Federal Skilled Worker Program

Federal skilled workers are selected as the Canadian permanent residents depending on their potential to settle in Canada and participate in their economy. Applicant needs to score minimum 67 points to qualify under this program. The various factors involved for checking eligibility are:
  • Age
  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Language
  • Adaptability
From January 2015, Canada follows an Express Entry system to invite skilled professionals under permanent residency option.

Applicants are required to first get the Education Credential Assessment done to file application under Express Entry. An Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) is used to verify that your foreign degree, diploma, certificate (or other proof of your credential) is valid and equal to a Canadian one. The ECA report must show that your completed foreign credential (degree, diploma or certificate) is equal to a completed Canadian secondary school (high school) or post-secondary credential. You can get assessment from any one of the following designated bodies for ECA:
  • Comparative Education Service – University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies
  • International Credential Assessment Service of Canada
  • World Education Services
  • International Qualifications Assessment Service
  • International Credential Evaluation Service
  • Medical Council of Canada (professional body for Doctors)
  • Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (professional body for Pharmacists)

The Express Entry has following steps:
  • Complete online Express Entry profile: Potential candidates will complete an online Express Entry profile. This is a secure form that they will use to provide information about their skills, work experience, language ability, education etc. Those who meet the criteria of one FSW program will be accepted into a pool of candidates. Entry into Express Entry pool does not guarantee a candidate is issued with an Invitation to Apply.
  • Invitation to Apply: the highest ranking candidates will be invited to apply for permanent residence. On receiving invitation, candidates will have 60 days to submit an online application for permanent residence. Candidates can stay in pool for up to 12 months. If they do not get an invitation to apply, they can submit a new profile.
The applicants should fulfill following minimum eligibility requirements to be eligible for FSW program:

Work experience
  • at least one year (1,560 hours total / 30 hours per week), continuous full-time or an equal amount in part-time,
  • paid work (volunteer work, unpaid internships do not count),
  • in the same job,
  • within the last 10 years, and
  • at skill type 0, or skill levels A or B of the 2011 National Occupational Classification (NOC).
  • a Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree, OR
  • a completed foreign credential, and
  • an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from an agency approved by CIC. [The report must show your foreign education is equal to a completed Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree.]
Language ability

You must:
  • meet the minimum language level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7, and
  • take a language test approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) that shows you meet the level for speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Furthermore, the applicant has to show evidence of sufficient funds to support oneself as well as family members after arriving in Canada.

Embassy Charges:





Application Fee per each adult applicant



Application Fee each Child (if applicable)



Right to Permanent Residency Fee  per each adult applicant


In addition to this one would need to meet the expenditure to obtain the following


Language Proficient Score Card


Medical test for entire family at the time of Visa


Police clearance certificates



Disclaimer: Visa fees are subjected to change without prior notice.

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