WHAT IS THE “FEDERAL SKILLED WORKER” PROGRAM?
“Federal skilled worker” is an Immigration program that is for permanent resident visa.
A skilled worker is chosen as permanent residents based on their education, work experience, knowledge of English and/or French, age and other criteria.
WHO IS A “FEDERAL SKILLED WORKER”?
To be eligible for a Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa under the Skilled Worker category, candidates must:
1. Federal Skilled Worker applicants must attain at least 67 points (out of 100 points) based on the six selection factors created by the Immigration authorities. Scroll down to understand each of the 6 selection factors.
2. Pass the minimum level (could be more, depending on your specific profile) of language ability for English or French (again, depending on how many points you have, you may be required to pass for both English and French language abilities).
3. Have settlement funds for settlement in Canada (showing proof to the Canadian government that you and your spouse / partner (if applicable) have enough funds to live in Canada). Remember, every person’s profile is different which means that the settlement fund amounts could be different.
- Have at least 1 year of continuous full-time, or equivalent part-time, paid work experience during the last 10 years in a skilled occupation OR
- Qualify for Arranged Employment in Canada (a full time, permanent job offer from a Canadian employer) OR
- Have completed a PhD from a recognized institution in Canada; OR
- Have completed 2 years of study at a recognized institution in Canada towards a PhD;
*It is crucial and important to remember that every person’s profile is different and has different settlement funds and different necessary language levels that they are required to meet. If you want your specific profile formally evaluated, taking into consideration your unique and specific profile – please click here.
“HOW DO I KNOW HOW MANY POINTS I HAVE?” (6 SELECTION FACTORS)
You will notice that many of the following factors were asked of you in your application form.
Your Immigration case is based on the following selection factors:
The age factor is one of the 6 factors for which points are awarded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Officers in determining whether a Federal Skilled Worker applicant will be accepted or refused.
Up to 12 points will be awarded under the age factor on the following basis:
|Age of Applicant||Points (12 max)|
|18 to 35||12 points|
|47 and over||0 points|
2. Education (You can be awarded up to 25 points for your formal education.)
Education is one of the 6 selection factors in which points are awarded by the Immigration officers in determining whether or not an applicant is accepted or refused under the Federal Skilled Worker program.
The education points are awarded based on an assessment of the applicant’s education credentials. For any foreign obtained degrees / diploma’s / credentials the assessment will include a determination of the equivalent to your credential as if it were obtained in Canada.
Up to 25 points will be awarded to the applicant under the Education Factor based on the following:
|Level of Education||Points (25 max)|
|Doctoral level||25 points|
|Master`s level or professional degree||23 points|
|Two or more post-secondary credentials, one of which is a three-year or longer post-secondary credential||22 points|
|Three-year or longer post-secondary credential||21 points|
|Two-year post-secondary credential||19 points|
|One-year post-seondary credential||15 points|
|Secondary school||5 points|
3. Language Skills: (awarded up to 28 points max; 24 points first language & 4 points for second language).
The language skills factor is one of the 6 factors for which points are awarded by the Immigration officers that determines your eligibility for your Federal Skilled Worker application to Canada.
You are required to meet or exceed the minimum level (depending on your specific profile) of language abilities (reading, writing, speaking and listening) for English and / or French. Remember, depending on how many points you have, you may be required to pass for both English and French language abilities).
The minimum level, in this moment in time is CLB 7 – “Canadian Language Benchmark” which is defined as Adequate Intermediate. Applicants who score below the minimum level of CLB 7 are not eligible for the Federal Skilled program in this moment in time.
Up to 28 points are awarded for the language skills factor, based on your ability to speak/read/listen and write in one or both of Canada’s two official languages (English and / or French). To be specific, up to 24 points can be awarded in the first language (either English or French) and an additional 4 points can be awarded for the second language (either English or French). The applicant is able to indicate English or French as the first or second language of their choice. Lastly, your spouse / partner (of course, if applicable to your situation) is able to assist you with the language points.
All applicants must include Test d’Evaluation de Francais (TEF) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) results with their application in order for points in language to be guaranteed. In this moment in time, no other method is approved to assess your language abilities.
NOTE: It is only necessary to provide the language test result(s) when you have been invited to apply and are submitting your supporting documents. It is not necessary for when you are creating your Express Entry online profile.
Credits for Language Skills are awarded based on the following:
|Proficiency||Level||Points (24 + 4 max)|
|First Official Language|
|Speaking/Listening/Reading/Writing||Spouse/partner’s official language (CLB4)
|Second Official Language|
|Speaking/Listening/Reading/Writing||CLB/NCLC 5 in all abilities
*Listening, reading, speaking, writing
4. Work Experience — awarded 15 points max. with at least 1 year of paid skilled work experience within the last 10 years at the time of applying.
The work experience factor is one of the 6 factors for which points are awarded by Immigration Officers in determining whether a Federal Skilled Worker applicant will be accepted or refused under the Federal Skilled Worker program.
NOTE: If an applicant has less than 1 year of work experience (zero points) within the last 10 years – under the work experience factor, this score will likely result in an immediate refusal of the application.
Points will be awarded on the following basis:
|Work Experience||Points (15 max)|
|1 year (Minimum requirement)||9 points|
|2-3 years||11 points|
|4-5 years||13 points|
|6 years or more||15 points|
5. Arranged Employment in Canada (if applicable) — awarded up to 10 max. if you have arranged employment in Canada that meets certain requirements.
6. Adaptability (if applicable) — awarded up to 10 points max. factoring your adaptability to move to Canada (previous study or full-time work experience in Canada, employment offer in Canada, relative living in Canada.
|Adaptability||Points (10 max)|
|Previous work in Canada (minimum 1 year)||10 points|
|Previous study in Canada||5 points|
|Previous study in Canada – accompanying spouse/partner||5 points|
|Previous work in Canada – accompanying spouse/partner||5 points|
|Arranged employment in Canada||5 points|
|Relative in Canada – 18 years or older||5 points|
|Language ability CLB 4 or above – accompanying spouse/partner (IELTS 4.0/4.5/3.5/4.0)|
WHAT WE CAN DO FOR YOU:
When you completed our application form providing us with information about your specific life situation — we factored your application form based on the criteria mentioned above.
If all of this sounds confusing, not to worry. You can know how many points you have, the specific amount of settlement funds that are necessary and the specific English and / or French language ability level(s) by going through our formal evaluation of your situation. If you would like for a Certified Canadian Consultant who has had more than 20 years of successful Immigration experience to fully analyze your profile and inform you of your options – please click here.
4. Finally, all applicants and their accompanying and non-accompanying dependents, under all categories of Canadian Immigration, must satisfy Canadian health and security/criminality requirements.[:]