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The Federal Skilled Worker Program is one of the three main economic immigration programs to immigrate to Canada permanently. This program qualifies for the Express Entry System. As you read through this blog you will see that this program places emphasis on your work experience, education and language ability. There is  a Selection Grid that has six key selection criteria and the applicants are awarded points depending on their situation. You have to meet the minimum requirements and get 65 points are higher in the Selection Grid to be eligible for this program. Don’t worry it is not complicated, I will guide you step by step.

If you understand this you will know how to approach this Program?

The federal skilled worker program was designed to select permanent residents based on their ability to become economically established in Canada. The minimum requirements and the six selection factors outlined below were carefully chosen by the Government of Canada to make sure the applicants under this program can demonstrate their ability to economically settle in Canada.

This Immigration Program Targets Professionals and Skilled Workers

  • If you are a professional or a skilled worker looking to immigrate to Canada permanently, this may be the program for you? This is the most popular program for those living outside Canada, looking to immigrate to Canada.
  • According to a press release in October 2018, Canada will be welcoming 74,900 new federal skilled permanent residents in 2018, 81,400 in 2019 and 85,800 in 2020.

Eligible for Express Entry

If you qualify under this Program you can create an Express Entry profile and enter into the Express Entry pool. The department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) assigns a ranking score called the Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) to applicants in the pool. Applicants with the highest-ranking score are sent an invitation to apply (ITA). If you receive an ITA and submit a complete permanent residence application within 60 days, you are eligible to have your permanent residence application processed within 6 months.

Why wait- Find out if you Qualify under the Federal Skilled Worker Program?

There are 3 steps.

Step 1: Do you have the required Work Experience, Education and Language abilities?

Work Experience:

  • at least 1 year of continuous and paid work in the last 10 years
  • You can meet this in a few different ways:
    • full-time at 1 job: 30 hours/week for 12 months = 1 year full time (1,560 hours)
    • equal amount in part-time: 15 hours/week for 24 months = 1 year full time (1,560 hours)
    • full-time at more than 1 job: 30 hours/week for 12 months at more than 1 job = 1 year full time (1,560 hours)
  • If you have worked in more than one job in the last 10 years, choose one job as your primary occupation.
  • Make sure the primary occupation you have chosen is in one of these National Occupational Classification (NOC) job groups:
    • Managerial jobs (skill type 0)
    • Professional jobs (skill level A)
    • Technical jobs and skilled trades (skill level B)

How to find the NOC classification for your primary occupation.

  • Choosing the right NOC is absolutely crucial for a successful permanent resident application.
  • Make sure you have performed the actions described in the lead statement for that primary occupation as set out in the occupational descriptions of the National Occupational Classification.
  • Make sure you have performed a substantial number of the main duties of the primary occupation as set out in the occupational descriptions of the National Occupational Classification, including all of the essential duties.
  • When you submit your Application for Permanent Residence you will be required to submit proof that you have performed the actions described in the lead statement of your primary occupation and you have performed a substantial number of main duties for that occupation, including all of the essential duties.

Language Requirements

  • Take an approved language test in English and or French and get a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in writing, reading, listening and speaking.

Education

  • Do you have a Canadian certificate, diploma or degree from a secondary (high school) or post-secondary school.
  • If you have foreign education, you must have your certificate, diploma or degree assessed by an organization or a professional body designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Step 2: Find out if you have a minimum of 67 points in the six selection factors. Note: The factors considered here are different from the Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS).

1.Language

You can score a maximum of 28 points for Language.

First Official Language Reading (IELTS) Writing (IELTS) Listening (IELTS) Speaking (IELTS) Points
CLB Level 9 or higher 7.0 7.0 8.0 7.0 24
CLB Level 8 6.5 6.5 7.5 6.5 20
CLB Level 7 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 16
Second Official Language Reading (IELTS) Writing (IELTS) Listening (IELTS) Speaking (IELTS) Points
At least CLB 5 in all the 4 abilities 4.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 4

2. Education

You can score a maximum of 25 points for Education.

Level of Education points
PhD. Level 25
Master’s Level 23
Two or more post-secondary degree, one of which must be issued on completion of a post-secondary program of three years or longer 22
Post secondary degree- 3 years or longer 21
Post secondary degree- 2 years 19
Secondary school 5

3. Work Experience

You can score a maximum of 15 points for Work Experience. The work Experience must in the last 10 years and can be full time or the equivalent in part-time.

Work Experience Points
6 or more years of work experience 15
4-5 years of work experience 13
2-3 years of work experience 11
1 year of work experience 9

4. Age

You can score a maximum of 12 points for your age.

