THE FEDERAL SKILLED WORKER PROGRAM

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The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSWP) stream is a key pathway for skilled individuals seeking to immigrate to Canada on a permanent basis. Designed to attract highly educated and experienced professionals with valuable skills and expertise, the Federal Skilled Trades program is part of Canada’s Express Entry system, which manages applications for permanent residence in three economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. The Federal Skilled Worker stream plays a vital role in Canada’s economic growth and diversity by attracting skilled individuals from around the world who possess the talent and qualifications needed to contribute to Canada’s workforce and communities. Some Express Entry streams are managed by the  Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), including the Human Capital Priorities Stream, the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream, and the Skilled Trades Stream

Under the FSW stream, candidates are selected based on their ability to contribute to the Canadian job market, integrate successfully into Canadian society, and live in Canada. This selection is determined through a comprehensive points-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which evaluates various factors to determine the candidate’s score among the other candidates in the Express Entry pool. Applicants are advised to learn about the processing time and the Express Entry Eligibility Requirements in detail to ensure a smooth immigration process. These include language requirements, National Occupation Classification (NOC), job requirements, skilled work experience, Educational Assessment Reports (ECA), and minimum CRS scores. Our team of dedicated Express Entry consultants is here to help you navigate the Canadian Express Entry system and the Federal Skilled Worker program to help you with the eligibility to apply. You can use our advanced and user-friendly CRS Calculator to calculate your CRS scores based on factors such as TEER categories, arranged employment, language skills, etc.

Once the applicant’s profile is in the Express Entry pool, they will be assessed for their eligibility under the Federal Skilled Worker program. Program-specific Express Entry draws are conducted regularly, so it is important to keep up with the latest Express Entry updates. Successful applicants under the Federal Skilled Worker stream receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence through the Express Entry system. Once they receive the ITA, candidates have a limited time to submit their complete application for permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). If you have questions regarding your particular case, you can always book an initial consultation, and our expert Express Entry consultants will provide an application assessment and guide you through the whole process. You can also learn more about our professional fees

Federal Skilled Worker Program Requirements

To be considered for the Federal Skilled Worker program, candidates are required to achieve 67 points and meet minimum requirements such as:

Work experience

  • In the same type of job as your primary NOC
  • Within the last 10 years
  • Paid work (volunteer work and unpaid internships don’t count)
  • At skill type 0, or skill levels A or B of the 2011 National Occupational Classification (NOC)
  • At least 1 year (1,560 hours total / 30 hours per week), continuous:
    • full-time at 1 job: 30 hours/week for 12 months = 1 year full-time (1,560 hours)
    • equal amount in part-time: 15 hours/week for 24 months = 1 year full-time (1,560 hours)
    • full-time at more than 1 job: 30 hours/week for 12 months at more than 1 job = 1 year full-time (1,560 hours)
  • You must show that you performed the duties set out in the occupational description in the NOC.

Education

If you went to school in Canada, you must have a certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary school. If you have foreign education, you must have an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from an approved agency showing that your foreign education is equal to a completed certificate, diploma or degree  from a Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary school.

Language Ability

You must take an approved language test in English or French that shows you meet the level for writing, reading, listening and speaking and get a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in all four abilities. Your language test results must not be more than two years old on the day you apply for permanent residence.

Applicants are advised to learn the detailed Express Entry eligibility requirements for a smooth immigration process. 

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$250 OFF when Combined with Express Entry "Full Package"
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