Canada Federal Skilled Worker Program | Canada Jobs

Canada Federal Skilled Worker Program | Canada Jobs

Canada Federal Skilled Worker Program | Canada Jobs

If you are a skilled worker, you may be eligible for Canadian permanent residence.

More About Canada Federal Skilled Worker Program

As of January 1, 2015, the Federal Skilled Worker Program is also known as “FSWP” was replaced and became part of Express Entry. The Federal Skilled Worker Program is one out of three pathways within Express Entry that allow one to work in Canada!

Express Entry is an online application system that manages candidates eligible for permanent residency looking for employment. The FSWP category specifically is for those without prior Canadian work experience or those that haven’t been invited by a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

Federal Skilled Worker Requirements

When creating your Express Entry profile, your rank within the Express Entry pool will be determined by your CRS Score. There are 3 minimum requirements to be considered for the Federal Skilled Worker Program. Those include:

Work Experience –

You are required to have skilled work experience within the managerial, professional, or technical and trades occupation categories.

These categories are also known as 0, A, and B NOC Code job groups.

Language Proficiency –

Proving your language proficiency consists of taking an approved language test assessing your writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills in English and/or French.

Approved Language Tests:

  • IELTS – International English Language Testing Program (IELTS)
  • CELPIP – Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)
  • TEF – TEF (Test d’Evaluation de Français)

Education –

Which you can show proof of education through a certificate, diploma, or degree

Arranged employment in Canada (maximum 10 points)

You can get points if you have a job offer of at least 1 year from a Canadian employer. You must get the job offer before you apply to come to Canada as a Federal Skilled Worker.

A valid job offer has to be:

for continuous, paid, full-time work (minimum of 30 hours/week) that is:

not seasonal

for at least 1 year

in an occupation listed as Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the NOC.

We must be convinced that:

you’re able to do the job offered to you
you’ll be able to become licensed or certified when in Canada (if the occupation is regulated in Canada)

To get 10 points for a valid job offer, 1 of these situations must also apply.

Situation 1

You currently work in Canada on a work permit and you meet all of the following conditions:

Your work permit is valid both when you apply and when the permanent resident visa is issued (or you’re allowed to work in Canada without a work permit when your visa is issued).

We issued your work permit based on a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada in an occupation listed under skill type 0 or skill level A or B of the NOC.
You’re working for an employer named on your work permit.
That employer has made a valid job offer based on you being accepted as a skilled worker.

Situation 2

You currently work in Canada in a job that is exempt from the LMIA requirement because of 1 of the following:

an international agreement (such as, the North American Free Trade Agreement) or

significant benefit to Canadian interests or

a federal-provincial agreement

You must also meet all of the following conditions:

Your work permit is valid both when you apply and when the permanent resident visa is issued (or you’re allowed to work in Canada without a permit when your permanent resident visa is issued).
Your current employer has made a valid job offer based on you being accepted as a skilled worker.
You are currently working for the employer specified on your work permit.
You have been working for that employer for at least 1 year, continuous full-time or part-time equivalent.

Situation 3

You must meet all of the following conditions:

You currently don’t have a work permit, or don’t plan to work in Canada before you get a permanent resident visa.
An employer has a LMIA.
That employer has made you a valid job offer based on that LMIA and on you being accepted as a skilled worker.

Situation 4

You must meet all of the following conditions:

You have a valid work permit or are allowed to work in Canada without a work permit.
You’re currently working in Canada in a job that is exempt from a LMIA, but it is not under an international, federal-provincial agreement or because of significant benefit to Canadian interests.
An employer other than the one you are currently working for:
has a LMIA
has made you a valid job offer based on that LMIA and on you being accepted as a skilled worker.

LMIAs and valid job offers

You can’t get a LMIA (your employer must do this for you).

Employment and Social Development Canada will only confirm valid job offers for occupations listed in skill type 0, or skill level A or B, of the NOC.

Adaptability (maximum 10 points)

You and your spouse or common-law partner who will immigrate with you to Canada can earn points for adaptability.

You and your spouse can earn a maximum of 10 points by combining any of the elements below. These elements assess how well you and your spouse are likely to settle in Canada.

Adaptability Maximum 10 points

Your spouse or partner’s language levelYour spouse or common-law partner has a language level in either English or French at CLB 4 level or higher in all 4 language abilities (speaking, listening, reading and writing).

To get these points, you must submit your spouse or common-law partner’s test results from an approved agency when you apply. The language tests are valid for 2 years after the date of the test result. They must be valid on the day you apply for permanent residence.
5
Your past studies in CanadaYou completed at least 2 academic years of full-time study (in a program at least 2 years long) at a secondary or post-secondary school in Canada.

Full-time study means at least 15 hours of classes per week. You must have stayed in good academic standing (as set out by the school) during that time.
5
Your spouse or partner’s past studies in Canada Your spouse or common-law partner completed at least 2 academic years of full-time study (in a program at least 2 years long) at a secondary or post-secondary school in Canada.

Full-time study means at least 15 hours of classes per week, and your spouse or partner must have stayed in good academic standing (as set out by the school) during that time.
5
Your past work in Canada You did at least 1 year of full-time work in Canada:

In a job listed in Skill Type 0 or Skill Levels A or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
And, with a valid work permit, or while authorized to work in Canada.

10
Your spouse or common-law partner’s past work in CanadaYour spouse or partner did at least 1 year of full-time work in Canada on a valid work permit or while authorized to work in Canada. 5
Arranged employment in CanadaYou earned points for having arranged employment. 5
Relatives in CanadaYou, or your spouse or common-law partner, have a relative who is:

living in Canada
18 years or older and
a Canadian citizen or permanent resident

This relative must be a:

parent
grandparent
child
grandchild
your or your spouse’s sibling (child of your or your spouse’s parent)
your or your spouse’s aunt or uncle (by blood or marriage)
your or your spouse’s niece or nephew (grandchild of your or your spouse’s parent)

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