What is a Skilled Worker Visa?
The Skilled Worker Visa is the most popular way for people to immigrate to Canada independently. You do not need family sponsorship or a job offer to apply for a Skilled Worker Visa.
Skilled Worker Visas are designed to attract the skilled workers that the Canadian economy needs. While most immigrants still arrive in Ontario, more and more newcomers are calling Ontario home. Ontario and Alberta offers Skilled Worker Visa applicants more job opportunities than other provinces, making it an ideal choice for immigration.
How do I Apply for a Skilled Worker Visa?
The Skilled Worker Visa program uses a points system to assess applicants. You must score 67 points to apply.
You can earn points from a variety of factors, including education, work experience and suitability to life in Canada. While not necessary to apply, it is possible to score bonus points for having a job offer in Canada, among other factors. Before you can score 67 points and file an application, you must meet a few minimum requirements:
You must have at least a full continuous year of paid work experience, or the equivalent of one year in part-time work.
Your work experience must be in a managerial, professional, technical or skilled field. Low-skilled workers will not be successful.
Your work experience must have been within the last 10 years.
How much does it cost to apply?
The application fee for a Skilled Worker Visa is CAD $1040 per adult applicant. If you are successful, each adult on the application will have to pay the Right of Permanent Residence fee of CAD $490.
You will also have to pay for your medical tests, police clearance and language tests (if applicable) as part of your application. These fees vary depending on where you live and will be in your local currency.
How long does it take?
The processing time ranges anywhere from 6 months to 71 months. Shorter processing times tend to be in North America, South America and the Caribbean.
Where do I apply?
Our office offers and handle your Skilled Worker Visa application kit.