Beginning January 1, 2015, completing an Express Entry profile will be the first step in immigrating to Canada permanently as a skilled worker under three economic immigration programs, including the Federal Skilled Workers Program or FSWP.  You cannot apply directly as a federal skilled worker unless Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invites you to apply for permanent residence based on the information you enter in your online application.

Canada's Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is for individuals who may become permanent residents of the country on the basis of their ability to become economically established in Canada.  FSWP applicants may reside in any province of Canada, other than Quebec. 

As an economic program, the FSWP is points-based and candidates must meet the minimum threshold of 67 points out of 100 to be considered for the program. The selection factors used to forecast your success in Canada are your:

The NOC is a systematic classification of occupations in the Canadian labour market and is divided into five bands:

Skill Type "O" Management Occupations
Skill Type "A" Primarily comprised of professional occupations
Skill Type "B" Consists of technical, skilled trades and paraprofessional occupations
Skill Type "C" Comprises of occupations of intermediate level, clerical or support functions
Skill Type "D" Elemental Sales or service and primary laborer occupations

Want to check whether your occupations meets the standards for the Federal Skilled Worker Program?

>> Check the National Occupational Classification HERE <<

Language

To check the CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) of your International English Language Testing System (IELTS) band score, check the table below:

CLB Level

Ability: Speaking

Ability: Listening

Ability: Reading

Ability: Writing

5 and above

5.0

5.0

4.0

5.0

6

5.5

5.5

5.0

5.5

7

6.0

6.0 – 7.0

6.0

6.0

8

6.5

7.5

6.5

6.5

9

7.0

8.0

7.0

7.0

10 and above

7.5 – 9.0

8.5 – 9.0

8.0 – 9.0

7.5 – 9.0

To check the NCLC (Niveaux de Compétence Linguistique Canadiens) equivalent of your scores in the Test d'Évaluation de Français (TEF), check the table below:

NCLC Level

Ability: Speaking (expression orale)

Ability: Listening (compréhension de l’orale)

Ability: Reading (compréhension de l’écrit)

Ability: Writing (expression écrite)

7

310 – 348

249 – 279

207 – 232

310 – 348

8

349 – 370

280 – 297

233 – 247

349 – 370

9 and above

371+

298+

248+

371+

Education

Being able to demonstrate that your international degree is the equivalent of one from a Canada academic institution DOES NOT guarantee you a job in your profession or even licensure if your occupation is regulated in Canada. To practice in a regulated profession, you must also be registered by the regulatory authority in the province where you intend to live.

Common-Law Partners

if you are married or live with a common-law foreign national partner in Canada, and that person also meets the above conditions, you can decide which one of you will apply under Express Entry as a principal applicant.  A common-law partner is a person who has lived with you in a conjugal relationship for at least one year. Common-law partner refers to both opposite-sex and same-sex couples.

Other Important Notes

Other requirements for a successful application for permanent residence:

>> CLICK HERE to read up on the Provincial Nominee Programs <<

What happens if you score lower than the pass mark of 67 points?  You will not qualify to immigrate to Canada as a Federal Skilled Worker. While it would be better not to apply if you are not yet qualified, you can try to improve your score and increase your chances of being invited in the future.

>> CLICK HERE to read up on studying in Canada as an international student <<

Our advice to candidates is that they ensure they get a more accurate assessment of their credentials before spending additional time and resources on an application where they may be ineligible to continue further.  And while a preliminary, free assessment can be provided by a Migration Associate of our firm, we would prefer that you get a more thorough assessment and legal briefing on your options to apply for immigration to Canada.

>> CLICK HERE for an Online Assessment <<

Maintenance Funds

You don't have to provide evidence of funds under the following circumstances:

For 2016, the amounts required are as follows:

Number of Family Members Funds Required in CAD
1 $12,164
2 $15,143
3 $18,617
4 $22,603
5 $25,636
6 $28,913
7 or more $32,191

It is always good to research the cost of living (expenses and wages) in each province before you decide on where you plan to settle in Canada. We've compiled some expenses in key cities throughout Canada so you'll have a clearer picture on how much you'll be spending should you decide to settle in these cities.

Expense *

Vancouver

Toronto

Winnipeg

Quebec

Apartment, 1BR in City Centre

1,300-1,850

1,200-1,750

800-1,100

600 - 900

Apartment, 1BR outside of City Centre

900-1,450

900-1,400

685 - 950

500 - 710

Basic utilities e.g. electricity, heating, water, garbage for an 85 sq.m. apartment

40 - 120

75-212.50

100 - 250

75 - 300

Internet, 10Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL

40 - 75

40 - 72

48 - 65

45 - 65

Transportation, Monthly Pass not unlimited

91 - 124

130 - 142

80 - 89

75 - 85.60

Gasoline, 1 liter

1.15 - 1.30

0.98 - 1.15

0.84 - 1.10

1 - 1.19

Regular Milk, 1 liter

1.32 - 3.69

1.13 - 3.30

1.25 - 2.5

1.75 - 2.25

White Rice, 1 kg.

3 - 6

2 - 5

2 - 5

3 - 5

Loaf of Fresh White Bread, 500g

2.50 - 4

2 - 3

1.80 - 3

3 - 3.89

Eggs, 1 dozen

3 - 5

2.81 - 4

2.50 - 4

3 - 4

Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless

12 - 20

8.82 - 9.82

10 - 16

8.8 - 15

Beef round, 1kg,

10 - 22.02

9 - 20

8.82 - 15

8.8 - 15

Potato, 1 kg.

1.5 - 4.12

1 - 3

2.20 - 4.22

2.18 - 4.41

Tomato, 1 kg.

3 - 5.51

2.5 - 5

1.95 - 5.05

4.41 - 6.61

Banana, 1kg.

1.5 - 2.65

1.35 - 2

1.50 - 2.18

1.54 - 2

Water, 1.5 liter bottle

1.5 - 3

1.5 - 3

1 - 3

1.99 - 2

Domestic Beer, .5 liter bottle

2.5 - 6

2 - 3

2 - 3.99

1.50 - 3

Meal, inexpensive restaurant

12 - 20

12 - 20

11 - 18

10 - 20

McMeal at McDonalds (or equivalent Combo Meal)

7 - 10

8 - 10

8 - 11

8 - 11

Cappuccino, regular

3.50 - 4.55

2.75 - 4.25

3 - 5

3 - 4.50

Cinema, International Release

12 - 15

12 - 15

10 - 14.50

10 - 14

Pair of Levi jeans or similar

50 - 85

45 - 80

40 - 70

40 - 100

1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store e.g. Zara, H&M

39.99 - 75

30 - 60

30 - 80

25 - 40

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car)

19,000 - 28,500

18,300 - 26,600

19,500 - 25,000

20,000 - 24,995

Inadmissibility

Even if you meet all of requirements and have been issued an Invitation to Apply, your application may still be unsuccessful. There are many reasons that you may not be admitted to Canada.  These include the following:

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About the Author

Jennifer Aranda

Jennifer Aranda

Jennifer S. Aranda is the COO of IVC Immigrant Visa Center, Inc.


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