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Federal Skilled Workers Program - 2023

The Federal skilled worker Program (FSWP) is one of the best immigration programs to get Canada PR. It is one of the three categories in Canada's Express Entry System, i.e. 

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC) 

The Express Entry is an online point-based immigration system launched by IRCC (Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada) way back in January 2015.

The FSWP under Express Entry provides the pathway to overseas skilled workers to get Canadian Permanent Residency (PR). It's a part of the economic immigration programs of Canada. The skilled workers can apply in Federal Skilled Workers Program to obtain Canadian permanent residency.

The Federal Skilled Worker category of Express Entry system assesses the applicants based on six selection factors and allocate them points accordingly. Once applicants achieve minimum required points, they become eligible to find place in Express Entry pool of candidates and hence, get a CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) Score. The IRCC hold the Express Entry draws periodically to invite the candidates to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency (PR) Visa.

Note: As announced in May 2023, now the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is also conducting the category-based Express Entry draws to invite the candidates based on their experience in key occupations or proficiency in French language.

Six FSW Selection Factors and points allocation based on the same

These FSW selection factors are age, education, work experience, language proficiency, adaptability, and employment. The applicants require scoring at least 67 points out of 100 to qualify for the FSW category, based on the selection factors mentioned above factors. 

(1) Education

  1. University degree at the Doctoral (PhD) level or equal- 25 points
  2. University degree at the Master's level or equivalent –23 points
  3. University level entry-to-practice professional degree. Occupation related to the degree must be:- NOC 2011 Skill Level A and licensed by a provincial regulatory body (Degree must be secured in Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Podiatry, Medicine, Dentistry, Podiatry, Optometry, Law, Chiropractic Medicine, or Pharmacy) – 23 points
  4. Two or more Canadian post-secondary degrees or diplomas or equal (at least one must be for a program of at least three years)-22 points
  5. Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma for a program of three years or longer, or equal- 21 points
  6. Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma for a two-year program, or equal-19 points
  7. Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma for a one-year program, or equal-15 points
  8. Canadian high school diploma, or equal-5 points 

(2) Experience-          Maximum 15 points 

1 Year 9 Points
2-3 Years 11 Points
4-5 Years 13 Points
6 or More Years 15 Points

(3) Age-

   Age Points

Under 18 0 Points
18-35 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 Pints
47 and older 0 Points

(4) English Skills-1st Official language. 

CLB Level 9: Points Per Ability: 6 

  • Listening: over 8.0
  • Reading: over 7.0
  • Writing: over 7.0
  • Speaking: over 7.0

CLB Level 8: Points Per Ability: 5

  • Listening: 7.5
  • Reading: 6.5
  • Writing: 6.5
  • Speaking: 6.5

CLB Level 7: Points Per Ability: 4 ** MINIMUM THRESHOLD**

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

Second Official language

CLB Level 5: Points (Total) = 4 

  • Listening: 5.0
  • Reading: 4.0
  • Writing: 5.0
  • Speaking: 5.0

(2) French Skills

First Official language

NCLC Level 9: Points Per Ability: 6

  • Listening: over 298
  • Reading: over 248
  • Writing: over 371
  • Speaking: over 371

NCLC Level 8: Points Per Ability: 5

  • Listening: 280 – 297
  • Reading: 233 – 247
  • Writing: 349 – 370
  • Speaking: 349 – 370

CLB Level 7: Points Per Ability: 4 ** MINIMUM THRESHOLD**

  • Listening: 248 – 279
  • Reading: 207– 232
  • Writing: 310 – 348
  • Speaking: 310– 348

Second Official language

NCLC Level 7: Points (Total) =4 points

  • Listening: 181 – 298+
  • Reading: 151 – 248+
  • Writing: 226 – 371+
  • Speaking: 226 – 371+

(5) Arranged Employment-Has to be assessed in detail.-10 points 

(6) Adaptability-10 points 

Who can get this visa:- 

You are eligible to apply for this this visa if you:- 

(1) have worked full time for at least one year in the applying occupation within the past ten years in the skills 0, A and B and

(a) Fall in the occupation list approved by the Canada immigration and citizenship in consent with the labour market or

(b) Have a job offer already arranged in the Country or

(c) Are an International graduate who has enrolled himself/herself in the PhD program in Canada and

(2) Meet the minimum English requirement of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7.

(3) Can claim additional points by Test devaluation de Francis(French exam test)

(4) Have Canadian Diploma, Bachelor, trade certificate or Foreign Qualification assessed by Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) by an agency approved by Canada immigration and citizenship to provide Canadian qualification evidence.

(5) Do not have any criminal convictions. 

Occupations Classification under new TEER category system

As of November 16, 2022, Canada has implemented the new NOC system 2021, replacing the previous NOC 2016 system. The updated NOC system is structured around the TEER category system. To determine the TEER category of your occupation, refer to the latest NOC Occupation List. Explore the comparison between the former skill types and the new TEER categories below:

Skill type or level

TEER Category

Skill type 0


Skill level A


Skill level B

TEER 2 and TEER 3

Skill level C


Skill level D


Canadian government use a process of going through the Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) where foreign degrees, diploma certificates etc. are compared with the Canadian credentials to check their equivalence before applying for Federal Skilled worker visa. 

If you are a primary applicant of Canadian PR visa and completed youreducation outside Canada, you must undergo Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) before lodging the final visa application.

 There are four bodies approved by Canada's government to conduct an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA). They are- 

  • Comparative Education Service – University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies
  • International Credential Assessment Service of Canada
  • World Education Services
  • Medical Council of Canada (professional body) 

Visa Fee 

  • Right of Permanent Residence Fee-500 CAD
  • Principal applicant-825 CAD
  • A family member of the principal applicant who is 22 years of age or older, or is less than 22 years of age and is a spouse or common-law partner-825 CAD
  • A family member of the principal applicant who is less than 22 years of age and is not a spouse or common-law partner-225 CAD

What you get after Visa Approval:- 

  1. I can live and work in Canada permanently.
  2. Can sponsor your family to become permanent residents.
  3. Can apply for citizenship after spending three years (1,095 days) in Canada. 

Visas Avenue is a leading immigration consultancy company in India.Its dedicated team of immigration and visa experts helps the applicants apply for and get permanent residency in Canada. 

The VA team guides you by selecting the best visa process and makes you free from all the worries associated with the challenging visa process.It is a registered Visa Advisory Service, associated with ICCRC members to provide you with trusted advice and assistance for immigration to Canada. 

To apply Canada PR via express entry system or alternate PNP program, you may contact Visas Avenue Immigration.You may call our visa experts on Toll-Free Number-78-18-000-777. Moreover, to get your eligibility checked and subsequently, receive a call from the expert, you may fill the free assessment form.

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