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 type 0 or skill level A or B);
- have validated language test results equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in English or French across all abilities (reading, writing, listening, and speaking); and
- have a Canadian educational credential (certificate, diploma, or degree) or foreign credential supported by an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report.
- have enough settlement funds for settlement in Canada.
Federal Skilled Worker (Professional) applicants must attain at least 67 points on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)'s 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 or TCF Canada results or;
- 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
- Language test results
- Documentation attesting to work experience
- Police clearance certificate(s)
- Upfront medical information tracking sheet
- 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 22 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.
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.