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    Canada Visa

    Canada Visa

    The main Canada Visa classes featured in this section are those that are available via the Canada Express Entry Program. These include:

    • Federal Skilled Worker Visa (FSW)
    • Federal Skilled Trades Visa (FST)
    • Canada Experience Class (CEC)

    These visa classes are Permanent Residency Visas and can lead to full Canadian Citizenship.

    Federal Skilled Worker Visa FSW

    Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW)

    The Federal Skilled Worker Program is Canada’s primary economic immigration program and provides the opportunity to live permanently in Canada. You can express your interest in immigrating to Canada by creating an online express entry profile.

    Based on the information in your Express Entry an applicant receives a CRS score you will receive a score which indicates their position (or ranking) against other candidates. CRS scores are not fixed, and candidates can take active steps to improve their pool placements in Express Entry.

    While the CRS Score for Express Entry fluctuates regularly. The Canadian Government draws candidates out of the Express Entry pool according to their economic and political requirements.

    However, there is another important score which needs to be considered.

    Any Invitation to Apply issued to an applicant in respect of a Federal Skilled Visa must be able to score at least 67 Points on the Federal Skills Worker Program.

    The IRCC determines eligibility for the Federal Skilled Worker Program based on its unique scorecard.

    To apply for the Federal Specialist Workers Program, a potential candidate must achieve at least 67 points on the 100-point grid of the program.

    Federal Skilled Worker points are calculated as follows:

    Education Points for the Federal Skilled Worker Visa

    Level of Education Points (25 max)
    Doctoral (PhD) level 25 points
    Master’s level or professional degree. Occupation related to the degree must be:

    • NOC 2016 Skill Level A, and
    • licensed by a provincial regulatory body

    Also, Degree program must be in one of the following academic disciplines: Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Podiatry, Optometry, Law, Chiropractic Medicine, or Pharmacy.

    23 points
    Two or more post-secondary credentials, one of which is a three-year or longer post-secondary credential 22 points
    Three-year or longer post-secondary credential 21 points
    Two-year post-secondary credential 19 points
    One-year post-secondary credential 15 points
    Secondary school/high school diploma 5 points

    Language Points for the Federal Skilled Worker Visa

    Proficiency IELTS score equivalence Points
    First Official Language
    CLB Level 9 or higher

    (Initial Advanced)

    IELTS Listening 8 or above

    IELTS Reading 7 or above

    IELTS Speaking 7 or above

    IELTS Writing 7 or above

    6 points per ability
    CLB Level 8

    (Fluent Intermediate)

    IELTS Listening 7.5

    IELTS Reading 6.5

    IELTS Speaking 6.5

    IELTS Writing 6.5

    5 points per ability
    CLB Level 7

    (Adequate Intermediate)

    IELTS Listening 6

    IELTS Reading 6

    IELTS Speaking 6

    IELTS Writing 6

    4 points per ability
    Below CLB Level 7 Not eligible to apply Not eligible to apply
    Maximum points for first official language 24 points
    Second Official Language
    CLB 5 and above 4 points for all language abilities
    Maximum 4 points

    Work Experience Points for Federal Skilled Work Visa

    Work Experience Points (15 max)
    1 year (at least one year of continuous work or 1,560 hours total) 9 points
    2-3 years 11 points
    4-5 years 13 points
    6 years or more 15 points

    Age Points for Federal Skilled Worker Visa

    Age of Applicant Points (12 max)
    18 to 35 12 points
    36 11 points
    37 10 points
    38 9 points
    39 8 points
    40 7 points
    41 6 points
    42 5 points
    43 4 points
    44 3 points
    45 2 points
    46 1 points
    47 and over 0 points

    Arranged Employment in Canada

    If the applicant is currently working in Canada on a work permit, and
    • The work permit is valid both when applying and when the permanent resident visa is issued (or the applicant is allowed to work in Canada without a work permit when his or her visa is issued).
    • The work permit is based on a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada in an occupation listed under skill type 0 or skill level A or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
    • The applicant is working for an employer named on his or her work permit.
    • That employer has made a valid job offer based on the applicant being accepted as a skilled worker.
    If the applicant is currently working in Canada in a job that is LMIA-exempt because of the following:

