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The Express Entry Federal Skilled Worker Program provides skilled foreign nationals with one of the quickest routes to Canadian permanent residency. Managed under the broader Express Entry System, the Federal Skilled Worker Program rewards specific educated and experienced individuals with streamlined Canadian immigration.

If you think you might have the skills, education, and experience to qualify, read on to find out more about this exciting opportunity.

Eligibility Criteria to Apply as A Federal Skilled Worker (Express Entry)

Immigration through the Express Entry System is merit-based and operates on a point-based ranking system. Applicants interested in the Federal Skilled Worker Program must complete an online expression of interest. Those profiles will be placed in a pool of all applicants and then scored, ranked based on the information provided. The highest scoring applicants may be issued an Invitation to Apply.

Before a profile is considered, applicants to the Federal Skilled Worker Program must first meet these three eligibility criteria:

  • 1-year of continuous, paid work experience in the same NOC listed occupation as you are using on your application. 1,560 hours are required. This time can be made up from one full-time job, more than one part-time job, or accumulated from part-time work over more than one year
  • Minimum language proficiency of CLB 7 in either English or French in all four abilities (speaking, listening, reading writing) from an approved testing agency
  • A certificate, degree or diploma from a Canadian secondary or post-secondary institution OR an internationally completed credential accompanied by an Educational Assessment Credential verifying its Canadian equivalency

Individuals who successfully meet these requirements will then have their applications evaluated on six selection factors that help measure a candidate’s eligibility for the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

  • Language ability (up to 28 points) plus an additional 4 points for ability in a second official language
  • Education (up to 25 points)
  • Work experience (up to 15 points)
  • Age (up to 12 points)
  • A valid Canadian job offer (10 points)
  • Demonstrated ability to settle in Canada (up to 10 points)

The current passing score for the Federal Skilled Worker program is 67 points. Upon receiving a passing grade, candidates may submit an online profile within the Express Entry System.

Who Can Apply Under Federal Skilled Worker?

Only certain skilled workers are eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program. These positions are generally those which require a post-secondary degree, special training, or managerial experience. Accepted NOC listed occupation include (a complete list is available here):

  • NOC Skill Type 0 Managerial jobs – Restaurant managers, financial managers, engineering managers
  • NOC Skill Type A Professional jobs – Doctors, lawyers, dentists
  • NOC Skill Type B Technical jobs and skilled trades – Plumbers, licensed practical nurses, real estate agents

How Long Does Federal Skilled Worker Application Take?

Each application’s processing time will vary; however, most Express Entry applications get processed within 6 months. Once submitted, your online profile is valid for 1 year.

How Much Money Do I Need to Immigrate to Canada?

Those wishing to settle in Canada should research living costs in the communities they are interested in living in. Some applicants must also prove they have enough funds to settle in Canada. The amount required will vary depending on family size and start at $12,960, increasing by approximately $3,400 for each additional dependant family member regardless of whether or not they are immigrating to Canada with you.

This condition is waived for those currently working legally in Canada and for those with valid job offers.

The immigration consultants at Elaar have helped many foreign nationals successfully immigrate to Canada. Our team works hard to make immigrating to Canada as simple and straightforward as possible by managing all the details of preparing and submitting your application. If you need help applying to the Federal Skilled Worker Program, contact us today to find out why more foreign nationals choose our services.

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