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Canada Skilled Worker Visa

Canada is one of the world’s top destinations for international migrants. With large number of people retiring in Canada every year, the need for skilled manpower is growing tremendously. The Canadian government is keen to welcome highly educated and technically skilled professionals from across the world.

Recognized as the land of immense opportunities, Canada is home to multi-cultural individuals from across the world. Its booming economy and employment sector make it the most sought after destinations for the skilled workers and professionals.

Skilled Professionals in High Demand

Canada is on the lookout for young, self-motivated and well-educated skilled workers & professionals to contribute to its economic growth. The country is seeking job ready professionals who can fulfill the requirements and adapt in the rapidly changing job market.

Engineers (Civil, Mechanical, Software & Petroleum), Technicians, IT, Healthcare professionals, Nurses, , Banking, Insurance, Finance & Accounts, Insurance Adjusters, Teachers, Professors & Lecturers, Trades Persons are some of the professions that are in high demand in the country.

There are a number of different immigration programs that offer skilled professionals a pathway to obtain Canada Permanent Residency.

Launched in January, 2015, Express Entry is one of the most popular and organized point based Immigration Systems in the world today. It is a point based selection system for Canadian immigration, designed to select skilled workers for immigration to Canada.

Express Entry is a completely electronic process and manages applications for permanent residence under these federal economic immigration programs:

  • The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW): a point based program for people who are selected to immigrate to Canada because of their work experience and skills.
  • The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP): a program for people who want to become permanent residents of Canada based on being qualified in a skilled trade and having relevant experience apart from job offer or certificate of qualification.
  • The Canadian Experience Class (CEC): a Canadian immigration program created for Canada’s temporary foreign workers who wish to gain Permanent Resident status

How does Express Entry work?

Step 1) Qualified Candidates complete an online Express Entry profile and are placed in a pool

Eligible candidates can submit a profile into the Express Entry pool, where they are ranked against the other candidates according to a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which awards them score based on their age, education, work experience, and Language Proficiency, among other factors.

Step 2)  The highest-ranking candidates in the pool are then receive an invitation to apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence.

Those who are highly ranked will then be invited to apply for permanent residency as a skilled immigrant through draws from the pool.  The invited candidates have to submit their application for Canada permanent residence within 60 days of receiving invitation.

Once a candidate has applied, The Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will process his/her permanent residence applications in six months or less.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to apply under express entry program, candidate must:

  • Have one year of continuous full-time or equivalent paid work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled occupation classified under theNational Occupational Classification (NOC) skill level 0, A or B;
  • Meet or exceed the language threshold of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in English or French across all abilities (reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The test results must be less than two years old;
  • Provide either a Canadian educational credential or a foreign educational credential and an Educational Credential Assessment report from a designated agency such as World education services (WES), Medical Council for Canada, International credential evaluation services (ICES) are a few of such organizations.

Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) has grown exponentially since its establishment in the 1990s and now stands second only to the federal Express Entry system as the leading pathway to Canadian permanent residence for skilled foreign workers.

The Provincial Nominee Program gives nine Canadian provinces and two territories (except Nunavut and Quebec) the power to select immigrants who meet local labour market needs and priorities.

The Express Entry stream of a PNP is the stream aligned with federal express entry system, which allows Canadian provinces to select the candidates from express entry pool to apply in their Provincial Nominee Program.

How the PNP works

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) provides each Canadian province and territory with an annual allocation of nominations for Canadian permanent residence that is disbursed through various streams tailored to their specific labour market needs.

Combined, the 11 provinces and territories that take part in Canada’s PNP have more than 70 nomination streams that vary significantly in terms of requirements, availability, and application process, and are linked to the individual labour needs of the participating province or territory. They also range in focus from international graduates of local universities to foreign workers with skills listed as in-demand in the province, among other examples.

