Who Can Apply As A Federal Skilled Worker In Express Entry Pool?

Minimum requirements:
As a skilled worker, your work experience must be:

  • Within last 10 years
    In the same profile as your primary NOC (National Occupational Classification)
    Paid work experience is considered
    At Skill type 0, Skill level A or B of the 2016 NOC
  • For at least 1-year continuous work experience:
    In 1 year full-time job: the skilled worker has to spend 30 hours/week for 12 months
    In part-time job: the skilled worker has to spend 15 hours/week for 24 months to get the experience of 1-year full-time job

The applicant must prove that he performed the main duties listed in the occupational description in the NOC in his job. If the candidate fails in this, he will not be eligible under Canada Skilled Immigration program.

In Language ability, the skilled worker must take an approved language test to show his English competency in speaking, reading, writing, and listening by getting a minimum score of 7 in all abilities.

Include the test results of an approved language test in your Express Entry profile. Remember the language test results must not be older than 2 years from the date you apply for permanent residence.

Note: Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) is used to measure English levels of the applicant, whereas Niveaux De Compétence Linguistique Canadien (NCLC) is used to test French level.

In education, if you went to school in Canada, you must have a degree or certificate from a Canadian school or post-secondary school and if you have completed your education from any other country, you must get an ECA (educational credential assessment) from a registered agency to show that your foreign education is equivalent to its Canadian counterpart.

Selection factors

On successfully meeting all the conditions defined in the minimum requirements, the application will be assessed by the Canadian authorities on the factors like education, work experience, age, whether you have a valid offer, adaptability, French or English language skills, etc.
All these factors are a crucial part of a 100-point grid used to assess the profile of federal skilled workers. Your profile earns points on how well you do in these six factors. The total points you get will further decide your eligibility for the Express Entry Pool. 67 points are a current passing mark for this.

In financial proof, Canada skilled immigration applicant must show that he has enough money to support him and his family during his Canadian stays unless and until you are legally permitted to work in Canada and you have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer.

The main applicant is the person who applies on his own. If you have a live-in partner, either you or your partner can apply under Express Entry as the main applicant:

If you are:
Married or
Common-law partners, it means you are a same-sex or opposite-sex couple or you have lived together in a marriage like relations for complete 1 year
Both successfully meet the requirements to apply as a federal skilled worker.

Your main applicant should most likely to:
Meet all the eligibility requirements
Score really high points in all section factors
Earn maximum points under CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) for Express Entry

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