Federal Skilled Worker Program

Program Overview:

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is a Canadian immigration program designed for foreign workers with high levels of education, work experience, language proficiency, and other skills that make them well-suited for the Canadian labor market. The program is part of Canada's Express Entry system, which manages the selection of skilled workers for immigration to Canada.

IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) oversees the Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP) for immigration to Canada. The FSWP issues ITAs (invitations to apply) for Canada PR visas to those applicants in the Express Entry pool with the highest CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) scores. Candidates who obtain the ITA are required to send the complete application to the IRCC within the deadline.

Eligibility Criteria: An applicant must fulfill some minimal conditions, such as having at least one year of specialized work experience in a particular occupation and proving language fluency in either English or French, in order to be eligible for the FSWP.

Prospective applicants must satisfy the following eligibility requirements:

1. Within the last ten years, you must have a minimum of one year of continuous full-time (or equivalent part-time) work experience in a skilled occupation. The job must be categorized as having skill type 0, A, or B under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system.

2. You must possess the essential levels of either French or English. By completing a certified language exam (such the IELTS, CELPIP, or TEF for English or the TEF for French) and receiving at least a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in all four language abilities (reading, writing, listening, and speaking), you can demonstrate your language ability.

3. A completed Canadian post-secondary certificate, diploma, or degree, or a foreign educational credential that is comparable to that.

4. You must demonstrate that you will be able to sustain your family once you arrive in Canada. The amount of money needed varies depending on how big your family is.

5. You cannot be admitted if you have a criminal background, severe health issues, or if you constitute a security danger to Canada.

The aforementioned elements are part of the 100-point grid used to determine your FSWP eligibility. Your performance in relation to each of the six factors is graded. Passing requires a score of at least 67.

FSWP Points System:

The FSWP points system takes into account a number of elements, including education, job experience, age, language competence, adaptability, and pre-arranged employment in Canada. A candidate can receive a maximum of 100 points under the FSWP points system.

The FSWP points system is broken down as follows:

Qualification Points
Doctoral level 25
Master's level or professional degree 23
Two or more post-secondary credentials, one of which is a three-year or longer post-secondary credential 22
Three-year or longer post-secondary credential 21
Two-year post-secondary credential 19
One-year post-secondary credential 15
One-year post-secondary credential 15
Secondary school 5
Secondary school not completed 0

Maximum 28 points for language ability

Listening Reading Writing Speaking Max Points
8 7 7 7 24
7.5 7 7 7 23
8 6.5 7 6.5 22
8 7 6 6 20
7.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 20
6 6 6 6 16

Maximum 15 points for work experience

Experience in years Points
Six years or more 15
Four years 13
Two years 11
One year 9

12 maximum points for age. The table below shows the points you attain according to age:

Age Points
18 to 35 12
36 11
37 10
38 9
39 8
40 7
41 6
42 5
43 4
44 3
45 2
46 1
47 or more 0

Arrangement of Employment: 10 points maximum

Arranged Employment Points
You have a permanent job offer from a Canadian employer, approved by the HRSDC 10
You have a permanent job offer from a Canadian employer, without the necessity of HRSDC approval, if you are employed in Canada by the same employer 10

Maximum of 10 points for adaptability

Adaptability Points
Principal Applicant Previous Work in Canada (min. 1 yr at NOC 0, A, B) 10
Accompanying Spouse/Partner Previous Work in Canada 5
Principal Applicant Previous Study in Canada 5
Accompanying Spouse/Partner Previous Study in Canada 5
Arranged Employment 5

The Canadian federal skilled worker program government's FSWP points calculator is a tool you can use to determine your FSWP score. Your education, language skills, work history, age, arranged employment (if applicable), and capacity for adaptation will all need to be disclosed (if applicable).

FSWP Fund Requirements:

When requesting FSW, the IRCC stipulates that you must have the bare minimum of finances to support your family and yourself. You can see how much you should bring with you in the list below.

Number of family member Funds Required
1 $12,960
2 $16,135
3 $19,836
4 $24,083
5 $27,315
6 $30,806
7 $34299

The Process of the PR Visa Application:

Candidates must first submit an Express Entry profile to IRCC if they are interested. The candidates' eligibility for a Canadian PR visa process is not assured by the submission of their profiles. Once their profiles have been submitted to Express Entry, they will receive CRS scores, and in further Express Entry drawings, they will be considered ITAs for PR Visas.

The following documents need to be submitted along with submitting your profile with the Express Entry through FSWP:

  • ECA (Educational Credentials Assessment) which shows the value of the overseas education credentials. Education obtained in Cnada may not require this document.
  • Proof of language proficiency. The IELTS and CELPIP are recognised assessments for English language proficiency. The TEF - Test d'√©valuation de Franais and TCF Canada - Test de connaissance du franais pour le Canada - are recognised exams for the French language.
  • Documents of identification may include your and your family members passports.

Federal Skilled Worker Program
Federal Skilled Worker Program