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Express Entry at glance

Express Entry is a sophisticated system employed by the Canadian government to streamline and manage permanent residence applications under selected economic immigration programs, thereby filling labour gaps in the country.

It is a user-friendly platform that evaluates various factors such as your educational qualifications, language proficiency in English or French, and skilled work experience, among others, to assess your eligibility for Canadian permanent residence.

By taking advantage of this system, you can present your qualifications to the Canadian government in a more efficient and effective manner, thereby increasing your chances of success in the immigration process.

Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW)

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW) of Canada is a program that allows skilled workers from other countries to live and work in Canada. Here are the requirements to qualify for this program:

  • One year of continuous skilled work experience within the last ten years, which translates to at least 1560 hours or 30 hours per week.

  • Skilled work experience that falls under the categories of TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3.

  • A minimum language proficiency of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7.

  • High school diploma or post-secondary education. Higher education is preferred.

  • A finance statement must be submitted unless the applicant has a job offer or is currently working in Canada.

 

Additional important notes to consider:

  • Working while in school may count toward work experience.

  • The work experience must be a paid job.

  • Work reasonability/titles are classified as TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3.

By meeting these requirements, individuals can apply for the Federal Skilled Worker Program and become eligible to work and live in Canada as a skilled worker.

The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FST) of Canada is designed to facilitate the immigration of skilled workers with experience in specific trades, and here are the requirements to qualify for this program:

  • A minimum of two years of full-time skilled work experience within the last five years in one of the specified occupational categories.

  • A valid job offer for a minimum of one year, or a certificate issued by a Canadian authority.

  • Language proficiency with a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 score in speaking and listening, and a CLB 4 score in reading and writing.

  • A finance statement must be submitted unless the applicant has a job offer or is currently working in Canada.

 

Additional important notes to consider:

  • The skilled work experience must be in technical jobs and skilled trades.

  • While education is not mandatory, it can improve the applicant's points for eligibility.

By fulfilling these requirements, individuals can apply for the Federal Skilled Trades Program and become eligible to work and live in Canada as a skilled worker in their respective trades.
 

It is important to note that only specific job titles are eligible for the Federal Skilled Trades Program. Therefore, when considering this immigration stream, applicants must ensure that their occupation falls under the designated list of eligible skilled trades.

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Federal Skilled Trade Program (FST)

 
 

Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

 

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is an immigration program that aims to attract skilled workers with work experience in Canada. Here are the requirements for eligibility under this program:

  • A minimum of one year of skilled work experience in Canada, whether full-time or part-time, within the last three years.

  • The work experience must fall under the categories of TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3.

  • A minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 7 for TEER 0 or 1, or a score of 5 for TEER 2 or 3.

 

Additional important notes to consider:

  • Co-op or internship experiences and self-employment will not be considered as eligible work experience.

  • While education is not a mandatory requirement, it can improve the applicant's points for eligibility.

By fulfilling these requirements, individuals can apply for the Canadian Experience Class and become eligible to work and live in Canada as a skilled worker.

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