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Federal Skilled Worker

Federal Skilled Worker Program

Canada is the most prominent immigration destination in the world. Like other developed countries, Canada offers its citizens a very high standard of living as well as great job opportunities. That is why this country is highly respected and popular among the international immigrant community. The recently established Express Entry Program has made the immigration process in Canada easier than ever. Especially, who are skilled professionals with adequate qualifications and work experience.

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is easily known as the most popular immigration stream in the entire express entry program. It is exclusively for professionals whose profession meets the needs of any or all provinces of Canada. Skills and professional skills as well as experience are the primary concerns of FSWP. Candidates are assessed on a variety of criteria for their skills and the potential to make a direct contribution to the workforce in the regional and national economies, and the best are selected to enter Canada as permanent residents.

There are currently 34 high-demand occupations in Canada, and most of them are processed through express entry streams. FSW Canada provides a quick way to obtain a Permanent Resident (PR) visa.

Although the eligibility criteria for FSW are rather loose, compared to the immigration requirements of developed countries around the world, the free applications received each year make successful selection a challenge in itself. In order to be selected through the FSWP stream of the Express Entry program, you need to score higher and differentiate your application.

Skill /Requirements for Federal Skilled Worker Program

Below is a list of requirements to apply for immigration to Canada through the Express Entry Program.

It is important to keep in mind that these standards are subject to change without prior notice, so it is advisable to keep up with the latest developments in the industry:

  • Candidates applying through the Express Entry Program must have a minimum of 1 year of experience in a full-time job in their relevant job.
  • Candidates must identify their profession in one of three national job classification categories - Skill Type 0 (Management Profession), Skill Level 1 (Professional Profession) or Skill Level B (Technical Profession and Skilled Trade).
  • All applicants must have at least 67 points in the skill grid factors.
  • Applicants are ideally required to have a full-time job offer from a Canadian employer and are also required to qualify for a labor market impact assessment.
  • Canada has two official languages. A candidate needs to be proficient in at least one language and language proficiency 7 according to the Canadian language benchmark.
  • Candidates must show that they have adequate funding to support them and their dependents for at least 3 months after moving to Canada.

Did you know that it is possible to move to Canada without a job offer? But for that you must have a high demand for your skill sets and you must have sufficient funds to support you and your dependents during the job search process which you must prove.

The initial step in applying for the Federal Skilled Worker Program

The following list is a step-by-step guide to immigration to Canada via the FSW stream:

  • First create an express entry profile, apply as a skilled worker Create an expression of interest (EOI) and submit it to CIC.
  • The express entry profile created by the candidate will be ranked in the Extensive Ranking System (CRS).
  • If the applicant can pass the minimum clearance score, the Canadian Immigration Authority will send him or her an invitation to apply (ITA) for PR in Canada.
  • Once selected, the candidate is required to submit other security checks along with a certificate of health and police clearance. Thereafter, the applicant must submit an application for Canadian immigration approval.
  • The candidate's application will be reviewed by the visa officer.
  • Once approved, the candidate must pay a permanent residence fee and apply for a passport.
  • Eventually, the candidate will be able to move to Canada with his or her family and start a new life.

Know the Selection factors of Federal Skilled Worker Program

First and foremost of the selection criteria, the candidates have to clear the minimum pass number of 67. The following profiles help to give the candidate an idea of how much he can score in this assessment according to his profile description.

Factor 1: Age (Maximum Points 12)

Age Points
18 to 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 more 0

Factor 2: Language Proficiency (Maximum Points 28)

Canada has two official languages, English and French. If a candidate knows both, he can score the highest. Now Canada has begun to provide more points for second language proficiency. See the CIC website for those details. A candidate can get maximum 24 points for English language.

The IELTS test is considered a criterion for English language proficiency. Applicants must demonstrate sufficient proficiency in the language by scoring in each section i.e. reading, writing, and listening level.

The lowest pass grade is 7 the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) for the Federal Skilled Worker Program. The following section will introduce you to the scores obtained in each category.