In order to become a provincial nominee, candidates need to demonstrate that they meet the set criteria in terms of skills, education, and work experience to be able to make a positive contribution to the specific province’s economy and society. The province or territory will then consider the application based on the province’s needs, as well as the candidates’ genuine intention to settle there.

How to Apply in a PNP

There are two basic pathways to apply for a PNP Program of a particular province in Canada:

1. Direct apply to a PNP of a Province

If a candidate has chosen a province in Canada to settle, he/she can directly apply in its Provincial Nominee Program by following given steps:

  • Choose a province and apply in its PNP program
  • Candidate’s applications will be reviewed based on the selection criteria/point system of that particular province.
  • If selected, candidate will get a nomination letter from the province.
  • Based on the nomination, candidate can apply for Canada permanent residency

2. Apply via Express Entry System

Each Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) also has at least one ‘enhanced’ nomination stream that targets immigration candidates in the Federal Express Entry system, which allows a Canadian province to select the candidates from express entry pool and invite them to apply in their specific Provincial Nominee Program. Candidates, who applied and get selected, become eligible to get the provincial nomination and subsequently receive 600 additional CRS points in federal express entry system.

Programs

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

In order to help Alberta’s economy stand strong, the Government of Alberta has introduced the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) through which  prospective immigrants with required experience and skills are targeted by the province and are offered an Alberta Provincial Nomination Certification, which helps them accelerate their overall immigration process and gain Canada permanent residency.

The Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP) has four major immigration streams:

  1. The Alberta Express Entry Stream
  2. The Strategic Recruitment Stream
  3. The Employer Driver Stream, and
  4. The Self-Employed Farmer Stream

1. Alberta Express Entry Stream

The Alberta Express Entry Stream allows the province to nominate a set number of qualified candidates from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Express Entry system.

Applicants can only apply to the Alberta Express Entry stream after receiving a Notification of Interest (NOI) letter from the province. The eligible candidates are contacted directly by the AINP through their Express Entry profiles.

Only those Express Entry candidates who receive an invitation (NOI letter) from the AINP can submit an application for a provincial nomination under the Alberta Express Entry Stream.

Eligibility criteria

In order to apply under the Alberta Express Entry Stream, applicants need to meet the following assessment criteria. The applicant must:

  • have an active Express Entry profile in the federal Express Entry pool
  • meet the criteria of at least one of the federal immigration programs: Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades Program or Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • intend to and be able to live and work in Alberta
  • be working in an occupation that supports Alberta’s economic development and diversification
  • have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 300

In addition, the AINP is more likely to select candidates with one or more following adaptability factors. The candidate must

  • have a valid Alberta job offer and/or work experience
  • be a graduate of an Alberta post-secondary institution with a valid Alberta job offer, or
  • have a parent, child, brother and/or sister who is a permanent resident living in Alberta, or a Canadian citizen living in Alberta.

2. Strategic Recruitment Stream

The Strategic Recruitment Stream allows candidates to apply for the AINP without the support of an employer. The stream further has three categories:-

  • Compulsory and Optional Trades Category-

Traders with either a Recognized Trade Certificate or an Alberta Qualification Certificate are eligible under this program. The workers must be living in the province with a valid work permit at the time of filing the application.

  • Engineering Occupations Category-

This category is especially designed for designers, engineers and drafters with Alberta work experience. To apply under this category, the applicant must have work experience in one of the twelve defined categories by the AINP.

  • Post Graduate Worker Category-

Individuals with a post graduate degree from an accredited post-secondary institution of Alberta and those who are currently working with an Alberta employer on a valid work permit are eligible to apply under this program.

3. Employer-Driven Stream

This stream allows Alberta employers to nominate workers with required skills and experience to the AINP for immigration and permanent residency. It also comprises of three sub-categories:-

  • Skilled Worker Category-

This category is meant for individuals with a full time, permanent job in a qualifying skilled occupation. Individuals working outside this province can also apply under this stream.

