Federal Skilled Worker Program

The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program selected people to immigrate to Canada because of their work experience and skills.

Important Note: As of January, 1, 2015 candidates for the Federal Skilled Worker Program will be selected to apply through the Express Entry System. If you have applied before January 1, 2015, your application will be considered according to the former system.

To be eligible to apply, you must:
  • Have a job offer; (Work experience outside Canada does not applied for Job Offer), or
  • Be eligible to work in Canada and
  • Be able to prove that you have enough money to support yourself and your dependents after you arrive in Canada
  • Meet minimum language levels in English or French
  • And have a post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree; Plan to live outside the province of Quebec.
  • Have at least 1 year of full-time (or equivalent hours part-time) skilled work experience. Your work experience must be either Skill Type 0, Skill Level A or Skill Level B on the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC). You must have had that work experience during the last 10 years. Work experience should be paid one too.
The Federal Skilled Worker Point System (The Six Selection Factors)

You need at least 67 points out of 100 points to be eligible to apply as a Federal Skilled Worker (FSW). You get different points based on:

  • Your education;
  • Your abilities in English and/or French (Canada's 2 official languages);
  • Your work experience;
  • Your age;
  • If you have arranged employment in Canada; and
  • Your adaptability.
To see how your skilled worker points are broken down and to see if you qualify, visit the Six Selection Factors page.

Please note that the FSW point system is different from Express Entry points.

How do I apply as a Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)?

If you are eligible to apply under the FSW category, you may submit your profile through online application to Express Entry.


For More Information:

  • Federal Skilled Workers - Information on selection criteria and how to apply. From Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
  • Come to Canada - A tool that can help you figure out what your options are if you want to come to Canada as an immigrant, student, worker or visitor. From Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) - The federal department responsible for Canadian immigration and citizenship. Its website has information on immigration policy, programs and services, application kits, and more.
  • IRCC Help Centre - A tool that helps answer frequently asked questions on immigration matters. It offers several ways of searching through the information available, including search by keyword. From Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada