Skilled workers and professionals are high-demand category in the Canadian economy. The government of Canada, realizing this inevitable need, has implemented several immigration programs that welcomes skilled workers and professionals all around the world.

If you are a skilled worker, you have several options to choose from when it comes to immigration to Canada. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will receive the Permanent Resident visa (PR visa) which will allow you to immigrate to Canada along with your family. Whilst many of these programs are managed through the Express Entry selection system, others are not. For example, the Quebec Skilled Worker program is not managed through Express Entry, and same is the fact with many PNP base nomination programs too. Two main advantages you will have if you qualify for an Express Entry aligned program are:

  • Fast processing: Express Entry Skilled Worker applications are fast-tracked immigration application categories;
  • No geographic restriction: Express Entry Skilled Worker immigration programs doesn’t stipulate any geographical restriction for the applicant. For example, unlike with the Quebec Skilled Worker program, it doesn’t require the applicant to settle in a particular province, giving the person complete mobility. However, this doesn’t mean that other programs (even the QSWP) puts any form of restriction on any person’s freedom of movement or mobility.

Having said that, if you have friends or family in a particular province or territory in Canada, then a PNP (Provincial/Territorial Nominee Program) would be the best immigration pathway for you. The PNP programs are owned and managed by Canada’s provincial governments.

Available skilled worker and professionals immigration programs

Federal Skilled Worker Class ( FSWC, previously Federal Skilled Worker Program):
A person having a minimum of 1 year of work experience in the last 10 years is eligible to apply for this program. The work experience can be from outside Canada too, and the person’s intention should be to reside in any province or territory outside other than the province of Quebec. To know more about the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) program

Quebec Skilled Worker (QSW) Program:
Any person with a particular interest to settle in the province of Quebec may apply under this program. In many cases, the person’s French language skills will be assessed, if opting to immigrate under this economic immigration stream. To know more about the Quebec Skilled Worker (QSW) program

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs):
A nomination certificate from a Canadian province or territory can fast-track an immigration application. Should you be found eligible by a Canadian province or territory, you may receive their nomination certificate. A successful nomination (in case of Express Entry aligned PNP programs) gives the candidate an additional 600 points to their CRS score, which in turn triggers an Invitation to Apply (ITA). To know more about Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)


Apart from the Federal and Provincial governments, Canadian employers also play a crucial role in skilled workers’ immigration to Canada through Express Entry. Registration in Canada’s Job Bank increases the applicant’s chances of getting selected by a Canadian employer. If selected, the candidate will receive 50 to 200 points (depending on the skill level of the candidate’s occupation) in their Express Entry profile, triggering an Invitation to Apply (ITA). To know more about your options about working in Canada, we encourage you to visit out Work in Canada section.

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