The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is one of three federal programs managed through Express Entry. Skilled workers with foreign work experience may be eligible to immigrate to Canada and apply for permanent residence on this basis.
Applicants wishing to be accepted through the FSWP must meet a series of requirements before applying. The initial eligibility assessment requires that the applicant:
FSWP applicants must have work experience that meets the following criteria:
An individual’s work experience for full-time employment will be considered eligible as long as the individual worked 30 hours/week over a span of 12 months.
An individual’s work experience for part-time will be considered eligible if:
Applicants are required to prove that the work duties they accomplished during this time correlate with the duties found in the National Occupation Classification.
To see these occupations and their official definitions, visit this site.
Applicants for the FSWP must hold:
FSWP applicants are required to take a language proficiency test. The results will reflect whether they have acquired adequate language abilities for them to properly establish themselves in Canada upon immigration.
English and French are the official languages in Canada. The applicant can choose to complete either an English or French proficiency test. They may also opt to both tests in order to increase their chance of approval. The language tests will evaluate the applicant’s abilities in:
Applicants must achieve a level 7 in the Canadian Language Benchmark on all categories of the proficiency testing to be considered for the FSWP. Test results must be included in the applicant’s Express Entry profile and must have been acquired within the first two years of taking the test.
FSWP applicants are typically required to prove they have the financial means to support and care for themselves as well as their family (if applicable) upon immigration to Canada. Be that as it may, an applicant is not required to show proof of their bank statement if they:
Once they have met all of the above requirements, the applicant will be evaluated through a points system which will determine their eligibility within the FSWP. Specifically, the individual will be assessed with regards to the following:
A score of 67/100 in order to pass the final assessment. If the applicant passes the assessment, they will be entered into the Express Entry System.
Please note that it is possible for applicants to incorporate their partner (either spouse or common-law) along with their application. The partner who meets the requirements (as seen above) is recommended to fill out the application as the primary applicant.
If you are an employer interested in hiring through the Federal Skilled Worker Program, please contact us for more information.
If you are a candidate who would like to confirm whether you qualify for immigration to Canada through the Federal Skilled Worker Program, please complete our free online evaluation form here.
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