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Top 7 Facts Of Canada Federal Skilled Worker Program 2021

The Canada Federal Skilled Worker Program is best for experienced foreign skilled workers who want to immigrate to Canada permanently. Read on.

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The Federal Skilled Worker Program is for skilled workers with work experience who wish to immigrate to Canada. Read on to understand the visa prerequisites that you are expected to meet, the application process and all the other important factors to consider before you apply for the FSWP program.

1. What is the Canada Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)?

A Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is a Canadian immigration program meant for those who meet the specific requirements that is considered acceptable by the Canadian Government. The selection factors are based on the applicant's age, education, work experience, language proficiency, and so on. 

A skilled worker can become a permanent resident in this country through this program. The PR card comes with special benefits that can also be enjoyed by the candidate's spouse/partner and dependent children.

2. Who is Eligible for the Canada FSWP?

The minimum points needed to be eligible for a Canada PR visa as a federal skilled worker is 67 points out of 100

Selection Factor

Required Points


25 points


28 points

Work Experience

15 points


12 points


10 points

Arranged Employment

10 points


The eligibility criteria for each selection factor is as follows:

Education from a reputed Canadian post-secondary institution or equivalent standard. The requirements are:

  • A minimum diploma-level educational credential from a Canadian school
  • An equivalent qualification from a foreign school as per the ECA guidelines
  • Language

To prove good language skills in French or English, you need:

  • A high score in French exam language ability


  • A high score in English official language proficiency
  • The minimum score for either should be CLB score 7

To prove your work experience in the labor market, the requirements are:

  • At least one year of work experience in a full-time job
  • Around the same amount of skilled work experience for a part-time job
  • You need to have worked continuously if you have chosen skilled trades
  • The level of occupation allowed is Skill Level A, B, or 0 as per the National Occupational Classification


  • A Canadian employer who has given you employment
Age Factor
  • Aged 18 to 46 years
  • Up to 12 points will be allotted to candidates between the ages of 18 and 35 years. Each year above the age of 35 will reduce the allocation by 1, with no points being awarded as of age 47.
  • Adaptability to settle after getting permanent residency
  • You and your spouse or common-law partner who will immigrate with you to Canada can earn points for adaptability.
Proof of Funds
  • Should show proof of fund to immigrate to Canada
  • The amount of funds needed depends on the size of the family included in the application.

According to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the following family members can be included on an application for Canadian permanent residence:

  • the principal applicant;
  • their spouse or partner;
  • their dependent children; and
  • their spouse’s dependent children.

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3. What Documents are Required for the FSWP?

The documents required for FSWP immigration are:

  • Application form
  • Identity proofs like passports are necessary for each member
  • English Test- IELTS General for foreigners
  • ECA report as proof of equal education in foreign schools as Canadian schools
  • Birth certificate of dependant and their relevant forms
  • Marriage certificate as proof of spousal factor for Canadian immigration
  • Medical certificate from a reputed doctor
  • Police certificate (only after asked to provide before approving permanent residence)
  • Bank balance certificate as fund proof
  • EPFO or stock market investment statement
  • Fee Payment Form
  • Pay Slip/Relieving Letter(s) from the last employer till last 1-3 months (part-time work too)
  • Confirmation letter/offer letter(s) as arranged employment proof

4. How to Apply for the Federal Skilled Worker Program?

To apply for the Canada federal skilled worker program, you must follow the steps listed below.

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5. Cost Breakdown of FSWP

The processing fee -

  • A single application is CAD $825
  • The permanent residency fee in Canadian CAD $500
  • The total payment needed is CAD $1325.

To add a spouse -  

  • You need to pay CAD $825 extra
  • For a dependent child CAD $225.

The fee is meant to be regulated from time to time.

6. Processing Time for FSWP Application

The processing time for the Canada federal skilled worker program is around 6 months.

For incomplete applications, the processing time may take longer.

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