EB-4

Skilled Worker Program

Federal Express Entry

Express Entry is used to manage applications for permanent residence under these federal economic immigration programs:

the Federal Skilled Worker Program,
the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and
the Canadian Experience Class.

The Express Entry system has two steps:

Step 1) Potential candidates complete an online Express Entry profile
Potential candidates will complete an online Express Entry profile. This is a secure form that they will use to provide information about their:

  • skills,

  • work experience,

  • language ability,

  • education, and

  • other details that will help us assess them.

Those who meet the criteria of one of the federal immigration programs listed above will be accepted into a pool of candidates.

Step 2) The highest-ranking candidates in the pool will be invited to apply for permanent residence

Candidates will be ranked against others in the pool using a point-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System. Points are awarded using the information in their profile.

Candidates with the highest scores in the pool will be issued an invitation to apply. Candidates will be awarded points for:

  • a job offer, and/or

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

  • skills and experience factors.

A candidate can get additional points for:

  • qualifying education in Canada

  • a valid job offer or

  • a nomination by a province or territory

These additional points can make a candidate rank high enough to be invited to apply at the next eligible round of invitations.

If someone is invited to apply, they will have 90 days to submit an online application for permanent residence.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada will process the majority of complete applications (meaning those with all the necessary supporting documents) in six months or less.

Candidates can stay in the pool for up to 12 months. If they do not get an invitation to apply for permanent residence within 12 months of submitting an Express Entry profile, they may submit a new profile. If they still meet the criteria, they can re-enter the pool. This will prevent backlogs and ensure quick processing times.

 

Federal Worker Program

Minimum requirements


Skilled work experience

Your work 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).

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

Language ability

You must:

  • meet the minimum language level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7, and

  • take a language test approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) that shows you meet the level for speaking, listening, reading and writing.

You must show that you meet the requirements in English or French by including the test results when you complete your Express Entry profile. Your test results must not be more than two years old on the day you apply for permanent residence.

 

Education

You must have:

  • a Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree,

       OR

  • a completed foreign credential, and

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

Six selection factor

  • your skills in English and/or French (Canada’s two official languages),

  • your education,

  • your work experience,

  • your age,

  • whether you have a valid job offer, and

  • your adaptability (how well you are likely to settle).

 

Canadian Experience Class

Minimum requirements

You must:

  • have at least 12 months of full-time (or an equal amount in part-time) skilled work experience in Canada in the three years before you apply,

  • have gained your experience in Canada with the proper authorization,

  • meet the required language levels needed for your job for each language ability (speaking, reading, writing and listening),

  • plan to live outside the province of Quebec.

Self-employment and work experience gained while you were a full-time student (for example, on a co-op work term) does not count under this program.


Skilled work experience

Your work experience must be:

  • To be considered for the Canadian Experience Class, you need to have Canadian skilled work experience within three years of applying. According to the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC), skilled work experience means:

  • Managerial jobs (NOC skill level 0)

  • Professional jobs (NOC skill type A)

  • Technical jobs and skilled trades (NOC skill type B)

Your experience must be at least 12 months of full-time (30 hours of paid work per week or more) or an equal amount in part-time hours.

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

Education

You must have:

  • a Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree,

       OR

  • a completed foreign credential, and

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

Language ability

  • meet the minimum language level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 for NOC 0 or A jobs OR Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 for NOC B jobs, and

  • take a language test approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) that shows you meet the level for speaking, listening, reading and writing.

 

Skilled trades

Minimum requirements

  • plan to live outside the province of Quebec (Note: The province of Quebec selects its own skilled workers. If you plan on living in Quebec, see Quebec-selected skilled workers for more information.)

  • 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


Skilled work experience

Your work experience must be:

  • Major Group 72, industrial, electrical and construction trades,

  • Major Group 73, maintenance and equipment operation trades,

  • Major Group 82, supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture and related production,

  • Major Group 92, processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators,

  • Minor Group 632, chefs and cooks, and

  • Minor Group 633, butchers and bakers.

These major NOC groups are subdivided into different occupations. (All are NOC skill type B.)

