Federal Skilled Worker

Federal Skilled Worker

FSW qualification are the foreign nationals with experience in specific occupations and ability to become economically established in Canada. Skilled Worker applicants are assessed based on a number of factors include, but are not limited to the applicant’s work experience, language abilities and education.

Successful Skilled Worker applicants are issued Canadian permanent resident visas, Canadian permanent residents and their dependents have the right to live, study, and work anywhere throughout Canada, although they remain citizens of their home country. Permanent residents must make sure to meet Canadian residency obligations in order to maintain their permanent resident status and also to apply for their Canadian citizenship.

  1. Basic Eligibility

In order to qualify for Canadian Immigration and obtain a Canadian Permanent Resident Visa, Federal Skilled Worker applicants must have at least one year of continuous full-time paid work experience in a single occupation, classified as NOC skill level 0, A or B, within the last 10 years.

  • have experience in one of the NOC level 0, A or B



  • have either a Canadian PhD or have completed two years of study in Canada in a PhD program, at a recognized Canadian institution;


  • meet the minimum language requirements in either French or English, in all four language skill areas (reading, writing, speaking and listening);


  • possess a completed Canadian educational credential, or a foreign education credential with an ECA (Education Credential Assessment) provided by an approved organization;

Applicants who meet the requirements above must then be assessed based on the 6 Selection Factors . Federal Skilled Worker applicants with a score of 67 points or higher may qualify for Canadian immigration.

The 6 Selection Factors

Eligible Federal Skilled Workers must achieve a minimum score of 67 points when being assessed across the 6 selection criteria provided below:

  1. Education:  You may be awarded maximum of 25 points for Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker Program.
  2. Language Skills:  You may be awarded a maximum of 28 points for language skills.
  3. Work Experience You may be awarded a maximum of 15 points for paid work experience acquired in the last 10 years;
  4. Age: You may be awarded a maximum of 12 points for age.
  5. Arranged Employment:  You may be awarded up to 10 points for arranged employment.
  6. Adaptability: You may awarded up to 10 points for adaptability.

Express Entry

The expression of interest is a program where candidates submit credentials that conform to existing economic program selection criteria, for example, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class Program. Canadian immigration authorities are then able to select from that pool of the applicants they feel are the most likely to establish themselves economically and contribute to Canadian society. Candidates selected from the expression of interest pool will be slated for Express Entry. Canada’s expression of interest program (Express Entry).

Canadian Experience Class

The Canadian Experience Class candidates minimum requirements to be qualified:

  • A minimum of 12 months of “skilled”, professional or technical, work experience in Canada within 36 months of the date of application; and
  • Achieved a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) threshold of 5 (“initial intermediate”) or 7 (“adequate intermediate proficiency”) depending on the job being used to qualify; and
  • Applicants must not intend to live in the province of Quebec

Federal Skilled Trades

The Canadian Federal Skilled Trades program is a new Canadian immigration program for people who want to become Canadian permanent residents based on being in a qualified skilled trade. Applications are assessed based upon the applicant’s ability to become economically established in Canada.

  • Applicants must meet the language requirements in French or English for each language ability (reading, writing, speaking and listening)
  • Applicants must have a minimum of two years work experience (or the equivalent in part-time work experience) in a skilled trade within five years before the submission of their application.
  • Applicants must meet all the job requirements for the particular skilled trade, as described in the National Occupational Classification (NOC);
  • Applicants must have a “full-time offer of employment”* for a period of at least one year OR a “Certificate of Qualification” for their skilled trade which has been issued by a provincial or territorial body in Canada.
  • Applicants must intend to live outside the province of Quebec