January 7, 2022

What are the selection factors for Federal Skilled Worker Program?

The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program is one of the 3 Canada's Express Entry system routes for applying for a permanent residency visa. The Express Entry system allows provinces and territories to propose a certain pool of participants who satisfy their local provincial/territorial market demands. This direct invitation can be a lot more beneficial for an immigrant. To be eligible for FSW, an applicant must meet the minimum requirements in terms of skilled work experience, language ability, and education. You can explore the requirements here.


Comprehensive Ranking System for The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program

Candidates for immigration through the Express Entry program who have been nominated by a province are also awarded points underneath the Comprehensive Ranking System. Because of candidates being ranked using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), the Federal Skilled Worker program is highly competitive. To be eligible for the FSWP, you must meet the minimum requirements for work experience, language ability, and education, as well as score at least 67 out of 100.


How to score 67/100 points for FSW Program:

Thus, to concisely say, to be eligible for FSW Program, you need to fulfill the minimum requirements as discussed above and also score at least 67 out of 100 in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). These 67 score points are categorized in the following ways:


Factor Points
Education 25
Language Proficiency 28
Age 12
Work Experience 15
Arranged Employment 10
Adaptability 10
Minimum Pass Score 67


Further, These six factors are marked on the following basis:




Level of Education Points (25 max)
Doctoral (PhD) level 25 points
Master's level or professional degree. Occupation related to the degree must be:

- NOC 2016 Skill Level A, and

- Licensed by a provincial regulatory body

(Also, the Degree program must be in one of the following academic disciplines: Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Podiatry, Optometry, Law, Chiropractic Medicine, or Pharmacy.)

23 points
Two or more post-secondary credentials, one of which is a three-year or longer post-secondary credential 22 points
Three-year or longer post-secondary credential 21 points
Two-year post-secondary credential 19 points
One-year post-secondary credential 15 points
Secondary school/high school diploma 5 points




First Official Language
CLB Level 9 or higher (Initial Advanced) IELTS Listening 8 or above or CELPIP 9 or above

IELTS Reading 7 or above

IELTS Speaking 7 or above

IELTS Writing 7 or above

6 points per ability
CLB Level 8 (Fluent Intermediate) IELTS Listening 7.5 or CELPIP 8

IELTS Reading 6.5

IELTS Speaking 6.5

IELTS Writing 6.5

5 points per ability
CLB Level 7 (Adequate Intermediate) IELTS Listening 6 or CELPIP 7

IELTS Reading 6

IELTS Speaking 6

IELTS Writing 6

4 points per ability
Below CLB Level 7 Not eligible to apply Not eligible to apply
Maximum points for first official language 24 points
Second Official Language
CLB 5 and above 4 points for all language abilities
Maximum 4 points




Work Experience Points (15 max)
1 year (at least one year of continuous work or 1,560 hours total) 9 points
2-3 years 11 points
4-5 years 13 points
6 years or more 15 points


  • AGE


Age of Applicant Points (12 max)
18 to 35 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 point
47 and over 0 points




Adaptability Points (10 max)
Principal applicant's previous work in Canada (minimum one (1) year of full-time work in Canada in an occupation classified as Skill Type 0, A, or B of the National Occupational Classification - NOC) 10 points
Principal applicant's past studies in Canada (minimum two (2) academic years of full-time* study in at least two-year-long study program at a secondary or post-secondary educational institution in Canada). 5 points
Accompanying spouse/common-law partner's past studies in Canada (minimum two (2) academic years of full-time* study in an at least two-year long study program at a secondary or post-secondary educational institution in Canada). 5 points
Accompanying spouse/common-law partner's past work in Canada (minimum one (1) year of full-time work in Canada while on a valid work permit or with authorization to work) 5 points
Arranged employment in Canada 5 points
Principal applicant or spouse/common-law partner have a relative** in Canada. The relative must be living in Canada, 18 years or older and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. 5 points
Accompanying spouse/common-law partner's language ability (English and French language proficiency at CLB 4 level or above in all four language abilities). CLB Level 4 is equivalent to IELTS 4.0 in Writing, 4.5 in Listening, 3.5 in Reading, and 4.0 in Speaking). 5 points


After this, if you get selected and are invited to apply through this program, you will proceed to apply for a Canadian PR Visa. Obtaining your PR visa for Canada can be a time-consuming and complicated process; however, the assistance of an immigration lawyer can help make the process a lot easier. Remember, if you choose to move to Canada, do not forget to contact the Best Immigration Consultants in Dubai for appropriate and adequate assistance because the immigration process is not that straightforward, and having a team who has the right experience and expertise will make hundreds of things easier for you!


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