Federal Skilled Worker Program
Federal Skilled Worker Canada or FSWP
All Skilled Immigrants must use the Express Entry System to come to Canada. This is a system where eligible candidates are placed in a pool with other candidates and are selected based on their rankings. The top candidates receive an Invitation to Apply which makes them eligible to apply online for permanent residence.
There are 3 kinds of Skilled Immigrants that Express entry covers:
- Federal Skilled Workers
- Federal Trade Skilled Workers, and
- Canadian Experience Class
To be eligible for Express Entry, you must meet the requirements for the Federal Immigration Programs above. In order to be eligible for Express Entry you must:
- Meet the minimum Language Requirements
- Have skilled work experience, and
- Register with Job Bank
You will be tested on your ability in French or English. The test will cover four areas:
- Speaking, and
Each program has different minimum language requirements:
Federal Skilled Worker Program
- must meet the level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)7 in English, or
- Must meet the level of Niveaux de Comptence Linguistique Canadiens (NCLC) 7 in French.
These are the minimum levels for your first official language in all four language abilities. To receive points for your second official language, you must meet a level of CLB5 or higher in all four language abilities.
Federal Skilled Trades Program
The minimum level requirements are:
- CLB 5(English) or NCLC 5 (French) for Listening and speaking, and
- CLB 4 (English) or NCLC 4 (French) for reading and writing.
Canadian Experience Class
The skills required depend on the classification of the job under the National Occupational Classification system (NOC).If you have skilled work experience in Canada in a:
- NOC 0 or A job, the minimum level is CLB7 (English) or NCLC7 (French).
- NOC B job, the minimum level is CLB 5 (English) or NCLC 5 (French).
Skilled Work Experience
The Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC) sets the standard for Skilled Work Experience. The NOC defines Skilled Work Experience as:
- Managerial jobs (NOC skill level 0)
- Professional jobs (NOC skill type A)
- Skilled trades and Technical jobs (NOC skill type B)
It is required that you have a minimum of 12 months of full time experience or equivalent part-time skilled work experience. 30 hours of paid work per week is considered full-time.
Job Bank Registration
Job Bank is database created by the Government of Canada to help match applicants with employers looking for workers with specific skills. It connects you with jobs and employers in Canada based on your skills and experience. You must register with job bank if you do not have:
- A valid job offer, or
- A nomination from a province or territory.
Your Express Entry profile will expire within 30 days if you do not register with Job Bank.
If you receive a job offer from an employer in Canada, it must be supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). This is a process where the employer.
If you are interested in applying for Express Entry, contact Akrami & Associates. We are here to help!
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Please be advised that the Federal Skilled Worker have been updated and are currently processed under the Express Entry umbrella. For more recent information, please click here.