To be eligible for this program, applicants must:
- Have obtained at least one year of continuous full-time or equivalent paid work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled occupation (NOC type 0, A or B)
- Have a minimum language level of CLB 7 in each category
- Obtain at least 67 points based on six selection factors
Six Selection Factors
You must score at least 67 points out of 100 to be eligible to immigrate under the FSW program
1. English/French Proficiency (Maximum 28 points)
|9 or higher||6||6||6||6|
|Below 7||Not eligible to apply|
|At least CLB5 in all of the four abilities||4|
|CLB 4 or less in any of the four abilities||0|
2. Education (Maximum 25 Points)
|University degree at the Doctoral (PhD) level or equal||25|
|University degree at the Master’s level or equal OR University level entry-to-practice professional degree (or equal). Occupation related to the degree must be:
|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|
|Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma for a program of three years or longer, or equal||21|
|Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma for a two-year program, or equal||19|
|Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma for a one-year program, or equal||15|
|Canadian high school diploma, or equal||5|
3. Work Experience (Maximum 15 points)
You can get points for the number of years of full-time paid work experience (at least 30 hours per week, or an equal amount of part-time) in the past 10 years. Only work experience in a skilled occupation (NOC type 0, A or B) is counted.
|6 or more years||15|
4. Age (Maximum 12 points)
Points are awarded based on your age.
|40||7||47 and older||0|
5. Arranged Employment in Canada (Maximum 10 points)
You may be able to obtain 10 points if you have a permanent, full-time, permanent and non-seasonal job offer from a Canadian employer. It must be a skilled occupation (NOC type 0, A or B)
|You currently work in Canada on a temporary work permit.||Your work permit is valid both when you apply and when the visa is issued (or you are authorized to work in Canada without a work permit when your visa is issued).
CIC issued your work permit based on a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). Your employer would have applied for the LMIA, which you then had to attach to your application to CIC.
You are working for an employer named on your work permit who has made a permanent job offer based on you being accepted as a skilled worker.
|You currently work in Canada in a job that is exempt from the LMIA requirement under:
||Your work permit is valid both when you apply and when the visa is issued (or you are authorized to work in Canada without a permit when your visa is issued).
Your current employer has made a permanent job offer based on you being accepted as a skilled worker.
|You currently do not:
|An employer has made you a permanent job offer based on you being accepted as a skilled worker.
The employer has a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment from ESDC.
6. Adaptability (Maximum 10 points)
|Your spouse/partner has a language level at CLB 4 or higher in all categories||5|
|You finished at least two academic years of full-time study (in a program at least two years long) at a secondary or post-secondary school in Canada.||5|
|Your spouse/partner finished at least two academic years of full-time study (in a program at least two years long) at a secondary or post-secondary school in Canada.||5|
|You did at least one year of full-time work in Canada:
|Your spouse / partner did at least one year of full-time work in Canada on a valid work permit or while authorized to work in Canada.||5|
|You earned points under Arranged Employment.||5|
|You or your spouse/partner have a relative who is a Canadian/Permanent Resident at least 18 years of age.||5|