Federal Skilled Worker

Federal Skilled Worker



The system of Express Entry manages applications for permanent residence for three programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trade and Canadian Experience Class. Applicants need to create a profile in Express Entry system, which ranks their human capital, spousal factor, adaptability, and other factors. Applicants have higher score may receive the invitation.

From January 1, 2015, Federal Skilled Worker applications are processed through the Express Entry selection system for immigration to Canada. Eligible candidates must make an expression of interest in immigrating to Canada, create an online Express Entry profile, and receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence before they may make an application.

Federal Skilled Worker Criteria:
  1. Have at least one year of continuous full -time or equivalent paid work experience in NOC 0 A B occupation in the past 10 years, can be inside or outside Canada.
  2. Have a minimum level of CLB 7 in English or French
  3. Have obtained at least secondary school diploma
  4. Potential candidates must obtain at least 67 points under the program’s 100-point grid
  5. Pass the immigration medical exam and background and security check

Potential candidates must obtain at least 67 points under the program’s 100-point grid based on six selection factors:

  • age
  • education
  • work experience
  • whether you have a valid job offer
  • English and/or French language skills
  • adaptability (how well you’re likely to settle here)

Skilled Worker Selection Grid:

1. English/French (Abilities: Speak, Read, Write, Listen)
First language can be English or French. Approved language test can be IELTS, CELPIP, TEF or TCF  
Max. 28
1st Lang CLB level 9 or higher 6/each skill
1st Lang CLB level 8 5/ each skill
1st Lang CLB level 7 4/ each skill
2nd Lang CLB 5 1/ each skill
2. Education
ECA report for immigration purposes is required for foreign education
Max. 25
Doctorate 25
Master’s or professional degree 23
Two or more post-secondary degrees (one must be 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
3. Work experience
Minimum one-year work experience at skill type 0, A or B Full-time paid, 30 hours per week or equal amount of part-time
Max. 15
6 or more years 15
4-5 years 13
2-3 years 11
1 year 9
4. Age   Max.12
<= 35 12
36 11
37 10
38 9
39 8
40 7
41 6
42 5
43 4
44 3
45 2
46 1
5. Arranged employment in Canada     Max.10
Valid job offer of at least 1 year from a Canadian employer Occupation listed as Skill Type 0, or Skill Level A or B of the NOC   10
6. Adaptability Max.10
Applicant has a minimum of 1-year skilled Work experience in Canada 10
Applicant or spouse has previously studies in Canada 5
Spouse has previously worked in Canada 5
Arranged employment 5
Relatives over the age of 18  in Canada 5
Spouse 5


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