Federal Skilled Worker Class
Along with Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) makes up most of the ITAs issued and Express Entry applications. To be eligible and register an Express Entry profile under FSWC, a candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • Work Experience: At least 1 year of full-time skilled work experience in the last 10 years
  • Language Proficiency: Minimum CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) score of 7 in all four area of English or French exam
  • Education: Completion of secondary education or higher
  • Plans to live outside of Quebec
  • Proof of Funds: Applicant must show sufficient fund to support yourself and family members for settlement. The one of the following does not have to prove settlement fund
  • Already working in Canada, or
  • Holds a valid job offer from a Canadian employer
  • Selection Factors: FSW applicants are graded based on six selection factors. Before registering an online profile in Express Entry, applicant must get at least 67 out of 100 points. Essentially successful candidates in FSW class of Express Entry go through two different points calculations; first FSW’s six selection factors, then Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The six selection factors are
  • Education (maximum 25 points)
  • English or French Skills (Maximum 28 points)
  • Work Experience (Maximum 15 points)
  • Age (Maximum 12 points)
  • Valid Job Offer (Maximum 10 points)
  • Adaptability (Maximum 10 points)

Total: 100 points

Meeting the above complicated requirement does not guarantee an Invitation to Apply (ITA) or permanent residence visa. Candidates must score competitive CRS points within Express Entry system to earn an ITA and permanent residence visa later on.