The W-1 Visa in Canada is granted to skilled workers needed for the nation's economy. Individuals with necessary skills can apply for this visa in order to immigrate to Canada independently, without a job offer or family sponsorship. Applicants are evaluated based on factors such as work experience, education, and their knowledge of English and/or French, Canada’s official languages.
Skilled workers hoping to become permanent residents in Canada must meet a few basic requirements before filing an application. Applicants must be working in a skilled, technical, professional, or managerial field. Low-skilled workers will not be successful applicants. Further, an applicant's work experience must have been within the past 10 years; it must have been paid work experience of at least a full continuous year (or the equivalent in part-time work).
Assessment Point System
Applicants must prove they can become economically established in Canada to quality for the W-1 visa. To this end, they are assessed using a points system; they must score 67 points in order to apply. Points are earned based on factors such as work experience, education, and the applicant’s knowledge of English and/or French, Canada’s official languages. Individuals desiring to live in Quebec must apply separately through that province.
Fees and Other Costs
The W-1 visa application fee is $1040 CAD. Applicants must pay for their own language tests, police clearance, and medical tests. Successful applicants are required to pay the Right of Permanent Residence Fee ($490 CAD).