Federal Skilled Worker Program
The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is the most standard immigration stream in the complete Express Entry program. It is solely designed for working professionals whose occupation is in-demand in any or all of Canada and many provinces. Applicants are evaluated across a range of criteria for their abilities and potential. Skill and professional expertise as well as experience are the primary concerns of the FSWP.
Please do not confuse, the selection criteria under the FSW with point system under Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) – Express Entry points Criteria.
Total marks are 100 and current pass-mark is 67 points.
Out of the 28 points, one can claim up-to 24 points under IELTS and remaining 4 points under French Language factor. This is a situation where the applicant is filing the application with English as the first language. Applicants with high level of English language proficiency can claim all the 24 points.
- An applicant must score a minimum proficiency in each of the four language skills, speaking, listening, reading and writing – Canadian Language Benchmark 7 (CLB 7) level for English in order to qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker Class(FSWC) program.
- CLB 7 is equivalent to scoring 6 bands in each module on the IELTS GENERAL pattern examination.
- For the French language requirement, NCLC 7 is equivalent to scoring 309, 248, 206 and 309 on the speaking, listening, reading and writing modules of the Test d’evaluation de francais (TEF), respectively.
- 4 points are awarded for each of the four language abilities, meaning that all candidates that meet the mandatory minimums on all language abilities will have at least 16 points.
- Applicants will be awarded one extra point for each language ability for which they score CLB 8 or NCLC 8 and two extra points if they score CLB 9 or NCLC 9 (for a maximum of 24 points under English language factor).
- The IELTS equivalent to CLB 8 is 7.5, 6.5, 6.5 and 6.5 on Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The TEF equivalent to NCLC 8 is 349, 280, 233, and 349 on Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking, respectively. Getting these scores will mean that 5 points are awarded for each of the four language abilities, meaning that all candidates that meet these criteria can claim a maximum of 20 points.
- The IELTS equivalent to CLB 9 is 7.5, 6.5, 6.5, and 6.5 on Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The TEF equivalent to NCLC 9 is 349, 280, 233, and 349 on Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking, respectively. This means that to claim 24 points under the English language factor, the applicant MUST claim AT LEAST 8.0, 7.0, 7.0, and 7.0 on Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking, respectively. 6 points are awarded for each of the four language abilities, meaning that all candidates that meet these criteria can claim a maximum of 24 points.
|Age||18 – 35||12 points|
|47 & Above||00 points|
|English language||IELTS: –
|Master degree||23 Points|
|Double Bachelor||22 Points|
|Bachelor degree||21 Points|
|Diploma 3 Years after Higher Secondary||19 points|
|Diploma 3 Years after 10th (High School)||15 Points|
|High School||05 Points|
|Work Experience||1 Year||09 Points|
|2 – 3 Years||11 Points|
|4 – 5 Years||13 Points|
|6 & Above||15 Points|
Arranged employment (Maximum 10 points)
|You have a permanent job offer from a Canadian employer, approved by the HRSDC||10 points|
|You have a permanent job offer from a Canadian employer, without the necessity of HRSDC approval, if you are employed in Canada by the same employer||10 points|
Additional Points If you are immigrating with your spouse, then your application can get extra points if your spouse scores above CLB 4. You will receive 5 additional adaptability points as a principle applicant.
|Relative in Canada 18 years or over (parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, child of a parent, sibling, child of a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or grandchild of a parent, niece or nephew) who is residing in Canada and is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.||5|
|Accompanying spouse/partner’s official language (CLB/NCLC 4)||5|
|Principal Applicant Previous Work in Canada (min. 1 Yr at NOC 0, A, B)||10|
|Accompanying Spouse/Partner Previous Work in Canada||5|
|Principal Applicant Previous Study in Canada||5|
|Accompanying Spouse/Partner Previous Study in Canada||5|
Who are eligible for this visa?
- If you have worked full time for at least one year in the applying occupation in the past ten years skill O, A and B and if that is in demand in occupation list permitted by the Canada government and approved by labor market impact assessment or if you have a job offer from the Canada or an international graduate who has enrolled herself/himself in the PHD program in Canada, and get the minimum IELTS score (CLB7)
You can also score additional points by giving TEF Or if having qualification done from Canada.
These occupations are below:
- Skilled Level O (Management Occupation)
- Skilled Level A (Professional Occupation)
- Skilled Level B (Technical Occupation & Skilled Trades)
Benefits after Visa approval
- You can live and work in Canada permanently.
- You can sponsor your family to become Permanent Resident.
You can apply for Canadian Citizenship after completing 1095 days.
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