Canada Federal Skilled Worker Program

Immigration Lawyer in Abbotsford, BC

Foreign nationals who have gained skilled work experience outside of Canada which must be one year full-time and continuous (or equivalent in part-time) may qualify to apply for permanent residence provided they meet the required language levels and other criteria. There is a Federal Skilled Worker points grid which consist 100 points. Those who can obtain 67 points out of 100 are eligible to make a profile. This program is also managed under Express Entry.

This program has traditionally been one of the most popular categories for economic immigration. Through the FSWP, Canada accepts skilled immigrants who possess skilled work experience which is required to actively take part and contribute to the Canadian economy. The selection of skilled workers under this program is points based and it evaluates official language proficiency, education, work experience, age, arranged employment in Canada and adaptability factors.

This program is now managed by IRCC under the Express Entry system. Most complete applications submitted under Express Entry are processed by IRCC within six months or less.


Please note that FSWP is also points based and the points grid for FSWP is different than Express Entry CRS. In order to qualify under FSWP, a potential applicant must meet the minimum requirements of this program:

  • Have at-least one year of continuous full-time skilled work experience (no gap in employment) or the equivalent experience in continuous part-time position within the past 10 years. This work experience must be paid and must fall under an occupation listed under National Occupational Classification (NOC).
  • Provide official language test results (IELTS, CELPIP or TEF) and meet the minimum language threshold of CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) level 7, or equivalent in all four language skill areas i.e. Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening.
  • A Canadian degree, diploma or a certificate or if the education was obtained outside of Canada, provide an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) from an IRCC approved agency.
  • Prove that the applicant has settlement funds available to support themselves and their family members for six months post their arrival in Canada or must have an offer of arranged employment in Canada which is supported by a positive or neutral LMIA.

The potential applicants are required to obtain a score of 67 out of 100 points on the FSWP selection score grid to be eligible to create a profile under Express Entry.

Our Immigration Services