    • an international agreement (such as, the North American Free Trade Agreement) or
    • significant benefit to Canadian interests or
    • a federal-provincial agreement
    • The work permit is valid both when applying and when the permanent resident visa is issued (or the applicant is allowed to work in Canada without a permit when the permanent resident visa is issued).
    • The applicant’s current employer has made a valid job offer based on the applicant being accepted as a skilled worker.
    • The applicant is currently working for the employer specified on his or her work permit.
    • The applicant has been working for that employer for at least 1 year, continuous full-time or part-time equivalent.
    If the applicant does not hold a valid work permit and is not authorized to work in Canada. and
    • A prospective employer has made a valid permanent, full-time skilled job offer to the applicant; and
    • The offer of employment has received a positive LMIA
    If the applicant holds a valid work permit or is otherwise authorized to work in Canada without a work permit and
    • The applicant is currently working in Canada in a job that is LMIA-exempt, but is not under an international, federal-provincial agreement or because of significant benefit to Canadian interests; and
    • A prospective employer other than the one the applicant is currently working for has a positive LMIA and has made a a valid job offer to the applicant based on that LMIA and on the applicant being accepted as a skilled worker.

    Adaptability Points for Federal Skills Visa Applications

    Adaptability Points (10 max)
    Principal applicant’s previous work in Canada (minimum one (1) year of full-time work in Canada in an occupation classified as Skill Type 0, A, or B of the National Occupational Classification – NOC) 10 points
    Principal applicant’s past studies in Canada (minimum two (2) academic years of full-time* study in an at least two year long study program at a secondary or post-secondary educational institution in Canada). 5 points
    Accompanying spouse/common-law partner’s past studies in Canada (minimum two (2) academic years of full-time* study in an at least two year long study program at a secondary or post-secondary educational institution in Canada). 5 points
    Accompanying spouse/common-law partner’s past work in Canada (minimum one (1) year of full-time work in Canada while on a valid work permit or with authorization to work) 5 points
    Arranged employment in Canada 5 points
    Principal applicant or spouse/common-law partner have a relative** in Canada. The relative must be living in Canada, 18 years or older and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. 5 points
    Accompanying spouse/common-law partner’s language ability (English and French language proficiency at CLB 4 level or above in all four language abilities). CLB Level 4 is equivalent to IELTS 4.0 in Writing, 4.5 in Listening, 3.5 in Reading and 4.0 in Speaking). 5 points

    The IRCC aims to process full applications for qualified workers in six (6) months or less. Find out how long your immigration application will take to process in the Canadian Immigration Processing Times tool.

    The Quebec government operates its own Canada Visa immigration system, alongside the federal rapid entry system, and requires qualified workers to apply for permanent residence status or a temporary work permit. Those eligible for permanent residence in Canada under the Federal Skills Work Program (FSWP) must intend to live in the province of Quebec.

    Canada Federal Skilled Worker Canada Visa Application Fees

    Application Fee CAD
    Principal applicant ($825 processing fee + $500 right of permanent residence fee) $1,325
    Spouse or common-law partner ($825 processing fee + $500 right of permanent residence fee) $1,325
    A dependant child of the principal applicant who is under 22 and is not a spouse or common-law partner, or is 22 or older who has been unable to be financially self-supporting since before the age of 22, due to a physical or mental condition $225 per child

    Federal Skilled Visa Occupations List

    The following Occupations are eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Permanent Residency Canada Visa provided they have the required CRS Points and at least 67 points on the FSW Points grid.

