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Federal Skilled Worker

In 2015, the Canadian Government launched its newest immigration policy, providing express entry to qualified immigrants, to fill job openings for which there are no Canadians available. The program is named "Express Entry." Contact us today at (403) 452-9515 Ext. 100 or 1-800-932-1190 or email us directly.

The goal of the Express Entry Federal Skilled Worker Permanent Residence program is to allow skilled workers to gain entry into Canada much more rapidly than ever before, but it works by allowing employers and government officers to choose immigrants based on their skill set and on Canada's needs. Under this system, prospective immigrants would apply to express their interest in coming to Canada by answering a series of questions about their professional skills, education, languages spoken etc.

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The system would then match the skills of the prospective immigrants with the labour requirements as identified by the provinces, territories and employers. On finding a suitable match, the immigration authorities would offer Express Entry to a prospective immigrant.

The minimum requirements for the Federal Skilled Worker category are as follows:

  • must be at least one year (1,560 hours) of work in your field
  • It must be paid
  • It has to be in the same NOC skill type (0, A or B)
  • Your experience must have occurred in the past ten years
  • It must meet the skill type or levels according to the NOC or National Occupational Classification of 2011

There are also language abilities that must be met, educational requirements, and six "selection factors" that must all be met before you qualify. These include issues beyond those already mentioned and feature your age, a valid job offer, and more. There is also an economic criterion that must be met, and you must be admissible to Canada as well as intend to live outside of the Quebec province.

If immigration to Canada within the Federal Skilled Workers Program is possible, you must then apply for permanent residence under Express Entry. But to do that, you will need to be invited to do so.

Your initial Federal Skilled Worker Program application places you into a pool with other eligible workers. There, you are all ranked and if you are at the top, you get the invitation to apply via Express Entry. There are no specific lists of requirements because each applicant is unique. The IRCC says "When you have completed the application, the system will generate a personalized Document Checklist for you. It will show all the supporting documents you need to upload."

Though it is beneficial, the Express Entry process is confusing, and a legal expert is often a great resource as you begin your application.

Contact us today at (403) 452-9515 Ext. 100 or 1-800-932-1190 or email us directly.

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It is one thing to earn a living; it is another thing to make a difference in the world.

This is our formal thank you note to Evelyn Ackah and the Ackah Law Team for all the effort they put into helping us navigate and finally resolve the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration back in the spring of 2012.

A friend referred us to Evelyn; he assured us that Evelyn would take good care of us. Our friend was confident we were in good hands and said Evelyn would do her very best to help us and she did! At the time we did not know that his referral would go far beyond finding us help. Slowly we realized that it would become our own personal story of how we received grace and were reminded of the power in paying it forward

We wrote a detailed page of our dilemma, explaining how we came to be in the position we were in (overwhelmed with the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration and the uncertainty that we faced as a young family in Calgary). Evelyn agreed to take on our file with her team. They found the time to personally call us and listened intently and understood the details of what we were dealing with. They gave us their time, an honest opinion and provided clear direction which proved to be invaluable advice. Months went by but in time, we received word from Ackah Law that the Immigration office had finally reviewed our file and a decision had been made allowing our family to finally put the immigration matter to rest. We were finally able to focus again to live our lives without fear or pending doom.

Looking back now, even the sun appeared to shine a little brighter that day. At first we didn’t know whether to bake them a cake, drive out to meet their team, find their offices and personally thank them with a mighty hug or simply cry out to the heavens in thankful relief. Instead we emailed them to express our heartfelt thank-you and we hoped that they would know deep in their hearts just how grateful we were for all of their help.

Even though we relied on emails and phone conversations to communicate with them that year, we will always remember their constant professionalism, their kindness and understanding at a time that brought us so much pain not to mention fear. As if all their hard work wasn’t enough, Evelyn then then casually mentions that all their work was done pro-bono! We were thoroughly humbled!

To this day we are still eager to share how wonderful they all are as human beings but even more than that, we continue to pay it forward in honour of them, their service to us and their continued dedication in helping others.

Eternally thankful

– The Brummunds

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