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10 Facts of Canada Federal Skilled Worker Program {2020}

Canada Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Program also known as a “PR visa” is for the individuals who are able to meet the requirements of Canada immigration (67 points).

This is a 5 years multiple entry visa, which allows foreign skilled workers to work and settle in Canada.

Below are Top 10 Facts Of Canada FSW Program:

1. What is the FSW program?

The Federal Skilled Visa is a permanent residency granted to skilled professionals. To obtain this visa, the candidate has to meet the eligibility criteria based on points. The points are assigned of age, education, work experience, language ability etc.

This is the fastest mode for a federal skilled worker to apply for permanent residency to Canada based on the scores obtained from certain factors.

2. What are the benefits of an FSW visa?

Some of the benefits of having Canadian PR are:

  • You can work, live and study anywhere in the country
  • You are eligible to get health care and social services for the family
  • Have the liberty of bringing spouse/children/dependents to Canada
  • Apply for citizenship after completing 3 years as a PR.
  • Provide free education for dependent children.
  • Be eligible for pension and retirement plans.

Note: With the FSW program, you are eligible to stay in any province in Canada except Quebec as it has a different PR system.

3. What is the eligibility criteria for FSW?

Canada FSW eligibility criteria
  • You need to score a minimum score of 67 in Points Calculator
  • Be proficient in either English or French or both, which is tested by tests
  • Have skills in one of the occupations that are listed in the country's occupation list
  • Show proof of funds.
  • Have good health.
  • Be certified about good character, without any criminal record.

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4. What are the steps to apply for FSW?

The step-by-step process to get an FSW visa are:

  • Check your eligibility (67 points) using on Canada Immigration Points Calculator
  • Complete Education Credential Assessment (ECA).
  • Create a profile in Express Entry Pool.
  • If you score good CRS points, you will receive a notification from Canada immigration department called “Invitation to Apply (ITA)”.
  • Pay visa fee and apply for PR within 60 days
  • Submit health and conduct certificates (when asked)
  • Wait for 4-6months and get your visa approved.

5. How long does the process take for Canada PR?

There is no standard timeline to the process your application. The length of process depends on your CRS score. Though you should get the FSW Visa in 6months after receiving ITA.

You can also increase your score by following the steps below:

  • By getting a score for the French language (basic level).
  • By showing that you have siblings or friends (in Manitoba) in Canada.
  • By getting a job offer or Extend to PNP Nomination.

6. Can you go to Canada without a job offer?

Yes, you can go to Canada without a job offer in hand with Federal skilled visa. You can search for work after getting there.

You can also apply for jobs from India after receiving visa. You get 3-6months to get in Canada after your visa is approved.

7. Which is the best place to migrate to Canada?

The popular Canadian destinations to get settled are Ontario and Saskatchewan. But it also depends on the area of your earlier work and its demand across Canada.

8. What work experience should I have to migrate to Canada through FSW?

You need to have a minimum two years full time paid experience in any occupation listed in Skill Level A or Skill Level B or Skill type 0.

9. What are the jobs that have high demand in Canada?

Below are the jobs that have high demand in Canada are:

  • IT professionals
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Chartered accountants
  • Engineers
  • Managers and other corporate professionals.

10. Why is Kansas the best immigration service to consult for Canada PR visa?

The process to apply for Canada PR required expertise in

  • Determining your eligibility: Not all information about the various can found in online.
  • Visa Processing: The stage-wise (3) process involves multiple technical level information. A minor mistake might eliminate your chances of success.

At Kansas Overseas:

  • You can simplify the visa process with the help of our consultants, willing to guide you at every level.
  • You can get your visa processed online without the need to visit our office.
  • You can get expert advice at all stages of the process that increases the chances of visa success.
  • Our service covers 360 degrees of relocation. Though we start with the visa process, but services cover the advance job search services and relocation services.

What is the detailed step by step process of Canada Federal Skilled Worker Visa?

10 Steps to get FSW Permanent Residency Visa

The following streamlines the steps to get permanent residency for Canada:

  1. Create your profile in Express Entry Portal using the GC key.
  2. Answer the questions which will check your eligibility for the FSW program.
  3. Upon eligibility, you would need to provide details on age, education, work experience, and other adaptability factors.
  4. Based on these factors a score is generated called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). With these CRS scores, you will be placed in the Express Entry pool.
  5. Every alternative week the Canadian government conducts draws and select applicants based on the draw and send an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for the pre-defined score of the Express Entry Draw.
  6. Undergo a medical examination.
  7. Obtain a police clearance certificate.
  8. Provide all the education credentials and work experience letters from current and previous employers.
  9. With the above documents, you are required to submit within 60 days from the date of ITA received and also pay right to permanent residency fees.
  10. Upon review of the documents by the Immigration officer, your visa is approved.

Minimum eligibility requirements for the FSW Program:

1. Eligible score

Initial eligible scores of 100 are based on different factors and passing points are 67.

6 factors to Calculate Canada PR points

A) Age

It is the main factor for a person applying with FSW as the country needs young and skilled workers.

