Canada Federal skilled workers Class: Selection criteria
Employed – workers, professionals and tradesperson – are eligible to apply for Canadian permanent resident visa. Their applications are assessed based against six selection factors in the skilled worker point’s grid. The six selection factors are: Education; abilities in English and/or French, Canada’s two official languages; work experience; age; whether the applicant has an arranged employment in Canada, and finally adaptability.
It is important to note that one need not meet requirements of each of the selection factors. Each factor has certain assigned points. The applicant’s profile – against six factors- is assessed and points credited. An applicant may file an application and will get a positive assessment is he is getting minimum pass mark fixed as per Minister’s instructions.
New set of selection instructions is applicable to Federal skilled worker applications received on or after February 27, 2008.
- The applicant has at least one year of experience in one or more of Listed occupations OR
- The applicant has
an arranged offer of employment and in such a case the applicants’ experience may or may not appear in the listed occupations and he may or may not have at least one year of experience in one or more of listed occupations OR
- The applicant is a foreign national who has been living legally in Canada for one year as a temporary foreign worker or an international student
An applicant is considered eligible to apply as a federal skilled worker if he meets the
following minimum requirements:
- He has at least one year of continuous full-time paid work experience or the equivalent in part-time continuous employment within the last ten years AND
- His work experience must be Skill Type 0 (managerial occupations) or Skill Level A (professional occupations) or B (technical occupations and skilled trades) on the Canadian National Occupational Classification list
- His applications will be assessed based against six selection factors in the skilled worker point’s grid. The six selection factors are: Education; abilities in English and/or French, Canada’s two official languages; work experience; age; whether you have arranged employment in Canada, and your adaptability.
Applicants who are not eligible to apply as per above guidelines may apply in two other categories, provided they meet some minimum requirements.
Requirements for a valid offer of employment are different.
For applicants’ currently working in Canada:
- The current employer must have made an offer to give the applicant a permanent job if he is accepted as a federal skilled worker, and
- The temporary work permit must be valid both when he applies for a permanent resident visa and when the visa is issued.
In addition it is required that
- The work permit must have been confirmed by Human Resources and Social Development
Canada (HRSDC) through a positive labor market opinion or
- The must be in a category that is exempt from an Arranged Employment Opinion
For all other cases, the applicant must not be working in Canada and the applicant can apply if he has an offer of employment; such an offer is valid if the prospective employer
- Has made an offer to hire the on an indeterminate basis if he is accepted as a federal skilled worker, and
- Has obtained a positive Arranged Employment Opinion from HRSDC , which must be arranged by the employer
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applicantmeets all required Canadian licensing or regulatory standards associated with the job.
II- Foreign national – Living and working legally or studying as an international student
The applicant may also apply as a federal skilled worker if he has been living legally in Canada for one year as a temporary foreign worker or an international student.
In my opinion an applicant needs careful and detailed understanding of the National occupational classifications and various occupational sub-titles to decide whether or not he is eligible
to apply for based on his own qualifications and experience credentials.
If not qualified, he may be considering an option to apply in other two categories if he qualifies. It is important to understand and appreciate that getting an arranged offer of employment has certain fixed set of requirements for the Canadian employer and getting it is not such an easier possibility.
There are agencies and consultants who offer to organize such offers of arranged employment. They are mostly misguiding prospective migrants and in majority of cases such organizes offers would not meet the scrutiny of Citizenship and Immigration, Canada.
If the applicant is not qualified under the point system under the federal skilled worker class a, he should not look for short-cuts to relocation. Rather he should look around and may find that he is qualified for immigration options other then Canada. He should pursue them as well rather then waste his time and resources on exploring an opportunity that is not qualified for in the first place.
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