Federal Skilled Worker

Canada seeks the skills and experience of foreign skilled workers. Each year thousands of skilled foreign workers from all over the world choose to immigrate to Canada under this specific immigration program.
FSW program is the most popular category for immigration to Canada. Skilled workers are chosen as a permanent resident based on several factors.

In order to qualify under FSW category you need to meet the basic eligibility requirements as follows:

  • You must have at least one year of continuous and paid (full-time or an equal amount in part-time) work experience, in a single occupation, within the last 10 years, at skill type 0, or skill levels A or B of the 2011 edition of the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC) which is managerial, professional and technical occupation. and
  • You have this work experience in one of the eligible occupations(please see below) or
  • You have a valid offer of arranged employment, which means a valid offer of a full time, permanent job offer from Canadian employer and Labour Market Impact Assessment approval. or
  • You are an international student who is enrolled in a PhD program in Canada (or who graduated from a recognized Canadian PhD program within the past 12 months)

In addition you must also obtain minimum of 67 points, based on a CIC selection grid factors. Points are awarded for:

  • Age- up to 12 points.
  • Education- up to 25 points.
  • Work experience- up to 15 points.
  • Language proficiency-up to 28 points.
  • Arranged employment in Canada-up to 10 points.
  • Adaptability – up to 10 points.

As of May 1, 2014, maximum of 25,500 for new federal skilled worker applications will be accepted under this program. This includes a cap of 500 applications from PhD students. There are also sub-caps of 1,000 for each of the 50 eligible occupations. The caps do not affect people with a valid job offer.

Please see the list of the eligible occupations:
      0013 Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services
      0015 Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c.
      0111 Financial managers
      0112 Human resources managers
      0113 Purchasing managers
      0121 Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers
      0311 Managers in health care
      0711 Construction managers
      0712 Home building and renovation managers
      0811 Managers in natural resources production and fishing
      0911 Manufacturing managers
      1111 Financial auditors and accountants
      1112 Financial and investment analysts
      1113 Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers
      1114 Other financial officers
      1123 Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
      1212 Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers
      1224 Property administrators
      2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers
      2131 Civil engineers
      2132 Mechanical engineers
      2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
      2145 Petroleum engineers
      2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
      2172 Database analysts and data administrators
      2173 Software engineers and designers
      2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
      2232 Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
      2234 Construction estimators
      2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
      2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
      2263 Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
      2281 Computer network technicians
      3011 Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
      3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
      3111 Specialist physicians
      3112 General practitioners and family physicians
      3132 Dietitians and nutritionists
      3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
      3142 Physiotherapists
      3143 Occupational Therapists
      3214 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
      3215 Medical Radiation Technologists
      3216 Medical Sonographers
      3233 Licensed practical nurses
      3234 Paramedical occupations
      4011 University professors and lecturers
      4151 Psychologists
      4214 Early childhood educators and assistants
      5125 Translators, terminologists and interpreters

Additionally You must show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family after you get to Canada. The amount of money you need to support your family is set by the size of your family.

You must also meet the inadmissibility requirements. Some people are not allowed to come to Canada. They are known as “inadmissible” under Canada’s immigration law.