Candidates wishing to obtain permanent residency by means of the Federal Skilled Worker Program must satisfy the criteria in order to be admitted into the Express Entry System’s pool of candidates.
Candidates wishing to immigrate as a Federal Skilled Worker must satisfy several requirements regarding work experience, such as the following:
- At least one continuous year of full-time work experience (1 560 hours total, 30 hours per week), or equivalent for part-time work;
- Paid work (volunteer work, unpaid internships, etc., are not taken into account);
- Experience acquired in one position;
- Experience acquired in the last ten years;
- Experience acquired in a position or level at skill type 0, or skill levels A or B of the 2011 National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Candidates wishing to submit an application under the Federal Skilled Worker program must pass a language competency test approved by IRCC which demonstrates that they respect the minimum level required for the following skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
In addition, candidates must obtain the minimum score in order for their application to be deemed admissible. The results of the recognized language tests, whether it be in French or English, must demonstrate a minimum language level of 7 on the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB).
The candidate must possess a certificate, diploma, or a Canadian secondary or post-secondary certificate, or a completed foreign credential accompanied by an Educational Credential Assessment report (ECA) issued by an IRCC-approved agency.
Six selection criteria
If the candidate meets the minimum requirements, IRCC will evaluate the application in function of the selection criteria outlined in the grid applicable to a Federal Skilled Worker.
The criteria are as follows:
- Competency in French or English;
- Work experience;
- Possession of a valid job offer;
- Adaptability (level to which the applicant is likely to be successful in establishing themselves in Canada).
The Federal Skilled Workers can obtain up to one hundred (100) points according to the selection grid for the Federal Skilled Worker Program. Applicants must obtain at least sixty seven (67) points in order to be selected.
Proof of sufficient funds
The candidate must demonstrate that he/she has sufficient funds in order to support himself and his/her family, if applicable, following his/her arrival in Canada. However, the candidate will be exempted from this obligation if they are in possession of a valid authorization to work in Canada or a valid job offer from a Canadian employer.