Canada Foreign Skilled Worker Immigration Program

Foreign skilled workers and professionals are greatly needed in Canada.

One of the main goals of Canadian immigration is to welcome skilled newcomers who will contribute to Canada’s growing economy. Skilled workers who¬†settle in Canada on a permanent basis are especially valuable to Canada’s economy and the strength of its workforce.

Successful applicants of the Skilled Worker Immigration programs will receive a Canadian Immigration (permanent resident) Visa, allowing the applicant to immigrate to Canada with his or her family.

On November 1, 2017, the Government of Canada announced multi-year immigration targets for 2018-2020. See the details in the table at the bottom of this page.

As a skilled worker or professional, you have several options to consider. For example, you may be eligible to¬†apply under Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker Class or, if your intended destination is in Quebec, the Quebec Skilled Worker Program may be the pathway for you and your family, if applicable. Moreover, if you know in which province or territory you plan to reside, you may be able to submit an application through one of the Provincial Nominee Programs. Below, you will find a list of those programs for you to explore. This program is for individuals with certain work experience who intend to reside in any province or territory outside of the province of Quebec.
Federal Skilled Worker applications are assessed based on an applicant’s ability to become economically established upon immigration to Canada.

As of January 1, 2015, Federal Skilled Worker applications are being processed through the Express Entry Immigration Selection System. Express Entry is a selection system for Canadian immigration, designed to select skilled workers for immigration to Canada.  Express Entry is a completely electronic process involving the federal government, provincial governments, and Canadian employers. Candidates eligible under the Federal Skilled Worker Class must first make an expression of interest in immigrating to Canada by creating an online Express Entry profile.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for a Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa, Federal Skilled Worker applicants must:

  • Have at least one year of continuous full-time or equivalent paid work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled occupation (National Occupational Classification skill lever 0, A or B); or
  • Qualify for¬†Arranged Employment In Canada¬†with a¬†Labour Market Impact Assessment¬†and a full-time, permanent job offer from a Canadian employer;¬†and
  • Pass a minimum threshold of language ability in¬†one of Canada’s two official languages, English or French.

In addition, Federal Skilled Worker (Professional) applicants must obtain¬†at least 67 points based on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) immigration selection factors.

The Federal Skilled Worker selection factors listed below link to details on Рa top Canadian immigration expert portal. Click each factor to learn more information:

Once it has been determined that a candidate meets the eligibility requirements, he or she must show that he or she has sufficient funds to support him or herself and any dependents after his or her arrival in Canada. The required settlement funds must be equal to or greater than the sums listed below for each family size.  The following are the 2018 settlement funds.  Requirements for settlement funds are updated annually.

Number of family members Funds required
1 $12,475
2 $15,531
3 $19,093
4 $23,181
5 $26,292
6 $29,652
7 $33,014
For each additional family member $3,361

Finally, candidates and their dependents must also undergo medical examinations and obtain security clearances as part of the Canadian immigration application process.

Processing Times
Federal Skilled Worker Processing Times vary from one Canadian Immigration Visa office to another. Click here to see the latest times that have been reported.
Processing Fees
Federal Skilled Worker Government Processing Fees can vary with exchange rates and are subject to change. Click here to see details for the latest fees required for this program.
Federal Skilled Worker Application Process
Learn more about how the application process works so that you can know what to expect from the very first step to the moment you land in Canada as a Permanent Resident.You can also learn more information about the Federal Skilled Worker Program in our Federal Skilled Workers FAQ.
Quebec Skilled Worker Immigration
If you intend to reside in Montreal or in another city in the Province of Quebec, please click to learn more about the Quebec selection criteria.
  • Quebec Skilled Worker: Applicants who plan to immigrate to the province of Quebec may be eligible to¬†submit an application through this program.
  • Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs):¬†Most provinces and territories have created their own skilled worker programs for those intending to live and work in their particular province or territory. These are fast-track Canadian immigration programs¬†that¬†allow candidates¬†to receive a provincial nomination certificate. In most cases, a nomination certificate will allow¬†candidates¬†to immigrate more quickly than through other Canadian immigration programs.

