What is a Skilled Worker?

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A skilled worker is any worker who has extraordinary skills, training, extensive knowledge, and capacity in their work. A skilled worker may have gone to a school, college, university or specialized school. On the other hand, a skilled worker may have learnt these specialized skills on the job.

Skilled workers can be identified as software development, paramedics, police, doctors, crane operated, drafters, painters, plumbers and bookkeepers. These specialists can be either industrial or professional laborers, with different levels of training or education.

 

Express Entry

In 2015, the Government of Canada actualized the Express Entry Immigration system under the Economic Class including the Federal Skilled Worker Program. Under Express Entry, Federal Skilled Workers across 347 qualified occupations who meet the minimum entry criteria, present a declaration of interest profile to the Express Entry Pool. The profiles of hopefuls in the pool are positioned under a Comprehensive Ranking System.

The highest ranked applicants will be considered for an invitation to apply for permanent residence. Applicants who receive the invitation must present a full application within of 60-days.

The Federal Skilled worker program

Federal Skilled Workers are persons with appropriate education, work experience, age and dialect capacities under one of Canada’s official languages and who are chosen under the Express Entry Immigration system to apply for permanent residency.

To fit the bill for admission to the Express Entry Pool as a Federal Skilled Worker, candidates must meet the accompanying conditions:

  • Occupy one-year of continuous full-time paid work experience or the equivalent in part-time continuous employment within the previous 10 years in one of 347 eligible occupations listen under the applicable National Occupational Classification system
  • The above work experience has to be classified within Skill Type 0 (managerial positions), Skill Level A (professional occupations), or Skill Level B (technical occupations and skilled trades) within the meaning of the National Occupational Classification system
  • Candidates must score sufficient points under the skilled worker point grid comprising of six selection factors. The present pass mark is 67 points
  • Candidates must undergo language testing from a recognized third party and demonstrate intermediate level language skills in English or French corresponding to the Canadian Language Benchmark of 7
  • Possess a suitable settlement funding
  • And undergo a successful security background and medical examination

Following the newly enforced laws, qualified applicants are evaluated against six factors to determine their eligibility for immigration to Canada. Candidates must obtain a total of 67 points out of a possible 100 to qualify. The selection factors are; education, language, employment experience, age, arranged employment and adaptability.

The new program looks to selects applicants based on the highest likelihood of economic settlement achievement and commitment to Canada. It maintains past criteria with alteration to the relative importance and point structure for every selection component. To be chosen under the FSW program, candidates who have adequate work experience and language capability must amass at least 67 points on the skilled worker grid, which dispenses points for education, language, work experience, age, organized Canadian employment and flexibility.

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