Federal Skilled Worker Program

We use a grid of 100 points to assess how well an applicant will adapt to Canada’s labour market. The grid looks at factors such as:

  • education,
  • work experience and
  • English or French skills.

Applicants must meet:

We review new applications within 12 months. We give priority to applicants with arranged employment.

The foreign worker must apply for himself or herself. However, as an employer, you can greatly improve the chances of having an application approved by making a qualifying job offer in a skilled occupation.

To be eligible, federal skilled worker applicants must have:

  • valid third-party language test results (that show they meet the minimum language threshold),
  • educational credential assessments for any foreign educational credentials, and
  • at least a year of full-time experience in a skilled field.

Also, they must:

  • have an offer of arranged employment or
  • have experience in a priority occupation or
  • be taking (or be a recent graduate of) a Canadian PhD program.

Note: As of May 1, 2014, there is an overall cap of 25,500 for new federal skilled worker applications. This includes a cap of 500 applications from PhD students. There are also sub-caps of 1,000 for each of the 50 eligible occupations. The caps do not affect people with a valid job offer. These are the last applications we will accept under the current system before Express Entry launches in January 2015


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