Age Points
18 years or older but less than 36 years of age 12
36 years 11
37 years 10
38 years 9
39 years 8
40 years 7
41 years 6
42 years 5
43 years 4
44 years 3
45 years 2
46 years 1
Under 18 years or 47 years of age or over 1

5. Arranged Employment or Valid Job Offer

You can score a maximum of 10 points for arranged employment.
Arrangement employment or valid job offer means an offer of employment that is

  • made by a single employer in Canada,
  • that is for continuous full-time work in Canada having a duration of at least one year after the date on which a permanent resident visa is issued, and
  • that is in an occupation that is listed in Skill Type 0 Management Occupations or Skill Level A or B of the National Occupational Classification matrix.
  • To get the 10 points for arranged employment, you must also fit into one of the 4 situations described below.
Situation Conditions Points
1.You are currently working in Canada on a valid Work Permit

Your work permit is valid both when you apply and when the permanent resident visa is issued (or you’re allowed to work in Canada without a work permit when your visa is issued).

The work permit was based on a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) in an occupation listed under skill type 0 or skill level A or B of the National Occupational Classification matrix.

You’re working for an employer named on your work permit.

That employer has made a valid job offer based on you being accepted as a skilled worker.

10 Points
2.You currently work in Canada in a job that is exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) requirement (eg. NAFTA or other international trade agreements work permits)

Your work permit is valid both when you apply and when the permanent resident visa is issued (or you’re allowed to work in Canada without a permit when your permanent resident visa is issued).

Your current employer has made a valid job offer based on you being accepted as a skilled worker.

You are currently working for the employer specified on your work permit.

You have been working for that employer for at least 1 year, continuous full-time or part-time equivalent.

10 Points
3. You currently don’t have a work permit, or don’t plan to work in Canada before your permanent resident visa

A Canadian employer has a labour market impact assessment.

That Canadian employer has made you a valid job offer based on that Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and on you being accepted as a skilled worker.

10 Points
4. You have a valid work permit or are allowed to work in Canada without a work permit You’re currently working in Canada in a job that is exempt from a Labour market impact assessment, but it is not under an international, federal-provincial agreement or because of significant benefit to Canadian interests.An employer other than the one you are currently working for:
has a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
has made you a valid job offer based on that Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and on you being accepted as a skilled worker.
10 Points

6. Adaptability

You can earn a maximum of 10 points under Adaptability.

Criteria Points
Your spouse or common-law partner has a language level in either English or French at CLB 4 level or higher in all 4 language abilities (speaking, listening, reading and writing). 5 Points
You completed at least 2 academic years of full-time study (in a program at least 2 years long) at a secondary or post-secondary school in Canada. 5 Points
Your spouse or common-law partner completed at least 2 academic years of full-time study (in a program at least 2 years long) at a secondary or post-secondary school in Canada. 5 Points

You worked at least 1 year of full-time work in Canada:

In a job listed in Skill Type 0 or Skill Levels A or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

And, with a valid work permit, or while authorized to work in Canada.

10 points
Your spouse or partner completed at least 1 year of full-time work in Canada on a valid work permit or while authorized to work in Canada. 5 points
You earned points for having arranged employment. 5 points

You, or your spouse or common-law partner, have a relative who is:

living in Canada

18 years or older and

a Canadian citizen or permanent resident

This relative must be a:

parent

grandparent

child

grandchild

your or your spouse’s sibling (child of your or your spouse’s parent)

your or your spouse’s aunt or uncle (by blood or marriage)

your or your spouse’s niece or nephew (grandchild of your or your spouse’s parent)

5 points

Step 3: Funds Required to Settle in Canada

If you do not have a valid job offer in Canada, you will be required to prove that you have money for you and your family to settle in Canada.

Use the table below to determine the funds required depending on the size of your family.

Number of Family Members Funds Required (in Canadian dollars)
1 $12,669
2 $15,772
3 $19,390
4 $23,542
5 $26,701
6 $30,114
7 $33,528
For each additional family member $3,414

Proof of Funds

  • You will be required to show that you have the required funds readily available to you.
  • Be prepared to produce bank statements showing you have the required funds available to you. Letter(s) must:
    • be printed on the financial institution’s letterhead
    • include their contact information (address, telephone number and email address)
    • include your name
    • list outstanding debts such as credit card debts and loans
    • include, for each current bank and investment account:
    • account numbers
    • the date each account was opened
    • the current balance of each account
    • the average balance for the past six months
  • If you are relying wholly or partly on your spouse’s account to show proof of funds- an affidavit from your spouse stating that you have access to the funds will be required.
  • Funds received as Gift is also accepted, provided a proper gift deed is executed in accordance with the laws of the country you reside.
  • Equity in property, stocks will not be accepted as proof of funds.

 

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