The Citizenship and Immigration Canada, since 1st January 2015, has recognized the Federal Skilled Worker Program, to have its applicants apply for Canadian Visa through the Express Entry System. While this is great news, many people are still not clear about who can be considered as a Federal Skilled Worker.
Skilled workers are those people, who the Canadian Immigration authorities trust to be able to successfully establish themselves in Canada, economically or financially. These people are supposed to have a decent command over English and/or French language(s), a good educational background, previous work experience, amongst other things to help them settle in Canada.
Now, how would you know if you are a Federal Skilled Worker or not?
You are one, if:
- Your work experience matches the type of job that you chose as your primary NOC.
- You have been working within the last 10 years, with at least 1 year of continuous work,Either full-time at a single job-30 hours/week for 12 months = 1 year full time (1,560 hours)Or part-time-15 hours/week for 24 months = 1 year full time (1,560 hours)
- You show that you did in fact perform all the main duties that came with your job description listed in the NOC.
- You can clearly show your work experience, for otherwise you won’t be deemed eligible for the program
We have here six selection factors, each with a maximum number of points to score. The highest you can score, is a 100. You need a minimum score of 67 out of 100 to be eligible to get a Canadian visa on the basis of being a Federal Skilled Worker. Any less than 67, and you won’t qualify for immigration.
An overview: English and French are the two official languages of Canada, and primary languages of communication there. Therefore, your proficiency in at least one of the two languages is an important decider as to whether or not you can get a Canadian visa.
What do You Need to do?
The abilities you’ll be checked for, are:
You will be taking Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) for English, and/or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadien (NCLC) for French.
You will be required to reach at least the level of CLB 7 or NCLC 7 for your first official language in each language section. For the second official language, you would need to reach at least the level of CLB 5 or NCLC 5, in each of the four areas.
Your Express Entry profile will be incomplete without the test results included. Under no circumstances, can you attain your visa eligibility, unless your test results show that you've met the required level of proficiency. You can give both language tests, and include the results to prove your proficiency in English as well as French.
Overview: Education is a factor that no government can ignore. Canadian government would of course like people migrating to their country to be a strong part of their robust economy. And therefore, they would like only people with a basic set level of education to migrate to Canada.
What do You Need to do?
If you got your education in Canada, you will definitely have your certificate, diploma, or degree from either a Canadian secondary or high school, or post-secondary school.
If you went to school anywhere outside Canada, you will need an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from an approved agency. The report should prove that your foreign education is equivalent to a completed certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian secondary or high school, or post-secondary school.
|Level of Education
||Maximum of 25 Points
|Master's level or professional degree
Two or more post-secondary credentials,
one of which is a three-year or longer post-secondary credential
Three-year or longer post-secondary credential
Two-year post-secondary credential
One-year post-secondary credential
Your Express Entry profile will be incomplete without your Canadian credential or your foreign credential, as well as Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report when you apply.
The current accepted fields of study for Degree program, to get eligible, are - Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Podiatry, Optometry, Law, Chiropractic Medicine, or Pharmacy.
You would have to show a valid job offer from before the time you tried to apply for this visa. And this job offer should have the below listed features:
You can get the points for a valid job offer. Only under the following conditions, would the job offer be considered as valid: