Each year, Canada welcomes thousands of new residents. Coming to Canada as an immigrant is a great prospect, but it is also a huge challenge. There are several options available to you if you wish to apply for permanent residence. Find out about the programs available to you and we will determine the category that best suits you and your family.
There are two programs for skilled workers. The federal program and the Quebec program:
1) Federal skilled worker program (except Quebec)
To be eligible to apply for a Canadian Immigration Visa (Permanent Residence), Skilled Worker Category applicants must:
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Have a university or technical diploma.
- Have a good knowledge of French or English.
- Have at least one year of experience in one or more of the professions listed by the government (see the list of professions).
Requests for skilled workers are assessed on a total of 6 factors. These selection factors are designed to determine who is able to integrate economically into Canada.
The 6 selection criteria are as follows:
- Education: A maximum of 25 points can be allocated to applicants.
- Language skills: A maximum of 28 points can be allocated to applicants.
- Professional experience: Applicants will be awarded a maximum of 15 points for any paid work experience acquired in the last ten years. For this category, you must obtain a minimum of 9 points for one year of experience.
- Age: A maximum of 12 points can be allocated to applicants, this score will become zero, if the applicant is 47 years old.
- Reserved employment: A maximum of 10 points can be allocated to applicants.
- Adaptability: A maximum of 10 points can be allocated to applicants.
The candidate must obtain a minimum of 67 points and have experience in one of the professions in demand in Canada. Also, applicants must demonstrate that they have sufficient funds to support themselves and their dependents after arriving in Canada. During the procedure, applicants and their dependents will have to undergo a medical examination and a security check; two steps required in the immigration process.
NOTE: Immigration procedures last from 12 to 18 months depending on the immigration office that will process your case.
2- Skilled worker program for the province of Quebec
Under the Canada-Quebec Accord, Quebec can set its own immigration requirements and select its own immigrants who wish to settle in Quebec on a permanent basis. Canada is responsible for the admission of its candidates. Once Quebec issues a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ), the Canadian government proceeds with the formalities for granting permanent residence.
Skilled workers destined for Quebec are assessed according to the Quebec selection grid, which is different from the federal grid. In general, to be eligible, you must:
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Have a professional, technical or university degree in demand. (see the list of training courses in demand).
- Have a knowledge of French (in terms of conversation and comprehension). Knowledge of English can improve your chances.
NOTE: Immigration procedures last from 20 to 36 months depending on the immigration office that will process your case.