Federal Skilled Worker Program

Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Program

FSW: The Backbone of Canadian Immigration

The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program is managed under the Express Entry system and uses the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to rank candidates who wish to settle permanently in Canada.

Unlike the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates, Federal Skilled Workers are not required to have Canadian work experience to enter the Express Entry pool. Instead, candidates must meet a minimum points requirement of 67 points based on factors such as work experience, language ability, and education.

If your points qualify you for the FSW program, you may then apply to be considered using the Express Entry (EE) protocol. Once in the EE pool, applicants with the most competitive CRS scores will receive invitations to apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence.

Having a passmark of 67 and applying for EE does not mean you will be chosen, as you will be ranked among ALL of the applicants who have entered the EE pool, and those with the highest CRS scores will be chosen first.

A Very Competitive Program

The Canadian government sets annual quotas for various immigration programs, including the FSWP. When the number of applicants exceeds the set quota, competition intensifies. Meeting eligibility criteria alone doesn’t guarantee an invitation; applicants must often surpass minimum requirements to be competitive.

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FSW Checklist

  • You have worked in an occupation classified in TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3 of the “National Occupation Classification” (NOC) for at least one year in the past 10.
  • You must qualify fully in this program under the assessment grid and points system based on your age, education, work history, and other adaptability factors, with a current passmark of 67.
  • You must have your Education Credentials Assessment done and in your hand prior to applying.
  • You must have your English or French Language proficiency Test completed, with scores (not older than 2 years from application date) in hand.
  • You will be required to have settlement funds for your arrival.
  • You must not have any serious health issues, or a criminal record that would make you inadmissible to Canada.
  • Dependent children under the age of 22 (on date of application) are eligible to be included.