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Canada Federal Skilled Worker Program Points Requirements 2019

Federal Skilled Worker Immigration Program

Canada Immigration is largely based on welcoming skilled individuals in the country so that they can contribute positively in the development of Canadian economy. The skilled workers in turn can earn better and grow on their career ladder.

Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is an immigration program that selects young candidates based on their proficiency in terms of education, experience and language skills. Majority of immigrants settle in Canada through this category of program. Thus, it can be called a golden pathway to immigrate to your dream country-CANADA!

Eligibility/Requirements for Federal Skilled Worker Program

To be eligible for FSWP, a set of eligibility criteria is to be met. These eligibility requirements are:

  • A candidate is required to have at least 12 months of work experience as full-time, paid and permanent in a NOC listed occupation in the past 10 years.
  • A candidate’s occupation must be classified within Skill Type 0 (Managerial Occupations), Skill Level 1 (Professional Occupations) or Skill Level B (Technical Occupations and Skilled Trades).
  • A candidate must obtain minimum 67 points out of 100 on skill assessment grid of Canada.
  • A candidate need to have a full time job offer letter from Canadian employer and qualify with Labour Market Impact Assessment
  • A candidate must attain language proficiency score to the Canadian Language Benchmark of 7 in English.
  • A candidate is also required to have sufficient funds to settle in Canada.

How to Apply for Federal Skilled Worker Program?

If you want to apply as a skilled worker and want to establish yourself as a Permanent in Canada, you need to apply by following the below mentioned steps for FSW:

  • Create an Express Entry profile
  • Your Express Entry profile will be ranked on Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
  • Score high or improve your score and Canada will send you an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent resident of Canada.
  • Meet the health and character requirements, along with other security checks and submit an application for approval to Canada immigration authority.
  • A visa officer will then review your profile and approve it.
  • Wait for Express Entry Draw and ultimately for Invitation To Apply (ITA).
  • Pay the permanent residency fee and request for your passport.

Selection Factors of Federal Skilled Worker Program

The applicant must attain a minimum point score of 67 out of 100 to be eligible for Federal Skilled Worker Program.

Below is the list of selection factors and the points allocated for it.

Factor 1: Age (Maximum Points 12)



18 to 35

12 points


11 points


10 points


9 points


8 points


7 points


6 points


5 points


4 points


3 points


2 points


1 points

47 or more

0 points


Factor 2: Language Proficiency (Maximum Points 28)

There are two official languages for Federal Skilled Worker Program. A candidate can obtain maximum 24 points for English language and remaining 4 under French language factor.

A candidate is required to must prove his/her English language proficiency in each 4 language abilities i.e. Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening with Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 7 to apply for Federal Skilled Worker Program.










24 points





23 points





22 points





20 points





20 points





16 points


Factor 3: Educational Qualification (Maximum Points 25)



Doctoral level

25 Points

Master’s level or professional degree

23 Points

Two or more post-secondary credentials, one of which is a three-year or longer post-secondary credential

22 Points

Three-year or longer post-secondary credential

21 Points

Two-year post-secondary credential

19 Points

One-year post-secondary credential

15 Points

Secondary school

5 Points

Secondary school not completed

0 Points


Factor 4: Work Experience (Maximum Points 15)

Experience in years


Six years or more

15 points

Four years

13 points

Two years

11 points

One year

9 points


Factor 5: Arranged employment (Maximum 10 points)

This factor is not mandatory. However, Arranged Employment provides the Federal Skilled Worker applicant with up to an additional 10 points.

Arranged Employment


You have a permanent job offer from a Canadian employer, approved by the HRSDC

10 points

You have a permanent job offer from a Canadian employer, without the necessity of HRSDC approval, if you are employed in Canada by the same employer

10 points

Factor 6: Adaptability (Maximum 10 points)



Principal Applicant Previous Work in Canada (min. 1 yr at NOC 0, A, B)

10 points

Accompanying Spouse/Partner Previous Work in Canada

5 points

Principal Applicant Previous Study in Canada

5 points

Accompanying Spouse/Partner Previous Study in Canada

5 points

Arranged Employment

5 points

Relative in Canada 18 years or over (parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, child of a parent, sibling, child of a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or grandchild of a parent, niece or nephew) who is residing in Canada and is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

5 points

Accompanying spouse/partner’s official language (CLB/NCLC 4)

5 points


Funds Required for Federal Skilled Worker Program

You need to show minimum required funds to CIC while applying for FSW to financially support yourself and your family in a new country. The funds depend on the number of family members you are bringing them along with you.

Number of family member

Funds Required













7 or more


Processing Cost for Federal Skilled Worker Program:

Federal Skilled Worker Application Processing Fee

Principal Applicant – $550

Spouse – $550

Child under 19 - $150


Federal Skilled Worker Right of Permanent Resident Fee

Principal Applicant - $490

Spouse – $490

Children - No Fee


Federal Skilled Worker Program Processing Time

After the complete submission of application from applicant’s end, the processing time will begin.

Generally, FSWP applications are being processed in 6 months or lesser. However, there may be delay due to unavoidable circumstances such as backlogs of applications, wrong information in your application, etc.

For faster processing of your visa, take professional consultation from TCWW now!

Federal Skilled Worker Program Demand List

Canada has a list called NOC (National Occupation Code) list which has all those jobs listed which are facing labour shortages in the economy. If you are applying for permanent resident for Canada, then your occupation must be skill type O, A, B as per the National Occupation Classification (NOC). We advise you to talk to our immigration expert today to know if your Job profile is listed or not.

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