The Canadian Federal Skilled Worker Program allows skilled professionals with significant work experience, employability, and adaptability to gain legal permanent residence in Canada.
Since January 2015 all applications for the federal Skilled worker Program have been made through the new Express Entry system. Applicants must complete an online profile, and submit and expression of interest before applying for their visa.
The Canadian Federal Skilled Worker Program is points based, with applicants being assessed on criteria such as age, education, experience, language skills, adaptability, and whether they have an existing job offer in Canada.
Federal Skilled Worker Program applicants must meet several basic criteria before their visa will be granted, and must also score a minimum of 67 points on the Canadian Skilled Workers Points System.
Express Entry profile
All applicants must complete and Express Entry profile and submit an expression of interest before their visa will be granted. On their profile applicants must provide details of their:
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Federal Skilled Worker Program applicants must have significant work experience in a skilled role, which must meet the following conditions:
Applicants must have reasonable proficiency in English, French, or both languages. To prove this applicants must provide test results from the following language test providers on their Express Entry profile BEFORE they can apply for a visa:
Applicants must have the following educational qualifications:
Applicants must also have access to sufficient maintenance funds for themselves and their family members, and must be able to prove this with bank statements or other documents. The amount of funds applicants must have access to depends upon the number of family members included in the application. The following table gives a detailed breakdown of the funds required for this visa:
|Number of family members (including main applicant)||Maintenance funds required|
|7 +||$33,014 CAD|