  • International Graduate Category-

This category is for applicants who hold a graduation degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada, have a valid post-graduation work permit and have a full time, permanent job offer from a local employer.

  • Semi-Skilled Worker Category-

The category has been outlined for temporary foreign workers who hold a permanent, full time job offer from a local employer in a qualifying semi-skilled field of work.

4. Self-Employed Farmer Stream

The Self-Employed Farmer Stream offers permanent residence options to applicants who hold farming experience and have enough funds to purchase or develop an existing farm in the province of Alberta.

AINP APPLICATION PROCESSING

All applications received under AINP are assessed and processed based on

  • information received from the labour market
  • the volume of applications received
  • the date on which the application was received

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program

British Columbia is one of the most popular provinces of Canada. It attracts immigrants from across the world. The province offers various provincial nominee programs for aspirants who wish to settle here.

  1. BC PNP: Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS)


SIRS is a dynamic application management system which allows the province to select candidates and invite them. Under SIRS, the following factors are considered while awarding points:

 

Scoring Sections

Maximum Points

Economic

Skill Level of the B.C. Job Offer

60

Factors

Wage of the B.C. Job Offer

50

(120)

Regional District of Employment

10

Human Capital

Directly Related Work Experience

25

Factors

Highest Level of Education

25

(80)

Language

30

Total Points Available

200

  1. British Columbia Express Entry Stream


In order to cut down on the application processing time and with an aim that eligible applicant can get priority processing of their applications for both PNP and permanent residence;
British Columbia introduced a new Express Entry stream under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP).

The prospective applicants are required to meet the minimum provincial eligibility criteria for one of the three mentioned categories under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program:

  1. International Post Graduates
  2. International Graduates
  3. Skilled Professionals
  1. British Columbia PNP Strategic Occupations Stream

To qualify under this stream, applicant must have a job offer from an employer in British Columbia that cannot be filled by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. The candidate must be either:

  • A skilled worker; applicants in the Skilled Worker category must have a job offer in an eligible occupation in levels 0, A, and B of Canada’s National Occupational Classification Matrix (NOC);
  • A health care professional (physicians, registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses, and midwives); or
  • An international graduate of a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution.
  • A semi-skilled worker in select Tourism/Hospitality occupations, Long-Haul Trucking occupations, and Food Processing occupations.

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) offers recent graduates, skilled workers, businesspeople and their families with the intention and ability to successfully settle and economically establish in Manitoba, a pathway to apply for permanent residence.

  1. The Manitoba Immigrant Nominee Program (MPNP – federal Express Entry pathway

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program has launched a new “sub-stream” to nominate a limited number of MPNP applicants for consideration under the Government of Canada’s Express Entry system.

Under the first ‘pilot’ phase of this initiative, only applicants who meet the required criteria and are directly contacted by the MPNP will be considered for nomination under the new MPNP Express Entry “sub-stream”.

In order to be eligible, candidate must:

  • Have a valid Express Entry profile and Job Seeker Validation Code.
  • Have at least six months of work experience in an occupation on the In-Demand Occupations list.
  • Possess the minimum official language proficiency depends on the NOC: 
  • Minimum CLB 7 for NOC 0 or A
  • Minimum CLB 6 for NOC B
  • Have Completed one post-secondary program of at least one year (Canadian equivalent)
  • Demonstrate the ability and intent to become economically established and reside in Manitoba and have the confirmed support of a close friend or relative who has resided in Manitoba for at least one year;
  • Have sufficient funds to cover settlement costs for a six-month period.

Once contacted by the MPNP, all selected candidates should:

  1. submit a complete Educational Credentials Assessment for Federal Skilled Worker applicants as well as evidence of settlement funds meeting higher federal requirements once contacted by the MPNP
  2. provide proof of successful completion of an Express Entry profile by sharing your Express Entry ID and Job seeker validation codes with the MPNP
  1. Skilled Worker Overseas Category

The MPNP for Skilled Workers Overseas nominates candidates who show an established connection to Manitoba through:

  • the support of family members or friends;
  • through previous education or work experience in the province; or
  • through an Invitation to Apply received directly from the MPNP as part of a Strategic Recruitment Initiative.

