The Canada Federal Skilled Worker Program is Canada's primary economic immigration pathway and gives skilled workers, and their loved ones, the opportunity to become permanent residents in Canada.
The first step in pursuing permanent residence in Canada as a Federal Skilled Worker is to make an expression of interest in immigrating to Canada by creating an online Express Entry profile. Based on the information provided in their profile, Federal Skilled Worker candidates obtain a score under Express Entry's Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) that determines their ranking in the pool of eligible candidates.
Periodically, the Government of Canada issues Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to the highest-ranked candidates in the Express Entry pool and publishes the CRS cut-off score. CRS scores are not fixed, and candidates may take steps to improve their ranking while in the pool.
The minimum requirements are:
- One continuous year of full-time (1560 total hours /30 hours per week or equivalent in part time) paid work experience in the same job within the last 10 years in a NOC O, A, B occupation
- Proof of language proficiency in one of Canada’s official languages – CLB 7 in all 4 skills
- A certificate, diploma, or degree from a Canadian secondary or post-secondary institution Or An Education Credential Assessment (ECA) for immigration purposes for immigration purposes from a designated organization showing that your education is equal to a completed certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian education is from a secondary or post-secondary institution.
- Sufficient money to settle in Canada