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Professionals and Foreign Skilled Workers are in high demand in Canada.

FSW applications are assessed based on an applicant's qualifications and experience as well as their ability to be economically independent upon immigration to Canada.

Since inception on January 1, 2015, FSW applications are being processed through the Express Entry immigration selection system for immigration to Canada. 

Are you Eligible? - These are the Criteria

To be considered eligible for a Canadian Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa, FSW you must:

  • Have at least one year of continuous full-time or equivalent paid work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled occupation (National Occupational Classification skill lever 0, A or B); or

  • Qualify for Arranged Employment In Canada with a Labour Market Impact Assessment and a full-time, permanent job offer from a Canadian employer; and

  • Pass a minimum threshold of language ability in one of Canada's two official languages, English or French.


In addition, FSW (Professional) applicants must obtain at least 67 points based on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada's (IRCC) immigration selection factors.

Those selection factors are listed below:

  • Education: Up to 25 points can be awarded for your formal education.

  • Language Skills: Up to 28 total points can be awarded (24-first official language, 4-second official language).

  • Work Experience: You can be awarded up to 15 points for certain paid, skilled work experience that you have acquired in the last 10 years, but you must attain a minimum score of 9 points in order to qualify.

  • Age: Up to 12 points can be awarded based on your age at the time of applying.

  • Arranged Employment: Up to 10 points can be awarded if you have arranged employment in Canada that meets with certain requirements.

  • Adaptability: Up to 10 points can be awarded for a number of factors that show that you are adaptable in moving to Canada.


Once it has been determined that you meet the eligibility and points requirements, you must show that you have sufficient settlement funds to support yourself and any dependents after your arrival in Canada. Finally, You and your dependents must also undergo medical examinations and obtain security clearances as part of the Canadian immigration application process.

Note: the Canadian government recognizes that the points awarded under the FSW system do not always accurately reflect an applicant's chances of successfully establishing themselves in Canada. As a result, Citizenship and Immigration Canada Officers are authorized to use an alternate method of assessing an application. Under the concept of "substituted evaluation", a Visa Officer may make their own evaluation for the likelihood of the applicant becoming economically established in Canada. This method allows the Visa Officer to accept or refuse the applicant no matter how many points the applicant has achieved.

Contact Us for more information about the Federal Skilled Worker Class or take aEligibility Assessment today.

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