Canada Federal Skilled Worker


Federal Skilled Worker applications are assessed based on an applicant’s ability to become economically established upon immigration to Canada.

 NOTE: Citizenship and Immigration Canada has announced changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Program. On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, the Government of Canada announced new occupations and caps for the popular Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program and also announced some changes in the Federal Skilled Trades (FST) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) programs.

 The new changes go into effect for all three programs on May 1, 2014..

 Following are the salient features of the new changes in popular Federal Skilled Worker (Professional) Program:

  • Overall cap of 25,000 applications in 50 eligible occupations on Canada’s National Occupational Classification.
  • No limit on applicants who have an arranged Employment Opinion (AEO) which is aa valid job offer from a Canadian employer
  • Sub-caps of 1,000 applications for each of the 50 eligible occupations below with 4 digit NOC Codes:
    1.  Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services (0013)
    2. Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c. (0015)
    3. Financial managers (0111)
    4. Human resources managers (0112)
    5. Purchasing managers (0113)
    6. Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers (0121)
    7. Managers in health care (0311)
    8. Construction managers (0711)
    9. Home building and renovation managers (0712)
    10. Managers in natural resources production and fishing (0811)
    11. Manufacturing managers (0911)
    12. Financial auditors and accountants (1111)
    13. Financial and investment analysts (1112)
    14. Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers (1113)
    15. Other financial officers (1114)
    16. Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations (1123)
    17. Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers (1212)
    18. Property administrators (1224)
    19. Geoscientists and oceanographers (2113)
    20. Civil engineers (2131)
    21. Mechanical engineers (2132)
    22. Electrical and electronics engineers (2133)
    23. Petroleum engineers (2145)
    24. Information systems analysts and consultants (2171)
    25. Database analysts and data administrators (2172)
    26. Software engineers and designers (2173)
    27. Computer programmers and interactive media developers (2174)
    28. Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians (2232)
    29. Construction estimators (2234)
    30. Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (2241)
    31. Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics (2243)
    32. Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety (2263)
    33. Computer network technicians (2281)
    34. Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors (3011)
    35. Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (3012)
    36. Specialist physicians (3111)
    37. General practitioners and family physicians (3112)
    38. Dietitians and nutritionists (3132)
    39. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists (3141)
    40. Physiotherapists (3142)
    41. Occupational therapists (3143)
    42. Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists (3214)
    43. Medical radiation technologists (3215)
    44. Medical sonographers (3216)
    45. Licensed practical nurses (3233)
    46. Paramedical occupations (3234)
    47. University professors and lecturers (4011)
    48. Psychologists (4151)
    49. Early childhood educators and assistants (4214)
    50. Translators, terminologists and interpreters (5125)

In addition, Federal Skilled Worker (Professional) applicants must attain at least 67 points based on Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC) immigration selection factors.

 The selection factors are summarized as follows:

1. Education: Applicants are awarded up to 25 points.  Education points will be awarded based on an assessment of educational credentials by a designated Canadian organization. This assessment will indicate the foreign credential’s equivalent in Canada.

Up to 25 points are awarded under the Education Factor on the following basis:

Level of Education

  • Points (25 max)

University Degrees

  • Doctoral level
  • 25 points
  • Master`s level or professional degree
  • 23 points
  • Two or more post-secondary credentials, one of which is a three-year or longer post-secondary credential
  • 22 points
  • Three-year or longer post-secondary credential
  • 21 points
  • Two-year post-secondary credential
  • 19 points
  • One-year post-seondary credential
  • 15 points
  • Secondary school
  •  5 points

2. Language Skills: Applicants are awarded up to 28 total points (24-first official language, 4-second official language).    All Skilled Worker (Professional) applicants must include language test results from one of the organization approved by CIC such as Test d’Evaluation de Français (TEF) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with their application so that points for the language section may be awarded. No other method of indicating linguistic abilities will be accepted.

