Federal Skilled Worker

Skilled workers are selected based on their skills and ability to contribute to Canada’s economy. Federal Skilled Worker applications are assessed based on an applicant’s ability to become economically established upon immigration to Canada.

Express Entry is an online system to manage applications for the following three economic immigration programs:

First of all, we check your eligibility for Federal skilled worker and for Express Entry programs. Please complete our free online immigration assessment form provided on top of home page. There is no cost and no obligation to fill this form. This will enable us to assess your scope for Canadian immigration.

Your online assessment is based on a specific eligibility criteria. We make a determination about your chances of Canada immigration based on the current eligibility criteria. You can become our client and we can start processing your application for Express Entry.

You can remain in the Express Entry Pool up to 1 year if you you continuously remain eligible. We would monitor your profile up to 1 year or up the issuance of an “invitation to apply” (ITA). Those candidates whose profiles align with the identified needs of the government, as well as, that  of certain Canadian employers, will be issued an “invitation to apply” (ITA). The applicants with an ITA can then proceed to apply for permanent residence.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria for Express Entry

  • Score a minimum of 67 out of 100 points on the FSW points grid.
  • Have a proof of paid work experience in Skill type 0, Skill Level A or B of National Occupation Classification (NOC), for at least one year within the last 10 years
  • Take an approved language test in English or French in all four abilities with a minimum score is equal to the Canadian Language Benchmark of Level 7 (CLB 7)
  • Provide Education Credential Assessment (ECA) report If you have foreign education.
  • You must show that you have enough money for you and your family to settle in Canada You must be admissible to Canada

The Skilled Worker selection factors are summarized as follows:

1. Education: Applicants are awarded up to 25 points.  Education points will be awarded based on an assessment of educational credentials by a designated Canadian organization. This assessment will indicate the foreign credential’s equivalent in Canada.

Level of Education  Points (25 max)
University Degrees
Doctoral level25 points
Master`s level or professional degree23 points
Two or more post-secondary credentials, one of which is a three-year or longer post-secondary credential22 points
Three-year or longer post-secondary credential21 points
Two-year post-secondary credential19 points
One-year post-seondary credential15 points
Secondary school 5 points

2.Language Skills: Applicants are awarded up to 28 total points (24 points for first official language and 4 points forsecond official language).

 Through their chosen exam, applicants must prove that they meet or exceed a minimum threshold in all four language abilities (listening, reading, speaking, writing).

For the English language requirement, CLB 7 is the minimum threshold which is equivalent to scoring 6 on the IELTS General Module.  Applicants who score below the CLB threshold are not eligible to apply to the Federal Skilled Worker program.

The criteria to award points for your for Language Skills:

 First Official Language Band ScorePoints (24 + 4 max)
IELTS 6.0/6.0/6.0/6.0
4 pts/ability
Speaking/Listening/Reading/WritingHigh intermediateIELTS 6.5/7.5/6.5/6.55 pts/ability
IELTS 7.0/8.0/7.0/7.0
6 pts/ability
 Speaking/Listening/Reading/Writing Spouse/partner’s official language (CLB 4) IELTS 4.0/4.5/3.5/4.0 5 pts/ability
Maximum24 points
Second Official Language
Speaking/Listening/Reading/WritingCLB/NCLC 5 in all abilities
IELTS 5.0/5.0/4.0/5.0
4 points
Maximum4 points

3.Work Experience: 

Up to 15 points are awarded under the Experience Factor based upon the number of years (maximum: 6 years, minimum: 1 year) of experience. This work experience must be acquired in an occupation with an 0, A or B NOC code.

The criteria for Work Experience factor:

Work ExperiencePoints (15 max)
1 year (Minimum threshold)9
2-3 years11
4-5 years13
6 years or more15

4. Age:  There are maximum of 12 points under the Age Factor on the following basis:

Age of ApplicantPoints (12 max)
Under 180
18 to 3512
47 and older0

5. Arranged Employment: Applicants are awarded up to 10 points.

A Canadian employer extends an offer of full-time permanent employment in Canada to a foreign skilled worker for minimum up to 1 year. This job offer is called as Arranges Employment Opinion (AEO).

Arranged Employment is one of ways to qualify for a Canada Permanent Resident Visa through the Federal Skilled Worker category. Applicants score 10 extra points in order to meet the requirement of 67 points.

These points are awarded under the Arranged Employment Factor as follows:

Arranged EmploymentPoints (10 max)
LMIA (or not if exemption) + indeterminate full-time job offer10

6. Adaptability: Applicants are awarded up to 10 points.

Points are awarded on the Adaptability Factor on the basis of factors which are expected to improve an applicant’s ability to become economically established in Canada as follows:

Adaptability FactorsPoints (10 max)
PA previous work in Canada (min 1 year in NOC 0, A, B)10
Previous study in Canada5
Previous study in Canada – accompanying spouse/partner5
Previous work in Canada – accompanying spouse/partner5
Arranged employment in Canada5
Relative in Canada – 18 years or older, living in Canada and be your parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, you or your spouse’s sibling, aunt/uncle or niece/nephew5
Language ability CLB 4 or above – accompanying spouse/partner (IELTS 4.0/4.5/3.5/4.0)5

Applicants must show that they have sufficient settlement funds to support themselves and their dependants after arrival in Canada.

IRCC screens all applicants and their dependants for medical and security clearance