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:

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  7.0 8.0 7.0 7.0
CLB8 5 6.5 7.5 6.5 6.5
CLB7 4 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0
and lower 
(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):

CLB Level Reading Writing Listening Speaking
10 10 10 10 10
9 9 9 9 9
8 8 8 8 8
7 7 7 7 7
6 6 6 6 6
5 5 5 5 5

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+
CLB8 5 349-371 280-297 233-247 349-371
CLB7 4 309 248 206 309
CLB6 or
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:

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.andYou 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.
You currently do not:

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


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


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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arranged Employment in Canada
You earned points under Factor 5: Arranged Employment.
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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92 Responses

  1. Sir,
    I completed 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

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

  3. 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

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

  5. 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?

  6. 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?

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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?

  10. 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?

  11. 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.


  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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.

    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


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  15. 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


  16. 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.


    1. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.


  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. 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.


  24. I have band score speaking6.5 listening 5 reading 4 and writing 6 is I’m eligible for point system according to new rules plz reply

  25. what is the Ielts requirement for a B catrgory job of Supply chain and distrubution Manager in canada.

  26. 1. Hi, I’m a civil and structural Engineer (Msc degree) with more than three years of engineering experience. Is my Degree accepted for applying for express entry?

    2. I have an uncle living in canada for more than 25 years as a citizen. Will I get 5 points for adaptability?

  27. Dear Officer,
    I have the following question. I am currently an MBA student in a Canadian University (I have been in Canada for over 5 months now). This is my second master’s and I have slightly over 2 years of work experience as student loan coordinator in a university office in Bulgaria. I also have IELTS score of 8 in all the four categories. I am 33 years old and I was told that I could apply for the Federal Skilled Worker Program for permanent residence even now (prior to completing my studies). Based on this information, do you think I may be eligible for entering the Express Entry pool and getting more than 420 CRS points? Thank you in advance.

  28. I have scored overall 6 but in listening and writing i gave got 5.5, reading 6 and speaking 7.5. am i eligible to apply for pr?

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