    Federal Skilled Worker Occupation List

    1. 0011 Legislators Canada visa
    2. 0012 Senior government managers and officials
    3. 0013 Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services
    4. 0014 Senior managers – health, education, social and community services and membership organizations
    5. 0015 Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c.
    6. 0016 Senior managers – construction, transportation, production and utilities
    7. 0111 Financial managers Canada visa
    8. 0112 Human resources managers Canada visa
    9. 0113 Purchasing managers
    10. 0114 Other administrative services managers
    11. 0121 Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers
    12. 0122 Banking, credit and other investment managers
    13. 0124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
    14. 0125 Other business services managers Canada visa
    15. 0131 Telecommunication carriers managers
    16. 0132 Postal and courier services managers
    17. 0211 Engineering managers Canada visa
    18. 0212 Architecture and science managers
    19. 0213 Computer and information systems managers
    20. 0311 Managers in health care Canada visa
    21. 0411 Government managers – health and social policy development and program administration
    22. 0412 Government managers – economic analysis, policy development and program administration
    23. 0413 Government managers – education policy development and program administration
    24. 0414 Other managers in public administration
    25. 0421 Administrators – post-secondary education and vocational training
    26. 0422 School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education Canada visa
    27. 0423 Managers in social, community and correctional services
    28. 0431 Commissioned police officers visas to Canada
    29. 0432 Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers Canada visa
    30. 0433 Commissioned officers of the Canadian Forces
    31. 0511 Library, archive, museum and art gallery managers
    32. 0512 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
    33. 0513 Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors
    34. 0601 Corporate sales managers Canada visa
    35. 0621 Retail and wholesale trade managers
    36. 0631 Restaurant and food service managers
    37. 0632 Accommodation service managers Canada visa
    38. 0651 Managers in customer and personal services.
    39. 0711 Construction managers Canada visa
    40. 0712 Home building and renovation managers
    41. 0714 Facility operation and maintenance managers
    42. 0731 Managers in transportation Canada visa
    43. 0811 Managers in natural resources production and fishing
    44. 0821 Managers in agriculture Canada visa
    45. 0822 Managers in horticulture Canada visa
    46. 0823 Managers in aquaculture Canada visa
    47. 0911 Manufacturing managers Canada visa
    48. 0912 Utilities managers
    49. 1111 Financial auditors and accountants Canada visa
    50. 1112 Financial and investment analysts Canada visa
    51. 1113 Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers
    52. 1114 Other financial officers
    53. 1121 Human resources professionals Canada visa
    54. 1122 Professional occupations in business management consulting
    55. 1123 Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
    56. 1211 Supervisors, general office and administrative support workers
    57. 1212 Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers
    58. 1213 Supervisors, library, correspondence and related information workers Canada visa
    59. 1214 Supervisors, mail and message distribution occupations
    60. 1215 Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations
    61. 1221 Administrative officers Canada visa
    62. 1222 Executive assistants
    63. 1223 Human resources and recruitment officers
    64. 1224 Property administrators Canada visa
    65. 1225 Purchasing agents and officers
    66. 1226 Conference and event planners
    67. 1227 Court officers and justices of the peace
    68. 1228 Employment insurance, immigration, border services and revenue officers Canada visa
    69. 1241 Administrative assistants
    70. 1242 Legal administrative assistants
    71. 1243 Medical administrative assistants
    72. 1251 Court reporters, medical transcriptionists and related occupations
    73. 1252 Health information management occupations
    74. 1253 Records management technicians
    75. 1254 Statistical officers and related research support occupations
    76. 1311 Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
    77. 1312 Insurance adjusters and claims examiners
    78. 1313 Insurance underwriters Canada visa
    79. 1314 Assessors, valuators and appraisers
    80. 1315 Customs, ship and other brokers
    81. 2111 Physicists and astronomers
    82. 2112 Chemists
    83. 2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers
    84. 2114 Meteorologists and climatologists
    85. 2115 Other professional occupations in physical sciences
    86. 2121 Biologists and related scientists
    87. 2122 Forestry professionals
    88. 2123 Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists
    89. 2131 Civil engineers visa to Canada
    90. 2132 Mechanical engineers
    91. 2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
    92. 2134 Chemical engineers visa to Canada
    93. 2141 Industrial and manufacturing engineers
    94. 2142 Metallurgical and materials engineers
    95. 2143 Mining engineers into Canada
    96. 2144 Geological engineers
    97. 2145 Petroleum engineers
    98. 2146 Aerospace engineers Canada visa
    99. 2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
    100. 2148 Other professional engineers, n.e.c.
    101. 2151 Architects Canada visa
    102. 2152 Landscape architects
    103. 2153 Urban and land use planners
    104. 2154 Land surveyors
    105. 2161 Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
    106. 2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
    107. 2172 Database analysts and data administrators
    108. 2173 Software engineers and designers
    109. 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
    110. 2175 Web designers and developers
    111. 2211 Chemical technologists and technicians
