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Canadian Federal Skilled Worker Program

Canada, the maple leaf nation is among the highly developed countries of the world. The country offers a stable economy, friendly government, classic living standards and an excellent working environment. The Federal Skilled Worker Program is for immigrants to Canada who are selected as permanent residents on the basis of their ability to economically establish themselves in Canada.

If you are planning to apply under the Canadian Federal Skilled Worker Program, then we are the right people to contact to. At WWICS, we are a team of expert consultants who have years of experience in the field of global resettlement procedures and visa processes. Our consultants will guide you through the entire immigration process, inform you about the on-going work scenarios and help you gain permanent residence in Canada with a Federal Skilled Worker Program efficiently and conveniently.


Eligibility Criteria

In order to qualify for Canada Immigration Visa for permanent residency as a Canadian Federal Skilled Worker applicant, you must:

  • have a minimum of one year if uninterrupted full time (or equivalent) work experience in the past 10 years under a skilled occupations (Skill Type O,A, B) or
  • have an arranged employment (job offered by a Canadian employer) with regard to the Labour Market Impact Assessment criteria
  • have completed two years of study in Canada towards a PhD or a PhD in Canada, from a recognized Canadian institution, and
  • pass the language ability exam for one of Canada’s two official languages - English and French

Along with the above mentioned points, you are also expected to attain a minimum score of 67 points on the Points Test Table as defined by the Citizenship and Immigration of Canada (CIC) From January 1, 2015, the Federal Skilled Worker applications are being processed through the Express Entry selection system for immigration to Canada, which means a faster way of obtaining Canada Immigration Visa for permanent residency.

Canada Immigration Process - Federal Skilled Worker Program

Expression of Interest

If you fulfill the above mentioned eligibility criteria under Federal Skilled Worker Program, you must first make an Expression of Interest for immigrating to Canada and create an online profile for the same. You must provide information about your age, work experience, skills, language ability, education qualification and other personal information as mentioned in the profile. Once your qualification is confirmed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), you are placed in a pool of candidates which are ranked according to the Comprehensive Ranking System.

Improve Ranking under Comprehensive Ranking System

Candidates who are ranked highest are issued an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residency when the Government of Canada conducts regular draws from the pool. Therefore, it is best for you as a candidate to improve your score so that you are ranked higher and your chances of receiving an invitation to apply increase.

Invitation to Apply

An Invitation to Apply is issued to those candidates who have been selected to apply for immigration to Canada by CIC through its Express Entry selection system.

As soon as you receive the invitation, you have a span of 60 days to submit a complete and accurate application form along with all the supporting documents. The submission of a complete application is considered as acceptance to the invitation sent by CIC. Once all the portions of the document checklist are completed and uploaded, you will receive an Acknowledgment of Receipt (AOR) issued by CIC which will further reviews your application and determines your eligibility for the program.

Medical Examination and Security Check

Medical examination is mandatory for all the applicants. It includes standard physical exam, blood tests, urine tests and X-rays. These are conducted to check the applicants for any kind of medical condition that may pose a risk to citizens of Canada.

Application Review

Your application is reviewed by a Canadian Immigration Visa Officer. He/she conducts a detailed analysis of all the information furnished in the e-application and all the supporting documents as well as assesses the application against the prevailing selection criteria defined by the Government of Canada.

Passport and Right of Permanent Resident Fee

After a detailed assessment, the Canadian Immigration Visa Officer will request for the Right of Permanent Resident Fee payment and your passport to issue you a Canada Immigration Visa under the Federal Skilled Worker program.




  • Q1. What is the main focus of the Canadian Federal Skilled Worker program?

    The main focus is to attract young skilled workers to work in Canada who are expected to live and work for a long period and contribute to the growth of the Canadian economy.

  • Q2. What is the criteria for a Federal Skilled Worker Program application to be considered for further processing?

    For your application to be eligible for further processing, you must:-

    • attach the result of your official language proficiency test
    • have a valid offer of arranged employment (job offered by an employer of Canada)
    • have a minimum of one year of continuous work experience in last ten years
    • be an international student enrolled in a PhD course in Canada or have completed two years of study towards PhD from a Canadian university/institution.
    • Attach the Education Credential Assessment (ECA) result
  • Q3. What is the processing time of a Federal Skilled Worker application?

    Once a candidate has filled the complete application form and duly submitted, the application is sent to CIC for review. CIC further reviews the application thoroughly and aims to complete the process within six months of the applicant having submitted his or her application under the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

  • Q4. Is improving profile and ranking under Comprehensive Ranking System of any advantage to the applicants?

    Candidates eligible under the Canadian Federal Skilled Worker program, are ranked according to the Comprehensive Ranking System, in the Express Entry pool which ranks them for immigration to Canada through the Express Entry under the following components:-

    • accompanying to spouse or common-law partner factors
    • core human capital factors
    • skill transferability factors
    • factors relating to a provincial nomination or qualifying offer of an arranged employment

    The higher ranking a candidate has, the higher changes he/she has of getting the Invitation to Apply soon.

  • Q5. How can employers access the Express Entry pool candidates?

    As an employer, you can hire a skilled worker to meet the work requirements in case you are unable to find a suitable Canadian or permanent resident to fill in the vacancy. You have the flexibility and choice to use present recruiting and hiring practices. You are also given access to candidates through Canada’s Job Bank, private sector job boards and Provincial Nominee Programs where applicable.  

  • Q6. What is an Invitation to Apply?

    Candidate who have filed for Canada Immigration Visa through the Federal Skilled Worker Program are assessed against others in the pool and are ranked on the criteria that are known to contribute to a newcomer’s economic success once in Canada. Only the candidates with the highest ranking are invited to apply for permanent residence. Candidates have 60 days to apply for permanent residence under the Federal Skilled Worker Program. CIC processes the majority of complete permanent residence applications received in a period of six months or less.

  • Q7. What is a Comprehensive Ranking System?

    The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is a points-based system used by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to assess and score a candidate’s profile to rank them in the Express Entry pool. The CRS assesses information of the candidates on the basis of:

    • skills
    • work experience
    • language ability
    • education qualification and other factors

    These factors play an important role in determining the economic success of the candidates once in Canada. Additional points are granted to those with a job offer or a nomination by a Canadian employer or Canada’s provinces under the Provincial Nominee Programs, respectively.

  • Q8. What is the formula behind the Comprehensive Ranking System?

    All Express Entry candidates applying through the Federal Skilled Worker Program are given a score out of 1200 points, based on the four parts of the CRS formula.

    • Skills and experience factors (which are considered as key factors to the economic success for immigrants once in Canada)
    • Spouse or common-law partner factors such as their language skills and education qualification. These are known to result in better economic success for both the candidate and the spouse or common-law partner
    • Skills transferability which includes education and work experience. These factors when combined, result in better chances of being employed, and higher earning opportunities
    • Additional points are given to those with a nomination from a province or territory or a valid job offer
  • Q9. What all is permissible after Visa approval?

    Once you receive a Visa approval, you:-

    • can live and work in Canada permanently
    • can sponsor a family member to become permanent resident
    • can apply for citizenship after spending a period of three years on the Canadian land
  • Q10. Why should I use the services of WWICS for a Canadian immigration Visa under Federal Skilled Worker program?

    Obtaining a Canadian permanent residency visa can be a cumbersome and complicated process. Using an expediting service like WWICS who specialize in global resettlement and immigration processes, have a team of professional consultants who can provide you accurate instructions and processing times, guide through the entire process, provide updates and handle all your problems quickly - making what is a complex issue simple.

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