Federal Skilled Worker Program

The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program allows applicants with foreign work experience, who have no connections to Canada, to apply for permanent residency under the FSWP.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements for (FSW) Program Applicants:

A candidate must meet certain minimum requirements regarding years of work experience, education level, age, and English or French language proficiency to qualify for the FSWP.

If an applicant meets all the minimum requirements, then the application is assessed on:

  • Age

  • Education

  • Work Experience

  • A valid job offer

  • English and/or French language skills

  • Adaptability

Each of these 6 factors contributes to a 100-point grid used to assess eligibility for the Federal Skilled Worker Program. The current qualifying score is 67 points.

The selection factor points are used to assess your eligibility for the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

Once the applicant is in the Express Entry pool, a different system is utilized to rank the profile. The highest-ranking candidates are shortlisted from the pool and invited to apply for permanent residence.

An Overview of the Minimum Requirements

Skilled Work Experience:

Working in one of these categories of National Occupational Classification (NOC) TEER qualifies you as skilled work experience:

  • TEER 0

  • TEER 1

  • TEER 2

The applicant needs to demonstrate that they had performed all the essential duties and the majority of the main duties listed in the occupational description of the primary occupation while working in it.

Skilled Work Experience Must be:

  • The primary occupation should be the same (have the same NOC) as the job one wishes to use for the immigration application.

  • Within the last 10 years

  • Work that was paid (wages or commissions earned; unpaid internships or volunteer work do not count)

  • Minimum 1 year of continuous work or 1,560 hours total (30 hours per week)—one can meet this in a few different ways:

  • Full-time at 1 job: 30 hours/week for 12 months = 1 year full-time (1,560 hours)

  • Equal amount in part-time work: for example, 15 hours/week for 24 month1-year full-time (1,560 hours)

  • One can work as many part-time jobs as needed to meet this requirement

  • Full-time at more than 1 job: 30 hours/week for 12 months at more than 1 job = 1-year full-time (1,560 hours)

Part-Time Work Experience

One cannot count volunteer or unpaid internship work as skilled work experience. Skills must be related to the paid work, including wages and commissions.

If one works part-time, one can work more or less than 15 hours/week as long as it adds up to 1,560 hours.

Over 30 hours per week are not counted.

Student Work Experience

While studying, one may be able to count work experience towards the minimum requirements if the work was:

  • was paid by wages or commissions

  • was continuous (no gaps in employment), and

  • meets all the other requirements of the Program

Language Ability

To qualify, candidates must:

  • Take approved language tests in English or French for writing, reading, listening, and speaking

  • Get a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in all 4 abilities

  • Enter the test results in your Express Entry profile

A language test is valid for two years after the date of the test result. It must be valid when you apply for permanent residency.


The following is required if you have done schooling in Canada:

  • Secondary institution (high school) or

  • Post-secondary institution

Foreign Education Requires the Following:

  • A completed credential, and

  • An Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for immigration purposes from a designated organization showing that your education is equal to a completed certificate, diploma, or degree from a Canadian:

  • Secondary institution (high school) or

  • Post-secondary institution

Proof of Funds

To settle in Canada, one must demonstrate that they have enough funds to support themselves in Canada, unless:

  • currently able to legally work in Canada

  • have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer

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