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The Federal Skilled Worker Program is managed under the Express Entry System. 

Through FSWC, Canada selects immigrants based on points system called CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System.)

Eligibility Criteria

Work experience: (Max points – 15)
  • At least one-year full time or equivalent in part time (total 1,560 hours/30 hours per week, within last 10 years and
  • Should be paid work (volunteer and unpaid internships do not count)
  • Starting November 16, 2022, Employment and Social Development Canada have changed to the NOC 2021 version 1.0. For more information on the NOC 2021 version 1.0, you can consult the “Hierarchy and Structure”, “NOC Versions” or “NOC 2021” 
Under language proficiency candidate can score maximum of 28 points. Canada has two official languages, English and French. Depending on the ability candidate can choose any one as first official language with maximum 24 points and with proficiency in the second language, candidate can score another 4 points
An Educational credential assessment (ECA) is used to verify that your foreign degree, diploma, or certificate (or other proof of your credential) is valid and equal to a Canadian one. There are different types of ECAs. You need to get an ECA for immigration purposes. If you got another type of ECA, you may be able to get it re-issued, depending on the type of ECA and/or issuing organization.
Candidate within age bracket from over 18 till 36 years of age score the maximum points. Above 36 years of age, candidate will score lesser points with the more age
Candidate with the arranged employment can score 10 points with a full time job offer
Previous work and/or study in Canada is an asset of the Candidate. In addition, if candidate have any family or relative (specified in the Immigration Rules) in Canada, it will be an advantage. Candidate will get maximum of 10 points as integration to the Canadian society will not be a problem.


Take the first step



1. Express Entry Profile Submission and CRS Score: To begin, interested candidates must submit their Express Entry profiles. Upon submission, each candidate is assigned a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. This score determines your eligibility for future Express Entry draws, where Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence are granted.

2. Essential Documents for FSW Candidates: For candidates under the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) category, certain documents are essential during profile submission:

  • Educational Credentials Assessment (ECA): FSW candidates need to provide a valid ECA report to validate their foreign education’s equivalence to Canadian standards. This is crucial for claiming education-related points. ECA reports are issued by authorized Canadian organizations, except for credentials from Canadian educational institutions.

  • Language Proficiency Test Results: All Express Entry candidates must provide valid language test results taken within the past two years. Accepted tests for English are IELTS and CELPIP (available only in Canada). For French, TEF and TCF Canada are accepted.

  • Identification Documents: Candidates and accompanying family members should possess valid passports for travel. Identification document details are required during the application process.

3. Second Stage: Invitation to Apply (ITA): If you receive an ITA, you’ll move on to the second stage. During this stage, you have 60 days to submit an electronic Application for Permanent Residence (eAPR), including further documentation.

4. Processing Time: The standard processing time for Express Entry applications is approximately six months from the time the Canadian authorities receive your application to the issuance of a permanent residence visa. Factors affecting processing time include application complexity, information verification, and adding family members.

5. Settlement Funds Requirement: FSW candidates must demonstrate their ability to support themselves and their families in Canada. The required settlement funds vary based on the number of family members in your application. Refer to the provided table for specific fund amounts.