Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

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The Federal Skilled Worker Program is one of the three main programs of Canada’s economic immigration class. Every year Canada welcomes thousands of newcomers from around the world through this program. FSW allows workers and their families to apply for Canadian PR without the need for any Canadian work experience or a job offer.

Eligibility Requirements for FSW Program

To be eligible to apply for Canadian PR under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

1. Minimum Work Experience

  • You must have a minimum of one year of continuous paid work experience, full-time or equal amount of part-time, (1,560 hours) in the last ten years.
  • Work experience must be set out under Teer 0, or Teer 1 of the National Occupation Classification (NOC) ver. 2021. You can search your NOC code based on your job title here.
  • Applicant must have performed both the actions described in the lead statement and a substantial number of the main duties listed in the NOC description of the occupation under which he/she is applying.

2. Language Requirements

  • Applicants must meet the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of at least level 7 in all categories i.e. Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.
  • Language test results must not be more than two years old at the time of application.
  • Language proficiency tests can be taken in one of Canada’s two official languages: English and French
  • It must be from a designated institution approved by IRCC.

3. Education Requirements

  • a Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary diploma or degree, or
  • a foreign secondary or post-secondary diploma or degree with an educational credential assessment (ECA) report from an IRCC-approved agency which shows that the foreign education credential is equal to Canadian educational standards.
  • The ECA must be less than five years old on the date of application.

4. Settlement Funds

  • Applicants must show proof of sufficient settlement funds to support themselves and their dependents once they arrive in Canada.
  • Applicants under this program are NOT required to show the proof of settlement funds if:
    • they are currently able to legally work in Canada.
    • they have a valid job offer from an employer in Canada.

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CRS Points Requirements

Once the minimum requirements are met, Federal Skilled Worker Program applicants will be further assessed against the point system and they must obtain at least 67 points out of 100 on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) six selections:

  • Education: Up to 25 points for formal education.
  • Language Skills: Up to 28 points (24 first official languages, and 4-second official languages).
  • Work Experience: Up to 15 points for paid skilled work experience in the last 10 years, but at least 9 points are required to qualify.
  • Age: Up to 12 points.
  • Arranged Employment (Valid Job Offer): Up to 10 points if the candidate has a valid job offer in Canada.
  • Adaptability: Up to 10 points for a number of factors to show that the candidate is adaptable to successfully settle in Canada.

How ELAAR can help you?

If you need assistance with Federal Skilled Worker Program, please get in touch with ELAAR. Our team of experts is led by Keshav Sharma, a Licensed and Regulated Immigration Consultant with many years of immigration experience. Together we can help you optimize your FSW Express Entry profile and maximize your odds of receiving an Invitation to Apply.

FAQs: Federal Skilled Worker Program

What is the difference between Express Entry and FSW?

FSW is a type of Express Entry program. It is one of the three main economic immigration programs of Canada.

What is the difference between FSW and PNP?

PNP is a province-focus immigration pathway, while FSW is valid all over Canada (except Quebec). If you apply for PNP in addition to FSW you will get 600 extra points on the nomination. Although you can apply for a standalone PNP program as well. Learn more.

How many CRS points are required for FSW in Canada?

You typically require a minimum of 67 points out of 100 if you wish to be eligible under the Express Entry System.

What is the general processing time for FSW in 2022?

Generally, it takes around 6 months for Express Entry applications to be processed. But FSW applications is expected to rise to 36 months in 2022 because of over-achieved targets as per this plan by IRCC.

What is sufficient proof of funds in FSW Program?

  • bank account statements in your name or in the name of the spouse/common-law partner accompanying you to Canada.
  • cashable investments that are in your name or in the name of the spouse/common-law partner accompanying you to Canada.
  • cashable fixed deposits that are in your name or the name of the spouse/common-law partner accompanying you to Canada.

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