Federal Skilled Worker Program

A foreign country always fills the vacancies in their labour market by hiring skilled, efficient and qualified candidates. Likewise, Canada always picks the educated, adaptable and extraordinary candidates to maintain their economic standard and quality of services. The best thing about this program is that, A huge amount of desirable candidates can turn out to be the permanent resident of Canada and in a very short span of time. It is probably the easiest and most convenient way for a foreigner who desires to settle in Canada.

It is a points-based system. Canada is one of the first countries to introduce points based system back in 1967. It is also known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The score is calculated on the basis of:

  • Age
  • Language proficiency (IELTS, CELPIP, TEF) Score
  • Education
  • Spouse – Education and language ability

Another 600 points if you have a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and 50 points if you have a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Also, the occupation should be in NOC 0, A or B for pertaining under the Federal Skilled Worker program through Express Entry.

In order to apply for an express entry stream you need to have minimum of 67 points out 100, The points are calculated on:

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English and French are really important. Language ability of the candidate will be analyzed by approved tests such as the Canadian Language Benchmarks test (English or the Niveaux de competence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) for French.

This is divided into four categories: Writing, reading, listening and speaking.

First official language Speaking Listening Reading
CLB level 9 or higher 6 6 6
CLB level 8 5 5 5
CLB level 7 4 4 4

Young? You’re lucky!

Age seems to be an important factor as far as the points are concerned. As age goes up, the points go down. The younger you are, the higher the points. There are no points given if you are 47 years or older. Candidate’s age on the submission date of application is taken.

Age Points
Under 18 0
18-35 years 12
36 years 11
37 years 10
38 years 9
39 years 8
40 years 7
41 years 6
42 years 5
43 years 4
44 years 3
45 years 2
46 years 1
47 and older 0

Work experience

Work experience is a very good factor which can really shoot up your FSWP points. A total of 15 points is awarded for candidates with 6 year or more work experience.

Experience            Maximum 15 points
1 year                                                  9
2-3 years                                                 11
4-5 years                                                 13
6 or more years                                                 15

Great knowledge, great points!

Educational qualifications not only increase the points; it also helps you out to get good recognition in a foreign country.

Credential Points
Doctoral (PhD) level 25
Master’s level OR an entry-to-practice professional degree. CIC only accepts as an entry-to-practice professional degree, those degrees issued in relation to an occupation listed at NOC Skill level A and for which licensing by a provincial regulatory body is required, 23
Two or more post-secondary program credentials and at least one of these credentials is for the completion of a post-secondary program of three years or longer 22
Post-Secondary program credential of three years or longer 21
Two year post-secondary program credential 19
One-year post-secondary program credential 15
Secondary school (also called high school) 5


Prove that you can get settled in Canada easily. Wondering how? The factors are listed below:

Criteria Points
Your accompanying spouse or common-law partner’s level of language proficiency in either English or French is at the CLB 4 level or higher in all four language abilities (speaking, listening, reading and writing) 5
Relatives in Canada – Parents, Grandparents, Child, Grandchild, Brother/Sister, Aunt/Uncle or Niece/Nephew, who are 18 years of age or older as on the date we receive your application, and who are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident residing in Canada. 5
Arranged employment in CanadaYou earned points for having arranged employment. 5
Previous study in Canada by the applicant or by the spouse.

Your spouse or common-law partner completed at least 2 academic years of full-time study (in a program at least 2 years long) at a secondary or post-secondary school in Canada.

Full-time study means at least 15 hours of classes per week, and your spouse or partner must have stayed in good academic standing (as set out by the school) during that time.

Previous work experience of the candidate in Canada 10
Previous work in Canada by spouse or common law partner 5

Funds required:

Number of family Members Funds required in CAD
1                   $12,960
2                   $16,135
3                   $19,836
4                   $24,083
5                   $27,315
6                   $30,806
7                   $34,299
For each additional family member $3,492