Federal Skilled Worker Program

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is an immigration program run by the government of Canada that allows skilled workers from around the world to immigrate to Canada and become permanent residents.

The FSWP is designed for individuals who have the skills, education, and work experience to contribute to the Canadian economy. Applicants are assessed based on a points system that takes into account factors such as their age, education, language proficiency, work experience, and adaptability.

To be eligible for the FSWP, applicants must meet certain requirements, including:

  • Have at least one year of continuous full-time or equivalent part-time work experience in a skilled occupation within the last 10 years
  • Meet the minimum language requirements in English or French
  • Have a minimum level of education (usually a Canadian high school diploma or foreign equivalent)
  • Score a minimum of 67 points out of 100 on the FSWP selection factors grid

Once an applicant is accepted into the FSWP and becomes a permanent resident of Canada, they have the right to live and work anywhere in Canada and can eventually apply for Canadian citizen.

There are several benefits to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) for both the applicant and the Canadian economy:

-Permanent residency: The FSWP provides successful applicants with permanent residency status, allowing them to live and work in Canada permanently, with the ability to eventually apply for Canadian citizenship.

-Job opportunities: Canada has a growing economy and a strong demand for skilled workers. The FSWP allows skilled workers from around the world to fill job vacancies and contribute to the Canadian workforce.

-Family sponsorship: Permanent residents under the FSWP can also sponsor their family members to come to Canada and apply for permanent residency, allowing families to reunite and live together in Canada.

-Access to social benefits: As permanent residents of Canada, FSWP applicants and their families can access social benefits such as healthcare and education.

-Quality of life: Canada is known for its high quality of life, excellent healthcare system, and welcoming culture. The FSWP provides applicants with the opportunity to live and work in a safe and inclusive society.


Overall, the FSWP provides skilled workers with a pathway to permanent residency and the opportunity to build a better future for themselves and their families in Canada. At the same time, it allows Canada to attract and retain the best talent from around the world, contributing to the country’s economic growth and cultural diversity.

How the immigration process works with the FSWP:

Canada uses the Express Entry application management system for three skilled worker programs including the FSWP. If you have not lived in Canada before and are not a skilled trades professional, the FSWP will be your best Express Entry option. First, you need to see if you are eligible under the FSWP’s criteria. Then, you submit an Express Entry profile. You will receive a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score based on factors such as your age, education, language skills, and work experience. Usually every two weeks, the Canadian government holds Express Entry draws inviting the candidates with the highest CRS scores to apply for permanent residence. After submitting your completed application, you can expect to receive your permanent residence status within six months and then move to Canada.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how you can pursue immigration to Canada through the FSWP:

Step 1: Find out if you meet the FSWP’s eligibility criteria. CanadaVisa has a free eligibility tool.

Step 2: Submit your Express Entry profile onto the website of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). 

Step 3: See if you receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. IRCC holds Express Entry draws approximately every two weeks.

Step 4: If you receive an ITA, you go ahead and submit your completed permanent residence application to IRCC. You can then move to Canada after IRCC completes the processing of your application.

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