Federal Skilled Worker Program

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) has been one of the most popular immigration programs. 

Skilled worker is a person who can compete and succeed in the country’s knowledge-based economy and has the ability to be self supporting upon the arrival in Canada. In order to qualify, the applicant must score a minimum of 67 points out of the possible 100 points.

As of January of 2015, since the introduction of the Express Entry system, the 2014 accepted occupation list no longer applies and there are no limits on how many applicants are accepted under each occupation.

All applicants must meet the following minimal requirements to apply as a skilled worker:

  • You must have at least one year of continuous full-time, paid work experience or the equivalent in part-time continuous employment
  • You must have had this experience within the last 10 years
  • Your work experience must be Skill Type 0 (managerial occupations) or Skill Level A (professional occupations) or B (technical occupations and skilled trades) on the Canadian National Occupation Classification (NOC)

What are the selection factors?

Your application to come to Canada as a skilled worker will also be assessed against a point system consisting of six selection factors. The six selection factors are:

Factor 1 Education Maximum 25 points
Factor 2 Ability in English and or French Maximum 28 points
Factor 3 Experience Maximum 15 points
Factor 4 Age Maximum 12 points
Factor 5 Arranged employment Maximum 10 points
Factor 6 Adaptability Maximum 10 points
Total Maximum 100 points
Pass Mark 67 points

Below is a detailed description of all factors that are to be assessed.

Factor 1 – Education

(maximum of 25 points)

Points are awarded for earned educational credentials as well as the number of years of full‑time studies or full‑time equivalent studies. To be awarded points, you must meet both stated criteria.

Full‑time studies: At least 15 hours of instruction per week during the academic year. This includes any period of workplace training that forms part of the course.

Full‑time equivalent studies: If you completed a program of study on a part‑time or accelerated basis, count the length of time it would have taken to complete the program on a full‑time basis.

Use the chart below to determine your points. If you have not completed the number of years of study that correspond to your highest educational credential, award yourself points based on the number of years of study.

Doctoral level 25
Master’s level or professional degree 23
Two or more post-secondary credentials, one of which is a three-year or longer post-secondary credential 22
Three-year or longer post-secondary credential 21
Two-year post-secondary credential 19
One-year post-secondary credential 15
Secondary school (also called high school) 5

Factor 2 – Ability in English and/or French

(maximum of 28 points)

The ability to communicate and work in one or both of Canada’s official languages is very important to you as a skilled worker. Proficiency in English, French or both will help you in the Canadian labour market.

You will be awarded up to 28 points for your basic, moderate or high proficiency in English and French. You will be given points based on your ability to:

  • listen
  • speak
  • read
  • write

Proof of language proficiency

Use your language test results from a designated testing agency, to determine how many points you will be awarded for language proficiency.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Use the following table to determine how many points you will be awarded for your test scores with the International English Language Testing System (IELTS):

Level Points (per ability) Test results for each ability
Speaking Listening Reading (General Training) Writing (General Training)
CLB9  6 Over 6.5 Over 7.5 Over 6.5 Over 6.5
CLB8 5 6.5 7.5 6.5 6.5
CLB7 4 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0
CLB6
and lower 
0
(not qualified)
Less than 6.0 Less than 6.0 Less than 6.0 Less than 6.0

Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)

Use the following table to determine how many points you will be awarded for your test scores with the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP):

Level Points (per ability) Test results for each ability
Speaking Listening Reading Writing
CLB9 5-6 5-6 5-6 5-6
6
CLB8 5 4H 4H 4H 4H
CLB7 4 4L 4L 4L 4L
CLB6
or lower 
0
(Not qualified) 
3H or
lower
3H or
lower
3H or
lower
3H or
lower

Test d’évaluation de français (TEF)

Use the following table to determine how many points you will be awarded for your test scores with the Test d’évaluation de français (TEF):

Level Points (per ability) Test results for each ability
Speaking (expression orale) Listening (compré-hension orale) Reading (compré-hension écrite) Writing (expression écrite)
CLB9 372+ 298+ 248+ 372+
6
CLB8 5 349-371 280-297 233-247 349-371
CLB7 4 309 248 206 309
CLB6 or
lower
0 (Not qualified) 271 or lower 217 or lower 181 or lower 271 or lower

Second Official Language: Maximum 4 points – CLB 5 in all abilities

Factor 3 – Work experience

(maximum of 15 points)

You will earn points for the number of years you have spent in full-time (37.5 hours per week), paid work.

