Frequently asked questions about the Federal Skilled Worker Program.
- have at least one year of continuous full-time, or equivalent, paid work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled occupation (National Occupational Classification skill level 0, A or B); or
- qualify for Arranged Employment with a Labour Market Impact Assessment; or
- have completed a PhD from a recognized institution in Canada; or
- have completed two years of study at a recognized institution in Canada towards a PhD;
Candidates must also:
- have settlement funds for settlement in Canada; and
- pass a minimum threshold of language ability for one of Canada's two official languages (English/French).
In addition, Canada Federal Skilled Worker (Professional) applicants must attain at least 67 points based on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada's (IRCC, formerly CIC) six immigration selection factors.
Finally, all applicants and their accompanying and non-accompanying dependents, under all categories of Canadian Immigration, must satisfy Canadian health and security/criminality requirements.
- appropriate application forms, signed and completed;
- appropriate Canadian government processing fees;
- identity and civil status documents;
- travel documents and passports;
- evidence of education training/professional qualifications;
- evidence of work experience;
- IELTS or CELPIP and/or TEF results;
- Canadian educational credential assessment;
- evidence of Arranged Employment, if applicable;
- evidence of points claimed, if any, under the adaptability factor;
- police certificates and clearances;
- proof of settlement funds.
All candidates who receive an invitation to apply are also required to submit the following supporting documents along with their e-application:
- Valid passport
- Birth certificate
- Language test results
- Documentation attesting to work experience
- Police clearance certificate(s)
- Upfront medical receipt
- Photographs of principal applicant and family members
It is important to note that many Canadian Immigration Visa Offices have their own specific document requirements that must be respected in order to avoid having an application returned, delayed or even refused.
If a candidate is claiming points for Arranged Employment, he or she must also include a letter from the Canadian employer confirming that he or she will be employed indeterminately upon receiving the Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa along with a copy of the positive Labour Market Impact Assessment issued by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).
- the principal applicant's spouse or common-law partner;
- the principal applicant's dependent children and the dependent children of the accompanying spouse or common-law partner, up to 19 years of age;
- the dependent children of the principal applicant's dependent children, and the dependent children of the dependent children of the accompanying spouse or common-law partner.
NOTE: The maximum age of a dependent child is expected to increase in fall 2017, to less than 22 years of age.
NOTE: The government of Canada has stated that changes to the Comprehensive Ranking System will come into force on November 19, 2016. As of that date, points awarded for job offers will change, and certain regulations regarding LMIAs will also change. To learn more about this and other changes, click here.
Canadian Immigration Visa Officers may, under all categories of immigration, grant an interview waiver, depending on the qualifications of the applicant, the quality of the supporting documentation, and the overall credibility of the applicant.