Through their chosen exam, applicants must prove that they meet or exceed a minimum threshold in all four language abilities (listening, reading, speaking, writing).For the English language requirement, CLB 7 is equivalent to scoring 6 on the IELTS.  Applicants who score below the CLB threshold are not eligible to apply to the Federal Skilled Worker program at this time.

Credits for Language Skills are awarded on the following basis:



Points (24 + 4 max)

First Official Language


IELTS 6.0/6.0/6.0/6.0

4 pts


High intermediate

IELTS 6.5/7.5/6.5/6.5

5 pts/ability


IELTS 7.0/8.0/7.0/7.0

6 pts/ability


 Spouse/partner’s official language (CLB4)
IELTS 4.0/4.5/3.5/4.0

 5 pts/ability



24 points

Second Official Language



CLB/NCLC 5 in all abilities
IELTS 5.0/5.0/4.0/5.0

4 points



4 points

 3. Work Experience: Applicants are awarded up to 15 points for paid skilled work experience acquired in the last 10 years. A minimum of 9 points is required. The Experience Factor is one of the six factors for which points are awarded by Canadian Immigration Officers in determining whether a Skilled Worker / Professional applicant will be accepted or refused. Note: zero points under the Experience Factor will likely result in an automatic refusal.

Up to 15 points are awarded under the Experience Factor based upon the number of years (maximum: 6 years, minimum: 1 year) of experience. This work experience must be acquired in an occupation with an 0, A or B NOC code.

Points are awarded on the following basis:

Work Experience

Points (15 max)

1 year (Minimum threshold)

9 points

2-3 years

11 points

4-5 years

13 points

6 years or more

15 points


4. Age: Applicants are awarded up to 12 points. The Age Factor is one of the six factors for which points are awarded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada Officers in determining whether a Skilled Worker applicant will be accepted or refused.

 Up to 12 points are awarded under the Age Factor on the following basis:

Age of Applicant

Points (12 max)

18 to 35

12 points


11 points


10 points


9 points


8 points


7 points


6 points


5 points


4 points


3 points


2 points


1 points

47 and over

0 points

5. Arranged Employment: Applicants are awarded up to 10 points. Arranged Employment is one of the fast-track options under the Federal Skilled Worker Category of immigration.

Arranged Employment is possible when a Canadian employer extends an offer of full-time permanent employment in Canada to a foreign skilled worker.  The foreign skilled worker’s Canadian Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa will be expedited so that the worker can come to Canada and start working for the Canadian employer quickly.

Arranged Employment is one of ways to qualify for a Canada Permanent Resident Visa through the Federal Skilled Worker category of immigration.  It also provides the Federal Skilled Worker applicant with up to an additional 10 points towards Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC) selection factor requirement of 67 points.

These points are awarded under the Arranged Employment Factor as follows:

Immigration to Canada: Arranged Employment

Points (10 max)

LMO (or not if exemption) + indeterminate full time job offer

10 points

 6. Adaptability: Applicants are awarded up to 10 points. The Adaptability Factor is one of the six factors for which points are awarded by Canadian Immigration Officers in determining whether a Skilled Worker / Professional applicant will be accepted or refused. 

A maximum of 10 points can be received in this category. These 10 points can either come from full-time work in Canada, or a combination of 6 other possible adaptability factors.

Points are awarded on the Adaptability Factor on the basis of factors which are expected to improve an applicant’s ability to become economically established in Canada as follows:


Points (10 max)

PA previous work in Canada (min 1 year NOC 0,A,B)

10 points

Previous study in Canada

5 points

Previous study in Canada – accompanying spouse/partner

5 points

Previous work in Canada – accompanying spouse/partner

5 points

Arranged employment in Canada

5 points

Relative in Canada – 18 years or older

5 points

Language ability CLB 4 or above – accompanying spouse/partner (IELTS 4.0/4.5/3.5/4.0)

5 points

In addition to fulfilling eligibility and points requirements, applicants must show that they have sufficient settlement funds to support themselves and their dependants after arrival in Canada. Applicants and their dependants must also undergo medical examinations and security clearances as part of the Canadian immigration application process.

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