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A step-by-step guide on how you can pursue immigration to Canada through the FSWP


Canada is going to welcome the highest level of skilled immigrants in its history says CEO; Mr. Vishal Shah of OM International, a leading visa consultancy firm for immigration visa based in Gujarat. OM International has given complete understanding of VISA procedure for getting Permanent residency through federal skilled worker program in this article published on their website.
"With the economy growing faster than employers can hire new workers, Canada needs to look at every option so that we have the skills and labour needed to fuel our growth" said Canada's Immigration Minister Sean Fraser.
Express Entry draws for Federal Skilled Worker Program and Canadian Experience Class candidates are set to resume in early July 2022.
The announcement was made by Canadian Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser, on April'22.

Since 1997, the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) has been the main way Canada has welcomed talent from all across the globe.

The FSWP was the world's first program to evaluate immigration candidates objectively. Today, the FSWP is among the three skilled worker programs managed by Canada's Express Entry system. This comprehensive Canada Visa page outlines what you need to know about the FSWP.

Canada launched the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) in 1967 to select immigrants from all over the world. Prior to the introduction of the FSWP, Canada selected skilled worker immigrants subjectively, based on the discretion of individual immigration officers who made a judgment call on whether they thought a the candidate could integrate into the Canadian job market.

The Canadian government realized this old approach was problematic and so it introduced the world's first points system to select immigrants. No longer would Canada use subjective criteria. Instead, it decided to use objective criteria to evaluate all candidates the same way: based on each candidate's age, education, language skills, work experience, and occupation, among other factors.

The benefits of the FSWP : Federal Skilled Worker Program for getting Permanent Residency

Today, the FSWP is managed through the Express Entry application management system. Under Express Entry, Canada aims to welcome over 110,000 immigrants by 2024. Most successful Express Entry candidates immigrate to Canada through the FSWP. Research by the Canadian government shows that FSWP immigrants go on to have successful and fulfilling careers in Canada.

In addition, pursuing immigration through the FSWP is beneficial since you can gain permanent residence within six months, compared with longer processing times for Canada's other skilled worker programs.

How the immigration process works with the FSWP:

Canada uses the Express Entry application management system for three skilled worker programs including the FSWP. If you have not lived in Canada before and are not a skilled trades professional, the FSWP will be your best Express Entry option. First, you need to see if you are eligible under the FSWP's criteria. Then, you submit an Express Entry profile. You will receive a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score based on factors such as your age, education, language skills, and work experience. Usually every two weeks, the Canadian government holds Express Entry draws inviting the candidates with the highest CRS scores to apply for permanent residence. After submitting your completed application, you can expect to receive your permanent residence status within six months and then move to Canada.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how you can pursue immigration to Canada through the FSWP:

Step 1: Find out if you meet the FSWP's eligibility criteria. has a free eligibility tool.

Step 2: Submit your Express Entry profile onto the website of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). 

Step 3: See if you receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. IRCC holds Express Entry draws approximately every two weeks.

Step 4: If you receive an ITA, you go ahead and submit your completed permanent residence application to IRCC. You can then move to Canada after IRCC completes the processing of your application.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible to apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, potential candidates must meet the minimum requirements for work, language ability, education and obtain at least 67 points under the program's 100-point grid.

The minimum requirements are:

  • One year of continuous full-time or equivalent paid work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled occupation classified under the  National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill level 0, A or B
  • Validated language ability equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in English or French across all abilities (reading, writing, listening, and speaking); and
  • Canadian educational credential (certificate, diploma, or degree) or foreign credential and Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report. 
  • Get at least 67 out of 100 points on the FSWP grid. The program's grid assesses candidates based on factors that include age, education, work experience, arranged employment, language ability, and adaptability.

Once you are eligible, you can enter the Express Entry pool. Candidate profiles in the Express Entry pool, which also includes Federal Skilled Trades and Canadian Experience Class candidates, are ranked based on the CRS.

Eligibility Criteria to apply for Canada

Immigration VISA under Federal Skilled Worker Program

To be eligible for a Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa under the FSWP, candidates must:

  • have at least one year of continuous full-time, or equivalent, paid work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled occupation (National Occupational Classification skill type 0 or skill level A or B);
  • have validated language test results equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in English or French across all abilities (reading, writing, listening, and speaking); and
  • have a Canadian educational credential (certificate, diploma, or degree) or foreign credential supported by an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report.
  • have enough settlement funds for settlement in Canada.

FSWP applicants must attain at least 67 points on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)'s six immigration selection factors.

Selection Factors

The FSWP's selection factors are listed below. Click on each factor to learn more: 




Up to 25 points

Language Skills

Up to 28 points

Work Experience

Up to 15 points


Up to 12 points

Arranged Employment

Up to 10 points


Up to 10 points

Finally, all applicants and their

accompanying and non-accompanying dependents, under all categories of Canadian Immigration, must satisfy Canadian health and security/criminality requirements.

It represents a major change in the recent Canadian immigration landscape and comes as very positive news as Express Entry is the primary means by which the Canadian government manages skilled worker applications.
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