Skilled Work Experience –
Work experience is counted as skilled if and only if the applicant has work experience in either of the occupations mentioned in the NOC group 0 (Managerial Jobs), A (Professional Jobs) or B (Technical Jobs, Skilled Trades).
Full-time work experience is the one that includes 30 hours of the job per week for 12 months or a minimum of 15 hours of work per week for 24 months as part-time job experience i.e. a total of 1560 hours in total. The candidate can complete the desired 1560 hours of work in any combination of hours per day but more than 30 hours per week are not counted as relevant.
Also, continuous work experience without breaks in between is considered more relevant than the other for immigration to Canada.
- Language Ability –
As English and French are Canada’s two official languages, it is vital for the candidate to be able to showcase exceptional proficiency in either of these two languages. You must be proficient in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in English and/or French.
Although proficiency in one language is mandatory, being proficient in both fetches you additional points for your CRS score and thus increases your chances of selection in the next Express Entry Draw.
You must appear for an approved language test and have a CLB score of 4 or more in each of the 4 aspects. The language tests are valid for a period of two years only. These scores must remain valid for the entire duration of the application process.
If you feel that your test results are probable to expire in between the application process, you must re-take the examination and share the updated scores with the Canadian immigration authorities.
- Education –
If you have completed your education from Canada, you must reproduce the relevant degrees, diploma, certificate of secondary or post-secondary education. In case your qualifications are from institutes and universities outside of Canada, you must have a valid ECA ( Educational Credential Assessment) certificate from an approved agency.
The ECA certificate must clearly demonstrate that your educational qualifications are equal to a completed certificate or degree or diploma from a Canadian educational institute.
- Proof of Funds –
If you possess a valid job offer from a Canadian employer or have a legal work permit that allows you to legally work in Canada, you do not need to showcase proof of funds.
In the absence of either of the above-required documents, you must be able to showcase possession of sufficient funds for your survival and the basic cost of living for your dependants/family members as well.
All applicants applying via the Federal Skilled Worker Program are eligible to reside and work outside of the Quebec province only. This scheme does not select candidates for the Quebec province and thus the applicants who relocate to Canada via the Federal Skilled Worker Program can choose to work and live anywhere in Canada except the Quebec province.