Education

There is no education requirement for the Federal Skilled Trades Program. But, if you want to earn points for your education under Express Entry, you either need:

  • a Canadian post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree

       OR

  • a completed foreign credential, and

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

Language ability

  • 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

  • take a language test approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) that shows you meet the level for speaking, listening, reading and writing.

You must show that you meet the requirements in English or French by including the test results when you complete your Express Entry profile. Your test results must not be more than two years old on the day you apply for permanent residence.

 

BC Provincial Nominee Program

BC PNP - Skills Immigration

Requirements

  • Permanent Full-Time Job Offer. Applies to Skilled Worker, Health Care Professional, International Graduate, and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Categories, except International Post-Graduate Category.

  • Competitive Wages. Offered wages must be competitive with B.C. wage rates for the occupation.

  • English Proficiency. NOC Skill Levels B, C, and D must show minimum English CLB level 4. NOC Skill Level O and A are not required to submit language test results (But BC PNP may request one).

  • Minimum Income.

  • Other Requirements.

       Must meet Specific Category Requirements Below.

Skills Immigration - Skilled Worker

Minimum 2 years of directly related full-time work

Skills Immigration - Health Care Professional

Minimum 2 years of directly related full-time work

Permanent full-time job offer with a public health authority as a:

  • Physician

  • Specialist

  • Registered Nurse

  • Registered Psychiatric Nurse

  • Nurse Practitioner

  • Medical Laboratory Technologist, and etc….

Skills Immigration - International Graduate

  • Must have graduated from a Canadian University or college in the past two years.

  • Permanent full-time job offer for a position that typically requires a university or college education

Skills Immigration - International Post-Graduate

  • Must have graduated from a B.C. post-secondary institution with a master’s or doctoral degree in natural, applied or health sciences in the past two years.

  • No job offer is needed, but must show evidence that you intend to reside in B.C.

Skills Immigration - Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

Must have been employed full-time (30 hours of more per week) for at least nine consecutive months in an eligible occupation as follows:

  • Tourism and hospitality

  • Long-haul trucking

  • Food processing

or

Any occupation listed as skill level C or D if you work in the Northeast Development Region of B.C.

 
 

BC PNP – Express Entry BC

Requirements

  • Permanent Full-Time Job Offer. Applies to Skilled Worker, Health Care Professional, International Graduate, and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Categories, except International Post-Graduate Category.

  • Competitive Wages. Offered wages must be competitive with B.C. wage rates for the occupation.

  • English Proficiency. Must meet the minimum language requirements for the relevant federal category.

  • Minimum Income.

  • Must Meet the Minimum Criteria for one of the following Federal Economic Immigration Programs:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program - CLB 7

  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program - CLB5

  3. Canadian Experience Class - CLB 7 (NOC O or A jobs) OR CLB 5 (NOC B jobs)

  • Other Requirements.

       Must meet Specific Category Requirements Below.

Express Entry - Skilled Worker

Minimum 2 years of directly related full-time work

Express Entry - Health Care Professional

Minimum 2 years of directly related full-time work

Permanent full-time job offer with a public health authority as a:

  • Physician

  • Specialist

  • Registered Nurse

  • Registered Psychiatric Nurse

  • Nurse Practitioner

  • Medical Laboratory Technologist, and etc….

Express Entry - International Graduate

  • Must have graduated from a Canadian University or college in the past two years.

  • Permanent full-time job offer for a position that typically requires a university or college education

Express Entry - International Post-Graduate

  • Must have graduated from a B.C. post-secondary institution with a master’s or doctoral degree in natural, applied or health sciences in the past two years.

  • No job offer is needed, but must show evidence that you intend to reside in B.C.

Stages of the BC PNP Process

Step 1: Registering with the BC PNP

  • BC PNP will invite the highest-scoring registrants to apply.

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Step 2: Applying to the BC PNP

  • Upon receiving an Invitation to Apply, then you have up to 30 days to submit a complete application.

Step 3: Receiving Nomination

  • Upon receiving nomination, you have 6 months to apply to IRCC for a permanent resident visa.

Step 4: Applying for the Work Permit Extension (if necessary)

  • Work Permit support letter may be issued.

 

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