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Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW)

Federal Skilled Worker Program

  • E.E: Express Entry
  • P.S: Point System

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This program is for skilled workers with foreign work experience who want to immigrate to Canada permanently. Skilled workers are chosen as permanent residents based on their education, work experience, knowledge of English and/or French, and other factors.

You should first create an Express Entry profile (➨page). Under the Express Entry system, applicants will be invited to apply for permanent residence based on the information they enter in an online profile. You cannot apply directly to this program unless you are invited to apply.

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The following requirements must be met if you are applying to the Federal Skilled Worker Program:

1- Work Experience

You must have equivalent of one (1) year authorized work experience within the last ten (10) years in one of these National Occupational Classification (NOC) job groups (➨Appendix 1):
  • Managerial jobs (TEER 0)
  • Professional jobs (TEER 1)
  • Technical jobs and skilled trades (TEER 2 and TEER 3)
One (1) year of experience should be continuous work in the same NOC but it can be full time, equivalent part-time or more than one job:

2- Language Ability

You must have an approved test results taken within two (2) years and have obtained a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark CLB 7 in all for abilities in English or French (➨Appendix 5).

3- Education

You must have one of the following from a high school or a post-secondary institution:

  • Canadian educational credential (certificate, diploma, or degree); or
  • equivalent foreign credential

Federal Skilled Worker candidates with a foreign education must provide an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report (➨Appendix 3) for their foreign education.

The ECA Report must not be more than five (5) years old prior to the date the Express Entry profile is submitted.

4- Settlement Funds

You must show that you have enough money for you and your family to settle in Canada based on 50% of Statistics Canada’s Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) (➨Appendix 2), unless you are currently able to legally work in Canada or you have a valid job offer from an employer in Canada.

5- Ineligibility

You are not eligible to apply under the Federal Skilled Worker program if you are a refugee claimant in Canada, a failed refugee claimant, had a removal order, are prohibited from entering or being in Canada, do not have status in Canada or are living illegally in your country of residence.

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If you meet all above minimum requirement, then find out if you score at least total of 67 points based on the following six (6) selection factors (➨
Selection Factor Maximum Points
Factor1: Education 25
Factor 2: Language Ability 28
Factor 3: Work Experience 15
Factor 4: Age 12
Factor 5: Arranged Employment 10
Factor 6: Adaptability 10

Factor 1: Education

Level of Education Points
Doctoral (PhD) level 25
Master's degree 23
Professional degree (doctorate) in medicine, veterinary medicine, podiatry, optometry, pharmacy, dentistry, dental surgery, chiropractic, law 23
Bachelor of laws, Bachelors degree in pharmacy 23
Two or more post-secondary credentials, one of which is a three-year or longer post-secondary credential 22
Three-year or longer post-secondary credential 21
Two-year post-secondary credential 19
One-year post-secondary credential 15
Secondary school/high school diploma 5
You will be awarded points for your Canadian educational credential or foreign credential accompanied by Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) Report.
The ECA Report must not be more than five (5) years old prior to the date the Express Entry Profile is submitted.

Factor 2: Language Ability

To be awarded point for language, you must have taken an approved test results.
Test must be taken no more than two years prior to the date the Express Entry Profile is submitted.
First official language (English or French)
Language Level Speaking Listening Reading Writing
CLB 9 or Higher 6 6 6 6
CLB 8 5 5 5 5
CLB 7 4 4 4 4
Below CLB 7 Not Eligible Not Eligible Not Eligible Not Eligible
Second official language (English or French)
At least CLB 5 in all of the 4 abilities 4
CLB 4 or less in any of the 4 abilities 0
To prove you language abilities you must take any of the following approved tests:
  • English: IELTS General or CELPIP General
  • French: TEF Canada or TCF Canada

To find out the equivalent CLB level for any of the above approved tests see (➨Appendix 5).

Factor 3: Work Experience

You can get points for the number of years you’ve spent doing full-time paid work (at least 30 hours per week, or an equal amount of part-time) at TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3 of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Your work experience can be in Canada or abroad, while you were studying or while being self-employed.
Experience Points
6 or more years 15
4-5 years 13
2-3 years 11
1 year 9
Less than 1 year Not Eligible

Factor 4: Age

You’ll get points based on your age on the day you submit your application.
Age Points
Under 18 Not Eligible
18-35 12
36 11
37 10
38 9
39 8
40 7
41 6
42 5
43 4
44 3
45 2
46 1
47 or older 0

Factor 5: Arranged Employment in Canada

You can get points if you have a job offer from a Canadian employer.
A valid job offer has to be for continuous, paid, full-time work that is not seasonal. It should be for at least one (1) year in an occupation listed as Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the NOC.
Arrange employment Points
Yes 10
No 0

Factor 6: Adaptability

You can get maximum of 10 points for any combination of the following factors:
Adaptability Points
Spouse/common-law partner’s Language level at least CLB 4 in all abilities in English of French 5
2 years full-time study in Canada (secondary or post-secondary) 5
Spouse/common-law partner’s 2 years full-time study in Canada (secondary or post-secondary) 5
1 year of full-time authorized work in Canada at skill type 0, or skill levels A or B 10
Spouse/common-law partner’s 1 year of full-time authorized work in Canada 5
Arranged Employment in Canada 5
Yours or your spouse/common-law partner’s relatives in Canada (parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, sibling, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew) who are 18 years or older, living in Canada as permanent resident or citizen) 5
Your Total Score  




Step 1: Create Express Entry Profile

Now that you meet all the requirements, you can create an Express Entry Profile (➨page) for yourself.

