If you have at least one year of continuous full-time or equivalent paid work experience in the past 10 years in one of 29 specific high-demand occupations, then you have a great opportunity to immigrate to Canada through the Skilled Worker program. However, there are other factors that measure whether you are qualified.
When you already have the work experience, you’ve already done the hard work. Instead of trying to figure out how to fulfill the complicated legal requirements for the Skilled Worker program, leave the next steps to qualified immigration attorneys. For over 15 years, Niren & Assocates have prepared applications for skilled workers, offering expertise in the field that has resulted in countless successful permanent resident cases.
“After almost an hour of waiting, I was called up and was asked some questions (which I was prepared for), then allowed on my way. I don’t think I would have ended up with the same results had I not used the assistance of your firm. I am grateful for the knowledge and professionalism that you had shown from beginning to end” – Jon H.
You Need Enough “Points” To Qualify as a Skilled Worker
To qualify as a skilled worker, applicants are assessed on a number of different “factors” about their personal circumstances and are awarded “points” for each factor.
These selection criteria are as follows:
- Education Maximum 25 Points
- Official Languages Maximum 24 Points
- Experience Maximum 21 Points
- Arranged Employment Maximum 10 Points
- Age Maximum 10 Points
- Adaptability Maximum 10 Points
TOTAL POINTS 100 Points
Points to Pass 67 Points
Note that to qualify under the Skilled Worker Class, you will have to have at least one (1) year of full-time (37.5 hours per week or more) work experience within the past ten (10) years in one of the occupations listed in either Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). The NOC was developed by Human Resources Development Canada to be a systematic cataloguing of occupations in the Canadian labour market.
The NOC is divided into five (5) bands:
- Skill Type 0 Management Occupations
- Skill Level A Professional and Related occupations
- Skill Level B Technical, skilled trades and paraprofessional occupations
- Skill Level C Occupations of intermediate level, clerical or supportive functions
- Skill Level D Elemental sales or service and primary labour occupations
Subject to certain limited exceptions, only experience in Skill Type 0 or Skill Levels A and B are considered relevant for applicants in the Independent/Skilled Worker Class.
If You Don’t Have Enough “Points” to Qualify, You Still May Be Approved
If an applicant scores below sixty-seven (67) points, he/she may still be approved in cases where the immigration officer assessing the case exercises positive discretion in the applicant’s favour. The Immigration Regulations permits an immigration officer to exercise positive discretion in such a case, if the officer is of the opinion that it is likely that the applicant will economically establish himself/herself in Canada.
Beware, however, that the Immigration Regulations gives an immigration officer the power to exercise negative discretion in cases where the applicant scores 67 points or above if the officer forms the opinion that the applicant will unlikely economically establish himself/herself in Canada.
Our Chicago Immigration Firm Can Determine your Skilled Worker Score
Calculating your points can be somewhat complicated. It is more than just a matter of adding up the scores. It is NOT recommended that you rely on your own assessment. There are many legal issues involved in the proper calculation of immigration points that must be taken into consideration when adding up your score.
A thorough understanding of Canadian immigration law is required to accurately assess whether you have enough points to immigrate. It is recommended that you get a professional assessment to accurately calculate your score.
“We were facing immigration issues in our current country of residence, which carried several unpredictable issues and which could affect our Canadian Skilled Worker application. At this point we have been approved for our visa, and we can say unequivocally that without Niren & Associates’ expertise we would have been unable to make a strong enough case to the Canadian Immigration Service.” – Brian H.