The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program allows working professionals around the world to immigrate to Canada. The FSW operates through the Express Entry route. Both processes are interlinked and are entirely points-based and provide Permanent Residence to those applicants who can demonstrate the ability to become economically established in Canada.
The FSW uses a point-based metric. Points are awarded based upon several criterions such as education, work experience, age, language ability, adaptability, and whether you have a valid job offer. An applicant must score 67 points (out of 100) or above under the current points system to meet the threshold for this category.
In addition to scoring at least 67 points, there will be separate scoring for the Express Entry profile. The total points that can be allotted under the Express Entry profile are 1200. Points are awarded based upon an applicant’s skills, education, language ability, work experience, and other factors. Up to 600 points are awarded if an applicant receives a provincial nomination. The minimum number of points upon which candidates are selected is ever-changing and is dependent upon immigration policies as well.
In addition to these requirements, successful applicants must show that they have the means to be financially independent after their arrival in Canada. Applicants and their dependents must also undergo medical examinations and security clearances as part of the Canadian immigration application process
Express Entry applicants must also have at least 1 year of continuous full-time, or equivalent part-time, paid work experience in the past 10 years in jobs that fall under National Occupation Classification A, B, C, or 0.
***Regardless of the number of points awarded, Canadian Immigration Visa Officers have the discretion to accept or refuse an application based on a substituted evaluation.
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