In order to develop Canada’s economy and to tackle problems with talent shortage in some industries and an ageing population, the Canadian government has established the Federal Skilled Worker program to welcome overseas applicants to migrate to Canada and meet its labor needs. Skilled workers are welcome to become part of the local community and contribute to the Canadian society and economy.
The Federal Skilled Worker program aims to introduce technical experts and other professionals to Canada’s local workforce. The Canadian government has decided to carry out the selection process throughout the whole year; each application will be evaluated based on a score and ranking method. Once the application has been successful, the applicant will be granted the right to work in Canada and stay permanently.
In recent years, the Canadian authorities have reformed the Federal Skilled Worker Program and have specifically set up the “Express Entry” channel to fast-track the evaluation process and to avoid the overaccumulation of applications.
The Express Entry format is set out to make the application process faster and more efficient. If the applicant has been working in a profession listed as Skill Level 0, A or B under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) and meets the other requirements, the application could enter the Express Entry pool. Once you are in the pool, your profile will be ranked using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Applicants with the highest scores will receive the Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in Canada.
The Federal Skilled Worker program targets applicants who are highly-educated, young and proficient in the official languages of Canada. For applicants whose score may be disadvantaged by age, a high education level, as well as language proficiency, can compensate.
There are four factors (A, B, C, D) to be considered under CRS:
A maximum of 600 points can be obtained from factor A, B and C.
A + B + C (maximum 600 points) + D (maximum 600 points) = a total of 1200 points
Since the implementation of Express Entry in 2015, applications are processed more speedily after the invitation to apply and will take approximately nine months to complete. However, the exact processing time varies. If you have an arranged employment in Canada or receive an additional 600 points from a PN nomination, you will receive an invitation to apply quickly. For other applicants, the timeframe in which you receive an invitation depends on your score and ranking within the Express Entry system and the number of people being invited each time. For applicants with the same score, whoever enters the Express Entry system first will be given priority. Therefore, we recommend applicants submit their applications as soon as possible. An additional piece of advice: improving your IELTS results is an effective way to increase your overall score.
If you have any questions or are interested in applying for the Federal Skilled Worker program, don’t hesitate to contact us.