    112. 2212 Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
    113. 2221 Biological technologists and technicians
    114. 2222 Agricultural and fish products inspectors
    115. 2223 Forestry technologists and technicians
    116. 2224 Conservation and fishery officers
    117. 2225 Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists
    118. 2231 Civil engineering technologists and technicians
    119. 2232 Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
    120. 2233 Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
    121. 2234 Construction estimators Canada visa
    122. 2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
    123. 2242 Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
    124. 2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
    125. 2244 Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors
    126. 2251 Architectural technologists and technicians
    127. 2252 Industrial designers
    128. 2253 Drafting technologists and technicians
    129. 2254 Land survey technologists and technicians
    130. 2255 Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology
    131. 2261 Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians
    132. 2262 Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers
    133. 2263 Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
    134. 2264 Construction inspectors Canada visa
    135. 2271 Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors
    136. 2272 Air traffic controllers and related occupations
    137. 2273 Deck officers, water transport
    138. 2274 Engineer officers, water transport
    139. 2275 Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators
    140. 2281 Computer network technicians
    141. 2282 User support technicians
    142. 2283 Information systems testing technicians
    143. 3011 Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
    144. 3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
    145. 3111 Specialist physicians
    146. 3112 General practitioners and family physicians
    147. 3113 Dentists
    148. 3114 Veterinarians
    149. 3121 Optometrists
    150. 3122 Chiropractors
    151. 3124 Allied primary health practitioners
    152. 3125 Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
    153. 3131 Pharmacists
    154. 3132 Dietitians and nutritionists
    155. 3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
    156. 3142 Physiotherapists
    157. 3143 Occupational therapists
    158. 3144 Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
    159. 3211 Medical laboratory technologists
    160. 3212 Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
    161. 3213 Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians
    162. 3214 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
    163. 3215 Medical radiation technologists
    164. 3216 Medical sonographers
    165. 3217 Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c.
    166. 3219 Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
    167. 3221 Denturists
    168. 3222 Dental hygienists and dental therapists
    169. 3223 Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants
    170. 3231 Opticians
    171. 3232 Practitioners of natural healing
    172. 3233 Licensed practical nurses
    173. 3234 Paramedical occupations
    174. 3236 Massage therapists
    175. 3237 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
    176. 4011 University professors and lecturers
    177. 4012 Post-secondary teaching and research assistants
    178. 4021 College and other vocational instructors
    179. 4031 Secondary school teachers
    180. 4032 Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
    181. 4033 Educational counsellors
    182. 4111 Judges
    183. 4112 Lawyers and Quebec notaries
    184. 4151 Psychologists
    185. 4152 Social workers
    186. 4153 Family, marriage and other related counsellors
    187. 4154 Professional occupations in religion
    188. 4155 Probation and parole officers and related occupations
    189. 4156 Employment counsellors
    190. 4161 Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers
    191. 4162 Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts
    192. 4163 Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants
    193. 4164 Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers
    194. 4165 Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers
    195. 4166 Education policy researchers, consultants and program officers
    196. 4167 Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers
    197. 4168 Program officers unique to government
    198. 4169 Other professional occupations in social science, n.e.c.
    199. 4211 Paralegal and related occupations
    200. 4212 Social and community service workers
    201. 4214 Early childhood educators and assistants
    202. 4215 Instructors of persons with disabilities
    203. 4216 Other instructors
    204. 4217 Other religious occupations
    205. 4311 Police officers (except commissioned)
    206. 4312 Firefighters
    207. 4313 Non-commissioned ranks of the Canadian Forces
    208. 5111 Librarians
    209. 5112 Conservators and curators
    210. 5113 Archivists
    211. 5121 Authors and writers
    212. 5122 Editors
    213. 5123 Journalists
    214. 5125 Translators, terminologists and interpreters
    215. 5131 Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
    216. 5132 Conductors, composers and arrangers
    217. 5133 Musicians and singers
    218. 5134 Dancers
    219. 5135 Actors and comedians
    220. 5136 Painters, sculptors and other visual artists
    221. 5211 Library and public archive technicians
    222. 5212 Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries
    223. 5221 Photographers
    224. 5222 Film and video camera operators
    225. 5223 Graphic arts technicians
    226. 5224 Broadcast technicians
    227. 5225 Audio and video recording technicians
    228. 5226 Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
    229. 5227 Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
    230. 5231 Announcers and other broadcasters
    231. 5232 Other performers, n.e.c.
    232. 5241 Graphic designers Canada visa
    233. 5242 Interior designers and interior decorators