Age Maximum Points
18- 35 Year 12 Points
36 11 Points
37 10 Points
38 9 Points
39 8 Points
40 7 Points
41 6 Points
42 5 Points
43 4 Points
44 3 Points
45 2 Points
46 1 Points
47 and older 0 Points

B) Education

The higher your education, the more points you are going to fetch and also meet the standards of the Canadian education system.

Education Qualification Maximum Points
University degree or equivalent to PhD 25 Points
Holding a Masters Degree 23 Points
Holding a Double-Bachelor Degree 22 Points
Bachelor’s Degree 21 Points
3 Years Diploma Course after Higher Secondary 19 Points
3 Years Diploma Course after High School 15 Points
High School 5 Points

C) Job offers

Any job offer from a Canadian employer also increases your score.

D) Experience

A minimum of 2 or more years of experience in your relevant field is a must to start with this program.

Work Experience Maximum Points
1 Year 9 Points
2-3 Years 11 Points
4-5 Years 13 Points
6 Years and above 15 Points

E) Adaptability

Here you can increase the score by providing your spouse factors like education, work experience, and language proficiency.

Adaptability Factors Maximum points
Your spouse or partner’s skills 5 Points
If pursued your education in Canada 5 Points
If your spouse or partner has pursued an education in Canada 5 Points
If having your previous work experience in Canada 10 Points
If your spouse is having past work experience in Canada 5 Points
If you have an arranged employment 5 Points
If you have any relatives living in Canada 5 Points

F) Language skill

Canada's immigration system accepts proficiency in English and French and requires you to give a test like IELTS, TEF, etc. The detailed list of the score is as follows:

Reading Speaking Writing Listening CLB
6 6 6 6 CLB 7
6.5 6.5 6.5 7.5 CLB 8
7-7.5 7 7 8 CLB 9
8-9 7.5-9 7.5-9 8.5-9 CLB 10
TEF Canada TFC Canada
The Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF Canada) is one of the tests approved by IRCC for French. The Test de connaissances du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada) managed by the Centre International d’Études Pédagogiques (CIEP) in France.
You need to score a minimum level of 7 NCLC. You should be able to score a minimum level of 7 NCLC.

2. Occupation code

canadian federal skilled worker program occupation list

Check Eligibility

The Canadian government has classified all the skills based on 4 numerical code called National Occupation Code (NOC) based on the roles and responsibilities.

The details are given below:

NOC Skill Type 0
The skill type refers to the candidates having work experience in management occupations.
Some of the examples for the skill type are Senior management occupations, legislators, middle and other management occupations
NOC Skill Level A
The skill level refers to the candidates having a college/vocational degree or apprenticeship Training.
The code can be either 2 or 3.
The type of training or education required for this skill type is
1. 2-3 years of post-secondary education (or)
2. 2-5 years of training -apprenticeship (or)
3. 3-4 years of secondary education, and more than 2 years of on the job training
The immigration programs which are preferable are the Federal Skilled Worker Program, PNP Skilled Worker and Work Permit.
NOC Skill Level B
The skill level mainly refers to the occupations, which require education from the university.
The code can be 0 or 1.
The type of education needed for the skill level is a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate Level.
The immigration programs which are acceptable for the skill type are a Work permit, Federal Skilled Worker program, PNP Skilled Worker program, CEC, Federal Skilled Trades.

3. Medical tests and character certification

Medical tests

You have to go through a medical test by a panel of listed physicians to prove that you do not carry any life-threatening infections to the country.

Character certificate

Police clearance certificated is a proof that you are not a threat to the country. This certificate should be taken from all the countries where you have resided for more than 6 months.

Fee Requirements

Depending upon the factors and the number of people dependent on the applicate the fees vary. The detailed fee structure is given in the table below:

Fee Factors In Canadian Dollars In Indian Rupees
If traveling alone (For primary applicant) Processing Fee for Canada Visa $ 825 INR 44,660
Right of PR Fee $ 500 INR 27,066
Biometrics Fee $ 85 INR 4,860
If traveling with a spouse (For secondary applicant) Processing Fee for Canada Visa $ 825 INR 44,660
Right of PR Fee $ 500 INR 27,066
Biometrics $ 85 INR 4,860
If traveling with children Right of PR Fee
$ 225 for each child INR 12,180
Biometrics $ 85 (if the child is above 14 years) INR 4,860
Other Fee Requirements Educational Credential Assessment $ 200 (Approximately) INR 10,871 (Approximately)
IELTS $ 221 (Approx. for single attempt) INR 12,000 (Approx. for single attempt)
Medical Test $ 92 - $ 184 (Approx) INR 5,000 – 10,000 (Approx)
PCC Depends Depends

Documents checklist

The documents required to apply for FSW visa:

  1. Education certificates
  2. Birth certificate
  3. Medical certificate
  4. Conduct certificate
  5. Passport/travel document
  6. Experience certificate
  7. Job offer letter (if any)
  8. Proof of funds documents (documents to support your financial assets)
  9. Marriage certificate (if travelling with spouse)

If any additional documentation needed basing on your profile will be intimated to you.

Funds Required

Funds required for your survival in initially months depending upon the number of people traveling to Canada with you. The below table enlists the details regarding funds:

Number of family members Fund required
1 $12,669
2 $15,772
3 $19,390
4 $23,542
5 $26,701
6 $30,114
7 $33,528
For each additional family member $3,414