Understanding the Federal Skilled Worker Program

A program for foreign employees with high levels of education, professional experience, language fluency, and other talents that make them well-suited for the Canadian labor market is called the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) in Canada. The system controls the selection of skilled workers for immigration to Canada and is a component of Canada's Express Entry system. The Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP) is managed by IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) for immigration to Canada. The applicants in the Express Entry pool with the highest CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) scores receive ITAs (invitations to apply) for Canada PR visas. Candidates who receive the ITA must submit their whole application to the IRCC before the deadline.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • 1. You must be older than 18 years of age but less than 47 years to attain points (details of which are given below according to different age brackets) after which you will not be eligible to any points.
  • 2. You must have at least one year of full-time and consistent (or equivalent part-time) work experience in the past ten years, in a skilled occupation that must fit into one of the.skill types listed in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system as 0, A, or B skill levels.
  • 3. You must have.proficiency in either French or English. You can prove your language proficiency by passing a recognize .language exam (such the IELTS, CELPIP, or TEF for English or the TEF for French) and scoring at least a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in each of the four language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking).
  • 4. A finished Canadian postsecondary certificate, diploma, or degree, or an equivalent international educational credential.
  • 5. You must show that, once in Canada, you will be able to support your family. Depending on how big your family is, different amounts of money are required.
  • 6. If you pose a security risk to Canada or have a criminal history, you are not eligible for admission.

Occupations That Qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker Program

Federal Skilled Workers are people who meet the necessary criteria for age, work experience, age, and English- or French-language ability. They are picked through the Express Entry Immigration system to submit an application for a Canadian Permanent Resident Visa. There are 347 approved occupations that are classified under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. The applicants must have work experience in a skilled occupation at NOC skill level 0, A, or B to be eligible for the program. Federal Skilled Workers who meet the minimal requirements can then submit an Expression of Interest - EOI profile through the Express entrance System. After that, the candidate profiles are ranked using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). An ITA for a Canada PR visa will be made available to the candidates with the highest ranking. Within three months, they must submit the entire application.

The ‘must-haves’ for FSWP applicants

Points Calculator for FSW

Appropriate Work Experience

Education (Maximum 25 points)

The highest possible score is given for a doctoral degree. An authorized third party will evaluate overseas credentials to determine their Canadian equivalent. The distribution of points is depending on how equivalent the credentials are. The following are recognised organizations for assessment:


Language (Maximum 28 points)

Applicants with a high to intermediate level of proficiency in French or English will be considered for the program, and can secure a minimum of 16 points for the language factor. Higher proficiency can result in up to 24 points. However, the latest points system limits the score for proficiency in a second official language to a maximum of 4, indicating that bilingualism is not given significant importance for economic settlement in Canada.

Education Levely

Work Experience (Maximum 15 points)

A minimum of one year of experience is needed to qualify, and up to six years may be taken into account.

Proof of Funds Statement

Age (Maximum 12 points):

Candidates between the ages of 35 and 18 will receive a maximum of 12 points. The allocation is reduced by 1 point for every additional year over 35 years, and there is no allocation after 47 years.

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Arranged Employment (Maximum 10 points)

Individuals with a job offer in Canada can earn points in this category, which now uses the Labor Market Opinion (LMO) process instead of the Arranged Employment Opinion. LMO is commonly used in processing Canada Work Visa applications to streamline labor market processes and reduce processing times. Employers must demonstrate to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada that hiring overseas workers will have a positive or neutral impact on the labor market to validate the job offer and earn points for selection. Candidates with a valid job offer can receive 10 points through this factor and an additional 5 points under the Adaptability selection factor, bringing the total to 15 points.

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Adaptability (Maximum 10 points)

Maximum points will be given to candidates who have at least one year of full-time work experience in a skilled trade, technical, professional, or managerial occupation in Canada. A valid job offer will result in an additional 5 points under adaptability, as was already mentioned. Additional factors that grant applicants additional points for this factor include: a local resident who is a close adult relative, a Canadian-born spouse or applicant with academic credentials, the husband/wife have past work experience in Canada or if the spouse is familiar with one of the count's official languages.

FSWP Points System:

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

Applying for a PR Visa via the FSWP:

To be considered for a Canada PR visa, candidates are required to submit an Express Entry profile to IRCC. However, submission of the profile does not guarantee a visa as the candidates' profiles will be assessed based on CRS scores in subsequent Express Entry draws, and only then will they be considered for ITAs. Along with submitting your profile with Express Entry through FSWP, the following paperwork is required:

  • 1.ECA (Educational Credentials Assessment), which illustrates the worth of credentials obtained through international education. This document might not be necessary for education received in Canada.
  • 2.Documentation of language ability. Recognized tests for English language proficiency include CELPIP and IELTS. Exams for the French language include the TEF (Test d'évaluation de Français) and TCF Canada (Test de connaissance du franais pour le Canada).
  • 3.Passports for both you and your family members may count as proof of identity.

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