In order to be eligible under this category, candidates must:

  • score a minimum 60 points out of 100 on the points assessment grid;
  • Demonstrate an established connection to Manitoba through the support of friends or family, previous work experience or education in the province, or an Invitation to Apply issued by the MPNP.

In order to be a Manitoba Supporter, candidate must be:

  • Able to provide documents proving that he or she has been living in Manitoba continuously for at least one year;
  • Able to demonstrate sufficiently close ties to the applicant and the province;

For close relatives (those related to the applicant or the applicant’s spouse in one of the given Sister or brother, Niece or nephew, Aunt or uncle, First cousin, Mother or father, Grandmother or grandfather) both the applicant and the supporter must provide documents proving their familial relationship.

Nova Scotia Nominee Program Visa (NSNP)

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) is designed to increase immigration to the province by allowing the province to select foreign nationals with the precise skills needed in the local provincial economy.

  1. Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry

Nova Scotia demand: Express Entry stream, which came into effect on January 1, 2015, is for highly-skilled individuals who have post-secondary education and qualifications that will help them successfully settle in Nova Scotia.

Potential candidates must score at least 67 out of 100 points on a point’s grid that measures education, language ability, work experience, age, adaptability factors, and whether the candidate has an arranged job offer from a Nova Scotia-based employer.

In addition to these minimum of 67 points, potential candidates must also: 

  • Have a valid express entry profile;
  • Have the minimum educational credential requirement equivalent to a Canadian secondary school (high school) diploma;
  • Have a foreign diploma, certificate, or credential and its educational credential equivalency assessment by a designated body or a Canadian educational credential;
  • Have one year of full-time, or part-time equivalent, paid work experience in the last six years in an NOC Skill Type 0, Skill Level A or B occupation; and
  • Meet the minimum language proficiency threshold – currently Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in all four language components
  1. Skilled Worker Stream

The Nova Scotia Skilled Worker stream is aimed to help provincial employers recruit and hire foreign workers with skills that are in limited supply in Nova Scotia. This stream is further composed of three different categories, each with their own eligibility criteria. They are as follows:

  • Skilled Workers: This category is for individuals with experience in an occupation classified as NOC level 0, A or B, also known as skilled occupations. Priority is given to these high skilled applicants.
  • Semi-Skilled Workers: This category is for workers whose occupations are classified as NOC level C, also known as semi-skilled occupations. Applications in this category will only be considered if all eligibility criteria are met and the applicant has worked for at least 6 months with a Nova Scotia employer that is supporting their application for permanent residency.
  • Low-Skilled Workers: This category is for individuals whose occupations are classified as NOC level D, also known as unskilled occupations. Applications in this category will only be considered if all eligibility criteria are met and the applicant has worked for at least 6 months with a Nova Scotia employer that is supporting their application for permanent residency.

General eligibility Criteria for the Skilled Worker Stream

In addition to the general eligibility outlined above, all applicants, regardless of their work experience, must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Must provide proof of legal status (if living in Canada)
  2. Be between the ages of 21 and 55 at the time of application
  3. Receive a full time, permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia employer.
  4. Have at least completed a high school level of education (12 years of study), and have education, training, and licensing/certification needed to perform the job in Canada, if applicable
  5. Have a minimum 12 months of relevant work experience
  6. Meet language requirements for the program
    • For NOC levels 0, A or B – CLB level 5 in English or French
    • For NOC levels C or D – CLB level 4 in English or French
  7. Demonstrate the intent and ability to settle in the Province of Nova Scotia.

Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (Ontario PNP)

The Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) allows eligible foreign workers, international students and others with the required skills, experience and education to apply for a nomination for permanent residence in Ontario.

