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Federal Skilled Worker

Minimum Requirements:

Skilled Work Experience

Your work experience must be:

  • at least one year (1,560 hours total / 30 hours per week), continuous full-time or an equal amount in part-time,

  • paid work (volunteer work, unpaid internships do not count),

  • in the same job,

  • within the last 10 years, and

  • at skill type 0, or skill levels A or B.

Full Time

​30 hours/week for 12 months = 1 year full time (1,560 hours)

Part Time

​15 hours/week for 24 months = 1 year full time (1,560 hours)
30 hours/week for 12 months at more than one job = 1 year full time (1,560 hours)

Language ability

You must:

  • meet the minimum language level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7, and

  • take a language test approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) that shows you meet the level for speaking, listening, reading and writing.


You must have:

Six selection factors

If you meet all the conditions set out in the minimum requirements, we will assess your application based on the selection factors in the federal skilled worker points grid

The selection factors are:

  • your skills in English and/or French (Canada’s two official languages),

  • your education,

  • your work experience,

  • your age,

  • whether you have a valid job offer, and

  • your adaptability (how well you are likely to settle here).

Proof of funds

You must show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family after you arrive in Canada, unless you:

  • are currently able to legally work in Canada, and

  • have a valid job offer from an employer in Canada.

Principal applicant

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.

Professionals at New Phase Immigration Group can guide you on how you can improve your rank and also help you to re-locate in Canada. To check your eligibility and CRS Score feel free to contact us.

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