Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW)

The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program is managed under the Express Entry system and uses the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to rank candidates who wish to settle permanently in Canada. Unlike the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates, Federal Skilled Workers are not required to have Canadian work experience to enter the Express Entry pool. Instead, candidates must meet a minimum points requirement based on factors such as work experience, language ability, and education. Once in the pool, applicants with the most competitive CRS scores will receive invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

In order to know if you are eligible for this program, you are required to have:

  • The capabilities of speaking French or English
  • Work experience
  • Proper education

Minimum requirements for eligibility

In order to be eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, you need to:

  • At least 12-months of continuous, full-time, skilled work experience completed within the previous 10 years (or an equal amount in part-time experience under NOC TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3)
  • Reach a minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 on an approved English or French language test.
  • A minimum of a Canadian high school diploma or the equivalent in foreign education.
  • Enough funds to support themselves and any spouse and/or children in their settlement in Canada.
  • Must intend to live outside of the province of Quebec.

Selection Factors and Points

Federal Skilled Worker (Professional) applicants must obtain at least 67 points based on immigration selection factors outlined by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.

EducationUp to 25 points
Language SkillsUp to 28 points
Work ExperienceUp to 15 points
AgeUp to 12 points
Arranged EmploymentUp to 10 points

If a candidate meets the requirements listed above, they must also demonstrate that they score at least 67 out of 100 points on the FSW eligibility points grid. If a candidate meets these requirements, they can submit an Express Entry profile for the Federal Skilled Worker program. Finally, candidates and their dependents must undergo medical examinations and obtain security clearances as part of the Canadian immigration application process.

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