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:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Canadian Experience Class

Your first step is to check your eligibility for skilled worker program and also for Express Entry. We can assess your eligibility for theses 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. All information collected through this form is used for your immigration application assessment only.

We would assess your application against specific eligibility criteria. You can hire our services if you are deemed to have met the eligibility criteria. We would then submit your profile into Express Entry pool. If your profile is accepted then it will be in the Express Entry pool for up to 1 year. 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). Only those candidates who receive invitations can then proceed to apply for permanent residence.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible to submit an Express Entry profile under the Federal Skilled Worker Class, you must meet several minimum eligibility criteria:

  • You must score a minimum of 67 out of 100 points on the FSW points grid.
  • You have paid work experience in Skill type 0, Skill Level A or B of National Occupation Classification (NOC) for at least one year or an equivalent amount in part time work experience within the last 10 years
  • You must 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)
  • If you have foreign education, then you must have completed education credential assessment from a recognized institution in Canada equivalent to at least high school
  • 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.

Up to 25 points are awarded under the Education Factor on the following basis:

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-first official language, 4-second official language). All Skilled Worker (Professional) applicants must include language test results from one of the organizations approved by CIC such as Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC)for French or The International English language testing system (IELTS) with their application so that points for the language section may be awarded. No other method of indicating linguistic abilities will be accepted.

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.

Credits for Language Skills are awarded on the following basis:

 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: Applicants are awarded up to 15 points for paid skilled work experience acquired in the last 10 years. A minimum of 9 points are required. The Experience Factor is one of the six factors for which points are awarded by Canadian Immigration Officers in determining whether a Skilled Worker / Professional applicant will be accepted or refused. Note: zero points under the Experience Factor will likely result in an automatic refusal.

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.

Points are awarded on the following basis:

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

4. Age: Applicants are awarded up to 12 points. The Age Factor is one of the six factors for which points are awarded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada Officers in determining whether a Skilled Worker applicant will be accepted or refused.

Up to 12 points are awarded 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. Arranged Employment is one of the fast-track options under the Federal Skilled Worker Category of immigration.

Arranged Employment is possible when a Canadian employer extends an offer of full-time permanent employment in Canada to a foreign skilled worker for minimum up to 1 year. The foreign skilled worker’s Canadian Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa will be expedited so that the worker can come to Canada and start working for the Canadian employer quickly.

Arranged Employment is one of ways to qualify for a Canada Permanent Resident Visa through the Federal Skilled Worker category of immigration.  It also provides the Federal Skilled Worker applicant with up to an additional 10 points towards IRCC’s selection factors 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. The Adaptability Factor is one of the six factors for which points are awarded by Canadian Immigration Officers in determining whether a Skilled Worker / Professional applicant will be accepted or refused.

A maximum of 10 points can be received in this category. These 10 points can either come from full-time work in Canada, or a combination of 6 other possible adaptability factors.

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

In addition to fulfilling eligibility and points requirements, applicants must show that they have sufficient settlement funds to support themselves and their dependants after arrival in Canada. Applicants and their dependants must also undergo medical examinations and security clearances as part of the Canadian immigration