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:
- work experience and
- English or French skills.
Applicants must meet:
- the pass mark of 67 out of 100 points and
- admissibility requirements.
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.
We currently have an annual cap of 5,000 for new federal skilled worker applications. There are also sub-caps of 300 for each of the 24 occupations. The caps do not affect people with a qualifying job offer and PhD students.
Also in this topic
- This is a guide for employers in small to medium-sized businesses who want to hire foreign workers.