For a Federal Skilled Worker application, it is required that you have proficiency in one or both of Canada’s official languages i.e. English or French, relevant work experience and education. It is a point-based immigration program, with points awarded on the basis of Age, Language Proficiency, Education, Work Experience and Adaptability.

For more information, you can schedule a consultation with one of our Lawyers by clicking the tab below.

Schedule a consultation
Federal Skilled Worker Program | Goldman Associates

The new Federal Skilled Trades Class will favour trades or construction workers who have job offers. There are also changes to the Canada Experience Class.

Please note that most of the 13 provinces and territories have their own skilled worker classes called “Provincial Nominee Programs” and that often they are a better choice than any federal class because they may be easier to qualify under (many have easier point systems or they may only require that you have a job in their province) or they may offer faster processing times. Provincial programs may also may not require language or educational assessments so that would allow you to apply much earlier.

Also remember that anyone with an approved job offer can still apply under the current rules before the new rules take effect January 1, 2013.

Here are the highlights of the changes in the Federal Skilled Worker Class

  • The Passmark will remain at 67 points.
  • Language points will be increased from 16 to 24 for the first official language and will be reduced from 8 to 4 for the second official language. Also, there will be new minimum language requirements. Previously, there were no minimum language requirements. Now you would be required to have intermediate level skills or higher in all of the language skills: listening, writing, speaking and reading.
  • Age points will be increased from a maximum of 10 to 12 for those who are up to 35 years of age and will reduce 1 point per year. So people 47 or over will receive no points for age but may still qualify if they get enough points from other factors.
  • Work Experience. Points are reduced from a maximum of 21 to 15 and are more difficult to get as follows: 6+ years 15 points, 4-5 years 13 points, 2-3 years 11 points, 1 year 9 points
  • Education – the maximum points remains at 25 but they will be awarded slightly differently depending on the amount of total years of education and the level of education reached. The big change here is that Applicants will be required to have their education and training certificates assessed before they apply by an agency who will determine what the equivalent Canadian level of education is. This will add time and cost to the process before you apply.
  • Spouse – The education of the Applicant’s spouse will no longer get the Applicant any points. However the language of the Applicant’s spouse may get the Applicant 5 points.

Please contact my law firm if you would like further information. We normally start by assessing your situation to determine which option would fit you the best.

I am a Canadian immigration lawyer with 30 experience, we give honest and solid legal advice about the best way for you to come to Canada and we prepare all applications needed to get you into Canada smoothly.

Immigration lawyer in Vancouver

You are not required to hire a lawyer to represent you in immigration matters, but it would be wise to do so. Hiring an immigration lawyer doesn’t mean your case will get special attention from the immigration authorities, and it doesn’t guarantee success. Still, a lawyer can help you avoid common mistakes that could derail your application.
Do you have questions about your eligibility for business or investor immigration to Canada? We can offer guidance at Goldman Associates.
With over 30 years of experience, our immigration lawyer can advise which immigration program might have the best chance of success based on your unique situation.
We will also prepare your immigration application, be your representative throughout the entire process and help you prepare for your interviews during the application process and at the border entry point.
Call us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your case.


Please Click Here For Our Canadian Bar Association Membership Card

Please Click Here For Our Canadian Bar Association 25 Year Anniversary Letter

Please Click Here For Better Business Bureau Certificate of Accreditation

Please Click Here To See Our Law Society of British Columbia Membership Card