Canada Express Entry PR (Permanent Residency) Program

Eligibility Criteria for the programs

Federal Skilled Trades Program


  • IELTS 3.5 for reading
  • IELTS 4.0 for writing
  • IELTS 5.0 for speaking
  • IELTS 5.0 for listening

Canadian or foreign experience in a skilled trade under key groups of NOC B

Two years within last 5 years (either combination of full-time or part-time work)


  • A valid job offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least 1 year or
  • a certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal authority

Not required.

Federal Skilled Worker Program


  • IELTS 6.0 for reading
  • IELTS 6.0 for writing
  • IELTS 6.0 for speaking
  • IELTS 6.0 for listening

Canadian or foreign experience in 1 of these NOCs:

  • 0
  • A
  • B

One year continuous within the last 10 years (combination of part-time, full-time or more than 1 job in your primary occupation)

Not required.

But you can get selection criteria (FSW) points for having a valid job offer.

Secondary education required.

You can get more selection criteria (FSW) points for your post-secondary education.

NOC (National Occupational Classification)

For immigration purposes, the main job groups are: