Canada's Permanent Residency (PR) Skilled Workers Program stands as a beacon for individuals seeking to make Canada their permanent home while contributing valuable skills to the nation's workforce. This legal article aims to provide a comprehensive exploration of the key components, eligibility criteria, and procedural intricacies of the PR Skilled Workers Program. The PR Skilled Workers Program is a category within the broader framework of the Express Entry system, Canada's flagship immigration management system introduced in 2015. This program is designed to attract individuals with the skills and expertise needed to contribute to the Canadian economy and society.


The following requirements are mandatory for a person to be eligible:

  1. Skilled Work Experience
  2. Language Skills
  3. Educational Requirements


Skilled work experience entails having worked in one of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) TEER categories, specifically TEER 0, TEER 1, TEER 2, or TEER 3. It is imperative to demonstrate that, during your tenure in your primary occupation, you fulfilled the duties outlined in the lead statement of the occupational description in the NOC, encompassing all essential duties and a majority of the main duties.

The skilled work experience must align with the same type of job (having the same NOC) as the one intended for your immigration application, referred to as your primary occupation. This experience should have been acquired within the preceding 10 years, either in Canada or abroad, and must constitute paid work, excluding volunteer work or unpaid internships.

Additionally, it must amount to at least one year of continuous work or a total of 1,560 hours, equivalent to 30 hours per week. This requirement can be satisfied through full-time employment for 12 months, part-time work with accumulated hours totaling 1,560, or a combination of multiple part-time jobs. It is essential to note that any hours worked beyond 30 hours per week are not considered. For part-time work, the hours can vary as long as they collectively reach 1,560 hours. Notably, student work experience may be eligible if it was compensated, continuous, and meets all other requirements of the program.


It is essential that the applicant:

  • Undertakes approved language assessments in either English or French, evaluating their proficiency in writing, reading, listening, and speaking.
  • Achieve the minimum required scores in all four abilities.
  • Record the results of the language tests in their Express Entry profile.

Furthermore, please note that the validity of language tests extends for a duration of two years from the date of the test result. It is imperative that these tests remain valid on the day one submits their application for permanent residence.


If the applicant attended school in Canada, they  are required to possess a certificate, diploma, or degree from either a Canadian secondary institution (high school) or a post-secondary institution. In the case of foreign education, it is essential to have a fully completed educational credential and an Immigration Purpose Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) from a designated organization. This ECA must confirm that the applicant’s education is equivalent to the completion of a certificate, diploma, or degree from a Canadian secondary institution (high school) or post-secondary institution.


If the applicant meets all the minimum requirements, their eligibility for the Federal Skilled Worker Program will be assessed based on factors such as age, education, work experience, the presence of a valid job offer, proficiency in English or French language skills, and adaptability—measuring the likelihood of successful settlement in Canada. The applicant’s performance in each of these six factors will contribute to an overall score, graded on a scale of 100.


The applicant must provide evidence of having sufficient funds for themselves and their family to establish residence in Canada, unless they are currently authorized to work in the country or hold a valid job offer from a Canadian employer.


Obtaining legal assistance when applying for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) in Canada is crucial due to the program’s intricate requirements and the potential impact on an applicant’s immigration prospects. The FSWP involves a comprehensive assessment of factors such as age, education, work experience, language proficiency, job offers, and adaptability. Legal professionals specializing in immigration law possess a deep understanding of these criteria and stay abreast of evolving policies and procedures.

Legal experts can guide applicants through the complex application process, ensuring all documentation is accurate, complete, and aligned with the program’s requirements. They can provide valuable insights into optimizing an applicant’s profile to maximize their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, increasing their chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.

Moreover, legal professionals are equipped to address potential challenges that may arise during the application process, such as complex eligibility issues, the need for educational credential assessments, or demonstrating financial capacity. They can navigate these challenges efficiently, helping applicants overcome obstacles and present a compelling case to immigration authorities.


In conclusion, the journey towards securing permanent residency through Canada’s PR Skilled Workers Program is a significant undertaking, necessitating a meticulous understanding of its multifaceted requirements. Skilled work experience, language proficiency, and educational credentials are pivotal aspects that shape an applicant’s eligibility. The selection process, evaluating factors like age, job offers, and adaptability, underscores the program’s commitment to attracting individuals poised for successful settlement.

Critical to this process is the need for adequate proof of funds, with exemptions for those already authorized to work in Canada or holding a valid job offer. Recognizing the complexity of the application, seeking legal assistance becomes imperative.

At Kozyrev Law, we specialize in navigating the complexities of Canada’s PR Skilled Workers Program. Our legal services are designed to guide applicants through key elements such as skilled work experience, language proficiency, and educational requirements. We focus on optimizing Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores, addressing challenges, and ensuring that all documentation aligns seamlessly with program criteria.

Our expertise extends to providing strategic support for proof of funds, especially for applicants without exemptions such as valid job offers or existing work authorizations in Canada. At Kozyrev Law, we are dedicated to leveraging our immigration law proficiency to facilitate a successful transition to permanent residency, guiding you toward a promising new chapter in Canada.

Note: The information presented in this article is not intended to constitute legal advice. It is recommended to refer to official government publications and guidelines for accurate and up-to-date information. For obtaining legal advice tailored to the specific circumstances of your case, it is advised to consult with a qualified professional.

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