The Federal Skilled Worker Program is for skilled workers who have work experience and want to become permanent residents.
Have at least one year (1,560 hours) of continuous full-time or an equal amount in part-time paid work experience in a skilled occupation (National Occupational Classification - NOC) within the last 10 years.
Demonstrate proficiency in English and/or French by taking a recognized language test (such as IELTS for English or TEF for French). Meet the minimum language threshold required for the Federal Skilled Worker program.
To be eligible in Canada, you need a Canadian secondary/ post-secondary credential or a foreign one with an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) confirming its equivalence to Canadian standards.
Create an Express Entry profile and be eligible for at least one of the three Express Entry programs (Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, or Canadian Experience Class).
Achieve a sufficient CRS score in the Express Entry pool based on factors like age, education, work experience, language proficiency, and other additional factors.
To be eligible, you must meet all the minimum requirements for Skilled work experience, Language ability, education, etc. If you meet all the minimum requirements, we’ll assess your application based on additional selection factors.
Skilled work experience means that you’ve worked in 1 of these National Occupational Classification (NOC) TEER categories: TEER 0 TEER 1, TEER 2, TEER 3.
You must show that while working in your primary occupation, you performed the duties set out in the lead statement of the occupational description in the NOC. This includes all the essential duties and most of the main duties listed.
Your skilled work experience must be paid work including paid wages or earned commission. We don’t count volunteer work or unpaid internships.
For part-time work, you can work more or less than 15 hours/week as long as it adds up to 1,560 hours. You can work more than 1 part-time job to get the hours you need to apply.
We don’t count any hours you work above 30 hours/week.
Work experience gained while you were studying may count towards your minimum requirements if the work: was paid by wages or commissions, was continuous (no gaps in employment), and meets all the other requirements of the program.
You must Take approved language tests in English or French for writing, reading, listening, and speaking. Meet the minimum score required in all 4 abilities. And to enter the test results in your Express Entry profile. Your language tests are valid for 2 years after the date of the test result. They must be valid on the day you apply for permanent residence.
If you went to school in Canada, you must have a certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian Secondary institution (high school) or Post-secondary institution.
If you have foreign education, you must have A completed educational credential An Educational Credential Assessment for immigration purposes that is from a designated organization and shows your education is equal to a completed certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian secondary institution (high school) or post-secondary institution.
If you meet all the minimum requirements, we’ll assess your eligibility for the Federal Skilled Worker Program based on:
You must show that you have enough money for you and your family to settle in Canada, unless you
The amount of money you need to support your family is based the size of your family.
To calculate the size of your family include
You must include your spouse or common-law partner and dependent children, even if they’re
This table shows the minimum amount you need to immigrate to Canada as of April 25, 2023. If you have more money, you should list the full amount in your profile or application.
(in Canadian dollars)
|If more than 7 people, for each additional family member
Your funds must be available to you both when.
You must prove to us that you can legally access the money here when you arrive.
For example, this means
You must be able to use this money to pay for your family’s costs of living (even if they aren’t coming with you).
For proof, you must get official letters from any banks or financial institutions where you have an account.
These letters must be printed on the financial institution’s letterhead and include
You must be admissible to Canada.
You must plan to live outside the province of Quebec. The province of Quebec selects its own skilled workers. If you plan on living in Quebec, see Quebec-selected skilled workers for more information. When you fill out your profile, we’ll ask you where you plan to live in Canada. You don’t have to settle in that province or territory. If you’re a Provincial Nominee, you must settle in the province or territory that nominated you.
Provide information about your work experience, language proficiency, education, and other relevant details.
If your profile is selected, you will receive an ITA to apply for permanent residence.
Submit a complete application along with supporting documents within the given timeframe.
Undergo medical examinations and security background checks.
If approved, you will receive permanent residence status in Canada.
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