Foreign skilled professionals and workers are greatly valued in Canada. Federal Skilled Worker Program, one of the most popular programs in the Express Entry, is designed for those with specific skill sets.
You need skilled work experience, language skills, and education, but in order to succeed in your application, you need to qualify for the Express Entry parameters too. The ranking system is based on a 100-point grid, and you need 67 to qualify.
Here are the minimum requirements for candidates seeking to apply for the Federal Skilled Worker Program:
Skilled Work Experience
You must have at least 1 year of full-time paid work experience or 1,560 hours in total. These hours can also be fulfilled over a longer period of time, for instance, 15 hours a week for 24 months at a part-time job, or the same full-time work-load at more than one job in 12 months.
You will receive a minimum of 9 points for 1 year of experience, 2-5 years will get you 11-13 points, and having more than 6 years of experience, you can get a maximum of 15 points.
You can apply for FSWP if you are working in one of the following National Occupation Classification job groups:
General requirements for skilled work experience are:
You can get a maximum of 28 points for your language skills. You will have to work on speaking, listening, reading, and writing. You can either sit for CELPIP, IELTS, or TEF Canada.
In the Federal Skilled Worker Program, you can get a maximum of 25 points for your education. If you went to school in Canada you will need to present your secondary, high-school, post-secondary or higher education certificate or diploma. If you have a foreign education you must have a completed educational credential and obtain a report from an approved agency in Canada showing that your education is equal to a Canadian degree.
You get more points if you fulfill any of the following requirements to at least some extent: