Citizenship and Immigration Canada resumed accepting applications in the Federal Skilled Worker Program on May 1 2014. Find out more about the program here.
The Canadian government grants permanent residence visas to members of the Family Class and the Economic Class. The Economic Class primarily comprises of professionals and skilled workers under the skilled worker class, the Quebec skilled worker class and the provincial nominee class as well as business immigrants.
Using a point system, an applicant is assessed under the federal skilled worker class according to various factors that will indicate whether there is a strong likelihood that the applicant and dependents will successfully establish in Canada. Ideal applicants under the skilled worker class will possess employment skills and experience compatible with occupations “open” to prospective immigrants to Canada. The selection rules particularly favour applicants with government approved job offers in Canada.
For more details regarding the federal skilled worker class, readers may consult our Who Qualifies for Canadian Permanent Residence/Skilled Worker Immigration?