Work Visa Canada

Work Visa Canada

The Federal Skilled Worker plan is for skilled workers who want to immigrate to Canada permanently. You must meet all the minimum requirements to be eligible, which includes your skilled work experience, education and language proficiency. Once an applicant meets all the minimum requirements, then his/her application is based on the following factors:

  • Age
  • Education
  • Work Experience
  • Valid job offers from a business in Canada
  • English/French language skills
  • Likeliness of settling in Canada

All the above factors are a part of a 100-point grid which is used to assess eligibility for the Federal Skilled Worker Program. Points are given on how well you perform on each of the above six factors. The current cut off rate is 67 points.

If your score is 67 points or higher, then you may qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

You don’t qualify if you score lower than 67 points. You can get a higher score by improving your language skills, completing another degree, diploma or certificate or by receiving an offer of employment in Canada.

Adaptability:

This carries a maximum of 10 points. You and your spouse who will immigrate with you to Canada can earn points for being adaptable.

Your partner’s language level:

Your spouse’s language level in either English or French at CLB4 or higher levels in all 4 language abilities. Their test results from an approved agency must be submitted when you apply. The results of these tests are valid for 2 years after the date of the test result. 5 points are added if this applies to you.

This is how the six factors are assessed: 

Age Points:

This has a maximum of 12 points. If you are between the ages of 18 and 35, then you will get the entire 12 points. The points decrease as age increases. If you are 47 and older, you will get 0 points.  Please find the points based on the age, below:

 

AgePoints
Under 180
18-3512
3611
3710
389
398
407
416
425
434
443
452
461
47 and older0

Education: 

This carries a maximum of 25 points.

If you went to school in Canada, then you must have a certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian institution. If you did not go to school in Canada, then you must have an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from a designated organization like WES, ICAS, CES, etc, to show that your education is equal to a completed certificate, degree or diploma from a Canadian institute.

Work Experience:

You get points for the number of years you’ve spent doing full-time paid work (at least 30 hours per week) or an equal amount of part-time (15 hours per week for 24 months) at skill type 0, A or B as per National Occupational Classification (NOC).

Please use the chart below to find the points you will get based on the number of years of experience.

ExperienceMaximum 15 points
1 year9
2-3 years11
4-5 years13
6 or more years15

Valid Job Offers from a Business in Canada:

You can get a maximum of 10 points if you have arranged employment in Canada. You will be eligible for points if the duration of your job offer is a minimum of 1 year from a Canadian employer. This job offer should be with you before you apply for a Canadian visa as a Federal Skilled Worker to be considered for the points.

A valid job offer should have the following:

  • Paid full-time work of at least 30 hours per week
  • Non-seasonal work
  • Employment agreement of at least 1 year

Language Skills:

English and French are Canada’s official languages and you are expected to be able to communicate in either one of these languages to be employable in the Canada. You can get up to 28 points for your language skills which are tested based on your ability to read, write, speak and listen in the language of your choice.

As proof of your language skills, you need to take the following tests:

  • Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) for English
  • Niveaux de Compétence Linguistique Canadiens (NCLC) for French

In all the 4 language areas (read, write, speak and listen), you need to get at least a CLB of 7 or an NCLC of 7. If you want to get points for the second official language as well, you need to get a 5 for CLB or NCLC in all 4 language areas.

For your first official language, you stand to score a maximum of 24 points. They are tabulated in the following ways:

First official languageSpeakingListeningReadingWriting
CLB level 9 or higher6666
CLB level 85555
CLB level 74444
Below CLB level 7Not eligible to applyNot eligible to applyNot eligible to applyNot eligible to apply

 

For the second official language, you can score a maximum of 4 points if you score at least CLB 5 in each of the 4 language abilities.

 

Second official languagePoints
At least CLB 5 in all of the 4 abilities4
CLB 4 or less in any of the 4 abilities0

Past Studies in Canada:

If you completed at least 2 years of full-time study at a secondary or post-secondary school in Canada, you will get 5 points added to your total.

Please note that full-time study means at least 15 hours of classes per week.

Your Spouse Studied In Canada:

If your spouse completed at least 2 years of full-time study at a secondary or post-secondary school in Canada, you will get 5 points added to your total.

Please note that full-time study means at least 15 hours of classes per week.

Past Work Experience in Canada:

You will get 10 points if you did at least 1 year of full-time work in Canada in a job listed in skill type 0 or A or B of the National Occupation Classification (NOC) with a valid work permit in place.

Spouse’s Past Work Experience in Canada:

If your spouse had at least 1 year of full-time employment in Canada with a valid work permit or while authorized to work in Canada. You will get 5 points for this.

Arranged Employment in Canada:

When you have a job offer from a Canadian employer in a NOC 0, A or B job for a minimum period of 1 year or more. You will get 5 points for this.

Relatives in Canada:

If you or your spouse have a relative who is living in Canada, at least 18 years or older and is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. The relative can be either of the following:

  • parent
  • grandparent
  • child
  • grandchild
  • your or your spouse’s sibling (child of your or your spouse’s parent)
  • your or your spouse’s aunt or uncle (by blood or marriage)
  • your or your spouse’s niece or nephew (grandchild of your or your spouse’s parent)

You can get 5 points if you pass the requirements.

You don’t have to fulfil all of these 7 criteria for adaptability. Only 10 points in total can be taken from here.