Federal Skilled Worker Program

This program is designed for foreign workers who intent to immigrate to Canada as permanent residents. This program is one of three immigration programs under the Express Entry Program.
Minimum requirements to be complied for this Program are:

  • Skilled work experience
  • Language ability
  • Education

If aforesaid minimum requirements are met, IRCC will then assess application based on following :

  • Age
  • Education
  • Work Experience
  • Holding of valid job offer
  • English/French language proficiency skills
  • Adaptability


The aforesaid factors are part of a 100-point grid used to assess eligibility for the Federal Skilled Worker Program. Candidate can earn points on the manner in which they perform six (6) factors.


The current pass mark is 67 points.

For candidates who are unable to achieve this benchmark score can make an attempt to obtain this score by working on their language scores, enrolling for a degree, diploma or certificate course or receiving an offer for arranged employment in Canada



This program means the aspiring candidate has worked in any one of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) job

  • Managerial jobs (skill type 0)
  • Professional jobs (skill level A)
  • Technical jobs and skilled trades (skill level B)

Candidate should demonstrate that while working in their primary occupation he/she performed the duties set out in the lead statement of the occupational description in the NOC. This includes all the essential duties and most of the main duties listed.

Skilled work experience must be:
  • in the same type of job (have the same NOC) as the job Candidate want to use for their immigration application (called Candidates primary occupation)
  • within the last 10 years
  • paid work (This means he/she must have been paid wages or earned commission. Volunteer work or unpaid internships are not considered)
  • at least 1 year of continuous work or 1,560 hours total (30 hours per week). Candidate can meet this in a few different ways :
    • Full-time at 1 job: 30 hours/week for 12 months = 1 year full time (1,560 hours)
    • Equal amount in part-time: 15 hours/week for 24 months = 1 year full time (1,560 hours)
    • Full-time at more than 1 job: 30 hours/week for 12 months at more than 1 job = 1 year full time (1,560 hours)

For part-time work, Candidate can work more or less than 15 hours/week as long as it adds up to 1,560 hours. ICCRC does not count any hours worked above 30 hours/week by the Candidate.

Candidate must take approved language tests in English or French for:

  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Speaking

Obtain a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in all 4 abilities
Language tests are valid for 2 years after the date of the test result. They must be valid on the day Candidate apply for permanent residence.

If Candidate have studied at a school in Canada, Candidate must have a certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian :

  • Secondary institution (high school) or
  • Post-secondary institution
  • If Candidate has a foreign education, Candidate must have: a completed credential, and
  • An Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for immigration purposes from a designated organization showing that Candidates education is equal to a completed certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian:
  • Secondary institution (high school) or
  • Post-secondary institution

Obtain a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in all 4 abilities
Language tests are valid for 2 years after the date of the test result. They must be valid on the day Candidate apply for permanent residence.

Proof of funds

Candidate must show that he/she hold sufficient funds for themselves and their family to settle in Canada, unless Candidate:

  • Is currently able to legally work in Canada
  • Have a valid job offer from an employer in Canada

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