Skilled workers are people who are chosen as permanent residents based on their ability to prosper in Canada.
We assess federal skilled worker (FSW) applications based on the factors set out below.
A) Basic eligibility
We will only process your FSW application if you have:
- at least one year of continuous and paid (full-time or an equal amount in part-time) work experience
- in a single occupation,
- within the last 10 years,
- at skill type 0, or skill levels A or B of the 2011 edition of the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC), and you:
You meet all the minimum requirements below.
Note: If you meet all the conditions set out in sections A and B, we will process your application based on the six selection factors in section C. Even if your application is eligible to be processed, you must meet all of the other FSW program requirements, such as having enough money to support you and your family in Canada.
B) Minimum requirements
If your application is eligible to be processed, we will then assess it to see if your work experience is valid.
Your work experience must be:
- for at least one year in the same occupation,
- continuous and paid (full-time or an equal amount in part-time),
- within the last 10 years,
- skill type 0 (managerial occupations) or
- skill level A (professional occupations) or
- skill level B (technical occupations and skilled trades)
on the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC) list.
(The National Occupational Classification is a system used to classify jobs in Canada.)
You must meet minimum language levels and include the results of a language test from an agency approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) when you apply that shows you meet the minimum language requirement of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7.
You must have:
- a Canadian diploma, certificate, or credential
- a foreign educational credential, and an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) by an agency approved by CIC to show it is equal to a completed Canadian secondary or post-secondary educational credential.
About the application cap
Due to the large number of applications we get, we can only consider a limited number of applications per year. Between May 4, 2013, and April 30, 2014, we will consider no more than 5,000 complete FSW applications for processing. Within the 5,000 cap, we will consider no more than 300 applications per eligible occupation for processing within this same time frame.
This does not apply if you:
- have a valid offer of arranged employment, or
- are applying under the PhD stream (there is a cap of 1,000 applications in this stream, from May 4, 2013 to April 30, 2014).
C) Six selection factors
If you meet all the conditions set out in sections A and B above, we will process your application based on the six selection factors in the skilled worker points grid.Footnote 1 They are:
- your skills in English and/or French, Canada’s two official languages,
- your education,
- your work experience,
- your age,
- whether you have arranged employment in Canada, and
- your adaptability (how well you are likely to settle here).
To see how many points you might get, read about the selection factors
If you are not sure if you should apply as a skilled worker, try the Come to Canada Wizard to get an idea if your application would be eligible to be processed.
D) Proof of funds
You must also show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family after you arrive in Canada.
Some people are inadmissible—they are not allowed to come to Canada. Several things can make you inadmissible, including being involved in:
- crime, or
- human rights violations.
You can also be inadmissible for:
- financial reasons, or
- other reasons.
- Footnote 1
These factors are part of a 100-point grid used to assess federal skilled workers. This means you earn points for how well you do in each of the six factors. The total points will show if you qualify. The current pass mark is 67 points.
- Who is a federal skilled worker?
- What are the language requirements for applicants?
- Can lower skilled workers apply for permanent residence under the Canadian Experience Class?
- What is arranged employment?
- Can I count part-time work toward the requirements for work experience?
Find more answers in the Help Centre.
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