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Federal Skilled Worker Program

Federal Skilled Worker Program

The Federal Skilled Worker Program is one of Canada’s most popular immigration streams.This program does not require a job offer in order to be eligible, nor does it require Canadian work experience or a Canadian relative, making it the number one choice for prospective immigrants from around the world.

In order toqualify for FSWProgram, anapplicant must meet the following minimum requirements:

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)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.


A minimum of a Canadian high school diploma or the equivalent in foreign education.

Settlement Funds

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.

To be eligible for the FSWProgram, candidates must score a minimum of 67 out of 100 points on this points grid. Six factors are considered under the FSWProgram points gridmay be outlined as follows:

  • Factor 1: English and/or French language ability
  • Factor 2: Education
  • Factor 3: Skilled work experience
  • Factor 4: Age
  • Factor 5: Arranged employment in Canada
  • Factor 6: Adaptability

If you meet these minimum requirements, you may be eligible to submit an Express Entry profile. However, please note that whatever the number of points awarded, Canadian Immigration Visa Officers always have the discretion to accept or refuse an application based on a substituted evaluation.