Who can apply

To be eligible, you must

Job offer

If you reside in Canada when you apply, you may choose to meet either the job offer requirement or the educational requirement.

If you reside outside of Canada when you apply, you must meet both the job offer and the educational requirement.

The job you’re offered must be a genuine job offer and meet all of the following requirements:

Educational requirements

If you are residing in Canada when you apply, you may choose to meet either the educational requirement or the job offer requirement.

If you are residing outside of Canada when you apply, you must meet both the educational requirement and the job offer.

You must have at least

How to get an educational credential assessment

An educational credential assessment (ECA) is used to prove that your foreign degree, diploma or certificate (or other proof of educational credential) is valid.

There are different types of ECAs. We’ll only accept ECAs for immigration purposes.

You must get your assessment from a designated organization. Once you choose a designated organization, they will tell you how to submit your documents to get your assessment. Processing times and costs may vary by organization.

Designated organizations

You must use one of these designated organizations:

Work experience

Your Canadian work experience must be

If you’re not sure of the duration of the LMIA that was submitted by your employer when hiring you, you can ask the employer.

You must give us the following as proof of your work experience:

Open work permits

If you currently have an open work permit, but you used to have a work permit through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, you may have eligible work experience.

However, any work experience you gained while holding an open work permit does not count unless it was gained under an open work permit specifically for vulnerable workers.

How to calculate your hours of work experience

Language requirements

You must prove your ability in English or French.

The minimum language requirements are Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) Level 4 in :

You must submit your results from an approved language test.

Your test results must be less than 2 years old when you apply. We count the 2 years from the date you took the test.

Find out more about language testing

Settlement funds

You must prove that you have enough money to settle in Canada. You’ll need to prove that you have enough funds to support yourself and any family members you may have, even if they’re not coming to Canada with you.

If you’re already working in Canada with a valid work permit when you apply, you don’t need to provide proof of settlement funds.

Find out more about settlement funds

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