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Want to migrate to Canada under the federal skilled worker scheme? Check out the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website, which outlines the following changes to the eligibility criteria effective 26 June 2010:

Under changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, federal skilled worker applications are assessed for eligibility according to the criteria listed below. Note: This does not apply to applicants intending to live in the province of Quebec.

These criteria affect you only if you applied on or after June 26, 2010. If your application was received before June 26, 2010, it will be processed according to the rules that were in effect at that time.

Is my application eligible for processing?

For your application to be eligible for processing, you must include the results of your official language proficiency test, and either:

have a valid offer of arranged employment, OR

be a skilled worker who has had one year of continuous full-time or equivalent part-time paid work experience in at least one of the following eligible occupations within the last ten years:

0631 Restaurant and Food Service Managers
0811 Primary Production Managers (Except Agriculture)
1122 Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management
1233 Insurance Adjusters and Claims Examiners
2121 Biologists and Related Scientists
2151 Architects
3111 Specialist Physicians
3112 General Practitioners and Family Physicians
3113 Dentists
3131 Pharmacists
3142 Physiotherapists
3152 Registered Nurses
3215 Medical Radiation Technologists
3222 Dental Hygienists & Dental Therapists
3233 Licensed Practical Nurses
4151 Psychologists
4152 Social Workers
6241 Chefs
6242 Cooks
7215 Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades
7216 Contractors and Supervisors, Mechanic Trades
7241 Electricians (Except Industrial & Power System)
7242 Industrial Electricians
7251 Plumbers
7265 Welders & Related Machine Operators
7312 Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
7371 Crane Operators
7372 Drillers & Blasters – Surface Mining, Quarrying & Construction
8222 Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Service

NOTE: the occupations above are all Skill Type 0 (managerial occupations) or Skill Level A (professional occupations) or B (technical occupations and skilled trades) on the Canadian National Occupational Classification list.

If you are not sure if you should apply as a skilled worker, you can use the eligibility tool to get an idea of whether your application would be eligible for processing.

If you apply and do not meet the above criteria, you will be informed of this and  your processing fee will be refunded. Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.

The federal skilled worker scheme is only one of many different ways to migrate to Canada. Before you decide on which scheme is best for you make sure you dod your research or take professional advice from a qualified Canadian Immigration Adviser.

One of the main attractions for migrants seeking new opportunities abroad, and why it seems half the world wants to be Canadian, is that Canada has a liberal and generous settlement policy.

Unlike some countries where settlement can take as long as five years, e.g. the UK, or is not allowed at all, as in most of the  Middle East, Canada allows many categories of skilled immigrant workers an opportunity to apply for Canadian permanent residency after just two years.

The authors of the software package, My Immigration Consultant, say that according to Immigration Canada data, every year, Canada plans to accept between  225,000 to 265,000 immigrants, to meet Canada’s economic goals. 

Find out how you can migrate to Canada

See also:

Massive Job Opportunities in Canada

Why the world wants to be Canadian

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14 Responses to “Migrating to Canada: New eligibility criteria for federal skilled worker applications”
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  1. otulaja. ťunde. oduwoleq says :

    I am a skilled worker. I studied building ať the university of lagos, nigéria. I also have vast experience in plumbing. I worked as a plumber for years before gaining admission into university to study building. How do i go about this canadian migration?

  2. can they grant me an immigrant’s visa? Im a Filipino citizen. i am not a skilled worker, and my age does not fall under 18 below. My auntie has her family with her who are Canadian citizens too, but she can sponsor me. please do answer this. thank you

  3. If you need assistance with the application process you can create a profile on // This site will not only evaluate your chances but connect you with a lawyer or consultant who has been approved by the law society of the host country or by in the case of Canadian Consultants the requisite consultant board. The service is completely free to the user as all costs are deferred to the legal professionals attached to the network.

  4. Iam MBA(Finance)And Master in Econmics Degree holder from Pakistan.Iam a full time Logistic Support and Finance Officer in Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited since 1996.My medium of instructions and examinations in both degee classes was english.Can You help me process my application for immigration to Canada. My sister and her children are already living in Canada with citizenship.

  5. Dada Micheal says :

    good day sir, i am a Artist, and i am very good in this job, hope u can help me to migrate to Canada to develop my work experience in your country, May God help you sar

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  7. Humphrey Inyam says :

    I have been working for about ten years now in Nigeria, most of this as an Accountant. And having been hoping to migrate to canada for a new challenge, i believe you can assist to making this a possibility, and better still get or arrange a sponsored working visa as regards the federal skilled worker scheme.

  8. Hello,Im a registered nurse.Could you plz help me with my application.I’ve got no idea how.

  9. Thank you for your comment.

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  11. naeem ahmad says :

    I have been working as import & export manager in a multinational company for the last ten years. I am forty years old. My job designation does not fall in skilled categories. How can I migrate to Canada ? Please guide me. I would be very thankful to you.

  12. muhammad anjum says :

    hallo dear md/sar
    i work in malasiya 10year elektriek with keesmetal

    do can i applai work pali in canada
    i com foram pakistan
    tahanks wateng uoyr repaly
    muhammad jahangir anjum

  13. Michelle Anthony says :

    Dear Sir Charles Kelly,

    Thank you for the above news on Canada. Thanks also for your regular mails on Immigration Matters. I find it interesting,newsworthy and up to-date. Where possible I mention to my friends about you, Majestic College and your Immigration Matters.

    Continue your good work for the benefit of prospective migrants etc.

    Best wishes,


  14. eric moncada says :

    Can you please assist me on how I can get a Physicians job . Better if you can get me to contact possible sponsors to help me get working visas over to Canada. Thanks

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