Requirements for the Federal Skilled Worker Program

In order to apply for skilled immigration under the Federal Skilled Worker program, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

Work Experience

An applicant’s work experience must:

  • Consist of at least one year of continuous, full time or part time work
  • Be paid work
  • Have been obtained within the last ten years
  • Consist of work that falls under skill type 0, skill level A or skill level B of the National Occupation Classification

An applicant’s full time work experience will be eligible for this program if the applicant worked for 30 hours a week over the course of 12 months.

An applicant’s part time work experience will be eligible for this program if:

  • The applicant worked 15 hours a week over the course of 24 months, OR
  • The applicant worked 30 hours a week over 12 months at more than one job.

Note: All applicants must be able to show that the duties performed over the course of their job match the duties as listed under their chosen National Occupation Classification listing.

Language Ability Requirements

All applicants under this program must take a language test to prove that they possess sufficient language skills to successfully establish themselves in Canada. Language tests evaluate an applicant’s abilities with regards to:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing

In order to be eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, an applicant must possess language skills that are equivalent to at least Canadian Language Benchmark level 7 in all categories. All applicants must include their language test results in their Express Entry profile. Further, language test results can only be used in a permanent residence application if they are less than two years old.

Education Requirements

All applicants under this program must have:

  • A Canadian high school or post-secondary diploma, OR
  • A foreign high school or post-secondary diploma AND a report approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada proving that the foreign diploma is equivalent to a Canadian high school or post-secondary diploma.

Proof of Funds

Generally, applicants under this program must be able to show that they have enough money to support themselves and their family once they arrive in Canada. An applicant will NOT have to prove that they have sufficient funds if:

  • They are currently able to legally work in Canada, AND
  • They have a valid job offer from an employer in Canada.

Other Requirements

Applicants under this program must:

  • Not be inadmissible to Canada
  • Plan to live outside the province of Quebec.

If applicants meet all of the minimum requirements mentioned above, they will be assessed under a points grid in order to determine whether they are eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program. In order to pass this assessment, an applicant must obtain at least 67 out of 100 points. Factors assessed under the point’s grid include:

  • Language skills
  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Age
  • Whether the applicant has a valid job offer
  • Whether the applicant is likely to successfully settle in Canada

If an applicant obtains at least 67 out of 100 points, he or she will be able to access the Express Entry system.

Factor Score Final
EDUCATION Max. 25
(Canadian equivalence established by a designated third party)
Doctorate 25
Master’s or professional degree 23
Two or more post-secondary degrees, of which one is three years or longer 22
A three year or longer post-secondary degree 21
A two-year post-secondary diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship 19
A one-year post-secondary diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship 15
Secondary School Educational Credential 5
LANGUAGE
(Abilities: Speak, Read, Write, Listen)
Max. 28
1st Lang Very high proficiency (per ability) (CLB 9) 6
High proficiency (per ability) (CLB 8) 5
Intermediate proficiency (per ability) (CLB 7)*
*Minimum threshold required to apply
4
Basic or no proficiency 0
Possible maximum (all four abilities) 24
2ndLang Basic proficiency or higher (per ability) 1
No proficiency 0
Possible maximum (all four abilities) 4
EXPERIENCE (NOC Skill Level O,A,B) Max. 15
One year*
*Minimum threshold required to apply
9
Two to three years 11
Four to five years 13
Six years or more 15
AGE Max. 12
18 to 35 years 12
36 years 11
Less one point per year until 47 years
ARRANGED EMPLOYMENT IN CANADA Max. 10
HRSDC-confirmed permanent offer of employment 10
Applicants from within Canada holding a temporary work permit that is:
Validated by HRSDC, including sectoral confirmations 10
Exempt from HRSDC validation under international agreements (e.g., NAFTA) 10
ADAPTABILITY Max. 10
Applicant has a minimum of 1 year skilled Work experience in Canada 10
Applicant has previously studied in Canada 5
Spouse has previously studied in Canada 5
Spouse has previously worked in Canada 5
Family relation over the age of 18 in Canada 5
Arranged employment 5
Spouse is proficient in an official language 5
Total 100

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