(1)  Ontario Express Entry – Human Capital Priorities Stream

This stream enables the Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program (OOPNP) to nominate individuals who have qualified for Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC’s) Express Entry pool and who have the required education, skilled work experience, language ability, and other characteristics to help them successfully establish and integrate into Ontario’s labour market and communities.

To be eligible under the Ontario Human Capital Priorities Stream, candidates need to:

  • Meet the eligibility requirements for one of the Canada’s Federal High Skilled programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or Canadian Experience Class (CEC);
  • Fulfill the stream’s work experience requirements;
  • Hold a Canadian Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree OR an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report produced by a designated organization indicating that the foreign education credential is equivalent to a Canadian Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD;
  • Demonstrate a language proficiency level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 or above in all four competencies
  • Have intention to reside in Ontario, by providing documentation to demonstrate ties to Ontario;
  • Hold legal status in Canada, if they are residing in Canada at the time of applying;
  • Obtain a minimum CRS score under the Express Entry system as determined by the director;
  • Meet the additional criteria under either the FSWP or CEC; and
  • Demonstrate sufficient funds to cover settlement costs in Ontario.

 (2) Employer Driven PNP

In order to apply for employer driven program, Candidates are required to obtain Ontario Provincial Nomination Certificate.  A permanent full time job offer from a reputed employer is also a mandatory condition. Before the Nomination is file, the Pre-screening application process and approval on hiring foreign national has to be obtained by the employer.

To be eligible, the employer from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) must:

  • Have been in existence and operation for at least three years preceding the application;
  • Have at least $1,000,000 gross revenue in the previous fiscal year;
  • Have at least five permanent full-time employees;
  • Companies outside the GTA have less stringent eligibility criteria. They must:
  • Have been in existence and operation for at least three years preceding the application;
  • Have at least $500,000 in gross revenues in the previous fiscal year;
  • Have at least three permanent full-time employees;
  • Have a place of business located in Ontario.

(3) Ontario PNP General Category

The General Category allows approved Ontario employers and investors (companies) to recruit foreign skilled workers. To be eligible to apply for Ontario nomination as a foreign worker, candidates must have:

  • A minimum two years of work experience (within the previous five years) in the intended occupation, or have appropriate registration in Ontario, if applying for a position in a regulated occupation in Ontario.
  • For work experience obtained in Canada, Opportunities Ontario will accept full-time work experience that is verifiable, relevant, paid and obtained with proper work authorization from Citizenship and Immigration Canada within the most recent five years.
  • An approved Permanent full-time job offer in a skilled occupation (NOC 0, A or B)
  • An offered wage which meets the prevailing wage level in Ontario for the intended occupation
  • Legal status, if the prospective nominee is in Canada.
  • The employer’s approval letter, Joint Verification form signed by their prospective employer, and Pre-screen Position form

(4) International Student Category

The International Student Category has two streams, the With Job Offer stream and the PhD Graduate stream. The With Job Offer stream allows approved Ontario employers to hire international students.

To be eligible to apply for Ontario nomination as an international student, candidate must have:

  • Graduated (or soon be graduating) from an approved publicly funded Canadian college or university in the past two years;
  • A full-time job offer, for which he/she is qualified, from approved Ontario employer in a skilled occupation (listed as NOC A, B, or 0).
  • Received an Employer Pre-Screen Approved Position Form, along with the nominee application package from the Ontario employer;
  • An offered wage that meets the prevailing entry-level wage in Ontario for the occupation;
  • Legal status, if the prospective nominee is in Canada.

Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program

Prince Edward Island is one of the Eastern- most islands of Canada and is known for its pastoral scenery and enormous job opportunities.

For those who are seeking permanent residency in Prince Edward Island, one pathway is to be nominated to the federal government through the PEI Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Candidates are selected for nomination based on their intention to live and work in PEI and their economic ability to establish in the province.

