Applying to immigrate to Canada as a Federal Skilled Worker: Beyond the 38 qualifying occupations.
The new Action Plan for Faster Immigration, which set new regulations for the Federal Skilled Worker program, turned focus to a list of 38 qualifying occupations that determine the eligibility of an applicant to apply to immigrate under this program. There are however, two additional qualifying ways which are not related to the 38 occupations at all:
These new regulations state that in order to be eligible, applicants must have at least one year of full time work experience in one of 38 occupations identified as the current in demand occupations in Canada within the last ten years, or applicants must have an offer of Arranged Employment in Canada or have been legally residing in Canada for at least an year as a Temporary Foreign Worker or International Student.
Applicants who have an offer of Arranged Employment but lack the work experience in the 38 qualifying occupations may still apply under the program as long as they meet the minimum pass mark of 67 points under the current system. One year of work experience in a Skilled, Professional or Managerial occupation (as defined in the NOC) is still required.
Individuals can also apply to immigrate as a Federal Skilled Worker is they have legally lived in Canada for at least a year on a Study Permit or Temporary Work Permit, has at least one year of full-time work experience in a Skilled, Managerial or Professional occupation within the last ten years and can meet the pass mark.
For example, a person who has worked in Canada as a semi-skilled worker for at least one year may be eligible to apply if he or she had at least one year of full time work in a Skilled, Managerial or Professional occupation within the last ten years. An added benefit of this Canadian work experience is that it may entitle the worker to additional points under the adaptability factor.