Federal Skilled Worker Program
Canadian Experience Class
Federal Skilled Trades Program
Federal Skill Worker Class
Here are some certain minimum requirements to meet in order to qualify for this program:
Skilled Work Experience
- Express Entry candidates must score a minimum of 67 points out of 100 on the selection grid.
- You must have at least 1 year of paid work experience or 1560 hours total (with 30 hours per week maximum calculation) within last 10 years. Skilled work experience must fall under TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3 as per updated Canadian National Occupation Classification (NOC).
- Candidate must reach at least CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) level 7 on an approved French or English language test in all 4 abilities.
Note: CLB is Canadian Language Benchmark standard which is a descriptive scale of language ability in English written as 12 benchmarks or reference points along a continuum from basic to advance.
- If you went to school in Canada, at least a certificate, diploma, or a degree from Canadian high school or post-secondary institution.
- If you have foreign education, a completed credential, an ECA (Education Credential Assessment) for immigration purposes from a designated organization showing equivalency to Canadian certificate, degree or diploma.
Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) is an evaluation of your foreign educational credentials compared to Canadian standards of education and is valid for the purposes of Canadian immigration.
Proof of funds
You must be able to show the proof of enough funds available for you and your family (if applicable) to settle in Canada, unless:
- You are currently able to work legally in Canada.
- You have a valid job offer from an employer in Canada.
- You must be admissible to Canada.
- The candidate must intend to live outside Quebec.
Candidates who can meet all of these minimum requirements can submit an Express Entry Profile for this program. It should be noted that certain medical conditions and criminal offenses can make anyone inadmissible to Canada.
Application procedure for Federal Skill Worker Class:
Interested candidates have to apply Express Entry profile to IRCC. However, submitting this profile will not guarantee that candidate will receive their permanent residence. After submitting a profile, the candidate will be assigned a CRS score based on several aspects including their education, work experience, age, valid job offers, English and/or French language proficiency and adaptability. Then, the candidate will be considered for an invitation to application further.
While submitting a profile, the candidate must provide the documents mentioned below:
- A valid Educational Credentials Assessment (ECA) report to attest foreign education value with Canadian standards
- Language proficiency test results completed within the last 2 years.
- Identification documents, preferably a valid passport.
Besides being successfully completing the CRS pool score, the application needs to pass the second tier of the FSW selection grid score as well.
Canadian Experience Class
Requirements:To apply under this category, the applicant must have at least 1-year of full-time work experience in Canada within the last 3 years. Foreign candidates who do not possess this level of work experience can’t be eligible under this class.
- Work experience must be obtained in Canada within 3 years prior to submitting the Application of Invitation.
- Skilled work experience must fall under TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3 as per updated Canadian National Occupation Classification (NOC).
- Legally obtained work experience.
- Self-employment & Part-time work experience with full-time study could not be counted for this program.
- International Students, who have completed their post-secondary Program in Canada, are also eligible to apply for permanent residency under the CEC Program. However, only the work experience based on their post-graduation work permit is considered valid.
- Minimum of CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) 7 is necessary for an approved French or English language test for TEER 0 or Teer 1 jobs.
- However, CLB 5 is acceptable with TEER 2 or TEER 3 jobs.
- The applicant can get points for education if they have a certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian Secondary School or a post-secondary institution.
- Through a completed foreign credential and an ECA report for immigration purposes showing equivalency to Canadian education. If your ECA report assesses your foreign education equivalent to Canadian Credentials, you may include the information in your Express Entry profile.
- Applicant must intend to live in any province other than Quebec.
Federal Skilled Trades Program (FST)
Requirements:Here are the requirements which candidates need to fulfill to submit an Express Entry profile:
- To apply for FST, the candidate must have at least 2 years of work experience full-time in a skilled trade.
- This experience must be obtained within the last 5 years.
- Work experience will be considered only after the candidate has been granted the trade practice certification (if required) in the country of their residence.
- Candidates need a minimum of CLB 5 for speaking & listening and CLB 4 for reading & writing any approved English or French language test.
- There is no education requirement for the Federal Skilled Trades Program. But if you want to improve your rank in the Express Entry pool, you can claim points for your education. Higher is your education, more are the education points you can score. There are also some additional points for education completed in Canada. In addition, candidates must get their ECA done by accredited institutions in order to claim the points for education received outside Canada.
- Candidate must have a full-time employment offer for FST program position
- Candidate must have a qualification certificate in his skilled trade issued by Canadian provincial, territorial or federal authority.
- The candidate must intend to live outside Quebec. With all of these requirements fulfilled, the candidate can submit an Express Entry profile.
- Test results of language proficiency.
- Identification documents.