Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)

The Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) is for people with specific types of work experience who want to live anywhere outside of Quebec. There is a Quebec Skilled Worker Class program for people who want to live in Quebec. These programs are for individuals who do not yet live or work in Canada.


Once you have met all of the qualifications for express entry through one of the Canadian immigration programs, you can create a profile for the Express Entry pool. At that time, your qualifications are ranked by the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

This system assesses your value to Canada’s economy based on three factors:


This refers to your age, education level, language ability and Canadian work experience. People between the ages of 20 and 29 get the most points for the age category. You also get a point boost if you have a university, master’s or doctoral degree. Speaking fluent English and French will raise your value, and you get additional points if you have 1 to 5 years of Canadian work experience.

How Express Entry Works:

Express Entry is an online system that we use to manage applications for permanent residence from skilled workers.

There are 4 steps to apply for this category:

Step 1: Find out if you’re eligible

Step 2: Get your documents ready

Step 3: Submit your profile

Step 4: Receive an invitation and apply for permanent residence

Six selection factors – Federal Skilled Worker Program (Express Entry)

We use selection factor points to help assess your eligibility for the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

We’ll assess your selection factors and assign an overall score out of 100.

If you score 67 points or higher, you may qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

If you meet the other requirements too, you can submit a profile to the Express Entry pool. Once you’re in the Express Entry pool, we use a different system to rank your profile.

If you score lower than 67 points, you won’t qualify for the program. You may be able to get a higher score by doing things like:

  • improving your language skills
  • completing another degree, diploma, or certificate
  • receiving an offer of arranged employment in Canada

The Six Selection Factors are as follows: