As of January 2015, Federal Skilled Worker applicants will be managed through the Express Entry Program.
To qualify, Federal Skilled Worker applicants must:
Skilled Work Experience
Your work experience must be:
- at least one year (1,560 hours total / 30 hours per week), continuous full-time or an equal amount in part-time within the last 10 years,
- paid work (volunteer work, unpaid internships do not count),
- in the same NOC skill type (0, A or B) ,
- at skill type 0, or skill levels A or B of the 2011 National Occupational Classification (NOC)
- The minimum language level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 must be met, and
- you must take a language test approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) that shows you meet the level for speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Your test results must be included in your express entry profile to show that you meet the requirements in English or French. Your test results must not be more than two years old on the day you apply for permanent residence.
- a Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree, or
- an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from an agency approved by CIC to show your foreign education is equal to Canadian education standards.
The six selection factors
|Arranged Employment in Canada||10|
|67 points are required out of 100 points to qualify|
Applicants should be able to show they have sufficient funds for settlement to support their dependants and themselves after arriving in Canada. As part of the Canadian application process, applicants and their dependants need to undergo medical examinations and security clearances.
Processing times vary from one Canadian Immigration Visa office to another.