Immigrate to Canada Through The Federal Skilled Worker Program

Canada offers various options for immigrants, but if you want a faster and secure path for immigration; then Canadian Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is what you should opt for.

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is a points-based system that allows skilled workers with the required qualifications to come and work in Canada. The program uses a points based grid system to award points for factors such as age, education, experience, language ability, and arranged employment.

To be eligible for the FSWP, you must have at least one year of continuous full-time or equivalent paid work experience in the past five years in a skilled occupation listed on the National Occupational Classification (NOC). You must also meet certain minimum language requirements in English or French and score at least 67 points on the grid.

The FSWP is often referred as the fast track to immigration to Canada because it offers the fastest way to permanent resident status.

The Canadian government assigns quota on the number of applications that can be accepted under the program, which means that this stream has processing targets to meet. Immigrating through FSWP allows you to apply for Canadian citizenship after only three years which is faster than other immigration options.

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Transcript: Immigrate to Canada Through The Federal Skilled Worker Program

How to immigrate to Canada through the Federal Skilled Worker Program

Obviously the Federal Skilled Worker Program, also abbreviated to FSWP is the main way for highly skilled immigrants to move to Canada permanently. Now, when we say it’s the main way, it’s a huge way, it’s a massive way for highly skilled individuals and families all over the world to successfully emigrate to Canada and start a new life. So how can you, as an individual listener, really benefit from Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker Program?

It’s no secret that Canada aims to welcome over 400,000 new immigrants each and every year, and it’s anticipated that well over 120,000 to 160,000 of these immigrants will come via the Express Entry route.

So Express Entry is the management system of the Federal Skilled Worker programs and again, over the past six, seven, maybe eight years or so, literally, about 50% of all newcomers to Canada have arrived under Express Entry. Immigration pathways.


So let’s look at the process of immigrating to Canada via the FSWP immigration pathway

Well, step one is obviously to ensure you meet the FSWP eligibility criteria. And to do this, I would absolutely suggest and recommend that you take the free visa assessment which is available on this page.

Okay, step two. This one is often very much overlooked in terms of, you know, the limited Canadian immigration information that’s dished out or given out by so called Canadian Migration Agents and immigration lawyers, as I say, so step two is that you need to get your education verified, okay.

So you’re going to need to use an educational assessment company, such as Wes W. E. S, which is World Education Service. WES not the only educational credential organization. So the other thing that you’re going to need to do at this point is take your IELTS. Or if you are applying to Quebec, or indeed if you have reasonable communication skills in French as well as English, then obviously do look to take the french exam as well. Now, you can take both the English exam and the French exam, you can take the French only, or the English only, depending on your language skills that you have.

So what you’re actually these is increasing your ultimate chances of being granted a visa. Okay, so there are two very confusing issues around express entry that appear confusing but once explained, are actually very simple. It’s about 67 points, where does this 67 points issue come from?

Once your Express Entry has been lodged, then you’re assigned what’s called a CRS score a comprehensive ranking system score, but you will only be accepted into express entry if you’re scoring the 67 points, which is required for to make the ultimate Federal Skilled Worker application

It’s interesting to look at it or try and explain it in a different way because it’s very, very important. Okay. So, one, you cannot enter or you cannot successfully enter the express entry pool without already being eligible for the ultimate visa that you’re going to apply for in terms of Federal Skilled Worker Program.

So, once you have got those 67 points, technically then you can enter the express entry pool, and then express entry gives you a whole another score, which is called the Comprehensive ranking system score.

And it’s from this comprehensive ranking system score that they choose who is going to be called forward and who is going to be issued an invitation to apply for the permanent residency visa.

So only once you receive that invitation to apply, does the 67 points issue even kick in.

So you need 67 points to apply for Express Entry, or to be accepted into the express entry pool or express entry database.

Once you’re accepted into that database, you’re allocated a CRS score, a comprehensive ranking system score, and it’s that CRS score that dictates whether you will receive an invitation to apply for the ultimate visa or for which you need 67 points.

Confused? Don’t be, it is actually really straightforward.

So moving on to the next step in the Federal Skilled Worker Program process. So obviously once your Express Entry is in, lodged and obviously you’re going to become obsessed by the invitation rounds.

What are IRCC Invitation Rounds?

Okay, so IRCC usually holds drawers fortnightly every two weeks, and it usually issues invitations to apply to applicants with the highest CRS scores. Although this does fluctuate and can fluctuate between a relatively high and your relatively modest scores as well.

The next step, do look at your eligibility for provincial nomination. Okay, so once your Express Entry is in there are loads of things you can do to improve your CRS score. One of them is that you can get a job. Okay, the next one is you can receive provincial nomination both of those things are going to give you some really, really juicy CRS scores and pretty much boost you through and certainly indicate that you’re about to be given that invitation to apply.

So what happens after you receive that invitation to apply?

Well, the whole process really doubles again in effort and now you have to submit your permanent residency application directly to the IRCC. Okay, so once that process is completed, then you can move to Canada.

So let’s go through that Federal Skilled Worker Program eligibility criteria.

In order to be eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, you need to meet the minimum criteria for work experience, language ability, education, and school. Those are all important 67 points out of a total of 100. Okay, what else? Well, you need at least one year of continuous full time paid work experience within the past 10 years. And your work experience must fall under the National occupation classification or the NOC code, skill level zero A or B, which have now been replaced by the TEER system.

So other criteria for the FSWP, as we said before, are to complete an English and or French language test designated by IRCC. We mentioned the educational credential assessment that you absolutely need to do now and the purpose of the ECA is obviously to map your foreign educational certificate or qualification to the equivalent Canadian standards or to the Canadian educational framework.

And finally, in order to get that 67 points out of a possible 100 on the Federal Skilled Worker Program matrix it’s interesting to look at how those potential 100 points are broken down. So education, you can score up to 25 points for your education skills. language skills can get you up to 28 points, work experience up to 15 arranged employment so if you have a job offer up to 10 points, your age you can score up to 12 points for age, okay?

And adaptability, again, up to 10 points for adaptability as well. Now, some people say to me, “when shall I put in my express entry” or they are worried about having the CRS points a little bit a little bit too low.

But really, what you have to think about is the one certain thing in life is that there’s absolutely zero chance of receiving an invitation to apply if you’re not in the express entry pool. So we need to crack on okay, if Canada is on your radar and if we’re absolutely motivated, if it’s where you see your life and your family’s life improving, then there are certain steps that you need to take and those steps are the same as everybody else in that FSW up program one educational credentials to English test, three, submit express entry for work on improving your CRS score by getting a job and or provincial nomination, five making that application after receiving the invitation to apply. And the other thing to think about when considering when to put in that express entry application is of course your age. Now, you get maximum CRS points for being aged between 20 and 29. And from the age of 30 onwards, you do see a gradual erosion of the point score awarded for age certainly. So as you start losing points of age, you have to make up those points elsewhere.


Whether that’s going to be through the language test, through education, through work experience, etc. So you know, as soon as you have that idea, that candidate is where you want to be. Get started. Get our guide. Take the simple and easy straightforward steps to ace making a successful Canadian FSWP application and good luck