Federal Skilled Worker Program

Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is one of the categories under Express Entry program where candidates can immigrate to Canada. It is one of the oldest & fastest paths to help people migrate to Canada based on their work experience, language ability and qualification. There are approximately more than 100,000 immigrants who come to Canada every year under this program. Out of all the applications submitted, 80% of complete applications are processed within six months or less

Under Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) the candidate requires to attain minimum 67 points to be eligible.

While applying under Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) the candidate can only choose to reside in any province other than Quebec.

An eligible candidate can be invited under FSWP (Federal Skilled Worker Program) while residing outside Canada or inside Canada on a valid temporary status.

Federal Skilled Worker Program Eligibility and Requirement

  • To be eligible to apply under Federal Skilled Worker Program, the applicant should comply with the minimum requirement for the following:

Work experience in Skilled position

The applicants who have gained work experience in NOC 0 (Managerial Job positions), NOC A (Professional job positions) and NOC B (Technical and skilled trade job position). This can be either 01 year of continuous full-time paid work experience (i.e. minimum 30 hours per week for 12 months) or 02 years of continuous part -time paid work experience (i.e. minimum 15 hours per week for 24 months) within past 10 years.

Language Proficiency in English or French

The applicant can provide their Language Test results in English or French from approved listed organizations which are IELTS, CELPIP, TEF Canada or TCF Canada. The minimum score in the First Official Language to be eligible is either CLB 7 in English or NCLC 7 in French. Applicants can also provide 2 Language Test results, which includes English or French as their Second Official Language. There are required to score minimum CLB or NCLC 5.


The applicants are required to provide at least minimum of secondary or post- secondary education.  If an applicant has completed a foreign education, they are required to provide an ECA (Educational Credential Assessment) for each credential obtained. The ECA must be for immigration purposes and from the designated organization which are WES, IQAS, ICAS, CES or ICES.

The candidates are invited under the Federal Skilled Worker Program based on its unique points system. CRS (LINK)  

While applying under FSWP, the candidate is required to provide proof of funds to prove whether they have the enough funds to get themselves and their dependent family members settle in Canada. For this, IRCC has provided a chart where the amount of funds required, are mentioned according to the family size.

Note: The candidates applying under FSWP must be not inadmissible to enter Canada

How to calculate points under Federal Skill Worker Program?

Under FSWP there are 6 selection factors to assess whether an applicant falls under this program. The minimum of 67 points are required to be in FSWP pool. The points or CRS score under Federal Skill Worker is calculated based on the following factors:

Education Up to 25 points
Language Skills Up to 28 points
Work Experience Up to 15 points
Age Up to 12 points
Arranged Employment Up to 10 points
Adaptability Up to 10 points

Providing incomplete information or fraudulent documents may lead applicant to misrepresentation.

Alerts for refused applicants (under FAQ section)

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