March 22, 2021

How to Qualify for the Skilled Federal Worker Program

 How to Qualify for the Skilled Federal Worker Program?

The following factors affect your eligibility:

Work Experience

You must:

  • Have gained relevant work experience for a job listed in the National Occupation Classification (NOC). Note: Work experience gained in another occupation you have not applied for does not apply;
  • I have gained work experience in the past 10 years;
  • Have received payment for your work;
  • Have a job at skill level 0, A or B;
  • Have a year’s worth of work experience (minimum 1,560 hours); and
  • Prove that your work experience fits the requirements of the NOC

Language Ability

You must:

  • Meet the minimum language level set by the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB);
  • Take a language proficiency test that IRCC approves;
  • You must meet the language requirements for either French or English; and
  • Your language test results must not be more than two years old when you apply.


You must:

  • Have completed Canadian secondary education; and a tertiary certificate, diploma or degree;
  • Have completed foreign credentials; or
  • Have an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) approved by IRCC

Proof of Funds

You must prove you can support yourself and your family financially, unless:

  • You are working in Canada; you
  • have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer.

Additional Factors to Be Considered

  • Age;
  • Valid job offers; and
  • Adaptability

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