January 31, 2021

Federal Skilled Workers

The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program is one of the three programs contained within Canada’s express entry system for processing permanent residency applications. All programs within Express Entry are highly competitive, utilizing Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to rank candidates.

FSW Program Requirements

In order to qualify for Federal Skilled Worker program, a candidate must meet certain minimum requirements regarding your years of experience, level of education, age, and English or French language proficiency:

Work Experience

  • At least 12-months of continuous, full-time, skilled work experience completed within the previous 10 years (or an equal amount in part-time experience).
  • Skilled work experience refers to experience classified under NOC Skill Level 0, A, or B.

Language Proficiency

Reach a minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 on an approved English or French language test.

  • Education: A minimum of a Canadian high school diploma or the equivalent in foreign education.
  • Financial Support: Enough funds to support themselves and any spouse and, or children in settlement in Canada.
  • Residence in Canada: Must intend to live outside of the province of Quebec.

If a candidate meets the requirements listed above, they also must demonstrate that they score a minimum of 67 out of 100 points on the FSW eligibility points grid.

Provided a candidate meets these requirements, they will be eligible to submit an Express Entry profile for the Federal Skilled Worker program. However, candidates should note that they must meet Canada’s basic admissibility requirements. Certain criminal offences and medical conditions may make a person inadmissible to Canada.

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