Federal Skilled Worker

The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program is for immigrants to Canada who are selected as permanent residents based on their ability to become economically established in Canada. FSW applications are assessed for eligibility according to the criteria set out below. For your application to be eligible for processing, you must:

1. Basic Skill:

At least 1 year work experience within the last 10 years and skill type (Managerial or Professional or technical occupations). OR
Have a valid offer of arranged employment. OR
Is an international student who is enrolled in a PhD program in Canada (or who graduated from a Canadian PhD program within the past 12 months).

2. Minimum IELTS Score:

    • Speaking      6.0
    • Listening       6.0
    • Reading       6.0
    • Writing         6.0

3.  Education:

Your academic qualification must be equal to a completed Canadian secondary or post-secondary educational credential.

N:B Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) by an agency approved by CIC, such as University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies or International Credential Assessment Service of Canada or International Credential Assessment Service of Canada or Medical Council of Canada for professional body) 

Eligibilities: Six Factors 

If you are eligible to apply as a federal skilled worker, we will assess you on a point system based on six selection factors.

Selection Factor Maximum points
English and/or French skills 28
Education 25
Experience 15
Age 12
Arranged employment in Canada 10
Adaptability 10
Total 100
Pass mark: 67 out of 100 points
  • If your score is 67 points or higher out of 100, you may qualify to immigrate to Canada as a federal skilled worker.
  • If your score is lower than the pass mark of 67 points, you will not qualify to immigrate to Canada as a federal skilled worker. It is better not to apply at this time.

Descriptions of 6 Selection Factor:

1. English and/or French skills: Maximum 28 Points

First official language: IELTS

Speaking Listening Reading Writing Points Total Points
6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 4 16
6.5 7.5 6.5 6.5 5 20
7.0 – 9.0 8.0 – 9.0 7.0 – 9.0 7.0 – 9.0 6 24

Second official language: French

Speaking Listening Reading Writing Points
5.0 – 9.0 5.0 – 9.0 4.0 – 9.0 5.0 – 9.0 4

2. Education: Maximum 25 Points

Education Maximum 25 points
University degree at the Doctoral (PhD) level 25 points
University degree at the Master’s level 23 points
Two or more post-secondary degrees or diplomas 22 points
Post-secondary degree or diploma for a program of threeyears or longer 21 points
Post-secondary degree or diploma for a two-year program 19 points
Post-secondary degree or diploma for a one-year program 15 points
High school diploma 5 points

3. ExperienceMaximum 15 Points

Experience Maximum 15 points
1 year 9
2-3 years 11
4-5 years 13
6 or more years 15

4. Age: Maximum 12 Points

Age Points
Under 18 0
18-35 12
36 11
37 10
38 9
39 8
40 7
41 6
42 5
43 4
44 3
45 2
46 1
47 and Older 0

 5. Arranged employment in Canada: Maximum 10 Points

If Points
You currently work in Canada on a temporary work permit. 10
You currently work in Canada in a job that is exempt from the LMO 10
You are currently working in Canada and a different employerhas offered to give you a permanent full-time job. 10

6. Adaptability: Maximum 10 Points

Adaptability Points
Your spouse or partner’s language level 5
Your past study in Canada 5
Your spouse or partner’s past study in Canada 5
Your past work in Canada 10
Your spouse or common-law partner’s past work in Canada 5
Arranged Employment in Canada 5
Relatives in Canada 5


Proof of funds:

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

Number of
Family Members
Funds Required
(In Canadian dollars)
1 $11,115
2 $13,837
3 $17,011
4 $20,654
5 $23,425
6 $26,419
7 or More $29,414


Some people are not allowed to come to Canada. They are known as “inadmissible” under Canada’s immigration law.

There are many reasons we may not let you into Canada, such as:

  • You are a security risk,
  • You have committed human or international rights violations,
  • You have been convicted of a crime, or you have committed an act outside Canada that would be a crime,
  • You have ties to organized crime,
  • You have a serious health problem,
  • You have a serious financial problem,
  • You lied on your application or in an interview,
  • You do not meet the conditions in Canada’s immigration law, or
  • One of your family members is not allowed into Canada.

Necessary Documents to Open a File at SA Associates:

  1. Passport (Each member of the Family)
  2. Photo 6 Copies (Each member of the Family)
  3. Birth Certificate (Each member of the Family)
  4. Education Papers with Canadian Assessing Authority Report (only Principal Applicant)
  5. Job Experience Certificate (Only Principal Applicant)
  6. SA Application Form Fill Up