Your Express Entry profile is an online system where you submit information about yourself to the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada.

Once accepted into the pool of candidates, you’ll be ranked in the Express Entry pool using a points-based system called Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) (➨page). Your score is based on the information in your profile. The highest-ranking candidates from the pool will be invited to apply for permanent residence. However there are occasional program-specific draws with a lower score. There have been 2 rounds of invitation per month in average.

Some invitation rounds may only invite candidates for 1 program, for example only from Federal Skilled Trades. Program-specific draws are designed to give candidates with specific skill sets, who would not normally qualify through general draws, the opportunity to receive an invitation. The program-specific draws take place less frequently.

Check your CRS score (➨page) and then compare with previous rounds of invitations to see how likely you are to get an invitation in the next round. You may calculate your score using the online CRS tool at (➨

If you’re not invited to apply within twelve (12) months of submitting your Express Entry profile, it will automatically expire and removed from the system. You can still create a new profile. If your profile is about to expire, you can print out screen shots of your profile to make it easier to re-enter your data.

Recent Draws – Express Entry
Draw # Date of Draw No. of ITA Min. Score
292 Apr 10, 2024 1280 549
290 Mar 25, 2024 1980 524
288 Mar 12, 2024 2850 525
286 Feb 28, 2024 1470 534
283 Feb 13, 2024 1490 535
281 Jan 31, 2024 730 541
280 Jan 23, 2024 1040 543
279 Jan 10, 2024 1510 546
275 Dec 18, 2023 1325 542
272 Dec 6, 2023 4750 561
If you are invited to apply for permanent residence, you’ll get a message in your account telling you to apply. You will have sixty (60) days to submit a complete application, otherwise the invitation will expire and your profile will be removed from the pool.

Step 2: Submit your application online

You can only apply for permanent residence through Express Entry if you’ve received an invitation to apply.

Your Express Entry invitation to apply is valid for 60 days only. To apply, sign in to your account and click the link to apply for permanent residence under Express Entry.

The system gives you a personalized document checklist once you’ve completed all of the fields in the online form. Get all the documents that are on your checklist and upload them.
Once you fill out all sections of the online form and upload your documents, the system will show you a list of fees you need to pay.
Pay your fees through your online account. You’ll need a debit or credit card to do this.
Apply for a Bridging Open Work Permit (if applicable)

For those of you who are currently in Canada on a valid work permit, once you submit your PR application, you may apply for a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) (➨page). This will let you continue working on a valid work permit until your PR application is finalized.

Permanent Residence Application
Submit Online Application:
IRCC Express Entry Profile
Official Program Guide:
IRCC Application Fees:
Main applicant: $850
Spouse: $850
Each child: $230
RPRF main applicant: $515
RPRF spouse: $515
Biometrics: $85
(per person if applicable)
Processing Time:
Document Checklist:

1-888-242-2100 (in Canada)

1-613-944-4000 (outside Canada)

Web Form:

Visa Office:

Step 3: Biometrics

During processing, you will be asked to submit your biometrics.

You and any member of your family between 14 and 79 years old, need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) for permanent residence application you submit, even if you gave your biometrics in the past, and they’re still valid. You will be contacted to give your biometrics and you will have 30 days from the date on the letter to do it.
If you apply for permanent residence and are in Canada, you may qualify for an exemption from having to give your biometrics.
In order to give biometrics you need to go to an official biometrics collection service point. You must give your biometrics in person.

Before you go, check the location’s website for its services and fees at (➨ Depending on the location, you may need to make an appointment.

Step 4: Medical and Background Checks

After the assessment of your application based on the eligibility criteria of the program is completed, a decision is being made on your application based on the results of your medical exam, police certificates and background checks.
You and your family (and all your dependents, accompanying or not) must pass medical, criminal and security checks to receive permanent residence. If you or any of your dependents are found medically or criminally inadmissible, your application will be refused.
Medical Check:

Instructions on how to get the medical exam done will be sent to you upon completion of selection based on the program’s eligibility criteria. You and your dependents must go for the medical exam within 30 days of receiving these instructions. Only an approved panel physician (➨ can do a complete medical exam for immigration reasons.

Once the exam is done, the physician will send the results to IRCC and will give you a document confirming that a medical exam is done.

Background Check:

Background check is a required procedure to verify your criminal and/or security background to ensure you are admissible to Canada. Criminality and Security together are background checks. Criminality check is performed by RCMP (Police Service of Canada), and Security by CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) and CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency).

Step 5: Landing in Canada

If your application is approved, you will be asked to pay your right of permanent residence fee if you haven’t already done so. You will receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR) and if you are from a country that requires a visa you will also be issued a permanent resident visa.

You will only become a Permanent Resident of Canada when you cross a Canadian port of entry. This is referred to as ‘landing in Canada’ (➨page).

You must land in Canada before the expiry date, which appears on your Canada Immigration Visa. Usually, the expiry date is one (1) year from the time medical examinations were completed. As this is not always the case, be sure to verify the expiry date as soon as the Canada Immigration Visa is received.

Ready to take the next step towards your Canadian immigration journey? Fill out the form below and embark on your path to new opportunities.







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