Skilled Worker Visa

Canada is looking to attract skilled migrants to sustain economic growth of the country in the near future. This visa is for the people interested in obtaining permanent residence based on their ability to become economically established in Canada. In 2004, 133,746 new permanent residents were welcomed under the economic class. There are several different programs available under the Skilled Worker Program like Federal Skilled Worker Program.
Applications under this option are processed by the Canadian Federal government's Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Minimum requirements for this programme are:- Applicants meet the minimum work experience requirements;
Prove that they have the funds required for initial settlement;
Earn sufficient units of assessment in the selection factors like education, official language, work experience, age adaptability factor etc. to meet the minimum Pass mark.

Advantages of the Canada Skilled Worker Visa are:

The Canadian Skilled Worker Visa allows migration to Canada as a Permanent Resident, without the need for an employer or sponsor, to seek employment and apply for jobs following the exact same process as a resident skilled worker.
You are able to accept a job and join a new employer without you and that employer needing to go through the work permit process
The Canada Skilled Worker Visa gives you the right to apply for Citizenship after 3 years, providing that you follow the necessary requirements to apply, thus making this visa a very attractive and popular method of Canadian immigration for skilled workers.

Point System for Skilled Worker Education:

Your education can be worth between 5 and 25 points to your Canadian Skilled Working



Education Level Points
Master's Degree or PhD + 17 years of full-time study 25
Two or more Bachelor's Degrees + 15 years full-time study 22
Three-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship + 15 years full-time study 22
Bachelor's Degree + 14 years full-time study 20
Two-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship + 14 years full-time Study 20
One-year Bachelor's degree + 13 years full-time study 15
One-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship + 13 years full-time study 15
One-year diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship + 12 years full-time study 12
High school graduation 5

Language Proficiency

Canadian immigration visas of this kind award points for language proficiency in either English or French which together constitute the official languages. Bilingual candidates should nominate one of the two languages as their "first language".
Overall maximum Points for Language Proficiency = 24
Work Experience

Points will be awarded for an applicant's number of years in full time paid work. Occupations must be listed in Canada's National Occupational Classification as Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B. Points will be awarded as follows:
4 years= 21 Points
3 years= 19 Points
2 years= 17 Points
1 year= 15 Points

Age

Points are also given to candidates based on their age. The maximum obtainable in this category is 10 and this applies to applicants aged between 21 and 49. Two points are deducted for every year outside this range and Canadian visas of this class do not award any points to applicants under 17 yrs or beyond 53 years of age.

Pre - arranged Employment

This type of Canadian immigration service does not require a specific job offer, as is the case with a permit to work in Canada, but an applicant can be awarded extra points if a job is in place. 10 points are added to your total for a job offer approved by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) whether you are already in the country on a temporary work permit or applying externally.

Adaptability

In Canada immigration visa applications of this kind can accumulate extra points for a range of factors related to you and your family's ability to adapt to life in Canada. You're Spouse or common-law partner's education may be worth between 3-5 points. In addition 5 points are available if you or your partner have completed a 2 year post secondary educational course in Canada and another 5 if either of you has worked for a least 1 year in full time employment on a valid Canadian working permit. Finally you may be eligible for a further 5 points if you or your partner has a relative who is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident in Canada.

Dependants

As suggested in the eligibility criteria, a Canadian visa application of this type does make provision for your partner and/or dependent children to join you in the country. Spouse immigration to Canada permits your husband, wife or unmarried partner to move with you along with any unmarried children under the age of 22.

Settlement

These visas for Canada are intended as a route to settlement in Canada and accordingly successful applications for migration to Canada under this route will be granted permanent residence in Canada. As a permanent Canadian resident you will qualify for Canadian citizenship after completing the residency requirement of three years in the country.