Permanent Residence/Express Entry

To qualify for a Canada Immigration Visa (Permanent Resident) or a Canadian Federal Skilled Worker (Professional) applicants are required to:

  • Pass minimum requirements for understanding and speaking at least one of Canada’s two official languages, English or French.
  • Have a minimum of one year of ongoing full-time work or the equivalent paid work experience in the last ten years; or
  • Be qualified for Arranged Employment and possess a Labour Market Opinion and a full-time permanent offer of a job from a Canadian employer; or
  • Have earned a PhD in Canada or at least have completed two years of coursework in Canada towards a PhD.  In both instances this must be from a recognized Canadian institution.

Additionally applicants for the Canada Federal Skilled Worker (Professional) must have earned a minimum of 67 points on the immigration selection factors of Citizenship and Immigration Canada.  They must also have had at least one year of ongoing full-time or the equivalent paid skilled work experience in the past ten years.

The Selection Factors Are:

  • Education – Total points awarded are 25
  • Language Ability – You can get up to 28 points for your skills in English and French. You will be given points based on your ability to listen,speak,read and write.
  • Work Experience – A total of 15 points awarded for paid skilled work in the last 10 years.  9 points are required as a minimum
  • Age – a total of 12 points
  • Arranged Employment – A total of 10 points may be awarded
  • Adaptability – A total of 10 points can be awarded

In addition, all applicants and dependents must take and pass medical exams.  They also must pass a security clearance.  They also have to prove that they have enough money and resources to support themselves and all their dependents upon arriving in Canada.