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The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is Canada's primary economic immigration pathway and gives skilled workers with foreign work experience, and their family, the opportunity to become permanent resident in Canada.


If you have not lived in Canada before and are not a skilled trades professional, the Federal Skilled Worker Program is your best Express Entry option.


The first step us to see if you are eligible under the program's criteria, then submit an Express Entry profile. Based on the information provided, candidates then obtain a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score that determines their ranking in the pool of eligible candidates.

Usually every two weeks, the Canadian government holds Express Entry draws inviting the candidates with the highest CRS scores to apply for permanent residence. CRS scores are not fixed and candidates may take steps to improve their score while in the pool.

Am I eligible to apply for the Federal Skilled Worker Program?

To be eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, potential candidates must meet the minimum requirements for work, language ability, education and obtain 67 points under the program's 100-point grid. You must also meet the following minimum requirements:

  • One year of continuous full-time or equivalent paid work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled occupation classified under NOC skill level 0, A or B

  • Proof of language proficiency equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in English or French across all abilities (reading, writing, listening, and speaking

  • Canadian educational credential (certificate, diploma, or degree) or foreign credential and Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report.

  • Proof of sufficient money to settle in Canada 

Contact Lumen Immigration for more information or assistance applying through the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

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