Federal Skilled Worker Program

Federal Skilled Worker Program

Federal Skilled Worker Program:

Federal Skilled Worker Program is for skilled workers with foreign work experience who want to immigrate Canada to work and live permanently.

Eligibility for Federal Skilled Worker Program

Minimum requirements for Eligibility:

  • Skilled Work Experience
  • Language Ability and
  • Education

Selection factor for federal skilled worker program

Selection Factors:

  • Age
  • Education
  • Work Experience
  • Language Proficiency (English or French)
  • Adaptability
  • Whether if you have a valid job offer in hand

These all factors are part of 100 points where current passing marks is 67 to get eligible for the Federal Skilled worker Program

How to use these Selection factor points:

The selection factor points is to access your eligibility for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, once you’re in the express entry pool, they use different system to rank your profile which is known as Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) tool which helps you to calculate your CRS score based on the answers you provided for your Skills, Education, Language Ability, Work Experience, and other factors. The CRS is the points-based system that we use to access and score your profile and rank it in an Express Entry Pool. We select the highest-ranking applicants from the pool and invite them to apply for a permanent residence.

requirements for skilled work experience

Minimum Requirements for Skilled Work Experience:

Skilled Work Experience means you must have worked in one of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) job groups

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

You must show that while working in your primary occupation that you performed the roles and responsibilities set out in the lead statement of the occupational description in the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

Federal Skilled Worker Program - Skills

Your skills work experience must be:

  • The same type of job and have the same NOC as the job you want to use for your immigration application which is called the primary occupation
  • From the last 10 years
  • Paid Work which means that you have been paid your wages or salary and earned incentives or commission, Volunteer work or unpaid internship does not count.
  • At least, 12 months of continuous work full time.

Language requirements for Federal Skilled Worker Program

Language Ability:

  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Speaking

You must be a score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in all four abilities writing, reading, listening and speaking. Enter the test results in your express entry profile and this language tests are valid up to 2 years of the date of the result.

education for Federal Skilled Worker Program


If you have a foreign education then you must have the following:

  • The completed Credential
  • Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for immigration purposes from a designated organization through WES OR IQAS showing that education is equal to a completed certificate, degree, diploma from a Canadian secondary institution /high school or post-secondary institution.
  • If you went to school in Canada then you must have a certificate of Degree or Diploma from a Canadian secondary institution /high school or post-secondary institution.

funds for Federal Skilled Worker Program

Proof of Funds:

You must show that you have enough money for you and your family to settle in Canada unless you are currently able to work legally in Canada or you must have a job offer from a Canadian employer

admissible for Federal Skilled Worker Program


You must be admissible to Canada

inadmissible for Federal Skilled Worker Program

What it means to be inadmissible: Some people are not allowed to come to Canada; they are inadmissible under Canadian immigration law as a Canadian immigration officer will decide that if you can enter Canada when you are applying for a visa or an electronic travel authorization (eTA) or when you arrive at a port of entry.

If you are inadmissible to Canada: You won’t allow entering the country, if you have a valid genuine reason to travel to Canada then the officer will be justified in the circumstances, they may issue you a temporary resident permit.

Penalties for driving while impaired: If you drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol then you will be inadmissible for a serious crime which means you won’t be able to enter Canada or stay unless they issue you a temporary resident permit. You will also have to pay the CAN $200 processing fee for the permit and still there is no guarantee that you will be allowed to enter or stay in Canada.

Quebec selected skilled worker

Where you can live in Canada: you must plan to live outside the province of Quebec as the province of Quebec selects its own skilled workers. If you plan to live in Quebec then you must be Quebec selected skilled worker

Get assessed by the province or territory

You will likely have to go to the province or territory to be assessed for your trade and you may also need an employer in Canada to give you training and experience. To learn more about getting assessed you should go to the website of the body that governs trades for the province where you would like to work and live but the process is different, depending on where you want to go. Each website has more details about qualifications and certificates to work in that territory in a specific skilled trade and what you have to do to get one.

If your trade is not regulated by a province that may be federally regulated for example (Airplane Mechanic) you can find out who regulates your trade by visiting the website of the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials

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