Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP)

The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program is the backbone of Canadian immigration. In the history of 6 years, its first time that there is no restricted occupation list or cap to limit the number of candidates.

Following is a brief summary of what you need to know.

  • You must have worked in an occupation in the NOC 0, A or B categories for at least one year in the past 10 years.
  • You must qualify fully in this program under the assessment grid and points system based on your age, education, work history, and other adaptability factors, with a current pass-mark of 67 points at a grid of 100 points.
  • You must have completed Education Credentials Assessment (ECA) prior to applying from a designated institution recommended by Government of Canada.
  • You must have your English or French Language proficiency test done and completed, with scores (not older than 2 years from application date) in hand
  • Dependent children under the age of 19 (on date of application) are eligible to be included
  • You will be required to have settlement funds for your arrival as per your family size.
  • You must not have any serious health issues, or a criminal record that would make you inadmissible to Canada
  • If you qualify in the FSW program with a pass  mark of 67 or higher, you may then apply to be considered using the Express Entry (EE) protocol
  • If you are chosen in the EE protocol, you will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) and you will have exactly 60 days to submit a complete perfected application and all supporting documents
  • Having a pass mark of 67 and applying for EE does not mean you will be chosen, as you will be ranked among ALL of the applicants who have entered the EE pool, and those with the highest CRS scores will be chosen first

Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)

As per CIC website, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is a points-based system that is used to assess and score a candidate’s profile to rank them in the Express Entry pool.

The CRS will assess the profile information candidates submit, including:

  • skills,
  • work experience,
  • language ability,
  • Education and other factors.

All Express Entry candidates will be given a score out of 1,200, based on the four parts of the Comprehensive Ranking System formula:

  • Skills and experience factors (that are key to economic success for immigrants once in Canada)
  • Spouse or common-law partner factors (such as their language skills and education – these can result in better economic success for both the spouse or common-law partner and the candidate)
  • Skills transferability (including education and work experience – factors that when combined, result in better chances of being employed, and higher earnings)
  • Additional points for those with a nomination from a province or territory or a valid job offer approved by Employment and Social Development Canada ( ESDC)

To find out that you qualify in the Federal Skilled Worker Express Entry - complete the short confidential assessment form linked here, to start