Minimum work experience requirements

You must meet the following minimum work experience requirements to be eligible to apply as a skilled worker:

  • You must have at least one year of full-time, paid work experience or the equivalent in part-time employment.
  • Your work experience must be in an occupation of Skill Type 0, or Skill Level A or B of the Canadian National Occupation Classification (NOC).
  • You must have had this experience within the last 10 years.
Experience Maximum 15 points
1 year 9
2-3 years 11
4-5 years 13
6 or more years 15

Factor 4 – Age

(maximum of 12 points)

Points are given for your age on the date that your complete application is received.

Age Points
18 to 35 12
36 11
37 10
38 9
Less one point per year -
46 1
47 and over 0

Factor 5 – Arranged employment

(maximum of 10 points)

In some cases, you can get points if you have a permanent, full-time job offer from a Canadian employer. The job must be arranged before you apply to come to Canada as a federal skilled worker.

A valid job offer has to be:

  • for full-time, permanent and not seasonal work, and
  • in an occupation listed as Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

Find your points based on the chart below.

If And Points
You currently work in Canada on a temporary work permit. Your work permit is valid both when you apply and when the visa is issued (or you are authorized to work in Canada without a work permit when your visa is issued).andCIC issued your work permit based on a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). Your employer would have applied for the LMIA, which you then had to attach to your application to CIC.

and

You are working for an employer named on your work permit who has made a permanent job offer based on you being accepted as a skilled worker.

10
You currently work in Canada in a job that is exempt from the LMIA requirement under:

  • an international agreement (such as, the North America Free Trade Agreement) or
  • a federal-provincial agreement.
Your work permit is valid both when you apply and when the visa is issued (or you are authorized to work in Canada without a permit when your visa is issued).
andYour current employer has made a permanent job offer based on you being accepted as a skilled worker.
10
You currently do not:

  • have a work permit, or
  • plan to work in Canada before you get a permanent resident visa.

OR

You are currently working in Canada and a different employer has offered to give you a permanent full-time job.

OR

You are currently working in Canada in a job that is exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment, but notunder an international or federal-provincial agreement.

An employer has made you a permanent job offer based on you being accepted as a skilled worker.andThe employer has a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment from ESDC.

Factor 6 – Adaptability

(maximum of 10 points)

Adaptability Maximum 10 points
Your spouse or partner’s language level
Your spouse or common-law partner has a language level in either English or French at CLB 4 level or higher in all four language abilities (speaking, listening, reading and writing).To get these points, you must submit test results from an approved agency when you apply. Results can not be more than two years old on the day you apply.
5
Your past study in Canada
You finished at least two academic years of full-time study (in a program at least two years long) at a secondary or post-secondary school in Canada.Full-time study means at least 15 hours of classes per week, and you must have stayed in good academic standing (as set out by the school) during that time.
5
Your spouse or partner’s past study in Canada
Your spouse or common-law partner finished at least two academic years of full-time study (in a program at least two years long) at a secondary or post-secondary school in Canada.Full-time study means at least 15 hours of classes per week, and your spouse or partner must have stayed in good academic standing (as set out by the school) during that time.
5
Your past work in Canada
You did at least one year of full-time work in Canada:

  1. in a occupation listed in Skill Type O or Skill Levels A or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC), and
  2. with a valid work permit or while authorized to work in Canada.
10
Your spouse or common-law partner’s past work in Canada
Your spouse / partner did at least one year of full-time work in Canada on a valid work permit or while authorized to work in Canada.
5
Arranged Employment in Canada
You earned points under Factor 5: Arranged Employment.
5
Relatives in Canada
You, or, if it applies, your spouse or common-law partner, have a relative, either a

