Express Entry – FSW

Express Entry – FSW

What is Federal Skilled Worker Program?

Federal Skilled Worker program is point based system, candidate needs to score 67 points and their occupation should be in NOC 0, A or B for applying under Federal Skilled Worker program through Express Entry.

The FSW Express Entry program is a pathway to Canadian Permanent Residency (PR) which is based upon a particular points calculation called CRS – Comprehensive Ranking system, which is in total of 1200 points.

You can consider the criteria of calculating your points to check your eligibility on the basis of 600 points which are through the aspects of Experience, Age, Education, Language proficiency (IELTS), Spouse – Education and Language proficiency (IELTS) and another 600 points which you can gather on the basis of either a Province nomination or an arranged employment in Canada.

What is the Eligibility Criteria for Skilled Worker Canada?

  • The passing points of 67 out of 100 points
  • You need to have at least a total of 1560 hours of work experience allowing for 30 hrs work per week for a continuous full time work experience, in the same NOC skill type (0, A or B) within the last 10 years
  • The work experience has to be a paid one
  • You must meet minimum IELTS language requirement CLB level 7
  • You must have Canadian education or, in the case of foreign education an ECA report (Educational Credential Assessment) by an authorized Canadian agency
  • Mostly processing will be within 6 months

Federal Skilled Worker Points Calculator

Language Skills (maximum 28 points)

It is very important to be able to communicate while in a foreign country. Canada has two official languages, English and French. Knowing English or French, both can help you in prospering in the market of job opportunities.

You can get up to 28 points for your language skills in English and French. You will be given points based on your ability to:

  • Read
  • Write
  • Listen
  • Speak

FSWP points are assigned on the following basis:

First Language Ability (Maximum 24 points)
CLB Level Speaking Listening Reading Writing
CLC level 9 or higher 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0
CLB level 8 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0
CLB level 7 4 4 4 4
Below CLB level 7 Not Eligible to Apply
Second Language Ability (Maximum 4 points)
Level Points Awarded
Minimum CLB Level 4 in all abilities 4
CLB 4 or less in any of the 4 abilities 0

Education (maximum 25 points)

If you went to school in Canada, you must have a certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian:

  • secondary institution (high school) or
  • post-secondary institution
  • If you have foreign education, you must have:

an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report for immigration purposes from a designated organization showing that your education is equal to a completed certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian:

  • secondary institution (high school) or
  • post-secondary institution
Qualification Points
Doctoral (PhD) 25
University-level credential at the Master’s level OR an entry-to-practice professional degree. CIC only accepts as an entry-to-practice professional degree, those degrees issued in relation to an occupation listed at NOC Skill Level A and for which licensing by a provincial regulatory body is required, in one of the following fields of study: Medicine, Veterinary Medicine; Dentistry; Podiatry; Optometry; Law; Chiropractic Medicine and Pharmacy 23
Two or more post-secondary program credentials and at least one of these credentials is for the completion of a post-secondary program of three years or longer 22
Post-Secondary program credential of three years or longer 21
Two-year post-secondary program credential 19
One-year post-secondary program credential 15
Secondary school (also called high school) 5

Work Experience (maximum 15 points)

You can get points for the number of years you’ve spent doing full-time paid work (at least 30 hours per week, or an equal amount of part-time [15 hours per week for 24 months]) at skill type 0, or skill levels A or B of the 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC).

To get selection factor points, your work experience will count if it was:

  • in Canada or abroad
  • while you were studying
  • while being self-employed
Experience Maximum 15 Points
1 year 9
2-3 years 11
4-5 years 13
6 or more years 15
Age (maximum 12 points)

You’ll get points based on your age on the day IRCC receives your application.

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
47 and older 0

Arranged Employment in Canada (maximum 10 points)

You can get points if you have a job offer of at least 1 year from a Canadian employer. You must get the job offer before you apply to come to Canada as a Federal Skilled Worker.

A valid job offer has to be:

  • for continuous, paid, full-time work (minimum of 30 hours/week) that is:
    • not seasonal
    • for at least 1 year
  • in an occupation listed as Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the NOC.

You must convince IRCC that:

  • you’re able to do the job offered to you
  • you’ll be able to become licensed or certified when in Canada (if the occupation is regulated in Canada)

Adaptability (maximum 10 points)

You and your spouse or common-law partner who will immigrate with you to Canada can earn points for adaptability.

Adaptability Maximum Points
Your Spouse or Partner’s Language Level 5
Your Past Studies in Canada 5
Your Spouse or Partner’s Past Studies in Canada 5
Your Past Work in Canada 10
Your Spouse or Common-law Partner’s Work in Canada 5
Arranged Employment in Canada 5
Relatives in Canada 5
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