What is the FSWP?

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is an immigration program in Canada that gives people with certain types of work experience the opportunity to get permanent residency in Canada.

After registering for Express Entry, FSWP applicants are placed in a pool from which employers in Canada will draw. These employers send invitations to FSWP applications, which then allow them to apply for permanent residence.

How do I know if I'm eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program?

The minimum basic requirements for the Federal Skilled Worker Program involve work experience, language abilities and education.

  • Applicants need to have at least one year's work experience in a job with the NOC skill type of 0, A or B.
  • Applicants need to meet the Canadian Language Benchmark 7 in English or French to qualify.
  • Applicants' education needs to be at the least a Canadian secondary school diploma or the equivalent degree from a different country with an Educational Credential Assessment report approved by the IRCC (formerly known as CIC).

How Are Applicants Accepted for Permanent Residence?

Applicants for the Federal Skilled Workers Program are ranked based on their qualifications in the following fields:

  • Language abilities in French or English
  • Education
  • Work Experience
  • Age
  • Job offer
  • Adaptability

Applicants who rank highly will be more likely to be accepted for permanent residency sooner.