Listening Reading Writing Speaking Max Points
8 7 7 7 24
7.5 7 7 7 23
8 6.5 7 6.5 22
8 7 6 6 20
7.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 20
6 6 6 6 16

Factor 3: Educational Qualification (Maximum Points 25)

This is one of the most important factors in evaluating candidates and candidates can score higher to increase their chances. The following list will give you a clear idea of the scoring system:

Qualification Points
Doctoral level 25 Points
Master’s level or professional degree 23 Points
Two or more post-secondary certificates including a three-year or longer post-secondary certificate 22 Points
Three-year / longer post-secondary credential 21 Points
Two-year post-secondary certificate 19 Points
One year post-secondary certificate 15 Points

Factor 4: Work Experience (Maximum Points 15)

Experience in years Points
Six years or more 15 points
Four years 13 points
Two years 11 points
One year 9 points

Factor 5: Arranged employment (Maximum 10 points)

Arranged Employment Points
You have a permanent job offer from a Canadian employer, approved by the HRSDC 10 points
You have a permanent job offer from a Canadian employer, without the necessity of HRSDC approval, if you are employed in Canada by the same employer 10 points

Additional Points

If you are immigrating with your spouse, then your application can get extra points if your spouse scores above CLB 4. You will receive 5 additional adaptability points as a principle applicant.

Relative in Canada 18 years or over (parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, child of a parent, sibling, child of a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or grandchild of a parent, niece or nephew) who is residing in Canada and is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. 5
Accompanying spouse/partner’s official language (CLB/NCLC 4) 5
Adaptability Points
Principal Applicant Previous Work in Canada (min. 1 yr at NOC 0, A, B) 10
Accompanying Spouse/Partner Previous Work in Canada 5
Principal Applicant Previous Study in Canada 5
Accompanying Spouse/Partner Previous Study in Canada 5
Arranged Employment 5

Funds Required for Federal Skilled Worker Program

Factor 6: Adaptability (Maximum 10 points)

The IRCC requires you should minimum funds required when applying for FSW to support yourself and your family. The following list tells you how much you should take with yourself.

Factor 6: Adaptability (Maximum 10 points)

Number of family member Funds Required/th>
1 $12,164
2 $15,143
3 $18,617
4 $22,603
5 $25,636
6 $28,913
7 or more $32,191

At the present time, the applications are being processed in 6 months or lesser.

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Federal Skilled Worker Application Processing Fee

  • Principal Applicant – $550
  • Spouse – $550
  • Child under 19 – $150

Right of Permanent Resident Fee

  • Principal Applicant – $490
  • Spouse – $490
  • Children – No Fee

Although all the professions have good employment opportunities in Canada with 347 occupations being eligible under the Federal Skilled Workers Program, there are some occupations where the future is highly ranked for the candidates. If you are skilled and talented then there are a number of options that are available for you to immigrate to Canada and you will not find any problem in finding adequate employment. However, there are certain professions which will have a boom period in the coming years and in case you are in that list of occupation then your career graph will witness immense potential in the coming times.

Some such occupations of high demand in the Federal Skilled Workers Program Category are –

  • 0013 – Senior Managers – Financial, communication and other business services
  • 0014 – Senior Managers – Health, education, social and community service and membership organizations
  • 0015 – Senior Managers – Trade, Broadcasting and other services
  • 0016 – Senior Managers – Construction, Transportation, production and utilities
  • 0111- Financial Managers
  • 0112 – Human Resource Managers
  • 0113 – Purchasing Managers
  • 1311 –Accountant technicians and book keepers
  • 6211 -Sales Representatives
  • 2231 -Civil Engineer technologist and technicians
  • 2174 -Computer programmers
  • 3011 -Nurses & Licensed Practical Nurses
  • 2173 – Software Engineers & designers
  • 2241 – Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians

The above presented list features only some of the occupations which are expected to witness a boom period in the coming years in Canada but this doesn’t mean that there is less opportunity for any other profession in Canada.