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Express Entry -
Federal Skilled Worker Program

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is one of the three federal economic immigration programs under the Express Entry system used by IRCC to manage applications for permanent residency from skilled foreign workers.

To be eligible for Express Entry - FSWP, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have at least one year of full-time work experience in a skilled occupation listed in the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

  • You must have your foreign education assessed and have obtained an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report.

  • You must meet the language proficiency requirements in either English (IELTS general test) or French, as set by the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC).

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can create an Express Entry profile and enter the pool of candidates. IRCC uses a point-based system to rank candidates in the pool, called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The CRS awards points based on factors such as age, language proficiency, education, work experience, and other factors.

Candidates with the highest CRS scores are invited to apply for permanent residency through regular Express Entry draws that take place approximately every two weeks. Once you receive an invitation to apply (ITA), you have 60 days to submit your application for permanent residency.


Overall, the FSWP is a great option for skilled foreign workers who wish to apply for permanent residency in Canada and meet the minimum eligibility criteria.

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