  • parent,
  • grandparent,
  • child,
  • grandchild,
  • child of a parent (sibling),
  • child of a grandparent (aunt or uncle), or
  • grandchild of a parent (niece or nephew), who is
    • living in Canada
    • 18 years or older and
    • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

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62 Responses to Federal Skilled Worker Program

  1. H T says:

    Hi sir,
    Please, can you explane “Accompanying spouse/partner’s official language”.? In Adaptability criteria… Do you mean if my wife good in english I will have 5 points? If yes, what is the language level to have 5 points?

  2. manmohan singh says:

    i would like to know which all relative are eligible to give support to qualify for 5 points of adaptability.

    • Fatjon says:

      I have the same question. Can we get 5 Points for a cousin of second grad from my spouse? Please can someone answer!
      Thank you in advance

  3. Balugo, Juvelyn B says:

    I’m from Leyte, I want to apply as federal skilled immigrant in Canada. I am presently working as marketing/membership development in OCCCI Albuera Leyte.Hope you could give me an opportunity to apply because it gives me a big help for my family to recover our loss during typhoon yolanda

  4. Anowar says:

    Hi sir,
    Please, can you explane “Accompanying spouse/partner’s official language”.? In Adaptability
    criteria… Do you mean if my wife good in english I will have 5 points? If yes, what is the language level to have 5 points?

    Pls. Reply.

  5. Anowar says:

    Hi sir,
    Please, can you disclose how much I shall have to pay for immigrating into the Canada.

    Pls. Reply.

  6. sajad ahmad says:

    Hi sir,
    Please, can you disclose how much I shall have to pay for immigrating into the Canada.

    Pls. Reply.

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  8. Mrs. Ibrahim says:

    My husband’s qualification is Master Public Relation (Human Resources). Its a MBA equivalent degree. He has a work experience of 6 years as Purchasing Manager for marble blocks and general items. Does he require any diploma or any other degree to qualify for the NOC 0113? Does this purchasing come in units specialized materials or industrials products?

  9. sangi says:

    I am working 17 hours/ week as a full time lecturer for last 7 years. What is the max. point can I get experience part.

  10. roberto ramirez says:

    sir.
    please, can I require more info about the quilified personal in the health care sistem
    of canada?
    in my case like an specialist in medical equipment with university degree

  11. neha says:

    Sir can u plz tell me that one year experience required fr early childhood assistant should be continuous at one place or it can be combine experience of working at two different places .

  12. Aidan says:

    Hi there,
    I am currently in the process of applying for the federal skill workers program.
    http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/apply-who.asp

    I have been to a lawyer and she said this was the best option for me. I am having a little trouble with the NOC codes. My college degree and my work experience fall under a unit group –
    2171 Information systems analysts and consultants

    on this page : http://www5.hrsdc.gc.ca/NOC/English/NOC/2011/ProfileQuickSearch.aspx?val=2&val1=2171&val65=*

    However, even though my degree and experience fall under this category my particular job title is not there. I am wondering if I can still apply under this NOC Code??

    I have checked all other NOC codes and this is the one which matches my experience and degree qualifications the most.

    Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanking you,
    Aidan Sheehan

  13. Hi there,

    In the part that talks about education: I did four years of university nursing and I did two postgraduations of two years each. How many points do I gain from these studies?

    Thanks,
    Ticiana Linhares.

  14. Mohammad Ali Aryanpour says:

    Dear sir
    I am from IRAN and like to immigrat to canada .i am 39 year old nad have 2 children under 12 years . My job is construction maneger, have more than 7 years experience , my education is ass. of arts in civil and construction technologe (3 years study in college ) and have work experience in oil and gas refinery as civil superviser , with TOYO and HYUNDAI ,… company i want to know about my chance to immigrat to canada
    how about your servise and fees?
    the time also so important for me start up to finalize ?
    THANKS

  15. Isaac says:

    Hello,

    With respect to “Documents List” on IMM 5612 (08-2014) E, should the following documents be certified as “a true copy of the original document”?

