Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) applications are assessed based on an applicant’s ability to become economically established upon immigration to Canada. This is Canada’s flagship immigration program for workers, allowing the country to welcome tens of thousands of newcomers every year. This is a key category of Express Entry (EE) program.
Minimum program requirements
To qualify under this program, an applicant must:
Is there an eligible occupations list for Federal Skilled Worker program?
There is no eligible occupations list in place currently under Skilled Worker program. Candidates need to have at least one year of work experience in the past 10 years in an occupation classified under Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) as skill level A or B or skill type 0.
Do I need certain amount of funds to apply under Federal Skilled Worker program?
Yes! Applicants must show that they have sufficient settlement funds to support themselves and their dependents after arrival in Canada. The settlement funds requirement is waived for foreign nationals who are currently working in Canada and/or those who have arranged employment in Canada. This table shows the minimum amount you need to immigrate to Canada. If you have more money, you should list the full amount in your profile or application.
(in Canadian dollars)
|For each additional family member
What is the minimum eligibility requirement to qualify under Federal Skilled Worker program?
To qualify under Federal Skilled Worker category, candidates must:
All applicants and their accompanying and non-accompanying dependents are also required to meet Canadian health and security/criminality requirements.
Do I need a job offer from a Canadian employer to qualify under Federal Skilled Worker program?
A valid job offer is not required to qualify under the Federal Skilled Worker Class, but you can get up to 15 points and thereby improve your chances of being eligible. Furthermore, a valid job offer can award you between 50 and 200 points under Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), depending on the type of job.
Where I can submit my application under Federal Skilled Worker program?
All Express Entry applications are submitted online. However, applications are initially processed in Canada through the Centralized Intake Office – Case Processing Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Once approved at first stage, the application will undergo further processing with an appropriate immigration office outside of Canada that serves the country where the applicant is legally residing or the immigration office that serves the applicant’s country of nationality.
Who is included in application under Federal Skilled Worker program?
Express Entry allows the principle applicant to include his/her spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner and dependent children in the application. Upon approval applicant and accompanying family members receive permanent resident visa/status. For Canadian immigration, a dependent child is defined as the following: