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Federal Skilled Worker

Discover your route to a prosperous future in Canada through the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), one of the esteemed immigration pathways within the Express Entry system. If you're a skilled worker with a strong combination of experience, language proficiency, and other qualifications, this program may be your key to achieving permanent residence status in Canada.

Eligibility Excellence: The Six Selection Factors

To be eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, aspiring candidates must attain a minimum of 67 points based on the following six essential selection factors:

 Language Skills (Maximum 28 points): Proficiency in English and/or French is paramount. Your language abilities can significantly influence your eligibility.

 Education (Maximum 25 points): Your educational background matters. Higher qualifications can bring you closer to your Canadian dream.

Work Experience (Maximum 15 points): Your professional journey plays a pivotal role. Relevant and substantial work experience enhances your eligibility.

 Age (Maximum 12 points): Your age can be a determinant. Points are awarded based on your age at the time of application.

 Offer of Employment in Canada (Maximum 10 points): Securing a job offer in Canada can boost your chances. Valid employment offers earn you additional points.

·       Adaptability (Maximum 10 points): Flexibility and adaptability matter. Points are awarded for factors like previous Canadian work or study experience, and more.Federal Skilled Worker program requirements:


Beyond Basic Eligibility:-

While basic eligibility sets the foundation, realizing your Canadian dream under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) involves meeting several additional key factors. These factors encompass your work experience, education, language proficiency, financial preparedness, and more.

Work Experience (1 Year of Professional Work):- You must demonstrate at least one year of continuous full-time paid work experience, or its equivalent in part-time employment, within the past decade. This experience should align with occupations classified under National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes O, A, or B. Alternatively, you may qualify for Arranged Employment in Canada, a pathway that requires a full-time, permanent job offer from a Canadian employer. The offer can be secured with or without a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), depending on your specific situation.

 Education (Canadian or Equivalent Credential):- Your educational background holds significance in your FSWP journey. To bolster your eligibility, you can possess a Canadian diploma, certificate, or credential. Alternatively, a foreign educational credential, when coupled with an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) by an agency approved by IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada), must demonstrate equivalence to a completed Canadian secondary or post-secondary educational credential.

 Language Proficiency (CLB 7 or Equivalent):- Proficiency in English or French is vital. Achieving a minimum language score of CLB 7 (Canadian Language Benchmark) or its equivalent is imperative. Adequate language skills greatly enhance your eligibility.

Settlement Funds (Financial Preparedness):- Ensuring your financial stability upon arrival in Canada is crucial. You should have settlement funds available to support yourself and your family for a period of six months after your arrival in Canada. These funds contribute to a smooth transition into Canadian life.

Other Factors (Admissibility and Residency Intent):- Lastly, your admissibility to Canada is paramount. It's essential to demonstrate your intent to reside outside the province of Quebec upon approval. This underscores your commitment to your Canadian journey.

How to Obtain an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)

As you embark on your journey towards Canadian permanent residence through the Federal Skilled Worker Program, ensuring the validity and equivalence of your foreign education credentials is of paramount importance. To meet this requirement, an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) is a mandatory step for all foreign degrees, diplomas, or certificates.

Designated Organizations for ECA

The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has designated specific organizations entrusted with conducting ECAs, each with its unique processing times and associated costs. These organizations meticulously assess your educational qualifications to align them with the Canadian educational system. Here are the recognized ECA bodies:

 World Education Services (WES): Link to WES ECA

Comparative Education Service – University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies: Link to University of Toronto CES

International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS): Link to ICAS ECA

 International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS): Link to IQAS ECA

International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES): Link to ICES ECA

Additionally, the IRCC recognizes professional bodies for specific ECA requirements:

Medical Council of Canada (MCC): The professional body for doctors. Link to MCC ECA

Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC): The professional body for pharmacists. Link to PEBC ECA

The Final Criteria Before Permanent Residence

While obtaining a positive ECA is a critical step, your journey towards Canadian permanent residence includes further criteria. Once selected from the Express Entry Pool and granted an Invitation to Apply (ITA), candidates and their dependents must undergo medical examinations and obtain security clearances as integral components of the Canadian immigration application process.


At RRM LAW, we specialize in meticulously assessing and strategizing around these essential factors to maximize your eligibility under the Federal Skilled Worker Program. Our experienced immigration team is dedicated to helping you navigate these intricacies with precision and confidence, bringing you one step closer to achieving your Canadian dream.

Embark on your path to Canadian permanent residence with us. RRM LAW is your partner in transforming aspirations into reality.

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