Skilled workers have education, work experience, knowledge of English or French, and other
abilities that will help them to establish themselves successfully as permanent residents in
Before you apply, make sure you refer to updated selection criteria, and that you are familiar
with the current application procedures. After you apply, make sure you return to this web
page to find out about the steps that follow.
your work experience must be Skill Type 0 (managerial jobs), A (professional jobs) or
B (technical jobs and skilled trades) on the Canadian National Occupational
Classification (NOC); and
There is a waiting list to come to Canada as skilled worker. This means it may be several
years before your application is processed. The simplified application process guarantees your
place in the processing line. Your application will be processed based on regulations that are
in effect on the date that you submit your application, even if they change after you apply.
When the visa office is ready to assess your application, you will be asked to send the
required supporting documentation. The visa office will send you information regarding the
medical examination and the criminal and security checks that you and your dependants have
to undergo. More information on both of these topics is available under the Quick Find section
on the right-hand side of this page.
If you do not qualify for the simplified application process, you must use the regular
application process. See the Related Links section at the bottom of this page for more
1.Obtain and print the application kit.
2.Complete your application.
3.Determine where you must submit your application.
4.Obtain the instructions for the visa office where you will submit your application.
5.Calculate your fees.
6.Check your application.
7.Submit your application.
Use of a Representative. You must complete this form if you want to use a
representative to help you apply. Using a representative is a personal choice.
More information on immigration representatives is available in the Quick Find
section on the right-hand side of this page.
You must submit your application to the correct visa office. You must submit your application to the visa office that serves your country of nationality or the country where you have been legally admitted for at least one year.
You can find a list of countries and corresponding visa offices in the Quick Find section at the
right-hand side of this page. Select your country of residence or citizenship and you will be
directed to the visa office responsible for your application.
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