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Federal Skilled Worker applications are assessed based on an applicant’s ability to become economically established upon immigration to Canada.

The federal skilled worker is considered traditionally the most popular category. Applicants meeting the eligibility criteria, (FSW) class follows a point system to measure the applicant’s ability to achieve economic stability in Canada.

Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) applications are processed through the Express Entry immigration selection system for immigration to Canada.

Candidates eligible under the Federal Skilled Worker Class must first make an expression of interest in immigrating to Canada by creating an online Express Entry profile.

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Eligibility Criteria for the Federal Skilled Worker program

Federal Skilled Worker (Professional) applicants must obtain at least 67 points based on immigration selection factors outlined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Federal Skilled Worker Selection Factors

The Federal Skilled Worker selection factors are listed below. Click on each factor for more information:

Factors Points
Education Up to 25 points
Language Skills Up to 28 points
Work Experience Up to 15 points
Age Up to 12 points
Arranged Employment Up to 10 points
Adaptability Up to 10 points

Once it has been determined that a candidate meets the eligibility requirements, he or she must show that he or she has sufficient settlement funds to support him or herself and any dependents after his or her arrival in Canada. Finally, candidates and their dependents must also undergo medical examinations and obtain security clearances as part of the Canadian immigration application process.

Federal Skilled Worker Program processing times, processing fees and application process

Processing Times
Federal Skilled Worker Processing Times vary from one Canadian Immigration Visa office to another. Click here to see the latest times that have been reported.
Processing Fees
Federal Skilled Worker Government Processing Fees can vary with exchange rates and are subject to change. Click here to see details for the latest fees required for this program.
Application Process
Learn more about how the application process works so that you can know what to expect from the very first step to the moment you land in Canada as a Permanent Resident.You can also learn more information about the Federal Skilled Worker Program in our Federal Skilled Workers FAQ.
Quebec Skilled Worker Immigration
If you intend to reside in Montreal or in another city in the province of Quebec, please click to learn more about the Quebec Skilled Worker Program.