A skilled worker visa allows an individual to live and work in a foreign country for a specified length of time. The kind of work permitted may be restricted and it can lead to being granted permanent residency status.
There are two main economic immigration programs currently covering Canada: the Federal Skilled Worker Visa for Canada and the Quebec Skilled Worker Visa.
Canada migration rules for these types of visas require the worker to carry out work included on the Skills Shortage List. This list is drawn up by the Canadian government and includes all occupations and skills that are currently in short supply among the current population of the country. Both visas are granted through a points-based system.
What are the differences between a Canadian Federal Skilled Worker and a Quebec Skilled Worker Visa?
When applying for skilled migration to Canada, it is important to pinpoint where you are planning to live and work in Canada and apply for the corresponding visa. The Canadian Federal Skilled Worker Visa applies to all territories in Canada except Quebec, which has its own immigration process and requires a separate Quebec Skilled Worker Visa.
The Canadian immigration process also varies slightly between the two types of visa. Applications for a Canadian Federal Skilled Worker Visa are sent to the Canadian High Commission. For the Quebec visa, applications should be sent to the Quebec Immigration Authorities.
Both the Quebec Skilled Worker Visa and the Canadian Federal Skilled Worker Visa require applicants to pass an English test, called the International English Language Testing System (IELST) exam, to prove your English language ability.
To obtain a Quebec Skilled Worker Visa, you must also pass the Test du Evaluation du Francais (TEF) exam or the Test Du Evaluation du Francais pour le Quebec (TEFaq) exam to prove your French language ability. Once passed, the results are valid for two years for immigration purposes.
Once you’ve obtained your Quebec Skilled Worker Visa, you are required to live and work in Quebec for a specific length of time, after which you can relocate to live and work in any part of Canada.
The Federal Skilled Worker Visa for Canada allows you to work in any part of Canada except Quebec.