    1. passports
    2. Status documents and entry stamps in the passport
    3. Employment certificate
    4. Proof of Funds
    5. Birth Certificate
    6. Marriage Certificate

    In other words, Does “copy” in the formal column on the form IMM 5612 (08-2014) E mean just a photocopy without being certified or a photocopy with being certified by designated people?

    Your comment on this matter would be greatly appreciated.

  16. nitin says:

    Hi,

    I have a confusion,i want to apply in fsw with arranged employment.I am already working in canada with arranged employment LMO based in NOC 0621 from last 5 months.

    But my experience which is in NOC B is not the same as of arranged employment and not in the Eligible 50 occupations.

    I want to know should the arrange employment matches with the work experience,Because it is not written anywhere on cic website.

  17. rajesh k heera says:

    Hi,

    How to calculate points if i got following bands.
    Listening – 7.5
    Reading – 7
    Speaking – 6
    writing-6

  18. serve mitter says:

    I did 2 Years MBA in Finance Full Time and 3 Years B.com Full time with 17 Years full time education from India, How many points I will Be Get either 23 or 22
    Thanks
    Serve Mitter

  19. Amir says:

    Hi,

    I’ve got the followings as my TEF french examen.
    Please let me know if I got the minimum requirement for language skill or not:

    Speaking: C2
    Writing: C2
    Listening: C1
    but Reading: B2 (205 of 300 while the minimum required point is 206 or 207).

    Thanks and regards

  20. Maryjane says:

    I have helped running a private family healthcare clinic (small sized) for 10 years… however, I DO NOT have a ‘relevant’ certification or degree for Healthcare management…. though I have a master degree in another discipline.

    I make budgets, , patient liaison, organise meetings between doctors and pharmaceutical companies, hiring medical staff, liaison between government healthcare policies/ppl and medical staff, accounting etc.

    “Several years of experience in the relevant profession, including supervisory experience, are usually required.
    Certification in the relevant profession is required.”

    AM I still eligible to apply for the category (0311) Manager in Healthcare?? Anyone have applied for this category with a “relevant” degree?

    PLS Help!

    Many thanks!!​

  21. pooja says:

    I want to apply for federal skill worker program from India but I don’t have birth certificate with me and it seems very difficult to get the one soon. Please suggest me an alternate option to birth certificate, if valid and accepted by Canada Embassy.

    Thank You
    Pooja

  22. redman says:

    i got a 4.5 bands in score ielts listening 5 reading 3.5 writing 4 and speaking 6
    about diploma iam technician of electrical with 3 years the experience my age is 30 years old . my questions is can i get province accepteMy qualifications ?

  23. jagjit.singh says:

    Hello sir my ielts. Score. Ha 4.5bands allover. L5.5 r4.5 s3.5 w4.5 I can apply pr canada I have welder experience. Three to four. Years

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  25. jasbir Singh says:

    Hi!

    I am Sr. Network Administrator and want to apply under FSWP EE, my IELTS scores are Listening 7.5, Reading 8.0, Writing 6.5, Speaking 6.0. I want to increase my points by appearing for TEF, How much score do i require to qualify for minimum points in second language.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Jasbir Singh

  26. Ambarish says:

    Hi,
    I really appreciate your support,I appeared ON 18th Oct and got scores

    Reading 6
    Listening 8.5
    writing 5.5
    speaking 8.5

    Over All 7.0
    will this be enough for me to apply under express entry – Federal Skilled Worker Program

    Please reply.

