As a skilled worker, you are an economic migrant who is allowed entry into Canada as a permanent resident based on your ability to become successfully established in Canada due to your credentials and skills.
Skilled workers are assessed by Canada’s immigration law based on a points system. As of September 18, 2003 the pass mark for federal skilled worker applicants was adjusted to 67 points (from 75 points, which was the pass mark since implementation of the new Immigration Act, IRPA on June 2002).
As of July 1,2011, a list of 29 eligible occupations were identified by CIC. Within each occupation a maximum of 500 applications will be considered for processing each year. If you have at least one year of paid full-time work experience in the 29 eligible occupations according to the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC), then you may qualify to apply as a skilled worker for immigration to Canada.
If your occupation is not on the list of eligible occupations but you have at least one year of paid full-time work experience in the category of skill type 0, skill level A or B according to the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC), then you may qualify to apply as a skilled worker for immigration to Canada if you have arranged employment which is a full-time offer of employment from an employer in Canada. The NOC is the official governmental classification system of occupations in the Canadian economy. It describes duties, skills, aptitudes, and work settings for occupations in the Canadian labour market.
As a skilled worker, you will be assessed based on your education, knowledge of official languages, experience, age, arranged employment, and adaptability.
You must also prove that you have sufficient funds available for settlement in Canada. The only exception to this is if you have arranged employment in Canada which means that you have an offer of indeterminate employment in Canada. If you have arranged employment in Canada you do not need to have settlement funds.
In order to prove proficiency in Canada’s official languages, you must submit evidence such as language test results from an approved testing organization. These test results are conclusive evidence of your proficiency in that language provided the test is administered by an organization that has been approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). For CIC purposes, you must submit results for the following tests: reading, listening, writing, and speaking.
For a free assessment of your eligibility to immigrate to Canada under the Skilled Worker category you can get started here.