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Federal Skilled Workder Criteria – Canada FSW Points system

The official announcement from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) confirms that applications for skilled professionals interested in immigrating to Canada will be accepted through the Express Entry Program, commencing in January 2015. Candidates whose applications are selected from the Express Entry Pool must also fulfill the specific eligibility criteria of the Federal Skilled Worker Program under which they are applying. Individuals can choose to apply under one of the three available programs as follows:

Express Entry serves as Canada’s primary method for managing applications from skilled workers through the three key economic programs.

  • Federal Skilled Worker Class
  • Federal Skilled Trades Class
  • Canadian Experience Class

Eligible candidates for Express Entry have the option to submit their profile through the official website of the Canadian federal government.

Upon submission, candidates are assigned a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, which is determined based on factors such as age, education, language proficiency, and work experience.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducts invitation rounds approximately every two weeks, wherein candidates with the highest CRS scores are invited to apply for permanent residence.

The IRCC has set a target to process permanent residence applications within a period of six months or less.

In accordance with its Immigration Levels Plan, Canada aims to welcome an average of 110,000 immigrants annually through the Express Entry system.


Eligible to apply for the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program.

To qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), potential applicants must meet specific minimum requirements in terms of work experience, language proficiency, education, and achieve a minimum of 67 points on the program’s 100-point grid.

The minimum requirements include:

  1. A minimum of one year of continuous full-time or equivalent paid work experience within the past 10 years in a skilled occupation classified under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) at levels 0, 1, 2, or 3.
  2. Demonstrated language ability equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in English or French across all language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking).
  3. Possession of a Canadian educational credential (certificate, diploma, or degree) or a foreign educational credential along with an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report.
  4. Attaining at least 67 out of 100 points on the FSWP grid, which evaluates candidates based on factors such as age, education, work experience, arranged employment, language ability, and adaptability.
  5. Meeting the settlement funds criteria, if applicable, by demonstrating a certain level of savings to support oneself financially upon arrival in Canada.

Once deemed eligible, candidates can enter the Express Entry pool, which includes candidates from the Federal Skilled Trades and Canadian Experience Class categories. Within the pool, candidate profiles are ranked using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

If eligible for the FSWP, candidates may also qualify for category-based Express Entry draws, providing additional opportunities for receiving an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence. Meeting the eligibility criteria for these draws expands the chances of being invited to apply.


Selection Factors

The FSWP’s selection factors are listed below. Click on each factor to learn more: 




Up to 25 points

Language Skills

Up to 28 points

Work Experience

Up to 15 points


Up to 12 points

Arranged Employment

Up to 10 points


Up to 10 points