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  • Skilled Migrants - Your journey commences here


    Express Entry is the immigration platform used to manage applications for permanent

    residence under these federal economic immigration programs:

     the Federal skilled worker program

     the Federal skilled Trade program and

     The Canadian Experience Class.

    It is a process whereby skilled immigrants are chosen and permitted as permanent residents in

    Canada based on their ability to settle in Canada and take part in the economy is called express


    This process begins with filling an online express entry profile, to a pool in which highest ranking

    candidates are selected and issued an invitation to apply for permanent residence. Candidates will

    be awarded points for:

     a job offer, and/or

     a nomination from a province or territory, and/or

     skills and experience factors.

    You have 60 days to submit an online application for permanent residence after your entry pool

    has been selected. The majority of completed applications will be processed in 6 months or

    less. Candidates can stay in the pool for up to 12 months. If you do not get an Invitation to Apply

    for permanent residence within 12 months of submitting an Express Entry profile, then you can

    submit a new profile. You will can selected if you meet the criteria in the new profile.



  • This program only applies to skill type 0, which involves management jobs, skill Level A,

    which involves Professional jobs (with a degree) and skill Level B, which involves

    Technical Jobs/Skilled Trade (diploma/apprenticeship).

    Minimum Requirements:

    1. Skilled work experience:

    Experience must be:

     at least one year (1,560 hours total / 30 hours per week), continuous full-time or an equal

    amount in part-time,

     paid work (volunteer work, unpaid internships do not count),

     in the same job,

     within the last 10 years, and

     at skill type 0, or skill levels A or B of the 2011 National Occupational Classification (NOC).

    The classification is as follows:

    The job information is broken down into a number of groups. For immigration purposes,

    the main groups are:

    1. Skill Type 0 (zero) – management jobs.

    o examples: restaurant managers, mine managers, shore captains (fishing)

    2. Skill Level A — professional jobs. People usually need a degree from a university

    for these jobs.

    o examples: doctors, dentists, architects

    3. Skill Level B — technical jobs and skilled trades. People usually need a college

    diploma or to train as an apprentice to do these jobs.

    o examples: chefs, electricians, plumbers

    4. Skill Level C — intermediate jobs. These jobs usually need high school and/or job-

    specific training.

    o examples: long-haul truck drivers, butchers, food and beverage servers

    5. Skill Level D — labor jobs. On-the-job training is usually given.

    o examples: cleaning staff, oil field workers, fruit pickers

    Full Time

  • 30 hours/week for 12 months = 1 year full time (1,560 hours)

    Part time

    15 hours/week for 24 months = 1 year full time (1,560 hours)


    30 hours/week for 12 months at more than one job = 1 year full time (1,560 hours)

    It must be shown that a candidate did the duties set out in the lead statement of the

    occupational description in the NOC, including all the essential duties and most of the

    main duties listed.

    If it cannot be shown that work experience meets the description in the NOC, a candidate

    will not be eligible under this program.

    2. Language Ability: Candidate must prove ability in reading, listening, speaking and

    writing English or French. A

    language test will be taken by the candidate invited to apply and test results will be

    submitted with the application. Recognized tests include: Canadian English

    Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP). Or International English

    Language Testing System (IELTS). If a candidate scores 67 and above in tests,

    he may qualify. For

    a skill type 0 or a skill level A job, a candidate needs a CLB 7 (English) and for a

    skill level B, a CLB 5 (English) to qualify.

    Work Experience: Candidates working experience adds points for qualification.

    1 year 9 points

    2 – 3 years 11 points

    4 – 5 years 13 points 6

    or more years 15 points

    3. Age: A candidate under the age of 18, and over the age of 47 will not be qualified

    to apply.

    4. Adaptability: A candidate must show that he has a valid job offer for full time and

    permanent work in an occupation that falls into the accepted skill category, prior to

    applying. Anyone who does not already have a job offer supported by a Labor

    Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) (if you need one), or a nomination from a

    province or territory, must register with Employment and Social Development

    Canada’s (ESDC) Job Bank. Job Bank will help connect Express Entry candidates

    with eligible employers in Canada.

  • Candidates are also encouraged to promote themselves to employers in other ways, such

    as using job boards, recruiters etc.

    For a job offer to be valid in Express Entry and receive points, employers will need an

    LMIA from ESDC. The LMIA process ensures employers have made an effort to hire

    Canadians and permanent residents for available jobs. There will be no LMIA fee for

    permanent resident applications


    The Federal Skilled Trades Program is for people who want to become permanent residents

    based on being qualified in a skilled trade.


    To be eligible, A candidate must:

     Plan to live outside the province of Quebec (Note: The province of Quebec selects its own skilled workers. )

     meet the required levels in English or French for each language ability (speaking, reading, writing and listening),

     have at least two years of full-time work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work experience) In a skilled trade within the five years before you apply,

     meet the job requirements for that skilled trade as set out in the National Occupational Classification (NOC), except for needing a certificate of qualification, and

    Have an offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least one year or a

    certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial or

    territorial authority. Similar working hours criteria apply as at that of the Federal

    Skilled Worker. Up to two employers can commit to employing a candidate for at

    least one year of continuous full-time work, meaning a total of at least 30 hours

    of work per week.

    In Canada, provinces and territories issue certificates of qualification in the

    skilled trades. To get a certificate, the provincial or territorial trades authority

    must assess the candidates training, trade experience and skills to decide if a

    candidate is eligible to write an exam to be certified.


    There is no education requirement for the Federal Skilled Trades Program. But, if you

    wants to earn points on education under express entry, you need either:

     a Canadian post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree


     a completed foreign credential, and

     an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from an agency approved by CIC.

    [The report must show that the candidate’s foreign education is equal to a completed

    Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree.]

  • Language ability

    A candidate must:

     You must meet the minimum language level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5

    for speaking and listening, and Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 for reading and

    writing, and

     You must take a language test approved by Cit


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