    234. 5243 Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers
    235. 5244 Artisans and craftspersons
    236. 5245 Patternmakers – textile, leather and fur products
    237. 5251 Athletes
    238. 5252 Coaches Canada visa
    239. 5253 Sports officials and referees Canada visa
    240. 5254 Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness
    241. 6211 Retail sales supervisors
    242. 6221 Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade
    243. 6222 Retail and wholesale buyers
    244. 6231 Insurance agents Canada visa
    245. 6232 Real estate agents and salespersons
    246. 6235 Financial sales representatives
    247. 6311 Food service supervisors
    248. 6312 Executive housekeepers
    249. 6313 Accommodation, travel, tourism and related services supervisors
    250. 6314 Customer and information services supervisors
    251. 6315 Cleaning supervisors
    252. 6316 Other services supervisors
    253. 6321 Chefs Canada visa
    254. 6322 Cooks
    255. 6331 Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale
    256. 6332 Bakers Canada visa
    257. 6341 Hairstylists and barbers
    258. 6342 Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners
    259. 6343 Shoe repairers and shoemakers
    260. 6344 Jewellers, jewellery and watch repairers and related occupations
    261. 6345 Upholsterers Canada visa
    262. 6346 Funeral directors and embalmers
    263. 7201 Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
    264. 7202 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
    265. 7203 Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades
    266. 7204 Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
    267. 7205 Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
    268. 7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
    269. 7232 Tool and die makers
    270. 7233 Sheet metal workers Canada visa
    271. 7234 Boilermakers
    272. 7235 Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
    273. 7236 Ironworkers
    274. 7237 Welders Canada visa
    275. 7241 Electricians (except industrial and power system)
    276. 7242 Industrial electricians Canada visa
    277. 7243 Power system electricians Canada visa
    278. 7244 Electrical power line and cable workers
    279. 7245 Telecommunications line and cable workers
    280. 7246 Telecommunications installation and repair workers
    281. 7247 Cable television service and maintenance technicians
    282. 7251 Plumbers Canada visa
    283. 7252 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
    284. 7253 Gas fitters Canada visa
    285. 7271 Carpenters Canada visa
    286. 7272 Cabinetmakers Canada visa
    287. 7281 Bricklayers Canada visa
    288. 7282 Concrete finishers
    289. 7283 Tile setters Canada visa
    290. 7284 Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
    291. 7291 Roofers and shinglers
    292. 7292 Glaziers Canada visa
    293. 7293 Insulators Canada visa
    294. 7294 Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
    295. 7295 Floor covering installers Canada visa
    296. 7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
    297. 7302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
    298. 7303 Supervisors, printing and related occupations
    299. 7304 Supervisors, railway transport operations
    300. 7305 Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators
    301. 7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
    302. 7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics Canada visa
    303. 7313 Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
    304. 7314 Railway Carmen/women
    305. 7315 Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
    306. 7316 Machine fitters Canada visa
    307. 7318 Elevator constructors and mechanics
    308. 7321 Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
    309. 7322 Motor vehicle body repairers Canada visa
    310. 7331 Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics
    311. 7332 Appliance servicers and repairers
    312. 7333 Electrical mechanics Canada visa
    313. 7334 Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
    314. 7335 Other small engine and small equipment repairers
    315. 7361 Railway and yard locomotive engineers
    316. 7362 Railway conductors and brakemen/women
    317. 7371 Crane operators Canada visa
    318. 7372 Drillers and blasters – surface mining, quarrying and construction
    319. 7373 Water well drillers Canada visa
    320. 7381 Printing press operators
    321. 7384 Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c.
    322. 8211 Supervisors, logging and forestry
    323. 8221 Supervisors, mining and quarrying
    324. 8222 Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services
    325. 8231 Underground production and development miners
    326. 8232 Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
    327. 8241 Logging machinery operators Canada visa
    328. 8252 Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers8255 Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services
    329. 8261 Fishing masters and officers
    330. 8262 Fishermen/women Canada visa
    331. 9211 Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
    332. 9212 Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
    333. 9213 Supervisors, food, beverage and associated products processing
    334. 9214 Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
    335. 9215 Supervisors, forest products processing
    336. 9217 Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing
    337. 9221 Supervisors, motor vehicle assembling
    338. 9222 Supervisors, electronics manufacturing
    339. 9223 Supervisors, electrical products manufacturing
    340. 9224 Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing
    341. 9226 Supervisors, other mechanical and metal products manufacturing
    342. 9227 Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly
    343. 9231 Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing Canada visa
    344. 9232 Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators
    345. 9235 Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators
    346. 9241 Power engineers and power systems operators
    347. 9243 Water and waste treatment plant operators Canada visa

