According to the 2018 year-end report of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on Express Entry, the highest number of invitations to apply for permanent residence were issued to Federal Skilled Workers. IRCC conducted 27 Express Entry draws in the year 2018. Of the total 89,800 ITAs (invitations to apply) issued in these draws, 53 per cent went to Federal Skilled Workers (FSW). While the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) received 34 per cent of invitations, Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) and Federal Skilled Trades (FST) applicants received 12 per cent and 1 per cent, respectively.
The total number of invitations issued to Federal Skilled Workers in 2018 was 47,523, the highest since the launch of Express Entry system in 2015. The number invitations issued to Federal Skilled Workers in 2015 was only 13,214. Ever since, the number has witnessed a steady increase.
Federal Skilled Workers
The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program is one of the three economic immigration programs of Canada managed under the Express Entry. In order to be eligible to apply for permanent residence under the FSW program, the candidate must meet certain eligibility criteria. These include work experience, level of education, age and language proficiency.
Minimum requirements for Federal Skilled Workers
- The candidate must have one year of continuous full-time or equivalent paid work experience in a skilled occupation classified under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill level 0, A or B. The work experience must have been acquired in the past 10 years.
- Language proficiency equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in English/French in all the four abilities (reading, writing, listening, and speaking)
- Canadian educational credential (certificate, diploma, or degree) /foreign credential along with Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report.
The eligibility of the candidate is assessed on the basis of a unique points grid. In order to be eligible, the candidate must obtain at least 67 points under the 100-point grid of the program.
The candidates who meet these criteria will be able to submit their Express Entry profile for the Federal Skilled Worker program. Upon submission, each profile will be assigned a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and the highest scoring candidates will be invited to apply for permanent residence in the draws that are conducted regularly. If the candidate receives the invitation, he/she can apply for permanent residence within 60 days.
Canada has a huge demand for skilled workers and Express Entry is a fast and viable immigration pathway for eligible foreign skilled workers. Take our free eligibility test to explore your options for Canada migration.