Professional and Skilled Workers

Canada is always open to the immigration of skilled workers and professionals who will contribute to the country’s economy. These skilled workers are extremely valuable to Canada’s economy and the strength of its workforce.

A Canadian Immigration (permanent resident) Visa is awarded to all successful  

applicants of the Skilled Worker Immigration programs. This allows the applicant, along with their family to immigrate to Canada.

Skilled workers and professionals have a few options. Based on their qualifications and experience, they might be able to apply under Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker Class. The Quebec Skilled Worker Program may also be an option if your intended destination is the province of Quebec. An application could also be submitted through one of the various Provincial Nominee Programs if the applicant knows which province or territory they wish to live in.

Listed below are some programs your can explore

In addition, Express Entry is the fastest way into Canada

Federal Skilled Worker Program

Individuals interested in immigrating to Canada as Federal Skilled Workers must first express their interest by creating an online Express Entry profile.Based on the information provided in their profile, Federal Skilled Worker candidates obtain a score under Express Entry's Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) that determines their ranking in the pool of eligible candidates.

Federal Skilled worker candidates will then obtain a score under the Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). This system will determine their ranking in the pool of candidates.The highest ranking candidates in the Express Entry pool are then issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) by the Government of Canada. Candidates may take steps to improve their rankings by improving their CRS score while in the pool.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

Canadian educational credential (certificate, diploma, or degree) or foreign credential
and Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report.

Validated language ability equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in English or French across all abilities (reading, writing, listening, and speaking);

One year of continuous full-time or equivalent paid work experience in the past 10 years in
a skilled occupation classified under the  National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill
level 0, A or B

The eligibility of a candidate for the Federal Skilled worker program is determined by the IRCC based on their unique points grid. Invitations to Apply for Canadian permanent residence are issued to the highest ranking candidates.

Candidates are ranked based on their CRS score. Federal Skilled Trades and Canadian Experience Class candidate profiles are also included in the Express Entry pool.

Candidates are required to meet the minimum requirements for work, language ability and education to apply under the Federal Skilled worker program. They are also required to acquire at least 67 points under the program’s 100-point grid. Candidates are assessed based on factors including age, work experience, arranged employment, education, language ability and adoptability.

Selection Factors

The Federal Skilled Worker selection criteria are listed below.

Education - up to 25 points

Language Skills - up to 28 points

Work Experience - up to 15 points

Age - up to 12 points

Arranged Employment - up to 10 points

Adaptability -  up to 10 points

Federal Skilled Worker candidates and their dependents are encouraged to complete their medical evaluations as soon as the ITA is issued. Medical exam results are required to be valid at the time of applying for permanent residence and upon arrival in Canada. Security clearances must also be obtained by applicants as part of the Canadian immigration application process in order to prove that they are admissible to Canada.

Federal skilled worker applications are aimed to be processed within a period of six months by the IRCC. Please visit the Canada Immigration Processing Times Tool to lean about the processing times for immigration applications.

Test results for language must be submitted along with immigration applications to be awarded points for language proficiency.

Federal Skilled Workers are required to prove that they can become economically established in Canada with their dependant family members should they be invited to apply for permanent residence. This requirement is not expected of foreign nationals who have arranged employment in Canada or are presently authorized to work in Canada.

Processing Fees
*all fees in Canadian Dollars

Principal applicant

$550 processing fee + $490 right of permanent residence fee

$ 1,040

Spouse or Common Law Partner

$550 processing fee + $490 right of permanent residence fee

$ 1,040

Child or Children

A dependent child of the principal applicant who is under 22 and is not a spouse or common-law partner, or is 22 or older who has been unable to be financially self-supporting since before the age of 22, due to a physical or mental condition

$ 150
per Child