    Federal Skilled Trades Visa

    Federal Skilled Trades has no minimum education requirement. FST Canada Visa candidates must have at least 2 years of full-time work experience in a skilled trade occupation.

    Federal Skilled Trades applicants are not required to do an Educational Credential Assessment.

    Candidates must have either an offer of employment in their skilled trade in Canada or a certificate of qualification in their skilled trade issued by a Canadian authority such as Red Seal.

    The FSTP allows persons with valid work offers and qualifications to obtain permanent residence in a Canadian province or territory (except Quebec).

    Eligibility Criteria for the Federal Skilled Trades Program Canada Visa

    To qualify for a Federal Skilled Trades Visa applicants must:

    • have valid job offers of full-time employment from up to two employers in Canada for at least one year OR a certificate of qualification from a provincial or territorial body
    • provide proof of language ability at Canadian Level Benchmark (CLB) 5 for speaking and listening, CLB 4 for reading and writing
    • have at least 2 years of full-time work experience in the skilled trade in the five years before applying
    • be able to demonstrate the skills and experience and that they have performed the essential duties of the occupation

    What is a certificate of qualification from a provincial or territorial body

    A certificate of qualification proves that a skilled trades FST applicant has the right skills, experience and qualifications to work in a skilled trade occupation in Canada.

    This equivalency process is most usually undertaken by a Red Seal Challenge in the Canadian Province of Choice.

    With this certificate of qualification, their foreign trades qualifications are now recognized officially in Canada.

    Therefore either securing a Job Offer or making a successful Red Seal challenge will push an application through Express Entry to Invitation to Apply status.

    Canada Federal Skilled Worker Visa Application Fees

    Canada Visa Application Fee CAD
    Principal applicant ($825 processing fee + $500 right of permanent residence fee) $1,325
    Spouse or common-law partner ($825 processing fee + $500 right of permanent residence fee) $1,325
    A dependant child of the principal applicant who is under 22 and is not a spouse or common-law partner, or is 22 or older who has been unable to be financially self-supporting since before the age of 22, due to a physical or mental condition $225 per child

    Canada Experience Class Visa

    Canadian temporary workers who wish to live permanently in Canada can attend the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

    These individuals have already settled into Canadian society, built important networks in their communities and careers, and gained valuable knowledge, skills, and experience in the fields of business, education, health, and social work.

    CEC Canada Visa Candidates must meet the following requirements:

    Eligible Candidates must declare their interest in immigrating to Canada, create an online profile for express entry and receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence.

    • applicants must have at least one year of skilled, professional or technical work experience in Canada within 36 months of the application date; and
    • Achieve Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 5 (“initial intermediate”) or 7 (“adequate intermediate proficiency”), depending on the level of the job; and
    • Plan to live and work outside of the province of Quebec. Applicants eople who wish to live and work in the province of Quebec can apply for the Quebec Experience Class Visa.

    For many international graduates, the Canadian Experience Class is the fastest and easiest way to become a permanent resident. Canadian educational institutions where they have completed their studies can allow them to remain in Canada to obtain their work permit.

    Graduates who have worked in a qualified professional or technical field for at least one year may join the Express Entry Pool.

    Canada Visa Processing Times

    The Canadian Government undertakes to process all Canada Visa applications in Economic Migration classes in as little as six months.

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