Federal Skilled Worker Program

The Federal Skilled Workers Program is currently the most popular way to immigrate to Canada.  Skilled workers are selected based on their education, work experience, knowledge of English and/or French, and other criteria.

This program is suitable for people who have a valid Arranged Employment Offer or one year of continuous full-time paid work experience (or equivalent) in one of the following occupations at the time that they apply:

  • Restaurant and Food Service Managers
  • Primary Production Managers (Except Agriculture)
  • Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management
  • Insurance Adjusters and Claims Examiners
  • Biologists and Related Scientists
  • Architects
  • Specialist Physicians
  • General Practitioners and Family Physicians
  • Dentists
  • Pharmacists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Registered Nurses
  • Medical Radiation Technologists
  • Dental Hygienists & Dental Therapists
  • Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Chefs
  • Cooks
  • Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades
  • Contractors and Supervisors, Mechanic Trades
  • Electricians (Except Industrial & Power System)
  • Industrial Electricians
  • Plumbers
  • Welders & Related Machine Operators
  • Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
  • Crane Operators
  • Drillers & Blasters – Surface Mining, Quarrying & Construction
  • Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Service

Experience obtained during the processing of an application does not count towards the requirement of one-year of continuous full time experience: Dash v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2010 FC 1255

People who meet the above requirements are then assessed on the basis of points according to:

  • Education
  • Abilities in English and/or French, Canada’s two official languages
  • Work experience
  • Age
  • Arranged employment in Canada, and
  • Adaptability.

Citizenship and Immigration has a test for whether you may qualify here: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/assess/index.asp