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What is arranged employment under the Federal Skilled Worker Program?

Under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), arranged employment means you have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer.

Having a valid job offer affects

Arranged employment is worth 15 points toward your score under the FSWP selection factors. (This score is how we decide if you’re eligible for the FSWP.)

To immigrate to Canada as a FSWP candidate, you must complete an Express Entry profile and be invited to apply.

Under Express Entry, if you have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer, you can earn 50 or 200 points in the CRS, depending on the type of job you’ve been offered. It will give you a better chance of being invited to apply in the next round of invitations.

For both eligibility for the FSWP and points toward your total score in the CRS, a job offer must

  • be in writing
  • set out the details of the job a Canadian employer is offering you, such as
    • your pay and deductions
    • your duties
    • the conditions of employment, like your hours of work

A work permit on its own is not a job offer, even if it is an open work permit.

Arranged employment for physicians

We introduced a temporary public policy for foreign national physicians who

  • were invited to apply for permanent residence through Express Entry on or after April 25, 2023, and submitted an application
  • have a job offer to provide publicly funded medical services in Canada

Valid job offers

Under the policy, your job offer

  • is valid under the FSWP even if the job being offered is not continuous and does not last for at least 1 year after we issue your permanent resident visa
  • allows you to earn points

We’ll consider a job offer for work as a physician to be valid if one of these situations applies:

  1. You have a valid labour market impact assessment (LMIA) to work as a physician that Employment and Social Development Canada has not cancelled.
  2. You’re currently working in Canada as a physician on a work permit we issued based on an LMIA, and you meet all these requirements:
    • You’re working for the employer specified on your work permit.
    • You’re authorized to work in Canada on both the day you apply for a permanent resident visa and when the visa is issued.
    • Your current employer made you a job offer.
  3. You have a valid work permit that is LMIA-exempt, and you meet all these requirements:
    • You’re working as a physician for the employer specified on your work permit.
    • You have one year of full-time work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work) for that employer.
    • Your current employer made you a job offer.

Types of job offers we accept

We accept the following job offers proof under the policy:

  • an offer of employment
  • a letter of conditional offer
  • an approved opportunity
  • a contract for services

One of the following entities must issue the job offer:

  • a provincial or territorial government
  • a government agency
  • a government-appointed agency, such as a
    • regional health authority
    • health care service delivery entity managed by government-appointed members who oversee hospitals
    • long-term care facility
    • home care and public health service
    • provincial government ministry
    • department responsible for health care, children, family development, or corrections services
  • an organization providing health care, such as a
    • hospital
    • medical clinic

While your arranged employment should be full-time, the job offer does not need to explicitly state the position is full-time. The officer may accept, for example, a declaration stating that you’ll be working the required number of hours.

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