    Thanx & Regards,
    Ambarish Golawar

  27. Arti Gandhi says:

    I want to apply for federal skill worker program from India but I scored
    Reading 5
    Listening 6
    writing 5.5
    speaking 6

    I have 9 years of experience in IT.will this be enough for me to apply under express entry – Federal Skilled Worker Program

  28. rajiv kakakr says:

    ha

    i have mpharma
    7 year lecturar
    2 year assest proffeser
    in college exprience
    and ielts 6.5 band
    can i apply in express entery

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  30. Deepika says:

    Hi,
    I got 6 in Listening, 6 in Reading, 6.5 in Writing and 6 in Speaking. I fall under the Skill Level A. I want to know whether I am eligible for Express entry in that category? And also I have 1+year experience as a software Engineer. I referred in one consultancy. They told that in all the sections I need to take 7 and particularly 8 in listening. But I got low marks only.
    Am I eligible for Express Entry sir? Could you please say me sir?

    Thanks,
    Deepika

  31. GINU says:

    Sir,
    I completed B.com and i have 4 years of experience as an accountant. My age is 25.My ielts score is L 7, R6.5, W -6, S 7. Am i eligible for FSW

  32. hii, please tell me i have completed my graduation in b.com stream and i have scored ielts 6.5 i am qualified for this express entry or not . But, i don’t have work experience

  33. Aileen Marjorie Lim Aguirre says:

    Hi my name is aileen i submitted my aplication last december 23 2014 recieved in novascotia december 31 2014,, i applied as lecturer FSW program until now we dont yet recieved email our first notice. we dont know if eligible or cap out our status. 67 is the passing score and 67 also our score. my complete name is Aileen marjorie lim Aguirre Nov. 22 1972, 42 years old. all my documents is complete sending to Nova scotia sydney,,, together with my family documents:

    pls. reply:

    god bless us all

  34. Christian Go says:

    Great Article. Thanks for the info, super helpful. Does anyone know where I can find a blank form IMM 5612 to fill out?

  35. hettie roche says:

    Sir, does it help to rewrite an IELTS test? How much points do I score if take the test again and get a CLB9 from a CLB7?

  36. Dennis Azupardo says:

    I am a manufacturing manager in my current job outside Canada, and my ECA equivalent for my 5 yrs bachelor of science engineering course is 3yr diploma. Is this 3 yr diploma applicable for manufacturing manager position in express entry application?

  37. Abdessamad Harchane says:

    Hi sir madam
    i want to do my english test i need to know the minimum score i have to get so i can apply am fsw francophone programe and i have 7 years experience and i have 3 months work inside canada full time my age is 31 have diploma in tourism
    thank you

  38. Saba shaikh says:

    Hello sir,
    I had scored L-6.5, R-5, W-6, or S-6, or my spouse ielts scored is L-4.5, R-4, W-5, S-6. I have 4.5 years work experince or my spouse has more then 7 years experince (3 years in canada) so we are eligible for apply or not? Or still we required more for getting points in EXpress Entry?

    Please suggest me.
    Thank you

  39. jatin maisuria says:

    i am also barber (hairdresser)
    and i have also certificate of barber

    can i apply ?
    which noc level for barber?
    and how many ielts bend score is require?

  40. janice says:

    my husband is under graduate and i want him to be the main applicant as his IELTS test is better than my results, is the possible?

  41. Rex says:

    Thanks for this beautiful and resourceful forum. I am presently in Canada and I have 3 yrs work experience in my home country in Africa as a Computer Engineer before I arrived Canada in 2013 to study.

    However, going through this forum and information I have been able to gather lately, I believe I have what it takes to apply for a permanent resident via the Federal Skilled Express Entry.

    Kindly let me know what I need to do to get more information.

    Thanks
    Rex

  42. mohamad baroudi says:

    I have a brother in law living in Canada and he is a Canadian citizen,
    is he considered as part of the “Relatives in Canada” in Factor 6: Adaptability so I can generate more points out of this factor

  43. preeti A Kapadia says:

    Dear Sir,

    Want to go to canada, with husband & kid. I have studied in Convent School, completed B. com (Full Time) & also done MBA in Human Resources Management (correspondence). My DOB 12/3/1982. Have more than 10 yrs of working experience.
    Can u guide me for PR or Work permit Visa

  44. Munir says:

    I received following message from CIC. I paid the fees by CC. My credit card was charged as well. I also provided updated information sheet. Since November 2015, there is no response from CIC. What to do? I am very tensed.

