Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)

The Federal Skilled Worker program is part of the Economic Class and managed by the Express Entry program. Approximate processing times are 6 months in normal circumstances, once an Invitation to Apply (ITA) is received.

To be eligible to apply for Federal skilled workers program, you must meet the program requirements
  • Have professional work experience of at least one continuous year of full-time paid work experience or the equivalent in part-time continuous employment listed in the National Occupational Classification (O, A or B) in the last 10 years. OR Qualify for Arranged Employment In Canada with a full-time, permanent job offer from a Canadian employer along with a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or without an LMIA if you are exempt.
  • A Canadian diploma, certificate, or credential AND/OR a foreign educational credential, and an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) by an agency approved by IRCC to show it is equal to a completed Canadian secondary or post-secondary educational credential.
  • Meet the minimum language score of CLB 7 on the Canadian Language Benchmark, or equivalent.
  • Have settlement funds to support yourself and your family for six months after arrival in Canada.
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You must also score a minimum of 67 points under the following IRCC selection factors in order to be eligible to apply:


Six Selection Factor Scoring and Criteria
FactorMax PointsCriteria
Education25 pointsYears of Study and degree earned
Language28 PointsLevel of English or French (IELTS or TEF)
Experience15 pointsYears of professional work experience
Age12 pointsAge of the principal applicant
Arrange Employment10 pointsHaving a valid job offer
Adaptability10 points Points of several factors that could help the applicant adapt to Canadian life
Final steps before getting Permanent Residence

Once selected from the Express entry Pool and awarded with an Invitation to Apply (ITA), candidates and their dependents must also undergo medical examinations and obtain security clearances as part of the Canadian immigration application process.