On June 24, 2011, the Government of Canada introduced substantive changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Class.
The new rules will affect all new applications effectively immediately.
Under existing policy, the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism,
provides assurances that new federal skilled worker applications,
should receive an approval within 6 to 12 months.
Federal Skilled Workers are persons with suitable education,
work experience, age and language abilities under one of Canada’s official languages
and who are selected as permanent residents under six selection factors
which demonstrate their likelihood to become economically settled in Canada.
To qualify for admission to Canada as a skilled worker,
without an approved offer of employment, applicants must meet the following conditions:
Possess at least one year of applicable experience in one of 29 major high demand occupations
listed in one of the National Occupational Classification categories as follows:
0631 Restaurant and Food Service Managers
0811 Primary Production Manager (Except Agriculture)
1122 Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management
1233 Insurance Adjusters and Claims Examiners
2121 Biologists and Related Scientists
3111 Specialist Physicians
3112 General Practitioners and Family Physicians
3151 Head Nurses and Supervisors
3152 Registered Nurses
3215 Medical Radiation Technologists
3222 Dental Hygienists & Dental Therapists
3233 Licensed Practical Nurses
4152 Social Workers
7215 Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades
7216 Contractors and Supervisors, Mechanic Trades
7241 Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System)
7242 Industrial Electricians
7265 Welders and Related Machine Operators
7312 Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
7371 Crane Operators
7372 Drillers and Blasters - Surface Mining, Quarrying and Construction
8222 Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling Service
Applicants, who possess applicable work experience in one of the above occupations,
will be eligible for continued processing as a skilled worker
and must also meet each of the following essential selection conditions:
Essential selection conditions:
Possess one-year, within the previous 10 years,
of continuous full-time paid work experience or the equivalent in part-time continuous employment; AND
The work experience must be classified within Skill Type 0 (Managerial Occupations),
Skill Level A (Professional Occupations), or Skill Level B (Technical Occupations and Skilled Trades)
within the meaning of the National Occupational Classification system; AND
Score sufficient points under the skilled worker point grid comprising of six selection factors.
The current pass mark is 67 points;
Undergo language testing from a recognized third party;
Possess suitable settlement funding;
Undergo a successful security background and medical examination.