    From: LDNIMMIGRATION@international.gc.ca
    To: mmalik@premier-oil.com
    Subject: Application for permanent residence in Canada FILE: E000213097 (DRD)
    Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2015 10:28:58 +0000

    You will shortly receive medical forms, by email. If not received in 2 to 3 days please advise us.

    Please provide the following items in addition within 30 days:

    1. Payment of Right of Permanent Residence Fees ($980). Note that this fee may now be paid online. Please see information at following link:

    2. Please complete the attached updated information chart

    DRD

    Immigration and Medical Services Division

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  45. zain abbasi says:

    hello dear
    i just want to know that i worked with an INGO 10 years, my field of experience is supply chain /logistic. Is this field consider for skill worker program.
    have a nice time and take care

    zain

  46. thwy says:

    I have 66point already, I need one more point to be eligible for fswp/Express Entry Pool. I have 5 years (combined) working experience with different employers with but the same job role under NOC (Programmer Analyst to be precise), however, I have only awarded myself 11 points (2-3) yrs. in the Experience Section because I have spent only 2 and a half years(continuous paid) with my current employer.

    Is it possible to award myself 13points for (4-5)yrs. because I have five years working experience (if combined together, different employers, same job role under NOC) or it must be strictly continuous (4-5)yrs to earn the 13points.

    Thanks

  47. desmond says:

    Reading 7.0, Speaking 6.5, Listening 5.5 Writing 7.0 average 6.5

    Please Iam I qualify to apply?

    • CICS Immigration Team says:

      You need at least 6 in each ability for the language requirements. But there are other requirements as well. Please read the page and if you’re not sure, consult with an immigration consultant.

  48. Hiren Parikh says:

    hi,
    I applied for Express Entry Visa under NOC Code 0632-Accommodation Service Manger and i have work exp. 3+ years and currently working in same position in Hotel. Me my wife have MBA Degree and my FSWP Score is 71 point and profile is in Express Entry pool but i am not getting many opportunity in this NOC Code so i want to know what is possible chances to get EOI from Canadian Employer of State Sponser?
    Waiting for your reply,
    Thanks a lot.

  49. kinjal patel says:

    If spouse have different birthday in School Leaving Certificate and Birth-Date Certificate and correct birthday mention in Birthday Certificate so i may cause any problem in process of migration with Express entry or Federal Skilled Worker Program ?
    Please Revert me as soon as your convenience.
    Thanks in advance.

  50. Saji says:

    Hi,

    I am 36yrs, with 10+ exp in the field of 2173 (Software Designer). My IELTS scores are: L 7.5, R 6.5, W:6.0, S: 6.0, will i be eligible for PR? Also, i had worked in BC for around 1.6ys (Apr 2008 to Oct 2009) for a canadian firm.

    Thanks,
    Saji

  51. jb says:

    hi
    i have done international executive mba and scored ielts general Listening 6.00
    Reading 6.50 ,Speaking 6.50, Writing 6.00, OverAllBandScore 6.50 so which CLB is mine?? and m i eligible for express entry.

  52. Priyantha says:

    Hi sir

    currently i m working as a long haul truck driver from 24 Jan 2016 to till date in BC
    under work permit. also i have working experience as a restaurant manager in Calgary from June 2013 to Sep 2015 In Calgary AB. i was working in Dubai as a restaurant manager and truck driver as well.
    please advice me what is the best way to apply for PR and what is the required IELTS OR CELPIP score level according to my experience
    if im qualified to apply i want to apply for my PR as soon as possible

  53. Neha says:

    According to the scores above, my husband qualifies for the skilled worker program express entry as his score is above 75. His degree highest is Doctorate, His score in IELTS is overall 9, he works for 45-47 hours per week at INtel as a research engineer and has completed over 6 years working here. I am his spouse and I speak fluent english and have completed MBA from Oregon USA. We have a two year old son born in Oregon US. My question is how do we proceed with filing for the Canada permanent residency.

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