Federal Skilled Worker Program - Canada

01 December, 2017

Federal Skilled Worker Program - Canada

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (also known as the Federal Skilled Worker Class) is Canada’s flagship immigration program for workers, allowing the country to welcome tens of thousands of newcomers every year based on their ability to become established in Canada’s workforce.


Professionals and skilled workers around the world who want to immigrate to Canada permanently can do so through the Federal Skilled Worker Program. Candidates can apply with their spouse/partner and dependent children.

What is the processing time for Federal Skilled Worker Program?
80 percent of complete applications are processed within six months or less.


Since 2015, federal skilled worker (FSW) applications have been managed under the Express Entry system.

In order to be eligible to submit an Express Entry profile under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, you must meet several minimum eligibility criteria:


  • Work Experience: You must have a minimum of 12-months of full-time, skilled work experience, or an equivalent amount of part-time experience. This experience must be continuous and in a single occupation. To be considered “skilled” experience, you must have been working in an occupation at National Occupation Classification (NOC) Skill Level 0, A, or B.

  • Language Proficiency: You must take an approved language test showing you are proficient in either English or French. The minimum score for FSWC is equal to the Canadian Language Benchmark of Level 7 (CLB 7), although the higher you score, the better your chances of success.

  • Education: You must have completed a minimum education equal to the completion of a Canadian high school diploma. If your education was completed outside of Canada, you will need an Educational Credentials Assessment (ECA) attesting to the value of your education by Canadian standards.

  • Federal Skilled Worker Points Grid: All FSW candidates must score a minimum of 67 out of 100 points on the FSW points grid. 

  • Settlement Funds: You must have enough funds to support your settlement in Canada. 

If you meet these minimum requirements, you may be eligible to submit an Express Entry profile. 

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