Federal Skilled Worker
This category is designed for Skilled Workers and professionals. These are applicants who have post-secondary (college or university) education, work experience and proficiency in one or two of the Canadian official languages (English/French).
Selection of Skilled Worker applicants is based on an eligibility criterion consisting of some selection factors such as age, education, work experience, English/French language ability and adaptability.
As of January 2015, a new system called Express Entry is used to manage how people with skilled work experience apply to immigrate to Canada. The Express Entry system has two main steps:
1) An online Express Entry profile
Potential candidates are required to complete an online Express Entry profile to provide information regarding their:
- work experience,
- language ability,
- other details which help the system assess the potential candidates.
2) The highest-ranking candidates in the pool will be invited to apply for permanent residence
A point-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System determines candidates’ ranking. Points are awarded based on the information available in the candidates’ profile. The highest scoring candidates in the pool will receive an invitation to apply. Upon invitation to apply, candidates have 90 days to submit their online application for permanent residence.
Candidates can stay in the pool for up to 12 months. If they do not receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence within 12 months after submitting an Express Entry profile, they can submit a new profile. If they still meet the required criteria, they can re-enter the pool. This is to avoid backlogs and ensure fast processing times.
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