Canada seeks the skills and experience of foreign skilled workers. Each year thousands of skilled foreign workers from all over the world choose to immigrate to Canada under this specific immigration program.
FSW program is the most popular category for immigration to Canada. Skilled workers are chosen as a permanent resident based on several factors.
In order to qualify under FSW category you need to meet the basic eligibility requirements as follows:
- You must have at least one year of continuous and paid (full-time or an equal amount in part-time) work experience, in a single occupation, within the last 10 years, at skill type 0, or skill levels A or B of the 2011 edition of the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC) which is managerial, professional and technical occupation. and
- You have this work experience in one of the eligible occupations(please see below) or
- You have a valid offer of arranged employment, which means a valid offer of a full time, permanent job offer from Canadian employer and Labour Market Impact Assessment approval. or
- You are an international student who is enrolled in a PhD program in Canada (or who graduated from a recognized Canadian PhD program within the past 12 months)
In addition you must also obtain minimum of 67 points, based on a CIC selection grid factors. Points are awarded for:
- Age- up to 12 points.
- Education- up to 25 points.
- Work experience- up to 15 points.
- Language proficiency-up to 28 points.
- Arranged employment in Canada-up to 10 points.
- Adaptability – up to 10 points.
As of May 1, 2014, maximum of 25,500 for new federal skilled worker applications will be accepted under this program. This includes a cap of 500 applications from PhD students. There are also sub-caps of 1,000 for each of the 50 eligible occupations. The caps do not affect people with a valid job offer.
Please see the list of the eligible occupations:
- 0013 Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services
- 0015 Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c.
- 0111 Financial managers
- 0112 Human resources managers
- 0113 Purchasing managers
- 0121 Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers
- 0311 Managers in health care
- 0711 Construction managers
- 0712 Home building and renovation managers
- 0811 Managers in natural resources production and fishing
- 0911 Manufacturing managers
- 1111 Financial auditors and accountants
- 1112 Financial and investment analysts
- 1113 Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers
- 1114 Other financial officers
- 1123 Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
- 1212 Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers
- 1224 Property administrators
- 2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers
- 2131 Civil engineers
- 2132 Mechanical engineers
- 2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
- 2145 Petroleum engineers
- 2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
- 2172 Database analysts and data administrators
- 2173 Software engineers and designers
- 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
- 2232 Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
- 2234 Construction estimators
- 2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
- 2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
- 2263 Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
- 2281 Computer network technicians
- 3011 Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
- 3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
- 3111 Specialist physicians
- 3112 General practitioners and family physicians
- 3132 Dietitians and nutritionists
- 3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
- 3142 Physiotherapists
- 3143 Occupational Therapists
- 3214 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
- 3215 Medical Radiation Technologists
- 3216 Medical Sonographers
- 3233 Licensed practical nurses
- 3234 Paramedical occupations
- 4011 University professors and lecturers
- 4151 Psychologists
- 4214 Early childhood educators and assistants
- 5125 Translators, terminologists and interpreters
Additionally You must show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family after you get to Canada. The amount of money you need to support your family is set by the size of your family.
You must also meet the inadmissibility requirements. Some people are not allowed to come to Canada. They are known as “inadmissible” under Canada’s immigration law.