Express Entry

IRCC offers 3 economic immigration programs that are managed through an online application system i.e. express entry for skilled workers.

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal skilled trades program
  • Canadian experience class

Eligibility for federal skilled worker program:
Minimum requirements:

a. Work experience as a skilled worker

  • You must have worked at least 1 year of continuous work
  • Your work must be in the skill type NOC 0, A,B
  • Equal amount in part-time work
  • It must be paid

b. Language ability

  • You must have a CLB level 7 in all 4 abilities i.e. writing, reading, listening and speaking
  • You language test must be valid on the day you apply for permanent residence.

C. Education

  • If you studied in Canada, you must have your certificate, diploma or degree from your high school or post-secondary institution.
  • If you studied outside of Canada, then you must have completed a foreign credential
  • You must have an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from a designated institution. The report must show that your foreign education is equal to a completed certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian secondary or post-secondary institution

d. Proof of funds- you must show that you have enough funds to support you and your family in Canada, unless you can legally work in Canada or you hold a valid job offer from an employer in Canada

Six selection factors:

If you meet all the minimum requirements of federal skilled program, then your application will be assessed on the following factors:

  • Age
  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Valid job offer
  • English/French language skills
  • Adaptability

Canadian experience class:
Minimum requirements

  • Language ability
  • 1 year full time skilled work experience
  • Canadian education or ECA

Federal skilled trades program:

  • 2 year full time skilled work experience
  • Language ability minimum (5 for speaking and listening)
  • And 4 for reading and writing