Federal Skilled Workers Program
About the ProgramFederal Skilled Workers are persons with suitable education, work experience, age and language abilities under one of Canada’s official languages and who are selected under the Express Entry Immigration system to apply for permanent residence. To qualify for admission to the Express Entry Pool as a Federal Skilled Worker, applicants must meet the following conditions:
Essential Conditions: a. Possess one-year of continuous full-time paid work experience or the equivalent in part-time continuous employment within the previous 10 years
b. The work experience must be classified within Skill Type 0 (Managerial Occupations), Skill Level A (Professional Occupations), or Skill Level B (Technical Occupations and Skilled Trades) within the meaning of the National Occupational Classification system
c. Score sufficient points under the skilled worker point grid comprising of six selection factors. The current pass mark is 67 points
d. Undergo language testing from a recognized third party and demonstrate intermediate level language skills in English or French corresponding to the Canadian Language Benchmark of 7)
e. Possess suitable settlement funding
f. Undergo a successful security background and medical examination.
Evaluation FactorsQualified applicants are evaluated against six factors to determine their eligibility for immigration to Canada. Applicants must obtain a total of 67 points out of a possible 100 in order to qualify. The selection factors are:
  • • Education
  • • Language
  • • Employment experience
  • • Age
  • • Arranged employment
  • • Adaptability
  • The new program seeks to select candidates with the highest probability of economic settlement success and contribution to Canada. It maintains previous criteria with modification to the relative importance and point structure for each selection factor.
Selection FactorsTo be selected under the FSW program, applicants who possess sufficient work experience and language proficiency must accumulate a minimum of 67 points on the skilled worker selection grid, which allocates points for education, language, employment experience, age, arranged Canadian employment and adaptability. Education – Maximum of 25 points
LanguageMinimum threshold of 16 points, Maximum of 28 points. Higher language proficiency can lead to an allocation of up to 24 points. The benefits of bilingualism are considered marginal to an individual’s successful economic establishment in Canada and the new point system limits points for a second official language to a maximum of 4.
Employment ExperienceMinimum of 9 points, Maximum of 15 points. The new program requires a minimum of 1-year to qualify and the maximum consideration is 6-years. Age – Maximum of 12 points.
AdaptabilityMaximum of 10 points. Applicants who have at least 1 year of full time Canadian work experience in a managerial, professional, technical or skilled trade occupation will be awarded maximum points. As mentioned above, a validated offer of employment will provide 5 adaptability points. Other considerations awarding points under this selection factor include: A close adult relative living in Canada; Applicant or spouse has studied in Canada; Spouse has previous Canadian work experience; Spouse has knowledge of one of Canada’s official languages.
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