Many Canadian employers are actively seeking foreign skilled workers to join their workforce as quickly as possible. If you can obtain a job offer from a Canadian employer, you may also qualify for fast-track Canadian immigration application processing.

Canada’s Multi-Year Immigration Plan 2018 to 2020

The following table represents the government of Canada’s Multi-Year Immigration Plan beginning 2018 and ending in 2020. This table includes a comparison with 2017 targets.

To find out if you are eligible for one of these Canadian immigration programs, please fill out a free assessment form.

Category Immigration Program 2017 Target 2018 2019 2020 Percentage change, 2017 to 2020
Economic Programs Range Target Range Target Range Target
FSW, FST, CEC 71,700 72,700-78,200 74,900 76,000- 83,000 81,400 81,000-88,000 85,800 +19.66%
Atlantic Pilot Program 2,000 500- 2,000 1,000 1,000-4,000 2,000 2,000-4,000 4,000 +100%
Caregivers 18,000 15,000-20,000 17,000 9,500-15,500 14,000 4,000-7,000 5,000 -72.22%
Business (Assessment form) 500 500-1,000 700 500-1,500 700 500-1,500 700 +40%
Provincial Nominee Programs 51,000 53,000-57,400 55,000 57,000-63,500 61,000 62,000-68,500 67,800 +32.94%
Quebec Skilled Worker Program and Quebec Business 29,300 27,900-29,900 28,900 31,500-33,500 32,500 31,500- 33,500 32,500 +10.92%
All Economic Programs 172,500 ¬†169,600–¬†188,500 177,500 175,500201,000 191,600 181,000-202,500 195,800 +13.51
 Percentage of overall: 57.25% Percentage of overall: 58.06%   Percentage of overall: 57.59%
Family Class Programs Spouses, Partners and Dependent Children 64,000 64,000-68,000 66,000  64,000- 70,000 68,000 64,000-74,000 70,000 +9.37%
Parents and Grandparents 20,000 17,000-21,000 20,000  18,000-21,000  20,500  18,000-22,000 21,000 +5%
All Family Class Programs 84,000 81,00089,000 86,000  82,00091,000  88,500  82,00096,000 91,000 +8.3%
Percentage of overall:  27.74% Percentage of overall: 26.81%   Percentage of overall: 26.77%
Refugees and Protected Persons Protected Persons in Canada and Dependents Abroad 7,500 13,500-17,000 16,000 14,000- 20,000 16,500 16,000-20,000 17,000 +126.67%
Privately-Sponsored Refugees 16,000  16,000-20,000 18,000 17,000-21,000 19,000 18,000-23,000 20,000 +25%
Blended Visa Office Referred 1,500  1,000-3,000 1,500 1,000-3,000 1,650 1,000-3,000 1,700 +13.33%
Government-Assisted Refugees 15,000  6,000-8,000 7,500 7,000-9,000 8,500 8,500-10,500 10,000 -33.33%
All Refugees and Protected Persons 40,000  36,50048,000 43,000 39,00053,000 45,650 43,50056,500 48,700 +21.75%
Percentage of overall: 13.87% Percentage of overall: 13.83%   Percentage of overall: 14.32 %
Humanitarian and Other All Humanitarian and Other 3,500 2,900–¬†4,500 3,500 3,5005,000 4,250 3,5005,000 4,500 +28.57%
Percentage of overall: 1.13% Percentage of overall: 1.29%   Percentage of overall:  1.32%
  Total Admission Targets for all immigration categories in 2018: 310,000   Total Admission Targets for all immigration categories in 2019:


     Total Admission Targets for all immigration categories in 2020:


Total Admission Targets for all immigration categories in 2018-2020 Immigration Levels Plan: 980,000
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