Federal Skilled Worker

Do you have foreign work experience and want to immigrate to Canada?


How does it all work?

Immigration can seem very daunting, but we'll simplify it for you.

This is a quick, broad, overall summary of what the FSWP is and how it works. This should be roughly 2 sentances.

Minimum Requirements

To qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker program, you must meet some minimum requirements.

  • Skilled Worker Experience

    To qualify as having skilled work experience, you must have worked in one of the following National Occupational Classification (NOC) job groups

    • Managerial Jobs (Skill Type 0)
    • Professional Jobs (Skill Level A)
    • Technical Jobs and Skilled Trades (Skill Level B)

    Your skilled work experience must

    • Have the same NOC as the job you want to use for your immigration application
    • Be within the last 10 years
    • Be paid work
    • Be minimum 1 year of continuous work

    Note: For part-time work, you can work more or less than 15 hours/week as long as it adds up to 1,560 hours. You can work more than 1 part-time job to get the hours you need to apply.

    Note: Student work experience may count if the work was paid, continuous and meets all other requirements.

  • Language Ability

    For your language ability to be eligible, you must

    • Take an approved test in English or French in each language ability
    • Get a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in each language ability
    • Enter your results in your Express Entry profile

    Note: Language tests are valid for 2 years after the date of the test result

  • Education

    Foreign Education

    If your education is from outside Canada, you must have an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) confirming the education you received is equal to a certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian high school or post secondary school.

    Canadian Education

    For your education to be eligible, you must have a certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian high school or post secondary school.

Assessment Basis

After you meet the minimum requirements, your application will then be assessed based on a number of factors

  • Age
  • Education
  • Work Experience
  • If you have a vaid job offer
  • English and/or French language skills
  • Adaptability

You must also be admissible to Canada and show that you have enough money for you and your family to settle in Canada

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Express Entry


The Federal Skilled Worker program is one of three programs under the Express Entry

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