Federal Skilled Workers

Federal Skilled Workers - Immigrate into Canada
Canadian federal skilled workers

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) was established to assist higher-skilled immigrants to become economically established in Canada and to assist employers meet their skilled labour shortages.


  • Must meet the minimum requirement of one year of continuous and paid experience, must be established in an occupation National Occupation Classification (NOC) O, A or B within the last 10 years in a single occupation, AND:
    • Work experience in one of the eligible occupations, OR
    • Have a valid offer of arranged employment, OR
    • Be an international student enrolled in a PhD program in Canada (or graduated from a Canadian PhD program within the past 12 months), and meet certain criteria.
  • Must meet a language proficiency of CLB 7 in all four skills
  • Must meet the education requirements with a Canadian diploma, or credential, AND/OR a foreign educational credential approved by a agency approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, showing that it is equal to a Canadian secondary or post-secondary educational credential.
  • Must attain 67 points out of 100 in the selection criteria:
EducationMaximum 25 points
LanguageMaximum 28 points
AgeMaximum 12 points
Work ExperienceMaximum 15 points
Arranged employmentMaximum 10 points
AdaptabilityMaximum 10 points
  • Must pass a medical examination
  • Must pass a security and criminal check
  • If the applicant does not qualify on points when applying as a skilled worker, they may qualify if applying for a work permit