If an applicant aspires to settle in Prince Edward Island, he/ she will have to apply under the Express Entry System for this Province under PEI PNP Express Entry stream.

In order to apply under PEI PNP Express Entry category, candidates for must be eligible for one of the following federal economic immigration classes managed through the Express Entry system:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Class
  • Federal Skilled Trades Class
  • Canadian Experience Class

Language skills, education, securing a valid Job Offer from a Canadian Employer, etc. are the major factors considered while assessing the profile. Hence, these can be raised in order to stand at a better position in the Pool.

Quebec Immigration Program

As per the Accord between the Province of Quebec and the Federation of Canada, the province of Quebec is authorized to select its own immigrants, which restricts the role of the Federation to just granting Permanent Residency after proper verification of the applicant.

In order to immigrate here, candidate must first obtain a Quebec Selection Certificate. It is important to note that this is not a permanent resident visa and different programs may have different certificates to be filled.

Once candidates have submitted an application for their selection, their qualifications will be assessed at the provincial level. Post approval, their application is submitted at the federal level for security and medical checks. It is only after the approval of the federal level that they are granted a Permanent Resident Visa.

There are majorly three programs under the Quebec Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

A. Quebec Provincial Nominee Program for Skilled Workers

Under this stream, candidates are selected on the basis of a selection grid, with points awarded on the basis of various selection factors and criteria. The assessment of candidates’ application will determine whether they obtain a sufficient number of points to be selected by Quebec or not. The factors and criteria considered include:

  • Education and area of training: To be eligible for selection, candidates must, at a minimum, hold a diploma corresponding to a general or vocational high school diploma in Quebec.
  • Work experience: The work experience by a skilled worker candidate must have been acquired:
    • In the 5 years preceding the date of submission of an application for a selection certificate
    • In an occupation with a skill level above ‘D’ as defined by the National Occupational Classification
  • Language Proficiency:All the candidates in the regular Skilled Worker Program who wish to obtain points in the selection grid for their knowledge of French and English must present attestation of results of evaluation tests or diplomas recognized by the Ministere.

1. Quebec Provincial Nominee Program for Self-Employed Business Immigration

The Quebec Self-Employed Business category allows qualified businessmen to obtain a Canada immigration Visa (for permanent residency) and successfully establish themselves in Quebec by practicing any business activity.

To be eligible for Quebec Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), candidate must:

  • have legally obtained verifiable net worth of at least C$100,000 along with, where applicable, his/her married or common-law spouse provided he or she is accompanying the candidate
  • have an experience of a minimum 2 years as a self-employed worker in the business field he/she plans to practice in Québec
  • provide the nature and duration of his/her academic and professional training
  • possess language skills, personal qualities and knowledge about Québec

2. Quebec Provincial Nominee Program for Entrepreneurs

To qualify for Entrepreneurs Quebec Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), candidate must:-

  • have net worth of at least C$300,000
  • demonstrate that he/she meets the definition of experience in the operation of an enterprise which is defined as the actual assuming on a full time basis of responsibilities and duties related to the planning, management and control of material, financial and human resources in a profitable and legal agricultural, commercial or industrial enterprise of which he/she controls at least 25% of the equity, alone or with his/her accompanying spouse or de facto spouse, excluding the exercise of such duties in the context of an apprenticeship, training or specialization process attested to by a diploma
  • Submit a business project with a purpose to create or acquire a business in the province

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) offers applicants a way to immigrate to Canada.  Through the SINP, Saskatchewan invites residency applications from non-Canadians who want to make Saskatchewan their home; and nominates successful applicants to the federal government, so they can gain permanent residency in Canada.

