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Federal Skilled Worker Program

Skilled workers are selected as permanent residents based on their education, work experience, knowledge of English and/or French, and other criteria that have been shown to help them become economically established in Canada.

Skilled workers must:

  1. Have at least one year of continuous full-time paid work experience or the equivalent in part-time continuous employment;
  2. Work experience must be Skill Type 0 (managerial occupations) or Skill Level A (professional occupations) or B (technical occupations and skilled trades) on the Canadian National Occupational Classification list;
  3. Must have had this experience within the last 10 years;
  4. Obtain a minimum of 67 points out of 100 in the six selection factors of education, English/French language abilities, experience, age, employment in Canada, and adaptability; and
  5. Have at least one of the three following:
  • Have an offer of arranged employment; or
  • Be a foreign national who has been living legally in Canada for one year as a temporary foreign worker or an international student; or
  • Be a skilled worker who has at least one year of experience in one or more of the designated occupations.