years
Four to five years
Six years or more
18 to 35 years
Less one point per year until 47 years
ARRANGED EMPLOYMENT IN CANADA
HRSDC-confirmed permanent offer of employment
Applicants from within Canada holding a temporary work permit that is:
Validated by HRSDC, including sectoral confirmations
Exempt from HRSDC validation under international agreements (e.g., NAFTA)
Applicant has a minimum of 1 year skilled Work experience in Canada
Applicant has previously studied in Canada
Spouse has previously studied in Canada
Spouse has previously worked in Canada
Family relation over the age of 18 in Canada
Spouse is proficient in an official language
Proof of funds (Settlement funds)
You must show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family after you arrive in Canada. You must be able to use this money to pay the costs of living for your family (even if they are not coming with you). You will need to show proof to the Canadian visa office in your home country that you have enough money when you apply to immigrate. The amount of money you need to support your family is set by the size of your family.
You do not have to show that you have these funds if:
- You have a valid offer of arranged employment in Canada AND
- You are currently working or authorized to work in Canada.