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EXPRESS ENTRY: FEDERAL SKILLED WORKER (FSW)

Skilled Work Experience:

Your work experience must be:

  • At least one year (1,560 hours total / 30 hours per week), continuous full-time or an equal amount in part-time,
  • Paid work (volunteer work, unpaid internships do not count)
  • In the same NOC skill type (0, A or B) ,
  • Within the last 10 years, and
  • At skill type 0, or skill levels A or B of the 2011 National Occupational Classification (NOC).

 

Full Time

30 hours/week for 12 months = 1 year full time (1,560 hours)

Part time

15 hours/week for 24 months = 1 year full time (1,560 hours)
OR
30 hours/week for 12 months at more than one job = 1 year full time (1,560 hours)

You must show that you did the duties set out in the lead statement of the occupational description in the NOC, including all the essential duties and most of the main duties listed.

If you cannot show that your work experience meets the description in the NOC, you are not eligible under this program.

Language ability:

You must:

You must show that you meet the requirements in English or French by including the test results when you complete your Express Entry profile. Your test results must not be more than two years old on the day you apply for permanent residence.

Education:

You must have:

  • A Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree, Or
  • A completed foreign credential, and
  • An Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from an agency approved by CIC. [The report must show your foreign education is equal to a completed Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree.]

 

Six selection factors

If you meet all the conditions set out in the minimum requirements, we will assess your application based on the selection factors in the federal skilled worker points grid.

The selection factors are:

  • Your skills in English and/or French (Canada”s two official languages) [Maximum 28 points],
  • Your education [Maximum 25 points],
  • Your work experience [Maximum 15 points],
  • Your age [Maximum 12 points],
  • Whether you have a valid job offer [Maximum 10 points], and
  • Your adaptability (how well you are likely to settle here) [Maximum 10 points].

To see how many points you might get, read about the selection factors.

Proof of funds

You must show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family after you arrive in Canada.

Unless you are currently authorized to work in Canada and have a valid job offer from an employer in Canada, you must show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family after you get to Canada.

You cannot borrow this money from another person. You must be able to use this money to pay the costs of living for your family (even if they are not coming with you).

You will need to show proof to the Canadian visa office in your home country that you have enough money when you apply to immigrate.

The amount of money you need to support your family is set by the size of your family. We update these amounts every year.

Number of Family Members Funds Required(in Canadian dollars)
1 $11,931
2 $14,853
3 $18,260
4 $22,170
5 $25,145
6 $28,359
7 or more $31,574

 

You do not have to show that you have these funds if:

  • you have a valid offer of arranged employment in Canada AND
  • you are currently working or authorized to work in Canada.

 

Principal applicant:

If you are married or live with a common-law foreign national partner in Canada, and that person also meets the above conditions, you can decide which one of you will apply under Express Entry as a principal applicant.

A common-law partner is a person who has lived with you in a conjugal relationship for at least one year. Common-law partner refers to both opposite-sex and same-sex couples.

Look at each selection factor and see which one of you is most likely to meet the eligibility requirements and earn the most points. That person should apply as the principal applicant.

Express Entry: Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Express Entry: Federal Skilled Trade (FST)

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP)

Please Contact Us for more information about the Federal Skilled Worker class or complete our Free Online Assessment now.