Canadian Visa Application

If you are a skilled foreign worker who wants to live and work in Canada long-term as a permanent resident, you will need to apply and be approved for the Canadian visa that is relevant for your occupation, work experience and other qualifications.

There are several Canadian visa programs available for skilled immigrants and their families and they all have their own eligibility requirements and procedure for applying.

The Canadian visa types available to skilled immigrants to work in Canada include the:

  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • Provincial Nomination Programs (PNP)
  • Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program (QSWP)

Please note that application for the FSTP and FSWP is done using the Express Entry Canadian immigration management system, and that application for the PNP can also be done through the Express Entry system or the “traditional” PNP application procedure.

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Canadian Visa Expert has been working with a team of authorized immigration consultants for almost a decade who can evaluate your details and let you know if you are likely to qualify to apply for a Permanent Resident Visa to Canada and which Canadian visa program best matches your profile.

The authorized Canadian immigration consultants can also guide you step-by-step through the process to apply for a Permanent Resident Visa to Canada, so the complex procedure will be easier for you to complete and to make sure everything is done correctly.

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Canadian Visa Types for Skilled Workers

Federal Skilled
Worker Program

Federal Skilled
Trades Program

Provincial
Nominee Program

Quebec Skilled
Worker Program

Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP)

The FSWP Canadian immigration program offers a Permanent Residency Visa to eligible skilled immigrants and their families.

Applicants are evaluated based on their education (which, for many eligible occupations, includes a university degree), work experience, knowledge of English and/or French, age and other factors.

You only need to receive 67 points out of 100 points possible and satisfy other criteria to qualify for this Canadian visa!
Your profession must also be a wanted profession in Canada that is eligible for the FSWP (recent examples include accountants, various types of engineers and managers, financial analysts, occupational therapists, nurses, physicians, computer programmers and university professors).

The rules to apply for this Canadian visa are updated from time to time, however, our immigration consultants who we work with keep up-to-date with any changes that may occur. 

Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

The FSTP Canadian visa program started on January 2, 2013, and offers a Permanent Resident Visa to Canada for qualified tradespeople in such occupations as aircraft mechanics, carpenters, chefs, crane operators, electricians, heavy-duty equipment mechanics, ironworkers, machinists, plumbers, welders and other skilled trades.

One of the key requirements of the FSTP is to have two years of full-time paid work experience in an eligible skilled trade within five years prior to applying.

Provincial Nominees Programs (PNP)

For those who will not qualify for a skilled worker visa, there is still a chance to receive Canadian permanent residency.
The Provincial Nominees Program visas are aimed at semi or low skilled professionals whose occupations and skills are needed in certain provinces in Canada.

With this Canadian visa program, you must first be nominated by a specific province of Canada.

After you receive a provincial nomination, you can apply for Canadian permanent residency. 

Quebec Regular Skilled Workers Program (QSWP)

The Canadian province of Quebec has a special program for immigration to Canada called the Quebec Regular Skilled Workers Program (QSWP).

Quebec is the largest province in Canada and it needs thousands of skilled foreign workers for various trades and professions – especially if they have adequate French language skills (since French is the dominant language used in Quebec).

If you receive enough points on this points-based Canadian immigration program and are selected by Quebec’s provincial government, you may then apply to the Canadian national government for a Permanent Resident Visa to Canada.

After you are approved by the national government for Canadian immigration, you will be able to live and work in Canada’s French-speaking province of Quebec.

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DISCLAIMER: This guide is not and shall not be considered as professional or expert advice.