  • International Skilled Worker – Saskatchewan Express Entry

This sub-category is for foreign skilled workers who want to live and work in Saskatchewan. In order to be eligible, candidates are required to:

  • have proof of legal status, if presently living in Canada;
  • have an active profile in Federal Express Entry pool;
  • provide language test results with a desired level of proficiency in English/French (as per express entry system);
  • have completed minimum 1 year of post-secondary education or training equivalent to the Canadian education system;
  • have a minimum level of work experience related to their field of education or training in a skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, or B) which must reflect in SINP occupation list;
  • acquire proof of eligibility for Saskatchewan licensure if their profession is regulated in Saskatchewan and requires mandatory (compulsory) certification or licensing;
  • have a certificate of qualification (also known as a letter of invitation) in their skilled trade from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship & Trade Certification Commission if their work experience is in a skilled trade;
  • have proof of sufficient settlement funds and a settlement plan;
  • obtain at least 60 points out of 100 on the SINP point assessment grid.

To apply for this sub-category, candidates must submit an Expression of Interest. Candidates who are eligible and meet selection criteria will receive an invitation to submit an application. The points scores associated with an Expression of Interest profile, which are based on candidate’s Education and training; Skilled work experience; Language ability; Age; and, Connection(s) and adaptability to the Saskatchewan labour market; will determine the chances of receiving an invitation.  Those with high scores within the pool of candidates will have a greater chance of being invited to apply.

The Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) is one of the most popular and pioneering Canadian immigration programs and enables highly educated and trained foreign nationals to immigrate to Quebec as skilled workers.

With an aim to streamline the processing of QSWP applications, Quebec introduced an Expression of Interest (EOI) System in 2018. Under this system, candidates interested in immigrating to the Quebec through the QSWP must first create an Expression of Interest profile using the province’s Arrima portal.

QUEBEC SKILLED WORKER PROGRAM (QSWP) ELIGIBILITY

Applicants who apply to the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) are evaluated according to a selection grid of factors, and applicants who score enough points are issued a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) which they can then use to apply to the Government of Canada for permanent residence.

In order to qualify for a CSQ, applicants must score enough points under the Quebec Immigration selection factors, which include:

  • Education
  • Area Of Training
  • Validated Employment Offer
  • Work Experience
  • Age
  • Language Proficiency
  • Stay And Family In Quebec
  • Spouse/Common-Law Partner Characteristics
  • Presence Of Accompanying Children
  • Financial Self-Sufficiency

In order to qualify, a single applicant need to score at least 50 points based on this system, while an applicant with a spouse or common-law partner must score a minimum 59 points.

QSWP APPLICATION PROCESS

Prospective immigrants wish to get permanent residency in Quebec need to follow the below key steps:

Step 1 – Applicants need to first Apply in online Mon Projet Quebec system, which operates on first come first served basis.

Step 2 – Applicants selected in the system will be issued the Quebec Certificat de Sélection (CSQ).

Step 3 – The candidates, who received the CSQ, file an application with Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for the permanent residency.

Details of Express Entry Draws conducted so far:

Express Entry Draws: 2020

Draws Draw Date CRS Cut Off ITAs Issued
1384-March-20204713900
13719-February-20204704500
1365-February-20204723500
13522-January-20204713400
1348-January-20204733400

Express Entry Draws: 2019

Draws Draw Date CRS Cut Off ITAs Issued
13319-December-20194693200
13211-December-20194723200
13127-November-20194713600
13013-November-20194723600
12930-October-20194753900
12816-October-2019357 (*Federal Skilled Trades candidates only)500
1272-October-20194643900
12618-September-20194623600
1254-September-20194633600
12420-August-20194573600
12312-August-20194663600
12224-July-20194593600
12110-July-20194603600
12026-June-20194623350
11912-June-20194653350
11829-May- 20194703350
11715-May- 2019332500
1161-May- 20194503350
11517-April- 20194513350
1143-April- 20194513350
11320-March- 20194523350
1126-March- 20194543350
11120-Feb- 20194573350
11030-Jan- 20194383350
10923-Jan- 20194433900
10810-Jan- 20194413,500