One of the most popular types is the Skilled Worker Class Visa that leads to getting permanent residence status. Skilled workers are assessed based on their ability to become economically established upon immigration to Canada. In this case applicants are assessed based on their education, work experience, age, language skills, etc. Each of these factors have their own points. There are three major categories in this:
1) Federal skilled workers:
In order to qualify for a Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa, Canadian Federal Skilled Worker (Professional) applicants must:
a) Have at least one year of continuous full-time or equivalent paid work experience in the past 10 years in one of the following qualifying occupations; or Qualify for Arranged Employment with a full-time permanent job offer from a Canadian employer.
- 0211 Engineering managers
- 1112 Financial and investment analysts (Cap reached)
- 2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers
- 2131 Civil engineers
- 2132 Mechanical engineers
- 2134 Chemical engineers
- 2143 Mining engineers
- 2145 Petroleum engineers
- 2144 Geological engineers
- 2146 Aerospace engineers
- 2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers/designers)
- 2154 Land surveyors
- 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers (Cap reached)
- 2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
- 2263 Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
- 3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
- 3142 Physiotherapists
- 3143 Occupational Therapists
- 3211 Medical laboratory technologists
- 3212 Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants
- 3214 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
- 3215 Medical Radiation Technologists
- 3216 Medical Sonographers
- 3217 Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists
b) In addition, Canada Federal Skilled Worker (Professional) applicants must attain at least 67 points based on Citizenship and Immigration Canada's (CIC) immigration selection factors.
c) Finally, apart from the above criteria, applicants must show that they have sufficient settlement funds to support themselves and their dependents after arrival in Canada.
2) Quebec skilled worker:
The Quebec Immigration selection system for Quebec Skilled Workers is designed to indicate which applicants are likely to become economically established upon immigration to Quebec. The good pint about this category is that an applicant can qualify under any occupation under the Quebec Skilled Worker category. Currently, all occupations are open and a job offer from a Canadian employer is not required to be eligible.
Applicants who are successful under the Quebec Immigration selection system are issued a Quebec Selection Certificate, followed by a Canadian Permanent Resident (Immigration) Visa.
To qualify for a Quebec Selection Certificate, Skilled Worker / Professional applicants must score enough points under the Quebec Immigration selection system below. A single applicant must score at least 49 points based on the criteria below. An applicant with a spouse or common-law/conjugal partner must score at least 57 points.