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How to Immigrate to Canada Through the Federal High Skilled Program

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Sep 21, 2021
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Reyhan Balikci
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The Federal High Skilled Program is for skilled workers with foreign work experience who want to immigrate to Canada permanently.

How to Immigrate to Canada Through the Federal High Skilled Program

Who can apply through the Federal High Skilled Program?

This program has three (3) minimum requirements to be eligible:

  • Skilled work experience: Skilled work experience means that you’ve worked in one of the following National Occupational Classification (NOC) job groups as a full-time employee for at least one (1) continuous year or part-time employee for at least 1,560 hours total (30 hours per week):

- Managerial jobs (skill type 0)

- Professional jobs (skill level A)

- Technical jobs and skilled trades (skill level B)

  • Language ability: Applicants must take approved language tests in English or French for writing, reading, listening, and speaking and obtain a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in all categories.
  • Education: Applicants must either:

- Have a certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian secondary institution (high school) or post-secondary institution

- Have a completed credential and an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for immigration purposes from a designated organization showing that your education is equal to a completed certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian secondary institution (high school) or post-secondary institution.

However, several selection factors play into the assessment of an application. These factors are a part of a 100-point system used to assess eligibility for the Federal High Skilled Program; the current pass mark is 67 points. The factors determining eligibility are:

  • Age
  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Valid job offer
  • English and/or French language skills
  • Adaptability 


Once admissions are in the Express Entry pool, the highest-ranking candidates are selected and invited to apply for permanent residence.

To learn more about the Federal High Skilled Program, visit the government website. 

Do I need to show proof of funds when applying for the Federal High Skilled Program?

To complete their Express Entry profiles when applying through the Federal High Skilled Program, applicants must provide proof of funds. This is to show that applicants can support themselves and additional family members when in Canada. 

If you are invited to apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Program or Federal Skilled Trades Program, you will need to obtain official letters from the banks or financial institutions where you are keeping money to show that you meet the settlement funds requirement. You must provide these documents unless you:

  • are currently authorized to work in Canada, and
  • have a valid job offer from an employer in Canada.

The official letter(s) must list: 

  • all current bank and investment accounts
  • outstanding debts such as credit card debts and loans

Those who have been invited to apply under the Canadian Experience Class do not have to meet the fund’s requirement.

Where can I live if I apply through the Federal High Skilled Program?

Applicants who apply to become permanent residents through the Federal Skilled Program must plan to live outside the province of Quebec. The province of Quebec selects its own skilled workers, so if you plan on living in Quebec, you must apply through the Quebec-selected Skilled Workers Program. To learn more about the Quebec-selected Skilled Workers Program, visit the government website. 

Keep in mind that if you’re a Provincial Nominee, you must settle in the province or territory that nominated you.

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