Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), a skilled worker who has been chosen as permanent resident in Canada based on their education, work experience, knowledge of English and/or French and other factors. Under the Express Entry system, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will invite people to apply for permanent residence based on the profile information shared online.

The Federal Skilled Worker program helps in migration to all states, except Quebec province. The province of Quebec has its own separate process of selecting skilled workers.

The Federal Skilled Worker Program information below should only be used as a guide. If you want a better, clear understanding on your eligibility, appropriate for your circumstances, then we would request you to contact us. The team of expert consultants of Visas Abroad will provide you the knowledge, support and understanding needed to turn your dreams of living abroad into reality.

The Federal Skilled Worker Immigration program is point based selection criteria for permanent residence visa in Canada. There are certain factors which are assessed to evaluate a candidate’s profile such as:

  • Proficiency in English or French (Canada’s two official languages)
  • Educational qualification
  • Work Experience
  • Age
  • Whether you have a valid Canadian job offer
  • Adaptability in Canada

Benefits of FSWP:

If you apply for a PR card using FSWP, you get the following benefits

  • You can live, work, study in Canada permanently
  • You can enjoy health benefits just as a Canadian citizen
  • You can apply for citizenship after spending 3 years in Canada
  • You can sponsor your family to become a permanent resident

Federal Skilled Worker Application Processing Time:

Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) applications are assessed based on applicant’s ability and skill of an applicant in being more economically prosperous in Canada. Mostly, the critical factors of evaluation of an applicant is age, level of education, language ability, work experience, whether or not they have a job offer, and personal ability factors.

As per Canadian immigration website, the express entry system’s application processing time for immigration is around 6 months. So, the processing time of a Federal Skilled Worker application depends on the time the application was submitted. All applications submitted before January 1, 2015 are processed in about 6 months time.

While if you have submitted an application during the period of 26 June 2010 and 31 December 2014, your application’s processing time would be around 18 months. In case you have submitted an application during the period of 27 February 2008 and 25 June 2010, the application processing time would be around 76 months. If you have submitted application before February 2008, the processing time would be 135 months.

Eligibility criteria for Immigration under Federal Skilled Worker Program:

In order to qualify for Canada immigration, you need a minimum of 67 points in order to qualify for Federal Skilled Worker Immigration.   The basic eligibility criteria for Canada immigration can be tested on the link http://www.visasabroad.com/skill-assessment/

English Language Skill: IELTS

Canadian language band score Listening Reading Writing Speaking Points
CLB 7 6 6 6 6 4
CLB 8 7.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 5
CLB 9 8 7 7 7 6
CLB 10 8.5 8 7.5 7.5 6
CLB 11 9 8.5 8 8 6
CLB 12 9 9 9 9 6



Degree Points
Phd 25
Master’s Level 23
Post-secondary degree or diploma (3 yrs) 22
Post degree or diploma (3 yrs) 21
Post-secondary degree or diploma (2 yrs) 19
Post-secondary degree or diploma (1 yrs) 15
Canadian high school 5



Years Points
1 9
2-3 11
4-5 13
6 OR MORE 15




Age Points
UNDER 18 0
18-35 12
36 11
37 10
38 9
39 8
40 7
41 6
42 5
43 4
44 3
45 2
46 1
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