Skilled Immigrant

Skilled workers are selected as permanent residents based on their education, work experience, knowledge of English and/or French, and other criteria that have been shown to help them become economically established in Canada.

The Federal Skilled Worker Program is for people coming to any part of Canada except Quebec. The province of Quebec is responsible for selecting its own skilled workers.

The first step is using the Express Entry system to determine eligibility. The skilled worker is then added to a pool and those who are accepted could get an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence. The skilled worker is put into a pool and only top ranking candidates are invited to apply.

Once someone is invited to apply, an application for permanent residence will have to be filled out within 60 days.

skilled immigrant to canada

Prospective applicants will be awarded points for:

  • Job offer,
  • Nomination from a province or territory,
  • Job offer supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment
  • Education (Canadian secondary or post-secondary certificate 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)

Your application for permanent residence is based on the selection factors in the federal skilled worker points grid:

  • Skills in English and/or French
  • Education
  • Work Experience
  • Age
  • Valid Job offer
  • Adaptability (how well you are able to settle in Canada)

The Skilled worker must have at least one year of continuous paid work the last 10 years and is in a NOC (National Occupational Classification) skill type of 0, A or B. Skilled work experience means:

  • Managerial Jobs (NOC skill level 0)
  • Professional Jobs (NOC skill type A)
  • Technical jobs and skilled trades (NOC skill type B)

Full Time means 30 hours per week for 12 months (1560 hours in 1 year). If you had 15 hours per week for 24 months of part time work, it would equal 1560 hours in 1 year, which makes you still eligible.

You must also show that you have enough money to support yourself and your dependants after you arrive in Canada.